The following are proclamations for the current term of Council.

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World AIDS Day

December 1

WHEREAS approximately 62,000 Canadians live with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), which can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

This year’s World AIDS Day themed “Equalize” is a global call to action to increase and sustain momentum in containing HIV, particularly for at-risk communities. World AIDS Day also launches the start of Indigenous AIDS Awareness Week in Canada.

The global response to AIDS has slowed or stalled considerably over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting many lives at risk. More work needs to be done to educate the public, and combat the stigma and discrimination which has unfairly faced those living with HIV/AIDS for decades.

Today is also an opportunity to provide support and commit to providing those facing disproportionate barriers with equal access to services and treatment. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, people living with the virus can lead healthy lives.

Everyone can join the awareness campaign by wearing a red ribbon on World AIDS Day to show their solidarity with people whose lives are affected by HIV/AIDS. The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS that affects all Canadians, and mourns those who have died as a result of the disease.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2022 as “World AIDS Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

December 3, 2022

WHEREAS International Day of Persons with Disabilities was first proclaimed on December 3, 1992 by the United Nations, to raise awareness of critical issues relating to the inclusion, rights and well-being of people with disabilities. This day also acknowledges the many achievements of persons with disabilities, while recognizing that more work needs to be done to remove barriers to full integration in our society.

The United Nations’ 2022 theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities is “Transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fueling an accessible and equitable world.” This year’s theme focuses on forming innovative solutions to create an inclusive environment in employment and sport, while reducing inequalities facing persons with disabilities today. It is also central to the promise of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to leave no one behind.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for all residents. The City is also committed to accessibility and the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and is working to identify, prevent and remove barriers to equitable access in Toronto for persons with disabilities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2022 as “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” in the City of Toronto.

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6, 2022

WHEREAS on December 6, we mark the anniversary of the tragedy at École Polytechnique Montreal, where 14 women were singled out and murdered because of their gender and 10 other women were injured.

The Parliament of Canada has designated every December 6 as the “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women,” to commemorate the victims of the massacre. Today, more than thirty years after the tragedy, we remember the victims, those who were injured and the many lives that were forever changed by this act of violence.

Gender-based violence takes on many forms and continues to this day, particularly for equity-deserving groups including women, girls, youth, and gender diverse residents. Longstanding gender-based inequities have increased in recent years and more work needs to be done to address these disparities.

In 2021, the City of Toronto adopted SafeTO: Toronto’s Ten-Year Community Safety and Well-Being Plan, which acts as a roadmap to re-envision how the City thinks about safety. Reducing community violence, including gender-based violence, is a key priority of SafeTO and one of its seven goals. Beyond this, the City is developing its first-ever Gender Equity Strategy, informed by extensive community consultations that took place in the spring.

By focusing on our residents’ well-being in addition to working collaboratively with the necessary stakeholders, the City strives to create an environment that respects the livelihood, dignity and safety of all residents. And, through legislation, policies, programs and services, the City of Toronto continues to demonstrate leadership in building the necessary conditions to promote and sustain equity in our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 6, 2022 as “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women” in the City of Toronto.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

November 2022

WHEREAS domestic violence is a pattern of behaviour in a relationship that is used to control an intimate partner. It can include many different forms of abuse such as physical, verbal, psychological, sexual or financial abuse. In many cases, victims are unable to leave abusive relationships or report their abusers due to fear. While intimate partner violence can occur in any relationship, 83 per cent of those who experience spousal abuse are women.

We can support survivors of domestic violence, by educating ourselves on its many forms and recognizing the signs and symptoms. We can also offer our help to anyone who may need it by listening to them, respecting them and letting them know they are not alone.

The City of Toronto is committed to a culture that is free from fear and abuse. Recognizing the harm and impact that intimate partner violence may have, the City has adopted a Domestic/Intimate Partner Violence in the Workplace Policy. The City will continue to address intimate partner violence in the workplace and in our city to promote the well-being of all residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2022 as “Domestic Violence Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Hindu Heritage Month

November 2022

WHEREAS this month we acknowledge and celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the vibrant Hindu community in Toronto.

Hindu Canadians have made valued contributions to our society in numerous fields including science, education, medicine, law, politics, business, culture and sports. They continue to help foster growth, prosperity and innovation and greatly contribute to the socio-economic, political and cultural fabric of our city.

 Hindu Heritage Month provides an opportunity for residents to learn more about the history of the Hindu community in our city and celebrate the traditions and customs of the community.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

Indigenous Disability Awareness Month

November 2022

WHEREAS during Indigenous Disability Awareness Month, we celebrate the valued contributions that Indigenous Peoples with disabilities make to their communities and to our city.

