Tree Protection Zone?

In the shadow of the Bathurst Street bridge, a curious activity recently took place. It was announced by the sign below:

Stepping back a little, we can see the location of the sign.

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Stepping back further, we now see the devastation wrought within the “protective” fence: every single tree has been systematically removed. I was there the day the contractor was cutting the trees and asked a worker why they had done it. He did not know.

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The entire area marked by the TPZ sign has been razed!

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Is this some kind of weird Parks, Recreation and Forestry joke, I wondered? Perhaps their idea of “Tree Protection Zone” is different from that of the ordinary mortal observing this massacre. Or is there perhaps a correct sign they should have posted saying “Tree Destruction Zone”? I will have to find out. Meanwhile, I await developments in the TPZ with interest.

John Cummings

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