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June 20, 2000
First-ever Toronto Smog Summit Draws Federal, Provincial Ministers Anderson, Collenette, Newman, Lastman, and Layton to attend
Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2000

Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Council Chamber, Metro Hall, 55 John Street

Who: Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman
Toronto Councillor Jack Layton
The Hon. David Anderson, Federal Minister of the Environment
The Hon. David Collenette, Federal Minister of Transport
The Hon. Dan Newman, Ontario Minister of the Environment

At the Toronto Smog Summit, Dr. Isser Dubinsky, Chief of Emergency Medicine,
University Health Network (TGH, Toronto Western, Princess Margaret), will speak
at 9:10 a.m to relate the human side of city's 1,000-death-a-year smog
statistics. Dr. Dubinsky will also speak about experiences in treating air
pollution victims, and his views on the costs of acute care compared to the
costs of prevention.

"It's easy for someone in a government office to say that a person suffering
from asthma can go to a hospital and be treated. I see the child terrified
they're going to die, the parents, and the professional, social and family
dynamics that are disrupted," said Dr. Dubinsky.

Other Summit highlights include anti-smog action announcements by:

11:30 a.m. Mayor Mel Lastman

11:45 a.m. Hon. David Anderson, Federal Environment Minister

12:00 p.m. Hon. David Collenette, Federal Transport Minister

12:15 p.m. Hon. Dan Newman, Ontario Environment Minister

12:30 p.m. media scrum

1:30 p.m. Councillor Jack Layton (successful anti-smog actions)

Media Contact
Councillor Jack Layton,

Franz Hartmann
EA to Jack Layton



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