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TORONTO, Ont. -- Despite a court ruling allowing the Bayview extension to continue through a forest protected by th...


TORONTO, Ont. — Despite a court ruling allowing the Bayview extension to continue through a forest protected by the Oak Ridges Moraine protection legislation, some are trying to kill the project.

Protesters have gathered at the road construction site for several days now, trying to put an end to the controversial road that would run through the Jefferson Forest between Stouffville and Bloomington Rds.

"It’s ironic that where this road is going through is an area with the highest level of protection under the Oak Ridges Moraine Act," protestor Carrie Hoffelner tells local media. "I really don’t see how the province can call this protected when they let York Region come in and do something like this."

However, York Region intends to build the road despite the protests, after winning a Ontario Court of Appeal decision that said complaints from environmentalists and local ratepayers were not enough to put an end to the project.

The court case delayed construction of the road, but with that over and done with, road construction began last week.


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