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May 19, 2009
City of Toronto issues e-newsletter for May 2009
The City of Toronto has released the eighth edition of its online newsletter, Toronto City Update. The spring edition provides readers with the latest news on City services, innovations and initiatives and can be viewed at Subscriptions are welcome online at

Vintage Toronto - 175 years young:
- Celebrating 175 years

Powering the economy:
- Toronto’s economic competitiveness
- Toronto a global leader in mining and finance
- City responds to the development industry during economic recession
- City budget reflects the new economy
- Your City budget can help
- Film-friendly Toronto open for business

Accessible and accountable:
- City of Toronto Ombudsman’s Office opens its doors
- Greater access and transparency with planning applications now online

Critical Services and investments:
- Project Zero …. Because no one should die in a home fire
- Responding to medical emergencies
- City of Toronto invests in youth anti-gang strategy

Awards and recognition:
- City recognized for contributions to Archaeology
- The Bicycle Friendly Business Awards
- Toronto’s Accounting Services wins the Canadian Award for Financial Reporting second year in a row
- Economic Development Council of Ontario President’s Award

Keeping Toronto clean and beautiful:
- Celebrating Toronto with a little pick-me-up!
- New Community Animators help residents “green” their neighbourhoods
- Reducing the volume of plastic shopping bags makes “cents”
- Taking action against illegal temporary signs
- Winners of the 2009 Green Toronto Awards announced

Let the games begin:
- Legacy projects for Toronto 2015 Pan American/ParaPan Games Bid

Creative city:
- Curators announced for 4th edition of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche
- Toronto a la Cart set to sizzle
- Singing for Toronto
- Start clicking for Toronto photo contest
- GreenSceneZ Toronto Youth Video Challenge

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, City of Toronto, 416-397-5277 (office),
416-919-6500 (cell),



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