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Crime Stoppers Month

January 2017

WHEREAS this year marks the 33rd anniversary of Toronto Crime Stoppers.

During the month of January, Toronto joins with communities around the world to promote, share and celebrate the success of Crime Stoppers programs. The City of Toronto supports the promotion of these community based programs by proclaiming January “Crime Stoppers Month.”

Crime Stoppers Month acknowledges the incredible success of community-based crime prevention programs.  Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the police, the community and the media and its success can be attributed to the continued support from residents and organizations. Toronto is a city committed to keeping its community safe and when concerned citizens watch out for each other and report crimes to the appropriate authorities, we all benefit.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 2017 as “Crime Stoppers Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Alzheimer’s Awareness Day

 January 28, 2017

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

Alzheimer’s accounts for nearly two-thirds of the over 500,000 Canadians who have been diagnosed with dementia, and nearly 45,000 of these individuals are in Toronto. For every one person who has dementia, it impacts at least 10 others including family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and caregivers.

The Alzheimer Society of Toronto aims to provide support, counseling, education and information to those who have the disease and their families. The Society encourages everyone to help reduce the stigma of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia through education and increased awareness.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 28, 2017 as “Alzheimer’s Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Black History Month

February 2017

WHEREAS in 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month, formally commemorating and celebrating the experiences and achievements of Black Canadians. With roots dating back to 1603, Black Canadians have played a significant role in Canadian history, identity, culture, economy, literature, sports and politics.

During Black History Month, we recognize Black Canadians’ struggles for equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination. From the anti-slavery movement in the 1800s to active involvement in the human right struggles in the 1960s and 1970s, Black Canadian community leaders have led with courage, determination and a deep sense of justice.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the many contributions Black Canadians have made to strengthen our society. It reaffirms the City’s commitment to fostering appreciation and awareness of Black history and culture while building inclusive communities for all Toronto residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2017 as “Black History Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Eating Disorders Awareness Week

February 1 – 7, 2017

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

Many affected individuals suffer in silence due to the stigma, secrecy, and stereotypes that still surround eating disorders.

This year’s message “Eating Disorders Are Not a Choice” seeks to promote open, supportive dialogue and encourage the nearly one million Canadians living with diagnosable eating disorders as well as those struggling with food and weight preoccupations to seek help.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1 – 7, 2017 as “Eating Disorders Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Interfaith Harmony Week

 February 1 – 7, 2017

WHEREAS the United Nations has designated the first week in February as World Interfaith Harmony Week in an effort to encourage a mutual understanding among all cultures and to eliminate every form of discrimination, intolerance and hate based on religion or beliefs.

His Majesty King Abdulla ll of Jordan first proposed a call to promote a message of faith and tolerance among the world’s religions in order for the citizens of the world to demonstrate their common values and good will towards each other.

According to the Canadian Bill of Rights, it is everyone’s fundamental right to observe and practice their religion, conviction, faith or beliefs in freedom and free from persecution.

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 THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1 – 7, 2017 as “Interfaith Harmony Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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International Development Week

 February 5 – 11, 2017

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

International Development Week is an annual public engagement initiative that celebrates and increases awareness of contributions by Canadians and Torontonians to international cooperation, and encourages the active engagement of all Canadians as global citizens to achieve universal and sustainable development.

This year’s International Development Week will honour young individuals and 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 5 – 11, 2017 as “International Development Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Bob Marley Day

 February 6, 2017

Whereas each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician who inspired and moved us toward breaking down the barriers that divide us.

Marley sang of tolerance and love. Known world-wide as Bob Marley and the Wailers, he encouraged us to live in harmony, chronicle our own destiny and stand up for what is right.

Bob Marley 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, 2017 as “Bob Marley Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Homelessness Awareness Day

February 7, 2017

WHEREAS in Toronto, on a typical day in January 2017, 4,420 shelter beds were used by families as well as men, women and youth, representing a 94 per cent occupancy rate of the shelter system.

The City of Toronto provides services that assist the homeless including Street Outreach and Emergency Shelter Services.

Organizations such as Raising the Roof seek to find solutions to homelessness. Its Toque Tuesday campaign sells toques to raise funds for partner agencies that work directly with the homeless and help those in the community where the funds were initially raised.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 7, 2017 as “Homelessness Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

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International Mother Language Day

 February 21, 2017

WHEREAS in November 1999, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization General Conference proclaimed February 2 as International Mother Language Day. It is a day when people in Toronto and around the world gather to promote unity in diversity and an understanding of multilingualism and multiculturalism. The United Nations General Assembly has called upon Member States “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world”.

On this day we also remember the students killed by police on February 21, 1952 in Dhaka, Bangladesh as they demonstrated for official recognition of their language, Bangla.

Preserving and sharing mother languages in Toronto which is home to people from over 200 countries who speak more than 170 languages, contributes to building respectful and harmonious relationships.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 21, 2017 as “International Mother Language Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Freedom to Read Week

 February 26 – March 4, 2017

WHEREAS the freedom to read is the essence of free inquiry and essential to democratic decision making. Reading inspires the spirit of exploration and the pursuit of knowledge for all.

Freedom of expression is guaranteed to everyone by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and it is our responsibility as individuals and organizations to ensure that this freedom is preserved and maintained. To that end, the Book & Periodical Council organizes Freedom to Read Week across the country every February.

To celebrate “Freedom to Read Week,” the Toronto Public Library is planning events, which will promote the public’s awareness of the right to intellectual freedom as well as the city’s diverse literary culture.

The Toronto Public Library endeavours to build collections that reflect the diversity of interests, cultures and languages in our city and is committed to offering a full range of fiction and non-fiction materials in a variety of formats.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 26 – March 4, 2017 as “Freedom to Read Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Rare Disease Day

 February 28, 2017

WHEREAS internationally recognized on the last day of February, the goal of Rare Disease Day is to increase decision makers’ and the general public’s awareness of rare diseases and their impact on patients’ lives.

