The Weston Community Coalition today released an extensive critique of the recently completed Metrolinx study of the Georgetown South corridor. This document, a letter to the Minister of the Environment, urges the Minister to reject the Metrolinx study, demand a full review and require that the project be designed and operated as an electrified service from the outset.
I will not repeat the WCC’s arguments in detail here, but they include documentation of a long history of misleading and contradictory statements by project proponents, serious concerns about emissions, noise and vibration studies, and an overall sense that the process of public consultation has been window dressing around an already-decided outcome.
In the interests of full disclosure, please note that I have worked with the WCC in preparation of this and other materials, and helped to review and edit this critique. While there are individual comments with which I may disagree, the overall document is quite good.
This is not, as so often has been claimed, a case of NIMBYs standing in the way of progress, but of government agencies bent on ignoring the effects of their work and thwarting the spirit of “environmental” assessments.
The decision now rests with Queen’s Park. Will they bravely move into a future of electrified commuter rail on GO Transit, or will they obfuscate issues and avoid real debate? What record does this government want to have in the history books?