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

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World AIDS Day

December 1, 2019

WHEREAS today is an opportunity to raise awareness, honour and remember those who have passed away from HIV/AIDS and celebrate increased access to treatment and prevention services.

There are currently 63,000 people in Canada living with HIV, the virus that is the precursor to AIDS. One in seven Canadians live with HIV but remain undiagnosed. Through proper diagnosis, HIV treatment, prevention, care and support services, people living with this virus can lead healthy and productive lives.

Toronto residents are encouraged to show their solidarity for people affected by HIV/AIDS by wearing a red ribbon on December 1st.

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 December 1, 2019 as “World AIDS Day” in the City of Toronto.

GivingTuesday

December 3, 2019

WHEREAS GivingTuesday is a global day of giving and the opening day of the giving season. It is an opportunity to take action by making a donation, volunteering time, encouraging kindness, helping a neighbour and celebrating generosity.

Last year, more than 6,000 Canadian charities and 6 million Canadians rose to the challenge of doing good things in their communities, joining 150 countries in taking part in GivingTuesday.

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 3, 2019 as “GivingTuesday” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2019

WHEREAS persons with disabilities often face barriers to inclusion in society, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities promotes awareness and mobilizes support for critical issues related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities. The theme for 2019 is “Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda.” This theme focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development that pledges to “leave no one behind.”

In 1992, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed December 3 as a recognized day for the global celebration of the achievements made by and for persons with disabilities.

With over one billion persons around the world living with a disability, this day aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

The City of Toronto is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible and inclusive community, and upholding the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). In doing so, staff and Council reaffirm our commitment to identify, prevent and remove barriers to equitable access and inclusion for persons with disabilities living in and visiting the City of Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2019 as “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” in the City of Toronto.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2019

WHEREAS December 6th, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the 1989 École Polytechnique Montreal massacre, we remember the 13 female students and a female administrator who were singled out and killed because of their gender, and the 10 more women who were injured.

The effects of this tragedy continue to be felt and women remain targets because of their gender. This day presents an opportunity to acknowledge that violence is a daily reality for women and girls, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence.

Ending violence against women and girls can be achieved through continued anti-violence education programs and 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, 2019 as “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women” in the City of Toronto.

International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2019

WHEREAS on December 10, 1950 the United Nations General Assembly declared today as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the unanimous adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948.

The Declaration recognizes the fundamental rights and freedoms of all people and holds that only when the dignity, worth and equal rights of humankind are respected can we obtain freedom, justice and peace.

The City of Toronto is committed to embrace the spirit of the Declaration by upholding the human rights of individuals, empowering vulnerable communities and fostering a civil society that is committed to the elimination of discrimination, marginalization, and poverty and also in empowering individuals to stand up intolerance wherever it occurs.

Toronto City Council, in its efforts to create safe and secure communities, recognizes that all people deserve the chance to form their own destiny, free from any form of discrimination and to be empowered with the basic and inherent rights of dignity, respect and self-worth. The City stands firm in its commitment to protect the rights of all residents and marginalized communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2019 as “International Human Rights Day” in the City of Toronto.

Salvation Army Week

December 17 – 24, 2019

WHEREAS the bells will be ringing once again as the Salvation’s Army’s Bell ringers welcome people to donate at their Christmas Kettles.  Donations will support social services in Canada including homeless shelters, addiction treatment facilities, food banks and community programs. This year’s goal is to raise $3 million in the Greater Toronto Area.

This year also marks the 24th year of CTV’s Toy Mountain Campaign that seeks to collect 150,000 toys so that every child will be able to open a gift on Christmas Day.

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, 2019 as “Salvation Army Week” in the City of Toronto.

Kwanzaa Week

December 26 – January 1, 2020

WHEREAS Kwanzaa Week was first established by Dr. Maulana Karenga to help unify Black communities after the Los Angeles race riots in 1965.

It is based on harvest festivals that take place in Africa with the name ‘Kwanzaa’ translating to “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili.

Kwanzaa is celebrated using seven 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.

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, 2020 as “Kwanzaa Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

 

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Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 2019

WHEREAS lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer, affecting 1 out of every 12 Canadians and is the number one cancer killer in Canada.

Although there is a connection between smoking and lung cancer, there is also a high occurrence of lung cancer in lifelong non-smokers. Second hand smoke, a family history of cancer or lung disease and environmental pollutants can all potentially cause lung cancer.

It is important that we raise awareness around lung cancer and the impacts on people to better protect Canadians from 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 November 2019 as “Lung Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

BetterHomesTO: Residential Energy Efficiency Day

November 5, 2019

WHEREAS energy efficiency is recognized as critical to meeting the City’s TransformTO objectives and addressing climate change with a focus on unlocking the social, environmental and economic co-benefits of undertaking such efforts.

City Council has declared a climate emergency to deepen our commitment to protecting our economy, our ecosystems and our community from climate change, with a focus on achieving a net zero greenhouse gas emissions target. To reduce the worst impacts of climate change, new and existing buildings will need to be constructed/retrofitted to produce net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Toronto residents can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving the energy efficiency of their homes and requesting an EnerGuide Home Evaluation to better target actions to reduce emissions.

The City of Toronto encourages programs aimed at supporting Torontonians in making their homes more energy efficient. It is committed to raising awareness of the importance of residents’ actions in helping lower greenhouse gas emissions and improving their households’ comfort through energy efficient, cost-effective solutions.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 5, 2019
as “BetterHomesTO: Residential Energy Efficiency Day” in the City of Toronto.

Remembrance Week

November 5 – 11, 2019

WHEREAS during Remembrance Week, we honour all Canadian veterans who have fought and continue to fight for peace.

2019 marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy when more than 14,000 Canadian soldiers fought on the beaches of Normandy. Many brave Torontonians were among the soldiers who fought and risked their lives on D-Day.

During the invasion and liberation of European countries that ended the Second World War, the Toronto-based Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada had the highest casualties of the regiments from the 3rd Canadian Infantry. There were 47,000 Canadians who gave their lives in the Second World War including more than 3,300 Toronto residents.

This year also marks the five year anniversary of the end of Canada’s longest war, the war in Afghanistan. It took the lives of 158 Canadian soldiers and seven civilians.

The City of Toronto honours and acknowledges the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all Canadians who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On November 11th, I encourage all Torontonians to pause and silently commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 5 – 11, 2019 as “Remembrance Week” in the City of Toronto.

Take Our Kids to Work Day

November 6, 2019

WHEREAS this year marks the 25th anniversary of The Learning Partnership’s Take Our Kids to Work Day, an annual event where students step into the working world for one day.

Each year, parents, relatives, friends and volunteers host an estimated 200,000 students in their workplaces. This wonderful opportunity helps students to gain valuable insights into the working world.

This anniversary is a cause for celebration, a time to reflect on the Learning Partnership’s Take Our Kids to Work Day’s many accomplishments and an opportunity to look with hope to a future of new possibilities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 6, 2019 as “Take Our Kids to Work Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Kind Day

November 13, 2019

WHEREAS this day celebrates World Kindness Day and acknowledges that mobilizing acts of kindness has the ability to unite, restore humanity and raise awareness about the need for more acts of kindness.

Research shows that kindness can reset our brains from a predisposed negative tilt to one of gratitude that reciprocates, thereby contributing to healthier citizens, happier communities and safer cities.

Torontonians are asked to subscribe to kind living as an active lifestyle choice that benefits us all. Toronto is a model city known for its compassion and tolerance where kindness is part of our Canadian identity.

On Toronto Kind Day, we encourage all Torontonians to participate by being kind to each other and finding ways to be compassionate.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 13, 2019 as “Toronto Kind Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Philanthropy Day

November 15, 2019

WHEREAS philanthropy is the spirt of giving without expectation of reward. It helps build strong communities and active civic participation by bringing people together to serve a common goal.

National Philanthropy Day is celebrated around the world as a day to recognize the work of charities and remember the extraordinary achievements that philanthropy – giving, volunteering and social engagement – has made in all aspects of life. National Philanthropy Day’s slogan “Change the World with a Giving Heart” speaks to the power and importance of charity, in the community and around the world.

Canadians continue to be inspired by the dedication of volunteers who devote themselves to improving the lives of others. Countless Canadians have benefited from the help they have received from charitable organizations and caring individuals.

It is important to honour all Canadians who demonstrate the spirit of giving by recognizing National Philanthropy Day.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 15, 2019 as “National Philanthropy Day” in the City of Toronto.

Louis Riel Day

November 16, 2019

WHEREAS Louis Riel is recognized as a founder of Confederation and a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people.  On November 16, 1885, he was executed for leading the Northwest Rebellion in defense of the Métis people.  Many others fled to avoid persecution and as a result, lost connections to their communities and families.

Riel is now recognized by the Métis, First Nations, and greater Canadian society as an advocate and leader for minority rights. Today, we remember Louis Riel, Gabriel Dumont, and all others who fought for what they believed and stoked the fires of people’s rights in Canada.

Toronto has a proud contemporary Métis community mixed with Ontario Métis and western Métis.

The history of Toronto’s relationship with the Métis is complex but through an active relationship we are working on a path forward towards truth and reconciliation.

Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto recognize Louis Riel’s contribution to Métis communities and the development of Canada.  We also acknowledge the contributions of the Métis citizens in Toronto and the contributions made by the Métis to the development of our society.

Residents are encouraged to join in the remembrance and celebration of Louis Riel and promote peoples’ rights for all citizens of Canada.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 16, 2019 as “Louis Riel Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Child Day

November 20, 2019

WHEREAS children are important residents with unique perspectives, ideas and experiences. It is our duty to listen to them and include them in our planning and decision-making.

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

Canada is committed to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in ensuring all children have every opportunity to reach their full potential by having their basics needs attended to, ensuring they are protected from harm and allowing them to have a voice.

The City of Toronto is committed to the well-being of Toronto’s children and families and values children as important residents who share unique ideas and perspectives of their neighbourhood and their city. A new City project called Child-Friendly TO focuses on involving the input of children in City planning and decision-making for the city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2019 as “National Child Day” in the City of Toronto.

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2019

WHEREAS today on the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember transgender people who have died as a result of anti-transgender violence.

Today is also a day to raise awareness of the need for transgender rights and to acknowledge the issues transgender people face, such as discrimination and violence.

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

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2019 as “Transgender Day of Remembrance” in the City of Toronto.

National Housing Day

November 22, 2019

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

The lack of affordable, stable and available housing in Toronto impacts the
well-being of all Torontonians including the most vulnerable and low-income residents.

In keeping with the Toronto Housing Charter, the City is committed to creating an inclusive city where all residents have access to safe, secure, affordable and well-maintained housing, in their neighbourhood of choice without discrimination, from which they can realize their full potential.

The City will proactively work with the federal and provincial governments, the private sector, non-profit housing organizations and the civil society to deliver positive housing outcomes for all Torontonians.

On National Housing Day, the City of Toronto is pleased to recognize the many individuals and organizations that play a vital role in providing safe, secure and affordable housing opportunities for our residents.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of City Council, do hereby proclaim November 22, 2019 as “National Housing Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Dwarfism Awareness and Acceptance Month

October 2019

WHEREAS, this day raises awareness about dwarfism, increases public knowledge and diminishes stereotypes and misconceptions.

There are over 250 different types of dwarfism, each affecting bone growth and having their own set of physical, psychological and social challenges. Approximately one in 10,000 people are born with dwarfism, 80 per cent of them have average height parents and siblings who have a 50-50 chance of passing the dwarfism gene onto their child.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2019 as “Dwarfism Awareness and Acceptance Month” in the City of Toronto.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 2019

WHEREAS the month of October is recognized as Dyslexia Awareness Month and raises awareness and support for people with dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a neurological condition that affects reading accuracy, reading quickly, spelling and understanding what one reads. Dyslexia is not related to intelligence or lack of desire to learn but rather described as an unexpected difficulty in learning to read. It is estimated that between 5  to 20 per cent of the population struggle to read due to dyslexia.

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

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

Islamic Heritage Month

October 2019

WHEREAS Islamic Heritage Month provides us an opportunity to learn about the rich Islamic history and culture within our city.

During Islamic Heritage Month we are reminded of the many contributions that Muslims have made to the economic, political, social and cultural fabric of our city.

Residents across the city are encouraged to learn more about Islam and to participate in activities throughout the month that celebrate our city’s Muslim community.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the Muslim community of Toronto has 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 October 2019 as “Islamic Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 2019

WHEREAS National Disability Employment Awareness Month will celebrate, highlight and promote inclusion and accessibility in our workplaces.

