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Key Vote: DVP Widening

Council narrowly defeated a motion that would have led to a study of an expansion of the Don Valley Parkway. Toronto, already glutted with roads it rashly constructed and now are too costly to remove – for instance, the Gardiner Expressway – does not need more asphalt intruding into its core business area. This motion explicitly struck out the recommendations of city staff. Additionally, as the atmosphere continues to decline, an expanded DVP could only lead to even more smog days. An estimated 1,000 Toronto residents die prematurely from air pollution each year and another 5,500 are hospitalized.

More alarmingly, the motion suggested that the study to expand the DVP be carried out by a private corporation, which would then be able to bid on building an expanded road. The private sector should not be carrying out the city’s responsibilities, especially when it is given the incentive of healthy profits at some point in the future. The city has gone down this road before, in the disastrous MFP computer leasing deal.

Vote Essentials:
That a private company, the Ontario Road Development Corporation, be allowed to study an expansion of the Don Valley Parkway

Voting FOR a study on expanding the DVP: 16
Balkissoon, Berardinetti, Di Giorgio, Disero, Duguid, Feldman, Flint, Holyday, Kelly, Korwin-Kuczynski, Lastman, Li Preti, Lindsay Luby, Moeser, Nunziata, Sutherland

Voting AGAINST a study on expanding the DVP: 20
Ashton, Bussin, Cho, Chow, Filion, Hall, Johnston, Jones, McConnell, Mihevc, Miller, Minnan-Wong, Moscoe, Ootes, Pantalone, Pitfield, Rae, Shiner, Silva, Walker

Vote Date: November 2001

Vote Specifics: Amendment (a) to Clause No. 2 of Report No. 11 of The Planning and Transportation Committee, headed "Preliminary Proposal to Expand the Don Valley Parkway".

For more information, see the City Council Minutes. (PDF file opens in a new window.)