While the in-water construction of Kingston’s third bridge crossing hasn’t started yet, crews remain busy on-shore.
On Monday, crews were supposed to start clear-cutting trees on the east side of the Cataraqui River, but that’s been put on hold.
Dan Franco is an engineering supervisor with the city.
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The area in question is located just off Highway 15 and Gore Road behind the Pittsburgh branch of the public library.
Laurel Claus-Johnson is a concerned citizen. She’s also Indigenous.
“A tree is not just a tree to Indigenous people, it’s part of a standing family,” Claus-Johnston said. “They have their responsibility. In fact, what they breathe out, we breathe in.”
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Claus-Johnson says she would have probably chained herself to a tree on Monday, however, the cutting was delayed. In fact, just minutes before her interview with Global News, the city reached out to Claus-Johnson. They’ll meet later in the week.
Franco says for every tree cut down a new one will be planted, somewhere.