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May 21, 2002
Toronto City Summit moves forward - agenda for a decade
  
Plans for the Toronto City Summit have advanced tremendously on all fronts,
Mayor Mel Lastman and the Summit co-chairs said today.

- A roster of speakers from the City and the federal government, as well as
from the United States and Europe, has been finalized.

- There has been an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from the
representative sample of civic leaders in government, business, labour,
academia, culture and community groups that have been asked to participate -
180 to date, fully subscribed.

- The private sector has stepped up to the plate with 14 companies contributing
$230,000 - more than the $200,000 originally targeted to carry out an extensive
Summit program funded entirely by contributions.

- A detailed program of Summit workshops will be released in the coming week.

"The elements are in place to shape an agenda to move our city forward, and we
have the support of a lot of committed people to bring it about," Mayor Mel
Lastman said. "We're going to raise the level of debate and set the stage for
delivering results."

Roster of Speakers
- Hon. Marc H. Morial Mayor of New Orleans (1994-2002) and President of the
U.S. Conference of Mayors (2001-2002), will add a U.S. perspective on the
challenges facing urban areas. He recently conducted a Competitive Cities Tour
to highlight U.S. urban success stories, and led the U.S. Conference of Mayors'
initiative to advance the development of rail travel. Prior to serving as
President of the Mayors' Conference, Morial co-chaired its committee on
Community and Housing Development and chaired the committee on Arts, Culture
and Recreation.

- Ms. Nicky Gavron, Deputy Mayor of London, brings a U.K. and European
perspective. She has been Deputy Mayor of London for two years since the
inauguration of the elected London City Council. She has focused on urban
planning issues, with national responsibilities that include serving as
Vice-Chair of the Planning Committee of the Local Government Association, Chair
of the National Planning Forum, member of the Commission for Integrated
Transport, and Advisor to the Urban Task Force.

- Hon. David Collenette, Canadian federal Minister of Transport, has been
Minister responsible for the Greater Toronto Area since 1997. He has served as
MP for Don Valley East since 1993, and served as MP from 1974 to 1984.

"These speeches will help us look ahead five to ten years, and to put together
an agenda to make a great city even greater," said Mayor Lastman.

Summit agenda - focusing on the challenges that face our city:

The Summit will provide a forum for discussing solutions to problems faced by a
large city in a quickly changing society. The agenda will include participation
sessions dealing with issues that will determine Toronto's quality of life over
the next decade:

- People: Tapping Toronto's Potential will focus on the city's educational and
research capacity and how it must ensure the opportunity for Torontonians to
enjoy a high standard of living and a healthy community.

- Quality of Life: A Place to Live, Work and Play will centre on some of the
fundamental elements that make Toronto a great place to live and how to make it
an even greater place to live in the future.

- A New Deal for Our Cities: Does Our Financial Capacity Meet Our Needs? will
examine the City's property tax base, examine its limitations, and discuss ways
of broadening it to meet escalating costs.

The Summit will be co-chaired by Elyse Allan, President of the Board of Trade;
Hon. David Crombie, President of the Canadian Urban Institute; Frances Lankin,
President of the United Way; and John Tory, President and CEO of Rogers Cable.
It will be held at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, June
25 to 26.

"We're summoning leaders of this city to help shape a vision we can work toward
and we're bringing leaders from across the border and across the ocean to help
provide a global perspective," Mayor Lastman said.


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