Waterfront Revitalization: Critic Takes Shots for Political Gain

Minnan-Wong’s Selective, Misleading Criticism Politically Motivated: NoJetsTO Wikimedia_Photo_Sugar_Beach_2012-08-01TORONTO – Pro-jets Councillor Minnan-Wong is publicly engaging in selective and misleading criticism of Waterfront Toronto’s work, distracting from the larger conversation about the future of our city’s waterfront, NoJetsTO contends. “Turning Toronto’s waterfront from an industrial wasteland into a hotspot for new residents, businesses and visitors is a generational task,” NoJetsTO Chair Anshul Kapoor said. “It’s disappointing that pro-jets Councillor Minnan-Wong distorts the revitalization record to shore up his Ford nation support.” Minnan-Wong has singled out the cost of internationally acclaimed Sugar Beach for his criticism, a $14 million project ($13 million paid by the federal government), expressing his desire to end Waterfront Toronto’s revitalization efforts. Councillor Minnan-Wong has also been a supporter for the expansion of the Island Airport. “Minnan-Wong is pushing for a major jet airport on our waterfront, no wonder he wants partisan control of Waterfront Toronto,” Kapoor added. “After Doug Ford’s Ferris wheels and megamalls we are witnessing another Ford ally attack Waterfront Toronto.” “Waterfront Toronto’s efforts are bearing fruits, as ten thousands of created jobs and international awards attest,” the NoJetsTO chair concluded. “The ongoing revitalization of our waterfront needs neither Minnan-Wong’s jets nor his dangerous political interference.” 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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