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February 5, 2009
Presentation of implementation plan for project on youth gang prevention
The City of Toronto is investing nearly $5 million in a pilot project aimed at helping youth break the cycle of gang violence -- the largest youth gang diversion initiative the City has undertaken to date. The City of Toronto designed the pilot project in consultation with the Toronto Police Service, the Guns and Gangs task force, community stakeholders and Dr. Scot Wortley of the University of Toronto’s Centre of Criminology.

Details of the pilot will be presented to the Community Development and Recreation Committee on Friday morning.

Date: Friday, February 6
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Committee Room 1, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The presenters are:
- Lydia Fitchko, Director, Social Policy, Analysis and Research, City of Toronto
- Dr. Scot Wortley, Associate Professor, University of Toronto Centre of Criminology
- Staff Superintendent Mike Federico, Toronto Police Service.

The presenters will be available for interviews when the committee has finished with this agenda item.

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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:
Lydia Fitchko, Director, Social Policy, Analysis and Research, 416-392-8614,



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