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Downtown trees are just babies

March 29, 2016 5:47 A.M.

Today's Feature Comment was written in response to the story 'Neighbours hope to delay tree removal.'

The largest coast Douglas-firs frequently exceed over 500 years in age and occasionally over 1,000! Surely to goodness something can be done to save these young babies.

This action speaks to the bigger question, the unwilling to involve the neighbourhoods when neighbourhood decisions are being considered. It is no secret neighbourhoods love their trees and for good reason. Consider the recent uproar over removing the trees on Columbia Street. Wouldn’t it be prudent to involve the Downtown Neighbourhood Association and work towards an mutual agreement?

Sorry. big brother doesn’t always know what’s good for us. The Toronto Star reported “Using data from Toronto, a team of researchers has found that having 10 more trees on your block has self-reported health benefits akin to a $10,000 salary raise or moving to a neighbourhood with a $10,000 higher median income or being seven years younger.”

BOB GAMBLE

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