CityNews: Executive Committee Votes Against Motion for More Info on Island Airport Expansion

CityNews Reports on the Executive Committee Meeting and David Miller's Endorsement September 24, 2013 TORONTO - Further study into the effects of the Toronto island airport expansion was voted down by the city’s executive committee on Tuesday. After hearing from a number of GTA residents who raised concerns over bringing jets into the downtown core, the committee, chaired by Mayor Rob Ford, voted against all four motions brought forth by Coun. Adam Vaughan for more information on the expansion. They then voted in favour of receiving an update on the expansion. During the meeting members of the public presented their concerns to the committee over the expansion, and requested further study into environmental effects, the impact on land value and the increase in noise. Former federal Transportation Minister Paul Hellyer also voiced his concerns over the plan stating the city is already well served with transcontinental air service. “The environmental cost is too high for something that isn’t really needed,” Hellyer told the committee. Porter has asked the city to amend a tripartite agreement with the three levels of government that currently bans jets at the airport. Ford and his brother, Coun. Doug Ford, support Porter’s plan. Former mayor David Miller – who campaigned against a bridge to the island airport – said Tuesday he is opposed to jets. “It is clear that jets, and the accompanying runway expansion, violate the idea of a clean, green waterfront that Torontonians have embraced,” Miller said in a statement issued by NoJetsTO. “The Toronto Islands are a place where families from all over this city come for their summer recreation. Our waterfront is undergoing a massive revitalization that will create literally thousands of modern green jobs.  Both of these things are put at huge risk by being under the flight path of jets.” Source: CityNews article