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

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Emancipation Month

August 2020

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

By recognizing Emancipation Day on August 1 and Emancipation Month during August, we acknowledge an unforgiving period within our history and the importance of our ongoing commitment to eliminate discrimination in all its forms. The month of August marks many significant milestones in the struggles and successes faced by people of African descent on a journey that led to the abolition of slavery.

For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women, and children of African descent were the victims of the transatlantic slave trade – one of history’s darkest chapters. The enslavement of African people occurred on these lands until 1834.  We also recognize that there are legacies of slavery that continue to impact the lives of people of African descent around the world and in our own City, that we need to collectively address.

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

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
August 2020 as “Emancipation Month” in the City of Toronto.

Food Day Canada

August 1, 2020

WHEREAS Food Day Canada is a national celebration of Canada’s agriculture and agri-food sectors. Today, in Toronto and across Canada, we recognize all the hard work of our farmers, fishers, food producers, merchants, and researchers.

Canada is recognized as a global leader in food production, with some of the highest outputs of grain, pork, beef, and fresh produce. It is important that we recognize and thank everyone in the agriculture sector who, not only help keep Canada fed, but also the rest of the world.

Food Day Canada is also a time for Torontonians and all Canadians to share their food stories and celebrate food by cooking with Canadian ingredients. Whether you are a professional chef, a home cook, or a foodie I encourage everyone to share their favourite creations and showcase what we have to offer to the rest of the world.

Today, I encourage everyone to buy and cook local, highlighting the very best in food, which unites us from coast, to coast, to coast.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 1, 2020 as “Food Day Canada” in the City of Toronto.

Simcoe Day

August 3, 2020

WHEREAS each year the first Monday in August is designated as Simcoe Day in honour of John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of the province of Upper Canada. Toronto City Council established the civic holiday in his honour in 1869.

In 1793 John Graves Simcoe named York, now known as Toronto, the capital of Upper Canada and had Fort York constructed to protect the new settlement.

During his tenure he established common law, trial by jury, a systems of courts, land holding and county government. Most notably, during his service, the Act Against Slavery was passed on July 9, 1793 aimed at ending slavery. It was the first abolition initiative of its kind in the British Empire.

Simcoe Day, a Civic Holiday named in his honour, is an opportunity to reflect on the significant role John Graves Simcoe played in the development of the early City of Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 3, 2020 as “Simcoe Day” in the City of Toronto.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day

August 6, 2020

WHEREAS today marks the 75th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

This day reminds us of the horrific effects of the use of atomic bombs, the need to find non-violent solutions for world issues, and the call for the abolition and prohibition of nuclear weapons.

This year’s virtual ceremony ─ 75 Years: Canada, Nuclear Weapons and the UN BAN Treaty ─ commemorates the individuals who died from the immediate effects of the attacks and honours all those who have suffered as a result.

As part of this year’s commemoration, people are invited to participate in a global “Peace Wave,” that will encircle the globe in a symbolic, positive wave from August 6 to August 9. From their homes, people can take small steps towards peace by posting a message on social media, or joining in other actions in their communities.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 6, 2020 as “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Independent Retailer Month

July 2020

WHEREAS this month we acknowledge the independent retailers in our city who provide essential goods and services to our local communities.

I encourage all Toronto residents to support independent retailers this month and throughout the year. These businesses are vital to our main streets and neighbourhoods.

Many essential businesses have worked through the pandemic to keep serving customers while others have been closed and are only now reopening their doors. I know the vast majority of these retailers are committed to following public health advice and keeping their customers and employees safe.

Independent Retailer Month is a wonderful opportunity to thank our independent retailers for making valuable contributions to their communities and to our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 2020 as “Independent Retailer Month” in the City of Toronto.

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

July 2020

WHEREAS it is a common misconception that only old people are afflicted with arthritis. However, one in 1,000 children and teenagers in Canada are affected by juvenile arthritis.

The most common form of juvenile arthritis is called juvenile idiopathic arthritis and it is one of a category of rheumatic diseases that can cause pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints and bones. It is the most common type of arthritis in children under the age of 16.

The exact causes of the condition are unknown, but researchers believe a combination of genetic factors, environmental exposure and a child’s immune system can increase likelihood of being diagnosed.

Treatment includes medication to help with symptoms and a focus on preserving a child’s quality of life by making it possible for them to participate in play, sports, school, and social activities.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 2020 as “Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month

July 1 – August 1, 2020

WHEREAS Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month is the largest celebration of its kind in North America and is one of Canada’s foremost cultural festivals, celebrating and showcasing the richness, pride, diversity and artistry of Caribbean culture.

Established in 1967 as part of Canada’s 100th anniversary, this cultural expression was introduced by Caribbean immigrants and follows the rich tradition of carnival from Trinidad and Tobago and other Caribbean islands. A cultural legacy born out of the struggle, oppression and slavery that many people were facing, this festival is now recognized around the world. The festival creates a significant economic impact to our city and welcomes more than 1.3 million diverse festival goers every year.

Although this year’s Carnival is going virtual, it will stay true to its roots. We will still be able to experience the colours and sounds of Carnival and honour the amazing skills of artists and musicians who will showcase their talent and creativity.

Toronto’s Caribbean community is one of the most vibrant and diverse in our city and has continually contributed to our city’s success and prosperity. This month we celebrate their history, identity and culture, but also recognize that there is work still left to do to shape a better world that is free of racism and discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 2020 as “Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Injury Prevention Day

July 6, 2020

WHEREAS preventable injuries are the number one killer of Canadians aged one to 34. Many of these deaths occur as a result of motor vehicle collisions, sports-related or recreational injuries.

These predictable and preventable injuries have devastating effects on those who sustain the injury and their family, friends and the community.

