Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What in an intermodal terminal?
A: Intermodal refers to containers moved by train, and then transported by trucks to distribution centres. An intermodal terminal is a heavy industry facility where containers are loaded onto, and unloaded from trains. They are dangerous, massive operations and they don’t belong anywhere near residential areas because of the dangers and the pollution risks they pose. Risks which are well-studied and well-documented. (Click here to view photos from the Brampton Intermodal Terminal, which is half the size of the terminal proposed for Milton)
Q: Who is Milton Says No?
A: On March 19, 2015 when CN announced it was once again trying to bring an intermodal terminal to Milton, many citizens came together and we voiced our concerns and opposition. We are citizens of the Halton Region who say NO to the proposed location of the CN Intermodal Terminal (called the CN Logistics Hub by CN Rail). Since March of 2015, our movement has engaged over 20,000 residents. We have advocated in the community for citizens wanting to know more, and to act in opposition to this proposal. Our board of directors has grown to include expert members from within our community. We are here to oppose the CN intermodal professionally, with current and verified information, through proper channels, and through working alongside our town, the Halton Region and federal politicians in order to address the serious limitations of the federal legislation which still protects rail companies. Not only do we wish to stop the intermodal terminal in this location, we wish to speak for the rights of all Canadian municipalities.
Q: Why are we opposed to this location? Won’t it bring jobs?
A: This is not the right location and land use. Our town and regional plans for this location are for employment lands, with the expectation of job density in the 30 per hectare range. The CN intermodal terminal has an expected job density of less than 1 job per hectare. This area is not zoned nor is it safe or appropriate for heavy industry. This area is located next to residential, agricultural and greenspace areas. It is nowhere near a major highway, which is a usual requirement for intermodal facilities. The operation of this facility would take place 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, and 365 days per year. This facility requires the operation of about 1,500 trucks on our Milton roads EVERY SINGLE DAY. The trucks would bring and unload containers to the trains, and will need to use our roads, Oakville roads, Burlington roads, and Mississauga roads to seek access to major highways. The resultant pollution, potential for accidents, and the impact on our local traffic and costs of road reparations is totally unacceptable.
Q: I know someone who works with CN, or who knows some who works with CN. They told us it is coming, this is a done deal.
A: We have heard this comment so many times now. Since the announcement way back in March of 2015 people have been saying this. It’s not even remotely close to the truth. It would be much easier for CN if our community believed this wasn’t something we can fight. The reality is we have been fighting, as a united community since day 1 to oppose this facility. As a result we have created significant delays and much more stringent and involved applications that CN must answer to. There has not been any decision made on the facility, we are working alongside the town and region, we are all opposed together and we will be among the first to know when decision start happening. We work closely with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, and we are in touch with all the associated federal agencies. Please know that we know more than your buddy who knows someone who works for CN. We promise, we know more.
Q: What about lawn signs, I have seen them across town, can I have one?
A: We have hundreds of signs distributed throughout the community. But we are concerned about sign exhaustion, especially after the sign excess during the federal election. Therefore we feel it is far more proactive to spread the word today through word of mouth, through neighbour outreach, and through you, our Milton Says No Street Captains!
Q: Where do the Town of Milton and Halton Region stand on this issue?
A: Both the Town of Milton and the Halton Region have stated opposition to this location. Gary Carr, Regional Council Chair and Mayor Gord Krantz have both made public statements pledging to fight this proposed location because of its potential to cause significant destruction within the Halton Region.
A: Halton Region is NOT a world-renowned logistics hub. It is a healthy suburban centre known for its greenspace, its conservation areas, its neighbourhoods, and its people. The heart of Halton is NOT an appropriate location for this heavy industry facility.
PLEASE JOIN OUR EFFORTS. TOGETHER AS A UNITED COMMUNITY WE ARE STRONGEST! MILTON SAYS NO...
to more than 1,500 additional trucks per day in our town
safety and security issues
negative health impacts to residents
lowered property values + lower job density
to lower paying jobs and the stifling of innovative development in the region as planned to the very real potential dangerous accidents