Government Affairs
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.
Feb. 25, 2019 – Victoria's beloved cherry blossoms may become a distant memory in the near future as the Vancouver Island city proceeds with a plan to replace the aging non-native species with native species. Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said climate change is playing a role in the decision to replace the trees.
Feb. 14, 2019 – Delview Park in Delta, B.C. will soon become the new home of a cricket pitch, complete with safety netting. The pitch is being created in response to the sport's growing interest in the area.
Feb. 7, 2019 – Users of the trails at Windsor, Ont.'s Black Oak Heritage Park are confused and frustrated by the shutdown of several trails and the removal of many trees while the city undertakes a study to create a management plan for the park.
Feb. 7, 2019 – The family of a Montreal piano teacher and musician who died two years ago felt slighted last year when the city honoured her legacy by naming "a very small patch of grass" after her. But current Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said a much larger city park has been approved to bear the name of Daisy Peterson-Sweeney.
Feb. 6, 2019 – Renovations to Parliament Hill's Centre Block may be putting a lone heritage elm tree in peril. The Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital (GACC) is urging the Federal Government to ensure the roughly 100-year-old tree remains on Parliament Hill.
Feb. 5, 2019 – The sports field adjacent to the former Moncton High School is being converted into a 562-space parking lot in spite of opposition from neighbouring residents who wanted the city to retain the downtown green space. The school closed in 2015, reopening with a new building elsewhere in the city.
Jan. 30, 2019 – The City of Moncton has bolstered its bylaw enforcement staff to better police unkempt properties. A bylaw has already been established in the city to ensure weeds and other grasses grow no more than 20 centimetres on any land in the city except vacant properties.
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.

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