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

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2020

WHEREAS an estimated 27,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. This form of cancer is most likely to be found in women aged 50 to 69 years of age.

People are encouraged to see their doctors as soon as possible if they have any physical symptoms such as a lump or there are changes to how they are feeling. An early diagnosis of the disease can lead to a positive outcome. Over 80 per cent of breast cancer patients in Canada will live at least five years after being diagnosed.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases such as cancers 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 October 2020 as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Caribbean Heritage Month

October 2020

WHEREAS Caribbean Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn about Caribbean history and culture in our city.

October is a significant month for the Caribbean-Canadian community. In 1967, Canada made improvements to its Immigration Act which opened new avenues for people from the Caribbean and other countries the right to apply for immigrant status in Canada and to be given the opportunity to create new roots in Canada.

Caribbean Heritage Month offers an opportunity to remember, celebrate and educate future generations about Caribbean-Canadians and the important role they play in our communities. Today, the Caribbean diaspora in Toronto comprises a large, vibrant and diverse community in our city.

This month offers us a chance to recognize the Caribbean community in Toronto for the important social, economic, political and cultural contributions they have made to our city and country.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the diversity that makes our city strong and one of the most multicultural places in the world. Toronto has become a model city where all cultures, religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

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

Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 2020

WHEREAS it is estimated that 10 to 15 per cent of Canadians live with dyslexia, a neurological condition that affects spelling, reading accuracy and speed as well as comprehension of reading content.

Dyslexia affects the way people live their lives. It is a hereditary and lifelong condition, described as an unexpected difficulty in learning to read. Once the condition has been identified, it can be managed with the proper support.

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 October 2020 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Dwarfism Awareness and Acceptance Month

October 2020

WHEREAS Dwarfism Awareness and Acceptance Month raises awareness of dwarfism, a short stature that is caused by genetics or a medical condition. It occurs in approximately every 1 out of 20,000 births.

While dwarfism is not considered a disability, the medical complications from dwarfism can be debilitating. Many with it will require surgeries or medical intervention to live healthy lives. The majority do enjoy good health and normal life spans.

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 October 2020 as “Dwarfism Awareness and Acceptance Month” in the City of Toronto.

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2020

WHEREAS Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of the Hispanic community in Toronto.

During this month we have an opportunity to learn about Hispanic heritage and recognize the richness of the culture. We are reminded of the many contributions made by the Hispanic community to the economic, political, social and cultural fabric of our city.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the Hispanic community in Toronto has made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength”.  As one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto has become a model city where all cultures are welcomed and respected.

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

Islamic Heritage Month

October 2020

WHEREAS Islamic Heritage Month provides an opportunity to learn about the rich Islamic history and culture in our city.

During this month we are reminded of the many contributions made by the Muslim community to the economic, political, social and cultural fabric of our city. Throughout the pandemic, Toronto’s Muslim community has come together to support those who are more vulnerable and in need of food and other necessities through various initiatives. They have demonstrated their commitment to making Toronto a better place not only throughout the pandemic but all year round.

Residents across the city are encouraged to learn more about Islam and to celebrate our city’s Muslim community.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the diversity that makes our city strong and one of the world’s most multicultural places in the world. 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 October 2020 as “Islamic Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 2020

WHEREAS the theme of the 2020 National Disability Employment Awareness Month is: The power of inclusion. This month highlights the need for hiring processes that are inclusive of people with disabilities and their diverse skills and talents.

This year workers with disabilities have also been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The closures and changes due to the pandemic, have become another barrier to employment.

The City of Toronto recognizes the positive and valuable contributions that those with disabilities make to the workplace.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination. An inclusive Toronto is one where all Torontonians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in their workplaces and communities.

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

Occupational Therapy Month

October 2020

WHEREAS Occupational Therapy is a health profession that helps people of all ages overcome barriers in their everyday lives so they can do more and live better.

Occupational therapists treat ill or injured patients to help them recover, improve and maintain skills needed for daily work and living.

With the help and guidance of occupational therapists and through solutions created for each individual’s unique needs, people of all ages and abilities can participate more fully in society.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups that make Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play. The collective dedication and hard work of many help to enrich the lives of all Torontonians on a daily basis, making our city strong, safe, vibrant and healthy.

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

Registered Veterinary Technicians’ Month

October 2020

WHEREAS there are approximately 9,000 Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) across Canada, many who practise in Toronto. RVTs perform important roles in the field of veterinary health to ensure the humane treatment of all animals.

RVTs are skilled and accredited practitioners in the areas including anatomy, physiology, microbiology, clinical techniques, pharmacology, anesthesiology, surgical and veterinary nursing, radiology and clinical pathology.

