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The following message is on the port authority’s website.

“The TPA is currently working with Waterfront Toronto, Waterfront Secretariat (City of Toronto), Lura Consulting and Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to identify the company that will undertake the Environmental Assessment. Once this company has been chosen this FAQ section will be populated with answers to questions relating to process, timelines and reporting.”

A letter from port authority president Geoff Wilson to Waterfront Toronto’s head John Campbell confirms that Waterfront Toronto is playing ball with the port authority’s initiative to circumvent City Council’s requirement to have the port authority commit to caps before Council consider Porter Airlines’ jet proposal.

But what about the City’s role in the port authority’s environmental assessment initiative, especially when Deputy City manager John Livey wrote to Wilson on May 7, 2014, “Without a clear commitment from the TPA to manage growth at [Billy Bishop Airport] through caps and phasing, staff do not have the authority to negotiate.”

If staff do not have the authority to negotiate with the port authority, why is the City’s Waterfront Secretariat playing ball with the port authority with the environmental assessment as the cover?

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