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Day of Action against Highway 413

Stop Hwy 413 Banner on Fence
Written by Dan O’Reilly

A second protest against the proposed Highway 413, which would cut right through Caledon, will be held in downtown Bolton at the intersection of King and Queen Streets on Saturday, April 23 at 2 pm. Signs will be available or bring your own.

It is part of a planned Day of Action sponsored and publicized by Environment Canada which will include rallies in other parts of the Greater Toronto Area, including one in Kleinburg that morning.

Last fall a protest in the exact same location attracted approximately 100 participants. While this event may seem like a repeat, the provincial election is just two months away and Ontario Premier Doug Ford has made his support for the highway an election issue.

It’s vitally important that Caledon residents, who consider Highway 413 a very bad idea, to visibly demonstrate their opposition to both provincial and local politicians. Caledon Mayor Allan Thompson and a majority of Caledon councillors also support it.

That support is dramatically counter to the positions taken by municipalities such as Mississauga, Halton Hills, Orangeville, and King Township which have passed motions against it.

The case against Highway 413 has been well documented in numerous magazines and newspapers articles, plus in social media, and on radio and television programs.

Estimated to cost from anywhere from $6 to $10 billion and take 10 years to build, Highway 413 would destroy approximately 400 acres of greenbelt and would basically split Caledon into two, opening up the town to sprawl.

And the thing is, there is an alternative. Organizations such as Transport Action Ontario are advocating for subsidizing truck tolls on the underutilized Highway 407 to help relieve traffic congestion on other highways. A motion to that effect was recently passed by Mississauga Council.

For more information about the April 23 protest in Bolton contact the writer at: danoreilly@sympatico.ca

About the author

Dan O’Reilly

Dan O’Reilly is a freelance writer specializing in design and construction, the environment, and historical preservation. He is also a regular contributor to the Daily Commercial News and Ontario Home Builder, the official magazine of the Ontario Home Builders Association.

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