Misner, Special To The Post 05/30/03 The Burlington Post
Region has joined forces with Burlington in launching a lawsuit against
the Ontario government over plans to build the controversial mid-peninsula
council recently voted to bring legal action against the province
for what it considered unreasonable suggestions for creating the highway
and a process that has shown little regard for Halton residents' interests.
is proposed from Niagara to the Hamilton/Halton area, and some local
politicians fear it will be connected to Hwy. 407 in Burlington.
councillors met behind closed doors at their meeting Wednesday and
voted to spend $75,000 in legal fees to fight the highway issue.
politicians see the decision to join Burlington's legal battle as
strengthening the position that the highway process is flawed and
must start again.
see any alternative but to take (the province) to court," said Burlington
Mayor Rob MacIsaac. "The manner in which (the highway) has been pushed
through by the province is highly disrespectful of the residents of
Burlington and Halton."
immediate impact of the lawsuit, said MacIsaac, is that it will put
on hold any further discussion or proposals on the highway. The ultimate
goal of the lawsuit it to start the highway selection process from
scratch, he said.
chair said regional councillors feel the process hasn't stood up to
tests of transparency and inclusiveness.
to make sure this is a process that people understand," said Joyce
that in early planning stages, Hamilton, Niagara and the province
conducted a needs assessment study that Burlington and Halton were
not involved in. "We knew bits and pieces, but never had any details."
councillors were concerned the proposed Bill 25 could allow the highway
to be pushed through.
officials say the legislation will protect future infrastructure corridors
while still allowing local input and environmental assessments.
of Transportation officials say the mid-peninsula corridor could include
a highway, transit way or both. They warn a highway may be needed
for population and traffic increases.
connections for the proposed highway include Hwy. 407 near Walker's
Line, an expanded Hwy. 403 on Hamilton Mountain, Hwy. 401 west of
Milton and Hwy. 6 in Flamborough.
files from Dennis Smith