Wednesday, November 18, 2015

re: the island airport and Marcus Gee

Following the photo of Paul Newman, which makes me feel so good, here's one of the most beautiful poems in the English language, about surviving the insanity of modern life:

And further to the insanity of modern life and the importance of "the presence of still water" - Marcus Gee in the Globe wrote a column attacking Trudeau's government for announcing the death of the island airport extension. I sent him what's below. Wish I'd quoted Berry's poem.
Mr. Gee, I know there’s no point responding to your angry column about the island airport, but I cannot help myself. The city does not need it, and we do not want it. Our lake is already overwhelmed with endless condos and hideous crumbling highway. Those of us who do not have cottages go to the waterfront, at least, the few bits left for public use, for a vista, the kind of calm that water provides, and instead we see Porter planes constantly arriving and departing, dawn to dusk. The last thing we need is even more traffic from a series of jets. Let international business travellers use the fine resources of Pearson. That’s what it’s there for. Hooray to Marc Garneau for setting our minds at rest, and to Adam Vaughn too.

Have not heard from him, which is not a surprise. I often write back to columnists when I agree or disagree vehemently, and I urge you to do the same. In the meantime, the group I belong to, NOJETSTO, has sent this. Nice to have something to celebrate - though remaining vigilant.
Hi Beth,
Our new federal government has been clear – no Island Airport expansion. Now let’s celebrate our victory! On Monday, November 23, join NoJetsTO supporters and endorsers to enjoy a toast to our waterfront.
NoJetsTO Victory PartyMonday, November 23, 7 – 9 PMStudio Bar824 Dundas Street West (near Bathurst) 
Please RSVP today and spread the word. Cake and appetizers will be served.
This hard-fought victory is the result of 2.5 years of citizen-led action. Let’s mark the occasion together as we open a new chapter for a Toronto waterfront for all. 
See you on Monday,
Norman Di Pasquale
NoJetsTO Chair

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