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February 27, 2009
City and Canon Canada launch urban youth photography project in City’s priority neighbourhoods
Mayor David Miller and Canon Canada CEO Kevin Ogawa today launched Our City, Our Stories powered by Canon - an urban youth photography project that will run through 2009. The project will include digital photography workshops for youth in the City's priority neighbourhoods, a photography contest and exhibition which will include a published catalogue of the winning contest entries.

Our City, Our Stories was launched at Sir Sandford Fleming Academy high school, one of the project’s participating community partners and the site for one of the photography workshops. The launch featured lively performances from the school’s steelband and dance programs. Student Zanana Pinas, who has participated in previous City-run photography workshops, introduced many of the guest speakers and talked about the importance of art for youth.

"The City of Toronto is proud to be a part of Our City, Our Stories along with Canon Canada and our community arts services partners," said Mayor David Miller. "This photography project expands youth engagement and skill-building in priority neighbourhoods. It is an excellent example of how a wonderful opportunity can be created through the combined efforts of the community, city government and the private sector."

"At Canon, our actions are guided by our corporate philosophy of kyosei - which means all people living and working together for the common good. Our City, Our Stories powered by Canon is an excellent example of this philosophy in action,” said Canon President and CEO, Kevin Ogawa. “Through our partnership with the City, we are now able to deliver the resources these young people need to tell their stories of their city through photographs that capture their experiences. We believe that when partners like Canon and the City of Toronto join together to create meaningful programs in our community, everyone wins."

The photography contest, which starts on March 2nd, is open to youth between 13 and 22 years of age, who have completed an Our City, Our Stories photography workshop. Winning works will be displayed in an exhibit at City Hall in February 2010 and featured in a published catalogue. For more information about the contest and workshops, visit the City's website at The official Our City, Our Stories website will go live on March 26th.

Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canon Canada Inc. employs 1,400 people at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients in Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of patents the company has secured throughout its history. Canon supports programs that help preserve and protect the environment. The company instituted the Clean Earth Campaign in 1990, which assists various environmental and recycling initiatives. The Campaign has also supported leading environmental organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund - Canada and the Canon Envirothon. For more information, visit

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.
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Media contacts:
Nadira Pattison, Manager, Arts Services, Toronto Culture, 416-338-1263,
Rhiannon Clifford, High Road Communications, 416-644-2277,



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