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April 29, 2003
Toronto responds to lifting of W.H.O. travel advisory
  
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada - At a news conference today, Mayor Mel Lastman and
the City's Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Sheela Basrur, responded to the World
Health Organization's (W.H.O.) decision to lift the travel advisory placed on
Toronto last week.

"We are extremely pleased that the World Health Organization has rescinded its
SARS-related travel advisory for Toronto and I would like to thank them for
listening to our message," said Mayor Lastman. "Toronto is, and remains, a safe
and healthy city to work, live and play in. We remain open for business."

"This is a great example of the facts speaking for themselves," said Dr. Sheela
Basrur. "SARS cases in Toronto have been contained. It's great news that the
Canadian delegates in Geneva persuaded W.H.O. officials to reconsider their
travel advisory."

Mayor Lastman commended the outstanding commitment of front-line healthcare
staff in containing the threat of SARS and applauded private sector initiatives
to assist those affected by SARS. "Our city is safe and I want everyone to come
here and experience all that Toronto has to offer," said Mayor Lastman.

Toronto is the capital of Ontario and Canada's largest city, with 2.5 million
people. Convention centres, sports arenas, theatres, cinemas, shopping malls,
public transit and other public spaces all remain open.
Toronto officials announce lifting of W.H.O. travel 
advisory
Toronto officials announce lifting of W.H.O. travel advisory


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