By Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen, June 21, 2023
A coalition of community groups is fighting proposed changes to the Ottawa bylaw governing any garden grown by a resident on a city right of way.
The groups say right of way gardens provide shade, biodiversity, food, beauty for neighbourhoods and tree canopy to battle the effects of climate change.
...Planting a garden on a right of way is a stewardship relationship wth the city, said William van Geest, living cities program coordinator at Ecology Ottawa. The person growing the garden doesn’t own the land outright, but is using it and caring for it.