Environmental groups and critics are condemning the Ontario government’s planned Greenbelt expansion for excluding environmentally sensitive areas including the Paris Galt Moraine and Carruthers Creek headwaters.
Seven organizations filed the lawsuit against Steven Guilbeault last week after twice requesting Ottawa intervene in the proposed 16.2-kilometre Bradford Bypass, which would connect Highway 400 to Highway 404 just south of Lake Simcoe.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford doubled down on his support for another controversial Greater Toronto Area highway project that's mired in environmental concerns and uncertainty over its economic and social benefits.
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers said it isn’t calling for the cancellation of the project, but has concerns about its environmental impact. The group also sounded alarms about a “lack of data and evidence” backing the proposal.
The proposed highway project north of Toronto would run through the Holland Marsh, a portion of the protected Greenbelt. Though it has had strong local support for years, two nearby councils are now expressing reluctance about supporting the plan.
The federal government’s decision this week to review the environmental impact of Ontario’s Highway 413 will slow down the project by several months at least. But long term, the controversial project’s future is unclear.