NoJetsTO to City Council: Don’t Let Porter’s Plans Fly

City Council Must Not Approve Jets After City Staff Raises Red Flags November 28, 2013 TORONTO – NoJetsTO welcomes a City staff report that shows how the whole jet review process has been rushed and that the revitalization of Toronto's waterfront is at risk. City Council will have no basis to vote ‘yes’ on Robert Deluce’s ambitions on December 16. "The staff report is a step forward in protecting our waterfront from jets,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor said. “City Council now has to resist pressure from Porter and Deputy Mayor Kelly to approve the airport expansion.” City staff emphasizes that the proposal and its impact are not about the type of jet but about the scale of operations from the number of jet flights, passengers and the impact on public infrastructure. "It's not about the 'whisperjet' but a Pearson-by-the-Lake gutting our waterfront," Kapoor added. "Putting a major jet port downtown because of corporate interests, not sound research, would be reckless for City Council.” “The push by the TPA and Porter for a premature approval in December is irresponsible,” the NoJetsTO chair remarked. “We are calling on all Councillors to stop this flawed process and return to proper planning for our waterfront.” 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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