Porter's corporate interests can't be allowed to trump public health
Garfinkle, Miriam; Woolhouse, Susanhttp://www.connexions.org/CxLibrary/Docs/CX15333-Porter-Public-Health.htm
Date Written: 2013-11-21
Year Published: 2013
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX15333
We are concerned that it will be the children who live, study and play less than 300 metres from the current airport in the high-rises, the Waterfront school, Little Norway Park, the daycare and community centre who will be most affected by the addition of jets. Consider that landings and takeoffs generate the highest emissions and that peak airport periods coincide with times children walk to and from school.
Get set for takeoff as the debate begins again on the plan to fly jets in and out of downtown. Mayoral crisis notwithstanding, come December 5, city staff are slated to present their report to the executive committee on Porter's proposal for Island Airport expansion.
While supporters of the plan point to the convenience of the new routes, we as community health physicians are struck by more ominous repercussions.
We would remind councillors that jet fuel exhaust is a toxic soup of chemic...