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PostSubject: Ontario banned development   Sat Jul 23, 2011 10:13 am

Recognizing the value of the natural spaces of the valley, conservationist Charles Sauriol founded the Don Valley Conservation Association,[41] which led to the formation of the Don Valley Conservation Authority (DVCA) in 1948.[42] The DVCA, a provincial government agency, promoted conservation of the valley with rail tours and public events.[43] In October 1954, flooding caused by Hurricane Hazel caused the destruction of bridges and buildings in the valley. As a consequence of the destruction on the Don and other rivers, the provincial government of Ontario banned development on river floodplains. In 1957, the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (MTRCA) was formed, merging all conservation authorities responsible for Toronto watersheds (including the DVCA), with greater powers to manage valley lands.[42] The MTRCA began expropriating privately-owned land in the valley for flood control, often creating or conserving open space uses. Sauriol, who was by then an employee of the MTRCA,[44] was one of the few to speak out against the parkway project. Sauriol's cottage at the Forks of the Don would be expropriated by Metro Toronto for the parkway,[38][45] although much of his land is now part of the Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve, which extends from the Forks of the Don, along the East Don to Milne Hollow at Lawrence Avenue, visible from the parkway.[41] By contrast, Metro chairman Gardiner had an opposite opinion of the Don Valley and was quoted "I'll tell you what the Don Valley was. It was a place to murder little boys, that's what it was."[



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