Here's how this particular tree looked in a Google street view image taken April 2010. It had grown a fair bit in two years:
"Rocky Mountaineer spokesman Ian Robertson denied the chopped limbs had any connection with the ongoing lockout of the company’s on-board attendants, who are part of the Teamsters union. The seven trees on Cottrell Street outside the Rocky Mountaineer Station were frequently used by the Local 31 members to hang their picket signs...
"The city’s Protection of Trees Bylaw carries fines of $500 to $10,000 per offence for unlawful damage or removal of a tree. Locked out workers noticed the trees had been denuded when they arrived at the Station for their March 5 protest rally..."
Cottrell Street outside Rocky Mountaineer's shop looked like this in April 2010:
Photos by Bob Mackin, Google street view (2) and Lindz Marsh
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