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Will Caledon Council Stand in Opposition to Proposed Hwy 413?

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Written by Patti Foley

UPDATE: Councillor Doug Maskell has withdrawn his Notice of Motion regarding opposition to the proposed Hwy 413. His update to JSC on the issue can be read HERE 

The Agenda for the Tuesday February 13th Town of Caledon Planning and Development Committee meeting lists a Notice of Motion – Opposition to Hwy 413 – bought to the table by Councillor Doug Maskell.

The Motion articulates clause-by-clause exactly what many residents have been voicing as their concerns.

 It concludes with an ask that Caledon Council oppose the proposed GTA West Corridor (Hwy 413) that would traverse “four (4) distinct watersheds (Credit, Humber, 16 Mile and Etobicoke), impact 42 dominant or seasonal fish habitats (spawning areas), threaten the critical habitats of five (5) Federally protected species at risk and the habitats of a further eight (8) species at risk or those of conservation concern, increase both annual vehicle kilometer traffic and CO2 emissions and disturb at least 44 culturally significant heritage sites”

As a Notice of Motion, it is deemed an “advance notice” of a motion that the Councillor will be bringing forward to the Committee for debate.

The motion already has the attention of long-time Caledon resident and tireless environmental advocate Dan O’Reilly. Dan has been actively opposing the proposed Hwy 413 for a considerable time, years in fact, and he has registered to speak at Tuesday’s Committee meeting.

What residents are waiting to see is whether Council will “formally” take a stand in opposition to a hwy that is proposed to cut through a large swath of Caledon. So far, as the motion points out, a number of Councils – Mississauga, Peel Region, Halton Hills, Halton Region, Vaughan, Markham, King, Orangeville and Toronto – have passed motions in opposition. Will Caledon Council join them?

Unfortunately, Town has scheduled the meeting for an afternoon time slot making in-person public attendance a bit more difficult for some. However, the Agenda indicates that a livestream can be viewed on the Town’s website starting about five minutes before the meeting. As well there is a toll-free number provided if you wish to call in to listen.

You can view the Notice of Motion (item 9.1 on the Agenda) HERE

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About the author

Patti Foley

Having spent 25 years in Bolton, Patti remains an advocate for Caledon. As a former Regional Councillor and a long-time community volunteer she is passionate about communicating information about its issues, news, events, people, non-profits and businesses.

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