NoJetsTO Going Strong Before Crucial City Council Vote

Grassroots Organization Prepared to Continue the Fight Flickr_Photo_Cropped_Canvasser_2013-11-18TORONTO – Over the final weekend before the decisive City Council vote on the jet issue, NoJetsTO successfully reached out to thousands of residents on the ground, over the phone and via email and social media. “In the past days NoJetsTO volunteers talked to thousands of residents – it’s civic engagement at its best,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor commented. “Our canvassing and phone banking efforts are yielding countless phone calls and emails going to City Councillors from their constituents.” Over hundred volunteers came out over the weekend to help the NoJetsTO campaign. Over the last days, more than 2,000 phone calls were made and more than 1,500 brochures and flyers were handed out in target wards. “While Porter is spending millions on massive advertising and robocalls, we are doing classic neighbour-to-neighbour outreach,” the NoJetsTO chair continued. “As a grassroots organization, we’ve always been the underdog, but we are gaining ground and keeping the Deluce marketing machine at bay.” The busy weekend for NoJetsTO comes after months of outreach efforts on the ground that has netted more than 14,000 petition signatures and 1,400 lawn signs delivered. “Regardless of City Council’s decision on Tuesday, we are prepared to continue the fight,” Anshul Kapoor continued. “With our strong base of supporters and volunteers, we will fight every step of the way until the jet plans are defeated.” “The airport expansion comes with a $300 million price tag, while the city struggles with gridlock and crumbling infrastructure,” Kapoor added. “With Councillors up for re-election soon, they should think twice about how they vote on Tuesday.” 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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For more information, please contact: Gautam Malkani, NoJetsTO Media Coordinator,  media@nojetsto.ca    

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