New CS100 Delay: Toronto City Council Nearing Decision Based on Unproven Claims

NoJetsTO: Deciding Fate of Waterfront Based on Empty Promises Irresponsible  July 25, 2013 TORONTO – With the maiden flight of the CS100 delayed again, the City of Toronto is on track to allow jet airplanes on the waterfront without having ever been tested. Gutting Toronto’s waterfront based on empty promises about emissions and noise pollution would be irresponsible. “City Council could vote on allowing jets on the waterfront as early as September – without having a clue how dirty and loud the CS100 jets are,” NoJetsTO Chair Anshul Kapoor explained. “Torontonians deserve to know how polluting and loud Robert Deluce’s ‘whisper-jet’ really is before we ruin our waterfront.” Bombardier just announced the third delay to its CS100 jet maiden flight. This makes it unlikely that City Council has a full assessment of the proposed CS100 usage before council meetings – and a potential vote, take place again in the fall. “Robert Deluce has cleverly tricked City Council into playing his game through bogus promises about noise and pollution,” Anshul Kapoor added. “With this delay he gets closer to City Council’s ‘yes’ vote before the CS100 ever takes to the sky.” Claims by Robert Deluce and Porter Airlines about the CS100 noise and emissions profile are purely hypothetical at this point as Bombardier was forced to admit earlier this summer. “It’s up to each and every city councillor to prevent another bad policy decision,” the NoJetsTO Chair said. “Turning Toronto’s precious waterfront into a Mini-Pearson without vetting the plane is simply bad governance.” 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, 416-320-8675 or media@nojetsto.ca