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Sept. 6, 2018 – A Winnipeg high school's football team will be playing its first "home" game on the road this season after one of its goalposts was severely damaged on Friday. About $4,000 in damages was caused to a goalpost at Vincent Massey High School, forcing the team to play its home opener at a neighbouring school.
Sept. 6, 2018 – The need for additional environmental assessments at the site of the new Guelph Turfgrass Institute has delayed the GTI's move from its current location on Victoria Road. The lease the GTI has at its current location was to expire this year, but the move isn't expected to happen anytime soon until concerns about wildlife dependent upon a drainage pathway is resolved in the area of the Arboretum.
Sept. 5, 2018 – A grass fire that broke out Tuesday in Langford on Vancouver Island was sparked by a lawnmower. The man mowing his lawn said he wanted to reduce its height so that it stood a lesser chance of catching fire. Extreme dry weather on much of Vancouver Island has increased the risk of wildfires this year.
Sept. 5, 2018 – A British Columbia school district has closed seven of its schools' fields after it was learned contaminated soil was applied to the surfaces during the summer. Topsoil on the fields was contaminated with shredded plastic, broken glass and shards of wood.
Sept. 4 – One of Portage la Prairie's ball diamonds has been altered with a new "crisp, clean look" that has it poised as a venue for major bantam, midget and senior baseball tournaments. Work was recently completed on the Manitoba town's field, including a "huge" infield renovation.
Sept. 4 – A proposed new high-rise building in Toronto would be Canada's first ever "vertical forest," featuring more than 450 trees growing from the building itself. If approved by city council, the building would more closely resemble a hillside than a structure.
Aug. 28, 2018 – David Kuypers, currently head of lawn and garden Canada for Syngenta Canada Inc., will take over as the company's commercial operations manager, effective Sept. 1.
Aug. 28, 2018 – Wolf Creek Golf Resort in Ponoka, Alta. sustained about $25,000 in damages to the course and some of its golf carts after vandals entered the property at night. They force started carts using a screwdriver and proceeded to damage the course afterward.
Aug. 28, 2018 – A herbicide applied to a school field in Cowichan, B.C. earlier this month has raised the ire of a parent whose son frequently uses the field for play. The parent says she doesn't understand why pesticides are required and argues regular grass cutting will keep weeds in check.
Aug. 28, 2018 – Playing conditions at Toronto's BMO Field have come under fire by no less than the FC's star player Sebastian Giovinco, who says the surface is leading to an injury a game. A new playing surface was planned prior to the 2018 season, but it was felt there wasn't enough time with the short off-season due to the MLS Cup and CONCACAF Champions League.
Canada’s sports turf manager of the year was caught off guard upon learning he was chosen for the 2018 honour by Sports Turf Canada (STC).
Aug. 17, 2018 – About $1.6 million worth of upgrades have been made to the municipal golf course in Raymond, Alta. Five new ponds will be added to the course as part of efforts to mitigate flooding in the area. The course has also been rebranded Hell's Creek – Raymond Golf and Footgolf Course.
Aug. 15, 2018 – Reconstruction of Chapples Park in Thunder Bay, Ont. stadium will get underway this fall, but it won't be ready for play untl 2020. The $1.1-million project includes new drainage, an automated irrigation system and a new natural turf playing surface.
Aug. 10, 2018 – In spite of a hot summer, trees in Calgary are likely to be less stressed than they were a year ago. An arborist said that because the trees received more moisture over the past few months, they will probably experience less stress in spite of the hotter summer.
Aug. 10, 2018 – A cutting-edge environmental design has been incorporated into the playing fields at Kitchener, Ont.'s new RBJ Schlegel Park. Concealed beneath an artificial turf surface will be an infrastructure that cleans and filters runoff from city streets and pavement.
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