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April 28, 2003
Senior federal and provincial ministers join Mayor Lastman at Chinese business community's SARS Summit
TORONTO -- Senior figures from all levels of government joined Mayor Mel
Lastman this morning to hear the Chinese business community's recommendations
for dealing with the SARS outbreak. The meeting focussed on measures to help
Toronto's economy make a fast and complete recovery from the economic impact of
the outbreak.

The call for the meeting was initiated by seven Chinese business associations
in the Greater Toronto area. Government representatives made note of a series
of presentations by leaders of the associations.

Mayor Lastman expressed the City's gratitude for the Chinese businesses groups'
initiative and pledged that the City would follow up and act on the information
provided in the presentations, starting with the first meeting of the Mayor's
Task Force on SARS this afternoon.

City officials noted that the City is already moving forward on several of
today's recommendations as a result of last week's special meeting of Council
to deal with SARS.

Joining Mayor Lastman in responding to the recommendations were the Honourable
David Collenette, Canada's Minister of Transportation; the Honourable Jim
Flaherty, Ontario's Minister of Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation; William
Bell, Mayor of Richmond Hill; and Don Cousins, Mayor of Markham.

Representatives of all levels of government agreed to work together and
co-ordinate their efforts on behalf on Toronto resident and businesses affected
by SARS.

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