The City of Toronto recognizes the positive and valuable contributions that those with disabilities have made to the workplace.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination. 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 October 2019 as “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Occupational Therapy Month

October 2019

WHEREAS occupational therapists help improve the health and well-being of their patients by solving problems that interfere with a person’s ability to take part in everyday activities such as self-care, being productive or doing leisure activities.

Under the guidance of occupational therapists, people can assume, resume, and/or maintain the roles and skills they need to participate in daily living and be able to enjoy their life.

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

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

Registered Veterinary Technicians Month

October 2019

WHEREAS we recognize the important work of registered veterinary technicians who work in veterinary medicine in Ontario. These technicans are extremely important in providing humane, quality healthcare in treating all animals while protecting public safety. They manage and coordinate the Ontario Rabies Response Program which involves potential human exposure to rabies caused by animals.

Registered Veterinary Technicians are required to maintain certification, registration, or licenses through the successful completion of a national exam. They also must practice mandatory lifelong learning through continuing education while upholding high ethical standards.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2019 as “Registered Veterinary Technicians Month” in the City of Toronto.

Registered Professional Planners Day

October 1, 2019

WHEREAS registered professional planners are the experts and professionals who have been educated to inform and ethically guide the choices made by elected officials in building communities in Toronto and Ontario. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Registered Professional Planner designation (RPP).

Planners have been involved in significant land use projects in Toronto including the redevelopment of the waterfront, the creation of public spaces such as Yonge-Dundas Square, and the creation of neighbourhoods including Liberty Village, City Place, and Quayside.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 1, 2019 as “Registered Professional Planners Day” in the City of Toronto.

Not-for-Profit-Recognition Day

October 2, 2019

WHEREAS in December 2017 Toronto City Council adopted a policy framework to guide how the City works with Toronto’s 14,000 community-based, not-for-profit organizations. Today we recognize their immense public benefit and dedication to our city.

The City of Toronto is home to a variety of different Not-for-Profit organizations – their missions, services, and programs range from health and social services to civic engagement, arts and culture, environmental protection, sports and recreation, and much more. They serve individuals and communities, young and old, locals and newcomers. Amongst these organizations one thing is common – caring and serving others is a top priority and one of their core values.

Toronto’s not-for-profit sector builds a better city with smart solutions that boost the local economy and put people first. The sector provides meaningful work for over 200,000 people with an economic impact of at least $14 billion annually and over eight per cent of Toronto’s GDP.

The work of the not-for-profit sector is vital to the City of Toronto.  The City relies on its insights to better understand communities and respond to emerging needs. The City of Toronto continues to invest in the sector to ensure that all Torontonians have access to core services and programs.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2, 2019 as “Not-for-Profit Recognition Day” in the City of Toronto.

Wrongful Conviction Day

October 2, 2019

WHEREAS the loss of one’s freedom due to a wrongful conviction has
far-reaching effects. It affects the innocent person’s quality of life as well as the quality of life of family members, and has a harmful effect on society as a whole.

Wrongful convictions question the integrity and fairness of the criminal justice system and unless corrected, undermines society’s trust in its criminal justice system.

Innocence Canada is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to identifying, advocating for and assisting individuals convicted of a crime they did not commit. It seeks to prevent such injustices in the future through legal education and reforms to the justice system.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2, 2019 as “Wrongful Conviction Day” in the City of Toronto.

I’m Library People Day

October 3, 2019

WHEREAS in 2017, the Toronto Public Library began a city-wide awareness campaign, I’m Library People, which includes selling merchandise that support the Toronto Public Library (TPL)’s collections, programs and services and innovative community spaces.

The goal of the I’m Library People campaign is to continue to enrich the lives of Torontonians by funding libraries where people are free to learn, share and grow.

During October, the Toronto Public Library Foundation will be raising funds for a new TPL Bookmobile, a library on wheels that visits under-served Toronto communities.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 3, 2019 as “I’m Library People Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2019

WHEREAS the theme of World Mental Health Day 2019 is “40 seconds of action” to raise global awareness of suicide prevention and the role we can play in helping to prevent suicide, the main cause of death for people aged 15 – 29.

World Mental Health Day encourages people from all walks of life to learn more about the impacts of mental health, to talk openly about it and to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues.  We all benefit from celebrating, promoting and acknowledging the role that good mental health plays in living a full and meaningful life.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about mental health. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 10, 2019 as “World Mental Health Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2019

WHEREAS the United Nations has declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl. This year’s theme, “GirlForce: Unscripted and unstoppable” seeks to amplify the voice of girls, while standing up for their rights.

Research shows that investing in girls can create a wave effect that not only improves the lives of young girls but also benefits the economic growth and the health and well-being of communities. More girls are attending and completing school today compared to 25 years ago. But there are still improvements to be made to ensure there is equal opportunity and rights for all girls.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to stand up against discrimination and is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the 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 October 11, 2019 as “International Day of the Girl” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto FC Day

October 19, 2019

WHEREAS Toronto FC qualified for the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup Playoffs for the fourth time in the past five years.

The team, led by strong players and contributions from both Canadian and international players, has had an exciting and eventful 2019 regular season that saw the club go unbeaten in their last 10 regular season games, vaulting the club into the Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs.

Today, on Toronto FC Day, I encourage everyone in our city to show our support for the club as they play their first game of the MLS Cup Playoffs. The City of Toronto would like to extend thanks to the players, coaches, staff, executives, and fans for the exciting year thus far. We look forward to watching this playoff run and chanting “T-F-C”!

Thank you for making us proud to be Torontonians and for representing us in the MLS.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 19, 2019 as “Toronto FC Day” in the City of Toronto

National Teen Driver Safety Week

October 20 – 26, 2019

WHEREAS youth aged 16 – 29 represent the largest number of drivers who test positive for drugs or alcohol after a fatal car accident. Driving under the influence as well as distracted, impaired and aggressive driving are all areas of concern for teen drivers.

Driving under the influence of drugs such as marijuana, is as serious as driving under the influence of alcohol. The penalties are the same for impaired driving caused by drugs or alcohol and include license suspension, criminal charges, jail time, or fines. By raising awareness of this important issue, we can work together with teen drivers to decrease the number of accidents caused by impaired driving.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 20 – 26, 2019 as “National Teen Driver Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

Respiratory Therapy Week

October 20 – 26, 2019

WHEREAS Respiratory Therapy Week recognizes the important work done by respiratory therapists in evaluating, treating and maintaining cardiopulmonary functions. Most respiratory therapists work in the high-risk areas of hospitals including intensive care units and operating rooms.

Respiratory therapists specialize in airway management, treating respiratory related conditions and educating patients and their families about their respiratory conditions and associated treatments.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 20 – 26, 2019 as “Respiratory Therapy Week” in the City of Toronto.

Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week

October 20 – 26, 2019

WHEREAS this week provides an opportunity to recognize the values of spiritual and religious care and to honour those who provide the care. Dedicated spiritual and religious service providers of all faiths serve faith communities in many highly specialized settings including hospitals, correctional facilities and the military.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 20 – 26, 2019 as “Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Feed Tomorrow Week

October 21 – 25, 2019

WHEREAS this week raises awareness of youth hunger and the link between nutrition and learning.

Research shows that well-nourished students perform better academically and their ability to concentrate and learn is improved by being well-nourished.

Child nutrition programs fill the pressing need to feed Toronto’s hungry students and nourish their hungry minds. They provide over 205,000 nutritious meals in over 825 schools and community programs across the city each school day.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 21 – 25, 2019 as “Feed Tomorrow Week” in the City of Toronto.

Waste Reduction Week

October 21 – 27, 2019

WHEREAS Waste Reduction Week raises awareness of the need to reduce the amount of waste we produce to conserve natural resources. Every year, the City of Toronto manages over 900,000 tonnes of waste. This requires money, energy and resources, and takes up valuable landfill space.

The City’s comprehensive Long Term Waste Management Strategy prioritizes reducing waste and minimizing the amount sent to landfill, through a circular economy approach.

This approach aims to reduce our carbon footprint and our reliance on non-renewable resources, maximize the value of City assets through strategies such as purchasing for durability, emphasizing reuse and repair, considering sharing or leasing rather than owning, and to re-examine how the City of Toronto delivers services by designing out waste and inefficiency.

The City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy is working towards Goal 12 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 21 – 27, 2019 as “Waste Reduction Week” in the City of Toronto.

Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

October 24, 2019

WHEREAS this day acknowledges the education, dedication and commitment that child care workers have for children and their families. Trained and knowledgeable Early Childhood Educators and child care staff are vital to the quality of early learning and child care programs.

Quality child care promotes the intellectual, emotional, social and physical development of children. It responds to the needs of parents and the broader community so that residents can fully participate in and contribute to the economic and social life of their community.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2019 as “Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Education Appreciation Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Polio Day

October 24, 2019

WHEREAS on this day we commemorate the birth of Jonas Salk, who led a team to discover a vaccine for Polio, a highly infectious disease that invades the nervous system and causes paralysis.

The inactive poliovirus developed by Albert Sabin was used in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to vaccinate the world’s children against the disease. For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be vaccinated against Polio and be prevented from being disabled for life.

As a result of GPEI, global cases of Polio were reduced by 99 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 October 24, 2019 as “World Polio Day” in the City of Toronto.

Rett Syndrome Awareness Day

October 29, 2019

WHEREAS Rett Syndrome is a neurodevelopment condition found mostly in females and caused by a mutation in the X chromosome.

Those born with Rett Syndrome will lose their acquired skills such as speech, and gross and fine motor skills.  Some will never be able to walk
or talk and many children will become wheelchair bound.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 29, 2019 as “Rett Syndrome Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 2019

WHEREAS cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among Canadian children between infancy and age 14. Leukemia and cancers in the brain and central nervous system as well as lymphomas account for the majority of new cancers in children.

Tumours found in children act differently, grow more quickly and spread to other parts of the body faster than tumours found in adults.

An estimated two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors will have at least one chronic or long-term side effect from their cancer treatment. As more children survive cancer, the need for long-term monitoring and follow-up care will continue to grow.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 2019 as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Dystonia Awareness Month

September 2019

WHEREAS Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder affecting approximately 50,000 Canadian men, women and children.

Dystonia causes muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily, forcing the body to experience repetitive and twisting movements. It can occur as a result of trauma, certain medication and mutated genes but can be hard to diagnose as there is no test to confirm a Dystonia diagnosis. There is also no cure for this disorder.

People with Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and Multiple Sclerosis can all experience Dystonia as a result of their diseases.

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

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

Pulmonary Fibrosis Month

September 2019

WHEREAS Pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disease that affects the space between the air sacs in the lungs. Environmental factors, medications and autoimmune diseases can be attributed to causing pulmonary fibrosis.

Lung tissue becomes thick and scarred and lungs lose the ability to transfer oxygen to the blood stream, resulting in shortness of breath and difficulty breathing for those suffering from pulmonary fibrosis.

While medications and therapies can ease symptoms and improve the quality of life for some, others may require lung transplants.

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

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

Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September 2019

WHEREAS approximately 5,000 Canadians have Sickle Cell Disease, an inherited blood disorder caused by a problem with the hemoglobin gene. It is a multi system disorder that can harm different parts of the body.

Children who have Sickle Cell Disease will have inherited the genes from both of their parents.

Simple lifestyle changes along with keeping up to date with vaccinations can help to prevent health crises for people living with Sickle Cell 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 September 2019 as “Sickle Cell Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day

September 4, 2019

WHEREAS 66,000 Canadians live with Polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

This disease causes fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys and often leads to kidney failure. It affects men, women and children regardless of their ethnic origin or where they live.

In September, there will be walks in several locations to honour friends, family and supporters impacted by PKD and to raise funds for research.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 4, 2019 as “Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto International Film Festival Weeks

September 5 – 15, 2019

WHEREAS the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, where more than 300 films from over 60 countries are screened each year.

TIFF is recognized within the film industry as the world’s leading public film festival. Its mission is to transform the way people see the world, through film.

As an international centre for film production, Toronto is proud to support and promote the creative and innovative works of filmmakers whose talent and creativity have enhanced and enriched our entertainment industry.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of our film industry to the rich cultural fabric of our city and is committed to ensuring Toronto remains a place where arts and culture thrive.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 5 – 15, 2019 as “Toronto International Film Festival Weeks” in the City of Toronto.

