The following is a listing of proclamations for the current term of Council, from January to December 2021.

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Arthritis Awareness Month

September 2021

WHEREAS arthritis is a collection of conditions that affects joints and other surrounding tissues that causes pain and swelling in the joints, restricting mobility and diminishing overall quality of life.

Today, one in five Canadians lives with arthritis and with no known cure, the number of people in Canada with arthritis is expected to rise from the current six million, to nine million by 2040. Arthritis affects people of all age groups.

Throughout the month, it is important that we raise awareness about arthritis as well as appropriate treatment methods in order to help support all those living with the 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 2021 as “Arthritis Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 2021

WHEREAS cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in Canadian children and about one in five children will not survive beyond five years after diagnosis.

More than 10,000 children, adolescents, and young adults in Canada are in treatment or five year follow-up for cancer and 95 per cent of survivors may live with a chronic health problem by the time they reach the age of 45.

With approximately 1,500 children and youth diagnosed in Canada with cancer each year, it is a cause close to the hearts of many Toronto families.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses. 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 2021 as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Literacy Month

September 2021

WHEREAS reading and writing are essential skills needed to function in daily life. An estimated 773 million young people and adults around the world are considered non-literate as they have low or no reading and writing skills. This greatly impacts the way they manage their lives including their health.

During this month, International Literacy Day will be celebrated on September 8 with the theme of Literacy for a human-centered recovery: Narrowing the digital divide. The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for digital literacy skills that are required for accessing life-saving information and for remaining connected to society through virtual spaces and digital environments.

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 offers broad access to traditional, experiential, collaborative and networking learning opportunities to support the different ways people learn, the unique needs of local communities and the needs of learners of all ages.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 2021 as “Literacy Month” in the City of Toronto.

TTC Centenary Day

September 1, 2021

WHEREAS today, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) celebrates 100 years in operation.

The TTC is Canada’s largest public transit system and the third largest in North America, moving more than 500 million riders a year. Over the past century the TTC has grown to deliver exceptional transit that provides service to all corners of the City through a network of buses, subways, streetcars and Wheel Trans vehicles.

For 100 years, the TTC has provided a vital link, connecting people with places and opportunities in Toronto. Never has this been more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic when the TTC continued non-stop to help frontline workers get to work to help save lives. Residents and visitors rely on the TTC to go to work, to school and to recreation and entertainment destinations. Over the past century, the TTC has built a reputation as one of the best and safest systems in North America and it is a leader in innovation, environmentalism and equity.

Public transit is a catalyst for growth and development and the TTC is part of the fabric of Toronto. It is vital for mobility and the overall economic health of our city, and is an essential part of managing Toronto’s growth and continued prosperity. It is a critical element in our City’s fight against climate change.

The TTC’s commitment to service excellence is seen in the pride of its 16,000 employees, who work to keep the TTC rolling 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The contributions and commitment of generations of TTC workers have been critical to the success of our great city. The TTC is an integral part of life in Toronto. It touches the lives of virtually everyone in our city on a daily basis and will continue to do so for another hundred years and more.

Congratulations TTC! The TTC is the Better Way and the City of Toronto is committed to working with our provincial and federal government partners to ensure the transit system continues to grow and modernize for generations to come.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 1, 2021 as “TTC Centenary Day” in the City of Toronto.

Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day

September 4, 2021

WHEREAS one in 500 Canadians is living with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a life-threatening disease that causes fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys, reducing kidney function and leading to kidney failure.
Although PKD can affect everyone, there is usually a family history of the disease. 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, 2021 as “Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto International Film Festival Week

September 9 – 18, 2021

WHEREAS this year marks the 46th anniversary of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) – one of the country’s foremost cultural celebrations and one of the largest public film festivals in the world.

For the second year in a row, TIFF has continued to innovate, shaping a festival that is tailor-made for the moment. With distanced physical screenings, industry talks, drive-ins and streaming, there are now more ways than ever to participate in this year’s festival, ensuring that festival-goers have new and immersive ways to connect with the cinematic experience and each other.

For more than four decades, TIFF has built a legacy of delighting audiences with the best in international and Canadian cinema. Throughout its storied history, TIFF has grown to become one of the most successful cinematic events in the world, showcasing entertaining and thought-provoking films that engage everyone from cinema lovers, movies buffs, writers, producers, directors, editors, industry workers, curators, artists, and celebrities.

Despite the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Toronto continues to champion a vibrant industry that has helped establish Toronto as a global centre for film production excellence. The talented, creative and innovative works by filmmakers and those in the film industry have enriched our entertainment industry and contribute to the city’s cultural fabric.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 9 – 18, 2021 as “Toronto International Film Festival Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day

September 9, 2021

WHEREAS Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an array of lifelong disabilities resulting from a fetus’s exposure to alcohol while developing during pregnancy. FASD affects approximately four percent of Canadians, making it the leading developmental disability in Canada.

FASD is a spectrum of disorders that affect both the brain and the body of the fetus. People living with FASD experience many mental and physical health challenges throughout their life and may require lifelong support.

It is important that we educate ourselves on the reasons why someone may drink during pregnancy including not knowing the hazards of FASD, not knowing they are pregnant, social pressure or challenges resulting from substance use or trauma.

This day is a time to raise awareness of FASD and emphasize harm reduction strategies including the reminder that the safest option is no alcohol during pregnancy. FASD is preventable.

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 9, 2021 as “International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2021

WHEREAS World Suicide Prevention Day provides the opportunity for people across the globe to promote understanding about suicide and those impacted by suicide.

Suicide is a global public health issue and a significant mental health issue that has an enormous impact on individuals, families, friends and communities.

Globally, it is estimated that suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death for people of all ages. Every one of these losses leaves behind survivors who are left to live without a loved one and make sense of the traumatic event.

Raising awareness, reducing the stigma around suicide and encouraging well-informed action can reduce instances of suicide around the world. World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to raise awareness and to promote action that will reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts globally.

We all must commit to breaking 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, 2021 as “World Suicide Prevention Day” in the City of Toronto.

Urban Agriculture Week

September 11 – 19, 2021

WHEREAS urban agriculture helps the City of Toronto to achieve its priorities such as promoting strong neighbourhoods, mitigating climate change and increasing access to healthy, local produce.

Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America. City policies 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 individuals and communities and have impacts across the city and beyond its borders. Food and gardens are powerful tools for bringing Toronto’s diverse residents together to learn from each other and build strong communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 11 – 19, 2021 as “Urban Agriculture Week” in the City of Toronto.

Living Donation Week

September 12 – 18, 2021

WHEREAS this week raises awareness about living organ donation and pays tribute to the life-saving gifts of living organ donors.

This week celebrates the strength and resilience of transplant recipients, living donors, caregivers and dedicated transplant teams who give hope to those who are urgently waiting for a transplant.

​​​​​​Being touched by illness affects us in different ways. Many people want to give back to the community and help others. Giving a transformative gift of life improves access to living organ donation for people who need a
life-saving kidney or liver transplant.

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 12 – 18, 2021 as “Living Donation Week” in the City of Toronto.

World Patient Safety Day

September 17, 2021

WHEREAS, World Patient Safety Day is marked every year on September 17 to recognize patient safety as a global health priority and to increase global public awareness and engagement, while encouraging steps be taken to reduce harm and ensure that patients receive safe treatment in hospitals.

This year’s theme, “Safe maternal and newborn care” seeks to highlight the plight of approximately 810 women around the world who die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. Sadly, about two million babies are stillborn every year, with over 40 percent of deaths occurring during labour. The lack of access to safe medical care in some parts of the world is further complicated by a disruption of essential health services as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By raising awareness of the need for patient safety we can help keep everyone receiving care safe.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 17, 2021 as “World Patient Safety Day” in the City of Toronto.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Day

September 18, 2021

WHEREAS through mentorship programs, Big Brother Big Sister volunteers help change the lives of kids by helping to increase self-confidence, high school graduation rates and promoting healthy habits.

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 instill pride, self-awareness, promote feelings of confidence and self-worth and motivate many to work towards achieving their dreams.

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, 2021 as “Big Brothers Big Sisters Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Coaches Week

September 18 – 26, 2021

WHEREAS this week, we highlight the 300,000 dedicated coaches in Toronto and Ontario who coach players at all levels of sport.

Coaches inspire, uplift and encourage athletes to give their best and to excel at and enjoy sports. They make a positive impact in their communities, often volunteering their time and energy to help athletes train to become the best in their fields and learn the benefits of sport.

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 18 – 26, 2021 as “National Coaches Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Forest Week

September 19 – 25, 2021

WHEREAS National Forest Week is a time to learn more about Canada’s forests and the significance to the culture, history and future of the country and our city.

This year’s theme, “Our Forests – Continually Giving,” highlights the link between us and our forests. The week is a time to celebrate the cultural, social, ecological, and economic and health benefits forests provide.

This year’s theme also offers the opportunity to reflect on the integral connection that continues today between Indigenous communities and Toronto’s urban forest and natural spaces, and opportunities for reconciliation.

Toronto’s urban forest is a center for physical, mental and social wellbeing, and it contributes essential ecological services such as pollution reduction, storm water retention and cooling.

Toronto’s urban forest, estimated at a 28.4 to 31 per cent canopy cover, also covers its ravine system and supports its rich ecological diversity while offering valuable ecosystem services to the people who live, work and enjoy our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 19 – 25, 2021 as “National Forest Week” in the City of Toronto.

Tree City of the World Day

September 20, 2021

WHEREAS Toronto has an urban forest canopy cover made up of approximately 11.5 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 shares and adopts 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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 20, 2021 as “Tree City of the World Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Public Service Week

September 20 – 24, 2021

WHEREAS Toronto Public Service Week recognizes the professionalism, integrity and commitment of the 37,000 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.”

This year marks the ninth annual Toronto Public Service Week. Throughout the ongoing pandemic staff have continued to work tirelessly to deliver critical and essential services and have demonstrated outstanding efforts to further help protect the health, safety and well-being of all of our residents.

While the pandemic continues to present challenges, our staff are working to reopen and rebuild Toronto. I want to thank all members of our public service for all that they have done and continue to do every day to make sure Toronto comes back stronger than ever.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 20 – 24, 2021 as “Toronto Public Service Week” in the City of Toronto.

Rail Safety Week

September 20 – 26, 2021

WHEREAS during Rail Safety Week, we raise awareness of the importance of following safety warnings at level crossings and not trespassing on rail property, to help reduce preventable deaths, injuries and damage as a result of collisions involving people and trains.

Operation Lifesaver, a public-private partnership, helps alert the public to the hazards of entering rail property while working with the public, rail industry, governments, police services, media and others to raise rail safety awareness.

The City of Toronto supports programs and services to meet the safety needs of the city, communities and families.  Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 20 – 26, 2021 as “Rail Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

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Emancipation Month

August 2021

WHEREAS during Emancipation Month, we recognize and acknowledge the continued struggle for freedom and human rights created by Canadians of African Descent and the wider African diaspora in Canada.

This month, as we reflect upon the ongoing global efforts to abolish slavery, it is critical that we all acknowledge the impact of our colonial experiences and the unwavering spirit of resistance that continues to fuel the liberation of African-Canadians. For over 400 years, people of African descent were victims of the transatlantic slave trade – including the French and British colonies on lands that would eventually be called Canada.

In 1833 the British Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act, which came into effect on August 1, 1834, formally marking the elimination of slavery within British colonies.

As we observe this anniversary, we must all recommit ourselves to learning about our history, eliminating discrimination, and addressing anti-Black racism in all of its forms. In March 2021, the City of Toronto once again proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent with the theme of “Ending Slavery’s Legacy of Racism: A Global Imperative for Justice.”

The City of Toronto developed and enacted the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism with the goal of eliminating anti-Black racism in City services, planning, policies and spaces. Toronto City Council continues to work hard in establishing a caring and compassionate city 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 2021 as “Emancipation Month” in the City of Toronto.

Simcoe Day

August 2, 2021

WHEREAS each year in Toronto, on the first Monday in August we commemorate Simcoe Day, a Civic Holiday named for Major-General John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada.

In 1793 he named York, now known as Toronto the capital of Upper Canada. Fort York was constructed to protect the new settlement.

During his tenure as Lieutenant Governor from 1791 to 1796, John Graves Simcoe helped establish English common law, courts of law and trial by jury, land holding and county government.

Simcoe Day, is an opportunity to reflect upon the 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 2, 2021 as “Simcoe Day” in the City of Toronto.

Good Food Market Week

 August 2 – 6, 2021

WHEREAS Good Food Markets are volunteer-run and community-led markets, which help serve local communities in need by providing access to fresh, culturally appropriate and affordable food produce.

The theme of this year’s Good Food Market Week is focused on highlighting market coordinators as essential workers, who work in their communities in settings like apartment lobbies, health care centres, seniors’ residences and community centres.

There are more than 50 markets spread across low-income neighbourhoods in Toronto. More than 20 of these markets operated throughout the pandemic helping ensure local communities had food. In 2020, markets were able to reach over 40,000 community members and distributed 280,853 pounds of produce.

Throughout the pandemic, access to food security has been especially challenging for vulnerable communities. Good Food Markets offer a communal gathering place for communities in need, providing access to food, information, and community support.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 2 – 6, 2021 as “Good Food Market Week” in the City of Toronto.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day

August 6, 2021

WHEREAS today marks the 76th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On this day, we honour those who lost their lives in the bombings and remember the utter devastation caused by the atomic bombs. We also acknowledge the necessity in finding non-violent solutions for world issues, and call for the abolition and prohibition of nuclear weapons.

This year’s virtual ceremony themed: “Hope for the Earth: Canada, Sign the Ban Treaty” will highlight the importance of having Canada join the many nations that have signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in the hopes of working towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.

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.

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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 6, 2021 as “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day” in the City of Toronto.

Paw Patrol Day

August 20, 2021

WHEREAS on August 20 we celebrate Paw Patrol Day and mark the release of the movie for children, adults and families.

Paw Patrol – a successful Toronto-made children’s animated television series – is now getting the big screen treatment. Paw Patrol: The Movie follows the story of a young boy with his team of pups who are ready to step in and save the day. With distribution in more than 160 countries and 30 languages, Paw Patrol is an absolute Toronto success story, and we celebrate its creators as key players in the creative and innovative children’s media and animation industries in our city.

Toronto is known as an international hub for film and television production and the city recognizes the contributions of our media and entertainment sectors, which help enrich our cultural fabric. The City of Toronto is  committed to making Toronto a place where arts and culture thrive, and invests in programs and infrastructure to support film, television, animation and digital media production for everyone to enjoy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 20, 2021 as “Paw Patrol Day” in the City of Toronto.

Flight of the Monarch Day

August 21, 2021

WHEREAS monarch butterflies are iconic and cherished insects in North America. They are widely recognized in the world and are an iconic pollinator species.

The annual migration of these globe-trotting butterflies is a unique and amazing phenomenon. The monarch is the only butterfly known to make a two-way migration. They make a remarkable 5,000 kilometre migration from eastern Canada to the forests of central Mexico in late August each year, and return back north to Canada in the spring.

The eastern population of monarch butterflies dropped by 95 per cent in 2013 which resulted in the smallest recorded population since the mid-1990’s. Though the population has since rebounded due 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 Monarch Day is an opportunity to celebrate the growing movement to protect the monarch butterfly, and to demonstrate support for 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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 21, 2021 as “Flight of the Monarch Day” in the City of Toronto.