With greater awareness and understanding, we can help prevent serious injuries from occurring at home, in the workplace and on the road and keep everyone safe.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about preventing injuries and saving lives that can benefit all Canadians.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 6, 2020 as “National Injury Prevention Day” in the City of Toronto.

Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day

July 11, 2020

WHEREAS today we mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide, we remember the Bosnian people who were impacted by this event, the lives lost and those who were displaced from their homes.

We pause on this solemn day to remember and to commit to ensuring that such a tragedy is never repeated. Today holds significance to people around the world and reminds us that we all have a role to play in making sure that no one should have to endure the atrocities of conflict. Many Bosnians now call Toronto home and play an integral role in our success and continue to contribute to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of this great city.

Each year in April the City recognizes Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month to re-commit ourselves to protecting human rights and dignity for all people and creating a more humane and just world for future generations.

It is important that we continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for all, and work together 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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 11, 2020 as “Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

Canada’s Parks Day

July 18, 2020

WHEREAS this day recognizes the important role that parks play in contributing to human health and well-being and maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems.

City parks are used for physical activity, learning and contribute to our health and well-being. They offer respite for residents and a place for children to play and explore. Participating in recreational activities and spending time being active is part of a healthy lifestyle.

Toronto is home to world-class greenspaces, gardens, parks and recreation facilities that provide spaces for residents to enjoy. I invite everyone to spend some time outside and enjoy the summer months safely.

While organized events normally planned for this day can’t happen this year, I encourage people to enjoy our parks. As we move into our recovery period, parks and amenities play a big part of our reopening plan. Toronto’s parks support a number of activities such as, walking, hiking, bird watching, picnicking, cycling, and biking.

Our greenspaces are also sources of respite and serenity. They help maintain our wildlife and biodiversity, providing natural habitats for Toronto’s rich ecosystems. Our parks and recreation facilities contribute to making Toronto one of the most livable cities in the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 18, 2020 as “Canada’s Parks Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Drowning Prevention Week

July 19 – 25, 2020

WHEREAS drowning is a preventable cause of death that takes the lives of 166 Ontarians each year. This week focuses on ways to prevent drowning, as even one is too many.

National Drowning Prevention Week reminds us of the need for supervision when around water, to not drink while participating in aquatic activities and to wear a lifejacket when boating.

Most drownings are preventable and can be prevented through education and a healthy respect for the potential dangers bodies of water can present.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about preventable deaths such as drownings and saving lives.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 19 – 25, 2020 as “National Drowning Prevention Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Black Music Month

June 2020

WHEREAS this month celebrates Black music and its influence on our city’s culture. Black musicians have played a key role in shaping that scene and continue to innovate and create in our diverse city.

A rich and varied African musical culture, derived from countries and cultures throughout Africa, has had an important influence in Canada and especially in large urban centres such as Toronto.

More recently, we have seen the creation of music from modern icons like K’naan, Maestro Fresh-Wes, Jully Black, Kardinal Offishall and Michie Mee.

Caribbean music has also emerged as a major influence with styles and musicians like jazz great Eddie Bullen, reggae icon Nana McLean, master drummer Muhtadi Thomas, Toronto’s oldest running steelpan band Afropan Steelband, drummer Archie Alleyne and living legends singers Jay Douglas and Liberty Silver who have all added to Toronto’s foundation of iconic Black artists and styles.

Today, the contributions of global stars like Drake, the Weeknd, Director X and voices like Haviah Mighty, Daniel Caesar, Mustafa The Poet and Grammy award winning production company Tone Mason, combined with the ongoing legacy and work of Denham Jolly, Fitzroy Gordon and the Toronto Chapter of the Black Music Association of Canada have paved the way for the growth of a rich array of sounds including soul, calypso, reggae and music from the African diaspora.

As we celebrate this month, we must continue our ongoing commitment to confronting anti-Black racism in all its forms. We acknowledge that anti-Black racism exists in our city and country and we pledge to break this cycle and do everything we can to address this systematic racism in our society.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as “Black Music Month” in the City of Toronto.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

June 2020

WHEREAS Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects over 50,000 Canadians every year and is the leading cause of death in Canadians under the age of 40.

Brain injury can happen to anyone and it impacts not only those who survive, it also touches the lives of family, friends, caregivers, support workers and the community.

Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include falls, infections, heart attacks, bicycle or motor vehicle collisions and drug abuse. Approximately 1.5 million Canadians live with the effects of a brain injury.

I want to commend our healthcare workers who continue to provide care and support to those impacted by brain injuries.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Filipino Heritage Month

June 2020

WHEREAS this month we acknowledge the long and rich history of the Filipino community in our city and across Canada during Filipino Heritage Month.

Filipino-Canadians have contributed tremendously to the socio-economic fabric of Toronto. Their culture and traditions are deeply rooted and reflected in our communities and add to the wonderful diversity of our city.

During Filipino Heritage Month we recognize Philippines Independence Day on June 12, a day that celebrates democracy, freedom and culture.

On this day and during this month, we can learn more about the many outstanding contributions Filipino Canadians have made around the world.

The City’s ongoing response to the pandemic and our work on the restart and recovery has been supported by members of the Filipino community. This is one more example of the importance of the community in our city and its commitment to helping Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as “Filipino Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Italian Heritage Month

June 2020

WHEREAS this month we acknowledge the long and proud history of the Italian community in our city, in the Province of Ontario and across Canada during Italian Heritage Month.

This month recognizes the richness of the Italian culture, the contributions of the Italian community to our city, and the importance of preserving this heritage for future generations. During Italian Heritage Month we celebrate June 2, Italy’s Republic Day.

On this date and throughout the entire month, we can learn about the outstanding contributions Italian Canadians have made to our city. Italian immigrants helped build Toronto and continue to make a positive impact in our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as “Italian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

National DeafBlind Awareness Month

June 2020

WHEREAS this month recognizes that deafblindness is a combination of sight and hearing impairment that affects how people communicate, access information and get around.

