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article imageToronto Mayor Ford launches 'Clean Toronto Together' initiative Special

By Andrew Moran     Mar 30, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Ward 17 City Councillor Cesar Palacio launched the "Clean Toronto Together" campaign Tuesday. The latest initiative will include cleaning up graffiti, the 20-minute makeover and the mayor's community clean-up day.
During the Toronto mayoral campaign last year, Rob Ford pledged that he would clean the city streets, including graffiti that has plagued Toronto. But the mayor is still continuing on with his election promise.
According to OpenFile, there have been more properties in violation of graffiti codes since Ford entered office. In total, there have been 2,154 citations from Dec. 2010 to Mar. 2011; compared to 2,268 from Mar. 2009 to Nov. 2010.
Mayor Rob Ford (C) and co-sponsors of the  Clean Toronto Together  initiative
Mayor Rob Ford (C) and co-sponsors of the "Clean Toronto Together" initiative
“As you know, I campaigned to clean up Toronto’s streets and neighbourhoods,” said Mayor Rob Ford. “It’s my pleasure to officially kick off the city’s new program: Clean Toronto Together. Together we will clean up our city for a number of different initiatives. And it all starts right here at the city.”
The city of Toronto is in the midst of its three-week spring clean-up in which municipal workers have picked up “thousands of tons of litter across the city.” Several hundred city staff members are also working to remove graffiti.
City employees are using 300 pieces of equipment, including 60 pickup trucks, 50 litter vacuums, 45 sweepers and others.
Davenport Ward 17 City Councillor Cesar Polacio
Davenport Ward 17 City Councillor Cesar Polacio
“We're taking a grass-roots approach to cleaning up graffiti by engaging our Business Improvement Areas, Toronto Police, agencies, boards and commissions, corporate citizens, local schools and the arts community,” continued Ford. “I’ll be working closely with my colleague here, Councillor Cesar Palacio.”
Ford urged Toronto residents to take part in the 20-minute makeover event on Apr. 15 at 2 p.m. to help clean up the city, and to organize community groups on the following day at noon.
Free gloves and GLAD garbage bags will be available at community centres, civic centres and Pizza Pizza locations – they were also handed out during the press conference.
“It’s with a tremendous sense of pride and satisfaction that I am here today to deliver the launching of this new graffiti strategy,” said Councillor Cesar Palacio. “Our primary goal is to eliminate graffiti and vandalism from city buildings and structures across the city and to encourage property owners to remove any unsolicited graffiti.”
Sponsors of the project include GLAD, Home Depot, McDonald’s, Pizza Pizza, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Tim Hortons, the Toronto Star and the Toronto Sun. CP24 will be the television sponsor.
“GLAD Canada couldn't be more thrilled to be part of the 20-Minute Makeover,” said GLAD Canada general manager, Mark Malo. “This program is such an incredible initiative. Something as simple as spending just 20 minutes pitching in for our city-wide spring cleaning can be the tipping point. Let’s make Toronto, the city we already know and love, even more beautiful and vibrant.”
Ford will take part in graffiti removal on Apr. 7.
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