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May 9, 2019 – The class of 2019 of Canada’s Top 10 Under 40 has been helping to shape the future of the Canadian turf and grounds maintenance industry since entering the profession, and these young individuals are poised to ensure that the qualities of leadership, innovation and teamwork are in strong supply for years to come.
May 15, 2019 – Toronto’s ever-evolving BMO Field has taken yet another giant step forward. It’s not something that fans of the Toronto FC or Toronto Argonauts are likely to notice, nor is it something that will be readily apparent to the players of both teams. But head groundskeeper Robert Heggie and his staff are going to see and appreciate the difference.
May 7, 2019 – The City of Kitchener is joining an environmental group in a pilot project to plant new trees in the city. Reep Green Solutions has joined the cause to expand Kitchener's tree canopy.
May 6, 2019 – Ticks are moving across Canada at a rate of between 35 and 55 kilometres a year. Once rare in Canada, ticks have made their way into regions of Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick, and they are virtually everywhere in Nova Scotia, bringing with them the threat of Lyme disease.
May 6, 2019 – About three million trees are expected to be destroyed by an Ontario nursery due to the scrapping of a provincial tree-planting program. Ferguson Tree Nursery in Kemptville was one of the main nurseries to take part in the program, but its CEO says he can't afford to pay for staff, supplies and operating expenses to run the nursery and maintain all the trees that are in various stages of growth.
May 3, 2019 – Ten ash trees have been earmarked for removal in Halifax Regional Municipality's DeWolf Park following detection of the invasive emerald ash borer. The insect was first detected in Nova Scotia last year.
May 3, 2019 – A municipal councillor in Brockville, Ont. – who also owns a landscaping company – fears council will be facing a budget crunch in the near future to deal with removal of ash borer-damaged ash trees. “We’ve known it was coming but we played turtle and we buried our head," he told council.
May 3, 2019 – The real reason for the sudden and unexpected closure of the Bearspaw Country Club in Calgary was the construction of its new clubhouse going well over budget, Bearspaw's club pro said. Its members, who had already paid their dues, weren't able to contribute the outstanding amount to keep the operation going. About 80 full and part-time staff are currently out of work.
May 3, 2019 – Nine years shy of its 100th anniversary, the Salmon Arm Golf Club is being put up for sale due to a decline in the number of golfers playing the course. The selling price for the 27-hole club is more than $4 million. The club's debt and current liabilities are about $2 million.
May 2, 2019 – The first round of spraying to kill gypsy moths is underway in Surrey, B.C. Gypsy moths are an invasive species known to damage around 300 varieties of trees and other plants.
May 2, 2019 – It's the 60th anniversary of the planting of Toronto's cherry trees, presented as a gift by the people of Tokyo, and High Park is being made car-free during the traditionally week-long blossoming period.
May 2, 2019 – Calgary's Bearspaw Country Club has ceased operations due to what a member of its board of directors says is a "private matter." Documents obtained by Global News, however, show three liens against the private golf course.
May 1, 2019 – Trees lining the north edge of Centennial Park in Moncton are in jeopardy of being lost to accommodate new development, and this isn't sitting well with a group of residents.
April 29, 2019 – Sports fields in Peterborough, Ont. are still waterlogged and won't open for play until at least May 10. But that will be weather-dependent.
April 26, 2019 – A solar-powered electric mower will be put to the test this summer at Edmonton's Coronation Park in a pilot project to determine the mower's durability, noise output, environmental friendliness and time cutting. If everything goes as expected, the city is thinking about adding to its electric fleet.

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