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April 7, 2009
Statements from Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone on the earthquake in Italy
Mayor David Miller and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone offer the following statements for the recent earthquake in Italy which impacted L'Aquila and the Abruzzo region. L'Aquila was a sister city of the former City of York. More than 200 lives have been lost, and more than 1,500 people injured.

“The hearts and thoughts of all Torontonians go out to the residents of L'Aquila, the Abruzzo region, and all of Italy,” said Mayor David Miller. “As Toronto is home to over half a million residents of Italian heritage I know many in our city have family and friends directly affected by his terrible tragedy. You have the thoughts and prayers of all your neighbours. As is always the case when terrible events affect other parts of the world - no matter how close or how far, Torontonians have always been there to lend a hand. As more details are known of the scope of this disaster, I know Torontonians will be there once again.”

“As a native of Italy, it is heart-wrenching to see the rescue efforts help survivors escape buildings reduced to rubble, and people disconnected from their homes, living in tent cities. But this community will rebound, as previous generations have before in the face of such tragedies,” said Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone. “This is a region rich with the history of the humanity. The loss of some of this history is a loss to the world. But Italy has a history of rebounding from such tragedies. L'Aquila and the Abruzzo region will rebuild, no doubt, with careful consideration to preserving as much as possible the rich history this region possesses.”

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Stuart Green, Deputy Communications Director, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7119,



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