It also acknowledges that with the appropriate supports, those who live with deafblindness can lead informed and meaningful lives. The hard work of support workers, including intervenors who supply sensory information to those living with deafblindness, helps provide what is needed to access information to lead safe independent lives.

As we move to the recovery period from this pandemic, it is important to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of those people in our communities who live with deafblindness and renew our commitment to accessibility.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as “National DeafBlind Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Indigenous Month

June 2020

WHEREAS, the City of Toronto acknowledges the month of June as National Indigenous Month, a time to learn, reflect, and celebrate the diversity of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit across Tkaronto and all of Turtle Island.

Throughout the month, all Canadians can learn about the history of the First Peoples and further embrace the opportunity to learn more about their identities.

This month is also a time to celebrate the resilience of all Indigenous peoples, their vibrant and distinct cultures, and their beautiful languages. The City of Toronto encourages all residents to take time to educate themselves about Indigenous histories, strengths, and contributions.

Some ways include reading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action and the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report, building relationships with our Indigenous neighbours, and actively supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses.

National Indigenous Month reminds us to consider the unique needs of the Indigenous peoples in all of the work that we do. We must listen to their voices and stories and partner with them to help guide us in our work moving forward.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as “National Indigenous Month” in the City of Toronto.

Portuguese Heritage Month

June 2020

WHEREAS this month we acknowledge the long and proud history of the Portuguese community in our city and across Canada during Portuguese Heritage Month.

Portuguese Heritage Month recognizes the richness of the Portuguese culture and the importance of educating and reflecting upon this heritage so that it is preserved for future generations to come.

During Portuguese Heritage Month we celebrate the Portuguese Republic’s National Day on June 10. On this day and throughout this month, we can learn more about the many outstanding contributions Portuguese Canadians have made to our city and around the world.

I want to thank residents from the Portuguese community for their ongoing support of our city’s efforts to respond to this pandemic by continuing to follow guidelines on physical distancing, wearing a face covering when needed and by following the emergency measures.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as “Portuguese Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Pride Month

June 2020

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

This month presents an opportunity to reflect on the progress made to recognize and protect the rights of LGBTQ2S+ communities and the work that still needs to be done.

This year the festival is themed Virtual PRIDE Month as all events and programming will be offered virtually. While Pride has had to go virtual due to COVID-19, programming will help keep the LGBTQ2S+ and broader communities connected and engaged throughout the month.

We must work together to support the LGBTQ2S+ community and fight back against any form of discrimination, harassment and violence. People who identify as LGBTQ2S+ are valued residents of our city who should always feel safe and respected for the contributions they have made to the City of Toronto.

I encourage residents to show support to our LGBTQ2S+ community and the diverse, inclusive and creative culture that Toronto is known for by participating in the virtual events throughout Pride Month.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as “Pride Month” in the City of Toronto.

Mois de la Fierté

Juin 2020

Considérant que le mois de juin marque le mois de la Fierté à Toronto, la plus grande célébration de la Fierté en Amérique du Nord et l’un des principaux festivals artistiques et culturels du pays mettant en valeur la diversité, l’inclusion et la créativité.
Ce mois nous donne l’occasion de réfléchir aux progrès réalisés dans la reconnaissance et la protection des droits de la communauté LGBTQ2S+ et au travail qu’il reste à accomplir.

Cette année, le festival est placé sous le thème Mois de la Fierté virtuelle, puisque tous les événements et la programmation seront proposés virtuellement. Mais, même si la COVID-19 a rendu la Fierté de cette année virtuelle, il n’en demeure pas moins que la programmation permettra à la communauté LGBTQ2S+ et aux communautés en général de rester connectées et engagées, tout au long du mois.

Nous devons travailler ensemble pour soutenir la communauté LGBTQ2S+ et lutter contre toute forme de discrimination, de harcèlement et de violence. Les personnes qui se présentent comme LGBTQ2S+ sont des résidents appréciés de notre ville; elles devraient toujours se sentir en sécurité et respectées pour leurs contributions à la ville de Toronto.

J’encourage les résidents à manifester leur soutien à notre communauté LGBTQ2S+ et à la culture diversifiée, inclusive et créative qui fait la réputation de Toronto, en participant aux événements virtuels tout au long du mois de la Fierté.

À ce propos, je, soussigné John Tory, maire de Toronto, au nom du conseil municipal de Toronto, proclame par la présente le mois de juin 2020 «Mois de la Fierté» dans la ville de Toronto.

Seniors Month

June 2020

WHEREAS this month celebrates our seniors and recognizes the contributions they have made in communities across our city, the lives they have impacted across generations and the difference they continue to make each day. Seniors are a key part of what makes our city resilient.

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

As we move into the recovery phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that we continue to do everything we can to protect our seniors and make sure they are safe. I encourage residents to contact seniors in their life, to offer to help get them their groceries, medication or to simply call them to check in on them.

We know that many of our seniors faced challenging times in their lives and responded with strength, courage and unwavering determination. We will continue to rely on the wisdom and experience of our seniors in the face of past challenges to help us get our city through these difficult times.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2020 as “Seniors Month” in the City of Toronto.

Intergenerational Day

June 1, 2020

WHEREAS Intergenerational Day raises awareness around the significant role that positive connections between generations can make in someone’s
life and reminds us of the importance of all ages coming together to bridge gaps and break down negative and ageist stereotypes.

Respectful intergenerational relationships is one of the best ways for people to have an understanding of aging. Friendships between older and younger people help promote self-esteem and feelings of well-being that make communities stronger.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been clear that we all have a role to play in supporting and protecting our seniors.

Intergenerational relationships are key to ensuring that someone feels support during challenging times. I encourage people to continue to reach out to friends or loved ones across generations to show support during the pandemic.

