jsonCallBack( { "Newsroom" : [ {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "311"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "311 Toronto celebrates its 1st anniversary","txtID" : "8FAB23C090C0DC5E852577A8006E3615","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "9", "day" : "24", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "It has been exactly one year since the City of Toronto launched its 311 service and it is fair to say that the residents of Toronto have embraced the 24/7 service. The City's 311 operation handled close to 1 million interactions (979;390) over the past year through all channels; including telephone; e-mail and online enquiries. Of the 906;284 calls answered by 311 customer service representatives (CSR); 25 per cent involved one or more service requests. The remaining 75 per cent were general enquiries for information. 311 Toronto offers service in almost 200 languages; through a telephone interpretation service. In the past year; this service was used during 2;684 calls to interpret 38 different languages. The most frequently translated languages were Cantonese; Mandarin; Italian; Portuguese and Spanish. Since launching a year ago; 311 Toronto has received a total of 71;061 e-mails. The number of e-mails received per day has significantly increased over the year since launch as residents embrace this method of reaching the City. 311's online service has also been growing and the City currently receives about one per cent of all service requests online. There are now more than 25 self-service requests that can be made online at http://www.toronto.ca/311 - and that number continues to grow. In addition to the growing list of online service requests; 311 expanded its operation in May to include service requests for Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) and Urban Forestry. This means that along with Solid Waste; Water and Transportation requests; in most cases 311 customer service representatives are able to assist callers with service requests for these divisions without transferring the caller to another City staff person. These callers are also given a service tracking number so they may call back or go online to see the status of their request. There were some peaks in service demand that had an impact on 311 Toronto's service levels. Regular occurrences like thunderstorms as well as unusual events like H1N1 vaccination clinics and the G20 Summit all caused spikes in call volumes to 311. The City continues to remind callers that the 311 service is fully available 24 hours a day; seven days a week. Call volumes predictably spike every Monday morning as callers have waited all weekend to call in and report a service request or ask a question; said Neil Evans; 311 Director. I would encourage people to call in as soon as they have a question or service request on the weekend; early in the morning or in the evening; when call volumes are lower and their wait time will be shorter. Calls received are not without their interesting challenges. Over the year; 311's customer service representatives continued to encounter the unusual and curious request that was not easily covered in the enormous 311 knowledge base. One caller wondered if the City sells its emu eggs. There is an emu at the High Park zoo and no; the City does not sell its emu eggs. Another interesting call came long-distance from the United States; during which the caller was interested in same sex marriages in Canada. The caller asked; If I cross the border; am I in Canada? The City's patient and professional 311 customer service staff take all these unusual calls in stride and often remind callers 311 is there to provide information on City of Toronto services and programs. Toronto's 311 service continues to be highly regarded by municipalities around the world. Delegations from as far away as South Africa and Iceland have come to Toronto to view our state-of-the art facility and technology systems. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Cheryn Thoun; Strategic Communications; 416-919-6501; cthoun@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Toronto Paramedic Services Communication Centre to be awarded international accreditation","txtID" : "B08BE8E233AFAFF985257E1A00608132","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Join Toronto Paramedic Services Chief Paul Raftis and Jerry Overton; Chair of the Board of Accreditation of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED); at Toronto Paramedic Services Headquarters as they award the Toronto Paramedic Services Communication Centre with international accreditation. Date: Thursday; April 2 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Toronto Paramedic Services Headquarters; 4330 Dufferin Street Toronto Paramedic Services Communication Centre was recognized as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Centre of Excellence on February 11; 2015. The communication centre is one of only 139 accredited 911 Communication Centres of Excellence in the world. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kim McKinnon","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255","txtContactEmail" :"kmckinn2@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Toronto Paramedic Services hosts annual award ceremony","txtID" : "39D463031C9C1EFC85257E1A0061BA4D","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Join Chief Paul Raftis at the annual Toronto Paramedic Services award ceremony. Each year; members of the public and employees of allied City services such as TTC; Toronto Police and Fire Services are recognized for helping Toronto paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers save lives. This year; over 25 members of the public and allied services will be recognized for their life-saving public service. Toronto Paramedic Services' paramedic; emergency medical dispatcher and operations support persons will also be recognized. Date: Thursday; April 2 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Toronto Paramedic Services Headquarters; 4330 Dufferin St. Note: Parking will be available in the church lot off Lodestar Avenue adjacent to Toronto Paramedic Services Headquarters. Enter through the security gate to the front door security entrance. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kim McKinnon","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255","txtContactEmail" :"kmckinn2@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Toronto Paramedic Services to host citizenship ceremony Thursday","txtID" : "B04EB4553A771ACD852581300063F8AD","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Paramedic Services will host a Canadian citizenship ceremony on June 1; coinciding with Paramedic Services Week and in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. Paramedic Services Chief Gord McEachen will be joined by Judge Albert Wong; Citizenship Judge for the Greater Toronto Area; as 30 new Canadians are granted their Canadian citizenship. Date: Thursday; June 1 Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Location: Toronto Paramedic Services headquarters; 4330 Dufferin St. Media parking: Parking is available in the church parking lot off Lodestar Avenue. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kim McKinnon","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255","txtContactEmail" :"kim.mckinnnon@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Toronto Paramedics teach Grade 7 and 8 students CPR","txtID" : "12BD61D2BAF7F3D185257E50006A4A1A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As part of the community outreach and public education activities during Toronto Paramedic Services Week; May 23-31; Toronto paramedics will show 50 Grade 7 and 8 students at Edgewood Public School in Scarborough how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) and conduct hands-on demonstrations of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) using training mannequins. Media will be able to film and interview students and teachers learning and practising these important life skills. Date: Tuesday; May 26 Time: 9 a.m. Location: Edgewood Public School gymnasium; 230 Birkdale Rd; Scarborough. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kim McKinnon","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255","txtContactEmail" :"kmckinn2@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Toronto Paramedics to teach CPR to grade six students ","txtID" : "805D4403B6291BA085257DF800636B9E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "2", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Paramedic Services' Safe City program staff will teach 60 grade six students at Palmerston Avenue Junior Public School how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) this Friday; in recognition of Heart Month. Paramedics will demonstrate how to recognize when someone is unresponsive and not breathing. The students will practise how to perform hands-only CPR and see how an automated external defibrillator (AED) can be used to help someone suffering from a cardiac arrest. Date: Friday; February 27 Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Palmerston Avenue Junior Public School gymnasium; 734 Palmerston Ave. No matter a person's age; it is possible to help paramedics to save a life. Toronto Paramedic Services' Safe City program oversees 1;500 AEDs across Toronto; located in public places like community centres; pools and skating rinks. In 2014; eleven people were resuscitated by bystanders administering CPR and using an AED. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kim McKinnon","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255","txtContactEmail" :"kmckinn2@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto paramedics pitch in to support Daily Bread Food Bank","txtID" : "EF7FF8FA57642EB285257E0A00613912","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "3", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Generous St. Patrick Day parade attendees on Sunday donated 154 kilograms (345 pounds) of food and $900 – enough to provide over 900 meals – to Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank. For the second year; volunteers from Toronto Paramedic Services and the Toronto Paramedic Association collected food bank donations along the parade route. Last year about 500 kilograms (1;130 pounds) of food were donated and this year a combination of cash and food donations exceeded that amount. On behalf of the men and women of Toronto Paramedic Services; I want to thank the parade organizers for allowing us to give back to our community by participating in the St. Patrick's Day parade and festivities; said Chief Paul Raftis. Also; I'd like to thank the people of Toronto who generously supported our annual food drive during the parade. I am thrilled with the response this year; said Geoff MacBride; President of the Toronto Paramedic Association. Paramedics feel compelled to give back to our community as we see the need for good nutrition every day as we enter residents' homes to help our patients. This donation will help many families using food banks in our city. I hope this tradition of giving will continue as part of next year's parade; said Alan Louthe; St. Patrick Day Parade Chair. We are pleased and grateful for the generous response from our loyal parade attendees to our donation request. Gail Nyberg; Executive Director of Toronto's Daily Bread Food Bank said; Donations of this size are always needed. A contribution at this time of year is a great way to start our Spring Drive. Toronto's paramedics have been part of the St. Patrick Day Parade since its inception. The Toronto Paramedic Services participates annually in the parade with its Honour Guard and display of service vehicles. In 2014; the Toronto Paramedic Association joined the parade and with support of the parade organizers and Toronto Paramedic Services took the lead to organize the food bank drive. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kim McKinnon","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255","txtContactEmail" :"kmckinn2@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Sinead Brown","txtContactArea" :"St. Patrick's Day Parade","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"sineadbrownspps@gmail.com " },{"txtContactName" :"Sarah Anderson","txtContactArea" :"Daily Bread Foodbank","txtContactPhone" :"416-203-0050 x 238","txtContactEmail" :"sarah@dailybread.ca " }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Fifty-five new paramedics and eight new emergency medical dispatchers to start work saving lives June 11 ","txtID" : "254306E917AF5D868525773D00651FC8","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "6", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will graduate 55 new paramedics and eight emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs) from the rigorous internal City of Toronto EMS training and orientation program. The graduation ceremony will be held Thursday evening at Denison Armouries. Date: Thursday; June 10 Time: Ceremony starts at 7 p.m. - Valedictorians and Joe Fox Award between 8 and 8:30 p.m. Location: Denison Armouries; 1 Yukon Lane (west on Sheppard Ave. W. at Allen Road; south on Yukon Lane; west/right into the armoury parking lot) Photo Op: Media are invited to the graduation ceremonies to photograph the ceremonies and interview graduating paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers; including the valedictorians and the Joe Fox Award winner. These newly hired paramedics and EMDs will begin their first day of work on Friday; June 11; beginning a rewarding career making a difference in the lives of residents in the City of Toronto. The graduation event will include remarks from paramedic and EMD valedictorians chosen by their classmates; as well as the presentation of the Joe Fox Award to the paramedic recruit who made outstanding contributions to the graduating class in terms of clinical knowledge and a positive attitude. The new employees successfully completed an intensive orientation process after finishing a two-year paramedic college program and/or an 18-week EMD training program certified by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch. These highly skilled medical professionals will be welcomed to Toronto Emergency Medical Services by Major General Richard Rohmer - Honourary Toronto EMS Chief; Toronto EMS Chief and General Manager Bruce Farr; and Dr. Brian Schwartz of Sunnybrook-Osler Centre for Pre-hospital Care. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Kim McKinnon; Coordinator Public Information and Media; Toronto EMS; 416-392-2255; kmckinn2@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Mayor Rob Ford to honour Toronto EMS for winning international ambulance competition","txtID" : "B8E6D1D179694E2E85257830006BC11C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2011", "month" : "2", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor Rob Ford and Toronto City Council will congratulate a team of City of Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) paramedics for winning the Dutch Open Ambulance Competition. The Toronto team took first place in a field of over 30 international competitors. The competition was held in Harderwijk; Holland; on October 27; 2010; and the competitors were tested both on their medical and teamwork skills. Mayor Ford and Chief Bruce Farr wish to recognize the team publicly for this outstanding international success. Date: Tuesday; February 8 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Photo Opportunity and Media Availability: There will be an opportunity to take a group photo at the time of the presentation. Toronto EMS spokespersons will be available to the media in the City Hall Rotunda immediately after the presentation. Team members being honoured: Maud Huiskamp - Team coach and Dutch liaison; Sunnybrook Hospital Don Reid; Jennifer Shield and John Klich - Toronto EMS advanced care paramedics Dr. Michael Feldman - Emergency physician; Sunnybrook Hospital Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Kim McKinnon; Superintendent; Public Information and Media; Toronto EMS; 416-392-2255; kmckinn2@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Meet Toronto’s emergency medical dispatchers and paramedics during EMS Week, May 17 to 21 ","txtID" : "5C2432FAD03FBA96852577220069C849","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "5", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto's Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will celebrate EMS Week 2010 from May 17 to 21. The slogan for this year’s event is “Anytime; anywhere - we’ll be there.” Planned activities open to the media are listed below; starting with the launch at noon on May 17. Toronto EMS paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers at the events will demonstrate and talk about the life-saving work they do. At some of the events; former patients will meet with their EMS rescuers. Monday; May 17: Yonge-Dundas Square (downtown Toronto); noon to 1 p.m. The start of EMS Week will be announced by Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr at 12 noon to begin the noon-hour presentation at the square. Several provincial EMS services will have displays. The table-top displays will show the public how to train to become a paramedic; an emergency medical dispatcher or a special service paramedic. Visitors will be able to see ambulances; old and new; learn about the importance of CPR training; and find out about the EMS Stem Cell Challenge. http://www.ydsquare.ca/ Tuesday; May 18: Community Open House and Grand Opening of 29 Station; 4560 Sheppard Ave. E.; 1 to 2 p.m. As part of the official opening ceremony a family will reunite with the emergency medical dispatcher and paramedics who helped them deliver their baby at the side of the road. Visitors will be able to tour the ambulance station and see where Toronto Paramedics start and end their day. There will be a photo opportunity for the media during the official ribbon and cake cutting to celebrate the opening of this new station. MPP Bas Balkissoon and MP Derek Lee will be present as well as Toronto EMS Chief Bruce Farr. http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&q=www. Wednesday; May 19: CPR Awareness Day; Elmbank Junior Middle Academy; 10 Pittsboro Dr.; (Etobicoke); 1 to 2 p.m. Fifty Grade 8 students and school staff will receive hands on CPR training and learn more about the use of public access defibrillators. The training will be delivered by staff of Toronto EMS Cardiac Safe City. http://www.cardiacsafecity.org/ Thursday; May 20; Toronto EMS Awards Night; Denison Armouries; 1 Yukon Lane; Toronto; starting at 7 p.m. A special evening will be held to honour citizen bravery and exceptional Toronto EMS and allied service staff accomplishments. The night includes awards to the paramedic and emergency medical dispatcher of the year. See the Toronto EMS Honour Guard and enjoy the heart-warming stories of heroism performed over the past year; by local citizens. Media interviews can be arranged with staff or residents. http://maps.google.ca/maps?hl=en&tab=wl&q=www. Friday; May 21; Ontario Science Center; Great Hall; 770 Don Mills Rd.; 11 a.m. to noon (official remarks) Meet a family that received life-saving help from Toronto EMS for their week-old baby boy. Participants can learn about the science of emergency medical services and see what paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers do in their work. Resuscitate Medi Man; try out AEDs (automatic external defibrillators); and shake hands with Toronto EMS mascot PG Bear. http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/ Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Kim McKinnon; Coordinator Public Information and Media; Toronto Emergency Medical Services; 416-392-2255; kmckinn2@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Sirens for Life call for Toronto firefighters, police and paramedics","txtID" : "D102A9CD69D4185A8525775E0048C057","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "7", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto's fire; paramedic and police services are collaborating in Sirens for Life; a Canadian Blood Services campaign with a life-saving goal. Held in partnership with Canadian Blood Services; the emergency services blood donor challenge is running from July 1 to September 6 as the three branches compete to donate the most blood. Although the competition for bragging rights is friendly; every police; fire or EMS worker knows the importance of blood. Date: Tuesday; July 13 Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (interviews and photo opportunities: 10:30 a.m.) Location: 4330 Dufferin St. For this year’s Sirens for Life blood donor challenge; the goal is to collect 1;300 units of blood and accumulate 100 new registrants to the One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network (by September 6). “Fire; police and emergency medical services employees are rolling up their sleeves and going arm-to-arm during this lifesaving effort to donate the most blood for their community;” said Laura Ashton; Community Development Coordinator at Canadian Blood Services. “They are on the frontline every day and know lives can change in an instant. Anyone can need blood at any time.” The need for blood does not take a summer vacation. Patients treated for cancer or undergoing surgery or experiencing trauma all depend on a stable supply of blood; year-round. Members of the emergency organizations are pitching in to save lives with Sirens for Life. The following emergency services officials will be available for media interviews at 10:30 a.m. at tomorrow's clinic: - Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart - Acting Deputy Chief Ron Taverner; Toronto Police Service - Commander Dave Ralph; Toronto EMS Members of the three emergency services branches will be donating blood at the clinic. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contacts: Captain David Eckerman; Toronto Fire Services; 416-338-0763 Janet Wong; Canadian Blood Services; 416-313-4410; 416-420-0199 (cell) Kim McKinnon; Toronto EMS; 416-392-2255; 416-708-8125 (cell); kmckinn2@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Paramedics and Emergency Medical Dispatchers demonstrate life saving procedures at EMS Day at the CNE ","txtID" : "8114F9440DC4E758852577900068E1B1","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "8", "day" : "31", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City of Toronto EMS staff along with other Ontario based EMS services; will be demonstrating life saving EMS procedures at the CNE on Thursday; September 2. See the equipment used by the Toronto EMS Marine Paramedics for water rescues. Watch life saving re-enactments highlighting the life savings skills of Toronto’s Paramedics. Tour an ambulance and a mass casualty injury bus. Practice making a 9-1-1 call just in case you might have to call for assistance. Other interactive featured demonstrations also include learning how to help in a Sudden Cardiac Arrest by using a Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) and Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR); as well as finding out more about what it is like working for the emergency medical services by speaking directly with Paramedics and Emergency Medical Dispatchers. Date: Thursday; September 2 Time: 11 a.m. opening remarks followed by life saving re-enactments by EMS paramedics. Location: CNE grounds at the north west corner of the Food Building Media are invited to film the life saving demonstrations and to interview paramedics and emergency medical dispatchers. A second re-enactment will be held at 3:30 p.m. Interactive demonstrations will continue throughout the day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m and will include: - PAD/CPR demonstration - Practice making a 9-1-1 call with our Call Centre Staff - Marine Medic Q&A and demonstration - Ambulance tours - See the equipment used by Ontario Paramedics Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Commander Dave Ralph; 416-392-2197 (o); 416-523-4512 (c); dralph@toronto.ca.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto EMS and Scouts Canada celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 1st Downsview Medical Venturers and Rovers partnership","txtID" : "2EA07BBB829D2C40852576FE004A9130","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "4", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City of Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief Bruce Farr will co-host an anniversary celebration with Scouts Canada this evening as Scouts Canada and Toronto EMS celebrate their milestone 10th anniversary of collaboration. Rick Blakely; Scouts Canada’s Council Commissioner for the Greater Toronto Region; and John Plumadore; Scouts Canada’s Director of Membership and Diversity in the Central Ontario Administrative Centre; will join Chief Farr and about 100 invited guests. Date: Wednesday; April 7 Time: 7 to 9 p.m. Location: Toronto EMS headquarters; 4330 Dufferin St. (ground floor atrium) Scouts Canada Medical Venturers and Rovers is a co-educational program for boys and young men ranging in age from 15 to 17 (Venturers) and 18 to 25 (Rovers). The 1st Downsview Medical Venturers and Rovers program with City of Toronto EMS is the longest running and largest themed medical scouting program in eastern Canada. The 10th anniversary milestone is the first of its kind in this region. Opening remarks will be followed by an official signing of a memorandum of understanding between Scouts Canada and the City of Toronto in continuing the successful partnership. A 10th-anniversary cake will then be cut and served. Photo opportunities and interviews may be arranged after the formal remarks are complete. The Medical Venturer/Rover-Toronto EMS partnership is a themed program providing youth with exposure to the medical field as a potential career path. Past participants in this program have pursued studies and later careers in paramedicine and other medical fields. More than 200 youth have participated in the program over the last 10 years. More information about the program can be found at http://www.torontoems.ca/main-site/news/community-outreach.html. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and livability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Dave Ralph; Manager Community Safeguard Services; EMS; 416-392-2197; dralph@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto Paramedic Services hosts citizenship ceremony during annual Paramedic Services Week","txtID" : "CAE2B90624515FFE85258132004F7C88","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "6", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Paramedic Services Chief Gord McEachen and Citizenship Judge Albert Wong hosted a citizenship ceremony in Toronto this morning; with Judge Wong conferring citizenship on 30 new Canadians as their families and friends observed. Canadian citizenship is a privilege and honour; said Judge Wong. These new citizens are now vested with all the rights of Canadians. On behalf of the dedicated women and men in our service; it is my privilege to host you today; not only as part of our Paramedic Services Week celebrations but also in honour of Canada's 150th year; said Chief McEachen. The guests learned about the services Toronto Paramedic Services provides to the community; including responding to as many as 800 calls a day to 911 for emergency medical assistance in Toronto. An emergency medical dispatcher can respond to phone calls made to 911 in about 170 languages by connecting callers to interpreters. New Canadians are advised to tell the dispatcher that they require interpretation of their call. They can be connected to an interpreter in seconds. The audience learned that the most important information to have ready when calling 911 for medical help is their address or location; and the caller should be able to tell the dispatcher briefly what happened. With that information; the dispatcher can promptly dispatch paramedics. Toronto Paramedic Services; which employs 125 emergency medical dispatchers and 1;074 paramedics; responds to about 300;000 calls a year for medical assistance. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kim McKinnon","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255","txtContactEmail" :"kim.mckinnon@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "EMS"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto paramedics saving lives in a different way - the first EMS Stem Cell Challenge","txtID" : "7348B4E42066E487852577220069D8E4","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "5", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "A total of 765 Canadians currently need a stem cell or bone marrow transplant in order to survive life-threatening illnesses such as leukemia. Fewer than 30 per cent of these patients will find a compatible stem cell donor from a family member; leaving 70 per cent of patients to rely on the generosity of a total stranger for the gift of life. That is why hundreds of paramedics; emergency medical dispatchers (EMDs) and other EMS staff across Canada; including City of Toronto EMS; have joined the first National EMS Stem Cell Challenge. The objective across the country is to add people between the ages of 17 and 50 to the potential donor list. The Toronto EMS challenge event is taking place during EMS Week (May 17 to 21); with an information and registration day held in partnership with Shari’s Mission and the One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network at the EMS Week launch event on May 17. Date: Monday; May 17 Time: Noon (The EMS Stem Cell Challenge will be introduced as part of the EMS Week launch on the square at 12 noon; registration for potential donors will be open all day from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Location: Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto Media are invited to interview volunteers from Shari’s Mission; who will staff a registration booth on the square. The National EMS Stem Cell Challenge is a Shari’s Mission initiative that was started by a Toronto paramedic whose sister was diagnosed last summer with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After intensive chemotherapy; Shari’s last chance was a stem cell; or marrow transplant. After months of searching a match was finally found and Shari received her gift of life in March. More information about Shari’s Mission and the One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network can be found via these links: http://sharismission.com/index.php and http://www.onematch.ca. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Kim McKinnon; Coordinator Public Information and Media; Toronto EMS; kmckinn2@toronto.ca; 416-392-2255.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Project Zero: Toronto fire inspectors begin door-to-door campaign","txtID" : "85F69A530D28A0B8852577180060BFA9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "5", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City of Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart; along with teams of fire inspectors who are in uniform and carrying proper identification; will take to the streets tomorrow morning in the northeast part of Toronto to begin the third phase of an inspection program for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Date: Tuesday; May 4 Time: 9 a.m. Location: 8 L'Amoreaux Dr. (Door-to-door visits will begin along the block that starts at 8 L'Amoreaux Dr.; just east of Warden Avenue at Finch Avenue and adjacent to Bridletowne Park) As a response to residential fire fatalities in Toronto this year; Toronto Fire Services launched Project Zero; the first program of its kind in Toronto. Fire Inspectors will go door-to-door ensuring that • there are working smoke alarms on every level of the home and outside sleeping areas • there is at least one carbon monoxide alarm installed in every home that has fuel-burning appliances; and • homeowners are provided with the necessary information to help keep their homes and families safe by having and practicing a home escape plan. Fire inspectors conducted home inspections in two other Toronto neighbourhoods earlier this year in Project Zero’s first two phases. In Ontario; it is the law that every dwelling unit must have a properly maintained smoke alarm installed on every storey of the home and outside all sleeping areas. As a part of Project Zero; homeowners who have not installed smoke alarms will be issued a notice of violation that must be complied with within 24 hours. In addition; homeowners in dwellings that have fuel burning appliances must provide a carbon monoxide alarm near sleeping areas (Bylaw 60-1998). Project Zero is supported by Enbridge Gas Distribution; which has donated $20;000 toward the purchase of 550 combination carbon monoxide/smoke alarms. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line; 416- 338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Toronto Fire Services welcomes HMCS Toronto","txtID" : "1E369712A19C7E5785257DE3005A3FFE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "2", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Fire Services will welcome the command leadership of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Toronto; as it returns from deployment on Friday. Date: Friday; February 6 Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Toronto Fire and Marine Station 334; 339 Queens Quay W. Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales will acknowledge the service of the HMCS Toronto during its successful six-month deployment in the Mediterranean and Black Seas. Since deploying in July; the ship has travelled more than 30;809 nautical miles in the Atlantic Ocean; and the Mediterranean and Black Seas. The ship’s helicopter detachment flew 181 sorties; totalling more than 445 flying hours. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services Media Line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"firemedia@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Toronto paramedics deliver food bank donations","txtID" : "3CD424C07B5F74C185257E070069EEEC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "3", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Paramedic Services and the Toronto Paramedic Association will deliver food bank donations collected at Toronto's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Paramedics will arrive in an ambulance and unload the food donations at the food bank's loading docks. The food will be weighed to determine the final quantity to be donated. Members of the Toronto Paramedic Services; Toronto Paramedic Services Association; Daily Bread Food Bank and St. Patrick's Day Parade will be present. Date: Monday; March 16 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Daily Bread Food Bank; 191 New Toronto St. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kim McKinnon","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255","txtContactEmail" :"kmckinn2@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Update – 1315 Neilson Road‎","txtID" : "A15FA1FD6124CE7D85257F620076ACF2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "2", "day" : "23", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales; Deputy Chief Jim Jessop and interim President and CEO of Toronto Community Housing Greg Spearn will be provide an update on the February 5 fire that occurred at 1315 Neilson Rd‎.‎ Date: Wednesday; February 24 Time: Noon Location: Toronto Fire Services Headquarters; 4330 Dufferin St. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services Media Line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"firemedia@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Toronto Community Housing","txtContactArea" :"416-981-4346","txtContactPhone" :"media@torontohousing.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto welcomes new fire prevention officers at Toronto Fire Services graduation ceremony","txtID" : "9A20C85BB0463EDB852580B500041A88","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "1", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; Deputy City Manager John Livey and Interim Fire Chief Matthew Pegg welcomed 20 new recruits and three newly appointed fire protection engineers at a ceremony tonight. The new recruits have completed the required training to join the City of Toronto Fire Services' Fire Prevention division. The graduates include qualified fire inspectors and public educators. The 14-week fire prevention course for the fire inspectors included four weeks of field placement work. The 10-week public educator course included a week of field placements. The new fire protection engineers already have extensive experience in the field. Tonight's ceremony marks the culmination of years of schooling; experience and Toronto Fire Service training for the graduates; said Mayor John Tory. I congratulate the graduates as well as the new fire protection engineers. They will all be a valuable addition to our excellent Toronto Fire Service. With more than 300;000 buildings and close to three million people in Toronto; inspecting and enforcing the Ontario Fire Code and educating the public on fire safety are daunting tasks that demand expertise and professionalism every day; said Chief Pegg. This is the second time the Fire Prevention division has held a stand-alone graduation rather than joining in a broader graduation event involving new firefighters. It is the first time there has been a separate class for public education and the first time engineers have been included in a fire prevention graduation. The Ontario Fire College's curriculum was used for the training and all the graduates are Ontario-certified Level 1 inspectors and educators. The diversity of the recruits is considerable; with many of the graduates able to speak languages other than English; including Cantonese; Chinese; French; Hindi; Italian; Polish; Spanish and Urdu. A fire inspector's job includes the following four primary activities: • fire inspections for all types of buildings in Toronto to ensure compliance with the Ontario Fire Code • issuance of inspection orders to check for Ontario Fire Code compliance • court appearances involving property owners who fail to comply with the code; and • plan examination to ensure new buildings comply with the Ontario Building Code with respect to fire protection. Public educators provide fire safety talks to a wide variety of audiences as well as co-ordinating campaigns promoting fire safety awareness. Fire engineers provide support in fire protection decision-making on complex inspections dealing with flammable liquids and hazardous process applications. They also deal with issues pertaining to the fire code and the building code. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services Media Line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"firemedia@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Families invited to join Toronto Fire Services at the CNE ","txtID" : "A5BBFD12ED8D151285257785005F1524","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "8", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto's Fire Services will be offering fire safety fun; with interaction and information for families; including a Mini Combat Challenge for children; at the 2010 Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) on Wednesday; August 25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The EXcellent Fire Safety Adventure Day on August 25 will feature a firefighter obstacle course designed for children; along with fire trucks and souvenir photos taken with Sparky the Fire Dog. Led by Toronto Fire Services (working together with several corporate fire safety partners); the day will offer a combination of activities and education designed to leave a lasting fire safety impression. Toronto Fire Services wants this year’s CNE Fire Services Day to be one of fun and interaction; said Fire Chief William Stewart. The EXcellent Fire Safety Adventure will mix the magic of the Ex with important fire and life safety reminders that parents and children can take home after a fun-filled day. The EXcellent Fire Safety Adventure is an exhibition within an exhibition; with several organizations providing a one-stop resource centre for parents to learn fire safety fundamentals;” said Carol Heller; a home fire safety expert with Kidde Canada. “Working alongside Toronto Fire Services and other partners; we hope will make an impact so all CNE visitors can be safe at home.” A highlight of the day will be the Mini Combat Challenge; which is a scaled-down version of the popular Firefighter Combat Challenge - an intense competition of fitness and agility that annually attracts firefighters from around the world. Just like firefighters in the full-size version; Mini Combat Challenge firefighters carry a tied length of hose on their shoulders as they progress through the Hose Carry; Crawl Low under Smoke; Ventilate the Roof; Extinguish the Fire (pump tanks with target) and Stop; Drop and Roll. Other activities/features August 25: - Fire trucks and aerial platform (with photo op) - Toronto Fire Services will showcase several fire trucks and firefighting apparatus; including the Bronto aerial platform. Media are invited to view the CNE from the aerial platform; one of North America's tallest firefighting aerial platforms. - Safety company demonstrations and prizes - There will be product demonstrations and tips from smoke and carbon monoxide alarm manufacturer Kidde Canada. - Carbon monoxide safety display - Information will be presented about how to protect your family from the “silent killer;” provided by the Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education. - Sparky the Fire Dog photo pavilion - Family photos can be taken with the Toronto Fire Services' lovable mascot next to an antique fire truck. Sparky souvenir photos will be available at the CNE Fire Station for the full duration of the CNE. - Educational fire safety displays - Learn about fire safety from the Toronto Fire Services Fire Prevention Team; the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office; TAPP-C Arson Prevention Program for Children; and the Toronto Firefighter Recruitment team. The focus on fire safety education continues from the CNE Fire Hall for the full duration of the CNE. - Fire Services Parade - The parade on August 25 will showcase modern and antique fire trucks and rescue vehicles with present-day firefighters. The EXcellent Fire Safety Adventure will be located in front of the CNE Fire Station near the Music Pavilion. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contacts: Randy Piercey; Captain; Public Information Office; Toronto Fire Services; 416-338-9316 Dan Haden; Captain; Recruitment and Community Outreach; Toronto Fire Services; 416-338-9518 Conrad Galambos; Family Fire Safety Expo Media Liaison; 905-979-7039", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Families of victims provided update in connection with the fatal 1315 Neilson Road fire","txtID" : "B8C1C11BE8CA98618525809F0073593E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "1", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "A meeting was held today to update family members and injured persons on the status of the ongoing investigation into the fire at 1315 Neilson Road. Members of the Toronto Fire Services; Toronto Police Service and Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management (OFMEM) attended the meeting. Toronto Police Service continue their investigation into the incident. OFMEM Fire Investigations Team worked in conjunction with Toronto Police Service and Toronto Fire Services to determine the origin; cause and circumstances of this fire. As part of its investigation; the OFMEM conducted an on-scene examination; conducted interviews; seized materials and videos; and tested materials. The OFMEM has concluded its investigation. The cause of this fatal fire has been classified as intentional. The investigation revealed that the fire started in combustible chairs located where two hallways intersect on the fifth floor of the 1315 Neilson Road apartment building. Last year; Toronto Fire Services noted a number of Ontario Fire Code violations during the post fire inspection and charged the owner of the building; Toronto Community Housing Corporation; with the following: • Permitting combustible materials to accumulate in a means of egress; • Failing to instruct supervisory staff in the fire emergency procedures in the fire safety plan before they are given any responsibility for fire safety; and; • Failing to implement the approved fire safety plan in the building. These charges are currently before the courts.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jeff Tebby","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management","txtContactPhone" :"705-715-7487","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire media line","txtContactArea" :"416-338-0763","txtContactPhone" :"firemedia@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Fire Prevention Week open house events October 3, 5 and 6","txtID" : "573075C34AF83B7F852577AF00546C1B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "10", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Media and community members are invited to attend Toronto Fire Services' annual Fire Prevention Week open house events taking place on October 3; 5 and 6. Date: Sunday; October 3 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre; 895 Eastern Ave. (limited parking on site) Date: Tuesday; October 5 Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Location: North Command Training Centre; 200 Bermondsey Rd. Date: Wednesday; October 6 Time: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Location: East Command Training Centre; 4560 Sheppard Ave. E. (parking at Canadian Tire just west of McCowan Road) Please join us for educational fire safety displays and interactive firefighting demonstrations; including a bouncy castle; fire safety videos; junior firefighter photos and a fire truck. There will also be barbecued food at each open house event. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media line; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Firefighters want you ‘Alarmed for Life’","txtID" : "2005EE3AC27997FA8525772600720475","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "5", "day" : "17", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Residents can expect to see members of Toronto Fire Services out in their community bringing vital fire safety information right to their door. This annual door-to-door campaign; called Alarmed for Life; will be directed to residents living in single family dwellings; semi-detached houses; and townhouses to ensure they are aware of their responsibilities under the Ontario Fire Code. In effect since March 1; 2006; the code requires these types of dwellings to be equipped with working smoke alarms on every storey; as well as adjacent to all sleeping areas. In addition to installation; homeowners must also test and maintain smoke alarms; and address home escape planning in the event of a fire. “Statistics show that individuals who are protected by working smoke alarms and a home escape plan have a much better chance escaping from a house fire;” said Fire Chief Bill Stewart. “It is heartbreaking to see families destroyed by fire. I want to see to it that every home in the Toronto is protected by working smoke alarms. It is your responsibility as a homeowner.” Alarmed for Life began on May 15; and will continue until September 26. Fire crews will conduct the program on Saturdays and Sundays; and will deliver a multilingual package of information directly to residents’ doorsteps. At the same time; residents can speak with firefighters about any concerns or questions they may have. Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50;000 for individuals or $100;000 for corporations. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Fireworks safety: plan, prepare, protect, prevent","txtID" : "6F49F1F03109FB198525772A00526F7F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "5", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City of Toronto Fire Services is reminding Toronto residents about the safe use of fireworks and sparklers at Victoria Day celebrations this weekend. “Fireworks can be dangerous; said Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart. They have the potential to cause serious injury. Responsible adults must supervise fireworks displays. If you plan to host your own display; please take the time to plan; prepare; protect and prevent.” Fireworks displays or discharges are required to be in accordance with the City of Toronto's Bylaw 1422-2007 (Municipal Code 466) regulating fireworks. Toronto Fire Services would prefer to have families visit a public fireworks display in the community that is conducted by a professional fireworks display company. The following list of safety tips is provided for adults who are considering hosting their own backyard display: Plan • A fireworks permit is not required to discharge family fireworks on Victoria Day (or; in the event of inclement weather that day; for the day before or after Victoria Day). • Purchase fireworks from a retailer displaying a valid; City-issued fireworks vendor’s permit. • Always read and follow the label directions. Prepare • Prior to using your fireworks and sparklers; they should be kept out of reach of children; preferably in a locked cupboard or drawer. Make sure children cannot access these items. • Ensure that fireworks can be discharged a safe distance away from combustible materials; including buildings and trees. • Prior to ignition; fireworks should be buried at least halfway down into a bucket of sand or earth. If portable firing bases are not available; plant them directly in the ground making sure each piece is firmly supported before igniting. Prevent • Sparklers should also be doused with water; or allowed to cool in a safe place away from children playing. The ends of sparklers continue to stay hot for some time; and will easily burn a child’s skin; clothing; or nearby combustible material. Do not use sparklers indoors. • While children make a perfect audience; they should never be permitted to light fireworks. Adults are responsible for handling all fireworks materials while spectators watch from a safe distance. • Only one adult ignites fireworks. Fireworks are never meant to be handheld. • Light only one firework item at a time. • Always have water on hand (garden hose and bucket) to soak fireworks after firing. Protect • Light the fireworks at arms length; stand back and keep your face turned away. If a firework fails to ignite; do not attempt to re-light it. Let it sit in the base; wait 10 to 15 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of water. • The adult igniting the fireworks should always wear eye protection and never have any part of his or her body directly above the firework. • Never throw or point fireworks at other people. • Never carry fireworks in your pocket. • Never discharge fireworks in metal or glass containers. • Never discharge fireworks indoors. • If someone does get burned; run cool water over the wound for three to five minutes as a start to treatment. Toronto's fireworks bylaw: http://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/bylaws/2007/law1422.pdf More information about fireworks is available under the heading What’s New on the Toronto Fire Services website at http://www.toronto.ca/fire. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line; 416- 338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Halloween safety tips from Toronto Fire Services","txtID" : "FAF104033BAF5A18852577CB00642A89","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "10", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for children. Halloween this year is on Sunday; October 31. Make this Halloween a treat; says Toronto's Fire Chief; William Stewart. Don't let your children be tricked by hidden dangers. Before Halloween: • Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility. • Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping; entanglement or any contact with flame. • Secure children's emergency identification (name; address; phone number) discreetly within Halloween attire or on a bracelet. • Consider non-toxic and hypo-allergenic makeup or a decorative hat as a safe alternative to a mask. Masks can limit or block eyesight; which can be dangerous. • When shopping for costumes; wigs and accessories purchase only those with a label indicating they are flame resistant. • Buy flame-resistant costumes. (Check the label.) Reduce the risk of contact with candles or other ignition sources by avoiding baggy pants; loose frills; or billowing skirts. • Think twice before including simulated knives; guns or swords as part of a costume. If such props must be used; be certain they do not appear authentic and that they are soft and flexible; to help prevent injury. • Plan ahead to use only battery-powered lanterns or chemical light sticks in place of candles in decorations and costumes. • Take extra effort to eliminate tripping hazards on your porch and walkway. Items such as flower pots; low tree limbs; sprinklers or garden hoses may prove hazardous to young children rushing from house to house. • Teach children their home phone number and to how call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost. Remind them that they can call 9-1-1 for free from any public phone. • Teach children to Stop; Drop and Roll if their clothing catches fire: Stop immediately; Drop to the ground covering the face; Roll over-and-over to extinguish the flames. With Halloween and other holidays coming up; this is a great time to buy fresh batteries and install them in your home's smoke detectors. On Halloween Day: • Eat a good meal prior to parties and trick-or-treating to help discourage youngsters from filling up on Halloween treats. • Agree on a specific time when children must return home. • Consider fire safety when decorating. • Do not overload electrical outlets with holiday lighting or special effects; and do not block exit doors. • While children can help with the fun of designing a jack-o-lantern; leave the carving to adults. Keep jack-o-lanterns and hot electric lamps far away from drapes; decorations; flammable materials or areas where children and pets will be standing or walking. • Keep jack-o-lanterns and decorations fire-safe by using only battery-powered flashlights or chemical light sticks instead of candles. • Keep candles; matches and lighters out of the reach of children. If you use candles in jack-o-lanterns; try a tea light or votive candle in a non-combustible holder. Place candlelit jack-o-lanterns on sturdy tables away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candles unattended. • Keep exit doors unobstructed and make sure outdoor lights are working. • Confine or otherwise prepare household pets for an evening of frightful sights and sounds. Be sure that all dogs and cats are wearing collars and proper identification tags. When trick-or-treating: You should accompany children when they go out trick-or-treating. Other tips: • Only trick-or-treat in well known areas that are well lit. • Provide every child with a flashlight and fresh batteries. Remind them of traffic safety rules and that they should cross streets at corners and never cross between parked cars. • Only go to houses that have the porch lights on and never go inside. • Always walk on available sidewalks. • In the case where there is no sidewalk; walk close to the edge of the street or on the grass area (not across residents lawns) facing the on-coming traffic. • When crossing a street; remove all masks or wigs that will interfere with your vision. • Don't forget to obey all traffic and pedestrian regulations when walking across the street. • Remind your children to never enter a stranger’s house or car for a treat; and to not to eat any collected candy until an adult has checked it at home in the light. Notify police immediately of any suspicious or unlawful activity. Decorations for special events; most often involving candles; account for an average of 800 home fires annually in North America; in addition to the property damage. Additionally; more than 100 people die each year in North America as a result of their clothing becoming ignited. In case of fire or other emergency; call 9-1-1. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services media line; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Memorial service for Toronto’s fallen firefighters","txtID" : "CF9B6999D192A55F8525773E004A1985","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "6", "day" : "10", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto's Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association will honour the addition of five fallen firefighters to the Memorial Honour Roll. A total of 218 firefighters have died in the line of duty while protecting lives; property and the environment in Toronto since 1848. Among the firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty; many of the recent deaths are recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario as the result of work-related cancers. Date: Sunday; June 13 Time: 11 a.m. Place: Harbourfront Fire Station #334; 339 Queens Quay W. During the past nine years; firefighters; families and friends have gathered for an annual ceremony of remembrance to honour those who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the performance of their dangerous duties. Please join us as we honour Toronto’s fallen firefighters; who proudly exemplified the Toronto Fire Services’ credo of “courage; compassion; and service.” The service will include words of solace and the laying of wreaths by senior representatives from the City of Toronto and from the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters Association. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media line; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "One fatality and one critical at Huron Street fire ","txtID" : "FF5D80905359080685257754005E17CA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "7", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City of Toronto Fire Services responded to a fire at 502 Huron St. shortly after 10 a.m. today. The fire was quickly knocked down and was under control in less than 15 minutes. Ten fire trucks responded to this incident. One female is confirmed dead and a male is in critical condition. The Office of the Fire Marshal and Toronto Police Services are investigating. 502 Huron St is a licenced rooming house. The fire alarm system was operational. The building has a fire safety plan and a person met fire crews outside upon arrival. It is important to license rooming houses with the City of Toronto to ensure compliance with all applicable fire and life safety requirements. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Practise your fire escape plan on Family Day","txtID" : "E3BDA3A2B5A192758525783B006C2A12","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2011", "month" : "2", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto's Fire Chief; William Stewart; encourages families to practise their home fire escape plan as one of their Family Day activities on Monday; February 21. According to current figures from the Office of the Fire Marshal; 69 people died in residential fires across Ontario in 2010 - a grim reminder that families must know what to do when a smoke alarm sounds in order to escape a fire. Sixteen of those fire deaths occurred in Toronto. “Most fatal fires occur at night when people are sleeping - that’s why it is important for everyone to know exactly what to do when a smoke alarm sounds;” said Chief Stewart. “In addition to escape plans; all homes must have at least one working smoke alarm on every storey.” Simple steps for home fire escape planning include: • Install smoke alarms on every storey and outside sleeping areas - it’s the law. For best protection; install smoke alarms in every bedroom. • Make a home fire escape plan. Discuss it and practise it with the entire family. • Show everyone two ways out of each room; if possible. • Check that all exits are unobstructed and easy to use. • Determine who will be responsible for helping young children; older adults or anyone else who may need assistance. • Choose a meeting place outside; such as a tree or a lamp post; where everyone can be accounted for quickly. • If caught in smoke; get low and crawl under the smoke to the nearest safe exit. • Call 911 from outside the home; from a cell phone or from neighbour’s phone. • Once out; stay out. Never re-enter a burning building. You may have only seconds to safely escape a home fire. React immediately to the sound of a smoke alarm to ensure that you and your family have time to get out of the burning home. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services Media Line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Third alarm fire at 66 Indian Road ","txtID" : "A773DE480108ED638525773C0064EF14","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "6", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "At 3:20 a.m. today; Toronto firefighters responded to the report of an explosion and house fire at the intersection of Garden Avenue and Indian Road. Initial crews arrived to find a detached residential dwelling at 66 Indian Rd. fully involved in fire with flames coming out of all windows. A third alarm response was requested by the incident commander. As a result of the fire and heat at the house on fire; exposure damages were caused to the adjacent home at 64 Indian Rd. One firefighter sustained an injury to his shoulder during the incident and was taken to St. Joseph’s Health Centre for treatment. The Fire Marshals Office; Ontario has been notified and will be attending the scene this morning. Personnel from the Ministry of Labour are also on scene. Damage is estimated to be $600;000. Fifteen fire trucks and 50 firefighters attended the incident. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto's annual fallen firefighter memorial service","txtID" : "1DA529B569D4145F8525774400671CDE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "6", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City distributed this news release to the media on Sunday; June 13. The annual Toronto Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service was held today as a way of honouring the 218 firefighters who are named on the Memorial Honour Roll. The memorial commemorates firefighters who have died in the service of the citizens of Toronto since 1848. The memorial event was held at Fire Station 334 (Harbourfront) at 11 a.m. today. There are five additions to our Honour Roll this year: - Captain Jack Painter; June 2; 1999 - Firefighter Leo Dorgan; May 27; 2009 - Captain William (Bill) Closs; June 21;2009 - Firefighter William John Scott; January 8; 2010 - Acting Captain David Charles Gray; March 9; 2010 The Toronto Fallen Firefighter Memorial is dedicated to the brave firefighters in Toronto's history who have lost their lives in the line of duty; or died due to a work-related disease. It recognizes that firefighters risk their lives every day to protect lives; property and the environment in Toronto. Firefighters and their families and friends gather annually for this ceremony of remembrance. Today's event included the comments and the laying of wreaths by senior representatives from the City of Toronto; Toronto Fire Services and the Toronto Professional Fire Fighters' Association. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart named Fire Chief of the Year","txtID" : "D85BC5A159A649AA85257730006555F8","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "5", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart has been named Fire Chief of the Year by the Metropolitan “Metro” Fire Chiefs Association; a section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Fire Protection Association. The award was announced at the closing of the recent annual conference of fire chiefs that was held in Memphis; Tennessee. On behalf of Toronto City Council and all Torontonians; I am extremely proud of Chief Stewart and congratulate him for once again being recognized for his leadership; said Mayor David Miller. The courage; commitment and dedication the members of the Toronto Fire Services show every day in the face of increasing public safety challenges is a reflection of that leadership. “It is a true honour to be recognized by the Metro Chiefs; said Chief Stewart. “I would like to thank them for bestowing this upon me. Chief Stewart began his professional career with the former City of North York Fire Department prior to amalgamation of the City of Toronto on January 1; 1998. He began his 38-year career with Fire Services as an operations firefighter; climbing the ranks to assume the role of Fire Chief on May 1; 2003. He leads the largest Fire Services operation in Canada and the fifth largest in North America; with 82 fire stations and about 3;100 personnel. Among his many responsibilities; he has served as a member of the Professional Standards Setting Body of the Ontario Fire College reviewing standards for firefighter training in Ontario. Chief Stewart also serves as the International President of the Institution of Fire Engineers; and is a Past President of the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association; International Association of Fire Chiefs/National Fire Protection Association. More information about the recent conference in Memphis: http://www.nfpa.org/newsreleaselist.asp?categoryID=488 Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: David Sheen; Division Chief; Toronto Fire Services; 416-338-9101; dsheen@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto Fire Service enforces fire code violations","txtID" : "D6A488286538517085257736006E3AF9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "6", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Violations of multiple sections of the Ontario Fire Code resulted in total fines of $40;000 and a term of two years on probation for a Toronto building owner after a guilty plea was entered in court May 28; 2010. The charges included infractions regarding Access to Firefighting; Hose Cabinets; Exit Stairway Doors Closures and Signs; Records of Testing of Fire Pumps; Emergency Power and Lighting; Firefighters’ Elevators; Smoke Alarms; Fire Safety Plan; Emergency Planning; Fire Separations and Alarms systems. “The Ontario Fire Code clearly indicates that a building owner is responsible to ensure the code is not violated; said Fire Chief William Stewart. So far in 2010; Toronto has experienced 14 deaths due to fire. In many cases; there were fire code violations noted by the investigators of these fire deaths.” Toronto Fire Services reminds residents of Toronto to ensure that smoke alarms are installed on each storey of their dwelling unit; maintain and test the smoke alarms at least once each month; and ensure that batteries are replaced at least once a year (when residents change their clocks). Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code smoke alarm requirements could result in a fine of up to $50;000 for individuals or $100;000 for corporations. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto Fire Services' Safety Awareness Week 2010","txtID" : "03220A9CB12516698525774400673372","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "6", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto's Fire Services will host its fourth annual Safety Awareness Week from June 14 to 19. The campaign will focus on keeping all family members safe from preventable and predictable injuries during the summer months. As part of its continuing support of the Risk Watch Injury Prevention program in Toronto elementary schools; Toronto Fire Services; along with the dedicated school principals and staff; will host Risk Watch safety nights at these four schools: - Yorkwoods Public School; 25 Yorkwoods Gate - Monday; June 14 - Winchester Public School; 15 Prospect St. - Tuesday; June 15 - St. Bartholomew Catholic School; 51 Heather Rd.- Wednesday; June 16 - Christ the King Catholic School; 3672 Lakeshore Blvd. W. - Thursday; June 17 Each of the safety nights is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. and will include of a variety of displays; demonstrations; workshops; and activities both indoors and outdoors in the school yard (weather permitting); including a fundraising barbecue for the school. Also participating and partnering with Fire Services each evening will be Toronto Police Services; Toronto Public Health; Transportation Services; Toronto EMS; Toronto Animal Services and the Canadian Red Cross. “The majority of injuries children encounter throughout their childhood are preventable and predictable;” said Fire Chief William Stewart. “With Safety Awareness Week being held at the end of the school year; the timing will be perfect to remind everyone how to stay safe and prevent injuries from occurring in the first place; while enjoying a fun-filled summer.” Toronto Fire services is urging everyone to remember the following safety and injury prevention tips to keep all family members safe from preventable and predictable injuries during the coming summer months. Motor Vehicle Safety ▪ Check to make sure young children have not outgrown their child car seat or child booster seat; and be sure that everyone buckles up every time they are in a motor vehicle. Fire and Burn Prevention ▪ This is a good time to practise your home fire escape plan. Pretend your primary exit route is blocked by heavy smoke and practise your second way out. Remember to have a working smoke alarm outside every sleeping area and on every storey of your home. ▪ Store gasoline and other flammable products outside your home in an approved safety container; tightly sealed; and out of the sight and reach of children. ▪ Outdoor cooking fires and barbecues need to be kept a safe distance from the house - at least 4.5 metres (15 feet). Barbecues need to be lit by an adult. ▪ Always leave the use; handling and discharge of fireworks; including sparklers; to trained professionals. Choking; Suffocation and Strangulation Prevention ▪ At family barbecues; remember that hot dogs; steak and marshmallows can be choking hazards. Cut food into small bites for young children. Even in informal outdoor settings; eat only while seated. Poisoning Prevention ▪ Certain plants; berries and mushrooms can be poisonous. Remind children to check with a trusted adult before eating anything. Falls and Playground Injury Prevention ▪ Review safe playground behaviours with your children and make sure playground equipment is in good working order. ▪ Window guards are available to prevent children from falling. Place window guards only on windows not to be used as a fire exit; unless they are equipped with a quick release mechanism that can be opened easily from the inside. Screens will not prevent children from falling out. Bike and Pedestrian Safety ▪ Check to make sure all family members’ bikes; helmets and other protective equipment fit properly and are in good condition. Replace if necessary. ▪ Review safe bike and pedestrian behaviours with your children. Water and Ice Safety ▪ Check to make sure personal flotation devices/lifejackets are in good condition and fit family members properly. Review water safety behaviours with your children. ▪ Supervise children at all times when they are in or near water. The Risk Watch program includes activities promoting safety for each of the eight leading causes of childhood injuries: motor vehicle safety; fire and burn prevention; choking; suffocation and strangulation prevention; poisoning prevention; falls and playground injury prevention; firearms injury prevention; bike and pedestrian safety; and water and ice safety. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. 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Nearly all firefighters have seen people try to rush back into a burning building to save their pets; and firefighters understand that pets are beloved family members. A family’s pet can also suffer from the effects of toxic heat and smoke from a house fire. With the right equipment; firefighters can often save a pet's life. Date: Thursday; April 29 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Toronto Fire Station 134; 16 Montgomery Ave. (north of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue) Presentation of the oxygen masks will be made by Dr. Barbara Bryer of the Veterinary Emergency Clinic Toronto and Jeff Moynihan of Invisible Fence GTA to Toronto Fire’s North Command Platoon Chief; Roy Law. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line; 416- 338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums Band wins first place award","txtID" : "2EF76C5AE9FAB55B8525779A00693B4C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "9", "day" : "10", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums Band was awarded first place in the 89th Warriors' Day Parade; held on August 21 during the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). The results were made available this week. The band received top honours in the Honourable Lincoln Alexander Pipe Band Award category (pipes and drums with 20 or less performers). Trophies are awarded to the participants in a number of different categories. Judging is based on; general effect and public reaction; uniformity and correctness of dress; and drill; marching deportment and discipline. Judges were located along the parade route and marks were compiled carefully to determine the winners. Musical performances of bands are not judged. The Warriors' Day Parade Council; established in 1921; is an entirely volunteer-based organization responsible for the overall planning; promotion and execution of the Warriors' Day Parade. The next event of the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums Band will be the annual National Line of Duty Death Fire Fighter Memorial at 11 a.m. this Sunday at Parliament Hill in Ottawa. Web links for further details: http://www.toronto.ca/fire/pipes/index.htm http://www.thewarriorsdayparade.ca http://www.cfff.ca/en/memorial The Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums were established in 1998. The band was conceived by firefighter Andrew Cunningham as a traditional means of representing the department. The band comprises mostly of Toronto firefighters from all divisions who proudly wear the Toronto Fire Services tartan. The band attends department funerals; recruit graduations; promotional presentations; award and merit ceremonies and any other fire fighting related function. The band also participates in parades and community events within and outside Toronto. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto Fire Services recruiting firefighters ","txtID" : "202B9B9D0B0763FF85257754004B22BF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "7", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City of Toronto Fire Services will be accepting online applications for the position of Operations Firefighter from Monday; July 5 (starting at 12 noon) to Monday; July 12 at 12 noon. Are you ready for a challenging career as a Toronto firefighter? In addition to firefighting; successful candidates will perform rescue work; carry out fire prevention duties; administer first aid; respond to emergency hazardous material situations; and maintain firefighting apparatus; equipment and fire stations. Further details; including the link to the online application; are available at http://www.toronto.ca/fire/recruitment. The City of Toronto is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from women; Aboriginal peoples; persons with disabilities and visible minority group members. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services; 416-338-0763; fire@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto Fire Services responds to three arson fires in east end garages ","txtID" : "9E8E99AD2FC5B4F28525776000516894","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "7", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City of Toronto Fire Services crews responded to three arson fires within 17 minutes just after 4 a.m. today in the Gerrard Street and Jones Avenue area. In all three fires; materials available in the alleyway leading to the garages had apparently been used as fuel. The garages contained vehicles that were damaged; with the total value of damages estimated at between $100;000 and $150;000. Toronto Police Service and the Office of the Fire Marshal are investigating. Anyone with suspicions and information about someone who was known to be outside in this neighbourhood early Wednesday morning (between 3 and 5 a.m.) is urged to call CrimeStoppers (can remain anonymous) at 416-222-TIPS (8477). Or; call long distance toll-free at 1-800-222-TIPS. Toronto Fire Services recommends the following actions for arson prevention: - Lock all doors and windows in your home; garage; gates and vehicles. - Provide exterior lighting around your home at night. - Secure a back alley or easement to restrict entry by intruders. - Trim shrubs that may provide a possible source of combustion or cover for a criminal lurking at night. - Ask neighbours to help keep an eye on your home; offering to do likewise for them. - Concentrate on monitoring houses where the residents are away; such as on vacation. - Make sure there are no sources of combustible materials left outdoors in the open; such as rags; wood; gasoline cans; newspapers or old furniture. - Lock and chain barbecue propane tanks (including spare tanks) to prevent them from being used as a source of flammable material. - Make sure smoke alarms are installed on every level of your home and test them monthly to confirm that they are operational. - Plan and practise a family fire escape plan; with two ways outside to a designated meeting place. - Be aware of your surroundings at all times. - Report any suspicious person(s) or events to the police immediately. Information about arson is also available on the Toronto Arson Task Force website at http://www.toronto.ca/fire/tatf. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "Fire"} ], "txtCategory" : "News Release","txtTitle" : "Toronto Fire Services urges residents to change their smoke alarm batteries as well as clocks this weekend","txtID" : "3C378904F6464F8D85257E00005D97DB","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "3", "day" : "6", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Daylight saving time starts this weekend; when we turn our clocks ahead one hour. Toronto Fire Services reminds residents that it's also an opportune time to replace the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Every home in Ontario must have a working smoke alarm installed on every level and outside all sleeping areas. By providing early warning and critical extra seconds for escape; working smoke alarms can cut in half a family’s chance of dying in a fire. Beginning this year; every home in Ontario with a fuel-burning appliance or attached garage must have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed outside all sleeping areas. Working carbon monoxide alarms alert you to the presence of this colourless; odorless; tasteless and potentially deadly gas. By installing and maintaining working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home; you are ensuring that your family is equipped with the best defence against the devastating effects of fire and carbon monoxide poisoning;” said Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales. Smoke and carbon monoxide alarm tips: • When installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms; read the manufacturer’s instructions on correct placement; testing and maintenance. • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms monthly using the test button. • Replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries at least once a year and whenever the low-battery warning chirps. • Replace smoke alarms if they are 10 years and older. Replace carbon monoxide alarms if they are seven years and older. Check the manufacturer's instructions. • Avoid removing the battery in response to the activation of a smoke alarm from cooking or steam. Instead of removing the battery; move the smoke alarm or purchase a smoke alarm with a hush-button feature that will temporarily enable you to silence the alarm. Homeowners have a responsibility to install and maintain their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Landlords are responsible for ensuring that their rental properties comply with the law. Tenants whose rented properties do not have the required number of smoke or carbon monoxide alarms should contact their landlord immediately. It is against the law for tenants to remove smoke or carbon monoxide alarm batteries or to tamper with their alarms in any way. Failure to comply with the Ontario Fire Code requirements could; upon conviction; result in a maximum fine of up to $50;000 for individuals; imprisonment; or both; and up to $100;000 for corporations; imprisonment; or both. