City and Canon Canada launch urban youth photography project in City's priority neighbourhoods



    TORONTO, Feb. 27 /CNW/ - Mayor David Miller and Canon Canada CEO Kevin
Ogawa today launched Our City, Our Stories powered by Canon -- an urban youth
photography project that will run through 2009. The project will include
digital photography workshops for youth in the City's priority neighbourhoods,
a photography contest and exhibition which will include a published catalogue
of the winning contest entries.
    Our City, Our Stories was launched at Sir Sandford Fleming Academy high
school, one of the projects participating community partners and the site for
one of the photography workshops. The launch featured lively performances from
the school's steelband and dance programs. Student Zanana Pinas, who has
participated in previous City-run photography workshops, introduced many of
the guest speakers and talked about the importance of art for youth.
    "The City of Toronto is proud to be a part of Our City, Our Stories along
with Canon Canada and our community arts services partners," said Mayor David
Miller. "This photography project expands youth engagement and skill-building
in priority neighbourhoods. It is an excellent example of how a wonderful
opportunity can be created through the combined efforts of the community, city
government and the private sector."
    "At Canon, our actions are guided by our corporate philosophy of kyosei -
which means all people living and working together for the common good. Our
City, Our Stories powered by Canon is an excellent example of this philosophy
in action," said Canon President and CEO, Kevin Ogawa. "Through our
partnership with the City, we are now able to deliver the resources these
young people need to tell their stories of their city through photographs that
capture their experiences. We believe that when partners like Canon and the
City of Toronto join together to create meaningful programs in our community,
everyone wins."
    The photography contest, which starts on March 2nd, is open to youth
between 13 and 22 years of age, who have completed an Our City, Our Stories
photography workshop. Winning works will be displayed in an exhibit at City
Hall in February 2010 and featured in a published catalogue. For more
information about the contest and workshops, visit the City's website at
www.toronto.ca/arts-services. The official Our City, Our Stories website will
go live on March 26th.

    Headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canon Canada Inc. employs 1,400
people at its offices nation-wide, servicing the Canadian market from coast to
coast. Innovation and cutting-edge technology have been essential ingredients
in Canon's success. Canon's leadership in imaging, optical and document
management technology and solutions is based in large part on the thousands of
patents the company has secured throughout its history. Canon supports
programs that help preserve and protect the environment. The company
instituted the Clean Earth Campaign in 1990, which assists various
environmental and recycling initiatives. The Campaign has also supported
leading environmental organizations, such as World Wildlife Fund - Canada and
the Canon Envirothon. For more information, visit www.canon.ca

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality,
innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government
is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    
    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca.
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at http://photos.newswire.ca. Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/
    




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For further information: Media contact: Nadira Pattison, Manager, Arts
Services, Toronto Culture, (416) 338-1263, npattis1@toronto.ca; Rhiannon
Clifford, High Road Communications, (416) 644-2277, rclifford@highroad.com


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