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March 29, 2007
Media Advisory: Community panel to discuss social inclusion - building a “Toronto for All”
  
The City of Toronto’s Community Development and Recreation Committee has invited six local experts, with a broad range of perspectives, to address the social challenges facing a large, diverse city like Toronto. The panel will provide insight and strategic advice on advancing the social inclusion agenda and building a “Toronto for All.”

Date: Monday, April 2
Time: 10 a.m. to noon
Location: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Committee Room 1

Committee Chair, Councillor Joe Mihevc, will moderate. Panellists will speak for approximately one hour. A discussion between the panellists and the committee members will follow. The panel members are:

• Ted Richmond, Program Co-ordinator, Inclusive Communities for Children, Youth and Families, Laidlaw Foundation
• Uzma Shakir, Executive Director, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO)
• Susan Pigott, Executive Lead for Citizen Engagement, Ontario Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform
• Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
• Michael Mendelson, Senior Scholar, Caledon Institute of Social Policy
• Axelle Janczur, Executive Director, Access Alliance Multicultural Community Health Centre

The interactive format of this panel aligns with the strategic policy focus of the Standing Committee, which allows for dialogue with experts and an exploration of topics such as new federal and provincial income security measures, strategies for engaging citizens in government decision-making, benefits of investing in social and community infrastructure, the importance of addressing the needs of Toronto's diverse population, and the relationship of social inclusion to the health of the population.

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 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 contacts:
Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair Community Development and Recreation Committee, 416-392-0208
Cheryl MacDonald, Social Development, Finance and Administration Division, 416-397-4494


 

 

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