City of Oshawa short-listed for prestigious international award

    OSHAWA, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - The City of Oshawa has been short-listed for
the prestigious UN-endorsed International Awards for Liveable Communities.
    Oshawa will participate in the final stage of LivCom's Whole City Awards
2007 in Westminster, London, from November 22-26, 2007. Oshawa is competing in
the population category of 75,001 - 200,000 against Ipswich, Australia;
Kakamigaharah, Japan; Norwich, England; Pecs, Hungary; Portsmouth, USA;
Richmond, Canada; Santa Clarita, USA; and Mancomunidad del Sureste de Gran
Canaria, Spain.
    "It is a privilege and a tremendous honour to be selected for the finals
of the International Awards for Liveable Communities," said Oshawa Mayor John
Gray. "These highly esteemed awards will bring worldwide attention to Oshawa
and profile our city as an amazing community - a community dedicated to civic
beautification, conserving the environment, protecting our heritage and
raising the quality of life for all residents."
    The LivCom Awards is the only international competition focusing on
management of the local environment and leadership in the creation of liveable
communities. Communities from over 50 countries have participated in the
annual awards.
    The City of Oshawa submitted a 4,500-word written submission in June that
was reviewed by a panel of judges. Based on the City's written submission,
Oshawa was selected to make a presentation at the November award finals.
    Communities are judged as to their performance in respect to the judging
criteria within the cultural, political, economic, geographic and climatic
environment in which they are situated.

    The LivCom Awards were launched in 1997 and are endorsed by the United
Nations Environment Program. For more information about the awards, visit

    For more information about the City of Oshawa visit

    Photos and more information available upon request.

For further information:

For further information: Bill Slute, (905) 436-5636, ext. 3877,; Oshawa Mayor John Gray, (905) 436-5674,

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