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June 24, 2005
Man taken for assessment following incident at City Hall
An individual under obvious distress threatened to kill himself today. He was
straddling the balcony of the Rotunda at City Hall, while holding a small knife
to his throat. No threats were made to others.

The individual was yelling just outside the reception area of Mayor David
Miller's office. The Mayor was within earshot and came outside to see what was
happening. Mayor Miller spoke with the man and coaxed him off the railing. He
also convinced him to relinquish the knife. Toronto Police Service arrived and
took the individual for assessment to hospital.

"This experience gave me some sense of what our frontline EMS and mental health
workers face every day. I am overwhelmingly relieved that this man is safe, and
that he is now being cared for," said Mayor Miller. "I would like to thank the
Toronto Police Service for their speed, professionalism, and compassion."

Media contact: Patchen Barss Office of the Mayor 416-338-7134



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