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September 15, 2008
Media Advisory - Toronto’s 10 women councillors united in new initiative to increase women’s presence in local politics
Mayor David Miller and Toronto’s 10 women councillors are launching a new, unique initiative, Toronto Regional Champion Campaign: Increasing Women’s Participation in Municipal Government.

Canada ranks 51st of 188 countries in terms of elected women in national parliaments (in developing and developed countries) and only 22 per cent of people elected to municipal office are women. To address that democratic deficit, Mayor Miller and all 10 Toronto women councillors are championing a training program involving 26 young women from diverse communities to learn the job of a municipal councillor for a year. This campaign is Toronto’s response to a nation-wide initiative of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Standing Committee on Women’s Participation, which Toronto Councillor Pam McConnell chairs. The program is unique to Toronto but is expected to interest other Canadian municipalities as well.

Date: Wednesday, September 17

Time: 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (launch speeches, photo/video, interviews, refreshments)

Location: Metropolitan Hotel, 108 Chestnut St., Toronto Ballroom (2nd floor)

• campaign overview
• appointment of 26 young women protégées from 26 diverse communities
• availability of mayor, councillors and protégées for interviews
• photo opportunities
• printed profiles with human stories of the 10 women councillors and the 26 protégées
• launch of handbook - a practical guide to the program

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor Pam McConnell, Toronto Regional Champion (campaign lead), 416-392-7918
Cassandra Fernandes, staff lead, Diversity Management & Community Engagement, 416-392-3834,



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