The Great Media Debate, June 24

The Great Media Debate, June 24

Posted on May 22nd, by Move the GTHA in Map. No Comments

Date: Monday, June 24, 2013

Time: 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Location: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto


After five years of meticulous analysis, Metrolinx has released its Investment Strategy. The Board is recommending four main “revenue tools” to raise the extra $34 billion needed to build the “The Big Move” Regional Transportation Plan: a 1% sales tax, a 5 cent gas tax, a 15% development charge increase and a 25 cent/day non-residential parking levy.

Now, in the context of worsening congestion, governance challenges, a large provincial deficit, public cynicism and a potential election, provincial and municipal politicians must garner support for taxes and user fees that will cost the average family an extra $477 annually.

As they have already started to do, Metrolinx and its partners will communicate the benefits of “The Big Move” and the need for the new revenue tools.  Opponents will continue to oppose them.  Some media will report all the details about these evolving political and public positions in a balanced way while others, having strong viewpoints of their own, will attempt to sway opinion with a range of arguments “for” and “against”.

With this in mind, Transport Futures has invited prominent journalists to provide insights on how they and Metrolinx shape support for complex funding measures and different transport modes.  You will learn from:

  • Terence Corcoran, National Post
  • Marcus Gee, The Globe and Mail
  • Sue-Ann Levy, The Toronto Sun
  • John Lorinc, Spacing Magazine
  • … and others to be announced soon.

As detailed in our 2.5 hour agenda, The Great Media Debate includes a keynote presentation and a panel discussion. You will have ample time to ask questions and provide feedback.  Since seating is limited, please register today and take advantage of our incredible early bird rates!

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