The following is a listing of proclamations for the current term of Council, from December 2018 to 2022.

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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.

Kwanzaa Week

December 26 – January 1, 2019

WHEREAS Kwanzaa Week is based on harvest festivals that take place in Africa. The name ‘Kwanzaa’ translates to “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili.

Kwanzaa is celebrated using various symbols associated with harvest and by lighting a kinara or candle holder that has seven candles. Each candle represents one of these seven principles: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith. On December 31, a feast or Karamu consisting of a welcome, remembrance, rejoicing and farewell, takes place.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the African 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 December 26 – January 1, 2019 as “Kwanzaa Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

 

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Crime Stoppers Month

January 2019

WHEREAS this year marks the 35th anniversary of the Toronto Crime Stoppers Program.  Crime Stoppers is a partnership between the police, the community and the media. Its amazing success is due to the continued support of residents and organizations.

The theme of this year’s Crime Stoppers Month “Say it Here”, encourages residents to make Toronto a safer place by reporting crime in their communities.

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 2019 as “Crime Stoppers Month” in the City of Toronto.

Tamil Heritage Month

January 2019

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 2019 as “Tamil Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21, 2019

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 21, 2019 as “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in the City of Toronto.

Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

January 29, 2019

WHEREAS on January 29, 2017, a gunman carried out an act of violence at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec while people were gathered for prayers.

This hateful tragedy took the lives of six people and injured others. In the aftermath of the attack Torontonians joined other Canadians to remember the victims.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and hate crimes 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 all those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

Toronto City Council condemns Islamophobia, as it does all other forms of racism, xenophobia, bigotry and hate.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 29, 2019 as “Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia” in the City of Toronto.

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Black History Month

February 2019

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 Canadians of African descent or origin whose human rights must be promoted and protected.

During Black History Month we recognize people of African descent or origin and their quest for equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination in Canada. We also recognize the City of Toronto’s efforts to develop the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism and ways to eliminate barriers and ensure systemic changes are made to eradicate anti-Black racism. The City’s efforts coincide with the United Nation’s declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent from 2014-2024, which encourages Canada and other countries to take action towards recognizing the diverse heritage, culture and contributions of African descent or origin communities worldwide.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that Toronto’s multicultural heritage 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 nationalities, ethnicities, religions, faiths, genders, sexual orientations and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2019 as “Black History Month” in the City of Toronto.

Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1 – 7, 2019

WHEREAS during Interfaith Harmony Week 2019, everyone is invited to work towards harmony and tolerance for all faiths and religions in Toronto.

The week provides a platform to promote a common dialogue between all faith leaders through a central idea of “Love of the Good and Love of the Neighbour”.

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, 2019 as “Interfaith Harmony Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Development Week

February 3 – 9, 2019

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

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 3-9, 2019 as “International Development Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toque Tuesday

February 5, 2019

WHEREAS the Toque Tuesday campaign sells toques to raise funds for Raising the Roof’s homelessness prevention initiatives and 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 5, 2019 as “Toque Tuesday” in the City of Toronto.

Bob Marley Day

February 6, 2019

WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley.

He began his career with the Wailers and soon became known for his distinctive song writing and vocal style.

Marley sang of tolerance and love. He became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. He encouraged us to live in harmony, chronicle our own destiny and stand up for what is right.

Today, his music lives on and appeals to 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, 2019 as “Bob Marley Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Clash Day

February 7, 2019

WHEREAS, The Clash has entertained Toronto and inspired 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 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, 2019 as “International Clash Day” in the City of Toronto, and remind our residents that “the future is unwritten.”

Safe City Day

February 14, 2019

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.

We also recognize Toronto Paramedic Services’ Safe City program for promoting CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training in the City of Toronto. “You are the Strongest Link” seeks to engage the community by encouraging the public to learn CPR and learn how to operate an AED.

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, 2019 as “Safe City Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2019

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, 2019 as “International Mother Language Day” in the City of Toronto

Freedom to Read Week

February 24 – March 2, 2019

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

Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed to them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Week is organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council.

To mark Freedom to Read Week, Toronto Public Library will promote awareness of public libraries’ role as a force for democracy. Public libraries provide universal, uncensored access to knowledge in collections and programs that represent a wide variety of topics, beliefs and opinions.

Toronto Public Library strives to build collections that reflect the diversity of interests, cultures and languages in our city, in addition to the library’s ongoing commitment to offer a full range of fiction and non-fiction materials in a variety of formats.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 24 to March 2, 2019 as “Freedom to Read Week” and encourage everyone to use the public library this week and throughout the year.

Rare Disease Day

February 28, 2019

WHEREAS today is a day set aside to raise awareness among the general public and decision makers about rare diseases and their impacts on patients’ lives.

Rare diseases affect one in 12 Canadians with many of them being children.  Those who suffer from rare diseases often face misdiagnosis, unnecessary surgeries, social isolation, lack of treatment options and early death.

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, 2019 as “Rare Disease Day” in the City of Toronto.