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

Please note: some months are not listed as proclamations were briefly suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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World AIDS Day

December 1, 2020

WHEREAS World AIDS Day is an opportunity to raise awareness, honour and remember those who have died from HIV/AIDS and acknowledge the increased access to treatment and prevention services.

The first World AIDS Day was observed in 1988 but the community has lived with HIV/AIDS for almost 40 years. HIV/AIDS has a stigma unmatched by any other virus our community has experienced.

There are more than 65,000 people in Canada living with HIV, the virus that is the precursor to AIDS. Through proper diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and care and support service those living with the virus can lead healthy lives.

Scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment and education to help us understand more about the condition. Despite this, people living with HIV/AIDS continue to face discrimination.

To promote awareness, Toronto residents are encouraged to show their solidarity for people affected by HIV/AIDS by wearing a red ribbon on World AIDS Day.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about conditions like HIV/AIDS 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 December 1, 2020 as “World AIDS Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2020

WHEREAS the United Nations General Assembly first proclaimed December 3, 1992 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It is a global celebration that acknowledges the many achievements persons with disabilities have made. This day also mobilizes support for critical issues related to their rights and well-being in all aspects of society, including political, social, economic and cultural life.

Canadians with disabilities, including 400,000 Torontonians, have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Disability-related barriers have limited their full participation in society. Persons with disabilities are facing increased risk of infection or severe illness, needing to self-isolate longer than others, and having difficulties accessing information, community programs, medical supports, and services needed to maintain good health. As a society and as a government we need to work hard and stay committed to ensuring that all residents are provided equal access to information and vital supports and services.

In the midst of these uncertain and challenging times, the City of Toronto recognizes the trauma persons with disabilities are experiencing, as well as their resilience and the valuable contributions they are making to remove barriers and advance accessibility and inclusion.

The City of Toronto is committed to creating and maintaining an accessible and inclusive community, and upholding the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). We reaffirm our commitment to identify, prevent and remove barriers to equitable access and inclusion for persons with disabilities who live, work and visit the city of Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2020 as “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” in the City of Toronto.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2020

WHEREAS December 6 marks the anniversary of the École Polytechnique Montreal massacre where 14 women were singled out, separated from their classmates and murdered because of their gender.

Today, on the 31st anniversary of that tragic event, we remember and pay tribute to the 14 women who lost their lives as well as the 10 other women who were injured during the massacre.

Today also serves as a reminder that women continue to experience violence in their lives because of their gender, and provides us the opportunity to remember those who have died or were injured as a result of gender-based violence. We also recognize that these experiences are further compounded for Indigenous, Black and equity-seeking women, girls and gender diverse people and that gender-based violence has been magnified and amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ending violence against women can be achieved through continued anti-violence education and reminders of our responsibility to treat all members of society with dignity and respect. Whether it’s at home, school, the workplace or in public spaces, fighting this violence is successful when we are able to name violence when we see it, and support those affected by this violence. Working together, we can help prevent and address gender-based violence by remembering and learning from our past, listening to survivors, and speaking up against harmful behaviour.

The City of Toronto continues to take a leadership role in working towards building a society in which everyone has the right to live freely and in conditions of dignity, respect and peace. Through legislation, policies, programs and services, we will continue to promote equity for our employees and residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 6, 2020 as “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women”  in the City of Toronto.

International Human Rights Day

December 10, 2020

WHEREAS International Human Rights Day is celebrated every year on December 10, the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.

The Declaration states that each person is entitled to fundamental rights, including the right to equality, and the right to life, liberty and security of the person. It states that all are equal before the law and protection from discrimination. The Declaration also recognizes the right to freedom of religion, assembly, expression and the right to participate in the cultural life of the community.

The 2020 UN Theme: Recover Better – Stand Up for Human Rights relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and is a call to action, one that involves a collective effort of transformative action that can contribute to recovering better and building more resilient and just societies.

December 10 is an opportunity to commit to re-building the world by recognizing Human Rights as central to the recovery efforts and creating equal opportunities for all, addressing the need for global solidarity and tackling exclusion, discrimination and systematic and intergenerational inequalities.

The City of Toronto in its effort to create safe and secure communities, recognizes that all people deserve to live free from any form of discrimination and to be empowered with the basic and inherent rights of dignity, respect and self-worth. The City stands firm in its commitment to protect the rights of all residents and work to ensure human rights are central to our recovery efforts.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2020 as “Human Rights Day” in the City of Toronto.

Salvation Army Week

December 14 – 18, 2020

WHEREAS the Salvation Army operates in Toronto and 400 other communities across Canada, offering assistance to 1.9 million Canadians annually.

The Salvation Army offers support and vital social programs including food banks, addictions support, shelter services, and clothing donations, and continue to provide aid to those in need through the annual Kettle Campaign and Toy Mountain Drive.

Salvation Army week reminds us that this year the need for support has never been greater for the most vulnerable members of our community. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, organizations like the Salvation Army have had to adapt and serve more within their communities to ensure that no one is left behind.

As the demand for support continues to dramatically increase, many organizations are facing resource shortages, making their programs harder to deliver. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, the Salvation Army continues to operate and provide much-needed assistance.

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 more compassionate city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 14 – 18, 2020 as “Salvation Army Week” in the City of Toronto.

Kwanzaa Week

December 26, 2020 – January 1, 2021

WHEREAS Kwanzaa Week is a cultural holiday based on harvest festivals that take place in Africa, with Kwanzaa translating to “first fruits of the harvest” in Swahili.

