Unaccountable Port Authority Ignores City Council by Forging Ahead with EA

TPA Kicks Off Environmental Assessment Without Agreeing to Caps Wikimedia_Photo_Toronto_Harbour_Commission_Building_2013-12-01TORONTO – The Toronto Port Authority is ploughing ahead with an Environmental Assessment for the planned Island Airport expansion without fulfilling the requirements set by City Council. “The TPA announcing their Environmental Assessment while ignoring Council demands is another example how this agency is out of control,” NoJetsTO spokesperson Gautam Malkani said. “City Council was clear: no caps on passengers and slots, no moving forward on expansion.” In its April vote, Toronto’s City Council laid out preconditions for negotiations between the City and the TPA. The Port Authority has publicly rejected permanent caps for passengers and take-off and landing slots that are part of the Council decision. “It’s already problematic that the federal government has severely weakened Environmental Assessment legislation,” Malkani continued. “Now the TPA wants to embark on a wishy-washy process that ignores City Council’s requirements. “The lack of focus on public consultations is especially troubling,” the NoJetsTO spokesperson added. “This is not the robust process focused on the waterfront and the public good that Council wanted.” “The TPA has shelled out $2 millions to influence the public through advertising, compared to $1.2 million on the City study,” Malkani concluded. “It’s clear that the Port Authority’s priority is expansion and the rushed EA proves it.” 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. ________________________ Link to original Toronto Port Authority announcement, 2014-08-20