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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.
June 4, 2019 – KIOTI Tractors officially opened its new distribution centre in Mississauga May 30, attracting several of its Canadian dealers, company officials and dignitaries from parent company Daedong-USA Inc.
June 4, 2019 – Adult leagues have been banned from playing baseball and softball at the MacGregor Park diamond in Toronto due to numerous home run balls hitting an adjacent new condominium building. Deemed off limits now for adult play, closure of the park – centrally located to accommodate 99 per cent of the user leagues – will force players to commute to other parts of the city.
Summer has arrived, meaning professional landscape contractors are in the thick of the mowing season. With customer demands high and busy schedules testing the durability of equipment, it is it critical to arm all operators with the information they need to keep machines up and running, regardless of demands they face each day.
Contractors agree that sidewalks pose some of the biggest challenges in winter maintenance – high labour and high risk. Taking a preventative approach to sidewalk maintenance provides solutions for both of these concerns. It also allows companies that are interested in adding liquids to their operations to start out on a smaller scale.
June 3, 2019 – Vandals struck a British Columbia provincial park campground on Sunday, spinning doughnuts into the overflow lawn and damaging several picnic tables. Mabel Lake Provincial Park near Lumby is ordinarily a pristine piece of property in the North Okanagan region.
June 3, 2019 – Work is progressing at a solid clip in the creation of an accessible baseball diamond in Antigonish, N.S. The $450,000 project is being partially funded by the Jays Care Foundation.

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