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/fire/prevention. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services Media Line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : " City of Toronto to honour sponsors of 2014 Trees Across Toronto initiative","txtID" : "ADB6EED2E76C1FBC85257DEB0068F91B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "2", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre); Toronto's Tree Advocate; Councillor Michelle Berardinetti (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest); Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee; Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York) and City staff will honour the 2014 Trees Across Toronto Program sponsors with a presentation of a brass leaf for mounting on the Tree Hall of Fame located in the City Hall rotunda. Date: Tuesday; February 17 Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; remarks 5 p.m. Location: City Hall rotunda; 100 Queen St. W. This year's Trees Across Toronto sponsors include Toronto Parking Authority; Toronto Hydro; Enbridge Gas Distribution; HSBC Bank Canada; Lomco Landscape Contractors and Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. Trees Across Toronto is the signature event of the City of Toronto's Tree Advocacy planting program. On April 26; 2014; Councillor Chin Lee (Ward 41 Scarborough-Rouge River); City staff; sponsors and 2;000 volunteers planted 2;600 trees and shrubs at Milliken Park and Newtonbrook Park. Gavels made from the Maple Leaf Forever tree will be presented to the four Community Council Chairs and a shovel will be presented to Councillor De Baeremaeker as Tree Advocate. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : " Media Advisory: City of Toronto media availability","txtID" : "2D92EF6DDDF4E2558525760400751F91","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2009", "month" : "7", "day" : "31", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Mayor David Miller will hold a media availability today immediately following the Special Meeting of Council. This is the only planned media availability for the City today. City of Toronto media briefing: Date: TODAY; July 31 Time: At the conclusion of today's Special Meeting of City Council. Location: Members' Lounge; Council Chamber; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "2015 CIMA Mayor's Cricket Team to be announced for Cricket Across the Pond ","txtID" : "10A2FC8888D73EE485257E6800637E31","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; City staff and members of the community will gather to announce and congratulate the 12 youth selected for the sixth annual Cricket Across the Pond (CAP) program. Date: Friday; June 19 Time: 1 to 3:30 p.m.; remarks: 1:30 p.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; Committee Room 2; Second Floor Mayor Tory will be joined by Martin Saxton; Chair of CIMA Canada; Myriam Madden; Global President of CIMA; Mehul Adhvaryu; RBC; Vice-President of Commercial Markets; York Region; Tom Mihalik; owner of Tom's Place; and Kanish Thevarasa; Kanish & Partners Chartered Accountants. Dwight Drummond; of CBC News Toronto; will MC the event. Members of the 2015 CIMA Mayor's Cricket Team were selected from diverse neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area and will travel to Sri Lanka to learn and play cricket. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"416-560-8726","txtContactPhone" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca ","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "2016 Toronto Book Award winner and finalist celebration ","txtID" : "D0354AC608EA427185258049005753D7","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "10", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) will be joined by this year's Toronto Book Award finalists and Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels at an event to celebrate the finalists with author readings and the presentation of the award winner. This event will be hosted by author; broadcaster and CBC Radio host Gillian Deacon. Date: Tuesday; October 11 Time: 7 to 8:15 p.m. (winner announced at 7:30 p.m.) Location: Toronto Reference Library; Bram and Bluma Appel Salon; 789 Yonge St. Established in 1974; the annual awards (produced by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library) honour authors of books of literary merit that are evocative of Toronto. More information about the awards is available at http://www.toronto.ca/book_awards. The public can also interact with the awards on Twitter @TOBookAwards and #tobookawards. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Gregory McCormick","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Public Library","txtContactPhone" :"416-393-7098","txtContactEmail" :"gmccormick@torontopubliclibrary.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "2017 Toronto Book Awards to honour finalists and winner","txtID" : "E1F44C36C11EF326852581B6004A2B8E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "10", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale); the Mayor's Arts Advocate; will help celebrate this year's Toronto Book Awards finalists at an event hosted by CBC Radio's Gillian Deacon; with author readings and the presentation of this year's award winner. Date: Thursday; October 12 Time: 7 to 8 p.m. – announcement of winner at 7:45 p.m. Location: Bram and Bluma Appel Salon; Toronto Reference Library; 789 Yonge St. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974; the Toronto Book Awards annually honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The awards are produced by the City and the Toronto Public Library. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/bookawards and @TOBookAwards on Twitter. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"shane.gerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Achievements in access, equity and human rights to be recognized at Toronto City Hall Monday","txtID" : "46A5C3EC2460823B852581E90052D4E8","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "12", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will present its 2017 Access; Equity and Human Rights Awards on Monday in recognition of International Human Rights Day. Awards will be presented to five recipients who have made a difference in helping to eliminate discrimination and barriers to equality in Toronto. The ceremony will include opening remarks from Mayor John Tory and award presentations by Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's); Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina); Councillor Lucy Troisi (Ward 28 Toronto-Centre Rosedale); and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto-Centre Rosedale). Date: Monday; December 4 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The ceremony will be followed by a reception that will provide an opportunity to meet the individuals and groups that will receive awards. This year's award recipients will be: • Percy Lezard; Aboriginal Affairs Award • SMILE Canada – Support Services; Access Award • Antree C. Demakos; Constance E. Hamilton Award • BLOOM (LOFT Community Services); Pride Award • Julian Diego; William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations The recipients were nominated by Toronto residents and selected by a panel of community members with pertinent knowledge and expertise. More information about the awards and recipients is available at http://toronto.ca/civicawards. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"Chris.Fernandes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Achievements in access, equity and human rights to be recognized at Toronto City Hall on Tuesday","txtID" : "2E730E81A943ED0E85258080005A5560","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "12", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will present its 2016 Access; Equity and Human Rights Awards tomorrow in recognition of Human Rights Day. Awards will be presented to five recipients; each having made a difference in helping to eliminate discrimination and barriers to equality in Toronto. The ceremony will include award presentations by several City councillors and remarks by City Manager Peter Wallace. Date: Tuesday; December 6 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The ceremony will be followed by a reception that will provide an opportunity to meet the individuals and the group receiving awards. This year's award recipients: • Fizul Sima; Aboriginal Affairs Award • Maayan Ziv; Access Award • Paola Gomez; Constance E. Hamilton Award • Dr. Alex Abramovich; Pride Award • Black Lives Matter Toronto; William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations The recipients were nominated by Toronto residents and selected by a panel of community members with pertinent knowledge and expertise. More information about the awards is available at http://bit.ly/11uHRPH. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Susan Pape","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-7542","txtContactEmail" :"susan.pape@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Artists from across Canada continue to transform Toronto’s Underpass Park","txtID" : "BBC34C096643770085258170004D2603","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "8", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Artists from across Canada have begun work on Multipli’city – a public art project that will transform 13 pillars in Toronto’s Underpass Park into works of art to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday. The project; part of the StreetARToronto Partnership Program; is being managed by Mural Routes; a member-based not-for-profit arts service organization dedicated to the creation; development and promotion of public wall art. Seventeen Canadian artists will bring colourful designs that highlight the diversity of Canada’s people to this unique public space. The majority of the artists will be together in Toronto for the first time tomorrow and will be available to media to discuss their contributions to the project. Date: Thursday; August 3 Time: 6 to 7:30 p.m. (meet and greet) Location: Underpass Park; 29 Lower River St. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Ellen Leesti","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-1403 (w), 416-992-9420 (c)","txtContactEmail" :"eleesti@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Avis aux médias: Annonce concernant Bike Share Toronto","txtID" : "98790FE50374B02B8525816F004DA404","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "8", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Julie Dzerowicz; députée pour Davenport; au nom de l’honorable Amarjeet Sohi; ministre de l'Infrastructure et des Collectivités; l’honorable Steven Del Duca; ministre des Transports de l’Ontario; et M. John Tory; maire de la Ville de Toronto feront une annonce concernant le système de vélos en libre-service Bike Share Toronto. Date: le mercredi 2 août 2017 Heure: 10 h (HAE) Lieu: 24; rue Ward (au coin de la rue Ward et de l’avenue Wallace); Toronto (Ontario) Renseignements: Brook Simpson Cabinet du ministre de l'Infrastructure et des Collectivités; gouvernement du Canada 613-219-0149; brook.simpson@canada.ca Infrastructure Canada 613-960-9251 (sans frais: 1-877-250-7154) infc.media.infc@canada.ca Suivez-nous sur Twitter à @INFC_eng Celso Pereira Bureau du ministre; ministère des Transports de l’Ontario 647-327-6372; Celso.Pereira2@ontario.ca Bob Nichols Direction des communications; ministère des Transports de l’Ontario 416-327-1158; Bob.Nichols@ontario.ca Keerthana Kamalavasan Cabinet du maire de Toronto 647-998-2615; Keerthana.Kamalavasan@toronto.ca Rita Mezzanotte Communications; Toronto Parking Authority 416-271-0667; ritamezz@me.com Jennifer Wing Communications stratégiques; Ville de Toronto 416-397-5313; Jennifer.Wing@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Awards to be presented to telecommunicators as key players in Toronto's emergency services","txtID" : "14EF2B8337FE424C85257F9300441E99","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "4", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As part of 911 Telecommunicators Week; Toronto's police; fire and paramedic services will recognize the lifesaving services provided by their telecommunicators as the first of the first responders. Date: Wednesday; April 13 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Toronto Fire/Paramedic Services headquarters; 4330 Dufferin St. Parking is available in the church parking lot at the end of Lodestar Avenue. There is no entrance to the headquarters off Dufferin Street. April 11 to 15 is 911 Telecommunicators Week in Toronto. This year is the 16th year the City of Toronto's emergency services have partnered to appreciate the staff who handle 911 calls and dispatch emergency services personnel to the scene of fires; accidents; violent incidents and other emergencies. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services Media Line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255 ","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"Toronto Police Service Corporate Communications","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-808-7100","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Be a Flu Fighter: City of Toronto offers free flu vaccine","txtID" : "25473022EBAC14B685257EEB005234A0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Public Health is launching this season's fall flu vaccine clinics and reminds residents to get the flu vaccine to reduce their risk of getting influenza. Date: Wednesday; October 28 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Atrium; 595 Bay Street; ground floor by the Bay Street entrance Photo and interview opportunities will be available with Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's); Chair of the Toronto Board of Health; and Dr. David McKeown; Toronto's Medical Officer of Health on: • the importance of influenza immunization • tips to reduce your risk of getting the flu • locations for the City's flu vaccine clinics • Dr. McKeown and Councillor Mihevc getting their flu shots. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keisha Mair","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Public Health","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-8020","txtContactEmail" :"kmair2@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Big City Mayors to host housing roundtables","txtID" : "923C19A84E36EC1F8525804C006C4C85","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "10", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The mayors of Toronto; Vancouver and Edmonton will participate in a Day of Housing on Monday; October 17; hosting individual roundtables to discuss issues related to the ongoing housing crisis in Canadian cities and its impact on jobs and economic growth. Toronto Mayor John Tory and Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver will meet with young residents; in their respective cities; struggling to buy and rent in increasingly expensive housing markets. Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson will meet with Edmonton residents to discuss combating homelessness. The Day of Housing roundtables follow on the heels of the Toronto Housing Summit; where Big City Mayors presented seven housing principles for the federal government to consider as part of their development of a National Housing Strategy. These principles included federal action to spark construction and growth in the rental sector; and a commitment to end homelessness. The following is the time and location of each roundtable on October 17. Toronto Time: 11:15 a.m.(EDT) Roundtable open to the media; 12 noon: Media availability. Location: Wattpad; 33 Wellington St. E. Vancouver Time: 8:30 a.m.(PDT) Location: Vancouver City Hall; 435 W 12th Ave. Co-hosted by Generation Squeeze Edmonton Time: 3:15 p.m.(MDT) Location: Mayor’s Office; Edmonton City Hall; 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor of Toronto","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Katie Robb","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor of Vancouver","txtContactPhone" :"778-918-7973","txtContactEmail" :"katie.robb@vancouver.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Cheryl Oxford","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor of Edmonton","txtContactPhone" :"780-496-8104","txtContactEmail" :"cheryl.oxford@edmonton.ca" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Big turnout expected at career information event at Toronto Reference Library on Thursday","txtID" : "ABBF03BEDAFB007B852580500057ECB5","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "10", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Organizers are expecting more than 1;000 members of the public to attend this year's career information event co-hosted by the City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library as part of Workforce Development Month. This fifth annual City of Toronto career information event will be held at the Toronto Reference Library on Thursday. Date: Thursday; October 20 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (City representatives available to speak to media from 10 to 11 a.m.) Location: Toronto Reference Library; 789 Yonge St. Representatives from many City divisions will be at the free event sharing information about the wide range of City of Toronto careers and providing tips about applying for opportunities at the City. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/jobs. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"cbfernan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Bike Share Toronto announcement","txtID" : "291030A3242AFCAF8525816F004E6550","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "8", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "(this advisory is being issued jointly on behalf of the Government of Canada; the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto) Julie Dzerowicz; Member of Parliament for Davenport; on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi; Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Steven Del Duca; Ontario Minister of Transportation; and His Worship; Mayor John Tory; will be making an announcement about Bike Share Toronto. Date: Wednesday; August 2; 2017 Time: 10 a.m. (EDT) Location: 24 Ward St. (corner of Ward Street and Wallace Avenue) ; Toronto; Ontario This advisory is also available in French on the City of Toronto website at http://ow.ly/abRx30e4PaG. - 30 - Media contacts: Brook Simpson Minister’s Office; Federal Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities 613-219-0149; brook.simpson@canada.ca Infrastructure Canada 613-960-9251 (toll free 1-877-250-7154) infc.media.infc@canada.ca Follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng Celso Pereira Minister’s Office; Ontario Ministry of Transportation 647-327-6372; Celso.Pereira2@ontario.ca Bob Nichols Communications Branch; Ontario Ministry of Transportation 416-327-1158; Bob.Nichols@ontario.ca Keerthana Kamalavasan Office of the Mayor; City of Toronto 647-998-2615; Keerthana.Kamalavasan@toronto.ca Rita Mezzanotte Communications; Toronto Parking Authority 416-271-0667; ritamezz@me.com Jennifer Wing Strategic Communications; City of Toronto 416-397-5313; Jennifer.Wing@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Canada Blooms and City of Toronto Long-Term Care Homes to celebrate a decade of donations","txtID" : "B7C832CB2A3E486C852580E90049191A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "3", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "For the 10th year; Canada Blooms; the country's largest flower and garden show; will bring the joy of spring to a City of Toronto long-term care home with the help of Procter's Cartage. Councillor Michael Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North) will join Kipling Acres residents in a celebration to accept the Canada Blooms donation of flowers; plants and bulbs that were displayed at the annual festival. Date: Tuesday; March 21 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Kipling Acres; 2233 Kipling Ave. (auditorium) For more information on Canada Blooms; visit http://www.canadablooms.com and follow Canada Blooms on Twitter @canadablooms. Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion; Accountability; Respect and Excellence. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944","txtContactEmail" :"Jane.Arbour@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Canada Blooms and City of Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services celebrate more than a decade of donations","txtID" : "7174F103F7C3BAB28525825500530585","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "3", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "For the 11th year; Canada Blooms; the country's largest flower and garden show; will bring the joy of spring to a City of Toronto long-term care home with the help of Procter's Cartage. Date: Tuesday; March 20 Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. (remarks at 2 p.m.) Location: Bendale Acres; 2920 Lawrence Ave E. A City representative will join Bendale Acres residents and celebrity gardener Ben Cullen to accept the Canada Blooms donation of flowers; plants and bulbs that were displayed at the annual festival. More information about Canada Blooms is available at http://www.canadablooms.com or follow http://www.twitter.com/CanadaBlooms on Twitter. The City's Long-Term Care Homes & Services is a leader in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion; Accountability; Respect; and Excellence. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"Shane.Gerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Canada Blooms to donate flowers to City of Toronto's long-term care homes","txtID" : "F3A4D130694B3F6185257E11004ECF97","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "3", "day" : "23", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "For the eighth year; Canada Blooms and Procter’s Cartage Ltd. will partner to help deliver the colourful sights and sweet smells of spring to residents at True Davidson Acres. The facility; located in the Danforth Avenue/Victoria Park Avenue area; is one of the City of Toronto's 10 long-term care homes. Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; will join residents in a celebration tomorrow to accept the Canada Blooms donation of flowers; plants and bulbs that were displayed at the annual festival. Date: Tuesday; March 24 Time: 2 p.m. Location: True Davidson Acres; 200 Dawes Rd. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5305, 416-906-3935 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"chsanjua@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Canada Blooms to donate more than 600 plants to City of Toronto Long-Term Care Home","txtID" : "7223F801E20A3A9385257F7D004CDD2A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "3", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "For the ninth year; Canada Blooms; the country's largest flower and garden show will bring the joy of spring to a City of Toronto long-term care home with the help of Procter's Cartage. Councillor David Shiner (Ward 24 Willowdale) will join Carefree Lodge residents and celebrity gardener Mark Cullen in a celebration to accept the Canada Blooms donation of flowers; plants and bulbs that were displayed at the annual festival. Date: Tuesday; March 22 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Carefree Lodge; 306 Finch Ave. E. (outdoors) For more information on Canada Blooms; visit http://www.canadablooms.com and follow Canada Blooms on Twitter @canadablooms. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jennifer Wing","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-894-5891","txtContactEmail" :"jwing@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Canada Day celebrations at Mel Lastman Square this Sunday","txtID" : "370A860E98361EC3852582BA004EA311","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "An eclectic mix of music; activities; fireworks and family entertainment will fill Mel Lastman Square for Canada Day on Sunday; July 1. The family-friendly event begins at 5 p.m. with hoop dancing; face painting and an interactive commemorative mural followed by performances that will feature Canadian artists and DJs at 7 p.m. and a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m. The full event program is available at http://www.toronto.ca/canadaday. Date: Sunday; July 1 Time: 7 p.m. opening remarks; 10:15 p.m. dignitary remarks and countdown to fireworks Location: Mel Lastman Square; 5100 Yonge St. Media Note: Onsite parking will not be provided for network broadcast trucks and North York Civic Centre will not be accessible to the media to file stories. An overhead image of Mel Lastman Square is available at http://www.toronto.ca/data/parks/prd/facilities/complex/956/index.html. Getting to Mel Lastman Square Due to road closures; media and members of the public are encouraged to take public transit to this event. TTC subway stops near the square include North York Centre Station; Finch Station to the north and Sheppard-Yonge Station to the south. TTC customers can subscribe to eAlerts at http://www.ttc.ca or follow @TTCnotices on Twitter for information about service diversions. A series of road closures on Sunday; July 1 will include: • A partial closure of Hillcrest Avenue at Yonge Street from 8 a.m. to midnight • The northbound lanes of Yonge Street from Elmwood Avenue to Empress Avenue will be closed from 1 p.m. to midnight • The southbound lanes of Yonge Street will be closed from Park Home Avenue to North York Boulevard from 1 p.m. to midnight A more complete list of events and road work is available at http://www.toronto.ca/roadrestrictions. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Justine Palinska","txtContactArea" :"Economic Development and Culture","txtContactPhone" :"416-395-7318","txtContactEmail" :"Justine.Palinska@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Careers event at Toronto Reference Library tomorrow","txtID" : "06B96990D6C96BB985257EE300565560","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library are presenting their fourth annual City of Toronto Career and Information Event at the Toronto Reference Library on October 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is part of Workforce Development Month in Toronto. Date: Tuesday; October 20 Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (spokespeople available to media from 10 to 11 a.m.) Location: Toronto Reference Library; 789 Yonge St. Representatives from many City divisions will be at this public event; sharing information about City of Toronto careers and providing tips about applying for City job opportunities. Approximately 1;000 people are expected to attend. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/jobs. Throughout Workforce Development Month in October; the City is holding events for job seekers and showcasing some of the City's initiatives and partnerships with employers and community partners. Details are available at http://www.toronto.ca/workone. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"cbfernan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Celebrating manufacturing and technology in Scarborough","txtID" : "C8E16E35138171AA8525804A00506CE3","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "10", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the City’s Economic Development Committee; will be joined by more than 20 Scarborough based manufacturing and technology companies; service providers and educators to demonstrate the vitality of these sectors in a public showcase and presentation to Scarborough Community Council. Date: Thursday; October 13 Time: 9 a.m. to noon (remarks at 9 a.m.) Location: Scarborough Civic Centre; 150 Borough Dr. Part of Workforce Development Month; Celebrating Manufacturing and Technology in Scarborough – Opportunities for the Future will highlight the variety of these companies and their importance to the economy. After the opening remarks; Councillor Thompson will be joined at Scarborough Community Council by three speakers at Scarborough Community Council who will talk about their businesses; why manufacturing and technology matters and how they can assist with youth unemployment. The speakers include Jocelyn Williams; Automatic Coating Ltd.; Brad Bourne; Firan Technology Group; and Ralph Idems; CIVIQ Smartscapes. This event is one of several taking place during the City of Toronto's Workforce Development Month. For information on Workforce Development and a calendar of events; visit http://www.toronto.ca/workone. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-906-3935","txtContactEmail" :"chsanjua@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Henry Moore's iconic sculpture at Nathan Phillips Square","txtID" : "65119078DF488FD085258058006258EE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "10", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Three speakers will help honour the historic importance of Henry Moore's Three-Way Piece No. 2 (more widely known as The Archer) public art work; which was originally unveiled at Nathan Phillips Square by former Toronto Mayor Phil Givens on October 27; 1966. Date: Thursday; October 27 Time: noon to 12:30 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Speakers will include Michael Givens; the son of Mayor Givens; Wayne Reeves; the City's Chief Curator for Museums & Heritage Services; and Chris Pommer from Plant Architect Inc.; one of the firms leading the revitalization of Nathan Phillips Square. Min Givens; the widow of Mayor Givens; will also be in attendance. More information about the sculpture and photographs from the 1966 unveiling are available at http://bit.ly/2eL3reE. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Celebration of awards for Nathan Phillips Square's revitalization ","txtID" : "1BC1FE438FDCD51E85258034004E1B3A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "9", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East); Chair of the Government Management Committee; and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will be joined by representatives of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization Public Advisory Group; PLANT Architect Inc.; Perkins + Will Canada and City of Toronto staff tomorrow to celebrate and provide remarks about the Nathan Phillips Square revitalization project receiving the 2016 Governor General's Medal in Architecture and other awards. Date: Wednesday; September 21 Time: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Location: Theatre Stage; Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. The project's lead architects; PLANT Architect Inc. and Perkins + Will Canada; are receiving the Governor General's Medal in Architecture in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa today. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in recently built projects by Canadian architects. A list of all awards presented to the project are available on the City of Toronto website at http://bit.ly/2cqo2PG. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Erin McGuey","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9418","txtContactEmail" :"emcguey@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Ceremonial groundbreaking for the Toronto Book Garden","txtID" : "98DA01CA057962AA85257EEE004A68EA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto; in co-operation with Harbourfront Centre; will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday for the Toronto Book Garden that is planned at Harbourfront Centre. Date: Sunday; November 1 Time: 3:15 p.m. Location: 207 Queens Quay W. (Queens Quay Terminal at Harbourfront Centre) The groundbreaking ceremony will be held following a panel discussion involving writers who have won the Toronto Book Award. The ceremony will include Toronto Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke and seven former Toronto Book Award recipients; as well as former Toronto mayor John Sewell; who recommended the establishment of the book award; and former City councillor Ceta Ramkhalawansingh; who initiated the book garden initiative. In 2014; the City decided to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Book Awards by creating a Toronto Book Garden. The garden; which will feature the names of award-winning authors and their book titles engraved in paving stones; is expected to be completed a year from now. More information about the Toronto Book Awards is available at http://www.toronto.ca/book_awards and @TOBookAwards on Twitter. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"sjohnsto@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Ceremony at Little Norway Memorial Park on Wednesday to highlight Norwegian royal visit to Toronto","txtID" : "7E36DD43569233268525806400645682","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "11", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As part of their official visit to Canada; Crown Prince Haakon and Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway will join Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East) and City of Toronto staff for a ceremony at Toronto's Little Norway Memorial Park. The park commemorates Little Norway Training Camp; a training facility for Norwegian fighter pilots during the Second World War. Date: Wednesday; November 9 Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Little Norway Memorial Park; 659 Queens Quay W. The Crown Prince and Crown Princess will visit Toronto; as well as Ottawa and St. John's; from November 7 to 10. The Canadian visit will reinforce bilateral connections between Canada and Norway; highlight common interests in the Arctic and demonstrate how the two countries can work together to stimulate innovation and diversity. This event is open to the general public as well as media. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Tracey Williams","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4146","txtContactEmail" :"Tracey.Williams@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Jan-Terje Storaas","txtContactArea" :"Royal Norwegian Embassy","txtContactPhone" :"613-238-6571","txtContactEmail" :"Jan-Terje.Studsvik.Storaas@mfa.no" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Ceremony to open annual Ecuadorian art exhibit at Toronto City Hall","txtID" : "96C930F88F74301A852581130044AEF7","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport) along with Diego Stacey; Ambassador of the Republic of Ecuador to Canada; and Rolando Vera Rodas; the Consul General of Ecuador in Toronto; later today to celebrate the Friendship City Agreement between Toronto and Quito by launching the annual Ecuadorian art exhibition. Date: Monday; May 1 Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.; remarks at 6 p.m. Location: Rotunda; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The 2017 exhibition will showcase artworks by four artists from Ecuador. The exhibit will be displayed in the City Hall rotunda from May 1 to 5. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Ceremony to open fitness circuit in Toronto's Cedarvale Park ","txtID" : "EA7A052112C6763085257E6C005F01AA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "22", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's) and City of Toronto staff will join community members on Tuesday to open a fitness circuit in Cedarvale Park. The event will feature the unveiling of a memorial plaque in honour of the late John Zeiler; who was a resident of the Cedarvale neighbourhood. His wife Sharon Zeiler and other family members will attend. Date: Tuesday; June 23 Time: 6 to 7 p.m.; remarks at 6:15 p.m. Location: Cedarvale Park; Heath Street entrance (Lonsmount Drive and Heath Street; beside the Heath Street subway entrance) John Zeiler; who was a lawyer; a professor of international studies at York University and past president of Adath Israel synagogue; was committed to improving his community and promoting physical fitness. He encouraged people to enjoy outdoor activities offered by the City. The fitness circuit includes push-up bars; pull-up bars; parallel bars and a multiple-height step bench. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Chicago artist and Toronto residents' mural unveiled as part of sister cities partnership","txtID" : "4C9B1C71F62F86A98525816900482C5C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "7", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will join Chicago artist Justus Roe to unveil the City's latest piece of street art. The project is part of a cultural exchange between sister cities Toronto and Chicago to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday and the ‘Year of Public Art’ that is taking place in Chicago. The project is part of the StreetARToronto Partnership Program and is a collaboration with the STEPS Initiative; an award-winning; Toronto-based public arts organization. The project brought together the artist and local residents to transform the Roncesvalles Pedestrian Bridge; one of Toronto's busiest connections to the waterfront. The launch is sponsored by the Palais Royale. Date: Thursday; July 27 Time: 5 to 6 p.m. artist meet and greet; 6:15 p.m. official remarks Location: Palais Royale; 1601 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391 (office), 416-553-1076 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"cheryl.sanjuan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Children at Toronto child care centres to plant vegetable gardens","txtID" : "98D039542916BA0B85257FBD004F5694","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "5", "day" : "24", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Children at all 52 child care centres operated by the City of Toronto will be planting; growing; harvesting and cooking their own vegetables this summer. The children will soon begin planting seeds for beans; beets; carrots; lettuce; onions and tomatoes. There will be two photo opportunities on Thursday; as detailed below. Date: Thursday; May 26 Times and locations: 9 to 10 a.m. – Metro Hall Early Learning & Child Care Centre; 55 John St. (John Street and King Street West) 2 to 3 p.m. – Ancaster Early Learning & Child Care Centre; 45 Ancaster Rd. (Wilson Avenue and Dufferin Street) The vegetable seeds were generously donated by the Holland Marsh Growers Association. Toronto Children's Services has been integrating local foods and recipes into its menus since 2011 under the City's policy on local food procurement. This initiative is designed to teach the children about the importance of local food in Torontonians' daily lives. In addition to the plantings; other gardening-theme activities will take place at both locations. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Aggie Fortier","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5326","txtContactEmail" :"afortie@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "CIMA Mayor's Trophy cricket event tomorrow a celebration of the sport","txtID" : "C04D4667D480B22F852582BB0066771B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and City of Toronto staff will join Steve Swientozielskyj; President of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); and Scott Fraser; President of Jumpstart Charities; at the annual CIMA Mayor's Trophy cricket event on Saturday. Date: Saturday; June 30 Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; remarks at 11:30 a.m. Location: Sunnybrook Park; 1132 Leslie St.; Toronto Cricket teams from public; private and community organizations will participate in the fourteenth annual CIMA Mayor's Trophy event in Toronto. The annual Mayor's Trophy event was launched in Toronto in 2005 by CIMA Canada in partnership with the City of Toronto's Parks; Forestry and Recreation division. Since then; the event has helped raise funds to support youth cricket programs in Toronto. With the generous sponsorship from Canadian Tire and the Jumpstart Foundation; CIMA Mayor's School Cricket program has engaged more than 5;000 young people through the sport of cricket. About CIMA The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) is the world’s largest and leading professional body of management accountants. Through our partnership with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) we support and give voice to 150;000 Chartered Global Management Accountants (CGMAs) across the globe. CIMA members and students work in industry; commerce; the public sector and not-for-profit organizations. Professionalism and ethics are at the core of CIMA’s activities with every member and student bound by rigorous standards so that integrity; expertise and vision are brought together. For more information about CIMA; visit http://www.cimaglobal.com. CIMA can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/CIMA_News. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Wynna Brown","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8937","txtContactEmail" :"Wynna.Brown@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Ranil Mendis","txtContactArea" :"CIMA Canada","txtContactPhone" :"416-578-5929","txtContactEmail" :"rmendis1@gmail.com " }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City celebrates new wetland lookout at Colonel Samuel Smith Park","txtID" : "8948D7BB59FD16B785257EE700601D24","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "23", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City staff will join representatives from the W. Garfield Weston Foundation; Humber Arboretum; Citizens Concerned about the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront (CCFEW); Friends of Sam Smith Park (FOSS) and the community to officially open a newly constructed wetland lookout at Colonel Samuel Smith Park; which was made possible through a Weston Family Parks Challenge grant. Date: Saturday; October 24 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Colonel Samuel Smith Park; 3145 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"416-560-8726","txtContactPhone" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto’s emergency services to recognize telecommunicators of the year","txtID" : "126BD24784BBDFC2852580FE00480507","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "4", "day" : "10", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Join members of the Toronto Paramedic Services; Toronto Fire Services and Toronto Police Service as they recognize the winners of their annual Telecommunicator of the Year awards. Date: Tuesday; April 11 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Toronto Emergency Services Headquarters; 4330 Dufferin Street (Parking is available in the church parking lot at the end of Lodestar Avenue.) Award recipients will be available for media interviews after the ceremony. April 9 to 15 is 911 Telecommunicators Week in Toronto which recognizes the life-saving work that dispatchers and other telecommunicators as the first of the first responders; provide when answering 911 calls. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kim McKinnon","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Paramedic Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2255","txtContactEmail" :"kim.mckinnon@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto's Fire Services to welcome new firefighters","txtID" : "4416154841A407B585257E05004623F9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "3", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Thirty-nine of the City of Toronto’s newest firefighters will graduate from the Toronto Fire Services recruit training program Thursday afternoon. Date: Thursday; March 12 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Toronto Fire/EMS Training Centre; 895 Eastern Ave. Fire Chief Jim Sales and other dignitaries will congratulate each of the firefighters as they receive their hat badges and certificates. The training received by these new firefighters enables them to perform fire ground-and-rescue operations; including those involving hazardous materials; as well as respond to and provide emergency medical care at emergencies such as motor vehicle accidents. The graduates also have the ability to educate the public about fire prevention and fire safety practices; conduct inspections and maintain firefighting equipment. This group of new graduates reflects Toronto's diversity in language and gender; and collectively the graduates are fluent in about 15 languages. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services Media Line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"firemedia@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto's new Civic Innovation Office to announce first project at Elevate Toronto technology festival","txtID" : "B70C3D95F796BFC9852581980075DD93","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "9", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Councillor Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest); Advocate for the Innovation Economy; will appear at the Elevate Toronto Festival; a technology festival that celebrates the best of Canadian innovation; along with Paula Kwan; Director of the City of Toronto's newly formed Civic Innovation Office (CIO). Mayor Tory will speak about Toronto’s growing technology sector; and Kwan will announce the first challenge theme and debut project of the Civic Innovation Office. Date: Tuesday; September 12 Time: 3 to 3:30 p.m. Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; 1 Front St. E. The establishment of the City's Civic Innovation Office was announced in March 2017. The CIO was created in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global Innovation Teams Program. Now working in 24 cities across four countries; the Innovation Teams Program helps cities solve problems in new ways to deliver better results for residents. Bloomberg Philanthropies awards cities multi-year grants to create in-house innovation teams; or “i-teams;” which offer cities a different set of tools and techniques to innovate more effectively and tackle critical challenges—from reducing violent crime to revitalizing neighborhoods and strengthening the environment for small businesses. The CIO will help introduce new solutions for City residents by creating a bridge between City divisions and Toronto’s growing innovation and technology communities. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-2489","txtContactEmail" :"don.peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Andrea Gonsalves","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4149","txtContactEmail" :"andrea.gonsalves@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Garnesha Crawford","txtContactArea" :"Bloomberg Philanthropies","txtContactPhone" :"1-212-205-0140","txtContactEmail" :"garnesha@bloomberg.org" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto and community partners to host annual picnic for newcomers and volunteers","txtID" : "27F4A3A5D8EC480C852582B40051281B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "22", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt); staff of the City of Toronto's Newcomer Office; COSTI and the Together Project to host a picnic in celebration of collaborative efforts in welcoming newcomers who arrived in Canada and Toronto as refugees. Date: Saturday; June 23 Location: Dufferin Grove Park (south end); 875 Dufferin St. Times: Noon – arrival and lunch 1 p.m. – remarks by Mayor Tory 1:30 to 3 p.m. – children's games; henna and face painting; soccer and Frisbee The City began actively implementing its Refugee Resettlement Program in October 2015; including entering into service agreements with community agencies to increase supports and resources available to new Torontonians and their sponsors. More information about the program is available at http://www.toronto.ca/refugees. About COSTI For more than 65 years COSTI has contributed to the social fabric of our great city; province and country. COSTI was founded in 1952 by the Italian community; to help Italian immigrants settle in their new home. Today COSTI is a community-based multicultural agency providing employment; language training; settlement and social services to all immigrant communities; new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance. About Together Project Together Project; a project of Tides Canada and in partnership with COSTI; connects newcomers and Canadians to build stronger; more integrated communities. Together Project matches Welcome Groups of five or more volunteers with newly arrived government-assisted refugees for friendship and social support. Together Project works with partners to host community events and programs that foster social inclusion and provide training and resources to prepare volunteers to work effectively with newcomers. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"Natasha.HindsFitzsimmins@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry to sign screen industries memorandum","txtID" : "6977DCD4D632E15985257EBA00710E9D","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "9", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to co-operatively advance their common interests in the creative screen industries in Toronto and India. Mayor John Tory and Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the Economic Development Committee; will be joined by Akhilesh Mishra; the Consul General of India in Toronto. A delegation of FICCI members will also attend. Date: Wednesday; September 9 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; 2nd floor; A Street reception area The creative screen industries include location and studio production; post-production; visual effects; animation and interactive/digital media. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto and Infrastructure Ontario to unveil artifacts in honour of Black History Month","txtID" : "27281DD4F88E5700852580CE0057FF5E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "2", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City of Toronto and Infrastructure Ontario to unveil artifacts in honour of Black History Month Mayor John Tory along with Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the Economic Development Committee; will be joined by representatives from Infrastructure Ontario and the Ontario Black History Society to unveil a new exhibit with rotating artifacts in the City Hall rotunda in celebration of Black History Month. The Honourable Jean Augustine; former Member of Parliament for Etobicoke-Lakeshore; and author Karolyn Smardz Frost; the winner of the 2007 Governor General's Literary Award; will provide remarks. Date: Wednesday; February 22 Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Location: City Hall rotunda The artifacts were uncovered by Infrastructure Ontario as part of the construction of the new Toronto courthouse behind City Hall. More information about Black History Month events can be found at http://www.toronto.ca/blackhistory. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Erin McGuey","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9418","txtContactEmail" :"erin.mcguey@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Cary Mignault","txtContactArea" :"Infrastructure Ontario","txtContactPhone" :"416-325-2888","txtContactEmail" :"cary.mignault@infrastructureontario.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto and Options for Homes to announce opening of affordable ownership housing ","txtID" : "44DF9FA886CF5A3285257E0D0055CA28","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "3", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto and Options for Homes will celebrate the official opening of Cranbrooke Village tomorrow. The building provides 341 affordable ownership homes; 94 of which were made more affordable through a City investment. Date: Friday; March 20 Time: 10 a.m. Location: 35 Saranac Blvd. (Bathurst Street and Lawrence Avenue West) Options for Homes; together with sister-organization Home Ownership Alternatives; brings home ownership within reach of low- to-moderate-income households by providing down-payment loans. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Gil Hardy","txtContactArea" :"Affordable Housing Office","txtContactPhone" :" 416-397-4701","txtContactEmail" :"ghardy@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Jessica Speziale","txtContactArea" :"Options for Homes","txtContactPhone" :"416-867-1501 ext. 224","txtContactEmail" :"jspeziale@optionsforhomes.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto and partners to announce fundraising campaign for revitalized High Park Forest School","txtID" : "C783E41AF746F1AB852582B0004D232F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York); Chair of the City of Toronto's Parks and Environment Committee; will be joined by Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park) and representatives from the High Park Nature Centre to kick off a $6 million fundraising campaign to refurbish the 86-year-old Forest School; home of the High Park Nature Centre; and create High Park's first ever Visitor Centre. TD Bank Group will participate as the lead donor. Date: Wednesday; June 20 Time: 1:30 to 3 p.m.; remarks at 2 p.m. Location: High Park Nature Centre; 375 Colborne Lodge Dr. Historical photos will be on display and tours will be available after the remarks. The High Park Nature Centre is a non-profit charitable organization that has been promoting awareness and respect for nature through outdoor environmental education and park stewardship programs since 1999. The goal of the Nature Centre programs are to inspire a sense of wonder; knowledge and respect for natural systems; to restore human connections to local flora and fauna; to engage children; adults; seniors and families in ecological restoration; and to ensure sustainability of High Park for future generations. https://www.highparknaturecentre.com/. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944, 437-346-2815 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"Jane.Arbour@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto and partners to launch revitalized Regent Park ice rink ","txtID" : "D6572C5118F750F085257DC1004C9037","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "1", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will join partners MLSE Foundation; Hockey Canada Foundation; Toronto Community Housing and The Daniels Corporation; along with a Regent Park youth representative and members of the Ward 28 community tomorrow to celebrate the opening of the revitalized ice rink in Regent Park. Date: Saturday; January 3 Time: 10 a.m. to early afternoon - remarks at 11:15 a.m. Location: Regent Park Athletic Grounds; Regent Park South Artificial Ice Rink; 480 Shuter St. (north of Queen Street East; east of River Street) The event will include a Maple Leafs learn-to-skate clinic; a ceremonial puck drop; a community skate and an autograph-signing session with Toronto Maple Leafs alumni and Hockey Canada alumni. Detailed schedule for the morning 10 to 11 a.m.: Learn-to-skate clinic led by Toronto Maple Leafs hockey development coaches 11:15 a.m.: remarks 11:45 a.m.: ceremonial puck drop 11:50 a.m.: start of community skate and autograph signing with Toronto Maple Leafs alumni and Hockey Canada alumni Improvements to the rink include new lighting; dasherboards and fencing. The adjacent fieldhouse received a new roof; windows and doors; a renovated warming/change area; two accessible washrooms and a staff area with storage space. The rink is the first component of the Regent Park Athletic Grounds – a state-of-the-art sports facility currently being built and slated for completion next fall. In addition to the rink; the athletic grounds will feature a basketball court; a combination soccer field/cricket pitch; and a running track. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Mari Caravaggio","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"647-333-4060","txtContactEmail" :"mcarava@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto and TO2015 to recognize Games volunteers and get ready to host Parapan Am Games","txtID" : "235749141EB0893B85257E93006A08BF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "7", "day" : "31", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; TO2015 CEO Saad Rafi and TO2015 mascot; cheerleader and Toronto's most popular porcupine; PACHI; will gather with Games volunteers to thank them for their tremendous continuing contributions and to participate in a group photo as Toronto prepares to proudly host the upcoming Parapan Am Games. Date: Tuesday; August 4 Time: 12:30 p.m. Arrival 1:00 p.m. Remarks 1:15 p.m. Photo opportunity by the 3D TORONTO sign 1:25 p.m. Photo opportunity of sitting volleyball Location: Nathan Phillips Square; by the 3D TORONTO sign More than 23;000 volunteers are supporting the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games; one of the largest peacetime volunteer recruitments in Canadian history. Dressed in their bright orange shirts; the volunteers fanned out across the city to support the Games at sport venues; the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village; cultural events; official functions; Opening and Closing Ceremonies and other places across the Games footprint. The volunteer program is sponsored by Chevrolet and the uniforms were designed and manufactured by Joe Fresh; as part of Loblaw’s Premier Partnership with the Games. CIBC; lead partner for the TO2015 Games; will also be in attendance. TORONTO 2015 is hosting the largest Parapan Am Games ever; taking place August 7-15; with more than 1;600 athletes competing in 15 sports in 11 venues across the region. Tickets are available at toronto2015.org/tickets. Every ticket will allow the holder to access free transit on the day of the event. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Wynna Brown","txtContactArea" :"City of Toronto","txtContactPhone" :"416-919-6503","txtContactEmail" :"wbrown1@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Teddy Katz","txtContactArea" :"TO2015","txtContactPhone" :"416-957-2117","txtContactEmail" :"teddy.katz@toronto2015.org" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto and Toronto Foundation to invest in Scarborough Village ","txtID" : "A68EFBE4D878A31B85257E58005F2E80","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest) and Rahul Bhardwaj; President and CEO; Toronto Foundation; will join community members to launch an initiative called Recipe for Community: Scarborough Village. Date: Wednesday; June 3 Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.; remarks at 5:30 p.m. Location: Scarborough Village; 3600 Kingston Rd. at Markham Road Residents and partners will unveil a series of programs and initiatives that; over the next year; will help to green and beautify public spaces as well as build resident skills in small business management; carpentry; food handling certification and bicycle repair. For the past seven years; the Recipe for Community initiative; involving a partnership between the City of Toronto and Toronto Foundation and benefiting from public and private sector partners; has developed the resources; expertise and commitment of residents to create new opportunities and foster a sense of belonging and pride one neighbourhood at a time. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Manjit Jheeta","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Office of Partnerships","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8684","txtContactEmail" :"mjheeta@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto announces annual Christmas Concert ","txtID" : "33DB3B0940BBE2668525809000625457","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "12", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Get into the holiday spirit on Friday; December 23 at the City of Toronto's annual Christmas Concert! Mayor John Tory will bring greetings on behalf of City Council and the event will be hosted by Adam Wylde from KiSS 92.5 and Breakfast Television. Three local choirs; All the King's Voices; Toronto Beaches Children's Chorus and Toronto Mass Choir; will perform accompanied by the Tower Brass and organist James Bourne. This free and festive concert will be approximately one hour in length and will conclude with a visit from Santa. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/protocol. Date: Friday; December 23 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Toronto City Hall rotunda; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"eric.holmes@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"416-392-2708" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto announces annual Christmas Concert ","txtID" : "C8872EE01DBF8792852581FC0052F3A2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "12", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Celebrate the holidays on Thursday; December 21 at the City of Toronto's annual Christmas Concert. Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong will bring greetings on behalf of City Council and the event will be hosted by Meredith Shaw from 104.5 CHUM FM. Date: Thursday; December 21 Time: Noon Location: Toronto City Hall rotunda; 100 Queen St. W. This year's program; featuring local choirs Toronto Beaches Children's Chorus and Toronto Mass Choir; will deliver timeless and contemporary seasonal songs that inspire those in attendance to sing along. Performances by the Pan Fantasy Steelband and Tower Brass will fill City Hall with a diverse holiday beat that will keep the crowd moving. This free and festive concert will be approximately one hour in length and will conclude with a visit from Santa Claus. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/christmasconcert. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Andrea Martinelli","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-5768","txtContactEmail" :"andrea.martinelli@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto celebrates a new public art work by Eldon Garnet","txtID" : "676BB9541A41B9FA85257F560059E253","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "2", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto-Centre Rosedale) will officially open a new public art sculpture on behalf of the City of Toronto. She will be joined by Toronto artist Eldon Garnet and representatives from Graywood Developments and Mod Developments. Date: Friday; February 12 Time: 10 a.m. Location: 5 St. Joseph St. (at Yonge St.) Garnet's large scale sculptural work; Artifacts of Memory; will become part of the City's permanent Public Art and Monuments Collection. The work was donated to the City by Graywood Developments and Mod Developments. The City of Toronto's collection includes more than 205 public artworks and monuments located throughout the city. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto commemorates the Battle of Vimy Ridge ","txtID" : "8527BB0209BCA50D852580FB004D6BD2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "4", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will honour the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge at Fort York National Historic Site with a weekend of free events culminating in a commemorative ceremony in collaboration with the Canadian Armed Forces. At the April 9 ceremony; Mayor John Tory will be joined by Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell; Premier Kathleen Wynne and other dignitaries. Date: Sunday; April 9 Time: ceremony and remarks at 2 p.m. (Fort York open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Location: Fort York National Historic Site; 250 Fort York Boulevard On April 8; the public can experience a full day of First World War-themed events and exhibits at Fort York. Complete information on the entire weekend's events is available at http://www.toronto.ca/fortevents. The public can also interact with these events on Twitter via the hashtags #C150TO; #Vimy100 and #Ontario150. VIMY 100 Toronto is part of the City of Toronto's TO Canada with Love program; which celebrates Canada's 150th birthday. The event is presented by the City in partnership with Ontario150. Find out more about the City's TO Canada with Love program and events at http://www.toronto.ca/canada150. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"April 8 - Justine Palinska","txtContactArea" :"Economic Development and Culture","txtContactPhone" :"416-395-7318","txtContactEmail" :"justine.palinska@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"April 9 - Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"shane.gerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto Fire Services graduation ceremony","txtID" : "1058F6E45AD17D9D85257FB800512B5A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "5", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Toronto Fire Chief Jim Sales will welcome the newest group of 45 firefighters to graduate from the Toronto Fire Services recruit training program this evening. Date: Thursday; May 19 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre; 895 Eastern Ave. This formal ceremony; which includes the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums; Toronto Fire Fighters War Veterans Colour Guard and the Toronto Fire Services Honour Guard; recognizes the successful completion of 10 weeks of comprehensive training and will see the recruits join the Fire Suppression division. These new firefighters are the second group of five graduating classes in 2016. This diverse graduating class includes seven women and people with second languages such as Cantonese; Korean; Japanese; Italian and Iwi. These graduates are representative of Toronto Fire Services' commitment to reflect the community it serves and ensure public safety by maintaining staffing levels. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"firemedia@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto Fire Services graduation ceremony","txtID" : "3ED1268BF2D234C885257F4000681F51","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "1", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Fire Services Chief Jim Sales along with representatives of the City of Toronto will welcome the newest group of 39 firefighters. Date: Thursday; January 21 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre; 895 Eastern Ave. This formal ceremony; which includes the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums; Toronto Fire Fighters War Veterans Colour Guard and the Toronto Fire Services Honour Guard; recognizes the successful completion of 10 weeks of comprehensive training and will see the recruits join the Fire Suppression Division. The new firefighters are the first group of five graduating classes in 2016. This diverse graduating class includes five women and people with second languages such as Cantonese; Russian; Hebrew and Polish. These graduates are representative of the Toronto Fire Services' commitment to reflect the community it serves and ensure public safety by maintaining staffing levels. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services media line","txtContactArea" :"416-338-0763","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto gearing up for busy construction program in 2016","txtID" : "9B40283ABD984A7085257FA00044FA12","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "4", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto is gearing up for the 2016 construction season. Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will discuss the City's plans for construction work; construction co-ordination and efforts to repair potholes in Toronto. Date: Tuesday; April 26 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Gerrard Street (south sidewalk just east of Church Street) Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"sjohnsto@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto holding Blue Flag beach event to promote water safety","txtID" : "5B566EC6F31D249885257E58004DB422","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto is hosting a media event tomorrow morning to officially open the City's public swimming beaches and to remind residents about the importance of following water safety rules when enjoying Toronto's world-class Blue Flag beaches. Date: Wednesday; June 3 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Woodbine Beach; 1675 Lakeshore Blvd. E. The media event will take place at the foot of Northern Dancer Boulevard at Lake Shore Boulevard East; near the Woodbine bathing station. Toronto's Associate Medical Officer of Health; Dr. Howard Shapiro; will join other water safety experts from Parks; Forestry and Recreation; the Toronto Police Marine Unit and Blue Flag Canada for photo and interview opportunities. Blue Flag is an internationally recognized eco-label awarded to beaches that achieve high standards in 33 criteria including water quality; environmental education; environmental management; safety and services. The Blue Flag award is administered in Canada by Environmental Defence and is managed internationally by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE). Around the world; more than 4;000 beaches and marinas have been certified in 49 countries. Currently; eight of Toronto's beaches have been awarded this eco-label distinction. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keisha Mair","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Public Health","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-8020","txtContactEmail" :"kmair2@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto hosting Frankfurt high school student exchange","txtID" : "40DAC115644FC0B88525814D006C1802","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "6", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee; will provide greetings on behalf of the City at an event welcoming Frankfurt high school students who are participating in the Maximum City Frankfurt-Toronto Exchange. Date: Thursday; June 29 Time: 6 to 7 p.m. Location: Podium Roof; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. This high school student exchange between the two cities is part of the City's Partner City agreement with Frankfurt; which began in 1989. Toronto students will visit Frankfurt in 2018. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto induction ceremony for Toronto Sport Hall of Honour","txtID" : "49229D21AE97B26385257F6200674B32","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "2", "day" : "23", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East) will officially open the City's new Toronto Sport Hall of Honour at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. He will also participate in the induction ceremony to recognize and celebrate people and groups for their sport contributions and accomplishments in Toronto. Inductees include hockey player Johnny Bower and tennis player Milos Raonic. Date: Thursday; February 25 Time: 5:30 to 6 p.m. Inductees available for media interviews. 6:30 p.m. Induction Ceremony Location: Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre; 875 Morningside Ave. Toronto Sport Hall of Honour inductees: • Athletes of the Year: Vaune Davis; Anthony Gale; Shelley Gautier; Milos Raonic • Team of the Year: York University Lions Men's Soccer Team • Coach of the Year: Jennifer Yiu Yiu Lee • Builders: Archie Allison; Alan Brookes • Sport Legends: Johnny Bower; Marilyn Bell DiLascio; Angela James; George Seymour Lyon; Marina van der Merwe • Spirit of Sport: Herbert H. Carnegie • Lifetime Achievement: Glenn Tarver Please note that the inductees or their representatives will be in attendance. More information about inductee including photos and bios are available at: http://www.toronto.ca/tshh This event is a legacy initiative of the City of Toronto's Host City Showcase Program from the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Matthew Cutler","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"mcutler@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto invites residents to celebrate renaming of Christie Pits ice rink in honour of Sid Smith","txtID" : "3F432566D21F3CBF852582110068C051","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "1", "day" : "10", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto and Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) invite residents to an event on Sunday to celebrate the renaming of Christie Pits ice rink in recognition of Sid Smith and Toronto's hockey history. Date: Sunday; January 14 Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Skating rink; Christie Pits Park; 750 Bloor St. W. This fun; family-oriented event will give the public an opportunity to celebrate the newly named Sid Smith Artificial Ice Rink with their local community. In addition to skating; there will be music; activities such as viewing a photo display; light refreshments and special appearances by Toronto Maple Leafs alumni who knew Sid Smith. Alumni will reminisce about Sid Smith as part of the Maple Leafs hockey team and offer autograph signing opportunities. Smith; who grew up in Toronto; played 12 seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs; including a period as team captain. During his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs; he lived in the Christie Pits community and would often return from practice to play shinny with his neighbours. He died in 2004. Sunday's event will be held rain or shine. Members of the public are encouraged to take public transit or car pool as parking is limited. Media should check in with event staff upon arrival for parking information. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jaclyn Carlisle","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5305","txtContactEmail" :"Jaclyn.Carlisle@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto joining the National Zero Waste Council to launch national campaign to reduce food waste","txtID" : "DCC384E867DCFFC3852582CD006356FE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "7", "day" : "17", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) will join members of Canada's National Zero Waste Council for the local launch of a national public education campaign focused on creating awareness of food waste across the country. Tomorrow's event will provide a preview of the advertisements for the national campaign; which will highlight the importance of reducing food waste. Toronto is one of many cities across the country launching the campaign on Wednesday alongside private-sector retail partners. Date: Wednesday; July 18 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; near southwest corner of the reflecting pool The City's Long Term Waste Management Strategy provides a roadmap for waste management in Toronto over the next 30 to 50 years and includes an aspirational goal to move towards a zero waste future. The Waste Management Strategy recommends the implementation of a food waste reduction strategy; which includes a public education campaign to raise awareness of the importance of reducing food waste. To help achieve that goal; the City is partnering with the National Zero Waste Council to deliver its Love Food; Hate Waste campaign in Toronto. The food waste reduction strategy also includes other programs to educate residents on how to reduce food waste and promote the economic; environmental and social benefits of reducing food waste. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Ashalea Stone","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8306","txtContactEmail" :"Ashalea.Stone@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto offers media preview of STOMP urban dance competition and showcase ","txtID" : "80C462FF09B540FC852580F8004B7236","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "4", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto invites members of the media to a sneak peek of the dress rehearsal for the STOMP urban dance competition and showcase; a competition for Toronto's youth dance teams; bands; vocalists; rappers and dub poets. Date: Saturday; April 8 Time: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. • novice teams perform from 10:30 a.m. to noon • beginner teams perform from noon to 2 p.m. • intermediate teams perform from 2:30 to 4 p.m. • advanced teams perform from 4 to 5:30 p.m. • showcase performances take place throughout the day Location: Driftwood Community Recreation Centre; 4401 Jane St. (Jane Street; North of Finch Avenue West) The STOMP urban dance competition and showcase features 425 participants; ages six to 24; from Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation dance programs; private dance companies; community dance groups and showcase teams. Featured styles of dance include step; break; hip-hop; dancehall; Bollywood; jazz and contemporary. The 2017 STOMP urban dance competition and showcase will take place from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday; May 7 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; 1 Front St. E. For tickets and more information visit http://www.toronto.ca/stomp. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto officials and staff making group donation to Holiday Toy and Food Drive","txtID" : "5B75F3DC5086B8F0852581EF0055CF92","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "12", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory along with participating councillors and City Manager Peter Wallace will gather to make a group donation in support of this year's City of Toronto Holiday Toy and Food Drive. Date: Friday; December 8 Time: 12:45 p.m. Location: Rotunda; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. This event will include a photo opportunity with Mayor Tory and the other participating members of Council as well as City staff and representatives of the Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive and the Daily Bread Food Bank as they place gifts in donation boxes at City Hall. Donations of unwrapped toys and/or non-perishable food items can be dropped off in collection bins placed at City Hall; Metro Hall and all civic centres until December 22. Everyone is encouraged to give generously this holiday season in support of the Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive and Daily Bread Food Bank. More information about the Toronto Fire Fighters Toy Drive is available at http://www.torontofirefighterstoydrive.org/Toy_Drive/Home.html. More information about the Daily Bread Food Bank is available at http://www.dailybread.ca/. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Mayor's Office","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"Keerthana.Kamalavasan@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto partnership with Microsoft Canada to be announced at launch of forum for small businesses","txtID" : "14E703DF9FABC51185258056004A91EC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "10", "day" : "24", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Microsoft Canada President Janet Kennedy will announce a new partnership by the City of Toronto and Microsoft Canada that will provide productivity cloud-based tools and services for Toronto small businesses. The announcement will highlight the launch of the Toronto's 16th annual Small Business Forum by Mayor Tory and Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the Economic Development Committee; tomorrow morning. Date: Tuesday; October 25 Time: 9 a.m. Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre; South Building; 222 Bremner Blvd.; Level 800 The forum; Toronto's largest conference for small businesses and entrepreneurs; is attended by more than 2;500 people annually and gives established and new businesses alike the opportunity to network and learn from business community peers; including successful entrepreneurs; investors; lending institutions; sector experts and government program providers. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/smallbizforum. The forum can be followed on social media using the handle @enterpriseTO and the hashtag #SBFTO. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto presents its annual Small Business Forum","txtID" : "C1F61A0FF4269E8385257EDE0052FD4A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee; will provide opening remarks for the Small Business Forum. The City's General Manager of Economic Development & Culture; Michael H. Williams; and the General Manager of Employment & Social Services; Patricia Walcott; will also be providing remarks. Date: Thursday; October 15 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Councillor Thompson remarks at 9 a.m.; remarks by Williams and Walcott at 10 a.m.) Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre South Building; Level 800 Presented by Enterprise Toronto; the Small Business Forum will feature a keynote presentation by Ray Reddy; co-founder and CEO of Ritual. In addition to four panel discussions; the forum will present numerous opportunities to network with business experts. The forum will also feature more than 100 exhibitors; including 18 business incubators. Admission is free but registration is required. More information and registration is available at http://www.toronto.ca/smallbizforum. Follow along with @enterpriseTO and #SBFTO on Twitter. The forum is supported by sponsors that include Metroland; TD and YellowPages. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto presents Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Leadership Awards","txtID" : "DB0A59400A755B59852582A6006383AC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the Economic Development Committee; will present the annual Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Leadership Awards at Monday's meeting of the Economic Development Committee. Date: Monday; June 11 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Committee Room 1; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The PAYE Leadership Awards recognize outstanding contributions; leadership and dedication to the City's PAYE initiative by honouring individuals and organizations that increase access to employment opportunities for Toronto's youth. This is the fourth year that PAYE champions will be honoured for their involvement; influence and impact on Toronto's youth. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Anna Fiorino","txtContactArea" :"Employment and Social Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9052","txtContactEmail" :"Anna.Fiorino@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto ready for the winter season – on and under City streets","txtID" : "0E1AD2D55B997518852581DE00660E8A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "11", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto is ready for the winter season. Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will discuss the City’s plans for winter operations; including snow clearing; road salting and response to watermain breaks; as well as steps the public can take to prevent frozen pipes at home. Date: Wednesday; November 22 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Works Yard; 433 Eastern Ave. Note to editors/photo editors: some of the City’s snow clearing equipment will be available to photograph; as will samples of old watermains and watermain break repair equipment. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391, 416-553-1076 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"cheryl.sanjuan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto recognizes caregivers at Caregiver Day event","txtID" : "8350740FA2075F768525825F004D5604","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "3", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee; and Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's); Toronto's Seniors Advocate; will celebrate Caregiver Day and recognize caregivers who care for family and friends in need of support. The Mayor and Councillors will be joined by ENRICHES Collaborative; Family Caregiver Voice and over twelve other partner organizations. Date: Tuesday; April 3 Time: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.) Location: Toronto City Hall; Council Chamber; 100 Queen St. W. The theme for this year's event is Connecting Caregivers. The event will include an opportunity to hear inspirational stories from other caregivers and City officials; and to participate in activities that will connect caregivers with each other as well as with industry professionals. Activities will include a session to speed mentor with professionals; a Progress Panel to learn about new caregiver initiatives across Toronto and Ontario; and an interactive technology booth. Attendees will also be treated to onsite massages and a performance by comedian and magician Mark Correia. The event is free however; registration is required as space is limited. Visit https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/caregiver-day-recognition-event-tickets-43611808092?aff=ehomecard to register or call 416-586-4800; ext. 5251. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Andrea Austen","txtContactArea" :"Social Development, Finance & Administration","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5140","txtContactEmail" :"Andrea.Austen@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto remembers D-Day and Battle of Normandy on June 6","txtID" : "EAC7C995790626A6852582A30063249B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and other members of Toronto City Council will welcome veterans; their families and the public to commemorate the 74th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Date: Wednesday; June 6 Time: Noon to 1 p.m.; ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Second World War veteran Charles Scot-Brown will be this year's honoured guest. Born to a Canadian military family; he served during the D-Day invasion as a CANLOAN volunteer officer with the Gordon Highlanders of the United Kingdom. Scot-Brown now resides in Toronto. On June 6; 1944; about 14;000 Canadian troops took part in the D-Day invasion; landing on Juno Beach in Normandy; France. The allied invasion advanced the liberation of Europe during the Second World War. There will also be a photo exhibit in the rotunda of City Hall to commemorate D-Day. Archival photographs taken during the war and personal images provided by D-Day veterans and their families will be on display until noon on June 8. The City of Toronto hosts annual programs entitled Toronto Remembers the Wars to commemorate D-Day as well as Remembrance Day on November 11. The City also observes other military milestones to honour all those who have fought; sacrificed and served. More information about the Toronto Remembers the Wars program is available at http://www.toronto.ca/lestweforget. The Toronto Remembers the Wars playlist can be viewed on YouTube at http://bit.ly/DDayVideos2018. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto remembers D-Day on June 6","txtID" : "B3DD2E25C062DA1985257FC7005335B4","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "6", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory along with members of City Council will welcome veterans; their families and the public to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. On June 6; 1944; 14;000 Canadian troops took part in Operation Overlord; commonly known as D-Day; when they landed on Juno Beach in Normandy; France. The allied invasion marked the beginning of the liberation of Europe during the Second World War. The ceremony will be hosted on Nathan Phillips Square on Monday; June 6. Date: Monday; June 6 Time: Noon to 1 p.m. (ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m.) Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Lieutenant-General Richard Rohmer; one of Canada's most distinguished and decorated civilians and a veteran of D-Day; will speak on his experiences during the invasion. The City of Toronto is hosting two photo exhibits in the rotunda of City Hall to commemorate D-Day. My Dear Veterans; by photographer Ludmila Schnaider; features portraits of Canadian citizens who served allied armies around the world during the Second World War. The second exhibit is of archival photographs taken during the war and personal images provided by D-Day veterans and their families. Both exhibits will be available until noon on June 7. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; seven days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"eholmes2@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto Remembrance Day services","txtID" : "D04A12D9D239FFD885257EF500778847","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "11", "day" : "6", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto is hosting several Remembrance Day services across the city on November 8 and 11. Mayor John Tory will deliver greetings and remarks as part of the ceremony at Old City Hall. The Remembrance Day services acknowledge and honour Canadian veterans for their courage and sacrifice while serving their country during times of war; military conflict and peace. Media walkthrough (intended for television and still cameras) Date: Tuesday; November 10 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Old City Hall; Cenotaph; 60 Queen St. W. Remembrance Day services will be held on November 11 at the following locations; Old City Hall; Etobicoke Civic Centre; East York Civic Centre; Fort York National Historic Site; Toronto Centre for the Arts (North York service) and York Civic Centre. On Sunday; November 8; a Remembrance Day service will be held at Scarborough Civic Centre beginning at 2 p.m. Details about the Remembrance Day services are available at http://ow.ly/Ul725. More information about the recognition of Remembrance Day in Toronto is available at http://toronto.ca/lestweforget. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Juanita Christmas","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-7346","txtContactEmail" :"jchrist@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto seeking feedback on Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism","txtID" : "C7A2E771B92245058525811E006CE6B1","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Members of Toronto's Black communities have been invited to provide feedback on a draft of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism tomorrow at a workshop at City Hall. The Action Plan was compiled using ideas from 41 Community Conversations held in partnership with 11 community agencies serving Toronto's diverse Black communities between January and March 2017. The Community Conversations built on the City's Toronto For All campaign which seeks to raise awareness around issues of Islamophobia; anti-Black racism; homelessness and transphobia. Date: Saturday; May 13 Location: Toronto City Hall Rotunda; 100 Queen St. W. Time: 1 to 4 p.m.; remarks by Mayor John Tory at 1:10 p.m. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Denise Andrea Campbell","txtContactArea" :"Social Development, Finance & Administration","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8614 (office), 647-200-7348 (mobile)","txtContactEmail" :"DeniseAndrea.Campbell@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto staff currently reviewing latest census data ","txtID" : "4BA88E8801810931852581700047C51D","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "8", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This morning; Statistics Canada issued the latest release of the 2016 Census data on family; marital status and household characteristics; as well as language. City of Toronto staff are reviewing the data and will be available to respond to media inquiries about the latest census findings as of noon tomorrow (August 3). A backgrounder that summarizes key findings and trends will also be released on Thursday; August 3 and posted to the City's demographics web page at http://www.toronto.ca/demographics. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Bruce Hawkins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-3496","txtContactEmail" :"bruce.hawkins@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto staff currently reviewing latest census data","txtID" : "00A26036773AD6A9852580C1004BE8C9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "2", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This morning; Statistics Canada issued the latest release of the 2016 Census data on total population and dwelling counts. City of Toronto staff are reviewing the data and will be available to respond to media inquiries about the latest census findings as of noon tomorrow. A backgrounder that summarizes key findings and trends will also be released on Thursday; February 9 and posted to the City's demographics webpage at http://www.toronto.ca/demographics. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Bruce Hawkins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-3496","txtContactEmail" :"bruce.hawkins@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto staff currently reviewing latest census data","txtID" : "604C47126B5A9CE28525819A00461254","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "9", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This morning; Statistics Canada issued the latest release of the 2016 Census data on income. City staff are reviewing the data and will be available to respond to media inquiries about the latest census findings as of noon tomorrow; September 14. A backgrounder that summarizes key findings and trends will be released shortly after and posted to the City's demographics webpage at http://www.toronto.ca/demographics. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Bruce Hawkins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-3496","txtContactEmail" :"bruce.hawkins@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto staff to outline evaluation plans for Bloor Street bike lanes pilot project","txtID" : "48A7314BF55415958525800C0059D6B5","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "8", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City staff will update the media on measurement strategies that will be used in the evaluation of the year-long Bloor Street bike lanes pilot project. Ashley Curtis; Acting Deputy General Manager; Transportation Services and other city staff will be joined by Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina) and Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina). Date: Friday; August 12 Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: Southwest corner of Bloor Street at Lippincott Street Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"sjohnsto@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto staff to provide update on Vision Zero","txtID" : "B78DFFCE8CEEA885852582AD004DF587","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "General Manager of Transportation Services Barbara Gray will provide an update to media regarding the City's Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. Date: June 15 Time: 12:15 p.m. Location: City Hall; 8th Floor; East Tower; Boardroom A An updated backgrounder on Vision Zero and cycling infrastructure is available: http://ow.ly/JXat30kvTm4 Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kris Scheuer","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0698","txtContactEmail" :"Kris.Scheuer@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to affirm The Royal Regiment of Canada's Freedom of the City","txtID" : "133F12C6BCF3BD4985257FB100520BD5","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "5", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "In a public ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square; Mayor John Tory will affirm the Freedom of the City granted to The Royal Regiment of Canada. Date: Sunday; May 15 Time: noon Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. The ceremony will follow a parade from Moss Park Armoury to City Hall by The Royal Regiment of Canada and its military band. The Freedom of the City is an ancient honour dating back to Roman times that is granted to military units allowing them the privilege to march into a city with drums beating; colours flying and bayonets fixed. The Royal Regiment of Canada; an Army Reserve Regiment based at Fort York Armoury; was granted the Freedom of the City on its 100th anniversary in 1962. Today; this ceremonial honour is granted to a military unit with historic ties to the area in appreciation of its dedicated service. More information about The Royal Regiment of Canada: http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/royal-regiment-canada/index.page Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Tracey Williams","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4146","txtContactEmail" :"twillia8@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to announce its 2016 fundraising goal for United Way ","txtID" : "B052A4FDCDCDB99D8525803500580E51","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "9", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will launch its annual employee campaign for the United Way of Toronto and York Region by announcing the 2016 fundraising goal. City officials will be joined by representatives of the municipal unions and associations at tomorrow's event. Date: Thursday; September 22 Time: 12:30 to 1 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. The Toronto Public Service is joined in its campaign by the Toronto Public Library; Toronto Zoo; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; Toronto Parking Authority and Exhibition Place. The City's employee campaign has raised more than $1 million for the United Way each of the past 15 years. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"cbfernan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to announce its continued participation in second annual international innovation and entrepreneurship competition","txtID" : "34858A248A8E56B78525821000780947","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "1", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East) will be joined by Jenny Qi; Chairperson of Canada Confederation of Shenzhen Associations; to announce Toronto's continued participation in the second China (Shenzhen) International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition; Toronto Division (Sci Innovation Competition). Date: Wednesday; January 10 Time: 10 a.m. to noon (remarks at 10:30 a.m.) Location: Toronto City Hall; Committee Room 3; 100 Queen St. W. In 2016; the City of Toronto and the City of Shenzhen signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to exchange business information and opportunities. Toronto's involvement in the competition is a partnership resulting from the MOU. More information about the competition is available at http://www.itcsz.cn/. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to announce labour disruption contingency plan","txtID" : "314827F3E44D583685257F57004FB500","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "2", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Manager Peter Wallace will speak to the contingency plan for service delivery in the event of a labour disruption involving members of the Toronto Civic Employees' Union (TCEU) Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 79. Deputy City Managers John Livey; Giuliana Carbone and Rob Rossini will also be available. Date: Friday; February 12 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Members Lounge; Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Wynna Brown","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"wbrown1@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"416-919-6503" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to announce Los Angeles business mission ","txtID" : "B428428B62B176E7852580AD0042676E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "1", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Zaib Shaikh; Film Commissioner and Director of the City's Entertainment Industries; and Dennis Berardi; Founder and President of Mr. X Inc.; to announce details of the City's business mission in Los Angeles from January 23 to 25. Date: Thursday; January 19 Time: 12:45 p.m. (remarks by Mayor Tory and Dennis Berardi at 12:45 p.m.) Location: Mr. X Inc.; 720 King St W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate achievements in access, equity and human rights ","txtID" : "3BF085C5D06A052885257F0E0057E2BE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "12", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will present the 2015 Access; Equity and Human Rights Awards tomorrow in recognition of Human Rights Day. Awards will be presented to five recipients who have made a difference in Toronto by eliminating discrimination and barriers to equality. Date: Wednesday; December 2 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The ceremony will include remarks by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and City Manager Peter Wallace; and several councillors will participate in the award presentations. The ceremony will be followed by a reception that will provide an opportunity to meet the award recipients: • Joanne Dallaire; Aboriginal Affairs Award • Farah Mawani; Access Award • Andrea Sesum; Constance E. Hamilton Award • Mark Smith; Pride Award • Kamala-Jean Gopie; William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations More information about the awards is available at http://www.toronto.ca/awards. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"cbfernan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate immigrant mentoring program","txtID" : "2D3E567786B5F77985257F68004E37CC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "2", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; City Manager Peter Wallace and Margaret Eaton; Executive Director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC); will recognize Toronto residents and members of the Toronto Public Service for their participation in the Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program. Date: Monday; February 29 Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: City Hall; Members Lounge; 100 Queen St. W. The Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program is a collaboration between the Mentoring Partnership; which is a TRIEC program; and other community partners that respond to the needs of Toronto's diverse communities and the employment barriers faced by internationally trained professionals. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"cbfernan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate immigrants at first Newcomer Day","txtID" : "134AAC5E4F1CF8D785257E53005D8F70","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Newcomer Leadership Table – made up of representatives from Canada’s three orders of government; community agencies; school boards; health and other sectors – will host the first annual Newcomer Day in Toronto as a way of welcoming newcomers and acknowledging their contributions to Toronto. To officially launch the event; Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport) and Toronto Housing Advocate; will be joined by several dignitaries. They include Bernard Trottier; Member of Parliament/MP for Etobicoke-Lakeshore and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for La Francophonie; and Cristina Martins; Member of Provincial Parliament/MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to Ontario's Minister of Citizenship; Immigration and International Trade. Date: Friday; May 29 Times: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Information Fair on Nathan Phillips Square 12:30 p.m. – Proclamation of Newcomer Day and official remarks on Nathan Phillips Square stage 2 p.m. – Citizenship Ceremony in Council Chamber (Doors will close at 2 p.m. and participants are expected to remain until the proceedings conclude at about 3 p.m. to minimize disruptions.) Location:Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. About 25 community agencies and City divisions will be on hand to share information and resources available to help newcomers settle in Toronto. In addition; 60 people will officially become Canadian citizens in a citizenship ceremony in the Council Chamber. Tony Clement; President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament/MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka (Ontario); will participate in the ceremony to help welcome Canada's newest citizens. More information about Newcomer Day is available at http://www.toronto.ca/newcomer. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :" Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"cbfernan@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate new Driftwood Parkette playground","txtID" : "C7D31984B15D3D3C8525800C0056F19F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "8", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "More than 200 volunteers will join Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West) to build a new community-designed playground at Driftwood Parkette. The City partnered with Foresters Financial; KaBOOM! and many local residents and organizations to give children in the area the childhood they deserve by building a new playground based on children’s drawings and consultation with local children and their parents. Date: Saturday; August 13 Times (approximate): 8:30 to 9 a.m. – Kickoff ceremony and volunteer deployment 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Best viewing of playground construction 1 to 2:30 p.m. – Final construction phase 2:30 to 3 p.m. – Ribbon-cutting ceremony to dedicate playground Location: Driftwood Parkette; 359 Driftwood Ave. (in the vicinity of Jane and Finch) Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Doug Bennet","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-6608, 416-873-2113 (mobile) ","txtContactEmail" :"dbennet3@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Jennifer Peckett","txtContactArea" :"Foresters Financial","txtContactPhone" :" 647-290-0125","txtContactEmail" :"jpeckett@foresters.com" },{"txtContactName" :"Lucy Nutting","txtContactArea" :"KaBOOM!","txtContactPhone" :" 202-464-6195","txtContactEmail" :"lnutting@kaboom.org" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate opening of outdoor pools ","txtID" : "07296FC93289F25B85257E6E006C1DB9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "24", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt) will join Barbara Byers; Director of Public Education for the Lifesaving Society; and members of the local community for the official launch of outdoor pool season in Toronto. Date: Friday; June 26 (weather permitting) Time: 2 to 3 p.m.; remarks at 2 p.m. Location: Kidstown Water Park; 3159 Birchmount Rd. (south of McNicoll Avenue) Weather permitting; 57 outdoor pools across Toronto will begin their full-time summer schedules on June 26 and will remain open with varying schedules until September 6. City staff will be available at Kidstown Water Park to accommodate media who want to take footage of the first outdoor pool day. This location is the designated media site for the day. Media wishing to cover outdoor pool openings are requested to attend between 2 and 3 p.m. Media access will not be granted to any other outdoor pool locations. Water safety messages will be delivered by the Life Saving Society to help children and adults stay safe in; on and around the water. More information about City pools; including pool operating hours; is available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"416-560-8726","txtContactPhone" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate opening of outdoor pools ","txtID" : "340AFFE2D196E86185257FE0004BB928","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "6", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; will be joined by Barbara Byers; Director of Public Education for the Lifesaving Society; Buddy the Lifeguard Dog and members of the community to kick off the outdoor pool season in Toronto. Date: Thursday; June 30 (weather permitting) Time: 1 to 3 p.m. (remarks at 1.30 p.m.) Location: Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pools; 1867 Lake Shore Blvd. E. All 57 outdoor pools will begin their full-time summer schedules on Thursday; June 30 and will remain open with varying schedules until Labour Day weekend. A life-saving demonstration will also take place. In addition; City staff will be on site to accommodate media who want to take footage of the first outdoor pool day. This location will be the only opportunity for media to film from the pool deck on opening day. Media access will not be available at any other outdoor pool locations. More information; including pool operating hours; is available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Matthew Cutler","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"mcutler@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate re-opening of Gibson Park and garden ","txtID" : "CBCD85A3603B9BF785257E54005ED7A0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City officials and staff will join members of the community to celebrate the refurbishment of Gibson Park and its rose garden with a ribbon-cutting event. Date: Saturday; May 30 Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Remarks: 11:30 a.m. Location: Gibson Park; 5172 Yonge St. Features include new plantings; benches; a new garden featuring a variety of heirloom roses; preserved and new apple trees; the Gibson House Museum heritage garden and a commemorative Gibson family granite mural. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"416-560-8726","txtContactPhone" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate revitalized Berczy Park","txtID" : "AA7C855108CB2B258525814B00584E85","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "6", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale); Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York); Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee; architect Claude Cormier and City staff will host the official reopening of Berczy Park in the St. Lawrence neighbourhood. The event will feature performances by choreographer CORPUS; live music; artists; historical re-enactments and activities for children. Date: Wednesday; June 28 Time: 3 to 7 p.m. (official remarks begin at 5 p.m.) Location: Berczy Park; 35 Wellington St. E. Berczy Park is a 3;606-square-metre park designed by renowned landscape architects from Claude Cormier & Associés that features a unique two-tiered fountain surrounded by 27 metal dogs; each spraying water from their mouths. The fountain is positioned in the central plaza with granite mosaic paving; wider sidewalks; grassy berms; garden beds and new trees planted in state-of-the-art Silva Cell growing chambers. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson at the opening of the new Lee Lifeson Art Park","txtID" : "A25608C4E5DC068C8525803000543E41","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "9", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale) will join community members to celebrate the opening of the new music-themed Lee Lifeson Art Park. Part of the Willowdale Park footpath corridor; the new park features new trees; grass; benches; unique music-themed art installations and a small performance space for acoustic concerts. Mayor Tory will present Rush with the Key to the City. George Stroumboulopoulos will conduct an interview with band members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson. Jacob Moon will play some Rush classics. Date: Saturday; September 17 Time: 12:30 p.m.; Mayor Tory to present Key to the City at 1 p.m. Location: 45 Princess Ave.; North York (Limited on-street parking only. No parking permitted on park grounds.) Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Matthew Cutler","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry & Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"mcutler@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Doug Bennet (alternate on-site contact)","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :" 416-873-2113","txtContactEmail" :"dbennet3@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to celebrate the reopening of Playground Paradise","txtID" : "82DE8341251C42E28525824B00737E77","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "3", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Jon Burnside (Ward 26 Don Valley West); representatives of the City of Toronto's Parks; Forestry and Recreation division; and local residents will celebrate the reopening of Playground Paradise in the Flemingdon Community Centre. Date: Saturday; March 10 Time: 10:30 a.m. to noon Location: Flemingdon Community Centre; 150 Grenoble Dr. The ribbon-cutting will unveil the new features of the park including child-friendly; modern play areas as well as a new toddler zone and vertical play maze. Light refreshments will be served. Playground Paradise is a two-storey indoor play structure that was designed to promote active; inclusive and age-appropriate play that challenges physical; social; cognitive and decision-making skills in children up to age 12. Playground Paradise is a shoe-free facility; everyone must bring and wear socks. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jaclyn Carlisle","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5305","txtContactEmail" :"Jaclyn.Carlisle@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to co-host 'hackathon' to look at using open data to help minimize congestion and get traffic moving","txtID" : "2CCAC60C1D9C25B985257ED100455954","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto in conjunction with Evergreen will host TrafficJam; a 48-hour hackathon; from October 2 to 4 to address Toronto's traffic congestion and improve mobility throughout Toronto's road network. Dates: Friday; October 2 to Sunday; October 4 (non-stop; day-and-night event starting at 6 p.m. Friday) Key times for media: 6:30 p.m. Friday – opening remarks by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; and statement of objectives 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday – presentation of ideas and concluding awards ceremony Location: Evergreen Brickworks; 550 Bayview Ave. A total of 150 participants with diverse backgrounds will collaborate to create actionable solutions for improving Toronto's congestion. A team of strategic advisors consisting of transportation experts; government officials; data analysts and others will help participants advance their ideas. All teams will present their submissions to fellow participants and judges. This event is part of the City of Toronto’s ongoing efforts toward investing in the power of big data to help understand how; where and when people travel and how the City can use this information to better assist the public in moving around Toronto. The City’s involvement is being led by Transportation Services’ Big Data Innovation Team; which is working on a strategy for how the City can and should use big data to improve travel by all modes. Evergreen is a national not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature; and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments; Evergreen is improving the health of our cities – now and for the future. Last year; 9;015 volunteers; dedicating over 38;000 hours; planted more than 24;880 trees; shrubs and wildflowers; supported over 35 events and projects and 71 markets; strengthening communities and connecting citizens with nature. 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For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"sjohnsto@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Jesse Darling","txtContactArea" :"Evergreen CityWorks","txtContactPhone" :"647-999-9366","txtContactEmail" :"jdarling@evergreencityworks.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to hold Digital Main Street forum to support businesses","txtID" : "71F043035D32C00C852580F9005DE131","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "4", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the City of Toronto's Economic Development Committee; will provide greetings at the City's first Digital Main Street forum. Date: Thursday; April 6 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Councillor remarks at 9:30 a.m.) Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Launched in June 2016; Digital Main Street is an innovative business support program that helps Toronto's small businesses by making the adoption of digital technologies easy. It's the first of its kind worldwide and now serves more than 1;200 business members. The Digital Main Street forum will feature speakers; a technology showcase; mentoring and tactical sessions to help businesses meet their growth goals. Information about this program; which was developed by the City and the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas (TABIA) in collaboration with multiple private and public sector partners; is available at http://www.digitalmainstreet.ca. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"shane.gerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to hold first in series of climate-change events","txtID" : "C336F07784F5F03285257EC7005D2CE4","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "9", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As a part of the TransformTO project; the City of Toronto will host a series of events to hear from thought leaders and community experts about the critical ideas; technologies and programs needed to reach the City's goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent by the year 2050. The first event in the series; TalkTransformation! Preparing for an Extreme Weather Future – Community and Infrastructure Resilience; will focus on Toronto's climate-change resiliency and adaptation strategies. Date: Thursday; September 24 Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Location: Innis Town Hall; University of Toronto; 2 Sussex Ave. Speakers: - Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park); Chair of the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; will provide the introduction. - Seana Irvine; Evergreen; on regional resilience - Dr. Lucy Cummings; Faith and the Common Good; on community resilience hubs - Dr. Patricia McCarney; World Council on City Data/Global Cities Institute; University of Toronto; on metrics for urban resilience - Grant Humes; Toronto Financial District BIA; on the resilience opportunity Media and the general public are invited to attend. Members of the public are asked to register in advance because space is limited. More information about TransformTO and registration for the September 24 event: http://toronto.ca/transformto Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Rosalynd Rupert","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-3379","txtContactEmail" :"rrupert@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to hold Vision Zero road safety summit","txtID" : "8D9E4B5182AD09E88525828D004D50C0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the City of Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; and staff from the City's Transportation Services Division will host the third annual road safety summit with key stakeholders tomorrow. The participants will discuss safety initiatives and programs; and next steps toward the goal of eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on city streets. Date: Tuesday; May 15 Times: 9 to 10 a.m. Reception/opening remarks (media welcome) 10 to 11:50 a.m. Roundtable discussion (not open to the media) 11:50 a.m. Closing remarks (media welcome) Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391, 416-553-1076 (cell) ","txtContactEmail" :"Cheryl.SanJuan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to hold Youth Week events starting tomorrow","txtID" : "EEC1F38B7A451DD28525811700558936","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Youth Cabinet will hold Youth Week from May 6 to 13. Youth Week is a series of events intended to celebrate and showcase the talents of youth; from diverse communities across Toronto; in the areas of civic engagement; recreation and sports. A wide range of events and activities are planned; including job fairs; sport tournaments and art events. Showcase events include: If I Ruled T.O. Youth Week kicks off with a free; one-day conference on Saturday; May 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at City Hall. Youth are invited to share ideas on community building and talk with decision-makers about what matters to them. STOMP The 16th annual STOMP urban dance competition and showcase will take place at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on Sunday; May 7 from 1 to 6 p.m. STOMP features urban dance styles; up-and-coming youth bands; vocalists; rappers and dub poets. Toronto Youth Cabinet Summit Youth Week ends with the Toronto Youth Cabinet Summit on Saturday; May 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Toronto City Hall. The summit will include interactive workshops and activities highlighting the role of technology in civic engagement. More information and a full list of events is available at http://toronto.ca/youth. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944","txtContactEmail" :"jane.arbour@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to honour 17th annual Toronto Garden Award recipients","txtID" : "057CB23FED3C579685257EDD00579EFF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "At the 17th annual Toronto Garden Awards; Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park); member of the Parks and Environment Committee; will help recognize the owners of residential properties; businesses and organizations who have contributed to beautifying their communities by creating vibrant gardens on their properties. Date: Wednesday; October 14 Time: 12 to 2 p.m.; official remarks: 12:15 p.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; Council Chamber; 100 Queen St. W. Awards will be given to the top winners in five categories: • Traditional Residential • Environmental Residential • High Density Residential • Commercial • Community Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5305, 416-906-3935 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"chsanjua@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to honour excellence in volunteering","txtID" : "0D258ACE49C534AB85258106004A8694","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "4", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will honour and recognize volunteers from City-operated; long-term care homes and community programs for their dedication and service. Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee; along with other members of City Council; will join award recipients at the annual Excellence in Volunteering Awards ceremony. Date: Wednesday; April 19 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Members Lounge; Council Chamber; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion; Accountability; Respect and Excellence. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944","txtContactEmail" :"Jane.Arbour@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to honour excellence in volunteering","txtID" : "CF01E1008BAE0EB68525826E005D2DA5","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "4", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will honour and recognize volunteers from 10 City-run long-term care homes and community programs for their dedication and service. Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday (Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre); along with multiple members of City Council; will join award recipients at Monday's Excellence in Volunteering Awards ceremony. Date: Monday; April 16 Time: Noon to 1 p.m.; opening remarks at 12:10 p.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion; Accountability; Respect and Excellence. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"Natasha.HindsFitzsimmins@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to honour excellence in volunteering","txtID" : "E90F3FEFF32D5B4785257F920051EC97","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "4", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will honour and recognize volunteers from 10 City-run; long-term care homes and community programs for their dedication and service. Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee; along with other members of City Council; will join award recipients at an Excellence in Volunteering Awards ceremony. Date: Wednesday; April 13 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Members Lounge; Council Chamber; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Honourees include individuals and groups who have been selected for demonstrating a Commitment to CARE (Compassion-Accountability-Respect-Excellence) ─ which are the core values of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes & Services. Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging. For more information and volunteering opportunities visit: http://www.toronto.ca/ltc Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. 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Date: Friday; April 24 Time: 9:50 a.m. graduates' photo opportunity with the Mayor. Remarks: 10:15 a.m. Location: Colony Ballroom; Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre; 89 Chestnut St. (south of Dundas Street West) Over the past 10 years; more than a thousand students from over 40 secondary schools have graduated from the program after receiving training in first aid; aquatics; coaching; tennis; skiing; basketball and fitness. The training has qualified them to become lifeguards; camp counsellors; coaches and ski and tennis instructors. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Date: Tuesday; May 17 Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Location: Toronto Botanical Gardens; 777 Lawrence Ave. E. Since 2006; more than 2;000 youth from schools across Toronto have graduated from the program. The training they receive in first aid; aquatics; coaching; tennis; basketball and fitness has qualified them to become lifeguards; camp counsellors; coaches and sport instructors. More information about the Toronto Sport Leadership Program is available at http://www.torontosportleadershipprogram.com. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. 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The ceremony/flag raising honours the contributions of Louis Riel and the Métis people to the development of Canada. Date: Wednesday; November 16 Time: 8:45 a.m.; flag raising; 9 a.m.; ceremony in the Members Lounge Location: Podium Roof; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. 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For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Mae Maracle","txtContactArea" :"Equity, Diversity and Human Rights Division","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5583","txtContactEmail" :"mmaracle@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to honour Métis people at flag raising for Louis Riel Day","txtID" : "B8B4F83506E3D0D1852581D9005426DA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "11", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will join community representatives tomorrow in a ceremony and Métis flag raising to mark Louis Riel Day in Toronto. The ceremony/flag-raising honours the contributions of Louis Riel and the Métis people to the development of Canada. Date: Thursday; November 16 Time: 9 a.m. – flag raising Location: Podium roof; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"Chris.Fernandes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to host finals of youth cricket tournament","txtID" : "B7D7132E6AB0FC6985257E530046FD1A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and City of Toronto staff in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) will host the finals of the Mayor's School Cricket Tournament on Saturday. The winner will receive the CIBC Trophy. Date: Saturday; May 30 Time: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; ceremonial remarks at 9:30 a.m. Location: Sunnybrook Park; North Pitch; 1132 Leslie St. Joining City officials at the ceremony will be Martin Saxton; Chair of CIMA Canada; Raza Hasan; Vice President of CIBC; and Donna Quan; Director of the Toronto and District School Board. For this fifth annual event; the champions from Mississauga; Brampton and Markham will compete against the Toronto champions. Event organizers will also welcome parents; coaches; teachers and other cricket enthusiasts. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to host fourth annual Toronto Newcomer Day","txtID" : "C154A57F32FFF09D8525829B005FFAAA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will host the City of Toronto's annual Toronto Newcomer Day at City Hall tomorrow to welcome newcomers to Toronto and celebrate their contributions. Mayor Tory will be joined by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough Agincourt) and Councillor Neethan Shan (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River); the City of Toronto's Newcomer Advocates. Toronto Newcomer Day will include a community citizenship ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square held in partnership with Immigration; Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship for new Canadian citizens. Date: Tuesday; May 29 (rain or shine) Location: Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Times: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – information fair and family-friendly activities 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – formal program including Proclamation of Newcomer Day; official remarks and dance/musical performances 2 to 3:15 p.m. – community citizenship ceremony Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall will be alive with a newcomer artist marketplace; an information fair; tours of City Hall; an antique fire truck; a speakers' corner; roaming storytellers; gardening and other family-friendly activities. More than 70 community agencies and City divisions will be on hand to share information and resources available to help newcomers settle in Toronto. Toronto Newcomer Day is sponsored by Metroland Media; Tim Hortons; Chatr and HSBC Canada. Everyone is welcome to take part in this free event. More information about Newcomer Day is available at http://www.toronto.ca/newcomerday. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"Natasha.HindsFitzsimmins@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to host second event in series on climate change","txtID" : "A5D2FAF5BF56A64385257EEB006575FE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will host the second event in the Talk Transformation! series of climate-change events. This event; called Talk Transformation! Buildings and Energy in a Low-Carbon Toronto; will focus on net-zero buildings (that is; buildings with zero net energy consumption); energy efficiency in general and community energy planning. Date: Thursday; October 29 Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Location: North York Memorial Community Hall; 5110 Yonge St. (north of Sheppard Avenue) Talk Transformation! is part of TransformTO; a two-year project that will engage Toronto residents and businesses in discussing the transformative changes needed to reduce the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent while also improving public health; enhancing the local economy and reducing social inequalities. Speakers: - Councillor Sarah Doucette (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park); a member of the Subcommittee on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; will provide the introduction. - Michael Brooks of REALpac will talk about how the commercial real estate industry can help to reduce carbon emissions of large buildings. - Katie Harper of Project Neutral will speak about community carbon-reduction strategies. - Leslie Malone of the Acadia Centre will speak about advancing the clean-energy economy. This free event is open to the public as well as media. Members of the public are asked to register in advance because space is limited. More information about TransformTO and registration for the October 29 event is available at http://toronto.ca/transformto. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Valerie Cassells","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8306, 416-660-1712 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"vcassel@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to host STOMP urban dance competition and showcase","txtID" : "3E288FC5A2419C2F852582830052DABC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Talented youth will take to the stage on Sunday for the 17th annual STOMP urban dance competition and showcase. STOMP is one of Youth Week's highlight events. Date: Sunday; May 6 Time: 1 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; 1 Front St. E. STOMP features youth ages six to 24 from Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation dance programs; private dance companies; community dance groups and showcase teams. Featured styles of dance include step; break; hip-hop; dancehall; Bollywood; jazz and contemporary. Tickets and more information are available at http://www.toronto.ca/stomp. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944, 437-346-2815 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"Jane.Arbour@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to host STOMP urban dance competition/showcase ","txtID" : "FD3FC6E7CFEC545B85257E5B006718AF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth); Vice Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; and City staff will welcome a group of talented youth as they take centre stage at the annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition and Showcase on Sunday. Date: Sunday; June 7 Time: 1 to 6 p.m.; remarks at 1 p.m. Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts; 1 Front St. E. (at Yonge St.) The event will feature performances that incorporate various styles of urban dance; such as step; b-boy; bollywood; break; hiphop; dancehall; jazz and contemporary; with about 250 performers ages six to 24 from Parks; Forestry and Recreation dance programs and other youth-serving agencies. STOMP is one of many youth initiatives developed by Parks; Forestry and Recreation to foster an environment where youth are safe; celebrated and encouraged to showcase their creativity. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/stomp. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :" ","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to host third annual Newcomer Day ","txtID" : "C66ADEE30C89E9228525811E004A1633","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "On Monday; the Toronto Newcomer Office will host Toronto Newcomer Day at City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. Mayor John Tory will welcome newcomers to Toronto and celebrate their contributions. He will be joined by Laura Albanese; Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough Agincourt); the City of Toronto's Newcomer Advocate; and Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. Toronto Newcomer Day will include a community citizenship ceremony on Nathan Phillips Square held in partnership with Immigration; Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Date: Monday; May 15 (rain or shine) Location: Nathan Phillips Square and Toronto City Hall Times: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – information fair and family-friendly activities 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – formal program including Proclamation of Newcomer Day by Mayor Tory; official remarks and musical performances 2 to 3:15 p.m. – community citizenship ceremony Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall will be alive with a newcomer artist marketplace; an information fair; tours of City Hall; an antique fire truck; speakers' corner; roaming storytellers; gardening and other family-friendly activities. More than 50 community agencies and City divisions will be on hand to share information and resources available to help newcomers settle in Toronto. Toronto Newcomer Day is sponsored by Metroland Media; Tim Hortons and Chatr. Everyone is welcome to take part in this free event. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/newcomerday. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944","txtContactEmail" :"jane.arbour@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to host third event in climate series on Thursday ","txtID" : "681B03AA8800FF6F85257F06004D3DFD","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "11", "day" : "23", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will host the third event in the TalkTransformation! series at the Scarborough Civic Centre on November 26; with the focus on generating ideas to reduce emissions from transportation – the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto. Date: Thursday; November 26 Time: Panel discussion from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; interactive activities begin at 6:30 p.m. Location: Council chamber; Scarborough Civic Centre; 150 Borough Dr. Matt Elliott; urban affairs columnist with Metro Toronto newspaper; will moderate the panel discussion. Featured speakers/panelists are Marianne Hatzopoulou of the University of Toronto; Adam Arnold of UrbanTrans North America and City staff members Hilary Holden of City Planning and Ashley Curtis of Transportation Services. The TalkTransformation! series is part of TransformTO; an initiative to engage Toronto residents and businesses in imagining the transformative changes needed to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent while at the same time improving public health and the local economy and reducing social inequalities. More information and public registration (space is limited) for the November 26 event are available at http://toronto.ca/transformto. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Valerie Cassells","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-660-1712","txtContactEmail" :"vcassel@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to host tree planting in celebration of National Tree Day","txtID" : "2D794F3886AE581785258034004EDD13","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "9", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City staff will join partner representatives from Tree Canada and Telus along with approximately 50 volunteers to plant over 75 trees to celebrate National Tree Day. National Tree Day falls on the Wednesday of National Forest Week each September to celebrate and recognize the impact trees have on community health and well-being. During National Forest Week; Canadians are invited to learn more about Canada’s forest heritage and raise awareness about this valuable and renewable resource. Date: Wednesday; September 21 Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Location: Eglinton Flats Park; 101 Emmett Ave. About Tree Canada Tree Canada is a not-for-profit charitable organization established to encourage Canadians to plant and care for trees in urban and rural environments. Tree Canada engages Canadian companies; government agencies and individuals to support the planting of trees; the greening of schoolyards and other efforts to sensitize Canadians to the benefits of planting and maintaining trees. Since 1992; more than 80 million trees have been planted; over 580 schoolyards have been greened and Tree Canada has helped organize eleven national urban forest conferences. http://www.treecanada.ca Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Doug Bennet","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-6608, 416-873-2113 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"dbennet3@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to kick off Youth Week","txtID" : "6205C7B56BA622218525827C00479C03","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "4", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto; in partnership with R.I.S.E.; The Remix Project; Urban Arts and the Toronto Youth Cabinet; will kick off Youth Week celebrations with a special live performance. Councillor Neethan Shan (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River) and City representatives will attend the event to celebrate Toronto youth. Date: Monday; April 30 Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Youth Week runs from May 1 to 7 and will feature a series of events to celebrate and showcase the talents of youth from diverse communities across Toronto in the areas of civic engagement; arts; recreation and sports. A wide range of events and activities are planned; including job fairs; conferences; sport tournaments and art events. More information about Youth Week and a full list of events is available at http://www.toronto.ca/youthweek. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"Natasha.HindsFitzsimmins@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to launch Adopt a Street Tree project ","txtID" : "E4B5D3A6234E04BD85257E62005AF1BF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will celebrate the launch of the Adopt a Street Tree pilot project generously supported by funding from a 2015 TD Green Streets grant awarded by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and Tree Canada. Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York) and Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York) will welcome representatives from TD FEF; Tree Canada; partners from the local Business Improvement Area; Danforth East Community Association and project volunteers to provide brief remarks; which will be followed by a tree care demonstration with expert staff from LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests). Date: Monday; June 15 Time: 1 to 2 p.m.; remarks: 1:10 p.m. Location: 3060 Danforth Avenue; in front of the TD Branch (northwest corner of Danforth Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue) Of the estimated 10.2 million trees in Toronto; approximately six per cent are street trees growing in urban conditions. Street trees improve pedestrian health by reducing pollution and noise; and providing shade. Street trees also enhance street beauty and increase commercial and property values. This pilot program will raise awareness about street trees in Toronto and foster a strong partnership with community volunteers to support the City's tree canopy goals. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"416-560-8726","txtContactPhone" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to launch enhanced youth space at Heron Park Community Recreation Centre ","txtID" : "7FF5CEB6923CE0F785257ED20048306F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Councillor Ron Moeser (Ward 44 Scarborough East); City of Toronto staff and youth from the community will join members of the City's Youth Space Advisory Committee and local youth organizations to celebrate the official launch of the enhanced youth space at Heron Park Community Recreation Centre. Date: Monday; October 5 Time: 3 to 5:30 p.m.; remarks 3:45 p.m. Location: Heron Park Community Recreation Centre; 292 Manse Rd. (south of Lawrence Avenue East and east of Morningside Avenue) The celebration will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the youth space. The model for the enhanced youth spaces was approved by City Council in 2014 and focuses on three components: dedicated space for youth; consistent staff and programming tailored to youth interests. The youth space at Heron Park Community Recreation Centre will be the third of seven to officially launch this year. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Tamara Staranchuk","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4062, 416-999-6367 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"tstaran@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to launch new Open Data Portal","txtID" : "670D356F5CC983DC852582800066438D","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East); the City's Chief Information Officer; Rob Meikle; and other City staff will officially launch the City’s new Open Data Portal. Also in attendance will be members of Toronto’s open data community; tech community and others. Date: Wednesday; May 2 Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Toronto Reference Library; Atrium; 789 Yonge St. In January; Council approved the City’s first Open Data Master Plan and Roadmap. A key outcome of the Plan is to deliver the new Open Data Portal which is a data visualization webpage that will make the City's data more accessible to everyone; no matter their technical background or knowledge. More information about open data at the City is available at http://www.toronto.ca/open. Videos about open data at the City are also available on a YouTube playlist available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKGiroppeGI&list=PL9B18B24B60B7994E. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to launch new youth space in Flemingdon Park community","txtID" : "5ABA48245A57883B85257F5300537F2C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "2", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The official launch of the Flemo City Media Lounge and Recording Studio as a youth space at the City of Toronto's Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre will be held tomorrow. Councillor Jon Burnside (Ward 26 Don Valley West) will join City staff and representatives from the United Way; Jays Care Foundation and Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office; along with local youth; to celebrate the launch. The celebration will include a plaque unveiling and remarks by dignitaries. Date: Tuesday; February 9 Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Remarks at 5:15 p.m. Location: Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre; 29 St. Dennis Dr. (Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue area) This new community facility; undertaken as a partnership of Parks; Forestry and Recreation and the Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office; was made possible by donations to the City by the Jays Care Foundation and the United Way Toronto and York Region's Youth Challenge Fund. The lounge and recording studio will be the site of learning opportunities in sound engineering; broadcasting and photography for youth and young adults 13 to 29 years of age. In addition; operating this new space is expected to help members of the governing youth committee develop leadership and entrepreneurial skills. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Matthew Cutler","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"mcutler@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to launch Ready, Set, PLAY","txtID" : "0905F2995A1398E88525801800725F7A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "8", "day" : "23", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto is launching a new physical literacy program that will roll out in September. Parks; Forestry and Recreation staff will be joined by Paul Rosen; Paralympic gold medal winner; Dwight Drummond of CBC Television; who will MC the event; along with children from local City of Toronto summer camps; the Raptors mascot; and Tio the Moose; Toronto’s City of Sport mascot; to launch Ready; Set; PLAY! Date: Thursday; August 25 Time: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. (podium green roof) Physical literacy programs aim to help children enjoy being physically active by helping them master fundamental movement and sport skills. Starting in September; Ready; Set; PLAY! will be available in more than 80 community recreation centres across Toronto. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cathy Vincelli","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5349","txtContactEmail" :"cvincel@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to launch Recreation and Parks Month ","txtID" : "2C241564F912ACE585257FC0006EC996","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "5", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; will join City staff to launch Recreation and Parks Month in Toronto. They will also celebrate the winning photographers and their work in the Snap & Share the Wonders of Winter in Toronto Photo Contest presented by Nikon Canada. Date: Tuesday; May 31 Time: 5 to 7 p.m.; remarks at 5:30 p.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Recreation and Parks Month was created to raise awareness of the benefits of recreation and parks; trails and green spaces; and to encourage residents to get outside and be active in their communities. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Rob Richardson","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9861, cell 416-527-2997","txtContactEmail" :"rrichard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to launch Vision Zero Challenge","txtID" : "93FF983064419DB98525829C004CD4F1","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the City of Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; City of Toronto transportation staff and representatives of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship at Ryerson University will officially launch the eight-week Vision Zero Challenge. The Challenge will encourage participants to develop data-driven solutions to help identify where policy-makers should prioritize transportation safety improvements. Date: Thursday; May 31 Time: 6:30 p.m. (registration begins at 6 p.m.) Location: Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship; 20 Dundas St. W.; Suite 921 More information is available at http://www.visionzerotochallenge.ca. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jasmine Patrick","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-6986","txtContactEmail" :"Jasmine.Patrick@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Jesse Darling","txtContactArea" :"Brookfield Institute","txtContactPhone" :"647-999-9366","txtContactEmail" :"Jesse.Darling@ryerson.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to launch Young Women in Leadership Award in memory of Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell","txtID" : "CD78A8B43B649DEE8525821800504CD3","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "1", "day" : "17", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will announce the launch of a new award to recognize young women's exceptional leadership in memory of Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell during a break of the 2018 Protégé program orientation tomorrow. Date: Thursday; January 18 Time: 12:15 p.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; 'A' Street Reception; 100 Queen St. W. (the Protégé program orientation will be held in Committee Room 3) The City's Protégé program provides mentorship opportunities for young women. More information about the Pam McConnell Young Women in Leadership Award will be available at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/ after the announcement. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Olga Lukich","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"Olga.Lukich@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to mark 10th anniversary of drug strategy addressing the harms of substance use","txtID" : "CEB2A61585E55FCF85257EF5005B7206","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "11", "day" : "6", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Public Health will host a media event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Toronto Drug Strategy; Toronto's municipal action plan on alcohol and other drugs. The plan was established to reduce the harms of substance use and to improve the quality of life of individuals; families and communities in Toronto. A report will be released at this event highlighting the strategy's key accomplishments over the past decade. Date: Monday; November 9 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Members Lounge; Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Photo and interview opportunities will be available with Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina); Chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel; Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's); Chair of the Toronto Board of Health; and Dr. David McKeown; Toronto's Medical Officer of Health. Their main focus will be the role of the drug strategy and its milestones/achievements. The media event will be followed by a forum at noon on drug-policy issues. In addition to Councillors Cressy and Mihevc; and Dr. McKeown; the forum's speakers will include Senator Larry Campbell; former mayor of Vancouver; Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park); Kyle Rae; former Toronto councillor; Zoe Dodd of the South Riverdale Community Health Centre; and Susan Shepherd; Toronto Drug Strategy Secretariat. The forum will be open to the public. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keisha Mair","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Public Health","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-8020","txtContactEmail" :"kmair2@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to officially open curling sheets at Harry Gairey outdoor rink ","txtID" : "1A75B91BBBC4AFC185257DC800639501","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "1", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) will join Hugh Murphy; President of the Toronto Curling Association; and members of the community to officially open three new curling sheets at Harry Gairey outdoor rink. The launch will feature a curling demonstration and learn-to-curl sessions. Date: Sunday; January 11 Time: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; remarks at 10:30 a.m. Location: Harry Gairey outdoor rink; in Alexandra Park; 275 Bathurst St. The City of Toronto has partnered with the Toronto Curling Association to bring curling to two outdoor rinks this winter. Harry Gairey and West Mall rinks are each home to three curling sheets and all of the necessary equipment; including half-weight stones (9.98 kilograms); brooms; portable hacks (the foot-holds at each end of the ice) and storage containers to house the equipment. Community curling opportunities will be available throughout the season; facilitated by Toronto Curling Association volunteers. Specific event schedules will be posted at the two rinks. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Date: Friday; June 19 Time: 11 a.m. to noon Location: Centre Island; Avenue of the Island (over the bridge; to the right). In 2012; the original Toronto Island hedge maze was dismantled after being crowded out by a cluster of nearby trees. Meany donated $200;000 to provide the materials and equipment required to rebuild the maze. The original 1967 blueprints by the late Peter Vanderwerf; landscape designer; were used to guide the restoration. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"416-560-8726","txtContactPhone" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to open east end child care centre","txtID" : "8C2726E9BF01B0D38525818C00505F2B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "8", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; joined by Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee and Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest); will officially open the newest City-operated child care centre in Scarborough. Date: Thursday; August 31 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Kingston Road East Early Learning & Child Care Centre; 3392 Kingston Rd. E. (near Markham Road) ; street parking available on Lochleven Drive Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Andrea Gonsalves","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4149","txtContactEmail" :"andrea.gonsalves@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to present Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Leadership Award","txtID" : "D51558933910A40B8525812F0068F536","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the Economic Development Committee; will present the annual Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Leadership Award at tomorrow's meeting of the Economic Development Committee. Date: Tuesday; May 30 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Committee Room 1; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The PAYE Leadership Award recognizes outstanding contributions; leadership and dedication to the City of Toronto's PAYE initiative by honouring individuals and organizations that increase access to employment opportunities for Toronto's youth. This is the third year that PAYE champions will be recognized with the Leadership Award. The awards will be presented to United Way Toronto and York Region; Clifford Hennig-Pereira; Senior National Manager; Recruitment Advice Centre; RBC; and Sondley Forestan; PAYE Alumni and Customer Service Representative; CIBC. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Anna Fiorino","txtContactArea" :"Employment and Social Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9052","txtContactEmail" :"Anna.Fiorino@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to present the first Pam McConnell Young Women in Leadership Award on International Women's Day","txtID" : "7678C9B758DE85B8852582490056ED85","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "3", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will present the Pam McConnell Young Women in Leadership Award to its first two recipients. Yusra Khogali; a Black Lives Matter leader; and Talisha Ramsaroop; a leader from the Jane-Finch area involved in community-based organizations; including Promoting Education and Community Health (PEACH); will receive the award. Heather McConnell; daughter of the late Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell will also attend. The presentation is part of the City's International Women's Day celebrations. Date: Thursday; March 8 Time: 6 p.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; Council Chamber; 100 Queen St. W. The award was created in 2018 in memory of Deputy Mayor McConnell; who passed away in 2017. Throughout her career; McConnell was a social justice advocate and worked tirelessly to increase women's participation in municipal government. The award in her honour is open to young Toronto women between the ages of 19 and 26 who demonstrate leadership in volunteerism; are committed to social justice and inspire other young women. More information about the Pam McConnell Young Women in Leadership Award is available at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/awards/. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is ranked as one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Olga Lukich","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"Olga.Lukich@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to proclaim June as Recreation and Parks Month and congratulate winners of Snap and Share photo contest","txtID" : "FC6044F5D5092F9985257E540056A557","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Updated advisory: Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth); Vice-Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina); Vice-Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee; and City staff will join community members to launch the celebration of June as Recreation and Parks Month in Toronto. They will also celebrate the winning photographers and their work in the Snap & Share Your Parks; Forestry and Recreation Moments Photo Contest presented by Nikon Canada. Date: Monday; June 1 Time: 5 to 7 p.m.; remarks at 5:30 p.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto's Recreation and Parks Month was created to draw public attention to the important benefits and values of parks; recreation and forestry to individuals; families; neighbourhoods and communities. The City operates a wide variety of programs and facilities; including playgrounds; pools; ice surfaces; fitness centres; tennis courts; sports fields; five full-service golf courses; hectares of parkland; and 135 community recreation centres. Parks and trails are important resources for individual and community health. They provide affordable; enjoyable places to be active or; for example; to sit and read a book. The City's recreation programs and parks provide children; youth; adults; seniors and people with disabilities the opportunity to participate in physical activity that has immediate and long-term benefits. A photography show called Best of 2014: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Snap & Share Photo Exhibit will be on display during business hours at the following four locations during June: • June 2 to 5 at North York Civic Centre; 5100 Yonge St. • June 8 to 12 at Scarborough Civic Centre; 150 Borough Dr. • June 15 to 21 at Etobicoke Civic Centre; 399 The West Mall • June 22 to 26 at Toronto City Hall (rotunda); 100 Queen St. W. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/events. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to proclaim Pride Week 2015","txtID" : "95C2018EE291C0BF85257E69006FD393","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by members of City Council; Pride Week Co-Chairs and members of the public as he raises the rainbow flag and officially proclaims June 19 to 28 as Pride Week in the city of Toronto. Date: Monday; June 22 Time: noon Location: Podium Roof; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Pride Week has been proclaimed by the City of Toronto since 1991. Pride Week is one of Toronto's Signature Events and is an internationally-recognized celebration which showcases the activism; history and culture of the Lesbian; Gay; Bisexual; Trans; Queer and Two-Spirit (LGBTQ2S) community. