Restore the Leaside Ravine Destroyed by Metrolinx Crosslinx

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Metrolinx, and its agent Crosslinx, clear-cut 274 mature trees which formed a natural vista and barrier to pollution, noise and erosion at the rear of properties on Thursfield Crescent in North Leaside. Metrolinx had originally stated that the ravine would be restored with trees once excavation and the construction of a retaining wall was complete. Now, Metrolinx has modified their position stating that the use of “geogrid” (a polypropylene mesh membrane) will not support the replacement of trees and that they plan to plant shrubs rather than trees.

The actions of Metrolinx, their agents and contractors have resulted in the following:

- The affected properties have had their “ravine lot” status compromised to the point where they have lost virtually all privacy at the rear of their properties.

- The wholesale destruction of the greenspace has forever changed the habitat for birds and other wildlife.

- The affected properties are now exposed to increased pollution; both audible - traffic and construction noise, as well as visual pollution in that their ravine view has been replaced with an unobstructed view of the Eglinton traffic.

- Hundreds of condominium residents on the south side of Eglinton have also had their view impacted negatively.

- The 274 trees provided the residents of Thursfield Crescent with a beautiful canopy and protection of their property from the potential of significant erosion.

- Potential loss of privately owned trees due to the extent of excavation.

We are seeking support of the defence of our greenspace as well as an assurance that in the future, developers and their contractors will not simply be allowed to destroy greenspace as they see fit in furtherance of infrastructure projects.

We are asking the City of Toronto, Urban Forestry and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to hold Metrolinx accountable to replant as many canopy trees as possible and compensate for the remainder with plantings elsewhere in the ravine.

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