Interim City Staff Report on Expansion Plans: NoJetsTO Raises Flags

NoJetsTO: Staff Report Represents Dangerous Start of City Decision-Making Process June 25, 2013 TORONTO – If City staff and consultants continue on the current path, Toronto’s waterfront could soon be home to jet aircraft and an expanded Island Airport. That is the take-away of the preliminary report that will form the basis for City Council’s decision on opening the existing Tripartite Agreement. “The preliminary report lays the foundation for a mini Pearson on Toronto’s waterfront,” Anshul Kapoor, NoJetsTO spokesperson said. “City staff and consultants paint a rosy picture of an expanded Island Airport; ignoring how increased traffic, jet noise and pollution will ruin the Toronto waterfront. We are hoping the final report will address all concerns adequately.” The preliminary report recommends opening the Tripartite Agreement to all jet aircraft that comply with existing noise parameters while misinterpreting how those are measured and applied. “Instead of a sound legal opinion on the Tripartite Agreement, City staff is relying on arguments from consultants and the Toronto Port Authority”, Kapoor added. “The City report opens the Pandora’s box of a busier, bigger Island Airport. Such a Pearson-by-the-Lake shreds the vision of a mixed-use waterfront.” The preliminary report makes the dubious claims that doubling passenger numbers on the Island Airport will not affect Toronto Pearson or the Union Pearson Express that is currently under construction. Detailed evidence in the final report will be needed to address these vital questions. “The City has to protect residents and waterfront users – and billions of taxpayer investments,” Anshul Kapoor remarked. “We sincerely hope that the when the final report is presented, City Council will not buy into the pro-expansion propaganda and stop the airport expansion.” NoJetsTO is a coalition of concerned citizens and groups dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a boutique Island Airport. Representing residents and organizations across Toronto, NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways. NoJetsTO's goal is to protect the current Tripartite Agreement that governs the Island Airport. – 30 – For more information, please contact: Will Molls, NoJetsTO Media Coordinator, or media@nojetsto.ca

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