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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Car Free Day stuck in traffic

City ignores global ecological event
Urban expert calls for tough action. Even on a day designated internationally as 'car free,' the automobile will rule Toronto. For Car Free Day, Montreal will today close two major downtown streets, joining smaller Canadian cities such as Kitchener, Ottawa, Victoria and Corner Brook, Nfld, and cities around the world in promoting transportation alternatives to the car. But Toronto is doing little more than allocating funding for next year's Car Free Day. 'Unfortunately, it fell through the cracks in terms of our ability to fund it this year,' Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21, St. Paul's) said in an interview yesterday. 'But we are getting ready for a big thing next year.'