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Damage to bur oak #2: what consequences?

Updated: Apr 19, 2020

At 251 Carleton Avenue,  an infill development has torn apart the roots of a bur oak.


The Forestry Services staffer on site today had the following to say about this situation:

  1. The tree was noted during a Committee of Adjustment hearing and the developer agreed to “protect” the tree during excavation.

  2. Damage to the critical root zone is so significant that the tree has become  a danger  to workers on the site,  and Forestry Services may, therefore, recommend that the tree be destroyed (costs paid by the developer).

This is how the distinctive trees in Kitchissippi’s backyards are being destroyed–one by one.

Will Forestry Services issue a bylaw infraction based on this damage to a distinctive tree? Will it take the developer to court for not having protected the tree as set out in the Committee of Adjustment ruling that allowed him to proceed with his buildings?

Stay  tuned. --Debra Huron

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