Re: Region can't afford to stop highway projects: Partington
December 3, 2003 edition.
I find some of Peter Partington's statements supporting
the continued push
for the construction of the Mid Peninsula Highway (MPH)
Mr. Partington states that Ontario and Niagara can't afford
to put a halt
on highway projects. In regards to the MPH, the more pressing
can we afford to go forward with this flawed, poorly planned
Furthermore, can we afford the increased health care costs
airborne particulate matter? Can we afford the tolls? Does
questionable usage of a toll road substantiate the expense
we as taxpayers
will incur? What are the costs municipalities will incur
to service the
highway and how will these impact local taxes? Beyond the
references proffered to date, what is the anticipated economic
who will benefit? How will a road, intended to whisk traffic
to the Greater Toronto area, benefit the Niagara region?
Before emphatically stating that the highway must be built,
other burning questions need to be answered.
Mr. Partington also states that better public transit and
Ontario's highway network do not have to be exclusive initiatives."
agree, they should not be considered in isolation and this
has been one of
the biggest concerns for those opposed to the MPH . The
conceptualized in isolation with no consideration to the
actual needs of
Southern Ontario nor alternate methods of resolving our
Finally, to support the need to build the MPH, Mr. Partington
"we have to have a system for what we are now, a society
moving goods and people with trucks and cars." Thirty
years ago, we were
not a society so dependent on trucks and automobiles. Furthermore,
MPH is supposedly the answer to addressing transportation
needs for a
thirty-year horizon. It is not an immediate solution.
Now is not the time to stagnate in our thought process.
We need vision
for Niagara and Southern Ontario as a whole. The time is
right to think
about the future - not remain entrenched in our current
Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment