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A conference for the cable television industry that was to start this weekend in Toronto has been postponed because of the SARS travel advisory.

The Canadian Cable Television Association was to hold its Cable Summit - with close to 500 delegates attending from across Canada - Sunday through Tuesday.

"Following the World Health Organization announcement advising people not to travel to Toronto and the number of delegates heeding that advice, we are left with no choice but to postpone until a later date," Janet Yale, CCTA president and CEO said in a statement late Thursday.

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The chairman for the summit, Dean MacDonald of Rogers Cable, said he looks forward to hosting the summit "when circumstances permit."

Sylvie Powell, a spokeswoman for the group, said about 75 to 100 delegates had pulled out and it didn't make sense to proceed.

None of the people who were scheduled to speak at the conference cancelled, she said, nor did Diana Krall, who was to perform at the event.

The association represents about 90 Canadian cable companies that provide entertainment, Internet and other communications services.

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