Pickering Airport/ Duffins Creek
Land in North Pickering was expropriated during the 1970's to be used as an airport. The plans were contested from the start and citizens stopped the original proposal. Now, thirty years later the issue has resurfaced. This time it is not only the lands at risk, but also the last remaining undeveloped habitat to many species.
Over the last few decades urban sprawl has eliminated most, if not all natural areas like farms, fields and forests in the GTA. The undeveloped land in North Pickering has remained so by sheer luck. It is by far more valuable left as is to continue to provide habitat to species that have no where else to go as most other suitable habitat has been lost forever to the ravages of the GTA's insatiatble appetite for suburbs and big box malls.
Duffins Creek watershed is just east of the Rouge River. Though they are in close proximity of each other they are noted by local ecologists to encompass many different species. The Rouge is a warmer water ecosystem and Duffins is a sensitive cold water system. Species cross between both watershed boundaries to access different plants for food sources or for breeding grounds. The two watersheds are interdependent. This not only will endanger the species but at the same time will put at stake the future of an entire watershed, Duffins Creek, history and class one agricultural soils.
If you want to learn more about it please go to http://www.petitiononline.com/duffins/petition.html
For further details on volunteer for the campaign please contact the chair: Bernadette Zubrisky
Transport Canada released a study on Monday July 11th, 2011, that suggested an airport would be needed on federally owned land in northwest Pickering some time in the next 16 to 26 years. Under the scenarios envisioned by the study, Pearson will likely reach a maximum capacity of 54 million to 60 million passengers annually between 2027 and 2037, up from 32 million now. Meanwhile, the international airports in Hamilton and Waterloo could see as many as 10.5 million and 6.9 million annual passengers, respectively – exponential increases, given that both airports currently serve a combined total of just 500,000 people every year.... Read more »
SAY “NO” TO SPRAWL -- SAY “NO” TO URBANIZATION OF NORTH-EAST PICKERING (GREENWOOD)
The past Durham Regional Council voted to urbanize an enormous tract of land in North Pickering (Greenwood). BUT the Province rejected this proposal as it is contrary to “Places to Grow”. Durham Region has appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board --they are spending our Tax Dollars to fight FOR sprawl!
In 2010 Pickering Council supported the development of Greenwood; with new representatives we must reverse this position. Pickering Regional Councillors O’Connell, McLean and Rodrigues oppose the urbanization of North East Pickering and want Pickering Council to tell Durham to abandon their appeal and oppose expanding the Urban Boundary
On February 22, 2011 a Motion will be presented to Pickering Council that “SAYS NO” to:... Read more »
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