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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 Pickering” looks at the pros and cons of greenhouse and indoor farming operations and compares them with the pros and cons of outdoor farms. The results? The cost of energy to operate indoor farms in particular can be prohibitive. Unless powered by green energy, the farms have a huge carbon footprint. Such operations have many vulnerabilities. They have limited crop options. And on and on. Far from silencing our objections, the results of this research reinforce our opposition to an airport on the Lands.
A compilation of the most significant and revealing passages and conclusions of the KPMG Study Report released by Transport Canada on March 5, 2020. The extracts have been annotated where comment was warranted. Our Response opens with an overview of the Report and some general observations, and concludes with an end note acknowledging the gravity of our current situation as we grapple with COVID-19 and the effects of the worsening climate crisis. It is time for Ottawa to end the near-half-century of paralysis imposed on North Pickering and to admit that a perpetually unneeded airport means that an airport will never happen. Time to embrace an alternative that will deliver jobs, training, and food security now and far into the future: North Pickering Farms.
The submission to Mayor Collier (Ajax) and Durham Regional Council with the additional data requested following Sari Sarieddine’s delegation to the Regional Council meeting on January 29.
Draft Climate Change Emergency Declaration for consideration at the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change.
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A handy reference describing the benefits to be had if our vision, North Pickering Farms, were realized on the airport site. Imagine!
This fact sheet tells you what the issue is all about, what the negative impacts would be, and who would be affected. Lots of vital info in one tidy package.
Research Paper 9: Airports and Pollution: Environmental Consequences of an Airport on the Pickering Federal Lands
An eye-opening description of aviation-caused pollution and its effects, followed by a close look at the kinds of pollution a Pickering airport would introduce to the Lands, the national park next door, and the wider community. The paper explains why the aviation sector’s plans for emissions reduction within the necessary time frame are doomed to fail and why a “green airport” is an oxymoron.
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.”