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April 17, 2009
New issue of Our Toronto outlines how your City can help
The second edition of the City of Toronto’s official city-wide newsletter, Our Toronto, will be issued shortly. This edition of Our Toronto informs residents and businesses about how the City can assist them through the economic recession. The publication will begin distribution shortly and residents can expect their copies to begin arriving in their mailbox next week.

“This edition of Our Toronto is particularly important for Torontonians,” said Mayor David Miller. “Information about how to access City services is especially important during a recession and this newsletter ensures everyone is aware of the City’s many programs and services - including recently enhanced programs.”

There are many other articles in the second edition, including information about the recently passed 2009 Budget, Building Permits, TTC “next vehicle” initiative, Toronto’s 175th Anniversary, Recycling and Green Bin programs, apartment inspections, water meters, lead water pipe replacement programs, access to free dental care, community investment grants, Streets to Homes programs, fire and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms and more. This issue of Our Toronto also contains a number of features about new and enhanced economic and environmental investments the City is making. Attached is a jpeg image of the front page of this edition.

This edition also includes a special four page pull-out in the centre spread that provides the essential information home-owners and renters should know to prepare for an emergency including information about emergency kits and the importance of homeowner and renter insurance. The articles provide critical planning tips which can help Torontonians prepare for severe weather, power outages, fire or other urgent situations. The City wishes to acknowledge the support of Insurance Bureau of Canada and Toronto Hydro in making the special pull-out section possible.

Information about how to enter the City’s 175th anniversary song and photography contests is also provided in this edition.

Our Toronto replaces three former city-wide publications. It is printed and distributed to every household in the city through Canada Post, and will be available on the City’s website later next week in English and French as well as the top 10 languages spoken in Toronto. Those languages are Chinese, Tamil, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Urdu, Russian, Farsi and Korean. Our Toronto will also be available in English in HTML, PDF and audio format, and Braille and large print is available upon request.

Our Toronto is an environmentally-friendly publication. It is printed on 100 per cent recycled paper using vegetable inks and conforms to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council.

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, cell 416-919-6500,



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