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Sailors oppose airport expansion

Some sailors oppose the expansion of the airport on the Toronto islands. At right, this photo taken from the lagoon shows an airplane coming in for a landing. Photos by Steve Behal. Plans by Porter Airlines to land jets at the Toronto island airport is not sitting well with some sailors, who fear the airport will become noisier and an exclusion zone will grow.

Some sailors, members of various yacht clubs near Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, are voicing their concerns about airport expansion. Some have joined an anti-jet group called No Jets or another citizen’s group calling for the airport to close.

Many are opposed to a move by the airline to use Bombardier’s CSeries jets to replace Q400 turboprop planes that have been used for some years already. The airline is seeking city and federal approval to use new planes it calls “whisper jets” that are quiet.

And the company argues that it will not have to enlarge an exclusionary zone at the end of the runway that needs to be expanded for jets by 168 metres (about 550 ft) out into the inner Toronto harbour and the Lake Ontario sides of the airport.

But some sailors disagree, like Doug Gill, a 14-year member of Queen City Yacht Club (QCYC), which is located in the inner harbour not far away from the airport.

“That’s ridiculous. The exclusive zone must be to international standards,” said Gill, about a line of buoys in the inner bay off of the end of the runway, marking a “keep out” or exclusionary area that boaters must avoid or face large fines.

Gill, who has a 34 Catalina, said any movement of the buoys further into the inner harbour will impact boaters who want to get to nearby Hanlan’s Point, a popular spot with a breakwall and pier for tying up.


Solar powered boat: A transatlantic expedition to study climate change

MS Turanor PlanetSolar is the world's largest solar powered yacht, which will be used to study climate change. MS Turanor PlanetSolar, the world’s largest solar-powered yacht ever constructed, will set sail this month on a transatlantic, scientific expedition to study climate change.

In only 22 days, the vessel broke its existing Guinness World Record for completing the fastest transatlantic crossing with a solar boat, solely operated without any fuel or C02 emissions.

The sun-powered 102-ft. catamaran will dock in 16 different cities along its journey and make its U.S. debut with a stopover in Miami at Sunset Harbour Yacht Club (SHYC), South Florida’s only five-star, certified green marina.

The expedition kicks off the vessel’s second global tour and the launch of the 2013 “PlanetSolar Deep Water” expedition, where distinguished scientists from the University of Geneva (UNIGE) will collect data from air and water to study the key parameters of climate regulation, specifically atmospheric aerosols, phytoplankton and ocean eddies, whirlpools that carry large amounts of energy.

In addition, the vessel will conduct environmental clean-up missions by collecting floating plastic waste and host educational events in port cities to raise public awareness of climate issues.


Naval marine archive gets donation

The Naval Marine Archive, The Canadian Collection, has received a donation of $10,000.

The gift by Greg Cayen, KOStG, HMH, President and CEO of NCC Investment Group of Iqaluit, Nunavut goes towards the collection, which partially relates to Nunavut.

The Lord of Wrentnall, who is a member of the Board of the NMA and lives in the County, approached Cayen to see if he would participate in the current fundraising drive. Cayen did not hesitate, according to a press release issued by the group.

“This is the first time in the NMA's history that a financial donation has been made from Nunavut, and reflects the growing national importance of the NMA,” says the release.

NCC Investment Group develops public and private partnerships to create real estate developments throughout Nunavut.


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