The Olympic Flame burned brightly in Toronto
When the Olympic Torch Relay visited Toronto on December 17 to 19, 2009, thousands of Torontonians of all ages lined city streets to cheer on the Olympic Flame and attended the Community Celebration at Nathan Phillips Square on December 17.
The Olympic Torch Relay was a once-in-a-lifetime event that brought the spirit of the games to Toronto. Close to 200 torchbearers, including Canadian film directors, father and son Ivan and Jason Reitman, Olympians such as hockey players Vicky Sunohara and Murray Dowey, sailor Paul Henderson and rower Marnie McBean, along with hundreds of everyday Canadians, carried the Olympic Flame for 48 kilometres through city neighbourhoods.
The Olympic celebrations continues with the Paralympic Torch Relay
On February 20 2010, Adrian Heaps, Chair of the Toronto Community Task Force for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay (Councillor, Ward 35 Scarborough Southwest), announced Toronto's five Community Torchbearers who carried the Paralympic Flame when it visited the city for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay on Friday March 5. Toronto was one of three cities outside of British Columbia chosen to host the 2010 Paralympic Torch Relay.
The five Community Torchbearers were Paralympians Jeff Adams and Erika Schmutz, wheelchair basketball player Shayne Smith; Citytv reporter Tara Weber and ParaSport Ontario advocate and volunteer Joe Millage. More than 40 torchbearers, including Toronto's five Community Torchbearers tookpart in the relay at Nathan Phillips Square in March 2010.