Kwanzaa was established in 1965 to give Black communities an opportunity to honour and remember their African ancestries, culture and heritage.

Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community, history and culture featuring the lighting of seven candles on a kinara or candle holder.  One candle is lit each day: the first three are red and represent the global struggles of African peoples and the African diaspora, a black one in the middle symbolizes people of African descent and the earth, and three green candles at the end represent hope of the future.

The candles also represent seven principles marking each day of Kwanzaa: unity, self-determination, collective responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith that represent pan-African values and culture.

Toronto is home to some of the world’s most diverse populations of people of African descent from across the African continent and representing various Afro-diasporic populations.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued and varied contributions people of African descent in Toronto have made and continue to make to the city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 26, 2020 – January 1, 2021 as “Kwanzaa Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

November 2020

WHEREAS domestic violence is used by an abuser to exert power and control over their partner. It can involve physical, verbal, psychological, sexual and financial abuse. Financial abuse includes preventing the victim from being employed or taking away access to their finances.

Anyone in a relationship can experience domestic violence, but an estimated 83 per cent of victims of abuse are women. It’s often difficult for a woman to leave the abusive relationship and on average, it takes seven attempts.

It is important to support a person you believe may be experiencing abuse by listening, and by offering help and respect to let them know they are not alone.

The City of Toronto believes that domestic violence is unacceptable. We are committed to developing a workplace culture that is free from fear and abuse.

Recognizing the harm and impact that domestic/intimate partner violence may have the City has adopted a Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence in the Workplace Policy.

The City will continue to address domestic/intimate partner violence in the workplace and in our city to promote the well-being of all residents.

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

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 2020

WHEREAS lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and is the leading cause of death for both men and women.

It is estimated that in Canada one in 14 men and one in 15 women will develop lung cancer during their lifetime.

For males, the rate of lung cancer began decreasing in 1990 and in females, in 2011. Second hand smoke, a family history of cancer or lung disease and environmental pollutants can all potentially cause lung cancer.

It is important that we raise awareness about lung cancer and the impact it has on people so we can better protect Canadians from this 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 November 2020 as “Lung Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Moroccan Heritage Month

November 2020

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

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

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the Moroccan community in Toronto has made to 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, do hereby proclaim November 2020 as “Moroccan Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Movember

November 2020

WHEREAS during Movember, men are encouraged to grow a moustache for 30 days to raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health issues and suicide prevention.

This month is a time to use the power of the moustache to support men’s health. It’s also a time for “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sisters” to start conversations about men’s health and raise funds for research.

This year, other options to support Movember include Move for Movember, Host a Mo-ment virtually or Mo Your Own Way – all to raise funds for research and provide programs. Toronto firefighters are taking part in Movember Firefighters’ The Great Canadian Fire Challenge as the profession has a higher prevalence of cancers and mental health pressures due to the nature of the work.

The City of Toronto recognizes the significant contributions of all those supporting the Movember campaign and the work they are doing to raise awareness of this cause. It is through active community work, fundraising and caring that we build a strong and resilient city.

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

Treaties Recognition Week

November 1 – 7, 2020

WHEREAS treaties form the basis of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. By educating people about our collective treaty rights and obligations, we can create greater understanding and nurture these important relationships.

Treaties Recognition Week honours the importance of treaties and helps people learn more about the importance of treaties and treaty rights. This week offers an opportunity to listen to Indigenous voices and hear perspectives on how treaties have affected them, their families and communities.

Although many treaties were signed more than a century ago, treaty commitments are just as valid today as they were then. Treaties are legally binding agreements that set out rights, responsibilities and relationships and we have a duty to respect and honour those relationships.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 1 – 7, 2020 as “Treaties Recognition Week” in the City of Toronto.

Take Our Kids to Work Day

November 4, 2020

WHEREAS today marks Take Our Kids to Work Day, part of the Learning Partnership’s national program, where Grade 9 students explore the working world for one day. This year’s theme is ‘Your Future Now’.

This year, due to the ongoing pandemic, the program will be held virtually with various online resources and live sessions that will provide students with information about careers at various workplaces.

Despite the public health guidelines, it’s important that we gather virtually and provide students opportunities to experience various careers that are available.

In the past, parents, relatives, friends and volunteers have hosted an estimated 200,000 students in workplaces across Canada.

Research suggests that today’s students will have multiple careers and will have to master new technologies and skills as they develop their careers.

Take Our Kids to Work Day builds on the commitment to helping our children work towards a brighter future through a collaborative approach that highlights the importance of education and skills development.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 4, 2020 as “Take Our Kids to Work Day” in the City of Toronto.

Remembrance Week

November 5 -11, 2020

WHEREAS this year marks 100 years that we have commemorated Remembrance Day on November 11. During Remembrance Week, we take time to think of all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and honour all Canadians who have fought and continue to fight for peace.

Each year, we pause on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, to remember those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms. This year, Remembrance Day ceremonies will largely move to a virtual space as we are unable to gather in person to commemorate. It is important that we continue to remember and honour those who gave so much to our country.

2020 also marks 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe and the Pacific. More than one million Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in our Armed Forces during this war. It was a significant effort, involving those at home and those at the front where Canada paid a huge price, losing 45,000 Canadians. A further 55,000 returned home wounded.

