If nature interests you, you should be concerned for the fate of the large Cliff Swallow colony that nests under the current Argyle St. bridge. The old bridge will be destroyed, and the new bridge installed in ’23. Swallows build mud nests on concrete, but can’t build on steel, which is what the new bridge construction is. The MTO’s bridge replacement team is aware of this colony. The MTO’s assessment report states “the colony is possibly the largest in S. Ontario.” It’s not like they’re disregarding nature; the MTO is spending $2 million on a Mussel Relocation program. The mussels will have a river to come back to when the bridge is finished; the same can’t be said for the swallows. This has already happened with the new Cayuga bridge; I don’t want to see it happen again, but it’s not too late! The bridge tendering process hasn’t started, so design changes can still be made. I’m not saying the bridge shouldn’t be replaced, I’m saying we could do it in a way that doesn’t harm wildlife. If we’re such an intelligent, creative species, we should be able to do both. I’ve been petitioning politicians and provincial and federal agencies to make them aware, from the premiers, down to local Haldimand officials, but you can add your voice if you’re concerned. Start by expressing your fears with the MTO’s bridge replacement team at “argylebridge.ca” If this can’t be fixed, Caledonia will be poorer for it. Here’s a positive way to spend your Covid time.

George Naylor