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November 18, 2009
City celebrates 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Mayor David Miller; Councillor Janet Davis, Chair of Children’s Services Advisory Committee (Ward 31 Beaches-East York) and City of Toronto representatives will join over 100 children, ages six to 12 years to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child with a question and answer period in Toronto Council Chamber.

Date: Friday, November 20
Time: 4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Council Chamber

Children across Toronto have been asked two questions:
1) What do you love about Toronto?
2) What would make Toronto an even better place for children?

The children were asked to be as creative as they wanted by responding to the questions in a paragraph, a poem, a video, in photos or through artwork. Some of their responses will be showcased at the event on Friday.

November 20, 2009 marks the 20th Anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which spells out the basic human rights to which children and youth everywhere are entitled. The celebration of the Convention reaffirms the City’s commitment to serving children and marks the beginning of a new process of engaging Toronto’s children in a dialogue about what City services should be like in the future.

As part of the celebration of the anniversary, on Saturday, November 21, the City will offer free admission to children (12 years and under) to the following historic sites: Colborne Lodge, Fort York National Historic Site, Gibson House Museum, Mackenzie House, Montgomery's Inn, Scarborough Museum, Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens and Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre. This does not include specially-ticketed events or pre-registered programs. Details are available at

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.

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