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 […]
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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 […]
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 […]
Back in 2016, Transport Canada tasked KPMG with analysing the airport system of southern Ontario to the year 2036. An up-to-date study was said to be needed to decide when airport capacity constraints would necessitate a Pickering airport. KPMG’s findings were submitted in sections, over 3 years. The full report was released without fanfare by Transport Canada on March 5, 2020. We broke it down.
Even in these strange times, winter slowly, inexorably drips into spring on the Federal Lands. So, too, grinds on the business of government as any possibility of an airport – or aerotropolis – on the Lands fades away to nothing.
Transport Canada’s KPMG report about the future needs of the southern Ontario airport system was released on March 5, 2020. After a three-year-long study, the KPMG consultants concluded that there’s no need for the immediate development of an airport on the Pickering Federal Lands: “Although all four scenarios identify minor capacity deficits, these can be overcome with modest expansions in aircraft apron and air terminal facilities at the airports in the southern Ontario airport system. Therefore, a new airport is not expected to be required in southern Ontario prior to 2036 to meet the forecast demand.”