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#bettercitybootcamp: Q&A with Olympic medalist Curt Harnett

Written by Lauren Pelley
Published in the Toronto Star 

Every four years, CivicAction holds a summit to discuss the biggest issues facing the Toronto region. This year, it’s called the Better City Bootcamp, and the goal is improving the prosperity of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area.

A wide range of voices and experiences will be on hand at the April 28 event, thanks to the collective contributions of more than 600 civic leaders. They’ll be discussing some of the main challenges facing the region based on five themes: housing affordability and the growing need to match seniors’ healthcare to housing options; mental health and the workplace; childhood health and the importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life; public spaces, physical activity, and health; and increased density/weather intensity and the infrastructure needs of tomorrow.

The Star spoke with panelists representing these five themes to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing the GTHA in the years ahead.

Public spaces, physical activity & health

Curt Harnett, chef de mission, Team Canada, Toronto 2015 Pan American Games and a three-time Olympic medalist in cycling

What do you see being the biggest challenge facing the GTHA over the next decade?

My area of focus, of course, is the need for diverse development in facilities across the board, providing residents of communities with accessible places to play.

Read the full article here.