Undocumented Residents Day

 August 24, 2021

WHEREAS thousands of undocumented residents living in Toronto make important contributions to our city, with many experiencing tremendous hardships while living in fear due to their lack of immigration status.

Undocumented residents are an important part of our city. While that reality is often unknown to us, these fellow residents are our neighbours, frontline workers and contribute to the cultural fabric of our city. As a result of their undocumented status, they often live in fear while being unseen, unheard and unrecognized.

Undocumented residents have language and identification barriers and lack access to safe and secure housing, health care, and education for themselves and their children. The COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified the vast challenges they continue to face. Although the City of Toronto’s Access to City Services for Undocumented Torontonians policy strives to ensure access to all City services regardless of immigration status, the reality is that undocumented residents continue to face barriers in their communities.

We are all encouraged to be allies of undocumented residents by staying informed about issues relating to them and learning how we can offer our support.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 24, 2021 as Undocumented Residents Day in the City of Toronto.

Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2021

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

The importance of this day has become more prevalent as the drug poisoning crisis has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto and across Canada. The unregulated drug supply in Toronto has become increasingly unpredictable and toxic, which is increasing the risk of overdose.

Preliminary data for 2020 shows there were 530 confirmed opioid toxicity deaths in Toronto, an 81 percent increase compared to 2019.  This is approximately a fourfold increase since 2015 when there were 137 deaths. During the first seven months of 2021, paramedics responded to 3,034 suspected opioid overdose calls, including 197 calls involving deaths.  In January 2021 alone, paramedics responded to 38 suspected fatal opioid overdose calls, the highest ever recorded in Toronto. Tragically, the vast majority of these deaths are preventable. Harm reduction services, including supervised consumption services and safer supply programs, have provided lifesaving services and promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people who use drugs.

Thank you to all of our paramedics, frontline health workers, harm reduction staff and the countless volunteers who have been involved in our response to the ongoing opioid crisis. Without your work and dedication, we would not be able to save lives from this deadly health crisis.

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

This is a day to remind ourselves that this is not a legal or moral crisis but rather a health crisis. It is only through a partnership between all governments that we can we come to grips with this health crisis and stop this tragic loss of life and the broader community trauma caused by it.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 31, 2021 as “Overdose Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Independent Retailer Month

July 2021

WHEREAS this month we acknowledge the independent retailers in our city who provide goods and services to our local communities and are an important part of neighbourhoods across Toronto.

The economic and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have

drastically impacted the retail sector, particularly our independent retailers. Shopping locally supports the economy, creates sustainable cities and builds confidence in the community, while enabling local businesses to prosper and grow.

Many businesses have found innovative ways to offer services during the pandemic, while making customer and employee safety a priority. Residents are encouraged to support independent retailers by shopping locally, whether online or in person.

As we enter Stage 2 of the province’s reopening plan, Independent Retailer Month is a wonderful opportunity to support independent retailers as much as possible and thank them for their valuable contributions to their communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 2021 as “Independent Retailer Month” in the City of Toronto.

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

July 2021

WHEREAS this month we recognize those living with Juvenile Arthritis, a disease that affects three in 1,000 Canadian children, making it more common than most chronic childhood diseases.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is a chronic arthritis in children and adolescents that causes joint swelling, stiffness or pain and disabilities for many of those affected.

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

With treatment and medication to help with symptoms and a focus on preserving a child’s quality of life, it is possible for those with JIA to lead active lives, including participating in sports, school and social activities.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect us all. 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 2021 as “Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month

July 1 – August 1, 2021

WHEREAS Toronto Caribbean Carnival, first established in 1967, was a gift from the local Canadian-Caribbean community to all Canadians in celebration of Canada’s centenary year.

Now in its 54th year, Toronto Caribbean Carnival is the largest celebration of its kind in North America and is recognized all over the world. Today it continues its legacy as a colourful expression of the deep history, rich culture and diverse artistry of Caribbean heritage.

For the second year in a row in response to COVID-19, this year’s Carnival has been reimagined as a virtual festival. This year’s programming focuses on showcasing Caribbean artists, supporting the economic recovery of local Caribbean businesses, and learning about the history of emancipation while also celebrating freedom and diversity. Festival participants can enjoy food, music, and history throughout the month, concluding with Emancipation Day on August 1. As we participate in this year’s festival, we look forward to celebrating Carnival in-person again in the future.

Toronto’s Caribbean community is one of the most vibrant and diverse in our city. The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions made to our city by the Canadian-Caribbean diaspora and is committed to making Toronto a place where arts and culture thrive.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 1 – August 1, 2021 as “Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Injury Prevention Day

July 5, 2021

WHEREAS on this fifth National Injury Prevention Day, we raise awareness of unintentional injuries that are a result of car crashes, sports-related and recreational accidents. These injuries are the number one killer of Canadians aged one to 34 and take the lives of more Canadian children and youth than all other causes combined.

These injuries are often preventable and predictable, and they greatly impact not only the people who are injured but their families, friends and the community.

We can all help keep everyone safe by having a better awareness of the hazards in our surroundings and becoming educated on how to prevent injuries from occurring at home, in public and on our roads.

The City of Toronto supports organizations 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 5, 2021 as “National Injury Prevention Day” in the City of Toronto.

The Year of the Poppy

July 6, 2021

WHEREAS Madame Anna Guérin of France, inspired by John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields,” suggested poppies be distributed on Armistice Day as a way to raise funds for veterans while remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the First World War.

On July 6, 1921, Canada adopted the poppy when the Great War Veterans Association, now known as the Royal Canadian Legion, formally recognized it as a symbol of remembrance at its annual meeting.

This year marks the 100th year of the use of the Remembrance Poppy in Canada as a visual symbol and reminder to never forget those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

Poppies are seen throughout our city in schools, community organizations and local businesses in the days leading up to November 11, thanks to the work of Royal Canadian Legion volunteers. During this challenging time, it has been difficult for the Legion to reach the public and collect donations that are vital to the services they offer. As we begin to enter the recovery stage, I encourage residents to support their work by making donations in our communities this fall.

During this Year of the Poppy and every year on Remembrance Day, we acknowledge and support the Royal Canadian Legion in its important work of providing services to veterans and their families. We are encouraged to be a part of this remembrance by purchasing and wearing poppies from the last Friday in October until November 11.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim 2021 as “The Year of the Poppy” in the City of Toronto.

Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day

July 11, 2021

WHEREAS today, we commemorate and honour all of those who were affected by the Srebrenica genocide and remember the Bosnian people who were impacted, the lives lost, and those who were displaced.

We pause to remember and commit to ensuring that such a tragedy is not repeated. Today also reminds us we all have a role to play to ensure no one has to suffer the atrocities of conflict.

The effects of this terrible incident are felt around the world including here in Toronto, a city many Bosnians call home. The community plays an integral role in the cultural fabric of our city.

Each year in April, the City of Toronto proclaims Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation, and Prevention Month to re-commit to protecting human rights and dignity for all, and to support a more just world for future generations.

The City of Toronto is dedicated to promoting equity, human rights and safety for all, and acknowledges 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, 2021 as “Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Drowning Prevention Week

July 18 – 24, 2021

WHEREAS accidental drownings in water-related incidents take the lives of 400 Canadians each year. Drowning is a preventable cause of death that can be avoided by being water smart and understanding the potential dangers around any body of water in order to enjoy swimming, boating and other aquatic activities.

The United Nations General Assembly recognized drowning as a serious concern and passed the UN Resolution on Drowning Prevention and recognizes July 25 of each year as World Drowning Prevention Day.

National Drowning Prevention Week reminds us of the need for education, awareness and supervision when around water, to avoid drinking alcohol while participating in aquatic activities and to always wear a lifejacket when boating.

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 18 – 24, 2021 as “National Drowning Prevention Week” in the City of Toronto.

Canadian Children’s Media Day

July 26, 2021

WHEREAS today we recognize the high quality of children’s media made right here at home in Toronto and across the country.

Toronto is the epicentre of a ground-breaking animation and children’s media industry and we are proud to support our local talent that has done work for the City of Toronto, Telefilm, Youth Media Alliance, our outstanding educational institutions and state-of-the-art creative studios.

In 2019, key post-production and animation-only products, contributed $369 million to our city’s economy. Toronto is home to some of the most established and innovative studios in the world and a hub for content creation.

The City of Toronto and local industry have been collaborating to expand the physical infrastructure, develop and diversify the workforce and provide outstanding services, to make Toronto even more film-friendly and the best jurisdiction to bring film, television and digital media projects to life.

Despite the impacts of COVID-19, Toronto continues to thrive and to promote locally-made talented, creative and innovative works that have enriched our children’s media industry.

 NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 26, 2021 as “Canadian Children’s Media Day” in the City of Toronto.

Single-use Plastic Free Day

July 30, 2021

WHEREAS Single-use Plastic Free Day raises awareness of the need to reduce single-use plastics at work, home, school, on the go and in public spaces. These plastics include: some takeout containers, cutlery and packaging that are designed to be immediately thrown out after a single use.

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 Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy is the first stage of a strategy to help reduce the use and disposal of
single-use and takeaway items in Toronto, regardless of which waste stream they are managed in and what material they may be made of.

Waste reduction is also an important goal of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy and 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 reduce single-use plastics from everyday life.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 30, 2021 as “Single-use Plastic Free Day” in the City of Toronto.

Food Day Canada

July 31, 2021

WHEREAS Food Day Canada highlights Canada’s rich agriculture and agri-food sectors, which help keep Canada fed across the country.

Today we take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the farmers, fishers, food producers, researchers and seasonal food workers, whose hard work and dedication help provide Canada and the world with the food we enjoy.

Whether you are a professional chef, a home cook or a foodie, you are encouraged to celebrate your love of food and showcase what Canada has to offer by sharing food stories or favourite recipes, shopping and cooking with local ingredients, and supporting restaurants and grocers in your local communities.

The food service industry and agricultural sector have been hit particularly hard over the course of the pandemic with many businesses making tremendous sacrifices. As we begin to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it is time to show support and do our part to support economic and social recovery by buying, shopping and dining local.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 31, 2021 as “Food Day Canada” in the City of Toronto.

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Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month

June 2021

WHEREAS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control.

The disease is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease, named after the baseball player Lou Gehrig who died of the disease two years after being diagnosed. This year on June 2, for the first time, Major League Baseball will recognize Lou Gehrig Day annually, joining efforts and awareness raised by the ALS community and advocates.

ALS is inherited in five to 10 per cent of people who are diagnosed with the disease. Early symptoms include muscle twitching and weakness in a limb, or slurred speech. Over time Lou Gehrig’s disease affects control of the muscles needed to move, speak, eat and breathe. Research, advocacy, access to services and resources can have a meaningful impact on people living with the disease.

This year’s Walk to End ALS and other events are going virtual again to raise funds and awareness about this disease to help those living 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 June 2021 as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month in the City of Toronto.

Black Music Month

June 2021

WHEREAS this month celebrates Black music and its influence on our city’s past, present and future musicians. As we take this month to recognize, honour and salute Black artists, and Black music, we must also acknowledge that Black music venues, and landmarks must be recognized for the vital role they have had in shaping and promoting Toronto’s music identity.

Black music has been a critical vehicle of expression, identity and influence in Canada, especially in large cities such as Toronto. The diversity of our Canadian Black communities has created a wealth of Afro Diasporic music including African, Caribbean, Latin, Soul and Hip Hop forms that have greatly influenced who we are and how we want the world to see us. Black music venues, and radio hosts, along with Black radio stations and party/club DJs are also critical aspects of Canada’s Black music scene worthy of recognition and celebration. These venues along with the dedicated staff that powered them and the artists that fed them, continue to shape and define our city’s musical culture, carrying our collective history in lyrics and documenting our heritage in melodies.

Toronto is the focal point of the Canadian music industry and the home to many Black music icons who set the groundwork for the current worldwide attention now being paid to Toronto-based Black pioneers in Jazz, Hip Hop and R&B. Toronto-based music venues, concert halls and party spaces highlight the significance of our historic venues and ways these spaces have historically amplified and promoted Black music in Toronto.

As we celebrate Black Music Month, we recognize our continued, ongoing commitment to confronting anti-Black racism as we celebrate the International Decade for People of African Descent. We must work together to ensure sustainable and innovative opportunities for our Black music industry and the Black artists, venues and landmarks that shape, support and define Canada’s music industry.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as “Black Music Month” in the City of Toronto.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

 June 2021

WHEREAS there are 165,000 brain injuries sustained in Canada every year and is the leading cause of death in Canadians under the age of 40.

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

People living with the effects of brain injury experience a variety of challenges. Some of the most common causes of brain injuries include falls, infections, heart attacks, bicycle or motor vehicle collisions, a sports-related injury or an assault. Approximately 1.5 million Canadians live with the effects of a brain injury.

Thank you to 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 2021 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Filipino Heritage Month

June 2021

WHEREAS Filipino Heritage Month acknowledges the long and rich history of the Filipino community in our city and across Canada.

The Filipino community is one of the fastest growing communities in Toronto and their culture and tradition are deeply rooted and reflected in the city.

Filipino Canadians have made significant contributions to Toronto’s socio-economic, political and cultural fabric.

Filipino Heritage Month, which coincides with the Philippines Independence Day on June 12, a day that celebrates democracy, freedom and culture. It is an opportunity to reflect on and learn more about the contributions the Filipino community have made in our city and in the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as “Filipino Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Italian Heritage Month

June 2021

WHEREAS this month, we take the opportunity to acknowledge the history and culture of the Italian community in Toronto and across the country.

The Italian community has a long and proud history in Toronto. Throughout the 20th Century many Italian immigrants helped shape and build our city. Today, there are approximately 1.5 million people of Italian descent in Canada, many of whom call Toronto home.

During Italian Heritage Month, we also recognize and celebrate June 2 as Italy’s Republic Day. Throughout the month, I encourage everyone to learn more about how the Italian community continues to contribute to our cultural fabric through food, music, and art.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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 nationalities and ethnicities are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as “Italian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Portuguese Heritage Month

June 2021

WHEREAS this month we recognize and honour the long history of the Portuguese community in our city and across Canada.

Portuguese Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the richness of the Portuguese culture and offers an opportunity to learn more about our Portuguese community, while helping preserve it for future generations.

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

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the diverse communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and 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 June 2021 as “Portuguese Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Pride Month

June 2021

WHEREAS thirty years ago, in 1991, Pride Day was first proclaimed by the City of Toronto. Today, as we begin to mark June as Pride Month, we recognize the entire 2SLGBTQ+ community in the largest celebration of Pride in North America.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Pride in Toronto, which was founded in 1981 as a grassroots collection of organizers, activists, and advocates in Toronto’s Queer community who banded together to demonstrate against the infamous bathhouse raids. As we reflect on that history, it is important that we recognize what progress has been made while also acknowledging that we still have much more work left to do.

Pride Month is a time to show support to the 2SLGBTQ+ community by participating in programming throughout the month. For the second year, due to COVID-19, Pride will be going virtual. A range of events focusing on community, education, and celebration will be offered throughout the month online. As we begin to recover from the pandemic, we look forward to the day where we can come together to celebrate Pride in person.

The City of Toronto recognizes the 2SLGBTQ+ community for the contributions they have made to the cultural fabric of our city and is committed to making Toronto a place free from violence or discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, and where everyone is valued.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as “Pride Month” in the City of Toronto.

