RE: 'NEC wants assessment of new highway' (Sept. 19).
So Marvin Caplan says the mid-peninsula corridor is a done deal.
Which group of Hamiltonians is he talking about when he says we
don't oppose the building of another highway? His friends at our
new super airport?
What is so upsetting about Caplan's comments is that he seems to
believe it is the duty of an NEC commissioner to give up, give in
and then tailor the unfortunate situation so that Hamilton can reap
the maximum economic benefit. The purpose of the NEC is to provide
for the maintenance of the Niagara Escarpment as a continuous natural
environment and ensure that any development is compatible with that
natural environment. Is it only a coincidence that a commission
stacked by the Tories with members from the aggregate industry and
real estate has given the thumbs up to the highway over the advice
of its own staff? The environmental assessment process will only
mitigate the damage to the escarpment, not stop it.
Caplan doesn't seem to be able to separate local politics from
being an objective member of a larger decision-making body.
From the hijacking of school boards to the stacking of commissions,
the Conservative government is thumbing its nose at Ontarians who
really care about their future.
-- Jim Koegler, Dundas.