Half a century ago, some of the best farmland in Ontario was expropriated for an airport that was never built. The rest is history, told in this ten-minute video. From the days of People or Planes to the Federal Lands of today and beyond, “The Accidental Oasis” touches on the history, politics, science, economics, and […]
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In North Pickering, the federal government owns thousands of acres of prime farmland, expropriated in 1972 for an airport that was never built. Fifty years on, that important tract of farmland is still at risk of development even though our planet is rapidly heating and all farmland requires protection, to help feed us. The latest […]
Land Over Landings, along with a coalition of partner NGOs, has submitted detailed comments on the Proposed Policy Directions phase of the Durham Region Municipal Comprehensive Review, also known as Envision Durham. The proposed policy directions would embed the Region’s full support of an airport in North Pickering while failing to acknowledge the emissions implications […]
Land Over Landings’ advocacy has been recognized with a conservation award from Ontario Nature! The Steve Hounsell Greenway Award celebrates the role we played in protecting the 20-km natural heritage corridor that stretches from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine. More than half of the Federal Lands became part of Rouge National Urban Park, and only […]
On March 9, 2020, Durham Region published this web post. The post, about a Pickering airport, is seriously misleading, announcing conclusions that KPMG did not reach and featuring claims that the report did not contain. More than a full pandemic year after the appearance of this post, the inaccuracies are still there and have become increasingly […]
49 years into the #NoPickeringAirport movement, the single most important thing you can do is write a letter to your MP. It doesn’t need to be complicated or long, it simply needs to be sent…from you!
As we enter the 50th year of #NoPickeringAirport, never have we owed such a debt of gratitude to People or Planes as we have during this pandemic – the year when the skies went silent, airports sat empty, and some foods suddenly became scarce or unavailable. On March 2, 1972, the men and women of […]
On New Year’s Eve and #ThrowbackThursday, as we all look forward to an escape from 2020 and lean into the possibility of a please-god-let-it-be-better 2021, our Chair looks back on 40 years on the Federal Lands. Digging through old files she came across the article below, written when she was a young regional reporter and […]
A passionate new Land Over Landings supporter has launched a petition asking Ottawa to finally end any plans to build an airport on the prime — and increasingly precious — farmland of North Pickering. In case you thought this was settled long ago, and that no one would be crazy enough to suggest a new […]
Local politicians have for years extolled indoor farms as desirable elements of a future airport on the Federal Lands, no doubt banking on the idea that by incorporating such facilities into the project, they would silence objections to the destruction of prime farmland. The paper reveals how misguided such thinking is. “Indoor Farming and North […]