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Calgary has entered the final year of its tree disaster recovery plan enacted in 2014 when more than 50 per cent of the city's urban forest was damaged in what has become known as Snowtember. The September snowstorm that year prompted the multi-million-dollar recovery plan, and one city councillor wishes to see the program extended beyond 2017, suggesting the city hasn't planted enough trees.
The acting president of CropLife Canada says that although city council members in Summerside, P.E.I. may favour a ban on traditional dandelion control, city residents won't be happy if Health Canada-approved pesticides can no longer be used to keep lawns and parks healthy, attractive and usable.
About 80 truck loads of contaminated soil are being removed from the grounds of a former homeless camp outside Victoria, B.C.'s courthouse to make way for the construction this spring of a new children's playground. The soil had been contaminated by illegal drug labs, gasoline and other fuels.
More than 100 golf courses in China have been shut down due to improper use of groundwater and arable land. The government crackdown on golf, which has closed 111 courses and has imposed restrictions on 65 others, is an effort to conserve water and land. Controversy over golf course development in China has arisen in recent years, with some being built in the guise of parks and other vague designations.
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.

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