Attack of the McMansions

Toronto’s Housing inequalities are stunning and well known. Few would disagree that, thanks to decades of constant population growth, the Greater Toronto Area is in the worst housing crisis in its history. Yet paradoxically there are neighborhoods in downtown Toronto that have fewer people in them than they did 20 years ago thanks to upsizing […]

Pickering a Better Alternative to Oshawa

November 18, 2019 East of Toronto, plans are progressing to build a new international airport in Pickering on a land reserve set aside for that purpose more than four decades ago. Those opposing the project have consistently suggested that expanding and retrofitting a small general aviation airport in the nearby city of Oshawa is a […]

Whitchurch-Stouffville Oddball Justifications for Opposing Pickering Airport

  On August 27, 2019, the Development Services staff of Whitchurch-Stouffville issued Report DS-037-19, “Pickering Airport Update (D26)”.  The town council then quickly voted on a resolution opposing the development of the long-planned Pickering Airport. The mayor and council did not ask for input or provide a review period for this document which appears to contain incorrect, […]

Pickering Airport’s Heat Island Advantage

Toronto Pearson International Airport is measurably hotter than the surrounding area because of something called the “Heat Island Effect”. Pearson Airport was clearly not designed to consider the heat island effect. It is surrounded by urbanized areas, with less-than-ideal green spaces.  Heat islands can be man-made or occur naturally. Imagine walking barefoot on a hot […]

Pickering Airport Facts and Considerations

Why build a new airport now? In 1972, with praiseworthy farsightedness, the Canadian Government set aside thousands of acres of land just east of Toronto for a future airport. Since then, this billion-dollar public land reserve has been leased out to local farmers by Transport Canada.  It has been waiting for the day when Toronto’s […]

Toronto Dead last again: Pearson’s growing on time Performance Calamity

Despite all the efforts by Pearson’s amazing award-winning team, the airport hit yet another new low in on time performance in February. According to www.flightstats.com, Pearson (ICAO airport code YYZ) once again came in dead last in on time performance among the 28 major airports in North America.   The source of the trouble is […]

How loud will Pickering Airport be?

Noise pollution caused by jet aircraft is (or should be) a major concern in any large city.  Jet travel is omnipresent in every city in the developed world and noise pollution is a downside of being near an airport, including the new Pickering airport. Aircraft already overfly much of the region as low as 3000 […]

Will Toronto miss out on aviations green revolution?

The green aviation revolution is coming, but will Toronto be at the forefront, or roadkill? US scheduled charter operator JetSuite, in which JetBlue Airways and Qatar Airways have stakes, is the launch customer for Zunum Aero’s hybrid-electric aircraft, which is scheduled for delivery beginning in 2022. When it is launch, Zunum will be the first […]

Pearson airport’s slot capacity explored

Toronto Pearson International airport is expected to be fully slotted as early as 2019. That means, that in addition to a flight plan,  no aircraft will be able to go in or out of Pearson with out a slotted arrival or departure time. So what is a slot, how many does Pearson really have, and […]

Is Stouffville’s town council funding an airport misinformation war ?

The town of Whitchurch-Stouffville made the national news recently when a bizarre “mind-map” was found on the mayor’s office washroom wall. Another strange event didn’t make the news but left some residents equally annoyed and wondering if there is something in the water at city hall. When the official town sponsored monthly paper called “On […]