Media Advisory - Rising house prices and snarled traffic caused by GVRD plan; Fraser Institute hosts discussion on urban growth

    VANCOUVER, June 18 /CNW/ - Greater Vancouver's rising real estate prices
and increased traffic congestion is the result of poor regional government
planning, according to Randal O'Toole, senior fellow with the Cato Institute.
    Join O'Toole for a discussion on the failures of land-use planning in
Greater Vancouver during a Fraser Institute luncheon on Wednesday, June 20.
    O'Toole argues that government strategic planning inevitably does more
harm than good and recommends breaking up the Greater Vancouver Regional
District (GVRD) and TransLink, the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority,
into decentralized, user fee-driven agencies each focusing on a specific
    O'Toole is an economist with more than 30 years of experience studying
government agencies and environmental issues, including public lands, forests,
wildlife, urban growth, and transportation. His analysis of urban land-use and
transportation issues, brought together in his 2001 book, The Vanishing
Automobile and Other Urban Myths, has influenced planning decisions in cities
across the United States.

    Date:     Wednesday, June 20, 2007

    Time:     12:15 pm-1:30 pm
              (O'Toole will speak from 12:15 pm-1:00 pm, followed by 30
              minutes of questions)

    Location: Fraser Institute Boardroom
              4th Floor, 1770 Burrard Street
              Vancouver, BC

    Interested media are invited to attend.

    The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational
organization based in Canada. Its mission is to measure, study, and
communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on
the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does
not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit

For further information:

For further information: Raeann Co, Media Relations Co-ordinator, The
Fraser Institute, Tel. (604) 688-0221 ext. 568, Email:

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