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October 19, 2018
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Information to be shared about school fields’ upgrades

Plans for a $3.7-million upgrade to the sports fields at Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School in Peterborough, Ont. will be unveiled at an on-site public meeting. An existing natural grass field will be converted to artificial turf and lighting will be installed to allow additional play.

NL has its first ‘proper’ football field

Newfoundland & Labrador has its first ever "proper" football field, complete with upright goal posts. The field at Wishingwell Park in St. John's is "huge" for football players in the province, the president of Football NL says.

N.S. private school gets artificial field for safety

The health and safety of its students was at the forefront in a private high school's decision to install a new artificial sports field at its site. The $3-million field at Windsor, N.S.'s Kings-Edgehill School has a shock-absorbing, FIFA-certified playing surface that is a first of its kind in Atlantic Canada.

The varied tasks of the sports turf manager

Sports turf managers have common responsibilities no matter where they work in Canada. Yet their jobs can differ significantly, depending on the quality and quantity of fields in their care, whether they are caring for natural or artificial fields, whether the fields are privately owned or are administered by the municipality, and depending on the level of communications between the manager and the fields’ user groups.

Options abound for overseeding of sports fields

When overseeding athletic fields, sports turf managers have a number of options as to the varieties and species from which to choose, with the objective being to achieve a safe playing surface.
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Joe Breedon

Meet Canada’s new sports turf manager of the year

Canada’s sports turf manager of the year was caught off guard upon learning he was chosen for the 2018 honour by Sports Turf Canada (STC). Joe Breedon, outdoor recreation facility coordinator for the City of Barrie, has earned this year’s designation. » Read More

NDP kept mum on Winnipeg area soil contamination

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. » Read more...

Montreal suburbs may ban pot at sports fields, parks

Although recreational marijuana use becomes legal in Canada on Oct. 17, at least two communities in the Montreal area are taking measures to ban cannabis usage anywhere near sports fields, public parks and other green spaces. The new bylaws would fall under the same laws that prevent cigarette smoking and electronic vaping in such vicinities. » Read more...

Mississauga school sports field will be lit

The green light has been given to upgrade the field lighting at Applewood Heights Secondary School in Mississauga in spite of vocal opposition to the plan by neighbouring residents. The local school board chairman argued the field's financial viability is dependent upon lighting. » Read more...

Construction nears completion for St. Thomas rec complex

Construction of a $9-million outdoor recreation complex in St. Thomas, Ont. is in the stretch run following some recent wet weather and will feature 36 soccer fields of various sizes, a playground and other amenities. » Read more...

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