Newsmakers 2022: Bill Foster has been Bradford Bypass’ most vocal opponent
‘This guy promised to protect the Greenbelt’: Foster has been fighting bid to build bypass since ’90s
From Simcoe.com Simon Martin, Jan 12 2023
Development comes in many shapes and sizes. But few are impacted by development quite like East Gwillimbury resident Bill Foster.
The longtime resident of Holland Landing for 32 years was one of the loudest voices this year as opposition to the Bradford Bypass and Hwy. 413 grew around the GTA. That opposition reached a fevered pitch when the Doug Ford government pushed through Bill 23 allowing portions of the Greenbelt to be opened up for development, as well as reducing development charges that could be administered by municipalities.
On a rainy Sunday in November, Foster was out with a red umbrella at the Grist Mill Plaza in Holland Landing doing what he has done for much of the past few years: protest the action being taken by the provincial government.
“This is a congregation of a whole pile of people with different causes because they all looked at what’s happening with the Ford government and they are totally — excuse the expression — pissed off,” Foster said. “We’re seeing these things happen practically ever other day all over the province.”
The large groups protesting late in the fall were a reaction to several dictatorial type moves from the Ford government, Foster said.
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