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Beyond the Politics: The Benefits of Moving in a Livable Region - Vancouver, Mar 14

March 14, 2014

Are you frustrated with the politics around our region's transportation network? Are the mixed messages on transit and upcoming referendum leading you astray? Transportation is important, it has an oversized impact on the region's economy, energy use, emissions, and livability. While Metro Vancouver is widely known as being one of the best places in the world to live and has a leading public transit system, road vehicles are the largest source of greenhouse gases in the region, accounting for 36% of the region's emissions. Moreover, by 2041 Metro Vancouver is projected to have a million new people, 600,000 more jobs, and 700,000 more vehicles on the road; the costs of congestion in our region have been pegged as high as $1.5 billion per year.

The decisions that govern, plan, and pay for our transit, roads, cycling, and walking networks are incredibly complex and require good public engagement. However, citizens and stakeholders are being inundated with contradictory information around the current state and future direction of our transportation system.

Join us as we host a public dialogue on transportation and launch Moving in a Livable Region, a new initiative of the SFU Centre for Dialogue that seeks to engage and educate Metro Vancouver citizens and stakeholders on transportation issues. Our panelists will discuss transportation, the economy, and what is needed to ensure high livability in the region.

When: Friday, March 14, 12:30 - 2:00 PM

Where: SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Room 1700

Registration: Please reserve your free seat here

Marnie McGregor (Guest Moderator)
 is an Assistant Director at the City of Vancouver and has spent the past 16 years in the private, public and non-profit sectors in both Canada and the United States on high-profile strategic communications, urban planning and policy initiatives leading stakeholder engagement, advocacy, and public consultation programs.

Nancy Olewiler is the Director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University. She has a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Nancy's areas of research include natural resource and environmental policy, the impact of environmental regulation on the economy, and environmental tax policy. She is the former Chair of the TransLink Board of Directors.

Ken Peacock is the Chief Economist and Vice President of the Business Council of British Columbia. He has authored a number of Business Council publications dealing with the provincial economy and related policy matters. Ken has a master's degree in economics from SFU and is the immediate past President of the Association of Professional Economists in BC.

Shauna Sylvester is a Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue, the Executive Director of Carbon Talks, a national initiative focused on increasing Canada‚Äôs global competitiveness by shifting to a low carbon economy, and Executive Director of SFU Public Square, which establishes Simon Fraser University as the go-to convener of serious and productive conversations about issues of public concern.

The event will be webcast live, join the conversation on Twitter (#BCTranspo) and tweet your questions to @CarbonTalks. We would like to acknowledge the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions for their support in delivering this Carbon Talk.