Toronto waterfront development "headed in right direction": Poll



    TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - An independent public opinion poll has found
that 64% of Torontonians surveyed believe that Toronto's waterfront
redevelopment efforts are headed in the right direction.
    These are among the results of an annual poll conducted for the Toronto
Port Authority (TPA) by the national public-opinion research firm Pollara
Strategic Insights.
    The 500-person telephone survey was conducted July 6-7, 2009. In addition
to probing opinions on the performance of the TPA, the survey touched on a
wide variety of topics, including views on the waterfront and the Toronto City
Centre Airport (TCCA).
    According to the survey, 64% of respondents believe recent "changes along
Toronto's waterfront are headed in the right direction." Only 14% of
respondents believed the waterfront was headed in the "wrong direction," while
22% didn't have an opinion.
    "As a key service provider to Toronto residents, the TPA recognizes it
has a supporting role to play in revitalizing our city's waterfront. With TCCA
commercial passenger traffic doubling between 2007 and 2008, it is encouraging
to see that Torontonians believe the success of the airport is compatible with
the direction of Toronto's waterfront redevelopment strategy," said Mark
McQueen, Chairman of the TPA's Board of Directors.
    "The TPA has worked diligently to ensure that the passenger growth at the
TCCA complies with our 'good neighbour' policy," said the TPA's Acting
President and CEO, Alan Paul. "Over the past 12 months, noise complaints have
dropped 61%. Later this Fall, our community-based Noise Management Advisory
Group will consider several ambient noise mitigation recommendations with
input from a soon-to-be scheduled public meeting. Even with the dramatic drop
in noise complaints, the TPA is keen to utilize any and all practical means to
ensure that the TCCA's growth and success does not interfere with the quality
of life of waterfront residents and visitors."
    Earlier this month, the TPA announced other encouraging results from this
year's survey. Among them, 62% of Torontonians support the construction of a
pedestrian tunnel between the mainland and the TCCA, with 31% opposing.
Furthermore, 58% of Torontonians oppose the proposal by some City of Toronto
politicians that the TPA be abolished and its duties turned over to the City,
with 31% supporting the proposal.
    The full results of the Pollara survey are available at
www.torontoport.com.

    The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June 8, 1999, as a
government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act as the successor to
the Toronto Harbour Commissioners. It is a federal public authority providing
transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses.
The TPA owns and operates the Toronto City Centre Airport, Marine Terminals 51
and 52, and the Outer Harbour Marina. The TPA also provides regulatory
controls and public works services to enhance the safety and efficiency of
marine navigation and aviation in the port and harbour of Toronto.

    Relevant Survey Results

    Details: Pollara Strategic Insights surveyed a random sample of 500 City
of Toronto residents by telephone between July 6-7, 2009; the margin of error
is +/- 4.4%, 19 times out of 20. It is the third annual survey probing
Torontonians' views of the TPA, its performance and its strategic objectives.
A key question posed by Pollara sought to gauge the potential support for the
construction of a pedestrian tunnel connecting the mainland with the TCCA.

    
    Q4: As you may know, Toronto's waterfront has been going through a
    process of revitalization in recent years, with the development and
    creation of new communities, parks and green spaces along the watefront.
    Do you think these changes along Toronto's waterfront are headed in the
    right direction or wrong direction?

    Right Direction .....................................................64%
    Wrong Direction .....................................................14%
    Don't Know/Refused ..................................................22%
    N Size ..............................................................500
    





For further information:

For further information: Janet MacDonald, Toronto Port Authority, (416)
863-2003


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