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An out-of-town property owner who owns property in Guelph, Ont. wishes to remove an abandoned building and replace it with a newly-constructed one, but is being told to leave the site's trees alone. One city councillor said she is tired of trees being "mistakenly" removed.
Oakville, Ont. residents were brought up to speed at a recent town hall meeting as to the welfare of ash trees in the municipality and the plans afoot meant to keep the destructive emerald ash borer in check. It was the fourth such meeting to deal with the issue in recent years.
A retired dean of agriculture at the University of Guelph says the Frost Building located at the current Guelph Turfgrass Institute, along with 20 acres of adjacent land, should become a provincially-funded and operated environmental education centre. "We think the government owes it to the public," Freeman McEwen said.
A popular attraction in the Fort McMurray, Alta. area has been issued a stop work order by the local municipality, accusing Dunvegan Gardens of violating a number of bylaws. Among the infractions listed include a lack of authorization for commercial landscaping and the stockpiling of commercial landscaping materials.
An open house will be held in Oakville, Ont. on Jan. 11 to inform residents about the removal of dead and dying trees caused by the destructive emerald ash borer.
An urban forest master plan will be developed for the Town of Cobourg, Ont. as a means of ensuring the health and sustainability of its urban forest. The municipality has set aside $30,000 for the project.
Tree removal and the construction of a new synthetic turf sports field are part of a $10-million project to transform Great Chief Park in Red Deer, Alta. into the site for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.
A letter to the editor of the Capital News in Kelowna, B.C. is taking the city to task over plans to put taxpayers on the hook for landscaping services to its tourism and information centre.
British Columbia is planning a series of aerial pesticide sprays to control a growing threat of gypsy moth infestation in the Saanich area. The nature of the prescribed pesticide will be outlined at a public meeting on Jan. 16, but it has been reported only the targeted moth caterpillar will be harmed.
The City of Charlottetown has begun educating its citizens about a municipal cosmetic pesticide ban that comes into effect on Jan. 1. The deputy mayor of Prince Edward Island's capital said it is important that word about the implications of the ban reach the public before people sign on with lawn care companies in the spring.
The planting of trees and shrubs on a 78-acre parcel of land in Brantford, Ont. is turning an area deemed unsuitable for development into something expected to serve an important environmental role. "The New Forest in the City" will enhance future biodiversity, reduce erosion, imcrease the city's tree canopy and improve its air and water quality.
A proposal to create new bus lanes in Halifax has triggered mixed reactions among the public. On the one hand, widening city streets to create bus-only lanes, improved sidewalks and a bicycle network is seen as a step in the right direction, but others suggest that removing grassy strips to better accommodate bus traffic will eliminate opportunities to plant new trees, thereby putting the future of the city's urban forest at risk.
A new synthetic turf playing field has been approved for a park in Langley Township, B.C. as well as a number of other improvements to existing sports fields and facilities.
Communities in Bloom, now in its 22nd year as a showcase for community beautification, civic pride and environmental responsibility, recently honoured its class of 2016 at its national awards program in Regina, Sask.
It is estimated that Toronto's urban forests provide $125 million in services to the city each year. But issues exist, including loopholes in their intended protection. For example, municipalities have the mandate to protect the trunks, branches, and leaves of mature trees, but their vital root systems remain largely ignored by policy, leaving them vulnerable to development.
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