We also raise awareness of the barriers and obstacles that Indigenous Peoples with disabilities and their families face, not only in daily challenges, but in health inequities in dealing with systemic racism and colonialism in institutions that are meant to assist them. Indigenous Peoples also experience disability rates that are higher than the general population and they require supports that are uniquely designed to meet their needs, located in the areas where they live.

In April, the City of Toronto enacted its first Reconciliation Action Plan: a roadmap guiding the City’s actions towards advancing truth, justice, and reconciliation within Indigenous communities over the next ten years.

Action 13 of the plan will see the City support Indigenous health and
well-being by developing meaningful relationships and partnerships with Indigenous health leaders and health care partners. The City will also create a network of Indigenous community members and traditional Knowledge Keepers, Elders, and healers who will provide feedback into the development and delivery of programs, services, and policy development at Toronto Public Health.

This month and always we honour and respect the lived experiences of Indigenous Peoples with disabilities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2022 as “Indigenous Disability Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November 2022

WHEREAS lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among men and women in Canada. In 2022 alone, nearly 30,000 Canadians will be diagnosed with it.

There are many factors that contribute to a lung cancer diagnosis including second hand smoke, a family history of cancer, and environmental pollutants.

During the month on November, we highlight the importance of screening for lung cancer, as early detection can save lives. It is also important that we provide support for lung cancer research, screening and treatment as well as removing the stigma around lung cancer being known as a smoker’s cancer.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2022 as “Lung Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Moroccan Heritage Month

November 2022

WHEREAS during the month of November, we mark Moroccan Heritage Month which is a time to recognize and acknowledge the valued contributions of the Moroccan community to our city. Toronto is home to a unique Moroccan community that continues to contribute to the success of our city including in the fields of academia, health care and medicine, energy, aviation, engineering, trades and business.

Throughout the month, everyone is invited to learn more about the rich Moroccan history and heritage, as well as the local Moroccan community here in Toronto.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

Movember

November 2022

WHEREAS during Movember, people are encouraged to grow a moustache and raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer in men. Men who are of African or Caribbean descent as well as those with a family history of the cancer, are twice as likely to get prostate cancer.

Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer found in young men aged 15 to 39. There is a high survival rate of 95 per cent when they receive treatment.

Early detection of both of these cancers can help to save lives. We can give our support to the men in our lives by encouraging them to get screened for cancers right away. An early diagnosis will help to ensure that they receive proper treatment as soon as possible.

Residents are encouraged to learn about their family history of cancer and talk to a doctor about their mental and physical health, in addition to being tested for cancers.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2022 as “Movember” in the City of Toronto.

Take Our Kids to Work Day

November 2, 2022

WHEREAS today on Take Our Kids to Work Day, part of the Learning Partnership’s national program, Grade 9 students will visit the workplaces of their parents, relatives and volunteers, during a one day shadowing experience themed “You Belong Here”. They will have valuable, hands on learning opportunities in diverse careers, which may help to inform decisions concerning their own career paths.

Participants in the City of Toronto’s Take Our Kids to Work Day program will be able to learn more about how city government works and the importance of being engaged in city politics and civic issues.

Take Our Kids to Work Day is a chance for youth to explore the working world. It is an opportunity that offers insight into career options and highlights the importance of education and skills development.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2, 2022 as “Take Our Kids to Work Day” in the City of Toronto.

Remembrance Week

November 5 – 11, 2022

WHEREAS during Remembrance Week, we honour all Canadian veterans who have served and continue to serve in upholding the peace and freedoms we enjoy today.

Each year, we pause on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, to remember those who paid the ultimate price to protect our freedoms. During Remembrance Week, I encourage residents to support the Royal Canadian Legion and its programs by purchasing and wearing a poppy as a symbol of remembrance.

This year marked the 80th Anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. On August 19, 1942, Allied forces undertook a raid on the French coastal town of Dieppe, known as Operation Jubilee. Nearly 5,000 of the 6,000 troops that landed at Dieppe as part of the raid were Canadian. This raid resulted in the highest number of Canadian casualties on a single day during the Second World War. It was the most deadly day for soldiers with a connection to Toronto, in our history.

During this week, we reflect on the more than 10,000 Toronto residents who gave their lives in 20th century wars and conflicts, as well as those who returned home with grievous injuries or disorders. We also remember their families who supported them during war efforts that challenged our security and freedoms.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all Canadians who have fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today in times of war, in peacekeeping operations, in service at home, and in times of disaster. In the face of many global challenges, we continue to honour both those who have served, those who continue to serve, and their families on the home front.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 5 – 11, 2022 as “Remembrance Week” in the City of Toronto.

