Media advisory - Toronto youth take action on world issues



    Scouts Canada and George Brown College's Institute Without Boundaries
    Launch Global Development Village at Downsview Park in Toronto

    TORONTO, Oct. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Young people will finally have a chance
to make a real difference in the world at The Global Development Village
(GDV), running Thursday and Saturday this week. The free event, funded by
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and organized by Scouts
Canada and George Brown College, teaches youth that their small actions can
have a large impact.

    Who: All members of the media are invited to attend. Photo opportunities
and interviews can be arranged.

    All youth 12 years of age and older who are interested in learning about
global development issues.

    When: Thursday, October 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; schools from Grades 7 - 11
will attend. Saturday, October 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; families, Scout groups
and the general public will attend.

    Where: Parc Downsview Park, 1-35 Carl Hall Road, Toronto.

    Youth can discover an issue that ignites their passion to create a better
world through the GDV's hands-on workshops, activities and displays. Experts
and representatives from local and international organizations, such as the
Red Cross, CIDA, the White Ribbon Campaign and Earth Day Canada, will share
their knowledge and love for helping others. Topics will include Human Rights,
Nature and the Environment, Human Health, and Peace.
    "For youth wondering how they can help change the world, the Global
Development Village is their chance to come out and explore the great
challenges of our time--peace among all people, human rights and dignity and
environmental sustainability--and meet with organisations that are making a
difference," explains Adam Baden-Clay, Great-grandson of the Founder of
Scouting, Lord Robert Baden-Powell.
    "In his last message to Scouts, my great-grandfather challenged us all to
'Leave this world a little better than you found it'. I know that he would
have been thrilled had he realised that over 60 years after he uttered those
words, young people are still rising to his challenge," said Adam.
    "The coming together of children and families at this year's Global
Development Village goes right to the heart of what Downsview Park is all
about," says Tony Genco, President and CEO of Parc Downsview Park Inc. "As
Canada's national urban park in the GTA, we serve the community and the world
by creating a place of exploration, innovation and learning through our
simultaneous pursuit of economic, social and environmental sustainability."
    The GDV is a program provided by The Canadian Youth of the World
Campaign, which helps to create a tide for positive change in communities
addressing the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. For more
information about the Campaign, please visit www.youthoftheworld.ca.

    More Information on the Global Development Village and Its Partners
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    About Scouts Canada
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    Scouts Canada is the country's leading youth organization offering
exciting outdoor adventure for boys and girls, and young men and women, ages 5
to 26, in communities across Canada. Through its recreational, social,
environmental and community development programs, Scouting teaches youth about
the active role they can play in helping to create a better world. Over
75,000 young people enjoy Scouts Canada's programs that are provided by over
23,000 caring and dedicated volunteers.
    Throughout 2007, the Scouting Movement marks its Centennial in
155 countries around the world. Since its founding in 1907 over half a billion
young people from virtually every country and culture have enjoyed Scouting
activities. Today, more than 28 million youth participate in Scouting
worldwide. For more information please visit: www.scouts.ca.

    About the Institute without Boundaries
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    The Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College is an
interdisciplinary graduate program emphasizing collaborative design practice
in a studio environment. Its program delves into the methods and practices of
design research, strategy and social innovation and has outstanding expertise
in analyzing and digesting world issues.
    Established in 1967, George Brown's three campuses are located in
downtown Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. With more than
14,000 full-time students, including 1,400 international students, GBC is one
of Ontario's fastest growing colleges. GBC offers more that 150 programs
ranging from one-year certificates to four-year bachelor's degrees. In
addition, more than 60,000 continuing education students are enrolled in more
than 1,300 courses.

    About Downsview Park
    --------------------

    Downsview Park consists of 572 acres of land in the heart of the Greater
Toronto Area. Formerly a military base (CFB Toronto), the site was designated
by the Government of Canada in 1994 to be developed as "a unique urban
recreational green space for the enjoyment of future generations." Plans and
designs for building the Park have been steadily in development since then.
The Park attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually and is home to numerous
enterprises, including the Downsview Park Merchant's Market, the Toronto
Aerospace Museum, The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, The Toronto
Wildlife Centre, Area 51 Paintball and Downsview Park's Sports Complex which
features the Downsview Park GrandPrix Kartways, HoopDome, Rail Skate Park and
the Hangar, which offers indoor soccer and beach volleyball. Downsview Park
also hosts a roster of community and school programs year-round to create a
vibrant resource for the national community. All these attractions and a host
of other business relationships and opportunities help to set the stage for
the future development of an internationally significant sustainable community
at Downsview Park. For more information, please call: 416-952-2222 or visit:
www.pdp.ca.




For further information:

For further information: about the Global Development Village and to
arrange for media interviews, please contact: Christina Friend, Scouts Canada,
Communications Coordinator, (416) 490-6364, ext.232, cfriend@scouts.ca; Dan
Nelson, Associate Director, Communications, Research & Operations, Institute
Without Boundaries, George Brown College, (416) 943-0303, ext.113,
dannelson@worldhouse.ca; Dave Schultz, Communications Coordinator, Parc
Downsview Park Inc., (416) 952-2229, dschultz@pdp.ca


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