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roots of restoration

Kaz Novak, the Hamilton Spectator On the trail of art and scienceTheSpec.com - Local - On the trail of art and science New York artist has RBG canvas

Eric McGuinness
The Hamilton Spectator

(Nov 14, 2008) Restoring a well-worn nature trail partly paved with decades-old asphalt and overgrown with invasive garlic mustard doesn't sound like a job for an artist, but the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) has recruited one to do just that.Landscape artist Alan Sonfist, whose creations include a tiny pre-colonial forest in New York's Greenwich Village -- a site that's earned landmark status -- plans to put his talent to work next year on a trail restoration project that marries art and science.He'll be working with two RBG staffers, botanist Natalie Iwanycki and terrestrial ecologist Lindsay Burtenshaw, who met with him this week to discuss potential sites. Candidates include sections of the Captain Cootes trail at the arboretum in Dundas and the Bridle Trail behind Hendrie Park in Bu…

zoning in on Cootes

New debate over Cootes building planTheSpec.com - Local - New debate over Cootes building plan
Eric McGuinness
The Hamilton Spectator

DUNDAS (Nov 13, 2008) There's new debate over development on a privately owned property near Cootes Paradise that McMaster University once proposed turning into an off-campus parking lot.J. Douglas Hammond of Ancaster, former owner of the Dundas Canadian Tire store, wants to rezone two hectares on the northwest corner of King Street East and Olympic Drive to build four self-storage warehouses.McMaster gave up on its parking-lot plan five years ago in the face of stiff opposition from Friends of Cootes Paradise and others who argued it was a turtle nesting site.The same arguments are being raised now, along with concern that the warehouses will block views of the Niagara Escarpment to the north.The property is now in a park and recreation zone that would allow restaurants and recreational services such as a swimming pool, tennis club or mini-golf cour…