John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Brain Injury Awareness Month

June 2018

WHEREAS Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading killer and disabler of Canadians under the age of 40. Each year in Ontario, an estimated 18,000 people are permanently disabled as a result of a brain injury. A brain injury can vary from a concussion to a severe coma.

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

Community efforts by organizations and individuals help to raise hope, awareness and funds for research to find treatment options for those with 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 2018 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Filipino Heritage Month

June 2018

WHEREAS Filipino Heritage Month acknowledges the long and rich history of the Filipino community in the City of Toronto, Ontario and across Canada.

The Filipino community is one of the fastest growing communities in Toronto while Tagalog is one of the top languages spoken in the city’s neighbourhoods. For decades, Filipino Canadians have made significant contributions to the city’s economy with flourishing local businesses.

Filipino culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in communities across the city.

Filipino Heritage Month which coincides with the Philippines Independence Day on June 12, is an opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the many outstanding contributions Filipino Canadians have made in our society and in the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2018 as “Filipino Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Portuguese Heritage Month

June 2018

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 Portuguese community in Toronto contributes tremendously to the fabric of our city. For decades, Portuguese Canadians have made significant contributions and Portuguese culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in communities across the city.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the Portuguese community of Toronto has 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 2018 as “Portuguese Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Pride Month

June 2018

WHEREAS 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 2018 theme of Pride Month is 35 years of AIDS Activism, to focus on the struggles of people living with HIV/AIDS and honour organizations that take action to support those living with and enduring the stigma surrounding this disease.

Pride Month in Toronto is the largest Pride celebration in North America and is one of the country’s premier arts and cultural festivals showcasing diversity, inclusion and creativity.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate homophobia and transphobia, 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 safety and quality of life for 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 2018 as “Pride Month” in the City of Toronto.

Mois de la fierté

June 2018

Le Mois de la fierté célèbre l’histoire, le courage et la diversité des personnes lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles, transgenres, transsexuelles, intersexuelles, allosexuelles, en questionnement, des communautés bispirituelles et alliées (LGBTTIQQ2SA) à Toronto.

Le thème du Mois de la fierté 2018 est 35 ans de militantisme contre le sida, pour souligner les combats menés par les personnes qui vivent avec le VIH/sida et honorer les organismes qui agissent pour soutenir ces personnes qui vivent avec la maladie et subissent les préjugés qui l’entourent.

Le Mois de la fierté à Toronto est la plus grande célébration de la fierté gaie en Amérique du Nord et compte parmi les premiers festivals artistiques et culturels promouvant la diversité, l’inclusion et la créativité.

La Ville de Toronto est en première ligne des efforts menés pour éliminer l’homophobie et la transphobie en encourageant les personnes et les communautés à s’opposer à la haine, à l’intolérance et à la discrimination. La Ville de Toronto s’engage à promouvoir les droits fondamentaux des personnes et à améliorer la sécurité et la qualité de vie des personnes qui sont à risque d’être victime de discrimination ou de violence.

PAR CONSÉQUENT, je soussigné John Tory, au nom du conseil municipal de Toronto, proclame par la présente le mois de juin 2018 « Mois de la fierté » dans la ville de Toronto.

Seniors’ Month

June 2018

WHEREAS Seniors’ Month is an annual celebration that recognizes the important contributions seniors have made and continue to make in our communities.

For the first time in history, there are now more Torontonians aged 65+ than children aged 15 and below. The number of people in Toronto aged 65 and over is expected to almost double by 2041. We all benefit from the energy and life experience seniors bring to our divers communities and neighbourhoods. Seniors are a valuable asset and a key part of what makes this city great.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2018 as “Seniors’ Month” in the City of Toronto.

Peace Tree Day

June 1, 2018

WHEREAS today children and youth Peace Tree Ambassadors from diverse backgrounds will gather in schools and hospitals to create artwork that is inclusive of all faiths and cultures in the hopes of creating peace. Their artwork will be displayed on “peace trees”, places where people can celebrate diversity.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities in Toronto make to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. 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 1, 2018 as “Peace Tree Day” in the City of Toronto.

Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day

June 3, 2018

WHEREAS today 18,000 participants will cycle, run and walk to help raise six million dollars to benefit world class research, health promotion and advocacy efforts in the Heart & Stroke Foundation’s mission to prevent disease, save lives and promote recovery for heart disease and stroke.

For the past 60 years, Heart & Stroke has funded life-saving research that has led to breakthroughs in heart transplant surgery and a revolutionary stroke treatment that have cut the death rate by 50 per cent.

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 3, 2018 as “Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Remembers D-Day

June 6, 2018

WHEREAS each year on June 6, we pay tribute to D-Day veterans and all Canadians who served overseas and at home during the Second World War.

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

On this 74th anniversary of D-day, we remember the contributions of the greatest combined military force in history, consisting of Canadian and allied forces and the sacrifices they made to preserve peace.

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 June 6, 2018 as “Toronto Remembers D-Day” in the City of Toronto.

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

June 12, 2018

WHEREAS School crossing guards possess a deep sense of responsibility, a great deal of common sense, a good rapport with children and the courage necessary to brave the elements.

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 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 12, 2018 as “School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day” in the City of Toronto.

Massey Hall Day

June 14, 2018

WHEREAS on June 14, 1894, 124 years ago today, the iconic Massey Music Hall officially opened its doors to the public with a five-concert festival.

Commissioned by Hart Massey as a memorial to his son Charles Albert Massey, Massey Hall has become a unique concert hall that has hosted renowned performances and acclaimed artists.

On this significant anniversary, just days from its closure for renovation, Massey Hall will host a number of Canada’s distinguished artists to celebrate the Hall’s storied past and exciting future.