Treaties Recognition Week

 November 6 – 12, 2022

WHEREAS treaties form the basis of relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada, and provide a framework for living together and sharing land and resources traditionally occupied by Indigenous Peoples.

Today, there are 133 First Nation communities within the borders of Ontario, between which exists a complex system of treaty obligations, federal-provincial division of powers and jurisdictions, and constitutionally protected Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Ontario is covered by at least 46 treaties and other agreements, and Toronto is covered specifically by Treaty 13, also known as the Toronto Purchase and the Williams Treaties.

Treaties Recognition Week honours the importance of these agreements, and helps people to learn more about treaties and treaty rights. This week offers an opportunity to listen to Indigenous voices and witness the impact of not honouring treaties on Indigenous families and communities and the opportunities to right relations.

This week we recognize that treaties set out the rights, responsibilities, obligations and relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples. Though many of these treaties were signed more than a century ago, treaty commitments are as valid today as when they were first signed, and we are obligated to continue to abide by them. By educating ourselves about our collective treaty rights and agreements, we can make meaningful steps towards truth, justice and reconciliation.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 6 – 12, 2022 as “Treaties Recognition Week” in the City of Toronto.

Crime Prevention Week

November 6 – 12, 2022

WHEREAS during this week, themed, “Safer, Stronger, Together,” we highlight the successful collaborative efforts between police services and community organizations, as they work towards the common goal of creating safe and resilient communities while preventing crime.

Crime Prevention Week is also an opportunity to raise awareness of what the public can do to stay informed and support community initiatives. Community mobilization and engagement are important elements in helping to promote safe and healthy communities.

The City of Toronto recognizes the valued, collaborative efforts between the Toronto Police Service and the communities they serve, which help make Toronto a great and safe 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 November 6 – 12, 2022 as “Crime Prevention Week” in the City of Toronto.

Inuit Day

November 7, 2022

WHEREAS we recognize and celebrate the vibrant culture, rich history and the significant contributions of Inuit, today on the birthdate of the founder of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Eben Hopson. The Inuit Circumpolar Council has grown into a major international non-government organization representing approximately 180,000 Inuit who live in the circumpolar Artic and Sub-Artic regions of Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Russia, on matters of international importance.

Today is also a day to amplify the needs and the voices of the Inuit in Toronto and across Canada. There are approximately 65,000 Inuit living in Canada. Inuit Nunangat is the Inuit homeland in Canada, encompassing the land claims regions of Nunavut, Nunavik in Northern Quebec, Nunatsiavut in Northern Labrador, and the Inuvialuit Settlement Region of the Northwest Territories. The Inuit have a strong and unique culture focused on communities with close ties to land, a dedication to community and a strong sense of self-reliance, which guides their daily living.

One of the significant issues faced by the Inuit is addressing climate change in the Artic. With the knowledge and leadership of the Inuit and through meaningful partnerships that respect their way of life, real solutions can be found. The Inuit has taken a leadership role in climate change, calling on leaders at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) COP26 to “take unprecedented and massive” effort to stop global temperature rise, support Inuit participation in climate governance and recognize oceans and the cryosphere as ecosystems to be protected in partnership with Inuit.

In April 2022, the City of Toronto enacted the first Reconciliation Action Plan, which will guide the City’s commitment in advancing truth, justice and reconciliation over the next ten years. Reconciliation is the responsibility of every Canadian, but it is only possible after acknowledging the difficult truths that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities have always known.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 7, 2022 as “Inuit Day” in the City of Toronto.

Herb Carnegie Day in Toronto

November 8, 2022

WHEREAS Herbert (Herb) H. Carnegie was a Canadian ice hockey player of Jamaican descent and lifelong Torontonian, who was born on November 8, 1919. Today we celebrate his career and remember his leadership and his legacy in breaking down racial barriers in hockey.

Herb began his hockey career in the late 1930s playing for the Toronto Young Rangers. Over the next decade, he played for teams in Ontario and Quebec, at various levels of the sport, including semi-professionally. Throughout his career, Herb often encountered discrimination and racism that prevented him from further developing his hockey career. Although Herb was named the Most Valuable Player in the semi-professional league from 1947 – 1949, he never played in the NHL. He turned down an offer that would have paid him significantly less than the other players who were white.

Herb retired from playing hockey in the 1950s and opened one of Canada’s first hockey schools, the Future Aces. Through the school, he sought to promote community building and tolerance within the sport, while helping young players to develop their athletic skills.

For his achievements, Herb was recognized with many awards including the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, Golden Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals. He was appointed to the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada, and was also inducted into 14 Halls of Fame. In 2022, he will be posthumously inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder Category.

