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Crime Stoppers Month

January 2016

WHEREAS this year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Toronto Crime Stoppers program.

The idea behind the Crime Stoppers program was first conceived by Police Detective Greg MacAleese, who decided to publicly appeal for assistance with a homicide case. He recreated the crime through a video re-enactment and released the video to the public. A valuable tip came in from a member of the public who saw the video and as a result of this tip, Detective MacAleese was able to find and charge those responsible for the crime.

Crime Stoppers Month acknowledges the incredible success of community-based crime prevention programs that are a partnership between the police, the community and the media.  There are now more than 1,300 Crime Stoppers programs around the world.

In Toronto, Crime Stoppers is run by a group of citizen volunteers along with the assistance of the Toronto Police Service who monitor the Crime Stoppers tip line and manage its operations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 2016 as “Crime Stoppers Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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March of Dimes Month

January 2016

WHEREAS March of Dimes was established in 1951 to fund research and provide medical assistance to individuals with polio, a highly contagious and at times disabling and fatal disease.

Mothers across the country were determined to find a polio vaccine and canvassed door-to-door, raising funds one dime at a time. They became known as the Marching Mothers and thanks to their determination and efforts, in 1955 the Salk vaccine was declared safe for use.

With the threat of polio greatly diminished, March of Dimes Canada grew into a multi-service organization that shifted its mandate to providing a variety of much-needed programs and services to children and adults living with disabilities.

March of Dimes Canada is now the largest charitable rehabilitation organization in Ontario and helps over 60,000 people annually in communities across the country. The organization is dedicated to providing One Stop: Opportunities for Independence for people with disabilities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 2016 as “March of Dimes Month” in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to support the annual door-to-door campaign that raises funds to enhance the independence of people living with disabilities.

 

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International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

January 27, 2016

WHEREAS In 2005, the UN General Assembly designated January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenkau, as International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust.

The UN theme of this year’s day of commemoration is “The Holocaust and Human Dignity.”

Canada offers refuge and new hope to immigrants, refugees and survivors, some of whom have escaped more recent genocides. It is a place where people learn from each other and share cultures.

We join with the Azrieli Foundation’s Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Program and our Jewish community, in an annual day of commemoration to honour the victims of the Holocaust.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 27, 2016 as “International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Day

January 30, 2016

WHEREAS Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It results in a serious loss of cognitive ability, with symptoms involving a loss of judgement, reason and changes in mood and behaviour. Though it is a significant cause of disability among seniors, it can also affect people under the age of 65 who experience early-onset dementia.

In Toronto, more than 43,000 people live with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. But the impact of Alzheimer’s disease is very far-reaching, with 10 other people being affected as caregivers and advocates, for each person living with disease. There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that any particular group of people is more or less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto offers support, education and information for those who have the disease, along with their families and caregivers.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 30, 2016 as “Alzheimer’s Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto, and encourage everyone to help reduce the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia through education and increased awareness.

 

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Black History Month

February 2016

WHEREAS Black history and its heritage in Canada can be traced back hundreds of years. With roots dating back to the 1600s, African Canadians have defended, built and farmed this country into what it is today.

The movement to commemorate Black History Month was originally brought to Toronto in the 1950’s by the Canadian Negro Women’s Association. In 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month in order to honour and celebrate the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians.

Black History Month reminds us of African Canadians’ struggles for equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination. Through the Underground Railroad to Canada, as many as 30,000 African Americans from the United States gained their freedom from enslavement.

This celebration also acknowledges the important though often untold roles and achievements African Canadians have played in Canadian history, identity, culture, economy, literature, sports and politics. Rosemary Brown, Leonard A. Braithwaite, Deborah Miller-Brown, Dr. Daurene Lewis, Zanana Akande and Major Marguerite (Peggy) Downes are just a few of our country’s prominent African Canadians.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the many contributions that African Canadians have made to strengthen our society. Toronto is committed to fostering appreciation and awareness of Black history and culture while building inclusive communities for all residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2016 as “Black History Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Homelessness Awareness Month

February 2016

WHEREAS the United Nations defines homelessness as “people who live on the street, and in forms of housing which do not meet the United Nations basic standards of access to safe water, security of tenure and personal safety, and within reach of education, employment and health care.”

In 2013, a Street Needs Assessment found an estimated 5,250 people were considered homeless in the city of Toronto.

The City of Toronto provides services that assist the homeless including Street Outreach and Emergency Shelter Services, consisting of 3,800 shelter beds in 47 facilities.

Organizations like Raising the Roof seek long-term solutions to homelessness including prevention, systems response and early intervention programs. On Toque Tuesday, February 2, the organization sells toques and socks to raise funds for these programs.

Institutions such as Covenant House seek to take homeless youth off the streets by providing them with programs and services that include a 24/7 crisis shelter, a longer-term residence, counselling, health care, employment assistance and job training.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2016 as “Homelessness Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1- 7, 2016

WHEREAS on October 20, 2010, World Interfaith Harmony Week was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly. It called for all member states to support the spreading of a message of interfaith harmony and goodwill throughout the world’s churches, mosques, synagogues, temples and other places of worship.

Since 2012, Interfaith Harmony Week has become an important part of the interfaith fabric of Toronto. It has helped to bring faith communities together in the spirit of respect and acceptance, while encouraging them to learn more about each other and find ways to work together.

As one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs that make up our diverse communities are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1 – 7, 2016 as “Interfaith Harmony Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 1 – 7, 2016

WHEREAS eating disorders have the highest mortality rate among all psychiatric illnesses. They can develop in anyone regardless of age, ethnicity, socio-economic status, gender or ability.

The stigma, secrecy and stereotypes that still surround eating disorders can cause many individuals who are suffering from them to suffer in silence.

Open, supportive dialogue can assist the nearly one million Canadians living with diagnosable eating disorders and the millions of individuals who are struggling with food and weight preoccupations to seek help.

Eating Disorders Awareness Week strives to raise awareness of eating disorders, promote their prevention and shed light on dangerous and pervasive myths. This week is a time for Canadians to learn about available resources and appropriate services for themselves and/or their loved ones.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1 – 7, 2016 as “Eating Disorders Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Second Harvest Hero Day

February 4, 2016

WHEREAS hundreds of Second Harvest Heroes will don bright green masks and capes to kick-off Second Harvest’s Hero fundraising campaign to fight food waste.

Established in 1985, Second Harvest is one of the largest food rescue charities in Canada. The organization rescues fresh surplus food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers food to more than 220 social service agencies in Toronto to feed people experiencing hunger.

On February 4, Second Harvest Heroes will spread out across Toronto in TTC stations, PATH locations and local businesses to raise awareness about their food rescue and to accept donations. For every five dollars raised, 10 healthy meals are provided to individuals in need. This campaign also involves more than 150 Toronto based companies, schools and community groups who will hold fundraisers in their workplaces, classrooms and neighbourhoods.

Second Harvest is committed to the City of Toronto’s mission to champion the economic, social and environmental vitality of this city. With that vision, Second Harvest’s food rescue program aims to feed more hungry Torontonians every day. Last year, Second Harvest rescued and delivered 8.2 million pounds of food. It hopes to deliver 8.5 million pounds of food in 2016.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 4, 2016 as “Second Harvest Hero Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Bob Marley Day

February 6, 2016

WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician who inspired and encouraged us to break down the barriers that divide us.

Bob Marley sang of tolerance and love. With close friends, known world-wide as Bob Marley and the Wailers, he encouraged us to live our own destiny, to stand up for what is right and to build a more harmonious world.

He was a conduit of universal peace and impacted societies globally with songs like Buffalo Soldier, Could You Be Loved and Redemption Song. Today, his music still captivates people of all cultures and guides them towards a world united – one people – one love.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2016 as “Bob Marley Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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International Development Week

February 7 – 13, 2016

WHEREAS the City of Toronto recognizes the many Canadian organizations and individuals actively working towards positive global change.

Encouraging and being part of partnerships between civil society organizations, governments and community leaders that address the social, political and environmental inequalities of our world is a role that the City of Toronto proudly celebrates.

International Development Week is an annual public engagement initiative intended to increase awareness of Canadian contributions to international cooperation, to celebrate and share achievements and to encourage the active engagement of all Canadians as global citizens to achieve universal, sustainable development.

The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is a thriving community of Ontario-based organizations, institutions, and individuals working to catalyze sustainable solutions to global poverty challenges.

This year’s International Development Week will also honour seven young individuals, Global Changemaker Youth Ambassadors, who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in creating positive change in their own communities and abroad.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 7 – 13, 2016 as “International Development Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Rare Disease Day

February 29, 2016

WHEREAS the last day of February is recognized as Rare Disease Day to bring awareness of rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives amongst the general public.

The Rare Disease Foundation and its Toronto Parent-2-Parent Network provide a forum for families in our community for mutual support, mentoring and knowledge sharing regardless of a child’s diagnosis.

Being celebrated at The Hospital For Sick Children, Rare Disease Day encourages and strengthens efforts to improve the quality of life for people living with rare diseases.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 29, 2016 as “Rare Disease Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Irish Heritage and Cultural Appreciation Month

 March 2016

WHEREAS during Ireland’s Great Famine of 1847, a defining moment in our Irish community’s history, more than 38,000 Irish immigrants fled their country and arrived in Toronto, causing the city’s population of 20,000 to soar rapidly.

The tens of thousands of Irish migrants who arrived in Toronto showed great courage and determination. They laid the foundation for the next generation of Irish-Canadians who have contributed to our city’s social, cultural and economic growth. Their success is a story worth celebrating, especially in Toronto, a place where many residents of Irish heritage live.

Each March, we have an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions made by our Irish community and to celebrate their cultural heritage and rich traditions with a month long calendar of popular events within the Irish community. I encourage everyone to participate in the many events being held across our city including: a mass in celebration of St. Patrick, raising of the Irish flag at City Hall, the Irish Person of the Year luncheon, the Ireland Fund of Canada luncheon, the Grand Marshal’s Ball and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim March 2016 as “Irish Heritage and Cultural Appreciation Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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International Women’s Day

March 8, 2016

WHEREAS each year, we honour the 145 women killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City on March 25, 1911.

In 1977, the United Nations proclaimed March 8 as International Women’s Day to commemorate the 145 women who lost their lives. The tragic event at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation and became a focus of subsequent International Women’s Day events.

International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to remember the ongoing struggle for gender equality in compensation, representation in business and politics, education, and health, while also acknowledging improvements and progress. This day is also a celebration of women, who, through their acts of courage and determination, have played extraordinary roles in creating positive change in their communities and around the world.

Toronto celebrates the many achievements of women worldwide while recognizing the work that still needs to be done to achieve gender equity and gender equality. Through legislation, policies, programs and services, we will continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for our employees and residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 8, 2016 as “International Women’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2016

WHEREAS in 1966, the United Nations declared March 21 as International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day commemorates the 69 anti-apartheid protestors killed and those wounded by police in Sharpeville, South Africa in 1960 during a peaceful protest against the “pass laws”, a system that segregated the black population.

On this day, we reaffirm our commitment to building safe and inclusive societies in honour of the victims of the Sharpeville massacre and remind people of the ongoing importance of combating racial discrimination that occurs in thoughts, words and actions.

