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June 16, 2000
Toronto to Host First-ever Smog Busting Summit
  
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2000
Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber, Metro Hall, 55 John Street
Who:
The Honourable David Anderson, Federal Minister of the Environment
The Honourable David Collenette, Federal Minister of Transport
Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman
Toronto Councillor Jack Layton

In response to the alarming news that smog is estimated to kill over 1,000
Torontonians and send another 5,500 people to hospitals every year, officials
from all three orders of government as well as leaders from the business,
labour and non-profit communities will gather for Toronto's first-ever
smog-busting summit.

The goal of the summit is to announce ways in which smog in Toronto can be
reduced this summer. "This is an action summit," says Councillor Jack Layton,
President of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund, who will chair the summit. "There
will be no finger pointing allowed. Instead, we want to work with all orders of
government, the business community, the labour community and Toronto residents
to reduce smog this summer."

The Honourable David Anderson, Federal Minister of Environment and the
Honourable David Collenette, Federal Minister of Transport, will address the
summit in the morning.

The Smog Busting Summit is being hosted by the City of Toronto's Atmospheric
Fund, an agency of the City of Toronto, in cooperation with the Mayor's office,
Toronto Hydro Energy Services, Enbridge Consumers Gas and the Better Buildings
Partnership.

A follow-up press release with a full conference schedule will be sent out on
Tuesday, June 20, including times when specific announcements will be made.


Media Contact
Councillor Jack Layton
416-721-6151

Philip Jessup
Toronto Atmospheric Fund
416-392-0253

 

 

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