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June 27, 2005
Mayor joins federal, provincial governments to celebrate seniors
The Mayor's Roundtable on Seniors is hosting its inaugural event today to
celebrate Seniors' Month and recognize the ongoing contribution that seniors
make to a healthy and vibrant City of Toronto. The event is "Seniors' Services
and All That Jazz" - a display and information day that offers seniors an
opportunity to learn more about the government and community services that are
available to support them.

Mayor David Miller, the Hon. John Gerretsen, Minister of Municipal Affairs and
Housing and Minister Responsible for Seniors, and the Hon. Tony Ianno, Minister
of State for Families and Caregivers, spoke at a reception this morning to kick
off the event.

"Today's event is about making community and government services more
accessible to seniors," said Mayor Miller. "The three governments must work
closely with the community to coordinate their services for seniors."

"The Ontario government is proud to partner with seniors' groups, all levels of
government and service providers, to streamline and improve services for
seniors," said John Gerretsen, Minister Responsible for Seniors." All seniors
deserve to live safely, with dignity and as independently as possible with the
supports they need. Partnership and collaboration are crucial to ensure the
best quality of life for Ontario's seniors."

"The federal government continues to move seniors' issues to the forefront of
the national agenda, in order to enhance the standard of living for all
seniors," said Tony Ianno, Minister of State for Families and Caregivers. "All
levels of government must work together to provide a lifestyle that ensures
seniors the ability to live with the dignity they deserve."

The event is presented by the Mayor's Roundtable on Seniors, which is chaired
by Councillor Gay Cowbourne. The Roundtable has provided a critical forum for
all three orders of government and the community to come together to improve
the quality of life for seniors in Toronto.

Following the information fair, seniors were invited to take in the TD Canada
Trust Downtown Jazz Festival concerts at Nathan Phillips Square.

Media contacts:

Cheryl MacDonald
Toronto Social Development and Administration

Patchen Barss
Office of the Mayor



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