FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb 27, 2003

PEACE IS A CITY ISSUE
Ottawa And Montreal City Councils Vote No To War

TORONTO-Ottawa and Montreal have joined the list of over 90 municipalities,
which include Vancouver and Victoria, in North America to pass resolutions
against sanctions and war on Iraq. In contrast, on February 5th Toronto City
Council ruled against a peace resolution, 22-16, despite their colleagues
and their constituents opposition to war.

There is currently a letter before Toronto City Council, which if signed by
23 councillors, would revive the issue. The Toronto Committee Against
Sanctions and War on Iraq (TCASWI) is calling on all peace-loving people in
Toronto to encourage their councillors to sign this letter now and vote for
peace.

"The Greater Toronto Area accounts for nearly 20% of the population of
Canada," notes Dylan Penner of TCASWI. "If Toronto voted for peace the
federal government would definitely take notice."

"Over 80 000 people in Toronto marched for peace on February 15th," says
Penner. "At the ballot box in November voters will remember whether their
councillor stood up for peace or simply stood by and did nothing, when
millions of lives were at risk."


FOR MORE INFO:

Dylan Penner, 416-880-6245
The Toronto Committee Against Sanctions and War on Iraq