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

On February 28, the Toronto Parent-2-Parent Network will celebrate Rare Disease Day at the Hospital for Sick Children, Peter Gilgan Research Auditorium.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 28, 2017 as “Rare Disease Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Fraud Prevention Month

March 2017

WHEREAS this year marks the 13th anniversary of National Fraud Prevention Month.

The City of Toronto is committed to integrity and accountability in its business operations, service delivery to the public and within the Toronto Public Service.

The City’s Fraud and Waste Hotline, operated by the Auditor General’s Office, is an independent resource that encourages employees or the public to help protect City resources by reporting concerns about fraud and waste.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 2017 as Fraud Prevention Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Irish Heritage and Cultural Appreciation Month

 March 2017

WHEREAS in 1847, when more than 38,000 Irish emigrants fleeing the Potato Famine in their home country arrived in Toronto, then a city of just 20,000, they received a sympathetic and compassionate welcome.

Each March, Torontonians of all backgrounds join those of Irish heritage in celebrating the rich traditions and heritage of Ireland. At this time we also acknowledge the courage and determination of the Irish immigrants, and we recognize the contributions they have made to their adopted home over the years.

During Irish Heritage and Cultural Appreciation Month, Toronto’s Irish community will host a wide range of events, including a Mass in honour of St. Patrick, the raising of the Irish Flag at City Hall, the Irish Person of the Year Luncheon, the Ireland Fund Luncheon, the Toronto Irish Film Festival, and the St. Patrick’s Day parade, events that will be enjoyed by Torontonians of all backgrounds.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 2017 as “Irish Heritage and Cultural Appreciation Month” in the City of Toronto.

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

 March 21, 2017

WHEREAS 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 is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing 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 March 21, 2017 as “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” in the City of Toronto.

 

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World Tuberculosis Day

 March 24, 2017

WHEREAS the City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2017 as “World Tuberculosis Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Agnes Macphail Day

 March 24, 2017

WHEREAS in 1921, Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the Federal House of Commons, representing Grey South East and Grey Bruce until 1940.

The first of two women elected to the Ontario Legislature, she championed legislation that mandated equal pay for equal work for women, a major achievement for women’s rights.

Agnes Macphail was a role model who was recognized for her commitment and advocacy for women’s rights, fairness to seniors, prison reform, peace and disarmament, housing, health care, education and agriculture.

Today, through the annual Agnes Macphail Award, the East York community continues to honour her valuable contributions to furthering the role of women in Canadian politics and in society as well as her local and global achievements.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2017 as “Agnes Macphail Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Oral Health Day

March 31, 2017

WHEREAS the City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2017 as “Oral Health Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Dig Safe Month

April 2017

WHEREAS, The City of Toronto provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, community and families.  Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, schools and homes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2017 as “Dig Safe Month” in the City of Toronto.

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National Poetry Month

 April 2017

WHEREAS 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 2017 as “National Poetry Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Refugee Rights Awareness Month

 April 2017

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

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.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing 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 April 2017 as “Refugee Rights Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Pope John Paul II Day

April 2, 2017

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.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of remarkable individuals whose tremendous efforts and selflessness impact the lives of many.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2017 as “Pope John Paul II Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Family Caregiver Day

 April 4, 2017

WHEREAS the City of Toronto promotes access to a high quality of early learning, child care and support programs so that all families in Toronto can benefit from a range of services that promote healthy child development and family well-being. Through various services and programs, the City is committed to helping youth achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills and participate meaningfully in their communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 4, 2017 as “Family Caregiver Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Meetings Industry Day

 April 6, 2017

WHEREAS Toronto’s rich industrial diversity drives growth, innovation and cross-sectoral synergies. As Canada’s financial and business capital, Toronto is competitive in almost every major business sector.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 6, 2017 as “Meetings Industry Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Toastmasters International Day

 April 8, 2017

WHEREAS literacy, public speaking and leadership skills are foundational skills for success. The City of Toronto offers broad access to experiential, collaborative and networking learning opportunities to support the different ways people learn and the unique needs of local communities in an effort to build competencies in multiple literacies.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 8, 2017 as “Toastmasters International Day” in the City of Toronto.

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9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week

 April 9 – 15, 2017

WHEREAS 9-1-1 call-takers’ constant vigilance and preparedness give residents confidence that they will be able to receive help from the City of Toronto’s Police, Paramedic and Fire Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play.  The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 9 – 15, 2017 as “9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Blue and White Day

 April 13, 2017

WHEREAS the Toronto Maple Leafs captured the hearts of Torontonians and qualified for the National Hockey League’s (NHL) 2017 Playoffs.

The Leafs’ incredible 2016-2017 season was highlighted by a number of great events, including the Centennial Classic in Toronto, which propelled the Maple Leafs to be one of sixteen teams to qualify for the playoffs. An influx of young talent combined with leadership from management has truly brought unbridled passion back to Leafs Nation.

Today, on Blue and White Day, I encourage everyone in our city to wear blue and white to show our support and appreciation for this incredible team. The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches and staff for the wonderful year so far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Maple Leafs and we look forward to cheering “Go Leafs Go!” in the playoffs.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 13, 2017 as “Blue and White Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Team 88 Day

April 19, 2017

WHEREAS Team 88 is a legacy campaign of the Toronto 2017 Indigenous Games. It represents the Truth and Reconciliation’s Commission 88th call to action which calls on all levels of government to take action and to ensure long-term indigenous athletic development and growth through support of the North American Indigenous Games.

