Local Government Takes Centre Stage

    Province And Municipalities Launch Local Government Week

    TORONTO, Oct. 20 /CNW/ - Local Government Week is being celebrated across
Ontario from October 19 to 25, 2008.
    Local Government Week will introduce Grades 5 and 10 students across the
province to the world of municipal government - its leaders, the programs and
services they provide, local decision-making, and career and volunteer
opportunities in local public service.
    Local Government Week is a project of the Association of Municipal
Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) supported by the Ministry
of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Association of Municipalities of
Ontario (AMO).
    The partners worked closely with the Ontario Teachers Federation and
other education experts in developing the program.


    "Local Government Week is an opportunity for our children and youth to
learn more about the role local government plays in our daily lives," said
Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Jim Watson.

    "Teaching young people about responsible citizenship and the value of
stewardship for their local communities are critical to the long-term vitality
and prosperity of Ontario's municipalities," said AMCTO President Ray Callery.
"We are pleased to partner with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
and AMO to bring Local Government Week to life and as a celebration of the key
role that Ontario local governments play in defining the character,
priorities, and physical make-up of our communities."

    "Local Government Week will engage tomorrow's community leaders today,"
said AMO President Peter Hume.


    -   Local Government Week is aimed at Grade 5 students of social studies
        and Grade 10 students of civics and history.

    -   Suggested activities include:

           -  Mayor-For-A-Day
           -  Mock elections
           -  Class tour of City Hall and other municipal offices
           -  Observing Council in session
           -  A presentation of career and volunteer opportunities in local
              public service.


    Read more about Local Government Week

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For further information:

For further information: Adam Grachnik, Office of Minister Watson, (416)
585-6492; Craig Wellington, AMCTO, (905) 602-4294 ext 24; Brian Lambie, AMO
Media Contact, (416) 729-5425

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