Media Advisory - Youth outline vision for future communities for Minister of Energy and Infrastructure

    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of
Energy and Infrastructure, will see first-hand what Ontario youth envision for
the future of their cities and neighbourhoods, as he participates in an
interactive design and modelling workshop.
    Minister Smitherman will join 63 secondary school students from nine
Ontario communities as they plan what their communities will look like 25
years from now - as part of the 2009 Places to Grow Youth Engagement Project.

    Date:        Saturday May 23, 2009

    Time:        1:30 p.m.         Minister circulates among the participants
                                   as they work on building scale models
                 1:50 p.m.         Remarks by Minister Smitherman and Q&A
                                   with students
                 2:10 p.m.         Minister available for media interviews
                 2:30 p.m.         Project participants available for media

    Location:    Oakham House, Ryerson University
                 63 Gould Street, Toronto

                 Media should sign in at the registration desk in the
                 Courtyard Lounge at 1:00 pm, and they will be escorted to
                 the workshop.

                 Onsite contact: Eric Pelletier 416-660-8692

    (See attached backgrounder for details of the Places to Grow Youth
    Engagement Project)

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        Teen Planners Design a Sustainable Future

    -   Sixty-three young people from cities across Southern Ontario are
        taking part in the 2009 Places to Grow Youth Engagement Project.

    -   The project gives them an opportunity to get engaged in planning the
        future of their cities, in line with the Places to Grow Plan.

    -   Managed by the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, the three-month
        project, which started in March and ends in May, brings together
        youth aged 16 to 18 from cities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe,
        to learn about planning, urban design and smart growth.

    -   Through this project, young people from St. Catharines, Kitchener &
        Waterloo, Hamilton, Oakville, Barrie, Richmond Hill & Markham,
        Brampton, Toronto and Oshawa explore their cities and assess how to
        make them more vibrant, greener and more liveable now and in the

    -   Participants examine elements such as:

           -  Effective transit, pedestrian amenities and active

           -  Sustainable design elements such as green roofs

           -  Protection of natural features, green spaces and the

           -  Opportunities for renewable energy and conservation

           -  Improvements to architecture and the public realm

           -  Vibrant downtowns where people live, work and play

    -   On May 23 participants gather for a day-long "charrette" where they
        create scale models and illustrations, creatively solving issues of
        the future for each of their communities.

    -   George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and
        Infrastructure is scheduled to attend and will speak with students
        and listen to their ideas for the future.

           -  Models and illustrations may also be showcased in local city
              halls following the wrap-up event.

    -   For more information on the project, please visit

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 327-6747;
Eric Pelletier, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810

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