The Remaining Federal Lands: A Vision of the Future In 2017, Heather Rigby, a member of Land Over Landings, created an illustrated vision of what the remaining Pickering Federal Lands, rebranded as ‘North Pickering Farms‘, could look like in a future where the federal government returns those lands to agricultural production. In 2018, the Boussole Environmental […]
Featuring a joy-filled image of a father and daughter pretending to play “airplanes”, the City of Pickering has launched a marketing campaign to convince residents it would be fun to live beside an airport. Ignoring for a moment the palpable irony and insult-to-injury of portraying this as a “happy families” situation, given the decades of […]
The City of Pickering “embraces” an airport on farmland! Join us in telling our MPs that we do NOT. In a move described as ‘sneaky’ and ‘underhanded’, this week council broke with 45 years of history and declared itself in favour of the proposed Pickering airport. The recommendation in support of an airport was buried in a bid […]
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.
Shawn Micallef hits all the points: the rich soil, the wealth in agriculture, the train line and proximity to Toronto, the under-used Hamilton airport, the passion and commitment of those who have been fighting for these Lands for over 40 years.