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May 14, 2008
Media Advisory - Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, to attend special citizenship ceremony marking National Emergency Medical Services Week
What: Toronto Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will host a citizenship swearing-in ceremony on Friday, May 16. This event is a first for EMS and is part of a community outreach effort to inform people of all religious, ethnic and linguistic backgrounds about availability and access to the City’s emergency services. Forty-five candidates for citizenship from 21 countries will be welcomed into the Canadian family. They will be joined by 20 Toronto EMS paramedics and other staff members, who will affirm their Canadian citizenship.

Media are invited to attend. There will be a photo opportunity at the conclusion of the ceremony. Photography and audio-visual equipment are permitted.

Presiding official: Citizenship Judge Normand Allaire

Special guests: Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration
Bruce Farr, Chief of Toronto Emergency Medical Services

When: Friday, May 16 at 10 a.m.

Where: Toronto EMS Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St.

For further information about Canadian citizenship ceremonies held across the country, please visit the “Celebrate Citizenship” section of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s website at

Media contacts:
Madona Mokbel, Media Relations, Ontario Region, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 416-954-7868
Lyla Miller, Co-ordinator, Communications and Media Relations, Toronto EMS, 416-392-2255, 416-708-8125 (cell)



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