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June 25, 2013
City of Toronto transportation consultation continues with second discussion panel
As part of the Feeling Congested transportation consultation, the City of Toronto is hosting a discussion panel on the importance of transit from the perspectives of the economy, city-building and public health.

The discussion panel, Making Sound Decisions, will take place Wednesday, June 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jane Mallett Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front St. E. at Scott Street).

The panel will be moderated by Anne Golden, Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor, Ryerson University. Anne Golden is a former President and CEO of the Conference Board of Canada and has served as Chair of both the Homelessness Action Task Force and Greater Toronto Area Task Force.

The keynote address will be given by Alan Jones, Director, Steer Davies Gleave, a transportation consultancy firm. The keynote address will outline how other great cities have successfully used transit to build strong infrastructure. A panel discussion and question and answer period will follow.

The panellists include:
- Councillor Peter Milczyn, Chair, Planning and Growth Management Committee and Vice-Chair TTC (Ward 5 Etobicoke-Lakeshore)
- Councillor Karen Stintz, Chair TTC (Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence)
- Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner, City of Toronto
- Barry Lyon, President and Senior Partner, N. Barry Lyon Consultants Limited
- Dr. Mike Evans, Staff Physician, St. Michaels Hospital, Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto and creator of Youtube hit 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?

There are billions of dollars in new transit infrastructure being invested over the next eight years. In an effort to continue the current momentum, the City is seeking to establish a decision-making framework within the Official Plan, which is currently undergoing a five-year review. Feedback from the discussion will help shape the decision-making framework for the Official Plan.

Advocates for public health, city-building, real estate and the economy will come together for this public discussion on strengthening the City’s ability to make transportation decisions in a way that makes sense for Toronto. This is part of a series of consultation events designed to inform City of Toronto planning staff as they refine the process for prioritizing transportation investments.

Members of the public are invited to reserve a free ticket for the discussion panel by visiting and clicking on "Attend a Meeting".

Members of the media can reserve a ticket and/or schedule a one-on-one interview with Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner; the moderator, Anne Golden; or a member of the panel by calling 416-392-3496 or emailing

About the Feeling Congested? transportation consultation
The goal of the Feeling Congested? transportation consultation is to engage Torontonians on a range of issues related to transportation planning, to support the current review of the City's Official Plan transportation policies and related information.

In phase one, the City of Toronto consulted 7,000 people on their top four out of eight transportation planning criteria. This second phase introduces the concept of "complete streets," and invites comment on a draft bicycle policy framework, and “decision making framework” for future transit investment. Phase three will bring together what we have heard into proposed updates to the Official Plan.

Be part of the conversation. Visit the website and take the survey, follow us on twitter @congestedTO, email us at, like us on facebook at, and sign up to receive e-updates from the City (check the "Official Plan" box).

Watch this video to learn why congestion is a serious quality of life issue: To join the conversation, visit

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Coordinator
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