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OJ

Those trees are dead, the world is a less woody place.

To be fair alot fewer trees have died from the UTM expansion then from the growth of the nearby subdivisions. Plus the campus BADLY needed an expansion. (They've had to cope with a plan that called for nearly a doubling of the student population in less then a decade)

Still UTM used to advertise itself as a "the place where the deers still roam". With the rapid shrinking of their habitat I feel sorry for any deers left who dare roam Erindale Park.

oj- ex u ot t'er
now Rye Grad student

Mike

GDT probably drives an SUV . If there were more trees in Mississauga the air quality wouldn't be as pathetic as it is . Some days all you see looking along Eglinton Ave is a black haze

John Stewart

Hi Barb,

Re: your comment on heritage buildings in Mississauga. Please see story posted in the News section of this site on that very issue, which include's Tom Urbaniak's SOS list of buildings most under threat. This story is one of the "value-added" features of the web site. Great idea for getting more news to you folks. Just not enough space in our paper.

John

Barb

Grow smart grow grey is more like it. You're right, it's hard to take them too seriously when they've just mowed down a bunch of beautiful old trees. I guess that's not too surprising considering the university is in Mississauga. This city has a terrible track record for keeping green space. They have an even worse record for protecting historic buildings. The sign they took down from when UTM was a college will probably get better protection than most of the trees or old structures in this city.

Tree By-law

John,

Below are several excerpts from the Mississauga Private Tree By-law, which was passed in 1990.

UTM would be well within there rights to remove up to four (4) trees that are less than 20cm (8in) in diameter in size within a calendar year.

To remove these mature creatures, UTM would have to apply and be granted a permit under the Private Tree By-law Section with the Urban Forestry Unit

Which was approved and granted based on the permit requirements

I believe that the City of Mississauga permit was approved based on specific needs and requirements for UTM under section 5 (c).

UTM with City of Mississauga permit in hand was well within there rights to have these magnificent trees removed.

Sucks to be a tree huger!

More information of the City of Mississauga Tree By-law can be found here.
http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/urbanforestry?paf_gear_id=9700018&itemId=300012

Private Tree By-law
By-law (By-law 0634-2001)

PERMIT REQUIREMENTS AND EXCEPTIONS
3. (1) No person shall injure or destroy five (5) or more trees each with a diameter greater
than 20 cm on a lot within one calendar year without first obtaining a permit pursuant
to this By-law.

(2) Despite subsection (1), a permit is not required:
(a) to injure or destroy four (4) or less trees each with a diameter greater than 20
cm on a lot per calendar year;
(b) where the tree has a tree diameter of 20 cm or less;

REVIEW OF A PERMIT APPLICATION
5. (1) The Manager shall review all completed applications and may issue a permit based on
the following criteria:

(c) the tree location conflicts with any of the following:
(i) proposed building permit plans that comply with the zoning of the
land;
(ii) a proposed pool enclosure; or
(iii) the expansion of parking areas that complies with the zoning of the
land;

GDT

Maybe you should quit reporting and join Greenpeace, Captain Treehugger. Every time they have to build a building or widen a highway, somebody starts crying about how a tree got cut down.

Chris Clay

Go hug a tree John...Haha...
But, in all seriousness, does UTM have an indepth explanation for why they chose to chop down mature trees for what is, essentially, a slightly more convenient entrance?

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