The City supports healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with and investing in people, services, programs and facilities to strengthen social, economic and physical conditions that impact city-wide change.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 1,  2020 as “Intergenerational Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Environment Day

June 5, 2020

WHEREAS World Environment Day is a global day of action to raise awareness around the environmental issues impacting our world.

Since 1974, World Environment Day has been a call to action to protect our environment and do so by engaging with the government, businesses and citizens to focus efforts on pressing environmental issues.

The City of Toronto is committed to being a global leader in conservation and protection of the environment and has taken action with a number of initiatives to promote energy efficiency and clean mobility, continuing to grow and enhance green spaces, addressing climate change, supporting energy-efficient housing and reducing carbon emissions.

As we navigate the first phase of recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it offers us an opportunity to commit to continuing to build an environmentally responsible and sustainable world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 5, 2020 as “World Environment Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Remembers D-Day

June 6, 2020

WHEREAS today we honour the 76th anniversary of D-Day, the veterans who fought and all Canadians who served overseas and at home during the Second World War.

D-Day represents the start of the Allied Forces’ campaign to liberate Western Europe from Nazi occupation. As part of the Allied Forces’ invasion, Canadian troops were assigned to invade Juno beach.

On D-Day, 14,000 Canadian troops landed on Juno Beach and into the line of fire, as they sought to protect the eight kilometre stretch of the Normandy coastline. The Queen’s Own Rifles from Toronto had the highest casualties among the Canadian regiments, with 143 killed, wounded or captured.

We remember the contributions of the greatest combined military force in history, consisting of Canadian and allied forces.

We honour the legacy of D-Day by commemorating the sacrifice of those who brought peace and freedom to Europe and the world, as well as the courage and resilience of those who survived and those who contributed on the home front.

This year, more than ever, we are inspired by and honour the members of that generation who are still among us. We salute them and their bravery. We look to their example as we are asked to make sacrifices for the common good as we fight a global pandemic together.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all Canadian veterans who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We shall continue to honour those who have served and those who continue to serve, as we remain vigilant in our quest for peace around the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 6, 2020 as “Toronto Remembers D-Day” in the City of Toronto.

Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week

June 6 – June 13, 2020

WHEREAS Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week raises awareness of a debilitating condition that is caused by a spontaneous spinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak due to a tear or a hole in the tissue that surrounds the spinal cord.

The loss of volume of CSF around the brain and spinal cord can result in a range of symptoms that can be mild to very disabling. The most common is severe positional headaches. A spinal CSF leak can be difficult to diagnose and may often go undetected as it is an invisible medical condition.

I want to commend our healthcare workers who continue to provide care and support to those who are living with this condition.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 6 – June 13, 2020 as “Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Canadian Armed Forces Day

June 7, 2020

WHEREAS every day our Canadian Armed Forces dedicate their lives to keeping our country and its citizens safe. Whether Canadians here or abroad require assistance or protection, our Armed Forces can be counted on to valiantly serve their country with great pride, compassion and dedication.

Now more than ever, we are grateful for our Canadian Armed Forces who are on the frontlines providing support to Canadians as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic. They are providing medical care and general support to private long-term care homes who need help during the pandemic.

We salute these dedicated individuals today and always, and thank them for their sacrifices in bravely serving our country with pride and professionalism. We recognize and honour the military service that the members of the Canadian Armed Forces provide to our country.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 7, 2020 as “Canadian Armed Forces Day” in the City of Toronto.

Community Worker Recognition Week

June 8 – 12, 2020

WHEREAS community workers are on the frontlines responding to the needs of vulnerable residents during these challenging and difficult times.

Community workers like homeless shelter workers, youth outreach workers and community outreach coordinators assist in providing critical services to residents of Toronto, including housing and shelter, food, employment and income, health and mental health, settlement, and support to youth and seniors.

Through the pandemic, community workers have adapted to serving clients remotely all while following public health guidelines.

I want to thank all of the community workers who are providing essential services to vulnerable Torontonians throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Your hard work and dedication every day ensures that those who need services are able to receive them. Your compassion, commitment, resilience and expertise are critical to our ongoing efforts in responding to this crisis and recovery.

Community Worker Recognition week is an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the contributions of those who work tirelessly to support the most vulnerable members of our community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 8 -12, 2020 as “Community Worker Recognition Week” in the City of Toronto.

Massey Hall Day

June 14, 2020

WHEREAS 126 years ago today, Toronto’s iconic Massey Music Hall, officially opened its doors to the public with a five-concert festival.

Massey Hall was commissioned by Hart Massey as a memorial to his son Charles Albert Massey and as a cultural engagement center for all citizens to enjoy.

Currently, Massey Hall is undergoing renovations and is scheduled to reopen in the near future. Although we won’t be able to gather at our city’s great entertainment venues until the pandemic has passed, Massey Hall will soon be hosting some of our city’s home grown talent and the world’s leading performers, keeping Hart Massey’s vision alive.

Toronto is the largest centre of music in Canada and one of the most varied and vibrant music cities in the world. Music is a significant industry and a major cultural asset. The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of many organizations like Massey Hall, individuals and groups to the rich cultural fabric of our city, and is committed to making Toronto a place where arts and culture continue to thrive.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2020 as “Massey Hall Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Blood Donor Day

June 14, 2020

WHEREAS this day marks World Blood Donor Day and raises awareness of the importance of becoming a blood donor, as every donation has the power to save lives.

This year on World Blood Donor Day we are reminded that Safe Blood saves Lives. Blood donors who give this life-changing gift help ensure that we have an adequate supply of whole blood, plasma, platelets and bone marrow available when people need it.

As we move into the recovery period of this pandemic, it important to raise awareness around the supply of blood and continue to encourage Toronto residents to give blood and help replenish the blood supply at a time when fewer people are donating due to COVID-19.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 14, 2020 as “World Blood Donor Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2020

WHEREAS World Elder Abuse Awareness Day reminds us that older adults deserve respect and should be treated with dignity. Together, we must acknowledge the importance of recognizing that elder abuse is both a public health and human rights issue.

