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Norfolk County council has given its blessing for the provision of a golf cart crossing across a county road at the new Dover Coast golf course in Port Dover, Ont. The crossing provides access to two of the course's holes.
Kelowna, B.C. residents have been provided a day during which they can purchase discounted trees for their properties and help improve the area's urban forest ecosystem. Monday is the city's annual NeighbourWood tree program when six different varieties of trees will cost $40.
Council in Delta, B.C. has awarded a pair of contracts for almost $1 million to replace the surface of its synthetic field in North Delta's Mackie Park. The project will give local soccer players a new surface on which to play, beginning in the fall.
A Brampton, Ont. city councillor has backtracked on her quest for the municipality to purchase a local money-losing nine-hole golf course. The city has been in negotiations to purchase the floundering Riverstone Golf Club.
The Town of East Gwillimbury, Ont. has ended its contract with a local landscaper following delays to finish the entrance to the new Civic Centre. The town cited insufficient progress as the reason for ending its arrangement with Forest Ridge Landscaping.
The City of Hamilton, Ont.'s plan to increase its urban forest cover to 30 per cent is a great idea whose time has long been coming, but action needs to begin immediately, The Hamilton Spectator argues. Studies to achieve this long-term goal are useful, but works needs to get underway at once, the newspaper states.
A pair of Catholic high schools in Thunder Bay, Ont. will be getting new synthetic turf playing fields as well as surrounding all-weather tracks in time for the fall sports season. Each is valued at about $2.3 million.
The City of Langley, B.C. is ending its agreement with the local township to fund the city's McLeod Athletic Park. After 25 years, the city is cutting its contribution this year by 50 per cent and then eliminating it altogether next year.
The city of Hamilton, Ont. is launching a two-year study aimed at growing its urban forest canopy. The city wishes to achieve a 30 per cent cover, but may find the goal somewhat lofty after having to cut thousands of trees to combat destruction caused by the emerald ash borer.
A Summerside, P.E.I. lawn care operator says the city's proposed pesticide bylaw will be too costly and wishes to see it phased in while suggesting its IPM component be delayed.
As city council in Summerside, P.E.I. continues to mull over a potential pesticide ban, an editorial in the local newspaper says watering down a bylaw will make it less effective.
The Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI), a recognized world-class hub for turfgrass education, research, extension and professional development, will soon have a new home on the University of Guelph campus.
A member of council in Orillia, Ont. feels the municipality isn't doing enough when it comes to snow removal and perhaps private contractors might do a better job.
Prince Edward Island's Mill River Resort, which includes a golf course and campground, is laying off 49 employees as the property shifts from government to private ownership. The incoming owner says affected staff can re-apply for their jobs as long as they are willing to work for "private sector wages."
Hamilton, Ont.'s Confederation Park has been victimized by the destructive emerald ash borer. The city has announced 66 dead or dying ash trees in the park will be removed.

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