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May 26, 2004
John Honderich appointed Special Ambassador for the urban agenda
Mayor David Miller announced today that former Toronto Star publisher John
Honderich has agreed to serve as the Mayor of Toronto's Special Ambassador on
the cities agenda. Mr. Honderich's duties will include supporting City
Council's efforts to keep Toronto's position on the New Deal for Cities front
and centre, and to enhance the City's relationship with federal and provincial
decision makers.

"John Honderich has been an articulate and vocal advocate of the New Deal from
the very start," said Mayor David Miller. "He brings a wealth of experience in
the public realm to the job, which will help him help us forge this important
new relationship with the other orders of government."

Honderich holds degrees in Political Science and in Law. His involvement with
urban affairs has been long and intense, both in his award-winning journalism,
and in his personal advocacy for urban reform.

"I am delighted to be able to give back to my community and to work on issues I
feel passionate about," said Honderich. "My hope is that my experience will
allow me to help bring about the new deal Toronto so desperately deserves."

Honderich's posting begins immediately, and comes with a salary of $1.00.

Mayor Miller and Honderich will be available for comment in the Mayor's
protocol lounge at City Hall at 11 a.m. today.

Media contact:
Patchen Barss, Mayor's Office, 416-338-7134;
cell: 416-527-3486



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