The City of Toronto recognizes Herb’s many contributions both on and off the ice, as a player and a community leader, whose determination in making sports more inclusive is still felt today.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 8, 2022 as “Herb Carnegie Day in Toronto” in the City of Toronto.

Indigenous Veterans Day

November 8, 2022

WHEREAS First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples have a long and deep history of military service in what we now call Canada. Today, on Indigenous Veterans Day, we commemorate and acknowledge all Indigenous Peoples who have served and continue to serve in the Canadian Armed Forces. They have made and continue to make important contributions within their local communities, from coast to coast to coast, and around the world.

Indigenous participation in support of the military can be traced back to the War of 1812. Following confederation, even though Indigenous Peoples were not considered Canadian citizens, many volunteered to serve in the First and Second World Wars as well as in the Korean War.

More than 12,000 First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples served in the two world wars, many of them overcoming many challenges such as traveling far distances to enlist, learning new languages and experiencing discrimination, including when they returned to the country they fought for. Despite their loyal service to Canada, Indigenous veterans were denied benefits, lost their Indian Status or had land taken away from them upon returning to Canada.

Today, as many as 2,700 Indigenous Peoples serve in Canadian Armed Forces in operations at home and around the world. We honour and acknowledge their commitment as well as the previous military service of all Indigenous veterans.

Indigenous Veterans Day is observed annually across the country to recognize the legacy, history and significance of Indigenous military service to Canada. The City of Toronto acknowledges the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all veterans who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We continue to honour Indigenous veterans and commit to a greater understanding of the barriers they face as well as appreciation for their service to Canada.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 8, 2022 as “Indigenous Veterans Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Argos Day

November 13, 2022

WHEREAS in their 64th season, our hometown Toronto Argonauts have qualified for the 2022 CFL playoffs, clinching first place in their division,
and securing their spot in the East Division Finals for the second straight year.

The Double Blue displayed incredible team spirit and great determination as they turned the season around to win seven of the next nine games and soaring to the top of the standings. Today, the Argos will take on the Montreal Alouettes at BMO Field, as they battle for the right to represent the East in the 109th Grey Cup.

Today, on Toronto Argos Day, I encourage everyone in our city – and Argo fans across the country and around the world – to wear double blue to give our full support and appreciation to our team.

The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches, managers, staff, and fans for an impressive season thus far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Argos and look forward to enthusiastically cheering them on as they continue to pull together in the post-season.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 13, 2022 as “Toronto Argos Day” in the City of Toronto. Let’s go Argos!

National Philanthropy Day

November 15, 2022

WHEREAS National Philanthropy Day recognizes the charitable organizations, caring individuals and dedicated volunteers who all come together to improve the lives of others. It is the action of giving to the common good.

We can all learn from the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (Toronto/Canada) whose values, traditions and ways of knowing have all helped to make their territory a better place in which to live. They have practiced philanthropy that is evident in their generosity, respect for each other, reciprocity with the land, and a community based on the values of caring and sharing.

Thank you to all of our residents who have given generously to their neighbours and communities and have inspired us all to take care of each other during these challenging times.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 15, 2022 as “National Philanthropy Day” in the City of Toronto.

Louis Riel Day

November 16, 2022

WHEREAS Louis Riel is recognized as the political and spiritual leader of the Métis people, a founder of confederation, and a founding father of Manitoba. Today marks the anniversary of Louis Riel’s execution for leading the Northwest Resistance in defense of the Métis people in 1885.

As a result of Canada’s encroachment into the west, the Métis people who had originally settled in Manitoba were forcefully pushed towards Saskatchewan and across Turtle Island. However Canada’s western expansion persisted as they continued to send surveyors to plot and divide the land. At risk of losing their lands, Louis Riel appealed to the Government of Canada and received no assistance, which led to what is now known as the Northwest Resistance.

On August 19, 2022, the City of Toronto issued an apology to the Métis people that recognized its role in helping to fund Canada’s contributions to suppress the Northwest Resistance. The City of Toronto financially contributed to the Northwest Resistance by providing supplies to the militia troops. When they returned claiming victory, the City of Toronto organized and funded a grand parade to celebrate. At the event, the mayor, surrounded by City Council, made a speech honouring the troops.

The defeat of the Northwest Resistance and the hanging of Louis Riel on November 16, 1885 were the backdrop for a peak of hostility, racism, and colonial violence towards the Métis. In Toronto and across the country, Métis were forced to hide their identities for fear of reprisal. As a result, the Métis became “the forgotten people”. From the apology, it is hoped that the Métis can further heal from the injustices of the past, honour the sacrifices of their ancestors, and contribute to the pride of Métis culture and identity for future generations.

