Feds Decline Environmental Assessment for Bradford Bypass

Mar 9, 2022

Request for Federal Impact Assessment

Thank you to everyone who signed and shared the petition requesting a federal Impact Assessment for the Bradford Bypass.  Unfortunately, on February 10th, the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada announced that it would not revisit its decision to deny a federal impact assessment designation for the Bradford Bypass project.  Minister Guilbeault agreed with the agency’s recommendation that since “there have not been any material changes to the Project” there was no need to revisit the decision. 

This decision was very disappointing as the groups, including CCKT, that launched the request to revisit the designation felt that a lot had changed since the first request and was significant enough to warrant a second look, citing the province of Ontario’s exemption from the Environmental Assessment Act, weakening of endangered species protection, found significant archeological sites, and requests from local municipalities to understand the full impacts to Lake Simcoe.

Media:

The Narwhal, February 10, 2022.  “Federal government rejects second call for review of Ontario’s Bradford Bypass highway project.”
https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/02/16/news/environmental-groups-ask-federal-fisheries-minister-intervene-bradford-bypass

 

Request for Federal Intervention under the Fisheries Act

On February 11th, Ecojustice lawyer Laura Bowman, representing Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and Rescue Lake Simcoe Coalition, wrote a letter to the federal Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans asking them to intervene in the Bradford Bypass project in order to protect fish habitat under the federal Fisheries Act.

The concern is that the Ontario Ministry of Transportation proposes to commence early works construction prior to finalizing the impact assessment on fish habitat.  The letter to Fisheries Minister Joyce Murray contends the highway project would “harmfully alter, disrupt or destroy fish habitat at a number of water crossings.”

 

Media:

National Observer, February 16, 2022.  “Environmental groups ask federal fisheries minister to intervene in Bradford Bypass.

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2022/02/16/news/environmental-groups-ask-federal-fisheries-minister-intervene-bradford-bypass

 

New Research re: Highway Construction and Aggregate Mining in the Greenbelt.

Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition along with Gravel Watch Ontario and Environmental Defence conducted extensive research including mapping which suggests that massive amounts of aggregates for the Bradford Bypass and 413 highways will come from pits in the 905 and the Greenbelt.  The concern is that environmental assessments of the highways will not be considering the major impacts from mining aggregate on surrounding communities and the Greenbelt.

You can take action by signing the Demand A Moratorium Now petition calling for a moratorium on all new applications for aggregate mining in Ontario.

Sign the DAMN petition

 

Media:

Simcoe Count Greenbelt Coalition, March 1, 2022.  “Highway Construction and Aggregate Mining in the Greenbelt.”

https://simcoecountygreenbelt.ca/new-highways-and-aggregate-mining-in-the-greenbelt/