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December 13, 2000
City introduces "Virtual Workshops" for its stormwater management plan
Works & Emergency Services --- The City of Toronto is in the midst of
developing a Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan, which involves extensive
public consultation. The plan will find ways to prevent, reduce and control
the pollution from stormwater runoff, the major cause of poor water quality in
Toronto's watercourses and waterfront. In addition to traditional public
consultation tools such as workshops and open houses, the master plan's
consultation includes an interactive e-consultation program.

"We've just gone 'live' with our virtual workshop for the master plan," said
Tracey Ehl, Senior Public Consultation Co-ordinator, Works & Emergency
Services. "People can work through the site and complete a workshop work
book. They'll be asked a series of questions and provide their input just as
if they had attended one of our recent workshops."

The public is invited to try out the new e-consultation method by visiting the
Wet Weather Flow Management Master Plan's Web site,

Workshops were recently held in locations across the city to introduce the
public to the master plan development process and to get feedback on how to
establish achievement targets for the plan. The program used in the workshop
consultation is now available in an interactive form on the Web site. The City
plans to continue complementing its existing public consultation on the master
plan with e-consultation.

If the public have questions about the master plan they can call the 24-Hour
Comment Line, 416-397-7777.

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