Mois de la fierté

Juin 2021

ATTENDU QUE, il y a trente ans, en 1991, la Journée de la fierté a été proclamée pour la première fois par la Ville de Toronto. Aujourd’hui, en ce début du mois de juin, qui est le Mois de la fierté, nous reconnaissons toute la communauté 2SLGBTQ+ à l’occasion de la plus grande célébration de la fierté en Amérique du Nord.

Cette année, nous fêtons également le 40e anniversaire de Pride Toronto, qui a été fondée en 1981 en tant que rassemblement populaire d’organisateurs, d’activistes et de défenseurs de la communauté queer qui se sont réunis pour manifester contre les tristement célèbres descentes dans les bains publics. En réfléchissant à l’histoire, il est essentiel que nous reconnaissons les progrès qui ont été réalisés, tout en admettant qu’il nous reste encore beaucoup à faire.

Le Mois de la fierté est l’occasion d’apporter soutien à la communauté 2SLGBTQ+ en participant aux programmes organisés tout au long du mois. À cause de la COVID-19, Pride Toronto sera célébrée virtuellement pour la deuxième année de suite. De divers événements axés sur la communauté, l’éducation et la célébration seront proposés au cours du mois. Pendant que nous commençons à nous remettre de la pandémie, nous attendons avec impatience le jour où nous pourrons nous réunir pour fêter  Pride Toronto en personne.

La Ville de Toronto reconnait les contributions de la communauté 2SLGBTQ+, qui enrichissent le tissu culturel de notre ville, et s’engage à rendre Toronto une ville sans violence, sans discrimination fondée sur l’identité de genre ou l’orientation sexuelle et où chacun est valorisé.

POUR CES MOTIFS, au nom du conseil municipal de Toronto, je, le maire John Tory, par la présente proclame que le « Mois de la fierté » se tiendra en juin 2021 dans la ville de Toronto.

National DeafBlind Awareness Month

June 2021

WHEREAS during this month, we raise awareness of deafblindness, a sight and hearing impairment that affect’s people’s communication, their ability to access information and their mobility.

Those living with deafblindness can access a number of services to assist in their daily lives. Intervenors who provide sensory information for those living with deafblindness along with dedicated support workers can provide the links needed in helping them live safely and independently.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted vulnerable communities in our city, such as those who live with deafblindness and their unique needs. The City of Toronto is committed to continuing our efforts in becoming an accessible city for everyone by working to identify, prevent and remove barriers to accessibility. Part of that work includes the establishment of the City’s Accessibility Task Force which has played a vital role in helping the city get those with accessibility challenges access to the vaccine and information around
COVID-19.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as “National DeafBlind Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Indigenous Peoples Month

June 2021

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

This year, National Indigenous Peoples Month begins as we mourn the horrific discovery of the unmarked grave of 215 children at the site of a residential school in Kamloops. In memory of the innocent lives taken and of those who survived, we renew our commitment to actively work towards truth, reconciliation and justice.

During this month, residents are encouraged to learn more about Indigenous histories, strengths, and contributions as well as the resilience of all Indigenous peoples, their vibrant and distinct cultures, and their beautiful languages.

National Indigenous Peoples Month reminds us to consider the unique needs of the Indigenous peoples in all of the work that we do. We must listen to their voices and stories, partner with them to help inform our work moving forward and foster relationships with them, while actively supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs and businesses.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as “National Indigenous Peoples Month” in the City of Toronto.

Seniors’ Month

June 2021

WHEREAS during Seniors’ Month we celebrate the valued contributions seniors make to our city. We benefit from their generational experience and the energy they bring to our diverse communities and neighbourhoods.

The number of people in Toronto aged 65 and over is expected to almost double by 2041. In 2018 City Council adopted the Toronto Seniors Strategy Version 2.0 that focuses on the City’s commitment to ensuring seniors’ needs are met and that they are supported in living full and healthy lives.

Since the outset of COVID-19, seniors have been one of the groups heavily impacted by the virus. Through its vaccination program, the City of Toronto has made a tremendous effort to ensure seniors get vaccinated so they can be protected.

Throughout the pandemic Torontonians have banded together to assist seniors, providing groceries and reaching out to ensure seniors weren’t socially isolated. Residents are encourage to continue to offer support wherever possible.

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 2021 as “Seniors’ Month” in the City of Toronto.

Intergenerational Day

June 1, 2021

WHEREAS Intergenerational Day celebrates the power of intentional and respectful connections between older adults, children and youth and raises awareness around the significant role that positive connections between generations can make.

Respectful intergenerational relationships provide a way for people to obtain an understanding of aging. Friendships between older and younger people help promote self-esteem and feelings of well-being that make communities stronger.

During these challenging times its clear we all have a role to play in supporting and protecting our seniors. International relationships have helped are key to making people feel supported during challenging times.

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, 2021 as “Intergenerational Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Health and Fitness Day

June 5, 2021

WHEREAS National Health and Fitness Day is a day to encourage everyone to get out and get active.

The day was enacted when the National Health and Fitness Day Act was passed by the Government of Canada in 2014 to promote a legacy of improved health for all Canadians after the Vancouver Olympics.

Physical activity is a great way to help lead healthier lives and promotes both physical and mental health.

While events that would normally have been planned to promote physical activity have been cancelled due to the pandemic, there are still ways we can stay active.

Running, hiking, walking, and cycling are all great ways to stay active while also staying safe. The City of Toronto has implemented a number of programs like ActiveTO that encourages residents to get outside and get active during this challenging time while being safe.

The City of Toronto provides programs and services motivating residents to engage in physical activity. Remaining active and keeping healthy helps improve the overall health of our communities and makes our city more vibrant and resilient.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 5, 2021 as “National Health and Fitness Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Environment Day

June 5, 2021

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 by engaging with the government, businesses and citizens to focus efforts on pressing environmental issues.

The United Nation’s (UN) theme this year is Reimagine. Recreate. Restore. This World Environment Day kicks off the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), a global mission that aims to prevent, halt and reverse the degradation of ecosystems. Ecosystems, defined as the interaction between living organisms with their surroundings, enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change and stop the collapse of biodiversity.

The City of Toronto is committed to being a 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.

The borderless COVID-19 pandemic reminds us daily that our health is intrinsically linked to the health of our natural environment. We can all commit to protecting it by building an environmentally responsible and sustainable world through small acts every day – growing trees, greening our cities, rewilding our gardens, re-use, recycle, reduce or clean up trash alongside rivers and coasts.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 5, 2021 as “World Environment Day” in the City of Toronto.

Canadian Armed Forces Day

June 6, 2021

WHEREAS our dedicated and courageous Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) keep our country and its citizens safe every day.

Our Armed Forces made up of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force, can be counted on to serve their country with pride, compassion and dedication while ensuring Canadians receive the assistance they require. There are approximately 2,000 CAF personnel who are deployed in more than 20 different military operations at home and abroad.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, our Canadian Armed Forces have been on the frontlines providing care and support to Canadians and have been integral in our response efforts right here in Toronto. Whether it was their deployment to private long-term care homes or to the Sunnybrook field hospital, our CAF members have answered the call. We are thankful for their efforts and thank them for serving our city and our country during these challenging times.

We recognize and honour all current and former Canadian Armed Forces personnel for their military service and thank them and their families for their sacrifices as they bravely serve our country.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 6, 2021 as “Canadian Armed Forces Day” in the City of Toronto.

Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day

June 6, 2021

WHEREAS participants will ride, run and walk their own heart-shaped routes to help safely raise funds to support best-in-class research and studies that help set the stage for faster diagnosis, better treatments and improved quality of life for people living with heart disease and strokes.

The virtual fundraiser will raise money to help with heart and stroke prevention, to develop life-saving interventions, and rehabilitation. The Heart & Stroke Foundation funds research that has led to live-saving advances for heart conditions, stroke, and related dementia.

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, 2021 as “Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day” in the City of Toronto.

Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week

June 6 – June 13, 2021

WHEREAS this week raises awareness of Spinal Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak, a condition caused by a tear or hole in the membranes surrounding the brain or spinal cord that allows the clear fluid that cushions those organs to escape.

Although Spinal CSF Leak is often misdiagnosed and may often go undetected, those living with it can experience a wide range of neurological symptoms and severe headaches. With proper diagnosis, they can access the right treatment to manage the condition.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 6 – June 13, 2021 as “Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Awareness Week

June 7 – 13, 2021

WHEREAS Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a chronic, non-communicable, debilitating inflammatory skin disease, characterized by painful skin lesions, for which there is no known cure.

Four percent of people across the country are living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Treating this is a challenge for both patients and physicians as no one treatment works for everyone and the treatments offered may cause a unique set of side effects.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Awareness Week provides an opportunity to increase awareness of this disease, recognize the struggles of those effected, and shorten the delay in diagnosis.

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 7 – 13, 2021 as “Hidradenitis Suppurativa Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Massey Hall Day

June 14, 2021

WHEREAS Massey Hall is recognized as one of Canada’s most important cultural institutions and is a designated national historic site.

Massey Hall first opened on June 14, 1894 as a cultural music centre. It was a gift to the City of Toronto by Hart Massey in honour of his son Charles. For more than a century it has hosted many prominent guests including musicians, entertainers, politicians and celebrities.

Since 2018 Massey Hall has been closed to the public, undergoing the most significant transformation in its history and we look forward to the news of Massey Hall’s re-opening later this year and the lineup planned. When it is safe to reopen cultural venues, it will be wonderful to see and hear favourite artists in a revitalized Massey Hall.

The revitalization of Massey Hall will continue a long and storied history of one of Toronto’s iconic venues.

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, 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, 2021 as “Massey Hall Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Blood Donor Day

June 14, 2021

WHEREAS World Blood Donor Day recognizes the lifesaving gift given by those who give blood to help save lives and improve the health of others.

This year’s theme, “Give blood and keep the world beating,” highlights the essential contribution donors make and reinforces the global call for people, especially youth, to become regular blood donors and inspire others to do the same.

A safe blood supply and blood products along with transfusions, are an essential part of the health care system that improve the health and quality of life for many every day.

Thank you to our residents who continue to donate blood during the pandemic, ensuring there is a safe and sufficient blood supply.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2021 as “World Blood Donor Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2021

WHEREAS in 2011, the UN officially adopted a resolution designating
June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Today is a day to remind us that older adults are valued members of our community, who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

Between two and 10 per cent of older adults will experience some form of abuse or neglect each year. Abuse involving elders can take on many different forms including physical or psychological abuse, financial manipulation, ageism or simply neglect. These kinds of abuse are often recurring and due to either fear or stigma, many instances go unreported.

As our population ages, it is incumbent upon us all to recognize that elder abuse is both a public health and human rights issue. We must work together to support our elders who have given so much to us, so they can enjoy quality of life and continue to contribute to the vibrancy of our city.

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. It is through active community work and caring that we build a thoughtful and considerate city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 15, 2021 as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Sickle Cell Day

June 19, 2021

WHEREAS Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders that affect the normal function of red blood cells, severely impacting blood flow and depriving organs of blood and oxygen.

SCD is one of the most common genetic diseases in the world, with 100 or more Canadian babies being born with it each year. Those living with SCD can live full and active lives through proper diagnosis and treatment including medication and blood transfusions and by making healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices.

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, 2021 as “World Sickle Cell Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2021

WHEREAS this year marks the 70th anniversary of the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. 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 provision of 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, incredible resilience and determination that have helped shape our city and country.

During these unprecedented times, we are reminded how important it is to work together to strengthen solidarity and support for all newcomer and refugee communities.

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, 2021 as “World Refugee Day” in the City of Toronto.

Grad Week

June 20 -26, 2021

WHEREAS this week we celebrate the graduates from elementary school, high school, colleges and universities and all those graduating in 2021.

Congratulations graduates, you did it. Despite the challenges brought forward by the pandemic over the last school year you succeeded in adapting to those changes and completing your school year. We commend your teachers, parents and loved ones who have supported you each step of the way and the work you have done to get to this point.

While it’s unfortunate that traditional graduation ceremonies aren’t taking place again this year it is still a momentous occasion for each graduate. As you celebrate this milestone with a variety of ceremonies across the city, you can look back and be proud of what you have achieved.

As you close one chapter of your development and move to the next, we wish you a successful and bright future. You deserve to celebrate this momentous occasion and the resiliency you have demonstrated over the last year. Congratulations to our graduates across Toronto!

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 20 –26, 2021as“Grad Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2021

WHEREAS this day was first proclaimed in 1996 to celebrate the unique heritage, diversity and valued contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

During this year’s recognition, we pause to remember the recent discovery of the 215 children whose unmarked burial site was found at a residential school in Kamloops. We also remember all Indigenous children who didn’t return home and their families who lost their loved ones, and the survivors of the residential and day schools.

The City of Toronto – home to the largest Indigenous population in Ontario – 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 recognizes the unique status and cultural diversity of Indigenous communities.

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 City of Toronto strives to strengthen the City’s relationship with Indigenous communities and advance reconciliation. The City is committed to working with all Indigenous peoples in a meaningful way to help address their unique needs and work with the community to find solutions.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2021 as “National Indigenous Peoples Day” in the City of Toronto.

Pollinator Week

June 21 – 27, 2021

WHEREAS Pollinator Week is a time to recognize the role pollinators play in contributing to the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.

Pollinators play an integral role in contributing to our biodiversity and help support healthy ecosystems which are key to a sustainable city.

Toronto is home to many pollinating species including butterflies, moths, beetles, flies, wasps, bats, birds and bees. The city has more than 360 species of bees including Toronto’s Official Bee, the metallic green sweat bee (Agapostemon virescens), and in excess of 100 species of butterflies.

Toronto’s Pollinator Protection Strategy and the PollinateTO Community Grants focus on creating and enhancing habitat, community engagement, education and training, investing in pollinator protection, as well as celebrating our achievements.

Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America and recognizes the important role pollinators play in the health and vibrancy of our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 21 – 27, 2021 as “Pollinator Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 23, 2021

WHEREAS this year marks the 36th anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history, when all 329 people on board Air India Flight 182 including 280 Canadians, were tragically killed when it was bombed on June 23, 1985.

Today, on the 16th National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, we remember the victims of Flight 182 and all victims of terrorism, who lost their lives as a result of these acts of violence. We also remember the family and friends whose lives are forever changed by losing loved ones 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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 23, 2021 as National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism” in the City of Toronto.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 26, 2021

WHEREAS torture is a crime against humanity and is prohibited under any circumstances according to international law. It leaves behind a legacy of trauma and can often go beyond isolated acts against an individual person or group of people.

June 26 coincides with the 1987 UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The Convention has been ratified by many countries around the world, including Canada.

Today reminds us that it is vital that we stand shoulder to shoulder and recommit ourselves to the condemnation of all acts of torture. Each year on this day, we raise awareness of torture being a crime against humanity and a vicious attempt to break a person’s will, usually taking place behind closed doors. It is important for independent international and human rights organizations to open those doors and help prevent torture from occurring.

It is also important that we provide support and access to specific rehabilitation programs and services offering unique support to those who have experienced torture, ensuring that both victims and survivors of torture have the opportunity to lead full lives, safe from fear or harm.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts in empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination. The City is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for 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, 2021 as “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture” in the City of Toronto

Toronto Vaccine Day

June 27, 2021

WHEREAS today is Toronto Vaccine Day at Scotiabank Arena, a day that will help us get one step closer to “Our Winning Shot” in the fight against COVID-19.

