Report on Airport Activities:
April 24, 2017
Events take over CENAC meeting on April 19 - Replaced with Community Expression of Outrage at the GTAA, Nav Canada and Transport Canada.
The GTAA had already heard of the mounting community anger and had prepared their facilities for a large crowd, formatted quite differently from the usual Community Environment & Noise Advisory Committee (CENAC) meeting seating designed for a limited 20 or 30 attendees. The preparation was still far too small to receive the great numbers on April 19 who flowed out the entrance doors and into the halls. Further, their usual smooth handling of unruly complainants counted for nothing in the face of the controlled rage of the citizens who made it clear that they were very unhappy with the present operation and were not impressed to hear of expansion plans for cargo and another seven million passengers.
From the start of the meeting, with its explanation of complicated planning and uncooperative weather, along with apologies for underestimating the number of flight changes and the effects of runway maintenance, the attendees from Western Toronto and Mississauga listened with growing hostility. Long lines stood patiently at the microphone and shared the bitter experience of the past few weeks. Many called for disciplinary action of the GTAA airport executive and the CENAC committee members present. In particular, the just completed Independent Toronto Airspace Review by British company HELIOS came under careful scrutiny because many saw it as a cover to recommend to the authorities what they already have planned. Essentially, this was later confirmed toward the end of the meeting; the ITAR is a vehicle to introduce a system of arrivals and departures impacting much more of Toronto than the present February 2012 imposition by Nav Canada over a tight east/west airspace channel. This airspace now receives much of the arrival and departure traffic entering and leaving Pearson.