us Close the Polluting Toronto Island Airport and Turn it into a
Spectacular New Park
planners and citizens continue to call for the rejuvenation of the central
waterfront, particularly the Port Lands. This continues
the process of the last 15-years that has seen the waterfront begin to
achieve some of its potential as a major tourist, recreational, cultural,
knowledge worker, and residential area serving the entire Greater Toronto Area.
dream is now threatened as a handful of private interests with close
ties to the federal Liberal party push a reckless scheme to ramp up
commercial traffic at the waterfront Toronto Island airport by 2000+
percent. This folly, if it is allowed to proceed, will ultimately drown
the waterfront and downtown Toronto in a poisonous cloud of pollution
that would harm the health of residents, recreational users, and
The pollution from a massively expanded airport would also harm the
present and future of the waterfront as an economic engine for the city.
Film makers, outdoor entertainment venues, restaurants, boaters and other
recreational users, condo developers, and high tech businesses would all
begin to flee
the poisonous cloud. The lost tax revenue will be devastating for
Toronto Island airport generated $2.1-million in revenue in 2002 � about
as much as a good sized convenience store. However, it loses money at an
amazing rate and in 2002 had to spend approximately $2
to generate $1 of revenue. Toronto taxpayers fund the deficit.
This is an untenable situation.
obvious remedy is to close down this toy airport rather than follow
federal Transport Minister, David Collenette's plan of forcing Toronto
taxpayers to spend more than $50-million to
expand the airport in a reckless quest for the elusive break even point.
Toronto can have a clean, green waterfront or a busy commercial
waterfront airport, but not both.
San Diego and other cities have discovered, having a busy airport
downtown is massively disruptive and a huge source of air,
water, and noise pollution. Numerous studies have drawn a
direct line between this pollution and a greatly enhanced risk for a wide
range of illnesses, including: cancer, asthma and respiratory diseases,
hypertension and heart disease.
in the wake of September 11th, it hardly needs to be said that having an airport
only several hundred meters from numerous condo and office towers poses
an unacceptable safety risk.
please join us. Let's slay the monster that threatens to destroy
the waterfront and much of the rest of the downtown.
land that the airport occupies is zoned for public open space. (The
airport is a non-conforming use.) Let's return the airport lands to
their underlying zoning and create a spectacular new park on the
200-acres occupied by this failed experiment in early twentieth century
airport will infinitely worsen Toronto's already abysmal pollution
problem. A park will begin the process of transforming the waterfront
into something that can stir the imagination and change Toronto in ways
that will truly enhance our quality of life.
time is now. Rise up and take back the Community's AIR.
(Airport Impact Review), CAIR for short, is an all
volunteer, not-for-profit community organization. We can be reached by:
� PO Box 81057, 47B Harbour Square,
Toronto ON, M5J 2R0
Community AIR is focused on
stopping the Island Airport expansion and restoring the 200 acres of
polluted land to public recreation space, beach and natural areas. We
believe good air quality is a right. We care about making our city's
waterfront a clean, green, quiet and safe place for all Torontonians and
tourists to enjoy.
Our members are Toronto
residents, business people, health professionals, recreational boaters,
park users, environmentalists, naturalists, bird lovers and the arts
We invite you to
join us and to make
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