No to the Whole Road

An intrepid group of people came out to H’art Studios in last night’s frigid weather to get an update on consultations with councillors and to vote on the scope of our opposition to the Wellington Street Extension. As the emphasis tends to be on the stretch in Doug Fluhrer Park, we wanted to find out whether in fact members of the group are also opposed to the the entire southern stretch up to Montreal/Railway:

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And the northern section from Railway/Montreal up to John Counter:

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Other than two abstentions, the entire group voted to oppose both sections, and in a further motion for good measure voted to oppose the whole extension. We also approved a motion about general principles:

We affirm the priority of active transportation, environmental protection, and community involvement in park and transportation planning.

Quite a few councillors agree with us that the north section has no clear rationale or payoff on its own. It would cost $11 million and it isn’t clear it would create jobs or serve an important transportation purpose. It also might threaten the K&P trail, and be a “Trojan Horse” for future continuation into the southern section. This is not just about saving a park: it is about sound fiscal management and sustainability. We hope that council will reject the whole WSE.

— Laura Murray

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