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.
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.
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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