A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted November 10th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
It has been on the books for more than two decades now – a plan to build a so-called “Mid-Pen Highway,” above the Niagara Escarpment and through some of the heart of Niagara’s rural lands from the Hamilton-Burlington area to the Fort Erie, Ontario-Buffalo, New York border crossing.
So while Ontario Premier Doug Ford and his Conservatives seem to be on a roll now with saying yes to one controversial highway plan in the Greater Toronto Area – all in the name of “Building Ontario” – why not dust off and give a green light to the Mid-Peninsula Highway plan too.
In other words, why stop now if Ontario’s future involves paying over more green lands for highways and the low-density development to accommodate more cars and trucks on the road?
Why don’t we just finish it up?
Where is the outrage over this? We have young people rallying in the streets of Glasgow, Scotland this month during a global climate conference, and this is what we are doing back in Ontario. Do we not give a damn about their future?
I’ve been covering environmental issues now for more than 40 years, and there are times, these days, when I am just about ready to give up.
To read related stories on this click on the following link – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2021/11/10/ford-government-is-building-ontario-by-pushing-forward-with-controversial-highway-413/
A map of where a multi-billion-dollar Mid-Peninsula Highway might go. Do we want it? We might get it if we don’t stand up to Doug Ford’s highway-building agenda.
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