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Dec. 20, 2018 – It's still unclear what is to become of the former golf course property on McArthur Island near Kamloops. At city council's final meeting of 2018, a recommendation was received from the city's parks and recreation committee to continue to work with Kamloops Disc Golf Club and the Kamloops Naturalist Club on a plan for the space.
Dec. 19, 2018 – Residents of the Ottawa suburb of Kanata-Beaverbrook are angered that the owner of the Kanata Golf & Country Club is looking to sell off the property to accommodate new housing. They argue it's a violation of a 1981 agreement that guarantees 40 per cent of the land is designated as green space and that sale of the land would see their property values plummet.
Dec. 18, 2018 – A decision rendered by Justice Morgan of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has quashed Oakville's Cultural Heritage Landscape Conservation Plan as well as the associated bylaws for the Glen Abbey Golf Club. In spite of the ruling, the golf course will remain on the Ontario Heritage Register. Property owner ClubLink is reviewing the court decision.
Dec. 18, 2018 – ClubLink might not have "a leg to stand on" in its desire to redevelop the Kanata Golf & Country Club into new housing, says the city's former mayor, who in 1981, signed a legal agreement that could scuttle the proposed project.
Dec. 17, 2018 – ClubLink's plan to venture into a partnership to redevelop the Kanata Golf & Country Club with new homes is not in keeping with the original vision for the Ottawa area municipality, the former publisher and chief executive officer of the Ottawa Sun says. Rick Gibbons says the result will be depressed property values and an assault against the values that created Kanata in the first place.
Dec. 17, 2018 – A proposal to convert a full-size natural turf sports field and an adjacent smaller gravel field into two artificial playing surfaces is not sitting well with an East Vancouver neighbourhood committee. The Clinton Neighbourhood Committee is against plans to "plasticate" the park while the city feels the synthetic surfaces can bring about significantly greater hours of usage.
Dec. 14, 2018 – Dozens of trees, including several valuable Garry oaks, that were earmarked for removal to make way for sewage treatment piping in a Saanich, B.C. neighbourhood have been spared. In response to an uproar by neighbouring residents, regional officials have devised a new plan to satisfy both ends, but it will come with a price.
Dec. 13, 2018 – A Natural Resources Canada official is urging Halifax residents to keep an eye out for woodpecker activity, suggesting the bird's presence on ash trees could be a sign of emerald ash borer activity. Woodpeckers also help curb the problem by eating up to 85 per cent of the larvae on a single tree.
Dec. 12, 2018 – The Royal York Golf Course in Armstrong, B.C. will see its final season of play in 2019. The club's ownership has decided to shut down operations after 28 years due to a serious decline in rounds played.
Dec. 12, 2018 – Residents neighbouring Notre Dame Regional Secondary School in East Vancouver are rallying against a proposed all-weather football stadium on the grounds of the Catholic school. It marks the second time in 14 years such a project has been opposed with residents concerned about traffic, noise and parking issues.
Each region of Canada has unique geographic features, ones that set it apart from the rest. However, while that description also applies to our newest province – Newfoundland – when you are there, there is also a vaguely perceptible “other world” sense about the place.  
Two days of information aimed at the lawn care, sports turf, golf and nursery sod sectors of the professional turfgrass industry will be presented at the University of Guelph Feb. 20-21 at the 2019 Ontario Turfgrass Symposium.
Dec. 10, 2018 – Nanaimo's urban forestry coordinator wants to see local bylaws changed to afford better protection to the city's tree canopy. Bylaws were implemented and amended in 1993 and 2013, but the city needs to increase its capacity "to be able to oversee replanting, plant more trees, care for those trees, monitor development and set aside good guidelines for tree retention.”
Dec. 10, 2018 – The Halifax region has lost three ash trees so far to the emerald ash borer and further damage will result in a significant alteration to the aesthetics of the area, the municipality's superintendent of urban forestry says. The eastward-moving insect made its arrival in the area in September.
Canada’s premier horticulture and green industry trade show and conference – Landscape Congress – will be held Jan. 8-10 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The 46th edition of the event will feature more than eight acres of show floor space, three days of educational seminars and workshops, and networking opportunities.

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