Bloor Transformation - Court case update
Last Thursday in Ontario Divisional Court, cyclists joined a very
powerful contingent of litigants trying to reverse a City decision made
almost a decade ago. In the submission by a group of Bloor Street
merchants, aptly named Concerned About Bloor,
they argued that the City mis-classified the Bloor Transformation
process as a Schedule A roads project, thus negating the need for a
full environmental assessment. The Safe Cycling Coalition acted as intervener in the case, and also had the opportunity to support the argument made by Concerned About Bloor.
The major argument is that the City did not properly publicize its
classification, and therefore concerned parties were not able to appeal
this decision back when it was made sometime between 1998 and 2001.
They also argue that the potential impacts of this construction project
are indeed large enough to warrant the Schedule C classification.
The court's decision is not expected immediately - TCAT News will provide an update upon further developments.