Mid-Peninsula Highway Renamed
the Niagara to GTA Corridor
In direct response to the concerns of COPE, other citizens
and municipal governments, the current provincial government
re-evaluated the plans for the proposed Mid Peninsula Highway
(MPH). The result of this review now forms part of the province's
Greenbelt and Places to Grow initiatives. The concept of the
MPH has been included in these long-term plans - only now it
is referred to as the Niagara to GTA corridor. COPE's comments
on the Greenbelt and Places to Grow initiatives can be found
on our website at www.stophighway.com.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has completed
the draft Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference for the Niagara
to GTA Corridor. The location of the planned transportation corridor
is almost identical to the original location (option "C")
of the MPH. (See maps on page 2)
Public Information Centres (PICs):
The Ministry of Transportation has announced the dates and locations
of the Public Information Centres for the Niagara to GTA Environmental
Assessment Terms of Reference. Unlike the PICs for the MPH, these
sessions are informal drop-in events. We believe this means no opportunity
for public comment, as allowed at the MPH PICs, will be allowed at
8:00 p.m., at the dates and locations provided below
Thursday March 31/05
Renaissance Banquet and Special Events Centre
2289 Barton Street East
Tuesday April 5 / 05
Atrium Conference Centre
5420 North Service Road
Thursday April 7 / 05
Quality Hotel Pkwy Convention Centre, Merlot Ballroom
327 Ontario Street
Tuesday April 12 / 05
Milton Memorial Arena,
Lions Club Hall
77 Thompson Road South
Wednesday April 13 /05
Rockton World's Fairground
812 Old Highway 8
Thursday April 14 / 05
Royal Canadian Legion
383 Morningstar Avenue
Voice Your Opinion:
The corridor would be constructed over mostly rural and wild areas
and severely affect hundreds of species of wildlife and plant life,
through habitat destruction and reduced air and water quality. Highway
runoff has been shown to be among the most toxic substances affecting
streams and wetlands.
If you can't attend a meeting, please take the time to remind the
Premier, the Minister of Transportation, and your local MPP that we
expect a full environmental assessment that determines the need for
the economic corridor and considers all options.
The MTO’s draft Environmental Assessment Terms of Reference
for the Niagara to GTA Corridor can be viewed at: www.niagara-gta.com.
Comments must be submitted by May 6, 2005.
Cope's position on the MPH was that a Full environmental
assessment must be completed before paving over the Niagara Escarpment
and doing irreversible damage to our national treasure. We appreciate
the fact that the new draft EA includes an unscoped, full EA with
the "do nothing" and "alternative to" options.
But we understand a full EA must determine the NEED for a corridor
or highway. If a need is determined, all available options such
as marine, rail, and "do nothing" must be considered.
COPEs Future Role:
To review and comment on the Environmental Assessment
(EA) Terms of Reference for the Niagara to GTA Corridor.
Ensure a FULL EA is completed including determining
need for a corridor.
Ensure all options are considered including a "do
Continue to fight for recognition of the health
impact roads have on humans and the environment.
The original four
MPH route options.
The new Niagara to GTA Corridor
The efforts to stop the highway may be long term.
Your commitment and energy can help further the fight. You can join
COPE through the website or by writing to: COPE, PO Box 20014
Brant Postal Outlet, Burlington, Ont., L7P 0A4.