Tainted City Staff Recommendations on Jets a Slippery Slope
Staff Report’s Roadmap for Island Airport Expansion Comes Despite Red Flags TORONTO – The new supplementary City staff report on the waterfront jet proposal is a disappointment for city residents who want to have urgent questions answered. “Back in November, City staff raised many red flags that still haven’t been resolved, so how can we forge ahead?” NoJetsTO chair Anshul Kapoor remarked. “It’s clear that after months of pressure by Porter and Norm Kelly, City staff caved in.” The supplementary report no longer highlights outstanding issues about health, safety, environment, fit with a revitalized waterfront and the enormous (up to $300 million) price tag for landside infrastructure, but instead outlines a roadmap for expansion. “We appreciate that City staff want high hurdles for expanding the Island Airport, but the roadmap is a slippery slope,” Anshul Kapoor added. “City councillors need to understand that these recommendations are the result of political interference with a City process.” “Passenger and slot caps are absolutely essential, but they have to be permanent,” the NoJetsTO chair added. “Torontonians have the right to know who will pay for the enormous price tag before we shred the existing Tripartite Agreement.” 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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