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EVENT: Transport Futures debates role of media in Big Move

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WHAT: Transport Futures: The Great Media Debate
WHEN: Monday, June 24, 2013 (1-3:30pm)
WHERE: Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto
COST: Early bird rates: $15 -$35

After five years of study, Metrolinx submitted its Investment Strategy recommendations to the Ontario government on May 27. As debate intensifies on which taxes and user fees will ultimately pay for the $50 billion Big Move regional transportation plan, the media will be reporting on the evolving political and public positions. Having their own ideas on how revenue tools can — or cannot – assist in achieving economic, environmental and social policy objectives, how will members of the press influence public opinion? Don’t miss this opportunity to discuss how Metrolinx and the media shape support for complex funding measures in the context of worsening congestion, a large provincial deficit, governance challenges, a potential election and public cynicism.

John Lorinc, Spacing’s urban affairs columnist and senior editor, will be speaking at the Transport Futures “Great Media Debate” on June 24 in Toronto. He will share his views on how the media communicates transport revenue tool pros and cons to the general public.

  • John Lorinc, Spacing Magazine
  • Judy Pfeifer, Metrolinx
  • Marcus Gee, The Globe and Mail
  • Sue-Ann Levy, The Toronto Sun
  • Terence Corcoran, National Post
  • Todd Latham, ReNew Canada Magazine

Register by June 14 to take advantage of fantastic early bird rates. For further information, visit or email