City of Oshawa wins gold at prestigious international awards competition

    OSHAWA, ON, Nov. 28 /CNW/ - The City of Oshawa achieved a gold award at
the 2007 International Awards for Liveable Communities. Municipalities who
receive a gold award are recognized as being in the top 15 percent in
sustainability and liveable communities' practices world-wide. Oshawa also won
third place in its population category of 75,001 - 200,000.
    The prestigious international awards for liveable communities are backed
by the United Nations Environment Program and focus on the management of the
environment and leadership in the enhancement of quality of life.
    Oshawa participated in the final stage of LivCom's Whole City Awards 2007
held in Westminster, London on November 22-26. Oshawa is one of nine finalists
in their category and competed against communities from Australia, Canada,
England, Hungary, Japan, Spain and the United States.
    "I am so very proud of our city," said Mayor John Gray. "To compete on a
global stage and win a gold award at these highly esteemed international
awards is a testament to the dedication, ongoing commitment and achievements
of the City of Oshawa and our community."
    An international panel of world-renowned judges listened to presentations
from more than 50 countries over three days. Oshawa's delegation included
Mayor John Gray, Development Services Commissioner Tom Hodgins and the Manager
of Parks, Bill Slute.
    The Oshawa delegation delivered an impactful and comprehensive
multi-media presentation. A video featured two local student ambassadors who
provided a virtual tour of Oshawa through the eyes of our youth. The
PowerPoint presentation that followed contained over 350 engaging photos which
further showcased the community. It also highlighted the City's dedication and
success with respect to the judging criteria: enhancement of the landscape,
heritage management, environmentally sensitive practices, community
sustainability, healthy lifestyles and planning for the future.

    For more details about the awards, visit For more
information about the City of Oshawa, visit

For further information:

For further information: Mayor John Gray, (905) 436-5674, (905)

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