Mid-peninsula plan 'needs' a full assessment
Margaret Cronin, Grimsby
The Hamilton Spectator - January 27, 2005
RE: 'New review slated for proposed highway,' (Jan. 25)
In this story about the mid-peninsula corridor being subject to a full
environmental assessment, Erie-Lincoln MPP, Conservative, Tim Hudak
objects on the basis that an original study done by the previous Conservative
government, and Hamilton and Niagara, "said the highway was needed."
"Need" is a subjective term: what is needed by one group
is spurned by another.
We, in Grimsby and Lincoln, suffer most from the environmental effects
of the QEW, squeezed, as we are, tightly between the lake and the escarpment,
and would benefit most from a new highway easing QEW traffic.
However, even we worry that the mid-peninsula corridor will simply
lead to urban sprawl above the escarpment and a heightened assault by
development on life-giving green space.
A full environmental assessment will do more than simply determine
the needs of some groups.
It will determine the needs of all groups, and of overall environmental
sustainability, perhaps restricting corridor use to trucks and buses,
limiting local access, skirting wetlands and important wildlife habitats
and generally leading to a holistic, visionary plan for the future of
I, for one, applaud the provincial government's action.
And I think it's time that Tim Hudak looked to representing regular
people, and not just those who stand to profit from the new highway.