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Dec. 6, 2018 – Landscape Ontario has packed its upcoming 46th Congress with plenty of educational opportunities. The trade show and conference will be held Jan. 8-10 in Toronto.
Dec. 5, 2018 – The dry summer of 2018 drained the Oakview Golf Club's reservoir, forcing the Winnipeg-area course to purchase water from municipal sources. The club's incoming president said he hopes next summer will be wetter so that the club can avoid the exhorbitant cost.
Dec. 3, 2018 – Lake Louise Resort in Alberta has been slapped with a $2.1-million fine for cutting 38 endangered whitebark pine trees in 2013. Appropriate permits were not obtained and the trees were considered healthy.
Dec. 3, 2018 – Research at Penn State University has found the means for golf superintendents to better monitor annual bluegrass weevil infestations and target the pest's most active periods for insecticide applications.
Nov. 29, 2018 – Unsafe lead levels remain at Winnipeg's Weston School field upon further testing. The results show levels that exceed national safety guidelines.
Nov. 29, 2018 – The artificial turf surface at a Langford, B.C. municipal sports field – still with years of life remaining – is going to be given to Belmont Secondary School to replace an existing natural field.
Nov. 27, 2018 – A new round of soil tests conducted at four home gardens in the North Point Douglas region of Winnipeg indicates they remain contaminated with lead. At least one sample's lead levels exceed national safety guidelines. The areas were tested in 2007 and 2008 – showing they were lead-contaminated – but the NDP government of the time neglected to release any information.
Nov. 27, 2018 – Criticism of the icy field conditions Sunday during the Grey Cup game at Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium has prompted the Canadian Football League to meet during the off-season with artificial turf manufacturers and stadium staff to see where improvements can be made. Players from both the Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks complained about the lack of traction they were afforded during the championship game.
Nov. 26, 2018 – Members of both Grey Cup champion Calgary Stampeders and Ottawa Redblacks found the playing surface at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton was more ice than it was turf on Sunday. The artificlal turf blades commonly found on a football field are situated straight up, but Commonwealth Stadium was outfitted in 2015 for the women’s FIFA World Cup, with crooked blades, enabling moisture to gather underneath and freeze over.
Nov. 25, 2018 – The Better Business Bureau for Canada's Atlantic region is warning homeowners to be cautious this winter before hiring a contractor to look after snow removal work. Its president says any homeowner can fall prey to a snowplow scam. "If something seems too good to be true, oftentimes it is."
Nov. 23, 2018 – The Field of Ability in Belleville, Ont. has received another substantial boost to ensure there will be barrier-free baseball to be played in the city. The project received $15,000 from the Aviva Community Fund, adding to the $250,000 already awarded as the grand prize in the Kraft Heinz Project Play competition in October.
Nov. 23, 2018 – New turf cover will replace an existing BMX bike park at Coquitlam, B.C.'s town centre to accommodate a festival lawn project, providing open spae for festivals and other events. City council this week approved $1.4 million for the first phase of the project.
Nov. 23, 2018 – A Nanaimo businessman has been fined about $84,000 after illegally cutting down 25 trees on a waterfront lot overseeing Departure Bay. It was feared the felled trees would compromise slope stability, but an expert said the lost maple trees improved stability at the top of the property. Joseph Mercier has until September 2020 to pay his fine.
Nov. 22, 2018 – Scientists have learned that ticks' metabolisms speed up after months of fasting, and they are more determined to find human hosts when starved for so long. Studies suggest starved ticks take larger blood meals, providing a greater opportunity to transmit disease such as Lyme or Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Nov. 22, 2018 – Sydney, N.S. has renewed its lease of land that is home to Vince Muise Park, enabling baseball and soccer to continue for another five years. The property is owned by the Catholic Church's Antigonish Diocese and was the host venue for the 2003 Canadian Little League Championships.

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