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January 9, 2004
Listening to Toronto sessions filling fast - session added
The Listening to Toronto sessions on the City's 2004 budget that were announced
by Mayor David Miller and Budget Chair David Soknacki on January 6 have been
filling fast. The sessions scheduled for the morning of January 17 in Memorial
Hall at North York Civic Centre and the evening of January 21 at St. Lawrence
Market are now both full. Public response to the other five scheduled sessions
has also been strong.

In order to accommodate more participants, a seventh session has been added on
January 17 at Memorial Hall in the North York Civic Centre from 1 to 4 p.m.
Participants can register for this session by calling Access Toronto at

"The people of Toronto have indicated that they are ready and willing to
participate in the civic process. We are delighted with their enthusiastic
response in registering for the Listening to Toronto sessions," Mayor David
Miller said today. "Their input will be used to help City Council make tough
budget decisions in the next few weeks."

Budget Advisory Committee Chair David Soknacki said, "I look forward to
attending the Listening to Toronto sessions with Mayor Miller and City
Councillors. We will listen carefully to what people have to say about
Toronto's challenges and the approach they think we should take in the 2004

Participants in Listening to Toronto will receive a summary of their input,
which will be incorporated in the Mayor's report with the Budget presentation
on January 30.

People who cannot attend a Listening to Toronto session but wish to respond to
the session questions can do so via e-mail at

Detailed information is available on the City's Web site at

Media contacts:
Brad Ross,
Corporate Communications,

Linda Robinson,
Corporate Communications,



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