During the month of October we recognize the hard work RVTs perform in keeping our pets, service animals and farm animals healthy and safe.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2020 as “Registered Veterinary Technicians’ Month” in the City of Toronto.

Korean Harvest
(Chuseok Day)

October 1, 2020

WHEREAS Chuseok, coincides with the full moon of autumn in the lunar calendar. In Korean, Chuseok means “autumn eve,” and is also sometimes referred to as Korean Harvest.

During Chuseok many families prepare and share traditional meals and rice wine as an important part of the harvest. Chuseok is a time for connecting with family, and recognizing ancestors who have passed.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the Korean community continues to make to our city. Cultural celebrations like this are important and help bolster our city motto “Diversity Our Strength”. The City of Toronto is invested in community building to help ensure that every resident, community, organization, agency or business can contribute to our collective growth, learning, and development.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 1, 2020 as “Korean Harvest (Chuseok Day)” in the City of Toronto.

Registered Professional Planners Day

October 1, 2020

WHEREAS professional planners work to guide how communities in Toronto and across the country are built and how they impact the future.

Registered professional planners are experts and professionals who work to inform and guide the choices made by elected officials in building communities. Their knowledge and experience support decision-makers to create and build sustainable environments.

Planners safeguard the health and well-being of urban and rural communities by addressing the use of land, resources, facilities, and services with consideration to physical, economic, and social efficiency. In Toronto, planners have contributed to the redevelopment of public spaces like our waterfront, the city’s downtown core and the creation of neighbourhoods including Liberty Village and City Place.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play. The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

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

Not-for-Profit Recognition Day

October 2, 2020

WHEREAS Toronto’s not-for-profit sector has a positive impact on our communities. Not-for-profit organizations are woven into the fabric of local communities, providing vital goods and services to our city and its residents.

In Toronto, about 14,000 community based, not-for-profit organizations help deliver hundreds of community services to residents across the city ranging from health and social services to arts and culture and civic engagement. Not-for-profit organizations are also champions for all communities, ensuring that marginalized voices are heard. They help build a better city by putting people first.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, not-for-profit organizations have provided vital supports and services to vulnerable residents impacted by
COVID-19. It is during these challenging times that they have been a beacon of hope for many. This year the demand for services has meant that not-for-profits have had to do even more to serve the community and ensure that no one is left behind.

In 2017, Toronto adopted a framework to guide how the City works with not-for-profit organizations. Today we recognize and celebrate the hard work of our city’s not-for-profit sector.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2, 2020 as “Not-for-Profit Recognition Day” in the City of Toronto.

Wrongful Conviction Day

October 2, 2020

WHEREAS a wrongful conviction takes away an individual’s quality of life and results in a loss of rights and freedoms. It also affects the quality of life of family members, and has a harmful effect on society as a whole.

Wrongful convictions question the integrity and fairness of the criminal justice system and unless corrected, undermine society’s trust in its criminal justice system.

Raising awareness of those wrongly convicted of a crime can start positive dialogue and encourage change in our criminal justice systems.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2, 2020 as “Wrongful Conviction Day” in the City of Toronto.

World CP Day

October 6, 2020

WHEREAS World CP Day is a day to raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy (CP), celebrate the 17 million people around the world living with CP and to create change.

Cerebral palsy is the most common childhood disability. It is a group of disorders that affect movement and muscle tone and is caused by damage that occurs to the brain as it develops, most often before birth. Symptoms include problems with swallowing, delays in speech development or difficulty speaking, learning difficulties, seizures and lack of balance and muscle coordination.

This day promotes awareness and showcases the incredible things people with CP can achieve when barriers are removed and supports are in place.

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 October 6, 2020 as “World CP Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2020

WHEREAS World Mental Health Day reminds us that good mental health plays a key role in helping people live full and meaningful lives, and highlights the mental health challenges people face each day.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, people are experiencing challenges that can affect their mental health and often escalate existing issues. People are feeling increasingly anxious, isolated and stressed as they deal with the changes brought forward by the pandemic. This difficult time has further heightened the need for proper mental health supports as there has been a growing demand for them.

The City of Toronto has partnered with 10 organizations to help connect residents to free telephone, text and online mental health supports during the pandemic. Residents can also call 211 to be connected to mental health service supports in the city.

On World Mental Health Day, people are encouraged to learn more about the impact of mental health issues, speak openly about them and remove the stigma associated with mental health challenges.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 10, 2020 as “World Mental Health Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2020

WHEREAS, every year on October 11, the United Nations recognizes the International Day of the Girl. This year’s theme, “My Voice, Our Equal Future,” promotes girls around the globe to inspire and lead the changes they want to see in the world.

Gender-based discrimination often starts at a young age. During International Day of the Girl, it is important that we recognize challenges faced by girls in our community and around the world.

