PortsToronto – Tunnel Kings

On June 1, PortsToronto announced yet again the completion of the tunnel from the city to the Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport (BBTCA) starting with preliminary work in March 2012, a mere three years ago. Not so, claimed PortsToronto chairman Mark McQueen. In what seems a bid for the Slow Tunnel Building Championship of the World, ...

BBTCA and Environmental Assessment Feedback – Runway End Safety Areas

This is the fifth in a series of comments CommunityAIR submitted on Wednesday, May 20, on the Proposed Environmental Assessment (EA) Study Design/Scope in what has been described by people with experience in such matters as a sham EA. The PortsToronto consultant, AECOM, proposes to consider public comments in deciding the final study components that AECOM ...

BBTCA and the Deluce Version

By Monday, May 4, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

The Globe and Mail reported on April 30 Robert Deluce, Porter Airlines CEO, addressed a luncheon gathering of the Empire Club in Toronto. As the club's website says, “The Empire Club of Canada (ECC) is recognized as one of Canada’s oldest and largest, more important speaker’s forum. Our membership and speakers are comprised of some ...

Sham Environmental Assessment

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Sham environmental assessment (EA) aren't our words but they do express CommunityAIR's sentiment about PortsToronto's (PosTO) EA. The words appear in a recent Star article and come from five prominent Torontonians whose training and experience give credence to their views. The Authors Paul Bedford was chief planner of Toronto from 1996 to 2004 and is Adjunct Professor ...

PortsToronto, Transport Canada and Consultants

By Sunday, January 25, 2015 0 No tags Permalink 0

On April 1, 2014 city council required PortsToronto (PosTO) to conduct a rigorous environmental assessment (EA) on its airport expansion plans.  PosTO’s EA may not be as rigorous as council requires. The Role of the Noise Exposure Forecast The Tripartite Agreement that governs Billy Bishop Toronto Centre Airport (BBTCA) operations includes matters relating to noise. For the ...

Clarification

Watchdog asks Federal Court to release Toronto Port Authority audit.   Lisa Raitt and Robert Deluce in pre-jet gambit days.  Does the audit in the Star headlines have anything to do with Ms Raitt’s port authority travel expenses? The Star’s headline, June 24, in the paper’s online edition describes a filing by Canada’s  information commissioner’s office in Federal ...