In the Second World War, more than 3,400 men and women from our city gave their lives in service. Many more fought and returned injured. Toronto also made an important contribution in training and supporting those who put themselves in harm’s way.

The City of Toronto remembers and honours all Canadians who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. On November 11th, I encourage all Torontonians to pause and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 5 – 11, 2020 as “Remembrance Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Philanthropy Day

November 15, 2020

WHEREAS philanthropy is the spirit of giving without expectation of reward. It helps build strong communities and active civic participation.

National Philanthropy Day is celebrated around the world as a day to recognize charitable organizations, caring individuals and dedicated volunteers, all working together to serve a common goal – improving the lives of others.

National Philanthropy Day’s slogan “Change the World with a Giving Heart” speaks to the power and importance of charity, in the community.  Countless Canadians continue to benefit and be inspired by philanthropy, which is more than just a charitable donation. It is the effort an individual or organization undertakes based on the desire to help improve lives.

Toronto is a city where people take care of each other and that has been especially evident during this pandemic, Torontonians have given generously to their neighbours and communities and have inspired us all to take care of one another. From acts of kindness to donations through the City’s DonateTO platform we have helped those who need support.

It is important to honour all those who demonstrate the spirit of giving by recognizing National Philanthropy Day.

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

Louis Riel Day

November 16, 2020

WHEREAS Louis Riel is recognized as a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people and a founder of confederation. He was executed on this day in 1885 for leading the Northwest Resistance in defense of the Métis people and their lands.

In 1885, volunteers from Toronto answered the call to fight against Louis Riel at the North-West Resistance. Historical truth has come to light since then, and Riel is recognized as a visionary whose beliefs and principles, as a leader for minority rights, resonates with the Métis and greater community. Toronto has many vibrant Métis citizens and an active Métis community including the Toronto and York Region Métis Council.

Today, we remember Louis Riel and those who fought alongside Riel for what they believed. Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto recognize Louis Riel’s contribution to Métis communities. We also acknowledge the contributions the Métis make to our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 16, 2020 as “Louis Riel Day” in the City of Toronto.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

November 22 – 28, 2020

WHEREAS each year we celebrate Victims and Survivors of Crime Week to raise awareness of services and supports for persons harmed by crime and violence. This year’s theme is “Recognizing Courage, Renewing Commitment.”

This week seeks to offer a greater understanding of victim issues and recognizes the tireless efforts of frontline victim services staff, advocates and professionals working in the criminal justice system who support and offer information and assistance to survivors.

Support for victims is imperative in an effort to help them through challenging and traumatic experiences and helps foster feelings of resilience and courage. Community support, advocacy and public demonstrations of support help promote the community’s capacity for compassion and provides the opportunity for open dialogue in understanding the impact of crime and violence on society.

The City of Toronto is committed to community safety and the wellbeing of its residents by investing in the prevention of crime through social development, community partnerships and programs, all key components for maintaining safe and healthy neighbourhoods.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 22 – 28, 2020 as “Victims and Survivors of Crime Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Child Day

November 20, 2020

WHEREAS National Child Day has been observed and celebrated across Canada since 1993.

Children are valued members of our community, whose rights – set out by the United Nations – include the right to health, education, family life, play, an adequate standard of living, and protection from abuse or harm.

National Child Day, commemorates the UN Declaration of the Rights of a Child and Convention on the Rights of a Child, two historic declarations that provide clear direction on how to raise happy and healthy children and youth.

Children are our future and it is important that we uphold their rights and provide them with nurturing and loving environments that ensure their personal growth and success.

The City of Toronto is committed to the well-being of Toronto’s children and values children as important residents who share unique ideas and perspectives of their neighbourhood and their city.

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

Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2020

WHEREAS today we remember transgender people who died as a result of anti-transgender violence.

Today and every day we must respect transgender rights and acknowledge the discrimination, violence and challenges transgender people face. They are our family members, friends, neighbours and co-workers who we need to support and accept.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate transphobia, and homophobia, while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, we have an obligation to create a city that is inclusive for all.

On this solemn day, let all citizens of Toronto stand with transgender people, their children, parents, family members, friends, and partners, and commit to working towards transgender rights and safety.

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

National Housing Day

November 22, 2020

WHEREAS National Housing Day is observed across Canada and recognizes that access to affordable and adequate housing is at the heart of a safe, healthy and prosperous community.

In December 2019, Toronto City Council approved the HousingTO 2020 – 2030 Action Plan, which includes an updated “Toronto Housing Charter – Opportunity for All”. This document confirms the City of Toronto’s commitment to the progressive realization of the right to adequate housing and lays out a path to help meet this commitment.

Through policy, research, investments, innovation and collaboration with other orders of government, as well as with the non-profit and private sectors, the City is dedicated to achieving its new and ambitious housing goals.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and increased the disproportionate impacts of poverty and inequality faced by vulnerable and marginalized residents across our city, especially by those without a home. The pandemic has also highlighted that access to safe, secure, affordable housing is a key social determinant of health. Now more than ever, we must take bold and swift action to create more affordable homes and equitable neighbourhoods across Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby November 22, 2020 as “National Housing Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto FC Day

November 24, 2020

WHEREAS Toronto FC qualified for the Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in the past six seasons.

Despite the ongoing pandemic, Toronto FC excelled and clinched a spot in this year’s MLS Cup Playoffs while navigating uncertainty, and having to play some of their “home” games outside of Toronto. Through their remarkable efforts and skill, the Reds were the first team in the MLS to clinch a playoff spot this season. This accomplishment is a result of the focus, hard work, and a love for the game exhibited by the players, coaching and training staff. The team’s determination to win was buoyed by strong team unity and passion on the pitch.