Toronto is the largest centre of music in Canada and one of the most varied and vibrant music cities in the world. Music is a significant industry and a major cultural asset in the City of Toronto.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of many organizations like Massey Hall, individuals and groups to the rich cultural fabric of our city, and is committed to making Toronto a place where arts and culture thrive.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2018 as “Massey Hall Day” in the City of Toronto.

Prostate Cancer Canada Plaid for Dad Day

June 15, 2018

WHEREAS today on the Friday before Father’s Day, many workplaces and individuals will “go plaid” in support of the 1 in 7 men and dads who are diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian men.

Plaid for Dad was launched in 2015 to raise awareness and funds for prostate cancer in the hopes of helping to diagnose, treat, support and one day prevent prostate cancer.

The City of Toronto supports Plaid for Dad and all 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 15, 2018 as “Prostate Cancer Canada Plaid for Dad Day” in the City of Toronto.

Highland Creek Heritage Day

June 16, 2018

WHEREAS this year marks the 33rd Highland Creek Heritage Festival that celebrates the rich history and heritage of the village of Highland Creek (“the Village”). It was one of the earliest settlements in Scarborough and one of the first areas in modern Toronto to be occupied by European settlers.

In the summer of 1986, a Village merchant, Terry Woods, suggested that a festival should be held in Highland Creek that was similar to those held in other rural communities. He gained the support of other merchants and the Highland Creek Village Business Association. It organized the festival on September 20, 1986.

Today, Highland Creek remains the only area of Toronto that is still identifiable as a historical village. Its buildings 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 16, 2018 as “Highland Creek Heritage Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Marlies Day

June 16, 2018

WHEREAS the Toronto Marlies are the 2018 Calder Cup champions securing the first Calder Cup victory in franchise history.

The Marlies clinched the title June 14 by defeating the Texas Stars by a final score of 6 to 1 in a deciding Game 7, the first time the finals have gone a full seven games since 2003.

Winning the Calder Cup championship is the perfect ending to a spectacular season that also saw the Marlies finish with the league’s best regular season record.

Today, on Toronto Marlies Day, I encourage everyone in our city 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 of hockey.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 16, 2018 as “Toronto Marlies Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Partnership Walk Day

June 17, 2018

WHEREAS the World Partnership Walk is one of Canada’s largest annual events dedicated to raising awareness and funds in the fight against global poverty.

Since its establishment in 1985, funds raised through World Partnership Walk go directly to support AKFC’s development programs in Africa and Asia— initiatives that improve access to quality education and health, increase food security, create economic opportunities and help millions of people unlock their potential to build a better life.

33 years later, the World Partnership Walk has raised more than 100 million dollars, making it the largest event in Canada in support of international development.

On June 17, 2018, people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life will join with others from cities across Canada to participate in the annual World Partnership Walk to show their support for the less fortunate in communities around the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 17th, 2018 as “World Partnership Walk Day” in the City of Toronto.

Reach for Inclusion Week

June 17 – 23, 2018

WHEREAS Reach for Inclusion week seeks to raise awareness of the value of integrated settings for people with disabilities and their communities.

REACH is an umbrella organization for both development and physical disabilities. It works with 158 communities across the province to provide essential, barrier-free, support services that connect children and youth with disabilities to inclusive recreation and sport opportunities in their own community. These programs teach children and youth about friendship, patience, acceptance and understanding in a safe and supervised setting.

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 June 17 – 23, 2018 as “Reach for Inclusion Week” in the City of Toronto.

Pollinator Week

June 18 – 24, 2018

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

The native, metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon virescens) commonly found in gardens across the city has been selected as Toronto’s official bee.

They along with pollinators in Toronto and around the globe are in decline due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticides and other factors.

Toronto has adopted a Pollinator Protection Strategy with a focus on native bees, recognizing that they are more threatened than non-native honey bees, are ecologically important, and cannot be replaced once they are lost.

The City of Toronto recognizes that healthy pollinator populations contribute to 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 18 – 24, 2018 as “Pollinator Week” in the City of Toronto.

Dora Day

June 25, 2018

WHEREAS Toronto is a vibrant and creative centre where arts and culture flourish and the wealth of artistic talent enrich our lives and our entertainment industry.

The City of Toronto is celebrated nationally and internationally as a centre for arts and culture. The professional theatre, dance and opera industry is an integral part of our social and economic fabric and is celebrated as a unifying force for our communities.

This year, the Toronto Alliance for Performing Arts (TAPA) will celebrate the 39th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards that recognizes excellence in the industry and the outstanding achievements of the past year.

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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 25, 2018, as “Dora Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 26, 2018

WHEREAS the first International Day in Support of Victims of Torture was held on June 26, 1998, the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It calls on all UN Member States, civil society and individuals around to the world to unite in support of all those who were victims of torture and those who continue to be tortured.

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, 2018 as “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture” in the City of Toronto.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Asian Heritage Month

May 2018

WHEREAS Asian Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the long and rich history of Canadians of Asian heritage. It is also a time to recognize the Asian community’s significant contributions to Toronto’s growth and prosperity. This month gives everyone in Toronto an opportunity to learn about Asian heritage. Asian heritage is part of Toronto’s collective 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 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 2018 as “Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Building Safety Month

May 2018

WHEREAS during Building Safety Month, the City of Toronto, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs, the Ontario Building Officials Association and the International Code Council raise awareness about building safety and the importance of the Building Code and the role of building officials in creating safe, sustainable structures that communities can rely on for generations to come.

