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August 22, 2009 10:05 ET

Statement by Minister of Public Safety Concerning Severe Weather in Ontario

VAUGHAN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, accompanied by the Mayor of the City of Vaughan, Linda Jackson, as well as Superintendent Tony Cusimano and Chief Armand P. La Barge of the York Regional Police force, made the following statement after a visit to the City of Vaughan, where he saw first hand the devastation caused by a tornado when a band of severe thunderstorms swept southern and central Ontario beginning in the late afternoon on August 20, 2009.

"On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to express my sympathy to the family of the young boy who was fatally injured during the storm. I would also like to applaud the efforts of the first responders, who have been working tirelessly since Thursday afternoon to provide immediate assistance to those in need. Hydro workers and municipal officials have also been working around the clock to restore the damaged areas. It is clear that their efforts are critical to all those affected by the severe storm activity.

While the damages are being fully assessed and the work to clean up and rebuild begins in the affected communities including the City of Vaughan, Town of Gravenhurst, and the Municipality of West Grey, which includes Durham, I would like to assure these communities of our support as needed."

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