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April 2, 2001
Toronto Seniors' Assembly hosts first forum on housing rights
  
The Toronto Seniors' Assembly, chaired by Councillor Anne Johnston, Toronto
Seniors' Advocate, is presenting its first forum, Housing: understanding your
rights at Metro Hall on Tuesday, April 3. This forum is designed as a day where
seniors can share their concerns and ideas, and develop resolutions, with a
united voice, to the housing issues that they face.

The final report of the Toronto Seniors' Task Force recommended that a Seniors'
Assembly be established for the City of Toronto. The Assembly provides an
opportunity for the City, through the Seniors' Advocate and the seniors'
communities across Toronto, to better inform seniors of City initiatives and
help shape issues from their perspective.

Councillor Johnston's role as Seniors' Advocate is to work with the community
and to provide a voice on Toronto Council to ensure that seniors' issues, ideas
and concerns are heard and acted on. "The Seniors' Assembly is a great vehicle
to discuss, promote understanding and develop solutions to the issues that
face our seniors every day of their lives," says Councillor Johnston. "This
forum is a great way to hear one another, and any resolutions that come out of
the day I will take forward to Council."

The Seniors' Forum will feature guest speakers and roundtable discussions on
housing issues affecting seniors. At the end of the day, all resolutions will
be given to Councillor Johnston, who will bring them to Council for discussion
and action.

"This day is the first of many," says Councillor Johnston. "My plan is to use
forums like this to involve citizens of all backgrounds and experiences, to
work together to build a city for all ages."

Date: Tuesday, April 3, 2001
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Metro Hall, Council Chambers
55 John Street, Toronto


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