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November 28, 2002
City to stage major symposium on youth safety
In response to growing public concern about youth crime and gang-related
violence, the City of Toronto is organizing a major symposium on youth safety,
Councillor Chris Korwin-Kuczynski and Councillor Suzan Hall announced today.
Common Cause: Youth Safety in the City will be held at Metro Hall, 55 John
St., January 16, 17 and 18, 2003.

"The recent series of killings re-inforces the need for all parts of the
community to take responsibility for making Toronto a safer place for young
people," said Korwin-Kuczynski, chair of the Youth Safety Subcommittee. "This
symposium will bring together youth, parents, service providers and other
experts to help develop a common approach to youth safety."

"Common Cause: Youth Safety in the City will examine various aspects of youth
safety including gang activity, bullying, school violence and racism," said
Hall, chair of the Youth Gang Work Group. "The symposium will also discuss how
to develop community-based solutions."

The symposium offers town hall forums, panel discussions, plenary sessions,
video presentations, musical performances and information displays all designed
to increase understanding of the problems and to develop solutions.

An evening of discussion and entertainment will launch the conference on the
evening of Thursday, January 16.

Friday, January 17 will feature a day-long program of presentations and panel
discussions. A wide range of service professionals, academic researchers,
community activists and youth have been invited to take part. Among the
international experts who have confirmed their participation are:
· Larry Cohen, executive director of the Prevention Institute in Oakland,
California, who is a leading authority on community-based strategies for
violence prevention.
· Barbara Coloroso, a parenting expert whose latest book "The Bully, the
Bullied and the Bystander" gives advice to parents, teachers and children on
how to break the cycle of violence of bullying.

Other confirmed presenters include Julian Tanner and Scot Wortley, authors of
the "Toronto Youth Crime and Victimization Survey"; Bernard Schissel, author of
"Blaming Children: Youth Crime, Moral Panics and the Politics of Hate"; Dr.
Jalal Shamsie, Institute for the Study of Antisocial Behaviour in Youth; Fred
Matthews, Central Toronto Youth Services; Anthony Doob, University of Toronto
Centre for Criminology; and Martha MacKinnon, Justice for Children and Youth.

On Saturday, January 18, a special town hall forum will discuss how society,
the media and the police label youth and will try to answer the question: Has
it become a crime to be young? The discussion will be moderated by CBC
Television host Sharon Lewis.

Common Cause: Youth Safety in the City is being sponsored by the Youth Safety
Subcommittee and the Youth Gang Work Group of the City of Toronto's Task Force
on Community Safety. There is no cost to participate in the three-day event but
space is limited so participants must register in advance.

For information on symposium registration please call 416-392-8574.

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