As the home of world-class parks, sport and athletic facilities, Toronto is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by providing high quality programs that support the needs for active and healthy lifestyles, and the opportunity for all to participate in recreational sports. Sports and recreation programs promote the social and physical development of people of all ages and abilities, develop skills and talents in individuals, train future leaders and build social connections within neighbourhoods.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 19, 2017 as “Team 88 Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Earth Day

 April 22, 2017

WHEREAS Earth Day is a national and international call to positive action for all citizens to join a global effort to protect the environment. Earth Day inspires people to connect with nature and build strong communities.

Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America and our policies work to enhance water and air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish vibrant green spaces across Toronto. Green spaces provide a variety of ecological functions that are important to the health of individuals and communities, and have impacts across the city and beyond its borders.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2017 as “Earth Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Canadian Magazine Week

 April 23 – 29, 2017

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.

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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 23 – 29, 2017 as “Canadian Magazine Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Volunteer Week

 April 23 – 29, 2017

WHEREAS the City of Toronto acknowledges the outstanding contributions, tremendous efforts and commitment made by thousands of volunteers who are the heart and soul of our caring city. 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 23 – 29, 2017 as “Volunteer Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Human Values Day

 April 24, 2017

WHEREAS, 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 is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing 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 April 24, 2017 as “Human Values Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Rail Safety Week

 April 24 – 30, 2017

WHEREAS the City of Toronto provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, community and families.  Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, schools and homes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 24 – 30, 2017 as Rail Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Day of Mourning

 April 28, 2017

WHEREAS, held annually in Canada on April 28, the Day of Mourning is a day to commemorate those who lost their lives due to a work-related tragedy and those who suffered an injury or illness on the job, as well as family members, friends and colleagues who are forever impacted.

The City of Toronto provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, community and families.  Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, schools and homes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2017 as “Day of Mourning” in the City of Toronto.

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Khalsa Day

 April 30, 2017

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

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our StrengthDiversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 30, 2017 as “Khalsa Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Asian Heritage Month

May 2017

WHEREAS Asian Heritage Month acknowledges the long and rich history of Canadians of Asian heritage and the significant economic, cultural and political contributions they have made to the growth and prosperity of Canada.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our StrengthDiversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as “Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Building Safety Month

 May 2017

WHEREAS 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 City of Toronto provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, community and families.  Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, schools and homes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as “Building Safety Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Internal Audit Awareness Month

May 2017

WHEREAS internal auditing helps to identify and manage an organization’s risks and to ensure policies, procedures and controls are in place and working appropriately.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play.  The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as “Internal Audit Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Investor Awareness Month

 May 2017

WHEREAS investors are the foundation of a strong, sound and growing economy.  They rely on the investment profession to provide them with investment services rooted in integrity, ethical behaviour, fair treatment and professional excellence.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play.  The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as “Investor Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

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South Asian Heritage Month

May 2017

WHEREAS South Asian Heritage Month acknowledges the long and rich histories of South Asians in Canada and celebrates the growth, vibrancy and prosperity they have brought to our diverse city.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our StrengthDiversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as “South Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day

May 6, 2017

WHEREAS the risk of stroke in children is greatest in the first year of life. Pediatric stroke is seen in 1 out of 2,300 newborns, with over half of these children having serious life-long neurological disabilities.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 6, 2017 as “Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Mental Health Week

May 1 – 7, 2017

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 City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1 – 7, 2017 as “Mental Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Press Freedom Week

 May 1 – 7, 2017

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.

The press play 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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1 – 7, 2017 as “Press Freedom Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Youth Week

May 6 – 13, 2017

WHEREAS with a population exceeding 500,000, Toronto’s youth are a vital part of the social, cultural, and economic fabric of Toronto. The contributions of our diverse young people have helped to make our city the vibrant, world class city that it is today.

The City of Toronto is dedicated to providing recreation, employment, engagement, housing, and health supports to assist young people to thrive socially, physically, and economically. Youth Week, provides an opportunity to promote these opportunities that help youth achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills, and participate meaningfully in their communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 6 – 13, 2017 as “Youth Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Emergency Preparedness Week

 May 7 – 13, 2017

WHEREAS the City of Toronto provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, community and families.  Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, schools and homes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 7 – 13, 2017 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Occupational Health and Safety Week

 May 7-13, 2017

WHEREAS North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is an annual, continent-wide event. 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.

The City of Toronto provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, community and families.  Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, schools and homes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 7- 13, 2017 as “Occupational Health and Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Second World War V- E Day

May 8, 2017

WHEREAS V-E (Victory in Europe) Day, May 8, 1945 marks 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.

The City of Toronto honours and acknowledges the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all Canadian veterans who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We shall continue to commemorate those who have served and at the same time, be vigilant in our quest for peace around the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 8, 2017 as “Second World War V-E Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Nursing Week

 May 8 – 14, 2017

WHEREAS this week is an opportunity to celebrate the unique contributions of both the nursing profession and individual nurses who represent the single largest group of health-care professionals in the City of Toronto. They are employed in hospitals, nursing homes, community health centers, family health teams and in the community at large.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play.  The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 8 – 14, 2017 as “Nursing Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Human Trafficking Awareness Day

 May 10, 2017

WHEREAS human trafficking can be defined as “a crime that exploits women, children and men for numerous purposes including forced labour and sex.”

This day of awareness is the first step in the campaign to ensure that potential victims are protected and that perpetrators are caught and convicted.

The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada, Toronto has been an active advocate for the elimination of trafficking persons since 2013 and has now called for this day to be proclaimed to raise awareness.

City Council is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for refugees, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S, women, children, indigenous peoples and others who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2017 as “Human Trafficking Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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

May 12, 2017

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.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2017 as “International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity” in the City of Toronto.