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :" David Clark","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :" 416-392-7542","txtContactEmail" :"dclark1@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to provide an update on 24-hour respite sites","txtID" : "0FE7A3497180F163852582A40042134D","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "6", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Paul Raftis; General Manager of the City's Shelter; Support and Housing Administration division; will provide an update to the media on 24-hour respite sites. These sites provide 24-hour essential supports where people experiencing homelessness can find a safe place to rest; food and service referrals. Date: Wednesday; June 6 Time: 10 a.m. Location: City Hall; Members Lounge; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Pat Anderson","txtContactArea" :"Shelter, Support and Housing Administration","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4328","txtContactEmail" :"Patricia.Anderson@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to provide an update on efforts to make recreation registration better","txtID" : "C5C6E4DE5E7CE788852580D70073CDCC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "3", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will join City of Toronto staff to update media on the City's efforts to make recreation registration better for residents in advance of the spring/summer recreation registration that starts this weekend. Date: Friday; March 3 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: York Recreation Centre; 115 Black Creek Dr. Photo and interview opportunities will be available with Mayor Tory; Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; Councillor Frank Di Giorgio (Ward 12 York South-Weston) and Councillor Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston). Janie Romoff; the City's General Manager of Parks; Forestry and Recreation; will also be available to provide information. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Matthew Cutler","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"PFRMediaLine@Toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to provide details for 2017 construction season ","txtID" : "500ED359991CF375852580FB00554C72","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "4", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the City of Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will talk about the City's plans and schedules for construction work; renewal of infrastructure and construction co-ordination efforts as the City gears up for the 2017 construction season. Date: Monday; April 10 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Southeast corner of intersection at Mill Street and Cherry Street; Toronto Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"steve.johnston@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to provide details for 2018 construction season","txtID" : "EFFD84CE2C3401EE85258287004773AF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the City of Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will talk about the City's scheduled construction and infrastructure renewal work and construction co-ordination efforts as the City gears up for the 2018 construction season. Date: Wednesday; May 9 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Intersection of Parliament Street and Gerrard Street East Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391, 416-553-1076 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"Cheryl.SanJuan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to provide update on Road Safety Plan initiatives","txtID" : "BE48458463E2196385258057005E9DE6","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "10", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will provide information about the city's work to improve safety for road users as part of the City's recently adopted Road Safety Plan. Date: Thursday; October 27 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Dundas Street and River Street; southeast corner Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"steve.johnston@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to provide update on rooming house strategy","txtID" : "8599382E9F8B6FAA85257E2800705D88","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Housing Advocate Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport) will provide an update on the City of Toronto's multi-pronged rooming house strategy tomorrow. She will be joined by Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) and staff of the Municipal Licensing and Standards division. Date: Thursday; April 16 Time: 1 p.m. Location: 6 St. Andrew St. – outdoors Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Gil Hardy","txtContactArea" :"Affordable Housing Office","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4701","txtContactEmail" :"ghardy@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to raise flag and proclaim Paralympic Winter Games Day","txtID" : "48C9F1BAA078CF00852582490053668C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "3", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and other members of Toronto City Council will be joined by Rem Langan; a member of the Canadian Paralympic Committee's board of directors; and Canadian Paralympic medallists to raise the flag of the Canadian Paralympic Committee. The event will mark the opening of the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and demonstrate support for the Canadian athletes competing in PyeongChang; South Korea. Date: Thursday; March 8 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Podium roof; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The flag will be raised on the podium roof and then moved to the Queen Street flagpole on Nathan Phillips Square on March 9. The flag will fly on the Queen Street flagpole until the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Games finish on March 18. During the flag rising; Mayor Tory will proclaim March 9; 2018 as Paralympic Winter Games Day in Toronto. A total of 55 athletes are expected to represent Canada in all five disciplines: Para alpine; Para ice hockey; Para nordic (cross-country and biathlon); Para snowboarding and wheelchair curling. It will be the largest Canadian athlete delegation ever to compete at the Paralympic Winter Games. Nineteen athletes on the team are from Ontario; and Erin Latimer (para alpine) and Greg Westlake (para ice hockey) are from Toronto. The Canadian Paralympic Committee has provided a complete list of Canadian Paralympians competing in PyeongChang: http://bit.ly/2GMnSkA Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Mayor's Office","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to raise flag of Canadian Olympic Committee","txtID" : "C724CA513EA53AFE8525822D007660EF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "2", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and several other members of Toronto City Council will raise the flag of the Canadian Olympic Committee tomorrow in anticipation of the opening of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and in support of the Canadian athletes competing at PyeongChang. Date: Thursday; February 8 Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Podium roof; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The flag will be raised on the podium roof and then moved to the Queen Street flagpole on Nathan Phillips Square on February 9. The flag will fly on the Queen Street flagpole until PyeongChang 2018 finishes on February 25. A total of 225 athletes; 68 of them from Ontario and as many as 30 who grew up; live in or train in Toronto; are expected to represent Canada in PyeongChang; South Korea. It will be the largest ever delegation from Canada at a Winter Olympic Games. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Mayor's Office","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to recognize Overdose Awareness Day","txtID" : "AB028798192512A98525801F0047A448","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "8", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel that oversees Toronto's municipal action plan on alcohol and other drugs will hold a media event on Wednesday to mark August 31 as International Overdose Awareness Day in Toronto. This international day remembers people who have lost their lives to overdose and raises awareness about the need to prevent future deaths. Date: Wednesday; August 31 Time: 10 to 10:30 a.m. Location: Committee Room 2; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Photo and interview opportunities will be available with Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina); Chair of the Toronto Drug Strategy Implementation Panel; and members of Toronto's harm reduction community. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keisha Mair","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Public Health","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-8020","txtContactEmail" :"kmair2@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Raymond Ngu","txtContactArea" :"Councillor Cressy's Office","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4044","txtContactEmail" :"raymond.ngu@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to reopen Lower Don Trail","txtID" : "FBAAB05D3AE4A22A852581A3004AB877","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "9", "day" : "22", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As part of Ravine Days; a weekend-long celebration of Toronto's ravine network; Mayor John Tory; joined by Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York); Chair of the City's Parks and Environment Committee; Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) and Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale); will be on hand to reopen the Lower Don Trail at the new Pottery Road trail bridge. Date: Saturday; September 23 Time: 9:50 a.m. – dignitaries arrive at the Pottery Road Trail Bridge by bicycle 10 a.m. – remarks Location: Pottery Road Trail Bridge; East Side; south of Todmorden Mills. Media parking is available at Todmorden Mills parking lot. The event will begin with a bike ride from Evergreen Brick Works to the Pottery Road Trail Bridge and will include food; games; music and activities at locations along the trail including the Cloverleaf; Riverdale Park East and Corktown Common. More Ravine Days activities are listed at http://www.toronto.ca/ravines. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Line","txtContactArea" :"416-560-8726","txtContactPhone" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to unveil new garden-themed mural at holiday lighting ceremony","txtID" : "7309189F94CBB65A852581DB006D912C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "11", "day" : "17", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto's StreetARToronto program has partnered with the Toronto Parking Authority and the St. Clair Gardens Business Improvement Area (BIA) to support a new mural The Gardens of St. Clair. Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport) will join partner representatives and the local artists who worked on this piece for the unveiling. The mural is comprised of graffiti art surrounded by a garden scene created by Mike Wunder Kennedy and executed by 16 different artists on 10 adjacent properties. The unveiling will be followed by the annual BIA holiday lighting ceremony. Date: Friday; November 17 Mural unveiling: 5 p.m.; Toronto Parking Authority; 20 Prescott Ave. Holiday lighting ceremony: 6 p.m.; Don Panos Parkette; 3 Prescott Ave. StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. StART programs encourage active transportation such as walking and cycling and create opportunities for positive engagement among residents; business; artists; arts organizations and City staff. Replacing vandalism with vibrant; colourful art work makes our streets safer as well as more beautiful and showcases local artists; mentors emerging creative talent and reduces overall infrastructure maintenance costs. While based on themes relevant to local neighbourhoods; StART art works and artists also reflect the City of Toronto's motto: Diversity our Strength and foster a greater sense of belonging among all. StART is an initiative of the City of Toronto; Transportation Services Division; Public Realm Section. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jodi Callan","txtContactArea" :"Transportation Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-320-3855","txtContactEmail" :"Jodi.Callan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to unveil new school safety zones on first day of school","txtID" : "8F7D756937FCBE048525818E004D3C92","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "9", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As children begin the first day of school; Mayor John Tory and Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will join Superintendent Gord Jones; Toronto Police Service; Sara Whitehead; a public health physician and road safety expert representing the Partnership for Healthy Cities and Vital Strategies and Trustee Gerri Gershon (Ward 13); Toronto District School Board; to unveil the City’s new School Safety Zones. The Zones have new features aimed at improving the safety of children walking to school and are part of the City’s $80-million Vision Zero Road Safety Plan. Date: Tuesday; September 5 Time: 7:30 a.m. (arrival) ; 7:45 a.m. (official remarks) Location: Grenoble Public School; 9 Grenoble Dr. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391, 416-553-1076 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"cheryl.sanjuan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to unveil six-storey mural at Bendale Acres","txtID" : "7B6D61A5D4FD5444852582A4006D5F2E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "6", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As part of Seniors Month celebrations in Toronto; Mayor John Tory will be joined by City of Toronto staff and community partners to officially unveil a six-storey mural at Bendale Acres tomorrow. The intergenerational art project in Scarborough was created in collaboration with the residents of the home; StreetARToronto and VIBE Arts. Bendale Acres is one of 10 homes directly operated by Toronto Long-Term Care Homes and Services. Date: Thursday; June 7 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Bendale Acres; 2920 Lawrence Ave. E. (in the garden) The event will move into the building's foyer if it is raining. Long-Term Care Homes and Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion; Accountability; Respect and Excellence. StreetARToronto (StART) is a suite of innovative programs specifically designed for streets and public spaces. An initiative of the Public Realm Section of the City's Transportation Services Division; StART can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/StART_Toronto and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/StreetARToronto. VIBE Arts is an award-winning charitable organization committed to providing children and youth in under-resourced communities with high quality community and school based arts education. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"Natasha.HindsFitzsimmins@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City of Toronto to welcome new firefighters at graduation ceremony ","txtID" : "E6929C3F6BBFB0F385257FFD00482FD2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "7", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto City Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre) and Interim Fire Chief Matt Pegg will welcome 44 new Toronto firefighters at a graduation ceremony tomorrow night. Date: Thursday; July 28 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Toronto Fire Services and Paramedic Services Training Centre; 895 Eastern Ave. This ceremony; which will include the Toronto Fire Services Pipes and Drums; Toronto Fire Fighters War Veterans Colour Guard and the Toronto Fire Services Honour Guard; recognizes the successful completion of 10 weeks of comprehensive training. The recruits will join the Fire Suppression division. The new firefighters; the second graduating group this year; include seven women and people with extensive fire; police and military experience. The graduates' impressive qualifications are indicative of Toronto Fire Services' commitment to hiring applicants with a broad spectrum of knowledge and experience to help achieve the mission of ensuring the public's safety. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"firemedia@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City staff currently reviewing latest census data ","txtID" : "6A6072918E6DCE28852581150046A740","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This morning; Statistics Canada issued the latest release of the 2016 Census data on age and sex; as well as type of dwelling. City of Toronto staff are reviewing the data and will be available to respond to media inquiries about the latest census findings as of noon tomorrow. A backgrounder that summarizes key findings and trends will also be released on Thursday; May 4; and posted to the City's demographics webpage at http://www.toronto.ca/demographics. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Bruce Hawkins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-3496","txtContactEmail" :"bruce.hawkins@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City staff to present preliminary results from review of grassroots basketball in Toronto","txtID" : "F0D95C6ED5CED30E85257F6C0052542E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "3", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation division has undertaken a review of grassroots basketball in Toronto as the first step in creating a Basketball Development Plan for the city. The plan aims to build the capacity and sustainability of community-based basketball across Toronto and will complement the City's Sport Plan; currently under development. Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre) and City staff will present findings to key basketball sector stakeholders and other interested parties at a public information session at City Hall on Monday. Date: Monday; March 7 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; Committee Room 4 The review includes a scan of basketball programs operated by the City; outreach to community-based basketball organizations and a summary of sector perspectives on the future growth of the game in Toronto. In addition; staff have compiled feedback from city residents and basketball participants with a goal of identifying gaps in services and program quality. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Kelvin Seow","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4686","txtContactEmail" :"klseow@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "City to announce 2017 fundraising goal for United Way Employee Campaign ","txtID" : "1737718A742554118525819900485C1B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "9", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will launch its annual employee campaign for the United Way of Toronto & York Region by announcing its fundraising goal at an event held on Nathan Phillips Square. Mayor Tory will be joined by City staff and representatives of the municipal unions and associations. Date: Tuesday; September 12 Time: 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. The City of Toronto is one of the top public sector fundraisers for United Way Toronto & York Region. The Toronto Public Service is joined in its campaign by the Toronto Public Library; Toronto Zoo; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority; Toronto Parking Authority and Exhibition Place. The City's United Way Employee Campaign has raised more than $1 million each of the past 16 years. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"cbfernan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Civic Hall Toronto to be launched ","txtID" : "F791213882848C54852582880047B5ED","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee; will be joined by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East); Chair of the City's Government Management Committee; alongside project partners Code for Canada and the Centre for Social Innovation to launch a new home for civic tech in the city; Civic Hall Toronto. Date: Thursday; May 10 Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. (remarks at 10:10 a.m.) Location: Centre for Social Innovation; 192 Spadina Ave. To learn more about Civic Hall Toronto visit https://civichallto.ca/. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"647-881-9854","txtContactEmail" :"Shane.Gerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Clean Toronto Together 20-Minute Makeover event","txtID" : "205075DA50C0C3C385257E28004D9E3A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will celebrate the Clean Toronto Together 20-Minute Makeover with an event at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday. This year's event will feature Michael Pinball Clemons and will be attended by City officials and staff; sponsors and members of the local business community. Date: Friday; April 17 Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m. – remarks at 1:15 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The event will include games starting at 12:30 p.m.; followed by speaking remarks and then the 20-minute litter cleanup. More information about Clean Toronto Together activities and events across Toronto from April 17 to 19 is available at http://www.livegreentoronto.ca. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Rosalynd Rupert","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-3379","txtContactEmail" :"rrupert@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Community's revitalization of Heron Park playground on Saturday to conclude with an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony","txtID" : "1803880E1C80D30485257E9A005A3A67","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "8", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Community members will be joined by City of Toronto staff and members of the Toronto Police Service – including Chief Mark Saunders – and project partners KaBoom!; Foresters and the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough to rebuild the Heron Park playground in one day and celebrate its completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Led by KaBOOM!; more than 200 volunteers will work together on Saturday to transform the site into a new playground. Date: Saturday; August 8 Time: Playground build from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; ribbon-cutting ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Location: Heron Park; 292 Manse Rd. (Lawrence Avenue East and Kingston Road) The playground is being revitalized through a partnership between the City of Toronto; Foresters; KaBOOM!; and the Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough at a site adjacent to the Toronto Public Library's Morningside Branch. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Doug Bennet","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-6608, 416-873-2113 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"dbennet2@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Community cleanup and tree planting event for Clean Toronto Together ","txtID" : "E63EAEE6CF6F25CF8525810800562CFD","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "4", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will join Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West); Michael Pinball Clemons and students of St. Wilfrid Catholic School for a community cleanup and ceremonial tree planting in celebration of Earth Day and the City of Toronto's Clean Toronto Together campaign. Date: Friday; April 21 Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. • remarks at 1:15 p.m. • ceremonial tree planting with Mayor Tory at 2 p.m. Location: St. Wilfrid Catholic School; 1685 Finch Ave. W. Student activities will include a butterfly garden; herb garden; bird houses and park cleanup. For more information about Clean Toronto Together; visit www.livegreentoronto.ca. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Valerie Cassells","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-660-1712","txtContactEmail" :"valerie.cassells@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Mayor’s Office","txtContactPhone" :"647-998-2615","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Jessica Dalinda","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Catholic District School Board","txtContactPhone" :"416- 222-8282 ext. 2302","txtContactEmail" :"jessica.dalinda@tcdsb.org" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Councillor Robinson media availability on Gardiner East EA","txtID" : "4E99D6C7967C8DE085257E2700519839","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will have a media availability to discuss the Environmental Assessment (EA) into the future of the eastern portion of the Gardiner Expressway. Date: Tuesday; April 14 Time: Noon Location: Members Lounge; 3rd floor; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :" Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"sjohnsto@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Councillor Thompson and OCASI to address anti-black racism in Toronto","txtID" : "A1A3A62A2CC8DEE185258064007031B0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "11", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre) will discuss the systemic racism and micro-aggressions that Black Torontonians face every day within the context of the City's current Toronto For All campaign in partnership with the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI). Date: Tuesday; November 8 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Outside of Committee Room 1; 2nd Floor; City Hall; 100 Queen St. West Councillor Thompson will be joined by Debbie Douglas; Executive Director of OCASI; and Anthony Morgan; a social justice lawyer and advocate. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jennifer Wing","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349 or 416-894-5891 (mobile)","txtContactEmail" :"Jennifer.Wing@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Bassel Martin","txtContactArea" :"OCASI","txtContactPhone" :"416-400-3288","txtContactEmail" :"bmartin@ocasi.org" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Councillor Thompson to highlight the City's innovative service approaches for low-income residents","txtID" : "F9092EA3AB58D59585258288005B5901","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the City's Economic Development Committee; will discuss Toronto Employment and Social Services' annual report; Meeting Many Needs – Advancing Toronto's Workforce Development and Poverty Reduction Strategies. He will be joined by Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. Date: Thursday; May 10 Time: Noon Location: Outside Committee Room 1; 2nd Floor; City Hall; 100 Queen St. West Patricia Walcott; General Manager of Toronto Employment and Social Services; and Toronto Fire Services (TFS) Deputy Chief Debbie Higgins will join the councillors to talk about an inclusive recruitment program aimed at helping Ontario Works clients access employment opportunities with TFS. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Fire Services Media Line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"firemedia@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Anna Fiorino","txtContactArea" :"Employment and Social Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9052","txtContactEmail" :"Anna.Fiorino@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Countdown is on to the 25th Toronto Challenge","txtID" : "949321D49D68C11285257FAF005CB559","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "5", "day" : "10", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The Toronto Challenge is celebrating 25 years and residents are invited to come out and have an anniversary cupcake at the official launch event. Funds raised for the annual event benefit clients and residents of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes & Services and more than 40 community agencies that provide support to seniors and vulnerable people across the city. Several community agencies and City divisions will be onsite displaying information about their programs. Date: Thursday; May 12 Times: Speakers and aerobic warmup; 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Seniors Info Fair; noon to 2 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. (Rain or shine) Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the City's Community Development and Recreation Committee; Nick Ametrano; Vice President; MonsterMortgage.ca and Puneet Khanna; Vice President; Sales and Marketing at Medical Pharmacies Group Limited; will make remarks in support of the event. The Toronto Challenge will be held on Sunday; June 12 at Metro Hall; 55 John St.; and includes the MonsterMortgage.ca 5K run; the Medical Pharmacies 5K walk and 1K fun walk. This year also includes a 25th Anniversary Team Challenge – five team members each running 5K for the best combined time. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/challenge. Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – compassion; accountability; respect and excellence. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jennifer Wing","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"jwing@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Countdown to the Toronto Challenge begins","txtID" : "5AB4B30C7E5CEED485257E52004FA98C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will officially start the countdown to the Toronto Challenge presented by MonsterMortgage.ca tomorrow. To help kick off the event; clients of the Aphasia Institute; with a range of talents and communication abilities; will perform a dance number to the song Footloose. The Aphasia Institute is a community partner of the Toronto Challenge and uses the event to raise funds to support its own programs and services. The Aphasia Institute will be joined by Nick Ametrano; Vice President of MonsterMortgage.ca and Puneet Khanna; Vice President; Sales and Marketing at Medical Pharmacies Group Limited. Date: Thursday; May 28 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Metro Hall rotunda; 55 John St. The Toronto Challenge is an annual race/walk fundraiser for the City's 10 long-term care homes and over 40 community agencies that provide services and support to Toronto seniors. The Toronto Challenge will be held at Metro Hall on Sunday; June 14. The event features a 5K run; 5K walk and 1K walk with prizes awarded to participants in all age categories. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/challenge. Long-Term Care Homes and Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE (Compassion; Accountability; Respect and Excellence). Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications, 416-397-5305","txtContactPhone" :"416-906-3935 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"chsanjua@toronto.com" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Cultural Hotspot celebration at East York Civic Centre ","txtID" : "BC454D2BC1168E2785258141004AAFE0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "6", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined tomorrow by Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) and Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York) at an afternoon event featuring free performances and art activities celebrating the launch of Toronto's fourth annual Cultural Hotspot. Date: Saturday; June 17 Time: 1 to 4 p.m. (remarks at 2 p.m.) Location: East York Civic Centre; 850 Coxwell Ave. The family-friendly event will include dance and music performances by Broken Dance; Baque de Bamba; Gower Street Gang; the Junkestra and DJ Cozmic Cat along with arts activities by VIBE Arts and Pamela Schuller. A community arts fair will also take place; featuring interactive art activities and pop-up performances. From now through October; the City of Toronto's Cultural Hotspot celebrates arts; culture and community in East York and East End communities. The Cultural Hotspot is produced by the City in collaboration with local arts; cultural; educational and heritage organizations; community partners and local businesses. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/culturalhotspot. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Cultural Hotspot celebration tomorrow","txtID" : "C35602C9961ABDD585258059005C87BA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "10", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East) will be joined by North York artists and organizations to celebrate the success of the third annual Cultural Hotspot program. Date: Friday; October 28 Time: 3 to 7 p.m. (remarks at 5:30 p.m.) Location: Toronto Centre for the Arts; 5040 Yonge St. The closing celebration will feature art exhibitions; performances; a short film screening; an artisan market and DJ. This event is a collaboration with North York Arts and will also celebrate the organization’s fifth anniversary. More details are available at http:///www.northyorkarts.org/project/closingparty. From May through October; the City of Toronto's Cultural Hotspot initiative highlighted the vibrant arts; culture and communities in North York with more than 100 free projects and events that were the result of collaborations with more than 40 program partners. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/culturalhotspot. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Cultural Hotspot to launch in Scarborough","txtID" : "CF4922EF76C109278525828700679CBB","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Councillor Neethan Shan (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River) will be joined tomorrow by Cultural Hotspot artists and organizers at an afternoon event featuring free performances and art activities to celebrate the launch of Toronto's fifth annual Cultural Hotspot. Date: Wednesday; May 9 Time: 4 to 6 p.m.; remarks at 4:30 p.m. Location: Malvern Town Centre; 31 Tapscott Rd. This year's Cultural Hotspot launches in partnership with My Malvern Week celebrations; with performances by Toronto hip-hop legends Maestro Fresh Wes; Michie Mee and DJ Baba Kahn alongside the Wexford Gleeks; Lisa Odjig and Bucc N Flvr. This event will also feature the photography exhibit From the Margins to the Centre; a signature project of the Cultural Hotspot; which engaged and mentored local youth in photography and storytelling. From now through October; the Cultural Hotspot celebrates arts; culture and community in Scarborough neighbourhoods. The Cultural Hotspot is produced by the City of Toronto in collaboration with local arts; cultural; educational and heritage organizations; community partners and local businesses. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/culturalhotspot. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"647-881-9854","txtContactEmail" :"Shane.Gerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Doors Open Toronto at more than 155 locations this weekend","txtID" : "1431B161F55DD8FE85257E4D0046B7CB","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "22", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The 16th annual Doors Open Toronto presented by Great Gulf returns this weekend; offering rare access to more than 155 architecturally; historically; culturally and socially significant buildings across the city. Many of the locations will host exhibitions and architectural talks; and 14 walking tours are available. Dates: Saturday; May 23 and Sunday; May 24 Times: Most venues will be open to media and the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Locations: http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen provides a list of locations and hours Building previews; tours and spokespeople availability for media can be arranged by emailing jpalins@toronto.ca or calling 647-462-0969. Event updates will also be available to media and the public through social media at Facebook.com/DoorsOpenTO and Twitter.com/Doors_OpenTO throughout the weekend. Since its inception in 2000; Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to nearly 650 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto; dedicated to built heritage; architecture and design; is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Justine Palinska","txtContactArea" :"Economic Development and Culture","txtContactPhone" :"416-395-7318","txtContactEmail" :"jpalins@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Doors Open Toronto keynote event at East Harbour building","txtID" : "D2A494BDF1E959628525812B004DE371","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The keynote event kicking off Doors Open Toronto on Friday; May 26 will pose and try to answer the question What is Canadian Architecture? This event will offer media and the public a rare chance to explore East Harbour; the former Lever Brothers factory; for the first time since 2009. The keynote event will feature discussion by a panel consisting of internationally renowned architects A.J. Diamond; Omar Gandhi; Valerie Gow; Murray Legge; Susan Scott and Pierre Thibault. The discussion will be moderated by Beth Kapusta; a Toronto-based consultant and architecture writer. Date: Friday; May 26 Time: 7 p.m. Location: East Harbour; 21 Don Roadway (free parking) Note to media: Access to the keynote and spokespeople availability can be arranged by emailing justine.palinska@toronto.ca or by calling 647-462-0969. The keynote event is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Toronto Society of Architects. Information about Doors Open Toronto; including the OpenInsights Speaker Series and a complete list of participating buildings; is available at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen. About Doors Open Toronto Since its inception in 2000; Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to over 700 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to celebrating built heritage; architecture and design. It is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community. Look for information and updates at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen and on social media: Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/doorsopenTO; Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/Doors_OpenTO and Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/doors_opento. The event hashtag is #DOT17. About TO Canada with Love TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country; offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. Look for information and updates at http://www.toronto.ca/canada150 and on social media: Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SpecialEventsTO; Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SpecialEventsTO; Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/SpecialEventsTO and Snapchat at http://www.SpecialEventsTO. The program hashtag is #C150TO. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Justine Palinska","txtContactArea" :"Economic Development and Culture","txtContactPhone" :"416-395-7318","txtContactEmail" :"justine.palinska@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Doors Open Toronto opening night event at Cinesphere ","txtID" : "5F07F94011B64D6D85258297004DECA7","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "24", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The 19th annual Doors Open Toronto; presented by Great Gulf; kicks off on Friday; May 25 with a free film screening of Voyage of Time: The IMAX Experience by acclaimed filmmaker Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line; The Tree of Life); followed by a panel discussion on the history; global impact and evolution of IMAX. This event will offer members of the media and the public a rare chance to explore the newly reopened Cinesphere at Ontario Place. The panel discussion will feature Canadian filmmaker and IMAX co-inventor Graeme Ferguson; senior IMAX executives Patricia Keighley and David B. Keighley; York University Professor of Cinema and Media Studies Janine Marchessaul and Toronto Star film critic Peter Howell. Date: Friday; May 25 Time: 8:00 p.m. (film screening) ; 9:00 p.m. (panel discussion) Location: Cinesphere at Ontario Place; 955 Lake Shore Blvd. W. Parking: regular Ontario Place parking rates of $3.25 per half hour; up to a daily maximum of $25; apply Note to media: Access to the opening night event and interviews with spokespeople can be arranged by contacting Justine Palinska at Justine.Palinska@toronto.ca or 416-395-7318. This event is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Cinesphere at Ontario Place. Information about Doors Open Toronto; including the OpenInsights Speaker Series and a complete list of participating buildings; is available at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen. About Doors Open Toronto Since its inception in 2000; Doors Open Toronto has attracted more than two million visits to 800 unique locations across the city. It is Canada's largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Doors Open Toronto is dedicated to celebrating built heritage; architecture and design. It is presented by Great Gulf and produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the broader community. More information and updates are available at http://www.toronto.ca/doorsopen; on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/doorsopenTO; on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/@doors_openTO and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/doors_opento. The event hashtag is #DOT18. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Justine Palinska","txtContactArea" :"Economic Development and Culture","txtContactPhone" :"416-395-7318","txtContactEmail" :"Justine.Palinska@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Doors to officially open tomorrow at redeveloped long-term-care home in Toronto's Ward 2","txtID" : "25425551869A4A0485258144004DBFCD","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "6", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will officially open the newly redeveloped Kipling Acres long-term-care home after the completion of two phases of construction work. Councillor Michael Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North) will join provincial partners; residents and staff at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening and will also tour the home. Date: Tuesday; June 20 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Kipling Acres; 2233 Kipling Ave. Kipling Acres was redeveloped with funding from the City; the Government of Ontario and the Central West Local Health Integration Network to meet new provincial design standards and provide greater accessibility for residents. The City's Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion; Accountability; Respect and Excellence. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944, 437-346-2815 (cell) ","txtContactEmail" :"jane.arbour@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Ecuadorians to be acknowledged at art exhibition's launch event at Toronto City Hall ","txtID" : "7A208BBEF5D056A285257FA0004CC4FE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "4", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Mayor John Tory and Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport) will join the Consul General of Ecuador in Toronto; Rolando Vera Rodas; at today's launch event for the annual Ecuadorian art exhibition. The event will also give the participants an opportunity to express condolences in honour of the victims and survivors of Ecuador's recent severe earthquake. Date: Monday; April 25 Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m.; remarks at 6 p.m. Location: Rotunda; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Members of the Ecuadorian community annually gather at this event; which commemorates the Friendship City Agreement between Toronto and Quito; Ecuador's capital city. The 2016 exhibition will showcase artworks by three artists from Ecuador; two of whom will be in attendance. The exhibit will be displayed in the City Hall rotunda from April 25 to 29. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Event Cancellation: Mayor Tory to celebrate the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors at City Hall on Monday","txtID" : "137C6D6F2A884E048525827000839AF9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "4", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Please note this event has been cancelled due to the ongoing storm. Mayor John Tory and members of Toronto City Council will host representatives from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment at a special presentation to celebrate and support the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors in their respective playoff runs. Date: Monday; April 16 (Cancelled) Time: 8:45 a.m. (Cancelled) Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Media can access the Members Lounge via the east City Hall Council Chamber elevator. During the presentation; the flags of both clubs will be unfurled and Mayor Tory will proclaim Monday as 'Blue & White Day in Toronto to recognize the Leafs' first home playoff game of 2018; scheduled to take place that evening. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Event for Aboriginal art exhibition at Toronto's Todmorden Mills","txtID" : "47AFD238412359B885257E9F005E9EF9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "8", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto City Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) will provide remarks tomorrow at an Aboriginal art project and exhibition called The Anishinaabe Babamadizwin: Journey by Canoe that is on display at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site. The event will include ceremonies by traditional Anishinaabe elder Jacqui Lavalley and songs by Spirit Wind Women's Hand Drum Group. The canoe artists and some of the exhibiting artists will be present for interviews. Date: Thursday; August 13 Time: 6 to 8:30 p.m.; remarks at 6:45 p.m. Location: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site; 67 Pottery Rd. The Anishinaabe Babamadizwin: Journey by Canoe art project and exhibition features canoes painted by artists Mike Ormsby and Philip Cote and mixed media works by artists Jenny Blackbird; Philip Cote; Keesic Douglas; LauraLee Harris; Maria Hupfield; Lindy Kinoshameg; Norman Knott; Leslie McCue; Dave Pawis; Randall Knott and Ed Tasse. The exhibition will be displayed at the museum until Sunday; August 16. Admission is free. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/todmorden. This project is presented by the City of Toronto's Museums & Heritage Services in partnership with the Toronto Arts Council's Animating Historic Sites and Museums grant. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Event to officially launch five new community reduce and reuse programs for Toronto residents","txtID" : "BAFC7922396ABFF7852582C6005F0B4A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "7", "day" : "10", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West) will join City of Toronto staff and community members to announce five new Community Reduce & Reuse Programs. The event will include a tour of a Bicycle Repair Hub at the site; pop-up activations of the different programs and opportunities for bike; clothing and small appliance repair. Date: Thursday; July 12 Time: 1 to 6 p.m.; remarks at 2:30 p.m. Location: 15 Tobermory Dr. (north of Finch Avenue West and west of Sentinel Road) The City is implementing the five new Community Reduce & Reuse Programs – Urban Harvest; The Sewing Program; Bicycle Repair Hubs; Sharing and Reuse Spaces; and Community Composting – to help foster a culture of waste reduction; sharing; repairing and reuse in Toronto. The programs are part of the Long Term Waste Management Strategy and Tower Renewal Program implementation and will help to build sustainable communities and reduce the amount waste going to landfill. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Tamara Staranchuk","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4716, 416-629-5856 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"Tamara.Staranchuk@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Extension of cycle tracks along Richmond and Adelaide in Toronto","txtID" : "0E772B61A932CA5B85257EC4006A326C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "9", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the City of Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will highlight changes being made to roads in the Richmond Street-Adelaide Street area for cyclists and drivers. Date: Monday; September 21 Time: 8:30 a.m. Location: Northwest corner of Richmond Street/Jarvis Street intersection Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"sjohnsto@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Freedom of the City to be reaffirmed on Sunday","txtID" : "0F506082191FE379852581B8004D4198","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "10", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "During a public ceremony on Nathan Phillips Square; Deputy Mayor Stephen Holyday (Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre) will reaffirm the Freedom of the City granted to 32 Signal Regiment. Date: Sunday; October 15 Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square The ceremony marks the 110th anniversary of military signals in Toronto and will begin when 32 Signal Regiment marches onto Nathan Phillips Square. Comprised of full-time and part-time Reservists and Regular Forces; 32 Signal Regiment is the communication unit of 32 Canadian Brigade Group in the Greater Toronto Area. The unit was previously granted Freedom of the City in 1978. The Freedom of the City is an ancient honour dating back to Roman times that is granted to military units allowing them the privilege to march into a city with drums beating; Colours flying and bayonets fixed. Today; this ceremonial honour is granted to a military unit with historic ties to the area in appreciation of its dedicated service. More information about 32 Signal Regiment is available at http://www.army-armee.forces.gc.ca/en/32-signal-regiment/index.page. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"eric.holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Fudger House celebrates 50 years","txtID" : "1A6ED514534DEEA6852580270043C75A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "9", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Fudger House is one of the City of Toronto's oldest long-term care residences and is home to 250 residents. Over the past 50 years; Fudger House has been home to thousands of Torontonians and hundreds of caring staff and volunteers have provided support and friendship to residents. Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will join Fudger House residents; staff; volunteers and family members in a celebration of this milestone. Date: Thursday; September 8 Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Fudger House; 439 Sherbourne St. The City of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes & Services is a leader in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a Commitment to CARE (Compassion-Accountability-Respect-Excellence). More information is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/ltc Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jennifer Wing","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349 or 416-894-5891 (mobile)","txtContactEmail" :"jwing@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Gertrude Kearns exhibit to open at Fort York's visitor centre","txtID" : "34573E4C1E18DFC185257DFD005D8796","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "3", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the City of Toronto's Economic Development Committee; will be joined by Toronto artist Gertrude Kearns and some of the subjects of her works at the launch of the exhibition Gertrude Kearns: The Art of Command. Date: Wednesday; March 4 Time: 6 to 8 p.m.; remarks at 7 p.m. Location: Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre; 250 Fort York Blvd. Note: Media are also invited to attend an artist and curator tour of the exhibition from 1 to 3 p.m. This rare solo exhibition by Canada's leading active contemporary war artist will showcase 46 large-scale portraits and posters created between 2006 and 2015. Most of these works will be on public display for the first time. The exhibition runs from March 5 to June 14. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/artofcommand. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Getting ready for the winter season on and under City of Toronto streets","txtID" : "7F46196B25CD5A708525807200579D95","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "11", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto’s Transportation Services and Toronto Water divisions are getting ready for the return of winter. Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will discuss the City’s plans for winter operations; including snow clearing; road salting and response to watermain breaks; as well as steps the public can take to prevent frozen pipes at home. Date: Wednesday; November 23 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Works Yard; 433 Eastern Ave. Note to editors; photo editors: some of the City’s snow clearing equipment will be available for photographs; as will samples of old watermains and watermain break repair equipment. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"steve.johnston@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Lyne Kyle","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8259","txtContactEmail" :"lyne.kyle@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Governor General Julie Payette to pay an official visit to Toronto Mayor John Tory","txtID" : "9D050794FF139A4185258236005BE177","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "2", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette; Governor General of Canada; will visit Toronto City Hall and Mayor John Tory as part of her first official visit to Ontario. The event is a photo opportunity only. Date: Tuesday; February 20 Time: 11:45 a.m. Location: City Hall; 100 Queen St. West; outside the main entrance Her Excellency will be greeted by Mayor John Tory at the main doors of City Hall; where they will walk past the City of Toronto Honour Guard; which includes retired members of Toronto Paramedic Services; Toronto Fire Services; Toronto Police Service; the Toronto Transit Commission and City staff. Following a meeting with the Mayor; the Governor General will sign the official City of Toronto Guest Book in the Mayor's Protocol Lounge and pose for a brief photo opportunity. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Tracey Williams","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4146","txtContactEmail" :"Tracey.Williams@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Graduation ceremony for City of Toronto Fire Services operations and communications recruits ","txtID" : "4925BA76DB0C48EE8525829600676136","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "23", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Fire Services Chief Matthew Pegg and other City of Toronto officials will welcome the newest group of firefighters to the City at a ceremony tomorrow evening. Date: Thursday; May 24 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Toronto Fire and Paramedic Services Training Centre; 895 Eastern Ave. The ceremony recognizes the successful completion of comprehensive training that has prepared the recruits to join Toronto Fire Services' Operations and Communications Divisions. The recruits will be the first to graduate from the Toronto Fire Academy with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) professional qualifications in both fire prevention and public education; as well as full firefighter and communicator qualifications. The introduction of NFPA fire prevention and public education professional qualifications in the Operations Division and the comprehensive Toronto Fire Services (TFS) Operations-based Fire Code Inspection Program are key components of the TFS Transformation Plan introduced in 2017. These initiatives; believed to be a first in Canada; leverage the expertise and capacity within the Operations Division and enhance fire protection service levels across the city. Toronto Fire Services is also pleased to celebrate the completion of training that will lead to the assignment of recruits to the Communications Division. Public Safety Telecommunicators work tirelessly behind the scenes of emergency response; supporting firefighters. They make quick; high-stakes decisions that help protect the public and responders. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Graduation ceremony to welcome 51 new Toronto firefighters","txtID" : "5DB0EA65DC1A13FB852581FC0058103C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "12", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Toronto Fire Services Chief Matthew Pegg will welcome the newest group of firefighters at a graduation ceremony tomorrow night. The ceremony recognizes the 51 recruits' successful completion of comprehensive training for work in the Toronto Fire Operations Division. Date: Thursday; December 21 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre; 895 Eastern Ave. The new firefighters are the second graduating class in 2017. This latest class includes 11 female graduates and the graduates have widely varied educational and employment histories. Some of the new firefighters have fluency in various languages besides English; including Albanian; Greek; Mandarin; Portuguese; Vietnamese; Hungarian; Russian; Arabic; Spanish and Kutchi. Toronto Fire Services is committed to building a workforce that is increasingly reflective of the communities it serves. At the request of the graduating class; family members and other guests have been asked to contribute an unwrapped toy for the Toronto Firefighters Toy Drive. At the conclusion of the graduation ceremony; the new firefighters will present the donated items to the toy drive. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Fire Services media line","txtContactArea" :"416-338-0763","txtContactPhone" :"firemedia@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Grand opening of Toronto's Parkway Forest Community Centre and Youth Space on Saturday","txtID" : "E9867A8382905C6C85257EC30061EADF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "9", "day" : "17", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East) and City of Toronto staff will join community members to celebrate the grand opening of Parkway Forest Community Centre and its Youth Space. The event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony; barbecue; entertainment and activities for all ages. Date: Saturday; September 19 Time: noon to 4 p.m.; remarks at 12:30 p.m. Location: Parkway Forest Community Centre; 55 Forest Manor Rd. (south of Sheppard Avenue East and east of Don Mills Road) The new community centre is a fully accessible; 4;650-square-metre (50;000-square-foot) building featuring a full-size gymnasium; the youth space; a preschool room; teaching kitchen; teaching garden and green roof; weight room; fitness/dance studio; walking track and more. The model for the enhanced youth spaces was approved in 2014 and focuses on three components: dedicated space for youth; consistent staff and programming tailored to youth interests. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Tamara Staranchuk","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4062, 416-999-6367 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"tstaran@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Guitar made from wood of Maple Leaf Forever tree to be displayed at Toronto committee meeting on Friday ","txtID" : "9FC211CD7D7E2CDC85257EC3005B2801","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "9", "day" : "17", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Colin Cripps of Blue Rodeo will discuss the crafting of an electric and an acoustic guitar from the Maple Leaf Forever tree as a legacy project for Toronto-based musicians. Cripps will display one of the guitars at the Economic Development Committee meeting tomorrow. Date: Friday; September 18 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Committee Room 1; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. This year; Cripps is playing the acoustic guitar and Paul Langlois of The Tragically Hip is playing the electric guitar. Cripps's presentation on Friday is part of a larger review of the City's facilitation of more than 150 designs using the tree's wood. More than 4;000 individual items were made from the one tree; including a new lectern and gavel for the council chamber at City Hall. The tree is believed to have been the inspiration for Alexander Muir's song The Maple Leaf Forever. Since the tree fell in a summer storm in 2013; the City has engaged in activities with local designers and wood crafts people to preserve the tree's legacy. More information about the Maple Leaf Forever tree projects is available at http://bit.ly/1KiGWUA. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP","txtID" : "827C29E24D25DE1585257ED2004C0468","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "It's Fire Prevention Week and Toronto Fire Services is hosting open house events across the city to promote fire and life safety. These educational; interactive events are designed to be fun as well as informative and will focus on this year's theme Hear the BEEP where you SLEEP. Participants will learn why it is critical for everyone to have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and to prepare and practise a home fire escape plan. Open House schedule Saturday; October 3; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Toronto Fire and EMS Training Centre; 895 Eastern Ave. Monday; October 5; 5:30 to 8 p.m. • Station 114; 12 Canterbury Pl. • Station 115; 115 Parkway Forest Dr. • Station 133; 1505 Lawrence Ave. W. Tuesday; October 6; 5:30 to 8 p.m. • Station 315; 132 Bellevue Ave. • Station 333; 207 Front St. E. • Station 335; 235 Cibola Ave. Wednesday; October 7; 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. • Station 213; 7 Lapsley Rd. • Station 214; 745 Meadowvale Rd. • Station 243; 4560 Sheppard Ave. E. Thursday; October 8; 5:30 to 8 p.m. • Station 423; 358 Keele St. • Station 425; 83 Deforest Rd. • Station 435; 130 Eighth St. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"District Chief Peter Derrington","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Fire Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-9418","txtContactEmail" :"pderr@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Helen Lucas retrospective to be launched at Toronto's Todmorden Mills","txtID" : "2EBFCB19526B238B852580C00055905F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "2", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Helen Lucas retrospective to be launched at Toronto's Todmorden Mills Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) will be joined by acclaimed Canadian artist Helen Lucas and exhibition partners to launch the first retrospective of the artist's work. Date: Wednesday; February 8 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. (remarks at 7 p.m.) Location: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site; 67 Pottery Rd. Helen Lucas: Roots to the Present is presented in partnership with the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections at York University. The exhibit; which is part of the TO Canada with Love program; will run from February 8 to March 5 at Todmorden Mills' Papermill Gallery. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Indigenous Arts Festival celebrates Indigenous culture all weekend long at Fort York","txtID" : "EB9002BF11C72D91852582B2004D555E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The 24th annual Indigenous Arts Festival takes place this weekend; Saturday; June 23 and Sunday; June 24; at Fort York National Historic Site. The largest free Indigenous festival in Ontario includes the Na-Me-Res Annual Traditional Pow Wow; traditional and contemporary music by more than 30 Indigenous artists from across Canada; dance; theatre; storytelling; visual arts; crafts and food. The full program for the event is available at http://www.toronto.ca/IAF. Date: June 23 and 24 Time: Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Location: Fort York National Historic Site; 250 Fort York Blvd. Media note: interviews with artists and the artistic curator for the 2018 Indigenous Arts Festival may be arranged through Justine Palinska at Justine.Palinska@toronto.ca or 416-395-7318. A complete list of events and performances is available at toronto.ca/IAF. The Indigenous Arts Festival is produced by the City of Toronto in partnership with the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and The Friends of Fort York. The festival is presented by TD with financial support from the Government of Canada; Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund; Tim Hortons and OLG. Social media updates can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/fortyork; Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fortyork and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/fortyork. The event hashtag is #IAF2018. Fort York National Historic Site is one of 10 Toronto History Museums operated by the City of Toronto. Since 1793; Fort York has been an important military location and is where Toronto was founded as an urban place. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto; this 43-acre site is home to Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings. Fort York offers permanent and temporary exhibits; ongoing programming and events; site tours and more. Fort York is also home to the first phase of The Bentway. More information is available at toronto.ca/fortyork. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Justine Palinska","txtContactArea" :"Economic Development and Culture","txtContactPhone" :"416-395-7318","txtContactEmail" :"Justine.Palinska@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Infrastructure announcement in Toronto","txtID" : "9486172EE64FA36C85258275006C7294","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "4", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "(This media advisory; which was issued earlier this afternoon by the federal government; is being shared by the City through its regular distribution channels.) Members of the media are invited to attend an important infrastructure event regarding the Toronto Transit Commission with the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi; Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Kathryn McGarry; Ontario Minister of Transportation; His Worship John Tory; Mayor of the City of Toronto; and Councillor Josh Colle; Chair; Toronto Transit Commission. Date: Monday; April 23 Time: 9:45 a.m. Location: TTC Mount Dennis Bus Garage; 121 Industry St.; Toronto More information is available from the following media contacts: Brook Simpson Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities 613-219-0149 brook.simpson@canada.ca Celso Pereira Minister’s Office Ontario Ministry of Transportation 647-201-9348 celso.pereira2@ontario.ca Don Peat Director of Communications Mayor’s Office 647-459-2387 Don.Peat@toronto.ca Deborah Blackstone Strategic Communications City of Toronto 416-392-7377 Deborah.Blackstone@toronto.ca Infrastructure Canada 613-960-9251 Toll free: 1-877-250-7154 infc.media.infc@canada.ca Follow us on Twitter at @INFC_eng", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Job and career fair at Scarborough Civic Centre on Wednesday ","txtID" : "CAC75239E7CFA25A8525811300507808","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto; Next Steps Employment Centres; Progress Career Planning Institute and YWCA Toronto will host the annual Job and Career Fair at the Scarborough Civic Centre this week to connect job seekers and employers as part of the City’s workforce development strategy. Date: Wednesday; May 3 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; opening remarks at 10 a.m. Location: Scarborough Civic Centre; 150 Borough Dr. Opening remarks by Deputy Mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Councillor; Ward 38 Scarborough Centre) and Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of Toronto's Economic Development Committee; will launch the event. More than 35 employers from a variety of sectors will attend this fair; and job seekers are invited to bring their resumés and be ready to meet employers. On-site pre-screening interviews will be conducted for some positions. Resumé reviews and interview tips will be provided by event staff. Free Wi-Fi will be available. All Toronto residents are welcome to attend. More information; including a list of employers and opportunities; is available at http://www.toronto.ca/job-careerfair. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Anna Fiorino","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Employment and Social Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9052","txtContactEmail" :"anna.fiorino@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Job and Career Fair at Scarborough Civic Centre","txtID" : "E04C39DFD4A99BC485257F8B0055C7DC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "4", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto; Next Steps Employment Centres; Progress Career Planning Institute; and YWCA Toronto are hosting the annual Job and Career Fair at the Scarborough Civic Centre this week to connect job seekers and employers as part of the City of Toronto’s workforce development strategy. Date: Wednesday; April 6 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Scarborough Civic Centre; 150 Borough Dr. Over 50 employers from a variety of sectors will attend the fair. Job seekers are invited to bring their resumes and be ready to meet employers. On-site pre-screening interviews will be conducted for some positions. Presentations and resume reviews will be provided by Toronto Employment & Social Services and career planning providers. Free Wi-Fi will be available. All Toronto residents are welcome to attend. More information; including a list of employers and opportunities; is available at http://www.toronto.ca/job-careerfair. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Anna Fiorino","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Employment & Social Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9052","txtContactEmail" :"afiorino@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Job and Career Fair at the Scarborough Civic Centre","txtID" : "D0C49B134C1E652A85258287004FFE3B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto; along with community partners Next-Steps Employment Centres; Progress Career Planning Institute and YWCA Toronto; will host the annual Job and Career Fair tomorrow. This job fair is the third in a series of spring job fairs for youth aged 16 to 29 years. Employers from a variety of sectors are looking to fill numerous opportunities. Youth; as well as job seekers of all ages; are encouraged to bring their resumés and be prepared to meet with employers for networking and on-the-spot interviews. Event staff will provide resumé reviews and interview tips. Free Wi-Fi will be available. Date: Wednesday; May 9 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Scarborough Civic Centre; 150 Borough Dr. Opening remarks will be provided by Deputy Mayor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Councillor; Ward 38 Scarborough Centre) and Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of Toronto's Economic Development Committee. More information; including a list of employers and job opportunities; can be found at https://www.toronto.ca/job-careerfair. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Anna Fiorino","txtContactArea" :"Employment and Social Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9052","txtContactEmail" :"anna.fiorino@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Lane naming in Toronto's Ward 8 to honour Carmen Principato ","txtID" : "09AB2EDCDD60DF4D85257E66005C658A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West) will join community representatives for a lane-naming ceremony in Toronto's Ward 8 on Thursday. Date: Thursday; June 18 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Laneway off Keele Street; leading to Keele Reservoir Carmen Principato has been business manager of the Labourers International Union of North America Local 506 in Toronto since 1986; a role in which he has advocated for the safety and rights of Toronto's construction workers. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the City of Toronto Economic Development Corporation (TEDCO) from 1993-96; working to help attract and create new industries in Toronto. Principato has been a champion for the Toronto Azzurri Soccer Club and was involved in the creation of the team's new clubhouse. The laneway that will be named in his honour leads to the clubhouse. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"sjohnsto@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Launch event for countdown to annual Toronto Challenge","txtID" : "AF074717F87E33278525812100513678","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will officially begin the countdown to the Toronto Challenge; presented by MonsterMortgage.ca; tomorrow. Funds raised for the annual event benefit clients and residents of the City of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes & Services and more than 40 community agencies that provide support to seniors and vulnerable people across the city. Date: Tuesday; May 16 Times: 12:30 p.m. Location: West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre; 313 Pharmacy Ave. Remarks will be made by Reg Paul; General Manager of Long Term Care Homes & Services; Nick Ametrano; Vice President of MonsterMortgage.ca; and Carla Beaton; Vice President of Clinical Innovations & Quality Improvement from Medical Pharmacies Group Limited. The Toronto Challenge will be held on Sunday; June 11 at Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W.; and includes the MonsterMortgage.ca 5K run; the Medical Pharmacies 5K walk and 1K fun walk. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/challenge. Long-Term Care Homes & Services are leaders in excellence and ground-breaking services for healthy aging with a commitment to CARE – Compassion; Accountability; Respect and Excellence. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944","txtContactEmail" :"jane.arbour@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Launch event for public art work on a Toronto traffic island","txtID" : "55C5D8355AE64C3B85258283004B1F66","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's) will be joined by artists Daniel Young and Christian Giroux to launch the City of Toronto's public art work called Three Points Where Two Lines Meet. The artists have transformed a barren traffic island into a playful exploration of urbanism with their work at the intersection of Bathurst Street and Vaughan Road. Date: Saturday; May 5 Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. (remarks at 10:30 a.m.) Location: 2 Vaughan Rd. at Bathurst Street Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"Shane.Gerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Launch event for Toronto's 2018 Mayor’s School Cricket Tournament","txtID" : "6BA1FDE903A83EC085258264004D7D9E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "4", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Helen Berhane; Chair of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Canada; will launch the 2018 Mayor's School Cricket Tournament for the Canadian Tire Trophy on Thursday. School cricketers from across Toronto will receive awards for their excellence in cricket and community coaches will receive Mayor's recognition awards. Date: Thursday; April 5 Time: 10 a.m. to noon; remarks at 10:30 a.m. Location: Central Tech Soccer Dome; 725 Bathurst St.; Toronto Joining City officials at the ceremony for the eighth annual tournament will be Mahes Wickramasinghe; Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Officer of Canadian Tire Corporation; Christopher Usih; Associate Director of the Toronto District School Board; and Rory McGuckin; Director of Education with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Dwight Drummond; news anchor/co-host with CBC News Toronto; will MC the event. The tournament will be held at Sunnybrook Park and G. Ross Lord Park from May 15 to 31. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-3206","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Jaclyn Carlisle","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5305","txtContactEmail" :"Jaclyn.Carlisle@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Launch of 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety campaign","txtID" : "72615EB1C911D79A852581F3006C7FD0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "12", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Media are invited to attend the launch of the City of Toronto's 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety campaign on Thursday. Toronto Fire Services is conducting the campaign to help ensure that Torontonians have a safe holiday season. Date: Thursday; December 14 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Toronto Fire Station 332; 260 Adelaide St. W. Displays in the fire station will demonstrate fire safety messages that are part of the 12 Days of Holiday Fire Safety Campaign. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto is honouring Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Fire Services Media Line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0763","txtContactEmail" :"firemedia@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Launch of enhanced youth space at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto's Native Youth Resource Centre","txtID" : "D7A088D83521DCB285257F180055B150","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "12", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The official launch of the enhanced youth space at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto's Native Youth Resource Centre will be held on Monday. Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina); Co-chair of the Aboriginal Affairs Committee; Kenn Richard; Executive Director of Native Child and Family Services of Toronto; City staff and local youth will join members of the City's Youth Space Advisory Committee and local youth organizations to celebrate the launch. Date: Monday; December 14 Time: 3:30 to 6 p.m.; remarks 4 p.m. Location: 655 Bloor St. W. (west of Bathurst Street) The celebration will include drummers; a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the youth space. The model for the enhanced youth spaces focuses on three components: dedicated space for youth; consistent staff and programming tailored to youth interests. The youth space at Native Child and Family Services of Toronto's Native Youth Resource Centre is the City's fifth enhanced youth space to officially launch this year and one of two located in partner youth organizations. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Launch of Toronto's first Digital Literacy Day ","txtID" : "CB796115C12747998525829D00543C7E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest); the City of Toronto's Advocate for the Innovation Economy; will be joined by Vickery Bowles; City Librarian at Toronto Public Library; and event partners to launch Digital Literacy Day. A Grade 8 Toronto District School Board (TDSB) student will also speak at the launch. Date: Thursday; May 31 Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m. (formal remarks from 10 to 10:20 a.m.) Location: Toronto Reference Library Atrium; 789 Yonge St. The event will showcase technologies from Toronto Public Library’s Digital Innovation Hubs including virtual reality and robotics demonstrations alongside 3D printers and displays from a selection of the event partners including Ryerson University; TDSB; Ontario Science Centre and STEAMLabs. Toronto is celebrating its first Digital Literacy Day on May 31 with more than 110 free events and workshops for all ages. This day is the result of the City of Toronto and the Toronto Public Library collaborating with a diverse group of more than 35 local companies and organizations to produce and host digital literacy themed events throughout the city. More information about Digital Literacy Day; including a schedule of events; is available at http://www.toronto.ca/DLDayTO as well as #DLDayTO on Twitter and Instagram. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"647-881-9854","txtContactEmail" :"Shane.Gerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Michelle Leung","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Public Library","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5936","txtContactEmail" :"mleung@torontopubliclibrary.