Media Advisory - City of Toronto and Government of Canada to host Safe Cities for Youth: A Culture of Smart Choices conference

    TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto's Community Safety
Secretariat and the Department of Justice Canada will host the Safe Cities for
Youth: A Culture of Smart Choices conference, on March 12 and 13, at
89 Chestnut Conference Centre in Toronto.
    The two day conference will present ideas and strategies and encourage
meaningful dialogue to help build community safety partnerships with youth
that contribute to making Canadian cities safer - particularly for young
people. The conference is open to youth, community service providers, and
policymakers and government employees who have an interest in creating safe
cities for youth.
    The opening remarks will be given by David Mackenzie, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety; Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of
Children and Youth Services; David Miller, Mayor of Toronto (via video
message); Shelley Carroll, City Councillor (Ward 33, Don Valley East); and
Bill Blair, Chief of Toronto Police Service.

    Date:     Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13, 2007
    Time:     8 a.m. (registration), 9 a.m. (opening remarks)
    Place:    89 Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street

    The first day of the conference will focus on youth engagement and the
myth and realities of gangs while the second day will focus on traditional and
alternative approaches to justice and multi-sectoral and culturally competent
strategies. Presenters will discuss a variety of youth engagement models,
strategies and practices. They will also present differing points of view on
the meaning of "gang" and the impact of youth-directed, "gang-related"
programs and services. Those attending will be invited to take part in
workshops on these issues.
    Registration is free and space is limited for the conference. More
information is available at, by calling (416) 392-8574, or
by emailing

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Toronto Social Development
Media Hotline, (416) 560-8726; Media Relations, Department of Justice, (613)

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