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January 13, 2003
Media Advisory: City of Toronto addresses youth crime and violence
Common Cause: Youth Safety in the City, a major symposium sponsored by the City
of Toronto will be held January 16, 17, and 18 at Metro Hall, 55 John Street.
The symposium features a distinguished line-up of Canadian and international
experts on the issues of youth crime and violence. The event is the highlight
of Toronto's Youth Safety Week and will attract young people, youth service
professionals, educators and parents from across the city. Media are invited to
attend all sessions.

The symposium offers town hall forums, panel discussions, plenary sessions,
video presentations, musical performances and information displays. Session
topics include youth gangs, bullying, police-community relations, school safety
and the search for community-based solutions. Panels will be made up of
researchers, mental health practitioners, police officers, community service
providers and young people.

Featured speakers include:
· Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland, CA,
who is a leading authority on community-based strategies for violence
· Barbara Coloroso, an internationally recognized parenting expert whose latest
book The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander advises parents, teachers and
children on how to break the cycle of violence of bullying.

Common Cause: Youth Safety in the City is being organized by the Youth Safety
Subcommittee, chaired by Councillor Chris Korwin-Kuczynski and the Youth Gang
Work Group, chaired by Councillor Suzan Hall. Both Councillors will help launch
Common Cause: Youth Safety in the City, Thursday, January 16 at 6 p.m. The
conference will continue with a full day of panels and presentations on Friday,
January 17. (Councillor Brad Duguid, chair of the Community Safety Task Force
will open the Friday session.) The symposium will conclude with a Youth Town
Hall Forum beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 18.

For more information, visit

Media Contact
Ed Reed
Community and Neighbourhood Services



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