TORONTO ICE STORM TREES

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The Week In Review: Toronto's Trees Don't Need the Army, They Need Less Red Tape

With Toronto's ice storm now past, the city is turning its attention to cleaning up fallen branches and taking care of damaged trees -- a process that we're told will cost $75-million. About $25-million of that money will be spent on picking up the debris, with the rest going to tending to the injured tree canopy. Despite the extensive damage, though, Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly's musings about calling in the army to help wrestle errant branches into submission seems an overreaction. Perhaps the more relevant musing at this point is: Why is it so onerous for Toronto residents to maintain, prune, or -- God forbid -- remove trees in their own yards?
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Storm's Big Bite On Toronto Tree Canopy

Dozens of city and contracted crews have started the process of cleaning up debris from last weekend’s ice storm, as hydro crews continue to work to restore power to thousands. Toronto officials conf...