The Globe and Mail eagerly sounds the Porter Airlines death knell, for the 118th time
Let’s play a game of You Be the Editor. Here’s the deal: the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration forces a local airline to shut down one of its seven return flights each weekday between Toronto and Newark, N.J. News? Yes. Front-page news? Of course not—unless you’re the Globe and Mail. No one has it in for Porter Airlines like the Globe. Ditto for Porter’s landlord, the Toronto Port Authority, a piddling public sector organization that, like the Freemasons, is assumed to nefariously wield much more power and influence than it does and, all told, takes up far more space and time in the city’s public imagination than it deserves.
If you’ve been reading the Globe this past week, you’ve surely noticed that the TPA is the political equivalent of the Toronto Maple Leafs, with stories galore about internal rifts and hiring intrigue—all of which probably left you wondering why you should care. And why should you care? Because there are airplanes! Downtown! In the city! Apparently it’s a travesty.