TORONTO, Jan. 14, 2013 /CNW/ - There is a major human cost to traffic
chaos in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). That's what GTHA
residents are telling the Greater TorontoCivicAction Alliance by answering its question "What would you do with 32?".
In a quarterly update briefing on its transportation investment campaign
today, CivicAction's Chair John Tory and Chief Executive Officer Mitzie
Hunter cheered the shift from grumbling about the current chaos to GTHA
residents imagining a better life through an improved transportation
network. But they warned of the toll congestion is taking.
"When we talk about congestion, we often talk about the economic and
environmental costs," Tory said. "But GTHA residents are showing us the
human cost of the region's antiquated, inadequate system, and it's only going
to get worse."
In October 2012, CivicAction and the 40+ members of its Regional
Transportation Champions Councillaunched a movement to build support for sustainable ways to invest in better
transportation. They're inviting people to imagine a better quality of
life through a better transportation network by sharing what they would
do with 32 extra minutes* in their day.
Through their responses, thousands of people are showing how traffic
congestion affects their quality of life. Instead of sitting in traffic
or waiting for a bus, train, or subway, they yearn to be with family,
friends, and pets, and take better care of themselves by exercising,
eating properly, and sleeping more.
"We have to consider the consequences of what people are giving up and
decide that the human cost is more than our region can bear," Hunter
CivicAction is urging residents and civic leaders to show we're
personally invested in a better system by going to your32.com and by participating in Metrolinx consultations across the GTHA and in upcoming consultations by the City of Toronto.
Where Ontario Liberal Leadership Candidates Stand: "Political leaders need to brace themselves and get ready to respond to
what people are saying, and much sooner than later make the tough
choices about how to raise money to build a better system," said Tory.
"We're off to a good start with some encouraging responses from the
Ontario Liberal leadership candidates."
Go to your32.com to see candidates' responses to CivicAction's letter to each candidate.
It asks about their commitment to investing in a better system by
facilitating the introduction of new and sustainable revenue sources
In other highlights from CivicAction's Campaign Update:
Sixteen Regional Co-Captains Mobilize Local Champions - Six Champions Council Members have teamed up with 10 emerging leaders
as Regional Co-Captains across Hamilton, Halton, Peel, York, Durham,
and Toronto. They are mobilizing local civic leaders to join the
growing chorus of calls for investment in better transportation. To
become a local champion, go to http://your32.com/what-you-can-do/become-a-local-champion/.
|Hamilton||Rob MacIsaac, President, Mohawk College; Alan Griffiths, Sustainable Environment Specialist, Mohawk College
|Halton||Jeff Zabudsky, President, Sheridan College; Joe Henry, Associate Dean, Sheridan College|
|Peel||Jim Thomson, CEO & President, Thomson Terminals; Jeff Wilder, Director of Sales & Marketing, Thomson Terminals; Louroz Mercader President, Mississauga Youth Games
|York||Faye Lyons, Government and Stakeholder Relations, CAA; Caroline Grech, Government Relations Specialist, CAA; Meg Stokes, President, Tall Poppies Strategic Consulting
|Toronto||Joe Berridge, Founding Partner, Urban Strategies; Habon Ali, Planner, Urban Strategies;|
Tinashe Mafukidze, Manager of Settlement Programs and Services, For Youth Initiative; Chris Penrose, Executive Director, Success Beyond Limits
|Durham||Tim McTiernan, President, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Tracy Paterson, VP, Development, Rouge Valley Health System Foundation and Chair,
Transportation Task Force, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade|
Three more join Champions Council - Three senior leaders have joined CivicAction's Regional
Transportation Champions Council since the October launch: Mary Ann Turcke, Executive Vice-President at Bell Canada; Michelle DiEmanuele, President and CEO at The Credit Valley Hospital and Trillium Health
Centre; and Anne Golden, Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Ryerson University. Read what
Champions are doing to advance the conversation in the Campaign Update.
*Thirty-two minutes is the difference between average commute time if
The Big Move is funded and built over the next 25 years (77 min), and
if no comprehensive system is put in place (109 min). Source: Metrolinx
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. For more
information, visit www.civicaction.ca or @CivicActionGTA.
What would you do with 32 extra minutes a day*?
Numbers: 15,200 visitors to your32.com and 2,330 responses from Oct 2012 - Jan 2013
Geography: Answers come from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)
with no significant regional differences in answers. The City of
Toronto, and York and Peel Regions lead the way in responses overall,
with Halton responding well above its proportion of the GTHA's
Categories of Answers:
Family and Friends
Health and Healthy Eating
Hobbies and other
Thousands of GTHA residents answered CivicAction's question "What would you do with 32 extra minutes a day?" Here is a sampling of what they said.
- 'Hug my kids.'
- 'I'd get to meet my son at the bus after school.'
- 'I would eat dinner sitting down.'
- 'Cook more of my meals at home.'
- 'I would eat breakfast instead of skipping it every single day of my
- 'I would live more. Walk, run, read, cook, exercise, sleep.'
- 'I would take out a sketch pad and draw. I never get to do this anymore
and I miss the creativity.'
Go to your32.com to see a word cloud of the answers.
*Thirty-two minutes is the difference between the average commute time
if The Big Move is funded and built over the next 25 years (77 min),
and if no comprehensive system is put in place (109 min). Source:
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