The following is a listing of proclamations for the current term of Council, from January 2020 to December 2020.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Tamil Heritage Month

January 2020

WHEREAS Tamil Heritage Month celebrates the Tamil community’s valued contributions to Toronto’s success and growth. It is also provides an opportunity to learn about Tamil heritage and recognize the richness of the Tamil culture.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the Tamil community in Toronto has made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. 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 2020 as “Tamil Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Crime Stoppers Month

January 2020

WHEREAS Toronto Crime Stoppers partners with the community, law enforcement and the media and asks the public to anonymously provide information that can help solve crimes. People who provide significant tips that lead to arrests are eligible for cash rewards.

Toronto Crime Stoppers is now offering a new way to provide tips for cyber related crimes through SecureDrop, a process involving a secure browser and hidden SecureDrop page.

As one of the safest cities in the world, the City of Toronto is committed to fostering community safety and the well-being of its residents by investing in the prevention of crime through social development, community partnerships and programs, which are 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 2020 as “Toronto Crime Stoppers Month” in the City of Toronto.

Ken Shaw Day

January 6, 2020

WHEREAS we honour the broadcasting legend Ken Shaw who is retiring after a long and dedicated career at CTV News. Ken Shaw has been a staple in our city and in the broadcasting world – he has been there during so many memorable moments in our city’s history.

Over the years, Ken has been a welcomed guest in millions of homes throughout the GTA – sharing important stories that had an impact on our everyday lives. He has been a strong voice for Toronto and residents knew that they could turn to Ken for the headlines that mattered most.

On and off screen, Ken has been a model citizen who has given back to our city through his community advocacy and leadership.

This is a day to celebrate Ken’s contributions to our city and wish him well in his retirement from the anchor desk. We can’t wait to see him again from time to time on the air.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 6, 2020 as “Ken Shaw Day” in the City of Toronto.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 20, 2020

WHEREAS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is remembered for his passion and commitment to making a difference and his determination in ending racial segregation through nonviolence.

He achieved great victories for African Americans in his lifetime including making discrimination illegal in public facilities and employment and helping to remove legal barriers that made it difficult for African Americans to vote.

In 1964, at the age of 35, 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 20, 2020 as “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in the City of Toronto.

Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

January 29, 2020

WHEREAS today we remember the six lives that were lost and all those who were injured on January 29, 2017, when a gunman carried out an act of violence at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate racism 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, 2020 as “Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia” in the City of Toronto.