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

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.

 

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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.