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March 1, 2010
Statement by Mayor David Miller: Earthquake in Chile
On behalf of all Torontonians, I extend deepest condolences and sympathies to Toronto's Chilean community and in particular to those with family and friends in the areas devastated by yesterday's earthquake.

Toronto is proudly home to thousands of Chilean-Canadians many of whom fled their homeland to escape political persecution under the Pinochet regime and who found sanctuary in Toronto and Canada. Like so many others, the Chilean community is one that makes Toronto the culturally rich city it is today. When tragedies like this occur, it resonates across our city especially coming so soon after the devastation in Haiti.

The thoughts and prayers of all Torontonians go out to all those affected by this disaster.

As with the recent Haiti earthquake, I have asked Toronto's Office of Emergency Management to determine the best way for the city to respond under the terms of City Council's 2006 International Disaster Relief Policy in close co-operation with other orders of government and relevant partner organizations. We stand ready to do what we can to help.

In the meantime, I am suggesting anyone wishing to make immediate donations to relief efforts do so through the Red Cross online at, by calling toll free 1-800-418-1111 or at any Red
Cross office.

Stuart Green, Deputy Director of Communications, Office of Mayor David Miller



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