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The Town of Oliver, B.C. is exploring three design options for a new park, ranging in cost from $60,000 to $160,000. The park will ensure there is parkland at all four corners of the bridge on Fairview Road.
The City of Ottawa laid 19 charges this week against unlicensed private snow contractors, increasing the number of charges so far this year to 40. The city is urging consumers to ensure the contractor they hire is properly licensed. Unlicensed contractors face a fine of $260.
A proposed housing development on a private golf course in Surrey, B.C., that would see the course reduced in size to nine or 12 holes, attracted dozens of speakers to a council meeting on Monday. The owner of Coyote Creek Golf Course said revenues are about half of what they were 10 years ago.
Glen Abbey Golf Course has been provided with additional protection against potential development on the Oakville, Ont. property. Town council convened a special meeting Monday, voting unanimously to pass extra measures to restrict what can be built at the historic golf course.
The Town of Saugeen Shores, Ont. wishes to buy a former gravel pit to serve as the site of a new sports complex to include badly needed baseball diamonds. Council voted 7-0 in favour of the $1.5-million purchase price.
A new report by Winnipeg's public works department said the city can expect more than a $1-million hit over the next decade in its battle against the emerald ash borer. The destructive insect made its first official appearance in Manitoba in the fall.
Now that the emerald ash borer has arrived in Manitoba, the City of Morden is preparing for an infestation of the invasive insect. An ash tree strategy has been adopted by the municipality in which ash trees already in poor health will be removed while others will be treated.
The first phase of a two-part parks project in North Sydney, N.S. is 90 per cent complete with the upgrading of a soccer field, drainage and bleachers. Major funding for the project at Munro Park came in the form of a $250,000 grand prize the municipality won in the national Kraft Play Project competition.
Most baseball diamonds and other sports fields in Prince George, B.C. are underused and in poor condition and require more than $10 million in upgrades, city council was told Monday. Most facilities in the city are 25 years old on average and built to minimum standards.
Thousands of trees along the boundary at Jasper National Park are being burned in an attempt to slow the spread of mountain pine beetles. Up to $20 million is being spent by Alberta Agriculture to keep the spread of the destructive insects at bay.
An indoor complex for soccer and other turf sports has been given priority status by the City of Thunder Bay, Ont. The city currently has plenty of facilities for such indoor sports as hockey and swimming, but has nothing for soccer and other sports that could be played throughout the winter.
The sale of a 325-acre golf course on Prince Edward Island, that was a the centre of an ongoing dispute between the province and Mi'kmaq people, will be discussed this week in provincial court.
More than 1,000 ideas have been presented to the City of Kamloops, B.C. to help the municipality determine what the future holds for the former McArthur Island Golf Course. The former owner of the nine-hole gave up his lease after flooding had damaged the property. The facility is now in the city's hands.
Plans to repair damages to Toronto's waterfront parks that were extensively flooded last summer may come up short this year with what has so far been budgeted. The city's preliminary budget includes $2 million for the necessary repair work, but it's been estimated the damages amounted to about $7.4 million.
A study to determine the best possible means to deliver golf course services in Toronto has been proposed after years of financial losses. The cost of maintaining the city municipal courses has increased over the years while interest in the game has decreased.

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