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May 14, 2003
Media Advisory: Mayor and City officials to brief U.S. National League of Cities on Toronto's response to SARS
Toronto - Mayor Mel Lastman will host a news conference tomorrow following a
half-day meeting with key members of the U.S. National League of Cities (NLC).
The delegation hopes to learn from the Toronto experience in dealing with
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and apply the knowledge and lessons learned
to cities in the United States.

At the meeting, Shirley Hoy, Toronto's Chief Administrator; Barry Gutteridge,
Commissioner of Works and Emergency Services; Dr. Sheela Basrur, Toronto's
Medical Officer of Health; Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Associate Medical Officer of
Health and Director of Communicable Disease Control; Brenda Librecz, Executive
Director of Economic Development; and Bruce Farr, Acting Chief of Emergency
Medical Services will brief the NLC about Toronto's response to SARS. Members
of the Mayor's 'Toronto: You Belong Here' Task Force will also attend the

Date: Thursday, May 15
Time: 1 p.m.
Location: The Fairmont Royal York - Library Room, 100 Front Street West

The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest U.S. organization
representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is
to strengthen and promote cities as centres of opportunity, leadership and
governance. The unique partnership among NLC, the 49 state municipal leagues,
and the elected leaders of the 1,700 member cities and 18,000 state league
cities provides a powerful network for information sharing and for speaking on
behalf of America's cities in Washington, D.C. and all state capitals.

For more information, visit the NLC Web site at

Media Contact
Melinda McInnes
City of Toronto Media Relations

Michael Reinemer
Communications Director, National League of Cities



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