Defend Our Trees

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  • Theresa Peluso
    commented 2021-02-09 20:00:04 -0500
    I learned early in Feb. 2021 that a Toronto developer plans to remove 4 hectares of mature forest in Kanata (just off Campeau Drive) containing over 100 healthy maples, white pines, bur oaks, hemlocks, elms, and other trees, including 8 healthy butternut trees, of which 5 are archival trees (which means these trees have shown resistance to the butternut canker). The butternut tree is listed as endangered in Ontario and Canada, and several residents are opposing this development (of a whole slew of town houses and high-rises) especially for that reason. We must persuade our elected officials that Nature is too precious to be destroyed this way.
  • John Pedersen
    commented 2020-05-25 10:53:22 -0400
    It was with disbelief that on May 21, 2020 I watched from my balcony the removal of four mature Norway maple trees from the property of Soccer Canada, at the corner of Somerset St. and Metcalfe St. This was an act of vandalism sanctioned by the City of Ottawa with its issuing of a permit to remove the trees.
  • Kenneth Abraham
    commented 2020-05-13 11:11:10 -0400
    A few years ago I was at the point of efforts to protect trees in my neighbourhood. Infill pressures were causing many trees, especially older and larger trees to be cut down. To avoid any future issues, home builders (notice I didn’t, and I never, call ‘them’ developers) routinely cut any tree, even trees that could have been saved and might, in many cases, resulted in higher property value.

    I witnessed the emergence of the ‘tree bylaw’ and also how toothless it was first hand. Again, our city leaders are not giving this issue the attention it needs. The ‘Big Smoke’ (a.k.a. Toronto), has seen the light and provides far more protection to urban trees. It’s time Ottawa got on with it.

    Kenneth Abraham.
  • Miriam Campbell
    commented 2020-05-12 12:30:27 -0400
    We can not let our current COVID-19 crisis take over other critical endeavours, like maintaining and caring for our urban trees and forests. In fact, taking care of our urban green spaces will help everyone’s over physical and mental health, and reduce the amount of energy consumed running household air-conditioning units.