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November 6, 2002
Mayor respects Dubin's decision
  
Vancouver - Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman today said he respects The Honourable
Charles Dubin's decision to step aside while new race relations initiatives are
established by the Toronto Police Service.

"If he feels his review would be redundant, so be it," Lastman said from
Vancouver's airport where he was about to board a flight to Asia. "I respect
his opinion tremendously and I agree with him when he says that there are
several excellent initiatives underway."

The Mayor's comments came as he boarded a plane to Hong Kong for the first leg
of a 17-day business trip. He will be selling Toronto's merits to high tech,
biotech and financial services industry leaders in Asia.

The Mayor and Economic Development Chair Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong will
also be visiting business leaders in Shanghai before joining Bob Fung in
Singapore to promote investment in Toronto's waterfront.

Previous trade missions undertaken by the Mayor have paid huge dividends for
the City; his 1998 trip to Hollywood increased film production spending in
Toronto from $700 million to almost $1.3 billion a year.


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