World Duchenne Awareness Day

September 7, 2019

WHEREAS this day raises awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a progressive genetic disorder that gradually weakens the body’s muscles and almost always affects boys with symptoms beginning in early childhood.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is caused by flaws in the gene for dystrophin, a protein that controls how the body keeps muscles healthy. While there are various forms of muscular dystrophy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is both the most common childhood form and one of the most severe of the disease, affecting almost 1 in every 5,000 boys.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 7, 2019 as “World Duchenne Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Literacy Day

September 8, 2019

WHEREAS the 2019 theme for International Literacy Day is Literacy and Multilingualism. According to UNESCO, literacy is a human right and a matter of dignity. Illiteracy continues to be a global challenge that can begin to be addressed through inclusive, mother language-based multilingual approaches to literacy.

The Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy, is dedicated to helping adults improve their literary skills through Adult Literacy Programs in Toronto and the York Region. These programs teach literacy and basic skills to the Anglophone, Francophone, Native, Deaf and Deaf-Blind segments of the population and help them upgrade their academic studies. Toronto is home to 26 Adult Literacy programs.

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 September 8, 2019 as “International Literacy Day” in the City of Toronto.

Transportation Week

September 8 – 14, 2019

WHEREAS Toronto is proud to host the National Association of Transportation Officials (NACTO) Designing Cities conference.

NACTO is an association of 81 major North American cities and transit agencies formed to encourage the exchange of transportation ideas, insights, and practices to work together to address national transportation issues. Its mission is to build cities as places for people, with safe, sustainable, accessible and equitable transportation choices that support a strong economy and vibrant quality of life.

The City of Toronto’s approach to transportation planning shares many of the fundamental core values of NACTO including: safety, sustainability, and equity in transportation choices, and accessibility for people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

This conference – held for the first time outside the United States – brings together 900 officials, planners and practitioners to advance the state of transportation in cities.

This is an important step towards connecting Canadian cities so that we are working together and sharing information and practices as we all continue to address transportation issues that all our cities face.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 8 – 14, 2019 as “Transportation Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

September 9, 2019

WHEREAS we must ensure that we take every step to care for, nurture and protect our children. Current comprehensive studies have indicated that the Canadian prevalence rate for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) has increasingly grown and is now considered a worldwide pandemic.

FASD is the most common, most expensive, yet most preventable of all mental disorders in the industrialized world. As a result of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, individuals with FASD are at risk for cognitive disabilities resulting in learning problems, school dropout, homelessness, addictions, interactions with the justice system and mental illness.

As socially responsible citizens, we must educate women and their partners about the hazards of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and support them when planning and during pregnancy. If a child is born with FASD, it is critical for parents and caregivers to receive the support and guidance that is necessary for such complex care.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 9, 2019 as “International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Good Food Market Week

September 9 – 13, 2019

WHEREAS good food markets are volunteer-run, community-led markets selling high-quality and culturally appropriate affordable vegetables and fruits. In 2018, there were 46 markets across Toronto that delivered

228, 257 pounds of fresh vegetables and fruits to over 40 low-income Toronto neighbourhoods.

Good Food Markets are a great example of when people come together to positively impact their community and provide for those who are in need. These markets act as community hubs that welcome everyone and provide opportunities for those who are at risk of social isolation to get outside and connect with their neighbours.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 9 – 13, 2019 as “Good Food Market Week” in the City of Toronto.

Korean Harvest (Chuseok) Day

September 12, 2019

WHEREAS Chuseok means “autumn eve” and is known as Korean Thanksgiving, a time to celebrate the bountiful harvest. It takes place according to the lunar calendar, on the 15th day of the 8th month during the full moon.

During this holiday, families share traditional Korean meals and rice wines, spend time together, give thanks to their ancestors and play folk games.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the Korean community in Toronto makes in strengthening our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength”.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 12, 2019 as “Korean Harvest (Chuseok) Day” in the City of Toronto.

Urban Agriculture Week

September 14 – 22, 2019

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

During Urban Agriculture week, garden tours, harvest parties and workshops will celebrate the diversity of food grown in the city and the people who grow it.

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 September 14 – 22, 2019 as “Urban Agriculture Week” in the City of Toronto.

Bianca Andreescu Day

September 16, 2019

WHEREAS Bianca Andreescu united residents of the Toronto Region and brought our whole country along with her for an exhilarating ride to capture the 2019 US Open Tennis Championship. This ground-breaking accomplishment is historic as Bianca is the first Canadian in tennis history to win a Grand Slam singles trophy.

After the 2017 and 2018 seasons saw her reach the rankings of 143rd and 152nd respectively, Bianca began the 2019 season as the 107th ranked player in the world. She has rocketed up the list and now sits in 5th place in the singles rankings, propelled by an astounding 45 wins in 2019. Winning the US Open is the result of her awe-inspiring natural talent, tenacious work ethic, incredible composure, and mental strength. This win is just the latest point in her rapid ascension in women’s tennis.

With one of the greatest individual accomplishments in the history of Canadian sport, Bianca has won the hearts of millions of Torontonians.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 16, 2019 as “Bianca Andreescu Day” and join with the City of Mississauga in celebrating Bianca. I encourage everyone to show their support, pride, love for this incredible athlete.

Rehabilitation Day

September 17, 2019

WHEREAS rehabilitation services have a life-changing impact on the lives of many people in our city.

Various kinds of rehabilitation services are offered in Toronto, to those recovering from injuries, those going through life-altering events, or as a result of age-related conditions. These important services enable people to learn how to live with their new circumstances and thrive in their everyday lives.

This is an important day to recognize and thank those who dedicate their lives to helping others through rehabilitation services.

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 September 17, 2019 as “Rehabilitation Day” in the City of Toronto.

United Way Show Your Local Love Day

September 17, 2019

WHEREAS residents are invited to be part of the positive change they want to see in their communities by showing their “local love.”

The day is a chance for Torontonians to think about what makes the city a vibrant place to live and work and how poverty and income inequality are hurting our community and driving our neighbourhoods apart.

By supporting the United Way and its network of 270 community partners Torontonians can affect the change they want to see in their neighbourhoods.

Making a donation to the United Way can help mobilize the network of support to tackle the issues linked to poverty.

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 September 17, 2019 as “United Way Show Your Local Love Day” in the City of Toronto.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Day

September 18, 2019

WHEREAS Big Brother Big Sister volunteers help change the lives of kids facing adversity, helping increase self-confidence, healthy habits and high school graduation rates through mentorship programs.

In 2018, Big Brothers and Big Sisters spent an incredible 70,000 hours offering intentional, personal support to the 2,000 children and youth they mentored.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2019 as “Big Brothers Big Sisters Day” in the City of Toronto.

Best Buddies Day

September 21, 2019

WHEREAS Best Buddies Canada is a national charity promoting inclusion and creating lasting friendships between youth living with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  The goal of Best Buddies Canada is to ensure those with IDDs feel included and accepted in their schools and communities. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the organization.

This milestone anniversary is a cause for celebration, a time to reflect on Best Buddies Canada’s many accomplishments in bringing friendship and opportunities for socialization, to those at risk of isolation in our city.

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 September 21, 2019 as “Best Buddies Day” in the City of Toronto.

Wiphala Day

September 21, 2019

WHEREAS Wiphala Day is a significant spiritual and cultural celebration within Toronto’s Andean community, made up of Indigenous peoples from the Andean regions of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, northern Chile, northern Argentina and southern Colombia.

This celebration, that takes place on the equinox in the northern hemisphere,  provides an opportunity to recognize the human rights of Indigenous peoples and pay tribute to the efforts of the Andean Communities of Toronto as they work toward the social, economic, cultural and political participation by their members in all aspects of civic life.

The City of Toronto is taking a leadership role in eliminating all forms of discrimination, promoting human rights and building an inclusive society in which everyone can live with dignity and respect.

As one of the most diverse cities in the world and home to newcomers from around the globe, The City of Toronto recognizes that the fundamental strength of our community lies in our unique racial, ethno-cultural diversity.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 21, 2019 as “Wiphala Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Alzheimer’s Day

September 21, 2019

WHEREAS Alzheimer’s disease, a group of disorders that impair brain function, is the most common form of dementia. Due to our aging population, someone will develop dementia every 65 seconds and the number of Canadians living with dementia will double in the next 15 years.

This year, residents are being asked to wear blue and white to show their support for Dementia Friendly Communities. These communities ensure those living with dementia are part of inclusive environments where they have choice and control over their everyday lives.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 21, 2019 as “World Alzheimer’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Coaches Week

September 21 – 29, 2019

WHEREAS National Coaches Week is a celebration of coaching and a tribute to the 300,000 coaches in Toronto and Ontario who devote their time and energy to coaching at all levels of sport.

Coaches are integral to Canadian sports with many of them being volunteer coaches who willingly give their time to help athletes excel in their sports.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 21 – 29, 2019 as “National Coaches Week” in the City of Toronto.

Environmental Public Health Week

September 23 – 27, 2019

WHEREAS Environmental Public Health Week recognizes the important work done by public health inspectors, environmental health officers and those in other environmental public health occupations. Some of their duties involve public education, inspection and enforcement of programs and services such as food premises, recreational water, healthcare and childcare facilities and control of health hazards within the community.

This year’s theme “Exploring the Edge” highlights the innovative approach environmental health professionals take to existing and emerging public health concerns. These include: safer and healthier foods, control of infectious diseases, healthier environments, and tobacco use as a health hazard.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 23 – 27, 2019 as “Environmental Public Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Public Service Week

September 23 – 27, 2019

WHEREAS Toronto Public Service Week recognizes the professionalism, integrity and commitment of the 36,000 members of the Toronto Public Service who provide exceptional, equitable and accessible services to Toronto’s 2.9 million residents, while upholding the City’s motto, Diversity our Strength.

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

This is the seventh annual Toronto Public Service Week that celebrates the contributions of the Toronto Public Service who work every day to deliver high quality services and programs to Toronto residents, businesses and visitors.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 23 – 27, 2019 as “Toronto Public Service Week” in the city of Toronto.

Ontario Science Centre Week

September 23 – 30, 2019

WHEREAS this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ontario Science Centre. Over the past 50 years, the Ontario Science Centre has offered hands-on science and technology learning to more than 53 million visitors of all ages who have visited its interactive museum.

It has become a fascinating, and inspiring classroom for students of all ages as well as those taking part in its museum-based educational programs.

This anniversary is a cause for celebration, a time to reflect on the Ontario Science Centre’s many accomplishments and an opportunity to look with hope to a future of new possibilities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 23 – 30, 2019 as “Ontario Science Centre Week” in the City of Toronto.

Franco-Ontarian Day

September 25, 2019

WHEREAS today we celebrate the contributions of Canada’s largest Francophone community outside of Quebec, the Franco-Ontarian community in Ontario. The province of Ontario is home to nearly 612,000 people who speak French at home – many who reside in Toronto.

The Francophone community in Toronto actively participates in the social, economic and political life of the province, while adhering to its linguistic and cultural heritage. Franco-Ontarian Day is an opportunity to celebrate the 400 year history of this strong and resilient community.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that our Francophone community 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 cultures are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 25, 2019 as “Franco-Ontarian Day” in the City of Toronto.

Journee Franco-Ontarienne

Le 25 septembre 2019

ATTENDU QUE nous célébrons aujourd’hui la contribution de la plus grande communauté Francophone du Canada à l’extérieur du Québec, la communauté Franco-Ontarienne de l’Ontario. La province de l’Ontario compte près de 612 000 personnes qui parlent français à la maison, dont beaucoup résident à Toronto.

La communauté Francophone de Toronto participe activement à la vie sociale, économique et politique de la province, tout en respectant son patrimoine linguistique et culturel. La Journée Franco-Ontarienne donne l’occasion de célébrer les 400 ans d’histoire de cette communauté forte et résiliente.

La Ville de Toronto salue la précieuse contribution de notre communauté Francophone au renforcement de notre société et à la réalisation de la devise de notre ville à savoir « La diversité, notre force ». La diversité nous rend plus forts sur les plans social, politique, culturel et économique. Toronto, l’une des villes les plus multiculturelles du monde, est devenue une cité modèle dans laquelle toutes les cultures sont respectées et acceptées.

PAR CONSÉQUENT, moi, John Tory, maire de Toronto, au nom du Conseil municipal de Toronto, proclame par la présente le 25 septembre 2019 « Journée Franco-Ontarienne » dans la ville de Toronto.

