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Plurality of Lake Simcoe voters oppose construction of Holland Marsh Highway

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Nov 19th, 2021
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The Holland Marsh Highway will destroy wetlands, forests, and farmlands.

By Jack Gibbons, Chair, Lake Simcoe Watch

A plurality of Lake Simcoe area voters is opposed to the construction of the Holland Marsh Highway, with 48% opposed, 23% undecided and 29% in support – according to a telephone survey conducted by Oraclepoll Research for Lake Simcoe Watch.

Currently, the Ford Government is driving ahead with plans for the highway based on a 24-year-old environmental assessment (EA) and with no firm budget estimates for construction. The highway will cut across the Holland Marsh, the Holland River and numerous streams. The EA that was done for the highway in 1997 warned that it would result in contamination of surface and groundwater, loss of significant wetlands and habitats, increased air pollution and loss of farmland.

The telephone survey was conducted in three of Lake Simcoe’s provincial ridings (Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte; Barrie-Innisfil; and York-Simcoe) between November 6th and 11th. The survey reveals strong support for cleaning-up Lake Simcoe:

Click here for the full survey results.

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