The City of Toronto enforces the Building Code by examining plans and specifications of buildings, issuing permits and by performing inspections at various stages during the course of construction. Our modern codes and standards incorporate the latest technology and provide the safest, most resilient structures for our families and communities to protect against building failures, weather related events, high-rise fires and other disasters.  Prevention, education and communication all work together to ensure the buildings we live, work, learn and play in are safe.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2018 as “Building Safety Month” in the City of Toronto.

Jewish Heritage Month

May 2018

WHEREAS Jewish Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the Jewish community’s significant contributions throughout Toronto’s history to our collective success, social welfare, cultural achievements, growth and prosperity. It is also an opportunity to recognize the richness of the Jewish culture and the importance of educating and reflecting upon Jewish heritage for future generations.

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 May 2018 as “Jewish Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

South Asian Heritage Month

May 2018

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 Toronto through a rich cultural heritage of diverse ethnicities, languages and religious traditions.

For many South Asians, the month of May is a time of celebration and commemoration of their arrival from the Indian subcontinent to the Americas beginning in 1838. This month gives everyone in Toronto an opportunity to learn about South Asian heritage. South Asian heritage is part of Toronto’s collective 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 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 2018 as “South Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Youth Week

May 1- 7, 2018

WHEREAS the City of Toronto is home to about 2.8 million people, more than 600,000 are youth who are a vital part of this city’s social, cultural and economic fabric. The contributions of our diverse young people help 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 promotes these opportunities to 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 1 – 7, 2018 as “Youth Week” in the City of Toronto.

World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2018

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.

Democracy cannot exist without a free press. That’s why we recognize today as World Press Freedom Day and celebrate all our media for their tireless efforts in asking tough questions, taking tough assignments, seeking the truth & keeping the public informed.

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 3, 2018 as “World Press Freedom Day” in the City of Toronto.

Emergency Preparedness Week

May 6 – 12, 2018

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

Residents have an important role to play. Being prepared for emergencies can significantly reduce property damage and keep residents safe.

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

The City of Toronto provides programs and services to meet the 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 May 6 – 12, 2018 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Occupational Health and Safety Week

May 6 – 13, 2018

WHEREAS the City of Toronto recognizes that occupational health and safety and prevention of work-related injuries and illnesses are key priorities.

The ultimate goal of Occupational Health and Safety Week is the prevention of injury and illness in the workplace, at home, and in the community through increased understanding, improved attitudes and a strong safety culture.

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.

It is committed to continuous improvement in the areas of workplace health, safety and employee well-being.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 6 -13 as “Occupational Health and Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

MyMalvern Week

May 7 – 13, 2018

WHEREAS MyMalvern Week celebrates the history of Malvern as a neighbourhood as well as the achievements of residents and organizations in Malvern.

#MyMalvern aims to cover all aspects of Malvern, including but not limited to schools, businesses, faith and community organizations, community parks, housing projects, artists, community and youth leaders, and seniors.

This week is an opportunity to foster a positive image of the neighbourhood, thereby enhancing the community pride collectively and self-esteem individually.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 7 – 13, 2018 as “MyMalvern Week” in the City of Toronto.

Nursing Week

May 7 – 13, 2018

WHEREAS under the theme of “Better Care Starts Here”, Nursing Week acknowledges the tremendous work of the 65,000 registered nurses, nurse practitioners and registered practical nurses who contribute to the health of patients in Ontario’s hospitals and shape and advocate for healthy public policy.

Nursing Week takes place during the week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday who is considered the pioneer of the nursing profession.

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 our city’s nurses 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 May 7-13, 2018 as “Nursing Week” in the City of Toronto.

Second World War V-E Day

May 8, 2018

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 marked the end of World War II in Europe.

Canada made tremendous contributions to this war as the world’s third largest navy, fourth largest air force and with an army of six divisions. At home, nearly everyone contributed to the war effort in industry and agriculture.

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, 2018 as “Second World War V-E Day” in the City of Toronto.

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

May 10, 2018

WHEREAS Human Trafficking Awareness Day recognizes crimes that exploit women, children and men. We commit to protect victims and potential victims and ensure that perpetrators are caught and convicted.

The National Council of Jewish Women of Canada in 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.

The City of Toronto 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 May 10, 2018 as “Human Trafficking Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

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

May 12, 2018

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.

Community efforts by organizations and individuals help to raise hope, awareness and funds for research to find treatment options for this disease.

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, 2018 as “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Pediatric Brain Tumour Day

May 12, 2018

WHEREAS pediatric brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer-related death in children in North America, affecting more than 300 children each year. Cancer in children grows more quickly and spreads throughout the body faster compared to adults who have cancer.

Community efforts by organizations and individuals help to raise hope, awareness and funds for research to find treatment options for this disease.

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, 2018 as “Pediatric Brain Tumour Day” in the City of Toronto.

Royal Week

May 15 – 21, 2018

WHEREAS Canada was the first Dominion within the British Commonwealth and the Monarchy represents the integral embodiment of the institution of the Canadian Crown. This year, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will celebrate her 92nd birthday as the world’s longest serving female monarch.

Her Majesty continues to hold the respect and affection of Canadians, many of whom have known no other Sovereign. To observe Her Majesty’s official birthday and recognize Canada’s royal heritage, Toronto proclaims Royal Week in May.

Royal Week honours the Monarchy in Canada while celebrating its history, traditions, symbols and values.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 15 – 21, as “Royal Week” in the City of Toronto.

Greater Toronto Day

May 16, 2018

WHEREAS today on the third Greater Toronto Day, Toronto residents are encouraged to perform acts of kindness for their fellow residents and take part in activities that make Toronto a great place in which to live, work and play.

To encourage people to participate in Greater Toronto Day, supporters will participate in a social media and broadcast campaigns highlighting the good deeds that people are doing throughout the city.

