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December 28, 2001
Toronto to Help Buffalo Dig Out
  
City snow removal equipment and staff will be en route to Buffalo by Sunday
night to help the border town dig out from one of the worst snowstorms in its
history.

"We offered our assistance and Buffalo readily accepted," said Toronto Deputy
Mayor Case Ootes. "Toronto has been helped by other cities in the past; this is
our chance to repay the kindness. You can't stand by while a neighbor is in
trouble."

The offer to Buffalo Mayor Anthony Masiello was made through Mayor Mel
Lastman's office earlier today. Masiello's chief-of-staff, Vincent LoVallo,
said the roads around Buffalo are too dangerous today but that his city would
be grateful for any equipment Toronto could spare once the snow stops falling.

City staff believe they can afford to donate 15 dump trucks and high-lift
front-end loaders to the clean-up effort without compromising their ability to
cope with a snowstorm here. Out-of-pocket expenses will be covered by Buffalo,
who promised to "look after" their Canadian guests while they are in town.

For more information please contact:
Scot Magnish
Mayor's Office
416-395-6472

For weekend follows, please contact:
Steve Johnston
Works and Emergency Services
416-347-0804


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