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Pediatric Brain Tumour Day

 May 13, 2017

WHEREAS brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer related death in young people. In Canada, over 1700 children are diagnosed with cancer each year with more than 300 of them having a brain tumour.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 13, 2017 as “Pediatric Brain Tumour Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Toronto Newcomer Day

 May 15, 2017

WHEREAS each year on Toronto Newcomer Day, the City of Toronto welcomes newcomers and acknowledges and celebrates their contributions to our great city, and supports their settlement and integration in all aspects of our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.

The City of Toronto is invested in community building so that each resident, community, organization, agency or business can contribute to our collective growth, learning and development. The City supports healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with and investing in people, services, programs and facilities to strengthen social, economic and physical conditions that impact city-wide change.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2017 as “Newcomer Day” in the City of Toronto.

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International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

 May 17, 2017

WHEREAS 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 is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing 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 May 17, 2017 asInternational Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia”in the City of Toronto.

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Greater Toronto Day

 May 25, 2017

WHEREAS on Greater Toronto Day we celebrate our great city by doing good deeds and sharing stories of them on social media using the hashtag #GreaterTorontoDay.

The City of Toronto is invested in community building so that each resident, community, organization, agency or business can contribute to our collective growth, learning and development. The City supports healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with and investing in people, services, programs and facilities to strengthen social, economic and physical conditions and deliver local impact for city-wide change.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim May 25, 2017 as “Greater Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto.

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National AccessAbility Week

 May 28 – June 3, 2017

 WHEREAS National AccessAbility Week will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our cities and communities. The City supports the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and works to identify, prevent and remove barriers to equal access to society for persons with disabilities.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for refugees, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S, women, children, indigenous peoples and those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 28 – June 3, 2017 as “National AccessAbility Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Toronto Paramedic Services Week

 May 28 – June 3, 2017

WHEREAS Toronto’s Paramedic Services provide life-saving public service to City residents and visitors twenty-four 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 per 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 28 – June 3, 2017 as “Toronto Paramedic Services Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Ontario Trails Week

 May 29 – June 4, 2017

WHEREAS the Ontario Legislature has created Ontario Trails Week and Toronto is home to over 600km of trails and over 1,500 parks. Toronto, as Canada’s largest city, will be at the forefront in recognizing our trails and ravine system by celebrating this week.

Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America and our policies work to enhance water and air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish vibrant green spaces across Toronto. Green spaces provide a variety of ecological functions that are important to the health of individuals and communities, and have impacts across the city and beyond its borders.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 29 – June 4, 2017 as “Ontario Trails Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Brain Injury Awareness Month

June 2017

WHEREAS Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading killer and disabler of Canadians under the age of 40. An estimated 18,000 Ontario residents are permanently disabled as a result of a brain injury.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Pride Month

 June 2017

WHEREAS Pride Month in Toronto is one of our country’s premier arts and cultural festivals and the largest Pride celebration in North America.

Pride Month celebrates the history, courage and diversity of Toronto’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two Spirited communities and Allies (LGBTTIQQ2SA).

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.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for refugees, persons with disabilities, LGBTTIQQ2SA, women, children, indigenous peoples and others who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as “Pride Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Portuguese Heritage Month

 June 2017

WHEREAS Portuguese Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary contributions made by our Portuguese community to the prosperity, success and vitality of our city.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our StrengthDiversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as “Portuguese Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

June 2017

WHEREAS Spina Bifida is a birth defect that develops within the first four weeks of pregnancy resulting in varying degrees of permanent neurological damage. Hydrocephalus is an excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain that can be present at birth or may develop at any stage later in life. There is no cure for either of these conditions that result in varying degrees of disability.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as “Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Intergenerational Day

 June 1, 2017

WHEREAS Intergenerational Day serves as a day to remember the need for reaching out to people from other generations and help bridge the gap in our communities, in order to foster cross-generational and cross-cultural relationships.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the outstanding contributions, tremendous efforts and commitment made by thousands of volunteers who are the heart and soul of our caring city. 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 June 1, 2017 as “Intergenerational Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Peace Tree Day

 June 1, 2017

WHEREAS Peace Tree Day is a day of celebration for schools, communities and cities where children, youth and families of all cultures and faiths unite to celebrate our vibrant traditions, cultures and faiths together.

Toronto has a reputation for 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 Peace Tree Day further promote 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 June 1, 2017 as “Peace Tree Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Heart & Stroke Day

June 4, 2017

WHEREAS the City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 4, 2017 as “Heart & Stroke Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Toronto Remembers D-Day

 June 6, 2017

WHEREAS The City of Toronto honours and acknowledges the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all Canadian veterans who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We shall continue to commemorate those who have served and at the same time, be vigilant in our quest for peace around the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 6, 2017 as “Toronto Remembers D-Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Safe Kids Week

 June 5 – 11, 2017

WHEREAS Safe Kids Week is a national awareness week that raises awareness of predictable and preventable injuries. Everyone has a role to play in keeping children active and safe from harm.

The City of Toronto is one of the safest cities in the world, the City of Toronto is committed to fostering community safety and wellbeing by investing in the prevention of harm through social development, community partnerships and programs, key components for maintaining safe and healthy neighbourhoods.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 5 – 11, 2017 as Safe Kids Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Reach for the Rainbow Week

 June 11 – 17, 2017

WHEREAS Reach for the Rainbow Week raises 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. These programs improve self-esteem, self-acceptance and self-confidence in children with disabilities, allowing them to realize their full potential.

The City of Toronto recognizes the significant contributions of charities and organizations dedicated to helping those in need in our community. It is through active community work, fundraising and caring that we all grow and thrive together.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 11 – 17, 2017 as “Reach for the Rainbow Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day

 June 13, 2017

WHEREAS Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day raises awareness about men’s health issues and their effect on men, their families and friends.

