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June 12, 2012
City Council consults public on holiday shopping regulations
The City of Toronto is asking residents to provide the City with feedback on the current Holiday Shopping By-law by taking part in an online survey and public consultation sessions.

The City's current holiday shopping regulations require some retail businesses to close on designated public holidays while other businesses are permitted to open.

"This is an important issue and we want to make sure that all who are affected by the holiday shopping regulations have a chance to provide their views on the subject," said Councillor Mary Fragedakis (Ward 29 Toronto-Danforth), Chair of the City's Holiday Shopping Subcommittee.

The public can provide feedback through a public opinion telephone poll, online survey and public consultation meetings. Holiday shopping public consultation sessions will take place on:
• Monday, June 18 - 7 to 9 p.m.
North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., Council Chamber

•Tuesday, June 19 - 7 to 9 p.m.
Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., Council Chamber

•Wednesday, June 20 - 7 to 9 p.m.
East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave., Council Chamber

•Thursday, June 21 - 7 to 9 p.m.
Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Council Chamber

•Monday, June 25 - 7 to 9 p.m.
Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Rotunda

Space is limited. Pre-registration is available by calling 416-392-8671 or emailing

More information about the public consultations is available online at

The City held a number of separate consultation meetings last fall with retail owners/managers, Business Improvement Areas (BIA's), shopping centres, community groups, multi-faith organizations, Workers Action Centre, Retail Council of Canada, legal clinics, labour groups and others who represent retail employees.

Residents and businesses can also provide their views via an online survey available at:

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 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.

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Shane Gerard
Senior Communications Coordinator



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