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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

  • I have lived in Riverdale for 31 years. We have the beauty of enjoying nature just metres away. Deer, foxes, birds, raccoons and so much more. The preservation of Toronto's parks and green spaces is critical. Let's put this line back underground as was always the plan. Enough lies.
  • This vital natural habitat is a wonder of resilience against decades of competing developments – now popular for healthy pursuits and commutes via foot and bicycle and even from the heights of the viaduct, it’s not unusual to see photographers, bird watchers, and the occasional artist with easel setup. Putting this precarious balance at risk also seems at odds with other nearby investments being made to restore and regenerate the resiliency of this parkland.
  • This city needs all the greenspace it can keep

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