Q8 - Will you support our target for a 40% tree canopy cover per neighborhood and protection of mature trees through the new Tree Protection By-Law?

Laine Johnson

Yes. NCC maintains a significant amount of the green space in Ottawa, which benefits residents in those areas. The city must prioritize non-NCC adjacent neighbourhoods to ensure equitable access to quality greenspace. The residents of College Ward, and City View in particular, have undertaken serious advocacy in this area to resolve some of the inequity in the cash-in-lieu park program so we should see greater investment in our neighbourhoods. As Councillor I will work as an advocate to increase our tree canopy and partner with the NCC for properties that abutt their lands. 

I also believe that we need to strengthen our existing Tree By-law so that we don’t take down as many trees with infill development, and that we require a stronger tree replacement strategy. Our tree canopy is one of the most effective, both in impact and financial, ways to reduce urban heat waves. To mitigate the “urban heat island effect” and improve the health, both mental and physical, I will work to increase the tree canopy in College Ward, and fortify tree protection and replacement programs.

Wendy Davidson

Yes.

Vilteau Delvas

Yes. 1 tree cut 5 to be planted.

Granda Kopytko

Did not participate.

Pat McGarry

Did not participate.

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