Death, taxes, and agonizingly slow traffic on the stretch of highway between Hamilton and Toronto that would make ants appear swift. For everyone who resides in the Golden Horseshoe, it is a trifecta of reality. Unless, of course, you’re an extremely wealthy artist with a private aircraft and plenty of fuel to burn.
Following the revelation that he flew his plane on a 14-minute journey from Toronto to Hamilton on Friday, Canadian artist, Drake has come under fire from environmentalists. CelebJets, an automated Twitter account that records celebrity flights based on transponders and tail fin markings, was able to document the 35-year-carefree old’s air travel.
He used his private, light-blue-coated Boeing 767, valued at around $185 million, on the roughly 70-kilometer trip, which, depending on traffic, takes an hour to complete by automobile. On July 12, Drake took an 18-minute journey aboard an aircraft from Hamilton to Toronto.
On June 28 and June 17, he completed the same journey on flights of 14 and 16 minutes, respectively. Each of the trips produced around five tons of carbon dioxide emissions, according to CelebJets.
“It’s extremely wasteful,” declared Ian Borsuk, climate campaign co-ordinator for Environment Hamilton. “As a single person, he’s probably emitting more on one flight than most people who make that drive emit in a month or even a year.”