NoJetsTO Applauds Waterfront Innovation Centre

TORONTO – NoJetsTO welcomes the planned Waterfront Innovation Centre as another milestone in the revitalization of Toronto’s waterfront while highlighting the incompatibility with the waterfront jet plans.

“The Waterfront Innovation Centre shows that the revitalization is an economic boon to our city, not a waterfront jet airport,” NoJetsTO Chair Norman Di Pasquale said. “Thanks to Waterfront Toronto’s strong efforts, our waterfront is a highly desired place to live, play and work – all without jets.

The planned innovation centre next to award-winning Sugar Beach will be mere blocks away from Union Station, something conspicuously unmentioned at the unveiling of the plans. The project is intended to create close to 2,000 high-tech jobs on Toronto’s waterfront.

“We need good paying jobs, clean jobs like the innovation centre on our waterfront, not a re-industrialized waterfront with jets,” the NoJetsTO spokesperson added. “It should be highlighted that innovation centre will be in walking distance from the Union Pearson Express, connecting it to Toronto’s jet airport.”

“Turning the Island Airport into a Mini-Pearson undermines Waterfront Toronto’s success in making the waterfront an attractive place for employers and employees,” Norman Di Pasquale concluded. “There’s a bright future for our waterfront – unless we blight it with jets.”

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NoJetsTO is Toronto’s largest group of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving our mixed-use waterfront and a regional 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. To date NoJetsTO has collected more than 18,000 petition signatures against the expansion plans.

For more information, please contact:

Norman Di Pasquale, NoJetsTO Chair, 647-808-2910 or media@nojetsto.ca