An estimated 1 in 5 men will experience a mental health issue and raising awareness of signs, symptoms and prevalence of mental health conditions helps to reduce the social stigma that prevents many from seeking the treatment they need.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim June 13, 2017 as “Men’s Mental Health Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Garden Day

 June 17, 2017

WHEREAS Garden Day is a country-wide celebration and recognition of the importance of gardens to the environment and to our health and
well-being. They also provide aesthetic benefits to neighbourhoods across the city.

Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America and our policies work to enhance water and air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish vibrant green spaces across Toronto.

Green spaces provide a variety of ecological functions that are important to the health of individuals and communities, and have impacts across the city and beyond its borders.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 17, 2017 as “Garden Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Highland Creek Heritage Day

June 17, 2017

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 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 17, 2017 as “Highland Creek Heritage Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Pollinator Week

 June 19 – 25, 2017

WHEREAS with over 360 species of bees and 112 species of butterflies, Toronto is home to one of the most diverse pollinator populations in Canada.

As the first “Bee City” in Canada, the City of Toronto recognizes the important role pollinators play. Healthy pollinator populations contribute to a rich urban biodiversity, support resilient ecosystems and are a key component of a sustainable city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 19 – 25, 2017 as “Pollinator Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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World Refugee Day

June 20, 2017

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

The City of Toronto welcomes refugees and acknowledges and celebrates their contributions to our great city, and supports their settlement and integration in all aspects of our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.

It is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for refugees, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S, women, children, indigenous peoples and those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2017 as “World Refugee Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2017

WHEREAS National Aboriginal Day celebrates the rich culture, heritage and achievements of Indigenous Nations across Canada. It is also a time to focus on Truth and Reconciliation in order to restore peace, harmony, balance and to honour Canada’s First People while working to restore our relationships.

The City of Toronto is committed to working with Indigenous communities to achieve Reconciliation in order to restore Indigenous Peoples’ rights to self-determination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim as June 21, 2017 as “National Aboriginal Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

June 21, 2017

WHEREAS School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is an opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to crossing guards for their continued commitment to the safety and well-being of our children and communities.

As one of the safest cities in the world, the City of Toronto is committed to fostering community safety and wellbeing by investing in the prevention of crime through social development, community partnerships and programs. These are key components for maintaining safe and healthy neighbourhoods.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2017 as “School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Dora Day

June 26, 2017

WHEREAS Dora Day celebrates and recognizes the outstanding achievements of Toronto’s professional theatre, dance and opera industry. Today, the 38th Annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards will recognize the excellent performances that take place on Toronto’s theatre, dance and opera stages.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of many organizations, individuals and groups to the rich cultural fabric of our city, and is committed to making Toronto a place where arts and culture thrive. Toronto invests in programs to ensure all citizens have access to and the opportunity for cultural participation.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 26, 2017 as “Dora Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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 International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

 June 26, 2017

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 City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to empower individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination. City Council is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for anyone who is at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 26, 2017 as “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month

July 3 – August 5, 2017

WHEREAS, the 50th Toronto Caribbean Carnival brings together people of all backgrounds in celebration of Caribbean culture and Caribbean-Canadian heritage.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 3 – August 5, 2017 as “Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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North American Indigenous Games Day
July 16, 2017

WHEREAS, the City of Toronto, situated on the land of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat and home to many diverse Indigenous peoples, is the proud host city of the North American Indigenous Games.

The Toronto 2017 North American Indigenous Games marks the 10th Games and the first time the Games will be held in the Eastern Region of Canada.

The Games are the largest sport and cultural gathering for Indigenous Peoples in North America, celebrating Indigenous culture and welcoming teams from 13 provinces and territories in Canada, and 13 regions from the United States.

The Games run from July 16 to 23 and will bring together 5,000 participants, 2,000 volunteers and countless spectators to compete in and witness competition in 14 sporting categories.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 16, 2017 as “North American Indigenous Games Day” in the City of Toronto to celebrate this spectacular sporting and cultural event.

 

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Emancipation Day

 August 1, 2017

WHEREAS Emancipation Day is celebrated in communities across Canada each year to recognize the heritage and contributions African Canadians have made to Canadian society. It is also a day to recognize their struggle for human rights.

The British government abolished the transatlantic slave trade in 1807. It enacted legislation on August 28, 1833, resulting in the abolition of slavery across the British Empire as of August 1, 1834. The success of the abolition came about largely through the efforts of people of African origin including freed slaves, many of whom risked their lives to come to Canada via the underground railroad and through abolitionists.

Toronto was the first jurisdiction in the British Commonwealth to move toward abolishing slavery. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, Toronto was founded with a commitment to abolishing slavery through the passage of the Anti-Slavery Act on July 9, 1793.

Emancipation Day gives us an opportunity to explore and celebrate the rich African-Canadian history that has helped build our city.

Magnificent stories of service and accomplishment range all the way from A.T. Augusta, a Black Toronto doctor who set up the Central Medical Hall at Yonge and Elm streets in the 1850s providing medical and dental services, to Canada’s first Black Victoria Cross Captain winner William Hall from Nova Scotia, to Lincoln Alexander who was a pioneer in many places including Canada’s first Black cabinet minister and first Black Lieutenant Governor.

Canadians of all backgrounds should know the incredible history of our African Canadians as builders, advocates, and people who defended Canada in many challenging times and who led in so many ways. Knowing more about this distinguished history of achievement helps all of us to better understand who we are as Canadians.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 1, 2017 as “Emancipation Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day

August 6, 2017

WHEREAS, since 1983, Toronto has been a member of Mayors for Peace and the custodian of the Peace Garden since 1984. Each year on August 6, we remember the individuals who died from the immediate effects of the attacks 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, 2017 as “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2017

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

Every overdose is a tragedy and each loss of a life has a devastating impact on families, friends and the community as a whole.

