a push by suburban politiciansto pave more of the Don Valley crashed Tuesday when city council nixed a corporate study of the controversial DVP expansion. After a day-long debate, council voted 20 to 16 against a plan by councillor Paul Sutherland (Ward 33, Don Valley East) that would have invited pro-pavement Ontario Road Development Corp. to study ways to add four toll lanes to the Don Valley Parkway."I'm absolutely delighted,' says Gord Perks of the Toronto Environmental Alliance.
Licking his wounds after the defeat, Sutherland says he was "obviously disappointed' but "I'm hopeful that this issue will return." Perhaps referring to his rumoured mayoral aspirations, he adds, "This was a leadership motion, and it was turned down by a council that doesn't know what is going on in the real world.'
As TEA prepares to defend the TTC budget, Perks anticipates future battles. "I suspect councillor Sutherland may make it an election issue, and I'm prepared to fight him then.'