May 19, 2004

Toronto-York-Durham-Peel politicians to celebrate June 1st launch of smoke-free by-laws within GTA

 Regions of York, Durham and Peel are coming together to celebrate the June 1st launch of smoke-free by-laws in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce Jessica Holmes, supporter of smoke-free environments for the nightclub and entertainment industry, will act as celebrity master of ceremonies and will be joined by politicians and local medical officers of health.
WHEN: Friday, May 21, 2004 at 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: Union Station, Main Concourse, Upper Level
  65 Front Street West, Toronto
• Toronto Councillor John Filion, Chair, Toronto Board of Health
• York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch
• Durham Regional Chair Roger Anderson
• Peel Regional Chair Emil Kolb
• Comedienne Jessica Holmes
• Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Toronto Medical Officer of Health
• York Regional Councillor Joyce Frustaglio, Chair, Health and Emergency Medical Services Committee
• Dr. K. Helena Jaczek, York Region Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner of Health Services
• Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Commissioner and Medical Officer of Health
• Dr. David McKeown, Medical Officer of Health for the Region of Peel
No-smoking bylaws within the GTA regulate the smoking of tobacco in public places and workplaces in the City of Toronto and Regions of York, Durham and Peel.
In Toronto, York and Peel, bylaws have been implemented using a phased-in approach, with the final phase taking effect in June.  On June 1, 2004, bars, casinos, billiard and bingo halls, race tracks, night clubs and adult entertainment lounges in the GTA will be smoke-free.  In Durham, June 1st marks the date for all public and workplaces to be smoke free.
Media Contacts:  
Susan Sperling, Toronto Public Health – (416) 338-7974
Wendy Lewis, York Region - (905) 830-4444 or (416) 297-9696, Ext. 1238
Glendene Collins, Durham Region – (905) 723-8521, ext. 2290
Janet Eagleson, Peel Region – 905-791-7800, Ext. 2124

The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region

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