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A London, Ont. golf and landscaping equipment dealership is expanding its operation with a new $3-million retail outlet and warehouse set to open in February. Hyde Park Equipment Ltd. is doubling the size of its current outlet which originally opened in 1972.
A large pipe being installed under a Calgary park to carry stormwater before it is treated and fed to the Glenmore Reservoir may prompt the removal of as many as 277 trees. The pipe is a necessary component of the construction of the Calgary ring road at North Glenmore Park.
A New Brunswick golf course has been transformed into a hunting ground as efforts are underway to eradicate an overpopulation of Canada geese. The number of geese taking up residence at the Riverside Country Club in Rothesay has posed a serious health and safety issue.
A celebration of life for the late Keith Walton, superintendent at Grandview Golf Club in Huntsville, Ont., will be held Sunday, Nov. 19 from 1-5 p.m. at the golf course clubhouse. Walton died suddenly on Monday, Nov. 13.
About $40,000 in damages were deliberately made to four holes at The Bridges at Tillsonburg (Ont.) Golf Club sometime during the past weekend. Police say the vandalism was caused by all terrain vehicles.
Golf course superintendents in the Windsor, Ont. area are fighting a losing battle against booming populations of Canada geese. The birds aren't flying south during the winter months anymore, except during extreme weather conditions, and are content to take up year-round residence in Canada's "banana belt."
Ranked 18th best golf course in Canada this year by Golf Digest, in spite of having been closed the past two seasons, the Sagebrush Golf Course in Merritt, B.C. is facing foreclosure.
As the invasive emerald ash borer continues its eastward journey, Atlantic Canadian officials are drawing up plans to deal with the pest before its pending arrival. About 11 per cent of Fredericton, N.B.'s street trees are ash, numbering about 2,400.
A tiny insect known for its ability to kill hemlock trees has turned up in Nova Scotia. The hemlock woolly adelgid feeds on the nutrient and water storage cells at the base of the trees' needles, destroying the tree. The pest is able to survive cold winters.
The golf community in Gatineau, Que. is mourning the sudden passing of Royal Ottawa Golf Club's long-time superintendent. Steve Verrall had just completed his 30th year as course superintendent.
A court application has been launched by the Town of Oakville to determine its rights and jurisdiction under the Ontario Heritage Act for the protection of the Glen Abbey Golf Course. The action comes in response to the desire by property owner ClubLink to demolish all but two buildings on the site and end Glen Abbey's run as an operating golf course.
A new report called Synthetic turf: industry's claims versus the science challenges claims made by the synthetic turf industry that artificial fields are safe, suggesting samples tested found numerous heavy metals, chemicals and carcinogens. The report was released by Environment and Human Health Inc.
Vandals targeted five soccer fields in Vernon, B.C. during the weekend, causing extensive damage to one field and significant harm to another. The general manager of a neighbouring indoor soccer facility said barriers must be installed to prevent future access to the fields, suggesting the associated cost is still cheaper than repairing the fields themselves.
Barry Cochrane, general sales manager in Canada for the Toro Company, has been named the 2017 John B. Steel Award winner by the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association. The award is presented annually to an individual deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the profession of golf course superintendent.
B.C. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay will be the keynote speaker in February at the Western Canada Turfgrass Association’s 2018 conference in Richmond, B.C.
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