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April 22, 2003
Lastman calls on PM, Premier for SARS relief
  
Toronto - Mayor Mel Lastman today called on Prime Minister Jean Chretien and
Premier Ernie Eves for financial assistance in the wake of the Severe Acute
Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak that has stretched the City's resources to
the max.

"I agree with the province that the federal government has to help us with
public health dollars and resources," said Lastman. "Our public health system
is at its limit and all three levels of government need to work together to
address the economic impact of this disease."

The Mayor said he will be introducing the framework of an economic relief
package at Thursday's emergency meeting of Council. He added that a more
comprehensive plan will follow a summit with Asian business leaders Monday,
April 28 and a meeting he has called with federal and provincial tourism
officials.

"I continue to have faith in our health care system and the front-line workers
who have been managing this outbreak but we all must remain vigilant," he said.
"Listen to instructions, wash your hands often and stay quarantined if you are
told to.

"By working together, we will be able to put this SARS outbreak behind us."


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