Item - 2013.EX34.12

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 8, 2013 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on September 24, 2013 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on October 8, 2013.

EX34.12 - Utilization Plans for the Maple Leaf Forever Tree

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2013, adopted the following:

 

1.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture (EDC) to work with Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR), Heritage Preservation Services, and the City Manager to proceed with the utilization plan for the salvaged wood, using the criteria outlined in 3a of the Comments section of the report (September 9, 2013) from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, and to report back on the allocation and use of the salvaged wood.

 

2.         City Council authorize the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture to develop a business case for a Maple Leaf Forever National Art Competition at a cost of $150,000 as outlined in 3b of the Comments section of the report (September 9, 2013) from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to be included for consideration as part of the 2014 budget process.

 

3.         City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation to work with Heritage Preservation Services to determine the future of the remaining part of the tree on the designated heritage property at 62 Laing Street.

 

4.         City Council direct the General Manager, Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and the Manager, Heritage Preservation Services to explore opportunities to re-grow the Maple Leaf Forever tree from the remaining stump using conservation arboriculture techniques.

Background Information (Committee)

(September 9, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on Utilization Plans for the Maple Leaf Forever Tree
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-61439.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Carried)

That:

 

1.         City Council direct the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, and Manager of Heritage Preservation Services to explore opportunities to re-grow the Maple Leaf Forever tree from the remaining stump using conservation arboriculture techniques.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-08-2013 2:10 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX34.12 - McMahon - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 2 Members that voted No are Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 12 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Janet Davis, Frank Di Giorgio, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, John Parker, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Kristyn Wong-Tam

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Oct-08-2013 2:11 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX34.12 - Adopt the item as amended
Total members that voted Yes: 33 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Chin Lee, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Gord Perks, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 11 Members that were absent are Michelle Berardinetti, Frank Di Giorgio, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, John Parker, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, Kristyn Wong-Tam

EX34.12 - Utilization Plans for the Maple Leaf Forever Tree

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.         City Council authorize the General Manager of Economic Development and Culture (EDC) to work with Parks, Forestry and Recreation (PFR), Heritage Preservation Services, and the City Manager to proceed with the utilization plan for the salvaged wood, using the criteria outlined in item 3a of the Comments section of the report (September 9, 2013) from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, and to report back on the allocation and use of the salvaged wood.

 

2.         City Council authorize the General Manager of Economic Development and Culture to develop a business case for a Maple Leaf Forever National Art Competition at a cost of $150,000 as outlined in item 3b of the Comments section of the report (September 9, 2013) from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture, to be included for consideration as part of the 2014 budget process.

 

3.         City Council direct the General Manager of Parks, Forestry and Recreation to work with Heritage Preservation Services to determine the future of the remaining part of the tree on the designated heritage property at 62 Laing Street.

Origin

(September 9, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture

Summary

The silver maple tree at 62 Laing Street, believed to be the inspiration for Alexander Muir's Maple Leaf Forever song written in 1867, was felled by a storm on July 19, 2013.

 

The tree is owned by the City of Toronto and was situated on the historic site of the Maple Cottage operated by Parks, Forestry and Recreation in Ward 32 in the Leslieville neighbourhood.  

 

The tree's demise generated significant national media and public attention. The City has received numerous enquiries on the future use of the salvaged wood, including proposals from major Canadian heritage and cultural organizations.

 

Due to the historic and cultural significance of this iconic tree, and the continued national interest on its fate, efforts should be made to utilize the tree remnants for the public good.

Background Information

(September 9, 2013) Report from the General Manager, Economic Development and Culture on Utilization Plans for the Maple Leaf Forever Tree
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-61439.pdf

Motions

Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor David Shiner (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council