The City of Toronto is invested in community building to help ensure that every 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 16, 2018 as “Greater Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, 2018

WHEREAS the City of Toronto is joining with cities in over 120 countries around the world to recognize the 14th anniversary of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia whose 2018 theme is Alliances for Solidarity.

In Toronto, we pride ourselves on being diverse and inclusive but we know that there are still members of the LGBTQ+ community who still experience discrimination, intolerance and hate in our city.

There is much more work to be done to make sure that all our residents are kept safe, treated with respect and able to access the same opportunities and the same quality of life that should be our standard for all residents of Toronto.

It is important that we all stand together today and say loudly and clearly that homophobia, transphobia and biphobia are not acceptable in Toronto and commit ourselves to breaking down barriers and enshrining the values that we hold dear.

NOW THEREFORE, I, John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2018 as the “Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia”.

Brain Cancer Awareness Day

May 27, 2018

WHEREAS every person diagnosed with brain cancer has different symptoms that lead to their diagnosis.

Common symptoms of brain tumours include: frequent headaches, dizziness, blurred or double vision, seizures, nausea, weakness or paralysis, personality changes and hearing impairment.

Today, in support of the Movement to End Brain Tumours, people are encouraged to Turn May Grey and wear grey to help raise awareness about brain tumours.

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 27, 2018 as “Brain Cancer Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Milkweed Day

May 27, 2018

WHEREAS monarch butterflies rely on the milkweed plant for their survival: laying their eggs on it and using it as a food sources in the caterpillar stage. As a result of climate change, widespread use of herbicides and development of lands, milkweed is being wiped out from the migratory path that the butterflies take each year from Mexico to Canada.

More than one billion monarch butterflies migrated from Canada to spend their winters in alpine forests in central Mexico twenty years ago. By 2014, there were only 35 million monarchs left – a drop of more than 90 percent – and their future remains in peril.

Torontonians can play an essential role in helping to revive this species by planting milkweed in yards, gardens, parks and schoolyards throughout the city. Every milkweed planted will assist the monarch butterfly and provide nectar for countless wild bees and butterflies.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 27, 2018 as “Milkweed Day” in the City of Toronto.

National AccessAbility Week

May 27 – June 2, 2018

WHEREAS National AccessAbility Week will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our workplaces and communities.

The City of Toronto is committed to 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.

National AccessAbility Week is a week for Canadians to celebrate our progress and to be inspired to further break down accessibility barriers.

An inclusive Toronto is one where all Torontonians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in their workplaces and communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 27 – June 2, 2018 as “National AccessAbility Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Paramedic Services Week

May 27 – June 2, 2018

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 over 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.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of our first responders in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play.  The dedication and hard work of our first responders 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 27 – June 2, 2017 as “Toronto Paramedic Services Week” in the City of Toronto.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

May 27 – June 2, 2018

WHEREAS Victims and Survivors of Crime Week seek to give a voice to victims and survivors of crime, offer them support and promote a greater understanding of victim issues.

Addressing these issues requires the support and dedication of the whole community. Public demonstrations of support for victims and survivors of crime help to build the community’s capacity for compassion and can encourage citizens to discuss the impact of crime on their community.

Support for those who need it is available through victim service providers, police officers and professionals working in the criminal justice system.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 27 – June 2, 2018 as “Victims and Survivors of Crime Week” in the City of Toronto.

Menstrual Hygiene Day

May 28, 2018

WHEREAS Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH Day) raises awareness of the challenges women and girls face due to menstruation, while highlighting the importance of menstrual hygiene and solutions to these challenges.

MH Day offers a global platform that brings together non-profit organizations, government agencies, the private sector, the media and others to promote menstrual hygiene management. This platform helps to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management plays in the lives of women and girls.

MH Day is a growing global movement that is supported by partnerships at the global, regional, national and local levels.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about important issues 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 28, 2018 as “Menstrual Hygiene Day” in the City of Toronto.

Bike Month

May 28 – June 30, 2018

WHEREAS Bike Month is a celebration of cycling in the City of Toronto that features hundreds of community-led cycling events that encourage people to get outside and ride.

The City of Toronto actively promotes cycling as an essential part of our integrated transportation network and as an enjoyable way for people to stay healthy, feel connected to their communities, support local business, and get where they need to go.

The City is investing in cycling infrastructure to help get Toronto moving and reduce traffic congestion. The implementation of the new 10-year cycling network plan, as adopted by Council in 2016, is building connected cycle tracks, bike lanes, shared roadway routes, and multi-use pathways across the city to enhance cycling opportunities in our communities.

In just the last year, 20 kilometres of new cycling infrastructure have been installed and 19 kilometres of existing cycling infrastructure has been upgraded to improve quality and safety.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 28 to June 30, 2018 as “Bike Month” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Newcomer Day

May 29, 2018

WHEREAS Toronto has a high immigrant population, with a recent census indicating that more than 50 per cent of our population is made up of residents who are born outside of Canada.

Today on the fourth annual Toronto Newcomer Day showcasing Toronto’s diverse communities, 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 29, 2018 as “Newcomer Day” in the City of Toronto.

Digital Literacy Day

May 31, 2018

WHEREAS technology fundamentally changes the way we live, work, learn and play; digital literacy is now necessary to navigate this transformation.

This day champions the digital literacy efforts and innovations the City’s public and private sector organizations are providing to residents of all ages.

Through interactive activities and learning sessions, the breadth and range of possibilities and opportunities available will be explored and celebrated.

