Work to fix Ottawa's urban forest is falling short, committee warned

By Kristy Nease, CBC News Ottawa

The city's plan to get more trees in the ground is behind schedule, inadequately funded and failing to meet the urgency of the moment after years of exceptional storm damage, critics told Ottawa's environment committee this week.

... William van Geest, a program co-ordinator at Ecology Ottawa, said he didn't think the storm excuse was valid. The community has known for some time about climate change bringing more powerful and more frequent storms, he said.

"The city should not treat such events as an exception, but as a reality," he said, adding the city should set aside money to ensure there are no further delays.

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