Recovery Day

September 28, 2019

WHEREAS today is a day to recognize the social stigma attached to a substance abuse disorder and raise awareness of the benefits of recovery from addiction in improving lives for individuals, families and communities.

We acknowledge all those who are living in recovery from substance abuse disorders, while bringing the hope of recovery to those still coping with their addictions.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 28, 2019 as “Recovery Day” in the City of Toronto.

Orange Shirt Day

September 30, 2019

WHEREAS Orange Shirt Day is a day set aside to honour the legacy of the Indian Residential School Survivors, their families and communities, as well as to remember those who died in the residential school system. According to the official apology issued by the Federal government in 2008, “The residential schools were created to remove and isolate children from the influence of their homes, families, traditions and cultures, and to assimilate them into the dominant culture.”

Orange Shirt Day is a time to educate people and promote awareness about the Indian Residential School System and the impact this system still has on Indigenous communities in Canada. It is also an opportunity to come together in the spirit of hope and reconciliation for generations of children to come.

Orange Shirt Day grew out of the story of one survivor, Phyllis Webstad, who had her new orange shirt taken away on her first day at the residential school. The Orange Shirt is now used as a vivid reminder of the need for ongoing discussions and work towards Truth and Reconciliation.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 30, 2019 as “Orange Shirt Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Emancipation Month

August 2019

WHEREAS Emancipation Month recognizes the struggle for human rights and the contributions made by freedom-seeking Canadians of African descent. This month is an opportunity to acknowledge the legacy and history of slavery in Canada while celebrating the rich contributions that people of African descent have made to our city and country.

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women, and children of African descent were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade – one of history’s darkest chapters. The enslavement of African people occurred on these lands until 1834.

Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe legally restricted the cross-border trading of slaves in Upper Canada. This restriction was achieved through the passage for the Act to Limit Slavery in Upper Canada, on July 9, 1793. All slavery was formally abolished within British colonies under the Slavery Abolition Act on August 28, 1833.

By recognizing Emancipation Day on August 1 and the entire month as Emancipation Month, we acknowledge an abhorrent period in our history and the importance of our ongoing commitment to eliminate discrimination in all its forms.

Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto are at the forefront of efforts to establish a caring and compassionate society in which all its members, regardless of race or ethnic origin, have the right to live in conditions of good health, safety, dignity, respect and peace.

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

Food Day Canada

August 3, 2019

WHEREAS Food Day Canada is a national celebration of our farmers, fishers, food producers, chefs, researchers and home cooks and everyone who helps us enjoy Canadian, homegrown food.

Food Day Canada is a time for all Torontonians and Canadians to share their food stories and celebrate food.

The St. Lawrence Market, one of the world’s oldest public markets, will be joining other organizations across Canada to celebrate “Tastes that make Canada.”  The market will celebrate the food that unites us from coast to coast.

Toronto residents can visit one of the participating Food Day Canada restaurants to eat meals that highlight Canada’s diverse and rich cultural diversity or use Canadian-grown ingredients to make their own meals at home.

Canada’s rich abundance of locally produced food, will tantalize peoples’ taste buds while encouraging Toronto residents to support their local food suppliers.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 3, 2019 as “Food Day Canada” in the City of Toronto.

Simcoe Day

August 5, 2019

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

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

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

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 5, 2019 as “Simcoe Day” in the City of Toronto.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day

August 6, 2019

WHEREAS today marks the 74th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Today we commemorate the individuals who died from the immediate effects of the attacks and honour all those who suffered thereafter.

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

The Doomsday Clock of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists is at 2 Minutes to Midnight, reflecting the tension of a world filled with atomic powers.

Toronto City Council has unanimously called upon the Canadian government to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons that would help create a safer, nuclear weapon – free world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 6, 2019 as “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day” in the City of Toronto.

Fintech Week

August 12 – 15, 2019

WHEREAS fintech is the technology and innovation that aims to compete with traditional financial methods, in the delivery of financial services.

Fintech start-ups play a key role in the growth and innovation of the financial services industry through new or improved products and services.

Fintechs headquartered in the Toronto region offer a full spectrum of major financial services offerings, with the highest concentration, 21 per cent, in payments. A few examples of companies with a fintech presence in Toronto include: Borrowell, Shopify, Quandi, Wealthsimple and Lendified. There are over 190 fintech firms in Toronto with 40 of them having opened since 2016.

Toronto’s rich economic diversity drives growth, innovation and strengthens Toronto’s position as a global centre for business. As Canada’s financial and business capital, Toronto is competitive in all major business sectors, and is committed to supporting all businesses.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 12 – 15, 2019 as “Fintech Week” in the City of Toronto.

Canadian National Exhibition Day

August 16, 2019

WHEREAS  the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) is one of North America’s largest annual fairs, offering 18 days of amusement park rides, shopping, food and live entertainment to showcase the best of Toronto and Ontario.

An annual family tradition that began 141 years ago, largely to promote agriculture and technology in Canada, the CNE has grown in scope reflecting diversity and innovation. The event provides tourists and residents an opportunity to enjoy Toronto during the summer and participate in fun activities that everyone can enjoy.

The event attracts tourists from all over the world and residents from neighbouring areas, with 1.5 million visitors to the fair annually. The CNE’s annual economic impact on the province of Ontario is about $128.3M and $93.1M on the Greater Toronto Area.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 16, 2019 as “Canadian National Exhibition Day” in the City of Toronto.

Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2019

WHEREAS Toronto joins communities worldwide in recognizing August 31st as Overdose Awareness Day, to honour loved ones and community members lost to drug poisoning and overdose.

The opioid poisoning crisis continues in Toronto and across our country. Progress in life expectancy in Canada has slowed down for the first time in four decades because an increasing number of young people are dying from overdoses, mostly related to opioid poisoning.

In Toronto, preliminary data shows that there were 294 opioid overdose deaths in 2018, more than double the number of deaths in 2015. Around 60 per cent of people who died were under the age of 45.  Toronto paramedics responded to 3,265 opioid overdose calls including 146 fatal suspected opioid overdoses in 2018. The number of people being treated in hospitals has been rising.

Local supervised consumption and overdose prevention services have treated nearly 2,000 overdoses since 2017.  Many more overdoses have been reversed, and lives have been saved at other services in and around our community.

The City of Toronto remains dedicated to addressing the opioid poisoning crisis through implementation of the Toronto Overdose Action Plan, and supports prevention, harm reduction and treatment services to save lives and improve the health and well-being of people who use drugs in our community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 31, 2019 as “Overdose Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

National Injury Prevention Day

July 5, 2019

WHEREAS preventable injuries are the number one killer of Canadians aged one to 44. Many of the deaths occur as a result of motor vehicle collisions and sports and recreational injuries.

Through greater awareness and understanding of predictable injuries, we can help prevent them from occurring and keep ourselves safe.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about preventing injuries and saving lives that can benefit 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 July 5, 2019 as “National Injury Prevention Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month

July 9 – August 3, 2019

WHEREAS the 52nd Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an expression of Caribbean culture and reflects our city’s multiculturalism and diversity.

This vibrant festival was created by Caribbean newcomers as a cultural gift for our country’s centennial celebration and as a representation of the contributions made by the diverse African Caribbean Black communities in Toronto. Over the years, this event has grown to become an important cultural symbol of our city and reflects the strength and resilience of Toronto’s Caribbean community.

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is the largest cultural festival in North America, attracting millions of visitors to the city each year for several weeks of events and celebrations. From the junior events, to the much anticipated grand parade, the carnival becomes a stage for exquisite visual and performing arts.

NOW THEREFORE, I Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 9 – August 3, 2019 as “Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month” in the City of Toronto.

Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day

July 11, 2019

WHEREAS today on the 24th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide, we remember the more than 8,000 Bosnian Muslims who lost their lives and the 30,000 who were expelled from their homes.

This anniversary raises awareness of the tragic suffering of the Bosnian people and honours those whose lives were tragically lost.

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

The City of Toronto will continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for all residents and work with others to make the world a safer and better place for everyone, 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 July 11, 2019 as “Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day in the City of Toronto.

Single-use Plastic Free Day

July 30, 2019

WHEREAS Single-use Plastic Free Day focuses on and raises awareness about reducing single-use plastics at work, home and school.

Single-use plastics contribute to litter in our streets and our communities and are causing significant impacts on our waterways and oceans. The environmental implications of single-use plastics is detrimental and hazardous to our environment and people around the world are encouraged to use reusable items instead of disposable ones.

Taking remedial steps to reduce, reuse and recycle will provide ecological benefits that will enhance waterways and oceans, benefit the health of individuals and communities and provide positive impact across our city and beyond its borders.

As part of its Long Term Waste Management Strategy, the City of Toronto is working towards a circular economy and zero waste future, which prioritize reduction and reuse. Waste reduction is also an important goal of the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 30, 2019 as “Single-use Plastic Free Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Black Music Month

June 2019

WHEREAS music is a powerful vehicle for cultural expression that expresses joys and sorrows, shares perspectives on social issues, and builds community while breaking down barriers. Nowhere are these hallmarks more clearly heard than in Black music.

Toronto’s rich history in Black music has helped shape our city’s culture, carrying history in the lyrics and heritage in the melodies. The Underground Railroad brought Black musicians to Toronto, where religious songs provided hope to those who had escaped the horrors of slavery. Immigrants from the Caribbean added to Toronto’s foundation of iconic Black artists, such as jazz pianist Connie Maynard, drummer Archie Alleyne, and guitarist Sonny Greenwich. These jazz roots paved the way for the growth of a rich array of sounds, including soul, calypso, reggae, and music from the African diaspora.

In our time, hip hop and R&B have come to define “the Toronto sound” around the world. A few decades ago, rappers and R&B artists like Michie Mee and Maestro Fresh-Wes created fresh music that incorporated immigrant and Black culture, setting the stage for artists like Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall and K-OS, who built on this tradition. Today, the songs and personal stories of global stars like Drake and the Weeknd are inextricably linked with our city’s identity, while newer artists like Tory Lanez, Jessie Reyez, and Jazz Cartier are adding to the legacy of black music in Toronto with new sounds that captivate audiences worldwide.

Toronto’s music scene is among the very best in the world. Black musicians have played a key role in shaping that scene, and continue to innovate and thrive in this diverse and talented city.

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

Brain Injury Awareness Month

June 2019

WHEREAS Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in Canadians under age 40. Each year, an estimated 18,000 people are permanently disabled as a result of a brain injury.

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

Those who live with brain injuries often experience a variety of physical, emotional and mental challenges that affect their quality of life.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2019 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Filipino Heritage Month

June 2019

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

Filipino-Canadians have contributed tremendously to the socio-economic fabric of Toronto.

Filipino Heritage Month coincides with Philippine Independence Day on June 12, a day that celebrates democracy, freedom and culture. It is a day to reflect on and learn more about the many outstanding contributions Filipino Canadians have made in our society and all over the world.

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

National Deafblind Awareness Month

June 2019

WHEREAS deafblindness is a unique disability that incorporates the loss of both sight and hearing.  Individuals who are deafblind can live full, meaningful lives as independently as possible with the right supports in place, such as intervenor services.

June is designated as National Deafblind Awareness Month to recognize and celebrate the contributions that individuals who are deafblind make in their communities with the support of intervenors who serve as a bridge to communicate with individuals who are deafblind.

The City of Toronto supports organizations committed to raising awareness about conditions 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 2019 as “National DeafBlind Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Pride Month

June 2019

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

Pride Month celebrates members of the LGBTQ2S+ community who continue to fight for equality. This month also presents an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to recognize and protect the rights of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

This year’s theme expresses Freedom in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in 1969, a key moment in the fight for equality for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community. We also remember the bathhouse raids in 1981 that brought together Toronto’s LGBTQ2S+ community and allies to demand that individuals live their lives freely.

The LGBTQ2S+ community has made valuable contributions to Toronto and contributes to our City’s motto “Diversity Our Strength”. The City of Toronto stands against discrimination in all forms and promotes the human rights and dignity of all persons.

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

Le Mois des Fiertés

Juin 2019

ATTENDU que le mois des fiertés de Toronto est la plus importante célébration des fiertés d’Amérique du Nord ainsi que l’un des festivals artistiques et cultures mettant en vedette la diversité, l’inclusion et la créativité les plus courus au pays.

