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July 6, 2007
Media Advisory: Toronto launch of New Air Quality Health Index
This Monday, July 9, federal and provincial partners will join with the City of Toronto to launch the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI). This new index rates the level of local air pollution based on the risk to human health.

Federal Ministers John Baird (Environment) and Tony Clement (Health), and provincial Minister of the Environment Laurel Broten will join Mayor David Miller and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David McKeown, to launch the new index.

Date: Monday, July 9
Time: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Location: Member’s Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 2nd Floor

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:
Rishma Govani, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974
Environment Canada Media Relations, 819-934-8008, 1-888-908-8008
Renée Bergeron, Media Relations, Health Canada, 613-957-2988



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