Via Rail and Pickering Airport – Harmony by the Numbers

Written by Ted Nickerson Sorry Folks, the Via Rail project for Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal-Quebec City High Frequency Rail passenger service does not mean Pickering Airport is not needed nor can it be delayed. As a supporter of Pickering Airport, I can honestly say that I am a supporter of the Via Rail HFR project too.  The most […]

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 Symbiosis with Passenger Rail

In the 19th century, passenger rail displaced the horse and buggy and steamship as the preferred mode of intercity travel in Canada. In the 20th century the automobile and air travel displaced passenger rail service. Airports are now an integral part of the bonds that form the Canadian nation. But will continuing advances in automotive […]

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 […]

SOMAC announced, GTAA joins voices calling for Pickering Airport.

On May 27th, 2019, at a Toronto Region Board of Trade event, the municipal leaders of Southern Ontario came together to solve a problem. After a short video message from the Honorable Marc Garneau, federal Minister of Transport, Howard Eng, CEO of the GTAA (Greater Toronto Airports Authority) described the problem. Pearson airport is now […]

Time to Get Real About Aviation and Global Warming

  For the first time since humans have existed on Earth, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has topped 415 parts per million.  Transportation contributes significantly to global warming. We can take concrete actions today to reduce those emissions through more efficient transportation and trying to reduce our need to travel. The first is largely up to government and industry, the second is an individual’s choice. […]

Does Canada’s New Carbon Tax Encourage Air Travel?

Canada is implementing its long-promised carbon tax on everything from natural gas to jet fuel. The goal of the carbon tax is to reduce emissions by encouraging Canadians to work, live and travel as efficiently as possible. Today the carbon tax is $20 per ton (4.4 cents per liter on car gasoline ) increasing to […]

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 […]

What is the real goal of a biased Pickering Airport Troll Poll?

Last week a local Durham newspaper appeared to run a poll with a leading question underneath a letter from a local pro-airport supporter. It’s the sort of biased online survey that has become the staple of divisive politics around the world. A selectively worded poll with a leading question and leading answers. It can be […]