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It’s time for action on public transit

By |March 11th, 2014|

On the heels of new research by the Pembina Institute, Move the GTHA is putting pressure on regional politicians to make clear commitments to fund public transit. Instead of vague statements, residents across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area deserve concrete funding plans to reduce congestion and air pollution.

Telling the truth on transit

By |October 23rd, 2013|

The recently convened Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel, under the leadership of Anne Golden and Paul Bedford, made its first public statement on Monday. The group lays out six contentious points in the ongoing debate about how to fund The Big Move – the […]

Best foot forward: Putting active transportation on the agenda

By |September 24th, 2013|

Guest post by Nancy Smith Lea

On Sep 12, 2013, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) released a research report called “The Other 25%: Active Transportation Investment and The Big Move”.

The Big Move is a 25-year, $50-billion plan produced by Metrolinx, an agency of […]

Two steps forward, one step sideways: City Council advances key GHG reduction Initiatives

By |July 23rd, 2013|

After a marathon meeting that lasted four full days last week, Toronto City Council has approved two important greenhouse gas reduction initiatives and changed tracks on a third […]

Decision Time on Regional Transportation Funding

By |June 12th, 2013|

On June 11, Move the GTHA released an open letter  signed by 36 organizational leaders representing academia, the health sector, non-profit groups, and the business community urging elected officials to take action on transit investments in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The letter […]

A Race to the Starting Line – On Complete Streets, Of Course!

By |May 29th, 2013|

On Monday, Metrolinx’s Investment Strategy to support The Big Move received unanimous support from Metrolinx board members. I attended the board meeting along with other members of Move the GTHA, a collaborative whose goal is to heighten public awareness of regional transportation funding issues.  […]

Nailed it! Toronto exceeds Kyoto target

By |April 24th, 2013|

Back in 2007 when City Council passed the Climate Change and Clean Air Action Plan, we set what seemed like an ambitious target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: 6% below 1990 levels by 2012 — equivalent to Canada’s target under the Kyoto Protocol. […]

Want greener taxis? Let the City know.

By |April 5th, 2013|

Love ’em or hate ’em, everyone has an opinion about Toronto’s taxis.

On a professional level, I see them as an important part of a sustainable transportation system that includes walking, cycling, public transit, carpooling and carsharing. On a personal level, I see them from […]

Electric vehicles in fleets: driving is believing

By |October 29th, 2012|

After only two months of working for the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, I took a trip to Winnipeg for Canada’s first national EV conference. It was chock full of academics, entrepreneurs and dreamers.

Five years later, I’ve just returned from Electric Mobility Canada’s EV 2012 VE […]

Ontario invests in EV infrastructure…and early adopters

By |August 9th, 2011|

Today, the Ontario government announced an $80 million investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. This, in addition to the provincial incentive program for the purchase of EVs as well as Ontario’s own commitment to green its fleet of vehicles, demonstrates a strong commitment to […]