Legal expert available for comment on Toronto's new lobbying by-law: takes effect Monday, February 11

    TORONTO, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Canada's leading legal expert in lobbying law is
available for comment on the City of Toronto Lobbying By-law, which takes
effect Monday, February 11.
    Guy Giorno is co-author of the legal text Lobbying in Canada and a fierce
advocate of transparency and accountability laws to regulate lobbying. For
years he actively pressed Toronto to create a binding, enforceable registry of
lobbyists. Giorno welcomes City Council's final implementation of a lobbying
law, but has criticized how the by-law is drafted, particularly its complexity
and an excessive number of exemptions and carve-outs.

    Giorno is able to provide assistance and comment to the news media on the
    following topics:
    -   how the by-law works
    -   implications for business
    -   critique of the by-law and why it should be stronger
    -   answers to technical questions
    -   what took the City so long
    -   what the by-law will mean to ordinary citizens
    -   and many others

    Giorno, a partner at Fasken Martineau, has written and spoken extensively
on the need to regulate lobbying and related legal issues His work is posted
at under "Publications" and "Presentations."

For further information:

For further information: Guy Giorno, (416) 865-5149 (office), (416)
508-7912 (cell), (BlackBerry)

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