Studies have shown that an increase in bullying, abuse, and harassment is being experienced by girls online. At least six in 10 girls in Canada have experienced some form of online harassment.

Changes are also needed to allow girls to live free from gender-based violence, and to provide access to education and promote social change.

Today reminds us we must do everything we can to empower girls in our communities to affect the change they want to see, and we must invest in girls and their collective future as it benefits the entire community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 11, 2020 as “International Day of the Girl” in the City of Toronto.

Emergency Nursing Week

October 11 – 17, 2020

WHEREAS this week recognizes emergency nurses and the vital and essential role they play in caring for people.

As a primary care practitioner, the highly specialized emergency care nurse delivers immediate health care when people need it most. Whether it is trauma, injury or severe medical conditions, emergency nurses are on the frontlines ready to help their patients.

From chronic disease to health promotion, end of life care, infectious illness to sudden health issues, emergency nurses work under extreme and challenging conditions, maintaining a high degree of competency and ability to meet the challenges of ever changing situations.

Thank you to all the emergency nurses who have been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency nurses are an important part of the efforts made thus far in helping residents throughout the pandemic. This week is an opportunity to honour them and thank them for their dedication, compassion and hard work in saving lives and keeping us safe during these challenging times.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
October 11 – 17, 2020 as “Emergency Nursing Week” in the City of Toronto.

Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week

October 18 – 24, 2020

WHEREAS Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week highlights the work of dedicated spiritual and religious providers, during a year where the need for these services has never been greater.

Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week, with the theme Healing the Wounds Within, recognizes the need to provide compassion and empathy for those enduring hardship in the community and honour those who provide spiritual care, guidance and the protection of religious rights.

This week gives us the opportunity to recognize the value of spiritual and religious caregivers of all faiths and thank them for their dedicated service in specialized institutions like hospitals, correctional facilities, mental health facilities and the military where they provide comfort and spiritual healing.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multi-faith religious and spiritual leaders in Toronto make to strengthen our city. 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
October 18 – 24, 2020 as “Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Respiratory Therapist Week

October 25 – 31, 2020

WHEREAS Respiratory Therapist Week recognizes the important work done by respiratory therapists in evaluating, treating and maintaining cardiopulmonary functions.

Respiratory therapists are certified medical professionals who specialize in critical care and airway management and work closely with doctors to diagnose and monitor cardiopulmonary problems.

Most respiratory therapists work in high-risk areas of hospitals including intensive care units, extended care facilities, operating rooms and laboratories, treating respiratory related conditions often working under extreme and challenging conditions.

Respiratory therapists are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic and are an important part of the team helping to treat people and save lives. Today is an opportunity to honour them and thank them for their dedication, compassion and hard work in saving lives and keeping us safe during these challenging times.

The City of Toronto recognizes their contributions in making our city stronger, safer and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
October 25 – 31, 2020 as “Respiratory Therapist Week” in the City of Toronto.

Waste Reduction Week

October 19 – 25, 2020

WHEREAS Waste Reduction Week raises awareness of the need to reduce the amount of waste we produce to conserve natural resources. Every year, the City of Toronto manages over 900,000 tonnes of waste. This requires money, energy and resources, and takes up valuable landfill space.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the proper disposal of waste plays an important role in helping contain the spread of the virus. The City is asking the public to dispose of certain personal hygiene items that typically go in the Green Bin, such as tissues, paper towels and feminine hygiene products into the garbage. Residents are also reminded that Personal Protective Equipment such as gloves and masks go into the garbage.

The City’s comprehensive Long Term Waste Management Strategy prioritizes reducing waste and minimizing the amount sent to landfill. The Waste Strategy emphasizes the importance of community engagement and encourages the reduction and prevention of waste, maximizing its value before disposal and supporting the shift towards a circular economy. A circular economy approach aims to reduce our carbon footprint and our reliance on non-renewable resource.

As a City, we have adopted the aspirational goal to make Toronto the first city in Ontario with a circular economy. We are working to incorporate circular economy principles into the design and delivery of City programs and services.

We all play an important role in promoting waste reduction. Communities, businesses and organizations across Canada have committed to working together to raise awareness of the needs to reduce, reuse and prevent waste, during Waste Reduction Week.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
October 19 – 25, 2020 as “Waste Reduction Week” in the City of Toronto.

Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

October 22, 2020

WHEREAS Child Care Workers and Early Childhood Educators provide meaningful care and valuable education to children. This day recognizes the trained professional staff who are vital to the quality of learning, growth and development in children and youth.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day. This year’s theme, “Rise Up!” reminds us that early childhood educators and child care workers play a significant role in laying the foundation for future success in the lives of the children they work with.

Throughout the pandemic we have seen the importance of our frontline workers including our Child Care Workers and Early Childhood Educators. Many answered the call and helped our city as we opened emergency child care for essential workers.

