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April 26, 2019 – The private Royal Mayfair Golf Club in Edmonton is having its lease extended for another 18 years. The lease, extended to 2069, may also allow for greater public access.
April 11, 2019 – A Vancouver Parks Board commissioner wants to have a closer look at whether or not the city's municipal golf courses present the best use for Vancouver's park land. Vancouver's three municipal courses have seen the number of rounds steadily decline since the late 1990s.
April 9, 2019 – A Winnipeg city councillor says taxpayer support of municipally-owned golf courses is an issue that needs to be explored. While the golf services financial report shows it’s breaking even, that’s only possible with an annual transfer from the city’s general revenue fund of $750,000.
April 9, 2019 – The second phase of construction at Kelowna's Glenmore Recreation Park has begun. The second part of the project includes the construction of two multi-use sports fields that are expected to be completed by the fall.
April 2, 2019 – The federal government is restricting the movement of all firewood out of Halifax County as a means of slowing the progress of the invasive emerald ash borer in Nova Scotia. Several trees have already been destroyed since the insect made its first appearance in the province last September.
April 1, 2019 – Leaf and yard waste will no longer be accepted in green bins in the City of Hamilton, as of today. Such waste must now be placed inside a brown paper bag marked with a city yard waste sticker.
March 27, 2019 – Esquimalt, B.C. is looking to give its sports facilities a multi-million-dollar makeover. The total cost of about 15 separate projects is about $17 million and would include a new artificial turf field at Bullen Park, upgrades to an existing field at the park and an outdoor track.
March 21, 2019 – Puslinch Township in Ontario remains committed to having a new soccer field in the community by 2020 to accommodate adult players. There is currently no adult league in the municipality and existing fields have been turned into "mini" playing surfaces to accommodate younger players.
March 20, 2019 – Although the migration of the emerald ash borer hasn't yet reached the City of North Battleford, Sask. and the threat of Dutch elm disease is medium to low, the municipality's leisure services director says a risk management plan needs to be in place to protect the city's trees against both threats.
March 20, 2019 – The City of Guelph's new waste management bylaw means grass clippings will no longer be collected by the municipality. A recent survey showed 76 per cent of respondents agreed clippings should no longer be collected.
March 14, 2019 – The Town of Redcliff, Alta. has agreed to loan $315,000 to the Riverview Golf Club to keep the golf course open. The club has faced financial difficulties in recent years yet members have been fighting to keep the facility open.
March 12, 2019 – Kelowna's city council agrees that warnings and fines are warranted for anyone who allows his dog on the playing surfaces of Marshall Fields. Council has been debating for some time how to resolve the issue of off-leash dogs running on playing fields used annually by thousands of soccer players.
March 8, 2019 – The City of Peterborough, Ont. has temporarily suspended its permitting process for cutting or trimming trees on private property. The bylaw that was enacted in 2017 is expected to be overhauled, but for now homeowners can cut or trims trees on their property without a permit.
Feb. 26, 2019 – A new bylaw has been initiated in Kensington, P.E.I. that will give the town more authority to go after those who keep their properties in unsightly conditions, including unkempt lawns.
Feb. 26, 2019 – City staff in Guelph has changed direction in how it figures the city should be involved in redeveloping the Guelph Innovation District which includes the former Guelph Turfgrass Institute property on Victoria Road.

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