The Resolution To Look At All The Options

The following Councils have passed a resolution to have the Provincial Government look at all the options for improved transportation in Southwestern Ontario and that local representatives be involved in all decisions.

  • Municipality of Thames Centre – February 12, 2018
  • Township of Zorra – February 14, 2018
  • Township of East Zorra – Tavistock – February 22, 2018
  • Township of Wilmot – February 26, 2018
  • City of Woodstock – April 4, 2018
  • County of Lambton – April 5, 2018
  • Town of Ingersoll – April 10, 2018
  • Town of St. Marys – April 11, 2018
  • City of Stratford – May 14, 2018

Thames Centre’s resolution reads as follows and the other Councils are similar:

Monday Feb 12, 2018

The Municipality of Thames Centre unanimously passed a resolution to have the Provincial Government consider other viable options to improve rail transportation in south western Ontario and to include rural communities in the decision making process.

The Motion

“WHEREAS the Municipality of Thames Centre understands that the proposed Ontario Government High Speed Rail plan is in the early stages and many details are to be determined through Environmental Assessments yet to be completed;

AND WHEREAS some urban Ontario Municipalities feel that they may benefit from High Speed Rail;

And whereas, there is great concern in rural Ontario, and the Municipality of Thames Centre in particular, with respect to the significant loss of Prime Agricultural Land, the potential for dead-ended roads creating increased emergency response time, creating increased school transportation time, the severing of farm businesses, disruption to community cohesion, reducing local resident access to Municipal services, and the health, safety and well-being of our local residents;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Municipality of Thames Centre does not oppose improved rail service in South Western Ontario;

AND THAT the Municipality of Thames Centre does take the following position on the proposed High Speed Rail Plan going forward:

THAT High Speed Rail is only one viable option to improve transportation in Southwestern Ontario;

THAT the Environmental Assessment must also include other viable options to improve transportation in Southwestern Ontario;

THAT all committees created for the purpose of HSR also have representation from the Councils and community members/organizations directly affected by this proposed HSR plan;

AND THAT the resolution of this motion be forwarded to the Premier of Ontario, Minister of Transportation, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, as well as the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Concerned Citizens of HSR and Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.”