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Le maire John Tory dévoilera le programme d’été de TO Canada with Love pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada","txtID" : "AF0F8C71014BAFF885258121005F8F5F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Avis aux médias 15 mai 2017 Le maire John Tory dévoilera le programme d’été de TO Canada with Love pour le 150e anniversaire du Canada Le maire John Tory sera accompagné d'Eleanor McMahon; ministre du Tourisme; de la Culture et du Sport; ainsi que d’un représentant du gouvernement fédéral pour annoncer les détails du programme d’été offert par la ville de Toronto. Célébrations; commémorations et expositions sont prévues pour marquer le 150e anniversaire du Canada. Le programme d’été comprend MomenTO; le festival des arts autochtones et la Journée nationale des Autochtones; ainsi que Canada Days. Date : Mardi 16 mai Heure : 12 h 30 Lieu : Scène; Place Nathan Phillips; 100 Rue Queen Ouest Le discours sera suivi d’une séance de photo et d’une rencontre avec les médias. Les médias doivent confirmer leur intention de participer et soumettre toute demande d’entrevue ou exigence de production particulière à l’avance par courriel à justine.palinska@toronto.ca ou par téléphone au 416-395-7318. Les membres des médias sont encouragés à arriver avant 12 h 30 pour s’installer. À propos de TO Canada with Love TO Canada with Love est le programme de célébrations; commémorations et expositions de la ville de Toronto qui durera un an à l’occasion du 150e anniversaire du Canada. Ce programme est la lettre d’amour de Toronto au Canada. Il offrira un riche éventail de plus de 30 événements produits par la ville qui auront lieu partout à Toronto en 2017. Pour de plus amples renseignements; visitez http://www.toronto.ca/canada150. Toronto est la plus grande ville du Canada et la quatrième en Amérique du Nord; où réside une population diversifiée d’environ 2;8 millions de personnes. Centre mondial des affaires; de la finance; des arts et de la culture; la ville se classe continuellement parmi les meilleures villes où il fait bon vivre. En 2017; Toronto marquera le 150e anniversaire du Canada avec « To Canada with Love »; un programme de célébrations; commémorations et expositions qui durera un an. Pour des renseignements sur les services et programmes municipaux non urgents; les résidents; entreprises et visiteurs de Toronto peuvent consulter la page http://www.toronto.ca; composer le 311 (24 heures sur 24 et 7 jours sur 7); ou nous suivre sur Twitter au http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms et sur Instagram au http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Justine Palinska","txtContactArea" :"Développement économique et culture","txtContactPhone" :"416-395-7318","txtContactEmail" :"justine.palinska@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Magna Carta exhibit launch at Fort York National Historic Site","txtID" : "5B11981D77BE3A5885257ED2005D19BE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "10", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell; Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; will be joined by a City representative at the Toronto launch event for the Magna Carta: Law; Liberty & Legacy exhibit; which will be on display from October 4 to November 7 at Fort York. Date: Friday; October 2 Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Remarks at 6 p.m. Location: Fort York National Historic Site Visitor Centre; 250 Fort York Blvd. This is the first time Magna Carta; one of the world's most iconic documents; along with its companion document the Charter of the Forest; is being exhibited in Toronto. More information about the exhibit is available at http://www.toronto.ca/magnacarta. Toronto is one of four Canadian cities exhibiting Magna Carta as part of a national tour developed by Magna Carta Canada. More information is available at http://www.magnacartacanada.ca. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Marking 30-Day Countdown to Opening of Toronto-York TTC Subway Extension","txtID" : "D653038B8B4669C6852581DA007D3A6B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "11", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Members of the media are invited to attend an event with Steven Del Duca; Ontario Minister of Transportation and Member of Provincial Parliament for Vaughan; MP Michael Levitt; Member of Parliament for York Centre; on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi; Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; John Tory; Mayor of the City of Toronto; and Josh Colle; TTC Chair and City Councillor (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence). Date: Friday; November 17 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Downsview Park TTC Station; 80 Carl Hall Rd.; Toronto (Parking at Downsview Merchant Market; 40 Carl Hall Rd.) NOTE: Full Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required. All visitors require safety boots to access the site. Additional gear such as hard hats; vests; safety glasses and gloves will be available onsite. Media contacts: Celso Pereira Minister's Office; Ontario Ministry of Transportation 416-327-6372 celso.pereira2@ontario.ca Bob Nichols Communications Branch; Ontario Ministry of Transportation 416-327-1158 Bob.Nichols@ontario.ca Brook Simpson; Press Secretary Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities 613-219-0149 Brook.Simpson@canada.ca Infrastructure Canada 613-960-9251 Toll free: 1-877-250-7154 Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca Twitter: @INFC_eng Web: Infrastructure Canada Don Peat; Director of Communications Mayor's Office; City of Toronto 647-459-2387 Don.Peat@toronto.ca Deborah Blackstone Strategic Communications; City of Toronto 416-629-8421 Deborah.Blackstone@toronto.ca Sarah Harris Communications; York Region Rapid Transit Corporation 905-886-6767 Sarah.Harris@york.ca Susan Sperling; Manager Corporate Communications; Toronto Transit Commission 416-393-7828 Susan.Sperling@ttc.ca Kristin Lillyman; Policy Advisor Office of the TTC Chair Josh Colle; City of Toronto 416-392-9022 Kristin.Lillyman@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor's Task Force to release interim report on Toronto Community Housing ","txtID" : "912BECC995E1FF6485257E82006F8130","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "7", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Senator Art Eggleton; Chair of the Mayor’s Task Force on Toronto Community Housing; will release the Task Force’s interim report tomorrow morning; with a technical briefing followed by a media conference at 10 a.m. Date: Wednesday; July 15 Times: 9:15 a.m. Technical briefing (for background information only; no cameras allowed and no attribution of speakers) 10 a.m. Media conference Location: 246 Sackville St. (east of Parliament Street; between Dundas Street East and Gerrard Street East) Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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The goal of the summit is to urge both the federal and provincial governments to take a greater role in addressing the affordable and social housing crisis facing Canadian cities. Mayor Tory will be joined by members of Canada’s Big City Mayors’ Caucus including Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson; Chair of the Big City Mayors' Caucus; Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson and representatives from Calgary; Montreal and Ottawa. Other city representatives include Mayor Matt Brown; London; City Councillor Russell Copeman; Maire d'arrondissement; Montréal; Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Mississauga; and Deputy Mayor Marc Taylor; Ottawa. Also speaking at the summit will be Jean-Yves Duclos; federal Minister of Families; Children and Social Development and Chris Ballard; Ontario's Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy. The Toronto Housing Summit will be moderated by Councillor Bailão and is expected to be attended by over 200 representatives of the non-profit; co-operative and private sector organizations; as well as residents and housing experts. Discussions at the Toronto Housing Summit will be used to provide Toronto's input into the Federal Government's National Housing Strategy. Date: Friday; September 30 Times: 8 a.m. Media registration 9 a.m. Welcoming remarks by Toronto’s Poverty Advocate; Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell; (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and Toronto's Housing Advocate; Councillor Bailão 9:30 a.m. Keynote speech by Mayor Tory 9:40 a.m. Keynote remarks from federal and provincial governments 10 a.m. Mayor's panel on National Housing Strategy 11:10 a.m. Media availability with Big City Mayors’ Caucus 11:30 a.m. Walking tour of Regent Park Note: A detailed agenda will be released later this week. Location: Daniels Spectrum – Regent Park; Ada Slaight Hall; 585 Dundas St. E. More information about affordable housing is available at http://www.toronto.ca/affordablehousing. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Robert Cerjanec","txtContactArea" :"Office of Councillor Bailão","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-5274","txtContactEmail" :"rcerjan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5305","txtContactEmail" :"chsanjua@toronto.ca" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor John Tory and Councillor Joe Cressy to make announcement about shelter support for homeless youth","txtID" : "550B6F515C75363085257F3900762F4D","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "1", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) will make an announcement about shelter support for homeless youth. Mayor Tory and Councillor Cressy will be joined by Medhat Mahdy; CEO; YMCA of Greater Toronto and Diane Sinhuber; Chair of the Board of Directors; YMCA of Greater Toronto. Date: Thursday; January 14 Time: 10 to 11 a.m. Location: YMCA's Sprott House; 21 Walmer Rd. (East of Spadina Avenue; north of Bloor Street West) Note: The announcement will take place outdoors. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. 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Mayor Tory and councillors will get behind the counter to take orders and serve some of Toronto’s finest food on wheels. The event comes on the heels of new street food vending bylaw changes that allow for more choice and convenience. Date: Wednesday; May 13 Time: Food truck service; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Mayor and councillors serving food; 12:30 p.m.; Mayor's remarks; 12:45 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Mayor Tory will be joined by Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport); Chair of Licensing and Standards Committee; Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York); Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence); Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's) and Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre). Food trucks and carts participating in the event includeCaplansky's; Curbalicious; Fidel Gastro's; Marianne's Food Cart; ME.NU; Rome'n Chariotand Randy's Roti. More information on the City's new street food regulations is available at http://www.toronto.ca/streetfoodvending. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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He will be joined by Jonathan Ahee; Co-Chair of the Toronto Film; Television and Digital Media Board; and Paul Bronfman; Chairman and CEO of Comweb Corp. and William F. White International Inc. and Chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios Inc. Date: Thursday; April 12 Time: 11 a.m. photo opportunity; remarks at 11:15 a.m. Location: William F. White International Inc.; 800 Islington Ave. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"Shane.Gerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor John Tory to present Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers","txtID" : "92059B1FA9DE57B18525818C004AFF36","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "8", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory on behalf of Governor General David Johnston will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to 27 Torontonians during a ceremony to be held on August 31. Date: Thursday; August 31 Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Rotunda; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour; it also pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers. For more information about the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers program or to nominate a deserving volunteer; visit https://caring.gg.ca/en/. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"eric.holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Marie-Pierre Bélanger","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Secretary of the Governor General","txtContactPhone" :"613-998-9166","txtContactEmail" :"Marie-Pierre.Belanger@gg.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory’s Mental Health and Cities Summit to shine a light on mental health needs in urban centres","txtID" : "D81BEA9DCFE060AD8525826A003D387A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "4", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Mayor John Tory will host the Mental Health & Cities Summit on April 9 in partnership with Toronto Public Health; the Wellesley Institute; the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH); CivicAction; Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Date: Monday; April 9 Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (registration begins at 8 a.m.) Location: University of Toronto; Hart House; 7 Hart House Circle Mayor Tory and the other mayors from across Canada in attendance at the Summit will hold a media availability at 12 p.m. in the South Dining Room; located on the second floor of Hart House; to address questions related to the summit. Mayors at the summit include Gregor Robertson of Vancouver; Bonnie Crombie of Mississauga; Danny Breen of St. John’s; Drew Dilkens of Windsor; Berry Vbranovic of Kitchener and Matt Brown of London. The Mental Health & Cities Summit will bring together politicians; academics; frontline practitioners; employers and others who regularly feel the impact of mental health in their communities; with a mandate to identify and drive areas for change. Along with examining the impacts of mental health and possible actions; other topics to be covered include: mental health first aid; student mental health; mental health in the workplace; and the role of data in health policy development. Full agenda of the summit: 9 a.m. Performance; land acknowledgement 9:10 a.m. Welcome remarks by MC Anne Theriault; a Toronto-based writer and mental health advocate 9:20 a.m. Keynote by Mayor John Tory 9:40 a.m. Remarks by Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Helena Jaczek 10:30 a.m. Mayors’ Pecha Kucha: Mental Health Impacts and Actions • Mayor Gregor Robertson; Vancouver • Mayor Bonnie Crombie; Mississauga • Mayor Drew Dilkens; Windsor • Mayor Danny Breen; St. John’s • Mayor Berry Vrbanovic; Kitchener 11:30 a.m. Keynote by Poppy Jaman; City Mental Health Alliance; UK 12 p.m. Media availability 12:45 p.m. Experts panel • Dr. Kwame McKenzie (Moderator); Wellesley Institute • Dr. Eileen de Villa; Medical Officer of Health; City of Toronto • Robert Moore; CAMH; Executive Director; Provincial Systems Support Program • Kathy Langlois; Canada-USA International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership • Jennifer Chambers; Executive Director; Empowerment Council 1:30 p.m. Breakout sessions • Swimming Upstream: How can we plan local services and community resources to support the mental well-being of residents? • Mental Health First Aid: Building capacity at the local level • Campus Mental Health: Emerging Crisis 101 • The Role of Data: The barriers and benefits of effective measurement • Mental Health in the Workplace: Supporting the front line • Working Together: Towards a cross-sectoral urban approach 4 p.m. Closing remarks and action items Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387 ","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Aggie Fortier","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5326","txtContactEmail" :"Aggie.Fortier@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory and Councillor Bailão to make an announcement about delivering real action on building affordable housing ","txtID" : "343F1FBA2DD8296585257F01007A525F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "11", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will make an announcement about delivering real action on building affordable housing. 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Date: Tuesday; January 10 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Northeast corner intersection at Bloor Street and Dundas Street West Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"steve.johnston@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory and Deputy Mayor McConnell to make an announcement about the Poverty Reduction Strategy ","txtID" : "C70D6BA96752D4C78525801E003DDF8E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "8", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will make an announcement about implementing the Poverty Reduction Strategy. They will be joined by Toronto Public Health and Toronto Employment and Social Services. Date: Monday; August 29 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Toronto Public Health Dental Clinic; Scarborough Civic Centre; 160 Borough Dr.; Scarborough Photo and interview opportunities will be available with Mayor Tory and Deputy Mayor McConnell. Toronto Public Health Dental Services and Toronto Employment and Social Services staff will be on hand to respond to questions about the programs. More information on City of Toronto dental services is available at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=29574485d1210410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD. More information about the City of Toronto's Poverty Reduction Strategy is available at http://www1.toronto.ca/wps/portal/contentonly?vgnextoid=de8f727e05c79410VgnVCM10000071d60f89RCRD. TO Prosperity is the City's Poverty Reduction Strategy. Through this 20-year plan Toronto will address the issues; create solutions; and drive systemic change. We want to be renowned as a city where everyone has access to good jobs; adequate income; stable housing; affordable transportation; nutritious food; and supportive services. Visit http://www.toronto.ca/toprosperity to see how we are working towards our vision. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Lenore Bromley","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Public Health","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-7974","txtContactEmail" :"lbromle@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory invites Toronto residents to annual New Year’s Skating Party on January 9","txtID" : "15CDC93BAE08C1FF85257F31005B577F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "1", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and City councillors are inviting residents to join them at the Mayor's New Year's Skating Party at Albert Campbell Square; adjacent to Scarborough Civic Centre. 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For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-999-8622","txtContactEmail" :"nhinds@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory invites Toronto residents to his annual Winter Skate Party on Sunday","txtID" : "82E2F17CD420F3AF852580A000578CC5","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "1", "day" : "6", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and members of City Council invite residents to join them this Sunday at the Mayor's annual Winter Skate Party at Colonel Samuel Smith Park in Etobicoke. This fun; family event gives the public an opportunity to celebrate the new year with the Mayor and members of Council. Free skate rentals will be available. In addition to skating; there will be games; music; activities and special appearances by Toronto Maple Leafs alumni as part of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Winter Week festivities. Event: Mayor's Winter Skate Party Date: Sunday; January 8 Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Colonel Samuel Smith Park; 65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. The event will be held rain or shine. Members of the public are encouraged to take public transit or car pool as parking is available but limited. Media should check in with event staff upon arrival for parking information. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-629-4891","txtContactEmail" :"eric.holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory invites Toronto residents to his January 1 skating party","txtID" : "7C0105D848D08E0C85257DBD005083FD","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2014", "month" : "12", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Mayor John Tory and City councillors are inviting residents to join them at the Mayor's New Year's Day Skating Party on Thursday; January 1. The family-friendly event at Nathan Phillips Square will give residents an opportunity to mix and mingle with Mayor Tory and other members of City Council on the first day of 2015. Date: Thursday; January 1; 2015 Time: 2 to 3:30 p.m. – Mayor's welcoming remarks at about 2 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. In anticipation of a large public turnout; a space will be reserved for media to the east of the event stage for the Mayor's welcome message. Due to safety considerations; cabling will only be permitted in the area reserved for media. Media availability: There will be a media availability with Mayor Tory to the east of the event stage immediately after his public remarks. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Paula Chung","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-1649","txtContactEmail" :"pchung2@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Amanda Galbraith","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-3206","txtContactEmail" :"Amanda.Galbraith@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory presents the Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Leadership Awards","txtID" : "E0DBA81A59A8B63285257FCB00749A84","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "6", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will present the annual Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) Leadership Award on Wednesday; June 8. Date: Wednesday; June 8 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Council Chamber; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The PAYE Leadership Award recognizes outstanding contributions; leadership and dedication to the City of Toronto's PAYE initiative by honouring individuals and organizations that increase access to employment opportunities for Toronto's youth. This is the second year the Mayor has recognized PAYE champions with the Leadership Award. The first PAYE Leadership Award was presented to Stephen Diamond; President and CEO of Diamond Corp.; the first Chairperson of the PAYE Board of Directors. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Anna Fiorino","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Employment and Social Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9052","txtContactEmail" :"afiorino@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory test drives the Next Generation Green Bin","txtID" : "4460BF154E3A412485257E22003566B1","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; joined by Councillor Jaye Robinson; Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; and Beth Goodger; General Manager of Solid Waste Management Services; will demonstrate features of the new Next Generation Green Bin. Date: Thursday; April 9 Time: 9 a.m. Location: Council Chamber Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Following the Mayor's remarks will be presentations by members of Toronto's technology community including: Janice Diner from Horizn; Kevin Gervais from Statflo; Zak Homuth from Upverter; Cory Rosenfield from Qoints and Jeff Ruby from Newtopia. Date: Tuesday; January 12 Time: 6 to 9 p.m. (Mayor's remarks at 7:10 p.m.) Location: City Hall Council Chamber; 100 Queen St. W. The monthly TechToronto meetup is designed for individuals in Toronto's technology community to learn something new and meet new people and is presented by TechToronto.org; an organization supporting the growth and development of the Toronto technology community. Tech Toronto has successfully grown to approximately 7;500 members; making it one of the largest technology-focused meetups in North America. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to address the appointment of new City Manager ","txtID" : "0437883A414E258985257E3D0011BA56","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; joined by City Manager Joe Pennachetti; Deputy City Manager John Livey; Deputy City Manager (Acting) Chris Brillinger and Deputy City Manager and Chief Financial Officer Roberto Rossini; will discuss the appointment of the new City Manager. The appointment was approved by City Council this evening. Peter Wallace will be present. Date: Wednesday; May 6 Time: 8:45 a.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Date: Friday; March 13 Time: 12 to 12:30 p.m.; remarks at 12:10 p.m. Location: Members Lounge; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto music industry representatives participating in the mission will also attend the announcement. The representatives include Jeff Cohen; owner of Collective Concerts and Toronto music venues the Horseshoe Tavern and Lee's Palace; Sari Delmar; CEO and Founder of Audio Blood; Graham Henderson; President; Music Canada and Jesse Kumagai; Vice President of Talent; Live Nation. These representatives; who have been part of the Toronto Music Advisory Council; were selected last fall to represent Toronto on the City's Austin-Toronto Music City Alliance. More information about the advisory council and the alliance is available at http://www.toronto.ca/musicsector. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Date: Thursday; November 3 Time: 8:40 a.m. Location: Wealthsimple; 860 Richmond St. W. Mayor Tory will be joined at the announcement by delegation members and Councillors James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence) and Christin Carmichael Greb (Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence). Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to announce employment opportunities for young people in Toronto","txtID" : "E0670F15619990DB85258247006E1C88","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "3", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will announce a series of upcoming job fairs to be held in the spring to help young people secure employment. The Mayor will be joined by Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the City of Toronto's Economic Development and Culture Committee; and Councillor Neethan Shan (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River); the City’s Youth Advocate. Date: Tuesday; March 6 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Rexdale Community Hub; 21 Panorama Ct. The job fairs are part of the City's ongoing efforts to work with community partners and private sector employers to connect young people with employment and training opportunities. The youth job fairs are focused on supporting young people ages 16 to 29 but are open to all Toronto residents. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Chris Fernandes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5211","txtContactEmail" :"Chris.Fernandes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to award five community safety projects","txtID" : "B7B3CCB64F5D77A48525813A0047C36D","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "6", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; joined by Inspector Chris Boddy; Community Response Unit Manager; Toronto Police Service and Lena Demarco; Regional Director; Community Affairs; Bell Canada; will honour five innovative safety projects at the Mayor's Community Safety Awards ceremony. Winners will receive a cheque for $1;000 from Bell Canada; a long-time sponsor of the awards; to continue their work to help improve safety in Toronto. Two projects that received honorary mentions will also be recognized. Date: Saturday; June 10 Time: 3:30 p.m.; remarks at 4 p.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The awards recognize projects that: • promote the safety of neighbourhoods and communities; including priority populations such as: Aboriginal Peoples; ethno-cultural/racial minorities; people with disabilities; lesbian/gay/bisexual/two-spirited/trans persons; newcomers; youth; people with low income; and women and children exposed to violence • help victims of crime • reduce violence within high-risk communities • build partnerships with the community; its organizations and/or the corporate/business sector while promoting safety and/or violence prevention More information and a list of winners is available at http://toronto.ca/safety. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944 (office), 437-346-2815 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"jane.arbour@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to celebrate the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors at City Hall on Monday","txtID" : "736D6E44A81B53318525826E00716B34","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "4", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and members of Toronto City Council will host representatives from Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment at a special presentation to celebrate and support the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors in their respective playoff runs. Date: Monday; April 16 Time: 8:45 a.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Media can access the Members Lounge via the east City Hall Council Chamber elevator. During the presentation; the flags of both clubs will be unfurled and Mayor Tory will proclaim Monday as 'Blue & White Day in Toronto to recognize the Leafs' first home playoff game of 2018; scheduled to take place that evening. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to deliver keynote speech at international business development forum","txtID" : "9665F07835E46C2F85257DCD00632E6B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "1", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will provide the opening address tomorrow at Going Global: Toronto-Chicago; an international business development forum organized by INcubes Inc. Date: Thursday; January 15 Time: 12:30 to 4 p.m.; remarks at 1:40 p.m. Location: Telus House; 3rd floor; 25 York St.; Toronto Bruce A. Heyman; U.S. Ambassador to Canada; and Sam Sebastian; the Managing Director of Google Canada; will also give keynote speeches at the event. The event; hosted in collaboration with the Chicago business accelerator hub called 1871; will showcase 10 companies from Toronto and Chicago; Toronto's Sister City. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Date: Friday; February 27 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; remarks at 8:45 a.m. Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre; North Building; 255 Front St. W. The City of Toronto is a co-founder and annual partner of this free conference for internationally educated professionals. More information about the conference is available at http://www.iep.ca/. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Date: Thursday; December 18 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 2nd floor Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Toronto Newcomer Day is held each year. Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina); Toronto's Newcomer Advocate; and JoAnne Doyle; Chief Operating and Strategy Officer; United Way Toronto and York Region; will be the masters of ceremonies for the formal program. Senator Ratna Omidvar will take part in the program and the Honourable John McCallum; Minister of Immigration; Refugees and Citizenship; will attend a special citizenship ceremony for 60 candidates at City Hall. Date: Tuesday; May 24 (rain or shine) Times and locations: 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – information fair and family-friendly activities on Nathan Phillips Square and in City Hall 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. – formal program including Proclamation of Newcomer Day; official remarks and musical performances on Nathan Phillips Square stage 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. – citizenship ceremony in City Hall Council Chamber Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall will be alive with an art exhibit; newcomer artist showcase; tours of City Hall; library bookmobile; speakers' corner; roaming storytellers; gardening and other family-friendly activities. More than 45 community agencies and City divisions will be on hand to share information and resources available to help newcomers settle in Toronto. Toronto Newcomer Day is sponsored by Tim Horton's and Metroland Media. Everyone is welcome to take part in this free event. More information about Newcomer Day is available at http://www.toronto.ca/newcomer. 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For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"John Gosgnach","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8386","txtContactEmail" :"jgosgna@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to join community to unveil Toronto ceremonial street designation honouring Nelson Mandela ","txtID" : "D5A4689DC2AFDF8885257E3F006092B3","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by members of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Committee and other dignitaries on Monday to participate in an official street naming ceremony to honour Nelson Mandela. Date: Monday; May 11 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: 361 University Ave. (southeast corner of University Avenue and Armoury Street) Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Date: Monday; May 29 Time: 7:30 to 9 a.m. (remarks at 8 a.m.) Location: Nathan Phillips Square; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Cyclists from start points all over the city will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the intersection of Yonge and Charles Streets for the group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Bike to Work Day kicks off Bike Month 2017 which will feature hundreds of cycling-themed events across the city to promote and celebrate cycling. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Valerie Cassells","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-660-1712","txtContactEmail" :"valerie.cassells@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to join hundreds of Toronto cyclists for Bike to Work Day ride and a celebratory event at Nathan Phillips Square","txtID" : "B52C66CA01B1AEDC8525829800693A48","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will participate in the group bike ride on May 28 and will welcome hundreds of cyclists to an event at Nathan Phillips Square celebrating Bike to Work Day 2018. Date: Monday; May 28 Time: Ride starts at 7:30 a.m.; remarks at 8:10 a.m. on the square Location: Nathan Phillips Square; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Participating cyclists will meet at the intersections of Yonge and Charles Streets at 7:30 a.m. for the group ride to Nathan Phillips Square. Bike to Work Day kicks off Bike Month; featuring numerous cycling-themed events across the city to promote and celebrate cycling. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Valerie Cassells","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-660-1712","txtContactEmail" :"Valerie.Cassells@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Liz Sutherland","txtContactArea" :"Cycle Toronto","txtContactPhone" :"647-466-5855","txtContactEmail" :"Liz@cycleto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to kick off summer with the opening of outdoor pools","txtID" : "6430837181D089F4852582BA006861E9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; Councillor Jim Hart (Ward 44 Scarborough East); Barbara Byers; Director of Public Education for the Lifesaving Society; and members of the community will kick off summer with the opening of the outdoor pool season at Heron Park Pool. Date: Friday; June 29 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Heron Park Pool; 292 Manse Rd. A life-saving demonstration will also take place. Media may capture footage from the pool deck at this location only. Media access will not be available at any other outdoor pool locations. All outdoor pools and wading pools will begin their full-time summer schedules on Saturday; June 30 and will remain open with varying schedules until Labour Day weekend. More information; including pool operating hours; is available at http://www.toronto.ca/swim. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944, 437-346-2815 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"Jane.Arbour@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to kick off Toronto's Month of Giving","txtID" : "88830A869DDD748885257F0A00643A3E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "11", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by City Manager Peter Wallace and members of Toronto City Council to kick off Toronto's Month of Giving. A new initiative for 2015; Toronto's Month of Giving will be collecting donations of toys and food from residents and city staff members for those in need this holiday season. Date: Monday; November 30 Time: noon Location: Toronto City Hall; Rotunda This event will be hosted by CP24's Patricia Jaggernauth and include a photo opportunity with Mayor John Tory; members of Council; Daily Bread Food Bank's Gail Nyberg and City staff as they place gifts into the donation boxes at City Hall. The event will feature holiday tunes from Toronto's own a cappella group; Countermeasure. Until December 24; unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items will be collected at all civic centres. Toys will be donated to the CP24 CHUM Christmas Wish and non-perishable nutritious food to Daily Bread Food Bank. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. 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Mayor Tory will be joined by Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale); the City's Arts Advocate; and Claire Hopkinson; Director and CEO of the Toronto Arts Council and Foundation. Date: Monday; May 30 Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Location: Christie Pits Park; 750 Bloor St. W. (pavilion) The launch will include musical performances by Quique Escamilla and Ten Kills The Pack. Amplification for the musical performances will be pedal-powered by the Tune Your Ride Collective. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. 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Clean Toronto Together invites residents; schools and businesses to participate in the City's annual spring cleanup. The announcement will include details of the Corporate and School 20-Minute Makeover on April 20; the Community Cleanup Days on April 21 and 22; and the City's interdivisional cleanup by members of the Toronto Public Service. Date: Wednesday; March 28 Time: 12:40 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Sponsors and partners include lead sponsor Glad Canada; Pizza Pizza; Tim Hortons; Toronto Star; Global News; Global News Radio; Metroland Media; Metro News; Park People; Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup; Toronto District School Board; Toronto Catholic District School Board and Bag2School. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Valerie Cassells","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-660-1712","txtContactEmail" :"valerie.cassells@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to launch Clean Toronto Together campaign tomorrow","txtID" : "D3C3797EC90BBEDE85257E1A006F57EA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will launch the City's annual cleanup campaign – Clean Toronto Together – at City Hall tomorrow. The announcement will include details of the cleanup activities; including the 20-Minute Makeover; the Community Clean-Up Days and the City's interdivisional cleanup for members of the Toronto Public Service. Date: Thursday; April 2 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Campaign sponsors including lead partner GLAD; broadcast partner CP24; and other sponsors; including the Toronto Star; 680News; Tim Hortons and Pizza Pizza; will join City officials at tomorrow's launch event. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. 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Date: Thursday; April 28 Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Location: 38 Agincourt Dr. in the Sheppard Avenue/Kennedy Road area of Ward 41 There will be demonstrations of the bin's animal-resistant qualities; ease of mobility and automated collection features. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. 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Date: Monday; June 27 Time: 1 to 3 p.m. (remarks at 1 p.m.) Location: BrainStation; 460 King St. W. This launch event will include a panel discussion moderated by Mayor Tory. The GTA-wide entrepreneur mentoring program is part of the recently launched StartUp HERE Toronto website and a collaboration between the City of Toronto and 35 organizations including MaRS; DMZ; Futurpreneur and the University of Toronto that provide support for entrepreneurs. For more information and to register; visit http://startupheretoronto.com/event/startup-here-toronto-cafe-launch/ Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. 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Date: November 22 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Metro Hall; 55 John St. Please meet at the security desk in the Rotunda and you will be escorted to the second floor. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8889","txtContactEmail" :"natasha.hindsfitzsimmins@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-3213","txtContactEmail" :"Keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to launch Live from City Hall music series","txtID" : "AF0801001C08952585257F31006BDE6A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "1", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Kevin Barnes; Senior Vice President and Region Head; Greater Toronto Region; TD Bank Group; to launch the Live from City Hall music series. The launch event on Thursday will feature performances by two Toronto bands: roots-rock artists The Young Novelists; and The Muso Project; an R&B; soul; funk and jazz collective. Date: Thursday; January 7 Time: 5 to 7 p.m. (remarks at 5 p.m.) Location: Rotunda; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Live from City Hall; presented by TD; features local artists across multiple genres performing in the rotunda of one of Toronto’s most iconic buildings. The series will run approximately twice a month throughout 2016; presenting two artists at each showcase. More information about Live from City Hall and the City's music initiatives is available at http://www.toronto.ca/music. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"John Gosgnach","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8386","txtContactEmail" :"jgosgna@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to launch YouthTO web portal for Toronto youth ","txtID" : "17B42517803B462A85257FAB004D5FA1","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "5", "day" : "6", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "YouthTO; the City of Toronto's new Youth Portal; will officially launch on Monday at the Work Connections job fair. Mayor John Tory and Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina); Toronto's Youth Equity Advocate; will attend the official kickoff and provide remarks. Date: Monday; May 9 Time: Noon; remarks at 12:15 p.m. Location: Mattamy Athletic Centre; 50 Carlton St.; Alumni Lounge; 4th floor The website will provide one-stop access to information about services; health resources; employment; volunteer; recreation and cultural opportunities for youth. YouthTO will be accessible at http://www.toronto.ca/youth as of 11:30 a.m. on Monday. Developed in consultation with youth and with content from City divisions and Findhelp/211; and funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services; YouthTO will help Torontonians discover existing youth services and programs in their communities. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jennifer Wing","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"jwing@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to lead discussion on startup culture at City Hall","txtID" : "937AA973197663EC85257FAE006EF991","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "5", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will lead a panel discussion on how to bring a culture of entrepreneurship to City Hall and the City of Toronto. This panel is part of an event entitled Startup City: Embracing Startup Culture to Make Positive Change in Cities. Date: Monday; May 9 Time: 5 to 8:30 p.m.; formal event begins at 6:30 p.m. Location: MaRS Discovery District auditorium; 101 College St. The event will conclude with a keynote presentation by Gabe Klein; author of Start-Up City. Klein is the former Director of Transportation in Washington; D.C. and Chicago. He currently advises a number of technology and transportation startups. This event is supported by the City of Toronto; MaRS; StartUp HERE Toronto and Civic Tech Toronto. More information is available at: http://ow.ly/4nqiUV Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to make an announcement about increasing community safety in Toronto with government leaders","txtID" : "DEA32D110A3B76E585257FE1007C9C4F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "6", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will meet with federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale; MP Marco Mendicino (Eglinton-Lawrence); Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi; Ontario Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services David Orazietti and Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders regarding new joint initiatives aimed at increasing community safety and decreasing gun violence. Date: Thursday; June 30 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Protocol Lounge; Mayor’s Office; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. (A closed meeting will start at 10 a.m.; followed by a photo opportunity at 10:45 a.m. and a media availability at 11 a.m.) Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jennifer Wing","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"jwing@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to make an announcement about innovation","txtID" : "9ACCB8C621A4004C85257F550074D872","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "2", "day" : "10", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic to make an announcement about innovation. Date: Thursday; February 11 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Shopify; 80 Spadina Ave.; 4th Floor Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to make an announcement about reducing waste going to landfills","txtID" : "49339F0B036D005085257FE10072DC5E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "6", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Jim McKay; General Manager of the City of Toronto's Solid Waste Management Services; to make an announcement about reducing the amount of waste going to landfills from Toronto apartments and condominiums. Date: Thursday; June 30 Time: 1 p.m. Location: 550 Ontario St. (a residential building south of Wellesley Street) Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Siobhan Ramsay","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5001","txtContactEmail" :"sramsay@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to make an announcement about youth jobs","txtID" : "DF8CB91894EC4ADC85257E260052A4F2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Rossann Williams; President of Starbucks Canada and Toronto's Youth Equity Advocate Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) to make an announcement about jobs for youth. Date: Monday; April 13 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Starbucks; 1188 King St. W. More information on the City's Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) program is available at: http://www.toronto.ca/paye. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Anna McGrath","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Employment & Social Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9052","txtContactEmail" :"amcgrath@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Carly Suppa","txtContactArea" :"Starbucks Canada","txtContactPhone" :"416-228-7423","txtContactEmail" :"csuppa@starbucks.com " }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to make an announcement on the City’s plan to boost film and television production in Toronto","txtID" : "27C34DE7AFB7949185257FB10044C6C5","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "5", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Coming off the heels of his recent mission to Los Angeles; Mayor Tory will announce key steps the City is taking to boost investment in Toronto’s screen-based industry (film; television; post-production and commercials). Date: Thursday; May 12 Time: 11 a.m. to noon; remarks at 11:30 a.m. Location: Cinespace Film Studios; 777 Kipling Ave.; Gate 1; Parking Lot 1 Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Amanda Galbraith","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"amanda.galbraith@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to make announcement about recreation registration ","txtID" : "3AC7AF38CC4B107585258027007028D1","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "9", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; joined by Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre) Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; will make an announcement on the City's efforts to make recreation registration better for residents. Date: Thursday; September 8 Time: 1 p.m. Location: OCAD University; 205 Richmond St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507 ","txtContactEmail" :"Keerthana.Kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Matthew Cutler","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to make announcement about signing up for camps and recreation programs with the City of Toronto","txtID" : "3217CB5F04CC6E2C85257F6F006BB890","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "3", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will join Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and Janie Romoff; General Manager of the City of Toronto's Parks; Forestry and Recreation division; at the Regent Park Aquatic Centre tomorrow to make an announcement about recreation program registration. Date: Tuesday; March 8 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Regent Park Aquatic Centre; 640 Dundas St. E. Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation processes more than 600;000 registrations for more than 80;000 courses at 135 community recreation centres; 40 indoor arenas and 121 pools each year. The spring priority registration period is currently underway; and more than 145;000 registrations for spring and summer programs; including summer camps; will be processed during this period. Information about registration is available at http://www.toronto.ca/rec. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Matthew Cutler","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"mcutler@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to make announcement about Toronto Community Housing ","txtID" : "1A5865FFDA48E63F85257E1800439791","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "3", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will make an announcement later this morning concerning Toronto Community Housing. He will be joined by Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East); Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport); the City's Housing Advocate and Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee; and Greg Spearn; Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Community Housing. Date: Monday; March 30 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: 255 Roywood Dr. (in Ward 34 Don Valley East) Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Gil Hardy","txtContactArea" :"Affordable Housing Office","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4701","txtContactEmail" :"ghardy@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Sara Goldvine","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Community Housing","txtContactPhone" :"416-981-4252 ","txtContactEmail" :"media@torontohousing.ca " }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to make major park announcement","txtID" : "6EE04A70E1C738A78525800300780F01","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "8", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina) will announce a major park initiative for Toronto. This initiative is part of the City's TOcore project; a response to the rapid growth and intensification of Toronto's downtown that is placing pressure on physical and social infrastructure. Date: Wednesday; Aug.3 Time: 12.30 p.m. Location: Northwest corner of Iceboat Terrace and Queen's Wharf Rd. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507 ","txtContactEmail" :"Keerthana.Kamalavasan@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Tammy Robbinson","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-3761","txtContactEmail" :"trobbin@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to present Fran Sonshine with a Key to the City","txtID" : "1140CB6D1943161B852582B700437529","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This Advisory was issued via CNW on Sunday; June 24. Mayor John Tory will present Fran Sonshine with a Key to the City for being a philanthropic and volunteer leader in Toronto. Who: Fran Sonshine Date: Monday; June 25 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Toronto Sign; Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Fran Sonshine is a tremendous example of Toronto the good. Through her compassion and generosity; she has contributed to a more positive sense of community within our city. Fran has mindfully led fundraising efforts for important heritage programs and spent thousands of hours volunteering her time so that residents and neighbourhoods can grow and prosper. For her vision and commitment to building community; I am proud to present Fran Sonshine with a Key to the City; said Mayor Tory. Sonshine is the National Chair of the Canadian Society for Yad Vashem which seeks to promote awareness of the Holocaust and its universal lessons through educational and commemorative programming. Yad Vashem has played a key role in fundraising for the building of Canada’s Holocaust Monument in Ottawa. Sonshine has led several boards in Toronto including the Baycrest Board of Directors as well as the North York General Hospital Advisory Board; the Royal Ontario Museum Board of Governors and the Toronto United Jewish Appeal’s Annual Campaign. Sonshine has been honoured with numerous awards for her contributions to many organizations and campaigns. On April 30; seven Key to the City recipients were announced for 2018. The complete list of recipients for this year is available at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/key-to-the-city/. During his term in office; Mayor Tory has officially presented Keys to the City to His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj; Paul Beeston; Rush; Aubrey Graham (Drake); Susan Gapka; Peter Oundjian and Zanana Akande. Since amalgamation; 62 Keys to the City have officially been presented by Mayors of Toronto. The Mayor awards the Key to inspiring individuals from diverse backgrounds who embody the spirit and potential of Toronto and have contributed significantly to civic life. The Key to the City represents the highest honour that the City can confer on an individual or a group. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to present Key to the City to Patricia Moore","txtID" : "9D6106BDD2A844F2852582BB006871A9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will present Patricia Moore with a Key to the City for working tirelessly to ensure that everyone in Toronto's Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Park communities has a voice. Date: Saturday; June 30 Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Beth Nealson Drive at Thorncliffe Park Drive (northwest corner) Immediately before the presentation; Mayor Tory and Councillor Jon Burnside (Ward 26 Don Valley West) will officially unveil Pat Moore Drive – a portion of Thorncliffe Park Drive west of Beth Nealson Drive that will be renamed in Moore's honour. Patricia Moore is extraordinary. She understands the real issues that face her neighbours and has the ambition and courage to take the lead so that they may be heard and positive change can happen; said Mayor Tory. Patricia is a role model to the youth of her community and her achievements speak plainly to the common good of all the people who live there. For her bold commitment to grassroots change and her nobility of character; I am proud to present Patricia Moore a Key to the City. Moore has lived in Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Park for more than 40 years. She is known as an advocate for the underdog on issues related to housing as well as youth and women's rights. Over the years; her work has contributed to the creation of tenants' associations that help to protect the rights of tenants as well as making more co-op housing available in the community. She has raised awareness of the need to stop violence against women and has created community programs to support the growing youth population in her neighbourhood. On April 30; seven Key to the City recipients were announced for 2018. The complete list of recipients for this year is available at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/key-to-the-city/. During his term in office; Mayor Tory has officially presented Keys to the City to His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj; Paul Beeston; Rush; Aubrey Graham (Drake); Susan Gapka; Peter Oundjian; Zanana Akande and Fran Sonshine. Since amalgamation; 63 Keys to the City have officially been presented by Mayors of Toronto. The mayor awards the key to inspiring individuals from diverse backgrounds who embody the spirit and potential of Toronto and have contributed significantly to civic life. The Key to the City represents the highest honour the City can confer on an individual or a group. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to present Peter Oundjian with a Key to the City","txtID" : "1AE9F6A27CDAA113852582B300632ABB","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will present musician and conductor Peter Oundjian with a Key to the City for invigorating the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with recordings; tours and innovative programming during his tenure. Date: Friday; June 22 Time: 1:30 p.m. Location: Roy Thomson Hall; 60 Simcoe St. Toronto has a thriving arts and culture community because of the vision and world class achievements of Peter Oundjian and those like him. His body of work at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has introduced innovative ideas that have made music accessible to young people and positioned our city as a place of profound creative musical expression. For his contributions to a more artistically vibrant Toronto; I am proud to present Peter Oundjian a Key to the City; said Mayor Tory. Oundjian began studying the violin at age seven; before shifting his focus to conducting. After serving as Artistic Director to several international festivals and orchestras; he was named Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) in January 2003; becoming the first Canadian to hold the position since 1973. He has found creative ways to grow the audience and improve the appeal of the TSO which has strengthened the ensemble’s presence and popularity around the world. As Conductor Emeritus; his final season is currently culminating with a month-long musical celebration of his career. On April 30; seven Key to the City recipients were announced for 2018. The complete list of recipients for this year is available at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/key-to-the-city/. During his term in office; Mayor Tory has officially presented Keys to the City to His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj; Paul Beeston; Rush; Aubrey Graham (Drake) and Susan Gapka. Since amalgamation; 60 Keys to the City have officially been presented by Mayors of Toronto. The Mayor awards the Key to inspiring individuals from diverse backgrounds who embody the spirit and potential of Toronto and have contributed significantly to civic life. The Key to the City represents the highest honour that the City can confer on an individual or a group. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to present Zanana Akande with a Key to the City","txtID" : "C29D46A678E5D438852582B40052B2C7","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "6", "day" : "22", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will present Zanana Akande with a Key to the City for dedicating her life's work to addressing equity issues in the community and improving the social; economic; cultural and political status of women in Toronto. Date: Saturday; June 23 Time: 2:15 p.m. Location: Ontario Square; 235 Queens Quay W. If there is inclement weather; this presentation will be moved to Miss Lou's Room inside Habourfront Centre. Zanana Akande is a community leader who cares passionately about others. At every opportunity; she has demonstrated her unwavering belief in the human spirit and has found ways to improve lives by investing her time in the well-being of people. She has advanced issues related to equality and socio-economic status and worked within governments; institutions and community organizations that provide people with education and experiences; while inspiring a sense of belonging and hope. For her devotion to the prosperity of others; I am proud to present Zanana Akande with a Key to the City; said Mayor Tory. After serving for many years as an educator; Akande was the first Black woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario and the first appointed as a Cabinet Minister. She has served many organizations over the years including the YWCA; Centennial College; Harbourfront Centre and the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. On April 30; seven Key to the City recipients were announced for 2018. The complete list of recipients for this year is available at https://www.toronto.ca/city-government/awards-tributes/tributes/key-to-the-city/. During his term in office; Mayor Tory has officially presented Keys to the City to His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj; Paul Beeston; Rush; Aubrey Graham (Drake); Susan Gapka and Peter Oundjian. Since amalgamation; 61 Keys to the City have officially been presented by Mayors of Toronto. The Mayor awards the Key to inspiring individuals from diverse backgrounds who embody the spirit and potential of Toronto and have contributed significantly to civic life. The Key to the City represents the highest honour that the City can confer on an individual or a group. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to raise rainbow and transgender flags and proclaim Pride Month in Toronto","txtID" : "6E63E50EDBCB4B998525829E006DE635","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "5", "day" : "31", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale); other members of Toronto City Council and Pride Toronto co-chairs Erin Edghill and Kevin Rambally tomorrow to officially raise the Rainbow and Transgender flags and proclaim June as Pride Month in Toronto. The ceremony will include an acknowledgment of recent victims of violence and heinous crimes within the LGBTQ2S community. Date: Friday; June 1 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Podium roof; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. This year's Pride Festival will span 24 days beginning June 1; and will culminate on Festival Weekend from June 22 to 24. Pride Month; recognized locally and internationally as a premier arts and cultural event for Toronto; will showcase the activism; diversity; history; courage and culture of the lesbian; gay; bisexual; transgender; transsexual; intersex; queer; questioning; two spirited communities and allies (LGBTQ2S) and will again feature one of North America's largest annual Pride parades. More information about Pride Toronto is available at http://www.pridetoronto.com/. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"Eric.Holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to raise rainbow flag and proclaim Pride Month in Toronto at ceremony on Tuesday","txtID" : "F6BD08FBC1FEC6F285257FC3004F4410","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "5", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and other members of Council along with Pride Toronto representatives tomorrow as he raises the rainbow flag and officially proclaims June as Pride Month for the first time in Toronto. Previously; the City of Toronto had proclaimed Pride Week annually since 1991. Mathieu Chantelois; Executive Director of Pride Toronto; and Aaron Glynwilliams; who co-chairs Pride Toronto's board of directors; along with members of the public; will also participate in Tuesday's ceremony at City Hall. Date: Tuesday; May 31 Time: Noon Location: Podium Roof; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. This year's celebration will expand its footprint over 33 days as it grows as one of Toronto's signature arts and cultural events and continues to strengthen social equity and empowerment. An internationally-recognized festival; Pride Month will showcase the activism; diversity; history and culture of the lesbian; gay; bisexual; trans; queer and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities and will culminate in one of the biggest annual parades in North America. Following the flag raising; members of the public are invited to a special Pride Month kickoff barbecue hosted by Mayor Tory and Toronto City Council. The free barbecue will be held on the podium roof at City Hall. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"eholmes2@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to raise rainbow flag and proclaim Pride Month in Toronto","txtID" : "4D2F6335EFBFB70D85258130004A6C0F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale); other members of City Council and representatives of Pride Toronto tomorrow to officially raise the rainbow flag and proclaim June as Pride Month. Olivia Nuamah; Pride Toronto's executive director; and Alicia Hall; co-chair of Pride Toronto's board of directors; will also participate in Wednesday's public ceremony. Date: Wednesday; May 31 Time: Noon Location: Podium roof; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. This year's Pride Festival will run from June 1 to 25. Pride Month; recognized locally and internationally as a premier arts and cultural event for Toronto; will showcase the activism; diversity; history; courage and culture of the lesbian; gay; bisexual; trans; queer and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S) communities and will culminate in one of North America's largest annual Pride parades. Immediately after Wednesday's flag raising and proclamation; Mayor Tory will host a Pride Month kickoff barbecue on City Hall's podium roof. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"eric.holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to recognize winners of Towering Challenge waste-reduction initiative for Toronto's multi-residential buildings","txtID" : "88E3E52C96B4CB148525812200642673","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will recognize the participants and winners of the Mayor’s Towering Challenge at a reception tomorrow. The challenge was launched last year as a competition among apartment; condo and co-op buildings to reduce the amount of garbage they produce. Date: Wednesday; May 17 Time: 6 to 8 p.m. (Formal program starts at 6:30 p.m.) Location: Rotunda; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-998-2615","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Siobhan Ramsay","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5001","txtContactEmail" :"siobhan.ramsay@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to speak about preparing Toronto for emergencies and extreme weather","txtID" : "ABD0548CB115EE3A852580820072CE73","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "12", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will speak about developing a strategy to prepare Toronto for emergencies and extreme weather. This strategy includes retrofitting aging infrastructure to be energy efficient; building transit to encourage all modes of transportation and preparing for potential impacts of flooding and ice storms. Mayor Tory will address an audience of about 100 community leaders at a workshop on Thursday to kick start the development of a resilience strategy for Toronto. The event; hosted in conjunction with 100 Resilient Cities (100RC); stems from Toronto's recent acceptance into the 100RC Network; a global community of cities working to build urban resilience. Toronto's strategy will be developed over the next six to 12 months. Date: Thursday; December 8 Location: Allstream Centre; Exhibition Place Times: 8 to 9 a.m. Media registration. Media representatives will be asked to provide media identification because of limited space at the event for members of the media. 9 a.m. Remarks by Mayor John Tory and City Manager Peter Wallace; City of Toronto 10 a.m. Presentation about 100RC by Olivia Stinson; Associate Cities Director; 100 RC North America More information about Toronto's membership in 100RC is available at http://www.toronto.ca/resilientTO. Information about 100RC; pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation; is available at http://www.100resilientcities.org/. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Valerie Cassells","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-660-1712","txtContactEmail" :"valerie.cassells@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to speak about the state of manufacturing to the business community in north Toronto ","txtID" : "2CCBD842DC484B618525802C00667ECF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "9", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will speak about the state of the manufacturing sector in Toronto at a breakfast event with the business community from the north part of the city. This breakfast event is organized by the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture division with support of the local BIAs (Business Improvement Areas) and Teknion and the Global Furniture Group. Date: Tuesday; September 13 Time: 8:30 a.m. (Mayor's remarks at approximately 8:40 a.m.; photo opportunity at approximately 9:45 a.m.; media availability at approximately 10 a.m.) Location: Teknion corporate headquarters; 1150 Flint Rd. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"sgerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to speak at a City of Toronto business recognition event ","txtID" : "1D22D713E4164DDD85257F010067B9D1","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "11", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Benjamin M. Smith; President; Passenger Airlines; Air Canada and Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); Chair of the Economic Development Committee; at a City of Toronto Signature Event recognizing the business community's commitment and contributions to Toronto's economic prosperity. Date: Thursday; November 19 Time: 5 to 8 p.m. (photo opportunity at 5 p.m.; remarks at 5:45 p.m.) Location: Air Canada Hangar; 6420 Silver Dart Dr. This event will include a photo opportunity with the Mayor and Mr. Smith next to Air Canada's new Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. Event guests and media will also be able to tour the aircraft. The City will also unveil its 2015 Signature Sites; which feature some of Toronto's key available commercial and industrial development; redevelopment and investment locations. Media are encouraged to confirm attendance in advance by contacting Shane Gerard. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :" sgerard@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Mayor's Office","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"keerthana.kamalavasan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to speak at ceremony during annual cricket tournament","txtID" : "8B62C83A84CC5EBE85257E69006C022F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "6", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory and City of Toronto staff will join community members and adult cricket teams from across Toronto at a ceremony to celebrate Saturday's 11th annual tournament for the CIMA Mayor's Cricket Trophy tournament. Date: Saturday; June 20 Time: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; remarks at 9.30 a.m. Location: Sunnybrook Park; North Pitch; 1132 Leslie St. Also in attendance will be Martin Saxon; Chair of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA); Myriam Madden; CIMA Global President; United Kingdom; Keith Adamson; General Manager of CIBC; and Mahes Wickramasinghe; Chief Strategy Officer; Canadian Tire. Representatives of ONESTOP Network; Tom's Place and Rogers will also attend. CIMA introduced Toronto's annual CIMA Mayor's Cricket Trophy tournament in 2005 in partnership with Toronto's Parks; Forestry and Recreation division. Since then; the event has helped to raise funds to support youth cricket programs such as Cricket Across the Pond scholarships and the Mayor’s School Cricket Tournament in Toronto. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to unveil City of Toronto's TO Canada with Love summer program for Canada's 150th birthday","txtID" : "08309E869A12043585258121005F8073","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Eleanor McMahon; Minister of Tourism; Culture and Sport; as well as a federal government representative; to announce details of the City of Toronto's summer program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibits honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The summer program includes MomenTO; Indigenous Arts Festival and National Aboriginal Day and Canada Days. Date: Tuesday; May 16 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Stage; Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Speakers' remarks will be followed by a photo opportunity and media availability. Media are asked to confirm their intention to attend and provide any specific interview requests and/or production requirements by emailing justine.palinska@toronto.ca or phoning 416-395-7318 before this media event. Members of the media are encouraged to arrive before 12:30 p.m. for their setup. A French language version of this media advisory is available on the City's Media Room web page at http://bit.ly/1GTGMAc. About TO Canada with Love TO Canada with Love is the City of Toronto's year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions honouring Canada's 150th birthday. The program is Toronto's cultural love letter to the country; offering a rich tapestry of more than 30 City-produced events taking place across the city throughout 2017. For more information; visit http://www.toronto.ca/canada150. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Justine Palinska","txtContactArea" :"Economic Development and Culture","txtContactPhone" :"416-395-7318","txtContactEmail" :"justine.palinska@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory to welcome the King and Queen of the Kingdom of the Netherlands ","txtID" : "8CB8B72EAFABB7A485257E520056B945","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "5", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell and City staff will welcome Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima on their state visit to Canada. During the visit; Mayor Tory will accept the gift to the City of Toronto of seven Tulpi-chairs designed by Dutch designer; Marco Manders; to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by the Canadian Army in the Second World War. Date: Friday; May 29 Time: 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Remarks: 4:20 p.m. Location: Centre Island Docks; Centre Island The King and Queen will unveil the bright orange; tulip-shaped outdoor chairs on Centre Island where they will provide a lookout over the city’s waterfront and skyline and symbolize the strong bond between Canada and the Netherlands. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"416-560-8726","txtContactPhone" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory will announce the 2016 CIMA Mayor's Cricket Team","txtID" : "F7D30ACBFAF4333685257FDB0050B414","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "6", "day" : "23", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will join event sponsors and members of the community to announce and congratulate the 12 Toronto-area youth selected to play for the CIMA Mayor's Cricket Team. Players were selected from diverse neighbourhoods in the Greater Toronto Area and will represent Toronto in a tournament in Trinidad this summer. Date: Friday; June 24 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Joining Mayor Tory will be Michael Lam; Chair of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) Canada; Imtiaz Seyid; Vice President; South Asian and Middle Eastern Markets; RBC Royal Bank; Tom Mihalik; owner of Tom's Place; and Andy Pringle; Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Ranil Mendis","txtContactArea" :"CIMA Canada","txtContactPhone" :"416-578-5929","txtContactEmail" :"rmendis1@gmail.com " },{"txtContactName" :"Keerthana Kamalavasan","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-460-7507","txtContactEmail" :"Keerthana.Kamalavasan@toronto.ca " }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory, Budget Chair and City Manager media availability on Toronto's 2015 tax and rate supported budgets","txtID" : "94C5E2C32CB4060785257DD2006C4927","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "1", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory; Budget Chair Councillor Gary Crawford (Ward 36 Scarborough Southwest) and City Manager Joe Pennachetti will brief the media on the 2015 tax and rate supported budgets for Toronto. Date: Tuesday; January 20 Time: 9 a.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The 2015 tax and rate supported budgets will be presented at the Budget Committee meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m. on January 20. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Wynna Brown","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8937","txtContactEmail" :"wbrown1@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Paula Chung","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-1649","txtContactEmail" :"pchung2@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor Tory, NBA players and association to celebrate refurbished basketball courts in Toronto","txtID" : "2BFC5B48DF1A1B0385257F55007319AB","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2016", "month" : "2", "day" : "10", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Michelle Roberts; Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association; Sim Bhullar of Raptors 905 and Team Canada; Michele O'Keefe; President and CEO of Canada Basketball; local City councillors and dozens of children for basketball skills training on one of three newly refurbished courts. Date: Thursday; February 11 Time: 4 p.m. Location: Masaryk-Cowan Community Centre; 220 Cowan Ave.; Toronto The National Basketball Players Association and Canada Basketball have refurbished court surfaces at three Toronto community recreation centres as part of their community investment programs and in celebration of basketball in Toronto; host city of the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend. In addition to the Masaryk-Cowan courts; courts were resurfaced at S.H. Armstrong Community Centre and Amesbury Community Centre. