“Citizens’ Vision Statement for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront,” (a Manifesto) was co-created by 80 citizens on October 30, Metro Hall.
The vision statement serves as a guide to Councillors and the City’s processes, ultimately leading to the council vote on December 16, 2013 regarding Porter’s proposal to fly jets and expand Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
The Statement’s eighty pages defines a collective citizens’ vision for a healthy waterfront with emphasis on preventing harm to Toronto’s Waterfront.
If there is any doubt with respect to harm, Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront calls on the conscience of Councillors to vote NO to Porter’s proposal introducing jets and expanding Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
A rushed Health Impact Assessment workshop was conducted on October 9, 2013 – only two months from the mid-December vote on the proposed island airport expansion and introduction of jets.
Despite citizens crying out at all public consultations that health is a priority, citizens were not allowed to participate in the October 9th HIA workshop, nor was a public health consultation ever conducted.
A select list of key stakeholder organizations were invited to participate in the workshop, but their names have not been made public. The workshop was not video or audio recorded (despite the request of citizen, Teresa Ascencao), nor was the Media allowed to attend.
To make matters worse, the final HIA report is only available days before the final Executive Committee meeting on December 5. This lacks sufficient time for the public to review it before the mid-December vote.
Considering the public was not involved in the health impact assessment process, it would be highly undemocratic for Councillors to vote on public health without having consulted their constituents!
It was exciting to co-create a manifesto for a healthy Toronto waterfront, with a room full of 80 citizens! Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront is proud to present the first draft of our collaborative document, Citizens Vision Statement for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront. We appreciate any feedback that will guide revisions towards its final form. Please send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On November 7, we delivered a visual presentation of our manifesto efforts to the Subcommittee to Review Billy Bishop Airport Consultant Reports. The final version of our manifesto will be delivered to Councillors well in advance of the final staff report going to Executive Committee on December 5th.