Statistics show that between two and 10 per cent of older adults in the province have experienced elder abuse. Elder abuse is a growing problem that occurs in communities across the country. It can take the form of physical or psychological abuse, financial manipulation, ageism, or neglect and often goes unreported due to the stigma attached to it.

It is important to take action to create social change in our communities by raising awareness of the issue through education of neighbours, friends, family members and others in the community.

It will help improve quality of life and allow older adults to continue to contribute to the life and vibrancy of the city. We must all work together to end the abuse. It is through active community work and caring that we build a thoughtful and considerate city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 15, 2020 as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Sickle Cell Day

June 19, 2020

WHEREAS this day raises awareness about Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), a group of life-threatening inherited disorders that affect normal function of red blood cells and blood flow, depriving organs of blood and oxygen.

Approximately 250 million people worldwide carry the gene responsible for SCD and each year about 300,000 infants around the world are affected by this genetic disease.

Treatments include certain medications and blood transfusions. Currently, the only treatment that may offer a potential cure is a stem cell transplant. People with SCD can lead full and active lives. Making healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices are ways to manage the disease.

I want to commend our healthcare workers who continue to provide care and support to those who are living with the disease.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illness.

Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2020 as “World Sickle Cell Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2020

WHEREAS today we recognize the hardships and struggles faced by refugees who are forced to flee their home country to escape persecution, war or violence and we thank them for the many contributions they have made to our city.

The City of Toronto recognizes the need to support refugees as they settle and integrate in our city. Through the Newcomer Office, the City has been able to provide vital programs and support to help with their transition.

Through the City’s Refugee Resettlement Program Toronto has welcomed thousands of refugees, helping them with making our city their new home. Their valued contributions enhance our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.

Canada has a long history of welcoming refugees and continues to help newcomers establish their lives here. It is their hard work and dreams of a better life that have helped shaped our city and country into diverse, strong and compassionate communities.

As we move to the recovery period from this pandemic we must work together to ensure everyone’s safety and security and we will continue to do everything possible to make people feel welcome.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 20, 2020 as “World Refugee Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2020

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

The City of Toronto recognizes the inherent rights of Indigenous Peoples as the original inhabitants of the land now known as Toronto. Through this acknowledgement, the City of Toronto underlines that the fundamental strength of our community lies in our unique racial, ethno-cultural and Indigenous diversity.

In 2015, the City of Toronto endorsed the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and called upon the Federal and Provincial governments to adopt the Calls to Action.

In 2018, the City of Toronto established its first Indigenous Affairs Office dedicated to supporting City divisions in their work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and all urban Indigenous communities. The Office strives to strengthen the City’s relationship with Indigenous communities and advance reconciliation.

I want to thank the Indigenous leaders and community members I have recently spoken with about the significant impacts the pandemic has had on their lives and communities. I am committed to working with all Indigenous peoples in a meaningful way to help address their needs related to this pandemic.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 21, 2020 as “Indigenous Peoples Day” in the City of Toronto.

Pollinator Week

June 22 – 28, 2020

WHEREAS pollinators come in many diverse forms that include bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps, bats, and birds.

Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees and in excess of 100 species of butterflies.

Toronto’s official bee is the native, metallic green sweat bee – Agapostemon virescens – commonly found in gardens across the city.

Pollinators play an integral role in contributing to urban biodiversity – the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat all rely on biodiversity. They help support healthy ecosystems and are a key component of a sustainable city.

Pollinators in Toronto and around the globe are under increasing pressure due to habitat loss, climate change, invasive species, pesticides, and other factors and it is important that we take steps to protect them.

Toronto’s Pollinator Protection Strategy focuses on creating and enhancing habitat, designing green spaces, education and training, investment into pollinator protection, as well as celebrating our achievements.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 22 – 28, 2020 as “Pollinator Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 23, 2020

WHEREAS on this day in 1985, 329 innocent people including 280 Canadians were tragically killed in the bombing of Air India Flight 182. This year marks the 35th anniversary of that tragedy, the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history.

Today as we mark the 15th National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, we remember the victims of Flight 182 and all victims of terrorism, including family and friends who have tragically lost loved ones due to terrorist acts. We pause to remember Canadians who have tragically lost their lives due to terrorist acts.

The City of Toronto strongly condemns all acts of terrorism as we work hard to continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for all residents.

The City is committed to working 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. 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
June 23, 2020 as “National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism” in the City of Toronto.

Grad Day

June 24, 2020

WHEREAS on Grad Day the City of Toronto proudly congratulates the graduating classes of 2020.

Many schools have held virtual graduation ceremonies and grads and their families are also celebrating from home as students from elementary and high school, college and university mark these major milestone achievements.

Congratulations to all graduates across the City of Toronto! Your dedicated efforts in class and the hard work you put into all of your assignments have helped you reach this incredible achievement.

We thank your teachers, parents, family, and friends who have been supportive of you each step of the way.

Although formal graduation ceremonies aren’t taking place due to the pandemic, it is still important to find ways to mark these important moments in the lives of so many young people. We wish you great success and happiness as you graduate and move into the next stage of your life.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
June 24, 2020 as “Grad Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 26, 2020

WHEREAS today is a day set aside by the United Nations to raise awareness of people around the world who are tortured. Torture is a crime under international law.  It is an attempt to break someone’s will and take away their rights.

The UN calls on all countries and stakeholders to be united in condemning torture and supporting survivors of torture. All survivors have the right to rehabilitation and support provided by professionals in the field and members of the community at large.

We acknowledge the resiliency and strength of the survivors of torture and those who continue to be tortured.

