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TORONTO The Toronto Civic Action Network (TorontoCAN) kicks off a series of local community summits this week to build participation in the 2nd Annual Peoples Summit that will be held next October.

Theres lots of discussion at events like last weeks City Summit about the present and future state of Toronto, said TorontoCAN Co-ordinator Tanya Gulliver. We want to make sure that average residents have a say about what matters to their local communities.

The first two local summits will take place this week in Rexdale and York, followed in September by forums in South Etobicoke and Scarborough. They all lead up to the city-wide 2nd Annual Peoples Summit on October 3 and 4.

These forums have been developed by the local community to reflect those issues that are most important in their area, Gulliver said. TorontoCAN wants to make Toronto a more liveable city by involving as many people as possible and ensuring that residents are aware of how they can create change.

The first two events are:

Solutions For Your City
A York Community Summit
Youth ~ Policing ~ Recreation ~ Poverty ~Racial Profiling ~ Employment ~Health
Tuesday, June 10
7 to 9 p.m. at Oakwood Village Library & Arts Centre
341 Oakwood Avenue at Rogers Road

Community Town Hall Meeting on Education
sponsored with Rexdale Cross Cultural Committee and Rexdale Youth Advocates
Effects of zero tolerance policy and funding cuts on young people
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
6:30 - 9:00 p.m. at the Rexdale Community Health Centre
Panel: Local parent activist Ikram Freed, Youth advocate Henrietta Opoku, Representative from Community Initiative for Suspended Students

TorontoCAN is a coalition of community and labour groups dedicated to improving the quality of life for all Toronto residents by protecting and enhancing City and community services. Funding for the community summits is provided by the Maytree Foundation and the Laidlaw Foundation.


For more information, contact:
Tanya Gulliver
416-598-4521 ext 225
416-527-4081 (cell)