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Officials from the National Allied Golf Associations recently met on Parliament Hill with important federal government decision makers to discuss the ongoing issue of tax fairness as it pertains to golf.
Calgary has one of the smallest snow-clearing budgets among Canada's largest cities, and there are local citizens who bemoan that fact every year. But with its periodic Chinook winds, a larger budget dedicated to ridding snow isn't necessary, city officials argue.
More than $1 million is available from the Rainbow District School Board in Sudbury, Ont. to provide one of its high schools with a new synthetic turf soccer field. Knowledge of the funding availability was obtained through a freedom of information request.
A former Toronto city councillor weighs in about municipal snow removal services, how they work and why mowing grass along a boulevard is a better option than shovelling snow.
Trees dotting the median of a busy street in Banff, Alta. are in serious declining health and are in dire need of replacement, claims a report from the town's urban forest management plan. The trees are succumbing to two different ailments and pose a threat to public safety.
Unemployed Aboriginal people in a British Columbia region will be given government-paid training and work experience to tackle a variety of horticulture jobs, including golf course maintenance, landscaping, and greenhouse and agricultural work. The $130,000 project will help up to 12 Aboriginal people.
The town of Banff, Alta. is hoping to better protect its trees from the damage caused by slacklining enthusiasts. Slacklining is similar to tightrope walking or balancing along a suspended length of flat webbing that is tensioned between two anchors, including trees.
Five Niagara region high schools, including the new Greater Fort Erie Secondary School which is still under construction, will have new synthetic turf athletic fields, collectively costing about $5 million.
The removal of a 70-year-old stand of mature trees to allow the construction of several new townhouses in a Kingston, Ont. subdivision has led some city councillors to question city staff's judgment, claiming the absence of trees will entirely change the character of the neighbourhood.
In its bid to host the 2021 Canada Summer Games, the City of Sudbury, Ont. would require an influx of about $150,000 to upgrade several facilities, including ball diamonds and soccer fields.
Alberta, one of the last provinces not to give in to a province-wide cosmetic pesticide ban on home lawns, favours a ban, according to a survey of 1,000 Albertan conducted by the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) and Prevent Cancer Now.
A recent letter to the editor of the Guelph Mercury Tribune takes to task plans to relocate the Guelph Turfgrass Institute to the University of Guelph's Arboretum. 
A recent letter to the editor of the Guelph Mercury Tribune takes to task plans to relocate the Guelph Turfgrass Institute to the University of Guelph's Arboretum. 
A guide to British Columbia's new IPM regulations is now available for reading.
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