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Itinerary: Official Visit to Ontario

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December 1, 2010

Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to Ontario

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, will undertake an official visit to Ontario, on December 2 and 3, 2010.

During the visit, Their Excellencies will travel to Toronto to meet with the province’s Lieutenant Governor, Premier and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, as well as the Mayor of the capital city.

The Governor General will also attend the 16th Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter’s Philanthropy Awards Luncheon.

“I’m looking forward to meeting and honouring individuals who have contributed so much to help and shape their communities,” said His Excellency David Johnston. “I believe that philanthropy and volunteerism are key components to establishing a smart and caring nation, which is why I have made them one of my three pillars as governor general of Canada.”

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3), Their Excellencies and Their Honours the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley, will visit patients, caregivers and researchers at the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

Thursday, December 2
Toronto, Ontario

12 p.m.
16th Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Toronto Chapter’s Philanthropy Awards Luncheon
His Excellency will address award recipients and guests at the 16th Annual Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Toronto Chapter’s Philanthropy Awards ceremony. The AFP awards recognize important philanthropic contributions made by individuals, corporations, foundations, youth leaders and small organizations over the past year. 2010 marks the 50th anniversary of the association.

The AFP represents more than 30 000 members in 213 chapters throughout the world, working to advance philanthropy through advocacy, research, education and certification programs. The association fosters the development and growth of fundraising professionals, and promotes high ethical standards in the fundraising profession. It also believes that, to guarantee human freedom and social creativity, people must have the right to freely and voluntarily form organizations to meet perceived needs, advocate causes and seek funds to support these activities.
Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St W, Toronto
PHOTO OP—During the speeches and the presentation of the awards

3 p.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario

Upon their arrival at the Legislative Building at Queen’s Park, Their Excellencies will be greeted by the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario; the Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario; and His Honour David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The Governor General will receive full military honours, which will include a 21-gun salute, the “Viceregal Salute” and the inspection of the guard of honour, composed of soldiers from the 32 Canadian Brigade Group and the Governor General’s Horse Guards.

The Governor General’s Horse Guards is an armoured reconnaissance regiment in the Primary Reserve of the Canadian Army, part of Land Force Central Area’s 32 Canadian Brigade Group. Based in Toronto, it is the most senior reserve regiment in Canada, and the only Cavalry regiment of the governor general’s Guards.
Legislative Building, Queen’s Park, Toronto
OPEN TO MEDIA

3:30 p.m.
Meeting with the Honourable Dalton McGuinty, Premier of Ontario
Premier’s Office, Queen’s Park, Toronto
PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies 

4 p.m.
Governor General to Address Members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
His Excellency will address the members of the provincial Parliament and guests at the Legislative Assembly. The Honourable Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, the Premier and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will also deliver remarks. The Governor General’s address will be broadcast live via:
www.gg.ca  
www.premier.gov.on.ca/events/gg20101202.php  www.premier.gov.on.ca/events/gg20101202.php?Lang=FR
Legislative Assembly’s Grand Staircase, Queen’s Park, Toronto
OPEN TO MEDIA

6:30 p.m.
Reception Hosted by the Premier of Ontario
In honour of Their Excellencies’ official visit to Ontario, the Premier will host a reception during which they will have the opportunity to meet and speak with Ontarians who have contributed to their communities. The Governor General will deliver a speech on this occasion.
The MaRS Centre, 101 College Street, Toronto
CLOSED TO MEDIA

Friday, December 3
Toronto, Ontario

8:30 a.m.
Visit to the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital
On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Their Excellencies, along with Their Honours the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, and
Mrs. Ruth Ann Onley, will visit Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation teaching hospital, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Their Excellencies and Their Honours will tour the state-of-the-art building, with special visits to the Bloorview School Authority education facilities and the Bloorview Research Institute, which is focused on enhancing care, developing assistive technologies and evaluating all barriers restricting inclusion of children with disabilities. They will also have the opportunity to interact with clients, caregivers, researchers and students.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital’s vision is to create a world of possibility for kids with a disability. Holland Bloorview pioneers treatments, technologies, therapies and real-world programs that give children with disabilities the tools to participate fully in life. Every year, the hospital sees about 7 000 children, with about 600 inpatient admissions and 58 000 outpatient visits. As a key resource for Ontario, Holland Bloorview is committed to partnerships to build clinical, academic and community capacity to enhance the quality of life for children with rehabilitation and complex care needs and for their families. The facility has been recognized as state-of-the-art by the International Academy for Design and Health.
150 Kilgour Road, Toronto
OPEN TO MEDIA
JOINT STATEMENTS—His Excellency and His Honour will deliver short remarks to media following their visit

10:15 a.m.
Visit to Dewson Street Junior Public School
Their Excellencies will visit this successful downtown school. They will read books to the children and participate in a question period with students.

Dewson Street Junior Public School is a community school that provides exemplary programs in English and French, from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. It focuses on literacy programs and the promotion of arts as a medium for learning.
65 Concord Avenue, Toronto
OPEN TO MEDIA

11:30 a.m.
Meeting with His Worship Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto
Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mayor Rob Ford at the main doors of the City Hall where they will walk past a guard of honour of members of Toronto EMS, Toronto Fire Service, the Toronto Police Service, the Toronto Transit Commission and City staff. Their Excellencies will also sign the official guest book. 
Toronto City Hall, Toronto

PHOTO OP—Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies, at the signing of the guest book and at the beginning of the meeting

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Media Information:

Prior to the official visit:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-0287
613-302-0912 (cell)
marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca

During the official visit:
Joanne Charette
Official Spokesperson to the Governor General
613-852-5364 (cell)
joanne.charette@gg.ca