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February 20, 2004
Contaminated substances found in Withrow Park
Parks and Recreation staff reported today they uncovered two hot dogs
contaminated with blue crystals in Withrow Park. The crystals appear to be
carbofuran, the toxic substance found in the park on two occasions in recent

"The majority of the park remains fenced, reducing the risk that residents and
pets will come into contact with any contaminated substances that may be
revealed as the snow melts," said Reg Ayre, Manager of Healthy Environments at
Toronto Public Health.

The skating rink and clubhouse at Withrow Park opened to the public yesterday.
None of the contaminated substances have been found in or near these

"Our staff continue to check the park twice a day and will continue to do so
until the snow is gone," said Don Boyle, Director of Parks and Recreation
(South District). The Park has been closed since February 7.

"We recognize that closing the park has been difficult for the community, and
we appreciate the support of residents as City staff work with the police to
ensure the park is safe," said Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 30

Regular updates on the status of the park will be posted on the City's Web site
at For more information, call Toronto Parks and Recreation,
416-392-7025 or Toronto Health Connection, 416-338-7600 during business hours.

Media contacts:
Susan Sperling, Toronto Public Health, 416-338-7974
Economic Development, Culture and Tourism Media Line, 416-560-8726
Councillor Paula Fletcher, 416-392-4060



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