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August 1, 2000
City of Toronto Raises Awareness About Smog
  
Councillor Jack Layton, Co-Chair of the Toronto Cycling Committee, in
conjunction with the City of Toronto's Road and Trail Safety Ambassadors, will
kick off SMOG-A-RAMA 2000 at Nathan Phillips Square this Thursday, August 3,
between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The event will highlight the growing concern over smog in the City. Information
on the health affects of smog and how one can protect themselves on smog alert
days, as well as alternative modes of transportation such as walking, cycling
and the use of public transit will be discussed.

"Our City needs more cycling smog-busters to help clean the air. With 3,000,000
bike trips a week, we're starting to make a difference in Toronto," said
Councillor Layton. So far this year there have been four smog alert days.

The event will feature live music performed by the jazz band GUH and children's
activities. Children will be invited to artistically interpret "clean air"
through drawings.

The Road and Trail Safety Ambassadors provide safety information for all road
and trail users through public safety and information campaigns, and encourages
sustainable transportation. SMOG-A-RAMA 2000 is run in co-operation with
Toronto Public Health.


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