Bayview

Strengthening Enforcement of Toronto’s Tree Bylaws

This past summer, 40 trees were illegally removed by a developer on Bayview Avenue. This is one of the most significant violations of the tree bylaws in Toronto to date.

In October, I requested that city staff prosecute this case at the Ontario Court of Justice and pursue the maximum penalty.

To stop developers from committing similar violations in the future, I also moved a motion directing staff to strengthen the city’s tree bylaws. In particular, I asked for improvements to the investigations process to make it more transparent, efficient and accessible.

Most importantly, I’ve requested staff to consider stiffer penalties for bylaw contraventions, including higher fines, stop work orders and the suspension of building permits.

Incidences of illegal tree removals are occurring across our city, and the City of Toronto needs to take a tougher stance and send a clear message that cutting down trees without permits is unacceptable and will be met with severe penalties.

Bayview Traffic Working Group – Public Meeting, Tuesday, June 24, 7 p.m.

Traffic and congestion have been front and centre throughout city planning’s ongoing design guidelines study of Bayview Avenue between Lawrence Avenue East and Highway 401.

Based on your feedback and the advice of senior city staff, I passed a successful motion directing city staff to establish a Bayview Avenue Traffic Working Group. The working group will complement city planning’s design guidelines study and focus on traffic and congestion issues on Bayview between Lawrence and the 401 – including the traffic impacts of intensification.

The kick off public meeting is set for 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 24 at the Centre for Creative Learning at Crescent School (2365 Bayview Avenue). All are welcome – please RSVP by sending me an email or calling my office at (416) 395-6408. I look forward to seeing you there!.