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City hall rally held to protest Pickering Lands airport

A sign at Pickering Lands protests the planned airport on June 11, 2013. CITYNEWS.

Dozens of concerned residents rallied at Pickering’s city hall on Monday night to protest an airport planned for the Pickering Lands.

Protesters want more details from Ottawa.

“We want some meat now, we want something we can study,” Pat Valentine, who opposes the airport, told CityNews.

“We want something we can pick apart and argue against. At the moment, there’s nothing.”

When Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced last June that the federal government would build on the federally-owned land that encompasses Pickering, Markham and Uxbridge, members of Land Over Landings vowed to continue their 40-year fight against the project.

The group argues the land — 7,440 hectares of Class-1 agricultural land located 56 kilometres northeast of Toronto — is valuable farmland.

“We can’t manufacture Class-1 land,” Valentine said.

“Once it’s gone, it’s gone.”

The renewed talk of a Pickering airport has heated up since nearby Buttonville Airport in Markham is to close within the next two years. A federal survey suggests the GTA will need another airport in about 13 years.