Profiles
Experimental landscape design and climate-cognizant landscaping are two of the top landscape design and planning trends anticipated in 2018, the National Association of Landscape Professionals suggests.
The high school soccer season in Cornwall, Ont. was slated to begin the first week of May, but the slow start to spring could push the season opener back somewhat. “I don’t think there’s any field in the area that’s ready to play on," Jack Chisholm, convener of the SD&G senior soccer loop, said.
A Nova Scotia golf course that seemed destined for closure a year ago, has reopened for play this season under new ownership. Closure of Greenwood Golf Club was averted with the sale, and greens and other turf areas are reported to have successfully overwintered.
A cancer survivor has found that starting up a lawn mowing business in Prince George, B.C. has been both therapeutic and a chance to remain active. Julie Hughes plans to continue her business again this summer and is reaching out to other cancer patients.
A projected two-week delay to the start of golf season in Lacombe, Alta. is expected to result in lost revenue of about $50,000 for the Lacombe Golf & Country Club. Although snow is melting, it is ponding in places, including the first fairway where geese are enjoying a haven of their own.
No timeframe has been set as to when golf courses in the North Battleford area of Saskatchewan will open for the season. Even if snow melts entirely over the next few days, course may not be playable for some time.
Spring sports seasons are scheduled to begin in just a couple of weeks in the Kitchener-Waterloo region, but the area's recent ice storm followed by a fresh blanket of snow seem destined to push opening day back a while.
What is believed to be the first multi-million-dollar sponsorship for the City of Kitchener, Ont. is poised to bring major developments to South Kitchener District Park, including new soccer fields. RBJ Schlegel has contributed $2.3 million toward the project.
Calgary high school rugby teams are being forced to practise indoors in cramped gymnasiums as they await the green light to move outdoors on fields that are still snow-covered. The extended winter season could keep athletes indoors for most of April.
A First Nation community in the Yukon will be building its field of dreams after being awarded a significant windfall from the Toronto Blue Jays' charity, Jays Care Foundation. The Kwanlin Dün First Nation will see its existing ball diamond refurbished to include new fencing, an electronic scoreboard, as well as new dugouts, bleachers and LED lighting.
Saskatoon's urban forest is under attack by a "vampire-like" predator called the cottony ash psyllid that is projected to claim about 1,000 trees this year in the city.
Already in the lawn maintenance profession for six years, 19-year-old Simon Rosas-Leon has created a thriving business in Winnipeg. Top Notch Yard Care is a city-wide venture that offers commercial and residential lawn care, small landscaping, vegetation control and snow removal.
Private snow removal contractors in the North Bay area have been caught off guard by the re-emergence of winter in their part of Ontario. Staff from several companies are currently vacationing in tropical locations during a period that ordinarily follows snow cleanup yet precedes spring start-up, and companies have found themselves shorthanded.
Toronto landscaper Bruce McArthur has been charged with the murder of an eighth victim.
Toronto is getting one of Canada's longest linear urban parks, allowing bicyclists and pedestrians to travel from the city's downtown to Rouge Park in Scarborough without leaving a natural environment.
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