Public Carbon Talks

Beyond the Politics: The Benefits of Moving in a Livable Region - Surrey

Beyond the Politics: The Benefits of Moving in a Livable Region - Surrey

April 08, 2014

Transportation is important and affects livability and GHG emissions. How will Metro Vancouver's transportation referendum affect Surrey?

This video requires the free Flash plugin.

This dialogue is the second in a series of two and takes place in Surrey. Beyond the Politics: Benefits of Moving in a Livable Region was held in Vancouver on March 14.

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 by Transport Canada.

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.



         Stephen Dooley (Guest Moderator) is the Executive Director of the SFU Surrey campus. Prior to joining the team at SFU, Steve worked at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for more than 20 years. Steve was the Director of Community Engagement for KPU where he developed a number of community-based partnerships with the City of Surrey, the Surrey School District, Aboriginal First Nations in the KPU catchment, and a host of non-profit agencies.
         Barbara Steele has been a Councillor at the City of Surrey since 1998 and is the past President of both the Lower Mainland Local Government Association and the Union of BC Municipalities. She serves on a number of committees including the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and has championed transportation issues South of the Fraser.

Anita Huberman is the CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade. She guides a 19-member diverse industry Board of Directors to support a growing list of community groups, initiatives and government policies from an economic lens. Anita was a nominee of the 2013 YWCA Women of Distinction Award and a recipient of the 2011 Business in Vancouver's Top 40 Under 40 award.

  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’s 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.


  We would like to acknowledge the Surrey Board of Trade as a partner for this event.



What is a Carbon Talk? Carbon Talks provide the platform to discuss, define, and manage the transition to a low-carbon economy. It creates spaces for dialogue – not debate – spaces which help people to think creatively, consider alternatives, and develop practical solutions that are viable, cost-effective, and sustainable. We hold a free public dialogue every month from September to April. Each talk looks at a different piece of the low-carbon puzzle and consists of a presentation and question and answer segment. If you would like to be notified and invited to upcoming talks, please subscribe to our newsletter. Did you miss a Carbon Talk? Check out our YouTube channel for previous dialogues.

(Icon photo courtesy of waferboard/Flickr)