1. Rob MacIsaac

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    A 30% reduction in motor vehicle emissions in Toronto could save 200 lives and 900 million dollars annually. - Toronto Public Health, 2007 Rob has been a champion for active transportation throughout his illustrious career. With extensive experience managing complex organizations and teams he has demonstrated a strong commitment to tackling systemic problems with innovative solutions, and is well known as a vital community builder. Formerly Metrolinx’s first Chair, Rob led the development and approval of The Big Move, the visionary and first ever multi-modal regional transportation plan for the GTHA. Following these accomplishments at Metronlinx, Rob continued to champion alternative transportation by channeling his experience into the Mowhawk College Fennell Campus Renewal Project in his role as President. With active transportation improvements as a key priority in this project, the Campus was transformed by a multi-use pathway that connected it to surrounding neighbourhoods, the expansion and rebuilding of sidewalks and pedestrian crossings and most notably the repurposing of a former parking lot into a pedestrian plaza. In addition to these pedestrian improvements, Mowhawk implemented a bike loan program as well as sheltered bike parking to reduce the barriers to active transportation for students, faculty and staff on campus. As the new president and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences, a medical centre comprising six hospitals and a cancer centre, he brings demonstrated leadership in implementing diverse initiatives to increase active transportation.

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    • Pam Damoff

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      Better design for active modes of transportation increases safety on the road for everyone. - Toronto Public Health, 2012 Since being elected to Town Council in 2010, Councillor Pam Damoff has become a political champion for cycling and walking. The recipient of the 2013 Bicycling Leadership Award from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition for promoting bicycling in Ontario, Councillor Damoff is extremely proud of Oakville’s 2012 Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award. As the founder of Cycle Oakville, she has implemented a number of community initiatives to encourage residents to cycle more often. She was instrumental in implementing the highly successful bike valet parking for the 2013 RBC Canadian Open in Oakville. Councillor Damoff has been actively working with the three Business Improvement Areas to encourage them to become bicycle friendly. A two-year pilot will begin in 2015 that will see on-street bike corrals in the business districts. In May 2014, Oakville became the first municipality in south-central Ontario to carry the CAA “Watch for Bikes” decal on the side mirrors of all of its non-emergency vehicles and launched an extensive bicycle safety campaign. The town has an approved Active Transportation Master Plan and currently has a network of cycling routes consisting of on-road cycle lanes, paved shoulder bikeways, signed bike routes and multi-use trails. Dedicated funding for active transportation infrastructure would help Oakville grow their network beyond the over 105 kilometres of on- and off-road cycling paths and the over 150 kilometres of trails that currently encourage people to walk and cycle. Councillor Damoff sees the health, environmental and economic benefits of active transportation, and feels it is of critical importance to the residents of Oakville and the Region of Halton.

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      • Vito Tolone

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        The entire 4,500 km of new walking and cycling infrastructure proposed in the Metrolinx plan The Big Move could be built for the same cost as only 18 kilometres of a new 4-lane city road. - City of Vaughn, 2012 As a senior transportation planner at the City of Burlington, Vito was involved in the recent update to the City’s Transportation Mater Plan (TMP) and its effort to recognize that the automobile is not the only way that people travel through the city. The update, called Go Your Way, sets out a 20-year vision for transportation in the city to ensure that the transportation infrastructure, services and operational policies are aligned to accommodate Burlington’s expected growth. To achieve this, the plan is focused on creating a balanced and accessible transportation system for all modes of travel including transit, cyclists, pedestrians and automobiles. A bronze Bicycle Friendly Community Award Winner, Burlington built its first bike lane well over 20 years ago and now has over 50 KM of on road bike lanes. With the direction of the TMP, Burlington’s goal is to make cycling even more accessible. While the City works to install the infrastructure to support active transportation, Go Your Way challenges residents to look at the trips they take each day by car and pick one to try out walking or cycling as their way to travel.

