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TORONTO - Tomorrows 2nd Annual Toronto Peoples Summit will be a lighting rod for galvanizing civic action towards the upcoming municipal election, organizers say.

People from across Toronto will gather to discuss ideas and generate strategies as the city heads towards the municipal election, a new Council including a new Mayor, as well as the 2004 budget process. The city-wide Summit builds on the energy generated by local Summits in Scarborough, York and Rexdale, along with gatherings of various ethnocultural communities, including the Chinese Canadian National Council - Toronto, Council of Agencies Serving South Asians and the Caribbean Cultural Workshop.

The Summit will feature workshops and plenary discussions covering the range of issues facing the city. It has been organized by TorontoCAN, the Toronto Civic Action Network, a broad-based civil society network.

The Toronto-wide Summit's main function is to provide a venue for communities to speak out about issues that affect them right across the city, according to Tanya Gulliver, TorontoCAN's Coordinator.

“TorontoCAN wants to engage people across the entire city,” Gulliver said, “from Rexdale to Malvern, from the Lakeshore to Jane and Finch. Residents of Toronto know what they need from city government; we want to help them learn how to get it.”

Highlights of the event include opening remarks by David Pecaut, Chair of the Toronto City Summit Alliance and Councillor Olivia Chow, Chair of the City's Community and Neighbourhood Services Committee. A debate among leading Mayoral candidates has suffered from surprise cancellations by John Nunziata, John Tory and, overnight last night, Barbara Hall. David Miller is the only leading candidate not to drop out.

Toronto Peoples Summit

Saturday, October 4th, 2003

9:30 AM Registration

10:00 AM Opening Plenary with David Pecaut and Olivia Chow

10:45 AM to 12:15 PM First Workshop Session

12:15 PM to 1:15 PM Lunch

1:15 PM to 2:45 PM Second Workshop Session

3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Closing Plenary

North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge Street

For more event details please visit: www.torontocan.ca

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For more information:

Tanya Gulliver, Coordinator, TorontoCAN
Cell 416-527-4081, Work 416-598-4521 ext 225