Moving to post-season play is another feather in the cap for Toronto FC fans, who are the most passionate and enthusiastic in all of MLS. The team could not have done it without the backing of its fans and supporters.

Today, on Toronto FC Day, I encourage everyone in our city to show your support for the club as they play their first game of the MLS Cup Playoffs. As the team starts their quest for another MLS Cup, we look forward to supporting them with virtual and online chants of “Let’s Go Reds!”

Thank you for making us proud to be Torontonians and for representing us in the MLS Cup Playoffs.

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

Stomach Cancer Awareness Day

November 30, 2020

WHEREAS an estimated 4,100 Canadians will be diagnosed with stomach cancer this year.

Some of the symptoms include lumps in the abdomen, weight loss, abnormal pain or discomfort and loss of appetite.

The exact causes of stomach cancer are not yet known. Early diagnoses are shown to help with effective treatment so it is important that we raise awareness about this disease and the impact it has on people.

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 November 30, 2020 as “Stomach Cancer Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

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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 Teachers’ Day

October 5, 2020

WHEREAS today we honour all teachers who educate, guide and mentor students. World Teachers’ Day commemorates the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers. It sets benchmarks for the rights and responsibilities of teachers.

During this pandemic, teachers are adapting to various teaching methods some teaching in-person classes and others working remotely through online classes. We thank our teachers for continuing to provide our students with a quality education throughout this difficult time.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of our teachers. Their dedication and hard work help to enrich the lives of their students on a daily basis.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 5, 2020 as “World Teachers’ 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 is a preventable cause of death that takes the lives of 166 Ontarians each year. This week focuses on ways to prevent drowning, as even one is too many.

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

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

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

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

Single-use Plastic Free Day

July 30, 2020

WHEREAS Single-use Plastic Free Day raises awareness of the need to reduce single-use plastics at work, home and school. Single use plastics include water bottles, cutlery, plastic straws and packaging that are immediately thrown out after a single use. Less than 10 per cent of plastic items used by Canadians get recycled.

Single-use plastics not only cause litter in our communities, but they threaten our oceans and the marine life. An estimated 17.6 billion pounds of plastic ends up in the marine environment each year.

The City of Toronto’s long term Waste Strategy provides a road map for how waste including waste reduction, reuse and recycling will be managed over the next 30 to 50 years. The goal is to divert 70 per cent of the City’s waste by 2026 and move towards a circular economy where products can be used as long as possible. Waste reduction is also an important goal of the City’s TransformTO climate action strategy.

We can all work together and help make our city and our environment a healthier place for everyone by working to eliminate single-use plastics from everyday life.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 30, 2020 as “Single-use Plastic Free Day” in the City of Toronto.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Black Music Month

June 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brain Injury Awareness Month

June 2020

WHEREAS Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) affects over 50,000 Canadians every year and is the leading cause of death in Canadians under the age of 40. Brain injury can happen to anyone and it impacts not only those who survive, it also touches the lives of family, friends, caregivers, support workers and the community. Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include falls, infections, heart attacks, bicycle or motor vehicle collisions and drug abuse.

Approximately 1.5 million Canadians live with the effects of a brain injury. I want to commend our healthcare workers who continue to provide care and support to those impacted by brain injuries. The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians. Through education, fundraising and support, the health and well-being of our communities are improved.

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

Filipino Heritage Month

June 2020

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

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

During Filipino Heritage Month we recognize Philippines Independence Day on June 12, a day that celebrates democracy, freedom and culture. On this day and during this month, we can learn more about the many outstanding contributions Filipino Canadians have made around the world.

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

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

Italian Heritage Month

June 2020

WHEREAS this month we acknowledge the long and proud history of the Italian community in our city, in the Province of Ontario and across Canada during Italian Heritage Month. This month recognizes the richness of the Italian culture, the contributions of the Italian community to our city, and the importance of preserving this heritage for future generations.

During Italian Heritage Month we celebrate June 2, Italy’s Republic Day. On this date and throughout the entire month, we can learn about the outstanding contributions Italian Canadians have made to our city. Italian immigrants helped build Toronto and continue to make a positive impact in our city.

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

National DeafBlind Awareness Month

June 2020

WHEREAS this month recognizes that deafblindness is a combination of sight and hearing impairment that affects how people communicate, access information and get around. It also acknowledges that with the appropriate supports, those who live with deafblindness can lead informed and meaningful lives.

The hard work of support workers, including intervenors who supply sensory information to those living with deafblindness, helps provide what is needed to access information to lead safe independent lives .As we move to the recovery period from this pandemic, it is important to raise awareness and advocate on behalf of those people in our communities who live with deafblindness and renew our commitment to accessibility.

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

Portuguese Heritage Month

June 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Pride Month

June 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mois de la Fierté

 Juin 2020

Considérant que le mois de juin marque le mois de la Fierté à Toronto, la plus grande célébration de la Fierté en Amérique du Nord et l’un des principaux festivals artistiques et culturels du pays mettant en valeur la diversité, l’inclusion et la créativité.

Ce mois nous donne l’occasion de réfléchir aux progrès réalisés dans la reconnaissance et la protection des droits de la communauté LGBTQ2S+ et au travail qu’il reste à accomplir.

