We are an association of East Gwillimbury residents that came together in 1993 to fight the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) proposed new Bradford Bypass controlled access highway. We made extensive use of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act to obtain as much information as we could about why and how we were suddenly being confronted with a proposed 4 lane controlled access highway in our neighbourhood.
Over time, our membership grew to over 300 local residents, many of whom attended a special meeting we hosted at the River Drive Park Community Centre. MTO’s consultants also attended and participated.
We like to believe our active participation in this study was one of the reasons its duration lasted from the first draft proposal in 1993 until submission of the Environmental Study Report in December 1997. Thereafter we made an extensive submission to the Minister of Environment setting out our serious concerns about the integrity of the study process and its findings.
Concurrently we worked closely with Canadian Heritage Landscapes, (CHL), an associated group, which did extensive research to identify both the location of the Historic Lower Landing and the wide-ranging French, English, First Nations and Military activity that occurred near the planned highway route.
Our association stood down when the subsequent Liberal Government shelved the Bradford Bypass, implemented a number of important environmental protection statues and inaugurated the Barrie Go Train Service.
The government’s apparent zeal to resurrect this highway on an expedited basis, combined with the apparent lack of awareness of this highway amongst most of our neighbours, has caused us to reconstitute FROGS. We are now a federally chartered, not-for-profit, corporation. Our objective is to add our voice to the many environmental groups in southern Ontario who are fighting this unnecessary, obsolete highway in the hope that eventually reason will prevail and this highway will once again be stopped.