PortsToronto – Say Anything

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The biblical observation, “Ye shall know them by their fruits” may also be found in the Confucian principal for knowing people as, ‘judge them by their deeds not their words. Napoleon too got in on the act with his maxim, “The truth is men are very hard to know; and yet, not to be deceived we must judge them by their present actions, but for the present only.” Cue PortsToronto latest deed.

 

First, a Word from Ports Toronto

“Our relationships with Queen’s Park and Ottawa are excellent, and we’ve made some progress with the City of Toronto.”

Remarks by Mark McQueen, Chairman
Toronto Port Authority Annual General Meeting
September 4, 2013

“The TPA is committed to continuing to promptly provide whatever assistance is required to meet the internal needs of the City.”

Geoffrey Wilson
President and CEO
PortsToronto
Letter to Deputy City Manager John Livey
September 11, 2013

“We see our mission as ensuring, in part, that the airport’s operations must co-exist and remain compatible with the City’s overall objectives.”

Geoffrey Wilson
President and CEO
PortsToronto

Letter to Deputy City Manager John Livey
January 24, 2014

“We hope our approach to City concerns underlying the terms and conditions below demonstrate our commitment to this collaborative and constructive, and our responsiveness to the City’s requests in relation to its consideration to the Porter Proposal.”

Geoffrey Wilson
President and CEO
PortsToronto

Letter to Deputy City Manager John Livey
February 27, 2014

 

Finding Meaning in PortsToronto Words

· Making progress with the City;

· Committing to promptly provide assistance;

· Ensuring the airport’s operations must co-exist and remain compatible with the City’s overall objectives;

· Demonstrate commitment to collaborative, constructive, and responsive City requests.

At face value, PortsToronto in a six-month period painted an image of an organization in a relationship with the city in which it resides that is one of full co-operation. Observers reading PortsToronto’s commitments would be perfectly justified in believing the new PortsToronto was committed to working in the utmost harmony with its host city.

Finding Meaning in PortsToronto Deeds

In addition to refusing to abide by City Council’s requirement to agree to caps in order to proceed to consider PortsToronto’s request for airport expansion, the City found the organization building without permission on city-owned land, according to an April 13, 2015 Star report.

An April 10 City letter to PortsToronto asked PortsToronto to stop building a concrete canopy outside Billy Bishop Airport’s mainland terminal.

PortsToronto says the concrete canopy is part of its work to complete the tunnel to the island airport, the opening of which is behind schedule. In addition to the protective canopy, PortsToronto is constructing four columns, as part of the canopy, for advertising purposes. Because the structure is on public land, parkland which PortsToronto is using for its own commercial purposes, City rules restrict the kind of advertising permitted. In fact, the City’s contract with Astral Media for public access advertising space may also put a spanner in PortsToronto’s advertising revenue generating plans.

PortsToronto admits it should have waited for City permission but PortsToronto seems to have lost patience and its willingness to working in the utmost harmony with its host city.

Joe Cressy, Councillor for Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina, whose ward encompasses the airport, seems to be able to judge people by their deeds.

He emailed the Star, “The Port Authority (PortsToronto) is clearly not operating in good faith. They have a long-standing pattern of working with the city only when it suits them. Their recent actions should raise serious doubts about their willingness to play by the rules going forward.”

Councillor Cressy’s words are words to remember especially when examining PortsToronto sham EA, its Airport MasterPlan Exercise and its Runway Design Exercise.

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