Literacy is accepted as an essential skill for individual empowerment, participation in society and improved livelihood. As the educational needs of literacy evolve, we must prepare for and embrace these changes so that we can all be successful in our personal and professional lives.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 31, 2018 as “Digital Literacy Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Dig Safe Month

April 2018

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

This month is dedicated to raising awareness of safe digging practices across the city to improve safety and reduce damages to underground infrastructure when digging.

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

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 2018 as “Dig Safe Month” in the City of Toronto.

Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and
Prevention Month

April 2018

WHEREAS we observe Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month, to honour the victims of all genocides, those who lost their lives and those impacted by systemic violence across the world.

We pay tribute to those who, through their acts of courage and determination, have played extraordinary roles in creating positive change in their communities and around the world.  We recognize our personal responsibility as individuals in preventing genocide.

We must never forget these tragic events and the legacy of trauma it leaves behind, as we continue to work to ensure they never happen again.

The City of Toronto will continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for our residents and work with others to make the world a safer and better place for all, while recognizing that work still needs to be done to achieve peace in the world. We re-commit ourselves to protecting human rights and dignity for all people and creating a more humane and just world for future generations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2018 as “Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month in the City of Toronto.

National Poetry Month

April 2018

WHEREAS celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, National Poetry Month acknowledges the importance of poetry to Canada’s culture.

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 2018 as “National Poetry Month” in the City of Toronto.

Refugee Rights Awareness Month

April 2018

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.

Refugee Rights Awareness Month is recognized to commemorate the 1985 Supreme Court of Canada’s decision, giving refugee claimants the right to an oral hearing under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2018 as “Refugee Rights Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Saint John Paul II Day

April 2, 2018

WHEREAS Karol Józef Wojtyla, Saint John Paul II, was named the 264th pope of the Catholic Church on October 16, 1978.

He was a pope who sought to bring his message of faith and peace to the world, visiting 129 countries during his papacy. His last visit to Canada was to celebrate the 17th World Youth Day in Toronto.

The residents of Toronto remember and honour the memory of Saint John Paul II in April of each year.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2018 as “Saint John Paul II Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Autism Awareness Day

April 2, 2018

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects more than 135,000 Ontarians and is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting one in every 94 children, as well as their families, friends and the community.

ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means it not only manifests itself differently in every individual whom it affects, but its characteristics will change over the life of each individual as well.

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 April 2, 2018 as World Autism Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Family Caregiver Day

April 3, 2018

WHEREAS family caregivers provide unpaid, compassionate care to a person or persons who need assistance due to a health condition, disability, or challenges related to aging and must balance their personal lives and careers with their caregiving duties.

The City of Toronto acknowledges its responsibility to recognize and bring awareness to the incredibly vital social and economic contributions made by family caregivers and also to ensure that the city continues to work with the community to provide support and assistance to caregivers.

The city recognizes and acknowledges family caregivers and their many contributions to our city and to society as a whole.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 3, 2018 as “Family Caregiver Day” in the City of Toronto.

Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Day

April 4, 2018

WHEREAS Toronto residents will proudly and loudly cheer on Team Canada at the XXI Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.

The 282 strong Canadian team will compete with the world’s best athletes, vying for 275 medals in 17 sports competitions and 38 medals in seven Para-Sports competitions, taking place from April 4 to 15.

A number of the great athletes competing were born in Toronto, live here or train here and we honour their commitment to strive to be the best they can be in their chosen sport.

The Commonwealth Games will showcase the athletes’ tremendous displays of sporting excellence, camaraderie and sportsmanlike behavior while inspiring a new generation of Commonwealth athletes to rise to the challenge and compete for their team, Team Canada.

Congratulations and best wishes for a very successful Commonwealth Games filled with many golden moments. Go Team Canada!

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 4, 2018 as “Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Day” in the City of Toronto.

9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week

April 8 – 14, 2018

WHEREAS the first 9-1-1 call was placed in the City of Toronto 36 years ago on March 22, 1982.

When residents call 9-1-1 for help, they are answered by calm, caring and compassionate individuals who are trained and ready to assist them in their most stressful and difficult times.

These 9-1-1 call takers’ attentiveness and preparedness help residents feel confident they will receive assistance 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 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 April 8 -14, 2018 as “9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week” in the City of Toronto.

Jersey Day

April 12, 2018

WHEREAS the City of Toronto supports the families of the Humboldt Broncos and encourages everyone in Toronto to wear a hockey jersey or green and gold today to show their support and pay tribute to the memory of those lost in last week’s tragic bus crash.

This grassroots campaign, which was started by two hockey moms in British Columbia, is spreading across the nation offering Canadians an opportunity to show support for a grieving community in rural Saskatchewan.

We hope this campaign will send a message to all those affected by this heartbreaking tragedy that they are not alone, that we are with you, that we share your pain, and that the whole country – including the entire City of Toronto – is behind them as they try to recover.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 12, 2018 as “Jersey Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Raptors Day

April 14, 2018

WHEREAS the Toronto Raptors set a new franchise record with 59 wins in a season and qualified for the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 2018 Playoffs.

The Raptors season was highlighted by a number of milestones, including breaking another franchise record with 34 wins at home and finishing first in the Eastern Conference for the first time ever. An all-star line-up with exceptional young talent and leadership from management has truly cemented “We the North” as a catchphrase to be feared around the league.

Today, on Toronto Raptors Day, I encourage everyone in our city 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 Raptors and we look forward to filling up Jurassic Park deep into the post season and showing our opponents what home-court advantage really means.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 14, 2018 as “Toronto Raptors Day” in the City of Toronto. Let’s Go Raptors!

Volunteer Week

April 15 – 21, 2018

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

Volunteerism plays a vital role in Toronto, building strong communities and enhancing the well-being of both volunteers and the groups who benefit from their volunteerism.

