McGuinty Government Keeping Ontario's Busiest Highways Clean

    $4.3 Million Investment Keeps Ontario Beautiful, Encourages Tourism

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, June 28 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is investing
$4.3 million to improve the appearance of Ontario's busiest highways,
Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield said. Over the next several weeks,
maintenance contractors will cut grass and pick up litter along Ontario's
busiest highways, such as the 401, 417 and Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW).
    "Highways are the gateways to Ontario and their appearance is important,"
said Cansfield. "The McGuinty government wants tourists to see the best of
Ontario, and we want the people who live here to have pride in their home."
    Cansfield also urged Ontarians and businesses to be responsible and put
litter where it belongs - in recycling bins or garbage cans.
    "Littering is unacceptable," said Cansfield. "The McGuinty government is
doing its part to make sure our highways are clean for future generations. I
urge all Ontarians to do their part, and help keep our highways and all public
spaces clean and beautiful."
    This year's investment is in addition to other programs already in place
to help keep other highways in Ontario tidy. These programs include:

    -   Adopt-A-Highway program - 583 volunteer groups beautify 2,565
        kilometres of highway several times each year, including litter pick
        up, tree, shrub and wildflower planting
    -   Operation Springboard - low-risk offenders pick up litter on
        provincial highways through Ministry of Community Safety and
        Correctional Services' (CSCS) program
    -   Stash Your Trash - a pilot program underway between the cities of
        Wawa and Sault Ste. Marie that provides safe locations for drivers to
        pull off the road and dispose of their in-vehicle trash.

    "This is great news," noted Bramalea-Gore-Malton-Springdale MPP Dr. Kuldip
Kular. "I am a strong supporter of litter-free communities. We need to
continue to work together and keep all public spaces clean, for our children
and grandchildren's future."
    "Clean highways make a good impression when welcoming travellers to
Ontario," said Tourism Minister Jim Bradley. "We want visitors to remember our
beautiful province and look forward to their next visit."
    "We should all be proud of our province - Ontario is a great place to
live," added Cansfield. "Lets work together to keep it clean and beautiful."

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686 toll free,
1-866-471-8929 TTY

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