Statement by Mayor David Miller on U.S. State Department's travel alert

TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - "The U.S. Government's travel alert is unnecessary.

While I respect the State Department's right to do what it thinks is in the best interests of U.S. citizens, I feel this alert is an over-reaction.

It is true that parts of downtown Toronto, the roads in and around the security zone and highways leading into and out of the city will see disruptions at varying times. But there are many other parts of downtown Toronto that will remain unaffected by the summit.

I would encourage everyone, whether they be citizens of the U.S., Canada, or any other country living in or visiting Toronto to experience the many outstanding attractions, excellent restaurants or vibrant neighbourhoods that populate our great city.

Toronto has a proud history of welcoming people from all over the world in peace and mutual respect. We also believe in peaceful democratic dissent. It is my expectation that people seeking to get their message across to the world leaders will do so in a manner that is non-violent.

People traveling in to the downtown core should consult www.toronto.ca for the latest information on road closures and security measures put in place by the Canadian Government. Local media outlets will also be an excellent source of information during the summit."

NB - Mayor Miller is not available for further comment this afternoon.

    
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SOURCE City of Toronto

For further information: For further information: Stuart Green, Director of Communications (Acting), Office of Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto, p: 416-338-7119, e: stugreen@toronto.ca


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