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July 29, 2008
Youth to help beautify Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods this summer
From now until August 14, more than 100 youth in Toronto’s 13 priority neighbourhoods are taking part in a number of beautification projects to clean up, spruce up and green up their neighbourhoods through the take BAC 13 (BAC= Beautiful And Clean) program. For its second year, the project brings together City of Toronto priorities under the Community Safety Plan and Clean and Beautiful City initiatives, which aim to engage youth in creating environments that are safe, clean and beautiful.

Under the direction of a team leader, groups of six youth in each of the 13 priority neighbourhoods have chosen an area of their neighbourhood that they would like to transform - and will determine what kind of project they will undertake. Each team is expected to contribute at least 10 hours each week to the project for which each member will receive a $300 honorarium for his/her six-week participation.

It could be cleaning up a neglected space and planting a flower bed; removing graffiti and creating outdoor art; planting and maintaining a community garden; or any other project that makes a safe, green, clean and beautiful difference in their community. Not only will the teams be responsible for choosing and designing their own project, they will also be required to document and track their progress for presentation and judging by their peers at the conclusion of the project, on August 14. The two teams scoring the most points within the categories of creativity, visible positive impact on the community, and ease of maintenance will receive $500 each to continue their projects.

“Community safety and clean streets are two things that make Toronto such a liveable city,” said Mayor David Miller. “Young people want to be part of the solution to make Toronto and all of its neighbourhoods safe, strong, clean and green and this is one way we are doing that.”

Supporting and implementing take BAC is a partnership between Toronto Community Housing, Evergreen, Toronto’s Clean and Beautiful City Secretariat, Toronto Police Service, Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Parks & Trees Foundation and Toronto Social Development, Finance and Administration. Many local businesses have also stepped up to the plate to assist the teams, including Henry’s Camera, which donated a brand new digital camera to each team to help them document their progress.

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:
Cristin Lazier, Clean and Beautiful City Secretariat, 416-392-8234, 416-418-8673 (cell),



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