Nov. 20, 2018 – The Ontario government’s plan to leave all tree seed services to the private sector endangers southern Ontario species that are not commercially profitable but are critical to maintain biodiversity and healthy ecosystems, the chairperson of AWARE Essa says. The environmental group opposes the Ontario government's decision to close the Tree Seed Plant in Angus.
Nov. 8, 2018 – In spite of the opposition of three councillors, city council in Sault Ste. Marie voted this week to pay up to $150,000 for a private driveway accessing a sod farm and landscaping business as the result of the widening of Second Line. "City taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for this," one councillor remarked when discussing the complicated issue.
Nov. 7, 2018 – Trees destroyed by the emerald ash borer at Niagara Falls' Patrick Cummings Park in Chippawa are being replaced by new trees and a 500-square-foot pollinator garden aimed at helping the struggling monarch butterfly. Dozens of volunteers, including students and others from the community, helped city staff with the work to help the park return to its former glory.
Oct. 11, 2018 – An interest-free loan provided to a Stratford, Ont. soccer organization for the installation of an artificial turf field last year has prompted the city to develop a policy that governs loans to community groups. Concerns were raised after the more than $600,000 interest-free load was awarded.
Sept. 24, 2018 – Plans for a $3.7-million upgrade to the sports fields at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough, Ont. will be unveiled at an on-site public meeting. An existing natural grass field will be converted to artificial turf and lighting will be installed to allow additional play.
Sept. 19, 2018 – The fate of the former McArthur Island Park golf course in Kamloops, B.C. has been decided, but it's not sitting well with all parties. The city has declared the property will be turned into a multi-use space, including a site for disc golf, but it's incompatible with a nature park, says a board director with the Kamloops Naturalist Club.
Sept. 10 – Although recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Canada on Oct. 17, at least two communities in the Montreal area are taking measures to ban cannabis usage anywhere near sports fields, public parks and other green spaces. The new bylaws would fall under the same laws that prevent cigarette smoking and electronic vaping in such vicinities.
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