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

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2018

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

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

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

The City of Toronto is committed to accessibility and the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and works to identify, prevent and remove barriers to equitable access in society for persons with disabilities.

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

Roger Ashby Day

December 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

Human Rights Day

December 10, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Salvation Army Week

December 17 – 24, 2018

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

The Salvation Army’s 23rd annual Toy Mountain Campaign is also hoping to collect 150,000 toys for distribution to kids over the holiday season.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 17 – 24, 2018 as “Salvation Army Week” in the City of Toronto.

Kwanzaa Week

December 26 – January 1, 2019

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

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

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 26 – January 1, 2019 as “Kwanzaa Week” in the City of Toronto.

 

 

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Crime Stoppers Month

January 2019

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

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

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

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

Tamil Heritage Month

January 2019

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

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

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

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21, 2019

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

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

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 21, 2019 as “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in the City of Toronto.

Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

January 29, 2019

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

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

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

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for all those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination or violence.

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

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

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Black History Month

February 2019

WHEREAS in 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month, formally commemorating and celebrating the experiences, contributions and achievements of Canadians of African descent or origin whose human rights must be promoted and protected.

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

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

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

Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1 – 7, 2019

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

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

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the interfaith communities in Toronto make to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength. Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

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

International Development Week

February 3 – 9, 2019

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

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

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

Toque Tuesday

February 5, 2019

WHEREAS the Toque Tuesday campaign sells toques to raise funds for Raising the Roof’s homelessness prevention initiatives and for partner agencies that work directly with the homeless and help those in the community where the funds were initially raised.

The City of Toronto recognizes the significant contributions of charities and organizations dedicated to helping those in need in our community, and those who help to raise awareness of a cause.

It is through active community work, fundraising and caring that we build a caring city.

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

Bob Marley Day

February 6, 2019

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

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

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

Today, his music lives on and appeals to people of all cultures and guides them towards a world united – one people – one love.

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

International Clash Day

February 7, 2019

WHEREAS, The Clash has entertained Toronto and inspired generations of local musicians and music lovers.

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

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

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

NOW THEREFORE, I John Tory, Mayor of the great City of Toronto, hereby proclaim February 7, 2019 as “International Clash Day” in the City of Toronto, and remind our residents that “the future is unwritten.”

Safe City Day

February 14, 2019

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

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

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 14, 2019 as “Safe City Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2019

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

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

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

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

Freedom to Read Week

February 24 – March 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

Rare Disease Day

February 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

 

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

 

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.