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April 30, 2003
Mayor's Task Force on SARS Recovery moves into high gear
The Mayor's Task Force on SARS Recovery took further action today to ensure
that Toronto's economy makes a fast rebound from the effects of the SARS

Councillors on the Committee joined Mayor Lastman in an exchange of views with
representatives of Canada's financial services sector, including Gay Mitchell,
who attended on behalf of Canada's major banks, and Irene Klatt, Director of
Health Insurance Policy for the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association.
The Committee also heard from John Kiru, Executive Director of Toronto's
Association of Business Improvement Areas.

Their recommendations and offers of support will be integrated into action
plans now under development by five sub-committees that the Task Force
established on Monday.

Mayor Lastman expressed Toronto's gratitude to Canada's five major banks for
donating $1 million toward a campaign to restore the reputation and financial
health of the city.

He also thanked the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association for its
efforts to ensure that the industry's clients understand that travel to Toronto
is safe.

Mr. Kiru of the Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas pledged its
members' support for the Task Force and highlighted ways members can work with
it to encourage Torontonians to enjoy the city's many attractions and

Members of the public who would like to contribute ideas to the Task Force's
recovery strategy are invited to contact the Task Force at the following

Mayor's Task Force on SARS Recovery
Eight Floor, East Tower
Toronto City Hall
100 Queen St. W.
M5H 2N2
Fax (416) 395-0349

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