Mayor David Miller and Mayor Ken Livingstone meet in London on last leg of City of Toronto's European trade mission|
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London, U.K. - Toronto Mayor David Miller was in London today to meet with
London Mayor Ken Livingstone, and to address members of London's financial
services sector. The meetings came at the end of a week-long trade mission to
Mayors Miller and Livingstone met to discuss a range of issues, including joint
work on climate change. The mayors also shared information and best-practice
information regarding public transit, social issues such as crime, housing and
homelessness, and waterfront redevelopment.
At the close of their meeting, the mayors were pleased to announce that Phil
Jessup, executive director of the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF), has been
seconded to London to assist Mayor Livingstone's office in establishing the
London Climate Change Agency. Jessup's term commences immediately.
"TAF is a pioneering municipal agency - currently the only one of its kind,"
said Mayor Miller. "We are proud to share their expertise with London. TAF has
a solid track record in improving energy efficiency and local air quality in
Toronto through innovative programmes."
Mayor Miller added, "London has similar challenges to Toronto when it comes to
funding from other orders of government, and we have much to learn from London.
Mayor Livingstone has boldly moved forward with policy initiatives in the areas
of community policing, public transit, housing, and other issues, and it was
stimulating to exchange ideas with him."
Mayor Livingstone said, "Climate change is one of the major issues facing the
planet this century and we are lucky to have Phil Jessup join us with his
experience from Toronto, helping to establish the London Climate Change Agency.
Toronto and London share many characteristics, as financial and commercial
capitals, each with huge populations that support incredible ethnic and
cultural diversity. Meeting Mayor Miller today has been an excellent
opportunity to share experiences."
The Mayor's trade mission to Europe ends today, after the mayor addresses an
audience of business and government officials at the residence of Canada's
Deputy High Commissioner to London this evening.
Andrea Addario, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7119
Patchen Barss, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-338-7134