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 15 – 21, 2018 as “Volunteer Week” in the City of Toronto.

Blue and White Day

April 16, 2018

 WHEREAS the Toronto Maple Leafs set a new franchise record with 49 wins in a season and qualified for the National Hockey League’s (NHL) 2018 Playoffs.

The Leafs’ 101st season was highlighted by a number of great events, including breaking another franchise record with 29 wins at home, which propelled the Buds to be one of 16 teams to qualify for the playoffs. A roster lined with exceptional young talent and leadership from management has truly strengthened Leafs Nation.

Today, on Blue and White Day, I encourage everyone in our city – and Leafs fans across the country – 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 are wholeheartedly cheering “Go Leafs Go!” throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 16, 2018 as “Blue and White Day” in the City of Toronto. Go Leafs Go!

Record Store Day Canada

April 21, 2018

WHEREAS Record Store Day Canada acknowledges and celebrates independent record stores across the country.

In Toronto and beyond, record stores are beloved gathering places where people can pick up their favorite music, learn about new music, meet new friends and indulge in the universal pastime of listening to records.

The music industry is an important cultural and economic driver in Toronto. The creativity, the joy and the talent that music brings to a big city lies at the heart of what make Toronto dynamic, vibrant and innovative.

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.

NOW THEREFORE, I John Tory, Mayor of the great City of Toronto, hereby proclaim April 21, 2018 as “Record Store Day Canada” in the City of Toronto.

Earth Day

April 22, 2018

WHEREAS Earth Day serves as a reminder for all people to protect the environment by conserving natural resources, taking public transit and using environmentally friendly products.

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 April 22, 2018 as “Earth Day” in the City of Toronto.

Turkish Children’s Day

April 23, 2018

WHEREAS Turkish Children’s Day, known as National Sovereignty and Children’s Day in Turkey is a day set aside to honour the world’s children with festivals and celebrations, under the motto of love, friendship and peace, in the hopes of one day achieving international peace.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the Turkish community in Toronto makes to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength”.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. 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 23, 2018 as “Turkish Children’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

Human Values Day

April 24, 2018

WHEREAS on Human Values Day, the five basic values of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence are highlighted as a way to build character development and live in harmony with each other and the world around us.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights for all 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 April 24, 2018 as “Human Values Day” in the City of Toronto.

Stop Food Waste Day

April 27, 2018

WHEREAS it is estimated that over 30 per cent of the food produced in our country is wasted, Stop Food Waste Day is a day of action and awareness to fight food waste.

About 275 kg of food, valued at $1,500, is wasted by the average single-family household in Toronto each year, and $31 billion worth of food is wasted in Canada annually. Globally it totals about 1.3 billion tons per year.

Raising awareness about food loss and waste is gaining increasing global interest and action. Under the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals the worldwide goal is to reduce per capita food waste by half by the year 2030.

Leaders, including many in Toronto, are aiming to reduce waste along the entire food chain. Advocacy organizations and volunteer groups are rescuing food and recycling it for efficient use, feeding the hungry and diverting scrap to composting programs.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 27, 2018 as “Stop Food Waste Day” in the City of Toronto.

Day of Mourning

April 28, 2018

WHEREAS each year on April 28, workers, families, employers and members of the community gather together to remember those who have lost their lives or become ill or injured on the job.

Injuries and deaths in the workplace continue to be a matter of concern across Canada. The most recent statistics from the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada tell us that in 2016 alone, 905 workplace deaths occurred in Canada.

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

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2018 as a “Day of Mourning” in the City of Toronto.

Khalsa Day

April 29, 2018

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

Toronto’s Sikh community continues to make tremendous contributions to the growth and development of our community and the country as a whole.

The City of Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and we are proud of the people of our city who call Toronto their home. Through skills, knowledge and experience, our city has grown into a thriving and exciting metropolis of which we are most proud.

Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto are committed to creating an inclusive society. We thank those who contribute to Toronto’s most important value that is illustrated in our City’s motto – Diversity is Our Strength. We are also proud that since 1986, Toronto has been home to one of the largest Khalsa Day celebrations in Ontario.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 29, 2018 as “Khalsa Day” in the City of Toronto.

Journey to Freedom Day

April 30, 2018

WHEREAS today is a day to commemorate the exodus of the Vietnamese refugees and their acceptance into Canada after the fall of Saigon on this date in 1975.

It is also a day to acknowledge the contributions of the Vietnamese community in Toronto and celebrate its traditions, heritage and culture.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities in Toronto make to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. 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, 2018 as “Journey to Freedom Day” in the City of Toronto.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Nutrition Month

March 2018

WHEREAS the theme of Nutrition Month 2018 is “Unlock the Potential of Food.”  Food has the potential to fuel, to be a source of discovery for children, to help prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, to promote healing by eating the right foods and to bring families and friends together to share a meal.

People are encouraged to consult dietitians if they have questions about proper nutrition for themselves or their families.

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 2018 as “Nutrition Month” in the City of Toronto.

Lymphedema Awareness Day

March 6, 2018

WHEREAS lymphedema is a chronic swelling of body parts caused by an accumulation of lymph fluid. Lymph is a colourless fluid that forms in the body and drains back into the blood through lymph vessels and lymph nodes. Common causes of lymphedema include: being born with a malfunctioning lymphatic system and damaging the lymphatic pathways due to cancer treatment, injuries or burns.

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 6, 2018 as “Lymphedema Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2018

WHEREAS today on International Women’s Day, we celebrate women, who, through their acts of courage and determination, have played extraordinary roles in creating positive change in their communities and around the world.