Racism still exists today and is a universal issue that divides communities, destroys lives and undermines the struggle for equity, equality, inclusiveness and social justice. Through physical violence and conflict, it threatens human rights, and equal access to jobs, healthcare, housing, education and other services. Individual and institutionalized racism oppresses and excludes people while creating barriers to opportunities, equal participation, and democracy.

In a diverse city like Toronto, equality and equity are fundamental values that we uphold. Today is a day to remember that racism is still a part of our workplace and our society. We acknowledge the struggles and challenges that Aboriginal and racialized peoples have faced and continue to endure. At the same time, we recognize the efforts of those who continue to fight against racism and discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2016 as “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Agnes Macphail Day

March 24, 2016

WHEREAS in 1943, Agnes Macphail became one of the first women to be elected to the Ontario Legislature. A champion of women’s rights, she was instrumental in having legislation passed that required women to receive equal pay for equal work.

Agnes Macphail was also a role model who significantly contributed to national and local community life. She was recognized for her commitment and advocacy for women’s rights, fairness to seniors, prison reform, peace and disarmament, housing, health care and education and agriculture.

The East York community continues to honour Agnes Macphail’s legacy and her valuable contributions through the annual Agnes Macphail Award.

Toronto City Council, along with the people of Toronto, will continue to promote an equitable and just society in which women can participate equally in the social, political and economic life of the City.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2016 as “Agnes Macphail Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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World Tuberculosis Day

March 24, 2016

WHEREAS Tuberculosis is a preventable, treatable and curable disease that affects all ages, genders and ethnic groups. It is responsible for 9.6 million illnesses and 1.5 million deaths a year worldwide.

Each year, an average of 300 Torontonians become ill as a result of tuberculosis.

World Tuberculosis Day is an opportunity to increase public awareness and education about Tuberculosis, thus helping to reduce the stigma and fear associated with this disease.

This day formally acknowledges the courage and strength of those diagnosed with Tuberculosis who, by completing treatment, have protected others from contracting the disease.

World Tuberculosis Day also recognizes the dedication of those who work to eliminate Tuberculosis on a local, provincial and global scale.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2016 as “World Tuberculosis Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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National Poetry Month

April 2016

WHEREAS April is recognized across the country as National Poetry Month. April is the birth month of William Shakespeare, the immortal poet of English and it is also the month in which we most enthusiastically celebrate the poetic arts.

Poetry plays an important role in the city’s cultural life with published works, readings and other poetry events for adults and youth taking place throughout the year. The City of Toronto is proud to celebrate its long tradition of poetic excellence that stretches back to the 19th century.

In 2001, the City of Toronto became the first Canadian municipality to appoint its own Poet Laureate who acts as an ambassador and advocate for poetry and the literary arts.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the power of poetry and encourages citizens to read, write, speak, perform and share poetry throughout the month of April.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2016 as “National Poetry Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Parkinson Awareness Month

April 2016

WHEREAS each day in Canada, 10 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s. It s a disease of the brain that affects almost every aspect of daily living including: movement, mood, speech, eating, drinking, sleep and cognitive changes. Through increasing complications, it worsens over time and robs a person of their independence. Ultimately, it results in premature death. There is no known cause or cure for Parkinson’s disease.

There are currently over 100,000 Canadians who are struggling with the stigma and daily challenges of living with this complex, neurological disease. By 2031, the rate of those over the age of 65 who are living with Parkinson’s will more than double. This disease will eventually affect you or someone you know.

As part of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Parkinson Canada will be raising awareness and funds across the country to continue offering help and hope to those living with Parkinson’s.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2016 as “Parkinson Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Refugee Rights Awareness Month

April 2016

WHEREAS on April 4, 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms would protect the right of refugee claimants in Canada to life, liberty and security of the person. As a result of this ruling, refugee claimants are therefore entitled to an oral hearing.

The City of Toronto recognizes and supports individuals and groups who, based on the principles of human rights, work on behalf of refugees to restore meaning to their lives and remove barriers that they may face.

Refugees make positive contributions to our city and the City of Toronto supports their settlement and integration in all aspects of our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2016 as “Refugee Rights Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Dig Safe Month

April 2016

WHEREAS Dig Safe Month serves as a reminder to homeowners and contractors to “Call Before You Dig” and coincides with the unofficial start of the spring digging season.

Ensuring the safety of those who work or live in the vicinity of underground facilities and protecting vital services is everyone’s responsibility. Call centres such as Ontario One Call provide the “Call Before You Dig” service free of charge, 24 hours a day. These call centres connect individuals with professionals to assess locates also known as ground markings.

By using the dig safe checklist that includes call before you dig, wait for locates, respect the marks and dig with care, the safety of everyone involved in construction, landscape and other projects can be ensured.

Dig Safe Month is dedicated to promoting the “Call Before You Dig” service and to raising awareness of safe digging practices to improve safety, prevent injuries, reduce property damage and prevent inconvenient power outages.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2016 as “Dig Safe Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Oral Health Day

April 1, 2016

WHEREAS for the past 16 years, the Rotary Club of Toronto – Don Mills has organized a non-profit program called Brush-a-mania that aims to instil early, good oral health habits in elementary students aged 4 – 13.

With more than 200 schools participating each year, nearly 50,000 students benefit from this program. Participants receive a package that contains a dental kit and key instructions on how to achieve proper oral hygiene.

During the month of April, students are encouraged to brush their teeth three times a day for three minutes at a time.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 1, 2016 as “Oral Health Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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 World Autism Awareness Day

 April 2, 2016

WHEREAS World Autism Awareness Day is recognized on April 2nd in Canada as a result of Liberal Senator Jim Munson’s Bill S‐206, An Act Respecting World Autism Awareness Day.

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 100,000 Ontarians. It is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting 1 per cent of the population. ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means it not only manifests itself differently in every individual in whom it appears, but its characteristics will change over the life of each individual as well. A child with ASD will become an adult with ASD.

Since 1973, Autism Ontario has been providing support, information and opportunities to thousands of families across the province. Autism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day‐to‐day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact. The Association, along with its chapters, share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research and advocating for programs and services for the autism community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2016 as “World Autism Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Pope John Paul II Day

April 2, 2016

WHEREAS Karol Józef Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II, was the leader of the Roman Catholic Church from October 16, 1978, until his death on April 2, 2005.

During his pontificate, he visited 129 countries, embracing people of all faiths and cultures through multi-faith dialogues that focused on a message of universal peace.

Pope John Paul II had a special bond with youth. He established World Youth Day celebrations in cities around the world as a way to gather the young people of the world together in a celebration of faith.

On April 27, 2014, he was canonized as a saint and is now known as Saint Pope John Paul II.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2016 as “Pope John Paul II Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Kindness Week

April 3 – 6, 2016

WHEREAS during the third annual Kindness Week, the Human Kindness Project, a non-profit organization providing wellness programs to children and youth, will lead students from kindergarten to grade 12 in a Kindness Week program. The project will involve performing deliberate acts of kindness in the community.

The Kindness Week program promotes a culture of giving to help address critical issues at school such as student inclusion and leadership. The program targets students because they are viewed as the future leaders of civic engagement.

This year, 10,000 students are expected to participate in a series of events and projects that partner students with volunteer organizations across the city. Local businesses and the Toronto Transit Commission have also joined the project to help make Toronto a better city in which to live, work and play.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 3 – 8, 2016 as “Kindness Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Volunteer Week

April 10 – 16, 2016

WHEREAS volunteerism builds strong and vital communities and enhances the well-being of both individuals and groups. Volunteerism plays a vital role in empowering our citizens, strengthening our communities and making our country vibrant.

Volunteer Week is a time to recognize, celebrate and thank the millions of volunteers who give generously of their time, talent, spirit and energy to assist organizations, individuals and families in communities across Canada.

The spirit of volunteerism is alive and well in Toronto. Residents and businesses continue to demonstrate their willingness and ability to help those most in need through their positive response in helping new Torontonians settle into our communities.

The City assists organizations, agencies and other groups in working collaboratively with volunteers and urges residents of all ages to give of themselves by volunteering in their communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 10 – 16, 2016 as “Volunteer Week” to acknowledge the outstanding contributions, tremendous efforts and commitment made by thousands of volunteers who are the heart and soul of our caring city.

 

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9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week

 April 11 – 15, 2016

WHEREAS every day, thousands of Toronto residents call 9-1-1 for help. The scope of these emergencies requires emergency telecommunicators, represented by Police, Fire and Paramedic Communications employees, to possess a wide range of knowledge and experience. Together they ensure that residents and visitors to Toronto receive the best service possible, in any emergency.

The dedicated men and women who answer these daily calls for help gather vital information including the location and nature of the emergency and any other essential information. Emergency telecommunicators are the first line of emergency responders. Their actions make the difference between life and death for people in need of emergency assistance.

When residents call 9-1-1 for help, they are answered by a calm, caring and compassionate individual who is trained and ready to help them in their most stressful and difficult of times. These 9-1-1 call-takers constant vigilance and preparedness provide residents with the confidence that they will receive help from our City’s emergency responders: Fire Services, Police Services and Paramedic Services, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The City of Toronto enjoys the highest standard of emergency care from our 9-1-1 telecommunicators. We owe these committed men and women our sincere appreciation and recognition for their dedicated service.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 11 – 15, 2016 as “9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week” in the City of Toronto. I invite residents to enjoy the events hosted throughout the week by our Police, Paramedic and Fire Services to learn more about the role telecommunications employees play in the continued health and safety of our residents.

 

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School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

April 14, 2016

 WHEREAS with dedication, compassion and a deep sense of responsibility, school crossing guards dedicate their time and energy to protecting the safety and well-being of children in the city of Toronto.

They provide outstanding and professional service on a daily basis, enduring difficult weather conditions to look out for our children’s safety.

The Toronto Police Service makes road safety a priority in communities and neighbourhoods through the use of school crossing guards who not only take care of our children, but also act as our eyes and ears in the community by reporting unsafe or suspicious behavior.

Each year, the School Crossing Guards Long Service Awards recognize and honour local crossing guards for their significant contribution and commitment to the community.

The City of Toronto is proud of the role crossing guards play in the daily lives of school children. School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is an opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation for their continued commitment to the safety and well-being of our children and communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 14, 2016 as “School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Meetings Industry Day

April 14, 2016

WHEREAS Meetings Industry Day is intended to shine a light on the significant impact meetings and events have on businesses, communities and the economy.

The meeting and event industry and the benefits it creates for communities and institutions play a critical role in the success of other industries and the city as a whole.

The city of Toronto is one of the leading hosting cities for business events in Canada. These events contribute to Toronto’s economic prosperity through the millions of participants they attract each year and the billions of tax opportunities they provide.

The Toronto Chapter of Meeting Professionals International is committed to inspiring its members to be successful by building human connections through knowledge and ideas and through strong relationships.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 14, 2016 as “Meetings Industry Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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International Children’s Day

April 23, 2016

WHEREAS each year on April 23, International Children’s Day is celebrated around the world. This day was first dedicated to the world’s children by Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, on April 23, 1920.

Over the years, International Children’s Day has received international recognition by organizations such as UNICEF. This special day is recognized as a gift to the children of the world under the motto of “Love, Friendship and Peace,” and continues to gain recognition from the international community.

On April 16, 2016, the Turkish Society of Canada will organize the fifth International Children’s Day Festival in the hopes of promoting friendship, peace and unity amongst children in Toronto. As with each year’s event, children from various ethnic and cultural communities will perform their traditional dances and exhibit their cultural artwork.

