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March 4, 2004
Mayor's Community Safety Awards more timely than ever
The third annual Mayor's Community Safety Awards program offers communities
across Toronto an important opportunity to celebrate the many successful
initiatives that are already in place to make Toronto a safer place to live,
work and play. The awards, presented by the City of Toronto in partnership with
Bell Canada, will honour the contributions of five groups-individuals,
organizations or businesses-that promote safety and violence prevention in our

The Mayor's nine-point safety plan, which was passed by Toronto Council on
March 1, states an "effective safety strategy must build on the strengths in
our neighbourhoods and must engage parents, agencies and youth in determining
the fate and future of our communities." These awards help this process by
sharing vital information on what is working well in neighbourhoods across

Each award winner will receive a $2,000 cash award to be used for violence
prevention work. The City of Toronto will pay $1,000 of each award, and Bell
Canada, which shares a commitment to promoting safer communities, is
contributing $1,000 to each award as well. Winners will be honoured at an
awards ceremony in May 2004.

For 2004, the awards will celebrate projects or programs that promote the
safety of neighbourhoods and communities including priority populations
(Aboriginal peoples, ethnocultural/racial minorities, people with disabilities,
gay/lesbian/bi-sexual/transgendered/ transsexual persons, immigrants, refugees,
people with low incomes, women and women exposed to violence). Awards will also
be made to projects or programs that respond to violence or victimization,
create the capacity to reduce violence within at-risk communities, and that are
initiated, implemented and supported by the corporate/business sector.

The deadline for entries for the awards is 6 p.m., March 31. Award winners will
be notified by April, and the awards ceremony will be scheduled for May.
Nomination forms for the 2004 Mayor's Community Safety Awards have been mailed
to hundreds of organizations involved in community safety initiatives. Forms
will also be available on the City of Toronto Web site at or by calling Toronto Social
Development and Administration at 416-392-8492.

Media contacts:
Michelle Munroe
Social Development and Administration Division, Toronto Community and
Neighbourhood Services

Kim Warburton
Bell Canada

Marg Stanowski
Executive Director, Operation Springboard
416-977-0089, ext. 222



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