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April 1, 2019 – There are no plans to cease planting cherry trees in the City of Vancouver even though the non-native species don't fare well in the type of warm and dry weather the city has experienced in recent years.
April 1, 2019 – A lone elm tree situated on the east side of Centre Block on Parliament Hill in Ottawa is expected to have its fate decided tomorrow during a meeting of Parliament's procedure and house affairs committee. The tree, which has been at the site for at least 100 years, may be removed to make way for an expanded Parliament Hill visitors' centre.
March 28, 2019 – Hoping to stop the spread of gypsy moths in Surrey, B.C., 62 acres of residential and municipal land will be sprayed in May and June. Previous attempts to spray from the ground proved ineffective.
March 28, 2019 – The ball diamonds at Pickering, Ont.'s Centennial Park will be getting upgrades this year, including fencing, lighting and new warning tracks. The cost of the upgrades is in excess of $487,000.
March 27, 2019 – Bidding is underway in Hamilton for the first phase of a new sports complex at Confederation Beach Park. The first stage of the $3.5-million project is to include a regulation-size cricket field, a multi-purpose field and 12 pickleball courts.
March 27, 2019 – Parks, playing fields and beaches in Vernon, B.C. are becoming overrun with goose droppings to the point where one local councillor has called the area "Planet of the Geese." The city is considering a strategy that would allow off-leash dogs to encourage the fowl to nest elsewhere.
March 26, 2019 – While the 2019 golf season has yet to begin in most parts of Canada, it is finally underway at the Penticton Golf & Country Club – more than a month later than expected. It marks the latest start to the season in at least three decades and is attributed to significant snow cover well into March followed by a rapid melt.
March 22, 2019 – A pedestrian pathway that cuts between two ball diamonds in Port Coquitlam, B.C. has become a danger zone when towering homeruns are hit beyond the outfield fencing. A girl who was hit on the head by a fly ball has raised safety concerns, but two options discussed to solve the problem have been rejected by council over the costs involved.
March 21, 2019 – Three Canadian Bobcat dealerships have been named among 16 in Canada and the United States as Bobcats highest performing dealers in North America. Those recognized by the company include Bobcat of Hamilton, Ont., Bobcat of the Peace in Grand Prairie, Alta. and Bobcat of Whitehorse, Yukon.
March 21, 2019 – The deadline to file a claim in a class action suit over alleged gas-powered lawn mower horsepower mislabeling is May 22. The class action suits in Ontario and Quebec have concluded with settlements in the amount of $7.5-million.
March 21, 2019 – The City of Ottawa is ready to battle ClubLink in court to prevent development from taking place at the Kanata Golf & Country Club. ClubLink announced in December it planned to develop the 50-year-old golf course for new residential housing.
March 21, 2019 – The green light has been given by a Supreme Court judge to sell off the assets of the Terra Nova Golf Resort in Port Blandford, NL. Assets of the resort include an 80-room hotel, resort building and condos, and equipment to operate the golf course.
March 21, 2019 – Those itching to get onto the sports fields in Kelowna now that spring and better weather have arrived are being asked to hold out a little longer. The city wants the extra time to test its irrigation system and cultivate its turf to ensure there are no holes or divots that can lead to injuries.
March 21, 2019 – The controversy surrounding Canada's use of artificial turf fields when it played host to the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup will be forgotten for the 2023 event when only natural grass fields will be used. FIFA has made it clear artificial turf will no longer be acceptable.
March 21, 2019 – Before rugby athletes at Port Coquitlam's Riverside Secondary School can take the field for their practice sessions, a messy job needs to be done first. Deposits of dog crap are being routinely scooped from the field at Gates Park – a practice that irresponsible pet owners are neglecting.

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