Media Release

Friends of Red Hill Valley Seek to Intervene in Appeal

Jul 13 2001

Toronto. Friends of Red Hill Valley, a local group dedicated to preserving the Red Hill Valley, is seeking to intervene in the Federal Court of Appeal concerning the issue of whether the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act applies to the proposed Red Hill Expressway. The group is asking the Court for permission to submit both written argument and to have the opportunity to present their arguments orally at the appeal hearing.The appeal relates to the April, 2001 decision of Madame Justice Dawson of the Federal Court, Trial Division,where she decided that the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act did not apply to the proposal by the Regional Municipality of Hamilton Wentworth (now the City of Hamilton) to build an expressway through the Red Hill Valley. Friends of Red Hill was an intervenor in the proceedings at Trial Division where it submitted written argument and gave oral argument. "This is an important opportunity to ensure that the Court has the full benefit of the arguments and we believe that our perspectives and views would be important to the Court," noted Joe Minor, a spokesperson with Friends of Red Hill.The application for intervention status was filed by the Canadian Environmental Law Association, a legal aid clinic that represented Friends in the earlier proceeding.It is expected that the Federal Court of Appeal will rule on the intervention application in the next upcoming few weeks. -30-For more information contact:Paul Muldoon, Canadian Environmental Law Association, (416) 960-2284 (ext. 219)Joe Minor, Friends of Red Hill Valley, (905) 527-2982More about Friends of Red Hill Valley: http://www.hwcn.org/link/forhv/