Government Affairs
Feb. 25, 2019 – Victoria's beloved cherry blossoms may become a distant memory in the near future as the Vancouver Island city proceeds with a plan to replace the aging non-native species with native species. Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps said climate change is playing a role in the decision to replace the trees.
Feb. 14, 2019 – Delview Park in Delta, B.C. will soon become the new home of a cricket pitch, complete with safety netting. The pitch is being created in response to the sport's growing interest in the area.
Feb. 7, 2019 – Users of the trails at Windsor, Ont.'s Black Oak Heritage Park are confused and frustrated by the shutdown of several trails and the removal of many trees while the city undertakes a study to create a management plan for the park.
Feb. 7, 2019 – The family of a Montreal piano teacher and musician who died two years ago felt slighted last year when the city honoured her legacy by naming "a very small patch of grass" after her. But current Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said a much larger city park has been approved to bear the name of Daisy Peterson-Sweeney.
Feb. 6, 2019 – Renovations to Parliament Hill's Centre Block may be putting a lone heritage elm tree in peril. The Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital (GACC) is urging the Federal Government to ensure the roughly 100-year-old tree remains on Parliament Hill.
Feb. 5, 2019 – The sports field adjacent to the former Moncton High School is being converted into a 562-space parking lot in spite of opposition from neighbouring residents who wanted the city to retain the downtown green space. The school closed in 2015, reopening with a new building elsewhere in the city.
Jan. 30, 2019 – The City of Moncton has bolstered its bylaw enforcement staff to better police unkempt properties. A bylaw has already been established in the city to ensure weeds and other grasses grow no more than 20 centimetres on any land in the city except vacant properties.
Jan. 30, 2019 – A decision has finally been made about what is to become of the former McArthur Island Golf Course in Kamloops. City council voted 5-3 Monday to turn the property into one that will accommodate both disc golf and a nature setting.
Jan. 25, 2019 – Moose Jaw is offering its residents free trees to plant to help beautify its new subdivisions. Alder and spring snow crabapple trees are new offerings this year.
Jan. 24, 2019 – A new off-leash dog park is ready to open in the spring in Niagara Falls. The project had undergone a series of delays due to the need for regrading and to be fitted for proper drainage.
Jan. 22, 2019 – The City of Kanata, Ont. should take over the Kanata Golf & Country Club in order to stop proposed development at the site – at least until it's sold first to a private bidder, one councillor says. Course owner ClubLink claims it's getting harder to make money from the operation.
Jan. 10, 2019 – Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil's lobby for a track and field facility – including both artificial and natural turf fields – in his home constituency had no bearing on its approval, the province's deputy minister says.
Jan. 4, 2019 – A new track facility, including a natural turf infield, will go ahead for North Delta Secondary School in Ladner, B.C., whether or not the provincial government kicks in any funding. The municipality has guaranteed funding for the project up to $10 million.
Dec. 14, 2018 – The Riverview Golf Club and Town of Redcliff, Alta. have agreed to work together in an effort to keep the golf course open for play in 2019. Both factions met in-camera during this week's council meeting, saying afterward that although no municipal money has been set aside to aid the financially-ailing club, a commitment has been made to develop a plan to keep the course open.
Dec. 13, 2018 – The first draft of a plan for a new park in Fredericton has been released. The park is slated to include a large green space, a splash pad and playground area. About five acres have been set aside for the park in an area that is currrently forested.

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