Mercury - Saturday February 8, 2003
Robert (Bob) A. Beyette
- Are you are aware that a governmental boondoggle is happening regarding
the mid-peninsula transportation corridor and in particular the proposed
mid-peninsula highway which will by riding atop "our" protected
(or at least it was) Niagara Escarpment?
This proposed highway will feed into one of the 400 series highways.
If you think traffic is bad on the 401 now, wait till this proposed
mid-peninsula feeder artery bleeds a mass of transports and cars into
The taxpayers of Ontario have forced our government to pull back hydro
from the brink of privatization, are getting them thinking about reversing
the 407 highway privatization sale (scandal).
And now, they're getting them to think about their wasting $1.5 billion
of taxpayers hard-earned dollars on a proposed solution highway that
is not even close to being the best solution.
I, like many others, would like to know how the Ministry of Transportation,
as directed by Norman Sterling, intends to comply with the wishes of
the growing majority of discontented voters in regard to the moratorium
as called for by the Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment (COPE)
on the proposed mid-peninsula highway.
As reflected on its Web site (www.cope-nomph.org), COPE along with other
organizations, municipalities and thousands of individuals such as myself
have called for a moratorium on all further planning and assessment
of the mid-peninsula highway until such time as the Smart Growth Panels
have reported and the MTO has demonstrated that it will respect Smart
Growth principles -- the environment, the inputs from stakeholders and
the policies of other levels of government -- when formulating transportation
policy and planning.
All of us, hopefully including you too, call on the MTO to recognize
that a forward-looking and responsible transportation strategy for the
province will encompass rail, transit, marine, improvements to existing
structures and other transport modes as well as new roadways.
Talk/write/email your MPP and ask for their support in arriving at a
transportation solution that's truly best for the people of Ontario,
not the friends of the politicians.
To ensure correct thought processing, remind your MPP that an election
is just around the corner.
Please help make a difference as we really are in it together.
Robert (Bob) A. Beyette