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June 17, 2005
Minister Gerretsen and Mayor Miller take their place at City of Toronto Act Consultations
Video-Conferencing Provides Live, Interactive Connection At Locations Across

TORONTO — Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen and
Toronto Mayor David Miller will lead a joint public consultation on a new City
of Toronto Act. The Mayor and the Minister will be at St. Lawrence Market,
where they will be video-conferenced with participants at this and other
locations across the city.

The joint Ontario-Toronto consultations will take place on Wednesday, June 22,
2005, and will give the public an opportunity to have their say about Toronto’s
new charter.

"This could be landmark legislation for the people of Toronto and all
Ontarians," said Ontario Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister John Gerretsen.
"We strongly believe that the people who live and work in Toronto are in the
best position to advise on how to most effectively build a strong city."

"We are determining the future of our city for the next century," said Toronto
Mayor David Miller. "Torontonians need to be informed, engaged, and vocal on
the City of Toronto Act. Their input is vital to the success of this venture."

The province is working with the city to develop recommendations for a proposed
legislative framework that could provide Toronto with the tools it needs to
thrive in the global economy and as the economic engine of Ontario. The Strong
Toronto, Strong Ontario consultations are an opportunity for members of the
public to provide input to MPPs and City Councillors on a new legislative
framework for the city.

The Strong Toronto, Strong Ontario consultations will take place on Wednesday,
June 22, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m). MPPs and City Councillors
will be attending at all four locations:

St. Lawrence Market - North
92 Front St. at Jarvis St. (northwest corner)

Mid-Scarborough Community Centre
2467 Eglinton Ave. E. (at Kennedy Rd.)

Etobicoke Collegiate
86 Montgomery Rd. (north of Bloor St.)

Mitchell Field Community Centre
89 Church Ave. (south of Finch Ave., east of Yonge St.)

Elmbank Community Centre
(No longer available due to limited response. Registration is still available
at four other locations.)

In small, round-table discussions, participants will be asked to discuss and
share their views on two questions:

Q1. How can the province and the city ensure a strong Toronto that is
fiscally sustainable, autonomous, accountable and has the tools it needs to
Q2. What advice would you give to the city and the province to ensure
the success of Toronto’s new powers?

To register, please call Access Toronto at 416-338-0338 (TTY Line
416-338-0889). Registration phone lines are open weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seating at the consultations is limited and registration is required.

For more information, visit the new joint website

Media Contacts:

Patti Munce
Minister’s Office

Patchen Barss
Office of the Mayor



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