Media Advisory - Community panel to discuss social inclusion - building a "Toronto for All"

    TORONTO, March 29 /CNW/ - The City of Toronto's Community Development and
Recreation Committee has invited six local experts, with a broad range of
perspectives, to address the social challenges facing a large, diverse city
like Toronto. The panel will provide insight and strategic advice on advancing
the social inclusion agenda and building a "Toronto for All."

    Date:      Monday, April 2
    Time:      10 a.m. to noon
    Location:  Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., Committee Room 1

    Committee Chair, Councillor Joe Mihevc, will moderate. Panellists will
speak for approximately one hour. A discussion between the panellists and the
committee members will follow. The panel members are:

    -   Ted Richmond, Program Co-ordinator, Inclusive Communities for
        Children, Youth and Families, Laidlaw Foundation
    -   Uzma Shakir, Executive Director, South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario
    -   Susan Pigott, Executive Lead for Citizen Engagement, Ontario
        Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform
    -   Debbie Douglas, Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies
        Serving Immigrants (OCASI)
    -   Michael Mendelson, Senior Scholar, Caledon Institute of Social Policy
    -   Axelle Janczur, Executive Director, Access Alliance Multicultural
        Community Health Centre

    The interactive format of this panel aligns with the strategic policy
focus of the Standing Committee, which allows for dialogue with experts and an
exploration of topics such as new federal and provincial income security
measures, strategies for engaging citizens in government decision-making,
benefits of investing in social and community infrastructure, the importance
of addressing the needs of Toronto's diverse population, and the relationship
of social inclusion to the health of the population.

    Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home
to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine
of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America.
In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and
innovation in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to
prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

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For further information: Media contacts: Councillor Joe Mihevc, Chair
Community Development and Recreation Committee, (416) 392-0208; Cheryl
MacDonald, Social Development, Finance and Administration Division, (416)

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