April 14th, 2017 — Two large trees on city property next to a construction site at 34th Avenue and Carnarvon Street in Vancouver’s westside were cut down just before the Easter weekend. There’s no outside indication the trees were dead or diseased. According to city hall, however, the trees had become unstable and dangerous because of extreme root damage which occured during construction of the house in the background. The fine to the builder could be tens of thousands of dollars per tree but in a new five million dollar home that’s peanuts.
July 12th, 2016 — The last time I drove by this pile of debris made up from houses demolished in Vancouver was just over a month ago and it wasn’t much higher than the truck in the foreground. It was the first time in a year the pile had shrunk from it’s normal size. Today when I drove by the pile was back with a vengeance, at least a third higher than I’d ever seen it before, so at least two thirds of it must be from houses torn down in the last month. The pile is located on a private recycling site on West Kent Avenue South in Vancouver.
April 14th, 2016 — It always amazes me that the city complains about the lack of tree cover in Vancouver — blaming it on uncaring homeowners — and here we have city crews taking out five trees on Burrard street at 5th Avenue for who knows what reason; another bike lane? If I need a pile of permits to remove a long dead apple tree from my back yard then it’s only fair the city should need its citizens approval to chop down trees in public spaces.