Toronto has a reputation of being a cultural mosaic where people of all cultural and ethnic groups are able to live, play and work together in harmony and tolerance. Celebrations such as International Children’s Day further promotes our multiculturalism by exchanging cultural and ethnic traditions amongst communities and fostering fraternity, love, friendship and unity within them.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 23, 2016 as “International Children’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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  Khalsa Day

April 24, 2016

WHEREAS Khalsa Day marks the 311th anniversary of the founding of the Sikh Order of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh.

Toronto is home to one of the largest Khalsa Day celebrations in Ontario. The members of the Sikh community continue to make tremendous contributions to the growth and development of our community and the country as a whole.

The City of Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and we are proud of the people who make Toronto their home. Their beliefs, practiced traditions and observed religious orders have fostered a strong and diverse city that is a thriving and exciting metropolis, of which we are most proud.

Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto are committed to creating an inclusive society. Our multicultural communities contribute to our city’s motto of, Diversity is Our Strength. 

 

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Rail Safety Week

April 25 – May 1, 2016

WHEREAS each year, Rail Safety Week is held to raise the public’s awareness of the need for safety around rail crossings, in order to avoid accidents, injuries and damage caused by collisions at level crossings.

People can keep themselves safe by becoming more aware of their surroundings especially around railway tracks and paying attention to signs near railway crossings.

Operation LifeSaver is a public/private partnership that works with the rail industry, governments, police services, the media and the public to save lives and prevent injuries in our communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 25 – May 1, 2016 as “Rail Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Day of Mourning

April 28, 2016

WHEREAS each year on April 28, workers, families, employers, and members of the community gather together to remember those who have lost their lives on the job and to renew their commitment to creating healthy and safe workplaces. Commemorating those who have been hurt or killed in the workplace shows respect for those affected, while serving as a reminder of the importance of occupational health and safety.

Injuries and deaths in the workplace continue to be a matter of great concern across Canada. In the 20 year period from 1995 to 2014, 18,039 people lost their lives in Canada due to work-related causes. This is an average of 918 deaths per year.

Preventing workplace deaths, injuries and diseases can only be achieved if we collectively focus our efforts on creating safe and healthy workplaces.

The City of Toronto is committed to providing and maintaining safe and healthy work environments for all members of the Toronto Public Service by improving health and safety in the workplace in order to prevent further deaths, injuries and diseases from work.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2016 as a “Day of Mourning” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Beta Sigma Phi Week

April 27 – May 3

WHEREAS Beta Sigma Phi is a social, cultural and service organization for women of all ages. It has approximately 200,000 members all over the world, including many chapters located in Toronto.

Its membership strives to adhere to the organization’s motto of Life, Learning and Friendship.

In an effort to enhance the quality of life of those less fortunate in the community, they work with charitable, and cultural agencies, host successful fundraising events and generously donate their time.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 27 – May 3, 2016 as “Beta Sigma Phi Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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South Asian Heritage Month

May 2016

WHEREAS South Asian Heritage Month was first proclaimed into law by the Ontario government in December 2001.  Now celebrated in May, South Asian Heritage Month acknowledges the presence, heritage and contributions of people with roots in various South Asian countries.

In Canada, “South Asian” refers to those who have arrived in our country from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, the Maldives, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Suriname, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, the Caribbean, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, Europe, the Middle East, South American and Oceania.

Acknowledging the long and rich histories of South Asians in Canada, South Asian Heritage Month celebrates the many contributions South Asian-Canadians have made to the growth, vibrancy and prosperity of our diverse city.

In recognizing South Asian Heritage Month, the City of Toronto is taking a leadership role in affirming that our diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically and creates a welcoming environment for everyone to live, work, play and thrive in.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim May 2016 as “South Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Asian Heritage Month

May 2016

WHEREAS in 2002, the Government of Canada officially designated the month of May as Asian Heritage Month.

By acknowledging Asian Heritage Month, the City of Toronto is taking a leadership role in recognizing that our diversity strengthens our city socially, politically, culturally and economically in innumerable ways.

Asian Heritage Month celebrates the long and rich history of Asian-Canadians and provides an opportunity for us to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian descent have made to the growth and prosperity of our country. It is also an occasion for us to learn about the diversity, beauty and wisdom of various Asian cultures.

Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and it is important to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of our diverse communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim May 2016 as “Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Building Safety Month

May 2016

WHEREAS the City of Toronto is committed to continuing its efforts to address the critical issues of safety, energy efficiency, sustainability and resilience in the building environment.

During Building Safety Month, the City of Toronto, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Ontario Building Officials Association and the International Code Council highlight the need for co-operation between building code officials, occupants and all sectors of the construction industry for building code enforcement to be effective.

The Building Code recognizes the important role building code officials play in protecting the health, safety and well-being of our building environments and in providing confidence that our structures are safe and sound. These City officials participate in extensive training upgrades to meet the new regulatory requirements of the Ontario Building Code Act, applicable laws and the City’s Municipal Code.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as “Building Safety Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Occupational Health and Safety Week

May 1 – 7, 2016

WHEREAS the City of Toronto recognizes that injury and illness prevention in the workplace is a key priority and has put into place occupational health and safety policies and programs for the protection of workers’ health and safety.

The City of Toronto recognizes that a strong internal responsibility system in which all workplace parties pay constant, appropriate attention to workplace health and safety leads to a strong health and safety culture.

Leadership sets the tone and establishes a corporate culture that nurtures the internal responsibility system. A sustainable workplace health and safety culture requires an understanding and commitment that workplace safety is everyone’s business.

North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is an annual, continent-wide event where employers, workers, and all community partners collaborate to promote occupational health and safety and injury and illness prevention in the workplace, at home and in the community.

NOW THEREFORE, I,  Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1 – 7, 2016 as “Occupational Health and Safety Week” in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to promote and celebrate efforts that consciously raise occupational health and safety awareness.

 

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Emergency Preparedness Week

May 1 – 7, 2016

WHEREAS Emergency Preparedness Week is designated to increase public awareness of how people can increase their personal preparedness to cope with emergencies.

Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Each of us can reduce the risks we face by better understanding the dangers and learning about how to better prepare and make plans for ourselves, our families and our communities.

Toronto’s Office of Emergency Management prepares and makes plans to assist residents during prolonged power outages, floods, severe storms, earthquakes, extreme heat and cold weather, infectious disease outbreaks, water contamination and hazardous chemical releases.

Residents also have an important role to play. Being prepared for emergencies can significantly reduce property damage and keep residents safe. The City provides a personal preparedness guide as well as a guide for residents living in high rise buildings to help them to plan and become prepared.

It is important that all family members know what to do before, during and after an emergency. Plan to look out for your neighbours, in particular those with special needs and the elderly. In this way, we can eliminate the extent to which an emergency affects us.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1 – 7, 2016 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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National Ethnic Press and Media Week

May 2 – 7, 2016

WHEREAS the media has the power to influence societies and strives to deliver the news with accuracy. Journalists know their responsibility is to raise awareness, educate and inspire people through fair reporting and factual information about the country and the city.

The National Ethnic Press plays a key role in delivering the news to Toronto’s diverse communities. Ethnic publications and media outlets in every language strengthen our communities and contribute to our cultural development and the growth and success of the city.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO), named May 3, 2016 as World Press Freedom Day to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom and recognize the challenges and sacrifices made by the members of the press and the media worldwide.

Over the years, members of the media have sought to make the world a better place through their search for the truth, justice and equality. Many of them have paid the ultimate price with their own life.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2 – 7, 2016 as “National Ethnic Press and Media Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Mental Health Week

May 2 – 8, 2016

WHEREAS mental health issues affect 1 in 5 children, youth and adults. Whether at home, at work or in the community, mental health affects each one of us.

Each year, more than half a million children, youth and adults receive support and treatment from community mental health and addiction organizations in Ontario.

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario and Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) call attention to the importance of mental health and to the role each of us has in supporting those with mental health challenges.

The goal of Mental Health Week is to engage communities and individuals across Ontario to increase understanding of mental health issues, reduce the stigma associated with mental health illnesses and spread the message that help is available. CMHA and CMHO encourage all Canadians to speak openly about mental health this week and decrease the stigma around mental health challenges.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2 – 8, 2016 as “Mental Health Week” in the City of Toronto and encourage all citizens to care for their mental health and take advantage of community activities planned throughout the week.

 

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Jane Jacobs’ Ideas Day

May 4, 2016

WHEREAS Jane Jacobs was an American-Canadian urban expert, and an innovator, journalist, author, and activist best known for her influence on urban studies.

She was born on May 4, 1916 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In 1968, Jane Jacobs chose Toronto, Canada as her home.  Until her death in 2006, Jane inspired and taught the world how to understand and value cities and transformed the way people viewed urban life.

Jacobs was well known for organizing grassroots efforts to protect existing neighbourhoods. After moving to Canada in 1968, she joined the opposition to the Spadina Expressway and the associated network of expressways in Toronto planned and under construction.

She taught us that walkable, dense, compact and diverse neighbourhoods were the hallmarks of a healthy city.

A feisty and outspoken urban activist, Jane Jacobs had faith in the wisdom of local residents, joined in many civic battles and gave us the confidence to love our cities.

As part of a celebration of Jane’s life, Jane 100 events are taking place in Toronto. Toronto residents are invited to plan big or small events that activate spaces in ways that reflect her ideas and legacy. These events could include: redesigning streetscapes using chalk, hosting panel discussions, holding block parties and neighbourhood porch crawls, discussing her work in book clubs, creating art exhibitions and conducting explorative walks in neighbourhoods.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2016 as “Jane Jacobs’ Ideas Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day

May 6, 2016

WHEREAS pediatric stroke is currently the sixth leading cause of death in infants and children. Very little is known about its cause, treatment and prevention.

The rate of pediatric strokes is 1 in 2,300 live births each year and 12 in 100,000 children per year.

Nearly 85 per cent of infants and children who have a pediatric stroke will have serious and permanent neurological disabilities. These conditions include: paralysis, seizures, speech and vision problems as well as attention, learning and behavioral challenges. Many of these children often require ongoing physical therapy and surgeries. However, an early diagnosis and commencement of treatment significantly improves the chances of recovery and the prevention of recurrence.

The risk factors, symptoms, prevention efforts and treatment of strokes are different for children and for adults. It is only through medical research that effective treatments and prevention strategies can be identified and developed for children suffering from pediatric stroke.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2016 as “Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Hearing Awareness Day

May 6, 2016

WHEREAS Hearing Awareness Day provides an opportunity to learn about the aids, therapies and programs available for children with hearing loss.

All children with hearing loss have the right to access services that develop their hearing, listening and speaking abilities. Aids, auditory-verbal therapies and training programs allow children to use the hearing ability they have to acquire speech and language skills and help them become fully integrated and independent members of the community.

On May 6, 2016, during the Dress Loud Campaign, VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children and their partners encourage everyone to dress in their wackiest, loudest and wildest clothing to raise awareness for children with hearing loss.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2016 as “Hearing Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Pediatric Brain Tumour Day

May 7, 2016

WHEREAS pediatric brain tumours are the leading cause of organ cancer related deaths in people who are under the age of 20.

While 60 per cent of children who suffer pediatric brain tumours will survive, they will often endure side-effects that will affect their quality of life.

Some of the symptoms of pediatric brain tumours include: headaches, vomiting, personality changes and comas.

