In the tail end of summer when most people are focused on snatching a few more days at the cottage, squeezing in that last camping trip, booking that last minute vacation, or getting their children ready for the return to school, it’s hard to get energized on the pressing societal issues facing our province.
In wake of the recent reelection of the Conservatives, there may be a temptation by some to throw up their hands and suggest nothing can be done to stop their agenda, especially as it regards to Highway 413. But there are number of actions that can and need to be taken by Ontario residents who care about this province.
Here are few suggestions:
Join the October 1 Harvest March: A community walk, the Harvest Ontario Walk, and Celebrate the Harvest Rally will occur on Saturday, Oct. 1. This event is to raise awareness of the threats Ontario’s wildlife, waterways, and the farmland that feeds our cities posed by Highway 413 and the unchecked sprawl development. There will be a fun family friendly festival held at the Brampton Fairgrounds during the day.
The event is being spearheaded by Mississauga Climate Action and GASP (Grandmothers Act to Save the Planet). Various environmental and volunteer groups would ‘adopt’ five-kilometre sections and be responsible for organizing a walk along their particular section and for getting participants back to their cars. Beginning at 10 am, the march will follow, as much as possible, the proposed highway corridor. The route will be divided into east and west halves, with the participating groups meeting midway at the fairgrounds (Old School Road and Heart Lake Road) between 12.30 and 1 pm for a rally. Plans for the rally are still unfolding, but it will include speeches, entertainment, and draw prizes. The non-profit environmental group ecoCaledon will be sponsoring a walk. For more information contact Co-Secretary Betty de Groot at: email@example.com or on Twitter @dg_betty or on Instagram @dg.betty
And if your environmental or social group wants a spot, please claim it on this spreadsheet: Harvest Ontario Walk Segments – Google Sheets
Stop Highway 413 Signs. One of the most effective methods of generating opposition to the highway is to erect a Stop Highway 413 sign on your property. To request one email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coalition of Concerned Citizens of Caledon: Having successfully fought the Rockfort Quarry proposal more than 10 years ago, the CCC now needs to regroup and mobilize. If Highway 413 is eventually pushed through, then all the hard work to defeat the Rockfort Quarry will be for naught. It will take tons of gravel to build this highway and most of it will come from pits and quarries in Caledon. That means increased pressure—and perhaps weaken legislation—to extend the life of existing quarries, and approve new ones, plus dozens (maybe hundreds) of gravel trucks on Caledon roads.
Sign the Petition. Despite those misleading “site of the future Highway 413”, the highway will be subject to a federal environmental impact assessment before construction can commence. Environmental Defence has created an easy-to-use link email action petition to Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault. It asks for a “full panel review” which the highest tier of the environmental assessment process. A copy of the petition will automatically be sent to Dufferin Peel MP Kyle Seeback. Here’s the link: https://act.environmentaldefence.ca/page/108196/action/1?ea.tracking.id=blog1
|Highway 407/Dufferin Peel MP Kyle Seeback. Write or email the MP urging him to endorse a campaign intended to convince the provincial government to provide some form of incentive or subsidies to truckers to use the underutilized Highway 407. Diverting those commercial vehicles from Highway 401 and other east/west regional roads would provide immediate congestion relief and negate arguments Highway 413 is needed. This is a realistic initiative because Canada Pension Plan Investments, a crown corporation, is a 50.01-per-cent majority shareholder of Highway 407ETR and that’s why MP Seeback’s support is crucial. Hard copies to the MP can be mailed postage free to the House of Commons, Ottawa Ontario, K1A 0A6 or emailed to: Kyle.Seeback@parl.gc.ca|