NO TO A PICKERING AIRPORT!
YES TO LAND OVER LANDINGS!
Because food is a GROWING concern
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Over 43 years ago, 30 sq. miles of prime farmland were expropriated for an airport that was never built. On June 11, 2013, the federal government announced it would proceed with the airport after all.
THE PRIME MINISTER'S ANNOUNCEMENT
On July 11, 2015, the
Prime MInister announced the transfer of an additional 5,200 acres from the airport lands to the Rouge National Urban Park. More than half the Federal lands have now been protected at long last!
The Prime Minister also said, with regard to the remaining lands, that they would be used to create jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity for the Region and the GTA, adding: "But let there be no doubt. Our Government will only support projects on these lands, including an airport, if they are backed by a sound business plan and if they are in the best interests of this community."
TRANSPORT MINISTER RAITT'S ANNOUNCEMENT
On July 13, 2015, the Transport Minister announced to a closed meeting (we
were there) an independent study on the future of the remaining lands.
See our latest UPDATE for details.
SINCE THE MEETING...
Statements and rumours have been making the rounds, suggesting that the airport is now a certainty and citing Minister Raitt's meeting as the source of this news. The statements and rumours are false. Ottawa has confirmed that no decisions have been made beyond the plan to commission the independent study. And the Prime Minister's caution of July 11 bears repeating: the Government "will only support projects on these lands, including an airport, if they are backed by a sound business plan and if they are in the best interests of this community." In the unlikely event that a case for an airport could be made, there must then be an environmental assessment, a fact acknowledged by Transport Canada on July 13.So hurdles abound and the future remains a question mark.
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