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

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

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

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

Intergenerational Day

June 1, 2020

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

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

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been clear that we all have a role to play in supporting and protecting our seniors. Intergenerational relationships are key to ensuring that someone feels support during challenging times.

I encourage people to continue to reach out to friends or loved ones across generations to show support during the pandemic. The City supports healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with and investing in people, services, programs and facilities to strengthen social, economic and physical conditions that impact city-wide change.

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

Seniors Month

June 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

World Environment Day

June 5, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Toronto Remembers D-Day

June 6, 2020

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

D-Day represents the start of the Allied Forces’ campaign to liberate Western Europe from Nazi occupation. As part of the Allied Forces’ invasion, Canadian troops were assigned to invade Juno beach. On D-Day, 14,000 Canadian troops landed on Juno Beach and into the line of fire, as they sought to protect the eight kilometre stretch of the Normandy coastline. The Queen’s Own Rifles from Toronto had the highest casualties among the Canadian regiments, with 143 killed, wounded or captured.

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

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

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

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

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

Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week

 June 6 – June 13, 2020

WHEREAS Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week raises awareness of a debilitating condition that is caused by a spontaneous spinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. A spinal CSF leak occurs when there is a tear or a hole in the tissue that surrounds your spinal cord. When this happens, spinal fluid, which helps protect your brain and spinal cord, leaks out into the surrounding tissues of the body. This can often have several health-related side-effects including headaches, neck pain and cognitive issues.

Now more than ever during COVID-19, we recognize the importance of raising awareness about underreported medical conditions that affect members of our community. A spinal CSF leak can sometimes be difficult to diagnose; it may often go undetected as it is an invisible medical condition. We commend our healthcare workers who continue to provide care and support to those who have experienced or are living with a spinal CSF leak.

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

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

Canadian Armed Forces Day

June 7, 2020

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

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

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

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

Community Worker Recognition Week

June 8 – 12, 2020

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

Community workers like homeless shelter workers, youth outreach workers and community outreach coordinators assist in providing critical services to residents of Toronto, including housing and shelter, food, employment and income, health and mental health, settlement, and support to youths and seniors. Through the pandemic, community workers have adapted to serving clients remotely all while following public health guidelines.

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

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

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

Massey Hall Day

June 14, 2020

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

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

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

Toronto is the largest centre of music in Canada and one of the most varied and vibrant music cities in the world. Music is a significant industry and a major cultural asset.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of many organizations like Massey Hall, individuals and groups to the rich cultural fabric of our city, and is committed to making Toronto a place where arts and culture continue to thrive.

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

World Blood Donor Day

June 14, 2020

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

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

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

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

World Sickle Cell Day

June 19, 2020

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

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

Treatments include certain medications and blood transfusions. Currently, the only treatment that may offer a potential cure is a stem cell transplant. People with SCD can lead full and active lives. Making healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices are ways to manage the disease. I want to commend our healthcare workers who continue to provide care and support to those who are living with the disease.

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

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

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2020

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

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

In 2015, the City of Toronto endorsed the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and called upon the Federal and Provincial governments to adopt the Calls to Action. In 2018, the City of Toronto established its first Indigenous Affairs Office dedicated to supporting City divisions in their work with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and all urban Indigenous communities. The Office strives to strengthen the City’s relationship with Indigenous communities and advance reconciliation.

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

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

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

Pollinator Week

June 22 –28, 2020

WHEREAS pollinators come in many diverse forms that include bees, butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps, bats, and birds. Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees and in excess of1 00 species of butterflies. Toronto’s official bee is the native, metallic green sweat bee –Agapostemon virescens –commonly found in gardens across the city.

Pollinators play an integral role in contributing to urban biodiversity –the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat all rely on biodiversity. They help support healthy ecosystems and are a key component of a sustainable city. Pollinators in Toronto and around the globe are under increasing pressure due to habitat loss, climate change, invasive species, pesticides, and other factors and it is important that we take steps to protect them.

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

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

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 23, 2020

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

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

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

The City is committed to working with others to make the world a safer and better place for everyone, while recognizing that work still needs to be done to achieve peace. We re-commit ourselves to protecting human rights and dignity for all people and creating a more humane and just world for future generations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 23, 2020 as “National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism” in the City of Toronto.

Grad Day

June 24, 2020

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

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

Congratulations to all graduates across the City of Toronto! Your dedicated efforts in class and the hard work you put into all of your assignments have helped you reach this incredible achievement. We thank your teachers, parents, family, and friends who have been supportive of you each step of the way.

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

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

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 26, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 27, 2020

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

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

The Toronto Region is home to people representing more than 250 ethnicities, speaking 170 languages and roughly half the population was not born in Canada. Toronto is considered the most diverse city in the world.

Multiculturalism is woven into our way of life and is considered to be one of the many reasons our city is thriving.

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

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

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Doctors’ Day

May 1, 2020

WHEREAS today we mark Doctors’ Day to recognize the commitment and contributions of Ontario physicians to strengthening the medical profession by providing high quality care and to improving the health of all people.

Now more than ever, we are thankful to the doctors – along with all our healthcare workers – who are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our doctors are working overtime to help ensure that patients recover from this virus and that we find a vaccine. Their commitment to fighting this battle has helped our country and our city during the worst of the pandemic so far.

Doctors’ Day is a time to highlight and celebrate the expertise and dedication of doctors to the care of their patients, and to recognize the many ways in which they help us lead healthier lives. Currently, doctors are working harder than ever to ensure that patients are getting the care they need, whether it’s in a hospital, long-term care facility, clinic, research lab or directly in a patient’s home.

