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Protesters on the Gardiner Expressway

Tamil Protesters take over the Gardiner Expressway EB and WB on May 10thYesterday I happened to be on the Gardiner when the Tamil Protesters took over. I narrowly escaped and managed to make it to my mother’s day dinner on-time.

I do feel for the protesters but holding a city hostage is no way to have your cause heard. I think the social injustice in countries like Sri Lanka, Darfur, Peru, Bolivia, and sadly the list goes on are crimes upon all of humanity, but do not create injustice to the residents of Toronto who have done no wrong and to the many that support charities and causes like that of the Tamil protesters.

How Does this relate to traffic?

The protests last night demonstrated what a huge part the Gardiner Expressway plays in Toronto’s road infrastructure. The city was grid-locked downtown without the use of the Gardiner. It should be one of the ‘quietest’ times with respect to traffic, instead it took hours to cross the east-west boundaries of the city. And to control the situation the DVP southbound was closed, further congesting the city.

Preserving the Gardiner is essential to Toronto’s road infrastructure. Last nights unfortunate incident really brought this to light.