We also honour and remember those who have died fighting for their right to say no to their torturers.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 26, 2020 as “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture” in the City of Toronto.

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 27, 2020

WHEREAS every year on June 27, all Canadians are invited to celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

Today and every day we recognize, respect and celebrate all the ways that multiculturalism contributes to our communities and our city through rich traditions, culture, art, food, music and dance. As a city of neighbourhoods, Toronto can best be described as home to the world.

The Toronto Region is home to people representing more than 250 ethnicities, speaking 170 languages and roughly half the population was not born in Canada. Toronto is considered to be the most diverse city in the world. Multiculturalism is woven into our way of life and is considered to be one of the many reasons our city is thriving.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions of these communities that exemplify our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength. Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. Toronto is a place where all cultures and ethnicities are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2020 as “Canadian Multiculturalism Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

V-E Day

May 8, 2020

WHEREAS on May 8, 1945, the Allies of the Second World War formally accepted Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender of its armed forces, marking the end of World War II in Europe. This year marks 75 years since this historic milestone of Victory in Europe (V-E Day).

Canada made a massive and valiant military contribution that tragically resulted in the ultimate sacrifice for many Canadians whose lives were lost at sea, on land and in the air. Of the one million Canadians who served, 47,000 perished in the war including more than 3,400 Toronto residents.

By its end, Canada was a significant military power and had assumed new responsibilities as a leading member of a new global community.

The war also claimed the lives of more than 80 million people from nearly every country. Many who served or who became refugees – as a result of the war – settled in Toronto to build on and enjoy the peace and freedom we have come to cherish.

We honour the legacy of V-E Day by commemorating the sacrifice of those who brought peace and freedom to Europe and the world, as well as the courage and tenacity of those who survived and those who contributed on the home front. The triumph we remember on V-E Day was the result of a collective effort that overcame great odds.
This year, more than ever, we are inspired by and honour the members of that generation who are still among us. We salute their resilience. We look to their example as we are now asked to make sacrifices for the common good as we fight a global pandemic together.

The City of Toronto honours and acknowledges the bravery and courage of all Canadian veterans who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 8, 2020 as “V-E Day” in the City of Toronto.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Easter Seals Month

March 2020

WHEREAS Easter Seals provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities, to help them lead fuller lives and help kids be kids, including fully accessible summer camps.

It also provides families with funding for essential mobility and accessibility equipment so kids can enjoy greater independence and dignity. This year marks Easter Seals’ 98th anniversary.

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 March 2020 as “Easter Seals Month” in the City of Toronto.

Fraud Prevention Month

March 2020

WHEREAS the City of Toronto is committed to integrity and accountability in its business operations, in service delivery to the public and within the Toronto Public Service.

The City’s Fraud and Waste Hotline, operated by the Auditor General’s Office, is an independent resource that encourages employees and the public to help protect City resources by reporting concerns about fraud and waste.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 2020 as “Fraud Prevention Month” in the City of Toronto.

Nutrition Month

March 2020

 WHEREAS all residents are encouraged to eat well through healthy eating, eating mindfully and choosing to cook food more often and through communal eating such as eating with family members.

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 2020 as “Nutrition Month” in the City of Toronto.

Black Mental Health Day

March 2, 2020

WHEREAS, anti-Black racism has detrimental impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of all Torontonians. Black Mental Health Day has been developed in partnership as part of the City’s Toronto For All public education initiative.

Black Mental Health Day presents an opportunity for all Torontonians to reflect on the systemic nature of anti-Black racism and continue our efforts to combat it.

The legacy of anti-Black racism lies in the current social, economic, and political marginalization of Torontonians of African descent.

It is experienced as a lack of opportunity, gaps in accessing culturally appropriate services, poor physical health and mental health outcomes, poor education outcomes, higher rates of precarious employment and unemployment. Significant poverty, and overrepresentation in the criminal justice, mental health, and child welfare systems can also lead to systemic discrimination. Experiencing systemic discrimination and micro aggressions are social stressors that increase the risk of negative physical and mental health.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about mental health and the need to confront anti-Black racism. The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate anti-Black racism and all forms of discrimination, while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 2, 2020 as “Black Mental Health Day” in the City of Toronto.

City of Toronto Day

March 6, 2020

WHEREAS on this day in 1834, the City of Toronto became incorporated as the former town of York.

Toronto has grown into Canada’s largest city, and home to a diverse population of more than 2.9 million people. It is a global leader in technology, finance, film, music, culture and innovation that is dedicated to being a model of sustainable development.

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 reputation for being a friendly, diverse, culturally rich city filled with 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, 2020 as “City of Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto.

Lymphedema Awareness Day

March 6, 2020

WHEREAS lymphedema is an accumulation of lymph fluid that causes chronic swelling in a body part. It could be the result of cancer treatment, surgery, trauma, or a genetic deficiency that affects the lymph nodes.

It is estimated that 380,000 Ontarians currently have lymphedema, a condition that can be managed with medical intervention and self-care.

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, 2020 as “Lymphedema Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2020

WHEREAS International Women’s Day serves as an opportunity to celebrate the gains made by women in our society and to reflect on the progress that has been made. It is also a day to acknowledge the ongoing challenges and barriers women continue to experience, and reflect on the steps needed for advancing women’s equality in our city and around the globe.

The theme for International Women’s Day in 2020, ‘Each for Equal’, emphasizes that gender equality is not just a women’s issue, but a global issue. All people can contribute towards gender equality by actively choosing to challenge stereotypes, fighting biases, broadening perceptions, improving situations and celebrating women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world.

On this day, we remember the ongoing struggle for gender equality in compensation, representation in business and politics, education, and health, while also celebrating improvements and progress. It is also a celebration of the women, who, through their acts of courage and determination, have played extraordinary roles in creating positive change in their communities.

