Re:New review slated for proposed highway

January 26, 2005 edition

I must take exception to the opinions of some reported in the story that the need for the Mid Peninsula Highway, now renamed the Niagara / GTA Corridor, has already been proven in the original needs assessment.

As a member of Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment, I read hundreds of pages of information on the highway proposal, including the original needs assessment. What was truly alarming was the assumption stated up front that a highway would be built and the lack of consideration given to any other options. The desire to build a highway was evident. An actual need for it was never shown.

The Liberal government's commitment to complete a full environmental assessment for the Mid Peninsula Highway / Niagara - GTA Corridor, is grounds for cautious optimism. Let's hope we're on the track to making wiser decisions based on consideration for all options and ramifications; not old, outdated habits.

Sincerely,

Susan McMaster
Co-Chair
Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment


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