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June 4, 2003
Straight No Chaser: Teens get straight facts about summer partying
As the school year winds down, teens turn to thoughts of summer fun, freedom
... and partying. Straight No Chaser is the ninth annual outdoor party hosted
by Humberside Collegiate students to educate fellow students about the risks
involved with summer fun and summer partying.

Students will present displays and information on alcohol and drug use/abuse;
personal safety and liability; stress reduction; relationships; sex; and injury

At the event, students will be able to examine Breathalyzer equipment and paint
their own pledges against impaired driving on a car wrecked in a collision.

Sam Ghahreman, graduating student and an event organizer, describes the purpose
of the party as a great opportunity for students to explore the risks involved
in party situations and to think about the options and choices and reduce the
potential for harm to themselves and their friends. She states that they must
understand their responsibilities and the liabilities associated with partying.

Toronto Public Health, along with partnership agencies and local businesses,
will be present to help promote smart risk-taking messages. Included are
Toronto Police Services, Four Villages Community Health Centre, Parents Against
Drunk Driving, Canadians for Safe and Sober Driving, Student Life Now, High
Park Martial Arts Programme, J.P. Towing Services and Canadian Cancer Society.
Many prizes were donated by businesses to add to the party spirit.

Date: Wednesday, June 4
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Place: Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Avenue
NOTE: Interviews with students can be organized on site.
Rain date: Thursday June 5 (11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Media Contact
Rebecca Lewis
Public Health Nurse, Toronto Public Health



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