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April 14, 2005
Mayor David Miller presents his first Key to the City to Former Police Chief Julian Fantino
Mayor David Miller presented a Key to the City to former Police Chief Julian
Fantino during City Council today. It is the Mayor’s first presentation since
taking office in November 2003.The Key to the City is bestowed upon
distinguished persons and honoured guests of the City of Toronto.

“Julian Fantino is a man of integrity who has done tremendous work to help keep
Toronto safe. He has devoted himself to public service, and the presentation of
the Key to the City is a fitting tribute on behalf of City Council and the
people of Toronto,” said Mayor David Miller.

The practice of presenting a key to an individual may be traced back to
medieval times, when admission into a city was hampered by many legal
restrictions, as well as by walls and locked gates. The key symbolized free
entry. By the middle 1800s, it became customary to give a Key to the City as a
symbol of the city’s intention that the recipient is free to come and go at

In Toronto, that act of giving the Key of the City is symbolic, since the city
has no gates to unlock. Today, the presentation honours outstanding civic
contributions of the recipients. Historically, it is at the discretion of the
mayor to determine who receives a Key to the City.

A photograph of the presentation is attached.

Media contact:

Patchen Barss
Office of the Mayor

Mayor David Miller presenting a Key to the 
City to former Police Chief Julian Fantino



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