December 2014

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2014

WHEREAS International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrates the achievements and contributions of persons with disabilities. It raises awareness of the barriers they often face in society including: physical environment, a lack of information and communication, societal attitudes and discrimination.

The United Nations’ 2014 theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, “Sustainable Development: The Promise of Technology”, focuses on creating work environments which are open, inclusive and accessible to anyone with a disability.

The City of Toronto is committed to supporting the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) through the implementation of policies and plans related to the identification, prevention and removal of barriers concerning persons with disabilities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2014 as “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” in the City of Toronto.

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National Day of Remembrance and Action for Violence Against Women

December 6, 2014

WHEREAS on December 6, 1989, fourteen female engineering students were murdered at the Ecole Polytechnique Montreal because of their gender. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this tragic event.

Now known as the National Day of Remembrance and Action for Violence Against Women, December 6 is marked by vigils, discussions and a renewed commitment to strengthening efforts in eliminating all forms of violence against girls and women in Canadian society.

Instilling positive attitudes and respect towards women begins at home and continues in the education system and in the workplace.

The City of Toronto continues to take a leadership role in working towards building a society in which everyone has the right to live freely and in conditions of dignity, respect and peace.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 6, 2014 as “National Day of Remembrance and Action for Violence against Women” in the City of Toronto.

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Human Rights Day

December 10, 2014

WHEREAS on December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, recognizing that freedom, justice and lasting peace can only be obtained when the dignity, worth and equal rights of humankind are respected.

The City of Toronto is committed to upholding the human rights of individuals, empowering vulnerable communities and creating a civil society that is committed to the elimination of poverty, violence, racism, sexism, homelessness, hunger, illiteracy and hate crimes.

Toronto City Council, in its efforts to foster the full integration of its diverse communities, recognizes that all people deserve the chance to chart their own destiny, free from any form of discrimination and to be empowered with the basic and inherent rights of dignity, respect and self-worth.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2014 as “Human Rights Day” in the City of Toronto and observe the core principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights while reaffirming our commitment to promoting social progress that will advance better standards and quality of life for all.

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Salvation Army Week

December 19 – 26, 2014

WHEREAS The Salvation Army is the largest non-governmental provider of social services in Canada, providing services in the downtown core that includes homeless shelters, addiction treatment facilities and food banks that serve the most vulnerable people in our city.

Its annual Christmas Kettle campaign seeks to raise funds of over $3 million that will support the organization’s outstanding work in communities across the city and the GTA.

The Christmas Season is the most visible time of year for The Salvation Army and this year, more than 350 Christmas Kettles will be manned by more than 2,000 Bell Ringers across the GTA to raise funds that support its services.

The Salvation Army also partners with CTV’s Toy Mountain to collect 150,000 toys for children and provide food hampers to families who need them on Christmas Day.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 19 – 26, 2014 as “Salvation Army Week” in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to support The Salvation Army during this holiday season.