Concerned Citizens Pack Consultation as City Staff Reject TPA Funding Request

NoJetsTO: Public Meeting Shows Strong Opposition to Jets David_Smiley_Photo_City_Hall_Panorama_2014-01-27TORONTO – An overflowing public consultation at City Hall saw hundreds of Toronto residents show their opposition to the waterfront jet plans. Among a flood of resident questions, City staff rejected the TPA’s recent funding request. “A strong turnout and many raised concerns have again showed that our waterfront is no place for jets,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor remarked. “We thank all participants and commend City staff for speaking out against the TPA’s deceptive funding request.” Last week, the Toronto Port Authority requested federal and provincial infrastructure funding – on behalf of the City without seeking its input or consent. “It’s outrageous that the TPA wants the City’s share of federal infrastructure dollars for their Mini-Pearson,” Kapoor added. “Why are we forging ahead when neither the City nor the TPA wants to pay for the airport expansion?” After presentations by City staff, the Toronto Port Authority and Transport Canada, around 85 residents rose to speak – with an overwhelming majority against the expansion plans. “Nine months into this process key answers are still missing, yet Porter and allies want to push this through,” the NoJetsTO chair concluded. “We are debating an airport expansion we don’t need with money we don’t have.” NoJetsTO is a coalition of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a boutique Island Airport. Representing residents across Toronto, the non-partisan organization NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways. NoJetsTO’s goal is to preserve the status quo at the Island Airport by protecting the Tripartite Agreement that governs it.

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