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Sept. 19, 2018 – Ottawa's Catholic school board is appealing to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (formerly Ontario Municipal Board) to overturn a decision made recently by city council that restricts evening play on the new artificial turf field at Immaculata High School. The matter has become complicated due to an arrangement the school board made with a local soccer club.
Sept. 19, 2018 – Bear sightings in the Ottawa area have numbered more than 60 so far this month, and one of the most recent occurred on the weekend at the Champlain Golf Course. An adult black bear was seen by golfers running around the course before it ended up in a tree, where it stayed for two days.
Sept. 19, 2018 – An Orillia, Ont. landscaper has tossed his hat into the ring in hopes of being elected to city council this fall. Ken Abbott, owner of Canestoga Landscaping, thinks council has spent too much money on big projects at the expense of the basics. "People want clean streets and clean sidewalks and they want the frigging roads fixed."
Sept. 19, 2018 – About 85 per cent of a golf green at the Harbour View Golf Course in Winnipeg has been destroyed by someone who drove "doughnuts" on it last weekend. A temporary green has been made until the vandalized green is ready for play again.
Sept. 19, 2018 – A half million dollars in renovations to Thunder Bay, Ont.'s Veterans Field is 99 per cent complete. Even though the project has progressed on schedule, the baseball field will not be used this fall for the city's new fall senior league.
Sept. 19 – The fight to keep Oakville's Glen Abbey Golf Club from falling into the hands of developers intent on building more than 3,000 new residential units at the site has already cost the municipality $5.3 million on consultants and lawyers. The town wishes to conserve the golf course as a heritage site while its owner ClubLink wants to sell the property for development.
Sept. 14, 2018 – A London, Ont. woman is wondering how a developer was granted permission to bulldoze about 500 pine trees in one of the city's designated tree protection zones. She and several activists successfully blocked the developer's efforts to knock the trees down on Monday after blockading the area.
Sept. 14, 2018 – Students attending Winnipeg's Weston elementary school have been barred from using the school's playground after it was revealed this week that soil in the area was contaminated by high levels of lead. The test that revealed the presence of lead was conducted 10 years ago, but the provincial government of the day chose not to disclose the information. Manitoba's sustainable development department was to determine if the playground has since become safe to use.
Sept. 14, 2018 – The Kamloops Naturalist Club is urging residents to convince city council to approve a proposal that would turn the former McArthur Island Golf Course into an interpretive nature centre. For the past several months, council has been entertaining suggestions from the public about what to do with the property after the previous owner terminated his lease.
Sept. 14, 2018 – A Durham, Ont. lawn care professional has tapped into modern technology, offering his customers robotic lawn mowing services. TurfBot Mowing Services so far has six customers whose lawns are cut by the robotic mowers, and hopes are to franchise the concept within the next couple of years.
Sept. 13, 2018 – Residents of a Winnipeg neighbourhood have become unraveled after learning soil testing conducted 10 years ago in their area showed potentially dangerous levels of lead, yet the NDP government at the time chose not to disclosee the results. One of the areas tested was an elementary school sports field that showed levels exceeding federal guidelines.
Sept. 13, 2018 – A trend is emerging in some areas in which homeowners are turning toward more sustainable options for their front yards. They are growing weary of seeding, fertilizing, weeding, spraying and mowing.
Sept. 12, 2018 – Does having an artificial turf field provide a competitive advantage to high school football teams over schools with natural turf fields? Is there a growing athletic gap between the haves and have nots? Hamilton Spectator columnist Scott Radley explores the questions and more.
Sept. 7, 2018 – A planned urban park to be built atop the Ville Marie Tunnel in Montreal will honour 21 women, including an executed slave and the 14 victims of the Polytechnique massacre. The cost of the park is estimated at $62.4 million.
Sept. 7, 2018 – Burlington Golf & Country Club's Dean Baker has been named golf superintendent of the year by award sponsors the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association and Bayer. “Dean Baker is one of the most influential golf course superintendents in Ontario and truly one of the most dedicated members, who instills the importance of involvement and participation in associations,” Kendall Costain, MS and president of the CGSA, said.

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