I was pleased to be appointed to the Parks and Environment Committee over the summer, expanding my City Hall portfolio.
Parks, Urban Forestry and the Environment and Energy Office all report directly to the Committee, and it was a full agenda for my first meeting in early September.
The Committee explored the American experience with Emerald Ash Borer, looked at how Toronto is moving to protect our vulnerable Ash trees and discussed a generous $600,000 donation to renovate the Holocaust Memorial in Earl Bales Park.
I hope to use my seat on the Committee to protect and expand Toronto’s tree canopy. At September’s meeting, I moved a motion asking Urban Forestry to cut its tree pruning response time in half. My focus for the fall will be improving and strengthening Toronto’s tree protection policies.