By Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen, October 26, 2021
“I think there is angst about climate change. It’s so complicated. But people love their trees,” said Joan Freeman, a retired environmental management consultant and a board member with Community Associations for Environmental Sustainability.
On Wednesday, city council will contemplate the final form of its new official plan, the first since 2003, as Ottawa faces expanding to 1.4 million people over the next 25 years.
The city has acknowledged that greenspace cools the air, reduces stress, helps reduce chronic diseases and promotes mental health and exercise.