critics of the proposed mid-peninsula highway have turned to poster
power to get their message out.
Opposed to Paving the Escarpment are mailing out more than 100,000
posters denouncing plans to build the highway between Niagara and
a real blanket mailout," said COPE vice-chair Dave Eckersley. He
said it may be among the largest communications campaign undertaken
by a local non-profit community organization.
posters are being sent to the Burlington, Halton and Stoney Creek
ridings held by three government MPPs -- Cam Jackson, Ted Chudleigh
and Brad Clark.
poster says The Road Ahead, the Progressive Conservative government's
re-election platform, is contradictory.
group charges that Premier Ernie Eves has promised to protect the
Niagara Escarpment, yet build the mid-peninsula highway through
can't pave and save at the same time, Premier Eves," said Bob Williams,
COPE's co-chair. "You cannot protect an environmental treasure when
paving huge sections of it for new highways, which come with development
and urban sprawl."
poster argues the mid-peninsula highway will waste $1.5 billion
of taxpayers money, increase QEW congestion, increase smog, ruin
parts of the Niagara Escarpment and force users to pay high tolls.
also claims the government wants to ram the highway through, a view
expressed last week at Burlington city council.
Rob MacIsaac said the government's proposed Bill 25 will make this
happen and called the legislation 'draconian.'
members said the legislation will override municipal planning, freeze
property rights without compensation and eliminate the Environmental
Assessment Act from planning of new provincial highways.
government representatives said Bill 25 will protect future infrastructure
corridors and allow for long-term planning. They said it will still
allow local input and environmental assessments.
MPP Jackson said the legislation will allow the Smart Growth panel
to make recommendations for infrastructure corridors. Then if the
government wished to proceed with a project, it would come fully
under an environmental assessment, he added.
25 will establish corridors for roads, railways, recreational trails,
utility pipes, cables and other uses, he said.
Burlington MPP said he would continue working to protect landowners'
rights within the bill.
of Transportation officials say the mid-peninsula transportation
corridor they're examining could include a new highway, transit
way or both.
representatives say they have looked at existing highway expansions,
transit opportunities, plus rail and ferry services, but noted local
transit usage is low.
warned a highway may be needed to serve major increases in population
and traffic growth between Toronto and Niagara forecast by the ministry.
choices are being considered for the local connection with the mid-peninsula
highway including an expanded Hwy. 403 on Hamilton Mountain, Hwy.
401 west of Milton, Hwy. 6 in Flamborough and Hwy. 407 near Walker's
is seeking a judicial review of the highway planning process.