Today we are making history and setting a North American single-day vaccination clinic dose record with plans to vaccinate 25,000 people.

The City of Toronto has joined forces with Team Toronto community and health partners, led by University Health Network and Michael Garron Hospital with the support of Scotiabank and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, to offer both first and second dose appointments at the home of some of Toronto’s favourite teams. It’s a chance for 25,000 Toronto residents to roll up their sleeves to get vaccinated and to contribute to our city’s fight against the COVID-19 virus.

Toronto Vaccine Day at Scotiabank Arena supports Team Toronto’s excellent progress in getting people vaccinated. Thirty-five per cent of adults in our city have both their first and second doses of the vaccine.

Thank you to our Team Toronto partners for helping make this historic clinic possible and for the dozens of clinics that are being held across the city every day as we work to make sure everyone has access to the vaccine. We continue to urge all residents to get vaccinated – first and second doses – as soon as possible to protect themselves, protect their loved ones, and protect our progress stopping COVID-19.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2021 as “Toronto Vaccine Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Asian Heritage Month

May 2021

WHEREAS Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the history of Canadians of Asian descent.

 It is an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the rich history, culture and heritage of Canadians of Asian origin and to learn about the many contributions made by the community.

Asian immigrants who live in Toronto have come from East Asia, Southern Asia, Western and Southeast Asia, and have all brought a rich cultural history of ethnicities, languages and traditions to our city. The City of Toronto acknowledges their valued contributions that have helped shape Toronto culturally, socially, economically and politically.

Over the past year, we have seen an increase of racism and violence against Asian communities and residents in our city. Toronto City Council has condemned recent anti-Asian racism and restated its commitment to being proactive in preventing such acts to ensure an inclusive and welcoming city for all Toronto residents. Together, we must take a stand against any form of racism and discrimination.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that Toronto’s diverse heritage makes to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength. Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically.

Toronto has become a model city where all nationalities and ethnicities are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as “Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

South Asian Heritage Month

May 2021

WHEREAS South Asian Heritage Month is a time to learn about and celebrate the history of Canadians of South Asian descent.

This month provides an opportunity for Toronto residents to reflect on the rich history, culture and heritage of Canadians of South Asian origin and to learn about the many contributions made by the community in our city.

Toronto is home to a large South Asian population who all bring a vibrancy to Toronto through a rich heritage of diverse ethnicities, languages and traditions.

The pandemic has had a devastating effect in South Asian countries which has impacted family and loved ones living in our city. This is especially difficult now as we recognize South Asian Heritage Month.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that Toronto’s diverse heritage makes to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength. Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. Toronto has become a model city where all nationalities and ethnicities are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as “South Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Building Safety Month

May 2021

WHEREAS Building Safety Month promotes the vital role of building officials, designers, and the construction industry who work to ensure our city’s buildings are built to be safe, healthy, accessible and sustainable.

Building Safety Month reminds and encourages Toronto residents to learn about the Ontario Building Code, the importance of obtaining building permits, and the efforts of the City of Toronto’s building officials.

The City of Toronto enforces the Building Code by examining building plans, issuing permits, and by performing inspections during various stages of construction. This month, provides an opportunity to raise awareness about building safety and the important role that building officials play in our community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as “Building Safety Month” in the City of Toronto.

Guillain-Barré Syndrome/Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Awareness Month

May 2021

WHEREAS Guillain-Barré Syndrome/Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (GBS/CIDP) is a rare inflammatory disorder that causes the body’s immune system to attack its own nerves.

It can affect anyone regardless of their age, gender or ethnicity and if left untreated, it can quickly cause complete paralysis. With early diagnosis and prompt treatment, those affected by the syndrome have a good recovery rate.

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 2021 as “Guillain-Barré Syndrome/Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Jewish Heritage Month

May 2021

WHEREAS Jewish Heritage Month is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the valued social, economic, political and cultural contributions of Toronto’s Jewish community.

It is an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the rich history, culture and heritage of the Jewish community. It’s also an opportunity for everyone to learn more about our Jewish community while helping to preserve it for future generations.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the diverse communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and 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 May 2021 as “Jewish Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 2021

WHEREAS during the month of May, we raise awareness of the need to practice sun safety and limit time in direct sunlight as the warm weather arrives.

Over exposure to the sun’s UV radiation is the leading cause of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. While skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, it can be prevented by using sunscreen and taking other precautions while in the sun.

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 2021 as Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Toronto.

Museums Month

May 2021

WHEREAS museums, art galleries, and heritage sites are all important cultural institutions that highlight our shared identity and provide opportunities to learn about the unique history of our city.

The City of Toronto owns and operates 10 historic sites across the city aimed at collecting, researching, exhibiting and enhancing the understanding of Toronto’s diverse stories through engaging and exciting experiences.

It is important to recognize all the ways that museums and other cultural institutions help shape how we come to understand ourselves. During the month of May, city museums are offering a range of programs for residents. By visiting the City of Toronto website residents can learn more by accessing digital exhibits and programming throughout the month.

The City of Toronto acknowledges its rich past and supports the preservation of the city’s history. The city’s heritage continues to remind us of how Toronto has evolved into a diverse community. Remembering our past helps to shape our future.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as “Museums Month” in the City of Toronto.

Vasculitis Awareness Month

 May 2021

WHEREAS vasculitis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation and a narrowing of blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the body’s organs. Vasculitis affects people of all ages, races, and gender.

While the symptoms of vasculitis can occur once or several times over years, with proper treatment and self-care, vasculitis can be managed.

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 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 2021 as “Vasculitis Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

First Responders Day

May 1, 2021

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

Toronto’s Police, Paramedic and Fire services provide life-saving service 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Their actions make a life and death difference for people seeking emergency assistance.

First Responders Day provides us with a chance to recognize the hard work and dedication of our first responders, who along with all of our healthcare workers, are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their commitment to our residents and our city has helped us navigate these unprecedented times and ensure that people feel safe.

We salute these dedicated individuals and thank them for all that they do to keep our communities and our residents safe.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2021 as “First Responders Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Physicians’ Day

May 1, 2021

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

Every day, physicians make a difference in the lives of thousands of patients by treating or caring for them across the city, whether it is in a hospital, community care centre, long-term care facility, research lab or a clinic. They deliver ground-breaking research and drive innovation and new models of care while providing compassionate, patient-centred care for those in need.

We recognize and are thankful to the physicians, along with all our healthcare workers, who are on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their commitment to fighting this battle has helped our country and our city during this unprecedented time.

National Physicians’ Day is a time to highlight and celebrate the expertise and dedication of physicians in the care of their patients, and to recognize the many ways in which they help us lead healthier lives. Their support during these challenging times is a true testament to their leadership, courage and compassion.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2021 as “National Physicians’ Day” in the City of Toronto.

Youth Week

May 1 – 7, 2021

WHEREAS the City of Toronto is home more than 623,000 youth who are a vital part of this city’s social, cultural and economic fabric. Youth aged 18-30 are the fastest growing demographic in some parts of our city. The contributions of our diverse young people help make our city the vibrant, world-class city that it is.

Youth Week promotes opportunities to help youth achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills, and participate meaningfully in their communities.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on young people, with these impacts further compounded for Indigenous, Black, racialized, disabled, immigrant and low-income youth. The City continues to be dedicated in providing supports to assist young people.

The City is committed to understanding the issues that matter most to youth by involving them in city building conversations. It is dedicated to providing recreation, employment, engagement housing and health supports to assist young people to thrive socially, physically and economically.

NOW THEREFORE, I, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1 – 7, 2021 as “Youth Week” in the City of Toronto.

Emergency Preparedness Week

May 2 – 8, 2021

WHEREAS Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that encourages everyone to be prepared so they can cope with emergencies. This year’s theme, Be Ready for Anything, is a call to action for all residents to become better prepared for the range of emergencies they could face in their city.

It’s been more than one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The City of Toronto’s Emergency Operations Centre continues to co-ordinate the ongoing municipal response to the pandemic and help residents navigate the quickly changing landscape.

Most important is understanding that emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Everyone can reduce the potential risks they face by understanding what emergency risks are, learning about how to prepare for them and making plans to help themselves, their families and their communities.

As Toronto moves towards a time of healing and recovery, ongoing efforts to heed public health advice is important to reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus and reducing strain on the health care system. The City of Toronto is thankful to all Toronto residents who are listening to public health advice and taking measures to stop the spread.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2 – 8, 2021 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Occupational Health and Safety Week

May 2 – 8, 2021

WHEREAS Occupational Health and Safety Week was first launched in 1997 to raise awareness and recognize the need for workplaces to be healthy and safe in order to protect employees, their families and their communities.

By understanding the importance of occupational health and safety, employers, employees, partners and the public can play essential roles in fostering a safety-minded culture.

The City provides 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, hospitals, schools and homes.

The extraordinary challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic make it all the more important to recognize the importance of this week, highlighting safety plans to both reduce injuries and keep employees protected. The week also pays tribute to the work done by City staff and those in the community who work to keep Toronto healthy and safe.

NOW THEREFORE, I,  Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2 – 8, 2021 as “Occupational Health and Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

Music Monday

May 3, 2020

WHEREAS each year on Music Monday, students, educators and music makers celebrate the value of school music education programs from coast to coast by collectively singing the Music Monday Anthem, an original song written by a Canadian artist. This year’s anthem “Hymn to Freedom” was written by Canadian musician and champion of music education, Oscar Peterson.

During Music Monday, we raise our voices together in song while highlighting the immense value of learning, creating and experiencing music in school music education programs, available to all students. These programs help instill a love of music in our next generation of singers, performers and musicians.

Throughout the pandemic, music, arts and culture have played a vital role in bringing people together and providing hope for residents as we navigate these challenging times. The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of many organizations, individuals and groups to the rich cultural fabric of our city, and is committed to making Toronto a place where music, arts and culture thrive.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2021 as “Music Monday” in the City of Toronto.

World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2021

WHEREAS on this day we recognize the media’s role in helping ensure there is freedom of the press and freedom of expression and we pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives while pursuing a story.

The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2021 is “Information as a Public Good” which highlights the need to understand the value of information and find ways to strengthen journalism and to recognize the media’s role in providing information.

During the pandemic, we recognize our media’s tireless efforts in continuing to keep the public informed with accurate and timely information concerning COVID-19. During this challenging time, journalists assist in delivering important news from our medical and public health professionals as this rapidly changing virus continues to evolve.

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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 3, 2021 as “World Press Freedom Day” in the City of Toronto.

Privacy Awareness Week

May 3 – 7, 2021

WHEREAS Privacy Awareness Week is recognized globally and is aimed at promoting the awareness of privacy-related issues as well as the importance of protecting personal information.

Over the course of the pandemic, Toronto has witnessed an increase in online activity. As we spend more time online, interacting with friends, family and colleagues both for work and our own personal use, our personal information is at greater risk of unauthorized access or disclosure. With the challenges of COVID-19, the protection of our privacy and personal information has never been more apparent.

The theme for the week is “Make Privacy a Priority.” All City staff have the shared responsibility to protect the privacy of personal information that they deal with to help support the City of Toronto’s policy on Open Government.

The City of Toronto is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals, and will ensure that privacy protection continues to play a key role in an open, accessible and transparent government.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 3 – 7, 2021 as “Privacy Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Mental Health Week

May 3 – 9, 2021

WHEREAS this year marks the 70th anniversary of Mental Health Week, which seeks to raise awareness about the importance of good mental health.

Every year, one in five Canadians experience mental health challenges or illness. The pandemic has heightened mental health challenges and has taken a toll on our mental health and well-being. Forty percent of Canadians have said that their mental health has deteriorated since the onset of the pandemic.

The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week encourages us to “get real about how we feel.” Being open and honest about how we are feeling can often help improve our mental health. Being able to recognize how we are feeling gives voice to our emotions and can help process how we are feeling. It is also important to keep in contact with close friends and family and to seek out mental health resources for support.

The City of Toronto is committed to continuous improvement in workplace mental health and well-being. Organizations, workplaces and individuals are encouraged to raise awareness about mental health issues affecting Canadians.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 3 – 9, 2021 as “Mental Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Firefighters’ Day

May 4, 2021

WHEREAS firefighters are committed to preventing loss of life and dedicate their service to the safety and protection of our communities and the environment.

These frontline workers respond to fires and other hazards across the city including illness, accidents, and potential threats. They also provide public education and fire prevention programs.

Throughout the pandemic, Toronto’s firefighters have continued to respond to incidents across the city, and have been at the forefront of the City’s emergency preparedness and emergency response to COIVD-19. More recently, our Firefighters have been vital in the delivery of our vaccine rollout and have helped us vaccinate more residents in hot spot postal codes.

Today, it is equally important to recognize their work, remember and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives, and thank those who continue to risk their lives to keep Torontonians safe.

The Toronto Fire Service is the largest in Canada and the fifth largest service in North America. The dedication and hard work of all of our first responders 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 May 4, 2021 as “International Firefighters’ Day” in the City of Toronto.

V-E Day

May 8, 2021

WHEREAS on May 8 we mark V-E Day to recognize the end of World War II in Europe in 1945, ushering in what would come to be known as Victory in Europe (V-E) Day.

Canada made a substantial military contribution to the war effort with the world’s third-largest navy, fourth-largest air force, and an army with six divisions. Canada also mobilized on the home front to support the war effort. Canada paid a tremendous price for its participation in the war.

Of the one million Canadians who served, 47,000 perished in the war including more than 3,400 Toronto residents. The war also claimed the lives of more than 80 million people around the world. Many of them became refugees as a result of the war and settled in Toronto.

Seventy-six years later, we continue to commemorate the legacy of V-E Day, which honours the ultimate sacrifice of those Canadians whose lives were lost at sea, on land or in the air, fighting for our freedom. We salute the resilience of a generation and look to their example as we fight a global pandemic.

The City of Toronto honours and acknowledges the bravery and courage of all Canadians 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, 2021 as “V-E Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Police Week

May 9 – 15, 2021

WHEREAS we recognize the ongoing work our police officers do every single day to keep our city and its residents safe. Police officers serve and protect our residents, businesses and communities across our city seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

National Police Week gives us an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our police service members who are on the frontlines providing support as we fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

While residents take measures to physical distance, wear masks and stay at home to help to fight this pandemic, Toronto Police continue to do the important work of investigating crime and other issues that come up while keeping us safe.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 9 – 15, 2021 as “National Police Week” in the City of Toronto.

Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism

May 10, 2021

WHEREAS this day is dedicated to recognizing Toronto’s Asian community and raising awareness of the racism being experienced by Asian-Canadians.

Over the past year, we have seen an increase of racism and violence against Asian communities and residents in our city. Together, we must speak out and take a firm stand against any form of racism and discrimination that our residents experience.

Our Asian community is made up of valued residents who should always feel safe in our city. The City of Toronto will continue its work to address and end anti-Asian racism, and to empower individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

Toronto City Council has condemned recent anti-Asian racism and restated its commitment to being proactive in preventing such acts to ensure an inclusive and welcoming city for all Toronto residents.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that Toronto’s diverse heritage makes to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength”. Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. Toronto has become a model city where all nationalities and ethnicities are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2021 as “Day of Action Against Anti-Asian Racism” in the City of Toronto.

Nursing Week

May 10 – 16, 2021

WHEREAS Nursing Week is a time to recognize the contributions of nurses who work tirelessly to provide care to those in hospitals, care facilities and in the community. This week coincides with the birthday of Florence Nightingale on May 12, 1820, who is globally recognized as the founder of modern nursing.

