Item - 2013.HL27.3

Tracking Status

  • City Council considered this item on April 1, 2014 and referred this item to an official or another committee or body. Consult the text of the decision for further information on the referral.
  • This item was considered by Board of Health on December 9, 2013 and was adopted with amendments. It will be considered by City Council on April 1, 2014.
  • See also EX40.1

HL27.3 - Health Impacts Associated with Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Expansion

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Referred
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on April 1, 2, and 3, 2014 referred Item HL27.3 to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B for consideration during negotiations related to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and directed the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B to include in his report back, consideration of:

 

a.         the health impacts identified by the Medical Officer of Health; and 

 

b.         the report on the "Air Quality Review Final Report" by RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists.

City Council Decision Advice and Other Information

City Council considered the Items EX40.1 and HL27.3 together.

 

John Livey, Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, gave a presentation to City Council on the Request to Amend the Tripartite Agreement for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

Background Information (Board)

(November 25, 2013) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Health Impacts Associated with Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Expansion
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-64222.pdf
(December 9, 2013) Presentation from the Medical Officer of Health - Health Impacts Associated with Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Expansion
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-64825.pdf

Communications (Board)

(July 3, 2013) E-mail from Elizabeth Littlejohn (HL.Main.HL27.3.1)
(October 15, 2013) Letter from Brian Iler, Chair, CommunityAIR (HL.Main.HL27.3.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/hl/comm/communicationfile-41901.pdf
(October 16, 2013) E-mail from Elizabeth Littlejohn (HL.Main.HL27.3.3)
(October 16, 2013) E-mail from B. Menezes (HL.Main.HL27.3.4)
(December 4, 2013) E-mail from Lawrence Yu (HL.New.HL27.3.5)
(December 5, 2013) E-mail from Marie Angela Sampson (HL.New.HL27.3.6)
(December 8, 2013) E-mail from Maxyne Baker (HL.New.HL27.3.7)
(December 8, 2013) E-mail from Jo McCaig-Olthuis (HL.New.HL27.3.8)
(December 8, 2013) E-mail from Louis K. (HL.New.HL27.3.9)
(December 8, 2013) Letter from Monika Weiss (HL.New.HL27.3.10)
(December 9, 2013) E-mail from Max Fleming (HL.New.HL27.3.11)
(December 9, 2013) Submission from Elizabeth Littlejohn, Sustainable Design Researcher (HL.New.HL27.3.12)
(December 9, 2013) Submission from Sarah Miller (HL.New.HL27.3.13)

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Refer Item moved by Councillor Josh Colle (Amended)

That City Council refer Item HL27.3 to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B for consideration during negotiations related to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.

 

Amended by motion 2 by Councillor Wong-Tam and motion 3 by Councillor Minnan-Wong

Vote (Refer Item) Apr-01-2014 7:47 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX40.1 - Colle - motion 1 as amended by motion 2 and motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 40 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 4 Members that voted No are Raymond Cho, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Chin Lee

2 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That motion 1 by Councillor Colle be amended by adding the words "and direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B to include in his report back, the consideration of the health impacts identified by the Medical Officer of Health" so that it now reads as follows:

 

That City Council refer Item HL27.3 to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B for consideration during negotiations related to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and direct the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B to include in his report back, the consideration of the health impacts identified by the Medical Officer of Health.

Vote (Amend Motion) Apr-01-2014 7:45 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX40.1 - Wong-Tam - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 41 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Raymond Cho, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Josh Matlow, Pam McConnell, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Giorgio Mammoliti
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Chin Lee

3 - Motion to Amend Motion moved by Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Carried)

That motion 1 by Councillor Colle be amended by adding the words "and request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B to report on the "Air Quality Review Final Report" by RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists" so that the motion will now read:

 

That City Council refer Item HL27.3 to the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B for consideration during negotiations related to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and request the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B to report on the "Air Quality Review Final Report" by RWDI Consulting Engineers and Scientists.

Vote (Amend Motion) Apr-01-2014 7:46 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX40.1 - Minnan-Wong - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Michelle Berardinetti, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Mike Del Grande, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Mark Grimes, Norman Kelly, Peter Leon, Gloria Lindsay Luby, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Peter Milczyn, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Ron Moeser, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, John Parker, James Pasternak, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Karen Stintz, Michael Thompson
Total members that voted No: 14 Members that voted No are Paul Ainslie, Raymond Cho, Janet Davis, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Doug Ford, Rob Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mike Layton, Pam McConnell, Joe Mihevc, Gord Perks, Adam Vaughan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 1 Members that were absent are Chin Lee

HL27.3 - Health Impacts Associated with Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Expansion

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

Board Recommendations

The Board of Health recommends that:

 

1.         In light of the public health evidence outlined in the Health Impact Assessment, the Board of Health recommends to City Council that the proposed expansion of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and introduction of jet engines be rejected.

 

2.         City Council plan for the most health-supporting use of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport lands upon expiry of the current Tripartite Agreement, consistent with the vision for the Central Waterfront in the City's Official Plan.

 

3.         While the Tripartite Agreement remains in effect, any change to the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport operations and associated transportation infrastructure should ensure that existing health impacts are reduced.

 

4.         City Council adopt the mitigation measures applicable to current Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport operations, as set out in the report (November 21, 2013) from the Deputy City Manager, Cluster B, for consideration by Executive Committee on December 5, 2013.

             

5.         City Council direct the General Manager of Transportation Services to complete the Strategic Transportation Study of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Eireann Quay commenced in August 2012 as soon as possible.

