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FortisBC ‘does the right thing’ and handles tree trimming, says Kelowna-Okanagan homeowner

It’s a victory for a Kelowna homeowner who was upset about FortisBC’s tree trimming operations earlier this year.

After repeated requests from the property owner, the energy supplier has now removed the remains of a spruce tree.

“It’s a happy day,” Giulio Di Palma told Global News. “Fortis changed its mind and said about three weeks ago that they wanted to help me and make things right.”

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Residents angry with Fortis over tree trimming

When Di Palma returned home in April, half of his tree was gone. He said FortisBC had carried out extensive tree trimming without notice, even though the tree was dangerously close to power lines.

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The tree was so heavily pruned that Di Palma called FortisBC to remove the rest.

This is what the tree in front of Giulio Di Palma’s house in Kelowna, BC, looked like after it was cut down and pruned.

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He was one of many residents who contacted local news outlets to discuss local tree trimming policies.

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Many also accused the company of carelessly pruning the trees and cutting down too many.

The issue has now caught the attention of the mayor of Kelowna, who announced he will meet with FortisBC to discuss possible changes.

“I go into the discussion with great hope,” Mayor Tom Dyas told Global News.

“Even the events of the last week where they’ve gone back and looked at some of the sites and seen some of the work and changes that have been done there, I’m very optimistic.”

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Meanwhile, Di Palma says he can’t speak for others “because everyone has a different tree and different wires, etc., but I’m happy and glad they came and did the right thing.”

Global News has contacted FortisBC for comment.

In an email to Global News this spring, Fortis BC said: “We have heard the concerns raised recently by community members about how we manage trees and vegetation that impact the safety zone around infrastructure and will be reviewing this internally.”

The company also stated that tree pruning would be carried out exclusively by independent, certified arborists.

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