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June 27, 2008
Executive Committee approves a streamlined Lobbyist Registry
Executive Committee yesterday approved a number of changes to the Lobbyist Registry and instructed the Lobbyist Registrar to begin immediate implementation of those changes. The approved changes will simplify lobbyist registration requirements to ensure that public office holders and the means of communication have actually occurred and to prevent speculative information from appearing on the public registry. The changes will also simplify the registration process for disclosure of third-party funding, grass-roots lobbying and committees of a business, industry, trade or professional organization.

The approved changes will require Council approval at its July meeting but in anticipation of that approval, the Lobbyist Registry will shutdown for a period of 10 days to allow for system upgrades beginning June 27th at 4:30 p.m. The registry will re-open on July 7th at 8:30 a.m. for registrants and the members of the public who may wish to search the registry.

“Executive Committee recommended that we proceed with system changes prior to the July Council meeting to ensure that the new registration requirements can be implemented immediately upon Council approval,” said Lobbyist Registrar Marilyn Abraham.

During the closure period, lobbyists who are registered may continue to lobby and when the registry resumes operation, they will be required to update their information within three business days beginning on July 7, 2008. Entries naming public office holders or methods of communication entered prior to the closure period will be removed from the online registry.

Lobbyists will not be prevented from lobbying while the registry is unavailable. If a person needs to register as a lobbyist or conduct a search during the closure period, please call the Office of the Lobbyist Registrar at 416-338-5858 for assistance.

If Council does not approve the bylaw amendments as recommended by the Lobbyist Registrar, then the system will revert back to its original format.

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 more than 70 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 contact:
Marilyn Abraham, Lobbyist Registrar, 416-338-5858



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