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The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation advise Pickering Council of their support for a motion brought by Cllrs Nagy and Cook recommending that Council return to its former no-airport stand and stop committing resources to promote an airport. The MSIFN also point out that this is Williams Treaties First Nations' territory and that all levels of government are shirking their legislated responsibilities by not consulting with First Nations on the matter of an airport that would "destroy thousands of acres of Class 1 agricultural land."
An overview of what this Pickering airport boondoggle has cost Canadian taxpayers over more than half a century (and it's still going on).
This paper debunks recent claims that, after the catastrophic drop in air passenger travel during the early pandemic years, area airports have since seen a resurgence in traffic and are running dangerously close to their capacity limits. There are also claims that existing airports have no plans or funding for expansions, so a new airport at Pickering is needed now. Those are the claims. Here are the facts.
English translation of 'L’autre Mirabel'. News article from Marc Godbout of Radio Canada. Released October 12, 2022
We have submitted comments on proposed changes during Durham Region’s Official Plan Review. We cheered plans to protect three important farming areas as Prime Agricultural Areas under the Province’s Agricultural Mapping System. We also called for the Region to eliminate several wrongheaded exclusions:
• The “Pickering airport lands.” The Province has rightly identified them as a Prime Agricultural Area.
• Rouge National Urban Park’s farm areas. National parks aren’t excluded by the Province so why should they be excluded by the Region?
• Rural Pickering areas called “Major Open Space” – a designation based on false premises. The sought-after “greater variety of economic uses” already exists as “On-Farm Diversified Uses.” No need for Pickering or the Region to create redundant designations.
We backed up our arguments with facts and sources. It’s time the Region listened.
Charting a New Path: Coalition of Advocates Pressing Feds to Release Pickering Federal Lands for Park – Matt Durnan
Posted with permission of the publisher of NRU Publishing Inc. Original article first appeared in Novae Res Urbis GTHA, Vol. 25, No. 13, Wednesday, March 30, 2022.