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Proposed Highway 413 is a battle between head and heart

May 27, 2022  By Globe and Mail

For Philip Armstrong, Ontario’s planned Highway 413 has ignited a battle of head versus heart.

His family’s Armstrong Manor Farm has operated in Caledon, Ont., north of Brampton, since 1869. If the highway were built, the farm would be adjacent to it, as well as an interchange connecting the new road to Highway 410.

The farm would lose about 75 acres of rented land, which it uses to grow crops both for use as livestock feed and to sell at local markets.

As trucks zoomed past on nearby Dixie Road, Armstrong said he isn’t sure whether Highway 413 is the right answer to the region’s transportation problems, not least because it would forever alter the landscape around his home.


“My heart says I don’t want this road. My head says if development continues, they’re going to need another road, so it needs to at least be designated so it is there for the future,” he said outside the farm’s main barn as more than 330 dairy cows chewed their morning feed behind him.

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(Globe and Mail)

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