August 18, 2003

York Region Power Failure Update

NEWMARKET Bill Fisch, York Regional Chair and CEO, is urging residents and businesses to conserve both energy and water as we continue under a provincial energy emergency.
"I can't emphasise enough the need to conserve electricity and stop any unnecessary water use as work continues to get Ontario's energy output to full capacity," said Chair Fisch. "I urge all residents and businesses to pitch in to see the Region through this power crisis."

York Region's Chief Administrative Officer, Michael Garrett, praised all those who have been working around the clock since Thursday afternoon when power outages affected more than 50 million residents in Canada and the United States.
"The co-operation of emergency services personnel, hydro representatives, businesses and residents has been exemplary during this crisis," said Mr. Garrett. "A great deal of thanks needs to go to all those who have been working tirelessly to bring the situation back to normal."

York Region Police Services, York Region Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and York Region Transit (YRT) are all operating at normal capacity.
For questions about Health related concerns, residents are urged to call the Health Connection hotline at 1-800-361-5653.

For general inquiries relating to the current hydro situation, residents are urged to call the Region's emergency information hotline at 1-877-YORK HLP (1-877-967-5457).
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, the services we offer and links to our nine area municipalities, please visit our Web site at:
Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
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The Regional Municipality of York is committed to providing cost-effective, quality services that respond to the needs of our rapidly growing communities.  York Region is comprised of the following nine area municipalities:  Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Whitchurch-Stouffville.  For more information, visit our Web site at:

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