Le mois des fiertés célèbre les membres de la communauté LGBTQ2S+ qui poursuivent la lutte pour l’égalité. En outre, ce mois nous donne l’occasion de réfléchir aux progrès réalisés à l’appui de la reconnaissance et de la protection des droits de la communauté LGBTQ2S+.

Le thème de cette année est la liberté et rend hommage au 50anniversaire des émeutes de Stonewall de 1969, un moment décisif dans le combat pour l’égalité des membres de la communauté LGBTQ2S+. Nous souhaitons également souligner les descentes dans des saunas de 1981 qui ont incité la communauté LGBTQ2S+ et ses alliés à s’unir et à revendiquer le droit des personnes à vivre librement.

La communauté LGBTQ2S+ a grandement contribué à la ville de Toronto et illustre bien la devise de notre ville « La diversité est notre force ». Le Ville de Toronto s’oppose à la discrimination sous toutes ses formes et promeut la dignité et les droits de toutes les personnes.

POUR CES MOTIFS, au nom du conseil municipal de Toronto, je, le maire John Tory, par la présente proclame que « Le Mois des Fiertés » se tiendra en Juin 2019 dans la ville de Toronto.

Portuguese Heritage Month

June 2019

WHEREAS Portuguese Heritage Month celebrates the Portuguese community’s significant contributions to Toronto’s collective success, social welfare, cultural achievements, growth and prosperity.

Portuguese Heritage Month recognizes the richness of the Portuguese culture and the importance of educating and reflecting upon this heritage for future generations.

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

Seniors Month

June 2019

WHEREAS Seniors Month celebrates the value contributions that seniors make to our city. We all benefit from the energy and life experience that seniors bring to our diverse communities and neighbourhoods. They are a valuable asset and a key part of what makes our city a great place.

For the first time in history, there are more Torontonians aged 65 or older than children who are 15 or younger. The number of people in Toronto aged 65 or over is expected to almost double by 2041.

In 2018, City Council adopted the Toronto Seniors Strategy Version 2.0 that focuses on the need for housing affordability for older tenants. It reaffirms the City’s commitment to ensuring seniors’ needs are met and that they are supported in living full and healthy lives.

The City of Toronto is committed to our shared values of respect, dignity, diversity, independence and equity for seniors in all of its policies, programs and services.

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

Intergenerational Day

June 1, 2019

WHEREAS Intergenerational Day celebrates the power of intentional and respectful connections between older adults and children or youth. Positive connections in our city are formed through friendships that span generations.

We are also mindful of the need to be respectful of our neighbours, no matter their age, to build age-friendly communities where different generations and age groups can learn from each other, bridge gaps and break down stereotypes.

The City of Toronto is invested in community building to help ensure that every resident 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 June 1, 2019 as “Intergenerational Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Health and Fitness Day

June 1, 2019

WHEREAS ensuring physical activity and engaging in a variety of activities improves functional abilities that have long-term benefits that impact overall health.

Increasing awareness of the benefits of physical activity will help motivate and inspire residents to increase their physical activities and achieve healthier lifestyles. People are encouraged to integrate physical activity through sports and other activities like dancing, swimming, biking, exploring bike trails and hiking.

The City of Toronto supports the health and well-being of its residents and offers a wide selection of programs and services in many facilities for all ages and abilities to enjoy and supports their desire to achieve active and healthy lifestyles.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 1, 2019 as “National Health and Fitness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Peace Tree Day

June 1, 2019

WHEREAS this day celebrates peace and diversity and serves to motivate and inspire young people to create a peaceful, inclusive, equitable and compassionate world where diversity is embraced and celebrated.

Children and youth are inspired to create new forms of artistic creativity through workshops, art, music, dance and cultural traditions that reflect and celebrate diversity. Schools, organizations and communities will create a vibrant Peace Tree that highlights the symbols of all our cultures and faiths to reflect the beauty of ‘diversity in unity.”

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

Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day

June 2, 2019

WHEREAS today people will walk and cycle on the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway to raise $6 million for the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

Funds at this event will support the Heart & Stroke’s mission of providing world class research, health promotion and advocacy for heart disease and stroke, while enhancing recovery from them and helping to save lives.

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 2, 2019 as “Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day” in the City of Toronto.

Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week

June 3 – 8, 2019

WHEREAS Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week raises awareness of a debilitating and often invisible medical condition that is caused by a spontaneous spinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak.

This week aims to raise awareness of the debilitating and often invisible medical condition that results from a CSF leak. A CSF leak is often under-diagnosed and is the cause of disabling daily headaches.

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 – 8, 2019 as “Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Remembers D-Day

June 6, 2019

WHEREAS today on the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, we honour the D-Day veterans and all Canadians who served overseas and at home during the Second World War.

The Battle of Normandy was the largest seaborne invasion in history. It began with the Allied Forces’ invasion of five of Normandy’s beaches to begin liberating Nazi-occupied Europe from German forces.

As part of the Allied Forces’ invasion, Canadian troops were assigned to invade Juno beach. On D-Day, 14,000 of our troops landed on Juno beach and achieved a number of objectives.  While they were valiant in combat, on this day, their military efforts were not without great sacrifice, resulting in the loss of 340 lives, 574 wounded soldiers and 47 soldiers taken as prisoners.

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, 2019 as “Toronto Remembers D-Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Partnership Walk Day

June 9, 2019

WHEREAS today Toronto residents along with Canadians in other cities, will participate in the annual World Partnership Walk to raise money for less fortunate communities around the world.

Funds raised at this event will support Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s development programs in Africa and Asia 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.

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 9th, 2019 as “World Partnership Walk Day” in the City of Toronto.

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day

June 11, 2019

WHEREAS school crossing guards monitor traffic around school zones and help students cross the road safely.

School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day is an opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to school crossing guards for making road safety a priority in the community and keeping our children safe on busy streets and roads.

As one of the safest cities in the world, the City of Toronto is committed to fostering community safety and well being 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 11, 2019 as School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day in the City of Toronto.

Massey Hall Day

June 14, 2019

WHEREAS 125 years ago today, Toronto’s iconic Massey Music Hall, officially opened its doors to the public with a five-concert festival.

Massey Hall was commissioned by Hart Massey as a memorial to his son Charles Albert Massey. He envisioned it to be Toronto’s leading cultural engagement center for all citizens to enjoy.

On this significant anniversary, Massey Hall is closed for a much needed revitalization. When it reopens in late 2020, the Hall will continue to host Toronto’s most cherished local events and the world’s leading performers while keeping Hart Massey’s vision alive.

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

Highland Creek Heritage Day

June 15, 2019

WHEREAS this year marks the 34th 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 15, 2019 as “Highland Creek Heritage Day” in the City of Toronto.

Prostate Cancer Day Do it for Dad

June 16, 2019

WHEREAS today people will take part in the family-friendly Do it For Dads Walk/Run at Ashbridges Bay Park in support of fathers and men living with prostate cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer among Canadian men.

Today presents us an opportunity to remember the lives that have been lost, honour those who have survived and think of anyone who is currently fighting prostate cancer.

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 16, 2019 as “Prostate Cancer Day Do it for Dad” in the City of Toronto.

Pollinator Week

June 16 – 22, 2019

WHEREAS Toronto is home to hundreds of pollinator species including over 360 species of bees and 112 species of butterflies. Toronto’s Official Bee is the native, metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon virescens) commonly found in gardens across the city.

Pollinators in Toronto and around the globe are under increasing stress due to habitat loss, climate change, pesticides and other factors.

Toronto’s Pollinator Protection Strategy focuses on creating a new environment using native plants, trees and shrubs, recognizing that habitat loss is one of the greatest threats facing pollinators.

Healthy pollinator populations contribute to urban biodiversity, support resilient ecosystems, and are a key component of a sustainable city.

Native bees are ecologically important, more threatened than non-native honey bees, and once lost, cannot be replaced.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 16 – 22, 2019 as “Pollinator Week” in the City of Toronto.

We the North Day

June 17, 2019

WHEREAS the Toronto Raptors captured the hearts of Toronto residents and had fans cheering as the team won the 2019 National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. This momentous win is the first league title in franchise history and the first time that the Larry O’Brien trophy will come north of the border to Canada.

Winning the NBA championship is the perfect ending to a historic season and is the result of the professionalism and hard work exhibited by the players, coaching and training staff, and the ownership of the Toronto Raptors.

This victory is also for the passionate Toronto Raptors fans, who are the best in the league and filled Jurassic Parks in Toronto and across the country. This championship is the culmination of years of patience, support, devotion and belief. Toronto has proven that it is a basketball city and that the game thrives in The North.

Today, on We The North Day, as we gather to celebrate the first NBA championship in Raptors’ history, I encourage everyone in our city to show our support, pride, love, and appreciation for this incredible team.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 17, 2019 as “We The North Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2019

WHEREAS a refugee is a person forced to flee their home country to escape persecution, war or violence. An estimated 68 million people around the world have been forcibly displaced from their homes.

The City of Toronto welcomes refugees and acknowledges and celebrates their contributions to our great city, and supports their settlement and integration in all aspects of our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.  The City’s Refugee Resettlement Program has helped successfully settle close to 7,000 Syrian refugees.

The City is committed to promoting municipal services to all Toronto residents regardless of immigration status and enhancing the quality of life for refugees and those at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2019 as “World Refugee Day” in the City of Toronto.

Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2019

WHEREAS the City of Toronto acknowledges the rich culture, heritage and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

By acknowledging the Indigenous Peoples as the original inhabitants of the land now known as Toronto along with their inherent rights, the City of Toronto recognizes that the fundamental strength of our community lies in our unique racial, ethno-cultural and Indigenous diversity.

In 2015, the City of Toronto endorsed the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and called upon the Federal and Provincial governments to adopt the Calls to Action. In 2018, the City of Toronto established its first Indigenous Affairs Office through a process of co-development with the urban Indigenous community of Toronto and local First Nations.

The City of Toronto acknowledges 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages, a United Nations Observance that alerts us to the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages worldwide and the links between language, development, peace and reconciliation.

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

 NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2019 as “Indigenous Peoples Day” in the City of Toronto.

Dora Day

June 25, 2019

WHEREAS Dora Mavor Moore was one of the founders of professional theatre in Canada. She was instrumental in the creation of theatre and theatre companies in Toronto including the University Extension Players and the Hart House Touring Players.

Her group called, the New Play Society, mounted the first Canadian play to run at the Royal Alexandra Theatre, To Tell the Truth by Morley Callaghan.

Toronto’s professional theatre awards named the Dora Mavor Moore Awards honour and recognize Dora’s outstanding achievements in theatre.

On Dora Day we acknowledge the contributions Dora Mavor Moore has made towards Toronto’s success and leadership role in arts and theatre.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 25, 2019 as “Dora Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 26, 2019

WHEREAS today is a day designated by the United Nations to remind the world that torture is a crime and should be strictly prohibited.

Canada and many other countries celebrate the resiliency and strength of the survivors of torture. We remember those who have died fighting for their right to say no to the tyranny and impunity of torturers, war criminals and those who have committed crimes against humanity.

All survivors have the right to rehabilitation and support provided by professionals in the field and members of the community at large.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts in 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, and those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 26, 2019 as “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture” in the City of Toronto.

 

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Asian Heritage Month

May 2019

WHEREAS Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the history of Canadians of Asian descent. The Asian community has immigrated to Canada over the last two centuries and they have made significant contributions to Toronto’s growth and prosperity. The City of Toronto acknowledges their valued contributions that have shaped Toronto culturally, socially, economically and politically.

Canadians of Asian descent have come from East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Southeastern Asia and they have brought a rich history of diverse ethnicities, languages and religions to Toronto.

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 and ethnicities are respected and accepted.

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

Building Safety Month

May 2019

WHEREAS we must focus on the importance of the Building Code and the role of building officials in creating safe, sustainable structures that communities can rely on of generations to come.

Building Safety Month is an opportunity to raise awareness around building safety and the important role that building officials play in our community. 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.

The City’s 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 2019 as “Building Safety Month” in the City of Toronto.

Jewish Heritage Month

May 2019

WHEREAS Jewish Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the Jewish community’s significant contributions to Toronto’s 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 2019 as “Jewish Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Museum Month

May 2019

WHEREAS all of Toronto’s museums help us to uncover our city’s rich history and culture through a variety of events that take place during the year.

They also bring learning to life for students through immersive, hands-on lessons where students can engage with various interactive experiences to learn more about arts, culture, science, history, technology and many other fields.