Now that schools and child care centres have reopened, child care workers and early childhood educators are playing a vital role in the return of school and are helping us ensure that we address the impacts COVID-19 has had on children.

When our children succeed, the entire community succeeds. On this day we recognize, celebrate and thank all who work with children and youth, and whose dedication helps to enrich the lives of children making our city stronger, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
October 22, 2020 as “Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Polio Day

October 24, 2020

WHEREAS Polio is a highly infectious disease that affects children under the age of five. It is a virus that invades the nervous system and causes paralysis.

Since the launch of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, polio cases have decreased by more than 99 per cent.

As there is no cure for polio, prevention is very important. The polio vaccine protects children by preparing their bodies to fight the polio virus. Strategies for polio eradication can work when they are fully implemented.

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
October 24, 2020 as “World Polio Day” in the City of Toronto.

Rett Syndrome Awareness Day

October 29, 2020

WHEREAS Rett Syndrome is a rare, genetic neurological disorder occurring in every one in 10,000 female births. It is often diagnosed in babies who have missed developmental milestones.

Those born with Rett Syndrome will often regress, losing acquired skills such as speech, and gross and fine motor skills.  Some will never be able to walk or talk.

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
October 29, 2020 as “Rett Syndrome Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

John Candy Day

October 31, 2020

WHEREAS John Candy was a beloved actor and comedian born on October 31, 1950. He rose to fame as a member of the Toronto branch of The Second City and the Toronto-based television series SCTV, where he was known for his creatively crafted characters and his humour.

John Candy’s career grew in Hollywood where he often played loveable characters. His breakout role came in the movie Splash playing Tom Hanks’ brother. He also starred in the movies The Great Outdoors, Summer Rental, Cool Runnings, Home Alone, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Uncle Buck, and countless other films.

Today, on what would have been his 70th birthday, we remember that he had proud roots in Toronto, living in East York as a child, attending high school in Scarborough and becoming co-owner of the Toronto Argonauts from 1991 until his death in 1994. The Argos won the 1991 Grey Cup while he was part owner.

His sudden death was felt deeply in our city and around the world. His legacy lives on through his family, his iconic performances and his induction into Canada’s Walk of Fame and the East York Hall of Fame.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 31, 2020 as “John Candy Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Bike Month

September 2020

WHEREAS the City of Toronto actively promotes cycling as an essential part of our integrated transportation network. Cycling is an enjoyable way for people to stay healthy, feel connected to their communities and get moving across the city.

The City of Toronto has been working in partnership with the cycling community to make cycling a practical transportation choice and continues to invest in cycling infrastructure to help get residents moving and reduce traffic congestion.

Through the ActiveTO program, the city has expanded its cycling network, while providing more room for people to physically distance during the COVID-19 pandemic. To further create more cycling options for residents, Toronto City Council approved the expansion of the cycling network plan this year. This plan along with the creation of ActiveTO has resulted in the largest one-year expansion of on-street bike lanes ever in Toronto. The program offers a total of approximately 40 kilometres of on-street cycling lanes approved for accelerated installation in 2020.

Bike Month is a celebration of cycling in the City of Toronto that features community-led cycling events that encourage people to get outside and ride.

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

Dystonia Awareness Month

September 2020

WHEREAS approximately 50,000 Canadian men, women and children live with Dystonia, a neurological movement disorder.  It causes muscles to contract and spasm involuntarily, forcing the body to experience repetitive and twisting movements.

There is currently no test or cure for this disorder. Dystonia can occur as a result of trauma, certain medication or mutated genes. Dystonia can also be present in people with Parkinson’s or Huntington’s diseases, and Multiple Sclerosis.

It is important to raise awareness of Dystonia and give our support to those who live with it.

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

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

Pulmonary Fibrosis Month

September 2020

WHEREAS Pulmonary Fibrosis is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged and scarred. This thickened, stiff tissue makes it difficult for lungs to work properly.

As pulmonary fibrosis worsens breathing becomes more difficult, resulting in acute shortness of breath for those suffering from this disease.

The scarring associated with pulmonary fibrosis can be caused by a number of factors such as medications, environmental factors and autoimmune diseases. While medications and therapies can ease symptoms and improve the quality of life for some, others may require lung transplants.

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
September 2020 as “Pulmonary Fibrosis Month” in the City of Toronto.

Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day

September 4, 2020

WHEREAS Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a common, life-threatening disease that affects one in 500 Canadians. PKD causes fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys and often leads to kidney failure.

