Flamborough Review - Jan 2, 2004
Burlington and Halton stepped up to the plate by launching
a legal challenge into what has been perceived as the shoving
through of the proposed road meant to link Niagara to the GTA
and ease traffic congestion. But Flamborough has done its part.
Though city council officially endorsed the road, Flamborough
councillors were opposed. ADFA MPP Ted McMeekin could frequently
be found at mid-pen information meetings while he was still
an opposition MPP and Troy residents Dave Eckersley and Sue
McMaster put their time where their emotions lay and served
as officials in the fast-growing grassroots Citizens Opposed
to Paving the Escarpment (COPE).
This group, along with the well-established Coalition on the
Niagara Escarpment (CONE), worked hard to keep the issue on
the frontburner, warning that the road may not be needed, that
it could end up being tolled and that other options, such as
rail, had not been adequately investigated.
In the end, they had a success story. The new Ontario government
has promised it will launch a full environmental assessment
on the road, looking at all those considerations. Who said ordinary
people can't make a difference?