Resident pleads with province not to pave escarpment 'paradise'

The Burlington Post -- Letters to the Editor June 18, 2003

The following letter was originally sent to Ontario Premier Ernie Eves as well as MPPs Ted Chudleigh, Cam Jackson and Brad Clark. A copy was sent to the Post for publication.

Dear Gentlemen,

The Niagara Escarpment is one of Canada's most significant landforms. It is cherished for its natural environment and praised for being a working example of sustainable development.

It is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. You propose to desecrate it with the building of the mid-peninsula highway.

Perhaps you recall the words of the Joni Mitchell song, "don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone, they've paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Let's not make that the legacy we leave our children. Now is the time for innovative and creative solutions that will take us into the future with sensitivity and consideration for our fragile environment, while still permitting progress and sustainable development.

Please widen the scope of your vision to consider alternate routes or alternate modes of transportation of both goods and people. The Niagara Escarpment must be preserved.

Name Withheld, Burlington.

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