• Petitioned Rob Ford

This petition was delivered to:

Rob Ford
Gary Crawford

Stop the reconstruction of Chine Drive

    1. Catherine Leslie
    2. Petition by

      Catherine Leslie

      Scarborough, Canada

This is a heritage street with massive, old growth trees. This is one of the last few rural-looking streets in the city and backs onto a huge natural ravine. Chine residents are opposed to sidewalks because it would mean the destruction of a large number of trees, many of them more than 100 years old. If the reconstruction is completed, the heritage aspect of this street will be destroyed, and can never be brought back. We need to keep our green spaces in the city, not destroy them. This is and has always been a safe street, with no accidents with cars or pedestrians, so sidewalks are not necessary. There are many, much busier streets in Toronto with no sidewalks, and people and children are careful while they walk. This street, is a dead-end street, with very little traffic, so sidewalks are superfluous and a waste of huge amounts of tax dollars. On the weekend, Canada’s best known gardener, Mark Cullen, wrote a post siding with the residents. Among other things he called Chine Drive “the prettiest street in Ontario” and said he’s shocked they have to fight to save mature trees. Why must we constantly fight to save trees when they should be protected to begin with? First and foremost, we need the air they produce to breathe, so they should be saved for that reason alone. We need to stand up and fight to save this street, and these trees, before we end up like Istanbul, and finally protest to save the last few trees in our city.

Rob Ford, Mayor
Gary Crawford, Councillor
Stop the reconstruction of Chine Drive and Save Trees and Heritage

[Your name]

Recent signatures


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    2. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Alex Karney AJAX, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      To eliminate centuries of growth and survival for something as trivial as sidewalks (next to an already-paved street) is ludicrous. Please reconsider.

    • mark cullen TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      Heritage trees: they aren't making any more of them.

      • over 1 year ago

      Because it is important enough to citizens that live there that I received an email.

    • jennifer hunter TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      To quote Jennifer Keesmaat: "Respectful discourse. This is the way to build a city. Sometimes we learn, sometimes we teach. Some of our residents associations are among the most innovative and progressive in the world. This is a big, overwhelming city. We need all hands on deck, and I am thrilled to be collaborating with so many engaged, keen, passionate people who are seeking to make their city a better place. " The planning/Transportation depts ought to be doing just that for the residents of Chine Dr and LISTEN to the residents!

    • Becky Constantinides TORONTO, CANADA
      • over 1 year ago

      this is a very beautiful street. Save it!


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