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December 13, 2004
Keshia Chanté, Farley Flex to add voices against youth violence
  
Rising R & B star Keshia Chanté and Canadian Idol Judge Farley Flex, who is
also a member of the Mayor's Safety Panel, will join forces with the City of
Toronto and Toronto Community Housing to launch two new tools to help young
people deal with violence in their communities. King Turbo and Migraine Sound
will also help launch these critical tools.

Other members of the Community Safety Secretariat, local Toronto artists such
as hip hop artist Rich London, who is from a Toronto Community Housing
development, and youth from the Jane-Finch community will also help launch the
Toronto Community Housing Corporation's 211 Youth Resource Tool and the
Secretariat's Youth Trauma Cards.

Date: Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Jane-Finch Mall, 3929 Jane Street

Throughout 2004, gun crime and other forms of violence have had a major impact
on communities across Toronto. Many young people have been the victims of these
crimes. We hear all the time about youth as perpetrators of crime and
violence, but we don't hear about the everyday reality of violence that frames
the life experiences of many youth. This victimization of youth is resulting in
serious injury and tragic loss of life.

The two new tools being launched at this event have answered the call from
Toronto's youth to recognize how youth are affected by violence, and to provide
youth-friendly information to help young people connect directly with available
resources when a crisis does happen. The launch will also feature readings from
a new book that features teens speaking out on violence.

The Mayor's Community Safety Plan and Toronto Community Housing's Community
Management Plan are both action-oriented and focused on prevention. They both
recognize the importance of using a multi-faceted approach to improving and
creating opportunities for youth that will provide tangible positive changes in
young people's lives.

Media Contacts:
Rosemary Bennett,
Toronto Community and Neighbourhood Services,
416-392-838

Sheila Kirouac,
Toronto Community Housing,
416-981-4344

Sean Cordner,
SONY BMG Music (Canada) Inc.,
416-586-1662



 

 

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