Halton municipalities resume court case against CN’s proposed truck-rail hub in Milton

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Published April 16, 2021 at 3:58 pm

Halton Municipalities and Conservation Halton recently resumed their 2018 Ontario court case against CN’s proposed truck-rail hub in Milton and will be going to court to demand CN compliance with laws.

Since the project was announced, there have been concerns about its potential impacts such as negative effects on air quality and human health as well as safety in the surrounding areas due to increased traffic.

“We are taking immediate action to address the serious concerns of Halton residents with respect to the proposed CN truck-rail hub in Milton,” said Halton Regional Chair Gary Carr.

“No proposal should be allowed to go ahead before it complies with our laws. CN must be accountable to those who will be most affected by the project, and not just the Federal Government, which ignored its duty to protect the health of Halton residents when it announced its approval of this project.”

The community has also voiced its opposition because of concerns with the safety of local travel in the surrounding area and the site’s close proximity to more than 34,000 current and future residents, one hospital, 12 schools and two long-term care homes.

“The Federal Government has let us down and ignored the expertise of the panel it appointed,” said Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz.

“Let me assure all Miltonians, we will continue fighting and advocating for you at all levels of government and in the courts.”

Back in February 2021, Halton Municipalities and Conservation Halton filed an application with the Federal Court of Canada for a judicial review of federal decisions by the Minister and Cabinet resulting in federal approval of the CN truck-rail hub.

“The Federal Review Panel found that this project is likely to cause harm on human health,” said Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward.

“Regional Council has a responsibility to do everything in its power to hold CN accountable and ensure compliance with provincial and municipal laws.”

More concerns associated with the proposed truck rail-hub include the fact that it will not create a significant amount of jobs or provide the kind of investment Milton or Halton Region have planned for or approved in the Regional Official Plan Amendment 38.

Additionally, the project’s permanent effects on anticipated employment, investment and municipal finances are also significant.

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