Ontario tree-planting program dodges axe for a year - 2019-05-06

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F94.png Ontario tree-planting program dodges axe for a year May 6, 2019, Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star

In a partial climbdown from a money-saving move to axe the planting of 50 million trees, Natural Resources and Forestry Minister John Yakabuski says seedlings will go in the ground this year as scheduled. But the controversy remains in full bloom as an Ottawa-area nursery warned it may have to destroy three million seedlings being grown for the program that cost taxpayers $4.7 million a year and was designed to fight climate change.

"We've been working with Forests Ontario to ensure that the tree planting that is designed and scheduled for this year will go on as planned," Yakabuski said Monday in the legislature's daily question period.

"For any contract that was in place, those trees will be planted this year."

"We've been working with Forests Ontario to ensure that the tree planting that is designed and scheduled for this year will go on as planned," Yakabuski said Monday in the legislature's daily question period. "For any contract that was in place, those trees will be planted this year." The new Progressive Conservative government needs the $4.7 million annually to help slay the $11.7 billion provincial deficit, Yakabuski added, calling the financial situation inherited from Kathleen Wynne's Liberal administration a "mess."

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