This spring, as I’m sure you and your neighbours noticed, many flights bound to and taking off from Pearson Airport were rerouted due to construction. The result, unfortunately, was a massive increase in both the amount and volume of noise for Etobicoke residents.
The decision to reroute these flight paths was made by Nav Canada and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) without consultation with our community, proper communication or efforts to minimize the impact. I find this unacceptable.
Although the construction is now complete, the GTAA and Nav Canada are considering permanent changes to flight paths along the North-South runways which would mean the plane noise over our community would increase significantly and permanently. To me, this would be unacceptable.
The GTAA is eager to build a transit hub at Pearson Airport that would require funding and support from the provincial government.
I have made it clear to GTAA executives that I will not support the Government of Ontario providing funding or support of any kind for the transit hub at Pearson if the GTAA and Nav Canada move ahead with their plan to redistribute flights over our community and if they do not work in partnership with our community going forward.
I have spoken up on this issue directly to GTAA leadership, at public meetings in April and September, a community meeting at Silverthorn Collegiate in May, and on May 16th I stood in the Legislature to address talk about the impact on my community.
While the GTAA and Nav Canada fall under federal jurisdiction, let me be clear: I will do everything possible as a provincial representative to advocate for my community and fight against this proposal.
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