NoJetsTO Reiterates Call for TPA Funding for Independent Experts

TORONTO – As last night’s packed pubic consultation on the controversial Island Airport expansion yielded very few answers and a growing number of residents’ questions, NoJetsTO is reiterating the call for intervenor funding for the TPA’s environmental assessment. “The TPA needs to provide funding for community groups like NoJetsTO to hire independent experts,” NoJetsTO Acting Chair Norman Di Pasquale said. “The expansion details are so technical in nature that we need independent experts, not just Port Authority-hired consultants.” Intervenor funding for community groups and First Nations is a standard practice for major provincial and federal infrastructure projects like proposed pipelines. NoJetsTO and other groups have jointly made a formal request as the Greater Waterfront Coalition, but the TPA has not responded yet. “It is disappointing that the TPA has not committed to intervenor funding yet, especially given how controversial the planned airport expansion is,” Di Pasquale added. “More than 400 people packed the room at last night’s consultation – an unmistakable sign that citizens are engaged and concerned.” “It’s a huge success for NoJetsTO and other groups to have mobilized so many residents from different parts of the city,” the NoJetsTO spokesperson remarked. “Excellent questions were raised by concerned residents about issues from economic impact to the impact on inner harbour – yet the TPA had few satisfactory answers.” “Instead of answers, we are faced with an aggressive timeline for the TPA’s environmental assessment,” Di Pasquale concluded. “We are calling on the Port Authority to provide intervenor funding, otherwise the objectivity of the EA process is seriously at risk.” 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. – 30 – For more information, please contact: Norman Di Pasquale, NoJetsTO Acting Chair, 647-808-2910 or media@nojetsto.ca

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