Meagan’s Walk Hug Day is an event dedicated to raising funds for pediatric brain tumour research at The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at The Hospital for Sick Children. Taking place on May 7, 2016, participants will gather at The Hospital for Sick Children to surround the building in a large hug formation.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of the Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 7, 2016 as “Pediatric Brain Tumour Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Second World War V-E Day

May 8, 2016

WHEREAS on May 8, 1945, Victory in Europe (V-E) Day marked the formal acceptance by the Allies of the Second World War, of Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces. It thus marked the end of World War II in Europe.

Upon hearing the news of the end of the fighting in Europe, people gathered in the cities across the Allied nations to celebrate.  In Toronto, people danced, hugged, waved flags and threw streamers as they congregated outside City Hall and on Bay and Yonge Streets while aircrafts dropped tickertape (long paper strips produced from telegraph machines) from overhead.

May 8, 1945, was declared the official day of celebration in Canada with the City of Toronto organizing celebrations and parades.

Seventy-one years later, we continue to commemorate the legacy of V-E Day by honouring and remembering the courage and sacrifices of all those who brought peace and freedom to Europe and the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 8, 2016 as “Second World War V-E Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Awareness Day

May 12, 2016

WHEREAS Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities are chronic illnesses that have the potential to substantially limit function and impact the quality of life.

Over 568,000 Ontarians are afflicted by these three chronic illnesses. Once diagnosed, sufferers are often ill for years and as many as 70 per cent are disabled for life. Presently the cause is unknown.

Since 1991, the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Ontario has supported individuals living with these illnesses.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2016 as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Royal Week

May 17 – 23, 2016

WHEREAS the Constitutional Monarchy has been an integral part of our Canadian identity since Confederation in 1867.

This year, Her Majesty the Queen celebrates her ninetieth birthday. The world’s longest reigning female monarch, Queen Elizabeth II continues to hold the respect and affection of Canadians, many of whom have known no other Sovereign.

Other members of Our Royal Family also come to Toronto, both in an official capacity and informally, and are patrons of many Canadian charities and service organizations.

Next year, during Canada’s sesquicentennial, His Royal Highness Prince Harry will bring the Invictus Games to Toronto.

Royal Week honours Toronto’s royal heritage and traditions, while focusing our attention on the institution of the Canadian Crown.

NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 17 – 23, 2016 as “Royal Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, 2016

WHEREAS the City of Toronto is joining with cities in almost 120 countries around the world to recognize the 11th anniversary of the Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. This year’s theme is LGBTQ Mental Health and Well-Being.

Members of the LGBTQ community experience anxiety and depression at a rate much higher than the rest of the population. LGBTQ youth in particular face 14 times the risk of suicide compared to their heterosexual peers.

Support from family and friends along with accepting workplaces and schools all contribute to a positive, mental well-being.

The City of Toronto, along with its community partners, is working to create safe and secure neighbourhoods in which all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Two-Spirit and Intersex people live with dignity and respect and are free from any form of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2016 as “Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Greek Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day

May 19, 2016

WHEREAS Greek-Canadian communities across Canada will recognize the 102nd anniversary of the Greek Pontian Genocide of 1914.

In 1914, the Ottoman government issued a decree to remove the Greek population from their ancestral and historic homeland of Pontus, an area that had been home to the Greek Pontians since the time of Homer around 800 BCE. In the span of a few years after the decree was issued, over 350,000 Greek Pontians were exterminated and thousands were forced to flee to neighbouring countries.

By recognizing this tragic time in European history, we are provided with an opportunity to understand and appreciate the values that Canadians deeply treasure – peace, freedom and democracy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 19, 2016 as “Greek Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Toronto Paramedic Services Week

May 22 – 28, 2016

WHEREAS Toronto’s Paramedic Services provide life-saving public service to City residents and visitors 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

It is important to raise the public’s awareness of the enormous contribution Toronto Paramedic Services’ staff, including paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and operations support persons provide in a caring and compassionate manner, to those in need of pre-hospital emergency medical care. They offer assistance 800 times a day in Toronto.

Toronto Paramedic Services Week recognizes the contributions these public servants make to maintain a safe and healthy city for those who call 911 for help each day.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 22 – 28, 2016 as “Toronto Paramedic Services Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Toronto Newcomer Day

May 24, 2016

WHEREAS Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, built on immigration and committed to the successful integration of newcomers.

Each year, tens of thousands of people from around the world choose Toronto as their new home. Half of the city’s residents have been born outside of Canada and Toronto has a long history of welcoming newcomers and helping them settle and integrate.

In 2014, Toronto became the first city outside of Europe to sign the Integrating Cities Charter, re-affirming its commitment to immigrant integration. This proud tradition continues this year, as Toronto welcomes thousands of Syrian refugees to the city as part of Canada’s national effort to welcome and resettle this population.

The successful settlement of newcomers in our city is critical for the city’s success and an opportunity to enrich Toronto economically, socially and culturally.

Today, we invite you to join us in welcoming our newcomers and celebrate and acknowledge their many contributions to our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 24, 2016 as “Toronto Newcomer Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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 Greater Toronto Day

 May 26, 2016

WHEREAS we are all committed to making the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) a better place in which to live, work and play.

On Thursday May 26th, GTA residents are encouraged to take part in activities that help make our city great. Some examples of small acts that make a huge difference in the community include: allowing someone ahead of you in traffic, bringing in your neighbour’s garbage cans, donating old clothes or volunteering at a food bank.

On Greater Toronto Day, we can all celebrate our great city by doing good deeds and sharing stories of them on social media using the hashtag #GreaterTorontoDay. Every person can do a good deed and create a positive impact.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 26, 2016 as “Greater Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Safe Boating Awareness Week

May 21 – 27, 2016

WHEREAS traditionally the long weekend in May marks the unofficial start of summer and the beginning of the boating season.

Countless Toronto residents and visitors begin heading out to enjoy the stunning Lake Ontario waterfront, one of North America’s greatest lakes, along with lakes throughout the province, participating in fishing and every type of boating.

All boaters and participants in water-based activities should be aware of the risks that exist on the water. Everyone should be reminded to practice safe and responsible habits, including completing a safe boating course, wearing a life jacket, properly equipping and inspecting their vessel and never mixing alcohol with boating.

The City of Toronto strives to ensure safe and enjoyable boating recreation for thousands of power, sail and paddle vessels that have access to our waters. Along with its partners, the Canadian Safe Boating Council, Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety, the Canadian Coast Guard and Auxiliary, the Toronto Police Marine Unit and other boating safety enthusiasts, the City of Toronto promotes Safe Boating Awareness Week and supports its worthy goals.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 21 – 27, 2016 as “Safe Boating Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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National Access Awareness Week

May 29 – June 4, 2016

WHEREAS initially conceived by Rick Hansen in 1987 following his Man in Motion world tour, National Access Awareness Week promotes better community access and inclusion for people with disabilities. Each year during National Access Awareness Week, Canadians are encouraged to think about the barriers people with disabilities face and to find ways to help remove them.

The City of Toronto is committed to building an inclusive society and providing accessible environments and works to support the goal of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) of achieving an accessible society by preventing and removing barriers to equal access to society for persons with disabilities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 29 – June 4, 2016 as “National Access Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Bike Month

May 30 – June 30, 2018

WHEREAS since the launch of Toronto’s first Bike to Work Day 27 years ago, the City of Toronto has worked with the cycling community to encourage people to ride their bikes as a practical transportation choice.

The City is investing in cycling infrastructure to help get Toronto moving and reduce traffic congestion. This year, the City of Toronto will be adopting a new 10-year cycling network plan to enhance cycling opportunities by building connected cycle tracks, bike lanes, shared roadway routes and multi-use pathways across the city.

Cycling is an essential part of our integrated transportation network and an enjoyable way for people to stay healthy, feel connected to their communities, support local business and get to their destinations. Each year, Bike Month features hundreds of community-led cycling events that encourage people to get outside and ride their bikes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 30 – June 30, 2016 as “Bike Month” in Toronto.

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Safe Kids Week

May 30 – June 5

WHEREAS Safe Kids Week is a national awareness week that focuses on the most common kind of injuries that affect children at home, at play and on the road.

There has been a decreasing trend in childhood death and hospitalizations from preventable injuries. However injuries such as falls, concussions, poisoning, burns, water safety and bicycles/wheeled activity injuries remain the number one killers of children.

Toronto residents play an important role in creating change in their communities and keeping children active and safe from harm.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 30- June 5, 2016 as “Safe Kids Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Recreation and Parks Month

June 2016

WHEREAS our urban forests are an important resource for individual, community and environmental health. Natural environments are places where people can relax, encounter nature and be active.

Parkland is an important component of the city’s green space system, providing many ecological functions that are important to the health of individuals, communities and the city as a whole.

Community recreation strengthens communities and improves connections among Torontonians. Recreation programs promote the mental and physical conditioning of people of all ages and abilities and improves their social skills. City-funded recreation programs assist in developing talents in individuals and build cooperation within neighbourhoods.

The City of Toronto is committed to improving the quality of life of Toronto’s residents by providing safe and beautiful parks, an extensive network of trails alongside a healthy, expanding urban forest and community focused recreational opportunities geared to the needs of the city’s diverse communities.

During Recreation and Parks Month, Toronto residents are invited to explore parks, recreation centres, trails, ravines and natural areas and to enjoy many events hosted by Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as “Recreation and Parks Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Pride Month

June 2016

WHEREAS Pride Month in Toronto is the largest Pride celebration in North America. It is one of our country’s premier arts and cultural festivals and our city’s first-ever, full month celebration of the history, courage and diversity of Toronto’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two Spirited communities and Allies (LGBTTIQQ2SA.).

Pride Month 2016 marks 35 years since Toronto’s 1981 Bathhouse Raids that was the catalyst for mass protests that spurred the development of Pride in our city. This significant anniversary is a time to reflect on the events that shaped Pride, the community’s victories since then and the issues that still require our commitment and focus.

During 33 days of dynamic Pride Toronto programming, history making partnerships and record breaking firsts, Pride Month 2016 will unite and empower people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions across our entire city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as “Pride Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Brain Injury Awareness Month

 June 2016

WHEREAS Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading killer and the cause of many disabilities in Canadians under the age of 40. Each year, an estimated 18,000 Ontario residents become permanently disabled as a result of a brain injury. It is estimated that the direct and indirect costs associated with TBI are $1 billion annually.

People living with the effects of brain injury may experience a variety of challenges including: chronic fatigue, headaches, depression, anxiety, mobility impairments and issues with memory, concentration, problem solving and judgment.

The most common causes of brain injury are: falls, motor vehicle collisions, infections, heart attacks, bicycle crashes and drug abuse. The severity of a brain injury can vary from a concussion to a severe coma.

As part of Brain Injury Awareness Month, the Brain Injury Society of Toronto will promote brain injury awareness in the city that will include a TTC awareness campaign, displays in Toronto hospitals and a social media campaign with the hashtag #areyouaware.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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 ALS Awareness Month

June 2016

WHEREAS in 2011, David Tilson, Member of Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon introduced a private member’s bill that designated June as ALS Awareness Month.

There are currently 2,500 – 3,000 Canadians living with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis), a progressive disease that affects the muscles. As the neurons that control the muscles die, people affected with ALS slowly become paralyzed, unable to walk, talk and eventually, unable to breathe. There is no treatment or cure for ALS.

