to the Editor Milton Canadian Champion
The Mid-Peninsula Highway public meeting held in Burlington on February
25 was a huge success in my view.
totally open with questions and answers. Many innovative and thought-provoking
suggestions came from the audience. E-mails back and forth the next
day between the participants indicated a building on of ideas presented
the evening before.
of you are probably aware, I've shared many comments and suggestions
with our provincial government and newspapers on what I see as a flawed
Mid-Peninsula Highway Project needs assessment process. With other organized
groups like COPE (Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment) and CONE
(Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment), we have made a difference, small
that it may be.
the City of Burlington, taking neither side, is in essence bringing
increased logic, not just passion, to the equation of transportation
vision and smartness for Ontario. I suggest we offer accolades to the
City of Burlington. Burlington has made a big difference.
of Burlington has, knowingly or not, built a common Ontarian platform
for all to speak and listen on the Mid-Peninsuala Highway Project, and
on Ontario transportation issues in general.
residents from Burlington attending, there were individuals from Milton,
Flamborough, Oakville, Hamilton, the Niagara Peninsula and even one
lady from the other side of Toronto, who's concerned about an extension
of Highway 407 moving east.
speaker's group provided honest insight and accurate information.
Mayor Rob MacIsaac presented a summary level draft of the Smart Growth
Panel's findings and recommendations developed to date.
ensued, indicating total support by those present. Hopefully the Ministry
of Transportation will be listening to the Smart Growth Principles and
not doing their own 1950s build a highway thing.
in Milton and am proud of it. I also live in the region of Halton, the
province of Ontario and the country of Canada, and I'm really proud
of that too.
make a bigger and better difference together than as stand alones?
MacIsaac spoke, the word "we" was taken as Ontarians and Canadians,
not only those from Burlington. Thank you Mr. MacIsaac.
in Burlington, as Councillor John Taylor can attest to, and I've worked
in Burlington, Oakville and Hamilton. Regardless of how I may come across,
I care like all of you do about common issues that impact fellow Halton
residents and Ontarians at large.
we can make a difference, yet private agenda and or special interest
objectives sometimes divide us. We (those in Halton) need to stand together
and be united in our resolve.
I'm a proud
humanitarian, Ontarian and Canadian first and foremost, and a caring
resident of Milton and Halton by choice. I love it here.
that what I don't see is possibly happening. The Region of Halton, together
with the municipalities of Halton, are going to speak on behalf of the
citizens of the municipalities of Halton, who are citizens of Ontario
and Canada, about their beliefs on what is required for a more proactive,
people and environmental-friendly transportation future.
I saw of the Smart Growth Panels' results to date, they really do speak
"for the people and by the people".
agenda players might not like it, but as an Ontarian and Canadian, I
say tough on them.
to see an enhanced united stand of "by the people and for the people"
when it comes to issues of commonality such as transportation, environmental
and natural resources such as water and air enhancements within our
should speak, the municipalities should capture input and funnel, and
the Region should yell on behalf of us all.
(Bob) A. Beyette