Government Affairs
May 8, 2018 – The future of the McArthur Island golf course property in Kamloops may be decided tonight at a meeting of city council. A number of recommendations have been made for the shut down golf course.
Following multiple complaints from residents about the noise generated by gas-powered leaf blowers, the City of Beaconsfield, Que. is contemplating a partial ban of the machines. The news, however, is not sitting well with landscape contractors.
Input from Thunder Bay residents is being sought to determine how North Neebing Park might look in the future. One idea under consideration is the possible reconfiguration of two existing athletic facilities, including the area where a boarded rink is erected in the winter and the baseball diamond.
User fees – the cost of maintaining outdoor sports facilities – aren't always the same from one municipality to the next. “It really depends on what the recovery mandate is for the individual community,” Mary Creighton, director of recreation services for the City of Markham, said. "Each municipality has a formula to determine recovery costs so there really is no right or wrong answer.”
Four educational awareness campaigns have been launched for this season in Richmond, B.C. to inform the public about invasive plants and animals. A session about the chafer beetle and lawn care is scheduled for June 21.
Langara Golf Course – the oldest public golf facility in British Columbia – is getting a $3-million upgrade to its drainage system. The golf course has made headlines in recent months when Vancouver's mayor suggested the golf property be turned into a public park.
Tighter lawn-watering restrictions go into effect Tuesday in areas of British Columbia's Lower Mainland, about two weeks sooner than usual.
Ball players participating in a Mother's Day tournament in Oliver, B.C. will not be able to camp out on two fenced-in diamonds, even though organizers of the event have promised to make all necessary turf repairs at their own expense.
Windsor, Ont. has set aside $75,000 to purchase the equipment it needs to clean the city's park of goose excrement. “There's just no easy way to deal with Canada Geese," Mayor Drew Dilkens said.
Minor baseball, soccer and football athletes in West Kelowna, B.C. will be able to play games later in the day this season after lights were recently installed at the city sports fields. The lights were installed after the city received federal Canada 150 funding.
Plans to build a new artificial turf soccer field at an Ottawa high school, complete with lights, fencing and a new track, have upset neighbouring residents to the point they are threatening to take legal action to stop the project. They are perturbed they were not properly consulted about the project and its implications and oppose the idea of a business taking over the field.
Stay off the sports fields and keep out of some of the parks, residents of Prince George, B.C. are being told. The turf isn't yet ready for foot traffic after a rougher than normal winter.
A public hearing is being scheduled in Kamloops, B.C. to discuss a proposed campground that would be situated between two holes at the Eaglepoint Golf Course.
Even though the snow has largely melted from Steinbach, Man.'s sports fields, users are being told to stay off them for a while yet until they are sufficiently dry. "Those fields do a need a bit of time before they start taking a lot of wear and tear," Jason Peters of Steinbach Parks and Rec said. "It’s going to be a couple weeks before they’re all ready to go."
The Ontario Government has passed a law that will better protect Oakville, Ont.'s Glen Abbey Golf Club. "I am extremely pleased that the determination of Glen Abbey's future will be made locally, here in Oakville," local MPP Kevin Flynn said.

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