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June 27, 2000
City of Toronto Welcomes 13 Canadian Families
The City of Toronto will participate in a one-of-a-kind exchange program called
Celebrate Canada in the Capitals by hosting 13 Canadian families from June 29
to July 3, 2000. While in Toronto, the families will take part in a variety of
activities, promoting Toronto's culture, heritage and attractions.

The visiting families - each representing a province or a territory - will stay
with local residents. More than 78,000 families entered the Celebrate Canada in
the Capitals contest and 169 families were randomly chosen to visit a Canadian
capital. This initiative aims to promote pride in Canada by encouraging
Canadians to explore their country's diverse culture and heritage.

Major activities during the five-day visit include:

Friday, June 30 11:00 a.m.
Welcome brunch - An official welcome will take place in the Toronto City
Council Member's Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West. Following
the brunch, the families will tour Toronto City Hall and the Ontario Provincial
Legislature. Her Honour, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Hilary M. Weston
will greet the families at the legislature.

Saturday, July 1, 12 noon
Canada Day celebrations at Queen's Park - The families will be honoured during
the opening ceremonies and will attend a lunch hosted by the Honourable Helen
Johns, Provincial Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation.

Saturday, July 1, 7:30 p.m.
Harbourfront Parade of Lights and Fireworks - Families will participate in a
fun-filled evening on the HMCS Toronto, which is docked at Maple Leaf Quay.

Sunday, July 2, 6:30 p.m.
Friendship Dinner - The dinner will take place at Fort York, 100 Garrison Road
at Bathurst Street.

The Celebrate Canada in the Capitals program was launched in 1995 by the
National Capital Commission and has awarded hundreds of Canadian families
memorable trips, experiences, and many lasting friendships. For further
information about the program, visit the commission's Web site at

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