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February 10, 2011
Toronto Emergency Medical Services and Toronto Fire Services hosting Noah’s Pudding event to promote intercultural understanding
City of Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Chief Bruce Farr and City of Toronto Fire Services (TFS) Deputy Chief Debbie Higgins will host a multicultural event tomorrow.

In the spirit of open dialogue, symbolic of different cultures living together peacefully and preserving original identities, Toronto EMS and TFS are proud to host this event in partnership with the Canadian Intercultural Dialogue Centre and the Turkish community. Staff of the two emergency services will join in sharing a centuries-old recipe for Noah's Pudding.

Date: Friday, February 11
Time: Noon to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto Emergency Services Headquarters, Atrium, 4330 Dufferin St.

Making Noah’s Pudding is a traditional practice among Muslims and Christians in the Middle East. In February, the pudding is shared with friends and neighbours as a gesture of goodwill and fellowship. Sharing the pudding symbolizes a civic responsibility to maintain good relations with neighbours of different religious beliefs and cultural backgrounds.

A presentation will explain the historic significance of this offering, followed by the attendees enjoying the Noah's Pudding dessert together.

This event marks Toronto EMS’s and Fire Services' commitment to access and equity in service delivery to the diverse citizens of Toronto and a commitment to engage the communities of Toronto to work together - consistent with the City's motto: Diversity Our Strength.

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 contacts:
Kim McKinnon, Co-ordinator Public Information and Media, 416-392-2255,
Toronto Fire Services Media Line, 416-338-0763



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