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Re: Complaints about airport noise

Hi Jack,

> << There are two fundamental problems concerning airport complaint hotlines:
>   >>
> Agreed.
> But the up side is that it keeps the issue in the public eye.  What becomes
> our job then is to "market" the issue.

  The issue will be kept in the public eye only if the public is aware of 
the hotlines and the hotline reporting records are accurate.
  Here in Toronto a so-called "non-profit" organization called the 
Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) took control of the operations 
of Pearson International airport last December. Previously, the federal 
government managed and operated the airport. There is an obvious conflict 
of interest at play here: the GTAA wants to create an airport system 
which contributes "agressively to economic development" and at the same 
time is environmentally sensitive!
  Until such time as an unbiased third party is monitoring noise 
complaints and has the *power to act upon them* in a meaningful way, 
airport noise will continue to increase.
  I mention accurate complaint records as the GTAA admitted at a 
September meeting that their hotline answering machine has been 

 Eric Greenspoon 
  President - Citizens' Coalition Against Noise

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