The theme of this year’s Nursing Week is “#WeAnswerTheCall,” which serves to showcase the many different roles nurses play in people’s healthcare journey.

This week honours registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses, and nursing students, who work in hospitals, primary or long-term care centres, community settings, and education or research. The pandemic has shown us the courage and commitment nurses provide every day and demonstrates the important role they play in the community.

More than a year into the global pandemic, our nurses continue to be a source of inspiration, resilience and hope. They have had to face unparalleled challenges in keeping us safe and healthy, and ensuring our healthcare system functions. We can all help nurses in the fight against COVID-19 by continuing to follow the public health measures and getting vaccinated when we are eligible.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of our nurses and all healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19. The dedication and hard work of our essential workers makes our city stronger, safer and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 10 – 16, 2021 as “Nursing Week” in the City of Toronto.

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

May 12, 2021

WHEREAS Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM) and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (ES/MCS) are a series of serious chronic illnesses that have the potential to significantly impact a person’s quality of life.

Together, these three illnesses affect approximately 700,000 Ontarians. They are characterized by a number of symptoms which include fatigue, dizziness, headaches, musculoskeletal pain, and a severe sensitivity to seasonal allergens or chemicals. These illnesses are sometimes difficult to detect and diagnose. Once diagnosed, an estimated 70 per cent of patients are disabled for life.

It is important to raise awareness about these illnesses and their impact to ensure that those who are affected have the adequate supports they need to lead a healthy life.

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, 2021 as “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Apraxia Awareness Day

May 14, 2021

WHEREAS Apraxia Awareness Day raises awareness about apraxia of speech, a motor speech disorder that affects a child’s ability to verbally communicate. Children with apraxia have trouble conveying their thoughts clearly because their brains experience difficulty planning and coordinating the complex processes required for speech.

Apraxia of speech affects less than one percent of children. Because it is so rare, there is still much that is unknown about the disorder. It is important to recognize that children with apraxia understand their thoughts and what they want to say however, they struggle with execution. Early identification, intervention and intense specialized therapy are key in helping treat apraxia of speech in children.

As we continue to fight the pandemic, communication with friends and loved ones has become incredibly important for all of us, especially for children. It is important that we support children with apraxia who may have increased feelings of anxiety or stress, ensuring that they can communicate effectively and lead a happy, healthy life.

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, 2021 as “Apraxia Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Do Something Good for Your Neighbour Day

May 16, 2021

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

Now more than ever, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that we all have a role to play in supporting and protecting each other. I encourage residents to check in on their neighbours by calling or through video chat, especially the elderly and those unable to leave their homes, to ensure they have food, supplies and social interaction from a distance.

Toronto is a compassionate city where people come together and support each other in times of need. Through this pandemic, we have seen the compassion and generosity of residents, businesses and community partners.

I encourage everyone to consider doing something good for your neighbour now and in the future. Through these positive connections we make communities stronger.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 16, 2021 as “Do Something Good for Your Neighbour Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Public Works Week

May 16 – 22, 2021

WHEREAS we recognize all of the public works professionals who take care of our essential infrastructure, facilities and services including rebuilding, improving and protecting transportation, the water supply, water treatment and solid waste management systems. Every single day, these workers take care of public buildings, structures and facilities across our city.

We thank these dedicated, hardworking essential workers who ensure the high quality of services that are of vital importance in sustaining resilient communities and public health.

During these challenging times, they have provided peace of mind for residents who can continue to access vital services and support during the pandemic.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of our public works employees in making Toronto a great city in which to live and work. Their dedication and hard work help make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 16 – 22, 2021 as “National Public Works Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

May 17, 2021

WHEREAS the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia raises awareness about the violence and discrimination faced by the 2SLGBTQ+ community.

Today is a day to condemn discrimination and violence against members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and remember that there are still people in the community whose voices aren’t heard, who hide their identity due to stigma and fear.

Everyone deserves the right to live safely in their community regardless of their sexual orientation or gender. Today we reaffirm that hatred and violence have no place in Toronto. It is incumbent upon all of us to stand in solidarity with the community and say homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia will not be condoned in Toronto.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and biphobia and works to empower individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2021 as “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia” in the City of Toronto.

Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

May 18, 2021

WHEREAS, on May 18, 2021 we honour and remember the innocent lives that were taken and those whose lives were forever impacted by the armed conflict in Sri Lanka.

We gather on this solemn day to remember, to commit to ensuring that such a tragedy is never repeated and to continue to seek justice.

We welcome the fact that this year, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario has unanimously approved Bill 104, an act to proclaim Tamil Genocide Education Week as the seven-day period in each year ending on May 18. By recognizing the Tamil Genocide and other genocides that have tragically occurred, we are working to prevent further dark chapters within our collective history.

Of the 300,000 Tamils that now call Canada their home, many have come to Toronto to put down new roots. Tamils in this city have played an integral role in the success of Toronto as they continue to contribute to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of this great city. Just as Tamils stand with us in building a great city, we stand with them in remembering those lives lost, and commit to supporting long term peace, accountability and reconciliation in Sri Lanka.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 18, 2021 as “Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

Greek Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day

May 19, 2021

WHEREAS Greek-Canadian communities across Canada will recognize the anniversary of the Greek Pontian Genocide of 1914.

In 1914, the Ottoman government issued a decree to remove the Greek population from their ancestral and historic homeland of Pontus, an area that had been home to the Greek Pontians since the time of Homer around 800 BCE. In the span of a few years after the decree was issued, more than 350,000 Greek Pontians were exterminated and thousands were forced to flee to neighbouring countries.

In 2016, City Council passed a Motion to recognize the Pontian Genocide, and to honour the memory of the men, women and children who have died as a result.

The City of Toronto is dedicated to promoting equity, human rights and safety for all residents, while working to make the world a safer and better place. As we recognize this time in history, we also recognize that much work still needs to be done to achieve peace in the world. We are committed to protecting the human rights and dignity of all people by creating a more just society for future generations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 19, 2021 as “Greek Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

Personal Support Worker Day

May 19, 2021

WHEREAS today we acknowledge the hard work and dedication of personal support workers (PSWs) who are working on the frontlines of our healthcare system caring for the ill and the elderly every day.

Personal Support Worker Day is an opportunity to celebrate the unique contributions of PSWs who work tirelessly in caring for the most vulnerable members of our community during this challenging time for our city.

They compassionately attend to the needs of people in long-term care facilities or in their homes and ensure they are well-cared for and safe. They also provide a helping hand on behalf of family members who can’t be with loved ones.

Throughout the pandemic, we have seen the vital role PSWs have played in caring for their patients and for managing the increased workload COVID-19 has placed on our healthcare system. Thank you to all PSWs who are on the frontlines and working overtime during the pandemic for their continued dedication to the health of our residents. Their commitment to fighting this battle and providing this essential and vital work that impacts the lives of so many is helping our city through this difficult time.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 19, 2021 as “Personal Support Worker Day” in the City of Toronto.

Blue and White Day

May 20, 2021

WHEREAS the Toronto Maple Leafs secured first place in the newly formed North Division and subsequently a spot in the play-offs for the fifth year in a row, and tonight, begin their quest for the Stanley Cup.

The unique circumstances of this year’s season resulted in a 2020-2021 Maple Leafs’ schedule that saw them face-off against only their Canadian counterparts.  The Maple Leafs play this year illustrated that they are a force to be reckoned with in Canada and beyond.

Today, on Blue and White Day, I encourage everyone in our city – and Leafs fans across the country and around the world – to wear blue and white to show our support and appreciation for our team. It is time to cheer on our beloved Leafs from our homes and on social media tonight during their first game of the playoffs.

Thank you to the players, coaches, managers, staff, and fans for an impressive season thus far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Maple Leafs and we eagerly look forward to cheering “Go Leafs Go!” from our homes and online throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 20, 2021 as “Blue and White Day” in the City of Toronto. Go Leafs Go!

Ontario Place Day
50th Anniversary

WHEREAS 50 years ago today, a unique pavilion showcasing the best of Ontario was established as an architectural gem built on Lake Ontario.

Ontario Place, a Toronto landmark, was designed by architect Eberhard Zeidler, and is recognized by its iconic Cinesphere movie theatre and concert amphitheatre. It has served as a gathering place, water park and exhibition hall in the past.

On this 50th anniversary of Ontario Place, we celebrate the history of this historic waterfront property and look forward to its future.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 22, 2021 as “Ontario Place Day – 50th Anniversary” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Paramedic Services Week

May 23 – 29, 2021

WHEREAS paramedics dedicate their lives to caring for others and each day go into or communities to help our residents.

Paramedic Services Week is a time to honour the challenging work paramedics provide in homes, hospitals and across the city, helping sick and injured people.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Toronto Paramedic Services’ staff have been on the frontline of our response day in and day out. Their commitment has helped us navigate through these unprecedented times and it has saved lives.

As we move forward in our vaccine rollout, Paramedics have been vital to our efforts in reaching all corners of this city. Their work and expertise at our clinics have helped us achieve great results in our vaccine dose administration. I want to thank all of our Paramedics for going above and beyond throughout the past year and for being committed to the wellbeing of our city and its residents.

We come together as a city to honour the contributions of paramedics in helping protect the health and safety of the residents in our community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 23 – 29, 2021 as “Toronto Paramedic Services Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Newcomer Day

May 25, 2021

WHEREAS this year marks the 7th annual Toronto Newcomer Day, a day to celebrate the contributions of newcomers to the city and work to support them as they settle into our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.

The resilience and sacrifices of newcomers in adapting to a new home and building a new life reminds us of the importance of supporting each other and giving back during this difficult time.

Many newcomers are working on the frontlines to support the city during these challenging times. Thank you to newcomers to our city who are working to help get us through the pandemic.

As a city, we understand the important role newcomers play in building up our city that is why we continue to invest in creating an environment in which newcomers can succeed and thrive. The City has as a result established a Newcomer Strategy that seeks to support newcomers so they can contribute to their local neighbourhood and the city by offering supports and resources that can assist with newcomer settlement.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 25, 2021 as “Newcomer Day” in the City of Toronto.

Grey Day

May 27, 2021

WHEREAS Grey Day raises awareness about brain cancer and is an initiative in support of Brain Tumour Awareness Month.

Every day approximately 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Today, I encourage everyone to help “Turn May Grey” by wearing the colour grey to raise awareness about deaths caused by brain tumours and recognize the many people living with the disease.

By wearing grey on this day, we can show support to the more than 55,000 Canadians who have survived brain tumours, while also recognizing that the need for research and treatment remains important.

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, 2021 as “Grey Day” in the City of Toronto.

Menstrual Health Day

May 28, 2021

WHEREAS this day highlights the importance of menstrual equity and public education that advocates for equitable access to proper menstrual hygiene.

Menstrual Health Day raises awareness about the challenges that women, girls and gender diverse people experience due to menstruation. It also highlights the importance of menstrual hygiene. Talking about this is an important part of reducing the stigma around periods.

It is a time to speak positively about periods and help end the stigma around them, while understanding the need for equity, including providing marginalized communities with access to free menstrual hygiene products that reduce period poverty in our city. The City of Toronto provides support to shelters and drop in centres to purchase menstruation products for marginalized people.

Through open dialogue to help counter taboos surrounding periods, we can work to promote equitable access to hygiene needs and products,

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 28, 2021 as “Menstrual Health Day” in the City of Toronto.

National AccessAbility Week

May 30 – June 5, 2021

 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 time to recognize the progress we’ve made and to recommit ourselves to further break down accessibility barriers.

An inclusive Toronto is one where all Torontonians can fully participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in all aspects of life, with dignity.

The City supports the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessible Canada Act, and works to identify, prevent and remove barriers for people with disabilities.

While it is always important to eliminate barriers to inclusion, the global COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of addressing inequities by directly engaging people with disabilities and ensuring their voices are heard.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 30 – June 5, 2021 as “National AccessAbility Week” in the City of Toronto.

Bike Month

 May 31 – June 30, 2021

WHEREAS the City of Toronto actively promotes cycling as an essential part of our integrated transportation network and an enjoyable way for people to stay healthy, feel connected to their communities, support local business, and get where they need to go.

The City continues to invest in bikeways and the cycling community to help get Toronto moving, reduce our impact on the environment, and make it safer for all people who use our streets.

In 2020 and 2021, Torontonians saw the largest expansion of the city’s
on-street bikeway network in the city’s history. New permanent bikeways connected and renewed the existing routes and through the ActiveTO cycling network expansion, key corridors were transformed to connect people cycling to essential services, parks and local businesses. The ActiveTO road closure program throughout the pandemic has supported residents overall health and well-being by providing much needed safe space for people to exercise, learn to cycle, and get outdoors.

Bike Month is a celebration of cycling in the City of Toronto and encourages people to get outside and ride.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 31 – June 30, 2021 as “Bike Month” in the City of Toronto.

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Be a Donor Month

April 2021

WHEREAS this month we raise awareness of the importance of organ donation. Registering to be an organ and tissue donor will save lives. One donor can potentially save eight lives.

Everyone should consider providing consent to become an organ donor and to speak to their families about organ donation, so the donor registration rate can be increased. There are more than 350 people in Toronto who are on a waiting list for an urgent organ transplant.

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 April 2021 as “Be a Donor Month” in the City of Toronto.

Dig Safe Month

April 2021

WHEREAS this month as the spring digging season begins, homeowners and contractors are reminded to contact ‘Ontario One Call’ before starting any excavation work to prevent injuries, property damage and power outages.

Underground infrastructure is located across the province and it’s crucial to locate buried cables, pipes and wires so you can dig safely.

Use the dig safe checklist and call before you dig, and wait for locates that identify the position of any underground utility lines before beginning any outdoor digging. Always respect the markings and dig with care to help ensure construction, landscape and other projects are done safely.

The City of Toronto provides programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, community 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 April 2021 as “Dig Safe Month” in the City of Toronto.

Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month

April 2021

WHEREAS we observe Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month, to honour and remember the victims of all genocides and reflect upon the lives lost as a result of systemic violence around the world.

In 2015, the House of Commons passed a historic motion to recognize the month of April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month. Toronto City Council declared the month in 2017 to recognize, remember and condemn genocides. It is a time to reaffirm our steadfast condemnation of the practice of genocide in order to ensure that these atrocities never happen again. Toronto is home to many people who have fled violence and genocide. We must never forget these tragic events and the legacy of trauma they leave.

We all must recognize our personal responsibility in preventing genocide and to stand up against prejudice, hate and other forms of exclusionary practices that are known precursors to crimes against humanity. One powerful precursor is the use of words to target and dehumanize groups of people, both online and in person. We must all do our part to be aware and vigilant of actions which seek to incite hatred or violence towards groups of people, which can give rise to hate crimes, in order to effectively confront that hate.

The City of Toronto is dedicated to promoting equity, human rights and safety for all residents, while working to make the world a safer and better place. While recognizing that much work needs to be done to achieve peace in the world, we recommit ourselves to protecting the human rights and dignity of all people by creating a more humane, compassionate and just society for future generations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2021 as “Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month” in the City of Toronto.

Limb Loss Awareness Month

 April 2021

WHEREAS this month, we acknowledge the many Canadians affected by an amputation or who have a limb difference. This loss is not just a physical loss, but one that can sometimes lead to spiritual and financial challenges and social isolation leading to mental health issues.

