Ottawa (May 29, 2003) ~ The Canadian Library Association continues to
be mindful of the health of its members, guests, exhibitors and staff.
The best medical evidence at this time states the cases are confined to
Toronto health care facilities, and SARS is not in the general
CLA will continue to monitor the situation closely. At this time, there
are no changes to the ALA/CLA Joint Annual Conference nor CLA-specific
activities such as the annual general meeting.
As of May 20, 2003, there were 9,693 paid registrants - including over
1,000 CLA members - for the Conference, which is roughly on par with the
status one month prior to the 2002 ALA Conference in Atlanta. Despite
cutbacks in library budgets and weakness in the U.S. economy, the number
of exhibitors is down only marginally to 659 from 696 in Atlanta.
The Centres for Disease Control has reissued its travel alert for
Toronto (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/other/sars_can.htm). The World Health
Organization (WHO) has put Toronto back on the list of locations where
SARS is spreading but has not issued a warning against non-essential
travel to Toronto (http://www.who.int/csr/don/2003_05_24/en/).
For a complete synopsis of developments on SARS and the Joint CLA/ALA
Conference, please see http://www.cla.ca/top/whatsnew/wnmy2903.htm.
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