This year, the Ontario Medical Association has initiated a special initiative called ‘Shine a Light for All They Do’ – where Ontarians and Torontonians can come together, from a distance, and participate in celebrating doctors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shining a light is a universal way of expressing gratitude for those leading us during a time of crisis.

Now more than ever, I encourage all Torontonians to show their appreciation for doctors by simply turning on their phone flashlights from their window, balcony, front porch or driveway on May 1 at 9:00 p.m.‍

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

First Responders Day

May 1, 2020

WHEREAS first responders are frontline heroes who protect our city and its residents every day.

First responders are the paramedics, communications officers, police officers, firefighters and healthcare workers who serve their communities. They serve us with loyalty during the best of times and in the worst of times when we need them most. They are constantly responsible for making life and death decisions under severe pressure.

Now more than ever, we recognize the hard work and dedication of our First Responders who along with all our healthcare workers are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their commitment to our residents and our city has helped us as we navigate these unprecedented times.

We recognize the work and commitment first responders provide each day. Now more than ever we appreciate and support the vital, lifesaving role they are playing in helping our city every day and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We salute these dedicated individuals today and throughout the year and thank them for all that they do to keep our communities safe.

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

World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2020

WHEREAS on World Press Freedom Day, we celebrate the fundamental principles of freedom around the world and acknowledge the important role that the media plays in ensuring freedom of the press and freedom of expression.

Today, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we recognize World Press Freedom Day and celebrate our media for their tireless and ongoing efforts to seek the truth and keep the public informed on COVID-19. Now more than ever, we need journalists delivering important news provided by our medical and public health professionals and ensuring that the public has accurate information about this rapidly changing virus.

The press plays a key role in delivering the news to Toronto’s diverse communities. Ethnic publications and media outlets in every language strengthen our communities, contribute to our cultural development and ensure that everyone has access to important information and relevant news.

The day also recognizes the need to defend media from attacks on their independence and pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while practicing their profession. The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2020 is  “Journalism without Fear or Favour”.

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

Emergency Preparedness Week

May 3 – 9, 2020

WHEREAS Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that encourages people to be prepared and ready to cope with emergencies.

Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Each of us can reduce the risks we face by understanding what the risks are, learning about how to prepare for them and making plans to help ourselves, our families and our communities, based on advice from the experts.

The City of Toronto’s Office of Emergency Management works to build a safer, less vulnerable community that has the ability to cope with emergencies. Community members, organizations and businesses also have an important role to play. By taking steps to prepare, everyone can reduce the fear, anxiety and losses that accompany emergencies.

Now more than ever we understand and support the very important and vital role emergency management professionals provide in helping our city during the COVID-19 pandemic. Toronto’s Emergency Operations Centre have been working around the clock to help us respond to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Their jobs have helped keep our city and its residents safe and have ensured that we will get out of this crisis stronger than ever. We thank all staff who are working on the frontlines to help us respond to this emergency.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 3 – 9, 2020 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Mental Health Week

May 4 – 10, 2020

WHEREAS one in five Canadians live with mental health problems, mental illnesses or addiction.

Everyone needs healthy and supportive places to work, live and learn. Mental Health Week encourages people to learn more about mental health, to talk openly about it and to remove the stigmas associated with mental health issues.

Now more than ever during COVID-19 when people are experiencing greater levels of social isolation, anxiety and stress, they are encouraged to seek out mental health resources. It is also important for family and friends to reach out to one another who may need extra support during this stressful time.

The City of Toronto is committed to continuous improvement in the area of workplace mental health and well-being. Organizations, workplaces and individuals are encouraged to raise awareness about mental health issues affecting 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 May 4 – 10, 2020 as “Mental Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

GivingTuesdayNow

May 5, 2020

WHEREAS today Toronto residents are asked to give to local charities that are working hard to help provide basic necessities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity that is an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by this ongoing crisis.

This day of action will rally people around the world to tap into the power of human connection and help strengthen communities during this time of need. We invite all Torontonians that are able to give during this time, to participate in GivingTuesdayNow and help us spread kindness and generosity to those who need it the most.

Now more than ever, it is important to take the time to help others, support small businesses and give back to your community during this difficult time.

Through your generosity we can help ensure Toronto remains a compassionate city where everyone receives the assistance they require.

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

V-E Day

May 8, 2020

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

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

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

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

We honour the legacy of V-E Day by commemorating the sacrifice of those who brought peace and freedom to Europe and the world, as well as the courage and tenacity of those who survived and those who contributed on the home front.  The triumph we remember on V-E Day was the result of a collective effort that overcame great odds.

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

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

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

National Police Week

May 10 – 16, 2020

WHEREAS police officers – our front line heroes – dedicate their lives to keeping our city and its residents safe. Every day police officers devote countless hours to serve and protect our residents, businesses and our city.

Now more than ever, we are grateful for our police officers who are on the frontlines providing support to our city as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic. While residents are being asked to stay home as much as possible, our Toronto Police officers are out in our neighbourhoods keeping us safe, informing residents about the importance of physical distancing and providing community law enforcement that is helping us stop the spread of the virus.

Although, our city has been focused on fighting this deadly virus, our Toronto Police continue to do the important work of investigating crime and enforcing the law.