Those who have experienced a limb loss are encouraged to seek out supports and resources that address their specific needs.

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 April 2021 as “Limb Loss Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Poetry Month

April 2021

 WHEREAS each year the month of April marks National Poetry Month, a time to celebrate poets and their craft.

“Resilience” is the theme of this 23rd National Poetry Month. During this month we celebrate and reflect upon our resiliency in a time of disruption, a time that has taught us lessons of strength, resolve, equity and inclusiveness.

The power of poetry touches people’s hearts, acknowledges grief, lifts up spirits, and inspires reflection and hope. It creates connections to the past, present and future in all cultures and languages.

In 2001, the City of Toronto became the first Canadian municipality to appoint its own Poet Laureate who acts as an ambassador and advocate for poetry and the literary arts.

The City of Toronto celebrates poetry and literature and encourages citizens to read, write, speak, perform and share poetry throughout the month of April.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2021 as “National Poetry Month” in the City of Toronto.

Refugee Rights Awareness Month

April 2021

WHEREAS refugees make positive contributions to the communities in our city. The City of Toronto supports refugee settlement and integration in our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.

Refugee Rights Awareness Month commemorates the April 4, 1985 Supreme Court ruling that acknowledges the rights of refugees to have oral hearings under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

The successful integration of refugees helps strengthen our communities and reflects the City motto: “Diversity Our Strength.”

The City of Toronto 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 April 2021 as “Refugee Rights Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Sikh Heritage Month

April 2021

WHEREAS April is designated as Sikh Heritage Month to celebrate the valued social, economic, political and cultural contributions of Sikh Canadians.

April is a special time for Sikh Canadians, as the community celebrates Vaisakhi, marking the Sikh New Year and the establishment of the Sikh community.

Canada is home to a large Sikh diaspora, many who live in Toronto. Sikh Heritage Month is a time to learn about the history of this vibrant community as well as the strength of its language and culture.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the diverse communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our StrengthDiversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. 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 April 2021 as “Sikh Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Japanese Canadian Freedom Day

 April 1, 2021

WHEREAS this day marks the date more than 70 years ago when legal restrictions limiting movement of Japanese Canadians were removed. On April 1, 1949 Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry were given the right to vote and the freedom to live anywhere in Canada.

Today is a day to acknowledge the contributions of the Japanese Canadian community to the city of Toronto while recognizing the difficult path to belonging faced by generations of Japanese Canadians.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and is working to address all forms of discrimination and stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 1, 2021 as “Japanese Canadian Freedom Day” in the City of Toronto.

Saint John Paul II Day

April 2, 2021

WHEREAS each year on April 2, on the anniversary of his passing, we honour the memory of Pope John Paul II, who was canonized as a Saint nine years after his passing.

Born Karol Józef Wojtyła, Saint John Paul II was named the 264th Pope of the Catholic faith and was head of the Catholic Church from 1978 until his passing in 2005. He was officially canonized as a Saint in the Catholic Church on April 27, 2014.

Saint John Paul II remains a source of inspiration to many. His message of faith and peace was spread globally. He visited 129 countries during his papacy. His last visit to Canada was in 2002 for the 17th World Youth Day, after Toronto was chosen as the host city for the spiritual festival. More than 800,000 youth from all over the world attended the event that had a lasting impact on our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2021 as “Saint John Paul II Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Autism Awareness Day

April 2, 2021

WHEREAS World Autism Awareness Day raises awareness about people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the challenges they face every day.

ASD is a developmental disorder that appears in early childhood and it describes a group of conditions that affects communication, social interactions and repetitive behaviours.

World Autism Awareness Day also celebrates the unique talents of those with autism, and the challenges they live with and the importance of understanding these challenges.

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 April 2, 2021 as “World Autism Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Family Caregiver Day

April 6, 2021

WHEREAS this day recognizes and honours family caregivers who provide unpaid and compassionate care to people with disabilities, health conditions or age related challenges.

Family caregivers assume challenging roles to ensure and protect the quality of life for the person they care for while balancing their personal and work lives and other commitments. They must respond to changing situations throughout their journey of caring for others. The support they provide often impacts a caregiver’s life physically, emotionally and socially.

During the COVID-19 pandemic caregivers have played a critical role in providing essential services and compassionate care, for family and friends. The compassion, commitment and resilience of family caregivers have contributed to the health, safety and well-being of loved ones during this challenging time.

The City of Toronto recognizes the important roles that family caregivers play and the many contributions they make to our city and to society as a whole. Today is a day to raise awareness of the incredibly vital social and economic contributions made by caregivers and to ensure that the city continues to work with the community to provide support and assistance.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 6, 2021 as “Family Caregiver Day” in the City of Toronto.

Global Meetings Industry Day

April 8, 2021

WHEREAS Global Meetings Industry Day highlights the value that business meetings, exhibitions, conferences, conventions and tradeshows bring to the local community.

COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the meetings industry, dramatically altering how we come together to host events. In Toronto the pandemic’s toll has resulted in the cancellation of 463 events, the loss of 380,000 attendees, and $833 million dollars in lost economic impact for the city.

The pandemic has affected the many people who work in the meetings industry. Event cancellations have meant workers who support the industry have lost jobs and venues hosting conferences have lost business.

The City of Toronto recognizes the valuable role that the meetings industry plays in the economic and social health of our city. We are committed to ensuring a full and strong economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. A healthy meetings industry is an absolutely essential part of the economic recovery in our city, province and across the country.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 8, 2021 as “Global Meetings Industry Day” in the City of Toronto.

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

April 11 – 17, 2021

WHEREAS this week we recognize the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in the health care system. They are essential workers whose hard work and dedication on behalf of their patients is often done behind the scenes, where they perform critical testing that determines patient treatment. Through their practical, hands-on work, they give patients the answers they need to fully understand their diagnosis, treatment and care.

Thank you to our medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who have also been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, processing more than 12 million COVID test results in Ontario throughout the pandemic. They are helping to care for us during a challenging time and are part of the critical team that is working to help contain the virus in our city and province.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 11-17, 2021 as “Medical Laboratory Professionals Week” in the City of Toronto.

9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week

April 11 – 17, 2021

WHEREAS every year during the second week of April we recognize 9-1-1 dispatchers and the life-saving work that they provide when answering 911 calls.

When a Toronto resident calls 9-1-1 for help they receive lifesaving service 24 hours a day, seven days a week from those working for Toronto’s Police, Paramedic and Fire Services. This year we recognize the extraordinary efforts made by the dedicated first responders during the pandemic. Their actions make a life and death difference for people seeking emergency assistance.

The City of Toronto recognizes the importance of 9-1-1 dispatchers and acknowledge their dedication and hard work. It is vital for the security of our city and ensures that people feel safe in their daily lives.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 11-17, 2021 as “911 Telecommunicators Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto & York Region Labour Council’s
150th Anniversary Day

April 12, 2021

WHEREAS this year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Toronto & York Region Labour Council on April 12, 1871. It began as a labour movement dedicated to helping working people jointly pursue economic and social justice for all.

The Labour Council currently represents 220,000 men and women, working in every sector of the economy and is guided by the principle: “What we desire for ourselves, we wish for all.”

This anniversary is a cause for celebration, a time to reflect on the Toronto & York Region Labour Council’s many accomplishments and an opportunity to look with hope to a future of new possibilities.

 NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 12, 2021 as “Toronto & York Region Labour Council’s 150th Anniversary Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Volunteer Week

April 18 – 24, 2021

WHEREAS the theme for National Volunteer Week, “The Value of One, The Power of Many” recognizes the many selfless acts of volunteerism in our city and the power of being united in the common goal of helping family, friends and fellow residents.

During Volunteer Week, we celebrate our generous and compassionate volunteers who are inspired to give freely of their time and talents to make Toronto a more vibrant and livable city.

One of our city’s greatest strengths is our residents’ selfless commitment to improving the lives of others.  Volunteers assist seniors in a long-term care homes, organize programs for children and youth, support our vulnerable populations, support food banks and help their communities wherever there is a need. Volunteers share their time in service and remind us we can all play a role in helping others and improving our city.

Thank you to our dedicated volunteers for their ongoing individual and collective efforts in helping our city every day and especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 18-24, 2021 as “National Volunteer Week” in the City of Toronto.

Administrative Professionals Day

April 21, 2021

WHEREAS this day recognizes and celebrates the work of administrative professionals and their invaluable contributions to the organizations they support.

Administrative professionals hold numerous titles and possess a broad array of skills and expertise that is vital to the efficient and effective operations of an organization. They provide front line service, information, and numerous functions that support workplaces across Toronto and the country. Administrative professionals are often the glue that holds a workplace together.

In these very challenging times, we recognize administrative professionals, who during the COVID-19 pandemic and remote work, ensure that workplaces continue to operate smoothly and efficiently.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 21, 2021 as “Administrative Professionals Day” in the City of Toronto.

Earth Day

April 22, 2021

WHEREAS Earth Day is a global call to action to urgently address the health of our planet and serve as a reminder that we are all stewards of the Earth.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth,” which focuses on helping communities that are on the front lines of the climate emergency and those that are disproportionately affected by environmental issues.

Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America. The City’s policies work to enhance water and air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support biodiversity and establish vibrant green spaces across Toronto. We recognize the important role green spaces have in our city as they provide a variety of ecological benefits that are important to the health of individuals and communities, and provide a positive impact across the city and beyond its borders.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 22, 2021 as “Earth Day” in the City of Toronto.

Spanish Language Day

April 23, 2021

WHEREAS Spanish is the mother tongue of many of our residents and it is recognized as one of the UN’s six official languages. This language day was established by the UN in 2010 to promote the Spanish language while celebrating cultural diversity.

Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world and continues 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 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 April 23, 2021 as “Spanish Language Day” in the City of Toronto.

Human Values Day

April 24, 2021

WHEREAS Human Values Day encourages everyone to live by the five basic values of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence, which serves to strengthen the quality of life between each other, our communities and around the world.

The City of Toronto is committed to upholding fundamental human rights for all and recognizes the significant contributions of everyone who is dedicated to making our communities a better place to live, work, and play. It is through active community work and caring that we build a more compassionate city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 24, 2021 as “Human Values Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Immunization Week

April 24 – 30, 2021

WHEREAS World Immunization Week encourages people to get vaccinated to help themselves and those around them from getting diseases and illnesses. Millions of lives are saved annually through immunization, which is one of the most successful forms of health intervention.

The year’s theme “Vaccines bring us closer”, encourages greater global engagement around immunization as an essential tool in bringing people together and improving the health and well-being of everyone around the world.

World Immunization Week is especially important this year as the entire world continues to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and as we rollout a national vaccination program to have all Canadians vaccinated against COVID-19 and prevent any further deaths from the virus. In Toronto alone, more than one million doses of the vaccine have been administered to date.

The City of Toronto’s “Let’s Get Toronto Vaccinated” COVID-19 immunization public education campaign is available in English and 14 other languages to help increase awareness of getting vaccinated. This campaign aims to help residents learn where they can go to book an appointment and find out more information on the importance of getting vaccinated. Now more than ever we recognize the lifesaving value of immunizations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 24-30, 2021 as “World Immunization Week” in the City of Toronto.

Parental Alienation Awareness Day

April 25, 2021

WHEREAS parental alienation can occur when a child becomes estranged from one parent as a result of a high conflict parenting situation.

The challenges of parental alienation can often lead to long-term emotional harm to a child including issues of trust, depression, and anxiety.

Parental Alienation Awareness Day raises awareness about this issue and how it can affect children. We are reminded that we should all act in the best interest of children in our community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2021 as “Parental Alienation Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Day of Mourning

April 28, 2021

WHEREAS each year on April 28, workers, families, employers and members of the community remember those who have lost their lives or have become ill or injured on the job.

Commemorating those who have been hurt or killed in the workplace pays respect for lives lost and those affected by illness an injury, including families, friends, co-workers and members of the community.

Injuries and deaths in the workplace continue to be a matter of concern across Canada.  During the pandemic, COVID-19 has had an unprecedented impact on the workplace.

Preventing workplace deaths, injuries and diseases can only be achieved if we collectively focus our efforts on creating safe and healthy workplaces. In the face of COVID-19, a pandemic unlike anything we’ve seen in our lifetime, we must all remain steadfast in our commitment to ensuring health and safety in our workplaces, because the threat is so powerful that it extends beyond where we work and impacts the collective wellbeing of our entire city, country and the world.

The City of Toronto is committed to providing and maintaining safe and healthy work environments for all members of the Toronto Public Service by improving health and safety in the workplace in order to prevent further deaths, injuries and diseases from work.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2021 as a “Day of Mourning” in the City of Toronto.

Stop Food Waste Day

April 28, 2021

WHEREAS Stop Food Waste Day is a day of action and awareness to reduce food waste.

More than 60 per cent of all household food waste is avoidable and wasted food costs an average Canadian household more than $1,100 per year.

Torontonians are encouraged to learn ways they can reduce the amount of food wasted in the home. Waste created in our kitchens can be reduced through meal planning, proper food storage, using the food we have already purchased and keeping our food fresh. Together we can make a difference.

Raising awareness about food waste is a priority for the City of Toronto as identified in the Long Term Waste Management Strategy and TransformTO climate action strategy. Reduction of food waste in Canada supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to reduce per capita food waste by half by the year 2030.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 28, 2021 as “Stop Food Waste Day” in the City of Toronto.

Journey to Freedom Day

April 30, 2021

WHEREAS this day commemorates the journey of Vietnamese people who fled to Canada after the fall of Saigon and we remember the lives lost due to the conflict.

It also pays tribute to Canadians in communities across the country who welcomed thousands of refugees into their lives and their homes. This act of support from people all over Canada is a reflection of our values and our ability to help those when they need it the most. These are the same values demonstrated today as we help each other navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 situation.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the diverse 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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 30, 2021 as “Journey to Freedom Day” in the City of Toronto.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Bangladeshi Heritage Month

March 2021

WHEREAS Bangladeshi Heritage Month acknowledges the significant contributions of the Bangladeshi community to the growth and prosperity of Toronto.

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Independence Day on March 26 and celebrates the rich culture and heritage of the Bangladeshi people and the important role the community plays in strengthening the cultural, social and economic fabric of our city.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the diverse 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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 2021 as “Bangladeshi Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Easter Seals Month

March 2021

WHEREAS Easter Seals is committed to enhancing the quality of life, well-being and independence of children and youth with physical disabilities through programs and services that promote access, inclusion and opportunity.

One in five Canadians, aged 15 and over are living with some form of disability that affects their level of freedom, participation, independence and quality of life.

Easter Seals supports and provides families with funding for essential mobility and accessibility equipment so that children can enjoy greater participation, independence and freedom while promoting self-esteem and pride. Although in-person camps have been suspended due to the pandemic, virtual camp sessions continue when possible.

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 2021 as “Easter Seals Month” in the City of Toronto.

Fraud Prevention Month

March 2021

WHEREAS fraud detection and reporting are important to any system of fraud prevention and deterrence.

Fraud Prevention Month in an annual public awareness campaign that seeks to help people recognize, prevent and report fraud. Fraud awareness and recognition are vital due to the large role the digital economy plays in our lives.

The City’s Fraud and Waste Hotline, operated by the Auditor General’s Office, is an independent resource that enhances awareness regarding the prevention and detection of fraud.

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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 2021 as “Fraud Prevention Month” in the City of Toronto.

