Lieutenant Governor invites Ontarians to sign Books of Condolence in memory of tsunami victims

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Lieutenant Governor invites Ontarians to sign Books of Condolence in memory of tsunami victims

TORONTO, Jan. 5 - The Hon. James K. Bartleman invites Ontarians to sign Books of Condolence to honour the memory of victims of the recent earthquake and tsunamis in Asia. Books of Condolence will be available to the public at the Lieutenant Governor's Suite at Queen's Park on Thursday and Friday, January 6-7 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturday 8 January from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The Lieutenant Governor has invited the Premier, the Hon. Dalton McGuinty, and diplomatic representatives of countries affected by the tragedy, to launch the signing the Books of Condolence at 9:00 AM on Thursday 6 January at the Lieutenant Governor's Suite at Queen's Park. Media are welcome. "Today we live in a global village," said Mr Bartleman. "The pain of people far away is felt everywhere. Many Ontarians have lost loved ones in the tragedy in Asia, and theirs is a grief we can all share. In the wake of the earthquake and tsunamis, Ontarians want to reach out to help. Their generous and heart-felt response reminds us that compassion knows no borders." IN TORONTO - Members of the public who wish to sign the Books of Condolence are advised to enter the Legislative Building via the main entrance that faces south toward University Avenue, and proceed to the second-floor entrance to the Lieutenant Governor's Suite. ACROSS ONTARIO - To give Ontarians in other regions an opportunity to participate, Books of Condolence will be available at all Ontario Government Information Centres from Monday to Friday, January 10-14, during business hours. For locations, visit www.serviceontario.ca or call 1-800-267-8097.For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Tel. (416) 325-7781; Chris Morley, Premier's Office, Tel. (416) 314-8975