For: Joe Cressy, Toronto City Council
Re: Island Airport Noise Complaint, Sept. 19, 2017
I’m laying in bed at 3 am, listening to a loud hydrovac machine, which makes 94 DBC Decibels of noise, at the Toronto Island Airport groundside terminal. This noise is so overpoweringly loud, inside my home on Queens Quay, it’s impossible to sleep, or think, and it’s been non-stop since 11 pm.
So I got out of bed, at 3 am, and walked to the island airport terminal to ask about the noise. I was told, it’s an emergency repair, and the noise must continue. I asked why couldn’t this operation be started earlier, like around 8 pm, so the neighbourhood could sleep at night.
I was told that the work has to be done overnight because they don’t want to bother the airport passengers. Someone has decided that it’s not alright to bother airport travellers with this much noise, but it is alright to keep the neighbourhood awake.
I want to know, Who made the decision, that airport travellers are more important than Bathurst Quay neighbours, when it comes to suffering through 94 decibels of noise this late at night?
While we’re asking questions, why does the island airport have private monopoly use of 215 acres of prime public parkland for only $1 a year. And why did the island airport get a special tax deal from Rob Ford’s administration, that reduced it’s assessed tax bill by $50 million? From political favouritism for private monopolies, to loud machines that keep the neighbourhood awake with 94 decibels of noise, this island airport stinks.
Max Moore, Toronto