COPE Outreach / Educational initiatives
approx. 18 Public Information Centre (PIC) meetings held by the MTO
and attended by the public and by various stakeholders, politicians,
etc: at these, we handed out details on the highway (newsletters); spoke
at the microphones approx. 6 times per meeting to inform both the MTO
and the crowds of our presence/mandate; sold t-shirts to help spread
the word on the highway; and spoke with literally hundreds of people
per meeting who were attracted to our display and wanted information,
or to offer to help, or to join our group.
three times with Six Nations (twice with the Band Council, once with
the traditional elders) to share information, and to discuss ways of
dealing with the MTO/MPH.
2 of 3 Stakeholder Workshops held by MTO to share info and to learn
from other stakeholders including various municipalities, transit authorities
(GO and CN), chambers of commerce, the Niagara Escarpment Commission
a professional poll to gauge/evaluate public opinion on the construction
of the highway, protection of the Escarpment, etc. in every Provincial
Riding affected by the MPH. The results will be used in part to educate
Ontarions as to the depths of feelings people have towards protection
of the Escarpment and the environment in general.
a COPE display at the Canadian Tire store in Burlington for several
weeks during Christmas 02 to talk to the public about the MPH and the
Niagara Escarpment and to hand out newsletters and other information.
an active participant in the City of Burlington Stakeholders group.
public speaking – we’ve addressed:
Niagara Escarpment Commission (twice)
City Council (twice)
of three classes at Assumption High School during Earth Week at the
invitation of the 3 teachers
High School Environmental Conference
University Federation of Guelph
of others – info to follow.
at the Halton Eco Fest. Educated attendees on the MPH.
at Hamilton’s Earth Day event at the Convention Centre. Spoke with kids
of all ages about the Niagara Escarpment and the MPH.
and maintain a website containing much information on the MPH, the Niagara
Escarpment, the MTO, etc. The site includes many maps, a feedback mechanism
which people use regularly to contact us, cartoons, a photo gallery,
a record of our press releases, links to media coverage of the MPH (currently
archiving over 130 media pieces), and much else. The site also contains
links to other sites of environmental interest, and to the official
Government Highway site. It’s a good resource for people who want to
up and staffed the COPE display and participated in the Federation of
Ontario Naturalists launch of their Smart Growth booklet in both Hamilton
and Oakville. Spoke with attendees on the MPH issue.
addressed the Ontario Smart Growth panel at their hearing in Waterloo.
made an extensive formal submission to the Ontario Smart Growth Panel
outlining COPE’s concerns around the issues of the MPH, sustainability,
transportation policy, urban sprawl, the preservation of the Escarpment,
forces with a group in WellandPort also concerned with the highway to
maximize our ability to communicate issues to the public in the Niagara
Region. We’ve also appeared on two TV shows in Niagara to broaden our
were one of several sponsors of a concert event in Hamilton to raise
awareness of environmental issues re: the Red Hill Creek, the MPH and
the environment in general.
organized (in partnership with the City of Burlington) a large public
meeting in Feb. 03 regarding the MPH. The speakers included Dr. David
Pengelley on air quality, Burlington Mayor Rob MacIsaac on Smart Growth
and Burlington’s position vis-à-vis the MPH, Bob Williams of
COPE, Jason Thorne of the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment (CONE),
and Susan McMaster of COPE. Comments from the public were taken by the
panel, as were comments in writing.
meeting was covered in full on Burlington Cablenet TV and was the lead
story on the CHTV 11 News that night.
have another meeting in the Niagara Region tentatively scheduled for
June 03 in partnership with CONE.
did a flyer drop/mailout to over 200,000 households to raise awareness
of the MPH issue.
the past year, we’ve been communicating with our membership via surface
and email with periodic updates on the progress of the MPH. In addition,
we’ve distributed our newsletters and flyers by hand to thousands upon
thousands of mailboxes in Burlington, Waterdown, Hamilton, Flamborough,
Rockton, Dundas, etc.
roadway display signage to further spread the word about the MPH.
people have appeared on five or six different TV talk shows to discuss
the highway and the environment.
have done a show on CFRB Radio./ CBC Radio featured COPE and the MPH
on Ontario Today.
contributed numerous OP-ED pieces and letters to the editor to various
newspapers all over Southern Ontario.
presented a press conference / speech featuring famous Canadian artist
and naturalist Robert Bateman. He accepted the position of Honourary
Chair of COPE that day.
has issued numerous press releases which have resulted in coverage on
such issues as the MPH as a possible toll road and the NEC’s motion
to call for a full environmental assessment on the Highway. Much of
our coverage has been prominent in the local media – front page or editorial
held a press conference with Jason Thorne of CONE and Paul Muldoon of
the Canadian Environmental Law Association at Queens Park. The event
was covered widely by the print and electronic media.
in a major media event/press conference June 2, 2003 with the Canadian
Environmental Law Association, The Save the Oak Ridges Moraine people,
The Pembina Institute, and the Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment.