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Premier Appoints Special Advisor On The Future Of The GTA And Creative Cities

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Premier Appoints Special Advisor On The Future Of The GTA And Creative Cities

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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty today made the following appointment:

John Honderich as special advisor on the future of the GTA and creative cities.

In this dual role, he will provide counsel and advice in the areas of civic and economic development related to the Greater Toronto Area. He will also provide advice on the role of cultural industries in creating new jobs and moving urban areas forward as creative cities of worldwide recognition. The appointment is effective February 15.

"John Honderich's knowledge and expertise will help build a more dynamic future for the GTA and a stronger province for all," said Premier McGuinty. "Ontario is home to some of the best and brightest minds in the world -- this appointment will also help capitalize on the creative potential of our cities and build an Ontario where innovation is sustained, engrained and cultivated."

John Honderich began his newspaper career with the Ottawa Citizen and went on to hold a number of editorial positions with the Toronto Star before becoming Publisher in 1994, a position he held for 10 years. Most recently, he has been Special Ambassador for the Mayor of Toronto.

As an advisor to Premier McGuinty, his work will focus on providing counsel on the future of the GTA. He will also provide advice on maximizing the potential of Ontario's cultural industries as a critical economic driver. In particular, he will build on the Toronto region's and Ottawa's potential by identifying specific action plans to move these urban areas forward as creative cities of worldwide recognition.

"For the past 18 months, I have worked to make the new deal for cities a reality and participated as a member of the joint provincial-Toronto task force on creative cities," said Mr. Honderich. "Building on this rewarding experience, I hope to move the urban agenda even further."

Mr. Honderich will provide advice on topics requested by the Premier. He will report directly to the Secretary of the Cabinet and will be paid $1 dollar per year.

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