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May 31, 2001
Media Advisory: Teens get straight facts about summer partying
As the school year winds down, teens turn to thoughts of summer fun, freedom
and partying! Straight No Chaser is the seventh annual outdoor party hosted by
Humberside Collegiate students to educate teens about the risks of summer

Students will present displays and information on alcohol and drug use/abuse,
relationships, sex, personal safety and injury prevention.

At the event, students will be able to talk to the survivor of a motor vehicle
crash, examine breathalyzer equipment and paint their own pledges against
impaired driving on a car wrecked in a collision.

Sarah Haliniak, a graduating student and party organizer, says, "The party is a
great opportunity for students to explore the risks involved in party
situations, think about options and choices and reduce the potential for harm
to themselves and their friends. They must understand their responsibilities
and the liability associated with their parties."

Toronto Public Health, along with partnership agencies and local businesses,
will be present to help promote smart risk-taking messages. Included are
Toronto Police Services, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, YMCA Youth Substance
Abuse Program, York University Teen Relationship Project, High Park Martial
Arts Program, LCBO and J.P. Towing Services. Many prizes were contributed to
add to the party spirit.

Date: Monday, June 4
Time: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Place: Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Avenue
Rain date: Tuesday, June 5 (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.)

Interviews with students can be organized on site.

Media Contact
Rebecca Lewis
Public health nurse, Toronto Public Health



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