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Milkweed to be allowed in gardens to protect monarch habitat

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The City of Burlington’s municipal law enforcement team has drafted a new lot maintenance bylaw that will allow milkweed. The old bylaw prohibited milkweed growing above 8 inches. Residents effectively made the case that milkweed flowers, which grow taller than 8 inches, provide essential habitat for monarch butterflies. The new bylaw will be brought forward to City Council in September 2018 for consideration and approval. Between now and September, the city will not enforce the removal of milkweed from private properties. Milkweed is not on the province’s list of Noxious Weeds in Ontario.

Read staff memo here: milkweed memo

My Take: You did it everyone! After resident Doreen Nicoll received a notice to remove her milkweed, she spoke out and residents rallied providing credible evidence about the need to retain milkweed for monarch butterflies. I will support the revised bylaw when it comes to committee and council in September.

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Marianne Meed Ward

Marianne Meed Ward

A Better Burlington began in 2006 after my neighbours said they felt left out of city decisions, learning about them only after they’d been made. As journalist for 22 years, I thought “I can do something about that” and a website and newsletter were born. They’ve taken various forms and names over the years, but the intent remains: To let you know what’s happening at City Hall before decisions are made, so you can influence outcomes for A Better Burlington. The best decisions are made when elected representatives tap the wisdom of our community members, and welcome many different perspectives.This site allows residents to comment and debate with each other; our Commenting Guidelines established in 2016 aim to keep debate respectful. Got an idea or comment you want to share privately? Please, get in touch:

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