Here in Toronto, we have developed an Overdose Action Plan and this plan is being implemented. Preventing drug overdoses remains a significant challenge and the City of Toronto will continue to work with Toronto Public Health, the Toronto Police Service, Toronto Paramedic Services, Toronto Fire, other governments and other agencies to help people and prevent future deaths.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 31, 2017 as “Overdose Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Month

 September 2017

WHEREAS through various mentoring programs, Big Brother Big Sister 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.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play.  The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 2017 as “Big Brothers Big Sisters Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Royal Canadian Air Force Day

 September 1, 2017

WHEREAS today on September 1, 2017, the Royal Canadian Air Force will receive new ceremonial Colours from His Excellency the Governor General, the Rt. Hon. David Johnston.  Colours are among the most cherished symbols within the Canadian Forces, representing a spirit of a force.

This is a momentous occasion and only the third time in its history that colours have been presented to the Royal Canadian Air Force.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all Canadian veterans who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We shall continue to honour those who have served and those who continue to serve, as we remain vigilant in our quest for peace around the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 1, 2017 as “Royal Canadian Air Force Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Polycystic kidney disease Awareness Day

 September 4, 2017

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.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 4, 2017 as “Polycystic kidney disease Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Toronto International Film Festival Weeks

 September 7 – 17, 2017

WHEREAS the Toronto International Film Festival is recognized within the film industry as the world’s leading public film festival, screening 300 films from over 60 countries and attracting 450,000 film lovers from all over the world.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of many organizations, individuals and groups to the rich cultural fabric of our city and is committed to making Toronto a place where arts and culture thrive. Toronto invests in programs to ensure all citizens have access to and the opportunity for cultural participation.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 7 – 17, 2017 as “Toronto International Film Festival Weeks” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

September 9, 2017

WHEREAS on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day, we acknowledge that women who consume alcohol during pregnancy face an increase in problems associated with the physical and mental development of their children.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 9, 2017 as “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Toronto Public Service Week

 September 11 – 15, 2017

WHEREAS Toronto Public Service Week recognizes the professionalism and commitment of the Toronto Public Service in providing a broad range of high quality services to Toronto residents.

Each year, the United Nations designates June 23 as Public Service Day “to highlight the value and virtue of public service to the community, recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.”

This is the fifth annual Toronto Public Service Week that celebrates the contributions of the members of the Toronto Public Service.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 11 – 15, 2017 as “Toronto Public Service Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Urban Agriculture Day

 September 15, 2017

WHEREAS urban agriculture helps to achieve City of Toronto priorities such as promoting strong neighbourhoods, mitigating climate change and increasing access to healthy, local produce.

Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America and our policies work to enhance water and air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish vibrant green spaces across Toronto.

Green spaces provide a variety of ecological functions that are important to the health of individuals and communities, and have impacts across the city and beyond its borders.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 15, 2017 as “Urban Agriculture Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Syringomyelia & Chiari Malformation Day

 September 30, 2017

WHEREAS Syringomyelia and Chiari Malformation are two incurable disorders that affect the spinal cord and cerebellum respectively. Syringomyelia and Chiari Malformation Day provides us with an opportunity to learn more about these conditions and to understand the challenges faced by affected individuals.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 30, 2017 as “Syringomyelia & Chiari Malformation Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Recovery Day

 September 30, 2017

WHEREAS Recovery Day raises awareness, challenges social stigma and celebrates the role recovery from addiction plays in improving lives for individuals, families and communities.
The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 30, 2017 as “Recovery Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Child Abuse Prevention Month

October 2017

WHEREAS it is our responsibility, as citizens of Toronto, to keep our children safe. By educating the public about child abuse and neglect and emphasizing the vital role they play in recognizing and reporting it, we can help to end violence in the lives of children and youth.

The City of Toronto provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, communities and families.  Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, schools and homes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2017

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 2017 as “Hispanic Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Islamic Heritage Month

 October 2017

WHEREAS Islamic Heritage Month is a time to acknowledge the Muslim community’s significant contributions to Toronto’s success, growth and prosperity.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our StrengthDiversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as “Islamic Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Occupational Therapy Month

 October 2017

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.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups that make Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play. The collective dedication and hard work of many help to enrich the lives of all Torontonians on a daily basis, making our city strong, safe, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2017 as “Occupational Therapy Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Wrongful Conviction Day

October 2, 2017

WHEREAS the loss of a person’s freedom as a result of a wrongful conviction can affect an innocent person’s quality of life, that of their family, and society at large.

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.

It is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for refugees, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S, men, women, children, Indigenous peoples and those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2, 2017 as “Wrongful Conviction Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Feral Cat Awareness Day

October 16, 2017

WHEREAS Feral Cat Awareness Day is an opportunity to educate cat owners and caregivers about a number of resources available to them including the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program and colony management in Toronto, to help control the feral and street cat populations.

Toronto Animal Services is a member of the Toronto Feral Cat Coalition and participates in the TNR program. Catching feral cats, spaying/neutering them and returning them to their colony is one of the ways Toronto Animal Services is helping to control their population.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 16, 2017 as “Feral Cat Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Feed Tomorrow Week

October 16 – 20, 2017

WHEREAS 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 City of Toronto promotes access to a high quality of early learning, child care and support programs so that all families in Toronto can benefit from a range of services that promote healthy child development and family well-being. Through various services and programs, the City is committed to helping youth achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills and participate meaningfully in their communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 16 – 20, 2017 as “Feed Tomorrow Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Waste Reduction Week

 October 16 – 22, 2017

WHEREAS Waste Reduction Week raises awareness of the need for sustainable and responsible consumption by purchasing environmentally responsible products, diverting waste from disposal and conserving natural resources.

Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America. The City’s policies work to enhance water and air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish vibrant green spaces across Toronto.

