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MP initiates petition to have Bradford Bypass designated for federal impact assessment


January 12, 2022
By Ground Water Canada

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Barrie, Ont. – Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill MP Leah Taylor Roy is sponsoring a petition to have the federal government designate the Bradford Bypass for a federal impact assessment, noting concerns of groundwater contamination and loss of habitat in the project.

She said the provincial highway project comes “with profoundly negative environmental consequences, such as running through the pristine greenbelt and fertile farmlands, raising emission levels, degrading the water quality in Lake Simcoe and undoubtedly leading to increased development in the green spaces surrounding them.”

Advocates for Lake Simcoe and the Greenbelt have applauded Taylor Roy’s initiative. Claire Malcolmson, executive director of the Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, said the province isn’t standing up to the issue, adding the federal government must take a stand.

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The petition will be open until Feb. 6 and is hoped to then be presented to the House of Commons. The petition can be found here.