PKD has the ability to affect anyone. We can support those who live with PKD by raising awareness of this very serious and irreversible disease.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 4, 2020 as “Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Duchenne Awareness Day

September 7, 2020

WHEREAS this day raises awareness about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD), a genetic disease characterized by progressive muscle degeneration.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that supports muscle fibre strength. Symptom onset can be as early as age three and usually affects the muscles of the hips, pelvis and shoulders, progressing to the skeletal muscles. By the early teens, the heart and respiratory muscles may also be affected.

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 September 7, 2020 as “World Duchenne Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Literacy Day

September 8, 2020

WHEREAS this day reminds us of the importance of literacy as a human right and a matter of dignity. It is the foundation of success, creating and promoting opportunities for people to be part of and contribute to their communities, while building a better future.

According to UNESCO, literacy continues to be a global challenge, with at least 750 million young people and adults still lacking basic literacy skills. Two-thirds of them are women and 102 million of them are youth aged 15 to 24.

The City of Toronto supports quality education that is fair and inclusive, and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all, offering broad access to traditional, experiential, collaborative and networking learning opportunities to support and meet the needs of learners of all ages.

Today we celebrate the progress made to promote literacy and reflect on the work still left to do to ensure everyone has access to learning opportunities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 8, 2020 as “International Literacy Day” in the City of Toronto.

Good Food Market Week

September 8 – 11, 2020

WHEREAS Good Food Markets are volunteer-run markets that nourish people and communities, selling high quality and affordable vegetables and fruits to people who are in need and where it might not otherwise be available.

In 2019, there were 51 markets across the Greater Toronto Area that delivered 500,740 pounds of fresh vegetables and fruits to over 30,000 Toronto residents living in low-income areas.

Good Food Markets are a great example of people coming together for the good of communities. The markets serve as informal community hubs that are vibrant and important gathering places, providing opportunities for neighbours to meet, share information and fresh food.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council,do hereby proclaim
September 8 – 11, 2020 as “Good Food Market Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day

September 9, 2020

WHEREAS on this day of the ninth month of the year, the world remembers that during the nine months of pregnancy a woman should abstain from
alcohol.

This day, first marked on September 9, 1999, reminds us that we must do everything necessary to care for, nurture and protect children.

As a result of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, individuals with FASD are at risk for cognitive disabilities resulting in learning problems, school dropout,
homelessness, addictions, interactions with the justice system and mental illness.

FASD is the most common, most expensive, yet most preventable of all mental disorders in the industrialized world. It is important to educate
women and their partners about the hazards of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and support them during pregnancy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 9, 2020 as
“International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2020

WHEREAS this day provides the opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide prevention.

Suicide remains a significant mental health issue that has an enormous impact on families, friends and communities.

Globally, it is estimated that it is among the top 20 leading causes of death for people of all ages, with one suicide occurring roughly every 40 seconds.

Every one of these losses creates survivors who are left with a lifelong legacy of making sense of and finding meaning in these traumatic events.

Today is the launch of the ‘Not Today’ campaign from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health which was designed to prevent suicide today, tomorrow, and every day after that. Let us all commit to spreading messages of hope, and break down the obstacles faced by people when they need help in support of their mental health.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 10, 2020 as “World Suicide Prevention Day” in the City of Toronto.

Urban Agriculture Week

September 12 – 20, 2020

WHEREAS urban agriculture helps the city achieve its priorities to promote strong neighbourhoods, mitigate climate change and increase access to healthy, local produce.

During this week we celebrate the diversity of food grown in the city and the people who grow and supply it to Torontonians.

Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America. City polices and support from communities work to enhance water and air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and establish vibrant green spaces across Toronto.

Green spaces provide a variety of ecological functions that are important to the health of our city and build stronger communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
September 12 – 20, 2020 as “Urban Agriculture Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto International Film Festival Week

September 10 – 19, 2020

WHEREAS the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)  is recognized as one of the world’s leading film festivals and an ideal platform to premiere films from around the world.

The 45th  annual Festival will screen 50 new feature films and five programs of short films.

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TIFF will offer a different experience for movie buffs. This year’s festival will include physically distanced movie screenings and drive-in and outdoor experiences that will transform the way people see the world through film. TIFF is also providing an online platform that will host 10 days of virtual red carpets, digital screenings, industry talks and special events.

Toronto’s $2 billion film industry employs 30,000 people. Despite the impacts of COVID-19, Toronto continues to be a film-friendly city that promotes and supports filmmakers and their talented, creative and innovative works that have enriched our entertainment industry.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
September 10 – 19, 2020 as “Toronto International Film Festival Week” in the City of Toronto.

Champions of Care Day

September 14, 2020

WHEREAS Front Line Health Care Workers are admired for their heroic response to COVID-19. We owe an immense debt of gratitude to them for their work in situations of personal risk and difficulty. Front line health workers have played a key role in keeping our communities healthy and safe, providing life-saving service in hospitals and clinics during this pandemic and always.

