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December 3, 2001
City holds rally to address youth concerns
  
Parks and Recreation -- The City of Toronto hosted "Youth Rally 2001" on
Saturday to let Toronto's young people speak out.

Youth Rally 2001 was a three-hour afternoon event that informed youth about
issues such as housing, literacy, counselling, recreation and employment. Young
people were able to ask questions about these and related topics to City
Councillors and other authorities.

Councillors Gloria Lindsay Luby (Ward 4, Etobicoke Centre) and Peter Milczyn
(Ward 5, Etobicoke-Lakeshore) participated in an open information session by
answering questions from the audience. Claire Tucker-Reid, General Manager,
Parks and Recreation, gave a presentation on the benefits and range of Parks
and Recreation services to youth, and representatives from the Toronto Youth
Cabinet discussed their role in addressing youth issues.

"Toronto's youth are our future," said Councillor Lindsay Luby. "As leaders, we
must listen and respond to their concerns whenever possible. This rally is a
positive step in that direction."

"We should provide youth with the tools they need to become healthy and aware
adults," said Councillor Milczyn. "The youth-based counselling and recreational
programs developed by the City are an investment that will improve the lives of
Torontonians for years to come."

Interspersed between question and information sessions were numerous
entertainment performances such as gymnastics, taekwon do, native drumming,
hip-hop and a Canadian DJ champion.

This event was organized to reflect the objectives of the Youth Outreach
Workers program, an initiative of Toronto Parks and Recreation to provide
outreach, information and referral services regarding recreation, employment
and counseling at identified TTC stations.


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