Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area residents answer a simple question: "What would you do with 32?
Having their say - Members of CivicAction's Regional Transportation Champions Council provide their answers in response to the campaign's question - "What would you do with 32?"
PSA: There's a plan in place to improve transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Go to your32.com and show your support for a greater investment in transportation
CivicAction invites GTHA residents to actively imagine a better life
through better transportation
TORONTO, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - It's time to take bold action to
accelerate investment in the transportation network serving the Greater
Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). That's the message the Greater
Toronto CivicAction Alliance and the 40+ members of its Regional Transportation Champions Council delivered today as they launched a campaign asking GTHA residents what
they would do with 32 extra minutes a day.
At your32.com, CivicAction invites residents to answer a simple question: "What would you do with 32?" and imagine a better quality of life fueled by a better
transportation network. On average commuters will save that much time
daily if The Big Move regional, multi-modal transportation plan is funded and built in the
next 25 years.*
By responding, residents are saying "I care about getting from point A
to B more easily", and "we need greater investment in our
See selected answers below to the question "What would you do with 32?".
"With a commute time amongst the worst in North America, our
transportation system is not working, and we do not have to accept it
the way it is," said John Tory, Chair, CivicAction. "It can be so much
better, and we want people to talk about how they would benefit from
greater investment to make it better."
To participate in the campaign:
a. Visit www.your32.com and tell us "What would you do with 32?"
b. Share the link with friends
c. Be a local champion - sign up through the site to lead a
conversation about this with your own community.
Campaign driven by Champions: Forty plus rising and established leaders have signed on to
CivicAction's Champions Council. They represent a wide variety of
interests from business, labour, non-profit, academic, and community
organizations from across the GTHA, and will engage their employees,
members, students, suppliers, and customers in this discussion. They
all rely heavily on the region's roads and transit system to move
people and goods, and are highly motivated to make the system better.
"We're taking this issue to the highways, subways, buses and sidewalks,"
said Mitzie Hunter, Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction.
"Everyone needs to be part of the conversation - road and transit users,
taxpayers, businesses, students," Hunter said. "We'll take their
feedback to governments to drive action that will deliver the
transportation network we need to prosper and thrive."
Whether it's time saved, better health and air quality, a boost to
productivity, or easier access to jobs, schools, and other
opportunities, the benefits of a regional transportation system that is
efficient, accessible, affordable, and fully connected are
indisputable. The GTHA aspires to be world class, and our
transportation system needs to reflect that.
Provincial agency Metrolinx will submit an Investment Strategy to the
province and the region's municipal governments by June 2013 with its
recommendations on how to pay for an improved network to serve the
GTHA. For governments to act boldly, they'll need to see that the
region's leaders and residents are calling for greater investment in
our regional transportation system, and agree that governments need to
find sustainable ways to pay for it.
The campaign builds on the work of the Transportation & Other Infrastructure Working Group that
informed CivicAction's Greater Toronto Summit 2011, and the work of
such organizations as the Toronto Board of Trade, Evergreen, University
of Toronto's Cities Centre and Institute on Municipal Finance &
Governance, the City Institute at York University, the Federation of
Urban Neighbourhoods of Ontario, Transport Action Ontario, The Pembina
Institute, and Toronto Environmental Alliance. The campaign will
reinforce the activities of these and other groups across the region
that are championing a better transportation network.
The Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance convenes civic leaders from
across all sectors and the region to catalyze change on the tough
issues and big opportunities facing the Toronto region.
For more information, visit www.civicaction.ca or @CivicActionGTA. For information on CivicAction's regional transportation initiative,
please visit www.civicaction.ca/regional-transportation
* 32 represents the number of minutes per day, on average, that you'll
save on your commute once The Big Move is fully realized - that's eight days a year or about two years over
the course of your life. It is the difference between the average
commute time if The Big Move is funded and built over the next 25 years (77 minutes), and the
commute time if no comprehensive system is put in place over the same
time (109 minutes) Source: Metrolinx.
Selected answers to the question "What would you do with 32?"
"I'd spend more time with my grandchildren." John Tory, Chair, CivicAction
"I'd get to my pilates class." Mitzie Hunter, Chief Executive Officer, CivicAction
"32 minutes equals 5 readings of Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" with my kids
(they never get tired of it and neither do I)." Gerald Butts, President and CEO, World Wildlife Fund Canada
"I'd walk down Queen Street with my toddler chasing puppies and fire
trucks." Eva Wong Scanlan, Co-Chair, Toronto Homecoming, and CivicAction Emerging Leaders Network
"Go for a walk to a neighbourhood cafe with my wife and friends and just
hang out." Ken Greenberg, Architect and Urban Designer, Greenberg Consultants Inc.
"I'd exercise more." Melissa Raghurai, President, Mayfair Clubs
"I would focus more on the DO in my TO DO list and less on keeping the
list." Jim Curran, Former traffic reporter for CBC Radio One in Toronto
Members of CivicAction's Regional Transportation Champions Council
Kevin Adolphe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Real Estate
Paul Bedford, Adjunct Professor, Urban & Regional Planning, University of Toronto
and Ryerson University
Joe Berridge, Founding Partner, Urban Strategies
Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF Canada
Bob Chant, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Communication, Loblaw
Michael Cooper, Chief Executive Officer and Vice-Chairman, Dundee REIT
David Crombie, President, David Crombie & Associates
Patrick Dillon, Business Manager, Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council
Kirk Dudtschak, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Human Resources, Canadian Banking,
Howard Eng, President & CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority
Phillip Haid, Co-Founder and CEO, Public Inc.
Abdul Hai Patel, Director - Interfaith and External Relations, Canadian Council of
Wayne Hanley, National President, United Food and Commercial Workers Canada
Mitzie Hunter, Chief Executive Officer, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
Blake Hutcheson, President and CEO, Oxford Properties
Johnnie-Mike Irving, Managing Director, Toronto, TELUS
Duncan Jackman, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, E-L Financial
Bob Kinnear, President, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 113
Tracy Leparulo, Student Leader and Executive, Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute
Faye Lyons, Government and Stakeholder Relations, CAA South Central Ontario
Rob MacIsaac, President, Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
Yohan Mahimwala, Product Manager, FedEx and CivicAction Emerging Leaders Network member
Graeme McKay, Vice-President, Ontario Government, Healthcare & Higher Education, IBM
Tim McTiernan, President and Vice Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of
Peter Menkes, President, Commercial/Industrial, Menkes Developments
David Naylor, President, University of Toronto
Mike Pedersen, Group Head, Wealth Management, Insurance & Corporate Shared Services,
TD Bank Group
Melissa Raghurai, President, Mayfair Clubs
Paulette Senior, CEO, YWCA Canada
John Sullivan, President and CEO, Cadillac Fairview Corporation
Jose Tamariz, President and CEO, 407 ETR
Frank Techar, President and CEO, Personal and Commercial Banking Canada, BMO Bank of
Jim Thomson, President and CEO, Thomson Terminals
John Tory, Chair, Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance
Mark Tullis, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Intact Financial
Catherine Vlasov, Secondary School Student Leader, University of Toronto Schools
Mary Webb, Senior Economist, Scotiabank
Carol Wilding, President and CEO, Toronto Board of Trade
Geoffrey Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Port Authority
Eva Wong Scanlan, Co-Chair, Toronto Homecoming and CivicAction Emerging Leaders Network
Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO, Sheridan Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
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Audio with caption: "PSA: There's a plan in place to improve transportation in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Go to your32.com and show your support for a greater investment in transportation". Audio available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/media/2012/10/10/20121010_C5605_AUDIO_EN_19093.mp3
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