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November 29, 2001
East York students join by-election team
  
East York Collegiate Institute students are teaming up with Election Services
staff on voting day, Monday, December 3, to help run the Ward 31, Beaches-East
York by-election.

Forty-five students will participate in the pilot project. The students will
work alongside the City's Election Services staff as customer service clerks
and tabulator deputy returning officers. There are 34 voting locations and
approximately 200 staff working the by-election.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for our students," said Judith Wright,
Principal of East York Collegiate Institute. "This project not only allows
students to become more involved in the democratic process, it gives them a
behind-the-scenes look at civic government."

"It's a perfect fit that we hope to build on for the 2003 municipal election,"
said Greg Essensa, Director of Election Services. "We welcome the support of
the East York Collegiate Institute and the opportunity to help students learn
from this experience."

The by-election fills a vacancy on City Council left by Michael Prue, who was
elected to the Ontario Legislature on September 20. There are 11 candidates for
the position of Councillor. The term of office runs from December 4, 2001 to
November 30, 2003.


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