Media Alert - Fiskars, Canadian Tire and the City of Toronto partner to create Scarborough Village garden



    
    Fiskars Project Orange Thumb helps residents transform bare ground into a
    thriving garden - in a single day!
    

    TORONTO, May 20 /CNW/ -

    
    WHAT:       An intensive, one-day garden transformation that culminates
                in the dedication of a beautiful, flourishing green space for
                the Scarborough Village community. Filled with brilliant
                flowering plants, shade-giving trees, beautiful raised beds,
                and a relaxing sitting area, the new Scarborough Community
                Garden will nourish both the bodies and souls of neighborhood
                residents. The event will conclude with a celebratory ribbon
                cutting and dedication ceremony with presiding local,
                regional, and national dignitaries.

    WHO:        More than 50 people will roll up their sleeves and dig in,
                with Scarborough community members working side by side with
                Fiskars, Canadian Tire, City of Toronto staff.

                Master Gardener Joe Lamp'l will also be on hand. Nationally
                known as Joe Gardener, Lamp'l designed the Scarborough
                Community Garden makeover.

    WHEN:       Wednesday, May 27, 2009 / 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                4:45 PM Dignitary Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony

                Attendees will include:
                Mayor David Miller
                Mike Arnett, President, Canadian Tire Retail
                Councillor Brian Ashton
                Paul Tonnesen, President, Fiskars
                Scarborough Village Community Garden Committee

    WHERE:      3620 Kingston Rd. Toronto, ON M1M 1R9

    BENEFITS:   Fiskars, Canadian Tire and the City of Toronto are assisting
                the Scarborough Village community to create a garden that
                provides both beauty and sustenance as it fosters community
                pride.

    CONTACT:    Brent McHenry (Fiskars) - work: (608) 644-2876;
                cell: (608) 213-7877; bmchenry@fiskars.com

                Joanne Elson (Canadian Tire) - (416) 544-7778;
                joanne.elson@cantire.com

                Aretha Phillip (City of Toronto ) - 416-392-6124;
                aphilli@toronto.ca

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    PHOTO OPPS:
    8 AM - Garden groundbreaking
    Noon - Watch the transformation
    4:30 PM - Ribbon cutting / garden dedication

    INTERVIEW OPPS:
    Paul Tonnesen - President, Fiskars
    David Miller - Mayor, City of Toronto
    Mike Arnett - President, Canadian Tire Retail
    Brian Ashton - Councillor, City of Toronto
    Joe Lamp'l, Garden Designer
    Scarborough Village Community Garden Committee
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    ABOUT FISKARS PROJECT ORANGE THUMB:

    Since 2003, communities across the country have received more than
$200,000 in tools, plants and expertise through Fiskars Project Orange Thumb.
Designed to foster neighborhood pride, the grant and garden makeover program
has helped to install rain gardens, establish neighborhood vegetable plots,
and re-vitalize local parks; creating many beautiful, bountiful spaces that
share hope, lift spirits and build community bonds. For more information,
visit Fiskars.com.

    ABOUT CANADIAN TIRE CORPORATION:

    Canadian Tire operates nearly 1,200 stores, gas bars and car washes in an
inter-related network of businesses engaged in retail, financial services and
petroleum. Canadian Tire Retail and its Associate Dealers together form one of
Canada's best-known and most successful retailers with 475 stores in
communities nationwide. Canadian Tire stores offer a unique mix of products
and services through the leadership of three specialty stores under one roof -
Automotive, Sports and Leisure, and Home Products.

    ABOUT THE CITY OF TORONTO:

    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.
Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in
delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's
incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity,
opportunity and liveability for all its residents.




For further information:

For further information: Brent McHenry (Fiskars) - work: (608) 644-2876,
cell: (608) 213-7877, bmchenry@fiskars.com; Joanne Elson (Canadian Tire) -
(416) 544-7778, joanne.elson@cantire.com; Aretha Phillip (City of Toronto) -
(416) 392-6124, aphilli@toronto.ca

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