The City of Toronto continues to work towards truth, justice and reconciliation and to building a renewed relationship with Indigenous Peoples. Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto recognize Louis Riel’s contributions to the Métis, and the contributions of the Métis citizens in Toronto and to the development of a better Canada. Residents are encouraged to join in the remembrance and celebration of Louis Riel, and his enduring influence on our country.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 16, 2022 as “Louis Riel Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Children’s Grief Awareness Day

November 17, 2022

WHEREAS today is a day dedicated to grieving children across our city and country.

When a child loses a parental figure, family member or friend, it can impact their physical and mental wellbeing and affect their quality of life. It can also lead to deteriorating relationships with school and their classmates and may result in a loss of interest in activities that they once enjoyed.

On National Children’s Grief Awareness Day, children are reminded that they are not alone in the difficult process of learning how to live with grief, and there are supports available to assist them.

The City of Toronto is committed to offering support programs so that all children and their families in Toronto can benefit from a range of services that promote healthy development and family well-being. Further, the City is committed to helping young people achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills and participate in their communities.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 17, 2022 as “National Children’s Grief Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Pancreatic Cancer Day

November 17, 2022

WHEREAS today we are asked to demand Survival Not Sympathy for pancreatic cancer patients and their families. Although pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer related death in Canada, the funding and research needed to find a cure continues to remain very low. Sadly, 90 per cent of Canadians diagnosed with this disease do not survive.

An individual’s risks for pancreatic cancer increase if they are obese, smoke and consume alcohol. Anyone experiencing new symptoms that may seem normal such as abdominal or back pain, should seek medical advice. An early diagnosis may lead to a more positive outcome.

We can give our support to those who are living with pancreatic cancer by raising awareness of this disease and advocating for more funds, innovative research and support services for them.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 17, 2022 as “Pancreatic Cancer Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Child Day

November 20, 2022

WHEREAS National Child Day is celebrated each year in honour of Canada’s commitment to upholding the rights of children. It also recognizes two historic events that took place: the 1959 signing of the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child and the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989. In 1991, Canada officially endorsed the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

National Child Day has been observed and celebrated across Canada since 1993. This year’s theme focuses on reconciliation and recognizing the unique rights of First Nations, Metis and Inuit children by honouring the past, acknowledging the present, and igniting hope for the future.
This day also coincides with Universal Children’s Day, a global celebration recognized by many countries around the world.

Children are valued members of our community with unique perspectives, ideas and experiences. It is important that we uphold their rights, listen to them when we plan and make decisions, and provide them with nurturing and loving environments that ensure their personal growth and success.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2022 as “National Child Day” in the City of Toronto.

Trans Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2022

WHEREAS on the Trans Day of Remembrance, we commemorate the Trans lives lost as a result of transphobia and anti-transgender violence.

We also acknowledge the valuable contributions of Two-Spirit, trans and nonbinary communities in Toronto and around the world. These communities are made up of our family members, friends, neighbours and co-workers. We acknowledge that these communities experience disproportionate violence, harassment, and discrimination. We must work together to ensure trans communities experience safety and meaningful inclusion today and everyday.

The City of Toronto aims to be at the forefront of efforts to eliminate transphobia in all of its forms. We are committed to rising up against hatred, marginalization, intolerance and discrimination across this great city. Today, we stand with trans communities and commit to creating an inclusive and affirming environment, upholding the rights of trans people, and creating space for trans people in Toronto to live their best and most fulfilling lives.

NOW THEREFORE, I, John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2022 as “Trans Day of Remembrance” in the City of Toronto.

National Housing Day

November 22, 2022

WHEREAS each year on November 22, we observe National Housing Day in Toronto to help raise awareness of the need for more affordable and supportive rental homes for residents.

The City of Toronto recognizes that safe, adequate and affordable housing is essential to the inherent dignity and well-being of a person and necessary for building sustainable, inclusive and complete communities.

The City, in partnership with federal and provincial governments, is both increasing and speeding up the supply of new affordable and supportive rental homes to ensure that everyone has a warm, safe place to call home.

The City of Toronto is also working with partners across all sectors to deliver on other key objectives of the Housing TO 2020-2030 Action Plan including investing in programs to prevent homelessness, protecting our existing supply of rental homes and ensuring that they are well-maintained, helping renters achieve and maintain housing stability and increasing access to support services for vulnerable residents.

The City’s efforts on affordable housing aim to enhance the health and resilience of Toronto’s residents, neighbourhoods, economy and the environment, which is critical to building a great city in which to live.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 22, 2022 as “National Housing Day” in the City of Toronto.