ALS Society of Canada was founded in 1977 as a national registered charity dedicated to supporting Canadians who are suffering from ALS and investing money into making it a treatable disease.

Toronto residents are encouraged to get involved in ALS Awareness Month by joining a Walk for ALSin your community to raise funds for and awareness of this important cause.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as “ALS Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Seniors’ Month

June 2016

WHEREAS Seniors’ Month is an annual province-wide celebration that recognizes the contributions seniors have made and continue to make in our communities. This year’s theme is, “Seniors Making a Difference.”

It is estimated that by 2031, Toronto will be home to 1.2 million seniors, the fastest growing segment of the population.

Seniors continue to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and important and active members of our city. The knowledge and experience seniors pass on to the next generation continue to benefit everyone and their stories deserve to be told. Their health and well-being is in the interest of everyone and further adds to the health and well-being of their communities and the vibrancy of our city as a whole.

The City of Toronto is committed to respecting the values of respect, dignity, diversity, independence and equity for seniors in all of its policies, programs and services. Within the City of Toronto Seniors Strategy, mandates, programs and services have been established for Toronto to become an age-friendly, safe, navigable, affordable, accessible and enjoyable city for all.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as “Seniors’ Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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 Peace Tree Day

 June 1, 2016

WHEREAS Peace Tree Day is a day of celebration for schools, communities and cities when children, youth and families of all cultures and faiths to come together and celebrate our vibrant traditions and cultures in order to create an inclusive and peaceful society for all.

Peace Tree International Initiatives is a non-profit organization that empowers children and youth to create peaceful and inclusive schools and communities by celebrating diversity through the arts and literacy.

On this day, children and families from diverse backgrounds will create a Peace Tree that highlights the symbols of all cultures and faiths to reflect the beauty of ‘diversity in unity’, a symbol of respect and inclusivity for people of all backgrounds.

Peace Tree Day empowers children and youth to become leaders for peace and social justice initiatives. Children and youth Peace Tree Ambassadors unite to create a compassionate, inclusive society by raising funds for less fortunate children.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 1, 2016 as “Peace Tree Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Intergenerational Day

June 1, 2016

WHEREAS on June 1st of each year, Intergenerational Day raises awareness of the importance of intergenerational relationships.

Intergenerational Day serves as a reminder that we should all reach out to a person from another generation to help bridge the gap in our communities and to foster cross-generational and cross-cultural relationships.

Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships in Community (TIGP) is a non-profit charity that aims to bring communities together by fostering relationships between different generations through programs and events. Social visiting, senior’s assistance home maintenance and intergenerational volunteer support programs are some of the ways in which TIGP aims to diminish generational barriers.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 1, 2016 as “Intergenerational Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Canadian Magazine Week

June 5 – 11, 2016

WHEREAS Canada has a robust print and digital magazine media industry that is an essential part of life for many Torontonians and Canadians with 92 per cent of them reading a magazine at least once a week.

Magazines cover every interest and passion. Roughly 88 per cent of readers believe that a magazine should have Canadian-focused content.

There are more than 2,000 Canadian magazine media brands, employing 15,000 Canadians in high-value jobs. The majority of the Canadian magazine media industry is based in Ontario, with 78 per cent of the industry in Toronto, making our city the overwhelming centre of magazine media in Canada.

During Canadian Magazine Week, Toronto will host MagNet, the largest gathering of magazine media in North America. It is a collaborative effort from three national associations: the Canadian Society of Magazine Editors, the Circulation Management Association of Canada, and Magazines Canada. MagNet brings together the diverse creators and business people behind Canada’s magazine industry, welcoming over 1,200 magazine professionals from across the country and around the world to Toronto.

Canadian Magazine Week shines a spotlight on Canada’s magazine media industry and encourages Torontonians to embrace the homegrown $1.7 billion industry that is made up of Canadian-content magazines.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 5 – 11, 2016 as “Canadian Magazine Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Reach for the Rainbow Week

 June 5 – 11, 2016

WHEREAS the goal of Reach for the Rainbow Week is to raise awareness of available integrated programs throughout the City of Toronto, while advocating for the value of integrated settings for people with disabilities and their communities.

Integrated recreation programs improve self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-confidence in children with disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential. Integrated camp environments are also beneficial in developing positive social interactions between children with disabilities and their peers.

Reach for the Rainbow is recognized as a critical support system for participants, families, partners and social service agencies which facilitate respite and inclusive recreational and camp opportunities across the province.

Not limited to a single disability focus, Reach for the Rainbow emphases a holistic approach to providing meaningful and transformative experiences. These experiences enrich the lives of participants, their families and their communities while supporting the “gift of belonging” principle of Reach for the Rainbow.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 5 – 11, 2016 as “Reach for the Rainbow Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Portugal Week

June 6 – 12, 2016

WHEREAS Portugal Week in Toronto recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary contributions made by our Portuguese community to the prosperity, success and vitality of our city.

The Portuguese community is a vibrant group that has enriched the Canadian mosaic with its history, language, culture and work ethic for more than 50 years, with almost half of all Portuguese immigrants to Canada settling in the Toronto area.

Portugal Week provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight the Portuguese community and showcase various celebrations and activities taking place in and around the city celebrating almost 900 years of history, culture, and discovery.

In Toronto, our many ethnic cultures including the Portuguese culture truly reflect our diversity, contribute to the social and cultural development of our cities and enrich the lives of all Torontonians.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 6 – 12, 2016 as “Portugal Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Toronto Remembers D-Day

 June 6, 2016

WHEREAS, on June 6, 1944, in an effort to prevent Germany from invading England and gaining further ground in Europe, Canadian and Allied forces invaded Western Europe. Landing in five different zones: Juno Beach (Canada), Gold Beach (United Kingdom), Sword Beach (United Kingdom and France) and Utah Beach and Omaha Beach (United States), they stormed the beaches of Normandy, France and began the turning point of the Second World War.

On D-Day, 14,000 Canadian troops landed on Juno Beach and into the line of fire, as they sought to protect the eight kilometre stretch of the Normandy coastline.

D-Day is an opportunity to honour and acknowledge the courage and sacrifices of the D-Day veterans and all Canadian veterans who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 6, 2016 as “Toronto Remembers D-Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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You Can Play

June 16, 2016

WHEREAS You Can Play is an initiative dedicated to ensuring equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation.

Toronto is a city that embraces diversity, celebrates differences and is a beacon for all people who want to live, work and play in a city that respects and celebrates them.

In April 2013, the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced a historic partnership with the You Can Play Project that formalized and advanced their long-standing commitment to make the National League the most inclusive professional sports league in the world.

The Canadian Football League and its Payers’ Association is the third professional sports League in North America to Partner with You Can Play Program.

You Can Play demonstrates Toronto’s commitment to support openly gay athletes and will provide the environment and resources necessary to ensure players are welcomed, respected and evaluated solely on their athletic abilities, regardless of their sexual orientation.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 16, 2016 as “You Can Play” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Toronto Garden Day

June 17, 2016

WHEREAS Toronto has more than 1,500 parks with numerous open spaces and 600 kilometres of trails. The parks system covers 8,000 hectares, or roughly 13 per cent of the city’s land area.

Most of the green space in our city is comprised of private yards. Although some consist of mown grass, others use the power of the flower to create vibrant and livable, natural spaces.

Through community planting in parks and the individual efforts of many citizens, these gardens contribute greatly to the beautification of our city and promote increased civic pride.

The City of Toronto Garden Contest recognizes the achievements of residents, community groups and businesses that make a difference through creative and inspiring gardens.

Toronto Garden Day raises awareness about gardening, a rewarding, healthy activity that allows for the opportunity to contribute to your community, meet others and learn through the exchange of garden knowledge.

Residents are encouraged to get involved in community planting or by joining their local garden club or horticultural society.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 17, 2016 as “Toronto Garden Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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 Highland Creek Heritage Day

 June 18, 2016

WHEREAS the village of Highland Creek (“The Village”) was one of the earliest settlements in the Scarborough community and one of the first areas in modern day Toronto to be occupied by European settlers. Highland Creek is a river that runs through the neighbourhood and is an area lush with trees and occupied by wildlife.

In the early summer of 1986, a Village merchant, Terry Woods, suggested that a festival should be held in Highland Creek similar to those held in other rural communities. He gained the support of other merchants and the Highland Creek Village Business Association, initially organizing the event on September 20, 1986. This year, June 18 marks the 31st Highland Creek Heritage Festival celebrating the rich history and heritage of “The Village.”

Highland Creek opened their first post office in 1852. Today, the area remains the only area of Toronto that is still identifiable as a historical village with buildings that include the W.J. Morrish General Store built in 1890, and the Highland Creek Public School established in 1918.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 18, 2016 as “Highland Creek Heritage Day” in the city of Toronto.

 

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World Refugee Day

June 20, 2016

WHEREAS the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution to acknowledge June 20 of every year as World Refugee Day, in order to bring attention to the plight of the world’s refugees and to extend encouragement, support and respect to them.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and find solutions to refugee problems worldwide.

It is important to recognize that Canada has a long history of helping and protecting refugees and is a signatory of the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.

World Refugee Day 2016 is dedicated to building empathy and an understanding for refugees as well as protecting them and providing opportunities to assist them in rebuilding their lives in safety and dignity.

The City of Toronto and its people continue to welcome refugees and make resources available for them and their families to have a dignified life.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of the city of Toronto and the people of Toronto, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2016 as “World Refugee Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2016

WHEREAS National Aboriginal Day was first proclaimed in 1996 by Canada’s former Governor General Romeo A. LeBlanc.

In 2015, the City of Toronto endorsed the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and called upon the Federal and Provincial governments to adopt the Calls to Action. The City of Toronto continues the process of reconciliation this year by fulfilling the Calls to Action from the Commission that are relevant to municipal government.

The City of Toronto is proud of the rich culture, heritage and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. By acknowledging the Aboriginal Peoples as the original inhabitants of the land now known as Toronto along with their inherent rights, the City of Toronto recognizes that the fundamental strength of our community lies in our unique racial, ethno-cultural and aboriginal diversity.

Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto are committed to creating an inclusive society. Our multicultural communities contribute to our city’s motto: “Diversity Our Strength.” 

NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2016 as “National Aboriginal Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act Redress Day

June 22, 2016

WHEREAS on June 22, 2006, the Prime Minister of Canada issued a parliamentary apology to all Chinese Canadians for historical injustices. The Government of Canada provided a symbolic redress of $20,000.00 to each surviving head tax payer and/or surviving spouse and allocated $5 million for commemorative projects to acknowledge the historical contributions of
Chinese-Canadians to the building of Canada.

Today is a day to acknowledge the contributions of the Chinese-Canadian community to the city of Toronto while recognizing the difficult path to belonging faced by generations of
Chinese-Canadians.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim June 22, 2016 as “Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act Redress Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Pollinator Week

June 20 – 26, 2016

WHEREAS Toronto is home to over 300 species of bees and hundreds of non-bee pollinator species, making it home to one of the most diverse pollinator populations in Canada.

Pollinators around the globe are in decline due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticide use, and the spread of pests and disease. There are serious implications for the future health of flora and fauna with the loss of these important insects.

Communities and their residents have an opportunity to support pollinators on both public and private lands. Supporting pollinators fosters environmental sustainability and increases interaction and engagement among community stewards.

