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July 22, 2008
Media Advisory: SkateboardFest 2008 promotes helmet safety
Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20 Trinity-Spadina), Margarett Best, Ontario Minister of Health Promotion and Dr. Charles Tator, Neurosurgeon, Toronto Western Hospital will join participants in the City of Toronto’s summer camps for SkateboardFest 2008. Children and youth will learn skateboarding and helmet-fitting skills that will aid in preventing brain and spinal cord injuries while boarding. This day-long event is a partnership between the City of Toronto, Patient Education, Toronto Western Hospital and ThinkFirst Foundation of Canada.

Date: Wednesday, July 23
Time: Opening ceremonies 12:15 p.m., SkateboardFest runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Alexander Skateboard Park, Scadding Court Community Centre, 707 Dundas St. W.

Margarett Best, Ontario Minister of Health Promotion, will also be on hand at the opening ceremonies to launch the third and final phase of the Ontario Safe Sport Helmet Initiative - a program that has distributed approximately 5,500 helmets in communities around the province. Phase three will help put even more helmets on kids this summer - beginning at SkateboardFest 2008.

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:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation Media Hotline, 416-560-8726,
Gary Wheeler, Communications, Ministry of Health Promotion, 416-326-4806



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