Double Blue Day

November 24, 2022

 WHEREAS in a thrilling nail biter of a final, our hometown Toronto Argonauts defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to win their record 18th championship during the 109th Grey Cup Final. We are so proud of our Argos and their steely resolve in unseating the Blue Bombers as three-peat champions, in the last minutes of the game.

This win marks a most impressive streak for the Toronto Argos who have now won all seven Grey Cup finals they have appeared in since 1991.

Although this season was a challenging one, our Argos remained steadfastly focused on winning games. With great heart and determination, the Double Blue pulled together in a strong finish to the 2022 Canadian Football League season, accomplishing the ultimate goal of winning the coveted Grey Cup.

It is such a sweet victory for passionate Argos fans who have been waiting since 2017 for the Double Blue to bring the cup back home to Toronto.

Today, on Double Blue Day, as we gather to celebrate the Argos’ record-breaking win, I encourage everyone in our city to show our support, pride, love and appreciation for this incredible team. The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches, managers and staff for a very exciting season.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 24, 2022 as “Double Blue Day” in the City of Toronto. Let’s celebrate our Argooooooos!

International Day for the Elimination of
Violence against Women

November 25, 2022

WHEREAS today marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 2022 theme is UNiTE! Activism to End Violence Against Women & Girls. It is also the launch of the UNiTE campaign that will take place over 16 days of activism that will conclude on International Human Rights Day. The campaign looks to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls, while raising awareness of the need for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and discuss the challenges while actively seeking solutions.

It is also important to acknowledge that instances of gender-based violence are experienced much more frequently by equity-deserving groups such as women, girls and gender diverse people.

During the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence it is essential that we call out and name gender-based violence against women and girls.

The City of Toronto is developing its very first Gender Equity Strategy informed by multiple community consultations. Upon implementation, it will address gender-based and intimate partner violence experienced by women, girls and gender diverse people.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and ensuring that all women, girls, Indigenous and gender diverse people, and all those who are at risk are free from violence.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 25, 2022 as “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women” in the City of Toronto.

Economic Abuse Awareness Day

November 26, 2022

WHEREAS economic abuse is a form of domestic abuse that involves controlling an intimate partner’s economic resources with the goal of exerting control over them. Economic abuse can take on many forms from being financially dependent on an abuser, being denied access to financial accounts, having restricted access to information or decision-making regarding finances, or being prevented from having enough resources to support paying bills, purchasing food or essential goods.

While economic abuse may be experienced by anyone, women from equity-seeking groups such as BIPOC communities, are particularly at risk of experiencing economic abuse.

It is important to raise awareness about economic abuse so that we can better recognize its signs and symptoms while providing support to victims and survivors.

The City of Toronto is committed to empowering individuals and communities to stand up against any forms of violence and abuse. The City will continue to address intimate partner violence in Toronto to promote the well-being of all residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 26, 2022 as “Economic Abuse Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

GivingTuesday

November 29, 2022

WHEREAS GivingTuesday begins the start of the festive giving season, encouraging Canadians to generously support their local communities as well as the less fortunate.

Each year, GivingTuesday sees the collective contributions of individual residents, non-profits, organizations and businesses alike, bring about real change in their communities. Last year, more than 7,500 Canadian organizations participated in raising funds for local charities.

Residents are encouraged to embrace the spirit of the season and think of creative ways to give back. Whether it is through fundraisers, giving blood, making donations to toy drives or food banks, or practicing generosity through simple acts of kindness towards one another, we can help everyone in our city feel supported and cared for.

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 November 29, 2022 as “GivingTuesday” in the City of Toronto.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 2022

WHEREAS this year, an estimated 28,600 Canadian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. While the disease can be found mostly in women, 270 Canadian men will also be diagnosed with it this year.

People who experience physical symptoms of breast cancer such as lumps or changes in how they feel, are encouraged to see their doctor as soon as possible. An early diagnosis of the disease can lead to a positive outcome. Over 89 per cent of female breast cancer patients in Canada will live at least five years after being diagnosed.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2022 as “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Caribbean Heritage Month

October 2022

WHEREAS this month we recognize and celebrate the many cultures of the Caribbean community that is made up of 42 distinct nations such as: Amerindian, African, Asian, South American and European. They also speak many languages including the six official languages: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Creole and Papiamento.

Toronto is home to a large and diverse Caribbean community, and this month offers a chance to learn about the outstanding contributions Caribbean Canadians have made to our city. We can also learn more about their valued contributions across all fields and industries, while celebrating their traditions, heritage and culture.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

Circular Economy Month

October 2022

WHEREAS our world is made up of limited resources and it is continually at risk due to the climate crisis. We can move away from linear economies where resources are extracted, products are made, used and consumed, and waste occurs, through circular economies. Circular economies encourage the manufacturing of goods that can be reused and reintroduced into product and material designs as multiple use products.

