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October 8, 1998
City of Toronto Starts Countdown to the Year 2000
Toronto City Council approved a report from the Millennium Task Force,
determining how the city will join the world in celebrating the year 2000. The
Task Force was mandated by Council to report on how Toronto will mark the
milestone year.

A spectacular 1999 New Year's Eve celebration will usher in the year 2000 with
a bang, kicking off hundreds of events - from grassroots to professional -
throughout the year.

The Toronto Millennium Office will undertake a variety of co-operative
initiatives including the development of a millennium website and a central
registry offering one-stop access to year 2000 events. An events "tool kit"
will assist groups and organizations planning millennium events, and community
partnerships will ensure all of Toronto is involved in this milestone

Approval in principle was also given to the establishment of a Millennium
Grants Program to ensure community initiatives and legacy projects are a
significant part of Toronto's Millennium.

Toronto is committed to ensuring that all Torontonians get involved in marking
the turn of the century - a time that transcends abilities, borders, cultures
and religions. The emerging messages are ones of peace, hope and a sense of
opportunity and human potential. It is a time to reflect on the past and look
with hope and renewal to the 21st century.

Millennium Task Force members are: Councillors Chris Korwin-Kuczynski (chair),
Brian Ashton and Blake Kinahan.

Media Contact
Jaye Robinson
Director, Toronto Special Events
(416) 395-7310

Councillor Chris Korwin-Kuczynski
Chair, Toronto Millennium Task Force
(416) 392-7919



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