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October 21, 2002
Mayor welcomes meeting with former Lt.-Gov.
Mayor Mel Lastman today said he would welcome a meeting with Lincoln Alexander,
chair of the Canadian Race Relations Committee, on allegations of racial
profiling levelled at the Toronto Police Service.

"I'm a great fan of Lincoln Alexander's and if he thinks a meeting is in order,
I'll be there," Lastman said.

The Mayor added that he continues to have "full confidence" in Police Chief
Julian Fantino and the men and women of the Toronto Police Service - an agency
that has received international recognition for its work on civil rights and
enjoys a 94 per cent approval rating by the community.

"With respect to the suggestion of racial profiling, I don't believe it exists
on an institutional level in this city, but I will reserve further comment
until I see all the facts," he said.

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