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Atlantic Canada's aging demographic means young people need to increasingly take on positions of leadership in business and government. The need to collaborate has never been greater to build that critical mass required to attract foreign investment, build economies of scale and repatriate our talent.

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The rapid pace of economic and social change, including the rise of developing countries, is forcing us to more effectively stimulate, communicate and apply new ideas. Importantly, there is no consensus around which ideas should be used.

What circumstances are required to build collaborative transportation systems in Atlantic Canada?

Yves Bourgeois
Peter Allaby
Don Mills
Claredon Robichaud


Question 1

Yves


Don


Claredon


Peter

Question 2

Yves


Don

Claredon


Peter

Question 3



Questions & Answers

Pasadena is a good example: the demographics and the population, that's what it comes down to.

Saint John, Commex – parking commission and transportation commission together; by working together 3 bedroom communities now have express routes. It has decent ridership, but it's been successful enough that at least people have re-subsidized.

There are also insurance problems for people who are considered taxes: Red Nose program was shut down for insurance purposes.

What will it take to get public health ideas as part of transportation discussions? We never think about transportation when it comes to immigrants – who are a high portion of riders (proportionally speaking).

The cost of active transportation is much higher; the industry is trending that way. The more progressive municipalities are making those decisions.

"Town-sizing" - people want to walk to school and walk to work. Lifestyle considerations are being used by young people, so we can market that. How can you have active living if you are living too far from where you work? We need people living closer to where they work.

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