On August 2, the Davenport Diamond Overpass project received a "Notice to Proceed" from the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. This notice is not subject to any conditions, nor does it call for any further consideration of impacts to the human environment. It simply gives Metrolinx permission to proceed, on the presumption that they will eventually resolve all outstanding community concerns with the project.
To many, this Notice to Proceed is not just disappointing news, but a continuing reflection of the Province's disregard for community concerns in decisions surrounding this project. It also highlights the need to continue to hold Metrolinx and the Province to account on all concerning aspects of the project.
From our petition this June outlining community concerns and priorities that garnered over 2000 signatures; to communications with key project decision-makers, including our local elected government representatives and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change; to engaging on the issues as a community at the BIG on Bloor festival; to participation on the Metrolinx Community Advisory Committee:
All of these are proof that our community is not going to let this project go ahead without a fight for what matters to us.
Thanks to everyone who has been a part of this fight, and continues to be as we move forward. It takes a community!
With best wishes,
The Options For Davenport Team