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September 24, 2003
Toronto City Council honours Tree Advocacy Planting Program sponsors
Toronto City Council joined the City's Tree Advocate, Councillor Joe Pantalone,
in thanking Creative Outdoor Advertising, Canadian National Exhibition
Association, The Toronto Star, Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Parking Authority-
groups who have supported the Tree Advocacy Planting Program (TAPP) this
year-at a brief ceremony in Council this morning.

TAPP is dependant on the support of corporate sponsors, volunteer organizations
and individual citizens to preserve and grow Toronto's urban forest. Every
year, Toronto City Council acknowledges the sponsors who have made a
significant contribution.

In his remarks to Council, Councillor Pantalone pointed out the health,
economic and environmental benefits of trees. "Since its inception in 1999, the
Tree Advocacy Planting Program has added more than 200,000 trees and shrubs to
the urban forest," said Councillor Pantalone, "I think that's incredible, and
it was possible through the generous contributions of our corporate sponsors. I
am very appreciative of all their help to date and I sincerely hope that they
will continue to work with us in the future, as we are only beginning our
efforts to ensure that the urban forest will continue to grow for future
generations to enjoy."

Councillor Pantalone also released a progress report on the Tree Advocacy
program, which is available through his office.

Individuals or corporations who would like to contribute to the Tree Advocacy
Planting Program are asked to call 416-392-4009.

Media Contact:
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Hotline: 416-560-8726



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