City bylaw should prevent 'tree massacres,' advocate says

By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa

A longtime advocate for Ottawa's greenspaces says the city's new tree protection bylaw appears to have failed one of its first big tests, now that Tewin partners have been allowed to resume cutting on a swath of land in the rural southeast end.

...Paul Johanis, chair of the Greenspace Alliance of Canada's Capital, has watched city policy-making for years and says the new tree protection bylaw was crafted in part to prevent a repeat of what he called past "tree massacres," including a few areas clear-cut in north Kanata over the past 15 years.

"We have a long history in Ottawa of these types of preemptive clearings of forest cover in that strip of land that's just around the entire urban boundary of the city," said Johanis.

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