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Guild Wood Disaster

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Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park and Port Union
villages.
Northern boundaries are
Eglinton on the west and 401 on the east.
Bluffs Monitor can also be found in stores along Kingston Road west of Victoria Park Ave., to Main St., also in the Main Street Library and in Loblaws on Victoria Park Ave.

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The Guild area has piles of wood ready for pick up
by Larry Johnston
 There is one thing that everyone agrees on, the invasion of the Emerald Ash Beetle and the ice storm of last winter have been a disaster for the Guildwood Forest.
 The forest has occupied a large portion of the 88-acre former property of the Guild Inn. The borer, EAB for short, has spread across Ontario on the prevailing west wind much faster than the experts originally thought it would. Toronto’s suburbs had been particularly hard hit as efforts to cut down or inoculate trees in its path have been largely a failure.
 In their boldest move yet, the Toronto Parks department hired specialists to identify and remove nearly all the ash trees in Guildwood Park, 60 per cent
of the total. When the right time arrives, they will be replaced by a variety of native tree species.
 The destruction has the neighborhood grieving as well, says Sherri Lange, one of a group of residents questioning the City's methods. Stacks of logs have been left behind because the City has not yet found someone to carry them away.
 Three years ago, when the City started cutting down ash trees, they wound up in wood chippers, but it is now too late for that and all of Ontario south of Algonquin Park is now considered EAB infested territory. It is not the beetle that is the real problem, but the virus that is spread around the tree. Toronto has inoculated 13,000 trees.
 But Lange says that Chicago is trying to save 70,000 trees in its battle with the beetle in the hope that an antidote can be found in the next year or two. The Canadian federal authority, the food inspection agency, no longer believes in clear-cutting forests and woodlots in the path of EAB.
 Lange says it is unfortunate that people were too busy with the ice storm to attend a public meeting on EAB in the Guild Park early in January. Now they are even considering legal action.
 John Mason, head of the Friends of Guild Inn and Gardens, first became aware of the parks department plans for the forest at a public meeting last fall. The Friends are a sub-committee of the Guildwood Village Community
Association and he says legal action at this point can only delay the regeneration of the park.
 The forest was neglected for years, just like the Inn itself, he says.
 Now, the remains of the forest are dangerous. The piles of logs could fall on someone and there have been people, particularly media, climbing all over them.
 A fully-licensed arborist has been working on the Guild's ash trees since last fall, sorting out those that can be saved from those requiring removal. The only chemical for inoculation approved in Canada, TreeAzin, does not appear to work on the oldest trees, so some of the most magnicent ash trees will be among those beyond saving.
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“They’re Back”:
Kingston Road Project
Space for Park Activities
Build Toronto - Quarry Lands
by Larry Johnston
 About 25 per cent of the Build Toronto portion of the “quarry lands” will be designated park. Last month, a workshop was held to get area residents’ input into planning the park.
 After 30 years of wrangling with developers who own the other half of the quarry lands, you might think that people would be fed up with the subject.
 Seventy-five people turned out for a lively meeting. The proposed park is T-shaped, says Natalie Pastuszak, the Build Toronto parks specialist who has been working on the project for three years.
 They will be advising Pastuszak in the next week or two and another meeting will be held with the interested residents in the near future.
 Will there be a fenced-in dog park to help people who walk dogs in the area now? How many trees can be saved? Will there be a playground? Splash pad? Is there even space for softball? The quarry lands are east of Victoria Park and north of Gerrard Street. The former private golf driving range area as well as the long since abandoned ramps for the defunct Scarborough Expressway provides an opportunity to create parkland.
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 Bluffs Monitor wishes you: “Happy  Easter”
Winter is over ... and the start of another dreaded season – “Construction” is underway!
 

Pick Up a Copy!
at most stores, banks, libraries or community centres in the
Scarborough Bluffs
Communities along the lake between
Victoria Park and Port Union
villages.
Northern boundaries are
Eglinton on the west and 401 on the east.
Bluffs Monitor can also be found in stores along Kingston Road west of Victoria Park Ave., to Main St., also in the Main Street Library and in Loblaws on Victoria Park Ave.

House to House delivery
by our  Volunteers
on select streets
throughout the Bluffs area.
Birch Cliff
Oak Ridge
Clairlea
Cliffside
Cliffcrest
Scarborough Village
Guildwood
Highland Creek
West Hill
The photo at the top of this page is of the Bluffs today, seen from the bottom of Brimley in what is known as Bluffers Park
They have a history of European occupation going back to the seventeen hundreds. Lowland Scots emigrated to this area after being pushed out of their farms in Scotland by the titled gentry. Some of their descendents still live here today.
The name “Scarborough Bluffs” was given to it by Elizabeth Graves Simcoe, wife of the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada,
John Graves Simcoe because it reminded her of Scarborough Bluffs in England.
The Bluffs are the only geologically scenic area in the greater Toronto area but are also a geologic wonder, visited by scientists from all over the world to study its exposed history of the planet.  
Scarborough Bluffs Communities are Unique
photo by Sophie Edwards
photo by Carmen Weatherup