Eco-Highway: A New Approach
Catalogue Number: PPE032
Producer: Pinegrove Productions
Subject: Canadian Social Studies, Environmental Studies, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Issues, Indigenous Peoples, Science, Social Studies
Grade Level: 9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2020
Running Time: 29:00
This feature segment looks at the 2004 decision by the Canadian and United States Governments to construct a new border crossing between Detriot and Windsor. The 11km multi-lane access road called the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway in Windsor, Ontario would bisect three local communities and parts of the Ojibway prairie complex - one of the most endangered vegetation communities on earth. This ecosystem is home to thousands of rare, critically endangered species of plants and animals making any disruption to the habitat potentially catastrophic. Under the approval of both the Ontario and Canadian Environmental Assessment Acts, the construction of the highway would have to enrich and enhance the ecosystem as it preserved and enhanced both the human and natural environments rather than erode. Many doubted it could be accomplished and few saw this as a learning experience. Either way, the stakes were high.
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