John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Crime Stoppers Month

WHEREAS the Toronto Crime Stoppers program enables the public to safely and anonymously submit information, report on, or leave tips about crime in our city, which can help lead to the prevention or resolution of crime in Toronto.

Established in 1984 Toronto Crime Stoppers, now in its 38th year, has a long history of partnering with police, the media and residents to work towards a crime-free Toronto, while also contributing resources and funding from the program directly back into local communities.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 2022 as “Crime Stoppers Month” in the City of Toronto.

Tamil Heritage Month

January 2022

WHEREAS January is Tamil Heritage Month, which provides us an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the many contributions that Tamil Canadians have made to the cultural fabric of Toronto.

Toronto is home to a vibrant and diverse Tamil community. Throughout the month, I invite all residents to celebrate and learn more about the richness of Tamil culture, its deep history and the continued contributions of Tamil Canadians to our city.

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 diverse 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 2022 as “Tamil Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Love, Scarborough Day

January 13, 2022

WHEREAS Love, Scarborough Day supports the Scarborough Health Network Foundation in its efforts to raise funds in support of the three Scarborough hospitals.

The Scarborough Health Network (SHN) supports the Birchmount, Centenary and Scarborough General Hospitals to ensure continued care for a diverse Scarborough community.

The SHN is on a journey to shed a light on care inequities and encourage people to donate towards state-of-the-art infrastructure and to purchase the latest medical technology for its facilities.

The Scarborough Health Network aims to be a leader in community-based healthcare education. The campaign will help expand emergency departments while removing barriers and stigma, ensuring quality care is accessible for all people in need.

This day reminds residents to contribute to strengthening our healthcare system in Scarborough and in all parts of our city.

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. 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 January 13, 2022 as “Love, Scarborough Day” in the City of Toronto.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 17, 2022

WHEREAS every year on the third Monday in January, we observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day to commemorate the life and legacy of a man whose life work focused on ending legal segregation of People of African Descent.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist Minister who is globally recognized as one of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Dr. King championed racial equality through acts of nonviolence and civil disobedience.

In his lifetime he helped make racial discrimination illegal in public and professional settings, and was instrumental in removing legal barriers preventing Black Americans from voting. In 1964, he became the youngest man ever at the time to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In his later life, Martin Luther King Jr. expanded his focus, advocating for issues of labour injustice, poverty, capitalism and war. His life and work was cut short at age 39, when he was assassinated.

On this day, the residents of Toronto and the world 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. Together we must all be resolved in our collective 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 17, 2022 as “Martin Luther King Jr. Day” in the City of Toronto.

Lincoln Alexander Day

January 21, 2022

WHEREAS today marks the 100th birthday of the late Honourable Lincoln Alexander, a pioneering politician and lawyer, and a Canadian trailblazer in the fight against racial inequality.

Lincoln Alexander led a life of many firsts. In 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. He was also the first Black Chair of the Worker’s Compensation Board in Ontario.

In 1985, he was appointed Ontario’s 24th Lieutenant Governor, becoming the first Black Canadian to be appointed to a vice-regal position in Canada – a post he held with great respect and pride. His chosen mandate was to fight racism, advance the cause of youth and advocate for seniors.

Throughout his life and career, Lincoln Alexander readily spoke out against racial discrimination, continually fighting for racial equity and equal rights. A celebrated speaker, he visited hundreds of schools and communities across Ontario in addition to participating in many events. He was one of the most highly respected and admired people to ever hold the position of Lieutenant Governor and had great affection for the people of Ontario.

Today, we commemorate the life and legacy of Lincoln Alexander. “Linc”, as he was fondly known to many, will be honoured as a champion for equal rights for all people, for challenging and changing oppression, and for his many contributions in 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, 2022 as “Lincoln Alexander Day” in the City of Toronto.

Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week

January 24 – 30, 2022

WHEREAS this week recognizes emergency shelter workers and homelessness service workers for the essential role they play in delivering more than 100 emergency shelter programs operating 24-hours a day in Toronto.

These programs include street outreach, shelters, 24-hour respite sites, warming centres and temporary homeless shelters opened as part of the City’s COVID-19 response, as well as drop-in services and a range of supports provided to people experiencing homelessness. This week, we recognize the commitment and dedication of all those who work to deliver and administer programs, services and supports to some of our most vulnerable residents.

Emergency shelter workers and those who work with people experiencing homelessness deliver compassionate care focused on the unique and specific needs of unhoused communities. Their tireless advocacy and dedication helps provide people experiencing homelessness the opportunities they need to establish critical supports and stability in their lives, opening up a path to find safe and secure housing.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our emergency shelter and homelessness service workers continue to play a vital role in keeping at-risk residents safe and providing the services they need. I would like to thank all emergency shelter workers and homelessness service workers in our city who have been on the frontlines since the onset of the pandemic. This week gives us the opportunity to honour the dedication and commitment they show each day to the people they serve.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 24 – 30, 2022 as “Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Service Worker Appreciation Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2022

WHEREAS on this day, we remember and honour the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and acknowledge the crimes that took place during this genocide and tragic chapter in history.

This day marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and on this 77th anniversary of that liberation, we honor the memories of the six million Jews who perished and support the survivors of this atrocity.

We also remember those who were targeted, including the LGBTQ community and people with disabilities, who were persecuted and murdered during the Holocaust.

Since 2010, the UN has designated specific themes for the annual remembrance and this year’s theme is “Memory, Dignity and Justice”. Our collective focus and reflection on this time in history helps brings dignity and justice to the victims as well as to those who have survived the horrifying violence of the Holocaust and their descendants, many of whom live in Toronto. Their memories continue to drive the work of preserving dignity and upholding justice.

The City of Toronto recognizes the need for collective action against the still ongoing prevalence of antisemitism and hate crimes with the hope of working towards peace and harmony among all our residents. This commitment is at the forefront of efforts to eliminate acts of antisemitism and other hate crimes against Jewish peoples while supporting all 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, 2022 as “International Holocaust Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia

January 29, 2022

WHEREAS today we remember the lives lost and those who were injured when a gunman walked into the Centre Culturel Islamique de Québec just after evening prayer and perpetrated a violent and tragic attack, fuelled by Islamophobia, racism and hatred.

The devastating attack took the lives of six members of the Muslim community and seriously injured 19 others.

By proclaiming this day we are remembering the lives lost in Quebec, thinking about the families and communities impacted and taking a stand against any form of hatred, violence and harassment directed against Muslims in our city and our country.

The City of Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world and we are committed to eliminating Islamophobia, racism, xenophobia and discrimination of all kinds, as well as systemic barriers. We continue to promote fundamental human rights and the enhancement of the quality of life for all those experiencing discrimination, racism, hate or violence.

Today our city joins all Canadians in commemorating the victims and families of the attack, remembering Muslim communities in the City and reaffirming our stand against Islamophobia and any form of discrimination directed at any faith or faith groups.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 29, 2022 as “Day of Remembrance and Action on Islamophobia “ in the City of Toronto.