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Have Your Say: Independent Toronto Airspace Noise Review

In May 2016, Toronto Pearson’s partner and Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA, announced that they would be undertaking an independent review of the Toronto Airspace in order to identify opportunities to reduce community noise exposure.

The review is being conducted by a third party aviation consultancy firm, Helios, and is independent from the GTAA and airport operations. This is a unique opportunity for residents to share their feedback about noise management.

The review team will be holding a community consultation next week on Wednesday, September 28 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville (90 Bloor St. East).

At this meeting, you’ll have the opportunity to meet the review team and share your comments on the draft Terms of Reference of the review. You can find the draft here.

For more information on the Toronto Airspace Noise Review, visit www.torontoairspacereview.ca.

If you would like to receive emails from the review team related to upcoming opportunities for consultation, please email torontoairspacereview@askhelios.com.

Island Airport Update

An updated sta report on Porter Airline’s proposal to expand service at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) recently came to City Council.

Your feedback and comments were very much appreciated, so many thanks to all those who got in touch about the issue.

After a day long debate, City Council approved the updated sta report unanimously with a few minor amendments. It was a rare and welcome show of consensus in the council chamber.

There was also a consensus outside of the council chamber. Advocates from both sides lined up behind City Council’s decision.

As you may know, the use of the BBTCA is governed by a Tripartite Agreement between the city, the Toronto Port Authority (TPA) and the federal government.

City Council’s decision sets out a framework to manage the airport going forward as well as clear steps to resolve and improve existing issues.

Any signicant changes or amendments to the Tripartite Agreement would require a further approval by City Council (alongside the TPA and the federal government). City staff are expected to report back to City Council in 2015 following further discussions with the TPA and the federal government as well as the completion of an airport master plan and an environmental assessment, among other things.

If you have any questions about the decision, do not hesitate to get in touch!