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September 28, 2007
City celebrates literature and advocates for literacy at Word On The Street
  
Literacy Month in the City of Toronto concludes with the celebration of literature and literacy at the Word On The Street on Sunday, September 30 at Queen’s Park. At 11 a.m., Councillor Kyle Rae will represent Toronto City Council at the opening ceremonies of the Word on The Street festival.

The City of Toronto tent will host several events throughout the day, including readings from previous winners and finalists of the Toronto Book Awards.

At 3:40 p.m. in the City tent, Book Award jurors Herman Silochan and Camilla Holland, and literacy activists Glenn Pound and Jerry Lee Miller will challenge Councillor Adam Vaughan in a game of “Scrabble,” facilitated by Streets are for People. The challenge will draw attention to literacy issues and the challenges faced by 24 per cent of adults in Toronto who have difficulty reading and writing.

Toronto’s recognition of the importance of literacy programs is part of a world wide campaign established by the United Nations, which has proclaimed a decade ending in 2012 to achieve the eradication of illiteracy. Around the world 100 million children have no access to schools, and more than 860 million adults are unable to read or write.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 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 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Community Engagement and Diversity Management, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824, cramkhal@toronto.ca


 

 

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