Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment
Newsletter: February 2007
Niagara to GTA Corridor
· On June 9th, 2006, the Minister of the Environment approved the environmental assessment (EA) terms of reference (TOR) for the Niagara to GTA Corridor.
In September 2006, COPE Co-Chai
In this process, other transportation adviso
o A protocol is being developed to assess the impact on air quality, climate and environmental change. This will include other government departments such as Environment Canada. The size of the “footprint” is still to be determined.
A new model is being developed. It
includes more transit (GO), integrated modes of transportation
and calculations than the MPH model. Congestion
will be forecasted for 30 yea
o COPE will be included as a member of the Citizen Advisory Group.
o The MTO restated their commitment to completing a full EA.
The recently formed Southern Ontario Gateway Council has reported
improvement to the Niagara to GTA Corridor as a key issue.
On December 27, 2006, URS Canada Inc. announced
that Phase 1 of the Planning and Environmental Assessment
Study for the Niagara to GTA corridor has started. The purpose “is to examine a full range of
options to provide additional transportation capacity within
the corridor. Alternative solutions that will be studied
include improvements to existing road and rail infrastructure,
extension of GO Transit services, other transit, a new freeway
and/or a transit way, and other options that may be identified
during the cou
· COPE has become a member of the Coalition of the Niagara Escarpment (CONE). CONE has an Ontario-wide audience, allowing us to give the corridor issue more exposure. Also, CONE has resources, such as EA experts and legal advise, that could be of benefit during the new corridor process.
COPE Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment February 2006 Newsletter
COPE’s Future Actions:
· Call for emphasis on building more public transit.
· Given the severe impact of Global Warming, call for the provincial government to remove a highway option from the Niagara to GTA corridor process.
· Call for sustainable transportation and a moratorium on building new highways.
· Monitor the Niagara to GTA process and ensure commitments are kept.
· Review models used for the Niagara to GTA corridor to ensure data used adequately measures the impact of the corridor and the environment is given the priority consideration it deserves.
Please Help Us Be Heard:
COPE’s mandate is to protect the Niagara Escarpment from the building of new highways. With the increased evidence and awareness of Global Warming, not only are we working to ensure a FULL environmental assessment is completed for the Niagara to GTA Corridor - we are calling for our government invest in public transit and sustainable transportation. We are calling for
No New Highways.
Please take the time and let the Premier and the Minister of Transportation know that we expect them to address global warming and support sustainable transportation.
Comments can be sent to:
Honourable Premier Dalton McGuinty
Room 281, Main Legislative
Honourable Donna Cansfield
Minister of Transportation
Ministry of Transportation
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