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        • Toronto Needs A Creative Director

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          A video to the launch the campaign for Toronto Needs a Creative Director. An open call to the 2014 mayoral candidates to include an office of Creative Direction (CDTO) in their vision for the future of the GTA. CDTO is also an idea to help tell the story of Toronto visually to make the city a more connected, beautiful, livable, workable city.

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          • Susan Eng

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            People who live in walkable neighbourhoods are more likely to feel a stronger sense of community than residents of car-oriented neighbourhoods. - The Road to Health (2012), Toronto Public Health Susan Eng is Vice President for Advocacy at CARP, the national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination for all Canadians as we age. Having grown up in Toronto, Susan knows the value of pedestrian infrastructure. Being able to walk in a city provides residents, particularly seniors, with an opportunity to stay active, prevent the onset of illness, remain independent and to be much more engaged in their communities. Many older Canadians have to give up their cars and risk social isolation from this blow to their mobility. Eventually this leads to displacement as many will move out of the neighbourhoods they called home. Investments in the infrastructure to make active transportation and transit access a legitimate and safe option for all residents will create age-friendly cities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). CARP believes that older Canadians deserve the dignity of remaining in the communities they have always lived. Active transportation is critical to our current and future cities, and to our personal futures as we age.

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            • David Mowat For It's Your Move

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              Walking briskly for 29 minutes a day reduces an adult’s risk of premature death by 22% - Statistic provided by Dr. David Mowat Dr. David Mowat is the Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel. In this role, he is responsible for protecting and promoting the health of the residents of Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. He has witnessed how the steady rise in obesity, type 2 diabetes and other chronic illnesses is directly related to a lack of physical activity. Although most people think immediately of the gym and recreation as a source of activity, there is a much larger opportunity to protect our health when we can be active in our day-to-day activities. For residents in communities across the GTHA, physical activity has been engineered out of our daily lives. We’ve designed neighbourhoods that make it difficult for people to choose walking or cycling to get to their destinations. To help build the case for investments in active transportation infrastructure, Dr. Mowat has teamed up with the other Medical Officers of Health across the GTHA to produce an upcoming report that shows the impact of active transportation and public transit on the health of the population through lives saved and healthcare dollars saved. The health benefits of active transportation are undeniable. Minimal investments from The Big Move would help ensure a future of health for residents and their families.

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              • Bruce McCuaig For It's Your Move

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                17% of all trips in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area are less than 2km, and 40% are less than 5km, which are perfect distances for either walking for riding your bike. - Statistic provided by Metrolinx Every day, Bruce walks a kilometre to his local GO Station as part of his commute into work. As the President and CEO of Metrolinx, he oversees GO Transit, PRESTO and the Union Pearson Express, and is responsible for delivering on the promise of The Big Move, the award-winning regional transportation plan. A pedestrian himself, he knows the value of providing facilities that encourage and invite residents to walk and cycle. To this aim, Metrolinx has worked with 30 schools in the region to promote walking and cycling habits in students through “Stepping It Up”; with employers across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) through their Smart Commute program which helps organizations and their staff commute by means other than single occupant vehicles; and they have outfitted buses in the region with bike racks that allow cyclists to integrate transit use into their trip planning. By providing more legitimate travel choices, we get a more efficient, cost effective and balanced transportation system that meets the needs of all users. As we expand regional transportation across the GTHA, Bruce recognizes that investing in walking and cycling infrastructure is a necessary part of how The Big Move will help create this balance. As residents who walk and cycle, it`s our job to ask for the infrastructure that will provide safe travel from doorstep to destination.

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                • City of Errors App

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                  Download our app on the App Store and share photo-stories of the things you do to make your city better. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cityoferrors/id823770145?mt=8 Video: 'Life in a city full of errors' by City of Errors | Audio: 'These Days' by Robin Grey CC BY NC ND

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                  • Basic Training

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                    At Basic training, this is how you'll spend 55 minutes.

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                    • How To Cleverhood

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                      This is how Cleverhood works. Seen in livable cities around the world, like here in Amsterdam. Music by Providence's Last Good Tooth: What's What I Do.

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