Nutrition Month

March 2021

WHEREAS Nutrition Month recognizes and acknowledges the work of dietitians and other healthcare professionals who work to keep us healthy.

Eating nutritious, balanced, and healthy meals can have many positive impacts. A good diet can help manage underlying health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure or cholesterol. It can also help prevent disease, stimulate brain function and improve overall mental and physical health.

Dietitians are a reliable source for nutrition and other food-related information that can be tailored to meet all unique and specific needs. Nutrition Month is a time to assess our nutritional habits and consult dietitians and other healthcare professionals for professional advice.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about how to be healthy. Through education 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 2021 as “Nutrition Month” in the City of Toronto.

Black Mental Health Week

March 1 – 5, 2021

WHEREAS, anti-Black racism has detrimental impacts on the mental health and well-being of all Torontonians and in particular Black residents. Black Mental Health Week presents an opportunity to reflect on the systemic nature of anti-Black racism on the lives of Black Torontonians and the collective efforts needed to combat it.

The legacy of anti-Black racism lies in the current social, economic and political marginalization of Torontonians of African descent. The pandemic has not only heightened the disproportionate impacts COVID-19 has had on Black residents but it also demonstrates the desire from communities to increase awareness and initiate action to address the impacts of anti-Black racism on mental health and social well-being.

It is a time to confront the effects of anti-Black racism on mental health and to recognize it is a year round problem for Black Torontonians. Torontonians can get involved by not staying silent on the anti-Black racism that exists in public sectors including health, education, justice, employment, housing and child welfare, negatively affecting the lives of over 400,000 people of African descent who call Toronto home. It is a call to action to respond to the gaps in our health systems and the lack of culturally appropriate supports that address the mental health needs of Black communities. Existing stereotypes in our healthcare system often lead to increased rates of misdiagnosis and under-treatment.

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 has developed the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism to eliminate barriers and to ensure systemic changes are made to eradicate anti-Black racism and help create a culture that values inclusion, opposes racism and intolerance and prioritizes the well-being and advancement of Black Torontonians. During the pandemic, the City launched its Black Community COVID-19 Response Plan in an effort to provide services and supports focused on the unique needs of Black Torontonians. While this is a positive step forward, our work will ensure that all residents will continue to have the necessary support.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 1- 5, 2021 as “Black Mental Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

City of Toronto Day

March 6, 2021

WHEREAS the City of Toronto is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 with the Mississaugas of the Credit.

Today we mark the date that the City of Toronto was officially incorporated as the former town of York in 1834. Since its incorporation, Toronto has grown from a small town with a population of less than 10,000 people to Canada’s largest city. Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make our city one of the most culturally diverse and livable cities around the world.

Toronto is a place where multiculturalism and diversity thrive. Toronto’s motto “Diversity Our Strength” demonstrates our residents’ willingness to embrace differences and learn about all cultures. We are a city that works to live in harmony by raising awareness and learning about all those who call our city home. We are proud of our global reputation for being a friendly, diverse, culturally rich city filled with vibrant neighbourhoods and a unique culture that make Toronto a great place to live and visit.

This year’s celebrations will be different due to the pandemic but the underlying values and beliefs of Torontonians remains strong. We have always been a city filled with caring people who support one another. This past year has been no different. Although we cannot gather in person, we will honour today and the great city that we live in by recognizing the strength and resiliency of our city and its people. COVID-19 has tested us and I am confident that we will get out of this pandemic stronger and better. The Toronto spirit will remain strong and present as we rebuild our city together.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 6, 2021 as “City of Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2021

WHEREAS on International Women’s Day we recognize the social, economic, cultural and political accomplishments of women, and the progress that has been made in working towards gender equality. We also 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 2021 is ‘Choose to Challenge’, to highlight that a challenged world is an alert world and from challenge comes change. It calls on all of us to challenge the gender inequities and biases in our communities, workplaces, cities and globally.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having severe repercussions on women who are facing the impact of earning less, working in insecure jobs, and having to take care of children and older parents or relatives. These impacts are compounded for Indigenous, Black, racialized, immigrant and low-income women, women living with disabilities and single parents. Some also face the repercussions of gender-based violence as they follow stay at home orders, which makes supports harder to access.

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 day to celebrate 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, we will continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for our employees and residents, and eliminate barriers to full participation in society. The City has created a new and permanent Gender Equity Unit in order to advance this important work.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim March 8, 2021 as “International Women’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

Mauritius Cultural Day

March 12, 2021

WHEREAS on this day in 1968 Mauritius gained independence and 24 years later was proclaimed a republic within the British Commonwealth.

Today we celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the Mauritian people and acknowledge their valued contributions to Toronto’s success, growth and prosperity.

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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 12, 2021 as “Mauritius Cultural Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Nowruz/Novruz Day

March 20, 2021

WHEREAS Nowruz/Novruz Day recognizes a time of renewal and rebirth to mark the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere.

This day is celebrated by millions of people around the world and hundreds of thousands of people of different nationalities here in the City of Toronto.

Celebrated for thousands of years, this festival has a deep history and is recognized by many different cultures, each with their own unique traditions.

While this year we may not be able to celebrate with one another in-person, this day offers a time to focus on self-reflection, well-being, new beginnings, prosperity and fertility, all central themes for  Nowruz/Novruz celebrations.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the diverse 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, 2021 as “International Nowruz/Novruz Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Francophonie Week

March 20 – 27, 2021

WHEREAS this week celebrates Francophonie culture and its unique and rich history in Toronto.

Since 2001, Toronto Francophonie Week has promoted and celebrated French language and culture through a variety of programming. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last year’s 20th anniversary celebration of Toronto Francophonie Week, was cancelled.

I am delighted that the theme for the 20th anniversary of Toronto Francophonie Week – “20 years together” – will be recognized this year instead with online programming. The week will offer virtual events to celebrate Francophone arts and culture, language and literature.  Toronto is home to more than 63, 000 members of the Francophonie community, and the French language is one of the top 15 mother languages spoken in the city.

Members of Toronto’s Francophone population are a valued part of our community and help exemplify our city’s motto – “Diversity Our Strength”. Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically. As one of the world’s most diverse 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, 2021 as “Toronto Francophonie Week” in the City of Toronto.

Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto

Du 20 au 27 mars 2021

ALORS QUE cette semaine célèbre la culture de la francophonie et son histoire unique et riche à Toronto.

Depuis 2001, la Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto a promu et célébré la langue et la culture françaises par le biais d’une variété de programmes. Malheureusement, en raison de la pandémie de COVID-19, la célébration du 20ème anniversaire de la Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto de l’an dernier a été annulée.

Je suis ravie que le thème du 20ème anniversaire de la Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto – « 20 ans ensemble » – soit plutôt souligné cette année par une programmation en ligne. Cette semaine proposera des événements virtuels pour célébrer les arts et la culture, la langue et la littérature francophones. Toronto compte plus de 63 000 membres de la communauté francophone, et la langue française est l’une des 15 langues maternelles les plus parlées dans la ville.

Les membres de la population francophone de Toronto constituent un élément précieux de notre communauté et contribuent à illustrer 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 diversifiées au monde, Toronto est devenue une ville modèle où toutes les cultures sont respectées et acceptées.

PAR CONSÉQUENT, ci-après, le maire John Tory, au nom du conseil municipal de Toronto, je proclame par la présente que la semaine du 20 au 27 mars 2021 sera la « Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto » dans la ville de Toronto.

Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to COVID-19

March 21, 2021

WHEREAS today we pause to remember and reflect on the many lives lost in Toronto as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sadly more than 2,700 Toronto residents have died due to COVID-19 in the past year. As Torontonians, we must remember and reflect on the loss of life as we continue our fight against COVID-19.

We reflect on the unexpected loss of beloved family members, friends and colleagues whose lives and contributions to our communities will never be forgotten. Today we take time to remember and commit to never forgetting those whose lives were taken too soon.

The grieving and deep sense of loss, at this very difficult time in the life of our city, our province and country as well as around the world, is keenly felt by us all.

Today, while we commemorate the lives lost, we also recognize those who worked tirelessly to care for those who fell ill due to COVID-19 and who work to support those living with the loss of loved ones. Our city has deep gratitude for all the frontline and essential workers who were vital in our response to the pandemic and who continue to work throughout the pandemic to ensure our residents are protected. We must all continue to support each other as we move to a time of healing and recovery in our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2021 as “Day of Remembrance for Lives Lost to COVID-19” in the City of Toronto.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2021

WHEREAS this day is observed annually on the day the police in Sharpeville, South Africa, opened fire and killed 69 people and wounded many at a peaceful demonstration against apartheid “pass laws” in 1960, a system that segregated the Black population.

On this day we recognize and are guided by the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination that affirms the need to eliminate racial discrimination in all its forms and promote the importance of respect and dignity.

We continue to hear of increased racial discrimination against BIPOC people which has resulted in violence and threats. Toronto is an inclusive city filled with diverse people from around the world. We must work together to build up our city, stand up against racial discrimination and demand better from each other. We will not tolerate any form of hatred, discrimination or violence in Toronto.

The City of Toronto works to eliminate racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, while empowering individuals and communities to stand up against hatred and intolerance. As a city we will continue to uphold fundamental human rights and strive for a quality of life for newcomers, migrants, refugees, Indigenous peoples, people of African descent and others who are often targets of discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 21, 2021 as “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” in the City of Toronto.

World Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2021

WHEREAS today on World Down Syndrome Day we recognize and raise awareness of those living with Down Syndrome, caused by a chromosome condition that creates special physical and intellectual challenges.

About one in 800 babies are born with Down Syndrome, a condition that causes varying degrees of challenges and medical issues. With family and community support, research and fundraising people with Down Syndrome can lead rich lives and make a wide range of contributions. Across the country and in our city a number of organizations work to support those with Down Syndrome.

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, 2021 as “Down Syndrome Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Agnes Macphail Day

March 24, 2021

WHEREAS this year marks the 100th anniversary of the election of the first female Member of Parliament, Agnes Macphail, on December 6, 1921.

Agnes Macphail won her seat in the first election where women had the right to run as candidates. This milestone achievement has been designated an anniversary of significance by the Government of Canada.

She represented Grey South East in the House of Commons until 1940 and returned to elected life in 1943, when she was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to represent the riding of York East. She was responsible for initiating Ontario’s first equal-pay legislation to obtain fair pay for women.

Agnes Macphail was a role model who wanted to see more women in politics. She was recognized for her commitment to advocating for women’s rights, fairness for seniors, prison reform, peace and disarmament, housing, health care and education. She also supported farmers and industrial workers.

In 1994, the former Borough of East York first recognized her contributions in furthering the role of women in Canadian politics and in society, as well as her local and global achievements. This recognition has continued through the annual Agnes Macphail Award.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2021 as “Agnes Macphail Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Tuberculosis (TB) Day

March 24, 2021

WHEREAS today marks World Tuberculosis Day, a condition commonly referred to as TB.

This airborne bacterial infection, that primarily affects the lungs, is one of the top 10 causes of death around the world. Every year on March 24, the World Health Organization recognizes World Tuberculosis Day. This year’s theme is World TB Day: “The Clock is Ticking,” a reminder that we must continue efforts to help stop the spread of TB.

TB is preventable, treatable and curable. The City offers a variety of resources through its Toronto Public Health Tuberculosis Program that works with health professionals and the community to reduce the impact of TB.

Today is a day to commemorate and to raise public awareness about the health, social and economic consequences of TB and to increase efforts to end TB globally.

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, 2021 as “World Tuberculosis (TB) Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

March 25, 2021

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 a cruel system of enslavement.  This year’s theme “Ending Slavery’s Legacy of Racism: A Global Imperative for Justice” underlines the importance of educating people about the history of the transatlantic slave trade and acknowledging slavery’s impact on the modern world. It emphasizes the need to take action to address its long-lasting effects, while recognizing the mobilizing global movement that seeks to put an end to injustices rooted in the slave trade.

For more than 400 years, more than 15 million men, women, and children of African descent were victimized in a time that marks one of the most catastrophic chapters in human history.

Enslavement of people of African descent occurred for over 200 years, until it was abolished in 1834 in the British Empire. It is estimated that thousands of enslaved people escaped to Canada via the Underground Railroad, many settling in Ontario.

Marking this date provides an opportunity to honour and remember people of African descent who suffered and died from the atrocities of this enslavement. It is a way to commit to confronting and ending its legacy of anti-Black 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, 2021 as “International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade” in the City of Toronto.

International Decade for People of African Descent
2015 to 2024

WHEREAS the United Nations officially proclaimed 2015 to 2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent under the theme “People of African Descent: recognition, justice and development” to prioritize the promotion and protection of the human rights of people of African descent who were victims of slavery, the slave trade and colonialism and who continue to endure systemic racism and discrimination.

This International Decade encourages Canada and other member states of the United Nations to take action towards affirming the diverse heritage, culture and contributions of people of African descent or origin.

The City of Toronto joins the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario in recognizing this International Decade to promote respect, protection and fulfilment of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of people of African descent, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The City of Toronto is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate anti-Black racism and all forms of discrimination, while supporting individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and systemic discrimination.

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 in City services, planning, policies and spaces. The City’s efforts coincide with the United Nations’ declaration of the International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015 – 2024.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about and driving actions to amplify the Decade.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim the City of Toronto’s recognition of the “International Decade for People of African Descent” in the City of Toronto.

Purple Day for Epilepsy

March 26, 2021

WHEREAS Purple Day for Epilepsy raises awareness about what it is like to live with epilepsy, a neurological condition that that causes recurring seizures.

Purple Day began in 2008 when young a Canadian advocate set out to shed light on the condition to let others know that they are not alone. Today, Purple Day for Epilepsy has grown into a global call to action and is now officially recognized in Canada and many countries around the world.

On this day, I encourage everyone to show their support to people living with epilepsy by learning about the condition and its effects and by raising awareness by wearing purple today.

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, 2021 as “Purple Day for Epilepsy” in the City of Toronto.

International Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31, 2021

WHEREAS this day is dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people around the world.

The day celebrates and recognizes the contributions that transgender people make to society. It is also an opportunity to take action to change biases people may hold toward transgender people. More work needs to be done in addressing the discrimination, violence and challenges transgender people often face. These include lower income levels and underemployment as well as consequences of social marginalization, such as symptoms consistent with clinical depression.

People who identify as transgender are valued residents who should always feel safe in Toronto. The City of Toronto will continue its work to address and end transphobia, and to empower individuals and communities to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2021 as “International Transgender Day of Visibility” in the City of Toronto.

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Black History Month

February 2021

WHEREAS Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month in 1979 to honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present.

During Black History Month we commemorate, celebrate and recognize the achievements of Canadians 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 to ensure systemic changes are made to eradicate anti-Black racism and help create a culture that values inclusion, opposes racism and intolerance and prioritizes the well-being and advancement of Black Torontonians.

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 to protect and promote the human rights of people of African descent, and to recognize the invaluable contributions that people of African descent or origin have contributed to communities worldwide, including Toronto.

Black History Month is our history and this is a month in which we learn of both great accomplishment and trauma, both of which are important for all of us to understand. That understanding and a commitment to act make us stronger and better as a city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2021 as “Black History Month” in the City of Toronto.

World Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1 – 7, 2021

WHEREAS in 2010, the United Nations proclaimed World Interfaith Harmony Week as a way to promote a culture of peace where people live in harmony with each other regardless of their faith.

