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To: Doug Ford and the Ontario Provincial Government

Move the Don Valley Layover Facility

Move the Don Valley Layover Facility

The proposed Don Valley Layover Facility endangers an environmentally sensitive part of the Don Valley. The current plans would disrupt wildlife migration; interrupt the recreational trail that many Torontonians rely on for commuting, dog walking, and bicycling; and damage the fragile ecosystem that has taken decades to restore after industrial pollution.

Please work with the community to consider alternative locations that would be less disruptive to the local environment and community. Specifically, there is a more suitable site in the Don Valley 1.4 kilometers south of the proposed location, by the pedestrian bridge that connects Riverdale Park East to Riverdale Park West. This site would offer access to tracks, has enough room for facilities, and would minimize the environmental and recreational impact of a Metrolinx layover facility in the Don Valley.

Why is this important?

The Toronto ravine system is a distinctive feature of Canada's largest city that should be protected and celebrated. It has taken decades of political advocacy, community devotion, and legal protections to undo industrial pollution in the ravines. Any development that takes place in this fragile ecosystem has to be done with the utmost caution and care. Spending the money to do it correctly now will save money on restoration efforts later.


Reasons for signing

  • Flies in the face of all the efforts over decades to enhance and preserve this beautiful area.
  • lots of space at the bottom of the Don and closer to Union Stn.
  • This intended use is totally inappropriate and inconsistent with the protection and restoration of the Don Valley. The progress in restoring the Don over the past 35 years we've lived in Riverdale has ben impressive and this promises to set-back those efforts by 35 years.

Updates

2021-03-12 19:56:44 -0500

1,000 signatures reached

2021-03-02 09:04:19 -0500

500 signatures reached

2021-02-23 10:03:30 -0500

100 signatures reached

2021-02-22 22:28:12 -0500

50 signatures reached

2021-02-22 21:19:56 -0500

25 signatures reached

2021-02-22 20:30:45 -0500

10 signatures reached