to the Editor - Milton Canadian Champion 02/18/03
(The following letter was addressed to Ontario Minister of Transportation
Norm Sterling and a copy was filed with The Champion.)
Editor: Ontarians wish to point out a distressing and looming "threatened
unwillingness to right the clearly flawed mid-peninsula transportation
corridor needs assessment process brings another dissenting note to
the growing chant of "shame on you sir."
The threatened massasauga rattlesnake now joins the ever-loudening
call for a moratorium.
One of two remaining populations away from Georgian Bay in Canada
is in Wainfleet Bog in Niagara, almost in the path of "your"
proposed route 'C' option.
proposed highway will now have to deal with implications under the
Federal Species at Risk Act and individuals linked with the Species
Middleton of the Centre for the Environment of Brock University, has
enlightened the public to this potentially-devastating crunch on an
already threatened species.
not only the proposed highway that could destroy habitat and lifecycle
conditions for the threatened massasauga rattlesnake.
impacts from construction, greatly increased traffic, development
pressures and likely expropriation of snake-sympathetic landowners
could add expediency to the population's demise.
on the Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment (COPE) Web site (www.cope-nomph.org),
COPE has 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
call on you, Mr Sterling, 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.
silence on this situation is not an option.
ask that required attention to this matter be immediate and visible.
I'm sure you're with us caring Ontarians as we offer our thanks to
Dr. Middleton for truly trying to make a difference.
not let you down.