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Sept. 6, 2018 – Walkerton, Ont.'s new million-dollar soccer fields are only two years old, but are already in need of upgrades. The one-year warranty on the fields at Bruce Power Regional Soccer Park expired in May of last year. Since then, drainage concerns have come to light as well as irrigation heads protruding from the surface, settling of the fields and severe crowning on two playing surfaces.
Sept. 5 – City council in Edmonton has approved a new garbage and yard waste pickup plan that will go into effect in 2020. The plan will separate grass clippings and leaves from other garbage to be picked up and will encourage residents to take their natural waste to designated eco stations.
Aug. 31, 2018 – The City of Ottawa and South Nation Conservation have teamed up to offer homeowners a break in the cost of removing and replacing ash trees damaged by the invasive emerald ash borer. Ottawa homeowners will be eligible for up to $500 per tree to a maximum of 10 trees.
Aug. 31, 2018 – In response to a multitude of complaints about out-of-control weeds and untidy yards, the City of Regina is considering implementing new landscaping regulations that will require homeowners to better look after their properties.
Aug. 30, 2018 – Ottawa city council could face an uphill battle in defending a decision it made Tuesday that requires lights to be shut off at 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at the new artificial turf field at Immaculata High School. The decision is being challenged by the Ottawa Catholic School Board which entered into a partnership with the Ottawa Footy Sevens to build the $2-million field.
Aug. 29, 2018 – Lawn care professionals in Manitoba feel like they're caught between a rock and a hard place after the province announced last year it would relax its ban on cosmetic pesticides, yet hasn't indicated exactly what that will entail. Professionals need to know what the new rules will be so that they can order the appropriate product for next season.
Aug. 28, 2018 – A multi-million-dollar sports park at Windsor, Ont.'s St. Clair College is nearing reality with the approval of a site plan. The proposed park will include an artificial turf soccer stadium, an artificial turf baseball stadium and volleyball courts.
Aug. 28, 2018 – A loss of trees and less green space will be the result of a blanket rezoning of two residential areas in Vancouver. The objective of the rezoning is to create more housing choices in the vicinities.
Aug. 13, 2018 – A Kitchener, Ont. couple who have invested thousands of dollars on natural plants to attract bees and other wildlife to their front yard boulevard have become embroiled in a battle with the municipality. The city wants the couple to cut down the plants' height to comply with a local bylaw, but that could mean denying the bees the flowers they need.
Aug. 9, 2018 – A public outcry over a developer's plan to remove a pair of century-old sugar maple trees from an Ottawa neighbourhood has resulted in the trees' getting a reprieve by the municipality.
Aug. 9. 2018 – The future of local baseball could be in jeopardy in Bradford West Gwillimbury, Ont. if plans for a $75-million community centre proceed, a couple of municipal councillors suggest. They say that two existing baseball diamonds will have to yield to construction of the community centre.
July 30, 2018 – The life of a 350-year-old red oak tree in Toronto has been spared after city council granted permission to city staff to negotiate acquisition of the North York home whose yard houses the tree.
July 30, 2018 – Four mature elm trees afflicted with Dutch elm disease in Fredericton, N.B. will be cut and removed, even though three of them are located in the city's historic Garrison District. The city doesn't usually announce its tree-removal plans, but the fate of downtown trees has become an issue since is was announced 19 trees would be cut down at Officers' Square.
July 25, 2018 – The City of Hamilton, Ont. is encouraging the general public to have a say in the municipality's long-term plan for the future of its urban forest.
July 18, 2018 – The legal inability in Ontario to spray for the Japanese beetle leaves few alternatives to combat the pest insect. The City of Cornwall, Ont.'s parks and landscaping supervisor said setting out pheromone traps can be futile unless surrounding neighbours opt to follow suit. READ MORE

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