The public hearings are being conducted virtually and all members of the public will have access through the live-stream via the YouTube tab on the Inquiry website. A recording and transcripts will be posted to the website later. Exhibits entered at the hearings will also be available on the website.
The City of Hamilton, which called this Inquiry, is situated upon the traditional territories of the Erie, Neutral, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas. This land is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, which was an agreement between the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabek to share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. We further acknowledge that this land is covered by the Between the Lakes Purchase, 1792, between the Crown and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.
Many of the counsel appearing at this hearing are located in the City of Toronto, which is situated on the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. The City of Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaties signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.
The public hearings will be conducted in two phases:
Phase 1 will focus on questions of fact relating to the construction of the Red Hill Valley Parkway (RHVP), friction testing conducted by Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation on the RHVP, consultant and staff reports on the RHVP, and the discovery and public release of the report on friction testing.
Phase 2 will focus on expert evidence looking at how friction and other factors contributed to motor vehicle accidents on the RHVP, and policy and governance issues at the City of Hamilton that arise from the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference.
The first day of public hearings begins on Monday, April 25, 2022, with Phase 1. Phase 1 is expected to run into August 2022. Phase 2 is expected to begin in fall 2022.
The public hearings will generally run daily from Monday to Thursday each week from 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., with lunch and breaks. The hearings may start earlier or end later than usual on some days, and may occasionally sit on Fridays.
A list of expected witnesses is posted to the Witness List section of the website. Updates on the schedule of witnesses will be posted regularly to the website and the RHVPI’s Twitter account, @RHVPI.
Exhibits entered at the public hearings will be uploaded to the Inquiry website under the ‘Exhibits’ tab.
The Commissioner, as a sitting Judge, does not give interviews. Media requests for interviews with Lead Commission Counsel Robert A. Centa should be made through Wendy McCann, Inquiry Director of Communications, at email@example.com.
Viewers, including the media, may record the hearings only for personal use. No one is permitted to publicize or distribute audio or visual recordings for any purpose.
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