Ontario Place Architect Eb Zeidler Says ‘No’ to Jets

Revitalization of Ontario Place at Risk, Architect Says Flickr_Photo_Ontario_Place_Consultation_2014-03-18TORONTO – The renowned Canadian architect Eberhard Zeidler has endorsed NoJetsTO as the province is hosting a public consultation on the revitalization of Ontario Place. “Jets should only be allowed at Pearson, not at the Island Airport,” Ontario Place architect Eb Zeidler said. “The jets would destroy the life surrounding the waterfront and the hoped-for redevelopment of Ontario Place.” The Order of Canada and Order of Ontario recipient also designed Toronto landmarks like the Eaton Centre and Queens Quay Terminal. Zeidler is in favour of preserving the status quo at the Island Airport. “The Island Airport should only be for commuter flights,” the 88 year-old architect added. “It should not destroy the life of the lake.” The Toronto-based architect is speaking out as the province is holding a public consultation tonight on the proposed revitalization of Ontario Place. “The provincial government has to take a stance against Porter’s jet proposals,” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor concluded. “An expanded Island Airport will threaten the province’s investment in Ontario Place – and the tourism dollars it would bring.” 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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