ROBERT BATEMAN TO HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

WILDLIFE ARTIST OPPOSES MID-PENINSULA HIGHWAY THAT THREATENS THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT


Bateman, a world-renowned artist and naturalist, will hold a press conference
Saturday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Spencer Gorge Wilderness Park in Flamborough in the City of Hamilton.

Bateman is concerned about the potential impact of the proposed Mid-Peninsula Highway on the Niagara Escarpment. The $1 to $2 billion highway proposed by the Provincial Government would cause irreparable damage to the Escarpment, a unique and irreplaceable element of Ontario's natural heritage. Its significance has been recognized by the United Nations, which has designated it as an International Biosphere Reserve.

It was while living on the escarpment in North Burlington in the early 1970's that Bateman painted his early "realism" portrayals of local wildlife and habitat that gained him international recognition.

From 1973 to 1985, Bateman served on the Niagara Escarpment Commission.

Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment (COPE) is a rapidly-growing grassroots group. It has grown from a membership of two in Summer 2002 to over 1000 members from all parts of the '905' area. COPE is sponsoring Bateman's press conference.

The press conference will conclude with an open question and answer session. Representatives from COPE will also be available to answer questions. Press kits will be available on September 26, 2002 and at the press conference.

Note: further information as well as a map showing the location of the proposed highway may be found at: www.cope-nomph.org.

Directions to Spencer Gorge Wilderness Park:
From highway 403 exit at Hwy 6 north
Hwy 6 north to Hwy 5 (Dundas Street)
Left (west) on Hwy 5 to Brock Road
Left (south) on Brock to Harvest Road (at 4 way stop)
Left (east) on Harvest Road to Spencer Gorge Wilderness Area / Tew's Falls (1 km from stop sign on right side)

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