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December 6, 2010
City Council for 2010 - 2014 first meeting on December 7 and 8 - Media accreditation details for December 7
Toronto City Council will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, December 7 and Wednesday, December 8 in the Council Chamber at Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W. The meeting will start at 2 p.m. both days.

The December 7 meeting will be largely ceremonial.

City Clerk Ulli S. Watkiss will administer the Declaration of Office to Mayor Rob Ford. She will introduce the Members of 2010 - 2014 Council and Mayor Ford will present them with their Declarations of Office. Following the declarations, the Mayor's special guest, hockey personality Don Cherry will speak, followed by remarks from Mayor Ford. The meeting will then move into the business of committee appointments. The agenda for the December 7 and 8 City Council meeting is available on the City of Toronto's website at:

As in the past, attendance at the December 7 meeting is by invitation only. The public is welcome to view the proceedings, which will be broadcast live in the Rotunda at City Hall.

Due to room capacity issues, there are limited number of spaces for members of the media (including writers, photographers, camerapersons and technical support staff) to work in the Council Chamber. These spaces have been assigned (accredited) to media outlets.

For media who are not accredited to enter the Council Chamber, a media room will be set up in Committee Room 2 on the second floor of City Hall where they can view the live broadcast of the proceedings and have pool feed access to tape the audio from the Council meeting.

Media accreditation will not be required on the second day of the Council meeting, December 8. The public will also be able to watch the proceedings in the Council Chamber.

The meeting will be televised live on Rogers Television, and streamed on the Rogers website for the media and the public both days. Rogers Television will broadcast the entire meeting live and will make its live feed available to other television outlets. Outlets are asked to contact Willy Jong at Rogers Television at 416-446-6637 or email

City photographers will capture the event, and photos will be available for use by the media and posted at

On December 8 Council will reconvene to consider the appointments of Members to committees, agencies and boards, and to elect a Speaker and Deputy Speaker. The agenda for the meeting is available at

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:
Rob Andrusevich, Strategic Communications, 416-397-4149,



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