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April 11, 2019 – A high school sports field installed in 2016 in Oak Bay on Vancouver Island has never been used, prompting questions as to why it has been idle the past three years. Improper construction has led to poor drainage, and the field will need to be remediated before it can be used.
April 10, 2019 – The Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation has announced funding toward six research projects in 2019.
April 10, 2019 – Student athletes at Langford, B.C.'s Belmont Secondary School will no longer have to worry about poor field conditions due to wet fall and winter seasons. The school has officially opened its new artificial turf field – removed from Goudy Field – that replaces its original natural grass playing surface.
April 9, 2019 – A Windsor, Ont. city park neighbour caught on camera a car driver spinning doughnuts at the park. More than two minutes of video have been captured of three separate incidents spanning a couple of days.
April 9, 2019 – The cost to repair a Connecticut baseball diamond set afire in an attempt to dry it out could cost upwards of $50,000. A similar case was reported last week in Utah. About 25 gallons of gasoline fueled the fire.
April 9, 2019 – After being forced to play their games on softball diamonds for several years, the growing minor baseball program in Stephenville, NL will be getting an actual size baseball diamond of its own. The problem for the young ball players hasn't so much been a case of playing their games on diamonds not meant for baseball, but the challenge of finding field time among scheduled softball games.
April 8, 2019 – An opinion piece in the Airdrie, Alta. City View suggests that playing football on artificial turf fields is safer for athletes than playing on natural turf, contrary to popular belief. "Serious injuries such as ACL and MCL tears, as well as ankle injuries and concussions, are less common when football is played on artificial grass instead of natural-grass surfaces," the piece states.
April 8, 2019 – Acelepryn, an insecticide that targets the Japanese beetle, is being sprayed in Vancouver's city parks. The Vancouver Parks Board has assured residents that the insectide is safe and will cause no harm to humans, pets, bees, butterflies or other animals.
April 5, 2019 – Turf damaged by sidewalk snow plows in Toronto will eventually be repaired, but property owners are being asked to be patient. Plow operators often clear snow when it's dark and aren't alway sure of their position on the sidewalk.
April 4, 2019 – British Columbia's oldest lawn bowling club has expanded its pitch surface area for the coming season and is pleased with the quality of the pitch following its emergence from winter.
April 4, 2019 – A turf war has erupted in Toronto over free running dogs defecating on a section of artificial turf designated as a sports field. A man attempting to shoot video of dog owners breaking the law by bringing their dogs onto the field at Canoe Landing Park had his camera slapped out of his hand.
April 4, 2019 – A high school baseball coach's decision to dry up wet spots on his diamond's infield by dousing it with gasoline and setting it afire has led to a series of grim consequences. The coach has been placed on administrative leave for his actions, the field will have to be dug up to test for possible groundwater contamination and the team no longer has a home field to play on.
April 3, 2019 – Soccer Quest in Kamloops has acquired three fields at the Tk'emlups Indian Band reserve to bolster its training facility. The acquisition includes one full-size and two junior-size fields.
April 3, 2019 – The lone, century-old elm tree sitting next to Parliament Hill's Centre Block is down to its last few days. An opposition motion to delay its removal was quashed yesterday during an emergency meeting of the Procedure and House Affairs Committee when a last-minute Liberal vote sealed the tree's fate. It will now be removed as early as late next week.
April 2, 2019 – Growing interest in cricket in Montreal has prompted city council to commit to spending $56,000 on the construction of a new regulation-size pitch at Van Horne Park. The news has been met with enthusiasm from the city's Asian and Caribbean communities.

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