Statement from Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Rick Bartolucci

    TORONTO, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - "On behalf of the Government of Ontario, I would
like to once again thank emergency personnel, support services and all those
involved in containing yesterday's propane explosion. Our thoughts and prayers
continue to be with the Leek family and hope for the safe return of the
missing Sunrise Propane employee.
    "I would also like to applaud area residents for their ongoing
cooperation and patience.
    "As Community Safety Minister, I am today reaffirming the McGuinty
government's commitment to working with all partners to ensure public safety
concerns are met.
    "The partners include the Technical Standards and Safety Authority which
governs the storage and distribution of propane and gas and the City of
Toronto which is responsible for zoning issues. Our government will do its
part and work cooperatively alongside all partners to ensure an incident such
as the one we saw yesterday, does not reoccur.
    "The McGuinty government is committed to doing everything possible to
promote public safety. That is why our government will immediately commence a
cross-ministry review to determine what provincial measures should be taken to
ensure we are doing everything possible to keep all Ontarians safe."

                                                       Disponible en français

For further information:

For further information: Laura Blondeau, Minister's Office, (416)
325-4973; Anthony Brown, Communications Branch, (416) 314-7772

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