TPA Bows Out of Town Hall on Jet Plans, Dodges Responsibility to Torontonians

NoJetsTO: Toronto Port Authority Has to Come Clean on Support for Waterfront Jet Plans September 16, 2013 TORONTO – The Toronto Port Authority refuses to answer urgent questions about its support for Porter’s expansion plans by rejecting the City’s invitation to this Thursday’s town hall. The TPA’s refusal to appear at the City’s public consultation was published Friday afternoon. “The TPA has to come clean on its support for Deluce’s jet plans for the waterfront,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor said. “The TPA has a vested interest in expanding the airport, but lacks the courage to confront the public.” The Toronto Port Authority, whose profitability is essentially based on the Island Airport’s operations, has been giving indirect support to Porter’s jet proposals through a well-financed ad campaign. “The TPA’s timely and unprecedented ad campaign clearly insinuates that it is propping up Porter’s expansion plans. ” the NoJetsTO chair added. “The TPA is paying for the City review of the jet plans, but thinks it can dodge questions from the city staff and residents of Toronto.” “By shirking its civic responsibility, the TPA continues to owe Toronto’s citizens answers,” Kapoor concluded. “It’s disappointing that the TPA buried the news about its refusal on a Friday afternoon.” 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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