Government Affairs
Jan. 30, 2019 – A decision has finally been made about what is to become of the former McArthur Island Golf Course in Kamloops. City council voted 5-3 Monday to turn the property into one that will accommodate both disc golf and a nature setting.
Jan. 25, 2019 – Moose Jaw is offering its residents free trees to plant to help beautify its new subdivisions. Alder and spring snow crabapple trees are new offerings this year.
Jan. 24, 2019 – A new off-leash dog park is ready to open in the spring in Niagara Falls. The project had undergone a series of delays due to the need for regrading and to be fitted for proper drainage.
Jan. 22, 2019 – The City of Kanata, Ont. should take over the Kanata Golf & Country Club in order to stop proposed development at the site – at least until it's sold first to a private bidder, one councillor says. Course owner ClubLink claims it's getting harder to make money from the operation.
Jan. 10, 2019 – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil's lobby for a track and field facility – including both artificial and natural turf fields – in his home constituency had no bearing on its approval, the province's deputy minister says.
Jan. 4, 2019 – A new track facility, including a natural turf infield, will go ahead for North Delta Secondary School in Ladner, B.C., whether or not the provincial government kicks in any funding. The municipality has guaranteed funding for the project up to $10 million.
Dec. 14, 2018 – The Riverview Golf Club and Town of Redcliff, Alta. have agreed to work together in an effort to keep the golf course open for play in 2019. Both factions met in-camera during this week's council meeting, saying afterward that although no municipal money has been set aside to aid the financially-ailing club, a commitment has been made to develop a plan to keep the course open.
Dec. 13, 2018 – The first draft of a plan for a new park in Fredericton has been released. The park is slated to include a large green space, a splash pad and playground area. About five acres have been set aside for the park in an area that is currrently forested.
Nov. 20, 2018 – The Ontario government’s plan to leave all tree seed services to the private sector endangers southern Ontario species that are not commercially profitable but are critical to maintain biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, the chairperson of AWARE Essa says. The environmental group opposes the Ontario government's decision to close the Tree Seed Plant in Angus.
Nov. 15, 2018 – The Town of Osoyoos, B.C. has developed an urban forestry plan believed to be a first for the municipality. The plan highlights several benefits of trees, including environmental, social and economic.
Nov. 14, 2018 – City council in Fredericton has chosen a plan to save four more mature trees at Officers' Square than it originally intended, but the redesign of the downtown park is going to cost an additional $190,000, increasing the project's cost to $9.1 million.
Nov. 9, 2018 – A Winnipeg-area woman, told her naturalized yard violated a local bylaw, can now keep it in its current state as long as she adheres to a number of conditions. The non-traditional yard is grown to a number of native prairie grasses. It has been in place for the past eight years.
Nov. 8, 2018 – In spite of the opposition of three councillors, city council in Sault Ste. Marie voted this week to pay up to $150,000 for a private driveway accessing a sod farm and landscaping business as the result of the widening of Second Line. "City taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for this," one councillor remarked when discussing the complicated issue.
Nov. 7, 2018 – Trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer at Niagara Falls' Patrick Cummings Park in Chippawa are being replaced by new trees and a 500-square-foot pollinator garden aimed at helping the struggling monarch butterfly. Dozens of volunteers, including students and others from the community, helped city staff with the work to help the park return to its former glory.
Nov. 1, 2018 – Staff with the City of Prince Albert, Sask. have been tasked with counting the number of trees in the municipality. The strategy is not only effective for budgeting and management, but is also expected to help keep better track of Dutch elm disease.

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