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June 23, 2000
Building The New City Of Toronto Seminar Series Reflections On Civic Engagement
  
Public participation in local governments across Canada is the focus of the
City's Civic Participation - Open the Toolbox seminar to be held on Monday,
June 26, 2000 at North York Memorial Community Hall, North York City Centre at
5110 Yonge Street from
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. The seminar is the fourth in a series of seminars the
City is holding this year on the growing role of public participation in local
government.

"People tell us us that they want more input on decisions that are made in the
city and that they want to participate in the process in a meaningful way,"
said David Miller, Councillor for High Park - Parkdale and chair of the
seminars. "This seminar series is helping us to lay the groundwork for a City
of Toronto framework for civic engagement."

The evening features:

· Dr. ANN MCAFEE (Director of CityPlan Vancouver) - will share innovative
approaches to engaging people in the City of Vancouver.

· JIM AUGUST (Consultant, Jim August Consultants) - will share experiences in
developing the participatory budget process in the City of Winnipeg.

· LINDA STEWART (Consultant, Public Consultation Services) - will talk about
the development of the civic participation policy for the City of Ottawa.

· JAMIE SWIFT (Author, Civil Society in Question) - will talk about how lessons
from other places can be successfully applied in a new context.

*The presentations will be followed by focus group discussions.

Toronto City Council recommended that a forum be held to explore the question
of strengthening community involvement in local government. The feedback from
the seminars will form the foundation for a city policy on active and effective
community participation.

An interactive Web site
has also been developed to encourage the exchange of ideas, concerns and
opinions about public participation in local government.


Media Contact
Councillor David Miller
416-392-4072

Access Toronto
416-338-0338

 

 

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