The City of Toronto recognizes there is still work that needs to be done to achieve gender equity and gender equality. Through legislation, policies, programs and services, it 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, 2020 as “International Women’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

Mauritius Cultural Day

March 12, 2020

WHEREAS on this day in 1968 Mauritius achieved its independence from the United Kingdom. Mauritius located in the southeast coast of Africa, forms part of the Mascarene Islands and is known for its vibrant native plant and animal species.

Today we celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the Mauritian people and acknowledge their valued contributions to the City of Toronto.

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, 2020 as “Mauritius Cultural Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Francophonie Week

March 20 – 27, 2020

WHEREAS this year marks the 20th year of Toronto Francophonie Week, a week dedicated to celebrating Francophonie culture and diversity.

The francophone community in Toronto is a diverse and vibrant community made up of close to 612,000 Franco-Ontarians 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 – 27, 2020 as “Toronto Francophonie Week” in the City of Toronto.

La Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto

du 20 au 27 mars 2020

ATTENDU que cette année marque le 20e anniversaire de la Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto, une semaine consacrée à la célébration de la diversité et de la culture de la francophonie.

De nombreux francophones d’Ontario sont établis à Toronto, et ont à leur tour créé une communauté diversifiée et dynamique au sein de notre ville. 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, proclame par la présente que « la Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto » se tiendra du 20 au 27 mars 2020 dans la ville de Toronto.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2020

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 1960 in Sharpeville, South Africa, during a peaceful protest against the “pass laws”, a system that segregated the Black population. It encourages people to fulfill and remember their obligation and determination to combat racial discrimination.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related prejudice, 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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2020 as “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” in the City of Toronto.

International Nowruz Day

March 21, 2020

WHEREAS people in Toronto and around the world celebrate Nowruz to mark the start of the Persian New Year.

Nowruz is celebrated around the world as a time of renewal and harmony with nature just as the first day of spring begins. During this important holiday we stand with the diverse communities who celebrate this day and acknowledge their valued contributions that have led to the betterment of our city.

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 and their customs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2020 as “International Nowruz Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2020

WHEREAS World Down Syndrome Day is recognized each year on the 21st day of the 3rd month to raise awareness of the 21st chromosome that causes the Down syndrome gene to triplicate during cell division. This year’s theme, “We Decide,” emphasizes the need for all people with this syndrome to have full participation in decisions affecting their lives.

Each year, approximately 1 in 800 Canadian babies will be born with Down Syndrome. There is no exact cause for the genetic disorder which occurs when a person is born with an extra copy of chromosome 21.

The impact of this chromosome, which can impair physical and intellectual development, differs from person to person. It occurs universally across all racial and gender lines.

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, 2020 as “World Down Syndrome Day” in the City of Toronto.

Agnes Macphail Day

March 24, 2020

WHEREAS today marks the 130th birthday of the first woman elected to the Federal House of Commons, Agnes Macphail.

Elected in 1921 to the House of Commons, she represented the ridings of Grey South East and then Grey Bruce until 1940.

In 1943, Ms. Macphail was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the Toronto riding of York East. She was responsible for creating Ontario’s first equal-pay legislation.

Agnes Macphail was a role model who wished to see more women in politics. She was recognized for her committed advocacy of women’s rights, fairness to seniors, prison reform, peace and disarmament, housing, health care and education. She was also interested in the needs of her rural constituents, paying particular attention to agriculture.

In 1994, the former Borough of East York began to recognize her contributions in furthering the role of women in Canadian politics and in society, as well as her local and global achievements. To this day, this recognition has continued through the annual Agnes Macphail Award, organized by the East York community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2020 as “Agnes Macphail Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Tuberculosis Day

March 24, 2020

WHEREAS tuberculosis, commonly referred to as TB, is a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs. It is the leading cause of infectious disease death.

Tuberculosis is considered an airborne pathogen that can spread from person to person through the air. It is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide, where over 10 million individuals get sick with tuberculosis and an estimated 1.5 million die from the disease every year.

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, 2020 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, 2020

WHEREAS International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed around the world on March 25 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 victimized in the tragic horrors of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and Slavery – a crime against humanity that marks one of the most catastrophic chapters in human history.

The City of Toronto acknowledges that the enslavement of people of African descent occurred on these lands for over 200 years, until it was abolished in 1834. During these two centuries, enslaved people of African descent were trafficked and traded like chattel on and through the lands now claimed by Canada.

Marking this date provides an opportunity to honour people of African descent who suffered and died from the atrocities of this enslavement. It is a way to commit to confronting and ending the dangers of racism and prejudice that made this unjust system of suffering possible.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 25, 2020 as “International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade” in the City of Toronto.

Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness

March 26, 2020

WHEREAS people are encouraged to wear purple today to raise awareness of epilepsy, a neurological disorder that causes unpredictable seizures and other health problems. There is often no cause behind an epilepsy diagnosis for half of the people who are diagnosed with it.

While seizures can affect any part of the body, three out of 10 people will have a change in the structure of their brains that causes seizures.

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, 2020 as “Purple Day for Epilepsy Awareness” in the City of Toronto.

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Black History Month

February 2020

WHEREAS Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month in 1979.

During Black History Month we commemorate, celebrate and recognize the achievements of people of African descent and recognize their rights to equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination in Canada.

The City of Toronto has developed the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism to eliminate barriers and ensure systemic changes are made to eradicate anti-Black racism. The City’s efforts coincide with the United Nations’ declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent from
2015 – 2024. This International Decade 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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2020 as “Black History Month” in the City of Toronto.

Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1 – 7, 2020

WHEREAS the freedom to enjoy and practice one’s religion, individual conviction, faith or beliefs without discrimination or fear is a fundamental right that is recognized under the Canadian Bill of Rights.

Interfaith Harmony Week seeks to enhance tolerance, respect and understanding of all religions and promotes a message of faith and goodwill towards each other.

