10 No Brainers to Make Toronto More Awesome! is a project of the Centre for City Ecology that highlights small, achievable actions at the City-level that would improve life in Toronto’s neighbourhoods, right now. A series of 10 short videos will be released on Spacing Toronto from Sept. 15-19, highlighting 10 No Brainers contributed by a diverse cast of Torontonians. The project will wrap up with a free Pop-Up Event where City Council candidates can pitch which No Brainer they’d champion at City Hall and the public can join in the conversation: October 9 in the East End.
Out of all the bright ideas featured in the series, this one is just such a No Brainer. In Toronto, our Private Tree By-law requires a permit for activities that would involve the injury or removal of any tree larger than 30cm in diameter at breast-height. But what about all of our lovely little fruit trees, many of which don’t grow large enough to be protected under the current by-law? Here, Lorraine Johnson, local urban agriculture advocate and author of City Farmer: Adventures in Urban Food Growing shares her No Brainer to foster fruit trees in the city and connect us more deeply with how and where our food is grown.