Ryan Whitney, the Complete Streets Researcher and Program Manager here at TCAT, has been busy establishing the methods for the Complete Streets Gap Analysis due to be completed in mid-January 2012. The Gap Analysis will provide a comprehensive overview of Complete Streets policy language, or similar policy language, in Ontario as well as barriers to implementing these policies. The research will also include a Case Studies section that will profile several exceptional communities across the province working towards Complete Streets.
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario Gord Miller takes on journalist David Menzies in The Mark. In an online debate, “Should Canada Charge Road Tolls?” readers can vote for the person she or he believes won the debate.
Miller argues, “But, it's not about road tolls generating a cash grab . . . it's about reducing unsustainable gridlock. You don't have to be an anti-car crusader to care about these issues.”
Green Communities' Canada Walks presents a free 90 minute webinar featuring presenter, Kim Bergeron, PhD. Candidate, Queen’s University. This webinar will answer the question, “From the evidence, what do we know about the association between the built environment and injury risk and prevention?” This session will also present strategies to reduce injury risk through the design of the built environment, with a focus on pedestrian design.
In the 1970s, Toronto enacted a bylaw that made playing street hockey in the street illegal. But, now city staff and councilors are considering getting rid of the bylaw, thanks to a campaign by Matthew Blacket, member of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee and publisher of Spacing Toronto.
“It’s wrong to have bylaws that outlaw ‘the active and healthy lifestyle that our government is actually trying to encourage,’" said Blackett.