Join me and thousands of Ontarians across the province in saying NO to paving over our Greenbelt. Add your name below to help stop the destructive and wasteful proposed highway 413.
To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario,
Whereas the Ontario government is pushing ahead with plans to build Highway 413, a redundant and wasteful 400 series Highway through the Greenbelt that would cost taxpayers an estimated ten billion dollars or more;
and whereas according to a TorStar National Observer investigation, entitled “Friends with Benefits,” powerful developers and land speculators with political donor ties to the Premier and the PC party of Ontario own thousands of acres along the proposed Highway Corridor and would profit from its construction. Suggesting that this 10 billion dollar taxpayer-funded highway is about serving the private interest of the Premier’s friends and donors and not the public interest;
and whereas the Ontario government’s expert panel concluded in 2017, that Highway 413 would be a waste of taxpayer money that would only save drivers 30 to 60 seconds on their commutes;
and whereas that expert panel identified less costly and less destructive alternatives to new highway construction, such as making better use of the underused 407 just 15 km away;
and whereas Highway 413 would pave over 400 Acres of the Greenbelt, and 2,000 acres of farmland, destroy the habitats of at-risk and endangered species and pollute rivers, and streams;
and whereas building more highways encourages more vehicle use and increases traffic and congestion;
and whereas the highway would cause significant harm to historic Indigenous sites.
We the undersigned petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows: Stop the plans for building Highway 413.