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And THIS, Is Toronto's Mel Lastman  
User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3203 times:

Aaah yes, our wonderful world-class mayor!
Aint "Nooooooboooody" like him!

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Lastman lashes out at WHO

Toronto mayor tells CNN: 'I never heard of them before'

Canadian Press


Toronto — Mayor Mel Lastman lashed out Thursday at the World Health Organization, telling CNN: "They don't know what they're talking about. I don't know who this group is, I never heard of them before. I'd never seen them before."

"Who did they talk to? They've never even been to Toronto. They're located somewhere in Geneva," a blustering Lastman said of the WHO advisory that said travellers should stay clear of the city hit by SARS. "They make decisions, or something like that".

"They haven't talked to us. They read the papers, and sometimes the papers exaggerate and that's what's happened right here."

"I invite them, I want them to come to Toronto this weekend. I want them to see what we've been doing, like the CDC were here. . .that's the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta," he said, appearing to look over his notes.

"The United States are our direct neighbours and the CDC said Toronto is doing, you're a model for the world in what you're doing. Look, we had 1,500 people in quarantine at one time, we're down to 180. We haven't had one person get SARS in the last seven days. And if we go 20 days, we've beaten it."

But Lastman, at times looking befuddled, appeared unsure of his facts, saying he wasn't sure of the exact number of SARS cases in the city.

There hasn't been a new case found in Toronto — outside of health-care workers and the workers' close contacts — in 19 days.

Sixteen people have died in the Toronto area since the outbreak began.

Lastman was trying to undo some of the damage caused by front-page stories around the world regarding the WHO advisory.

"They [WHO] want to wait three weeks, in the meantime they're hurting Toronto badly.

While being questioned by CNN, Mr. Lastman launched another tirade, saying the advisory will hurt tourism.

"We depend greatly on tourism. We get 22 million tourists a year. Our city is continuing, they're moving the way the always do. They're working, the malls are jammed but the hotels aren't doing much business and the restaurants aren't. We need the tourists and they're hurting us and to wait three weeks is ridiculous when they haven't even been here in the first place," Mr. Lastman said shaking his fist.

The famously outspoken mayor has been venting his spleen since the WHO advisory on Wednesday.

While politicians in general have been criticized for a lack of leadership on the SARS issue, Mr. Lastman was out of the public eye for several weeks for treatment of hepatitis.

"I've never been angrier in my life," an apoplectic Lastman said Wednesday following the warning.

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Anbody out there wanna buy a used Mayor? Asking price: CAD$1.00.




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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3169 times:

He sounds like a funny man, but he has every right to be angry. A statement like the one WHO made just goes off the unnecessary fears that people have over SARS, and it hurts the city of Toronto.


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User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3161 times:

"He sounds like a funny man, but he has every right to be angry".

What he has a "right" to do, is to represent Toronto and its people in the
best light possible. What he has a "right" to do is educate himself on the
issue at hand, study the data and information which one would think (and hope) would have been presented to him by the Ontario medical officers dealing with the SARS situation. He also has a "right" to educate himself on the WHO before voicing any opinion about them, as he is in effect speaking for the population of the city of Toronto. He has a "right" to convey his thoughts and opinions, again, based on study and discussions with the applicable individuals and groups connected directly or indirectly to the SARS issue, and THEN he has the "right" to convey those thoughts and opinions to CNN or any other media source.


User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3145 times:

Hmmm...I'm getting this vibe from you that you didnt like my use of the word "right".


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User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3160 times:

Honestly, I just kind of chuckled reading the article. He sounds quite amusing, but while he's the mayor and represents the city, I dont pass any judgement on the city of Toronto by his comment.

As to him being upset, I can understand that. While he's not entirely educated on what's going on, WHO's advisory was the last thing the city of Toronto needed. It just piled on top of all the unwarranted fear spawning from SARS.



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User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 3139 times:

"Hmmm...I'm getting this vibe from you that you didnt like my use of the word "right"."

