Report on Airport Activities:
February 5, 2016
As many will recall, through the good offices of former Councillor Peter Leon, and now closely continued by Councillor Stephen Holyday, the City of Toronto had been invited to take the Toronto community’s sleep interest more directly to our
federal government officials. Quoting the staff report to Executive Committee:
“On August 20, 2014, the Executive Committee considered item EX44.54, Toronto Pearson International Airport’s Night Flights requesting the City Manager write to Transport Canada to request that they reconsider their 2013 decision to increase Toronto Pearson International Airport’s night flight budget and revert back to the previous night flight budget established in 1997. The City Manager was requested to report back to the Executive Committee on Transport Canada’s response.
The City Manager’s Office sent a letter to Transport Canada on April 24, 2015 communicating the Executive Committee’s request and met with Transport Canada staff on July 14, 2015 to discuss the request. The City officially received a response from Transport Canada on December 16, 2015 indicating its 2013 decision regarding the number of night flights at Toronto Pearson International Airport will stand.”
In addition, we are pleased that another very active community group was formed in 2012 and has a lead part in attempting to address another airport related decision. The Toronto Aviation Noise Group (T. A. N. G.) has particular interest in the newly decreed aircraft routing approaching Toronto Pearson, routing which now brings many aircraft over central Toronto. This decision was reached with little. if any, community consultation, and T. A. N. G. solicited communication from Council to NAV Canada respecting changes through Councillor Matlow. In response, quoting from the Executive Committee report:
“This report also provides information related to the development of a stakeholder consultation protocol by NAV Canada and the Canadian Airports Council to guide outreach and engagement with the community on changes to airspace design and associated noise impacts, as well as the Toronto Noise Mitigation Initiatives launched by NAV Canada and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) aimed at working with communities across the Greater Toronto Area to reduce the noise footprint of aircraft operations at Toronto Pearson airport and reduce the impacts on the City’s neighbourhoods.”