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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.
Although snow storms in Vancouver are a rarity, they do occur from time to time. This doesn't mean the city takes snow removal lightly. The fleet was out in full force in response to Monday's snowfall.
Dozens of ash trees in Saskatoon's downtown core will be cut down next year if an infestation of the destructive emerald ash borer can't be stopped. The potential death of the trees is not sitting well with business owners in the city's downtown.
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.

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