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May 9, 2005
City of Toronto sends water expert to tsunami-ravaged Indonesia
The City of Toronto is sending one of its water and sanitation experts to Aceh
province, Indonesia, to assist with critical mid- to long-term relief following
the tsunami of Dec. 26. Ted Bowering will travel under the direction of the
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) from May 9 - 27.

Working directly with CIDA and in co-operation with the UN Development
Programme (UNDP) which is undertaking a major Aceh Emergency Response and
Transitional Recovery (ERTR) program, Bowering will:
  • support the organization of local tsunami recovery projects in Aceh in the area of municipal waste management, and
  • support the ERTR project team in reviewing and co-ordinating activities in the area of water and sanitation among UNDP, UNICEF and WHO programs, identifying cross-cutting aspects and potential for greater synergies for water/sanitation, and for upgrading the sludge treatment plant and landfill in Banda Aceh.

Bowering has been employed with the City of Toronto for more than 20 years. He
is currently a manager of policy and program development in Toronto Water. The
City, in its agreement with CIDA, will pay Bowering’s salary and benefits while
abroad. CIDA will cover travel, accommodation and other expenses.

"I’m very pleased that the City has afforded me this opportunity to assist the
people of Indonesia. Clean water and sanitation is critical to rebuilding
efforts. I look forward to sharing my expertise and helping Banda Aceh in its
continuing recovery," said Bowering.

"I'm very pleased the City of Toronto is able to offer the expertise required,"
said Mayor David Miller. "This is exactly the sort of help that municipalities
are well-placed to offer, and I hope Toronto can do more in the region. We
wish Ted a safe and productive journey."

"Mr. Bowering will be playing an important role in relief efforts," said
International Cooperation Minister Aileen Carroll. "This is a great example of
the Government of Canada working in partnership with the City of Toronto to
improve the lives of vulnerable people around the world. We will continue to
call upon the expertise available through the City of Toronto and the
Federation of Canadian Municipalities to support reconstruction initiatives in
the tsunami-affected countries."

Following the tsunami disaster last Boxing Day, the City of Toronto committed
to offering mid- to long-term assistance in the region with expertise where
needed most. This is the first step in fulfilling that commitment. The City
continues to work with Federation of Canadian Municipalities and CIDA, as well
as its employees, to offer that expertise as the region begins rebuilding
efforts. Four hundred and thirty-nine City employees have indicated a
willingness to travel to the area and assist with rebuilding.

The Canadian government has committed $425 million over five years toward a
comprehensive response to tsunami. These funds will be used for relief and
rehabilitation, as well as reconstruction in the most affected countries.

Media contact:

Brad Ross
City of Toronto Media Relations
416-919-6503 (cell)



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