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As Sarnia, Ont. braces for the inevitable arrival of oak wilt from Michigan, the municipality is asking its residents to help mitigate and stall the beetle-borne disease's progress.
New turf and the addition of more trees are among the improvements to be made at Toronto's Queen's Park. The north end of the park is closing from March until October to accommodate revitalization work. The south end will be shut down for improvements during the same time period next year.
Enhancements to a park at the Westbank First Nation community near Kelowna, B.C. will be something for the entire area to enjoy. The park will include a baseball diamond, stadium and soccer field.
The City of Nanaimo, B.C. will have to come up with a plan to fund millions of dollars worth of sports field upgrades within the next couple of decades. The proposed projects amount to $18.5 million, but the provincial government has said seven of the projects are not eligible for inclusion in the development cost charge program.
Lawn care professionals in Vernon, B.C. are speaking out against a proposed pesticide ban in the city. They argue they are using products approved by Health Canada yet apply them only if needed, adhering to integrated pest management measures.
Adding a second artificial soccer field in North Vancouver has split the opinion of the local council. Opponents say construction of a new field would mean having to cut 130 trees. Those in favour believe it's a needed facility and there is no other location suitable.
Thousands of trees in Thunder Bay, Ont. will be replaced in the coming years as the city's urban forest continues to age and the emerald ash borer maintains its charge. But the want for new trees is expected to increase prices, leading the city to consider other options.
Regulated areas in Canada for the emerald ash borer have been updated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency to include a new area in Manitoba and expanded areas in Quebec. The changes are due to new insect activity in Winnipeg and southern Quebec.
A user group took it upon itself to clear snow from the artificial Fenn Burdett Field in North Vancouver this week to allow outdoor soccer to be played, but wound up damaging the playing surface in the process. The city has warned user groups to stay off the field to allow snow to melt naturally.
The Brow of the Hill Residents' Association of New Westminster, B.C. wish to see more trees planted and parks created in their neighbourhood. The group has made its appeal to the city, claiming little greenspace has been created in the area for decades.
A group of property owners in Mitchell, Ont. say they can no longer mow the turf on a flood plain adjacent to the West Perth Thames Nature Trail and Whirl Creek. Residents have done the work to keep the area clean but say age and cost are factors in deciding to stop the practice.
Arguing golf course maintenance practices are much more environmentally friendlier than they were in 2001 when a land use bylaw clause was enacted, a would-be developer wishes to open a new par three golf course on the site of a former golf property in Kentville, N.S.
The first phase of construction for a new park in Kelowna, B.C. begins tomorrow. A new playground is part of the initial phase for Rowcliffe Community Park. Ultimately, the park will also be home to a new recreation sports field.
Exemptions in Charlottetown, P.E.I.'s cosmetic pesticide bylaw will remain in place after the city's mayor was forced to break a tie vote on whether or not to remove the exemptions. The debate focused on the exemption to use banned products in the event of an infestation.
A better job of protecting trees in Abbotsford, B.C. must be done, a local councillor claims, after acknowledging the city lost about seven per cent of its tree cover between 2005 and 2015. Planting a sapling doesn't make up for the loss of a mature tree, she says.

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