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April 25, 2003
Toronto reminds the world: City remains safe to visit
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada - Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman and the City of Toronto's
Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sheela Basrur, today released a video clip to
all local, national and international media reminding the world that Toronto
remains a safe and healthy travel destination.

The video is being broadcast around the world via satellite. The clip will be
available later today on the City of Toronto Web site.

"I want to let everyone know that Toronto is - and that Toronto remains - a
safe, healthy place to visit," said Mayor Mel Lastman. "We have guarantees from
the best medical doctors in the world."

Toronto is the capital of Ontario and Canada's largest city, with 2.5 million
people. The World Health Organization's Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
(SARS) travel advisory for Toronto is unwarranted, according to public health
officials dealing with SARS, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention. There are now 257 cases of SARS in Canada, down from more than 300
just one week ago.

"I'm here to tell you that we do not have a medical emergency from SARS," said
Dr. Basrur. "It is a safe city in which to live, to work, and to visit and we
would encourage anyone who wants to come and see for themselves to take a trip
to Toronto and enjoy what we have to offer."

Convention centres, sports arenas, theatres, cinemas, shopping malls, public
transit and other public spaces all remain open and free from the spread of
SARS. The risk of contracting SARS is extremely low for the general public -
including residents and visitors.

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