Toronto Board of Trade

Toronto Board of Trade

April 22, 2005 14:54 ET

Toronto Board of Trade Helps Can The Litter

President Glen Grunwald & Board staff join 20 Minute Makeover Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 22, 2005) - Toronto Board of Trade President Glen Grunwald and Board staff members came out in support of the Mayor's 20 Minute Makeover today, helping to clean up areas near the Board's four facilities in Toronto.

"People paying someone else to clean up their mess is just not good enough," said Grunwald, "It already costs 16 million of our tax dollars to clean up litter every year, and the streets are still dirty. It's up to all of us to take some responsibility for the problem."

Grunwald and staff from the Board's downtown headquarters spent their clean-up time at the Cloud Forest Conservatory off Temperance Street, while staff at the Board's North York Chamber of Commerce division, Airport Centre and Country Club helped clean up street waste in their areas.

In addition to taking part in today's clean-up event, the Board is also leading a coalition of business, community groups and educators in a public education campaign called "Can The Litter", aimed at making litter socially unacceptable. Already launched in Toronto schools, the program will go into full swing with an advertising launch in June.

"Every piece of litter on our streets makes it harder for Toronto to attract tourists, skilled workers and investment," explained Grunwald, "Together with the 100-plus volunteer groups in our campaign, we're hoping to help Toronto regain its reputation as a clean, competitive and vibrant city."

The Toronto Board of Trade is the champion of a competitive and vibrant Toronto with a mandate to serve, represent and unite the city's business community. Founded in 1845, the non-profit organization now boasts nearly 10,000 members, including businesses of every size and type, and operates at four locations across Toronto. Further information about Board events, policies, advocacy and products is available on its website at
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  • Glen Stone, Public Affairs Manager
    Primary Phone: 416-862-4565