Bluffs Advocate


Speak Up to Protect Us from Island Jets

Scarborough will pay the noisy price of jets at Billy Bishop Airport

            With summer just around the corner, Scarborough residents are spending more and more time outdoors. Whether you're making time for a game of golf, participating in a charity run, or lingering over a walk with your dog, we all take advantage of the warmer weather. The same holds true for the No Jets Toronto Scarborough chapter.

The plans recently revealed by the Toronto Port Authority highlight the risks facing Toronto's waterfront. The proposal calls for an airport larger than Ottawa's International Macdonald-Cartier Airport, serving 5.5 million passengers per year, doubling passenger volume and increasing flights by 20 per cent daily. Not discussed is the impact these changes would have on Toronto's natural features and future as a green, livable city with a waterfront destination.

Scarborough would be disproportionately affected by the proposed changes because the proposed flight path for the jets is directly over our airspace. With the airport expansion, Scarborough's waterfront would be damaged by noise and air pollution from jets and increased flights. Our green spaces and beaches would fall victim to an airport expansion that is not needed, and that benefits Bay Street while harming the beaches.

If you were lucky enough to attend the Scarborough Bluffs Jane's Walk on May 3, the impact of jets at Billy Bishop was hammered home threefold. Early on in the walk, Ann Brokelman spoke on behalf of Raptor Watch about the tens of thousands of migrating hawks that pass through the Bluffs—and through the jets' flight path. The Jane's Walk showcased the beautiful scenery put at risk by the proposed changes, a poignant reminder of what's at stake. No Jets volunteer Tim Weber had the final say, speaking about the importance of protecting our waterfront and holding politicians accountable for their actions.

The Scarborough chapter of No Jets Toronto intends to do exactly that. To make your voice heard, contact your city councillor directly, sign our petition, and order a lawn sign. Click here to contact the No Jets TO Scarborough chapter.