Development, at least in my neighbourhood, seems to equate with ecological tyranny.
Walking in my neighbourhood yet again today, I came across the latest of these logged-off sites.
I thought our bylaw protects trees that aren't within a new building's potential 'footprint' -- that those around the edges are supposed to be spared. Yet the bulk of the stumps on this lot run right along the fenceline, hardly the spot where any building could go. Take a look at those windows in the apartments next door. Can you imagine how thrilled those people must be at the thought of having their very own third-storey Peeping Toms living next door?
These weren't little saplings that were removed. Again, I'd like to ask those people next door how having these big trees cut down has affected them.
My only wish now is that the bylaw officer gets there in time -- not only to fine the people responsible for this, but also to seize the timber before they can make any money by selling it to a mill.
I'll post again when I find out what, if anything, happens with this. It looks like a good test for the supposedly new and tougher bylaw.