Ontario Students to Get Real-life Lessons in Responsible Citizenship

    Province and Municipal Associations Engaging Youth in Local Government

    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, June 10 /CNW/ - Ontario students will be meeting their
community leaders and getting lessons in local government this fall.
    Local Government Week will take place October 19-25, 2008. The event will
bring elementary and secondary school students together to engage with
municipal leaders and officials on the workings of municipalities and how
local decisions affect their communities.
    The students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of
activities, such as mock municipal referendums and council meetings.
    Local Government Week is a partnership of the Ministry of Municipal
Affairs and Housing, the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and
Treasurers of Ontario and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. The
Ministry of Education and Ontario Teachers Federation have been consulted in
developing the program.


    "Young people are the future. Local Government Week will foster stronger
citizenship among our students by giving them real-life examples of local
governments in action," said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Jim

    "An event celebrating the role that municipal governments play in helping
to define the character, priorities, and amenities of Ontario's communities is
long overdue," said AMCTO President, Betteane M. Cadman. "AMCTO is pleased to
have led the charge, along with the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and
Housing and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, to develop this
important initiative that we hope will foster in children and youth,
responsible citizenship and stewardship of their local communities."

    "No government touches people more directly than municipal government -
particularly when it comes to young people," said AMO President Doug Reycraft.
"This is a great opportunity to introduce young people to how municipalities
work, our responsibilities, and how they can contribute to the future of their


    -   Teacher Resource Kits will be available to schools to help plan
        activities for Local Government Week.
    -   Participation by municipalities and schools is voluntary.
    -   Schools and local government partnerships have been successful in
        countries such as the United States and Australia.


    Learn more about your local government, its functions and responsibilities

    Read about AMCTO's Municipal Internship Program
(http://www.amcto.com/Internship/home.asp) under its Youth Outreach Strategy.

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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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