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Oct. 3, 2018 – The early October snowstorm that hit parts of Alberta may inspire some golf courses to pack it in early for the season. But at least one golf course, in Medicine Hat, has the CCAA Golf Championship scheduled two weeks from now and has no backup plan if the snow continues.
Oct. 2, 2018 – Hollinger Park and its parking lot in Timmins, Ont. are closed as remediation work continues. Sodding has begun at the park's baseball field. Two years ago, it was revealed the park's soil surface contained higher-than-normal levels of lead, arsenic and antimony.
Oct. 2, 2018 – What is believed to be the largest global summit on the protection and preservation of urban green spaces is taking place this week in Vancouver. More than 700 urban greening experts from around the world have gathered in the city for the three-day International Urban Forestry Congress.
Sept. 29, 2018 – Three new artificial turf sports fields are under construction at high schools in the Niagara region, adding to five others in the district that have opened in just the past couple of years. School officials believe the fields will generate new interest in sports among high school athletes and will bring the communities together to support their local teams.
Sept. 28, 2018 – Less than two weeks after a green was destroyed at Winnipeg's Harbour View Golf Course by a "doughnut" driving individual, another Manitoba golf course has fallen victim to the same crime. Sometime during the night on Wednesday, an ATV ripped up the 13th green at the La Verendrye Golf Course in La Broquerie, causing thousands of dollars in damages.
Sept. 27, 2018 – The president of Tree Canada says it's too early to tell how long it will take for Ottawa's urban forest to recover from last week's tornado. Mike Rosen urged homeowners not to give up on damaged trees until they're properly assessed to determine whether they're worth saving.
Sept. 27, 2018 – An arborist working at the ninth tee at Maple Ridge Golf Course was killed Tuesday by a falling tree. WorkSafe BC is investigating.
Sept. 25, 2018 – The City of Fredericton is seeking the public's assistance to determine what a new city park should look like. The park's site is situated over five acres of forested land.
Sept. 26, 2018 – An interest-free loan amounting to more than $600,000 may be provided to the Stratford (Ont.) Soccer Association by the city to help pay back a $700,000 commitment it made in 2015 to help pay for a new artificial turf playing field. Council has yet to ratify the proposed loan to help the association which has secured only $84,000 of its commitment. The cost of the field is $1.2 million.
Sept. 25, 2018 – The emerald ash borer's eastward movement has found its way into Nova Scotia. The presence of the invasive pest was confirmed last week in Bedford. The province still has no regulations in place to deal with the pest insect, and it's expected the borer will survive the coming winter.
Sept. 25, 2018 – Niagara Falls now has its own cricket pitch, said to be the finest of its kind in southern Ontario. An official ribbon cutting for the pitch will take place Sunday at John N. Allan Park. The pitch was constructed in July with an artificial turf surface and silica sand infill.
Sept. 24, 2018 – Renovations to Calgary's Earl Grey Golf Club have met the approval of its members. The 27-hole golf course recently underwent a number of significant changes, giving golfers a whole new look and playing experience.
Sept. 24, 2018 – Artificial turf along a number of streets and sidewalks in Vancouver has triggered some heated debate between those who find it attractive and those who consider it to be tacky. Laid mostly outside condominium buildings, the synthetic turf is praised by those who dislike the use of pesticides and fertilizers yet chastised by those who say it's ugly and environmentally unfriendly.
Sept. 19, 2018 – Record-setting dry heat this summer in Winnipeg has become the latest threat against the city's urban forest. The city is already bracing itself against Dutch elm disease, the emerald ash borer and the cottony ash psyllid, but now a lack of moisture and high temperatures have combined to add to trees' stress levels.
Sept. 19, 2018 – Grass clippings will no longer be permitted in Hamilton green bins as the city pushes toward reducing the smell at its composting facility. The ban will be enacted on April 1.

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