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March 22, 2010
City of Toronto partners with Canada Blooms to bring spring flowers to Toronto seniors
The City of Toronto and Canada Blooms today teamed up to donate “a truckload” of potted flowers and plants to seniors served by a variety of long-term care homes, seniors’ housing and community programs. The deliveries follow the close of the four-day Canada Blooms event and will bring a bit of spring to seniors’ lives.

“A sure harbinger of spring, this contribution of flowers demonstrates how a great partnership between the City of Toronto and Canada Blooms works to benefit appreciative seniors living in our neighbourhood,” said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. “These flowers will be enjoyed by residents at Fudger House and other long-term care homes and with seniors in the community.”

Today’s event was hosted by Fudger House, one of the City of Toronto’s 10 long-term care homes. Invitations were extended to neighbouring seniors organizations so that more people could receive a fresh, colourful bloom to brighten their day and living environment. In addition to the donation to Fudger House, flowers were donated to seniors at Belmont House, Fellowship Towers, Seniors Pride Network, Dixon Hall, Toronto Tamil Seniors Association, True Davidson Acres Meals on Wheels, Winchester Square, and clients of Homemakers and Nurses Services.

“Whether these flowers brighten a bedside table, warm a kitchen table on decorate a hallway, they will add a touch of spring colour and will lighten the spirit of all who see and take in their fragrance. The City of Toronto and Canada Blooms partnership shows how we can work together to make Toronto a more liveable city,” said Sandra Pitters, General Manager, Long-Term Care Homes and Services.

Procter’s Cartage Ltd. donated its trucking services for the third year in a row to deliver the aromatic flowers and plants.

"It's a great feeling when I get to see smiles on the faces of senior citizens in our community," said Gerry Ginsberg, General Manager, Canada Blooms. "These are people who have done so much for the quality of life in Toronto and it's our pleasure to be able to give something back to these upstanding citizens."

The City and Canada Blooms also partnered to save 40 trees that were part of the show. They will be planted in Toronto parks this spring. The City has been involved with Canada Blooms since 1998, providing tips and tools to help residents get active and plant a healthy, sustainable garden.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Ross Bryant, Communications and Marketing Consultant, City of Toronto, 416-338-0944, 416-896-2017 (cell),



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