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February 19, 2007
Media Advisory Parks and Environment Committee to hear from climate change and air quality experts
The City’s Parks and Environment Committee has invited seven local experts on climate change to present their views and expertise on the components of a climate change action plan, and clean air action plan for the City of Toronto.

Date: Tuesday, February 20
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, Committee Room 1, 2nd Floor

The presenters are as follows:
• Mary Pickering, Associate Director, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
• Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health, Toronto Public Health
• Dr. Keith Stewart, Climate Change Campaign Manager, WWF-Canada
• Jose Etcheverry, Research & Policy Analyst, David Suzuki Foundation
• Frantz Hartman, Co-Executive Director, Toronto Environmental Alliance
• Eva Ligeti, Executive Director, Clean Air Partnership
• Mark S. Winfield, Director, Environmental Governance, Pembina Institute.

This new interactive format at a Standing Committee will allow for conversation with the experts and a deep exploration of the ideas presented. The experts will talk about baseline emissions for the City of Toronto, personal health impacts, possible components of the plan by sector, and environmental initiatives in other cities.

Further consultation with various stakeholders, including the public, business and industry, academics, and environmental organizations will take place in the coming months.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of more than 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:
Councillor Paula Fletcher
Chair, Parks and Environment Committee
416-392-4060 (office)
416-200-5810 (cell)



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