media release

Dialogue targets transportation, beyond the politics

April 02, 2014

Shauna Sylvester, 778.782.7895;
Marianne Meadahl, PAMR (Surrey) 778.782.9017;


A public dialogue on metro Vancouver’s transportation and the launch of a new initiative to engage and educate citizens on the issues will be held at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus on Tuesday, April 8 from 1-2:15 p.m.

Beyond the Politics: Benefits of Moving in a Livable Region will feature panellists who’ll discuss transportation, the economy, and what is needed to ensure livability in the region.

Panellists will include SFU’s Surrey campus Executive Director Stephen Dooley (guest moderator), City of Surrey councillor Barbara Steele, Surrey Board of Trade CEO Anita Huberman, and Shauna Silvester, executive director of Carbon Talks and SFU Public Square, and a fellow at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue.

While Metro Vancouver is widely considered one of the best places in the world to live and boasts a leading public transit system, road vehicles are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the region and account for nearly 40 per cent of emissions, Sylvester notes.

“With a million new people anticipated by 2041, bringing 700,000 more vehicles, Transport Canada predicts congestion-related costs could hit $1.5 billion per year,” she says.

“Good public engagement is essential, given the complexity of the decisions that govern, plan and pay for transit, roads, cycling and walking networks, and the contradictory information that exists on the current state and future directions of regional transportation,” she adds.

The event will showcase a new public resource,

and will also be webcast live. Participants can join the conversation on Twitter (#BCTranspo) and tweet questions to @CarbonTalks.

Carbon Talks is presenting the dialogue with support from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

When: Tuesday, April 8, 1-2:15 p.m.
Where: SFU Surrey Campus, 250-13450 102 Avenue, Surrey, room 3310, The Now Newspaper Theatre 
Registration: Please reserve your free seat here

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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