During the month of May, residents are encouraged to take part in events at the city’s museums, including youth-focused activities during Youth Day at the Scarborough Museum, Jane’s Walks from all City of Toronto museum locations, selfie tours in support of International Museum Day on May 18 and Doors Open Toronto on May 25 and 26.

The City of Toronto acknowledges its rich past and supports the preservation of the city’s history. The city’s heritage continues to remind us of how Toronto has evolved into a diverse community. Remembering our past helps to shape our future.

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

South Asian Heritage Month

May 2019

WHEREAS South Asian Heritage Month is a time to recognize and celebrate the contributions of South Asians to Canada’s growth and prosperity. It is also a time to commemorate their arrival from the Indian subcontinent to the Americas in 1838.

This month provides Toronto residents with opportunities to learn more about Canadians of South Asian descent.

Toronto is home to about 1 million Canadians of South Asian descent. The City of Toronto acknowledges the long and rich history of the South Asian community and the vibrancy they have brought Toronto through a rich cultural heritage of diverse ethnicities, languages and religious traditions.

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 and ethnicities are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as “South Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Maternal Mental Health Day

May 1, 2019

WHEREAS perinatal mood disorders that occur during pregnancy or up to one year after giving birth, are the most common complication in childbirth.

Women of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood disorders that affect as many as one in five new mothers and one in 10 partners/fathers.

If left untreated, perinatal depression and anxiety can have long-term negative consequences for both parents and children. However many parents down play or hide their symptoms and do not seek treatment because of the stigma surrounding maternal mental illness.

Raising awareness and eliminating the stigma around maternal mental health is the first step in supporting parents to get the help they need. Toronto Public Health offers perinatal mental health screening and support services to families across Toronto.

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 the Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2019 as “Maternal Mental Health Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2019

WHEREAS on World Press Freedom Day, we recognize the need for freedom of the press around the world and acknowledge the important role that the media plays in facilitating freedom of the press and freedom of expression. The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2019 is the role of media in elections and democracy.

Media has the power to influence societies and it strives to deliver the news with accuracy. Journalists know that their responsibility is to raise awareness and to 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 our media for their tireless efforts in asking tough questions, taking tough assignments, seeking the truth and 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, contribute to our cultural development and ensure that everyone has access to information and the news.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2019 as “World Press Freedom Day” in the City of Toronto.

Youth Week

May 4 – 7, 2019

WHEREAS the City of Toronto is home to about 2.8 million people, more than 623,00 of them 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.

Youth aged 13 – 29 are the fastest growing demographic in some parts of our city and they help to drive economic and employment growth in Toronto. The City’s Youth Engagement Strategy focuses on understanding the issues that matter most to youth, when and how to involve them in city building conversations and how to build youth understand and engagement in city building.

Youth Week promotes opportunities to help youth achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills, and participate meaningfully in their communities.

The City of Toronto is dedicated to providing recreation, employment, engagement, housing and health supports to assist young people to thrive socially, physically and emotionally.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1 – 7, 2019 as “Youth Week” in the City of Toronto.

Emergency Preparedness Week

May 5 – 11, 2019

WHEREAS Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that encourages people to be well-prepared and ready to cope with emergencies. Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Each of us can reduce the risks we face by understanding the risks, learning about how to prepare for them, and making plans for ourselves, our families and our communities.

The City of Toronto’s Office of Emergency Management carries out activities to build a safer, less vulnerable community that has the ability to cope with emergencies. Community members, organizations and businesses also have an important role to play. By taking steps to prepare, everyone can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that accompany emergencies.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 5 – 11, 2019 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Occupational Health and Safety Week

May 5 – 11, 2019

WHEREAS the theme of the 2019 National Occupational Health and Safety Week is People, Passion and Prevention. During this week, we recognize the need for workplaces to be healthy and safe in order to protect employees, their families and their communities.

By paying attention to potential safety hazards, employers, employees, partners, and the public play essential roles in preventing injury and illness in the workplace.

All employers are encouraged to recognize the importance of this week by actively promoting occupational health and safety.

The City 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 May 5 – 11, 2019 as “Occupational Health and Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

Mental Health Week

May 6 – 12, 2019

WHEREAS one in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction – the reality is, all Canadians have mental health, just as we all have physical health.

We all benefit from celebrating, promoting and acknowledging the role that good mental health plays in living a full and meaningful life.

Mental Health Week encourages people from all walks of life to learn more about mental health, to talk openly about it and to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues. The City of Toronto is committed to continuous improvement in the area of workplace mental health and well-being.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 6 – 12, 2019 as “Mental Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

Nursing Week

May 6 – 12, 2019

WHEREAS Nursing Week acknowledges the important work of registered nurses, nurse practitioners and registered practical nurses who make the world a healthier place by contributing to the health of patients in Ontario’s hospitals and shaping and advocating for healthy public policy.

Toronto has become a healthcare leader around the world and we must lead by example. It is important we pay our respects and acknowledge the contributions of the nurses in our city who work long and hard hours and are dedicated to health and well-being of their patients.

Nursing Week takes place during the week of Florence Nightingale’s birthday who is considered the pioneer of the nursing profession. Nightingale became an icon during the Crimean War where she served as a manager and trainer of nurses.

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 6 – 12, 2019 as “Nursing Week” in the City of Toronto.

Childhood Cancer Day

May 7, 2019

WHEREAS childhood cancer is the most common disease-related cause of death in children. To fight this disease it is important to invest in national, collaborative, lifesaving research, education, awareness and community programs.

There are currently 10,000 children in Canada who are living with cancer.
More than 95 per cent of childhood cancer survivors will have a chronic health problem and 80 per cent will have severe or life-threatening conditions. However, early detection and treatment can save lives.

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 7, 2019 as “Childhood Cancer Day” in the City of Toronto.

Second World War V-E Day

May 8, 2019

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

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

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, 2019 as “Second World War V-E Day” in the City of Toronto.

Human Trafficking Awareness Day

May 10, 2019

WHEREAS human trafficking is a serious crime that profoundly impacts the lives of many Torontonians, undermining their human rights, safety and dignity.

We recognize that human trafficking is on the rise and that young women, Indigenous people and other minority groups are more susceptible to being trafficked. The rise in human trafficking is a result of economic, social and gender inequalities.

The City of Toronto recognizes that our city is one of the principle destinations or transit points for victims of human trafficking and is committed to taking action. The City of Toronto recognizes it has a role to play in supporting survivors of human trafficking and contributing to efforts to prevent human trafficking, in collaboration with survivors of human trafficking, community partners and other levels of government.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2019 as “Human Trafficking Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Pediatric Brain Tumour Day

May 11, 2019

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

Some of the signs of pediatric brain tumours in children include excessive drinking and urination, early puberty, loss of development milestones in infants and increasing head circumference.

There is a high survival rate for children who have brain tumours. But many of them often face long-term side effects of the 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 11, 2019 as “Pediatric Brain Tumour Day” in the City of Toronto.

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

May 12, 2019

WHEREAS Fibromyalgia is one of the most common chronic pain conditions that affects an estimated 900,000 Canadians.

Fibromyalgia is a rheumatologic and neurological illness that is difficult to diagnose as well as a chronic pain condition that causes widespread muscular pain and fatigue. Women with a family history of fibromyalgia are more likely to be diagnosed with this disease.

While there is no known cure for Fibromyalgia, medication along with gentle exercise and lifestyle changes can help with pain management.

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

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

May 12, 2019

WHEREAS Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (ME/CFS) are chronic illnesses that have the potential to substantially limit function and impact the quality of life.

An estimated 568,000 individuals in Ontario have ME/CFS, a disease characterized by overwhelming fatigue, pain, headaches, cardiac symptoms, immune disorders, dizziness and balance problems.

Doctors must rely on a patient’s reoccurring symptoms to diagnose them with ME/CFS Syndrome as there is no test for it.

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, 2019 as “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Apraxia Awareness Day

May 14, 2019

WHEREAS Apraxia Awareness Day raises awareness about Apraxia, a motor speech disorder that makes it difficult for children to speak.

Children diagnosed with Apraxia have difficulty learning or carrying out the complex sequenced movements that are necessary for intelligible speech and early intervention is crucial in supporting the child and family.

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 14, 2019 as “Apraxia Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Lighthouse Day

May 14, 2019

WHEREAS Lighthouse is a fusion band known for combining jazz horns with classical strings and a rock rhythm section. It was formed in Toronto and has its roots firmly planted in our city. This year marks Lighthouse’s 50th anniversary of making music.

Lighthouse has a special connection to Toronto and to their hometown fans who have packed Nathan Phillips Square and other sold-out Toronto venues to see their favourite band play live.

The City of Toronto is very proud that Lighthouse has achieved such enormous musical success with platinum album status for its album Lighthouse Live! It was the first Canadian album to qualify for this status. The group has also won four Juno awards and produced four gold albums.

This milestone anniversary is a cause for celebration, a time to reflect on Lighthouse’s many accomplishments.

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, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 14, 2019 as “Lighthouse Day” in the City of Toronto.

Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games Week

May 14 – 17, 2019

WHEREAS Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games Week provides Special Olympic athletes the opportunity to find encouragement, friendship, support and inclusion through the power of sports.

The Games will showcase the incredible talent of athletes and provide a unique opportunity for them to compete while ensuring fair, safe and fun competition. We welcome the athletes, coaches, families and friends to our great city.

Sport and recreation programs promote the social and physical development of people of all ages and abilities, develop skills and talents in individuals, train future leaders and build social connections within neighbourhoods.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 14 – 17, 2019 as “Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of Living Together in Peace

May 16, 2019

WHEREAS today the UN General-Assembly is requesting the global community to promote world peace, equality inclusion, understanding and solidarity among its citizens.

Living together in peace is about accepting differences and recognizing, respecting and appreciating others.

In Toronto, we strive to live together harmoniously by respecting each other’s differences and appreciating the diversity that makes up the cultural mosaic of our city.

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 is becoming a model city where all religions, faiths, gender identities, sexual orientations  and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 16, 2019 as “International Day for Living Together in Peace” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Newcomer Day

May 16, 2019

WHEREAS each year on Toronto Newcomer Day, the City of Toronto welcomes newcomers, 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 16, 2019 as “Newcomer Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, 2019

WHEREAS the City of Toronto joins others around the world in declaring that people who identify as LGBTQ2 will be safe here and that they are valued citizens in our city.

The theme of the 2019 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is “Justice and Protection for All” which reflects Toronto’s commitment to keeping everyone in our city safe.

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.

The City of Toronto is a leader when it comes to addressing and ending 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 quality of life for those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2019 as the “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia”.

Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

May 18, 2019

WHEREAS, on May 18, 2019 we mark the 10th anniversary of the end of the war in Sri Lanka and remember the innocent lives that were lost.

Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day is an opportunity for us to honour and memorialize those impacted by the armed conflict in Sri Lanka. The civil war in Sri Lanka caused the persecution of innocent people, displaced many, and caused many to seek refuge elsewhere. We gather on this solemn day to remember, to commit to ensuring that such a tragedy is never repeated and continue to seek justice.

Of the 300,000 Tamils that now call Canada their home, many have come to Toronto to put down new roots. Tamils in Toronto have played an integral role in our success and continue to contribute to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of this great city.

The City of Toronto recognizes that atrocities were committed during the war and that there is a need for truth seeking and proper accountability for those who were responsible. Just as you stand with us in building a great city, we stand with you in remembering those we lost, and commit to supporting long term peace, accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 18, 2019 as “Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

Royal Week

May 19 – 25, 2019

WHEREAS Royal Week recognizes and celebrates Canada’s royal heritage and acknowledges the importance of the monarch within Canada’s history.

As Canada’s Head of State, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is the living embodiment of the Canadian Crown. As the world’s longest reigning female monarch, she continues to hold the respect and affection of Toronto residents and Canadians across the country.

The monarchy represents stability and it has evolved in response to the challenges facing successive Canadian generations. 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 19 – 25, 2019 as “Royal Week” in the City of Toronto.

Greater Toronto Day

May 23, 2019

WHEREAS today during Greater Toronto Day, Toronto residents are encouraged to perform good deeds for others and to take part in activities that highlight the compassion and kindness prevalent in our city.

Greater Toronto Day encourages people to participate in a social media campaign by posting their good deeds on social media. Submissions will be highlighted throughout the day online, on radio and in TV broadcasts.

It is important to recognize a day that revolves around being kind to each other and raising awareness around the need for more acts of kindness.