This week is a time to recognize and honour the sacrifices and service police provide each and every day.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 10-16, 2020 as “National Police Week” in the City of Toronto.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Awareness Day

May 12, 2020

WHEREAS Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (ME/CFS) are chronic illnesses that have the potential to substantially limit function and impact the quality of life.

People with ME/CFS suffer from chronic and disabling fatigue. Minimal physical, mental or cognitive exertion results in a myriad of symptoms such as pain, headaches, cardiac symptoms, immune disorders, and it affects respiratory, nervous and digestive systems.

It is important that we bring awareness to these complex chronic diseases as they are often misunderstood.  ME/CFS is often considered an invisible disease as people who live with these conditions can appear physically healthy but are facing debilitating challenges.

The challenges of COVID-19 can be tough on all of us, especially for those who are living with a chronic illness.  It is important that we lend our support and understanding to those who have additional challenges during this time.

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 May 12, 2020 as “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Vasculitis Awareness Day

May 13, 2020

WHEREAS this day raises awareness about vasculitis, a family of about 26 rare diseases that cause inflammation in the blood vessels making them weak, stretched, bigger or narrower.

Vasculitis inflames and narrows blood vessels and can block the flow of blood to specific areas of the body, causing organ and tissue damage.

It is vital to those living with these diseases that we continue to raise awareness around these complex and rare diseases that cause short term acute or long-lasting chronic challenges.

The challenges of COVID-19 can be hard on all of us, especially for those who are living with an illness. It is important that we lend our support and understanding to those who have additional challenges during this time.

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 May 13, 2020 as “Vasculitis Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Apraxia Awareness Day

May 14, 2020

WHEREAS Apraxia Awareness Day raises awareness about apraxia, a motor speech disorder which makes verbal communication challenging. Children with apraxia have difficulty speaking clearly because their brains cannot plan and coordinate the movements of their lips, tongue and jaw making.

Children with apraxia benefit from specialized, intensive speech therapy that helps them learn the movement patterns required for speech. Early intervention makes a big difference in a child and family’s life.

The challenges of COVID-19 can be tough on all of us, especially for children who need additional assistance.  It is important that we lend our support and understanding to these children, their families and the greater apraxia community who may be experiencing greater levels of anxiety and stress during this time.

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 May 14, 2020 as “Apraxia Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of Living Together in Peace

May 16, 2020

WHEREAS living in peace is about accepting differences and recognizing, and appreciating others in an effort to build a world of peace, tolerance, understanding and inclusion.

In Toronto, we strive to live together harmoniously by respecting each other’s differences and appreciating the diversity that makes up the rich cultural mosaic of our city. During these uncertain and unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that we come together to fight COVID-19.

We must tap into the power of human connection, reset values and help strengthen communities so that we can face this common enemy together. We must do everything possible to foster hope, compassion, mutual respect and unity to end stigma and hate speech.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the communities in Toronto make to strengthen our society and calls on everyone to rethink and transform our relationships with each other so that we can build a sustainable world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 16, 2020 as “International Day of Living Together in Peace” in the City of Toronto.

Do Something Good for Your Neighbour Day

May 16, 2020

WHEREAS today, Toronto residents are encouraged to do small acts of kindness for their neighbours.

Now more than ever, during this COVID-19 pandemic, residents are asked to check in on their neighbours via the telephone or video chat, especially the elderly and those unable to leave their homes, to ensure they have enough food, supplies and social interaction from a distance.

Through this pandemic our city has demonstrated that we care about our neighbours. We have seen the heartwarming gestures of residents, businesses and community partners, who generously continue to shop, cook, and deliver meals and necessities to those who are in need.

Thank you to everyone who is working hard to ensure Toronto remains a compassionate and caring city. Consider doing something good for your neighbour now and in the future.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 16, 2020 as “Do Something Good for Your Neighbour Day.”

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, 2020

WHEREAS today we raise awareness around the violence and discrimination faced by our LGBTQ2S+ community. Together, we commit ourselves to end hate and discrimination against anyone who identifies as LGBTQ2S+.

This year’s theme for the 2020 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia is “Breaking the Silence”. It is important to remember that there are still many within the community whose voices are not heard, or who are forced to hide their identity due to stigma and fear. We must stand in solidarity and help create safe spaces that allow us to break the silence and end the stigma.

Now more than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic, we must ensure that those who feel marginalized do not feel isolated. It is important that we all stand together today and say loudly and clearly that homophobia, transphobia and biphobia will not be condoned in Toronto. People who identify as LGBTQ2S+are valued residents who should always feel safe in Toronto.

The City of Toronto is a leader when it comes to addressing and ending homophobia, biphobia and transphobia while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2020 as the “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia” in the City of Toronto.

Personal Support Worker Day

May 19, 2020

WHEREAS today we recognize all of the personal support workers (PSWs) that are working on the frontlines of our healthcare system caring for the ill and the elderly every day.

PSWs ensure that people in long-term care facilities or in their homes are safe and cared for. They make every effort to provide physical care and support to those in their care and do it with a sense of compassion and empathy.

Now more than ever, we are thankful to PSWs – along with all healthcare workers – who are on the frontlines caring for those suffering from COVID-19. PSWs are working overtime to ensure those who need it receive the care they need and deserve and are lending support to family members who can’t be with loved ones during this difficult time. Their commitment to fighting this battle is helping our city get through this crisis.