The themes for this year’s first ever Circular Economy Month across Canada highlight key areas in our economy that produce significant amounts of waste including: textiles, electronic waste, plastics, and food.

Transitioning to a circular economy will play a key role in building a resilient, inclusive, green, and prosperous future for Toronto residents and businesses. The City is working to incorporate circular economy principles into the design and delivery of our programs and services. The City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy prioritizes waste reduction, minimizing the amount of waste sent to landfills, and includes reuse and recycling activities that promote resource conservation and reduce environmental impacts. The Waste Strategy also emphasizes the importance of community engagement and encourages the reduction and prevention of waste, maximizing its value before disposal and supporting the shift towards a circular economy.

Every year, the City of Toronto manages close to 900,000 tonnes of waste. At the City, we have adopted the aspirational goal of a zero waste future and of making Toronto the first city in Ontario with a circular economy.  The next step in the City’s circular economy journey is the development of a Circular Economy Road Map, which will recommend actions that various stakeholders can take to transition to a circular economy.

We all play an important role in promoting waste reduction and in the move towards a circular economy. Communities, businesses and organizations across Canada have committed to working together to raise awareness of the need to reduce, reuse and prevent waste during Circular Economy Month.

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

Dwarfism Awareness and Acceptance Month

October 2022

WHEREAS this month is dedicated to learning more about dwarfism while removing the stereotypes and misconceptions associated with this genetic condition.

There are over 400 types of dwarfism and each type of the condition has its own physical, psychological and social challenges.

We can show our support for those living with Dwarfism by understanding the daily challenges that they face.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2022 as “Dwarfism Awareness and Acceptance Month” in the City of Toronto.

Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 2022

WHEREAS dyslexia is a brain-based learning difference that makes it more difficult to learn how to read. People who live with it often experience difficulty with reading, writing and spelling comprehension.

Dyslexia is a disorder that is not related to a person’s intelligence or their desire to learn. Once the disorder has been properly diagnosed, it can be treated and managed. People who live with dyslexia can lead full and successful lives, with the proper supports to assist 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 October 2022 as “Dyslexia Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Hispanic Heritage Month

October 2022

WHEREAS during Hispanic Heritage Month, we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements and accomplishments of the Hispanic community in Toronto, one of the fast-growing communities in Ontario.

It is made up of many first, second and third generation Canadians from 23 countries.

Hispanic Canadians have made valued contributions to Toronto’s
socio-economic, political and cultural fabric. Their customs and traditions are an inherent part of the cultural mosaic of our city. This month provides an opportunity to learn more about the history of the community.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

Islamic Heritage Month

October 2022

WHEREAS during Islamic Heritage Month, we celebrate the Muslim community in Toronto and recognize their valued contributions to the cultural, social, economic, political, and academic fabric of our city.

Islamic heritage has a deep and proud history in our society and also in the areas of literature, math, science, art and history. This month offers an opportunity to learn more about these important contributions.

While people of Muslim faith are welcomed and valued members of our society, instances of Islamophobia are on the rise. Toronto City Council has formally condemned any and all acts of Islamophobia. We must remain steadfast in our firm opposition to Islamophobia as we look for ways to continue to support our local Muslim community.

The City of Toronto acknowledges that diversity strengthens our city. The City is committed to eliminating Islamophobia and actively partners with agencies that are working to eradicate these and other forms of racism and discrimination from our communities. It is important that we work together to uphold the fundamental human rights of all residents, helping enhance the quality of life for everyone, including all those who are at risk of experiencing discrimination, hate or violence.

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

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 2022

WHEREAS this month highlights the need to have accessible employment strategies that include disability recruitment. Ensuring companies build and maintain diverse, accessible and inclusive workplace cultures will enable all employees and businesses to thrive and succeed.

This year’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month themed “Driving the Future of Work with Disability Inclusion” highlights that a successful work future involves taking the talents and abilities of job seekers with disabilities into consideration when putting strong work teams together.

The City of Toronto recognizes the positive and valuable contributions that those with disabilities make to the workplace and their community. It acknowledges that building an inclusive and accessible workforce is an important step in supporting a more representative Toronto Public Service, where all people with disabilities are meaningfully engaged and able to contribute to their fullest potential at all levels of the organization.

