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Local Government Takes Centre Stage

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Local Government Takes Centre Stage

Province and Municipalities Launch Local Government Week

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Local Government Week is being celebrated across Ontario from October 19 to 25, 2008.

Local Government Week will introduce Grades 5 and 10 students across the province to the world of municipal government - its leaders, the programs and services they provide, local decision-making, and career and volunteer opportunities in local public service.

Local Government Week is a project of the Association of Municipal Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario (AMCTO) supported by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

The partners worked closely with the Ontario Teachers Federation and other education experts in developing the program.

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Quick Facts

  • Local Government Week is aimed at Grade 5 students of social studies and Grade 10 students of civics and history.
  • Suggested activities include:
    • Mayor-For-A-Day
    • Mock elections
    • Class tour of City Hall and other municipal offices
    • Observing Council in session
    • A presentation of career and volunteer opportunities in local public service.

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Quotes

“Local Government Week is an opportunity for our children and youth to learn more about the role local government plays in our daily lives.”

Jim Watson

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“Teaching young people about responsible citizenship and the value of stewardship for their local communities are critical to the long-term vitality and prosperity of Ontario’s municipalities. We are pleased to partner with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and AMO to bring Local Government Week to life and as a celebration of the key role that Ontario local governments play in defining the character, priorities, and physical make-up of our communities.”

Ray Callery

AMCTO President

“Local Government Week will engage tomorrow’s community leaders today.”

Peter Hume

AMO President

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