no to mid-pen
Welland Tribune -Wed. 18 Dec., 2002
Byline: Robert Kuret
letter to Mayor Vance Badawey:
residents like myself are joining the opposition to the
mid-peninsula highway not just because of the escarpment crossing in
Burlington, but because of the many environmental impacts such a massive
development would have here in Niagara.
is becoming a real concern in Niagara with more than 28 air
quality advisories this year, issued as early as April. Building a new
highway will only worsen our air quality. "Spreading out traffic"
result in an increase in smog somewhere else like rural areas. Smog
blamed for 2000 premature deaths in Ontario and is linked to respiratory
and cardiovascular disease, according to the Ontario Medical Association.
and wetlands will have to be paved over for this proposed highway,
resulting in loss of wildlife habitat, trees purifying our air, wetlands
filtering the impurities in our water. Some of the proposed areas on
MTO mid-peninsula highway map in Niagara are important deer wintering
areas. Once these greenspaces are paved over they are gone forever as
some of the wildlife.
many rural Niagara residents that are concerned their farms will
be paved over. How do you tell a third-generation farm family that they
have to sell their land to the provincial government or it will be
new highway, we will see urban sprawl pressures squeezing the
Niagara escarpment between the QEW and the MPH. Urban sprawl, while
increases the tax base, it is the taxpayer that has to pay for
infrastructure like road construction, sewer lines, water lines to be
brought into new developments.
in the long run will only congest our roads further - that is
quite evident driving through the GTA.
Mr. Badawey, that an environmental assessment "will mitigate any
concerns." Unless we have a full environmental assessment that
total examination of all alternatives, including non-highway alternatives,
then the environmental assessment will only be a rubber stamp process.
have to abandon 1950's transportation policies to address the gridlock
problems of the 21st century, which include a serious examination of
Opposed to Paving the Escarpment