The City of Toronto has become the first Canadian affiliate of Bee City, a program designed to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators. It is actively engaged in programs and initiatives supporting pollinator biodiversity.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 20 – 26, 2016 as “Pollinator Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Jazz Week

June 24 – July 3, 2016

WHEREAS the Toronto Jazz Festival is one of the largest music festivals in the City of Toronto.

This festival honours the rich tradition of jazz, showcasing 1,500 of the very best jazz rising stars, legendary artists and accomplished performers over a 10 day music festival.

The Toronto Jazz Festival’s main venue is located at Nathan Phillips Square and concerts are also showcased at more than 40 locations throughout Toronto.

During its 30 year history, the festival has offered 3,000 free public events that have been a success through the assistance of volunteers who have generously given 66,500 hours of their time.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 24 – July 3, 2016 as “Jazz Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

 June 26, 2016

WHEREAS June 26 is a day set aside to remind the world that torture is a cruel violation of human rights. Today, we celebrate the resiliency and strength of the survivors who have been tortured and also remember those who have passed away fighting for their right to say no to torture.

The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT), an organization that assists survivors of torture through rehabilitation and treatment, has recognized June 26 as the commemoration of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture since 1998.

Through the CCVT, Canada has been one of the earliest pioneers in providing support to the survivors of torture. The CCVT began as a humble, grassroots organization that has currently assisted 22,000 survivors in its nearly four decades of work. It operates within a holistic, integrated continuum of services and community support provided not only by professionals in the field, but by members of the community at large.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 26, 2016 as “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Dora Day

June 27, 2016

WHEREAS Toronto is a creative centre where the arts are celebrated and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The performing arts are a unifying force that is vital to the cultural and social development of our communities.

The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) will celebrate the 37th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards that recognize the excellent performances that take place on Toronto’s theatre, dance and opera stages for the 2015-16 production seasons.

Each nominee of the coveted DORA award has helped to enrich the arts in Toronto and offers all of us an opportunity to experience and enjoy the wide range of creativity and talent in Toronto.

Dora Day celebrates and recognizes the outstanding achievements of Toronto’s professional theatre, dance and opera industry. Toronto is a centre for arts and culture and attracts tourists to our city. Residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of shows and productions from independent theatre to blockbuster musicals, festivals and special events.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2016 as “Dora Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Youth in Policing Day

 July 4, 2016

 WHEREAS the Youth in Policing Initiative promotes youth participation and exposure to a work environment through diverse, educational, and productive work assignments. This program also enhances the link between the police and neighbourhoods served by the Toronto Police Service.

The Youth in Policing Initiative focuses on employing diverse youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years, who reside in neighbourhood improvement areas within the city of Toronto. The program is a partnership with the Toronto Police Services Board, the Toronto Police Service and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Youth in Policing gives young people an opportunity to develop job skills while fostering positive partnerships with uniform and civilian members of the Service, as well as many community partners.

From its initial mandate to hire 100 youth for the summer, the program has expanded to a year-round program that hires nearly 300 youth per year. This year, the Youth in Policing Initiative will celebrate 10 years of dedicated and incredible work in the city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 4, 2016 as “Youth in Policing Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month

 July 5 – August 13, 2016

WHEREAS the 49th Toronto Caribbean Carnival brings together people of all backgrounds in celebration of Caribbean culture and Caribbean-Canadian heritage, giving life to the City’s motto, “Diversity Our Strength.”

This vibrant festival is a centerpiece of Toronto’s summer and is the largest of its kind in North America. An event of major cultural significance, Toronto Caribbean Carnival draws millions of revelers from far and wide and in doing so, makes significant social, cultural and economic contributions to Toronto.

Community volunteers are the backbone of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival as they generously donate their time, expertise and enthusiasm to all the carnival programs including the Junior Carnival, the steel pan yards, the calypso tents, and the magnificent pageant of the Kings and Queens from the mas’ bands.

The Grand Parade is the ultimate street festival. The artistry and craft of spectacular costumes, along with the rhythm of steelpan and calypso plus soca, chutney and reggae combine to make the Toronto Caribbean Carnival one of the most diverse cultural festivals in Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 5 – August 13, 2016 as “Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Tech Community Day

 July 26, 2016

WHEREAS the City of Toronto acknowledges the strength and importance of its vibrant technological community.

Technology is one of the most profitable industries in the world. The tech community builds a foundation that enables business activity and innovation to take place through mentoring, collaboration, knowledge sharing and skills acquisition.

The tech community significantly contributes to the overall prosperity of the city and its myriad of successful entrepreneurs, companies and organizations. A cohesive, engaged tech community solidifies Toronto’s position as Canada’s technology hub and as an emerging global leader in innovation.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim July 26, 2016 as “Tech Community Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Hepatitis Day

July 28, 2016

WHEREAS every year on July 28, World Hepatitis Day is acknowledged around the world to raise awareness of viral hepatitis. It is a day set aside to advocate for better access to treatment, prevention measures and government action.

More than 110,000 Ontarians have been infected with Hepatitis C, though one third of those infected have not been diagnosed. Although Hepatitis C is preventable and curable, it also carries the burden of being an incredible stigma for many of those who are diagnosed.

Today we recognize Torontonians infected with Hepatitis, those who are at risk for Hepatitis infection as well as those who have encountered obstacles in receiving treatment. We also remember the people we have lost to this disease.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 28, 2016 as “Hepatitis Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Simcoe Day

August 1, 2016

WHEREAS every year on the first Monday in August, we commemorate Simcoe Day, a Civic Holiday named in honour of Major-General John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of the province of Upper Canada.

In 1793, Governor Simcoe named York now called Toronto, the capital of Upper Canada and had Fort York constructed to protect the new settlement.

During his short but significant tenure, Governor Simcoe introduced basic institutions including parliament, systems of courts, common law, land holding and county government. His initiative to end slavery in the province was the first of its kind in the British Empire.

Simcoe Day is an opportunity to reflect on the significant role John Graves Simcoe played in the history of the city of Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 1, 2016 as “Simcoe Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day

 August 6, 2016

WHEREAS since 1983, Toronto has been a member of Mayors for Peace and the custodian of the Peace Garden since 1984.

Countries across the world, including Canada, have signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The Treaty prohibits the proliferation of nuclear weapons and supports the mutual reinforcement of nuclear disarmament and the agreement of a full exchange of equipment, materials and information for peaceful uses of nuclear energy between all State Parities to the Treaty.

Each year on August 6, we remember the nearly 250,000 individuals who died from the immediate effects of the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, and all those who suffered thereafter.

This day also serves as a reminder of the horrific effects of the use of atomic bombs, the need to find non-violent solutions for world issues and the call for the abolition and prohibition of nuclear weapons.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 6, 2016 as “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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The Tragically Hip Day

August 10, 2016

WHEREAS today The Tragically Hip will play the first of its final series of concerts in Toronto during its “Man Machine Poem” tour. A portion of the proceeds raised from its final series of concerts will be donated to the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation.

A Canadian band from Kingston, Ontario, The Tragically Hip have been rocking audiences since the mid-80s and have captured the heart of Canadians ever since. Although The Hip will be playing their last Toronto shows, their iconic music will continue to make its mark on Toronto’s musical and cultural scene.

The Hip have accumulated 14 JUNO Awards, been inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame and the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award and was one of four Canadian bands honoured with a series of postage stamps from Canada Post.

After more than 30 years of dedication to music, The Hip have moved fans of all age groups. The spirit of The Tragically Hip will continue to inspire Canadian music lovers in Toronto and across the country.

In celebration of The Tragically Hip and their final tour, MLSE Live has built a tribute booth outside gate 6 at Air Canada Centre for Hip fans to record a 30-second video message sharing their favourite Hip story.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 10, 2016 as “The Tragically Hip Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Beatles 50 T.O. Week

August 13 – 21, 2016

WHEREAS 50 years ago this summer, The Beatles played in Toronto for the last time on August 17, 1966. Twelve days later, The Beatles announced the end of touring.

When The Beatles came to North America in 1964, 1965 and 1966, their impact on their audiences was electrifying. Toronto was Canada’s Beatlemania epicenter – the only city where they performed all three years in the iconic Maple Leaf Gardens. Toronto was changing dramatically in the post-war, baby-boom era. The vibrant music scene on Yonge Street and in Yorkville expressed the social, cultural and political upheaval of that time.

The City of Toronto’s Museums & Heritage Services is celebrating this anniversary with an ongoing exhibit and a special week of concerts, walks and talks. To mark the 50th anniversary of the final Toronto concert, Museums & Heritage Services is collaborating with curators, collectors, musicians, community partners and sponsors to create ’60s-themed exhibits and events.

Toronto is North America’s third-largest music market. The City of Toronto has recently launched a Toronto Music Strategy to support and grow the City’s music sector and celebrate our music history.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 13 – 21, 2016 as “Beatles 50 T.O. Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Paint Canada Pink Week

August 15 – 19, 2016

WHEREAS breast cancer is a complex disease that will affect 1 in 9 Canadian women during their lifetime.

According to the latest statistics, it is estimated that 25,000 women and 220 men in Canada were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015.

Breast cancer awareness is an important part of proactive and preventative health care.

Toronto residents have a long-standing history of working together to promote breast cancer research, health education and advocacy programs to create a future without breast cancer.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 15 – 19, 2016 as “Paint Canada Pink Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2016

WHEREAS August 31st is recognized by diverse communities across the globe as a day to remember the family members, friends, colleagues and neighbours lost to drug overdose in Toronto. It is also a time to rededicate our efforts to avert future deaths.

In recent years, more Ontarians have died as a result of drug overdose than from vehicle trauma and many of those lost were Toronto residents. Overdose deaths continue to rise in Toronto, increasing 77 per cent between 2004 and 2014.

The City of Toronto is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of all citizens.​​ On this day, we focus on the need to raise awareness and educate community members about these preventable deaths.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 31, 2016 as “Overdose Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Month

September 2016

WHEREAS, for over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBST) has been making a difference in the lives of at-risk children and youth through mentoring.

Currently, in the city of Toronto, over 2,500 at-risk children and youth are served by the staff and volunteers of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto every year. Through various mentoring programs, BBBST volunteers make a tremendous impact on the children they mentor, helping to increase self-confidence, healthy habits and high school graduate rates, while breaking the cycles of drugs, violence and poverty.

Through their unwavering support, BBBST and their volunteer mentors serve those at risk in Toronto, while encouraging their participation in community activities that help make Toronto a better place to live, work and play.

The City of Toronto urges residents to dedicate their time and talent by volunteering with at-risk youth to create life changing relationships.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as “Big Brothers Big Sisters Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Childhood Cancer Awareness Week

September 2016

WHEREAS in 2015 approximately 1500 Canadian children were diagnosed with cancer, a life-threatening illness that remains the leading cause of disease-related death for children under the age of 15.

Today, 10,000 Canadian children are living with cancer. More than half of all survivors face long-term physical, emotional or developmental effects as a result of the disease or the medication used to treat it.

This month, communities across North America are coming together to raise funds for and educate the public about childhood cancer as well as reaffirm their commitment to fighting childhood cancer.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 2016 as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Polycystic kidney disease Awareness Day

September 4, 2016

WHEREAS polycystic kidney disease is a progressive, life-threatening genetic disease that can result in the growth of several large cysts on the kidneys, destroying their ability to function and ultimately leading to kidney failure. Symptoms of Polycystic kidney disease may include chronic pain, high blood pressure, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, heart disease, aneurysm and stroke.

