TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - "Get on with it. Make the most of it. And take better care of our money
while you're at it." That's the advice of 300 community leaders that CivicAction delivered today to Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) elected
officials and Metrolinx.
The 300 community leaders have four key recommendations on how to invest
in our region's future through an expanded transportation network:
Accountability and transparency are not optional
Implement revenue tools now with five principles in mind
Maximize social and economic benefits by collaborating with communities
Build support and trust through communication that "makes it real"
The leaders developed these views at the CivicAction Forum: Our Region, Our Move last month. With Metrolinx set to share its strategy on how to fund the
rest of The Big Move regional transportation plan by June 1, politicians should get ready to
"The views shared by these leaders demonstrate great public desire for
action on our congestion crisis," said CivicAction Chair John Tory.
"People are ready to be part of the solution so long as they see that
the money is spent well, and with maximum bang for the buck."
At the CivicAction Forum, CivicAction and its Regional Transportation Champions and Regional Co-Captains launched its "Pledge to Get a Move On," the second phase of the Your32
regional transportation campaign. More than 1,000 residents and close
to 50 politicians have already pledged at your32.com to support funding for transportation expansion that meets these terms:
Dedicated; Efficient; Transparent & Accountable; Regional; Fair; and
"The community leaders' recommendations will provide direction to
elected officials at all levels as they decide how to invest in a
better system," explained Mitzie Hunter, Chief Executive Officer of
CivicAction. "We want elected officials to join us and their
constituents in 'getting a move on' and build the network that will
enable our region's growth and prosperity."
About CivicAction's Your32 campaign
CivicAction and its 50+ team of civic Champions and Regional Co-Captains aim to build support for a better regional transportation system and
the need for new sustainable ways to pay for it. For more information,
For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
(CivicAction) has brought together senior executives and rising leaders
from all sectors to tackle some of our region's toughest social,
economic, and environmental challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan
agenda, builds strategic partnerships with organizations, and launches
campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. For
more information, visit: www.civicaction.ca, @CivicActionGTA
For further information:
Julia Lo, Senior Communications Officer
Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance