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A backlash of criticim has arisen in the aftermath of Wednesday's city council meeting in Vancouver during which Mayor Gregor Robertson initiated a motion for parks board staff to consider turning part of Langara Golf Course into parkland. What was supposed to be on the table that night was a motion to look into upgrading the golf course's drainage system.
Plans to pave paradise and put up a parking lot have riled up students and parents at a Victoria, B.C. elementary school. A grass field that served as a play area for students will be paved to accommodate more parking at the school, leaving parents concerned for their children's safety.
Work to install new irrigation at two Calgary ball diamonds has thrown a curve at a local little league. Thirteen-to-18-year-olds playing in the Bow Ridge Little League will have to look elsewhere for a place to play as the diamonds will be out of commission to accommodate the irrigation work. "We'll literally have to tell these guys, sorry, we can't field a team this year," the league's vice-president says.
Tempers got short during Wednesday's meeting of Vancouver City Council when a discussion about drainage at the Langara Golf Course unexpectedly changed direction into one that explored turning part of the property into a park. Langara, the oldest public golf course in British Columbia, accounts for about 25 per cent of the parks board's annual revenue.
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.

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