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 23, 2019 as “Greater Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto.

National AccessAbility Week

May 26 – June 1

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 time for Canadians to promote inclusion and accessibility, to celebrate our progress and to be inspired to further break down accessibility barriers.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination. 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 26 – June 1, 2019 as “National AccessAbility Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Paramedic Services Week

May 26 – June 1, 2019

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

Throughout the year, Toronto Paramedic Services’ employees, including paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, support and management staff help to provide world-class emergency medical care to those in need. Over 800 calls for 911 medical emergencies are handled by Toronto Paramedic Services each day.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 26 – June 1, 2019 as “Toronto Paramedic Services Week” in the City of Toronto.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

May 26 – June 1, 2019

WHEREAS the theme of this week, Empowering Resilience, seeks to give a voice to victims and survivors of crime and to promote a greater understanding of victim issues.

When a crime occurs, it doesn’t affect just one person, but it also impacts their family members and the entire community. Victims and survivors of crime and their families deserve support and compassion from their community. They need to know that they have a voice in our criminal justice system and that there are laws in place to help them.

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 26 – June 1, 2019 as “Victims and Survivors of Crime Week” in the City of Toronto.

Brain Cancer Awareness Day

May 27, 2019

WHEREAS today, people are encouraged to Turn May Grey and wear grey to help raise awareness about brain tumours.

Each person with brain cancer may have unique symptoms that lead to their diagnosis which is why it is important for us to raise awareness around the symptoms of brain cancer. Brain Cancer Awareness month provides us an opportunity to remember lives that have been lost, honour those who have survived and think of anyone who is currently fighting brain cancer.

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, 2019 as “Brain Cancer Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Bike Month

May 27 – June 30, 2019

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

For 30 years, the City of Toronto has worked with the cycling community to make cycling a practical transportation choice. 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, has built and will continue to build connected cycle tracks, bike lanes, shared roadway routes, and multi-use pathways across the city to enhance cycling opportunities in our communities.

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 their bike.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 27 – June 30, 2019 as “Bike Month” in Toronto.

Digital Literacy Week

May 27 – June 1, 2019

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

Literacy is an essential skill for individual empowerment, participation in society and improved livelihood. As the educational needs of society evolve, we must prepare for these changes so that all Torontonians can have the chance to succeed in a digital economy.

Digital Literacy Week showcases free digital and technology programs and services available across the city, libraries and in our schools, and online. It also celebrates Toronto’s innovative and digitally-inclusive organizations and the important work they do in helping Toronto residents stay connected.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 27 – June 1, 2019 as “Digital Literacy Week” in the City of Toronto.

Menstrual Hygiene Day

May 28, 2019

WHEREAS Menstrual Hygiene Day (MH) raises awareness of the challenges menstruators face due to menstruation and highlights the importance of menstrual hygiene and solutions to these challenges.

MH Day is a growing global movement that has garnered support at the local, regional, national and local levels. This support is helping to break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management plays in the lives of menstruators.

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 28, 2019 as “Menstrual Hygiene Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

 

 

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Be a Donor Month

April 2019

WHEREAS organ and tissue donation and transplant save and enhance thousands of lives each year

Today in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting for a life saving organ transplant, one of whom will die every three days. Many of these individuals live in Toronto. While 33 per cent of Ontarians have already registered their consent for organ and tissue donation, only 24 per cent of Toronto residents are registered organ donors.

An organ donation can save 8 lives and help to enhance 75 more lives with the tissue that comes from the organ donation.

To show your support for Be A Donor Month, please register online at www.beadonor.ca, and talk to your loved ones about organ and tissue donation today.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2019 as “Be A Donor Month” in the City of Toronto.

Dig Safe Month

April 2019

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.

In Ontario, over 4,500 excavations each year cause great damage to the underground infrastructure and can inconvenience the public.

Use the dig safe checklist that includes: call before you dig, wait for locates that identify ground markings for the position of utility lines before beginning any outdoor digging, respect the markings and dig with care. By following this checklist, we can help to keep everyone involved in construction, landscape and other projects safe.

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 2019 as “Dig Safe Month” in the City of Toronto.

Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month

April 2019

WHEREAS we observe April as 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 selfless 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 all residents and work with others to make the world a safer and better place for everyone, 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 2019 as “Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month in the City of Toronto.

Limb Loss Awareness Month

April 2019

WHEREAS an estimated 227,000 Canadians are affected by an amputation or have a limb difference.

Amputations are often performed due to complications from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and trauma.

Losing a limb can result in physical, spiritual and financial challenges that affect how people live their everyday lives. Amputees might also experience isolation that can lead to mental health issues.

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 2019 as “Limb Loss Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Poetry Month

April 2019

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

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

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 2019 as “National Poetry Month” in the City of Toronto.

Refugee Rights Awareness Month

April 2019

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

Refugee Rights Awareness Month is held in April to commemorate the April 4, 1985 Supreme Court ruling that acknowledges refuge claimants’ rights to have oral hearings. These rights were recognized 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 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 2019 as “Refugee Rights Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Family Caregiver Day

April 2, 2019

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.

Caregivers must balance their personal lives and careers with their care giving duties. Many of them experience physical and psychological illnesses and they often do not receive the care and compassion they require from their community and the health care system.

The City of Toronto recognizes the important roles that family caregivers play and the many contributions they make to our city and to society as a whole.  It acknowledges its responsibility in raising awareness of the incredibly vital social and economic contributions made by family caregivers and to ensure that the city continues to work with the community to provide support and assistance to caregivers.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2019 as “Family Caregiver Day” in the City of Toronto.

Saint John Paul II Day

April 2, 2019

WHEREAS each year on April 2, we remember and honour the memory of Saint John Paul II, the 264th Pope of the Catholic Church.

Karol Józef Wojtyla, Saint John Paul II, sought to bring his message of faith and peace to the world by travelling to 129 countries during the second longest papacy in modern history.

The Pope’s last visit to Toronto was in 2002 during World Youth Day, when Toronto residents welcomed the Pope and the youth of the world to our great city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2019 as “Saint John Paul II Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Autism Day

April 2, 2019

WHEREAS on April 2 we recognize World Autism Day, and raise awareness about people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

ASD affects more than 135,000 Ontarians.  It is now recognized as the most common neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 66 children, as well as their friends, family and community.

ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means it not only manifests itself differently in every individual in whom it appears, but its characteristics will change over the life of each individual as well.  A child with ASD will become an adult with ASD.

The United Nations’ 2019 World Autism Awareness Day observance “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation” highlights the need to provide access to affordable assistive technologies for those on the autism spectrum. This technology can help to eliminate barriers to their full participation in society.

The City of Toronto will continue to advocate on behalf of families in Toronto and raise awareness about those living with ASD.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2019 as “World Autism Day” in the City of Toronto.

Green Shirt Day

April 7, 2019

WHEREAS today is Green Shirt Day, a day to raise awareness of organ donation and encourage people to sign up as donors and honour the legacy of the late Humboldt Broncos defenceman Logan Boulet.

On April 7, 2018 Logan succumbed to injuries suffered in the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in Saskatchewan. His parents offered to donate his organs as Logan was a registered organ donor and this act saved six lives.

As news of this selfless act spread, more than 100,000 people registered to become organ donors in the weeks that followed – the largest number of Canadians registering to become organ donors in our country’s history due to one person.

We encourage all Torontonians to take a few minutes to sign up as a donor and to wear green today to remember the Humboldt bus tragedy, to honour the Logan Boulet Effect and to encourage others to register as donors.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 7, 2019 as “Green Shirt Day” in the City of Toronto.

Volunteer Week

April 7 – 13, 2019

WHEREAS during Volunteer Week we recognize the volunteers who enhance the lives of residents and make the City of Toronto a more livable city. We also celebrate the spirit of generosity and compassion that inspires us to care for others.

One of our city’s greatest strengths has always been our residents’ commitment to improving the lives of others.  Volunteers participate in a variety of activities including visiting seniors in a long-term care homes, organizing youth recreation programs, fostering pets for adoption, being guides at our museums and zoos and supporting hundreds of special events that take place in Toronto.

This week, we pay tribute to dedicated volunteers who share their time in order to connect and engage with others in service of their communities. Through the generosity of these volunteers, we are reminded that each one of us plays a large role in improving our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 7 – 13, 2019 as “Volunteer Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Raptors Day

April 13, 2019

WHEREAS the Toronto Raptors captured the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Atlantic Division title for the sixth time and qualified for the 2019 Playoffs.

The Toronto Raptors, led by all-star players, continue to be a powerhouse in the league’s Eastern Conference, earning 58 wins, 32 of which were accomplished on home court. The Raptors versatile line-up, featuring a mix of established stars and exciting young talent, has once again proven that “We the North” is a mantra to be heard across the NBA.

Today, on Toronto Raptors Day, I encourage everyone in our city to show our support and appreciation for this incredible team as they play their first home game of the playoffs. The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches, managers, staff, and fans 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 the North is all about.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 13, 2019 as “Toronto Raptors Day” in the City of Toronto. Let’s Go Raptors!

Record Store Day Canada

April 13, 2019

WHEREAS today we celebrate and acknowledge independent record stores and the positive impact they have in our city and across the country.

Record stores provide a spot for music lovers to meet new friends, learn about and pick up their favourite music and enjoy 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 record stores to the rich cultural fabric of our city, and is committed to making Toronto a place where music, arts and culture continue to thrive.

NOW THEREFORE, I John Tory, Mayor of the great City of Toronto, hereby proclaim April 13, 2019 as “Record Store Day Canada” in the City of Toronto.

Blue and White Day

April 15, 2019

WHEREAS the Toronto Maple Leafs finished with the National Hockey League’s (NHL) seventh best record and qualified for the NHL Playoffs for the third consecutive season.

The 2018-2019 Maple Leafs’ season featured a bevy of young talent that dominated the ice and broke many previous team records. Our Maple Leafs stormed out of the gates and have carried that momentum through to the onset of the playoffs, finishing the 2018-2019 regular season with 100 points or more for the fifth time in franchise history.

Today, on Blue and White Day, I encourage everyone in our city – and Leafs fans across the country and around the world – to wear blue and white to show our support and appreciation for our team. This show of support is incredibly important ahead of the Leafs’ first home game of the playoffs tonight. The City of Toronto would like to extend gratitude to the players, coaches, managers, staff, and fans for the great season so far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Maple Leafs and we look forward to packing Maple Leaf Square to passionately cheer “Go Leafs Go!” throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 15, 2019 as “Blue and White Day” in the City of Toronto. Go Leafs Go!

9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week

April 15 -19, 2019

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

When residents call 9-1-1 for help, their calls are answered by calm, caring and professional individuals, trained to assist.  Emergency telecommunicators and their actions can make a life and death difference for people in need of emergency assistance.

The City of Toronto would like to recognize the importance of 9-1-1 call takers’ and acknowledge their dedication and hard work. The work that is being done by 9-1-1 call takers’ is vital for the security of our city and ensures that people feel safe in their daily lives.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 15 – 19, 2019 as
“9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week” in the City of Toronto.

Earth Day

April 22, 2019

WHEREAS the theme for Earth Day 2019, Protect Our Species, raises awareness of the devastating impact that people have had on the world’s species including in some cases mass extinction.

Toronto residents play a large role in helping care for the environment, striving to live in harmony with nature and respecting the natural habitat of wildlife.

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

Blockchain Week

April 22 – 28, 2019

WHEREAS blockchain is a shared database that can track any transaction, ranging from currency and carbon credits, to government data and art, in an efficient and secure way.

Toronto is a global hub for the blockchain sector and it offers the opportunity to modernize how governments serve their citizens, while providing Torontonians new ways to connect and make transactions globally.

The public is invited to learn about blockchain technology at public events taking place during “Toronto Blockchain Week”.

Toronto’s rich economic diversity drives growth, innovation and strengthens Toronto’s position as a global centre for business. As Canada’s financial and business capital, Toronto is competitive in all major business sectors, and is committed to supporting all businesses.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 22 – 28, 2019 as “Blockchain Week” in the City of Toronto.

Human Values Day

April 24, 2019

WHEREAS the human values of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence lead to good citizenship and can improve a society’s quality of life when these values are put into practice.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

City Council is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for all 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, 2019 as “Human Values Day” in the City of Toronto.

