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October 5, 1998
City of Toronto wins national award
Toronto, ON., October 1, 1998 - The City of Toronto has just won a prestigious
national award! Communities in Bloom is an annual national competition for
municipalities, judged on the basis of planning, maintenance, improvement and
innovation in the following areas:

· Environmental Efforts; Community Involvement; Heritage; Urban Forestry
· Landscape and Turf Areas, Floral Arrangements and Maintenance

The judging took place in Winnipeg this past weekend, and the winner in the
300,000 plus category went to the City of Toronto West Region. Special mention
was also made for their Community Involvement.

Recognition of this achievement will be tabled in Council either today or
tomorrow with the motion made by Lakeshore Queensway Councillor Irene Jones and
seconded by Lakeshore Queensway Councillor Blake Kinahan.

The award sited that "residents enjoy an enviable lifestyle of urban
convenience in combination with the green open spaces. Particular significance
to its residents are the 9.7 km of waterfront on Lake Ontario, secluded wooded
valleys and numerous creeks".

Along with city council recognition, Joe Halstead, Commissioner of Economic
Development, Culture and Tourism Department, and Claire Tucker-Reid, General
Manager of Parks and Recreation Division will be celebrating the achievement of
the staff team from Parks and Forestry, their advisory board and volunteers at
the Economic Development Committee on October 19th.

Media Contact
Murray Cameron
Parks and Forestry Division
(416) 394-8556

Cindy Labelle
Parks & Recreation Division
(416) 560-8726



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