Action on aircraft noise over Toronto

John_Carmichael_columnFor the last four years I have worked tirelessly on the issue of aircraft noise alongside community action groups.

As many of you know, the decision to re­route air traffic over our neighborhood was a decision made by NAV Canada. NAV Canada is an arms­length, privately run organization established by the previous government. The federal government does not approve changes to routes, other than confirming they comply with the standards put into place.

As I worked on this issue, it became evident that the regulations put in place were seriously lacking.

Despite being told by officials at all levels of government that there was nothing we could do, I have been determined to see changes take place. They told me it couldn’t be done, but we made it happen.

On June 17, I was thrilled to be part of an announcement by our government implementing a new consultation protocol for flight paths, as well as a region­-specific strategy for Toronto. This new protocol will ensure that situations, such as the one in Don Valley West, never happen again.

The new protocol will have very significant impact not only in our community, but right across the country. Flight paths are not just about airlines and airports, they are about communities too. The changes made in the riding of Don Valley West have been a great frustration to many of my constituents. Transport minister Lisa Raitt said: “I am here to tell you that those frustrations will end because there will be a place at the table — a big place.”

These measures are the first phase of action our government will be taking to address the issue of aircraft noise. I look forward to seeing the results of the consultation process in the GTA, and representing my constituents on this issue following the election this fall. As a member of your community and as your MP I am very happy to see solid action on this issue.

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Posted: Jul 15 2015 11:24 am
Filed in: NEWS
Edition: Toronto