World Interfaith Harmony Week underlines the need for tolerance, respect and understanding of all religions and encourages goodwill towards all people.

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 being one of the most diverse cities in the world 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, 2021 as “World Interfaith Harmony Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toque Tuesday

February 2, 2021

WHEREAS the annual Toque Tuesday campaign raises funds in support of those experiencing homelessness.

Since 1997 Toque Tuesday has raised millions of dollars across Canada – including Toronto – to help support long-term solutions to homelessness.

This year Toque Tuesday will shift to a virtual format as the pandemic has limited the ability to host in-person gatherings for the campaign. Agencies across Canada will be raising funds and awareness for homelessness through various social platforms.

COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on those experiencing homelessness and those who work to support them. Providing support to people experiencing homelessness is a key priority for the City and I encourage everyone to support Toque Tuesday and the programs it supports by taking part in this campaign, aimed at ensuring that everyone stays warm, healthy and safe this winter.

The City of Toronto recognizes the significant contributions of organizations and support workers who work to end homelessness. It is through active community work, fundraising and caring that we build a more compassionate and livable city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2, 2021 as “Toque Tuesday” in the City of Toronto.

Bob Marley Day

February 6, 2021

WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an iconic and influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace.

Through the power of his songs, Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace around the world.

With his positive attitude and demeanor, he used his music to promote tolerance, love and peace among people. Bob Marley always tried to use his influence to help tear down the walls of apartheid and promote unity, culture and world peace both at home in Jamaica and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite. Today, his music continues to inspire and uplift people throughout the world as he has become an iconic musician that has impacted the lives of many.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2021 as “Bob Marley Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

February 6, 2021

WHEREAS Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is the practice of intentionally altering, injuring or removing external female genitalia for non-medical purposes. FGM/C has no health benefits and is internationally recognized as a form of abuse and a violation of human rights.

FGM/C reflects deep-rooted inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and girls. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. Each year, more than four million women and girls are at risk of FGM/C. There are approximately two-hundred million survivors of FGM/C globally, some of whom call Toronto home. Performing FGM/C is a criminal offence in Canada.

It is vitally important to raise awareness in order to fully understand how FGM/C affects women and girls around the world. FGM/C can cause severe long-term problems with a girl or woman’s physical, mental, and sexual health. We must come together to condemn this practice and provide support to survivors.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights for everyone 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 February 6, 2021 as “International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting” in the City of Toronto.

International Clash Day

February 7, 2021

WHEREAS, The Clash has left an enduring mark on music around the world that is still felt today, inspiring generations of local musicians and music lovers.

International Clash Day has been globally recognized since 2013 by many cities and around the world. The day marks band’s pioneering sound, which blended elements of rock, punk, reggae, ska, and dub music, mixed with an unapologetic social consciousness that was anti-establishment, anti-racist and anti-violence.

The British rockers – Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky “Topper” Headon – left an incredible legacy that shaped an entire musical genre and influenced countless artists throughout the decades.

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, The Clash left their mark on Toronto, playing concerts at the O’Keefe Centre, the Rex-Danforth Theatre and the CNE Bandshell.

Toronto is a city that values and supports musicians and music communities. Music is a defining element of Toronto’s civic identity, and we celebrate the influence of all genres and all those who birth new sounds through their talent and creative expression.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 7, 2021 as “International Clash Day” in the City of Toronto.

The Weeknd Day

February 7, 2021

WHEREAS The Weeknd is a multiple Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer, hailing from Toronto, who has quickly become one of the world’s most popular musicians with over 75 million records sold world-wide and the #1 and #2 R&B streaming albums in history.

This Sunday – on Super Bowl Sunday – we celebrate The Weeknd as he becomes the first Canadian to headline a solo halftime show and only the third Canadian ever to perform live at one of the world’s most watched events. Millions of people will be watching him and cheering him on but we know Scarborough, a community he continues to support, will be cheering the loudest!

The Weeknd has become a global superstar known for his unmistakable vocals and songwriting, seamlessly blending Pop, R&B, and Hip Hop influences filtered through his unique production style.

The Weeknd earned his first Grammy Award in 2015 for Best R&B Performance for his song “Earned It,” which also won an Academy Award. He has won 10 Juno Awards, five American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, two Guinness World Records and the MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year for the song “Blinding Lights.”

Toronto is proud that one of its own, The Weeknd, has achieved such enormous popularity both here at home and on the world stage.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 7, 2021 as “The Weeknd Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Development Week

February 7 – 13, 2021

WHEREAS International Development Week raises awareness of Canada’s contributions to international cooperation while encouraging Canadians to be active, global citizens committed to achieving universal, sustainable development.

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.

TransformTO, Toronto’s ambitious climate action strategy approved by Toronto City Council, lays out a set of long-term, low-carbon goals and strategies to reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and improve our health, grow our economy, and improve social equity.

A leader in addressing climate change domestically and internationally, the City of Toronto is a member of C40 Cities, which connects 96 world cities to take bold climate action, leading the way toward a healthier and more sustainable future.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 7 – 13, 2021 as “International Development Week” in the City of Toronto.

211 Day

February 11, 2021

WHEREAS residents can dial 211 to access a full range of government, health, community and social services in their communities. This free service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available by phone, web, chat, text and email.

The City of Toronto partners with 211 Central to help serve the needs of those who live and work in Toronto and other GTA regions.  This specialized service, available in over 150 languages, helps guide callers to resources that address the diverse needs of all communities.

During the pandemic 211 has played a vital role in getting support and services to residents across this city. People can call 211 for referrals to health services and mental health supports, income support and financial assistance, housing help, access to food, emergency shelter and support services for seniors and persons with disabilities. All of these programs and services have been critical in our response efforts and have ensured that vulnerable residents who need assistance are getting the help they need to get through this pandemic.

The City supports healthy communities across Toronto by partnering with and investing in services and programs that strengthen social, economic and physical conditions that impact city-wide change. 211 has been an invaluable and steadfast civic partner during the pandemic response.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 11, 2021 as “211 Day” in the City of Toronto.

February 13, 2021

Wear Red Canada Day

WHEREAS this day is marked annually across Canada to raise awareness about women’s cardiovascular health.

Heart disease is the leading cause of premature death in Canadian women. Globally, cardiovascular diseases affect one out of three women.

The diagnosis and treatment of heart disease is largely based on research in men. Heart attack symptoms in women often differ from the classic signs experienced by men.

Women are under-studied, under-diagnosed and can be under-treated.

Wear Red Canada Day reminds us to be proactive in managing heart and health wellness.

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 13, 2021 as “Wear Red Canada Day” in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to wear red on this day in support of women’s health.

I Read Canadian Day

February 17, 2021

WHEREAS I Read Canadian Day is a national day celebrating the richness and diversity of Canadian literature for young people. Residents are challenged to “read Canadian” for at least 15 minutes today and upload a picture on social media of them reading their books.

This year’s theme, #NowMoreThanEver created in response to COVID-19, emphasizes the importance of promoting stories of diverseness by BIPOC authors written in their own voices.

Readers are encouraged to immerse themselves in new books or cherished favourites by wonderful Canadian authors, illustrators and publishers who are mostly based right here in Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 17, 2021 as “I Read Canadian Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2021

WHEREAS International Mother Language Day celebrates language diversity and multilingualism and promotes the preservation and protection of all languages spoken globally. International Mother Language Day was established in Bangladesh and marks the day when people fought for recognition of the Bangla language.

Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and one of the most powerful instruments of preserving and developing heritage.

Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world and continues 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 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, 2021 as “International Mother Language Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

February 22, 2021

WHEREAS on February 22, 2007, the House of Commons made a unanimous declaration officially condemning all forms of modern day slavery in Canada and proclaimed this day to raise awareness of the magnitude of human trafficking in Canada, while working towards ending this form of human rights abuse.

Human trafficking is a generally hidden but serious crime that endangers the lives of many people around the world, including Torontonians. It is defined by the United Nations as the recruitment of people and holding them against their will through force or coercion for the purposes of exploitation.

Each one of us can play a role in recognizing its presence in our city and understanding the threat it poses to vulnerable communities, and we can work to assist victims and survivors by connecting them with local support services.

The City of Toronto is committed to supporting survivors of human trafficking and contributing to efforts in preventing human trafficking in collaboration with survivors, community partners and other levels of government.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 22, 2021 as “National Human Trafficking Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Pink Shirt Day

February 24, 2021

WHEREAS today on Pink Shirt Day, residents are encouraged to wear pink and speak out against bullying in schools, workplaces, online and at home.

The first Pink Shirt Day was inspired by an act of kindness and organized in honour of a high school student who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt.  A group of teenagers at the same school organized a protest to speak out against the bullying by purchasing pink shirts and having fellow students wear them as a group.

Today, everyone is encouraged to practice kindness towards others and to wear pink in an effort to speak out against bullying.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 24, 2021 as “Pink Shirt Day” in the City of Toronto.

Rare Disease Day

February 28, 2021

WHEREAS Rare Disease Day raises awareness about rare diseases that affect one in 12 Canadians and their impact on patients’ lives.

It usually takes between one – five years for a rare disease to be properly diagnosed with people often facing misdiagnosis, unnecessary surgeries, social isolation, lack of treatment options and early death as a result of them.

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 28, 2021 as “Rare Disease Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Tamil Heritage Month

January 2021

WHEREAS this month provides Canadians with an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of Tamil Canadians to Canada’s social, economic, political and cultural fabric.

Canada is home to a large Tamil diaspora which provides us with a platform to learn about the history of this community as well as the strength of their language and culture.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that the multicultural communities of Toronto have made to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength”.  Diversity strengthens us socially, politically, culturally and economically, and 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 2021 as “Tamil Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Crime Stoppers Month

 January 2021

WHEREAS Toronto Crime Stoppers was founded in 1984 as a partnership between the police, the media and the community, where the public could anonymously submit information about a crime or the identity of a criminal to help stop crime in our city.

Community reward program initiatives have replaced the individual cash rewards that were once issued to people whose tips led to solving a crime. The Toronto Crime Stoppers’ Crime Prevention Through Community Engagement initiatives now help put money back into communities and community safety programs, in an effort to work towards a crime-free Toronto.

Toronto Police assigned to Crime Stoppers also participate in community events and work in schools to reach vulnerable youth and speak on topics such as bullying and social media awareness.

Toronto Crime Stoppers has proven to be a resounding success. In 2019, it received tips that led to 126 arrests and 463 charges laid.

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 2021 as “Toronto Crime Stoppers Month” in the City of Toronto.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2021

WHEREAS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist who became the universally respected leader of the movement to end legal segregation of African Americans in the U.S. He was committed to ending racial segregation and discrimination through nonviolent means such as sit-ins and protests.

He achieved great victories 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 ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

On the 35th anniversary of this day first being proclaimed, the residents of Toronto remember and honour the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and reaffirm a commitment to the basic principles of human rights, equality and justice for all and reaffirm as well their determination to fight racism and discrimination wherever it exists in our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2021 as “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in the City of Toronto.

Lincoln Alexander Day

January 21, 2021

WHEREAS today we pay tribute to Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor, Lincoln Alexander, a trail-blazer and pioneer in the political realm, who was known for his leadership and his commitment in the fight for equality and the fight against discrimination.

Mr. Alexander grew up during a time when there were limited opportunities for Black Canadians. After meeting role models with great careers in Harlem where he lived as a teenager, he resolved to have high career aspirations for himself. In 1949, he earned a BA from McMaster University followed by a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1953.

On June 25, 1968, he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Hamilton West, becoming Canada’s first black MP elected to the House of Commons. He was re-elected four times, serving as an MP until 1985. In 1979, he was appointed Minister of Labour, becoming the first black Canadian to serve in Cabinet. Mr. Alexander readily spoke out against discrimination due to race, creed or colour.

On September 24, 1985, Mr. Alexander was appointed Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor. He was the first Black Canadian to be appointed to a vice-regal position in Canada, a post he held with great respect and pride. His mandate was to fight racism, advance the cause of youth and advocate for seniors. He visited hundreds of schools and communities across the province and attended thousands of events. He was one of the most highly respected and admired people to ever hold the position and had great affection for the people of Ontario.

Linc, as he was commonly known, will be remembered for fighting for equal rights for all people, for helping to change attitudes and greatly for contributing to inclusiveness and the fight against racism and discrimination in our city, our province and our country.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 21, 2021 as “Lincoln Alexander Day” in the City of Toronto.

Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week

January 25 – 31, 2021

WHEREAS this week recognizes emergency shelter workers and homelessness service workers and the essential role they play in caring
for those in need.

Emergency shelter workers and homelessness service workers compassionately work to collectively deliver Toronto’s 24-hour homelessness services, including shelters, 24-hour respite sites, drop-ins and the temporary shelters and hotels opened as part of the City’s COVID-19 response. They also work to provide essential support to those living outside.

Thousands of dedicated workers deliver services to individuals living outside and at over 100 emergency shelter programs that operate around the clock, seven days a week. These programs provide critical supports for vulnerable residents in our city.

During the pandemic, our emergency shelter and homelessness service workers have played a vital role in our City’s response to COVID-19 and have helped ensure that vulnerable populations in our city are being cared for during a time of great need. I want to thank all of the emergency shelter workers and homelessness services workers in our city who have been on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are an important part of the efforts made thus far in helping Toronto residents throughout the pandemic. This week is an opportunity to honour their dedication and commitment to serving vulnerable homeless populations each day.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 25 – 31, 2021 as “Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week” in the City of Toronto.

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

January 27, 2021

WHEREAS on this day, in 1945, Soviet troops liberated the Nazi Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, which exposed the atrocities and genocide that took place there. Today, on the 76th anniversary of the liberation, we remember and honour all victims of the Holocaust, who suffered immeasurable trauma and died at the hands of Nazi occupiers, as well as the survivors who bear the lasting scars of that same trauma.

In 2005, the United Nations adopted a resolution declaring January 27 as International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. As we honour the significance of this observance, it is incumbent upon all of us to identify and condemn all forms of anti-Semitism, hate and discrimination. We must also act collectively to condemn Holocaust-denial so that we may remember what took place, and stand firm in ensuring that atrocities like this never happen again.

The City of Toronto recognizes the importance of taking collective action against anti-Semitism to create a just and inclusive city. 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, 2021 as “International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust” in the City of Toronto.

January 29, 2021

Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

WHEREAS today we remember the lives lost and people that were injured when a gunman walked into the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec just after evening prayers had concluded on January 29, 2017.

The devastating attack took the lives of six Muslim worshippers. Their names were: Azzeddine Soufiane, Mamadou Tanou Barry, Khaled Belkacemi, Aboubaker Thabti, Ibrahima Barry and Abdelkrim Hassane.

In 2020, our own city was plagued with acts of violence and hate towards our beloved Muslim community. By proclaiming this day, we are not only remembering the lives lost in Quebec, but making a stand against any further form of hatred, violence or harassment against Muslims or their sacred places of prayer.

Toronto prides itself on being the most diverse city in the world that is not only inclusive for all but embracing. We will continue to live by these values and work together to eliminate any form of racism and discrimination in our city.

The City of Toronto is committed to eliminating Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia and discrimination of all kinds and continues to promote fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for all those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination, hate or violence. Today, Torontonians join other Canadians to remember the victims, to condemn these acts of violence, and to reaffirm the city’s stand against discrimination of any kind including that directed at any faith or faith group.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 29, 2021 as “Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia” in the City of Toronto.