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Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Air Quality Study Presentation and Community Engagement Workshop

On the evening of January 22, 2024, the “Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Air Quality Study Presentation and Community Engagement Workshop” took place at the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre. This event was a significant milestone for the “Campus-community Partnership for Reducing Air Pollution in the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood,” a research project that began in 2019.

This collaborative research, involving the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association (BQNA), Billy Bishop Airport, the City of Toronto, and academic experts, had a clear dual mandate: to comprehensively assess the air pollution levels in the neighbourhood and to disseminate this knowledge for informed urban planning, transportation, and airport operation policies.

After extensive research efforts spanning several years, the workshop successfully gathered approximately 70 stakeholders from diverse sectors such as academia, industry, government, and community organizations. Of these, 50 attendees joined in person at the venue, while others connected online, facilitating a comprehensive dialogue on the local air quality issues.

 

At 6:30 p.m., Joan Prowse, Chair of the Bathurst Quay Neighbourhood Association (BQNA) and Study Co-Chair, called the meeting to order. Her welcoming words set the tone for an evening of meaningful engagement and collective problem-solving.