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CivicAction Chair John Tory to address York Regional Council: You have a role in driving dollars for transportation improvements

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TORONTO – November 20, 2013 ­– John Tory, Chair of CivicAction, will address members of York Regional Council on Thursday, November 21, about their role in securing dedicated and accountable funding for transportation improvements in the provincial spring 2014 budget.

So far, close to half (44%) of York Region elected officials have pledged their support for greater transportation investment by signing CivicAction’s Your32 Pledge to Get a Move On. Signing the pledge shows support for new funding that is dedicated, efficient, transparent & accountable, regional, fair, and sustainable.

Pledge signatories include York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch, 8 of 9 mayors, and 17 out of 21 York Regional Council members. John Tory will urge all York Regional Council members to pledge their support and encourage other York Region elected officials to do the same.

On November 1, CivicAction launched a month-long 32 Reasons to Invest campaign to drive home what’s at stake and what residents will get if we invest in a better regional transportation network. At, the campaign invites residents and elected officials to refocus on the crucial decision of how we pay for the regional network we so urgently need, and how we trust governments with our hard-earned dollars to make it happen.

What:              John Tory addresses York Regional Council
When:             Thursday, November 21, 9:40 a.m.
Where:            17250 Yonge Street, Newmarket

John Tory will be available for interviews outside the council chambers following his deputation.

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About CivicAction’s Your32 campaign – CivicAction and its 50+ team of civic Champions and Regional Co-Captains aim to build support for a better regional transportation system and the need for new sustainable ways to pay for it. For more information, visit

About CivicAction – For the past 10 years, the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance (CivicAction) has brought together senior executives and rising leaders from all sectors to tackle some of our region’s toughest social, economic and environmental challenges. CivicAction sets a non-partisan agenda, builds strategic partnerships with organizations, and launches campaigns, programs and organizations that transform our region. For more information, visit:, @CivicActionGTA

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