Hats off to Boris

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On March 26, U.K.’s Financial Times reported that London City Airport’s (LCA) operator was ‘perplexed and disappointed’ over London’s Lord Mayor Boris Johnson’s decision to stop the airport’s expansion over noise.

That’s right. Lord Mayor Johnson who has authority over the local council took away the local council’s approval from London City Airport that would have given the airport the right to make more noise. Boris’ reason? The expansion to its terminal and a larger taxiway would “lead to an unacceptable increase in noise for east Londoners and would not be for the greater benefit of the city”.

Whoa! What’s that? London City Airport, a facility that Porter Airlines cited in its submission to the city’s Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport (BBTCA) Review as an airport worthy of justifying expansion, has a noise problem?

LCA’s operators, unlike PortsToronto – BBTCA’s operator – does not have a “Do No Harm” mantra so it’s understandable that they would want to expand the airport regardless of the noise produced.

PortsToronto, on the other hand, has a “Do No Harm” mantra, so we can be certain that its environmental assessment will find that the BBTCA expansion won’t be any more unbearably noisy for nearby residents and those waterfront visitors than it already is.

By the way, while we’re taking our hats off for Boris, let’s give him three cheers.

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