Where it sheered off is a problem as the tree had 3 equal branches emanating from a single point, rendering it potentially unstable.
While the 2 remaining large branches are hale and hearty, the long gash created by the split is susceptible to disease and/or infestation over the long run. The bark will not regenerate by itself, and an artificial coating or seal will not 'take'.
For now, it is wait and see. The Park's ultimate decision will be made on the basis of the arborist's report which has not yet been received.
On 23 Aug. the DLCVA submitted its detailed objection ("the Case for Block 2") to the City's Planning Dept. HERE
York Centre Federal Election and Downsview Park
In its long and laboured transition from CFB Downsview, Downsview Park has had the unique status of being a federal park in a big city, supposedly self-financing, run by a crown corporation (Canada Lands Company / "CLC") appointed by the government.
While the CLC operates at arms length from parliamentary oversight, it is not unaware of the breezes blowing in from Ottawa -- hence the importance of any federal election.
n the Park's 25 years of existence, its political masters have been either Conservative or Liberal.
While often critical of personnel and policy, the DLCVA is a-political and does not support any candidate or party
Conservative candidate Joel Yakov Etienne
has the unenviable task of introducing himself to voters at a time of relative social isolation.
A newcomer to politics, he comes at it from a different direction, with deep roots in the Jewish, Francophone and Caribbean communities.
A lawyer with an established North York practice (immigration, litigation), he has a first hand familiarity with the problems and roadblocks encountered by newcomers to Canada.
As an occasional news host, Mr. Etienne has a longtime interest in TV broadcasting, and has contributed to the indie miniseries Rising Suns
He is head lawyer in an on-going high profile lawsuit against the RCMP and the Province of New Brunswick that was explored on The Fifth Estate
last September. His client, Dr. Jean Robert Ngola
, a 50-year-old Congolese/Canadian physician in Campbellton NB, was the first person testing positive for Covid 19 in the province on May 27, 2020 after crossing the border into Quebec to pick up his daughter. One hour after he received notification (11:00am), this confidential information made it to Facebook, and by 2:30pm he was identified in the news as "patient zero" and the probable cause of introducing coronavirus into the province. Facing widespread public anger, he was forced to vacate his practice and respond to charges under the Emergency Measures Act
. The problem with this "rush to judgment" was that nobody did their due diligence; and as Mr. Etienne has repeatedly pointed out, the more you look at the evidence against this "irresponsible medical professional", the weaker the case becomes. Suit is on-going.
After a close battle with Conservative Julius Tiangson, sitting Liberal MP Ya'ara Saks
won the York Centre seat in a 2020 byelection occasioned by Michael Levitt stepping down. The election was close enough (46% to 42%) that it could not be called until the wee hours.
Growing up in the riding, Ms Saks has been active as a business woman (yoga studio), commentator and social advocate.
With an active interest in Israeli politics, she served in the social service sector there for several years.
With a political science BA from McGill and an international relations MA from U of Jerusalem, Ms Saks has long advocated for more diversity and dialogue in the public realm. To the despair of some, she has been even-handed in her comments on the Israeli-Palestinian question.
What her friends say about her: