to the Editor Flamborough Post
Mar 5, 2003
Re: Letter from Mr. Bradley Reaume, Feb. 7, The Flamborough Post.
letter on the proposed mid-peninsula highway seems to demand a response.
To address his four main points:
Would the province enjoy the same level of prosperity if the QEW had
never been built?
not. But the same holds true for the invention of the wheel and the
use of horses to deliver mail. Eventually, we find better ways to do
things. There are better, cleaner, cheaper, and more efficient ways
to deal with the traffic in Niagara that the government says is going
to become congested over the next 30 years. Some of these include improvements
to existing road networks, improved transit for people and improved
rail for freight.
don't automatically deliver magical economic prosperity - MTO has been
unable to produce a shred of evidence that the 407 ETR has created any
kind of real growth.
may have induced a few firms to locate in one part of the GTA rather
than another, this "economic growth" has perhaps been offset
by the billions of dollars vacuumed up in tolls by the out-of-province
owners of the road.
he belittles the potential damage to the escarpment and the Niagara
Peninsula the highway would cause because it's "only 200 metres
of us are aware, the detrimental effects of a project like this spread
well beyond its footprint or actual size.
experts from McMaster University talk about reduced air quality 25 km
from major highways. The highway would destroy wildlife habitat and
need large territories available in which to move to safety, to rear
young, and to locate mates.
from highways is one of the most toxic things you can put in a watercourse
or wetland. Every time it rains, gas, oil, rubber, salt, and various
heavy metals wash off the road and into the water system. Those systems
are the first and primary filter of your eventual tap water.
writer calls development, many call urban sprawl - gas stations and
big box stores spreading along one of the last wild unspoiled areas
in southern Ontario would be seen by many as a step backward.
on the toll issue, the writer should take a good hard look at the 407
with its four or five recent toll increases.
toll revenues leave the province and provide no economic stimulus whatsoever.
It's a lovely idea that the tolls will be lifted when the road is paid
for, but a look at the 407 suggests that it won't happen.
the writer states that, "It is obvious that the biggest hole in
Ontario's major highway network is the route from Hamilton to Guelph,
Kitchener and Cambridge."
I can only say, "huh?" Does he mean for snowmobiles?
is a member of Citizens Opposed to the Paving the Escarpment, or COPE).