Come to the Sprawl Brawl!

How can the Growth Plan create a more livable GTHA?

Dianne Saxe, Ontario’s new Environmental Commissioner, calls land-use planning and development “Ontario’s oil sands.”

What’s needed to improve our growth patterns to move away from low-density housing and towards smarter, compact, mixed-use development? Join us for an evening of insight and lively debate with panellists:

  • Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
  • Susan Lloyd Swail, Smart Growth Program Manager, Environmental Defence
  • John van Nostrand, Architect/Planner, SvN Architects + Planners
  • David Donnelly, Environmental Lawyer, Donnelly Law

Referee: Shawn Micallef, award-winning journalist and author

When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – Doors open at 6:30 pm

Where: Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Ave (University of Toronto)

This event is free but space is limited. Register to attend.


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