Public Consultation, Not Bogus TPA Survey Shows What Torontonians Think

NoJetsTO: Strong Turnout Gives Better Picture than Unscientific Poll to Prop Up Jet Plans September 5, 2013 TORONTO – In an apparent attempt to distract from Porter’s runway PR disaster, the airline’s ally, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) is pushing the results of a misleading survey. But the first public consultation with more than 100 participants gives a better picture of how Toronto residents feel about jets on the waterfront. “The TPA’s misleading survey release is a blatant attempt to change the channel away from Porter’s runway proposal fallout,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor said. “A packed first public consultation shows Torontonians oppose the jet plans, regardless of a bogus TPA survey.” The TPA’s annual survey was done in August but was only released now. The full catalogue of questions shows the manipulative character of the poll with its leading and biased questions. “Wednesday’s public consultation was teeming with people with almost unanimous opposition to jets on the waterfront,” Anshul Kapoor commented. “Despite a multi-million dollar ad campaign and an unscientific survey, opposition to the jet plans is strong – and growing.” An example from the survey: the jet question follows a bogus statement that leaves out negative effects on public health and safety. A question about the tunnel makes it look like pedestrians can reach the park on Toronto Island while in fact the tunnel solely grants access to the Island Airport. “The survey makes it crystal-clear that the TPA is in cahoots with Deluce on the jet plans for the waterfront,” the NoJetsTO chair added. “In contrast to the TPA’s propaganda, the public consultations give an unfiltered view of what Torontonians feel about gutting the waterfront.” Another leading question gives the impression that changes to the Tripartite Agreement are needed to keep the Island Airport from shutting down. Jets and extending the runways are banned under the current Tripartite Agreement which expires in 2033. “I invite everyone to read the actual survey questions; they are misleading and purely designed to get the answers the TPA wants,” Kapoor concluded. "It is sad that the TPA has apparently made up their mind about the jets already." At the annual general meeting, the TPA refused to disclose how much money has been spent on the ongoing advertising campaign. NoJetsTO is a coalition of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a boutique Island Airport. Representing residents and organizations across Toronto, NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways. NoJetsTO's goal is to protect the current Tripartite Agreement that governs the Island Airport.

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