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June 17, 2011
Media briefing on Emerald Ash Borer infestation decimating ash trees in Toronto
  
The Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect originally from Asia, is destroying healthy ash trees across the city. By 2017, an estimated 860,000 of Toronto's ash trees will be dead or dying. Surveys indicate that the infestation has occurred throughout Scarborough and in parts of North York and west Toronto, and it is spreading farther.

The City of Toronto will begin removal of dead and dying trees from streets and parks at the end of June. Owners of private property should hire a professional tree care company to take steps to protect or remove their infested trees.

Given the seriousness of this infestation, Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40, Scarborough Agincourt), Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee, together with Urban Forestry staff, will hold a media briefing on Monday to present facts and figures. The floor will be open for questions at the conclusion of the presentation.

Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Committee Room 4, 2nd Floor, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

In addition, the City of Toronto will hold three public information sessions at the following times and places:

Monday, June 20, 7 to 9 p.m.
Sir Wilfred Laurier Collegiate
145 Guildwood Parkway

Tuesday, June 21, 7 to 9 p.m.
McGregor Park Community Centre
2231 Lawrence Ave. E.

Monday, June 27, 7 to 9 p.m.
Port Union Community Centre
5450 Lawrence Ave. E.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line
416-560-8726
pfrmedialine@toronto.ca

 

 

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