it was Transportation Minister Frank Klees and Burlington MPP Cam
Jackson sparring over the proposed mid-peninsula highway.
it's Klees and Burlington Mayor Rob MacIsaac.
said in an interview he thinks MacIsaac has had bad advice. He suggested
Burlington, which has complained it was left out of the needs study
for the mid-peninsula, didn't participate because it didn't take
had an opportunity to be there (and have input)," Klees said. "Maybe
... there were some who were not taking the process seriously, didn't
give it the kind of attention that they should have."
said the needs study process resulted in extending the highway beyond
Hamilton into Burlington.
on hearing this, said: "I don't think the minister really understands
the process his ministry followed. We had to learn about this process
by peering at a map behind the premier standing in front of a map
-- in a photograph in The Spectator ...
only learned that Burlington was included by virtue of that.
fine to say it's an open process, but there's an obligation to let
people who might be affected know about it."
believes the process has been completely unfair to Burlington.
and Halton Region have begun court action against Ontario to stop
the highway from going through Burlington and force a full environmental
says his ministry is conducting a full environmental assessment
on the 130-kilometre mid-peninsula highway, despite what Burlington
says. The Ontario Environmental Assessment Act is meant to protect,
conserve and ensure wise management of Ontario's environment, including
social, economic and cultural aspects, as well as natural landforms.
In this case, it would mean examining alternatives to the highway,
like widening existing highways or creating superior rail and public
transit systems and assessing social impact.
say the highway will ruin the Niagara Escarpment and bring more
smog and development. Traffic congestion won't even be solved if
it's a toll highway.
insists his ministry has been accommodating. In talks with the city,
it offered to make the escarpment a special study area to minimize
the highway's impact.
got very far in terms of what they wanted," he said. But Klees said
he wasn't going to ask "this process be taken back to cover all
the ground we've covered already."