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 26, 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.