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March 15, 2010
City of Toronto confirms no involvement in funeral costs for Mr. Haim
  
Media reports concerning funeral costs for Mr. Haim continue to reference the City of Toronto.

As a result of these ongoing reports, the City of Toronto wishes to ensure the facts are properly available.

The City of Toronto has never received an application for assistance with the funeral costs for Mr. Haim.

While the City would normally not confirm or deny the existence of an application for assistance with funeral benefits as this is a matter covered by Privacy regulations; given the number of reports the City has chosen to confirm the facts in this matter.

Media seeking to confirm the original reports of the City's involvement in the costs of Mr. Haim's funeral continue to be asked to speak with the originating source for the report.

While the City of Toronto is not involved in Mr. Haim's funeral, the City of Toronto, like most municipalities, assists deceased Toronto residents that do not have adequate resources within their estate to pay for a basic funeral and burial. An evaluation of the Estate is conducted before any assistance is provided. The program is administered by the City's Toronto Employment and Social Services Division and details about this program are available at: www.toronto.ca/socialservices/funeral.htm

Kevin Sack, Director, Strategic Communications, City of Toronto ( ksack@toronto.ca ). Cell 416-919-6500



 

 

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