City Staff Report Pours Cold Water on Rushed Jet Plan Timeline
NoJetsTO Commends City Staff for Raising Flags About Breakneck Speed of Review Process September 18, 2013 TORONTO – With only 10 weeks left before going to City Council, City staff confirmed that the entire process is unusual and rushed, an update to the Executive Committee reveals. Major information is missing and won’t be available for months, including the noise certification for the CS100 from Transport Canada. “The City staff’s update to the Mayor and his inner circle makes it clear: the report in November will be incomplete,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor said. “The current timeframe is totally unrealistic and again forces Council to make a decision before it has all the facts." The City staff is proceeding with the study with a deadline for November despite the fact that key aspects have not been tackled yet. Likewise, crucial information from Transport Canada is not forthcoming. “We have seen nothing on the health effects of the jets and the City study will only come in December,” Kapoor continued. “If Transport Canada doesn’t certify the CS100’s noise levels before May 2014, how can City Council vote in December?” “City staff have identified many outstanding issues through the public consultations; ten weeks are not enough,” the NoJetsTO chair remarked. “Major components like the impact on the waterfront revitalization and property values are still missing.” 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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