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October 21, 2005
Planning for a better tomorrow is final day's theme for Metropolis 2005 conference
Looking to the future will be the topic this morning at the 10th International
Metropolis Conference, being held in Toronto from October 17-21, at the Metro
Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.

Building Social Capital: The Role of NGOs
9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Can non-governmental organizations (NGO's) that deliver services do a better
job? Are those run by immigrants themselves more effective at building social
capital than government agencies that serve the immigrant population through
direct service delivery? The panel to discuss this concept is:

Hurriyet Babacan - University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
Fariborz Birjandian - Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, Canada
Irene Bloemraad - University of California at Berkeley, United States
Anja Rudiger - Refugee Council, Great Britain

Rui Marques, High Commissioner of Immigration & Ethnic Minorities, Portugal

Diversity - The Way Forward
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How should governments be responding to cultural, ethnic, religious and racial
diversity? What framework, if any, is needed in the face of these changes? How
best do we look ahead to the societal conditions that we want to create and the
policies that will realistically take us there? The panel is:

Lord Bhikhu Parekh - House of Lords and London School of Economics, Great
John Ralston Saul - Essayist, Novelist, Canada

Varun Uberoi, Oxford University, Great Britain

This is the end of the five-day conference with approximately 1,000 delegates
from more than 45 countries. Closing remarks will be heard at 12:30 p.m.,
delivered by Rinus Penninx, Co-chair, International Metropolis Project, The

The City of Toronto, together with the Government of Canada, Citizenship and
Immigration, is hosting the conference. For more information on the
International Metropolis Conference, visit

Media Accreditation available: Press Room (704), Metro Toronto Convention
Centre, South Building

Media contact:

Cindy Bromley
Communications Manager
City of Toronto
416-791-3167 (cell)



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