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March 7, 2000
New Police Chief Fantino to Sign Youth Violence Prevention Declaration
On Wednesday, March 8, 2000 Children's Advocate Councillor Olivia Chow, Police
Chief Julian Fantino, Rose Andrachuk, Chair of the Toronto Catholic School
Board and Gail Nyberg, Chair of the Toronto District School Board will sign a
declaration to affirm their commitment to work together to address the problems
of youth violence and its causes.

"Youth violence is a serious problem and it is only by working together that we
will find a way to prevent it. This is an issue which requires total
cooperation between the City, Police, School Boards and all the agencies that
provide education or services to youth" states Councillor Olivia Chow, "The
signing of the declaration is important because it is a symbol of cooperation
and it is in the spirit of cooperation that today's event has been organized."

The signing of the declaration is one of the highlights at a half-day workshop
that includes presentations by: Youth Cabinet, Toronto District School Board,
Toronto Public Health, Toronto Police, Toronto Catholic School Board, Toronto
Parks and Recreation and Toronto Public Library.

Approximately 200 educators and service providers are expected to attend the
Youth Violence Prevention forum. Displays that provide further information on a
number of the programs have been set up in the Members' Lounge.

Toronto City Hall
Council Chamber
3rd floor, 100 Queen St. W.

Wednesday, March 8, 2000
10:30 a.m.

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