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.
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“Half a century ago, the Federal Government expropriated the Pickering Airport Lands. Since then, it has refused to take action – an injustice that needs to be corrected. These lands are key to unlocking the economic potential of our region.”
We took the liberty of making a few edits to Mayor Dave Ryan’s column in the News Advertiser on April 25, 2019.
Yesterday, Nov. 28, Transport Canada quietly released Dr Gary Polonsky’s report , “Jets & Jobs”, on possible future uses of the remaining Federal Lands. In a document rife with predictions, assumptions, and plans, “climate change” isn’t mentioned once, although it formed a major part of our submission. What the report does do is briefly summarize what its author heard from five stakeholder groups – business, government, agriculture/conservation, aviation, First Nations – in interviews around a series of set questions that took for granted an eventual airport on the remaining Lands.