Markland Wood | Community Established in 1960

President's Update

Georgina Balascas

Greetings and Happy 2015!!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday season. For those of you who have made New Year’s resolutions, I hope you have managed to keep them so far ! I cannot believe that we are half way through January already! Spring is only 2 months away!! I like to be optimistic!!

On December 14th I spent a wonderful day participating in our Christmas Caravan. I particularly enjoyed seeing the look on the children’s faces as they waited for Santa who joined us for our caravan. It was just delightful! As always, our wonderful Markland Wood community showed their generous spirit by donating food, clothing, and cash. Martin Ross deserves a great big thank you for the incredible job he does every year organizing this huge and important event. Please read the article in this edition for a complete update on the Christmas Caravan 2014. Our thanks also to all the volunteers who helped make this event a reality.

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Airport News

on Friday, 14 June 2013.

Stop Night Flight Increases at YYZ

June 14, 2013 - Update To May 22 Working Luncheon with GTAA

With the greatest disappointment we must inform our fellow Markland Wood residents that shortly after 2:00 p. m. on June 14, 2013, after the Marklander was published, we were ‘officially’ advised by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) that Transport Canada had approved their request of December 22, 2011 to increase night flights at Toronto Pearson.

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Bitterly, our first alert was through our community contacts in downtown Toronto earlier in the morning that something had been approved. This was particularly distressing given the fact we were promised by the Regional Director of Transport Canada, Ms. Debra Taylor, that she would advise us of the decision directly when it was made, and we still await word from her office five days later, as of this writing. An MWHA Director took it upon himself to go to our Member of Parliament’s office, that of Ted Optiz, where the disappointing news was confirmed by his office staff. Mr. Opitz was in Ottawa and not available. Mr. Optiz’ staff shared that the brief message they had was not a press release but only the briefest note, and that it finished with a statement that a ‘comprehensive report’ was to follow. To the time of this writing, June 18, 2013 we have not been given any such report or further information aside from the GTAA’s mail out notification which also appears on their website. Hence, we await detailed information on Transport Canada’s decision but assume that all of the GTAA’s requested increase was approved.

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