When a tree falls. Final moments caught on iPhone video.

I was biking by 115 NorthWestern when I noticed they were about to bring down the final section of this magnificent tree. Three men were working on it, and they used this truck to pull the tree down away from the houses. Very sad to see it go. But at least it didn’t go easily…

However, it is important to note that this tragedy could have been prevented if Ottawa’s “distinctive tree” bylaw actually had some legal teeth. The only difference between this heritage tree and another smaller tree? The name of the permit (I’m told not even the cost). And as you can see, that’s a really effective deterent to removing them when they become “inconvenient”. Shame on us Ottawa.

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