Government Affairs
May 29, 2018 – The green light has been given to upgrade the field lighting at Applewood Heights Secondary School in Mississauga in spite of vocal opposition to the plan by neighbouring residents. The local school board chairman argued the field's financial viability is dependent upon lighting.
May 25, 2018 – The Natural Conservancy of Canada is appealing to the public to help prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer by not transporting firewood. The conservancy would rather people burn local firewood than transport it from one location to another.
May 25, 2018 – The British Columbia government has ordered the City of Vancouver to spray 19 hectares of parkland to eradicate the Japanese beetle before it has a chance to spread. The ministry of agriculture is concerned that without action the invasive pest may escape the area.
May 24, 2018 – Helicopters are being used in Mississauga to spray for cankerworms and gypsy moths in the city. The aerial spray program has targeted tree areas that have previously lost 90 to 100 per cent of their foliage.
May 23, 2018 – Aerial spraying to control gypsy moth populations in Hamilton began today, yet people, pets, bees and other animals needn't be concerned about the bio-pesticide being used.
May 23, 2018 – Manitoba's cosmetic pesticide ban, implemented in 2015, was supposed to be given a new framework last year that would have loosened the ban somewhat, but it is still yet to happen. One lawn care professional says when that's accomplished it will be too late to address the current weed season.
May 22, 2018 – Interest in composting has increased 75 per cent in Edmonton from a year ago. City residents have been encouraged to take more of a proactive stance toward waste management.
May 18, 2018 – Property owners in Powell River, B.C. can face fines of $150 if they don't comply with a new bylaw that enforces tidiness and property maintenance on home and commercial sites.
May 18, 2018 – A more "aggressive" approach is being taken in Edmonton to combat dandelions. The first of nearly 1,500 sports fields has already been treated, with the first round of treatment expected to be completed within two to three weeks.
May 17, 2018 – A $3.8-million, multi-use artificial turf field at a Nanaimo high school was officially dedicated yesterday. The new field replaces a previous natural field associated with mud and rabbit holes.
May 16, 2018 – Residents of Coquitlam, B.C. have been given permission to plant low shrubs and flowers on boulevards separating their front sidewalk and the street as a means of dealing with chafer grubs.
May 15, 2018 – Residents of Brampton, Ont. are being told to keep their properties neat and tidy or face being fined. Five areas are being targeted in the city bylaw: trees, grass and weeds, stagnant water, debris and boulevard maintenance.
May 15, 2018 – The Town of Bonnyville, Alta. is looking to construct two new baseball diamonds to accommodate the growing interest and enrolment in local minor baseball. The local minor baseball association told town council it has $100,000 in seed money to get the project started.
May 15, 2018 – The first phase of a six-part "Field of Dreams" project at Trafalgar Sports Park in Georgetown, Ont. has been approved by Halton Hills town council. The premium baseball diamond project is tagged at $2.8 million.
May 15, 2018 – Untreated stormwater will be used to irrigate parks in a new Saskatoon neighbourhood as part of a pilot project aimed at saving money and reducing the city's carbon footprint.

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