John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2018

WHEREAS International Day of Persons with Disabilities seeks to increase awareness of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life while mobilizing support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The United Nations’ 2018 theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is: empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

The annual theme focuses on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 2030 Agenda pledges to “leave no one behind”.

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 equitable access in society for persons with disabilities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2018 as “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” in the City of Toronto.

Roger Ashby Day

December 5, 2018

WHEREAS today we celebrate one of Toronto’s most iconic radio personalities, Roger Ashby, as he retires after 50 years with CHUM Radio.

Roger has been a staple on Toronto’s airwaves since the 1960s and throughout his career he has been a familiar voice for listeners across the city.

We will all miss Roger’s voice and good cheer on our morning commutes, and I invite all Torontonians to join me in wishing him all the best in his retirement.

Today on Roger Ashby Day, I would like to thank Roger for his commitment to listeners and the music industry and for his dedication to the community through your work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, The CNIB, the Toronto Humane Society and the Toronto Wildlife Centre.

Roger Ashby’s caring, decency, and sense of fun have made Toronto a better place and he deserves our thanks for a remarkable career which helped make Toronto a better place.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 5, 2018 as “Roger Ashby Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2018

WHEREAS December 6th is the anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Montreal massacre. We remember the 14 female students who were singled out and killed because of their gender and the 10 women who were injured.

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

Ending violence against women and girls can be achieved through continued anti-violence education programs and constant reminders of our responsibility to treat all members of society with dignity and respect.

Eliminating violence against women and girls can also be achieved by our individual actions in naming the violence when we witness it and supporting those who are affected by violence, whether it be at home, school, the workplace or public spaces.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 6, 2018 as “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women” in the City of Toronto.

Human Rights Day

December 10, 2018

WHEREAS on December 10, 1948 the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that recognizes the fundamental rights and freedoms of all peoples. Today on International Human Rights Day, we celebrate 70 years since the Declaration was adopted.

The City of Toronto is committed to embracing the spirit of the Declaration by upholding the human rights of individuals, empowering vulnerable communities, working towards reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and fostering a civil society that is committed to the elimination of discrimination, marginalization, and poverty.

The principals of equity, dignity, and justice reflected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights remain as important today as they were seven decades ago.

The City of Toronto is dedicated to protecting the fundamental human rights and dignity of all residents as well as working to empower individuals to stand up to intolerance, hate, and bigotry wherever it occurs.  We observe the protection of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reaffirm our commitment to promoting respect and inclusion for our diverse residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2018 as “Human Rights Day” in the City of Toronto.

Salvation Army Week

December 17 – 24, 2018

WHEREAS every year more than 2,000 volunteers manage more than 400 Christmas Kettle locations across the Greater Toronto Area. They are raising funds for The Salvation Army’s many social services in the downtown core. The year’s campaign goal is three million dollars.

The Salvation Army’s 23rd annual Toy Mountain Campaign is also hoping to collect 150,000 toys for distribution to kids over 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 December 17 – 24, 2018 as “Salvation Army Week” in the City of Toronto.