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Premier McGuinty To Host Shared Air Summit June 20th

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Premier McGuinty To Host Shared Air Summit June 20th

Canadian And U.S. Experts Come Together To Discuss Cleaner Air For Better Health

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QUEEN'S PARK -- Ontario is bringing together experts from both sides of the Canada-U.S. border to discuss how the province and neighbouring states can work together to clean up the air we share, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.

"When it comes to cleaner air for better health, Ontario is leading the way with our strategy to phase out coal-fired electricity plants," Premier McGuinty said.

"We want to lead the way when it comes to building partnerships for cleaner air with our friends and neighbours throughout the Great Lakes region. This summit is an important step towards building those partnerships."

Premier McGuinty will deliver the keynote address at the summit.

The tentative list of participants, in order of scheduled appearance, includes: environmentalist and author Dr. David Suzuki, Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sheela Basrur, Minister of State for Public Health Carolyn Bennett, Peter Lehner of the Office of the Attorney-General of New York, Dr. Ted Boadway of the Ontario Medical Association and Praveen Amar of Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management.

"The Premier decided it was time for a summit after meeting with fellow leaders, environmentalists and industries on both sides of the border," said MPP Laurel Broten, who has been spearheading the meeting's organization as Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier.

"Our goal is to share information as we work towards a common approach to cleaning up our air."

"All it takes is a stiff wind to move air pollution from one jurisdiction to another," Premier McGuinty said.

"Air pollution doesn't respect borders any more than it respects human health. So we need to stiffen our collective resolve to do more about it. This meeting is a first step."

For more information on the Shared Air Summit, visit www.sharedair.ca.

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