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September 14, 2004
Mayor David Miller issues "call-to-action" to Torontonians in response to Hurricane Ivan
  
In the aftermath of the devastation created by the Category 5 storm, Hurricane
Ivan, Toronto Mayor David Miller, Councillor Bas Balkissoon and Councillor
Michael Thompson urged residents of Toronto today to offer assistance to those
in need in the affected Caribbean countries.

"Hurricane Ivan's devastation has been felt strongly and directly in our city.
Thousands of Torontonians have family and loved ones in the Caribbean," said
Mayor Miller. "We have the means and the responsibility to help mitigate this
disaster. City staff are mobilizing to offer relief, and I hope all residents
will do the same."

In addition to the volunteer efforts of many of Toronto's communities, the City
of Toronto has set up donation bins across Toronto where people can donate the
following:
· Non-perishable food items
· Bottled water, water containers
· Clothing
· Baby supplies: diapers, formula, etc.
· Medical supplies (over the counter) such as aspirin and tylenol
· Lanterns, flashlights, batteries
· Sheets, pillows, pillowcases, beds/cots
· Tarpaulin, plastic sheeting, tents.

Donations can be made at these locations:
· Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
· Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
· North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
· York Civic Centre, 2700 Eglinton Ave. W.
· East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.
· Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
· Metro Hall, 55 John St.
· Toronto's 81 Fire Halls
· Toronto Emergency Medical Services Headquarters, 4330 Dufferin St.
· EMS Northeast Service District, 2430 Lawrence Ave. E.
· EMS Northwest Service District, 50 Toryork Rd.
· EMS Southeast Service District, 1535 Kingston Rd.
· EMS Southwest Service District, 100 Turnberry Ave.

Tonight only, Toronto Fire services will also be accepting donations of goods
at the Air Canada Centre before the final of the World Cup of Hockey. Employees
and volunteers with Toronto Fire Services will be located at the West Plaza,
near the front doors, with a fire services vehicle to accept the donations.
(Cash donations will not be accepted.)

Lastly, people can help by donating cash to the Canadian Red Cross. Those
wishing to make a financial donation can call 1-800-418-1111. See
http://www.redcross.ca for more information.

Hurricane Ivan began on September 5 as a Category 4 hurricane but soon grew to
become a Category 5 storm (the highest possible), sustaining 225 kilometre/hour
winds. People have lost their lives, and homes and property have been
destroyed. It has affected Grenada, Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the
Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, Cuba, the Cayman Islands and Florida.

For more information and a list of international aid links, visit the City's
Web site at http://www.toronto.ca/tocares.

Media contacts:
Patchen Barss, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7134, cell: 416-527-3486
Mary Anne Farah, Corporate Communications, 416-397-5318



 

 

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