Citizens’ Vision Statement for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront

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.

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Undemocratic for Councillors to Vote on Public Health without Consulting Constituents

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!


Jets & Culling of Toronto Waterfront Birds?

Jets are vulnerable to bird strikes and yet Porter wants to introduce jets onto Toronto Island airport – situated near a globally significant bird sanctuary. Will this require stringent “wildlife management” that culls (kills) our birds and wildlife?

In 2009, Porter Airlines’ CEO, Mr. Deluce said “We’re using turboprops … They handle bird strikes better than jets.” (Globe and Mail Jan. 17 2009). Is there no concern that two-engine jets (the kind Porter wants to fly out of Toronto island airport) are susceptible to bird strikes?(Federal Aviation Administration, 2013)

The following is a list of bird cullings at airports around the world. Culling is part of a “wildlife management” technique that kills birds and wildlife to reduce its population around airports. (Information was culminated by the hard work of Rose Bridger)

The first is a video of Auckland Airport’s black swan cull in July 2013, when 750 birds were shot dead from a helicopter.

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2000 endangered gulls to be culled at Warton aerodrome, UK

Airports in the San Francisco Bay area shot 3,000 birds in two years, including 57 red-tailed hawks.

Authorities cull 2,000 Canada geese in public parks in Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan and the Bronx

Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam culls greylag geese within a 20km radius, and gassed 10,000 Jun-July this year. 

Worcester Airport in Massachusetts shoots gulls, wild turkeys, swallows, horned larks & snow bunting.

The wildlife strike hazard management at Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, includes killing 2,000 starlings per year.

After a near-miss bird strike, Marseille Airport shot 38 Little Bustards, an endangered species.

Vancouver Airport reported a record 238 bird strikes last year, and shot 546 birds + 9 coyotes.

Dec. 5 Deputations & Citizens’ Manifesto for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront

Citizens’ Manifesto for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the October 30 Citizens’ Health Meeting to co-create a Citizens’ manifesto for a healthy Toronto waterfront!

On November 7, Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront delivered a deputation, with a visual presentation of the first draft of our manifesto, to the Subcommittee to Review Billy Bishop Airport Consultants Reports.

The final version of the manifesto will be delivered to Councillors next week. Executive Committee members will also have our document before the Executive Committee meeting on December 5. If you wish to view or offer feedback on the final revision of the manifesto, please email us at

Dec 5 Executive Committee Deputations

Let’s have as many citizens as possible to depute at the Executive Committee Meeting on Thursday December 5, Committee Room 1, City Hall!

The greater our visual presence and voices, the stronger our message will be! Let’s tell Executive Committee that expanding Billy Bishop Airport and introducing jets is unhealthy and unsafe! The onus is on those who want to expand and introduce jets to scientifically prove otherwise! If they are not able to prove this, then Councillors should vote NO to jets and expansion.

If you are new to deputing, here is some information from Toronto Public Space Initiative. Don’t be shy. 🙂 To put your name on the deputation list, please email your name and address to

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Citizens’ Vision Statement for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront (draft 01)

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

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.

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Call for Researchers: Crowd Sourcing for Negative Health Impacts from Airport Pollution

Are you good at Google searches? Do you want to preserve the health of our waterfront? If you answered yes, then we need you!

Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront is crowd sourcing for facts that show negative health impacts related to airport pollution. This information will be posted to our website and be given to Councillors. All contributors will be acknowledged, because Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront is fundamentally inspired and supported by the power of citizen collaboration.

We are looking for articles or studies that demonstrate that air, water or noise pollution, and safety issues related to airports, can harm the health of people, environment and wildlife. Here are two examples of what you can submit to

  1. Aircraft noise can interfere with children’s reading, motivation, language and speech acquisition, and memory
  2. Jet fuel exhaust can cause heart, lung and cancer risks, clots and inflammation, genetic disruption, hormonal imbalance, reproductive abnormalities, and lower IQ in children


Video: Oct 30 Meeting to Co-Create “Citizens’ Manifesto for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront”

This 3-part video, live streamed courtesy of Jaime Lusio of Cuzdcrow, is a document of the October 30th Citizens’ Meeting regarding the proposed expansion of the Toronto island airport and introduction of jets.  We were pleased to have the Metro Hall room filled to capacity and wonderful enthusiasm all-around.

Please stay tuned for our next blog post featuring the product of this meeting, a “Citizens’ Manifesto for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront.”

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