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 […]
FEDS TO EXTEND FARM LEASES ON LANDS
Today, Transport Canada announced that, on April 1, 2018, farm leases on the remaining Pickering Lands will become 10-year leases instead of the 1-year version that has been in place for over 4 decades. This is a significant development, and we’re excited that the government has begun to move on this file. But we’re also […]
Climate Change MIA In Polonsky Report
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.