Most of the 9.2km Eglinton Crosstown West Extension (ECWE) LRT line will be buried underground, except for a 1.5km elevated segment through Eglinton Flats in the Mount Dennis neighbourhood: one of Toronto’s most culturally diverse and economically-disadvantaged m areas. Constituents in the neighbouring affluent Etobicoke riding were consulted in 2018 and successfully lobbied Metrolinx for the ECWE to be tunneled. Residents of Mount Dennis were never consulted and the current design of the ECWE threatens the Greenbelt-protected Humber River and will destroy irreplaceable urban green spaces. This loss would be devastating to some of the most at-risk populations in Toronto.
The greatest determinant of outcomes is our postal code, revealing an unjust and undemocratic system at play. Evidence now shows that access to nature strongly correlates not only to improved mental health, but reduced risk of mortality and cardiovascular and respiratory disease.
Furthermore, the canopy of 1,500 trees slated for clear cutting are home to Species at Risk, both Threatened and Endangered, who live in an irreplaceable wildlife corridor to the Humber River system.
To be clear, we support the ECWE and believe our community should have world-class transit and our greenspaces. Metrolinx and the Ontario Government could build this 1.5km segment underground like the rest of the line, or along the road which would save time and money.
Help us fundraise for our legal claim, and set a strong precedent in Canadian law against agencies targeting BIPOC and lower income/socioeconomic status neighbourhoods with less desirable aspects of public services. We all deserve access to a healthy environment, spaces to connect to nature and find refuge in the city, and to be meaningfully consulted in development planning.
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