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March 7, 2002
Mayor calls waterfront superjail "ridiculous"
  
TORONTO -- Calls for a giant prison on Toronto's waterfront are "ridiculous,"
Mayor Mel Lastman said today.

"The only people who should be jailed on the waterfront are the politicians
proposing that we use the waterfront as a jail," Lastman said. "This is
singularly the stupidest idea to come out of Queen's Park in a long time -- and
they have had many."

The Mayor's comments followed a suggestion by Ontario's corrections minister
that a superjail be built on the waterfront to deal with chronic overcrowding
in the city's jails.

All three levels of government have committed hundreds of millions of dollars
to revitalize Toronto's waterfront, beginning with an extension of Front
Street, the construction of a second subway platform at Union Station, the
naturalization of the mouth of the Don River and brownfield remediation in the
portlands.


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