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October 5, 2012
City of Toronto hosting international student event tomorrow
The City of Toronto will host an International Students Festival on Saturday, October 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square. This event, produced in collaboration with sponsors and academic partners, will celebrate the impact of Toronto's international students in the city and will recognize their individual academic achievements.

Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37 Scarborough Centre), Chair of the Economic Development Committee, will attend as the City's representative.

Other dignitaries who will attend and provide remarks are Glen Murray, Ontario's Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; Chisanga Puta-Chekwe, Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration; and Pankaj Mehra, Director, India and South Asian Market, Scotiabank Multicultural Banking.

The four dignitaries will make their remarks starting at 12:30 p.m.

Festival events will include cultural performances, art displays, prizes, awards, food, information booths and opportunities for students to network. Six international students will be recognized with Toronto International Students Excellence Awards.

This event is part of International Students Welcome program, a City of Toronto initiative produced in partnership with a number of the region's educational institutions and sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Scotiabank, Rogers Communications, the Greater Toronto Airport Authority and Tim Hortons.

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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