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09 Sep

Trees are part of the City infrastructure that need maintenance and investment

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Urban forests in Greater Toronto area increasingly stressed, new report says


Development, climate change, invasive pests, violent storms are wreaking havoc on trees in region


Muriel Draaisma · CBC News - June 2, 2016

Janet McKay, chair of Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition, says urban forests in the Greater Toronto Area are facing "increased stresses" and she is calling on governments to spend on trees in the same way that they spend on roads and bridges. Trees are a vital, green resource that provide urban dwellers with many benefits, she said. (CBC)



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08 Apr

The public sector must continue to lead through action

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Both the public and private sectors have a role to play in realizing revitalization goals and objectives, especially in downtown areas.  The public sector has to lead the way by showing an obvious commitment to change by investing in the quality of the public realm.  This is especially true in the early stages of redevelopment, where the onus will be on the public sector to show new direction and to provide evidence of a lasting commitment to the adaptation of a downtown into a diverse, high quality, pedestrian-friendly district.  The “public realm” is all public streets, uses and open spaces – including streetscapes, gateways, views and visual character, pedestrian amenity and comfort and public art.  Public Sector commitments are most commonly in the form of streetscape and servicing upgrades.  Construction of larger-scale public institutional projects can also make effective use of public money – i.e. best bang for the buck – and serve as a catalyst for further change beyond the original purpose behind the institutional project.  Private development initiatives can be expected only in response to a demonstrated commitment of the public initiative.  RFA understands the challenges and complexities involved with redevelopment of downtown spaces.  It is also important to focus on a concentrated area and ensure that all actions are co-ordinated to the extent possible.