Air traffic noise is a nuisance that was forced on Ward 5 residents by federal decision makers – but that hasn’t stopped me from fighting for our community. I have actively engaged to find solutions and create change.
Here’s some of what I’ve achieved as your Local and Regional Councillor for Ward 5 on the issue of air traffic noise:
- Most of Halton Region was excluded from the 10 nautical mile complaint zone from Pearson International Airport. I worked with the GTAA (Greater Toronto Airports Authority) to remove this limit and get Oakville’s voices officially heard.
- I advocated for a CENAC (Community Environment & Noise Advisory Committee) membership restructure that resulted in an extension of membership to regions, including Halton. I have been an active member of the committee since the restructure.
- As a member of CENAC I was involved in the Noise Management Program Best Practices study, which led to the installation of two Noise Monitoring Terminals in Halton (including Ward 5).
- I organized a community outreach session in Oakville involving the GTAA and NAV CANADA (the private company that owns and operates Canada’s civil air navigation service) and participated in GTAA/NAV CANADA community outreach events about aircraft noise.
- I have continued to challenge and provide advice to the GTAA on its processes, communication, and encouraged transparency. I have consistently represented Ward 5’s (and all of Oakville/Halton Region) concerns about aircraft noise to the GTAA, NAV CANADA and the CENAC.
Changes are already underway, some currently being modeled/simulated and others in trial to combat air traffic noise for Ward 5, including a Quieter Fleet Incentive Program (starting with a retrofit of A320 series), an investigation into a new program to provide noise insulation to area homes and air condition to neighbouring schools, and more.
I am proud of what I’ve accomplished on this issue for Ward 5 – and I won’t stop advocating for you, even though this is a federal government issue.