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Council no to airport on Pickering Lands, votes for rail

Pickering city council has voted against any support to a proposed airport on Pickering Lands, and has instead voted in favour of a high-frequency railway network connecting with the site.

The resolution was voted upon on April 24, and details released this week. This Notice of Motion was deferred at the February 27 council meeting.

A city statement said the motion considered that based on KPMG’s conclusion that a sound supply-and-demand business case could not be made for a Pickering airport up to 2036, and based on the city’s declared intention to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, the Council for The Corporation of the City of Pickering:

  1. Does not support an airport on the Pickering Lands;
  2. That no further resources and/or funds be utilized to promote an airport on the Pickering Lands; and
  3. That the City of Pickering continue to endorse support for a High Frequency Rail option with a station located in Green River as the preferred transportation network.

Pickering Mayor Kevin Ashe and Durham Region CEO John Henry, have both spoken out recently in favour of an airport on Pickering Lands (see below).

Pickering will forward a copy of this resolution to the Minister of Transport Canada, Omar Alghabra, and to Pickering-Uxbridge MP Jen O’Connell, as well as to MPs Anandasangaree, Carrie, Holland, Jaczek, Turnbull, and O’Toole; to Durham and York regional councils, and to Scarborough East councillors; and to the municipal councils of Ajax, Markham, Oshawa, Scugog, Stouffville, Uxbridge, Vaughan, and Whitby.

View the April 24, 2023 Meeting Video
View the April 24 Meeting Minutes

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