Since the outset of the pandemic, Toronto residents have rallied in support of front line health care workers by gathering on porches and rooftops to chant or bang pots daily in solidarity with them, and in other smaller gestures of help and acknowledgement. They have also posted “Thank You” notes in their windows, and painted messages of support on rocks left by sidewalks and pathways.

Together, with the efforts of all of our front line health workers, we limited the impact on our health care system. Throughout the fall, it will continue to be important to show our support and appreciation to all of our front line workers as we look to building our city back better, together.

During Champions of Care Day, I encourage everyone to give thanks to front line workers in their families and neighborhoods, and online, while they continue to meet the challenges posed by
COVID-19, keeping us healthy and safe.

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

Rehabilitation Day

September 15, 2020

WHEREAS today we acknowledge the life-changing impact that rehabilitation services have made on the lives of residents.

Rehabilitation services that are offered in Toronto allow people to learn to live with their new circumstances and thrive in their everyday lives as they recover from injuries, life-altering events, or age-related conditions.

Today we recognize the rehabilitation professionals who dedicate themselves to helping others, through rehabilitation services.

The day also gives us a chance to acknowledge all those who need this service and educate the public on how rehabilitation services can have a positive impact on the lives of children and adults in our community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 15, 2020 as “Rehabilitation Day” in the City of Toronto.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Day

September 18, 2020

WHEREAS the first Canadian Big Brother program was started in Toronto in 1913 by Eleanor Adams Hunter, who noticed a lot of at risk youth, while working in the court system.

The Big Brother Big Sister mentorship program pairs a young person with a Big Brother or Big Sister with mutual experiences and shared interests. These mentorship relationships help increase participants’ self-confidence, healthy habits and high school graduation rates.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play.  The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2020 as “Big Brothers Big Sisters Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Coaches Week

September 19 – 27, 2020

WHEREAS this week we celebrate and honour the 300,000 coaches in Toronto and Ontario who devote their time and energy to coaching at all levels of sport.

Coaches make a positive impact in their communities and are an integral part of Canadian sports. Many of them are volunteer coaches who willingly give their time to help athletes keep fit and excel in their sports.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of individuals and groups who are making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play. The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
September 19 – 27, 2020 as “National Coaches Week” in the City of Toronto.

Tree City of the World Day

September 21, 2020

WHEREAS Toronto has an urban forest canopy cover made up of approximately 10.2 million trees that are a valuable resource to our city and the people who live, work and play here.

Today, we celebrate the City of Toronto’s recognition as a “Tree City of the World” by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the Arbor Day Foundation. The Tree Cities of the World program connects global cities in a network that share and adopt successful approaches to managing community trees and forests.

Toronto’s designation as a “Tree City of the World” honours the City’s commitment to meeting the Tree Cities of the World’s five core standards: establish responsibility, set the rules, know what you have, allocate resources and celebrate achievements that ensure our city’s urban forests and trees are properly maintained and sustainably managed.

The City of Toronto has also received the 2020 Champion of Trees Award from the Arbor Day Foundation, recognizing Toronto’s exemplary leadership in developing and implementing new policies and practices for municipal tree planting and care, natural area stewardship, or arboriculture.

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

Wiphala Day

September 21, 2020

WHEREAS the Wiphala is the symbol of the First Nations of the Andes and represents the territory of the Indigenous Andean population including Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, Northern Chile, Northern Argentina and Southern Colombia. The Wiphala is made up of 49 squares, which comprise the seven colours of the rainbow representing the multicultural regions of South America.

Wiphala Day, which takes place on the autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere, represents a significant spiritual and cultural celebration for Toronto’s Andean community. This celebration provides an opportunity to recognize the human rights of all Andean Indigenous peoples and pays tribute to their efforts in working towards social, economic, cultural and political participation by their members in all aspects of civic life.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of the Andean community, who help to embody our motto, “Diversity Our Strength.” As one of the most diverse cities in the world and home to newcomers from around the globe, the City of Toronto recognizes that the fundamental strength of our community lies in our ethno-cultural diversity. The City of Toronto takes a leadership role in eliminating all forms of discrimination, promoting human rights and building an inclusive society in which everyone can live with dignity and respect.

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

World Alzheimer’s Day

September 21, 2020

WHEREAS every year in September we mark World Alzheimer’s Day to raise awareness around Alzheimer’s disease and its impact on those with the condition and their loved ones.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia – a group of disorders that impair brain function. It can be difficult to detect because it affects everyone differently. It can alter cognitive functions, emotions or moods, general behaviour and even physical abilities.

On World Alzheimer’s Day it is important to raise awareness and challenge the common stigma surrounding the disease and to educate ourselves on risk factors, warning signs, and treatment.