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Matthew Cutler","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"mcutler@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Kristin Conte","txtContactArea" :"National Basketball Players Association","txtContactPhone" :"917-699-1941","txtContactEmail" :"Kristin@theengageagency.com " },{"txtContactName" :"Kurt Kosmowski","txtContactArea" :"Connor Sports","txtContactPhone" :"248-345-4360","txtContactEmail" :" kurt@thekosmowskigroup.com" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Mayor, TTC Chair and City’s Poverty Reduction Advocate to make an announcement ","txtID" : "13621997165A20868525826400424FEC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "4", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Mayor John Tory; City Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15 Eglinton-Lawrence); Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC); and Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's); the City of Toronto's Poverty Reduction Advocate; will make an announcement about making transit more affordable for low income residents. Date: Tuesday; April 3 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Metro Hall Employment & Social Services; 214 Wellington St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"Wynna Brown","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8937","txtContactEmail" :"Wynna.Brown@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory -- City of Toronto to Raise Children's Flag","txtID" : "38F4357A140F6D2E85256DF600463155","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2000", "month" : "9", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto City Councillors Chris Korwin-Kuczynski; Sherene Shaw and Olivia Chow; the Children and Youth Advocate; will jointly raise the winning design of this past summer's Children's Design-a-Flag contest at 11 a.m. on Monday; October 2 at Toronto City Hall. The flag's designer Nathaniel Roda; age 5; will participate in the ceremony. Nathaniel will receive a copy of his flag; a T-shirt; commemorative plaque and a package of 20 cards printed with his design. The winning design was chosen from over 2;000 entrants in the Children's Design-a-Flag sponsored by the Children and Youth Action Committee at locations across the city over the summer. The CYAC is a partnership of city councillors and representatives of community organizations. Its mandate includes promoting investment in children as a strategic priority within the City of Toronto. Date: Monday; October 2; 2000 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Toronto City Hall Podium Roof 100 Queen St. W.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl MacDonald","txtContactArea" :"Children's Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9399","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory -- Photo Op -- Moss Park Harvest Festival","txtID" : "45C76E2CD9B69C5E85256DF600463297","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2000", "month" : "10", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Members of the media are invited to attend the 1st annual Moss Park Harvest Festival. Date: Sunday; October 15 Time: 1 to 4 p.m. Location: Moss Park soccer field; north of Queen Street East (west of Sherbourne Street) Catch neighbourhood children as they decorate the many brilliant orange pumpkins; while stone soup bubbles over an outdoor fire. Watch children create crafts from natural objects; while participants of all ages enjoy a blues performance by Sons of Beaches; or swing their partners in an old-time square dance. The Moss Park Community Gardens are ready for harvest; and community residents will continue the planting in the River of Tallgrasses. The event is organized by Toronto Parks & Recreation with assistance from The Composting Council of Canada; Evergreen; Ontario 2000; the Starbucks Coffee Company; and the Taddle Creek Watershed Initiative.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eduard Sousa","txtContactArea" :"Parks and Recreation Division","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-5053","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory -- Public Health Inspectors meet for conference","txtID" : "931D68391213339985256DF60046314E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2000", "month" : "9", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Public Health - Public Health Inspectors are in Toronto tomorrow for the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors 61st Annual Education Conference. Recent events such as the water crisis in Walkerton have increased public awareness of the role of health inspectors in maintaining a healthy; safe environment. Conference sessions will focus on the work of inspectors in diverse areas such as restaurant inspections; air quality monitoring and drinking water investigations. Date: Wednesday; September 27; 2000 Time: 8:30 - 4:30 Place: Westin Prince Hotel; 900 York Mills Road; Toronto Schedule: 8:30-9:15 Public Health Responses to the Changing Environment Keynote Speaker - Marilyn Churley; MPP Environment Critic Greenpeace; Toronto Environmental Alliance; Pollution Probe 9:45-11:00 *Walkerton Outbreak - An Inspector's Perspective Bev Middleton & Dave Patterson; Grey - Bruce Owen Sound Health Unit 1:00-2:00 Bottled Water - Safer than Tap Water? Dr. Monica Campbell; Toronto Public Health 2:00-2:30 Air Pollution: Not Just a Big City Problem Dr. Monica Campbell; Toronto Public Health 2:00-2:30 Super Farms - Protecting Water Quality Klaus Seeger & Dr. Beth Henning; Medical Officer of Health; Huron County Health Unit 3:30-4:00 The Illness Costs of Air Pollution in Ontario Dr. Ted Boadway; Ontario Medical Association 3:30-4:00 Beach Water Quality - A Partnership Peter Gauthier; Toronto Public Health; Ted Bowring; Works & Emergency Services *The session Walkerton Outbreak- An Inspector's Perspective is open to the media. However; panelists will not be granting media interviews.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Mary Margaret Crapper","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-1494","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - 'Partners Promoting Window and Balcony Safety for Children' -- paramedics and manufacturers team up for injury prevention campaign","txtID" : "A6EE5769BF71B41E852570B90071C99B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Every year; many children across the country suffer fatal or critical injuries after falling from windows or balconies. Canada's paramedics are joining forces with window and door manufacturers to launch a new public awareness campaign aimed at preventing these unnecessary tragedies. The 'Partners Promoting Window and Balcony Safety for Children' program involves paramedics teaching children; parents and caregivers across Canada about safe window and balcony practices. During the opening ceremonies of Win-door North America 2005; the Canadian Window and Door Manufacturers Association (CWDMA) will present six window and balcony safety demonstration units to Bruce Farr; Chief of Toronto EMS and Anthony Di Monte; Chief of Ottawa EMS; representing the EMS Chiefs of Canada (EMSCC). Date: Tuesday; November 15 Time: 5:30 p.m. Place: Metro Toronto Convention Centre; 255 Front St. W.; North Building The CWDMA is donating demonstration units containing windows and balcony doors with safety features to six Canadian EMS operators to support this injury prevention initiative. The campaign will be delivered by paramedics in Calgary; Edmonton; Halifax; Ottawa; Toronto and Vancouver in partnership with SMARTRISK; a national charitable organization dedicated to injury prevention for children. Paramedics from Toronto and Ottawa will show how the new demonstration wall will be used to reinforce window and balcony safety messages. Paramedics will be available to conduct media interviews and demonstrations in English and French. Win-door North America 2005; the annual trade show of the CWDMA; runs from November 15-17 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Media contacts: Dean Shaddock Toronto EMS Community Medicine Program 416-370-9866 (pager) Larry Roberts Toronto EMS Media Relations 416-392-2255", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - 10th annual Mayor's Community Safety Awards ceremony","txtID" : "2CC6B1D70159EA4B8525794C0060AF9E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2011", "month" : "11", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Media Advisory November 18; 2011 10th annual Mayor's Community Safety Awards ceremony Mayor Rob Ford will honour five innovative local projects that have made a unique contribution to community safety in Toronto at the 10th Annual Mayor’s Community Safety Awards ceremony. Each project will receive a commemorative certificate and a $1;000 cheque from Bell; a long-time sponsor of this recognition program. Deputy Chief of Police Michael Federico and Lena Demarco; Bell's Regional Director Community Affairs; will also be participating in the ceremony. Date: Monday; November 21 Time: 5:30p.m. (official ceremony begins at 6 p.m.) Location: Rotunda; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. To be eligible for a Mayor’s Community Safety Award a project must: • Promote violence prevention; reduce violence; help victims and/or increase community safety • Demonstrate innovation and serve as a model to other groups; individuals and communities • Encourage and develop partnerships in building safer; stronger communities • Be initiated by a Toronto-based organization and benefit Toronto communities. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cher Jones","txtContactArea" :"Senior Communications Coordinator","txtContactPhone" :" 416-392-5349","txtContactEmail" :"cjones5@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - 144 buildings open their doors for FREE 7th Annual Doors Open Toronto May 27 and 28","txtID" : "7E1344D7DF219D838525717A006A8DD1","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This weekend; Saturday; May 27 and Sunday; May 28; Doors Open Toronto invites residents and visitors to explore 144 extraordinary buildings including historical landmarks; architectural gems; contemporary spaces; cultural places and more! This year; there is a special focus on Toronto’s waterfront and family-friendly sites featuring children’s activities. Admission is FREE to all buildings. Many of the buildings on the Doors Open Toronto roster are not normally open to the public. Doors Open Toronto is a Signature Event of Toronto Culture and Live with Culture. Dates: Saturday; May 27 and Sunday; May 28 Times: Building hours vary; many are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on one or both days. Please confirm times for each building. Visit http://www.doorsopen.org and go to “Buildings to Visit” Locations: City-wide event with 144 buildings; 36 buildings are new additions this year. Highlights include: 1 King West - NEW! 1 King St. West BAPS Shree Swaminarayan Mandir; 61 Claireville Dr. (Finch Avenue W & HWY 427) Cadbury Chocolate Factory - NEW! 277 Gladstone Ave. Canada’s National Ballet School - NEW! 400 Jarvis St. Commerce Court North; 25 King St. W. Carlu; 444 Yonge St. (Sunday Only: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.) Don Valley Brickworks; 550 Bayview Ave. Empire Sandy (Tall Ship) - NEW! Foot of Spadina Ave. & Queens Quay W. Fort York Armoury - NEW! 660 Fleet St. W. Horse Palace; Exhibition Place - NEW! 140 Princes’ Blvd. Ontario Place (Grounds Only) - NEW! 955 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Queen’s Warf Lighthouse - NEW! Fleet St. & Lakeshore Blvd. W. The Doors Open Toronto weekend Information Centre is located in the Barbara Frum Atrium; CBC Broadcasting Centre; Saturday and Sunday; May 27 & 28; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; at 250 Front Street West. Visit http://www.doorsopen.org for a complete list of buildings; photo gallery and news releases on the first-ever Kids’ Guide to Doors Open Toronto and what’s new this year. Public Event Information (event weekend only): 416-205-2670. Media Contacts: Jane French Doors Open Toronto Toronto Culture 416-338-0496 (Cell: 416-524-8591) Ulana Baluk Doors Open Toronto Toronto Culture 416-396-2819 (Cell: 416-524-9348) Kristen Juschkewitsch Toronto Culture 416-338-0495 (Cell: 416-476-6298)", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - 2006 Operating Budget Briefing","txtID" : "E8ED68695ED468BA852570EB006F2199","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "1", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor David Soknacki; Chair of the Budget Advisory Committee; together with City Manager Shirley Hoy and Director of Financial Planning Josie LaVita will provide a briefing on the 2006 Operating Budget at a joint meeting of the Policy and Finance and Budget Advisory Committees. Date: Wednesday; January 4 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W.; Council Chamber Following the briefing; Mayor David Miller; Councillor Soknacki; the City Manager and the Director of Financial Planning will be available to the media in the Members’ Lounge of the Council Chamber. 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The meeting of Budget Committee will take place at 9:30 a.m. in the Council Chamber. Media contacts: Stuart Green Deputy Director Communications Office of the Mayor 416-338-7119 Ryan Merkley Executive Assistant to Councillor Carroll 416-392-4037 Kevin Sack Director; Strategic Communications City of Toronto 416-397-5277", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - 2008 Toronto Book Awards finalists read at The Word On The Street","txtID" : "743BF4075AF68BE3852574D000560EE3","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "9", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The finalists of the 2008 Toronto Book Awards; as well as previous winners and finalists; will read in the City of Toronto tent at The Word On The Street Book & Magazine Festival on Sunday; September 28. The annual free event will be held at Queen’s Park; between Bloor and Wellesley Streets from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 11:15 a.m. - Sally Gibson; 'Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors 1880s - 1920s'; Cormorant Books Inc. (2007 finalist) 11:45 a.m. - Elyse Friedman; 'Long Story Short'; House of Anansi Press Inc. (2008 finalist) 12:15 p.m. - Joe Fiorito; 'Song Beneath the Ice'; McClelland & Stewart Ltd. (2003 winner) 12:45 p.m. - Elspeth Cameron; 'And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle'; Cormorant Books Inc. (2008 finalist) 1:15 p.m. - Russell Smith; 'Muriella Pent'; Doubleday Canada (2005 finalist) 1:45 p.m. - Glen Downie; 'Loyalty Management'; Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. (2008 finalist) 2:45 p.m. - David Chariandy; 'Soucouyant'; Arsenal Pulp Press (2008 finalist) 3:15 p.m. - Elyse Friedman; 'Long Story Short'; House of Anansi Press Inc. (2008 finalist) 3:45 p.m. - Elspeth Cameron; 'And Beauty Answers: The Life of Frances Loring and Florence Wyle'; Cormorant Books Inc. (2008 finalist) 4:15 p.m. - Glen Downie; 'Loyalty Management'; Wolsak and Wynn Publishers Ltd. (2008 finalist) 4:45 p.m. - David Chariandy; 'Soucouyant'; Arsenal Pulp Press (2008 finalist) Unable to attend: Barbara Gowdy; 'Helpless'; HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. (2008 finalist) The City of Toronto; in partnership with the Toronto Public Library; is challenging Torontonians to “get a new read on Toronto” with many ways for the community to embrace and explore this year’s shortlisted books. A group reading and book signing event will take place at the Toronto Public Library’s Palmerston branch on Tuesday; October 7. The winner of the 2008 Toronto Book Awards will be announced on Friday; October 17 at the Toronto Reference Library. For more information and events; visit http://www.toronto.ca/book_awards. Established by Toronto City Council in 1974; the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The annual awards offer $15;000 in prize money. Each finalist will receive $1;000 and the winning author receives the remaining prize money. Toronto Public Library is the world’s busiest urban public library system. Every year; more than 16 million people visit the 99 branches and borrow more than 29 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library; visit http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca or call Answerline at 416-393-7131. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Bev Kurmey; Acting Senior Protocol Officer; City Clerk’s Office; 416-392-4674; bkurmey@toronto.ca Michaela Cornell; Toronto Book Awards Publicist; 647-274-6112; mcornell@rogers.com Tina Srebotnjak; Manager; Program Development; Toronto Public Library; 416-393-7098; tsrebotnjak@torontopubliclibrary.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - 2013 Trillium Garden Awards to be announced in Scarborough ","txtID" : "F9922C6BF0861D1C85257BF8004B5386","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2013", "month" : "10", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Media Advisory October 2; 2013 2013 Trillium Garden Awards to be announced in Scarborough The City of Toronto will host the 2013 Trillium Garden Awards event tomorrow recognizing Scarborough’s outstanding residential and commercial front gardens for their contribution to the community's beautification. Date: Thursday; October 3 Time: 6:30 to 9 p.m.; remarks at 7 p.m. Location: Rotunda; Scarborough Civic Centre; 150 Borough Dr. Twenty-three gardens representing Scarborough's 10 wards will be recognized this year; including two residential gardens in each ward and a Scarborough-wide award in each of the following categories: commercial; environmental and high density. The Trillium Garden Awards is a successful partnership between the City of Toronto's Parks; Forestry and Recreation division and volunteers from the Agincourt Garden Club and the Scarborough Garden and Horticultural Society. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - 7th annual Doors Open Toronto kick-off and Humanitas Festival launch","txtID" : "63BE8B19632502E885257179005D7B6C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Join Mayor David Miller; City of Toronto Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco; NOW Magazine’s Alice Klein and CBC Radio One 99.1 host Garvia Bailey; along with a variety of Toronto artists for the combined 7th annual Doors Open Toronto kick-off and Humanitas Festival launch event. Admission is free. Date: Friday; May 26 Time: 6 to 9 p.m. (official remarks by Mayor Miller at 6:25 p.m.) Location: “Cooler By The Lake Tent” (foot of Yonge Street; at the water’s edge) The event includes performances by Autorickshaw (Indian Fusion Jazz); The Pocket Dwellers (Rap/Funk/Jazz) the Nathaniel Dett Chorale (Afrocentric Choral Music) and Zaki Ibrahim (Soul). Rap artist MC Abdominal starts the evening with a live performance of what could be Toronto’s unofficial anthem “T.Ode.” Doors Open Toronto; a signature event of Toronto Culture and Live with Culture; takes place one weekend; once a year in May. Residents and visitors have an opportunity to explore spaces and places in over 140 buildings of architectural; historic or cultural significance. Many venues are not often open to the public. Admission is free. Visit http://www.doorsopen.org for event information and a gallery of photos for media use (click on “About Us” and then “Media”). The Humanitas Festival is a month-long cultural festival (from May 26 to June 25) of what was; is and could be Toronto. The festival will be an energetic; kinetic series of events; forums; exhibitions; stories; performances; debates that illustrate and animate how Toronto’s creative energy is deeply rooted in its history and diversity. Visit http://www.livewithculture.ca/humanitas for details. The Humanitas Festival; presented by NOW Magazine; is a signature event of Toronto Culture and Live With Culture. Media contacts: Doors Open Toronto Jane French Doors Open Toronto 416-338-0496 (cell) 416-524-8591 Ulana Baluk Doors Open Toronto 416-396-2819 (cell) 416-524-9348 Kristen Juschkewitsch Toronto Culture 416-338-0495 (cell) 416-476-6298 Humanitas Festival Rita Davies Executive Director Toronto Culture 416-397-5323 Carolyn Taylor Toronto Culture 416-392-6835 (cell) 416-570-1613", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Acting Fire Chief Jim Shelton and Deputy Fire Chief Pat McCabe media availability","txtID" : "FC44B9D5620E4096852571C4004EE99B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Acting Fire Chief Jim Shelton and Deputy Fire Chief Pat McCabe will be available to provide information about an injury that happened at the Toronto Fire Academy this morning. Date: TODAY; Tuesday; August 8 Time: 11 a.m. Place: Toronto Fire Academy; 895 Eastern Ave. (use north doors) Media contact: Captain Mike Strapko Toronto Fire Services (cell) 416-338-0044", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Action Plan identifies new steps to help low income residents","txtID" : "C822A9172E12D0308525715E0061CAC4","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "4", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Joe Mihevc and Toronto Social Services staff will brief the media on an action plan that proposes a new direction for social assistance and employment services to respond to the needs of Toronto’s low income residents. “Systems of Survival; Systems of Support: An Action Plan for Social Assistance in Toronto” aims to ensure that benefits people receive; and the employment services and supports that help the city’s vulnerable residents find and keep jobs; are available; adequate and effective. Date: Monday; May 1 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; Large Boardroom; 23rd Floor; East Tower; 100 Queen St. W. The Action Plan is a response to Toronto City Council’s request for recommendations on how the Ontario Works program can respond better to the needs of low income people. The Plan will go before the Community Services Committee on May 8. Media contact: Deborah Blackstone Corporate Communications 416 392-7377", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Aerial acrobatics and fire art: Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Toronto’s WinterCity Festival","txtID" : "7F312C89F161D59B852576B70073D731","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "1", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Media are invited to capture a behind-the-scenes rehearsal by France’s aerial performers Compagnie Les Passagers and “Burning Man” fire artists the Flaming Lotus Girls as they prepare for Toronto’s seventh annual WinterCity Festival presented by RBC. Date: Thursday; January 28 Time: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Using a system of scaffolding; levers and pulleys; with original choreography and music; Compagnie Les Passagers will perform three separate shows high above your heads on a vertical stage. They will feature their Chinese theme masterpiece Time Is…; which debuts at Nathan Phillips Square on Friday; January 29 at 8 p.m. The Flaming Lotus Girls are a collective that creates large-scale steel structures that manipulate flame and provide a unique; interactive environment. The Flaming Lotus Girls will feature their massive installation Angel of the Apocalypse starting Friday; January 29 at 6 p.m. and continuing daily through the festival. The award-winning WinterCity Festival presented by RBC encourages residents to beat the winter blues and get outside to celebrate Toronto’s culture; creativity and cuisine. WinterCity is three festivals in one: the WOW! Series at Nathan Phillips Square; the Warm Up Series at Toronto's cultural and tourist attractions; and the popular restaurant promotion Winterlicious presented by American Express. For more information about Toronto’s WinterCity Festival and other events produced by Toronto Special Events; visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Giannina Warren; Economic Development and Culture; City of Toronto; 416-395-7318; gwarren@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - African and Caribbean youth trainers bring Kicking AIDS Out to Toronto","txtID" : "EBDE32745C1FFDEE8525740A006DFAAE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "3", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Public Health; along with Schools Without Borders; Kicking AIDS Out; and Concrete Hoops; invites members of the media to attend an open house showcasing Court to Community (C2C); a unique program being held this week. C2C is based on the Kicking AIDS Out (KAO) concept; which has been successfully applied in Africa; Asia and the Caribbean and is now being brought to Toronto through an innovative partnership. C2C brought dynamic trainers from East Africa and the Caribbean to Toronto to introduce Kicking AIDS Out to young people in Toronto. KAO integrates sport; physical activity; life skills and sexual health promotion using a peer education model. Through active discussion; games and activities; participants in the program develop leadership skills; global perspectives; and learn the tools to promote this approach in their own communities. Date: Friday; March 14 Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. Location: St. Francis Assissi School; 80 Clinton St. (just north of College St.) Attention editors: The African and Caribbean facilitators are available to meet with members of the media to discuss this program and the work they do in their home countries. See biographies of the facilitators. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Susan Sperling; Media Relations Co-ordinator; Toronto Public Health; 416-338-7974; ssperli@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Al Purdy memorial statue to be unveiled in Queen’s Park","txtID" : "2D9F66CAF71CC7E28525744B00514D91","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "5", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Pier Giorgio Di Cicco; Toronto’s Poet Laureate; will host the unveiling of the Al Purdy memorial statue to commemorate one of Canada’s most beloved poets. Al Purdy’s widow; Eurithe Purdy; will unveil the monument to her late husband. Date: Tuesday; May 20 Time: 4:30 p.m. (reception) ; 5 p.m. (official ceremonies) Location: Queen’s Park-North; Queen’s Park Cres. E. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Bruce Sudds; Communications and Marketing Consultant; 416-392-1908; bsudds@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Annual city-wide community clean-up day","txtID" : "B9FBB0C417C3591785257157005939D8","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "4", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Councillor Shelley Carroll; together with members of Toronto Police’s 33 Division; Toronto Community Housing staff; North York General Hospital staff and community members will be at the Betty Sutherland Trail for the Mayor’s annual Community Clean-Up Day. Now in its eighth year; the city-wide Saturday clean-up event is a way for residents to do their part to help make Toronto clean and beautiful. Over 14;000 people participated in 2005. Date: Saturday; April 22 - Earth Day Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Betty Sutherland Trail (southeast corner of Leslie St. and Sheppard Ave. E.) Media contact: Stuart Green Office of the Mayor 416-338-7119", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Annual Toronto EMS awards ceremony recognizes 100 citizens and staff","txtID" : "5A02DDC7EA98F02085257450006391F8","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "5", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto EMS will host its annual awards ceremony at Denison Armoury on Thursday; May 22. More than 100 people will receive awards; many of them citizens who saved the lives of friends; strangers; neighbours and family members by using First Aid; CPR or a Public Access Defibrillator before paramedics arrived. EMS staff members and members of allied services will also be awarded for bravery and exceptional service. The ceremony will be hosted by Francis D’Souza of Citytv. Date: Thursday; May 22 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Denison Armoury; 1 Yukon Lane Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Lyla Miller; Toronto EMS Media Relations; 416-392-2255. lmiller3@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Archeological discovery made at North St. Lawrence Market construction site ","txtID" : "099BCF042E3D014A85257EB6006EF516","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "9", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and lead archaeologist for the North St. Lawrence Market Redevelopment; Dr. Peter Popkin of Golder Associates Ltd.; will be available to discuss an archeological discovery made at the North St. Lawrence Market building construction site. Date: Tuesday; September 8 Time: 10:15 a.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; 2nd floor; A Street Reception area; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Natasha Hinds Fitzsimmins","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8889","txtContactEmail" :"nhinds@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Asian and South Asian Heritage Month celebrated at City Hall","txtID" : "70FF2CC19F1F050A8525744300651578","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "5", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller has proclaimed May as Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month in Toronto to honour the rich cultural heritage and accomplishments of people of Asian and South Asian heritage. To recognize Asian Heritage Month and South Asian Heritage Month; there will be a panel discussion on the following theme: Youth Leadership in the Asian and South Asian communities: celebrating our achievements; sharing our challenges. Panel members include Anu Rhada Verma; Neethan Shan; and Karen Sun. Date: Wednesday; May 14 Time: noon to 2 p.m. Location: Members’ Lounge; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Community organizations will hold an information fair from May 12 to 15 in the City Hall Rotunda. Immigrants from Asian and South Asia constitute the largest source of immigration to Toronto in recent years. South Asian Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn about their experiences and the vital role they have played throughout our shared history. In 2001; the Canadian Senate proposed May as Asian Heritage Month; and the Government of Ontario proclaimed May as South Asian Heritage Month and declared May 5 to be South Asian Arrival Day to recognize the first recorded arrival on May 5; 1838. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents Media contacts: Karen Sun; Executive Director; Chinese Canadian National Council - Toronto Chapter; 416-596-0833 ext. 3 Andalee Adamali; Program Manager; Council of Agencies Serving South Asians; 416-932-1359 ext. 16 Ceta Ramkhalawansingh; Manager; Diversity Management and Community Engagement; City Manager’s Office; 416-392-6824", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Award-winning mentorship program celebration","txtID" : "4CA023089F27849A852570BD007656D7","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; City Manager Shirley Hoy and community partners will honour participants in the City of Toronto's 'Profession to Profession -- Mentoring Immigrants Program.' Date: Monday; November 21 Time: noon to 2 p.m. Location: Members' Lounge; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Highly-educated; workforce-ready immigrants represent a significant labour force; yet many internationally-trained professionals have difficulty finding work in their fields of expertise. The City's mentoring program is helping to change that fact. This year; more than 40 City staff members volunteered as mentors to provide job search advice to immigrant professionals. They will all be honoured at this event. Last year's pilot for this mentoring program won a silver award at the 2005 Public Sector Quality Fair. The province-wide Fair showcases service excellence in government; health care and education. The City of Toronto won 25 awards this year. Participants and community agency representatives of the mentoring program will be available for interviews. Media contacts: Jo-Anne Barnard Senior HR Consultant Employment Equity Unit Human Resources City of Toronto 416-392-9597 Rose Lee Co-ordinator Diversity Management and Community Engagement Unit Strategic Policy and Planning City of Toronto 416-392-4991 Lillian Manea TRIEC -- Mentoring Partnership 416-944-2627 ext. 239", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Barbecue safety tips","txtID" : "784DC19EB3B3BCBD8525717F0061133E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "31", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As the warm weather is upon us; and the barbecue season is officially underway; Toronto Fire Services would like to invite members of the media to a demonstration to learn about barbecue safety tips. Date: Thursday; June 1 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Sobie’s Barbecues Ltd.; 162 Willowdale Ave. (Willowdale; just north of Sheppard) Media contact: Captain David Sheen Toronto Fire Services 416-338-0044", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Baseball diamond named for media legend Milt Dunnell","txtID" : "31889FEE92BDFE0785257188004D72EF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "6", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto’s Parks; Forestry and Recreation Division is naming a baseball diamond at Bond Park for media legend; former Sports Editor of the Toronto Star and Sports Columnist extraordinaire; Milt Dunnell. The diamond will now be called Milt Dunnell Field. There will be an official unveiling ceremony emceed by sports broadcaster Brian Williams; and a Major Mosquito baseball game between the North York All Stars and the Scarborough All Stars to commemorate the event. One hundred-year-old Milt Dunnell and members of his family; Toronto City Councillor Cliff Jenkins; Toronto Star Publisher Michael Goldbloom; and former President and Chief Operating Officer; Major League Baseball; Paul Beeston are expected to attend the festivities. This tribute to Milt Dunnell is a joint project between the Toronto Star and Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation. Date: Saturday; June 10 Time: Noon Place: Baseball Diamond number 2; Bond Park; 120 Bond Ave (East off Leslie; North of Lawrence Ave. East) Media contacts: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726 Heather Armstrong Vice President Communications & Philanthropy Toronto Star 416-869-4620", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Basketball court at Jack Goodlad Park officially opens","txtID" : "A83B52BE45B5AC538525718D006CADF8","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "6", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre); former NBA player and Toronto Raptors Community Representative Jerome Williams and his brother Johnnie Williams; Bernice Carnegie of the Future Aces Foundation and representatives of Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation will officially open the basketball court at Jack Goodlad Park. Date: Friday; June 16 Time: Noon to 2:30 p.m. Location: Jack Goodlad Park; 929 Kennedy Rd. Flow 93.5 will provide musical entertainment and refreshments will be served. Public information: 416-397-9274 Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Beautifying urban landscapes with bulbs","txtID" : "376655533D7C4B46852571F00063D434","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "9", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone; together with Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation (TPTF) Chair Patrick Berne; will launch Better Urban Landscapes with Bulbs (BULBS). Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation has partnered with TPTF to launch BULBS; a program that seeks to beautify public parks and other publicly accessible green spaces through establishing permanent plantings of spring flowering bulbs. Date: Saturday; September 23 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (official remarks at 11 a.m.) Location: Gossip Restaurant (at the Bandshell); Exhibition Place (Just west of the Better Living Centre; use parking lot H) BULBS will activate in Jamestown; Jane/Finch and Kingston/Galloway neighbourhoods where youth will be engaged as leaders in community beautification; planting and permanent bulb displays. Planting events will take place in each of these neighbourhoods in October. The program launch will also include a live broadcast of the Garden Show with Mark Cullen; daffodil bulb sales; an ‘ask the gardener’ feature; and a barbecue with refreshments. All proceeds from bulb sales and donations will go to the BULBS program and the TPTF Community Grant Program. Public information: 416-392-0724 or 416-771-2051 Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Bicycle art show reception and Community Bicycle Network poster auction","txtID" : "4A181801877B50768525717A006DB7F0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Join the City of Toronto; the Community Bicycle Network; Hoof and Cycle Active Transport Worker’s Guild and the Gladstone Hotel as we celebrate art and cycling on the first day of Bike Week 2006. Date: Monday; May 29 Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Melody Bar; Gladstone Hotel; 1214 Queen St. W. The evening will begin with an art opening reception followed by the Community Bicycle Network’s Poster Project Auction at 8 p.m. Join guest auctioneer Shamez Amlani and Emcee Dave Meslin. Entertainment will include a performance by The New Kings; virtual bike racing with Gold Sprints; and a live auction of prints featured in the Community Bicycle Network 2006 calendar (Women and Cycling). Media contacts: Stacy Douglas Community Cycling Organizer 416-338-5076 or 416-407-0301 Sean Wheldrake Bicycle Promotions Co-ordinator 416-392-1143 or 416-988-4569", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Big screen actor shares his acting experiences with Toronto children","txtID" : "BE952D2B5CF49D2F852571B7006F47E2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "7", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Actor Jason Isaacs will speak with aspiring young actors in Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation’s performing arts summer camp programs to provide insight into the world of film and television. Mr. Isaacs is recognized for his roles as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series; Captain Mike Steele in Black Hawk Down and Colonel William Tavington; opposite Mel Gibson in the Revolutionary War epic The Patriot. He is currently starring in the new drama series on The Movie Network; Brotherhood and is now filming the BBC mini-series; The State Within in Toronto. Date: Friday; July 28 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Wellesley Community Centre; 495 Sherbourne St. Mr. Isaacs will share his experiences on being an actor on the big and small screens. Sudz Sutherland; a freelance writer and director whose latest project was CTV’s Doomstown; will moderate a Q&A session to give youth the opportunity to ask Mr. Isaacs questions. Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Bike locking demonstration at City Hall","txtID" : "F49DDC9192C85D00852571CB00612085","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Date: TODAY - Tuesday; August 15 Time: 2 p.m. Place: Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. (north entrance at rear of building) ; Elizabeth Street and Hagerman Street Staff from the City Cycling Unit; City Planning; will demonstrate proper bicycling locking practices; including use of the post-and-ring stands and other stationary objects around the city. Dan Egan; Manager; Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure and Councillor Adam Giambrone; Vice Chair; Works Committee will attend. Media contact: Dan Egan Manager Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure 416-392-9065 or 416-570-8591", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Bike Week 2006 to launch with 17th annual Group Commute and free Bike to Work Breakfast","txtID" : "354CDBE8AB9D72608525717A006F5448","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will launch Bike Week 2006 (May 29 to June 11) on Monday May 29 with the 17th annual Group Commute and a free Bike to Work Breakfast at Nathan Phillips Square. Hundreds of cyclists will ride from five official start points to show their support for a more bicycle-friendly city. “Every bicycle trip improves the quality of life for all Torontonians” (Section 7.1 Toronto Bike Plan) Photo opportunities: 7:25 a.m. Councillors Sylvia Watson at Bloor and High Park Councillor Paula Fletcher at Dundas Street East and Kingston 8 a.m. Mayor David Miller; and Councillor Adam Giambrone; will join other City Councillors and cyclists at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor Streets 8:05 a.m. Cyclists head to City Hall 8:30 a.m. Mayor David Miller; City Councillors and Cyclists arrive at Nathan Phillips Square 8:40 a.m. Mayor David Miller will present Councillor Adam Giambrone (Co-chair) and the Toronto Cycling Committee with the Bike Week Proclamation 8:45 a.m. Celebrity Chefs will be flipping pancakes 9 a.m. Councillor Adam Giambrone will announce the winner of a draw for a hip urban cruiser bike; courtesy of So Nice organic soymilk 11:30 a.m. Lunchtime Cycling Festival and Fair on Nathan Phillips Square Pick up a free T-shirt and participate in the City of Toronto’s marquee Bike Week event by meeting at one of five points around the city. Cyclists will converge at Yonge and Bloor and ride down to Nathan Phillips Square for breakfast at 8:30 a.m. where they will have a chance to enter a draw to win a hip urban cruiser bike courtesy of So Nice organic soymilk. There will also be a NOW Magazine bike giveaway. Free breakfast provided by the St. Lawrence Market. Celebrity chefs and the B-Girlz will flip pancakes. Guest Master of Ceremonies; Frank Ferragine (Weather Specialist with Breakfast Television and Gardening Specialist with CityNews) will host the event on Nathan Phillips Square. The festivities will continue into a lunchtime festival with music; cycling-related displays; guest speakers and repair workshops. This year over 70 organizations and community groups have joined with the City of Toronto; Ontario Power Generation; Citytv and the Toronto Parking Authority to host more than 130 cycling events. Media contacts: Stacy Douglas Community Cycling Organizer 416-338-5076 or 416-407-0301 Sean Wheldrake Bicycle Promotions Co-ordinator 416-392-1143 or 416-988-4569", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Bike Week public meeting","txtID" : "76700DBE1E81089F85257130006E60E4","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "3", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "In order to ensure that Bike Week 2006 is the most successful yet; the City of Toronto Cycling Committee will be hosting the last of two public meetings on Tuesday; March 14. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in Committee Room 3 at Toronto City Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend along with other potential event holders to network and brainstorm ideas for hosting an event during Bike Week. Date: Tuesday; March 14 Time: 6 to 8 p.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W.; 2nd Floor; Committee Room 3 Bike Week 2006 will take place from Monday; May 29 to Sunday; June 11. Bike Week is Toronto’s annual celebration of cycling culture and attracts thousands of cyclists of all abilities and ages. Support cycling in Toronto and host a Bike Week event this year. The deadline to register a Bike Week Event is Friday; March 17. The theme of this year’s Bike Week is ‘Bike to Work.’ Bike to Work was the original message promoted in the first official City of Toronto bicycle event; organized in 1988. While it is important to promote cycling in general; there is a specific need to encourage more bicycle commuting. Promotion needs to begin by changing attitudes; reinforcing that bicycle commuting can be both practical and enjoyable. As always; events of all sizes and scopes will be included in the festivities and Bike Week staff can help with event ideas; promotions; and planning. In past years; events have included free breakfasts; organized rides; and cycling-related art exhibitions. Individuals and organizations that are located outside of the downtown core are also encouraged to host Bike Week events to ensure that activities are available in all City districts. For more information about Bike Week; or hosting a Bike Week Event; call 416-392-7592; e-mail bikeweek@toronto.ca or visit http://www.toronto.ca/cycling/bikeweek. Media contacts: Stacy Douglas Community Cycling Organizer 416-338-5076 416-407-0301 Sean Wheldrake Bicycle Promotions Co-ordinator 416-392-1143 416-988-4569", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Bloor Street Transformation Project to launch","txtID" : "9CA1FE0598B40CC68525747F00521748","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "7", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will join representatives of the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area to launch the Bloor Street Transformation Project. The project will include upgrades to the Bloor streetscape between Avenue Rd. and Church St. The Bloor Street Transformation Project is a privately-funded initiative that will enhance the public realm. The project adds a greening component which will create a vibrant commercial area that is pedestrian and environmentally friendly. The overall results of the Bloor Street Transformation Project will be a world-class shopping district and one of the most welcoming and exquisite streetscapes in Canada. Date: Wednesday; July 9 Time: 3 p.m. Location: 55 Bloor St. W. (northwest steps of the Manulife Centre) Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Mike Major; Acting Director; Small Business and Local Partnerships; City of Toronto; 416-392-1380; mmajor@toronto.ca Rosalynd Rupert; Senior Consultant; Devon Group; 416-504-5151 ext. 302; rrupert@devongroup.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Bloor West Village and Yonge Lawrence Village illuminate as part of Cavalcade of Lights","txtID" : "07F828F9EC5CDD2C852570BB006EF2EC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Tomorrow; two more Toronto business improvement areas — Bloor West Village and Yonge Lawrence Village — celebrate the holiday season with the lighting of stunning energy efficient LED holiday lighting displays. Date: Thursday; November 17 Time: The celebrations begin at 6 p.m. with caroling; speeches and entertainment. The public is invited to participate in the festivities. Place: Bloor West Village: Alex Ling Fountain; corner of Bloor and Jane Streets Yonge Lawrence Village: 3446 Yonge St. (at Yonge Boulevard) Cavalcade of Lights presented by Scotiabank; Toronto’s multi-award-winning holiday season celebration; illuminates 14 Toronto neighbourhoods in 2005 with a series of new energy-efficient LED lighting displays. Toronto Hydro is also getting into the spirit of the season offering the public one (1) free set of energy-efficient LED lights in exchange for two (2) sets of old strings of seasonal lights. Visit the Toronto Hydro booth at your neighbourhood lighting celebration. For more information on Cavalcade of Lights and other events produced by Toronto Special Events; call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events. Toronto Hydro and Home Hardware are proud to sponsor the 2005 Cavalcade of Lights Neighbourhood Lighting program. Media contacts: Bloor West Village: Alex Ling (BIA Co-Chair) or Kathryn Kennedy (BIA member) 416-760-8824 Yonge Lawrence Village: Bev Don (BIA Chair) 416-657-4313 Grant Ramsay Toronto Special Events 416-395-7318", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Breaking the cycle of youth violence","txtID" : "B2E07590EC8CDA44852573F5007E40B6","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "2", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Thompson has invited the Honourable Serge LeClerc; a Saskatchewan MLA and Legislative Secretary to the Minister of Corrections; Public Safety and Policing to address Toronto City Councillors; GTA MPPs and MPs; City staff and Toronto school trustees at City Hall on Thursday. Mr. LeClerc is a former gang leader; drug king-pin and addict who spent 21 years in many of Canada’s toughest prisons. He turned his life around to earn a university education and build a career helping children and their families in Canada and abroad. His outstanding transformation earned him a pardon in 2000; and in the 2007 provincial election; he won a seat in the Saskatchewan Legislature. An acknowledged expert on youth crime; Mr. LeClerc will share his ideas on breaking the cycle of youth violence that is afflicting the GTA’s at risk neighbourhoods. Date: Thursday; February 21 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Council Chamber; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. For more information about Mr. LeClerc; visit www.sergetalks.com. Media contact: Ihor Wons; Executive Assistant to Councillor Michael Thompson; 416-397-9274; iwons@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Breastfeeding challenge: Calling all breastfeeding moms and babies","txtID" : "A50C6074E2058ACE852571EF00635ED9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "9", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "On September 30; mothers and babies at sites across Canada and the United States will compete to set the record for the most babies breastfeeding at one time. Breastfeeding mothers and babies are invited to participate and help Toronto win the challenge. Last year Toronto came in seventh in North America with 74 moms and 77 hungry babies. Date: Saturday; September 30 Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Location: North York Civic Centre; Council Chamber; 5100 Yonge St. This event is organized by Toronto Public Health and the Chinese/Vietnamese Breastfeeding Network and is part of World Breastfeeding Week in Canada. The event includes guest speakers; refreshments and door prizes. Prior registration is not required. Why the challenge? Despite high numbers of women who begin to breastfeed their babies and strong evidence that breast milk only for the first six months of life benefits both baby and mother; less than one in five Toronto women continue to provide only breast milk to their children until six months. Women need to be supported at both the policy and community levels to encourage them to breastfeed their children longer. To find out more about the Toronto Breastfeeding Challenge; call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600 or visit our website at http://www.toronto.ca/health. Media contact: Rishma Govani Toronto Public Health 416-338-7974", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Business mission to Chongqing, Beijing, and Shanghai to attract investment in Toronto","txtID" : "A4B40AFD532CF01D852574110067F67B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "3", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Councillor Kyle Rae (Chair; Economic Development Committee) are leading a business mission to Chongqing; Beijing and Shanghai to build relationships and promote investment in Toronto. The city-to-city mission scheduled for April is designed to strengthen Toronto’s relationship with its sister-city; Chongqing. The Mayor and participants will brief the media on the mission tomorrow. The mission is another step towards accomplishing key goals of the City’s Agenda for Prosperity. Date: Thursday; March 20 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Protocol Lounge; Mayor's Office; second floor; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Stuart Green; Office of the Mayor; 416-338-7119; stugreen@toronto.ca Rob Andrusevich; Strategic Communications; 416-397-4149; randrus@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Business, labour and academic leaders present Toronto’s ‘Agenda for Prosperity’","txtID" : "115A018065B2D43D852573D000720D93","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "1", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Members of the Mayor’s Economic Competitiveness Advisory Committee will unveil the “Agenda for Prosperity” for Toronto that presents an achievable vision for growing the city’s long-term prosperity. Date: Wednesday; January 16 Times: 10 a.m. - prospectus and City staff available to media 11 a.m. - news conference Location: Members’ Lounge; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Participants: Mayor David Miller Jenny J.H. Ahn; National Representative; Canadian Auto Workers Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33; Don Valley East); Chair; Budget Committee John Cartwright; President; Toronto and York Region Labour Council Jean-Francois Courville; President and COO; MFC Global Investment Management; Manulife Financial Nick Di Donato; President and CEO; Liberty Entertainment Group David Naylor; President; University of Toronto Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27; Toronto Centre-Rosedale); Chair; Economic Development Committee Anne Sado; President; George Brown College Councillor Karen Stintz (Ward 16; Eglinton-Lawrence) Carol Wilding; President and CEO; Toronto Board of Trade Kristyn Wong-Tam; Realtor and Social Entrepreneur Toronto’s Economic Development Committee will receive the “Agenda for Prosperity” from the Advisory Committee at their meeting on January 17 at 9:30 a.m. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Stuart Green; Office of Mayor David Miller; 416-338-7119; stugreen@toronto.ca Toronto Economic Development Media Hotline; 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Cadbury Magical Elves® pop into Toronto Fire Service’s Toy Drive","txtID" : "562DE15BBF6B1122852570D0006FD7F9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "12", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Cadbury’s Magical Elf mascot will spread holiday cheer and deliver a number of toys along with Cadbury Magical Elves® chocolate to the annual Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive. Date: Thursday; December 8 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Fire Station 333; 207 Front St. E. (one block east of Sherbourne Street at Princess Street) People are encouraged to donate gifts to any of the City’s 81 fire stations. Set up a box at your worksite or ask guests to donate a gift at your private party for Toronto Fire Service’s Toy Drive. Please request gifts suitable for ages 9 to 17. “We’ve completed about half of 50 orders registered with the City’s Christmas Bureau that amounts to 2;850 gifts with 4;500 outstanding because we are out of gifts for ages 9 to 17;” said Doug Sargent; retired District Chief and team leader of Toronto Fire Service’s Toy Drive. Donations are dwindling and firefighters anticipate 100 more requests to reach a total of close to 20;000 gifts. Fire stations welcome new; unwrapped donations until December 24. Gifts for teenagers are urgently needed for pre-Christmas parties at many agencies. Some teen gift ideas are: sports gear; cosmetics; movie tickets; collectible models; craft kits; board games; books; clock/radios; hair dryers; curling irons; gift cards; CDs and DVDs. “Throughout the holiday season and on Christmas morning; firefighters deliver gifts to children at dozens of hospitals; shelters and agencies provided by the Christmas Bureau;” said Captain Jeff Penfound; President; Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive. Toronto Fire Services thanks Cadbury’s Magical Elf for popping into Fire Station 333 to sweeten up our Toy Drive. Remember to check your smoke alarms this holiday season; they are life-savers! For more information about essential tips for keeping safe during the holiday season; visit http://www.toronto.ca/fire/news/tips_holdiay_season/index.htm. Media contacts: Doug Sargent Retired District Chief (cell) 416-338-3339 Captain Mike Strapko Toronto Fire Services (office) 416-338-9319 (pager) 416-334-5223", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Canada Blooms donates flowers to City of Toronto long-term care home","txtID" : "94C18637F71513FC85257CA5004F2F6D","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2014", "month" : "3", "day" : "24", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto; Canada Blooms and Procter’s Cartage Ltd. will join forces to deliver a taste of spring to residents of Wesburn Manor; one of the City's long-term care homes. Flowers and plants that were on display at Canada Blooms will be donated to residents of Wesburn Manor and clients of Long-Term Care Homes and Services who live independently in the community. Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; will join residents in a celebration to accept the donation and to thank the sponsors. Date: Tuesday; March 25 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Wesburn Manor; 400 The West Mall Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Ross Byrant","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944, 416-896-2017 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"Bryant@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Canada Blooms flowers and plants blossom at Fudger House","txtID" : "2E5B43B07EFB20B9852576EB00691CB2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "3", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "To mark the end of the 2010 Canada Blooms event; the City of Toronto; Canada Blooms; Canada’s largest flower and garden festival; and Procter’s Cartage Limited have partnered together to deliver 500 spring blooms and shrubs to seniors living at Fudger House; one of the City of Toronto’s long-term care homes. The blooms will be delivered by Procter’s Cartage Limited to Fudger House on March 22. Date: Monday; March 22 Time: 2:15 p.m. ceremony Location: Fudger House; 439 Sherbourne St. Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina); Sandra Pitters; General Manager; Long-term Care Homes and Services; Gerry Ginsberg; General Manager; Canada Blooms; and Clayton Procter from Procter’s Cartage Limited will be attending the event. After the event; flowers will also be made available to seniors served by other long-term care homes; seniors’ housing and community programs in the neighbourhood surrounding Fudger House to add a “bit of spring” to their lives. The Canada Blooms’ donation will benefit seniors associated with Belmont House; Fellowship Towers; Seniors Pride Network; Dixon Hall; Toronto Tamil Seniors Association; True Davidson Acres Meals on Wheels; Winchester Square; and Homemakers and Nurses Services clients. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Ross Bryant; Communications and Marketing Consultant; City of Toronto; 416-338-0944 (office); 416-896-2017 (cell); bryant@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Canadian Fallen Firefighters memorial ceremony","txtID" : "A8E6B87BF30025C5852571E3005879CF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "9", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The Toronto Fire Services’ Pipes and Drums; many Toronto Fire members and hundreds of firefighters and civilians from across Canada will honour the more than 800 known fallen Canadian firefighters. Special recognition will also be given to recognize those firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2005. Date: Sunday; September 10 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Parliament Hill; Ottawa; Ontario Other confirmed participants include: For more information about the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation; visit http://www.cfff.ca. Media contacts: David Sheen Division Chief Toronto Fire Services (cell) 416-529-2373 Captain Mike Strapko Toronto Fire Services 416-338-9319", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Cavalcade of Lights illuminates Nathan Phillips Square with more than 100,000 dazzling lights","txtID" : "52B23FB4B856C49B852570C40071E347","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The 39th annual Cavalcade of Lights; presented by Scotiabank; illuminates Nathan Phillips Square for the holiday season with more than 100;000 dazzling lights; Toronto’s official Christmas tree and a 30-minute spectacle and fireworks show integrating dance; music and special effects. Date: Saturday; November 26 Time: 7 p.m. Place: Nathan Phillips Square; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Featured performers include:
  • Canadian R&B heart throbs In Essence
  • pop diva esthero The 30-minute spectacle and fireworks show features a magical Ice Queen; a creation of the U.K.’s World Famous; who travels through the crowd breathing fire and life into the lights and performance areas throughout the Square. Performers include:
  • two-time hoop dance world champion Lisa Odjig
  • fire performers from Toronto’s Circus Orange
  • tap and hip hop dancers from Thrive! Entertainment
  • whirling dervishes from the Arabesque Dance Company
  • award-winning Rock Opera Diva Patrizia. The show culminates in the lighting of Toronto’s official giant Christmas tree and a spectacular pyrotechnic finale. The celebration continues at Nathan Phillips Square on Saturdays; December 3; 10; and 17 with a reprise of the spectacle and fireworks show. For more information on all Cavalcade of Lights events and other Toronto Special Events; call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events. Media contact: Grant Ramsay Toronto Special Events 416-428-5465", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Cavalcade of Lights rehearsal ","txtID" : "1EBA4D60B87F8A02852570C3005591A0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "24", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This Friday night; November 25; media are invited to the dress rehearsal of the Cavalcade of Lights fireworks and spectacle production at Nathan Phillips Square. Date: Friday; November 25 Time: 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m Place: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St.; W. The rehearsal will feature a magical Ice Queen; the creation of U.K.’s World Famous; who will travel through the Square breathing fire and life into the lights and performance areas. Additional performers include: Jaye Robinson; Director; Toronto Special Events; will be available for interviews. The 39th annual Cavalcade of Lights; presented by Scotiabank; illuminates Nathan Phillips Square for the holiday season with more than 100;000 dazzling lights; Toronto’s official Christmas tree; and a fireworks show every Saturday night at 7 p.m. from November 26 to December 17. Saturday; November 26 at 7 p.m. marks the first lighting of Nathan Phillips Square’s Cavalcade of Lights display with a holiday music concert by Canadian R&B heart throbs In Essence and a rare appearance by pop diva esthero; and a 30-minute spectacle and fireworks show integrating dance; music and special effects. Media contact: Grant Ramsay Toronto Special Events 416-395-7318", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Celebrate Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square","txtID" : "A5133A24E0EBE9108525719C0068E792","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "6", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This year’s City of Toronto Canada Day Celebrations at Mel Lastman Square; presented by Scotiabank; will include performances by Canada’s Baby Soprano Aria Tesolin; blues artist Roxanne Potvin and alt-country group Cuff the Duke; followed by fireworks. Fun for the whole family; this event is free. Date: Saturday; July 1 Time: 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Location: Mel Lastman Square; 5100 Yonge St. (two blocks north of Sheppard Avenue) For more information about Canada Day and other Toronto Special Events; call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 or visit http://www.toronto.ca/special_events. Media contact: Heather Kaufman Toronto Special Events 416-395-7405", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Celebrate Robbie Burns Day in true Scottish style at Mackenzie House Museum","txtID" : "4D393BFCA3551E88852570FC00706C71","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "1", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mackenzie House; with its Scottish roots; is pleased to present a Scottish-flavoured event that celebrates the birth of one of the great poets; Robbie Burns. Join activities that include live Celtic entertainment; tastes of Scottish foods and more. Date: Sunday; January 22 Time: noon to 4 p.m. Location: Mackenzie House Museum; 82 Bond St.; southeast of Yonge and Dundas Streets The afternoon event features a traditional Scottish Ceilidh; with live Celtic entertainment by Ian Bell and Gillian Federico and Scottish highland dancing featuring the ‘Kirsty Duncan Dancers.’ Enjoy readings of Burns’ work and tastes of the dish of choice - the haggis; which will be ceremoniously piped in and addressed with the Poet’s classic work; ‘Ode To A Haggis!’ Adults: $5.50; Seniors & Youth: $4; Children: $3.50. No pre-registration required. Mackenzie House; an 1858 Victorian town-home; was the last home of William Lyon Mackenzie; Toronto’s first mayor; newspaper publisher and leader of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion. Visit http://www.toronto.ca/museums for a complete listing of activities at the City’s historic museums; operated by the City of Toronto Culture Division. Media contacts: Kristen Juschkewitsch Museums and Heritage Services 416-338-0495 Janet Schwartz Mackenzie House Museum 416-392-6915", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Celebrate Toronto Street Festival opening ceremonies","txtID" : "7C670A507FF3A987852571A400538056","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "7", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Don’t miss the most spectacular show of the summer as the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival launches at Yonge-Dundas Square. Date: Friday; July 7 Time: 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Location: Yonge-Dundas Square (southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets) The schedule: 8 p.m. Pre-show wandering performances including “Accoules Sax” (tight funky beats and jumpy horn lines from this Marseilles-based mini-marching band); Dutch theatre group Close-Act’s new mobile act “Saurus” (oversized creatures that look like prehistoric animals generating atypical and flowing sounds) and from France’s Compagnie Colbok “Niki” (inspired by the sculptor Niki de Saint Phalle; the three big Mamas are curious; a little coquettish; sometimes provoking and sometimes lofty). 8:30 p.m. Hamilton-based “modern rock troubadour” Tomi Swick (gifted singer/songwriter’s current single “A Night Like This” reached #3 on the Canadian charts) 9 p.m. Vancouver-based R&B singer Rosette (Favourite Pop Artist at the 2006 Indie Music Awards) 9:15 p.m. Jane Bunnett (award-winning Canadian soprano saxophonist; flutist and bandleader) 9:40 p.m. “Tricycle;” the world premiere of this large-scale roaming spectacle production from Toronto’s Circus Orange. Tricycle is a nomadic journey through public space by an ensemble of 16 Toronto-based performers. 10:20 p.m. Spectacular special effects finale (time is approximate). Media contact: Grant Ramsay Toronto Special Events 416 395-7318", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Celebrating healthy eating at the 4th annual Toronto Urban Harvest Festival","txtID" : "7088ECDE543026A3852571E300697269","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "9", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Howard Moscoe will join residents of the Lawrence Heights neighbourhood at the Toronto Urban Harvest Festival. This harvest festival and Lawrence Heights Neighbourhood Action Team Service Fair is a celebration of community initiatives that ensure people are eating healthy; culturally appropriate food. The event will also profile programs that promote healthy eating and information on a wide range of services offered by the City of Toronto; Service Canada and community organizations. The festival; presented by the Afri-Can FoodBasket and the Lawrence Heights Community Centre; will feature a farmers’ market; performances; demonstrations and information booths. Neighbours can also get first-hand information about various City of Toronto services; including Children’s Services; Public Health; Public Library; Social Services; Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Toronto Police Service. The festival features fun for the entire family; including children’s track and field events; henna tattoos; a composting workshop; cooking demonstrations; and harvest Bingo. The entertainment line up includes singer Abdul Jabar; dance troupe Nouvel Expose; award-winning storyteller Rita Cox and spoken word artists Deka Abdulkarim and Helen Yohannes. Date: Saturday; September 9 Times: Noon to 6 p.m. (Councillor Moscoe’s speech at 2:45 p.m.) Location: Lawrence Heights Community Centre; 5 Replin Rd. (Lawrence Avenue West and Varna Drive; east of the Allen Expressway) The City of Toronto’s Community Safety Plan is supported by four pillars: strong neighbourhoods; a co-ordinated crisis response program; employment and engagement opportunities for youth; and youth justice; that balances enforcement with prevention. Part of building strong neighbourhoods is to connect government and community services and resources towards the shared goal of making communities safer. The Lawrence Heights Neighbourhood Action Team is one of 13 teams in place across Toronto to create and enhance these critical connections. Media contact: Judy Brooks Community Development Officer Social Development; Finance & Administration 416-392-5679", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Celebration of human rights program in City of Toronto summer camps","txtID" : "48FF188445101A43852574A30072DFF5","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "8", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Mike Feldman (Ward 10 York Centre); representatives of the City of Toronto and Equitas: International Centre for Human Rights Education will join children aged 6-12 in the City’s summer camps to participate in activities for Play It Fair! day; a celebration of human rights and respect for diversity. Play It Fair! is an innovative program that uses games adapted for the summer camp environment to promote co-operation; fair play; inclusion; respect and other positive values. Date: Thursday; August 14 Time: Children’s activities from 10:20 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.; official ceremony at 12 p.m.; children’s activities from 1:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. Location: Earl Bales Park; 4169 Bathurst St. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Celebrity Farley Flex launches City arts forum for small businesses","txtID" : "A134A18DD05789B9852576EA006EFA79","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "3", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Canadian music promoter and artist manager Farley Flex; who is also a Canadian Idol judge and motivational speaker; will launch the City of Toronto’s Small Business Arts Forum for 2010. Date: Monday; March 22 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: North York Civic Centre; 5100 Yonge St. (on the lower level of the civic centre) Keynote speaker Farley Flex will speak from 9 to 10 a.m. on the topic Getting Performance out of Potential. The Small Business Arts Forum is a day of free seminars and presentations by some of Toronto’s most innovative and successful practitioners in the art business community. This educational and networking event is geared toward Toronto artists and cultural businesses in order to increase their awareness and access to business support and resources. This event also provides skill-building opportunities for individual entrepreneurs and small business owners in need of marketing; financing or operational assistance. The event includes sessions such as: • Making your art more valuable through branding (Tom Breakbane; Breakbane Retail Connections) • Learning social media tools for small businesses (Erin Bury; Sprouter) • Making the creative pitch (Elizabeth Radshaw; Toronto Documentary Forum at Hot Docs). Business owners and artists are asked to register in advance as space is limited. For more information about the event and to register; visit http://www.enterprisetoronto.com. Small Business Arts Forum is a City of Toronto Economic Development & Culture initiative organized in collaboration with UrbanArts Community Arts Council; Cultural Careers Council Ontario (WorkinCulture.ca) and others. The arts and cultural sector in Toronto employs over 150;000 people and generates annual revenues of more than $8 billion. Enterprise Toronto is an innovative public and private sector alliance created to provide one-stop sourcing of services and programs tailored to meet the needs of Toronto's entrepreneurs and small businesses; Enterprise Toronto is managed by the City of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture division. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contact: Shane Gerard; Senior Promotions & Communications Coordinator; 416-397-5711; sgerard@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Ceremony to name laneway - Taylors Wharf Lane","txtID" : "253F0758B9C833218525768C00694300","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2009", "month" : "12", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) will unveil a street sign to name Taylors Wharf Lane; located just south of Front Street between Frederick Street and George Street. Date: Wednesday; December 16 Time: 4 p.m. Location: The laneway runs between Frederick Street and George Street just south of Front Street. The unveiling will take place at the George Street end of the laneway. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Steve Johnston; Senior Communications Coordinator; 416-392-4391; sjohnsto@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Chief Planner to kick off City Planning pop-ups","txtID" : "947538C9C40D351785257BCC00516380","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2013", "month" : "8", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Media are invited to attend the official launch of Planners in Public Spaces; a City Planning month-long outreach initiative; where City planners will engage with residents beyond the walls of City Hall. Date: Tuesday; August 20 Time: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Chief Planner Jennifer Keesmaat available from noon to 2 p.m.) Location: Nathan Phillips Square (in front of the main stage); 100 Queen St. W. The City has partnered with the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre; Cold Stone Creamery; and the Downtown Yonge BIA for the kick-off event. City staff and members of the public; along with LEGOLAND's Junior Construction Team will construct a LEGO city. More info: http://www.toronto.ca/planning/. Follow City Planning on Twitter: @CityPlanTO Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Bruce Hawkins, Senior Communications Co-ordinator","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-3496","txtContactEmail" :"bhawkin@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Child care centre to be built adjacent to Chester Le Junior Public School","txtID" : "12EE49E20BD1A9D0852573D800713A8C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "1", "day" : "22", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Mike Del Grande (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt) will hold a special community information session about the construction of a new $3.2-million combination child care centre and community space project adjacent to Chester Le Junior Public School. The new centre; funded by the City of Toronto; will be built on land contributed by the Toronto District School Board to provide 66 new child care spaces and community program space. Date: Thursday; January 24 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Chester Le Junior Public School; 201 Chester Le Blvd. (east off Pharmacy Ave.) Participants: Councillor Mike Del Grande Representatives of the Toronto District School Board Representatives of the City of Toronto’s Children’s Services Division The new child care centre and community space is located in the Steeles-L’Amoreaux neighbourhood; one of the 13 priority neighbourhoods designated by the City for targeted infrastructure investment and community service improvement. Funding for the project will come from the Child Care Capital Reserve in accordance with its Child Care Service Plan; and from the Partnership Opportunities Legacy Fund; which was established to strengthen community social infrastructure through leveraged partnerships as part of the City’s commitment to priority neighbourhoods. “The unique feature here is that by combining these funding initiatives; and by partnering with the Toronto District School Board; the City is able to make significant investment for children; youth and their families in one of our priority neighbourhoods;” said Del Grande. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Councillor Mike Del Grande; 416-392-1374; councillor_delgrande@toronto.ca Pamela Roberts; District Director; Children’s Services; 416-397-7361; probert4@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Christmas Bureau launches operations, sets targets for 2005","txtID" : "77A298A0BA5D6FF1852570B2005D431E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "In a presentation at tomorrow's Community Services Committee; Councillor Joe Mihevc; the Committee Chair; will honour Toronto Social Services; its key partners and the hundreds of organizations that work together through the Christmas Bureau. Date: Tuesday; November 8 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Committee Room 1; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The launch will include an announcement of the gift targets set for the 2005 holiday season. Representatives from Toronto Social Services and the key Christmas Bureau partners will be available for interviews following the presentation. Media contact: Rosemary Bennett Manager Communication Toronto Social Development Finance and Administration 416-392-8386 416-328-4402 (pager)", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Christmas Choral Concert","txtID" : "9213D794B906098C852573B500533072","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2007", "month" : "12", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Celebrate the season on December 21 with the annual Christmas Choral Celebration. The High Park Choirs of Toronto; Toronto Mass Choir; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir will perform classic seasonal songs accompanied by the Tower Brass. The concert is free and concludes with a visit from Santa. Sign language interpretation will be provided. Date: Friday; December 21 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: City Hall Rotunda; 100 Queen St.; W. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Nancy Macsween; Protocol; 416-392-4674; nmacswe@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Christmas tree lighting ceremony marks beginning of festive season in Scarborough ","txtID" : "9A8740EDC8B17885852573AF006FF8EC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2007", "month" : "12", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt); Chair of Scarborough Community Council; and representatives of the City of Toronto’s Parks; Forestry and Recreation Division will kick off the holiday season in the Scarborough district at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Date: Friday; December 14 Time: 8 p.m. Location: Scarborough Civic Centre; 150 Borough Dr. Celebrate the season with outdoor skating; indoor live music provided by the Agincourt Collegiate Institute jazz ensemble and vocalist Peggy Mahon; hot chocolate and cookies; and arts and crafts. Santa Claus will also be available for pictures. Admission is free. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City's first Clean and Beautiful City Appreciation Awards to be presented at Community Council meetings ","txtID" : "DE054F3F764BA7F78525709D004E8C85","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "10", "day" : "17", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "What: Photo/Story opportunity -- Councillors/Deputy Mayors will make presentations to residents and community organizations for their contributions at the local level to Toronto's Clean and Beautiful City initiative. When: TOMORROW; Tuesday; October 18 Where:
  • Etobicoke York Community Council at 4 p.m.; Council Chamber; Etobicoke Civic Centre; 399 The West Mall
  • North York Community Council at 12:15 p.m.; Council Chamber; North York Civic Centre; 5100 Yonge St.
  • Scarborough Community Council at 12:15 p.m.; Council Chamber; Scarborough Civic Centre; 150 Borough Dr.
