We are pleased to release our contribution to Envision Durham, the 2019 Municipal Comprehensive Review of Durham Region’s Official Plan – specifically, the Review’s “Climate Change and Sustainability Discussion Paper.”
Airport / Aviation
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.
RESULT!! The City of Pickering council chambers and lobby outside were overflowing last night as supporters of farmland came out in force to say No Airport. Over 30 delegations were heard. Over 100 people remained till well after midnight to hear Council make the right decision.
On February 22 we took Dr Polonsky on our tour of the Lands and provided him with a perspective quite different from the narrative offered by Transport Canada when they showed him around.