Our Letter to the Toronto Board of Health

Members, Toronto Board of Health
10th Floor West, Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St. W., M5H 2N2
Toronto,

Dear Members,

We note that the Toronto’s chief medical officer of health proposes lower speed limits to reduce accidents.  We support his proposal and his reason for such a step.   It should not be rejected out of hand as a “nutso” idea.

There is a case for lower speed limits apart from the reason proposed by Dr. McKeown.   Over time Toronto citizens must be weaned from dependence on automobiles in favour of public transit. Presently the automobile appears to have the advantage of convenience and speed over public transit.  A campaign for lower speed limits may encourage drivers to think of alternatives.

In the long term Toronto, like other large North American cities, must cut down on greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles.   This goal will be assisted if motorists are encouraged to drive moderately, and discouraged from accelerating to wait at the next traffic light.  The reduction in emissions will not be great, but every little bit helps.

Many motorists think that speeding is acceptable even though they know that it is against the law and increases the risk to others. So reduced speed limits have to be introduced selectively and gradually.  In due time motorists may come to accept these limits, just as they have come to accept speed bumps.

Yours truly,

 

Peter Jones on behalf of For Our Grandchildren

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  1. The letter to the Toronto Board of Health was most impressive. It seems to me that if there is to be any change in the way we manage our environment it would probably be best taken in small steps that would affect most people such as having them slow down while driving. I would think Opra would be a great sponsor for your project as she has such a vast audience. She could arrange programs that advise her audience (ordinary people) on how to take simple measures to save the environment. For instance, I think that the day care programs are doing a great job teaching children as early as 2 years old to manage their garbage. Our grandson James used to give us his wrappings etc, but now at age 6, he takes them to the garbage bin. Every little bit counts.

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