Group urges Mayor Bowman against Parker wetlands rapid transit line
Monday's announcement of federal and provincial money to complete Phase 2 of Winnipeg's bus rapid transit isn't slowing down a group trying to save the Parker wetlands.
That area, located near the rail line west of Pembina Highway, is slated to be developed as part of the BRT line.
Cal Dueck, who heads up the Parker Wetlands Conservation Committee, which has been trying to save the area since the proposed bus route was first revealed two years ago, is appealing to Mayor Brian Bowman to examine the deal carefully.
Dueck, who is also pressing his appeal to the provincial minister of conservation, said the Parker wetlands are an ecologically important area and should not be developed.
Those rallying for its preservation say the green space is home to rare birds and plants and that the city’s own assessment department has labelled it as an environmentally-sensitive natural heritage area.
Bowman said he's well aware of people's concerns with the development of that area. He noted that Coun. John Orlikow has also been critical of the route and Bowman insists the city is listening.
"Coun. Orlikow has been someone who has voiced with me and with council issues that he wants to work on and resolve. What I can say is that those concerns are being heard at city hall," he said.