PKD Foundation of Canada (PKDFOC) is a national charitable organization dedicated to fighting polycystic kidney disease. The mission of PKDFOC is to promote research, advocacy, and education as well as to raise awareness of polycystic kidney disease (PKD) in order to discover treatments and a cure.

In September, Walk for PKD events will take place in several locations to honour friends, family and supporters impacted by PKD, as well as raise funds for research.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 4, 2016 as “Polycystic kidney disease Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Suicide Prevention Week

September 5 – 11, 2016

WHEREAS suicide is one of the most important but least talked about population health issues facing our city. In 2009, there were 243 deaths by suicide in Toronto, which is more than four times the number of people who died from homicide and three times the number who died from motor vehicle crashes. Suicide not only results in a loss of life but also impacts survivors, family, friends and observers.

Suicide prevention is critical in building strong, healthy communities. Public awareness and education initiatives are key components of suicide prevention that enhance the overall safety of our communities. Toronto Public Health, Distress Centres and the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto worked in partnership to develop a communication campaign aimed at decreasing the stigma around suicide, increasing help seeking behaviours and enhancing awareness of resources available to individuals.

Recognizing Suicide Prevention Week acknowledges the many individuals, families and communities who have lost someone to suicide and reinforces our commitment to empower individuals to seek the mental health support they need to reach out and speak out. It is another reminder for everyone that there is no health without mental health.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 5 – 11, 2016 as “Suicide Prevention Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Toronto Olympians and Paralympians Day

 September 7, 2016

WHEREAS the curtains are down on the first Olympic Games in South America and Team Canada, medals in tow, received a hero’s welcome when they landed on home soil to the cheers and screams of hundreds of adoring fans.

At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil, Team Canada made us proud with an impressive haul of 22 medals, with more golds than any Games since 1992 in Barcelona. During the Games, Canadian athletes made history, became legends and our rising stars were introduced to the world.

We marvel at the years of sacrifice and admire the hard work, dedication and pure athletic ability our athletes, both veterans and newcomers, displayed at this year’s Games. This year especially, Canadians were greatly inspired by our female Olympians whose record-breaking medal haul and display of athletic power was a force to be reckoned with and provided us with unforgettable Olympic moments.

Today, our Canadian Paralympians look to continue the medal momentum that began at the Rio Olympic Games. We look forward to celebrating your achievements over 12 days of global competition. Know that you have an entire nation behind you.

The Olympics and Paralympics encourage generations to dream and believe. Team Canada’s participation in this year’s Games inspires us all with their talent and human spirit that will be cherished and remembered for years to come. Congratulations Team Canada, you make us proud!

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, in true Olympic spirit, do hereby declare September 7, 2016 as “Toronto Olympians and Paralympians Day” in the City of Toronto. Go Team Canada Go!

 

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Toronto Public Service Week

September 12 – 16, 2016

WHEREAS the fourth annual Toronto Public Service Week recognizes the professionalism, integrity and commitment of the 34,000 Toronto Public Service members who provide a broad range of high quality services to Toronto residents.

The Toronto Public Service operates within a framework of service, stewardship and commitment to the residents of Toronto in order to make our city a great city in which to live, work and play.

Each year, the United Nations designates June 23 as Public Service Day “to highlight the contribution of public service in the development process; recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in public service.”

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 12-16, 2016 as “Toronto Public Service Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Toronto International Film Festival Weeks

September 8 – 18, 2016

WHEREAS the Toronto International Film Festival is recognized within the film industry as the world’s leading public film festival. The 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival will screen over 300 films from more than 60 countries and bring over 5,000 industry professionals and nearly 500,00 film attendees to our city.

In addition to delivering the best international cinema, the Festival attracts audiences and films that are reflective of the diversity and cultural richness of Toronto and Canada as a whole. With its strong global profile, the Festival leads the way in branding the city as a top destination for culture and diversity.

Recognized as North America’s third largest screen-based production centre, Toronto continues to be an international hot spot for film and television production. The city’s vibrant neighbourhoods and experienced talent are often featured in award-winning films and long-running internationally acclaimed television series of which we are most proud.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 8 – 18, 2016 as “Toronto International Film Festival Weeks” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

September 9, 2016

WHEREAS Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are the most common, most expensive, yet most preventable of all mental disorders in the industrialized world. As a society, we have a responsibility to ensure that all potential parents understand that women must avoid alcohol when planning to get pregnant and during pregnancy. The result of over-consumption of alcohol during pregnancy can result in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.

Individuals who struggle with FASD encounter learning disabilities, an inability to predict the consequences of their actions, have memory deficits, experience issues with homelessness and addictiveness, problems with the justice system and a variety of mental health issues. Current studies indicate the incidence of FASD among live births in Canada could be as high as 2-5 per cent, or more than 750,000 Canadians, which result in an overwhelming burden to our health, education and justice systems.

In order to reduce the incidence of FASD, it is essential that all professionals treating women and their families during pregnancy, are properly trained to guide them in the planning of their pregnancies with appropriate support and information. Moreover, children in primary and secondary school years must receive age-appropriate instruction concerning the impact of prenatal exposure to alcohol on the fetus. Today, during International FASD Awareness Day, people from over 42 countries in every time zone around the world will observe a moment of reflection at 9:09 a.m.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 9, 2016 as “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Recovery Day

September 18, 2016

WHEREAS Recovery Day Toronto was established to put a face and a voice to recovery and show those who still suffer from addiction that recovery is possible.

As part of Toronto’s well-being and Access, Equity & Diversity Strategic Goals, Recovery Day aims to improve the lives of Torontonians by partnering with dozens of the city’s recovery support services. The mission is to promote access, build awareness and celebrate the role that recovery plays in improving the lives of millions of Canadians.

According to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, alcohol and other drug addictions cost Canada over $40 billion per year. There are close to 5 million people in recovery in Canada. When you include friends, families, and allies, close to 90 per cent of the population is affected.

Recovery Day Toronto celebrates those in recovery – together we can change lives, improve the well-being of our communities and increase access to support those who still suffer.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2016 as “Recovery Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2016

WHEREAS Orange Shirt Day is a day set aside to honour the legacy of the First Nations residential school survivors, their families and communities as well as to remember those who died in the residential school system. Residential schools were religious schools for First Nations children paid for by the government and run by churches. According to the official apology issued by the Federal government in 2008, “two primary objectives of the residential school system were to remove and isolate children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture.”

An orange shirt symbolically represents the suffering and pain that students in residential schools endured. Worn by a young girl who was attending a residential school, it is now used as a vivid reminder of the need for the continuous discussion and work needed for reconciliation.

In 2009, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was created to hear the stories of those who attended residential schools and to honour them, while finding ways towards reconciliation and healing.

Orange Shirt Day recognizes one of the Truth and Reconciliation’s recommendations for “a National Day to honour survivors, their families and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 30, 2016 as “Orange Shirt Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2016

WHEREAS Toronto is a city steeped in rich cultural traditions which have enriched the lives of residents and fostered a culture of understanding, tolerance and friendship.

Hispanic-Canadians are committed to preserving their rich heritage and culture and have contributed greatly to the wellbeing and success of our communities.

Hispanic Heritage Month gives Canadians an opportunity to celebrate, enjoy and experience the rich heritage of our Hispanic culture. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the outstanding social, cultural, economic and political contributions Spanish speaking peoples have made to Canadian society.

Proclaiming October as Hispanic Heritage Month in Toronto gives all Torontonians the opportunity to participate in various cultural and educational activities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, hereby proclaim October 2016 as “Hispanic Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Occupational Therapy Month

October 2016

WHEREAS the services provided by occupational therapists enable people of all ages and abilities to participate in activities that give meaning and purpose to their lives.

By working to overcome obstacles that prevent them from living normal and active lifestyles, the profession of occupational therapy, a regulated health profession made up of over 5000 people in Ontario, promotes health and well-being.

The health and quality of life of all Canadians is dependent upon access to occupational therapy services in community agencies, hospitals, long-term care homes, rehabilitation centres and clinics, family health teams and other primary care agencies, schools and social agencies.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2016 as “Occupational Therapy Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day

 October 15, 2016

WHEREAS the Province of Ontario has declared October 15 as Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day in support of the passage of Bill 141: Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Research and Awareness Act.

Over 30,000 Ontario families experience pregnancy and infant loss every year.

In order to provide more compassionate care and support for mothers and families who experience pregnancy and infant loss, there is a need for an awareness and understanding of the causes of loss during pregnancy as well as infant loss.

With greater awareness we can improve the care for mothers in our local hospitals and also expand research into the causes of pregnancy and infant loss.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2016 as “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 16 – 22, 2016

WHEREAS teen driver safety is a significant issue in Canada. While young people only make up 12 per cent of the licensed drivers, they account for approximately one fifth of all road-related injuries and fatalities.

National Teen Driver Safety Week raises awareness about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.

Driving is an important and exciting chapter in a teen’s life but it is also one of the riskiest activities that young people engage in. Young drivers are over represented in all road-related injuries and fatalities.

In Canada, motor vehicle collisions lead to over 14,000 hospitalizations and 161,000 emergency room visits annually.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 16 – 22, 2016 as “National Teen Driver Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Feed Tomorrow Week

October 17 – 21, 2016

WHEREAS nutrition programs not only positively impact a child’s ability to learn but also incorporate nutrition education that promotes healthier diets and good eating habits.

Feed Tomorrow Week aims to strengthen support for child nutrition programs across Toronto by bringing attention to the issue of child and youth hunger in our city.

The link between nutrition and learning is clear, and if children are to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful members of society we must ensure that they are nourished and ready to learn. With this in mind, Toronto Foundation for Student Success, The Angel Foundation for Learning and their many partners, help support the delivery of more than 170,000 meals and snacks in schools and community programs across Toronto each school day.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 17 – 21, 2016 as “Feed Tomorrow Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Spiritual Care Awareness Week

October 17 – 23, 2016

WHEREAS the provision of spiritual and religious care and the protection of religious rights are necessary in society, particularly in institutions of care. The need for and work of dedicated, qualified and competent spiritual and religious caregivers is recognized and applauded.

Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week is dedicated to the advocacy of spiritual care and the protection of religious rights. It offers an opportunity to recognize the value of spiritual and religious care and honours those who provide the care.

As a city that prides itself on being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto respects and accepts all religions, faiths and beliefs that make up our diverse communities.

NOW THERFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 17 – 23, 2016 as “Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Stop Bullying Day

October 21, 2016

WHEREAS everyone has a role to play in highlighting the dangers of workplace harassment and bullying.

The City of Toronto, in partnership with employers and organized labour provide information, training and resources in an attempt to enhance awareness of workplace bullying.

Prevention, education and communication are important components of eliminating bullying in an effort for workers to feel safe and respected in the work place.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 21, 2016 as “Stop Bullying Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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World Polio Day

October 24, 2016

WHEREAS Polio is a highly infectious disease that invades the nervous system causing paralysis.

As there is no cure for Polio, the best protection is prevention. With just one vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.

Since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched nearly 30 years ago, the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 per cent, from about 350,000 cases a year to 26 confirmed cases as of September 19, 2016.

Experts say $1.5 billion is urgently needed to sustain this progress and protect all children from polio. Without full funding and political commitment, this paralyzing disease could return to previously polio-free countries and potentially put children everywhere at risk.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2016 as “World Polio Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Movember

November 2016

WHEREAS Movember is a campaign that encourages men to grow a moustache for 30 days to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health issues and suicide prevention.

