What's at stake on our waterfront? Join NoJetsTO and Councillor Joe Cressy for a free walking tour of the Bathurst Quay neighbourhood this Sunday. Together we will explore the Waterfront Toronto revitalization work to date, discuss plans for making our waterfront even better and survey how the airport expansion would damage neighbourhoods, community hubs and parks alike. RSVP here: http://join-nojets.nationbuilder.com/janes_walk
Tim Weber, Liberal Nomination Candidate for Scarborough Southwest Endorses NoJetsTO
“I have a proven track record of fighting both government and the private sector when they threaten our community. Jets at Billy Bishop would be bad for Scarborough and our federal government could stop this plan. Please sign up to vote for me at the upcoming Federal Liberal Nomination meeting. Let’s make sure all the candidates on the ballot in October support NoJetsTO. Visit www.voteweber.ca for more information about my campaign."
Flawed Process Revealed by Island Airport Tenant’s Statement TORONTO – NoJetsTO welcomes Air Canada’s position against the jet plans for Toronto’s waterfront. The Island airport tenant’s statement revealed the Port Authority’s bias and flawed review process for the expansion plans. “We are glad that one of the two tenant airlines at the Island Airport is taking a stance against jets,” NoJetsTO chair Norman Di Pasquale said. “NoJetsTO agrees with Air Canada that jets would violate the spirit and intent of the Tripartite Agreement.” “Air Canada gets it right – we don’t need a major jet airport on our waterfront to replace the current regional airport,” Di Pasquale continued. “We welcome the fact that Air Canada calls out the Port Authority on their flawed and biased expansion study.” Given Air Canada's desire for adding turboprop connections, NoJetsTO reiterates that any future growth at the Island Airport needs to take place within a framework of binding passenger and slot caps. NoJetsTO is the largest group dedicated to preserving Toronto’s mixed-use waterfront and a regional Island Airport. As a non-partisan organization representing residents from across the city, NoJetsTO opposes the expansion of the Island Airport through jet aircraft and extended runways. To date it has collected more than 19,000 petition signatures against the expansion plans.
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Port Authority Reveals Intentions with Planned Doubling of Passengers to 5.5 Million with Jets TORONTO – The Toronto Port Authority is finally coming clean that it envisions a major jet airport on Toronto’s waterfront with tonight's presentation of the Island Airport master plan. “The TPA is effectively declaring war on our waterfront with their vision of a major jet airport,” NoJetsTO Chair Norman Di Pasquale said. “The expansion plans are even worse than we feared with a doubling of passengers to 5.5 million/year.” The airport master plan, which was required by City Council, includes a 20% increase in daily flight slots to 242. Plans also feature a tunnel to the south of the airport for a “future aviation area” as the TPA's presentation at tonight's public meeting revealed. “If City Council doesn’t stop the expansion, we will have an airport bigger than Ottawa’s,” Di Pasquale added. “Nothing less than the revitalization of our waterfront is at stake with the TPA’s master plan.” “The plans are just outrageous – the TPA wants jets, more take-offs and landings and more passengers – even an additional tunnel,” the NoJetsTO spokesperson added. “It won’t just be passenger jets – also corporate and private jets.” “More than a year after a clear City Council’s vote, the TPA still rejects caps – and now we know why,” Di Pasquale concluded. “Tellingly, the TPA master plan says nothing about the traffic mess we will have on the mainland.”
– 30 –NoJetsTO is Toronto’s largest group of concerned citizens dedicated to preserving our mixed-use waterfront and a regional 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. To date NoJetsTO has collected more than 18,000 petition signatures against the expansion plans. For more information, please contact: Norman Di Pasquale, NoJetsTO Chair, 647-808-2910 or email@example.com
TORONTO – NoJetsTO is criticizing the announced sale of the Toronto Island Airport passenger terminal by Porter Airlines. The sale is taking place without a City Council decision on the expansion plans and without the TPA’s agreement to the passenger caps Council had mandated. “Porter’s CEO Deluce is filling his war chest to push through his plans for jets on our waterfront,” NoJetsTO Chair Norman Di Pasquale said. “It’s outrageous that such a major transaction is taking place without the TPA adhering to Council’s decision on passenger caps.” The sale, rumoured to be netting Porter Airlines around $750 million, comes in the middle of a controversial Port Authority-led Environmental Assessment. At the same time, the TPA is offering a lease extension until 2055 to the terminal buyer via Porter, beyond the expiration of the Tripartite Agreement in 2033 that governs the airport. It is assumed that the City of Toronto was not consulted. “A few days ago the Port Authority tried to rebrand itself as being closer to the community – and now they unilaterally offer a lease extension to the terminal buyer until 2055 without consulting anyone,” Di Pasquale pointed out. “Again, we see the TPA and Porter in lockstep to smooth the way for expanding the airport into a Pearson-on-the-Lake." “Without a doubt, Porter-owner Deluce will do more than just use his buddies at the TPA,” the NoJetsTO chair added. “Porter will put out more propaganda to wreck our waterfront with jets after this cash infusion.”
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For more information, please contact: Norman Di Pasquale, NoJetsTO Chair, 647-808-2910 or firstname.lastname@example.org
– 30 –For more information, please contact: Norman Di Pasquale, NoJetsTO Chair, 647-808-2910 or email@example.com
– 30 –For more information, please contact: Norman Di Pasquale, NoJetsTO Acting Chair, 647-808-2910 or firstname.lastname@example.org