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City council to debate Island Airport expansion plan
This is the latest hurdle in Porter's bid to have the runways extended at Billy Bishop Airport
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You can count on tempers flaring in the city council chambers on Tuesday.

Councillors will discuss whether or not to move forward with negotiations for the expansion of Billy Bishop Airport.

According to a city staff report, the negotiations can take place if the Toronto Port Authority, Transport Canada and the City agree to amend the Tripartite Agreement established in 1983. It bans jets from flying in and out of Billy Bishop.

Porter Airlines wants to expand the runways by 200 metres on each end for larger jets. The final approval of the expansion won't take place until 2015.

Mayor Rob Ford fully supports the idea.

Porter signed a deal to buy up to 30 C-Series jets from Bombardier last year.

Those who oppose the expansion argue that it will be bad for the environment, causing more traffic congestion and and noise pollution.

The motion requires 23 votes for approval.

Some observers think the vote will be close, with Mayor Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly on the side of giving a conditional approval for the expansion, while others such as councillor Adam Vaughan are dead against the idea.

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You can count on tempers flaring in the city council chambers on Tuesday.

Councillors will discuss whether or not to move forward with negotiations for the expansion of Billy Bishop Airport.

According to a city staff report, the negotiations can take place if the Toronto Port Authority, Transport Canada and the City agree to amend the Tripartite Agreement established in 1983. It bans jets from flying in and out of Billy Bishop.

Porter Airlines wants to expand the runways by 200 metres on each end for larger jets. The final approval of the expansion won't take place until 2015.

Mayor Rob Ford fully supports the idea.

Porter signed a deal to buy up to 30 C-Series jets from Bombardier last year.

Those who oppose the expansion argue that it will be bad for the environment, causing more traffic congestion and and noise pollution.

The motion requires 23 votes for approval.

Some observers think the vote will be close, with Mayor Ford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly on the side of giving a conditional approval for the expansion, while others such as councillor Adam Vaughan are dead against the idea.

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