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May 20, 2008
Mayor meeting with faith leaders about community safety
Mayor David Miller will meet with faith community leaders from the Toronto Area Interfaith Council (TAIC) at the 2nd Annual Interfaith Breakfast. The theme of this year’s event is Faith and Community Safety with an aim to explore the role of the faith sector in local community safety projects.

Mayor Miller will speak with the faith community about his current advocacy efforts in support of federal legislation to ban the private ownership of handguns in Canada.

The Council will be presenting an award to the City of Toronto for supporting the TAIC and for improving the dialogue with and the engagement of Toronto’s faith sector in community building.

Date: Thursday, May 22
Time: 7:30 a.m.
Location: University of Toronto Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut St. (behind City Hall)

In addition to Mayor Miller, other dignitaries expected to speak at the event will be Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21), and Dr. Alok Mukherjee (Chair, Police Services Board). Dr. Mukherjee will speak about community safety initiatives between Toronto Police Service and the faith sector.

Many leaders from the Toronto and area faith communities will be in attendance including: Most Rev. Peter Hundt, Auxillary Bishop, Archdiocese of Toronto; Rt. Rev. Colin Johnson, Bishop, Anglican Church; Imam Hamid Slimi, President, Canadian Council of Imams; The Very Rev. Hon. Lois Wilson, former Senator and former Moderator, United Church of Canada; The Rev. Dr. Karen Hamilton, Secretary General, the Canadian Council of Churches; Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich, President, Toronto Board of Rabbis; and Rabbi David Seed, Regional President of the Rabbinical Assembly.

Following the opening remarks, an intensive dialogue session on the theme of community safety will be moderated by Richard Landau, host of the show Faith Journal, a weekly CTS program dedicated to interfaith discussion on community and social issues. The panel members include: Pastor Reynold Hazelwood (Seventh Day Adventist), Nikhat Rashid (Muslim), Thiva Paramsothy (Tamil Hindu), and Avrum Rosensweig (Jewish).

Media contacts:
Michael Skaljin, Supervisor, City of Toronto Community Safety Secretariat, 416-526-0588
Liz Chappel - Vice-President, Toronto Area Interfaith Council, 416-573-9536



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