GTSB APPEALS FOR MORE POWER, FUNDS

TORONTO, Ont. — The Greater Toronto Services Board (GTSB) is appealing for more power and funds to deal with the Greater Toronto Area’s (GTA) traffic gridlock problems.

The board, which consists of members from 29 municipalities in the GTA, feels that they are capable of providing a growth management plan for the area that would alleviate traffic congestion. But according to the board, they need the province to grant them the power to do so, and the necessary funding before they can proceed.

GTSB chairman, Gordon Chong, says that "The real challenge facing the GTA is that the municipalities do not have the fiscal capacity to end the gridlock that is threatening to choke the GTA and bring the economy of Ontario to a halt."

The GTSB is awaiting a response from Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Chris Hodgson.

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