Toronto, October 18, 2007 – Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) has learnt that a 15-foot carved pole that they commissioned in conjunction with the Scarborough Arts Council has disappeared from its location. The hydro pole was a donation from Toronto Hydro and was carved into a totem-style pole by a professional artist and 30 Scarborough youths-at-risk, ages 12-18, this summer. The pole was to be placed in a native plants garden from TRCA in Morningside Park, located in Scarborough. On October 17, however when it was time for the installation, the pole was missing.

“We are disappointed that this has taken place,” said Michelle Pongracz, community stewardship projects, TRCA. “Students in Scarborough worked hard this summer on this project. We were so excited to finally have the pole installed as a testament of their hard work, and dismayed someone has taken it. We ask that anyone who has seen the pole, to contact the police at 43 Division.”

The pole stands 15-feet tall, has a natural wood finish and has been weather coated. It has a series of carvings and engravings, including hands holding a globe covered with animals. 

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