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June 14, 2019 – Inoculating the city's ash trees with an insecticide is the best possible strategy to stave off the destructive path of the emerald ash borer before it makes it way into Fredericton, city officials are being told. The insect was first discovered in the Atlantic province last year, but has yet to make its way into Fredericton.
June 13, 2019 – Amid a decline in the number of rounds played and mounting financial losses, it appears the plug is about to be pulled on Calgary's Richmond Green Golf Course. It is estimated the par three, nine-hole course is losing about $150,000 a year.
June 12, 2019 – The transformation of the former McArthur Island Golf Course in Kamloops into a combined disc golf course and nature park is nearly complete. The process to determine what was to become of the closed course was mired in controversy, but those who have already visited the site are impressed by what they see.
June 12, 2019 – Green spaces that were traditionally mowed in a pair of Prince Edward Island towns are being left to grow natural in an effort to benefit wildlife such as bees and provide buffer zones in water body areas.
June 11, 2019 – Calgary's Bearspaw Country Club – which shut down suddenly on May 1, shocking its members – has reopened for play for the duration of the season, as a semi-private course. For the first time, the course will be open to the public.
June 10, 2019 – Corner Brook, NL's local baseball association has grown tired of having to import its ball field mix from Ontario each year, spending about $4,000 to have $1,600 worth of material shipped in. The association is hoping a provincial supplier can step up to the plate to provide the needed material.
June 10, 2019 – A Vernon, B.C. landscaper was incensed to learn his prize bicycle had been stolen from his place of work, and set off on a quest to relocate it. A day later he found the bike in the hands of another which led to a scuffle, but it's back in his possession.
June 7, 2019 – Sarnia, Ont.'s oldest baseball field is in the stretch run of its $1-million makeover. Stan Slack Field at Errol Russell Park recently completed a new backstop and netting and will have several new amenities upon completion.
June 7, 2019 – The City of Victoria, B.C. will use funds originally earmarked for a second playing field at Topaz Park to help design a new artificial turf field for Victoria High School. Council has agreed to a staff recommendation to replace the field at Topaz and designate $250,000 toward a replacement field at the high school.
June 7, 2019 – More than 700 ash trees are slated to be removed this year in Ontario's Norfolk County, at a cost of about $190 a tree. The trees have fallen victim to the emerald ash borer and are either dead or dying.
June 7, 2019 – The owner of Richmond, B.C.'s Savage Creek Golf Course, who was recently fined $70,000 for bringing too much fill onto the property, claims there was no wrongdoing. He said he never saw any documentation to state the limited amounts.
June 7, 2019 – A number of local citizens are calling for the closure of artificial turf sports fields at Vancouver's Trillium Park after lab tests revealed the presence of lead among the crumb rubber infill. Although tests showed the amounts of lead were within federal safety guidelines, the citizens say the chance of contamination within storm sewers, shrubs and grass is enough of a concern to warrant the fields' shutdown.
June 6, 2019 – As public complaints continue to mount about Guelph's overgrown sports fields, the city has assured user groups it is doing its best to keep up with field maintenance in the face of excessively wet weather. In many cases, staff can't get mowers onto the extremely wet fields and turf is higher than normal.
June 5, 2019 – An owlet is in critical danger after it and another baby owl became entangled in a soccer field net on the weekend in St. George, Ont. Spectators at a soccer game spotted the distressed birds which are now in the care of the Hobbitstee Wildlife Rufuge in Jarvis.
June 5, 2019 – A reversal of the norm is about to take place in Edmonton. Four existing downtown parking lots will be transformed into a 1.25-hectare park. The idea has been in place since 2010 and addresses a need for more green space in the city's downtown area.
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