  • Toronto and East York Community Council at noon; Council Chamber; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Background As a Toronto City Council priority; the Clean and Beautiful City Initiative has been underway with a wide variety of programs and projects. For this initiative to be successful; an essential element is community support and commitment to cleaning up the city and creating beauty. The City is grateful to the many residents; community organizations; businesses and property owners who are inspired to clean up litter; debris; long grass; posters and graffiti and who actively participate in creating a beautiful city. To recognize the efforts of individuals; groups and companies who contribute to the cleanliness and beauty of Toronto; the Appreciation Award program was developed. The Appreciation Awards identify and celebrate outstanding contributions to the Clean and Beautiful City Initiative; such as Neighbourhood Beautification Projects in which many residents across Toronto participated. Media contact: Linda Robinson Corporate Communications 416-397-0255", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City and community join efforts to re-build the playground at High Park ","txtID" : "D43A54D395EFBE0C852574C5006358CB","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "9", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Paula Fletcher; Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee (Ward 30 Toronto - Danforth) and Councillor Bill Saundercook (Ward 13 Parkdale-High Park) will join City of Toronto representatives and community members to re-build part of the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground in High Park that was damaged after an oak tree fell onto the structure on July 29. Date: Tuesday; September 16 Time: 9 a.m. Location: High Park; 1873 Bloor St. W. Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation has undertaken preparatory work required to re-build the junior section of the playground; including off-site pre-fabrication of structural features. The senior section of the playground was not damaged and is open and accessible to children and families. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation media hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City and Sustainable Buildings Canada invite environmental minds to plan redevelopment of the St. Lawrence Market North building ","txtID" : "D580B1B025C30120852573A3006B7E1B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2007", "month" : "11", "day" : "30", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Pam McConnell; City of Toronto staff and various experts will participate in a charrette next Tuesday and Wednesday to explore how the new St. Lawrence Market North building can be a showcase for energy efficiency and environmental sustainability. The recommendations from the charrette will guide the design of the building as the City moves forward in the planning and approval of this redevelopment project. The new St. Lawrence Market North building will be subject to the City’s Green Development Standard. Date: Tuesday; December 4 Time: noon to 1:30 p.m. Location: St. Lawrence Market North Agenda: welcome; context for meeting; assigning of teams Date: Wednesday; December 5 Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: St. Lawrence Market North Agenda: review teams and goals; breakout groups; progress report; final presentations; Q&As The existing St. Lawrence Market North building does not meet the needs of current users. It does not relate to the rest of the neighbourhood and is only used two days out of the week. The City intends to demolish this building and replace it with a multi-storey; multi-purpose facility that has a public market on the ground floor. The media and public are welcome to observe throughout the charrette. There will be a question and answer period after the final presentations on Wednesday. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Note: media can register at the event to receive a kit and to be added to the distribution list Media contact: Cindy Bromley; Manager; Communications; 416-392-4993; cbromley@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City announces new snow removal operation","txtID" : "13D86948EBB28535852573EF007ADB05","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "2", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Mayor David Miller and the General Manager of Transportation Services; Gary Welsh will outline plans for snow removal on some of Toronto’s residential streets. Given the forecast for more snow in Toronto; removal of snow will take place on streets where it is necessary to ensure safety and maintain accessibility for emergency vehicles. Date: Friday; February 15; 2008 (tomorrow) Time: Noon Location: McGee Street at Eastern Avenue (parking on Eastern Avenue or at 433 Eastern Avenue; City of Toronto yard) Attention photo editors: The City will show snow removal equipment in action Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Kevin Sack; Director; Strategic Communications; 416-919-6500 (cell)", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City announces new website for finding quality child care","txtID" : "6175A982F76E80A5852573D4006CF684","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "1", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; and Brenda Patterson; General Manager of Toronto Children’s Services; will officially launch a new website designed to help parents choose the best child care for their children. Developed by the City of Toronto’s Children's Services Division; the new website will show quality ratings of child care programs in Toronto. The ratings will cover important areas of quality; including programming; activities; health; safety; interactions and nutrition. Scores are reached by evaluating child care centres against standards laid out in the Toronto Operating Criteria. Date: Tuesday; January 22 Time: 10 a.m. Location: City Kids Child Care Centre; 34 Bathurst St. (at Front St. W.) Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Cheryl San Juan; Promotion and Communication Officer; 416-392-5349; 416-528-1800 (cell); chsanjua@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City announces winners of the 2006 Green Toronto Awards","txtID" : "0904A467CA7BCC678525715E0058FBCC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "4", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone; Chair of the Roundtable on the Environment; will announce the nine winners of the 2006 Green Toronto Awards. Each winner will be awarded $5;000. CP24’s Ann Rohmer; singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer and acclaimed actress Lisa Ray; will also participate in the awards ceremony. Date: Tuesday; May 2 Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The 27 winners of the City’s 2006 Green Toronto Awards’ Environmental Awards of Excellence announced in March; are now vying for the title of Green Toronto Award winner; one for each of the nine categories: Community Projects (sponsored by Loblaw Companies Limited) : BikeShare; Brahms Energy Saving Team; Green Committee; Celebrity Place Energy Conservation (sponsored by AutoShare) : Enbridge Gas Distribution; Tridel; and Unilever Canada; Rexdale Plant Environmental Awareness (sponsored by Toronto Hydro) : EcoSchools Program; Green Tourism Association; Mountain Equipment Co-op Green Design (sponsored by Roots) : Mondial Energy Inc.; Thomas L. Wells Public School; Toronto Botanical Garden Health (sponsored by ACE Bakery) : Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers’ Market; HOOF&CYCLE; and Real Food for Real Kids Leadership (sponsored by Toronto Community Foundation) : Alice Mitchell; Toronto District School Board; Environmental Defence; and Jim Robb; Friends of the Rouge Market Transformation (sponsored by Perfectly Natural) : Bullfrog Power; Kevin McLaughlin; AutoShare; and redCity Search Company; Inc. Water Efficiency (sponsored by Toronto Water) : Arcadia Housing Co-operative Incorporated; MintoUrban Communities Inc.; and Upper Canada College Youth (sponsored by TD Bank Financial Group) : Amanda Green; Jackman Avenue Public School Green Team; and St. Clement’s School Exhibition Place is also being recognized with an Environmental Achievement Award. Interview opportunities will be available before and after the awards ceremony. For more information; visit the City’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards. Media contacts: Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone Chair Roundtable on the Environment 416-392-4009 Nancy Ruscica Co-ordinator Green Toronto Awards 416-392-2984 Janet McCausland Green Living Enterprises 416-360-0044; ext. 377", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City bylaw staff and police hit the streets for anti-idling blitz","txtID" : "400BE2BDA33F2D0E8525714200649D75","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "3", "day" : "31", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will try to make breathing a little easier this spring and summer by launching a campaign to reduce the number of vehicles idling in the downtown core during a five-day blitz from April 3 to 7. City bylaw officers and the Toronto Police will take to the area around Union Station on Monday; April 3 to do their work. Date: Monday; April 3 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Along Front Street; between Bay and York Streets Angie Antoniou; Manager; Transportation Services; City of Toronto and Sgt. Brian Bowman; Toronto Police Service; will be present to answer questions. Media contact: Steve Johnston Sr. Communications Co-ordinator 416-392-4391", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City congratulates Toronto Sport Leadership Program graduates","txtID" : "17B85C8C442F7AF7852575A60060090A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2009", "month" : "4", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and City of Toronto representatives in partnership with Toronto Community Foundation; Toronto District School Board; Toronto Catholic District School Board; United Way Toronto and the YMCA of Greater Toronto will honour graduates of the Toronto Sport Leadership Program. The graduates will receive congratulations from Mayor David Miller in the City Hall council chamber; followed by a reception at the Metro Central YMCA with keynote speaker Jay Triano; interim head coach of the Toronto Raptors. Date: Thursday; April 30 Times and locations: Mayor’s recognition: 9:15 a.m. City Hall; Council Chamber; 2nd floor; 100 Queen St. W. Reception and ceremony: 10:30 a.m. to noon Metro Central YMCA; Auditorium; 20 Grosvenor St. To date; more than 400 students from 30 secondary schools will have received graduation diplomas after completing 60 to 95 hours of training from the Toronto Sport Leadership Program. The graduates have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to the program and have achieved certification in first aid; aquatics; coaching and skiing. The new graduates are now qualified to become lifeguards; camp counsellors; coaches and ski instructors. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation media hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City Councillors only required to report spending","txtID" : "68AAFC1CD63817B8852573A0007022F7","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2007", "month" : "11", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "CBC News online reported today that; “Toronto city Coun. Rob Ford was formally reprimanded by the city’s executive committee on Monday for not spending enough taxpayers’ money.” The story goes on to say; “Ford’s refusal to submit receipts and get reimbursed could land him a suspension of his pay for three months.” Here are the facts: - the issue that will go before City Council in December is about City Councillors accounting for money spent - personal or otherwise - not a Councillor’s refusal to spend “taxpayers’ money” - a City Councillor is required; under City policy; to account for expenses related to the running of his or her office - there is no requirement that a Councillor be “reimbursed” for personal monies spent. Reports suggesting that any City Councillor would be “reprimanded” for not spending their approved office budget are misleading and false. City of Toronto policy requires Councillors to submit expenses for auditing purposes to ensure they are not spending more than the approved amount of $53;100 annually or receiving money from third parties. Councillors are free to decline reimbursement by the government. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Brad Ross; Strategic Communications Division; 416-392-8937; bross1@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City honours supporters of Toronto’s urban forest","txtID" : "FC7107D2BF1DCECE8525739800680A05","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2007", "month" : "11", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone and Brenda Librecz; General Manager of Parks; Forestry and Recreation will honour the 2007 sponsors of the Tree Advocacy Planting Program at a presentation at Toronto City Council. The sponsors of the Tree Advocacy Planting Program provide resources to increase the number of trees that make Toronto the famed ‘city within a park.’ Date: Tuesday; November 20 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Council Chamber; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The Tree Advocacy Planting Program was implemented in 2000 by Toronto City Council to plant trees along city streets; arterial roads; in ravines and neighbourhood parks. Councillor Joe Pantalone was recognized as the City’s Tree Advocate to lead the program; which is administered through the City of Toronto’s Parks; Forestry and Recreation division. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City honours the 2006 Toronto Book Awards finalists","txtID" : "04B5766F8392861D852571B6005D0990","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "7", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller will present a commemorative plaque to each of the finalists for the 2006 Toronto Book Awards tomorrow during the Toronto City Council meeting. Date: Wednesday; July 26 Time: 2 p.m. (authors are available for photos and interviews following the presentation) Location: Toronto City Hall; Council Chamber; 100 Queen St. W. Five volunteer judges of the Toronto Book Awards Committee selected the finalists from a diverse list of over 75 entries. The finalists are: Established by Toronto City Council in 1974; the Toronto Book Awards honour authors of books of literary or artistic merit that are evocative of Toronto. The awards offer $15;000 in prize money. The winner will be announced at a reception on September 6. The finalists will read at The Word On The Street book and magazine fair on September 24 at Queen’s Park. For more information please visit http://www.toronto.ca/book_awards/index.htm Media contacts: Linda Peake Communications Advisor City of Toronto 416-392-1442 Michaela Cornell Toronto Book Awards Publicist 416-536-0714", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City honours winners of second annual Clean and Beautiful City Appreciation Awards","txtID" : "B9DB4C9383D08602852571F4005E0EEE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "9", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The Clean and Beautiful City Appreciation Awards will be presented to residents; community organizations and businesses for their contributions to the City of Toronto’s Clean and Beautiful City initiative. Mayor David Miller will present awards to the City’s corporate partners and Councillors will present awards to winners in their wards. Deputy Mayor Sandra Bussin; Chair of the Roundtable on a Beautiful City will emcee the event. Date: Tuesday; September 26 Time: 7:30 p.m. reception; 8 p.m. presentations Location: City Hall Rotunda; 100 Queen St. W. The Clean and Beautiful City initiative is a Toronto City Council priority; and has been supported by a wide variety of programs and projects; including the Neighbourhood Beautification Projects in which many residents across Toronto participated. The initiative relies on community support and a commitment to cleaning up the city; and creating beauty. The Clean and Beautiful City Appreciation Awards were developed to recognize the efforts of the many residents; community organizations; businesses and property owners who are inspired to clean up litter; debris; long grass; posters and graffiti every day. The Appreciation Awards identify and celebrate these outstanding contributions that help make Toronto a cleaner and more beautiful city. Media contact: Linda Robinson Strategic Communications 416-397-0255", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City hosts Cedar Park Playground opening","txtID" : "E4438D2DB752B17F8525764A00571AA0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2009", "month" : "10", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's West); City of Toronto representatives; the Glen Cedar Playground Fundraising Committee and other community members will re-open the playground with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Date: Wednesday; October 14 Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Ceremony: 6 p.m. Location: Glen Cedar Park; 50 Glen Cedar Rd. The old playground equipment has been replaced by new play structures that will appeal to children of all ages. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation media line; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City hosts Family Fishing Weekend ","txtID" : "5295AB9CE67142048525747B006BF425","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "7", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will host Family Fishing Weekend at High Park and Centre Island to celebrate natural fishing in natural places. Participants are required to bring their own rod and reel. Date: Saturday; July 5 Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Location: Grenadier Pond Pier; High Park; 1873 Bloor St. W. Public information: 416-206-0304 Date: Sunday; July 6 Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Location: Centre Island; across Manitou Bridge near the boathouse Public information: 416-392-8192 Family Fishing Weekend is a partnership between Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation; Animal Services (High Park only); Ontario Chinese Anglers Association; Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA); Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters. On the Family Fishing Weekend; residents are not required to have an Ontario resident Angling licence to fish; courtesy of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. In Ontario; residents are required by law to possess a fishing licence for regular fishing practices. Licences will be available for purchase at the Toronto Island Boathouse the day of the event. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City joins forces with business sector to help youth find jobs","txtID" : "663506623ECF4761852573EE0055BEE6","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "2", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; the Honourable Roy McMurtry; Chair of the Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Making a Safe City Safer; and members of the business community will officially launch the Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE) on February 15. PAYE is an employer-led initiative; built on a strong partnership between the City; employers and the community. The goal of PAYE is to help level the playing field for youth in Toronto’s priority areas by providing them with opportunities for employment. Youth are offered individualized support and guidance and guaranteed interviews with leading employers. Highlights from the pilot recruitment initiative in Lawrence Heights; conducted from February to June 2007; and future plans for the program will be announced. Date: Friday; February 15 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Mayor’s Protocol Lounge; 2nd Floor; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Cheryl San Juan; Promotion and Communication Officer; 416-392-5349; 416-528-1800 (cell); chsanjua@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City Mix 2008: A city-wide inclusion awareness celebration takes place on Nathan Phillips Square ","txtID" : "C2ADDE30B7ED91F9852574A4006B5DA6","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "8", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "On Friday August 15; The City of Toronto; The Mix Community Club; Community Living Toronto; The Community Head Injury Resource Services of Toronto (CHIRS) and Variety Village will present a city-wide inclusion celebration - City Mix 2008. The free event will feature live music; activities; games and prizes for all age groups and abilities. Greetings from the Prime Minister Stephen Harper; Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto Mayor David Miller will be delivered; and special guest speakers including Lieutenant Governor; David C. Onley and City Councillor Shelley Carroll (Ward 33 Don Valley East) will open the event. Date: Friday; August 15 Time: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square (in front of Toronto City Hall); 100 Queen St. W. City Mix 2008 is an inclusive celebration to bring all society together and will generate mass awareness about social inclusion; empowerment and diversity for children; adults and seniors of all abilities. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca Jaime Castro; The Mix Community Club; 416-439-8813", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto’s annual spring clean-up underway","txtID" : "0864392B997BF87F85257428005BE9D2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "4", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City’s annual spring clean-up gets underway Monday; April 14 and will run for three weeks. The operating divisions taking part include Solid Waste Management Services (coordinating division); Transportation Services; Municipal Licensing and Standards; Parks; Forestry and Recreation; Toronto Water; and Fleet and Facilities. These divisions; along with staff support from the City’s agencies; boards and commissions; will collaborate to clean up winter debris. The spring clean-up leads directly into two key components of Toronto’s Clean and Beautiful City Initiative - the 20-Minute Toronto Makeover on Friday; April 18; and Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day on Saturday; April 19. There will be 500 City staff dedicated to the clean-up; and 300 pieces of equipment; including 55 littervacs; 50 sweepers; 20 front-end loaders; 40 stake trucks; 10 collection trucks; and 125 pick-up trucks. Date: Beginning Monday; April 14 (for approximately three weeks) Time/Place: The clean-up happens daily in four different areas of the city. Maps outlining the daily schedule organized by district are available on the City’s website at http://www.toronto.ca/garbage. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Pat Barrett; Sr. Communications Co-ordinator; 416-392-4716; pbarrett@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto’s beaches to open for business","txtID" : "366B046F71B503FF8525745D00672020","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Members of the media are invited to join Councillor Sandra Bussin; Council Speaker; (Ward 32 Beaches-East York) and Environmental Defence at the official launch of the 2008 beach season. The City of Toronto’s Water’s Environmental Monitoring and Protection team will be taking water samples; programs from Parks; Forestry and Recreation will be highlighted; and Toronto Police Services; Marine Protection Unit lifeguards will be conducting drill demonstrations. Date: Thursday June 5 Time: 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Location: Woodbine Beach; directly on the beach; behind the Donald D. Sommerville Public Swimming Pool. Rain or shine Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Lisa Boynton; Senior Communications Coordinator; 416-338-6590; lboynto@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto’s Willowridge Child Care Centre early Christmas party","txtID" : "307063EBDFEEB946852570DC0073C1AA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "12", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive has provided 82 wrapped gifts to be handed out to children at an early Christmas party at a City child care centre. Date: Tuesday; December 20 Time: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Location: Willowridge Child Care Centre; 30 Earldown Dr. (northwest of Eglinton Avenue West and Martin Grove Road) The gifts were donated by residents of Toronto to the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive. Fire stations throughout Toronto will continue to accept new; unwrapped gifts until December 24. Items for teenagers are in short supply. Help make a child’s holiday fire-safe and special. For information about fire safety; visit http://www.toronto.ca/fire/news/tips_holdiay_season/index.htm. Media contacts: Captain Mike Strapko Toronto Fire Services (office) 416-338-9319 (pager) 416-334-5223 Nancy Roscoe Toronto Children’s Services 416-397-1270", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto and CIBC to announce winners of the 2006 Michael “Pinball” Clemons Community Leadership Awards","txtID" : "018488D2597D981485257164005FF0FF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) will announce the 2006 winners of the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Community Leadership Awards on Monday; May 8. The awards are named after; and presented by Toronto Argonauts’ Head Coach; Michael “Pinball” Clemons. Brenda Librecz; General Manager of Parks; Forestry and Recreation; and Richard E. Venn; Senior Executive Vice-President of Corporate Development and National Diversity Champion for the CIBC will join Mr. Clemons in presenting the awards. The four awards recognize and promote the visionary leadership of individuals of African heritage in Toronto. Date: Monday; May 8 Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce; 56th Floor; Commerce Court West; 199 Bay St. (at King Street West) Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation and Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto and CUPE Local 79 media availability","txtID" : "D88B70648818E32985257053004F1E14","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "8", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; City of Toronto negotiators and representatives of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 will hold a media availability at 11 a.m. this morning. When: TODAY; Thursday; August 4; 2005 Time: 11 a.m. Where: Committee Room 2 2nd floor Toronto City Hall 100 Queen Street West", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto and Foresters invest in Flemingdon Park youth","txtID" : "014E1EA53F2EF3C1852571CC00589F21","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller called on the private sector to offer employment; training and mentoring opportunities for youth in Toronto. Foresters answered that call and has hired two young interns from the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood; and has committed to hiring four more in the next year. This initiative supports the youth opportunity pillar; one of the four pillars of Toronto’s Community Safety Plan and is one aspect of Foresters multifaceted approach to investing in Flemingdon Park youth. Other initiatives are currently being developed to assist youth; including investing in Flemo City Radio; a small community radio station operated by young adults for youth that is also supported by the Ontario Science Centre. Flemo City Radio will record the launch event for future broadcast and offer guests a tour of their operations. Date: Thursday; August 17 Time: 4 p.m. Place: Flemingdon Resource Centre; 29 St. Dennis Dr. (just south of Eglinton Ave. E. and east off Don Mills Rd.) Speeches followed by a photo opportunity and questions. Participants include:
  • Toronto Mayor David Miller
  • George Mohacsi; CEO; Foresters
  • Foresters’ Interns
  • Lesley Lewis; CEO; Ontario Science Centre
  • JB from Flemo City Radio Media contacts: Audrey Egan Community Development Officer 416-392-8691 Social Development Finance and Administration Media Hotline 416-560-8726 Irene Shimoda Director Public Relations Foresters 416-429-3000; ext. 4651", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto and Friends of the Pan Am Path to announce Art Relay programming","txtID" : "C34FAFFF9529392D85257E36007346C9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto; along with the Friends of the Pan Am Path; will announce the full programming details of the Pan Am Path Art Relay – a multi-event; art/music festival along the Path – in the weeks leading up to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games which will be held in Toronto and the GTA this summer. Remarks will be given by Councillor Mark Grimes (Ward 6 Etobicoke-Lakeshore); the City's Pan Am Champion; Devon Ostrom; Lead Curator of Friends of the Pan Am Path; Rahul K. Bhardwaj; President and CEO of Toronto Foundation; and Curt Harnett; Chef de Mission; TORONTO 2015 Canadian Pan Am Games team and four-time Olympian. Date: Friday; May 1 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Members Lounge; Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The Pan Am Path; a legacy of the TORONTO 2015 Games and the City’s Host City Showcase Program; is 84 kilometres of a continuous; multi-use; active recreational and transportation pathway for walking; running; biking and wheeling. The Pan Am Path spans the city from east to west by connecting Toronto’s existing trails system. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Andrea Gonsalves","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4149","txtContactEmail" :"agonsalv@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto and partners present bid to host 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship","txtID" : "C45E477DFA9197F885257463007175D6","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Date: Tuesday; June 10 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Westin Harbour Castle; 1 Harbour Square; Dockside 1 room Presenters include: • David Miller; Mayor of Toronto; and honourary co-chair of Toronto’s bid to host the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship • Margarett Best; Ontario Minister of Health Promotion • Bob Hunter; Executive Vice-President; Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment • Joe Drago; President; Ontario Hockey Federation • Tom Anselmi; Executive Vice-President and Chief Operation Officer; Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. • Larry Tanenbaum; Chairman; Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment; and honourary co-chair of Toronto’s bid to host the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship; who will present via video. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Don Wanagas; Director of Communications; Office of Mayor David Miller; 416-338-7134; dwanagas@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto and Statistics Canada promote 2006 Census at City Hall","txtID" : "51E645850ABB6C1C8525716C006D53F6","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto and Statistics Canada will host a day-long Census Help Centre in the City Hall Rotunda on Monday; May 15 to help promote the 2006 Census to Toronto residents. Statistics Canada staff will be on hand to help residents fill out their questionnaires and answer questions from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents requiring assistance are encouraged to bring the forms they received by mail to the Census Help Centre at City Hall. Mayor David Miller will help Statistics Canada launch the 2006 Census in the Members’ Lounge at 1:45 p.m. by officially proclaiming May 16; 2006 as Census Day. The event will also include a presentation by Doug Newson; Director of Statistics Canada’s Central Region about the 2006 Census and its importance. New for 2006; census questionnaires can be completed online. Visit http://www.census2006.com for more information about the census or how to complete your census questionnaire online. Help is also available in 46 languages by calling the Census Help Line at 1-877-594-2006. Media contacts: Francine Antonio City of Toronto Media Relations 416-397-5318 Lily Eisenberg Statistics Canada Census Communications 416-973-9545", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto celebrates 30 years of creativity at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre","txtID" : "C9DD3CB7263F4F8D8525746000539CE3","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "6", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller will join community members to celebrate Cedar Ridge Studio Gallery’s 30 years of exceptional community service for its contribution to the arts at Cedar Ridge Creative Centre. The 30th anniversary will be celebrated with an unveiling of a sculpture created by renowned Canadian sculptor Floyd Elzinga. Date: Sunday; June 8 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Cedar Ridge Creative Centre; 225 Confederation Dr. (Scarborough Golf Club Rd. and Lawrence Ave. E.) Coinciding with the annual Cedar Ridge Gallery Show and Sale the celebration will include music; entertainment and a showcase of Project Random; a youth project in partnership with Toronto Culture; West Hill Community Services and Toronto Community Housing through Neighbourhood Action in the Kingston/Galloway neighbourhood. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Nadira Pattison; Manager; Arts Services; Toronto Culture; 416-338-1263; npattis1@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto celebrates National Aboriginal Day","txtID" : "47BC8C95C1FD37F68525746A0069713E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The 14th annual National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated on June 21. The City of Toronto and the Toronto Aboriginal City Celebration Committee host a number of events leading up to National Aboriginal Day. On display to June 21 Art Show; City Hall rotunda 100 Queen St. W.; presented by the Métis Artists' Collective June 17; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Arts and Crafts Fair on Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Featuring the music of Big Feather (Native Child and Family Services) and rapper Wabs Whitebird. June 20 Panel discussion “Role of media in communicating Aboriginal Issues”; Law Society of Upper Canada; 130 Queen St. W. (contact Marisha Roman 416-947-3989) http://www.lsuc.on.ca/about/b/equity/public-education-events-calendar/ June 20; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Traditional teaching and storytelling; Savanna Picnic Site; Toronto Zoo; turtleisland@torontozoo.ca 361A Old Finch Rd.; Scarborough June 21; 5:30 a.m. Sunrise ceremony and flag raising podium roof top; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. June 21 Buffalo Jump parade leaves 9 a.m. from southwest corner of City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. June 21; noon Na-Me-Res Traditional Pow Wow; http://www.torontopowwow.com Wells Hill Park (Bathurst and St. Clair) Grand Entry is at noon. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Mae Maracle; City Manager's Office; 416 392-5583; mmaracle@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto Cycling Ambassadors urge sharing of trails","txtID" : "8A35D81FDF2EE8C2852571CB006E4820","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto Cycling Ambassadors will host an Off-road Awareness Safety Information Stop (OASIS) to encourage responsible use of trails in the City of Toronto. All trail users whether on or off the trail need to practice considerate trail use that includes sharing the trail; passing with courtesy; and respecting the surrounding environment. When people have a safe and enjoyable time on the trail; they are more likely to continue to make use of it; whether on foot; rollerblades; or bicycle. Date: Wednesday; August 16 Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: York St. and Queen’s Quay Blvd. W. In partnership with the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation; the Cycling Ambassadors will host this OASIS event at the intersection of York Street and Queen’s Quay Blvd. just in time for the “2006 Quay to the City.” Throughout the summer; the City of Toronto Cycling Ambassadors will promote the three main principals of the OASIS Program; which are to foster co-operation between all road and trail users; to protect and preserve the environment; and to promote safe and responsible trail use in parks and environmentally sensitive areas. The 2006 City of Toronto Cycling Ambassadors are sponsored by: Cervelo Cycles Inc.; Kryptonite Bicycle Locks; Mountain Equipment Co-op; Ryders Eyewear; McBride Cycle; Bell Sports; and CANBIKE. Media contacts: Stacy Douglas Community Cycling Organizer 416-338-5076 416-407-0301 Sean Wheldrake Bicycle Promotions Co-ordinator 416-392-1143 416-988-4569", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto gears up for busy construction program in 2015 ","txtID" : "DDA19EF0F45FC8BF85257E3500751A9A","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto is gearing up for the 2015 construction season. Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will discuss the City's plans for construction work; efforts to repair potholes and construction coordination taking place in Toronto. Date: Wednesday; April 29 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Lower Sherbourne Street; just south of The Esplanade Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"sjohnsto@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto honours participants in 2006 Profession to Profession Mentorship Program ","txtID" : "821EB474F050C4F1852571EF004A5B31","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "9", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "City Manager Shirley Hoy together with other senior City officials and community partners will honour over 150 participants in the City of Toronto’s Profession to Profession - Mentoring Immigrants Program at a recognition event. Date: Thursday; September 21 Time: 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Location: Members’ Lounge; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Highly-educated; workforce-ready foreign trained professionals represent a significant labour force. In 2006; 77 City of Toronto staff volunteered as mentors to provide job search advice to immigrant professionals. All will be honoured at this event and receive certificates of recognition. Media contacts: Jacob Wolpin Employment Equity Consultant Staffing Workforce Transition Equity & Human Rights Human Resources Division City of Toronto 416-397-0823 Rose Lee Co-ordinator Diversity Management and Community Engagement Strategic & Corporate Policy Division City of Toronto 416-392-4991 Lillian Manea Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council The Mentoring Partnership 416-944-2627 ext. 239", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts 7th annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition/Showcase","txtID" : "7A0B72034427B476852574500063F688","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "5", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto's Brenda Librecz; General Manager of Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation; will join the city’s youth as they take centre stage at the 7th annual STOMP Urban Dance Competition/ Showcase to entertain an audience of family; friends and peers with high calibre performances that incorporate various styles of urban dance; such as step; b-boy; break; hip hop; dancehall; jazz and contemporary. STOMP Urban Dance Competition/ Showcase will feature more than 350 performers; between six and 24 years of age from Parks; Forestry and Recreation dance programs; Toronto Community Housing and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Toronto. The event is one of many youth initiatives developed by Parks; Forestry and Recreation to foster an environment where youth are safe; celebrated and encouraged to showcase their artistic creativity. Date: Saturday; May 24 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre; Exhibition Place Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts FCM campaign to increase women's participation in municipal politics","txtID" : "31D28255B46FE5E3852570B900677FB2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Toronto City Council will host FCM past-president Mayor Ann MacLean at a luncheon in Toronto on Wednesday; November 16 to promote women's participation in municipal government. Toronto Mayor David Miller and New Glasgow Mayor Ann MacLean will address business; community and political leaders at the Hilton Toronto; with opening remarks by Toronto City Councillor Pam McConnell. Date: Wednesday; November 16 Time: 11:30 a.m. Speeches will commence at noon. Pool feeds will be available. Location: Toronto I Room; Hilton Toronto; 145 Richmond St. W. A media availability with Mayor Ann MacLean; Mayor David Miller and Councillor Pam McConnell will follow the speeches in the Johnston Room at approximately 12:30 p.m. Media contacts: Patchen Barss Office of Mayor Miller 416-338-7134 (office) 416-294-0897 (cell) Cassandra Fernandes Diversity Management and Community Engagement City of Toronto 416-392-3834 Joanne MacDonald Communications FCM 613-241-5221 ext. 241", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts fifth annual Wiphala flag-raising","txtID" : "78098367F1297CF7852571F00063F2A3","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "9", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto and the First Nations Andean Council-Toronto are hosting the fifth annual raising of the Wiphala to recognize the autumn equinox; the tenth anniversary of the First Nations Andean Council; and the presence of the growing population of Andean Aboriginal people in Toronto. Date: Saturday; September 23 Time: 3 p.m. Location: Podium roof; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The Wiphala is a symbol of indigenous resistance and is made up of 49 squares of the seven colours of the rainbow. The territory of the indigenous Andean population includes Bolivia; Ecuador; Peru; northern Chile; northern Argentina and southern Colombia. There will be performances by traditional drummers; musicians and dancers; including Los Danzaq from Peru; Medicine Song Woman Brenda McIntyre; Panflute player Pamela Vargas; and Aymara charango player Armando Chalco. Media contacts: Marco Guzman Secretary of the First Nations Andean Council 416-457-7224 Lorraine Giles Consultant Diversity Management and Community Engagement City Manager’s Office 416-392-0127", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts international Go Skateboarding Day at Ellesmere Skateboard Park ","txtID" : "1103BB75E5D32CB48525746E004FF2D5","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto and Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre) will host a public skateboarding event in celebration of international Go Skateboarding Day. Date: Saturday June 21 (rain date Sunday; June 22) Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (opening remarks at 11 a.m.) Location: Ellesmere Skateboard Park; 20 Canadian Rd. To celebrate the spirit of the sport; the event will feature demonstrations by local skateboarders; competitions; open skateboarding times; a skateboard video premiere; barbecue; music; and community displays from Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation and Toronto Police Services. Skateboard helmets are mandatory for the event. Admission is free. Participants are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the local Food Bank. A donation entitles the donor to enter a raffle and receive a free hotdog and soft drink. For information on Go Skateboarding Day; visit: http://www.goskateboardingday.org Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts International Joint Commission public meeting on Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement","txtID" : "30519CE68F99F036852570B400555FA2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will host an International Joint Commission (IJC) public consultation to launch the review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement; tonight; at Toronto City Hall. The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray; Canadian Chair of the IJC and former Deputy Prime Minister; will chair the meeting. Mayor David Miller will deliver opening remarks. The governments of Canada and the United States have asked the IJC to consult the public on what needs to be done to protect water quality and on the future of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Toronto is hosting one of 14 public meetings being held with residents of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin. Date: TONIGHT; Wednesday; November 9 Time: 7 p.m. Location: Council Chamber; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. First signed in 1972; the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada and the United States expresses the commitment of each country to restore and maintain the chemical; physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem. Every six years; the governments of Canada and the United States are required to review the operation and effectiveness of the Agreement. Anyone unable to attend the public meeting can submit comments until midnight on Wednesday; November 30; online at http://www.ijc.org/glconsultations; by mail: International Joint Commission Great Lakes Regional Office 100 Ouellette Ave. 8th Floor Windsor; ON N9A 6T3 or by telephone at 1-866-813-0642 or by fax at 613-993-5583. Rogers Television will air the meeting live on their Web site. To view the meeting online; go to http://www.rogerstelevision.com and select Toronto to access the local channel; then follow the link to Toronto City Council coverage. Media contacts: Nick Heisler International Joint Commission Canadian Section 613-992-8367 Patchen Barss Office of the Mayor 416-338-7134 office 416-294-0897 cell Brendan Agnew-Iler Office of the Mayor 416-338-7119 office 416-527-3486 cell", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts seventh annual Toronto Youth Games","txtID" : "1DCD50F93CD103C5852571C7006C6E00","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Maria Augimeri (Youth Games sponsor on Council) and representatives of Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation will officially open the seventh annual Toronto Youth Games 2006 on Saturday; August 12 at 10 a.m. Athletes 13 to 16 years of age from across Toronto are ready to compete in volleyball; track and field; Rhyno ball and swimming. The games are a celebration of sportsmanship; camaraderie and enjoyment for youth. Dates: Saturday; August 12 and Sunday; August 13 (rain or shine) Times: Saturday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: Centennial Park; 256 Centennial Park Rd. (near Renforth Dr. and Rathburn Rd.) The festivities get started with the opening ceremonies on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the parade of athletes. The games culminate with the medal presentations and closing ceremonies on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Sponsorship of the Toronto Youth Games 2006 is provided by Bell Canada. 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Date: Saturday; September 20 Time: 3 p.m. Location: podium roof; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The Wiphala is a symbol of indigenous resistance and is made up of 49 squares of the seven colours of the rainbow. The territory of the indigenous Andean population includes Bolivia; Ecuador; Peru; northern Chile; northern Argentina and southern Colombia. There will be performances by traditional musicians and dancers such as; “We are Peru” Cultural Association; Saira Ansari; Andean dance group “Illari”; “Sanjuaneritas” Mayan dance; “Thinkus” of northern Potosi-Bolivia; Aymara “charango” player Armando Chalco; and the “Aztec” dancers. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Mae Maracle; Diversity Management and Community Engagement; 416-392-5583; mmaracle@toronto.ca; Marco Guzman; Secretary of the First Nations Andean Council; 416-457-7224", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts Tenant Forum","txtID" : "64F7BFDA494A3B8B8525712A0071CE77","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "3", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto City Council is sponsoring a public forum to hear tenants’ ideas and opinions on changes to the Tenant Protection Act. Date: Thursday; March 9 Time: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Media contact: Peggy Byrne Shelter; Support and Housing Administration 416-392-0051 (cell) 416-575-9753", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto invites you to Discover the Pan Am Path","txtID" : "8E99DFDAAD4FEF9585257CFB00523A7B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2014", "month" : "6", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Frances Nunziata (Ward 11 York South-Weston) and the Friends of the Pan Am Path will launch a newly completed section of the Pan Am Path with an art activation by UrbanArts and a ribbon-cutting ceremony; followed by a guided bike ride on the Path. A walking tour will also be presented by Jane's Walk. Date: Saturday; June 21 Time: 10 a.m.; remarks/ribbon-cutting at 10:30 a.m. approximately Location: Cruickshank Park; 2196 Weston Rd. (parking available on Hickory Tree Road at Weston Lions Park or off Lawrence Avenue West; just west of Little Avenue) The Pan Am Path is an 84-kilometre continuous path for walking; running; biking and wheeling that connects the city from east to west. In the weeks leading to the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games; the Pan Am Path will feature art installations; cultural activities and mini-celebration events to showcase the vibrant communities that exist along the route. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Andrea Gonsalves","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4149, 416-200-3660 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"agonsalv@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto jobs and programs put youth onto career path","txtID" : "DA6729D56B5FA7F88525717A004F2F7B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; City Manager Shirley Hoy and Parks; Forestry and Recreation General Manager Brenda Librecz will join Grade 8 students from Lawrence Heights Middle School to highlight that the City’s Parks; Forestry and Recreation Division has lowered its hiring age to 14 years for select recreation jobs; providing a tangible opportunity for many of the city’s youth. The Grade 8 students will participate in hands-on; interactive activities to demonstrate teamwork; skills and self-confidence that youth acquire in leadership development programs offered by Parks; Forestry and Recreation. Date: Monday; May 29 Time: 10 a.m. Place: Lawrence Heights Community Centre; 5 Replin Rd. (just east of Allen Road; north of Lawrence Avenue West) Mayor Miller will help launch TPS Week by proclaiming May 29 to June 2 as “Toronto Public Service Week.” The City is hosting this event and other events; presentations; demonstrations and displays throughout the week to showcase the role that the Toronto Public Service plays in delivering City services to Toronto residents; businesses and visitors. Media contacts: Stuart Green Office of the Mayor 416-338-7119 Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto launches Black History Month with Governor General Award-winning author","txtID" : "3534728086477419852573D70065A7B0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "1", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "To celebrate February as Black History Month the Toronto Archives; together with the City Manager’s Office; will host a lecture by Dr. Karolyn Smardz Frost; author of “I’ve Got a Home in Gloryland: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad.” The book presents the story of two fugitive slaves who escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad in 1833; and won the 2007 Governor General’s Award for non-fiction. Date: Tuesday; February 5 Time: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Location: City of Toronto Archives; 255 Spadina Rd. The evening will begin with Dr. Smardz Frost’s presentation about the researching of her book. Host Garvia Bailey from CBC radio’s “Big City; Small World;” will then lead an informal discussion; followed by questions from the audience. More information about Black History Month events can be found at www.toronto.ca/blackhistory. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Karen Teeple; City Archivist; 416-397-7393; kteeple@toronto.ca Ceta Ramkhalawansingh; Manager; Diversity Management and Community Engagement; Strategic and Corporate Policy Division; City Manager’s Office; 416-392-6824; cramkhal@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto launches Fire Prevention Week 2008","txtID" : "F03B80168DD5D312852574D7005D92AF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "10", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Adam Vaughan; along with Toronto Fire Chief William Stewart and Deputy Ontario Fire Marshal Doug Crawford will launch Fire Prevention Week 2008: ‘Prevent Home Fires’ on Monday; October 6. In addition to reading the Fire Prevention Week proclamation; Councillor Vaughan will also give a short presentation about the Queen Street West fire that occurred in February 2008. Students from Ranchdale Public School will also be in attendance to make two presentations about their own home hazard inspections. Following the presentations; Chief Stewart will award the students with a plaque to acknowledge their participation and dedication to the Risk Watch injury prevention curriculum. Date: Monday; October 6 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Members’ Lounge; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Toronto Fire Services Media Line; 416-338-0763", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto officially opens Bill Johnston Park","txtID" : "E757C416F212E38B852571D80053F405","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina); members of the late Bill Johnston’s family; and Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation will officially open Bill Johnston Park. A sign dedicating the park to Mr. Johnston will also be unveiled. Date: Tuesday; August 29 Time: 11 a.m. to noon Location: 65 Western Battery Rd. (entrance is off Strachan Ave. via East Liberty St.) Bill Johnston was a strong and compassionate advocate for his local neighbourhood and worked on numerous community projects; including the closure of a lead smelter; the institution of library services; and the development of community gardens - including the garden at the Garrison Flats. Bill Johnston Park features an array of shrubs; trees and seating areas; and is complemented by a cedar living wall. It will be just one of many parks planned for the Liberty Village area; a new development by the CanAlfa Group. Public information: 416-392-4108 Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto officially renames Tam O'Shanter Park to Ron Watson Park","txtID" : "9AE365218025AE1D852570A0006A4F56","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "10", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Norman Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt); and representatives of Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation will officially rename Tam O'Shanter Park in honour of former City of Scarborough Councillor; Ron Watson. Mr. Watson served Toronto residents on Scarborough Council for more than 27 years. He was first elected as an alderman in 1964; and was re-elected for nine terms from 1964-1978 and from 1985-1996 as a Scarborough City Councillor. During his years on Council; he supported heritage and cultural initiatives; serving as chairman of the Scarborough Library Board and the Scarborough bicentennial celebrations in 1996. Mr. Watson and his wife Verna; residents of Agincourt for nearly 30 years; will be in attendance. Date: Saturday; October 22 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Ron Watson Park; 140 Bonis Ave. (east of Birchmount Road; north of Sheppard Avenue East) Parking is available off Birchmount Road; opposite Stephen Leacock C.I. The renaming event includes greetings; an official ribbon cutting; community barbecue and recreational activities. For further information; residents may call 416-396-7403. Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto opens new Maplehurst Park ","txtID" : "077D47684088EEDF85257BAC005B2A42","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2013", "month" : "7", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale) and City of Toronto staff will join members of the community to officially open the new park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Date: Saturday; July 20 Time: 12 to 2 p.m.; Remarks at 12:30 p.m. Location: Maplehurst Park; 296 Maplehurst Ave. The new park includes a playground with sand play area; an open space for a variety of activities; new pathways; lighting; benches and picnic tables. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto re-opens Masseygrove Park ","txtID" : "2727142B915352C28525745D00628A14","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Suzan Hall (Ward 1 Etobicoke North) and representatives of the City of Toronto’s Parks; Forestry and Recreation Division will officially re-open the recently-renovated Masseygrove Park that features an upgraded pathway leading to the new lit; irrigated soccer field; a new playground; an expanded parking lot and numerous plantings of evergreen and deciduous trees. Date: Thursday; June 5 Time: 5 p.m. Location: Masseygrove Park; 10 Rampart Rd. A community barbecue and refreshments will be offered following the ceremony. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto re-opens newly-renovated Mary McCormick Centre","txtID" : "C454686AEE53A6AD85256DF60045C79F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2003", "month" : "1", "day" : "22", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Parks and Recreation - Members of the media are invited to attend the official re-opening ceremony of the newly-renovated Mary McCormick Community Recreation Centre. Councillor Mario Silva will officially re-open the facility with a ribbon and cake cutting ceremony. Facility tours and program demonstrations will also be offered. Date: Saturday; January 25 Time: 1 to 4 p.m. (official ceremony at 2 p.m.) Location: 66 Sheridan Avenue (west of Dufferin Street; south of Dundas Street West)", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Hotline, ","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto recognizes International Day of People with Disabilities","txtID" : "B3C10FEFC4B35D09852570CA00701A9C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "12", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto; together with community and business partners; will recognize International Day of People with Disabilities on Friday; December 2. Mayor David Miller will proclaim December 3 International Day of People with Disabilities; and along with the City’s Disability Advocate Councillor Joe Mihevc; recognize six unsung heroes from the community. Date: Friday; December 2 Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon Place: Metro Hall Rotunda; 55 John St. (King and John Streets) Other program highlights include an information sharing session; and presentations on City services and programs supporting accessibility by representatives of Parks; Forestry and Recreation; Shelter; Support and Housing Administration; Social Services; and Transportation Services. For more information; call 416-338-4756; TTY 416-338-0889 or visit the City’s Web site at http://www.toronto.ca/diversity/intl_day_disabilities.htm. Media contact: Claudia White Social Services Division 416-392-8962", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto renames park after Louise Russo","txtID" : "9E8B79ED3418EBF185257179005CECC8","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti (Ward 7 York West); and representatives of Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation will rename Flindon Park after Louise Russo following the first annual Louise Russo Walk Against Violence Everywhere (WAVE) on Sunday; May 28. Ms. Russo will be in attendance. The event includes official remarks; unveiling of the new park sign and plaque; and a community barbeque with entertainment and games for children and families. Date: Sunday; May 28 Times: 8:30 a.m. - registration for walk and breakfast 10:30 a.m. - start of Louise Russo Walk Against Violence Everywhere 12 p.m. - official ceremonies at Louise Russo Park 12:15 p.m. - barbeque at Louise Russo Park Locations: Louise Russo Walk Against Violence Everywhere: Finch and Weston Road Official ceremonies for renaming of Flindon Park to Louise Russo Park: 42 Flindon Rd. (west of Weston Road; north of Albion Road) For information about the Louise Russo Walk Against Violence Everywhere; call 416-436-9106. For information about the renaming of Flindon Park to Louise Russo Park; call 416-395-6401. Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto storm update ","txtID" : "2A306FFF7BCFA62C85257C50006C342C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2013", "month" : "12", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor Rob Ford and City of Toronto staff will provide an update to the media on storm impacts and response. Date: Monday; December 30 Time: 8 a.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Wynna Brown, Manager of Media Relations and Issues Management","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-919-6503","txtContactEmail" :"wbrown1@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto Storm Update","txtID" : "7A7F2D4ACE00460285257C4F006AA78F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2013", "month" : "12", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor Rob Ford and City of Toronto staff will provide an update to the media on storm impacts and response. Date: Sunday; December 29 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Wynna Brown, Manager of Media Relations and Issues Management","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-919-6501","txtContactEmail" :"wbrown1@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to announce short-listed competitors and jury members for St. Lawrence Market North Building Design Competition","txtID" : "E48C5BCA47B39A2F852576B800625F1C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2010", "month" : "1", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Media are invited to join Mayor David Miller and Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) for the announcement of short-listed competitors and jury members for the architectural design competition for a new; vibrant St. Lawrence Market North building. Date: Wednesday; February 3 Time: 10 a.m. Location: St. Lawrence Market North Building; 92 Front St. E. Many architectural teams from Canada and abroad responded to Stage 1 of the competition by submitting expressions of interest. The field has been narrowed to a short list of competitors who will enter Stage 2 of the competition and develop full building designs; which will be exhibited to the public in May. Following jury deliberation and selection of the winning design; competition results will be announced to the public in June. The historic St. Lawrence Market Complex; made up of St. Lawrence Hall; the South Market and North Market buildings; housed Toronto’s first city hall and has served as Toronto’s social centre and premier marketplace for more than 200 years. The St. Lawrence Market North redevelopment will replace the existing one-storey North Market building with a new; four-storey; multi-purpose facility that is more environmentally sustainable; more energy efficient and more sensitive to the heritage fabric and history of the surrounding neighbourhood. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/stlawrence_market/design. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. Media contacts: Cindy Bromley; Communications Manager; Finance and Administration; 416-392-4993; cbromley@toronto.ca Alex Mozo; Communications and Marketing Consultant; 416-397-5226; amozo@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to celebrate annual immigrant mentoring program","txtID" : "548648731D123645852580A300641B71","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "1", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Deputy Mayor Pam McConnell; City Manager Peter Wallace and Margaret Eaton; executive director of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC); will recognize members of the Toronto Public Service; Toronto residents and service delivery partners for participating in the City of Toronto's 13th annual Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program. Date: Tuesday; January 10 Time: 4:30 p.m. Location: Toronto City Hall; 2nd floor; Committee Room 2; 100 Queen St. W. The Profession to Profession Mentoring Immigrants Program is a collaboration between the Mentoring Partnership; which is a TRIEC program; and a group of community agencies that respond to the needs of Toronto's diverse communities and the barriers that internationally trained professionals face while seeking employment. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Juanita Christmas","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-7346","txtContactEmail" :"Juanita.Christmas@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to celebrate Two-Year Countdown to 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games","txtID" : "2F1D77F3C8C376A685257BA2006CB86B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2013", "month" : "7", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor Rob Ford will join officials from the Government of Canada; Province of Ontario and TO2015 (organizers of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games) at Commerce Court on Wednesday; July 10 to celebrate the two-year countdown to the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games being hosted in Toronto in 2015. Date: Wednesday; July 10 Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (remarks from noon to 12:20 p.m.) Location: Commerce Court; 25 King St. W. (at Bay Street) Mayor Ford will read the City's official proclamation of Pan Am/Parapan Am Day. The event will include sports demonstrations; autograph signing and music. The City of Toronto is the Official Host City for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Andrea Gonsalves, Senior Communications Advisor","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-4149","txtContactEmail" :"agonsalv@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to commemorate D-Day on June 6","txtID" : "75D31F57195D6BD68525745E005B21A2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will commemorate the 64th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy at City Hall’s Nathan Phillips Square on Friday; June 6. On June 6; 1944; Canada took part in the “D-Day” invasion of France that marked the beginning of the liberation of France; Belgium; the Netherlands and Denmark during the Second World War. Mayor David Miller will welcome veterans and the public; and D-Day veteran Jan de Vries will join the mayor to proclaim “Toronto Remembers D-Day; June 6; 2008.” Date: Friday; June 6 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. War veterans; honour guards and bands will be participating in this annual commemorative event. Singers will entertain with popular songs of the Second World War period on the square from noon until the start of the ceremony. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Idalina Lima Matias; Protocol; City Clerk’s Office; 416-392-6745; imatias@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to commemorate D-Day with ceremony at Nathan Phillips Square","txtID" : "C7392FEB8FDB926385258136005C4D74","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "6", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East) and members of City Council will welcome veterans; their families and the public to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Date: Tuesday; June 6 Time: noon to 1 p.m. (ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m.) Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Trooper Edward Stafford; who served during the Second World War in Italy and the United Kingdom; will speak. The event will begin with a short parade featuring Canadian military; City of Toronto first responders and others. On June 6; 1944; 14;000 Canadian troops took part in the D-Day invasion when they landed on Juno Beach in Normandy; France. The allied invasion advanced the liberation of Europe during the Second World War. The City of Toronto is also hosting a photo exhibit in the rotunda of City Hall to commemorate D-Day. Archival photographs taken during the war and personal images provided by D-Day veterans and their families will be on display until noon on June 9. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Eric Holmes","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-2708","txtContactEmail" :"eric.holmes@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to hold Vision Zero road safety summit ","txtID" : "7237CD90590A54418525811400707FF7","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the City of Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; and staff from the City's Transportation Services Division will host a road safety summit with key stakeholders to discuss safety initiatives and programs already in place and next steps toward the goal of eliminating fatalities and serious injuries on city streets. Date: Wednesday; May 3 Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Steve Johnston","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391","txtContactEmail" :"steve.johnston@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to honour excellence in volunteering","txtID" : "3C1B5BC64F09736985257E280050A705","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2015", "month" : "4", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will honour and recognize volunteers from 10 City-run; long-term care homes and community programs for their dedication and service. Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; along with other members of City Council; will join award recipients at an Excellence in Volunteering Awards ceremony. Date: Thursday; April 16 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Members Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Honourees include individuals and groups who have been selected for demonstrating compassion; accountability; respect and excellence (CARE). For more information please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/ltc. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5305, 416-906-3935 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"chsanjua@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to Host Second Annual Children's Summit","txtID" : "697E7E00342F742E85256DF600463216","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2000", "month" : "9", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto's second annual Children's Summit; chaired by Councillor Sherene Shaw; will take place on Friday; September 29; 2000 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Toronto City Hall. The theme of this year's summit is a place for every child - the National Children's Agenda. Date: Friday; September 29; 2000