 

6.         City Council require Toronto Water to carry out an inspection of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport's ethylene glycol containment system and stormwater run-off system to ensure compliance with City by-laws.

Decision Advice and Other Information

The Medical Officer of Health gave a presentation.

Origin

(November 25, 2013) Report from the Medical Officer of Health

Summary

The Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (BBTCA) is located on the Toronto Islands, close to residential areas, parks, and Toronto’s downtown. A Tripartite Agreement signed by City Council, the Federal Government, and the Toronto Port Authority governs the airport's operations until its expiry in 2033 and currently prohibits jet aircraft or expansion of the airport’s runways. In Spring 2013, Porter airlines requested that the Tripartite Agreement be amended to permit jets at the BBTCA.

 

The public and especially some in the communities near the BBTCA have expressed concern that the airport’s current operations may be harmful to health and that the proposed expansion could worsen the situation.

 

A rapid Health Impact Assessment commissioned by Toronto Public Health at the request of the Board of Health concluded that this evolving area is home to some vulnerable populations and that many sources currently contribute to health risks in the area. The airport, even in its current form, contributes to existing air quality and noise-related health concerns. Traffic conditions, which increase the risk of injuries or fatalities and hamper access to recreational, health, and community services in the area are expected to worsen with expansion. Current and expanded operations at the BBTCA may also have negative impacts on health risk from air pollution, climate change, water quality, feelings of safety in the community, and enjoyment of parks and cultural and social events along the Waterfront.

 

The findings suggest that the long-term presence of the airport on the City's Central Waterfront has a more important impact on health than the proposed incremental changes to the airport's operations. The current vision in the City's Official Plan for the Central Waterfront as a densely populated, vibrant area that celebrates and provides connections to the lakefront aligns with the characteristics of a Healthy City. Optimal protection and enhancement of the health of Central Waterfront residents and the city as a whole calls for a reduction of current and future airport impacts.

Background Information

(November 25, 2013) Report from the Medical Officer of Health on Health Impacts Associated with Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Expansion
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-64222.pdf
(December 9, 2013) Presentation from the Medical Officer of Health - Health Impacts Associated with Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Expansion
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/hl/bgrd/backgroundfile-64825.pdf

Communications

(July 3, 2013) E-mail from Elizabeth Littlejohn (HL.Main.HL27.3.1)
(October 15, 2013) Letter from Brian Iler, Chair, CommunityAIR (HL.Main.HL27.3.2)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2013/hl/comm/communicationfile-41901.pdf
(October 16, 2013) E-mail from Elizabeth Littlejohn (HL.Main.HL27.3.3)
(October 16, 2013) E-mail from B. Menezes (HL.Main.HL27.3.4)
(December 4, 2013) E-mail from Lawrence Yu (HL.New.HL27.3.5)
(December 5, 2013) E-mail from Marie Angela Sampson (HL.New.HL27.3.6)
(December 8, 2013) E-mail from Maxyne Baker (HL.New.HL27.3.7)
(December 8, 2013) E-mail from Jo McCaig-Olthuis (HL.New.HL27.3.8)
(December 8, 2013) E-mail from Louis K. (HL.New.HL27.3.9)
(December 8, 2013) Letter from Monika Weiss (HL.New.HL27.3.10)
(December 9, 2013) E-mail from Max Fleming (HL.New.HL27.3.11)
(December 9, 2013) Submission from Elizabeth Littlejohn, Sustainable Design Researcher (HL.New.HL27.3.12)
(December 9, 2013) Submission from Sarah Miller (HL.New.HL27.3.13)

Speakers

Teresa Ascencao, Acting Coordinator, Citizens for a Healthy Toronto Waterfront
Lela Gary
Sarah Miller, Chair, Environmental and Occupational Working Group, Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition (Submission Filed)
Joan Prowse, Producer/Director, CineFocus Canada and Arcadia Representative of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association
Ron Jenkins
Louis Kestler
Dr. Miriam Garfinkle
Diane Jameson
Gwen and Gord Fogel
Cathie Macdonald
Corrie Galloway, Windward Co-op
Brenda Roman
Franz Hartmann, Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance
Elizabeth Littlejohn (Submission Filed)
Kathryn Exner
Shirley Bush
Barry Lipton
Councillor Adam Vaughan
Councillor Pam McConnell

Motions

Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That:

 

1.         In light of the public health evidence outlined in the Health Impact Assessment, that the Board of Health recommend to City Council that the proposed expansion of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and introduction of jet engines be rejected;

 

2.         The Board of Health recommend that City Council direct the General Manager of Transportation Services to complete the Strategic Transportation Study of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and Eireann Quay commenced in August 2012 as soon as possible: and

 

3.         The Board of Health recommend that City Council require Toronto Water to carry out an inspection of the BBTCA's ethylene glycol containment system and stormwater run-off system to ensure compliance with City by-laws.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Dec-09-2013

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 9 Members that voted Yes are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Abdul Fattah, Monte Harris, Joe Mihevc (Chair), Gord Perks, Suman Roy, Jennifer Sarjeant, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are John Filion, Pamela Gough, David Laws, Rumina Velshi

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item as Amended) Dec-09-2013

Result: Carried Majority Required
Total members that voted Yes: 9 Members that voted Yes are Raymond Cho, Sarah Doucette, Abdul Fattah, Monte Harris, Joe Mihevc (Chair), Gord Perks, Suman Roy, Jennifer Sarjeant, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 4 Members that were absent are John Filion, Pamela Gough, David Laws, Rumina Velshi
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council