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
September 21, 2020 as “World Alzheimer’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

Environmental Public Health Week

September 21 – 26, 2020

WHEREAS Environmental Public Health Professionals help keep communities across Canada safe, including Toronto. They have been, from the outset, at the forefront of the response to COVID-19, providing essential guidance and advice.

Environmental Public Health Week has been celebrated annually in September for the past 18 years. It recognizes and celebrates professionals in the industry, which include public health inspectors, environmental health officers, and those in other environmental public health occupations.

Through contact tracing, infection control advice and guidance, monitoring and supporting public health orders, as well as educating and informing the public, Environmental Public Health Professionals have highlighted the importance of protecting public health before people become ill.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of organizations and groups in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play. The dedication and hard work of many enrich the lives of Torontonians daily and make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
September 21 – 26, 2020
as “Environmental Public Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Public Service Week

September 21- 25, 2020

WHEREAS Toronto Public Service Week recognizes the professionalism, integrity and commitment of the members of the Toronto Public Service who provide equitable and accessible services to Toronto’s 2.9 million residents, while upholding the City’s motto, “Diversity Our Strength”.

As we mark the eighth-annual Toronto Public Service Week, we recognize the extraordinary dedication and commitment demonstrated by the Toronto Public Service year-round and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff have been working tirelessly throughout the pandemic to deliver critical and essential services to our residents during these challenging times and have committed themselves to protecting the health, safety and well-being of all of our residents.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is demonstrating the importance of our public servants and our ability to manage challenges that impact our city. All of our employees across all divisions have come together during the pandemic to serve our residents. I want to thank City of Toronto staff for all that they have done to help us face these challenging times and the work that will be required moving forward helping to contain this virus and rebuild our city.

We are confident that Toronto will come back strong thanks to the strength of its people and the dedication and determination of our public service.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
September 21 – 25, 2020 as “Toronto Public Service Week” in the City of Toronto.

United Way
Show Your Local Love Day

September 25, 2020

WHEREAS the pandemic has been a challenging time for our city, and especially those who may need a helping hand from fellow Torontonians.

Residents are asked to show “local love” for their communities by supporting the United Way.

By supporting the United Way and its network of 270 community partners, Torontonians can create the change they want to see in their neighbourhoods.

The United Way has already funded 340 projects across Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that no one is left behind.

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 September 25, 2020 as “United Way Show Your Local Love Day” in the City of Toronto.

Franco-Ontarian Day

September 25, 2020

WHEREAS on September 25, 2010, the Province of Ontario officially proclaimed Franco-Ontarian Day. Today, on the 10th anniversary, we celebrate the Franco-Ontarian community, Canada’s largest Francophone group outside of Quebec.

Toronto is home to over 63,000 members of the francophone community, a diverse and vibrant group that is actively engaged in many areas of the city.

On this day, we take a moment to recognize the community’s rich cultural and linguistic heritage, one which spans over 400 years in Ontario.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 25, 2020 as “Franco-Ontarian Day” in the City
of Toronto.

Jour des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes

 Le 25 septembre 2020

 ATTENDU QUE, le 25 septembre 2010, la province de l’Ontario a proclamé officiellement le Jour des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes. Aujourd’hui, à l’occasion du 10e anniversaire de cette proclamation, nous célébrons la communauté franco-ontarienne, le groupe francophone le plus important du Canada à l’extérieur du Québec.

Toronto compte plus de 63 000 membres de la communauté francophone, un groupe dynamique et diversifié qui s’engage activement dans plusieurs secteurs de la ville.

Aujourd’hui, nous prenons un moment pour reconnaître le riche patrimoine culturel et linguistique de cette communauté qui est présente en Ontario depuis plus de 400 ans.

La Ville de Toronto reconnaît la précieuse contribution de la communauté francophone qui renforce notre société et illustre la devise de notre ville : « La diversité est notre force ». La diversité nous renforce socialement, politiquement, culturellement et économiquement. En tant que l’une des villes les plus multiculturelles au monde, Toronto est devenue une ville modèle où l’on respecte et accepte toutes les cultures.

POUR CES MOTIFS, au nom du conseil municipal de Toronto, je, le maire John Tory, par la présente proclame que « le Jour des Franco-Ontariens et des Franco-Ontariennes » se tiendra le 25 septembre 2020 dans la ville de Toronto.

TVO Day

September 27, 2020

WHEREAS on this day, we mark and celebrate the 50th anniversary of TVO, which has been a champion of continued learning for the past 50 years.

Education and institutional engagement are vital for maintaining an informed public as well as a healthy democracy. As a public institution, TVO has always placed a focus on providing all Ontarians, including Toronto, with access to world-class programming that focuses on education, current affairs and journalism, from an Ontario perspective.