Green spaces provide a variety of ecological benefits that are important to the health of individuals and communities, and provide a positive impact across the city and beyond its borders.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 16 – 22, 2017 as “Waste Reduction Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week

October 16 – 27, 2017

WHEREAS dedicated spiritual and religious care providers of all faiths work in specialized settings, offering counsel, support, spiritual care and direction to many in need.

Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week is dedicated to the advocacy of spiritual care and the protection of religious rights.

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 THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 16 – 27, 2017 as “Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

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100th Season of Alumnae Theatre Company Day

October 20, 2017

WHEREAS 2017 marks the opening of the 100th season of Alumnae Theatre Company, a theatre company dedicated to producing adventurous, high quality theatre that promotes the development of women in theatre.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of many organizations, individuals and groups to the rich cultural fabric of our city, and is committed to making Toronto a place where arts and culture thrive. Toronto invests in programs to ensure all citizens have access to and the opportunity for cultural participation.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 20, 2017 as “100th Season of Alumnae Theatre Company Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Respiratory Therapists Week

October 23 – 29, 2017

WHEREAS this week is an opportunity to celebrate the unique work, responsibilities and varied roles of Respiratory Therapists and the role they play in the well-being of individuals who suffer from asthma, COPD (emphysema) and other respiratory illnesses within the community and in hospital settings.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play.  The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 23 – 29, 2017 as “Respiratory Therapists Week” in the City of Toronto.

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World Polio Day

October 24, 2017

WHEREAS Polio is a highly infectious disease causing paralysis. It can be eradicated in childhood through Polio vaccinations.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2017 as “World Polio Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Early Childhood Educator and

Child Care Worker Appreciation Day

October 25, 2017

WHEREAS this day recognizes the hard work, meaningful care and continuous learning Child Care Workers and Early Childhood Educators provide to children every day and the role they play in building strong and supported children, families and communities.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play.  The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 25, 2017 as “Early Childhood Educator and Child Care Worker Appreciation Day” in the City of Toronto.

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SickKids VS Limits Day

October 27, 2017

WHEREAS October 27, 2017 is the launch of the SickKids Foundation’s historic fundraising campaign that will benefit and transform child health and inspire and motivate communities to invest in the medical advances taking place at SickKids.

The City of Toronto recognizes the significant contributions of charities and organizations dedicated to helping those in need in our community, and those who help to raise awareness of a cause. It is through active community work, fundraising and caring that we build a caring city.

This campaign will raise funds for a new hospital that will ensure future generations of children receive the best care available through cutting-edge technology, education and patient care.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 27, 2017 as “SickKids VS Limits Day” in the City of Toronto.

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English as a Second Language Week

October 29 – November 4, 2017

WHEREAS English as a Second Language (ESL) students are a diverse and multifaceted group of learners who all benefit from ESL instruction in order to make valuable contributions to society.

Literacy is a foundational skill for success in education, work and life.  An educated community is key to a city’s sustainability. The City of Toronto offers broad access to traditional, experiential, collaborative and networking learning opportunities to support the different ways people learn, the unique needs of local communities and the needs of learners of all ages.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 29 – November 4, 2017 as “English as a Second Language Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Hindu Heritage Month

November 2017

WHEREAS Hindu Heritage Month is a time to acknowledge the Hindu community’s significant contributions to Toronto’s success, growth and prosperity.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our StrengthDiversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and as one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2017 as “Hindu Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

 November 2017

WHEREAS lung cancer is the most common and the leading killer of all cancers in Canada, with over 9,000 deaths in Ontario each year and the leading contributor to potential years of life lost for Ontarians.  Lung Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to highlight awareness, recognize the achievements and progress being made and promote further research to ultimately find a cure.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2017 as “Lung Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

 

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 November 2017

WHEREAS every three minutes, a Canadian is diagnosed with Diabetes, a disease where the body either cannot produce insulin or is unable to use the insulin it produces.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2017 as “National Diabetes Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Veterans’ Week

November 5 – 11, 2017

WHEREAS Canada has a long history of providing military service in order to secure peace around the world. Veterans’ Week is a time to honour Canadian veterans and soldiers, both young and old, who share a common goal of keeping our country strong, proud and free.

Canadian military service dates back to 1899 in the South African War, marking the first time Canadians served in a peacekeeping role.

The First World War changed the course of history in Canada and around the world. More than 650,000 Canadian men and women served their country during the war and over 66,000 of them made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. 172,000 more were wounded in battle.

During the Second World War Canada contributed greatly once again, with one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders serving in the military at a time when Canada’s population was only 11 million.

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. Additional troops assumed peacekeeping roles after the Korea Armistice Agreement was signed.

On November 11, the City of Toronto holds Remembrance Day services at each of its civic centres across our city to honour, acknowledge and remember the courage and sacrifice 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, 2017 as “Veterans’ Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Louis Riel Day

November 16, 2017

WHEREAS Louis Riel is recognized as a founder of confederation and a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people. He was executed on this day in 1885.

Today, Toronto has many vibrant Métis citizens and an active Métis community including the Toronto and York Region Métis Council, a democratically elected government that represents the citizens of the Métis Nation of Ontario. They share a commitment to strive for and promote the vision of Louis Riel.

Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto recognize Louis Riel’s contribution to the Métis, the contribution of the Métis citizens in Toronto and the contributions made by the Métis to the development of Canada.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 16, 2017 as “Louis Riel Day” in the City of Toronto.

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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

November 18, 2017

WHEREAS suicide is a significant public health issue that causes premature deaths, significantly impacting family, friends and communities.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions, and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 18, 2017 as “International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Trans Day of Remembrance

 November 20, 2017

WHEREAS today we mourn and pay tribute to those lost due to violent deaths or suicides in the trans community.

Today is a sobering reminder of the pain that continues to cloud such a strong and resilient community. Acts of violence and hate have no place in our city where differences and diversity are celebrated, not looked down upon.

