“Another empty bus. Another empty bus,” some of the picketers on hand at 9 a.m. chanted as one bus drove past them carrying a lone passenger to the ferry docks.
The protesters say the flights from the Island Airport will add to pollution in the city and create safety issues.
“This facility here has two schools and a daycare centre. There’s a community centre here,” said Bill Freeman, spokesman for Community Air, as school children crossed at the lights. “Children are going to be crossing. So traffic is a very big issue.”
“This is a funny protest,” said Adam Vaughan, candidate for councillor of Ward 20, where the entrance to the airport is located. “How do you protest something that no one is going to use?
“Airlines usually start off with a bang and sort of quickly whimper out. This one is starting out with a whimper and it’s just going to go thud.”
The protesters had dispersed by 9:15 a.m. but said they plan to step up their rally at 4 p.m.
photo by TANNIS TOOHEY/TORONTO STAR