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October 20, 2008
City dedicates new park in honour of Dr. Rita Cox
Councillor Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park), representatives of the City of Toronto, prominent Torontonians and community members will join Canadian icon Dr. Rita Cox to dedicate a new park in her honour.

Date: Wednesday, October 22
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: 14 Machells Ave.

Dr. Cox joined the Toronto Public Library in 1960 as a children’s librarian conducting storytelling sessions at the local branch in Parkdale. As chief librarian, a role she took on in 1974, Dr. Cox instituted literacy programs, promoted multiculturalism throughout Toronto, and pioneered the library’s Black Heritage and West Indian Resource Collection. In 1998, the collection was renamed the Black and Caribbean Heritage Collection, which has become one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in Canada.

In 1997, Dr. Cox became a member of the Order of Canada, and in 2000, was appointed a Citizenship Court Judge by the Government of Canada.

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 contact:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation media hotline, 416-560-8726,



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