Members of Kitsilano's Cypress and Maple community gardens are waiting to see if the axe will fall on their plots next.
This morning (February 26), it was quiet at both gardens along West 6th Avenue at the northern end of the Arbutus corridor, with no Canadian Pacific Railway chainsaws in sight.
On Wednesday (February 25), I spoke to one of the Pine Street gardeners as we watched CP at work. Photographer Martin Kostian, who lives nearby, called it a "sneak attack", though he noted gardeners were warned that anything lying on CP's side of the property line was at risk.
"I'm not mad at the individual workers that are working the line," Kostian said, amid the sound of a chainsaw. "I'm mad at the company. I am mad at [CP Rail CEO E. Hunter] Harrison, because he has absolutely no care about this sort of thing. Because he lives in New York, he couldn't give a flying..."
Kostian later sent in the following photos of the Pine Street garden:
Today, there were "CPR has no heart" signs posted in protest at the Pine, Cypress, and Maple gardens.
The City of Vancouver has affixed these tags to fruit trees in the corridor:
In the Maple garden, someone left this message for CP:
On February 6, CP posted the following update on its website: "On January 20, 2015, a judgment of the B.C. Supreme Court dismissed the City's application to prevent CP from operating along the Arbutus corridor and continuing its work. After taking time to evaluate the court's decision, CP is resuming steps for reactivating the corridor for rail operations."