Stop Food Waste Day

April 24, 2019

WHEREAS Stop Food Waste Day raises awareness of food waste in Toronto, where the average single-family household throws out 120 kilograms of edible food each year.

It is estimated that more than one-third of the food produced and distributed in our country never gets eaten. Food waste costs Canadians over $1,100 per year with over $31 billion worth of food getting thrown out annually.

Food waste also creates a significant amount of global greenhouse gas emissions. If the world could save just 25% of the food currently wasted, it would be enough to feed 870 million hungry people.

Sixty per cent of household food waste is avoidable. By practicing meal planning, proper food storage and using the food we have already purchased, together, we can make a difference.

Raising awareness about food loss and waste is a priority for the City of Toronto as identified in the Long Term Waste Management Strategy and TransformTO. The City has joined the fight against food waste in Canada by partnering with the National Zero Waste Council, government, and private sector partners across Canada on the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign.

A reduction of food waste in Canada also supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal # 12 of Responsible Consumption and Production. It sets a worldwide goal to reduce per capita food waste by half by the year 2030 as part of 17 Sustainable Development Goals to Transform Our World.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 24, 2019 as “Stop Food Waste Day” in the City of Toronto.

Day of Mourning

April 28, 2019

WHEREAS today we remember those who been killed, injured or become ill due to workplace related hazards and incidents.

Commemorating those who have been hurt or killed in the workplace also honours families, friends, co-workers and communities that are affected by workplace tragedies.

The need to remain vigilant in keeping workplaces healthy and safe is evident in statistics regarding workplace deaths. In 2017, the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada noted that 951 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada, an increase of 46 from the previous year. Young workers aged 15-24 made up half of these deaths.

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

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 standards 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, 2019 as a “Day of Mourning” in the City of Toronto.

Khalsa Day

April 28, 2019

WHEREAS Khalsa Day marks the anniversary of the founding of the Sikh Order of the Khalsa by Guru Gobind Singh in 1699.

We are very proud that since 1986, Toronto has been home to one of the largest Khalsa Day celebrations in Ontario.

Toronto’s Sikh community contributes greatly to the fabric of our society and play a vital role in making Toronto a better city. We recognize the contributions of the Sikh 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 28, 2019 as “Khalsa Day” in the City of Toronto.

Journey to Freedom Day

April 30, 2019

WHEREAS on this day we remember the many Vietnamese people who lost their lives and those who were forced to flee Vietnam to Canada due to the fall of Saigon.

The Canadian government with the help of local families, charities, religious groups and non-governmental organizations, was able to bring 60,000 Vietnamese refugees to Canada. This act of support from people all over Canada is a reflection of our values and our ability to help those when they need it the most.

The Vietnamese who now call Canada their home, have contributed greatly to the fabric of our society. We recognize 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, 2019 as “Journey to Freedom Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Nutrition Month

March 2019

WHEREAS healthy eating that unlocks the nutritional benefits of food has the potential to enhance lives, improve health, inspire children, fuel activities and bring people together to share meals.

People are encouraged to consult dietitians and other health care professionals 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 2019 as “Nutrition Month” in the City of Toronto.

Titans of Reggae Day

March 2, 2019

WHEREAS, The Titans of Reggae Day in Toronto acknowledges the contributions of Toronto’s Reggae music pioneers of Eglinton West, helping to establish Reggae Music Heritage in Toronto, the West Indies and worldwide.

Titans of Reggae Day celebrates the rich history of this genre of music and  honours the artists of Titans of Reggae for their contributions to music in Toronto and Canada that was generated in the Eglinton West community of Toronto.

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 March 2, 2019 as “Titans of Reggae Day” in the City of Toronto.

City of Toronto Day

March 6, 2019

WHEREAS on this day in 1834, the City of Toronto became incorporated as the former town of York. This year marks the 185th year of its incorporation.

Toronto has grown into Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.9 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities.

Our city has gained a reputation for being a world-class city where multiculturalism and diversity thrive. Toronto’s motto “Diversity Our Strength” is reflective of the way our residents choose to embrace their differences while living in harmony with each other.

We are so proud of our vibrant neighbourhoods, outstanding restaurants, unique culture, and famous sporting teams that make Toronto one of the world’s must-see destinations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 6, 2019, as “City of Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto.

Lymphedema Awareness Day

March 6, 2019

WHEREAS lymphedema is an accumulation of high-protein lymphatic fluid that causes swelling (edema) in the body, head and/or neck. An estimated one million Canadians live with or suffer from chronic edema. There is no cure for this debilitating 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 March 6, 2019 as “Lymphedema Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2019

WHEREAS International Women’s Day is observed around the world and provides an opportunity to recognize and reflect on the progress made to advance women’s equality, to celebrate the gains made by women in our society and to reflect on the challenges that women continue to face.

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.

On this day, we acknowledge the ongoing challenges women continue to face in the quest for gender equality including pay equity, representation in politics and business, and additional social, economic, and political barriers.

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, and eliminate barriers to full participation in society.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim March 8, 2019 as “International Women’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

Mauritius Cultural Day

March 12, 2019

WHEREAS Mauritius Cultural Day celebrates the rich culture and heritage of the Mauritian people and acknowledges their accomplishments and contributions to the city of Toronto.

This day signifies Mauritius’ Independence Day, a major milestone for the Mauritius community that was achieved 51 years ago.

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
March 12, 2019 as “Mauritius Cultural Day”in the City of Toronto.

La Semaine de la Francophonie de Toronto

Du 20 au 30 mars 2019

ATTENDU que nous célébrerons et valoriserons les communautés francophones de Toronto du 20 au 30 mars.

La communauté francophone de Toronto est constituée de Franco-Ontariens qui forment une communauté diversifiée et dynamique comptant près de 612 000 personnes dans toute la province. Cette importante communauté francophone participe à la vie sociale, économique et politique de la province tout en préservant son patrimoine linguistique et culturel. Il s’agit de la plus importante communauté francophone hors Québec du Canada.

La ville de Toronto reconnaît la précieuse contribution des communautés multiculturelles de Toronto qui renforcent notre société et illustrent la devise de notre ville « La diversité est notre force ». La diversité nous rend plus forts sur le plan social, politique, culturel et économique. En tant que l’une des villes les plus multiculturelles au monde, Toronto est devenue une ville modèle où l’on respecte et accepte toutes les cultures.

POUR CES MOTIFS, au nom du conseil municipal de Toronto, je, le maire John Tory, par la présente proclame que « La Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto » se tiendra du 20 au 30 mars 2019 dans la ville de Toronto.

La Semaine de la Francophonie de Toronto

March 20 – 30, 2019

WHEREAS during the week of March 20 – 30, we celebrate and promote francophone communities in Toronto.

The francophone community in Toronto is made up of Franco-Ontarians who are part of a diverse and vibrant community of close to 612,000 people across the province. The large Francophone community participates in the social, economic and political life of the province while maintaining their linguistic and cultural heritage. They are Canada’s largest francophone community outside of Quebec.

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 cultures are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 20 – 30, 2019 as “La Semaine de la Francophonie de Toronto” in the City of Toronto.

 

Down Syndrome Awareness Day

March 21, 2019

WHEREAS each year on March 21st, World Down Syndrome Day allows communities around the world to recognize and celebrate contributions from people with Down Syndrome.

There is no exact cause for Down syndrome, a genetic disorder resulting when a person is born with an extra copy of chromosome 21. This chromosome impairs physical and intellectual development and occurs universally across all racial and gender lines.

With an estimated 45,000 Canadians living with Down Syndrome, it is important for us to come together as a city to support those living with this genetic disorder.

Across the country and in our city a number of organizations work to support those with Down Syndrome so they can fully participate in the community.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about conditions 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 21, 2019 as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2019

WHEREAS in 1966, the United Nations declared March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day commemorates the 69 anti-apartheid protesters 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 2019 theme for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is “Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies.”

 The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred and intolerance.

The City of Toronto is committed to upholding fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for migrants, refugees, Indigenous peoples, people of African descent and other groups who are often targets of discrimination or violence fueled by populist, nationalist agendas.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2019 as “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” in the City of Toronto.

International Nowruz Day

March 21, 2019

WHEREAS on the first day of spring, people in Toronto and around the world will celebrate Nowruz to mark the start of the Persian New Year.

Nowruz is celebrated around the world as an affirmation of life in harmony with nature and recognizes the renewal and respectful attitude we as humans have towards natural sources of life. The auspicious season of spring reminds us all of the potential we share.

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 cultures are respected and accepted.

Together, during this important holiday we stand with the Iranian community who have widely contributed to the betterment of our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2019 as “International Nowruz Day” in the City of Toronto.

Agnes Macphail Day

March 24, 2019

WHEREAS today marks the 129th birthday of Agnes Macphail, the first woman elected to the Federal House of Commons. She was elected during the first election in which women had the right to vote. She served until 1940, representing Grey South East and then Grey Bruce.

In 1943, she was elected to the provincial parliament for the riding of York East, becoming one of the first two women elected to the Ontario Legislature. One of her major achievements occurred in 1951 when she championed legislations that mandated equal pay for equal work for women.

Agnes Macphail was a role model who was recognized for her commitment to 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 East York community continues to honour her valuable contributions in 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, 2019 as “Agnes Macphail Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Tuberculosis Day

March 24, 2019

WHEREAS on this day in 1882, Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. 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.

The general symptoms of active TB Disease include: new or worsening cough that lasts for more than 3 weeks or keeps getting worse, feelings of tiredness or weakness, unexplained weight loss, fever, chills, night sweats and other symptoms depending on where the TB germs are located in the body.

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

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

March 25, 2019

WHEREAS International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed around the world on March 25th to honour and remember those who suffered and died from the cruel slavery system.

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women, and children of African descent were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade – one of human history’s worst chapters.

The City of Toronto acknowledges that slavery until it was abolished in 1834, had occurred on these lands for over 200 years. During these two-centuries, people of African-descent were brought, sold and enslaved in Canada.

Marking this date provides us an opportunity to honour People of African Descent who suffered and died from the atrocities of this enslavement and to commit to confronting and ending the dangers of racism and prejudice.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2019 as “International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Business Improvement Area Week

March 25 – 29, 2019

WHEREAS Toronto Business Improvement Area (BIA) Week is an opportunity to acknowledge the work of the 83 BIAs located in the City of Toronto.

BIAs are associations of business people within a specified district, who join together, with official approval of the City to help stimulate local business. BIAs often help to stabilize and revitalize local communities through their joint efforts in promoting their main streets.

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 March 25 – 29, 2019 as “Toronto Business Improvement Area Week” in the City of Toronto.

Special Olympics Ontario Inaugural
Invitational Youth Games Day

March 25, 2019

WHEREAS today marks 50 days until the inaugural Special Olympics Ontario Invitational Youth Games that will take place in Toronto from May 14 – 17, 2019.

This date also marks the celebration of 50 years of Special Olympics in Ontario – an organization that has been vital in providing world-renowned athletes an opportunity to take part in community programs and competitions.

These Games will provide Special Olympic athletes the opportunity to find encouragement, friendship, support and inclusion through the power of sports.

Sport and recreation programs promote the social and physical development of people of all ages and abilities, develop skills and talents in individuals, train future leaders and build social connections within neighbourhoods.

We look forward to welcoming the athletes, coaches, families and friends to our great city and cheering on our home team in May!

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2019 as “Special Olympics Ontario Inaugural Invitational Youth Games Day” in the City of Toronto.

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness

March 26, 2019

WHEREAS today on Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness, everyone is encouraged to wear purple to raise awareness of epilepsy. Epilepsy can affect anyone, regardless of their gender, age or ethnicity.

We can break down stigmas associated with this neurological disorder by talking more about the illness, dispelling myths around the condition and informing those with seizures that they are not alone.

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 26, 2019 as “Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness” in the City of Toronto.

International Decade for People of African Descent

2015 to 2024

WHEREAS the United Nations officially proclaimed 2015 to 2024, as the International Decade for People of African Descent, under the theme “People of African Descent: recognition, justice and development”.

During the International Decade, we honour and recognize people of African descent or origin, who have strived to fully recognize equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination in Canada.

The City of Toronto joins the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario in acknowledging this International Decade for the purpose of promoting respect, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism seeks to remove barriers and to make systemic changes in order to eliminate anti-Black racism within the City.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate racism, while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.  The City is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for all those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim the City of Toronto’s recognition of the “International Decade for People of African Descent” in the City of Toronto.

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

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.

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

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.

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.

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.