Personal Support Worker Day is an opportunity to celebrate the unique contributions of PSWs who work tirelessly to keep people well and comfortable. Their commitment to caring for the most vulnerable members of our community has helped our city during these tough times.

Thank you to all PSWs who continue to provide this essential and vital work that impacts the lives of so many.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 19, 2020 as “Personal Support Worker Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Newcomer Day

May 21, 2020

WHEREAS each year on Toronto Newcomer Day, we recognize and acknowledge newcomers and their contributions to our great city and support them as they become integrated into all aspects of our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.

The City of Toronto is invested in community building so that each resident, community, organization, agency or business can contribute to our collective growth, learning and development.

The resilience and sacrifices of newcomers in adapting to a new home and building a new life remind us that it’s important to take the time to support each other and give back during this difficult time.

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

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

National Nursing Week

May 11 – 17, 2020

WHEREAS this week we recognize our heroic nurses and the essential work they do in caring for their patients on a daily basis.

Now more than ever, we are thankful to nurses – along with all our healthcare workers – who are on the frontlines fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurses are working overtime to ensure patients receive the care they need to recover from this virus and are lending support to family members who can’t be with loved ones during this difficult time. Their commitment to fighting this battle is helping our country and city get through this crisis.

Nursing Week is an opportunity to celebrate the unique contributions of nurses who work across all health care sectors, including those on the front lines in hospitals, primary care centers, and long-term care, and those working in public health, the community sector, education, and research.

National Nursing Week also encompasses International Nursing Day on May 12, which honours Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The World Health Organization has declared 2020 as “International Year of the Nurse and Midwife” in honour of Ms. Nightingale who would have celebrated her 200th birthday this year.

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

Paramedic Services Week

May 24-30, 2020

WHEREAS paramedics dedicate their lives to keeping our city and its residents safe, Paramedic Services Week is a time to recognize the contributions of these vital healthcare professionals. Every day paramedics – our front line heroes – go out into our communities to provide lifesaving service to our residents as they work to maintain a safe and healthy city.

This year’s theme is Pandemic: Paramedics on the Front Line which demonstrates the important role that paramedics play on the front lines of the healthcare system during a pandemic. There is no better time than right now, during the COVID-19 pandemic, for us to come together and thank our paramedics for all that they do in protecting our city and its residents.

While residents are being asked to practice social distancing, our paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers and support and management staff are on the job 24 hours a day seven days a week, helping those impacted by COVID-19, as well as those experiencing other injury or illness.

Paramedic Services Week, which culminates in Paramedic Services Recognition Day on May 30 , is a time to recognize and honour the sacrifices that paramedics make when they travel to residents’ homes, hospitals and throughout our city to look after us.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 24 – 30,2020 as “Paramedic Services Week” in the City of Toronto.

Brain Cancer Awareness Day

May 27, 2020

WHEREAS today everyone is encouraged to wear the colour grey to help raise awareness around brain cancer as we acknowledge Brain Cancer Awareness Month in May. The month of May provides us with an opportunity to pause, reflect and show our respect for those lost to brain cancer, celebrate those who have survived and inspire those currently fighting this disease.

Each person with brain cancer may have unique symptoms which is why it is important that we raise awareness around the various symptoms of the illness and fight to find a cure. Now more than ever during this COVID-19 pandemic we recognize the need for research into how to prevent and cure illnesses.

We commend the doctors and researchers who continue to treat brain cancer patients despite a shift in the healthcare sector.

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 May 27, 2020 as “Brain Cancer Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Menstrual Hygiene Day

May 28, 2020

WHEREAS Menstrual Hygiene (MH) Day raises awareness of the challenges menstruators face in their ability to experience healthy periods with dignity.MH Day highlights the importance of proper menstrual hygiene through public education and advocacy.

This day also raises awareness about the stigma surrounding periods and calls for menstrual equity by providing marginalized communities with access to free menstrual hygiene products.

The continued support at the local, regional, and national levels is helping break the silence and build awareness about the fundamental role that good menstrual hygiene management plays in the lives of people who menstruate.

During this challenging time and every day, let us aim to be conscious of the needs of others, promote open dialogue to help counter taboos surrounding periods, learn new and creative ways to manage menstrual health issues and promote equitable access for hygiene needs and products.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about the needs of the community through education and support, to ensure 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 May 28, 2020 as “Menstrual Hygiene Day” in the City of Toronto.

National AccessAbility Week

May 31 – June 6, 2020

WHEREAS National AccessAbility Week celebrates the contributions of people with disabilities and highlights and promotes inclusion and accessibility in our cities and communities. National AccessAbility Week is a week to recognize our progress and to be inspired to further break down accessibility barriers.

An inclusive Toronto is one where all Torontonians can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in their workplaces and communities. The City supports the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and the Accessible Canada Act and works to identify, prevent and remove barriers to equal access for people with disabilities. While it is always important to eliminate barriers to inclusion, it is times like we are enduring now that underscores that it is a shared responsibility and opportunity for all Torontonians to embrace the spirit of accessibility and break down accessibility barriers.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 31 – June 6, 2020 as “National AccessAbility Week” in the City of Toronto.

Proclamations were suspended in April.

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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.

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.

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.

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 acknowledges 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 “Down Syndrome Awareness 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.

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 riding sof 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.

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 the Tamil heritage and recognize the richness of the Tamil language and 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 impacted 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 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.

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. This commitment is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate hate crimes 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 January 27, 2020 as “International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” in the City of Toronto.

January 29, 2020

Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

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.