Literacy is a foundational skill for success in education, work, and life. An educated community is key to a city’s sustainability. The City of Toronto supports organizations that are dedicated to keeping Ontarians and Torontonians informed.

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

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

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.

International Youth Day

August 12, 2020

WHEREAS this day was first designated by the UN General Assembly in 1999, to recognize the role of young women and men as essential partners for change.

This year’s theme is “Youth Engagement for Global Action”. Today, we recognize the need to get our youth involved both socially and politically on the local, regional, national and international level.

Young people are our future and we must give them a platform to voice their concerns and allow them to help us develop solutions to current issues.

The City of Toronto’s Youth Engagement Strategy was developed to get youth involved by promoting initiatives and engaging with them, by focusing on areas that are important to our youth while addressing the barriers youth face to becoming actively part of their communities.

When youth are engaged they can create tremendous change for good. By ensuring that youth are included, we can address democratic inequities as well as some of the greatest challenges of our time.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 12, 2020 as “International Youth Day” in the City of Toronto.

Flight of the Monarchs Day

August 22, 2020

WHEREAS Monarch butterflies are one the most cherished and widely recognized insects in the world and they are an iconic pollinator species.

These orange and black globe-trotting butterflies make a remarkable 5,000-kilometre migration from eastern Canada to the forests of central Mexico in late August each year. They return back north to Canada in the spring.

In 2013, the eastern population of monarch butterflies dropped by 95 per cent, resulting in the smallest recorded population since the mid-1990’s. Although the population has since rebounded due in part to the collective efforts of thousands of individuals, groups and communities across Canada, the future of the Monarch butterfly remains in peril.

Flight of the Monarchs Day is an opportunity to celebrate the growing movement to protect the monarch, and to demonstrate our support towards the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s initiative to protect the species and spread awareness of the need to support community action to restore and enhance its local habitat.

Like bees and birds, butterflies depend on the natural spaces in our community for food, shelter and survival. They play a vital role in the preservation of these natural areas and contribute to our urban biodiversity – the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.

Pollinators in Toronto and around the globe are under increasing pressure due to habitat loss, climate change, invasive species and pesticides. We can all play a role in protecting them by supporting butterfly-friendly plantings in our parks and community gardens.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 22, 2020 as “Flight of the Monarchs Day” in the City of Toronto.

Canada United Weekend

August 28 – 30, 2020

WHEREAS small businesses are the heart of our communities and main streets. The Canada United Weekend is a chance for Torontonians to join the country in shopping and dining locally to help small businesses during these challenging times and to contribute to our economy.

Chambers of Commerce, Boards of Trade, BIAs and community partners from coast, to coast, to coast have come together to start the Canada United movement, to show local businesses some support on this August weekend.

Local businesses have been hard hit by closures and capacity restrictions due to COVID-19 and they need our support now as they continue to reopen.

Residents are encouraged to dine, shop, visit and celebrate all that is local in our great city during the Canada United Weekend.

Over these three days, residents are encouraged to safely patronize and support local businesses in communities across Canada and right here in Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 28 – 30, 2020 as “Canada United Weekend” in the City of Toronto.

Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2020

WHEREAS today Toronto joins communities across the country to mark Overdose Awareness Day and to remember loved ones lost to the opioid poisoning crisis.

The opioid overdose crisis continues in Toronto and across Canada, and has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. The unregulated drug supply in Toronto has become increasingly unpredictable and toxic, which is increasing the risk of overdose.

Preliminary data for 2019 shows there were 295 opioid overdose deaths in Toronto, an unprecedented increase since 2015 when there were 137 deaths.

During the first six months of this year, paramedics responded to 1,809 suspected opioid overdose calls, including 109 calls involving deaths. In July 2020, paramedics responded to 27 suspected opioid overdose-related deaths, the highest number recorded in a month since the City began monitoring this data.

Tragically, many of these deaths are accidental and preventable. Last year, staff in supervised consumption and overdose prevention services across Toronto responded to over 2,000 overdoses. Many more overdoses have been reversed at other services and in the community.

The City of Toronto remains committed to addressing the opioid poisoning crisis through implementation of the Toronto Overdose Action Plan, and supports the collective actions taken by institutional and community partners to save lives and improve the health and well-being of people who use drugs.

As cities continue to be on the frontlines addressing this ongoing crisis, we strongly urge the provincial and federal governments to come together to invest in vital health and addiction supports and services to help address this ongoing crisis. Cities across this country are in need of additional investments that focus on treatment, prevention and harm reduction. We need better and more timely access in our health system to treatment for those suffering from addiction.

We urgently need these provincial and federal investments in the health care system to properly address addictions and to ensure that no more lives are lost to the opioid crisis.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim
August 31, 2020 as “Overdose Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

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 i