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Emerald ash borer hits Toronto

A destructive pest familiar to southwestern Ontario and Michigan residents has made its way to Toronto.

The Emerald ash borer has hit the city’s trees, and one councillor estimates the infestation could take away 10 per cent of the canopy in Toronto.

The pest was introduced from Asia in 2002. According to the City of Toronto, the emerald ash borer “kills all species of true ash trees (genus: Fraxinus) by feeding beneath the bark and disrupting the flow of water and nutrients within the tree.”

CityNews reporter Saphia Khambalia has more in the video below