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Film and discussion on community vs. Pickering airport

A free showing of the film Last Stand, and a discussion afterwards, will take place on Thursday, April 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. in room AA-112.

The film, to be introduced by director Peter Shatalow, is described as “the heroic true story of ordinary citizens who found the courage to fight Big Government, stop the proposed Pickering International Airport and save 18,000 acres of the richest farmland in Canada.” Recent developments in this story will be outlined by Land Over Landings representative Michael Robertson, and V.O.C.A.L. president Stephen Frederick.

Although the plans for the international airport were cancelled in the early 1970s, the federal government continues to own the land, and the Greater Toronto Airports Authority is moving forward with plans to build an aiprot on the site. During recent months, evictions of tenants and demolition of houses on the site has accelerated. Last month alone, 13 houses were demolished, including two Class A Heritage Homes.

The Pickering Airport is not only a tremendous example of how citizens’ groups have successfully intervened to shape public policy in the past, but it has also re-emerged as an active policy issue that for better or worse will shape the developments of the Toronto region, and particularly its northeast corner, for decades to come.

For more details, contact Urban Geography professor Andre Sorensen at, or (416) 287-5607.

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