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  • April 26, 2018

News From Yvan Baker: GTAA Performing Runway Maintenance Until June

Pearson Airport will be conducting runway maintenance starting this week

We convinced the GTAA to Suspend a Permanent Increase in Flights over Etobicoke for Five Years

You may recall that last year GTAA officials were considering permanent changes to flight paths along the North/South runways which would have meant that the number of flights and noise over our community would have increased permanently. 

I’m pleased that our advocacy convinced the GTAA to suspend plans for this permanent increase in flights for the next five years.
 
The GTAA has informed us that they will be performing runway maintenance beginning this week and continuing until June. We have been told that this work will require planes to use the north/south runways on some nights from approximately 10 pm to 12 am.
 
Please note that the increase in flights caused by this maintenance project is temporary and will be complete in June.

My Advocacy

I have been a strong advocate for our community on this issue.

While the GTAA and Nav Canada fall under federal jurisdiction, I have made it clear from the beginning that I will do everything possible as a provincial representative to advocate for my community and fight against this proposal.

I have repeatedly made it clear to GTAA executives that:
  1. I am opposed to the proposal to permanently and significantly reroute flights over our community.
  2. I expect the GTAA to work in partnership with our community going forward on all issues (including noise management, night flights and their proposal to build a transit hub at Pearson Airport – a project that the GTAA is eager to proceed with).
  3. I have repeatedly made it clear 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 moves 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 executives, at public meetings in April and this fall, a community meeting at Silverthorn Collegiate in May, and on May 16th I stood in the Legislature to deliver this same message.

We did it!

We did it! The GTAA has announced it has suspended plans for increased flights over our community.
 
Recently, the GTAA announced that they will not be altering flight paths for the next five years. 
 
The GTAA has indicated that they will be reviewing flight paths again in five years and that in the interim they would use the North/South runways only when needed during runway maintenance, for safety reasons, etc. 
 
While this is good news, our work is not finished. We will have to monitor how much the GTAA plans to increase the number of flights in the years to come. 
 
This outcome would not have been possible without the efforts of Markland Wood Homeowners Association and their campaign to prevent increased air traffic, noise and pollution, MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, the Community Alliance for Air Safety, and those who attended meetings and ensured our community’s voice was heard. Thank you all for your efforts.
 
I promise to continue my advocacy to ensure that the GTAA works in collaboration with our community and does not permanently shift flight paths over Etobicoke.

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