During Movember, “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” will start conversations about men’s health, raise funds for research and dedicate themselves to the appreciation of “moustachery.”

The Movember Foundation is committed to raising awareness about men’s health issues and their effect on men and their family and friends.

NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Tor

 

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 2016

WHEREAS lung cancer is the most common deadly cancer in Ontario and the number one cause of cancer related deaths. Over 6,700 people in Ontario will die this year from lung cancer – more than breast, prostate and colorectal cancer combined.

While the majority of lung cancer diagnoses are among former smokers, one in 12 Canadians will be diagnosed with the disease even if they have stopped smoking or have never smoked.  Lung cancer is the leading contributor to potential years of life lost for Ontarians.  By raising awareness of lung cancer, it is hoped that people will be encouraged to seek medical advice for earlier diagnoses and treatment.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to recognize the achievements and progress being made, and promote further research to ultimately find a cure.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2016 as “Lung Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Medical Radiation Technologists’ Week

November 7 – 11, 2016

WHEREAS medical radiation technologists (MRTs) play a pivotal role alongside doctors and nurses in effective diagnosis and radiation treatment.

MRTs provide high-quality imaging and radiation-related treatment services that allow patients to fully benefit from the latest medical diagnostic and treatment technologies available.

Medical Radiation Technologists’ Week is an annual celebration across Canada that recognizes the key role of MRTs within the health-care community. This week provides us with an opportunity to highlight this dynamic area of health-care and the outstanding contributions these professionals make in clinical applications of medical radiation technology.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 7 – 11, 2016 as “Medical Radiation Technologists’ Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Family Dispute Resolution Week

November 21 – 25, 2016

Family Dispute Resolution week raises awareness of non-adversarial options including mediation, arbitration, collaborative practice, free/subsidized family mediation funded by the province and the many agencies providing supportive, divorce-related services.

Along with being less adversarial and less harmful to parents and their children, these means of dispute resolution address problems such as addictions, mental health issues, safety and family violence that traditional litigation processes often do not, and are free or subsidized.

Dealing effectively and expeditiously with family breakdown is in the best interests of our communities and ensure the well being of its citizens.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 21 – 25, 2016 as “Family Dispute Resolution Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Veterans’ Week

November 5 – 11, 2016

WHEREAS Veterans’ Week is a time to honour Canadian veterans and soldiers made up of the young and old who share a common goal of keeping our country strong, proud and free. They have served in the World Wars, Korea, Afghanistan and Iraq but also in global peace support missions.

Canada has a long history of providing military assistance in order to secure peace around the world.

In 1899, during the South African War, more than 7,000 Canadians volunteered to assist the British Empire in fighting against the Boers’ or Dutch settlers’ resistance to British rule in South Africa. It marked the first time all Canadians including 12 female Nursing Sisters, served in a peace-keeping role. 267 Canadians were killed in this war and are listed in the Books of Remembrance in Ottawa.

During the First World War, more than 650,000 Canadian men and women served their country. By the end of the war, over 66,000 Canadians paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives and over 172,000 were wounded in battle.

Canada contributed greatly to the war effort during the Second World War with 1 million Canadians and Newfoundlanders serving in the military at a time when Canada’s population was made up of only 11 million people.

In 1951, Canada contributed more than 26,000 troops in fulfilling its obligation to the United Nations as one of its member states during the Korean War.

On November 11, the City of Toronto holds Remembrance Day services at many of the civic centres throughout our city to respectfully acknowledge and remember the courage and sacrifices that our veterans have made and continue to make for their country.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 5 – 11, 2016 as “Veterans’ Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Louis Riel Day

November 16, 2016

WHEREAS Louis Riel was the founder of the province of Manitoba who played a pivotal role as a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people. He was executed on this day in 1885.

Prior to Canada’s identity as a nation, a new Indigenous people emerged out of the relations of the original peoples and Europeans. While the initial offspring of these unions were individuals who simply possessed mixed ancestry, subsequent intermarriages between these mixed ancestry children resulted in the genesis of a new Aboriginal people with a distinct identity, culture and consciousness across Ontario and in west central North America – the Métis Nation.

Today Toronto has many vibrant Métis citizens and an active Métis community that share a commitment to strive for and promote the visions of Louis Riel. The Métis are part of the diverse population of the City of Toronto and recognizing this diversity advances the City’s motto, “Diversity our Strength.”

Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto recognize Louis Riel’s commitment to the building of Canada and acknowledge the rich heritage of the Métis people as well as their past and present contributions to the city of Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 16, 2016 as “Louis Riel Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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English as a Second Language Week

November 20 – 26, 2016

WHEREAS Toronto is home to immigrants from around the world who add to the city’s diversity through their culture, customs and language. As newcomers, they seek to communicate in English and contribute to building a more inclusive society.

English as a Second Language Week is a province wide initiative that aims to raise awareness of the importance of English learning opportunities for newcomers.

Students of all ages, volunteers, employees and employers, labourers and professionals, neighbours and friends all make up our community of ‘English as a Second Language’ (ESL) learners.

Each year, TESL Ontario hosts its annual conference in Toronto and provides professional development opportunities for educators, administrators, students and volunteers. These ESL professionals make it possible for immigrants, refugees, citizens and visitors to learn the English language and thrive in their communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20 – 26, 2016 as “English as a Second Language Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2016

 WHEREAS on November 20th, communities around the world observe the Transgender Day of Remembrance. This day is dedicated to honouring and mourning those who have lost their lives to violence, suicide, and injustice due to transphobia, or because of their gender identity or gender expression.

Sadly, in 2016, North America had the highest recorded number of trans related deaths it has ever had. Worldwide, one transgender person’s murder is reported every 3 days. A large number of trans discrimination, violence and deaths go unreported. Although people of all gender identities, races, and backgrounds have been victims of transphobic violence, the majority of deaths have been of transwomen of colour.

On this solemn day, let all citizens of Toronto stand with trans people, their children, parents, family members, friends, and partners, and commit to working towards trans rights and safety.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2016 as the “Transgender Day of Remembrance” in the City of Toronto.

 

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National Child Day

 November 20, 2016

 WHEREAS November 20 is National Child Day in Canada. It is a day for recognizing and celebrating the inherent rights of our youngest and most important citizens, our children.

National Child Day has been celebrated in Canada since 1993, and coincides with Universal Children’s Day, a global celebration undertaken by many countries around the world. In 1991, Canada officially endorsed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

By ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, Canada made a commitment to ensure that all children are treated with dignity and respect. This commitment includes the opportunity for children to have a voice, be protected from harm and be provided with basic needs and every opportunity to reach their full potential.

The City of Toronto is committed to the wellbeing of Toronto’s children and families. In November, the City, together with its community partners and other levels of government, will launch Raising the Village. Raising the Village identifies important goals that define the well-being of children and families in Toronto and promotes a website that provides data and research to measure them.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2016 as “National Child Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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National Housing Day

November 22, 2016

WHEREAS the Government of Canada has designated November 22 as National Housing Day to celebrate housing partnerships that contribute to the social and economic health of Canadians.

On National Housing Day, the City of Toronto recognizes the individuals and organizations that play a vital role in providing safe, secure and affordable housing opportunities for the people of Toronto as well as those who have advocated for a National Housing Strategy.

The City acknowledges Torontonians who have made recommendations concerning a National Housing Strategy for Toronto, including more than 250 people who participated in the September 30th Toronto Housing Summit.

Working in partnership with the private and non-profit housing organizations, the City is taking action on affordable housing. It has responded to the National Housing Strategy consultation and stands ready to implement the policies, programs and investments that the National Housing Strategy requires to house Canadians.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of City Council, do hereby proclaim November 22, 2016 as “National Housing Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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GivingTuesday

November 29, 2016

WHEREAS GivingTuesday is a celebration of philanthropy, volunteerism and community service where people are encouraged to give whatever they are able to.

Established in New York City in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation in partnership with many local community based organizations, GivingTuesday made its way to Canada in 2013 after Canadian partners joined the movement.

Recognized as a national global day of giving, GivingTuesday is celebrated after Black Friday and Cyber Monday to get into the spirit of the giving season throughout the holidays. GivingTuesday aims to inspire everyone to take action by making a donation, volunteering time, helping a neighbour or spreading the word about the GivingTuesday Movement.

Today, GivingTuesday is celebrated by more than 4,800 Canadian charities and non-profit partners and is recognized as the ‘opening day of the holiday giving season.’

NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 29, 2016 as “GivingTuesday” in the City of Toronto.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2016

WHEREAS persons with disabilities often face barriers to inclusion in society. International Day of Persons with Disabilities promotes awareness and mobilizes support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The United Nations’ 2016 theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want, draws attention to 17 Sustainable Development Goals that contribute to creating a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities.

The annual theme provides a framework for understanding societal exclusion of persons with disabilities and promotes the removal of all types of barriers including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers.

The City of Toronto is committed to accessibility and the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and works to identify, prevent and remove barriers to equal access in society for persons with disabilities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2016 as “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” in the City of Toronto.

 

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National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and Girls

December 6, 2016

WHEREAS December 6th is the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique de Montréal massacre, now recognized as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. We remember the fourteen female students who were singled out and killed and the 10 women who were injured because of their gender.

This day presents an opportunity to acknowledge that violence is a daily reality for women and girls, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.

Ending violence against women and girls can be achieved through continued anti-violence education programs and with constant reminders of our responsibility to treat all members of society with dignity and respect.  We can work towards eliminating violence against women and girls through our individual actions in naming the violence when we witness it and supporting those who are affected whether it be at home, school, the workplace or in public spaces.

The City of Toronto continues to take a leadership role in helping to build a society where everyone has the right to live freely and in conditions of dignity, respect and peace. Through legislation, policies, programs and services, we will continue to promote equity for our employees and residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 6, 2016 as “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Human Rights Day

December 10, 2016

WHEREAS the United Nations General Assembly declared December 10th as International Human Rights Day to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

The Declaration recognizes the importance of treating all people with respect, tolerance, and dignity. It is only through safeguarding freedom, justice and the equal rights of everyone that we can achieve lasting peace in our communities.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate poverty, violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, homelessness, hate crimes, hunger and illiteracy, while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

City Council reaffirms our commitment to promote fundamental human rights and enhance the quality of life for refugees, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S, women, children, indigenous peoples and anyone else who is at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2016 as “Human Rights Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Salvation Army Week

December 19 – 25, 2016

WHEREAS the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettle Campaign first originated in San Francisco in 1891, when Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee circulated a large crab pot and asked passengers of boats that docked nearby to donate coins to help the less fortunate during the Christmas season.

The Christmas season is the most visible time of year for The Salvation Army. Every year more than 2,000 Bell Ringers volunteer their time to help raise funds at more than 400 Christmas Kettle locations across the Greater Toronto Area.

The Salvation Army hopes to raise $3 million in a little over a month to support the social services provided throughout the year. Homeless shelters, transitional housing, addiction treatment facilities, feeding programs, emergency disaster services, thrift stores and food banks are a few of the essential services provided in the downtown core.

This year marks the 21st anniversary of the CTV Toy Mountain campaign. In partnership with CTV and many community partners, The Salvation Army aims to collect 150,000 toys for children this holiday season.  Everyone is encouraged to support The Salvation Army this holiday season.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 19 – 25, 2016 as “Salvation Army Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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