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October 18, 2005
Metropolis conference hears from international Mayors on immigration
Today, eight city leaders from around the world will discuss diversity in
contemporary cities from a Mayoral perspective at the 10th International
Metropolis Conference being held in Toronto, from Monday, October 17 to Friday,
October 21.

The conversation, moderated by Canadian journalist Ann Medina, will give
delegates an opportunity to hear the challenges faced by big city mayors due to
high immigration. The panel will include:

David Miller, Mayor, Toronto, Canada
Tjeerd Herrema, Deputy Mayor, Zeeburg, The Netherlands
Marta Suplicy, Former Mayor, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Larry Campbell, Mayor, Vancouver, Canada
Hubert Julien-Laferriere, Mayor, District 9/ Lyon, France
Kent Andersson, Mayor, Malmo, Sweden
Teres Lindbergh, Vice-Mayor, Stockholm
Jim Hunt, First Vice-President, National League of Cities, United States

Today is the second day of the five-day conference with delegates from more
than 45 countries. Today's program includes a panel discussion on barrier-free
workplaces, and several workshops held throughout the city on such topics as
the health needs of Toronto immigrants, a look at childcare, genders and
transnational migration, and racially-culturally diverse high schools' policies
and practices.

The City of Toronto, together with the Government of Canada, Citizenship and
Immigration, is hosting the 2005 Metropolis Conference for a week of dialogue
amongst some of the world's key thinkers on migration and diversity issues.

The Metropolis Project is an international network of research and policy
organizations. The annual summit provides an opportunity for comparative
research and public policy development on population migration, cultural
diversity, and the challenges of immigrant integration in cities around the

For more information on the International Metropolis Conference, visit

Media Accreditation available. Visit the Press Room (704) at the Metro Toronto
Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W.

Media contact:

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



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