LOL....ya think?

Yeah, on the one hand I DO find his statements uproaringly
funny, as I always do, but for %$#@ sake, he IS the mayor, after all!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy



User currently offlineTbar220 From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7013 posts, RR: 26
Reply 6, posted (11 years 8 months 1 day ago) and read 3126 times:

Heck, I'll buy him for one Canadian dollar...right after I kick out Mayor Daly from Chicago! Heck, anybody can be a better replacement, I think  Laugh out loud


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User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16365 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (11 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 3109 times:

He's quite the little buffoon, or perhaps baboon.

He's actually quite ill with Hep C which is not helping.

He is fast losing cred here in TO. Perhaps the deputy mayor should be speaking, not Mel.

I wonder if his wife Marilyn has been out shoplifting.....errrr shopping to help the Toronto economy this week?




Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 8 months 23 hours ago) and read 3118 times:

Give Mel a break folks. He has degenerated into a bit of a buffoon, but is a living example of Canada's ability to poke fun at itself by electing strange folks.

Lets also not forget that Mel has done a LOT for the city of Toronto in the last ~175 years that he has been serving in various capacities.

Besides, he makes Hazel in Missisauga look good! That has to count for something.


User currently offlineZrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 899 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 3096 times:

What a goofball.

Wasn't Canada's health organization one of the first to issue a travel warning for people going to Sinapore and Taiwan (before SARS hit Toronto)? They didn't care if it hurt those countries economies.
Now many people in Toronto are all upset that the U.S. and other countries are treating them like a leopar colony. The mayor needs to do everything in his power to contain this disease and not let it spread out of that city.


User currently offlineCanadi>nBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 3093 times:

Zrb2, I don't quite follow you. Of course Health Canada has every right to issue travel warnings to Canadians, based on sound and accurate assessments and information/data pertaining to the applicable destination.
In regards to Health Canada warnings "hurting" the economies of the designated nations, I would think that health issues and the saftey of
Canadians is the primary mandate of the government of Canada, and the economic fallout of said designated nations unfortunately, but must, take
a back seat.

Toronto, and Canada (Including Health Canada, of course) yes, are "upset" at the WHO designation of YYZ in relation to the SARS issue, as our medical officers are adamant in their claim/argument that the "situation" here is most definitely NOT a crisis;in fact it is indeed levelling off, as T.O. (thankfully) has not reported a new case of SARS in 19 days, which is very positive news. We are "upset" that the WHO utilized outdated and inaccurate data on YYZ (according to Health Canada and the Ontario medical office) in reaching their decision, announced a couple of days ago. Yes, we are upset when we feel our city has been wrongly labeled, just as any other city or nation would feel "upset" should this unfortunate set of circumstances be in their "house".

Toronto is NOT in the midst of a crisis. The population of Toronto (generally)
are not in a panic over this, as we honestly feel there is no reason to do so. Toronto's proficient medical community has worked around the clock and has/is effectively diminishing daily the level of SARS cases. And now, unfortunately, Toronto's tourist industry, and many other industrial sectors must pay a mighty price for the WHO designation. We are most definietly NOT a Leper colony. Trust me, if there were any reason to worry in Toronto, the hundreds of thousands of intelligent citizens would most certainly take some action to "save their hides". Instead, you can find us where we've been from day one: in shops, restaurants, cinemas and out on the streets, without surgical masks, thank you very much.


User currently offlineZrb2 From United States of America, joined May 2000, 899 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 8 months 22 hours ago) and read 3085 times:

Hey, I like Canada and spent most of my childhood summers there. Issuing a health warning is severe, I agree. Business people & tourists have to cancel travel to that destination partly because it's tough (or impossible) to get travel insurance going to a city with a warning. I read the Star and I find it ironinc how some politicians think the WHO is unjustified in labeling Toronto when Canada was one of the first countries to do it to Taiwan.

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