NoJetsTO Questions Appointment of Minnan-Wong

Appointment of Pro-Jets Councillor Raises Concerns About Tory’s Waterfront Agenda Andrew_Louis_Photo_Denzil_Minnan-Wong_2014-11-01TORONTO – NoJetsTO is questioning the appointment of Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong to the board of Waterfront Toronto and the position of deputy mayor. Known for his anti-waterfront rhetoric and pro-jets stand, Minnan-Wong’s appointments come at the heel of John Tory’s declaration of conflict-of-interest over the Island Airport expansion. “Our waterfront needs strong champions at City Hall and in the John Tory administration, so why was Denzil Minnan-Wong appointed?” NoJetsTO Acting Chair Norman Di Pasquale questioned. “Minnan-Wong is fiercely pro-jets and anti-waterfront. People need to know what is the mayor’s agenda here.” Councillor Minnan-Wong has repeatedly shown his hostility to the revitalization of the waterfront through misleading claims about the work of Waterfront Toronto. The staunch Ford ally also supports the dangerous plans to put jets on the city’s waterfront. “Minnan-Wong has repeatedly misled the public about the revitalization of our waterfront; he has even called for the dismantling of Waterfront Toronto,” Di Pasquale added. “Why is such a divisive, hostile councillor being put in the driver’s seat when the future of our waterfront is at stake? “With Tory recusing himself from the Island Airport debate, our city deserves a well-respected and cooperative councillor at the helm,” the NoJetsTO spokesperson concluded. “After years of Ford attacks on the waterfront that Minnan-Wong was part of, his appointment is disappointing. The mayor can’t let him lead the important waterfront and Island Airport file.” NoJetsTO is made up of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving Toronto’s 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.

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 For more information, please contact: Norman Di Pasquale, NoJetsTO Acting Chair, 647-808-2910 or media@nojetsto.ca