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June 5, 2018 – The New Brunswick government has invested $750,000 into a new artificial turf sports field to be installed next to the new Moncton High School. The $2-million project addresses safety concerns associated with the school's natural turf field.
June 4, 2018 – The Pest Management Regulatory Agency has changed its mind about Imidacloprid. Three years ago, the PMRA determined the environmental risks for most products containing imidacloprid did not meet current safety standards.
June 4, 2018 – While plans to remove 19 trees from Officers' Square in Fredericton have been put on hold, an investigation is underway to determine the age of the mature elm trees. Activists seeking to save the trees from removal to make way for new development are arguing the trees' age classify them as having historic importance.
May 31, 2018 – A public outcry in the City of Fredericton over the proposed destruction of 19 trees at Officers' Square to accommodate new development has resulted in a delay of the project until a way can be found to save some of the trees.
May 31, 2018 – A promise to reopen a Montreal softball field has been broken by the city. City officials claim pedestrians and motorists are at risk of being hit by stray balls.
May 31, 2018 – The Town of Cornwall, Ont. will pour about $850,000 this summer into repairing its artificial fields at the Terry Fox Sports Complex. The soccer field has heaved significantly due to drainage issues beneath the playing surface.
May 29, 2018 – A second round of aerial spraying for gypsy moths in Hamilton will continue today and tomorrow. The city is trying to prevent its trees from being stripped by the invasive pest.
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.

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