Media Release

Court to Determine Whether Federal Environmental Law Applies to Proposed Red Hill Expressway

Nov 24 2000

Toronto. The legal action determining whether the federal environmental assessment law applies to the proposed Red Hill Valley Expressway in Hamilton will begin on Monday, November 27, 2000.The judicial review was commenced by the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth. The Region wants to construct an expressway through Red Hill Valley. The federal government appointed a panel to review the proposal under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. The Region is arguing that the Act is unconstitutional and otherwise does not apply to the project.Friends of Red Hill Valley, a public interest group that seeks to protect the valley, is an intervener in this proceeding. According to Friends, the case is an extremely important one since it will have national implications in terms of determining the constitutionality of an important federal environmental law. It is also important since the law, if fully applied, would provide the opportunity for the federal environmental assessment panel to document the impacts of the proposed expressway on the valley and make recommendations as to whether the required federal permits should be issued, and if so, with what recommendations to avoid such impacts. The proceeding will take place at the following time and place:November 27, 2000 to December 1, 2000Commencing 9:30 amFederal Court of Canada330 University Avenue - 8th Floor [Canada Life Building]Toronto, Ontario- 30 -For further information contact:Paul Muldoon, Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association, counsel for Friends of Red Hill(416) 960-2284; Cell (416) 998-0997Theresa McClenaghan, Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association, counsel for Friends of Red Hill(416) 960-2284; Cell (416) 998-0997