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September 21, 2009
Residents invited to celebrate Car Free Day tomorrow
Residents are invited to recognize Car Free Day tomorrow (September 22) at a special celebration at Yonge-Dundas Square. The event is co-presented in partnership with Sierra Club Ontario.

Date: Tuesday, September 22
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Mayor Miller to speak at 1 p.m.)
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square (Yonge Street at Dundas Street)

The celebration will be hosted by TV personality Candice Batista of A Greener Toronto and will feature live music, attractions designed to promote outdoor activity (such as life-size chess) and exhibits focused on car-free transportation.

Mayor David Miller will address the crowd at 1 p.m., providing an update on the City’s achievements in sustainable transportation before proclaiming September 22 as Car Free Day.

Yonge Street will be closed to traffic from Dundas Street to Shuter Street from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the event.

Car Free Day is sponsored by the Government of Ontario, Toronto Hydro, Toronto Transit Commission, SmartCommute, LiveGreenToronto, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Pirate, and Citytv.

Sierra Club Ontario is a grassroots chapter of Sierra Club Canada, a volunteer-driven group committed to advancing the preservation and protection of the natural environment by empowering its members and citizens through education, action and outdoor adventures.

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:

City of Toronto:
Kristina Hausmanis, Senior Environmental Planner, Toronto Environment Office, 416- 397-0311,

Sierra Club Ontario Chapter:
Emma Cane, Coordinator, 416-960-9606,
Dan McDermott, Chapter Director, 416-960-6075,



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