    Time: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Location: Toronto City Hall Council Chambers 100 Queen St. W. Attending as an honoured special guest will be the Honourable Jane Stewart; federal Minister of Human Resources Development; who will address the summit and receive a children's flag. Jane Jenson of the Université de Montréal and the Canadian Policy Research Network will give the Children's Summit 2000 keynote address; to be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Councillor Olivia Chow; Children and Youth Advocate; and Chair of the Children and Youth Action Committee. Panel participants are scheduled to include Anne Golden; president of the United Way of Greater Toronto; Marvyn Novick; professor of social work at Ryerson Polytechnic University and Michael Valpy of The Globe and Mail. 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BizPaL provides access to information about business permit and licence requirements from all orders of government in Canada. The service is expected to become the primary provider of permit and licensing information to businesses in Toronto. BizPaL refers entrepreneurs to the appropriate program delivery agents and provides links to relevant information across programs and jurisdictions. It also links to related forms and on-line applications. BizPaL can be viewed at www.toronto.ca/bizpal. Date: Friday; February 29 Time: 9 a.m. Location: City Hall; 100 Queen St. W.; 2nd Floor; Committee Room 2 Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 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Date: Monday; April 13 Time: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.; remarks at 4:15 p.m. Location: Antibes Community Centre; 140 Antibes Dr. (off Bathurst Street; North of Finch Avenue West) The celebration will include a tour of the Enhanced Youth Lounge and areas within the community centre that offer youth programming. The Enhanced Community Recreation Youth Lounge model was approved in 2014 and focuses on dedicated space for youth to create; connect and learn; and provides dedicated staff and programming tailored to the interest and needs of community youth. The Enhanced Youth Lounge at Antibes Community Centre will be the first of seven to officially launch this year. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation media line","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-560-8726","txtContactEmail" :"pfrmedialine@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to make innovation announcement","txtID" : "CAC795405FD42351852580DE0073E58B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "3", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor Paul Ainslie (Ward 43 Scarborough East); Chair of the Government Management Committee; Councillor Michelle Holland (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest); the Mayor’s Advocate for the Innovation Economy; and City Manager Peter Wallace to make an announcement regarding Toronto’s selection as the first Canadian city to join Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global network of Innovation Teams. Date: Friday; March 10 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Normative Inc.; 91 Oxford St.; 4th floor The media are invited to tour Normative with the Mayor and councillors; followed by remarks. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-2489","txtContactEmail" :"don.peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Wynna Brown","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-8937","txtContactEmail" :"wynna.brown@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to open new eastbound ramp from the Gardiner Expressway to York/Bay/Yonge Streets","txtID" : "5BB84B3E422CB7C085258222007E99D9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2018", "month" : "1", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This media advisory was issued earlier today through CanadaNewsWire; on behalf of the City of Toronto. Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West); Chair of the City of Toronto's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; to announce the opening of the new eastbound York/Bay/Yonge ramp from the Gardiner Expressway to Lower Simcoe and Harbour Streets. Date: Sunday; January 28 Time: 2:30 p.m. Location: Gardiner Expressway's York/Bay/Yonge eastbound off ramp (south of Harbour Street on Lower Simcoe Street) Parking: Media vehicles can park within the fenced enclosed portion of the roadway; on the east side of Lower Simcoe Street; directly across from the bottom of the new ramp. Please note: Areas beside the ramp are still active construction zones and will be off limits. Media may only access the ramp from the bottom; up to the point where two crash trucks will be stationed. No access is permitted beyond the trucks for health and safety reasons. The Gardiner Expressway ramp at Spadina Avenue will be closed and there will be no access to Lake Shore Boulevard eastbound. A previously unlocked gate will be closed in preparation for the ramp opening. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms; on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-4391, 416-553-1076 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"Cheryl.SanJuan@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"Don Peat","txtContactArea" :"Office of the Mayor","txtContactPhone" :"647-459-2387","txtContactEmail" :"Don.Peat@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to re-name park in honour of 11-year-old hero","txtID" : "964DB87DECBD860D852574820055E38C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "7", "day" : "10", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Raymond Cho (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River) will honour Birunthan Muralitharan Nadarajah by re-naming Wharnsby Park to Birunthan Park. A special guest speaker will be Muralitharan Nadarajah; father of Birunthan. Date: Saturday; July 12 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: former Wharnsby Park; 31 Dragonfly Cres. On December 10; 2006; 11-year-old Birunthan Muralitharan Nadarajah heroically tried to save his friend; Kishoban Alakeswaren; who had fallen through thin ice and into the water. Both boys perished in the tragedy. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to recognize Family Caregiver Day","txtID" : "92837AB96AC35212852580F7005F79D9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "4", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor John Tory will be joined by Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; Councillor Josh Matlow (Ward 22 St. Paul's); Toronto's Seniors Advocate; as well as partners VHA Home Healthcare; the Ontario Caregiver Coalition; the Toronto Seniors Forum; the ENRICHES Collaborative and other partner organizations to recognize and acknowledge caregivers who care for family and friends in need. Date: Tuesday; April 4 Time: 10 a.m.; remarks at 10:30 a.m. Location: Members Lounge and Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. The event will include keynote speeches by Dr. Brian Goldman; emergency room physician and radio host; and Dr. Jane Barratt; Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing; as well as musical entertainment by Canadian R&B singer Jully Black. Awards will be presented for VHA's Heart of Home Care Awards. The event will also be live-streamed to eight satellite locations across Toronto to allow caregivers in different locations to watch and participate. Follow the event on Twitter using the #careitforward hashtag. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Jane Arbour","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944","txtContactEmail" :"jane.arbour@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to unveil Franklin's Pollination Station on Centre Island","txtID" : "8A34234459ECD74785257D0A0060B6BC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2014", "month" : "7", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and City of Toronto staff will be joined by Mark Cullen; Canada's best known gardener; and project partners to officially open Franklin's Pollination Station in the Franklin Children's Garden in Toronto Island Park. Franklin's Pollination Station is a garden that will attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies; and will also provide an important educational opportunity for children who visit the area. Date: Friday; July 4 Time: 11:30 a.m. Location: Toronto Island Park; Centre Island Allow travel time by ferry to the event. The Centre Island ferry's summer schedule is posted at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island Thanks to the support of the TD Bank Group; Live Green Toronto; the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation and the Friends of Toronto Island; Franklin's Pollination Station adds a wonderful new feature to the Franklin Children's Garden and recognizes the important role pollinators play in the natural environment. The Franklin Children's Garden is inspired by Franklin the Turtle; the celebrated series of books written by Paulette Bourgeois; illustrated by Brenda Clark and published by Kids Can Press. The interactive garden for kids and families is divided into six sections. Children can enjoy gardening; storytelling and visits with seven child-accessible sculptures from the Franklin the Turtle series. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Rob Richardson","txtContactArea" :"Parks, Forestry and Recreation","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9861, 416-527-2997 (cell) ","txtContactEmail" :"rrichard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto to unveil pollinator-themed art installation at Nathan Phillips Square","txtID" : "EDC6FCF19CAA29D885258138004FA986","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "6", "day" : "7", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Mary Margaret McMahon (Ward 32 Beaches-East York); Chair of the City of Toronto's Parks and Environment Committee; will be joined by representatives of Burt's Bees to unveil Kisses For Bees; a pollinator-themed art installation at Nathan Phillips Square. Date: Friday; June 9 Time: noon to 12:30 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; Queen Street lawn (Queen Street; west of Bay Street) Kisses For Bees is an oversized; stylized pair of lips planted with more than 500 native wildflowers; measuring five by two-and-a-half metres. The installation is designed to raise awareness of National Pollinator Week; June 19 to 25. The installation is a partnership between the City and Burt's Bees and will remain at Nathan Phillips Square until June 24. Use #KissesForBees on social media to find and tag images of the installation. Toronto has more than 360 species of bees and hundreds of other non-bee pollinator species; making it home to one of the most diverse pollinator populations in Canada. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Valerie Cassells","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-660-1712","txtContactEmail" :"valerie.cassells@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto welcomes delegates to XVI International AIDS Conference","txtID" : "4166559733822ED5852571C500571A09","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Kyle Rae will hold a media briefing for reporters to discuss Toronto’s involvement in the XVI International AIDS Conference; as some 25;000 delegates and media descend on the city Aug. 13 - 18. In addition to the conference itself; there are numerous public events residents can participate in. Date: Friday; August 11 Time: 11 a.m. Place: Members’ Lounge; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. On August 10; the City of Toronto will fasten about 50 large red ribbons to trees lining University Ave. Toronto has a proud history in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The ribbons are an apt symbol of that fight. In addition; hundreds of banners have been placed around the city; including banners that can be seen from the DVP and the Gardiner Expressway. As a further effort to transform the city and welcome participants; as well as highlight the conference to residents; City Hall will be illuminated in red each evening for the duration of the conference. A flower carpet; dedicated to the XVI International AIDS Conference; has also been installed at College Street and University Avenue. For more information about the conference or public events; visit http://www.aids2006.org. Media contact: Brad Ross Strategic Communications 416-392-8937 (cell) 416-919-6503", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto Workforce Development Week events","txtID" : "AE8E5DCEF8E3493085257C0B005F2209","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2013", "month" : "10", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City's second annual Workforce Development Week from October 21 to 25 features more than 40 events across communities in Toronto with the goal of connecting job seekers and employers. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/workone. Media are invited to the following events on Tuesday; October 22: Event: Employment and Social Services/Children's Services Open House Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: Malvern Employment and Social Services; 325 Milner Ave.; 9th floor Event: Employment Café Open House Time: 1 to 3 p.m. Location: Toronto Public Library; Centennial Branch; 578 Finch Ave. W Media are invited to selected events throughout the week. Please contact Anna McGrath for a full list of media availabilities. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence; creating a transparent and accountable government; reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can dial 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week. - 30 -", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Anna McGrath, Policy Development Officer","txtContactArea" :"Toronto Employment and Social Services","txtContactPhone" :"416-392-9052","txtContactEmail" :"amcgrath@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City of Toronto, IBM Canada team up on community safety","txtID" : "33A5A502B1949DB18525711700669699","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "2", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Date: Monday; February 20 Time: 10 a.m. Place: Chester Le Community Corner; 160 Chester Le Blvd.; Unit 142 (just west of Victoria Park Ave.; north of Finch Ave. E.) Mayor David Miller called on the private sector to offer employment; training and mentoring opportunities for youth in Toronto. IBM Canada answered that call; and have hired four young people from the Steeles-L’Amoreaux priority neighbourhood; and have committed to hiring two more. Photo opportunity; followed by speakers and questions. Participants include: Media contact: Brad Ross City of Toronto Media Relations 416-392-8937 416-919-6503 (cell)", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City officially opens Birchcrest Park","txtID" : "6D9D8DCC5F380F5F852571CE00589B0B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Michael Del Grande (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt) and representatives of Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation will officially open Birchcrest Park. The park features a water park and playground. Date: Saturday; August 19 Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: Birchcrest Park; 89 Beverly Glen Blvd. The opening event includes greetings; an official ribbon cutting ceremony; children’s activities and community barbecue. 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Date: Saturday; June 17 Time: 10 a.m. to noon Location: Crocus Park; 165 Crocus Dr. The opening event includes greetings; an official ribbon cutting; zoo animals and community barbecue. 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The opening event includes greetings; a vine cutting and light refreshments to follow. Date: Sunday; October 30 Time: 2 p.m. Location: St. Andrews Playground 450 Adelaide St. W. (between Brant and Maud Streets) The new playground features a junior and senior apparatus that includes swings; climbers and spring toys for young families and children to enjoy. Park improvements include new walkways; improved lighting; a wheelchair accessible fountain and new planting beds. 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Paramedics and other staff; along with retirees; are volunteering their time and skills to drive all 24 floats in the Santa Claus Parade this Sunday. Paramedics are trained to drive ambulances with lights and sirens in challenging conditions making them well-equipped to drive the floats. The volunteer drivers met with float designers earlier this week to ensure the floats provided sufficient visibility. In addition to the EMS volunteers; 10 on-duty Toronto EMS paramedics will be at the parade; on bicycles and in ambulances; in case any participants or spectators become ill or injured. Volunteers from St. John Ambulance will also be on hand to support Toronto EMS. A full complement of Toronto EMS paramedics will continue to provide regular emergency medical coverage across the city during the parade. This is the 15th year Toronto EMS staff have volunteered to drive all the floats in the Santa Claus Parade. Float drivers are available to give interviews before and after the parade. Date: Sunday; November 18 Time: Parade begins at 12:30 p.m. Location: Route starts at Christie St. and Bloor St. W. For more information about the parade; including route details; visit www.thesantaclausparade.com. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Lyla Miller; Toronto EMS Media Relations; 416-392-2255 or 416-708-8125 (cell); lmiller3@toronto.ca Gayle Pollock; Toronto EMS District Manager; 416-993-3780 (Saturday and Sunday)", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City ready for winter season","txtID" : "FC8D8ACFBC295FB8852573A000668816","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2007", "month" : "11", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto’s Transportation Services Division is ready for the winter season. Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker; Chair of the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee and Gary Welsh; General Manager; Transportation Services will be available to answer media inquiries about the City’s plans for the 2007/2008 winter season. Date: Thursday; November 29 Time: 10 a.m. Location: 433 Eastern Ave. (between Broadview and Carlaw Aves.) Note to editors: some of the City’s snow clearing equipment will be available for photographs. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Steve Johnston; Sr. Communications Co-ordinator; 416-392-4391; sjohnsto@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City recognizes Louis Riel Day","txtID" : "CF31E50EDA89BB3C85257392006F2190","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2007", "month" : "11", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller has proclaimed November 16 as Louis Riel Day in the City of Toronto to acknowledge that the Métis People are recognized in the Constitution Act 1982; as one of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples with a homeland across Canada. Louis Riel Day is commemorated each year in Toronto with a flag-raising ceremony at City Hall and various community events. Louis Riel was an advocate of justice for the Métis people; and is recognized as the leader of the North-West rebellion; and a pioneer in the campaign for the rights of the Métis in western Canada. He helped lay the framework for minority rights and cultural co-operation; and is regarded as a founder of Manitoba. Flag-raising Date: Friday; November 16 Time: 9 a.m. Location: Members’ Lounge and Podium Roof; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. “It is very important to remember Louis Riel’s contribution to Canada and specifically that he was executed for being a persistent advocate for the rights of the Métis people;” said Councillor Paula Fletcher; Chair of the City’s Aboriginal Affairs Committee. In addition; the Métis Artist’s Collective; established in 2003; will honour Louis Riel Day with the performance of Amy White’s “Keweyani” (which means “home”) based on Riel’s wife Margureite Belhumeur. A Métis kitchen party will follow the performance. “Keweyani” - a one person performance Date: Thursday; November 15 Time: 6 p.m. Location: Rotunda; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Councillor Paula Fletcher; Chair; Aboriginal Affairs Committee; 416-392-4060; councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca Mae Maracle; Diversity Management and Community Engagement Consultant; 416-392-5583; mmaracle@toronto.ca Ceta Ramkhalawansingh; Manager; Community Engagement and Diversity Management; City Manager’s Office; 416-392-6824; cramkhal@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City releases drug strategy ","txtID" : "7F40A7209AF9703F85257099006E3AEE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "10", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Kyle Rae and Dr. David McKeown; Toronto's Medical Officer of Health; will host a media briefing tomorrow to release a comprehensive drug strategy for the City of Toronto. The report The Toronto Drug Strategy -- A comprehensive approach to alcohol and other drugs in the City of Toronto contains recommendations to City Council. Speakers: Councillor Kyle Rae; Ward 27; Toronto Centre -- Rosedale Dr. David McKeown; Medical Officer of Health Gail Czukar; Executive Vice-President; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Chief William Blair; Toronto Police Service Date: TOMORROW; Friday; October 14 Time: 12:30 p.m. Location: Members' Lounge; Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall Media contact: Gil Hardy Toronto Public Health 416-338-7873", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City shows ways to avoid bicycle and truck collisions","txtID" : "C835918D40358B878525715D0069F8FD","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "4", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Date: Friday; April 28 Time: 10 a.m. Place: West side of Bay Street; just north of Queen Street West Councillor Adam Giambrone (Ward 18 - Davenport); Chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee; and Sergeant Bowman; Toronto Police Services; will address bicycle safety issues; including recent fatalities. City staff will demonstrate ways to avoid collisions between bicycles and trucks. Reporters/photographers will be able to watch cyclists approaching a truck; and to climb into the truck to get the driver’s perspective. Media contacts: Kevin Beaulieu Executive Assistant to Councillor Adam Giambrone 416-338-5305 Barb Wentworth Bicycle Safety Planner City Planning Division 416-392-1142", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City takes hands on approach with Toronto’s annual spring clean-up","txtID" : "52D2BECE6FE5584385257146006E98BE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "4", "day" : "4", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As in past years; during April; City of Toronto staff is conducting its annual spring clean-up. The operating divisions taking the lead include Solid Waste Management; Transportation; Municipal; Licensing and Standards; and Parks; Forestry and Recreation; who through their daily work; are responsible for making Toronto a cleaner; more beautiful place. These divisions; with staff support from the City’s agencies; boards and commissions; are collaborating on the annual Operations Spring Clean-up. This clean-up began Monday; April 3 and runs for three weeks (weather permitting) in preparation for two key components of Toronto’s Clean and Beautiful City initiative; the 20-Minute Toronto Makeover on April 21 and Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day; held April 22. Resources: 289 pieces of equipment/470 staff dedicated to the Spring Operations Clean-up Date: Starting Monday; April 3 - for approximately three weeks Time/Place: Happening daily in four different areas of the City as determined by the clean-up schedule. Maps are available to the media outlining the daily scheduled clean-ups organized by district. Media contact: Pat Barrett Sr. Communications Co-ordinator 416-392-4716", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to announce 2008 Green Toronto Award winners ","txtID" : "D71BF3A27C2F73E085257435006082D9","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "4", "day" : "24", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone will host the 2008 Green Toronto Awards ceremony on April 25. The City’s Green Toronto Awards recognize the individuals; organizations and companies helping lead the way to a cleaner; greener Toronto. A winner in each of the 11 award categories will be announced at the ceremony. The winners (with the exception of the City’s own internal award winner) will each receive $5;000 to donate to the environmental organization of their choice; contributed by the award sponsors. More than 100 nominations were received for this year’s awards; and 33 finalists were selected by a panel of judges. The awards ceremony will take place at the Direct Energy Centre at Exhibition Place; in conjunction with the Green Living Show. Toronto musicians Justin Rutledge and Julie Crochetiere will perform at the event. Date: Friday; April 25 Time: 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Location: Direct Energy Centre; Main Stage Hall B; Exhibition Place Finalists by award category Community Projects (sponsored by Loblaw Companies Ltd) Elizabeth Harris; Claire Rodger; Transforming Toronto Energy Conservation (sponsored by EnWise) James Ramesbottom; South Kingsway Village; Upper Broadview Suites Environmental Awareness (sponsored by Toronto Hydro Corporation) greenTbiz; Cathy Nesbitt; Planet in Focus (PIF) Green Design (sponsored by Enbridge Gas Distribution) Kantelberg Design; The Living Wall; Stantec Wellington Green Roof (sponsored by Stantec) Fairmont Royal York; Gardens in the Sky - Ellis Park; Urbanspace Property Group Health (sponsored by Nutrisoya) Edible Toronto Magazine; Jamie Kennedy; Toronto Bruce Trail Club Leadership (sponsored by the Toronto Community Foundation) Greg Allen; Allan Sparrow; University Health Network Market Transformation (sponsored by the Green Living Show) Calstone Inc.; C.J. Graphics; Local Food Plus Water Efficiency (sponsored by Toronto Water) Brookfield Properties; Deborah Dale; Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre Youth (sponsored by TD Friends of the Environment Foundation) Greenest City; Gerald Mak; Solar and Wind Initiatives Towards Change (SWITCH) at William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute Bob Hunter Environmental Achievement: Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs; Better Buildings Partnership; Toronto Community Housing Green Toronto Awards website: www.toronto.ca/greentorontoawards Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Nancy Ruscica; Acting Manager Partnerships and Innovation; 416-392-2984; 416-707-5856 (cell); nruscic@toronto.ca Valerie Cassells; Sr. Communications Co-ordinator; 416-392-8306; vcassel@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to announce fundraising goal at United Way employee campaign launch","txtID" : "84514763C426BEDC8525764A006A6A50","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2009", "month" : "10", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will launch its 2009 United Way employee campaign and unveil its fundraising goal. Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's); City Manager Joe Pennachetti; Deputy City Manager and campaign patron Richard Butts; United Way Toronto’s Chief Development Officer Susan McIsaac and other supporters will be in attendance. Members of the media and public are welcome to attend. Date: Tuesday; October 13 Time: 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. Location: Toronto City Hall Rotunda; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Cal Scotchmer; United Way Project Director; City Manager's Office; 416-397-4017; cscotchm@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to announce plans to build a new green facility in High Park","txtID" : "8539D890BC0F03738525748300523F1C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "7", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will announce plans to build an environmentally sustainable facility at the High Park Children’s Garden. City staff will make the announcement at the Insect Extravaganza Community Festival. Date: Sunday; July 13 Time: 1 p.m. Location: High Park Children’s Garden (Thirty minute walk from High Park subway station; 25 minute walk from the College St. TTC stop on Parkside Dr.; five minute walk from TTC stop on The Queensway) The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation will also launch the Adopt-a-Bale program to help raise money to build the environmentally sustainable complex. The facility will enhance the principles of the Children’s Garden and Exploring Toronto Programs; and serve as a demonstration site for sustainable building practices. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to host Tsunami Relief Forum to showcase rebuilding efforts in tsunami-stricken communities","txtID" : "C7177F4A8B2BF38C8525741E006AAAFA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "4", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Councillor Pam McConnell will host a Tsunami Relief Forum to showcase the involvement of Toronto and other Canadian municipalities in rebuilding tsunami-stricken communities in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. Organized jointly by the City of Toronto and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM); the forum will include presentations by City of Toronto staff; as well as staff from other Canadian cities who participated in assistance missions in the affected regions. A short film will also be screened describing the various relief projects that are part of FCM’s post-tsunami reconstruction programs. Date: Thursday; April 3 Time: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Location: City Hall; 2nd Floor; Committee Room 1 The Indian Ocean tsunami of December 26; 2004 caused massive devastation and destroyed or disrupted the ability of local governments to deliver basic services to their residents. As a result; staff from the City of Toronto participated in FCM’s assistance missions to rebuild and rehabilitate communities in Batticaloa; Sri Lanka and Banda Aceh; Indonesia. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Stuart Green; Office of the Mayor; 416-338-7119; stugreen@toronto.ca Glenn Gustafson; Executive Assistant to Councillor Pam McConnell; 416-338-5158; ggustaf@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to launch expansion of Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre ","txtID" : "3533985CD314A248852571E3007043FF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "9", "day" : "8", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Members of the media are invited to join Councillor Jane Pitfield (Ward 26 Don Valley West) and representatives of Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation in a groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre. Date: Monday; September 11 Time: Noon Place: Jenner Jean-Marie Community Centre; 48 Thorncliffe Park Dr. The expansion of the community centre will include a new gymnasium; youth lounge and fitness room as well as new day-care space and improved library facilities. Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to name street in honour of June Callwood","txtID" : "124E00F95B021740852571D8006873DF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth) will be joined by June Callwood and family members at a ceremony to unveil the laneway sign that will bear her name. The event will include local entertainment and an official ceremony; followed by a reception at the Ralph Thornton Centre. Date: Wednesday; August 30 Time: 1:45 p.m. (ceremony at 2 p.m.) Location: June Callwood Way; Saulter St. (two blocks east of Broadview Ave.; south of Queen St. E.) June Callwood has been a journalist; author and social activist for more than 55 years. She is the author of 29 books and about 800 magazine articles. She is also the founder or co-founder of more than 50 social action organizations; including Digger House; a youth hostel; Nellie’s hostel for women; Jessie’s; a centre for teenage parents; Casey House Hospice for those with AIDS; PEN Canada; the Canadian Civil Liberties Foundation; and Feminists Against Censorship. Her extensive volunteer work has been recognized by many honours; including the Order of Canada; which she received in 1986. Media contact: Heather McCallum Protocol Officer 416-392-7805", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to name street in honour of Tommy Douglas","txtID" : "D13BB2063F6718808525715E00557AAB","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "4", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Councillor Howard Moscoe (Ward 15; Eglinton-Lawrence) will be joined by family and friends of the Honourable Tommy C. Douglas; P.C. at a ceremony to unveil the street sign that will bear his name. Date: Saturday; April 29 Time: 1 p.m. Location: Roselawn Avenue; east of Dufferin Street Tommy Douglas was the first Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.) premier of Saskatchewan (1944); whose ground-breaking legislation included a labour code that guaranteed the right of collective bargaining (1944); extension of the vote to all Native peoples (1946); and; of course; the introduction of government-funded medicare in Saskatchewan (1959). Media contacts: David Clark Corporate Communications 416-392-7542 Heather McCallum Protocol Services 416-392-7805", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to open health club at Joseph J. Piccininni Community Recreation Centre ","txtID" : "E5929E0F8260C919852574D7006CD4DD","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "10", "day" : "3", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Cesar Palacio (Ward 17 Davenport) and representatives of the City of Toronto will join members of the public to officially open the new health club at the Joseph J. Piccininni Community Recreation Centre with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Date: Sunday; October 5 Time: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (official remarks at 3:30 p.m.) Location: Joseph J. Piccininni Community Recreation Centre; 1369 St. Clair Ave. W. The health club features treadmills; ellipticals; steppers and stationary bicycles for cardiovascular exercising. There are free weights and muscular strengthening equipment; including: bench press; leg press; Smith machine; and dual adjustable pulley. The club has change facilities and day lockers. The fitness centre is open Monday to Friday; from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to outline plans for energy reduction at seventh annual Smog Summit","txtID" : "740B626304DBB0FE85257185006B61BA","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "6", "day" : "6", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will host the seventh annual Smog Summit in the City Hall Council Chamber on Wednesday; June 7; from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mayor David Miller will outline the City’s latest commitments to improve air quality and reduce smog. Provincial Environment Minister; Laurel Broten and Minister of Transportation; Donna Cansfield; along with other Greater Toronto Area (GTA) governments will also make announcements. What: Seventh annual Smog Summit When: Wednesday; June 7; 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Where: Toronto City Hall; Council Chamber; 100 Queen St. W. The Smog Summit began in 2000 as a meeting of federal; provincial and City of Toronto officials to explore best practices for reducing smog; air pollution and greenhouse gases. It has now grown to include other municipalities in the GTA committing to specific actions that reduce smog; identifying mutually beneficial opportunities and sharing best practices. Media contacts: Priscilla Cranley Strategic and Corporate Policy Office of the City Manager 416-392-0372 Martin Herzog Strategic and Corporate Policy Office of the City Manager 416-392-5491", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to raise the Rainbow Flag and proclaim Pride Week","txtID" : "AD7A641867D6762C8525746E004E6ACB","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller and Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale); chair of the Economic Development Committee; will join Pride Toronto co-chairs Lenore MacAdam and Mark Singh at a flag-raising ceremony to proclaim June 20 - 29 Pride Week. Date: Monday; June 23 Time: 12:35 - 12:50 p.m. Location: Nathan Phillips Square; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Pride Week; now in its 28th year; is a week-long cultural festival of Toronto’s lesbian; gay; bisexual; transgender; two-spirited and transsexual community. Details about other events hosted by the City are at http://www.toronto.ca/diversity. For a complete listing of all Pride events; visit http://www.pridetoronto.com. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Don Wanagas; Director of Communications; Mayor’s Office; 416-338-7134; dwanagas@toronto.ca Idalina Lima Matias; Protocol Officer; City Clerk’s Office; 416-392-6745; imatias@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - City to update media on swine flu preparedness","txtID" : "6A2E74FC323E4947852575A600536BE4","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2009", "month" : "4", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; City Manager Joe Pennachetti and Toronto's Medical Officer of Health Dr. David McKeown will hold a media briefing today to update the media on the City's planning; preparedness and response related to swine flu. The briefing is being held to provide media with information related to Toronto's ongoing flu surveillance and work with Toronto's medical community and other stakeholders in preparation for any potential flu outbreak in Toronto. Information related to swine flu is available on the City's website: www.toronto.ca Date: Tuesday; April 28 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Mayor's Office; 2nd Floor; Toronto City Hall Media contacts: Stuart Green; Deputy Communications Director; Office of Mayor Miller; 416-338-7119 (office); stugreen@toronto.ca Patricia Trott; Manager; Media Relations and Issues Management; 416-392-8937; ptrott@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Clarification of Date for Public Library Board Information Seminar","txtID" : "14259B1CFB98AEE385256DF600463238","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2000", "month" : "10", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As part of the selection process for volunteer appointments to various City agencies; boards and commissions; the City of Toronto will be holding information sessions in the Council Chamber of City Hall; 100 Queen Street West. Earlier announcements had incorrectly stated the date for the Public Library Board information session. It should read as follows: What: Public Library Board - five vacancies Date: Wednesday; November 1; 2000 Time: 8:00 p.m. Location: Council Chamber; Toronto City Hall; 100 Queen Street West", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Access Toronto","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0338","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Classic bicycle race in High Park","txtID" : "B577B7F7F643D16B8525717A006FCF32","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "26", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto’s classic bicycle race returns to High Park on the eve of the official launch of Bike Week 2006. The City of Toronto and community partner ZM Cycle and Fitness are bringing amateur and professional racing to High Park. Date: Sunday; May 28 Time: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Location: High Park Professional and amateur cyclists from across the province will arrive in Toronto to race around a challenging and scenic course through High Park. Including a Family Loop; bicycle courier and bicycle shop owner races; the competition will vary from casual to very high paced; competitive racing. The event will also feature a community festival area with local cycling; environmental and community interest groups. Through its involvement in this event; the City of Toronto demonstrates its leadership in promoting cycling events and marketing the city as a cycling destination as outlined in the Toronto Bike Plan. The Toronto Bike Plan establishes a vision for cycling in Toronto; shifting gears towards a more bicycle-friendly city. The plan outlines recommendations regarding safety; education; promotion and infrastructure. Media contacts: Stacy Douglas Community Cycling Organizer 416-338-5076 or 416-407-0301 Sean Wheldrake Bicycle Promotions Co-ordinator 416-392-1143 or 416-988-4569", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Clean and Beautiful City mural unveiling","txtID" : "4E4E9E0B03CAC001852570BD006D4D73","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Tomorrow; Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Sandra Bussin; Chair of the Roundtable on a Beautiful City; will unveil a new mural in Ward 10 as part of the Mayor's Clean and Beautiful City initiative. The City of Toronto partnered with Benjamin Moore to transform a portion of the 401 retaining wall into a work of art. The Ministry of Transportation and Home Depot also provided support to the project. Date: TOMORROW; Saturday; November 19 Time: 10:30 a.m. Location: Bathurst & Wilson Park (Northeast corner of Bathurst Street and Wilson Avenue intersection) Ian Leventhal; a member of the Roundtable on a Beautiful City and an acclaimed mural artist; designed the mural in consultation with Deputy Mayor Mike Feldman; Ward 10 York Centre and the local community. This is one of the City's Neighbourhood Beautification Projects; which are taking place in every ward in the city. Media contacts: Cristin Lazier Clean & Beautiful City Secretariat 416-397-4123 Patchen Barss Office of the Mayor 416-338-7134 (cell) 416-294-0897", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Climate change adaptation experts to speak at special meeting of Parks and Environment Committee ","txtID" : "BA8DE58F2B1CCEF6852573D7006F19DF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "1", "day" : "21", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "To help inform the development of a comprehensive climate change adaptation strategy for the City of Toronto; the Parks and Environment Committee has invited six climate change adaptation experts to speak at a special meeting tomorrow. To accommodate the large number of the public and staff expected to attend; the meeting will be held in the Council Chamber rather than Committee Room 1 as originally planned. Date: Tuesday; January 22 Time: 9:30 a.m. to noon Location: Council Chamber; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Each of the experts will make a brief presentation about the impacts of climate change on Toronto and the recommended priority adaptation measures; with a specific emphasis on their area of expertise. The presentations will be followed by questions and comments from the committee members. The speakers are:
  • Dr. David Pearson; Co-Chair Ontario Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation and professor; Laurentian University; will provide an overview of the major impacts of climate change and the potential implications for Toronto. Pearson will also discuss the activities of the Ontario Expert Panel on Climate Adaptation as it relates to Toronto.
  • Darrel Danyluk; P. Eng.; Chair; Public Infrastructure Engineering Vulnerability Committee; Engineers Canada; will discuss the impacts of climate change as it relates to infrastructure. Danyluk chairs a national committee that is developing engineering protocols to assess infrastructure vulnerability to climate change.
  • Don Haley; P. Eng.; Water Management Technical Advisor; Climate Change; Watershed Management Division; Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA); will discuss the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and will describe the TRCA’s work in predicting and preventing the flooding associated with severe weather.
  • Mark Yakabuski; President; Insurance Bureau of Canada; will provide the insurance industry’s perspective on extreme weather events.
  • Don MacIver; Adaptation and Impacts Research Group; Environment Canada; will outline the latest scientific research on the environmental; social; and economic risks of climate change in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Dr. Monica Campbell; Manager; Toronto Public Health; will discuss the anticipated effects of climate change on the health of Torontonians; and further actions to be considered to protect public health. “The first phase of Toronto’s Climate Change Action Plan was about making serious commitments to deal with the causes of climate change because we’re seeing it can wreak havoc;” said Councillor Paula Fletcher; Chair of the Parks and Environment Committee. “Now we are gathering some of the brightest minds in their fields to discuss how climate change will affect our city and our everyday lives; and what we can do to deal with its effects.” Further engagement with stakeholders; including the public; business and industry is schedule to take place in March. The City’s Climate Change; Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan is available at www.toronto.ca/changeisintheair/index.htm. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Councillor Paula Fletcher; Chair; Parks and Environment Committee; 416-392-4060 (office); 416-200-5810 (cell); councillor_fletcher@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Connect the T.Dot Young Women’s Anti-Violence Forum","txtID" : "5EA1F1BF8B3F46918525715E0064A828","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "4", "day" : "28", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Young women from youth groups from the City’s 13 priority neighbourhoods will participate in a day-long forum with other young women from across the city to address community safety. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the City’s Community Safety Secretariat and the Toronto Youth Cabinet to inspire and motivate young women to create change for themselves; and their neighbourhoods. Young women and service providers will work together to identify anti-violence strategies that address issues of interest to young women. The young women will participate in small group discussions; graffiti art; t-shirt making and Wen-Do self defense to allow for multiple forms of expression throughout the day. Date: Saturday; April 29 Time: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. - Mayor David Miller will tour the site at 2:30 p.m. Location: Wellesley Community Centre; 495 Sherbourne St. (corner of Sherbourne and Wellesley - exit Sherbourne subway and walk south four blocks) A working group will also be created to examine the recommendations put forward at the forum and strategy session. Media contact: Maya Roy Program Support Analyst Community Safety Secretariat 416-392-8661 (office) 416-525-6732 (cell)", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Corrections to story in National Post","txtID" : "E5101A791BA022C28525744A0070DCFF","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "5", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The National Post story ‘Drivers Decry Night Court Shutdown’ published today stated: “The city's court services division quietly decided this month to shut the twice-weekly courts; which dealt with parking tickets and minor traffic violations.” Here are the facts: While the City regrets the closure; the decision to stop providing Justices of the Peace (JPs) for night court sessions was made by a provincial body; the Ontario Court of Justice. The City administers the courts; which require JPs to preside over cases. Recently; the number of people using night courts had declined and between January and April of this year; approximately one-third of the people scheduled to appear for a parking infraction failed to do so and received an automatic conviction. The City believes access to the justice system is important and those wishing to access the system should be afforded all reasonable opportunities to do so. The City and the Ontario Court of Justice recently launched a Saturday pilot project on May 10 at the Old City Hall court. It allows the public to meet with a prosecutor by appointment; and if they reach an agreed upon resolution; bring that resolution to a JP for approval. The pilot operates between 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The City does not expect to receive a change in revenue with the closure of night court. Night court addresses minor traffic and parking violations only; and does not deal with charges such as trespassing or illegal dumping. Toronto is the only Ontario municipality to have night court; and they have operated during a time where there were shortages of court rooms and JPs. The City has worked with the Province of Ontario to address these issues and improve public access to the courts; with the City building additional court rooms and the province appointing more JPs for Toronto. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Rob Andrusevich; Strategic Communications; 416-397-4149; randrus@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker kicks off Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day","txtID" : "5EA48AF3075B794F8525742F0069E4D4","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "4", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker; Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee; will kick off Mayor David Miller’s Community Clean-up Day; an annual event where residents get together to clean up parks; watercourses and other areas around the city. Date: Saturday; April 19 Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Location: Birkdale Community Centre; 1299 Ellesmere Rd. (South of Ellesmere Rd.; just west of Brimley Rd.) The goal of the Mayor’s Community Clean-up Day is to show you care about our city by getting together with friends; co-workers and neighbours to pick up litter in a public space in your community. More than 4;000 groups have registered to participate. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Steve Johnston; Sr. Communications Co-ordinator; 416-392-4391; sjohnsto@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Councillor Kyle Rae opens children’s art exhibition at City Hall","txtID" : "5249A5548054BCF18525713B0076AC6F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "3", "day" : "24", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The first graduates of the Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory’s Programs for Schools; designed to educate children on the principles of life-systems; gardening and the environment; have recorded their Allan Garden experiences in words; water colours and other media. These joyous celebrations of life and experience can be seen in the City Hall Rotunda from Monday; March 27 to Friday; March 31. Councillor Kyle Rae (Ward 27; Toronto Centre-Rosedale); Parks; Forestry and Recreation’s General Manager Brenda Librecz; Alan Convery; Manager of Community Relations; TD Bank Financial Group and a representative from the Toronto Botanical Garden will participate in the official opening ceremonies that will be held in the Members’ Lounge at City Hall. Date: Monday; March 27 Time: 2 p.m. Place: Members’ Lounge; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Creative Inspiration: Painting our Canada launches at Todmorden Mills","txtID" : "FCD213C14F45B0E285258114005EB48C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2017", "month" : "5", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth) will be joined by some of the artists involved; to launch the Don Valley Art Club exhibition; Creative Inspiration: Painting our Canada. Date: Wednesday; May 3 Time: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; remarks at 7:15 p.m. Location: Todmorden Mills Heritage Site; 67 Pottery Rd. The exhibition; which is part of the City's TO Canada with Love program; will run from May 3 to 14 at the Papermill Gallery. Admission to the gallery is free. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. In 2017; Toronto will honour Canada's 150th birthday with TO Canada with Love; a year-long program of celebrations; commemorations and exhibitions. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/TorontoComms and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/cityofto.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Shane Gerard","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5711","txtContactEmail" :"shane.gerard@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Cyclists take to the street for “Coldest Day of the Year Ride”","txtID" : "FB05FD39E4EA4FD5852573DF0064EA02","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "1", "day" : "29", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Adrian Heaps; Chair of the City’s Cycling Committee; and other cycling enthusiasts will participate in the “Coldest Day of The Year Ride” - riding their bikes from City Hall to Metro Hall to show that biking in the winter season is a safe and effective way to get around Toronto. Councillor Heaps will speak about the benefits of winter biking prior to the ride. Date: Wednesday; January 30 Time: Noon Location: Nathan Phillips Square; 100 Queen St. W. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Steve Johnston; Sr. Communications Co-ordinator; 416-392-4391; sjohnsto@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - D-Day 62nd anniversary event on Nathan Phillips Square","txtID" : "3D52A8B2DB0661AD8525718100585BD6","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "6", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "On D-Day; June 6; 1944; Canada took part in the invasion that marked the beginning of the liberation of France and the end of the Second World War. The City of Toronto will commemorate the 62nd anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy on Tuesday; June 6 at 12:30 p.m. on Nathan Phillips Square; City Hall; 100 Queen St. W. at the stage and main flagpole. Mayor David Miller will welcome veterans and the public to the event. Anyone may attend. A musical performance of wartime songs beginning at noon will lead to the 12:30 ceremony. Participating honour guards at the City’s event include the Toronto Civic Honour Guard; Toronto Police Honour Guard; Toronto Firefighters’ War Veterans’ Colour Guard; Toronto Emergency Medical Services Honour Guard; Toronto Transit Commission Supervisory Honour Guard; the Royal Canadian Legion; Naval Club of Toronto; and the WREN Association of Toronto. Bugler Nigel Soper will perform during the ceremony; and there will be a musical performance by Janet Watt; WREN Association of Toronto; and Leo Leach; Toronto Emergency Medical Services Honour Guard. Media contact: Nancy MacSween Senior Protocol Officer City Clerk’s Office 416-392-4674", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Danish architect and urban design visionary to speak in Toronto","txtID" : "B72F0D9114692730852575C9004EAEA8","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2009", "month" : "6", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Date: Wednesday; June 3 Time: 3 to 5 p.m. Place: The Design Exchange; 234 Bay St. Jan Gehl will speak to members of Toronto's urban planning and design community as well as members of the public about his work and research in the area of public space design - from the revitalization of some of the world's most important urban streets to waterfront redevelopment. Gehl will discuss his criteria for creating good public spaces; using lessons from his recent work in places such as New York; San Francisco and Melbourne. Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contacts: Robert Freedman; Director Urban Design; City Planning; 416-392-1126; rfreedm@toronto.ca Bruce Hawkins; Senior Communications Co-ordinator; 416-392-3496; bhawkin@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Davenport Square Park to be renamed The Tollkeeper’s Park","txtID" : "752B3CF2A7071C05852574750068E51B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul’s) will join members of the Community History Project; a local history group; to re-name Davenport Square Park to The Tollkeeper’s Park. The ceremony marks the official opening of the Tollkeeper’s Cottage; one of the original tollgates in Toronto that dates back to the 19th century. Date: Tuesday; July 1 Time: 2 p.m. Location: Davenport Square Park; northwest corner of Davenport Rd. and Bathurst St. In the 1800s; private companies were contracted to build; improve and maintain roads; in return; they were permitted to build tollgates to collect tolls from road users. One of those tollgates; believed to be the oldest in Canada; was recently rediscovered after more than 150 years. St. The structure was recently re-located to its new site in Davenport Square Park; and re-named the Tollkeeper’s Cottage. It will serve as a museum highlighting the history of tolls; roads and 19th century life. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline; 416-560-8726; pfrmediahotline@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Deck the halls at Toronto City Hall","txtID" : "329BA667D5688388852570DD005325CC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "12", "day" : "20", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Ring in the holidays on December 23 as various choirs perform seasonal songs at Toronto City Hall for the Holiday Choral Celebration. Come out to see the Riverdale Youth Singers; Toronto Mass Choir and Toronto Mendelssohn Adult and Youth Choirs perform seasonal songs on Friday; December 23. The Tower Brass will provide musical accompaniment. Sign language interpretation will be available. Date: Friday; December 23 Time: 11:30 a.m. Place: Toronto City Hall Rotunda; 100 Queen St. W. Media contact: Nancy MacSween Toronto Protocol 416-392-4674", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Deputy Mayor supports seniors training for the Toronto Challenge","txtID" : "CC37D35A52AEEFAE85257CD3004DD243","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2014", "month" : "5", "day" : "9", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will join Nick Ametrano; Vice President of MonsterMortgage.ca and Carla Beaton; Vice President of Clinical Services and Quality Assurance; Medical Pharmacies to cheer on a group of seniors as they train to take part in the Toronto Challenge presented by MonsterMortgage.ca. Date: Monday; May 12 Time: 2 p.m. Location: West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre; 313 Pharmacy Ave. The Toronto Challenge is an annual race/walk fundraiser for the City's long-term care homes and over 40 community agencies that provide services and support to Toronto seniors. The event will be held downtown at Metro Hall on Sunday; June 8 and features a 5K run; 5K walk and 1K walk with prizes awarded to participants in all age categories. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/challenge. The Toronto Challenge is the premier annual fundraising event for the City of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes and Services. The division operates 10 long-term care homes; serving approximately 2;600 residents and is a leader in excellence; providing award-winning; innovative and ground-breaking care and services for healthy aging. Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Cheryl San Juan","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-397-5305, 416-906-3935 (cell)","txtContactEmail" :"chsanjua@toronto.ca " },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, to attend special citizenship ceremony marking National Emergency Medical Services Week ","txtID" : "AA505E4212D38E308525744900703417","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "5", "day" : "14", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "What: Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will host a citizenship swearing-in ceremony on Friday; May 16. This event is a first for EMS and is part of a community outreach effort to inform people of all religious; ethnic and linguistic backgrounds about availability and access to the City’s emergency services. Forty-five candidates for citizenship from 21 countries will be welcomed into the Canadian family. They will be joined by 20 Toronto EMS paramedics and other staff members; who will affirm their Canadian citizenship. Media are invited to attend. There will be a photo opportunity at the conclusion of the ceremony. Photography and audio-visual equipment are permitted. Presiding official: Citizenship Judge Normand Allaire Special guests: Diane Finley; Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Bruce Farr; Chief of Toronto Emergency Medical Services When: Friday; May 16 at 10 a.m. Where: Toronto EMS Headquarters; 4330 Dufferin St. For further information about Canadian citizenship ceremonies held across the country; please visit the “Celebrate Citizenship” section of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website at http://www.cic.gc.ca. Media contacts: Madona Mokbel; Media Relations; Ontario Region; Citizenship and Immigration Canada; 416-954-7868 Lyla Miller; Co-ordinator; Communications and Media Relations; Toronto EMS; 416-392-2255; 416-708-8125 (cell)", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Discover Ecuadorian art at City Hall","txtID" : "9022E017A474DD41852573F000722CAE","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "2", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "As part of a Friendship City agreement between Toronto and the City of Quito (Ecuador); the City and the Ecuadorians Association of Ontario will host the opening ceremonies for an Ecuadorian art exhibit at City Hall. The exhibit will feature prominent Ecuadorian artists from both Ecuador and Toronto; with works that combine indigenous creativity and the ancestral inheritance of Ecuador. Date: Tuesday; February 19 Time: 5 to 7 p.m. Location: City Hall Rotunda; 100 Queen St. W. The exhibit will be on display from February 19 to 22; from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featured artists include: Carlos Aranha; Edisson Rafael Beltrán Beltrán; Gustavo Mosquera; Jose Homero Guevara Parra; Ayo Brothers; Antonio Arias; José Muñoz Rodríguez; Rosy Revelo; Ximena Jaramillo and Luis Alfredo Andrade. Biographies of the featured artists are below. The City of Toronto and the City of Quito formed a Friendship Agreement in 2006 to promote cultural understanding; educational exchange and economic relations between the two countries. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Toronto Economic Development; Culture and Tourism Media Hotline; 416-560-8726 Artist Biographies - Ecuadorian Art Exhibit Carlos Aranha Born to a family of artists and intellectuals in one of the most scenic countries in the world; Carlos Aranha began to develop his extraordinary artistic abilities from a very young age. While the talent that surrounded him in his formative years and the rich diversity of the Ecuadorian landscape may have been what inspired his artistic pursuits initially; it is his passion for ideas and his thirst for new methods of self-expression that were; and always have been his primary driving forces as an artist. Paintings:
  • Dance of Joy
  • Dancer’s Dreams
  • Farmer
  • Playful Time Edisson Rafael Beltrán Beltrán Born in Ecuador on January 24; 1976; Edisson studied town-planning architecture in the Central University of Ecuador. All his work is done in copper and reflects harmony; nature; spirit and new forms of expression that are full of energy and purity. Edisson is always looking for the plenitude in space and nature; relating his work to the sun; the water and all the natural elements that are in conjunction with the color and movement as he creates a new and deep message. Paintings:
  • Wake of the Dragon
  • Danzer
  • Balance
  • Badges Gustavo Mosquera Born in Patate Ecuador in 1962; Gustavo’s first studies in art were in the workshop of his teacher; Endara Crow. He is an artist with great talent and it is captured through his work. Gustavo’s art displays the beauty of the Ecuadorian people where he mixes reality with imagination. The use of vivid colors put the touch of happiness to his extraordinary works. Paintings:
  • Time of Celebration
  • The Earth Gives Fruits Jose Homero Guevara Parra Jose Homero Guevara Parra was born in Ambato in 1962; and graduated from the University Tegnologica Equinoccial. Jose is a simple man with a warm smile that flows almost wild in the middle of his kind face. He utilizes his family roots and life experiences as an inspiration for his works. Paintings:
  • Woman that Wanted to be a Tree
  • Garden in the Golden Light
  • Orange Tree
  • Celestial Woman
  • Butterfly
  • Vase
  • The Orange Early Riser
  • The Orange Early Riser with Green
  • The Volcano
  • Spring Romance
  • The Houses
  • Mountains Ayo Brothers Luis Ernesto was born in Quito; Ecuador in 1972; and his brother Luis Amilcar was born in Quito; Ecuador in 1969. Both are self-educated within multiple studies. The Ayo brothers were introduced to painting through technical drawings and restoration projects which they were exposed to in the workshop of their teacher Endara Crow in 1989. Since then they have been part of many individual and collective exhibitions. Paintings:
  • The Purity of the Mud
  • The Island is a Treasure
  • Andean Woman
  • Woman with Moon
  • Cooked Mud
  • Caritas Antonio Arias Antonio Arias was born in Quito; Ecuador in 1944. He studies at the Institute of Arts and Crafts; Casa de la Cultura from 1970 to date. He has participated in 52 collective exhibitions in and out of the country. The work of this artist exhibits deep contrast; which finds a harmonic synthesis through the qualities and equilibriums of its construction. José Muñoz Rodríguez José studied Fine Arts at the Pivate College Casa de la Cultura Nucleo Los Ríos; Babahoyo-Ecuador from 1991 to 1995. In 1995 he was granted his Masters in Plastic Arts by the Casa de la Cultura Nucleo Los Rios. As a Plástic Artist he realized his artistic works in painting and sculpture for personal creation and for individual commission. From 1991 to 2007 he has participated in 22 individual exhibitions in several cities of Ecuador and in six international including Spain and Germany. Rosy Revelo Born in Ibarra; Ecuador in 1965; she obtained her degree in Plástic Arts at the Central University of Ecuador in 1989. Rosy travels to Switzerland and Spain where she carries out studies in the shop of Art Contructivista Joaquin Torres Garcia. At present she directs at the Gallery Studio Rosy Revelo in Quito. Paintings:
  • Amen
  • We Are
  • Of Knees
  • Of Brads
  • Dust you Are
  • Burial Ximena Jaramillo Born in Toronto and raised by her Ecuadorian Mother; Ximena has been involved in fine arts for eight years. She gained a solid foundation in the fundamentals of art at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She also studied interior design at the Academy of Design and Technology. Her creative passion is seen through her vivid use of colour and subject matter. Inspired by nature and architecture; her work has a very eclectic look. “Art to me is like alchemy; it is magical and mysterious and formulates into gold. It is a rush of energy entering my body; tickling my brain; touching my heart; intensifying my senses and releasing out through my paintbrush on to my canvas. Art is my escape of reality and the open door to my imagination.” Paintings:
  • Twisted
  • Perdida
  • Cinque
  • Gazing into a Dream
  • Succumbed
  • Somewhere Out There Luis Alfredo Andrade Luis Alfredo Andrade was born in Guayaquil; Ecuador and is one of the most distinguished Ecuadorian artists of our time. It is rare to find the talent; vision and depth that this teacher of the arts possesses. The stages of the whole American continent have vibrated with the light and energy of this big artist. Luis Alfredo Andrade transmits his brilliance through his performances as an actor; writer and artist. Paintings:
  • Scenery
  • Vilcabamba
  • Carmen Media contact: Toronto Economic Development; Culture and Tourism Media Hotline; 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Discover Scottish culinary traditions this weekend at Mackenzie House Museum","txtID" : "4BA1291053DA7915852571180071160E","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "2", "day" : "17", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Treat your tastebuds to a cross-cultural cooking experience with KitchenCultures at Mackenzie House. Visitors will gather in the Victorian-era kitchen to learn about cuisine and culture complete with demonstrations and samplings of traditional foods by the host community group. Date: Saturday; February 18 and Sunday; February 19 Time: noon to 4:30 p.m. Location: Mackenzie House Museum; 82 Bond St.; southeast of Yonge and Dundas Streets This month; KitchenCultures is hosted by the Volunteer Historic Cooks of Mackenzie House who are presenting Scottish Culinary traditions. Included with regular admission. Adults: $4; Seniors and Youth: $2.75; Children: $2.50 Mackenzie House; an 1858 Victorian town-home; was the last home of William Lyon Mackenzie; Toronto’s first mayor; newspaper publisher and leader of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion. Visit http://www.toronto.ca/museums for a complete listing of activities at the City’s historic museums; operated by the City of Toronto Culture Division. Media contacts: Kristen Juschkewitsch Museums and Heritage Services 416-338-0495 Janet Schwartz Mackenzie House Museum 416-392-6915", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Discover the history of your house and neighbourhood at the City of Toronto Archives","txtID" : "97255517994CDF758525714700510B2F","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "4", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "On Saturday; April 8; the public is invited to the City of Toronto Archives to learn how to use archival documents that will reveal the history of Toronto houses and neighbourhoods. Researching Your House is being hosted by the City of Toronto Archives and Friends of the Archives of Ontario; in celebration of Archives Awareness Week 2006. Admission to Researching Your House is free. A tour of the archives will also be available. Date: Saturday; April 8 Time: 1 to 4 p.m.; presentation by City of Toronto Archives staff at 1:30 p.m. Location: City of Toronto Archives; 255 Spadina Rd. (just south of Casa Loma and a short walk north from the Dupont subway station) For directions or more information about the Archives; call 416-397-0778 or visit the Archives website at http://www.toronto.ca/archives. Media contact: Karen Teeple Manager City of Toronto Archives 416-397-7393", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Diversity is sweet: Pre-Pride Week celebration at Toronto long-term care home","txtID" : "A5E4D4C47F27D1FA8525746D0072B7B8","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "19", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "True Davidson Acres; one of Toronto’s 10 long term care homes; will help kick off Pride Week by raising the rainbow flag at a celebration on June 21. Toronto City Councillors Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York) and Sandra Bussin (Ward 32 Beaches-East York) will be joined by Michael Prue; MPP (Beaches East-York); Maria Minna; MP (Beaches East-York); residents; their families and friends; staff and members of the community for this celebration. The event will include a tea dance; barbecue lunch and silent auction. Date: Saturday; June 21 Times: Tea dance: 2 p.m. Flag-raising: 3 p.m. Barbecue: 3:30 p.m. Silent auction: 4 p.m. Location: True Davidson Acres; 200 Dawes Rd. True Davidson Acres is committed to providing high quality care and service in a way that respects and supports all residents and values their beliefs; traditions; backgrounds and identities. This includes the creation of a welcoming community for residents from the lesbian; gay; bisexual and transgender community. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Cheryl San Juan; Communications; Social Development; Finance and Administration; 416-392-5349; 416-528-1800 (cell); chsanjua@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre dedicated in honour of Scarborough Hockey Association president ","txtID" : "DA7CD080F9124263852573A00062E48B","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2007", "month" : "11", "day" : "27", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; Councillor Adrian Heaps (Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest) and Brenda Librecz; General Manager; Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation will join community members to honour the late Don Montgomery by renaming the Mid-Scarborough Community Recreation Centre in his name. Special guest is Mrs. Mary Montgomery; widow of Don Montgomery. Date: Thursday; November 29 Time: 6 p.m. Location: Former Mid-Scarborough Community Centre; 2467 Eglinton Ave. E Mr. Montgomery was a past president of the Scarborough Hockey Association for 40 years; founder of the Albert Campbell and JJ Keay hockey tournaments; initiator of a scholarship program for secondary students; and a strong community volunteer who spent countless hours to ensure that children could participate in various sports activities in Scarborough. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner closed for Ride for Heart","txtID" : "88747CC7E40BD81385256DF600461198","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2001", "month" : "6", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway will be closed on Sunday; June 3 from 3 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the 14th annual Becel Ride for Heart; a charity event hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario. Media inquires concerning the road closures may be directed to Angie Antoniou; Transportation Services; 416-879-5700 or Barrie Chavel; Transportation Services; 416-879-5720. Media inquires concerning the Becel Ride for Heart event should be directed to Elissa Freeman; Heart and Stroke Foundation; 416-489-7111 ext. 316.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Access Toronto","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0338","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Doors officially open at new long-term care home","txtID" : "2011A129C38853DC85257CD7005F29C0","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2014", "month" : "5", "day" : "13", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "After two and a half years of construction; the City of Toronto will officially open the newly redeveloped Kipling Acres long-term care home. Councillor Anthony Perruzza (Ward 8 York West); Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee; and Councillor Doug Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North) will join residents and staff at a ceremony to celebrate the new 192-bed facility and to take a tour. Date: Thursday; May 15 Time: 2 p.m. Location: 2233 Kipling Ave.; north of Rexdale Boulevard The home is one of 10 City-run long-term care homes and was redeveloped with capital funding from the City of Toronto and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to meet new provincial design standards to provide greater wheelchair access for residents in private and public spaces. Construction on the next and final stage will begin later this summer. More information is available at http://www.toronto.ca/ltc/kiplingacres.htm Toronto is Canada's largest city; the fourth largest in North America; and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business; finance; arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs; Toronto residents; businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca; call 311; 24 hours a day; 7 days a week; or follow us @TorontoComms.", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"Ross Bryant","txtContactArea" :"Strategic Communications","txtContactPhone" :"416-338-0944","txtContactEmail" :"bryant@toronto.ca" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Dr. Sheela Basrur to receive honorary award; Public Health conference opens on Monday ","txtID" : "E15C176D564B5EC18525739500734DBC","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2007", "month" : "11", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Dr. Sheela Basrur; former Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health and Toronto Medical Officer of Health; will be honoured at the annual conference of the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) in Toronto on Tuesday; November 20 at noon This year’s OPHA conference; which runs from November 18 - 21; is co-hosted by Toronto Public Health on the theme “Public Health: Who’s at Risk? What’s at Stake?” and features an outstanding program of keynote speakers and panels; including: - Monday; Nov. 19 at 9 a.m.: Giller Prize-winning author Vincent Lam as the opening keynote speaker - Monday; Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.: A panel on Aboriginal health; “Aboriginal Approaches to Public Health Challenges” - Tuesday; Nov. 20 at 9 a.m.: Angela Robertson; Executive Director of Sistering: A Woman’s Place - a Toronto multi-service agency for marginalized; poor and homeless women - Tuesday; Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.: Michele Simon; author of the highly-acclaimed “Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines our Health and How to Fight Back” - Tuesday; Nov. 20 at 3:45 p.m.: A panel on health system reform; “Public Health: Working with a Health System under Reform” - Wednesday; Nov. 21 at 9 a.m.: A panel of and about youth; “Youth in Action: Frontline Case Stories” - Wednesday; Nov. 21 at 11:15 a.m.: Dr. Vincent Covello; risk-communications expert and author of a World Health Organization handbook on communicating during emergencies Media are invited to attend these sessions; which are all being held at the Marriott Eaton Centre. Mayor David Miller will welcome approximately 500 delegates from across Ontario at the opening session on Monday; November 19 at 8:45 a.m. The full conference program is available at www.ophaconference.ca. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For media registration or inquires: Susan Sperling; Toronto Public Health; 416-338-7974; 416-896-7867 (cell); ssperli@toronto.ca", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - East York Civic Centre Bike to Work Breakfast","txtID" : "FD25556E2A469FA785257180006BB80C","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "6", "day" : "1", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Join the City of Toronto in celebrating Bike Week 2006 in East York with a Bike to Work Breakfast to thank cyclists and encourage people to cycle to work. Date: Friday; June 2 Time: 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Location: East York Civic Centre; 850 Coxwell Ave. There will be food and beverages provided for commuters; as well as cycling-related information; and entertainment. The theme for this breakfast is: Bike Lockers - “Get a key to the City that cycles” Join us for breakfast and try out one of the City’s new Bicycle Lockers. Information will be available about the City of Toronto’s upcoming Bicycle Locker Pilot Project; scheduled to begin this summer. This project will allow cyclists to rent out a secure bicycle locker to keep their bike safe from the elements; vandalism and theft. In addition; a large truck safety display will give visitors the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat; as well as ride around a large truck. Cyclists will be able to experience maneuvering around trucks from both a cyclist’s and driver’s perspective. Media contacts: Stacy Douglas Community Cycling Organizer 416-338-5076 or 416-407-0301 Pauline Craig Cycling and Transit Project Organizer 416-392-2577", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Eighty-nine Toronto Fire Fighters eligible to receive Provincial medal for 25 years of service","txtID" : "5C3A7C31AA6A1C3A852570BA005E6EF2","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2005", "month" : "11", "day" : "15", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "This evening; Ontario Fire Marshal Bernard Moyle will present the 25 year Provincial Fire Services Long Service Medal to 89 Toronto Fire Fighters. Who: Fire Chief William Stewart; City of Toronto Councillor Maria Augimeri; City of Toronto Fire Marshal of Ontario Bernard Moyle What: Presentation of Long Service Medals to members of the Toronto Fire Services Where: Granite Club; 2350 Bayview Ave. When: TONIGHT; Tuesday; November 15 at 6:45 p.m. Why: The Fire Services Long Service Medal is an expression of public appreciation for the dedication and hard work of Ontario firefighters. The Long Service Medal is presented to fire department personnel who have achieved 25 years or more of service to their community. The Fire Marshall; The Fire Chief and the medal recipients will be available for media interviews. Media contact: Don Marsden Toronto Fire Services PIO (office) 416-338-9316", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Electrical safety in rental accommodation","txtID" : "B438E5621A4F8D5C852571CE006CFF05","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "18", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Fire Services has partnered with the Ontario Safety League; the Office of the Fire Marshal; the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs; and the Electrical Safety Authority to promote and enhance safety awareness for college and university students living away from home in apartments and other accommodations. What: Student safety awareness media conference Date: Monday; August 21 Time: 10 a.m. Location: Toronto Fire Academy; 895 Eastern Ave. Students and their parents must be safety conscious when selecting accommodations while attaining higher education. Safety-minded behaviour; Ontario Fire Code compliance and how to avoid electrical hazards will be highlighted. Participants include: Betacam; DVD and transcripts showing interviews and B-roll pertaining to this student safety initiative will be available to media. Media contacts: Brian J. Patterson C.F.E. President and General Manager Ontario Safety League 905-625-0556 ext. 230 (cell) 416-629-2890 Mike Strapko Acting District Chief Toronto Fire Services 416-338-9319 (cell) 416-338-0044", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Emergency Medical Dispatchers - saving lives over the phone in any language","txtID" : "03F616EBC71F6F6485257170005EA5AD","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "16", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto residents who call 9-1-1 in a medical emergency are patched through to a highly-trained emergency medical dispatcher (EMD). EMDs deploy paramedic crews and offer 9-1-1 callers advice on how to help the patient; often with dramatic and life-saving results. EMDs are professional communicators who give CPR and first aid instructions; help deliver babies and keep the callers calm in chaotic emergency situations. With the help of Language Line Services; EMDs have instant access to interpreters in 150 languages - a vital service in the most multicultural city in the world. During EMS Week 2006 (May 14-20); we want to recognize the vital contribution our EMDs make to the prehospital medical system by offering the media a chance to experience life as an emergency medical dispatcher. Date: Wednesday; May 17 Time: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Place: Emergency Services Headquarters; 4330 Dufferin St. (access via Lodestar Road; north of Steeprock Drive) Members of the media are invited to take a tour of our state-of-the-art Control Centre; meet and interview some of the dispatchers on duty; see demonstrations of cutting edge technology and listen in to some live emergency calls. We can even set up a simulated call for media use on air - in any language. To accommodate as many reporters as possible; please call to set up a time for your CACC sit in. For further information; please call 416-392-2255 or email ems@toronto.ca. Media contacts: Larry Roberts Coordinator Media Relations and Communications 416-392-2255 416-708-8125 (cell) Peter Macintyre Manager Community Safeguard Services 416-392-2069", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Emergency Medical Services Week - EMS station open houses across Toronto","txtID" : "74B55AE443406A1A8525716C006A824D","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "5", "day" : "12", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "May 14 to 20 is Emergency Medical Services Week. As part of the celebrations; Toronto EMS Paramedics are inviting residents to tour an EMS station in their area; and see the inside of an ambulance. Paramedics will be on hand to demonstrate the medical equipment they use to save lives; and answer questions about their profession. There will be free Jr. Paramedic stickers; tattoos and colouring sheets for children. EMS station open houses are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as follows: Members of the media are welcome to attend. For further information about the EMS station open houses or other EMS Week events; call 416-392-2255 or e-mail ems@toronto.ca. Media contacts: Larry Roberts Co-ordinator Media Relations and Communications 416-392-2255 Peter Macintyre Manager Community Safeguard Services 416-392-2069", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Emergency services pledge gifts of a lifetime at Sirens for Life launch Annual Police, Fire, Ornge and EMS blood challenge is a lifesaver","txtID" : "F8294EB604FDCBE5852574710069C878","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "6", "day" : "23", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Toronto Fire; Emergency Medical Services and Police; along with Ornge; are proud to help launch Canadian Blood Services’ Sirens for Life blood donor challenge on June 25. As parents and police officers; Detective Constable Andy May and Detective Leah Gilfoy know the need for blood. Their five-year-old daughter Karlee is a recipient and will be at the launch in appreciation of her gift of a lifetime. As part of Canadian Blood Services’ annual summer blood drive and the Partners for Life program; the goal of this challenge is to collect 2000 donations of whole blood from July 1 to September 1. “Canadian Blood Services is pleased that local fire; police; Ornge and Emergency Medical Services employees are going head-to-head to donate blood for their community;” said Sue Blasutti; Regional Director of Donor and Clinic Services for Canadian Blood Services Central Ontario Region. “Being on the front line; and seeing daily tragedies that necessitate the need for blood; they have an acute understanding of the importance of donation to the lives of those in need.” Summer blood levels can be lower than normal and patients treated for such things as cancer; surgery; and trauma depend on a stable supply of blood year-round; which is why these emergency organizations know they have the power to save lives during this friendly but lifesaving summer campaign. Who: William Blair; Toronto Police Chief; David Sheen; Toronto Fire Division Chief; Bruce Farr; Toronto EMS Chief; Tom Lepine; Ornge Chief Operating Officer; the May-Gilfoy family; Firefighter and milestone donor; Al Watterson; uniformed members of emergency services and representatives of Canadian Blood Services; including Sue Blasutti; Central Ontario Region Director of Donor & Clinic Services. What: Sirens for Life kick-off event: Emergency services; May-Gilfoy family; Al Watterson and Canadian Blood Services will be on hand for interviews as members of the uniformed services donate blood. Where: Toronto Fire and EMS Headquarters; 4330 Dufferin St. When: Wednesday; June 25 at 10:30 a.m. Note: Interviews and photo opportunities with Emergency Services Chiefs; the May-Gilfoy family; Firefighter Al Watterson; uniformed donors and Sue Blasutti at 10:30 a.m. Members of the services will be donating at the onsite clinic during the interviews. Media contacts: John Bromley; Canadian Blood Services; 416-313-4438; 416-573-2172 (cell) Lyla Miller; Toronto EMS; 416-392-2255; 416-708-8125 (cell) Dave Eckerman; Toronto Fire Services; 416-338-9317", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Empringham Park renamed in honour of Shawn Rose","txtID" : "73B0F31F1F405E7D852571C7004B7276","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "8", "day" : "11", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Mayor David Miller; Councillor Raymond Cho (Ward 42 Scarborough-Rouge River) and representatives of Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation will officially rename Empringham Park; the Shawn “Blu” Rose Park. Shawn; a long-time resident of the Malvern community and youth worker; passed away in November 2005 after suffering a brain aneurysm. Before passing away; Shawn spent 12 years co-ordinating youth programs and serving as a mentor for young people at the Malvern Community Centre. Date: Sunday; August 13 Time: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (ceremony at 2:30 p.m.) Location: 30 Empringham Dr. A public consultation was held in March where more than 200 residents of the community spoke of Shawn with high regard and were unanimous in their support of the renaming of Empringham Park. A petition in support of the renaming was signed by more than 250 residents of the Malvern community. The park renaming event includes greetings from Mayor Miller and Councillor Cho; an official ribbon cutting ceremony; children’s activities; music and entertainment; youth games and community barbecue. Public information: 416-396-7403 Media contact: Toronto Parks; Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Ending homelessness is goal of Street Needs Assessment","txtID" : "DB08370208F4A9E685257125005365ED","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "3", "day" : "2", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will begin a drive to recruit volunteers to conduct the Street Needs Assessment. Up to 1;500 volunteers will be needed to conduct the survey on the evening/night of April 19; 2006. The event on March 3; 2006 is an opportunity for media to find out more about the Street Needs Assessment and the registration of volunteers required to conduct it. Date: Friday; March 3 Time: 9:30 a.m. Location: Adelaide Resource Centre for Women; 67 Adelaide St. E.; (corner of Church and Adelaide Streets) The purpose of the Street Needs Assessment is to better understand the number and service needs of homeless individuals; so that City-funded programs and services are best suited to help these individuals end their homelessness. The information from the survey will be used to improve the ways in which services to people who are homeless and living outdoors and in shelters are planned and delivered. The City is collaborating with community agencies on the Street Needs Assessment. The Adelaide Resource Centre for Women reflects the partnership and collaborative efforts of the City and community agencies in delivering services to homeless and marginally housed women. The Centre provides a full range of supports in a single location. The Centre partners with community agencies and other government services to offer programs ranging from health care and housing advice to hot meals and social activities. Media contact: Deborah Blackstone Corporate Communications 416 392-7377", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Enterprise Toronto empowers the entrepreneur in the arts","txtID" : "0DF3DC55F23559BD852574170067B494","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2008", "month" : "3", "day" : "25", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "The City of Toronto will join the Province of Ontario and private sector partners to offer the Small Business Arts Forum: Empowering the Entrepreneur in the Arts. The event will provide free business skills training to local artists across a broad spectrum of specialization; and includes addresses by keynote speakers; roundtable peer-to-peer discussions; seminars and networking. Pre-registration is recommended as space is limited. For more information; visit http://www.enterprisetoronto.com. The Small Business Arts Forum is a City of Toronto Economic Development; Culture and Tourism Division initiative organized in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Culture; Ontario Ministry of Small Business and Entrepreneurship; Toronto Artscape; and Cultural Careers Council Ontario. Date: Wednesday; March 26 Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: North York Civic Centre; 5100 Yonge St. Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government; and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years; Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality; innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity; opportunity and liveability for all its residents. Media contact: Toronto Economic Development Media Hotline; 416-560-8726", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Tricycle from Circus Orange in rehearsal","txtID" : "0A383009EC1E0F68852571A20067FF58","dtPubDate" : { "year" : "2006", "month" : "7", "day" : "5", "hour" : "9", "minute" : "30" },"htmlNewsBody" : "Capture behind-the-scenes rehearsal footage of Tricycle from Circus Orange (Canada). Circus Orange creates cutting-edge performance-based pyrotechnic and fireworks shows. Tricycle is a combination of clown; circus; aerial; dance; mechanical; pyrotechnic and fire arts. Tricycle combines pyro-fueled dance routines including a human-powered pyro wheel suspended 60-feet in the air. Date: Thursday; July 6 Time: 6 p.m. Location: Yonge-Dundas Square (southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets) Members of Circus Orange will be available for interviews. The 8th annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival presents the world premiere of Tricycle from Circus Orange for two performances only - Friday; July 7 and Saturday; July 8 beginning at 9:30 p.m. at Yonge-Dundas Square. Media contact: Grant Ramsay Toronto Special Events 416-395-7318", "Contact" : [ {"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" },{"txtContactName" :"","txtContactArea" :"","txtContactPhone" :"","txtContactEmail" :"" }] }, {"txtTypes" : [ {"textType" : "General"} ], "txtCategory" : "Media Advisory","txtTitle" : "Media Advisory - Exemplary Service Medals to be presented to veteran Toronto paramedics","txtID" : "1FC49DC9BB8D9007852570A1005C56E3","dtPubDate" : {