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October 02, 2001 STANDARD & POOR'S INDEX CHANGE

No. 2001-253

Standard & Poor's Canadian Index Operations has announced that effective after the close of business on Thursday, October 18, 2001, the following changes will take place in the TSE 300 Composite, TSE 300 Capped, S&P/TSE Canadian SmallCap and TSE 200 Indices. Bracknell Corporation (TSE: BRK) and NHC Communication Inc. (TSE: NHC) will be removed from the TSE 300 Composite, TSE 300 Capped, S&P/TSE Canadian SmallCap and TSE 200 Indices and replaced with Gabriel Resources Ltd. (TSE: GBU) and Isotechnika Inc. (TSE: ISA). This change is pursuant to TSE 300 Composite Index Maintenance Rule #2, which states: If a stock appears in the TSE 300 QMV report at calendar quarter end with a 0.00% relative weight it will be removed from the index at the opening of the third Friday of the following month after calendar quarter end (i.e., third Friday in October following the September quarter end) and if such day is not a scheduled trading day, on the preceding trading day. Gabriel Resources Ltd. is a resource company involved in the exploration and development of precious metals properties in Romania. Gabriel Resources Ltd. will be added to the TSE 300 Composite and TSE 300 Capped Indices in the Gold and Precious Minerals Group (02.03) and S&P/TSE Canadian SmallCap Index in the Materials sector. Isotechnika Inc. is a life sciences company which is in the business of developing immunosuppressive drugs for the prevention of organ rejection and for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Isotechnika Inc. will be added to the TSE 300 Composite and TSE 300 Capped Indices in the Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals (05.08) Group and S&P/TSE Canadian SmallCap Index in the Health Care sector.

Company additions to and deletions from an S&P equity index do not in any way reflect an opinion on the investment merits of the company.

LEONARD PETRILLO VICE PRESIDENT GENERAL COUNSEL & SECRETARY