Three words to keep in mind as "OneCity" proposal considered
TORONTO, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - CivicAction Chair John Tory and CEO
Mitzie Hunter today welcomed the addition of the OneCity proposal to
the Toronto region's transportation discussion.
"We need to give top priority to making it easier to move people and
goods around the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)," said
Hunter. "OneCity is commendable for its broadening out of transit
options to include more transit overall and more subways, and for its
realism in addressing the need for new, sustainable sources of money that are dedicated to making our transportation system better," said Hunter.
At the same time, CivicAction repeats its concern that this issue be
handled in a way that maximizes informed discussion and
decision-making, and that is consistent with the provincial agency
Metrolinx's plan, The Big Move, and the investment strategy Metrolinx is developing.
Said Tory: "This discussion must be regional in nature because the
problems and solutions are regional. It must be responsible and take
into account, in an informed way, all of the available methods to raise dedicated money for better
transportation. And the discussion must be rational, without polarizing
views and knee-jerk reactions."
CivicAction sees the OneCity proposal and its property tax funding model
as an opportunity for study and public discussion, but expresses the
hope that a broader, open, more inclusive discussion will go forward in
the intervening period.
CivicAction will play its part in fostering a regional discussion by
creating a Regional Transportation Champions Council. The Council will
launch a campaign to get civic leaders and their communities behind a
vision of the region with an efficient, accessible, affordable, and
connected regional transportation network, and the means to pay for it.
Members of CivicAction's Emerging Leaders Network are also incubating an
on-the-ground campaign branded Move Me! The campaign will work with
everyday residents across the GTHA to empower them as leaders to build
desire for new, dedicated revenue tools to fund the building of new
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.
CivicAction's current initiatives are aimed at: connecting and
supporting rising city-builders (the Emerging Leaders Network); making the Toronto region flourish through environmental action and
innovation (Greening Greater Toronto); and creating a leadership landscape that better reflects the region's
diversity (DiverseCity: the Greater Toronto Leadership Project in partnership with Maytree).
For further information:
For information, please visit http://www.civicaction.ca/regional-transportation or contact:
T: (416)309-4480 x580