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May 2, 2003
Toronto delighted with American Library Association's confirmation of June conference
  
TORONTO - City of Toronto officials are extremely pleased with today's
announcement by the American Library Association's (ALA) that they will go
ahead with their June conference in Toronto as planned.

In response to concerns raised by the ALA, public health officials, the Mayor's
office, tourism and other city officials, provided repeated assurances along
with accurate, timely and factual information to the association. "Clearly the
ALA has considered the facts in this matter and arrived at the right decision,"
said Deputy Mayor Case Ootes. "We are simply delighted and welcome this
organization to our great city. Toronto has a lot to offer businesses and
visitors, and remains a safe and healthy city to visit and conduct business in."

Other conventions will take place as scheduled. These include the Conference
and Festival of Architecture Innovation (May 7 to 10); the Canadian Pain
Society Annual Conference (May 22 to 24); the Canadian Centre for Emergency
Preparedness (June 22 to 25); the International Society for Magnetic Resonance
in Medicine (July 7 to 16); and the International Congress of Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology (July 20 to 24).

Toronto is the capital of Ontario and Canada's largest city, with 2.5 million
people. The city offers some of the world's most outstanding restaurants,
hotels, shopping, theatre, galleries, sporting events and more.

Visit the City of Toronto's Web site at http://www.toronto.ca for more
information.


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