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The City of Cornwall, Ont. wants to cut $95,000 from its municipal budget this year by reducing the number of times it mows grass in its city parks, but at least one councillor and Cornwall's medical officer of health argue the strategy will lead to increased populations of ticks.
Plans to install lights at Kitchener, Ont.'s Breithaupt Park in time for the start of this year's baseball season won't happen. When tendered, the city received only one bid which came in over budget and unable to meet the 2018 timelines.
Approval has been granted for the redevelopment of the Saginaw Golf Club in Cambridge, Ont. into 368 residential units, but neighbours of the property are ready to fight any new building. Those opposed to redevelopment claim it will lead to increased traffic in the area, a reduction in property values and the removal of valued open space.
The Souris Golf Club in Manitoba is asking for taxpayer support to help it overcome a debt load attributed to years of lost revenue due to flooding and the costs of a new clubhouse.
A province-wide elm tree pruning ban has gone into effect in Alberta as a means to stop the spread of Dutch elm disease. The ban is in effect from April 1 to Sept. 30. Any pruning that is to be done will have to wait until the winter months.
Toronto-area residents who install edge markers on their front lawns in an attempt to keep sidewalk plow operators on track are finding the practice to be a hit and miss exercise. Grass along the sidewalk edges is still being gouged. “The (city) councillors are more concerned about how many chickens one can have in their back yard than to take care of this problem," one irate resident said.
A proposed new bylaw in Owen Sound, Ont. will give the city the power to clean up private properties that have fallen to poor standards, including unkempt lawns. The bylaw also forbids the buildup of waste material, including grass or tree clippings, wrecked vehicles, discarded appliances and other garbage.
Plans to build two new artificial turf fields at Chapples Park in Thunder Bay, Ont. have been scrapped because federal funding has yet to be approved. Instead, the city will earmark its budgeted $1.25 million and rebuild its premier field on the site.
A new set of recommendations has been approved for user groups of sports fields and other facilities to abide by in Summerside, P.E.I. The updated recommendations include working with turf field users to determine contributions each group will pay toward a turf field improvement fund.
A $3.4-million project to build four identical baseball diamonds at a complex in Rocky View County in Alberta is on track to meet its fundraising goals, the municipality's policies and procedures committee has been told. The goal is to open the facility in the fall of 2019.
The City of Penticton, B.C. is asking its residents to cease operating their irrigation systems for the better part of the next two weeks during the connection of a new water supply pipe. Residents are being encouraged to adopt other water-saving measures during this period.
Grass clippings will continue to be collected at curbside this summer in Edmonton, but it's the city's goal to phase out the operation to combat a landfill overflow. The city hopes to end the practice, as well as the collection of general yard waste, by September.
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.

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