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November 5, 2004
Mayor and Budget Chair seek public input at city-wide Listening to Toronto session
Mayor David Miller announced today that one, city-wide Listening to Toronto
session will be held on Sunday, November 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, as City Council commences work on next year's budget.

"We are enthusiastic about continuing the conversation we had with residents at
the Listening to Toronto sessions held last January. The insightful comments we
received from the public assisted Council to make budget decisions and also to
develop priorities that will improve our city," the Mayor said.

Listening to Toronto is a great opportunity for people who want to be informed
and involved in local government and city issues. In this session, participants
will learn about Council's priorities and be able to discuss three of these in
detail. These three priorities were selected because they can benefit the most
from public discussion: a clean and beautiful city; creating strong
neighbourhoods; and engaging the public.

Budget Chair David Soknacki said, "Given our fiscal climate, public input can
help Council as it makes difficult decisions about balancing the City's budget
and implementing its priorities. We recognize that the public wants Council to
act together to make progress in the next two years."

The session begins at 1 p.m. with a mix of short presentations and small table
group discussions. Mayor Miller will kick off the session.

Please note that registration will not begin for another week. People who wish
to attend can register by calling 416-338-0338, beginning on Saturday, November
13 and Sunday, November 14 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., and then on weekdays
beginning Monday, November 15 from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.

For more information visit

Media contacts:
Andrea Addario, Communications, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119
Paul Ainslie, Councillor Soknacki's office, 416-392-4007
Linda Robinson, Corporate Communications, 416-397-0255
Cindy Bromley, Finance Communications, 416-392-4993



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