International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to remember the ongoing struggle for gender equality in compensation, representation in business and politics, education, and health, while also acknowledging improvements and progress.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 8, 2018 as “International Women’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

Paralympic Winter Games Day

March 9, 2018

WHEREAS Toronto residents will proudly and loudly cheer on our Canadian Paralympic athletes at the XII Paralympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.

The 55 strong Canadian team will compete with the world’s best Paralympians vying for 80 medals in five sports competitions, taking place from March 9 to 18.

A number of the great athletes competing were born in Toronto, live here or train here and we honour their commitment to strive to be the best they can be in their chosen sport.

The Paralympics will showcase the athletes’ tremendous displays of sporting excellence, camaraderie and sportsmanlike behaviour while inspiring a new generation of Canadian Paralympic athletes to rise to the challenge and compete for their team, Team Canada.

Congratulations and best wishes for a very successful Paralympics filled with many golden moments. Go Team Canada!

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 9, 2018 as “Paralympic Winter Games Day” in the City of Toronto.

Mauritius Cultural Day

March 12, 2018

WHEREAS Mauritius Cultural Day is a time to acknowledge the Mauritius’ community’s contributions to Toronto’s success, growth and prosperity. This day signifies Mauritius’ 50th Independence Day, a major milestone for the Mauritius community.

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 March 12, 2018 as “Mauritius Cultural Day” in the City of Toronto.

Nowruz Day

March 20, 2018

WHEREAS on the first day of spring, people in Toronto and around the world will gather to celebrate Nowruz, an ancient Persian festival that has spanned thousands of years to bring in a “new day” or “new year”.

Nowruz symbolizes the affirmation of life in harmony with nature and celebrates renewal. The auspicious season of spring reminds us all of the potential we share.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that all its multicultural communities make to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength”.

Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally, economically and, most importantly, as one community.

Toronto is fortunate to have the compassion, skills, and knowledge that our diverse communities have provided to build our City and for this we stand together, particularly alongside our large Iranian Canadian community, with immense pride.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 20, 2018 as “Nowruz Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2018

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

The 2018 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is “Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination”.

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, 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 March 21, 2018 as “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” in the City of Toronto.

Agnes Macphail Day

March 24, 2018

WHEREAS Agnes Macphail was the first woman to sit in the Ontario Legislature, representing the riding of York East.

She was a role model who significantly contributed to national and local community life. She was recognized for her commitment and advocacy for women’s rights, fairness to seniors, prison reform, peace and disarmament, housing, health care and education. She also represented the interests of rural constituents, paying particular attention to agriculture.

In 1994, the former Borough of East York began to recognize the contributions of this remarkable local resident. Today, through the annual Agnes Macphail Award, the 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, 2018 as “Agnes Macphail Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Tuberculosis Day

March 24, 2018

WHEREAS tuberculosis is the world’s leading cause of infectious disease death. It is a preventable, treatable and curable disease that affects all ages, genders and ethnic groups and is responsible for 10.4 million illnesses and 1.7 million deaths a year worldwide.

In Toronto, 300 individuals become ill with tuberculosis each year. Toronto Public Health offers services through its Tuberculosis (TB) Prevention and Control Program.

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, 2018 as “World Tuberculosis Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Black History Month

February 2018

WHEREAS in 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month, formally commemorating and celebrating the experiences, contributions and achievements of African Canadians.

During Black History Month we recognize African Canadians’ struggle for equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination, and the City’s efforts to develop a Toronto Action Plan to confront anti-black racism and ways to eliminate barriers and ensure systemic changes are made to eradicate racism.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities in Toronto make to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. 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 February 2018 as “Black History Month” in the City of Toronto.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week

February 1 – 7, 2018

WHEREAS Eating Disorder Awareness Week seeks to raise awareness of eating disorders, shed light on dangerous and pervasive myths and promote prevention.

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 February 1 – 7, 2018 as “Eating Disorder Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1 – 7, 2018

WHEREAS during Interfaith Harmony Week 2018 “The Promise of Inclusion” there is a renewed commitment “to creating a world characterized by peace, social justice and a sustainable environment  by cooperating with efforts around the world to bring about interfaith cooperation and intercultural dialogue.”

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the interfaith communities in Toronto make to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength. 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 February 1 – 7, 2018 as “Interfaith Harmony Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Development Week

February 4 – 10, 2018

WHEREAS the City of Toronto recognizes the many organizations and individuals in Toronto and Canada that bring about change through engagement, increased awareness and initiatives that support universal and sustainable development.

The City of Toronto is invested in community building to help ensure that every 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.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 4 – 10, 2018 as “International Development Week” in the City of Toronto.

Bob Marley Day

February 6, 2018

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. He became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. 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. He helped introduce reggae music to the world.

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, 2018 as “Bob Marley Day” in the City of Toronto.

Homelessness Awareness Day

February 6, 2018

WHEREAS the City of Toronto is committed to assisting homeless individuals and families by providing housing, shelter services and respite centres. The City works with dozens of community agencies to actively monitor and respond to the need for homeless services across the city. The focus remains on providing sufficient services for everyone who requests them.

This winter, for the first time, an unprecedented eight winter respite centres have been opened 24 hours and seven days a week. Even with these additional measures, demand continues to increase and the system is undoubtedly under strain.

The City is acting to increase permanent shelter space to meet the rising needs and demand for services for the homeless, and deploys outreach teams and assistance to community agencies offering programs. In the long term, the City will continue to focus on tackling the roots of homelessness and building more affordable housing with the other levels of government and the development sector.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2018 as “Homelessness Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toque Tuesday

February 6, 2018

WHEREAS the 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.

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 February 6, 2018 as “Toque Tuesday” in the City of Toronto.