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

International Development Week

February 2 – 8, 2020

WHEREAS International Development Week is an annual national 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 theme of this year’s International Development Week is Go for the Goals.

The City of Toronto recognizes the many Canadian organizations and individuals actively working towards universal sustainable development, as mentioned in the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that Canada has adopted since 2015.

With the goal of making Toronto one of the most sustainable and inclusive cities in the world, the City of Toronto encourages all citizens to take action in the realization of universal sustainable development.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2 – 8, 2020 as “International Development Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toque Tuesday

February 4, 2020

WHEREAS today volunteers will be selling toques as part of the Toque Tuesday campaign in support of Raising the Roof’s homelessness prevention initiatives. These initiatives seek to provide solutions to homelessness through partnerships and collaborations with diverse stakeholders, investment in local communities and through public education.

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 4, 2020 as “Toque Tuesday” in the City of Toronto.

Bob Marley Day

February 6, 2020

WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the music and legacy of Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley, a dedicated advocate for the spread of universal love, acceptance, and social change.

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Marley began his career with his band, Bob Marley and the Wailers. Accompanied by his close friends, Marley was able to blend together American-style jazz and R&B with traditional Caribbean folk music unique to Jamaica. This mixing of genres helped expose reggae to a global audience, propelling Marley to super stardom. His powerful lyrics, delivered in a distinct smooth vocal style, helped cement Marley’s reputation as one of the most instantly recognizable musical artists world-wide.

Marley, through his music and concerts, was often an outspoken supporter of Pan-Africanism and political unity. He has received many prestigious awards including the Jamaican Order of Merit and is an inductee in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Today, Marley’s music is cherished around the world and brings together people from many different cultures and backgrounds.

One love – one heart.

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

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

February 6, 2020

WHEREAS on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) we raise awareness for the 3.9 million people who are still at risk of genital cutting each year and condemn this atrocious act against women and girls around the world.

Female genital cutting has become a widespread issue that impacts countries all over the world. There are 200 million FGM/C survivors in the world, including many who call Canada their home.

FGM/C has no basis in any religious text and is recognized by the United Nations and other world bodies as child abuse and an abuse of a child’s fundamental human rights. It has no medical benefits and may cause serious harm, including, difficulties with urination, menstruation, sexual intimacy, post-traumatic stress disorder and increased maternal and child mortality.

The United Nations Sustainable Millennium Development Goal #5 calls for the elimination of FGM/C by 2030. The City of Toronto joins these calls and condemns any form of FGM/C.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for people who identify as women and those who are at risk of experiencing gender-based discrimination or violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2020 as “International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting” in the City of Toronto.

International Clash Day

February 7, 2020

WHEREAS, The Clash has entertained Toronto and inspired generations of local musicians and music lovers. The group was known for its British punk rock music with a social consciousness.

Their hit Rock the Casbah helped The Clash’s Combat Rock album to receive a Platinum certification in the U.S. In 2003, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This year International Clash Day is partnering with C40 to educate people around the world on the impacts of climate change. The hope is that Clash For Climate will motivate people to do their part in addressing this global issue.

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 city that embraces music 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, 2020 as “International Clash Day” in the City of Toronto, and remind our residents that “the future is unwritten.”

International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2020

WHEREAS International Mother Language Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism we have around the world.

International Mother Language Day was first established in Bangladesh when people fought hard for recognition of the Bangla language. This was an important moment in history in which people fought for the right to speak in their mother tongue.

Toronto – the most diverse city in the world – will continue to be a welcoming home for people of all cultures who are able to speak their mother tongue freely and peacefully.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the contributions multicultural communities like the Bangladeshi community make in strengthening our society and our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 21, 2020 as
“International Mother Language Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

February 22, 2020

WHEREAS human trafficking is a serious crime that thwarts and endangers the lives of many vulnerable Torontonians.

We recognize that while human trafficking is generally a hidden crime, there is a role for all Torontonians to play in being vigilant to its presence in our city, and understanding the threat it poses to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities including: Indigenous peoples, women and girls, newcomers, and members of the LGBTQ2S+ community.

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 February 22, 2020 as “National Human Trafficking Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Freedom to Read Week

February 23 – 29, 2020

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 endeavours 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 23 29, 2020 as “Freedom to Read Week” in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to use the public library this week and throughout the year.

Safe City Day

February 24, 2020

WHEREAS on this day, we recognize Toronto Paramedic Services’ Safe City program along with their community partners who help promote the importance of CPR and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training in the City of Toronto.

The “You are the Strongest Link” initiative seeks to engage the community by encouraging the public to learn CPR and learn how to operate an AED that has the ability to save lives.

The City of Toronto offers 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 24, 2020 as “Safe City Day” in the City of Toronto.

Rare Disease Day

February 29, 2020

WHEREAS Rare Disease Day raises awareness about rare diseases and their impacts on patients’ lives.

About 1 in 12 individuals (nearly three million Canadians) have a rare disease. Most rare diseases are severe and chronic, with many being degenerative and life threatening. 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 29, 2020 as “Rare Disease Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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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.

International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

January 27, 2020

WHEREAS on November 1, 2005 the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27 as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.

Today, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, we honour the victims of the Holocaust and acknowledge the atrocious crimes that took place during this dark chapter in human history. Many victims rebuilt their lives in Toronto and play a vital role in our city.

The UN theme of this year’s day of commemoration, “75 years after Auschwitz – Holocaust Education and Remembrance for Global Justice” emphasizes the continued importance of taking action against hatred of any kind and ensuring that the human rights of everyone around the world are respected.

The City of Toronto recognizes the need for taking collective action against anti-Semitism in the hopes of working towards peace and harmony amongst our residents. The City of Toronto is committed to efforts to eliminate hate crimes and to support and empower individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance, and discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 27, 2020 as “International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” 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.