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July 2, 2009
July City Council meeting cancelled
The City of Toronto has cancelled the July 2009 meeting of City Council. It was scheduled to be held July 6 and 7. The meeting may be rescheduled at a later date.

The City is not able to provide the staff necessary to conduct the meeting. This includes work to facilitate the meeting and conduct the meeting.

In contrast to the Special Meeting of Council last week that considered one item, the typical council meeting often considers over 100 items over a period of days. A regular council meeting is normally supported by unionized staff who provide services to operate the facility, print and distribute council materials, provide information technology and audio visual services. Also, a large complement of senior managers (non-union staff) are required to be present and answer questions posed at council. Non-union staff have been redeployed to maintain critical services.

Media Briefing

The City of Toronto will not be holding a media briefing today, Thursday, July 2. The City will immediately issue news releases and/or hold a news conference if any major developments occur.

The City continues to bargain with both the Toronto Civic Employees' Union Local 416 (CUPE) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79 with the goal of reaching a negotiated settlement. The City remains committed to negotiating until a settlement is reached.

Media contact: City of Toronto Media Relations line during the labour disruption - 416-338-7768
Public information: call Access Toronto, seven days a week, 24 hours at day, at 416-338-0338



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