International Clash Day

February 7, 2018

WHEREAS, The Clash was formed in London in 1976 and entertained Toronto at such historic venues as the Rex Danforth Theatre, the O’Keefe Centre, the CNE bandshell and Maple Leaf Gardens, inspiring generations of local musicians and music lovers.

Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky “Topper” Headon made music with a social consciousness and believed that all people deserved a voice.

The City of Toronto joins other like-minded cities in marking February 7 as International Clash Day, inspired by the words of Joe Strummer that “People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world.”

Toronto is a Music City and celebrates the influence of all genres and all those who birth new sounds through their talent and creative expression.

NOW THEREFORE, I John Tory, Mayor of the great City of Toronto, hereby proclaim February 7, 2018 as “International Clash Day” in the City of Toronto, and remind our residents that “the future is unwritten.”

Olympic Winter Games Day

February 9, 2018

WHEREAS Toronto residents will proudly and loudly cheer on our Canadian athletes at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea.

We will eagerly watch the 225 strong Canadian team compete with the world’s best athletes from 100 countries vying for medals in 102 sports competitions taking place over 17 days from February 9 to 25.

Many of the great athletes competing were born in Toronto, live here or train here and we honour their commitment to strive to be the best they can be in their chosen sport.

The Olympics will move us with the athletes’ tremendous displays of sporting excellence, camaraderie and sportsmanlike behaviour while inspiring a new generation of Canadian athletes to rise to the challenge and compete for their team, Team Canada.

Congratulations and best wishes for a very successful Olympics filled with many golden moments. Go Team Canada!

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 9, 2018 as “Olympic Winter Games Day” in the City of Toronto.

Safe City day in Toronto

February 14, 2018

WHEREAS on this day, we recognize the many bystanders who have stepped in to help Toronto Paramedics & Emergency Medical Dispatchers save lives, by starting CPR and continuing it until the paramedics arrive.

In 1998 Toronto City Council endorsed Toronto as a Cardiac City encouraging the use of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Public Access Defibrillators (PAD).

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 February 14, 2018 as “Safe City day in Toronto” in the City of Toronto.

International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2018

WHEREAS February 21st has been designated as International Mother Language Day, a day set aside by the United Nations “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.” On this day in 1952, four students were killed while demonstrating for official recognition of their language, Bangla.

Toronto City Council has authorized City staff to work with our Bengali community, a population of close to 10,000, in finalizing plans for a permanent International Mother Language Day Monument.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities in Toronto make to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. 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 February 21, 2018 as “International Mother Language Day” in the City of Toronto.

Freedom to Read Week

February 25 – March 3, 2018

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

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 February 25 – March 3, 2018 as “Freedom to Read Week” in the City of Toronto.

Rare Disease Day

February 28, 2018

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

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 February 28, 2018 as “Rare Disease Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Crime Stoppers Month

January 2018

WHEREAS Crime Stoppers Month recognizes the partnerships between the police, community and the media that have led to the arrest of over 11,080 individuals and the resolution of over 16,400 cases.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 2018 as “Crime Stoppers Month” in the City of Toronto.

Tamil Heritage Month

January 2018

WHEREAS Tamil Heritage Month is a time to acknowledge the Tamil community’s significant contributions to Toronto’s success, growth and prosperity. It is also an opportunity to recognize the richness of the Tamil language and culture and the importance of educating and reflecting upon Tamil heritage for future generations.

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 January 2018 as “Tamil Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Johnny Bower Day

January 3, 2018

WHEREAS today the Toronto Maple Leafs and their fans will be gathering at the Air Canada Centre to pay tribute to one of the greatest goalies in the history of hockey, Johnny Bower.

After joining the Leafs during the 1958-59 season, Johnny Bower became a pivotal piece of the Leafs Stanley Cup reign during the 1960s. Having captured the Stanley Cup four times in 1962, ’63, ’64 and ’67 and the Vezina Trophy twice as the National Hockey League’s (NHL) top goaltender in 1961 and ’65, Johnny Bower proved to be unstoppable at the height of his career. He was the first goaltender in NHL history to dangerously counterattack an opposing player with the patented move – the poke-check.

Upon retirement, Johnny Bower continued to work for the Leafs as one of their greatest ambassadors. He was a legend and a gentleman hero who remained forever loyal to his team. He always cared about his community and was a tireless champion for charities.

Beyond his hockey career, Mr. Bower lived a good, long life with his wife Nancy and together they raised a family that includes children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The City of Toronto is extremely proud of Mr. Bower’s lifetime of contributions to the Toronto Maple Leafs, to the game of hockey and to our community. We mourn his death at the age of 93 and extend our condolences to his family, teammates, friends and fans.

Today I encourage all residents of Toronto to reflect on Mr. Bower’s life and legacy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 3, 2018 as “Johnny Bower Day” in the City of Toronto.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 15, 2018

WHEREAS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy to society is his leadership and commitment to justice, equality and the elimination of racism.

Dr. King was a remarkable man who achieved great victories for African Americans in his lifetime. His passion and commitment to making a difference resonated around the world and translated into the great successes and accomplishments of Black communities everywhere. In 1964, at the age of thirty-five, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. became the youngest man to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

The residents of Toronto remember and honour the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in January of each year and reaffirm their commitment to the basic principles of human rights, equality and justice.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 15, 2018 as “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Business Improvement Area Week

January 31 – February 6, 2018

WHEREAS Toronto Business Improvement Area (BIA) Week is an opportunity to acknowledge the work of the 82 BIAs located in the City of Toronto. They help to attract business to their local communities while providing bridges between small businesses and the municipal and provincial governments.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of businesses, 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 January 31 – February 6, 2018 as “Toronto Business Improvement Area Week” in the City of Toronto.