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September 30, 2011
City of Toronto to celebrate United Nations World Habitat Day
The City of Toronto will celebrate United Nations World Habitat Day on Monday, October 3 with a number of activities at City Hall.

Councillor Ana Bailão (Ward 18 Davenport), Chair of the Affordable Housing Committee, will present a plaque to Habitat for Humanity Toronto in recognition of its international leadership in providing affordable homes. At the same event, Habitat will present the keys to a new affordable home to its 206th family in Toronto and release a report about the positive impact on the city of Habitat's work. As well, the Habitat flag will be raised at City Hall.

Date: Monday, October 3
Time: 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Members Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

Throughout the day in the City Hall rotunda, Sketch, an arts initiative for homeless and at risk youth, will hold a fundraiser with unique artwork on display and for sale. Sketch will demonstrate how workshops in arts and skills-building enrich the lives of street-involved youth.

Beginning at dusk, the City Hall towers will be lit up in the blue and green colours of Habitat for Humanity.

The United Nations has designated the first Monday in October as World Habitat Day to reflect on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all. The day is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat. The theme of this year’s World Habitat Day is cities and climate change.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Gil Hardy
Affordable Housing Office



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