controversial Bill 25 won't be used for the proposed mid-peninsula
mayor said that assurance was provided at a meeting yesterday (Tuesday)
with the deputy minister of transportation.
was heartening to hear that," said Rob MacIsaac. "Their position
was they did not intend to do that (apply Bill 25) insofar as the
mid-peninsula highway is concerned."
anticipates receiving a letter confirming the bill won't be used
for the proposed highway from Niagara to Hamilton/Halton.
politicians were concerned the proposed legislation could speed
the passage of new highways like the mid-peninsula route, which
they fear will be connected to Hwy. 407 in Burlington.
council members had railed against Bill 25, which MacIsaac recently
called "an appalling piece of legislation."
argued the bill would override municipal planning, freeze property
rights without compensation and eliminate the Environmental Assessment
Act from new highway planning.
said yesterday he was encouraged by the news concerning Bill 25.
The assurance about the bill came at a meeting involving the mayor,
deputy minister of transportation David Guscott, plus provincial,
city and Halton staff.
key meeting topic was the mid-peninsula highway planning process.
and Halton are suing the province, claiming unreasonable recommendations
for creating the highway and a process that has shown little regard
for Halton residents' interests.
effort is under way between the staffs that is aimed at avoiding
litigation," said MacIsaac. "We will assess where we are on Friday
to see if the discussions are bearing fruit."
for both sides are slated to meet again tomorrow (Thursday) to try
to resolve issues surrounding the legal action.
said Burlington and Halton officials want to be satisfied there
will be a thorough study of all reasonable avenues, such as transit
view is we need to take a systematic approach to transportation
in the region," he said. "Currently, the terms of reference don't
take a broad enough view. Our view is that they're quite focused
on the highway and we're doing all we can to have a more holistic
to the highway's environmental terms of reference (ie: how to examine
the highway route or its alternatives) are needed to address these
concerns, said MacIsaac.
said if legal action is required, it will be launched before June
20, the deadline for feedback on the terms of reference.
the lawsuit goes ahead it will come on pretty fast and furious,"
said MacIsaac. "We will know the answer to the lawsuit soon. I don't
see a protracted three-year battle over it."
officials describe the project as the mid-peninsula transportation
corridor, which could include a new highway, transit way or both.
have warned a highway may be needed to serve major increases forecast
for population and traffic growth between Toronto and Niagara.
choices are being considered for the local connection with the mid
peninsula highway, including Hwy. 407 near Walker's Line, an expanded
Hwy. 403 on Hamilton Mountain, Hwy. 401 west of Milton and Hwy.
6 in Flamborough.
say the highway will be a toll road costing more than $1 billion
that will damage the environment while failing to alleviate traffic