• Councillor Mark Grimes

Update - Dwight Ave. Trees & Sidewalk

I am thrilled to announce that City Council voted unanimously in favour of my motion to save the trees along Dwight !

At City Council today, I moved a motion requesting that staff postpone the sidewalk installation along the west side of Dwight Avenue between Birmingham Street and Maple Boulevard, until a new design can be achieved through the planned construction of bike lanes on Dwight Avenue, or through a future reconstruction of Dwight that does not impact the mature trees.

I want you all to know that I've heard you loud and clear – and I want to thank everyone who took the time to contact me for your continued advocacy.

There's no doubt that the growth of our tree canopy is a priority. From 2009 to 2018, the tree canopy in New Toronto nearly doubled, increasing from 8.7% to 15.2%. While this is one of the highest growth percentages in our Ward, I agree that removing these trees is contrary to our goal of further increasing our tree canopy across the city. We still have more work to do, and at this same meeting, City Council voted to reaffirm our commitment to reaching a 40% tree canopy cover by 2050.