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November 9, 2005
Media Advisory - City of Toronto hosts International Joint Commission public meeting on Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
The City of Toronto will host an International Joint Commission (IJC) public
consultation to launch the review of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement,
tonight, at Toronto City Hall. The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray, Canadian Chair of the
IJC and former Deputy Prime Minister, will chair the meeting. Mayor David
Miller will deliver opening remarks.

The governments of Canada and the United States have asked the IJC to consult
the public on what needs to be done to protect water quality and on the future
of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Toronto is hosting one of 14 public
meetings being held with residents of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River

Date: TONIGHT, Wednesday, November 9
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

First signed in 1972, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement between Canada
and the United States expresses the commitment of each country to restore and
maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the Great Lakes
Basin Ecosystem. Every six years, the governments of Canada and the United
States are required to review the operation and effectiveness of the Agreement.

Anyone unable to attend the public meeting can submit comments until midnight
on Wednesday, November 30, online at, by

International Joint Commission
Great Lakes Regional Office
100 Ouellette Ave.
8th Floor
Windsor, ON
N9A 6T3

or by telephone at 1-866-813-0642 or by fax at 613-993-5583.

Rogers Television will air the meeting live on their Web site. To view the
meeting online, go to and select Toronto to
access the local channel, then follow the link to Toronto City Council coverage.

Media contacts:

Nick Heisler
International Joint Commission
Canadian Section

Patchen Barss
Office of the Mayor
416-338-7134 office
416-294-0897 cell

Brendan Agnew-Iler
Office of the Mayor
416-338-7119 office
416-527-3486 cell



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