As a city, we must continue to directly address the issues this community faces each and every day. That’s why last year, the City worked to establish two LGBTQ2S-focused shelters for homeless young people – an initiative that was long overdue. The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate transphobia, homophobia, violence, and hate crimes, while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

On this day, we stand together against hate and remember the lives that have been lost to transphobia, hate and violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2017 as“Trans Day of Remembrance” in the City of Toronto.

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Family Dispute Resolution Week

November 20 24, 2017

WHEREAS Family Dispute Resolution Week seeks to increase public awareness of the many free, subsidized, affordable and/or less adversarial resources for helping families experiencing conflict and to support the professionals providing those services.

The City of Toronto promotes access to a high quality of early learning, child care and support programs so that all families in Toronto can benefit from a range of services that promote healthy child development and family well-being. Through various services and programs, the City is committed to helping youth achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills and participate meaningfully in their communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim, November 20 – 24, 2017 as “Family Dispute Resolution Week” in the City of Toronto.

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National Housing Day

November 22, 2017

WHEREAS National Housing Day commemorates the day in 1998 when the Big City Mayors’ Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities declared homelessness to be a natural disaster.

Finding an affordable place to live continues to be one of the biggest challenges we face as a city. As our city continues to grow, there is no greater priority for the city than to make sure that people of all ages and income levels can continue to call Toronto home.

We have made tremendous progress by recognizing this is a priority. For the first time this year, our city has achieved our target of approving 1,000 affordable rental units.

But the fact remains, we need to do more. During this week, housing partners and stakeholders from across the city will come together and renew efforts to make housing more accessible and fair for residents of all incomes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 22, 2017 as “National Housing Day” in the City of Toronto.

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 Double Blue Day

 November 26, 2017

WHEREAS the Toronto Argonauts captured the hearts of Torontonians and sent fans cheering as they qualified for the 105th Grey Cup. There is nothing better than Canadian football.

The Argos were founded in 1873 and is the oldest pro sports team in North America that still uses its original name. They have won 16 Grey Cups so far, making them the most successful sports franchise in Toronto.

Today, on Double Blue Day, I encourage everyone in our city to sport blue and a darker shade of blue to show our support and appreciation for our incredible hometown team. The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches and staff for the wonderful year so far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Argonauts and we look forward to cheering “Argooooooos!” while watching the Grey Cup.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 26, 2017 as “Double Blue Day” in the City of Toronto.

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GivingTuesday

 November 28, 2017

WHEREAS today is a day dedicated to the GivingTuesday movement to celebrate philanthropy, community service and charitable giving. It also provides an opportunity to encourage increased, better and smarter giving during the Holiday Season.

The City of Toronto recognizes the significant contributions of charities and organizations dedicated to helping those in need in our community, and those who help to raise awareness of a cause. It is through active community work, fundraising and caring that we build a caring city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 28, 2017 as “GivingTuesday” in the City of Toronto.

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2017

WHEREAS International Day of Persons with Disabilities mobilizes support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

It also raises awareness of the barriers that can isolate those with disabilities including physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers.

The United Nations’ 2017 theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”.

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, 2017 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

December 6, 2017

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.

On this day we remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.

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.

It is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for refugees, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S, men, women, children, Indigenous peoples and those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 6, 2017 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, 2017

WHEREAS the United Nations General Assembly declared December 10 as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the unanimous adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948. The Declaration recognizes the fundamental rights and freedoms of all people.

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.

It is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for refugees, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S, men, women, children, Indigenous peoples and those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2017 as “Human Rights Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Reds Day

December 11, 2017

WHEREAS the Toronto FC captured the hearts of Toronto residents and sent fans cheering as they won their first MLS Cup title. They fought hard for this victory and this redemption. No team is more deserving. This is the perfect ending to a historic season.

This season and the MLS Cup game is a culmination of the professionalism and the will to win by the players, the coaching and training staff, and the ownership of Toronto FC. This team has shown us that professional soccer is here to stay in Toronto.

This victory is also a testament to the TFC fans who are among the best fans in the world. For over ten years, TFC has cultivated the most passionate fans in the league. For people who have been fans of professional soccer in Toronto, this win is the culmination of years and years of patience, support, dedication and hope. We are all TFC fans for life.

Jozy Altidore is right – Toronto is the greatest city in the world. We are so proud of our Toronto FC and the city that supports them.

Today, on Reds Day, as we celebrate the first MLS Cup win by TFC, I encourage everyone in our city to sport red to show our support, pride and appreciation for this incredible team.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 11, 2017 as “Reds Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Salvation Army Week

December 18 – 25, 2017

WHEREAS every year more than 2,000 volunteers manage more than 400 Christmas Kettle locations across the Greater Toronto Area to help raise funds in support of The Salvation Army.

The City of Toronto recognizes the significant contributions of charities and organizations dedicated to helping those in need in our community, and those who help to raise awareness of a cause. It is through active community work, fundraising and caring that we build a caring city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 18 – 25, 2017 as “Salvation Army Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Day

 December 19, 2017

WHEREAS sports teams have a remarkable ability to kindle passions and bring together residents of a city. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been able to unite Torontonians in their love of hockey since 1917. Today on the 100th anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leaf Hockey Club, we acknowledge the history of the storied franchise and reflect upon the tremendous impact that the team has had on the City of Toronto and the game of hockey.

I encourage Leafs Nation and residents of Toronto to take the day to celebrate the Leafs 100th Birthday as we look forward to the exciting future of our beloved Maple Leafs.

The City of Toronto is extremely proud of its Maple Leafs and we celebrate this milestone with them.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 19, 2017 as “Toronto Maple Leafs Day” in the City of Toronto.