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May 29, 2000
Public Participation in Local Government is Focus of City's Ready, Set, Civic Action Theatre Presentation
Public participation in local government is the focus of the City's Ready, Set,
Civic Action theatre presentation Thursday, June 1, 2000. This interactive play
is a humorous and satirical look at local government, political decision-making
and public participation.

The theatre play dramatizes issues and concerns around public participation by
portraying worst case scenarios. The play challenges the audience to reverse
the scenario and to turn the situation into a positive experience.

The irreverent script was developed in collaboration with citizens, City of
Toronto staff and artists.

The Ready, Set, Civic Action theatre presentation is free and will begin at 7
p.m. at the Jane Mallett Theatre, 27 Front Street East in the St. Lawrence
Centre for the Arts. The presentation is part of a series of seminars entitled
Building the New City of Toronto: Reflections on Civic Engagement. This series
is one of several initiatives to help the new City to develop a framework for
civic engagement.

"We are using theatre as a creative approach to explore different facets of
public involvement in local government," said Councillor David Miller (High
Park). "Ready, Set, Civic Action gives us insights into barriers to meaningful
active participation using satire and humour. This one-time only production is
not to be missed. It will assist all of us in finding new ways of including the
public in the city's decision-making."

The City has also developed an interactive Web page on the City's Web site, to encourage the exchange of ideas, concerns and opinions about
public participation in local government.

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