The City of Toronto is working towards an inclusive Toronto where all can participate and have an equal opportunity to succeed in their workplaces and communities. Companies are encouraged to continue the important work of fostering accessibility and inclusion in their workplaces.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2022 as “National Disability Employment Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Occupational Therapy Month

October 2022

WHEREAS this month we recognize the important work of occupational therapists in helping people overcome barriers in their daily lives.

Occupational therapy is a branch of healthcare that treats issues related to fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and behavioural and social skills that range in severity and can affect people of all ages.

Occupational therapists can create specifically tailored solutions for individual needs, helping to rehabilitate people so that they can resume their active lives.

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

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

Registered Veterinary Technicians Month

October 2022

WHEREAS Registered Veterinary Technicians (RVTs) are trained and certified professionals that provide important contributions in the field of veterinary health care and medicine. They are fully licenced and accredited by the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians.

These skilled professionals often balance a variety of responsibilities including X-Ray scans, administering anesthesia and assisting in surgery. They also specialize in a wide variety of disciplines that help keep our pets as well as service and farm animals, healthy and safe.

During Registered Veterinary Technicians Month, it is important to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of RVTs, whose specialized training ensures that our animal populations are kept healthy and well.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2022 as “Registered Veterinary Technicians Month” in the City of Toronto.

Registered Professional Planners Day

October 1, 2022

WHEREAS Registered Professional Planners are experts who inform and ethically guide the decisions of elected officials in building sustainable communities across Toronto. Their expertise is necessary in ensuring the present and future well-being of our neighbourhoods, by addressing issues such as the use of land and resources, development of facilities, and modernization of services.

Professional planners have been involved in several projects across Toronto including: the redevelopment of public spaces on our city’s waterfront, the creation of neighbourhoods including Liberty Village and the Distillery District, and the expansion of our transit system. As a result of their contributions, Toronto is able to enjoy its status as a world-class city and an economic hub.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 1, 2022 as “Registered Professional Planners Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Ravine Days

 October 1 – 10, 2022

WHEREAS Toronto has deep historical and cultural connections to its waterways. The ravines, streams and creeks that run through the city help to define Toronto’s identity. During Toronto Ravine Days, we highlight the importance of our waterways as a significant city asset and recognize the contributions they make to city life. Toronto ravines extend more than 300 kilometers, covering 11,000 hectares or 17 per cent of the city’s land area. They provide $822 million in services each year including ecological benefits, and act as sites that contain critical infrastructure such as utilities, sewer lines, trails, roads and transit.

Over half of the city’s ravine systems are part of publicly owned parkland. Ravines connect people with nature and provide access to greenspace and opportunities for recreation, contributing to the overall well-being of residents and visitors. They are also ecologically important sites that help support the city’s biodiversity. They contain forests, wetlands, floodplains, and many varieties of plants and animals, including 87 per cent of Toronto’s Environmentally Significant Areas.

The City is working to support and protect our ravines to ensure that they can be enjoyed for many generations to come. In 2017, City Council adopted the Toronto Ravine Strategy, which centres on five main principles: protection, investment, connecting residents, establishing partnerships, and celebrating our ravines.

This year alone, the City plans to invest $118.1 million in Toronto’s ravine system. These funds will be distributed across a variety of City divisions as well as the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority to help protect and preserve our beloved ravine system. This important investment will support the Ravine Strategy while implementing projects across the ravine system that will increase climate resilience, improve safe and sustainable access to ravines, restore ecological health and function, and engage communities. We know that as a city, we have a role to play in ensuring that our ravines will be enjoyed by generations to come.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 1 – 10, 2022 as “Toronto Ravine Days” in the City of Toronto.

Wrongful Conviction Day

October 2, 2022

WHEREAS wrongful convictions take away an innocent person’s rights and freedoms, leaving a legacy of trauma not only for the wrongfully convicted but also for their loved ones.

While wrongful convictions can have devastating personal and financial impacts on individuals, they also result in a systemic lack of trust in our justice system. By imprisoning the wrong people, the actual criminals remain free and there is no justice for the victims of these crimes.

It is important to learn about the causes and consequences of wrongful convictions so that we try to prevent them from occurring. Through meaningful dialogue and action, we can rebuild public trust and strengthen our justice system, ensuring that it is fair and equitable for everyone.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for all residents, empowering and supporting individuals and communities in their struggle for equity and justice.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2, 2022 as “Wrongful Conviction Day” in the City of Toronto.

Sisters in Spirit Day

October 4, 2022

WHEREAS Sisters in Spirit began in 2004, to raise awareness of those who are missing and keep their memories alive by telling the victims’ life stories. It is also an important opportunity to determine the root causes of violence and identify measures to increase the safety of Indigenous women. Since then, it has grown into the largest gathering of Indigenous communities across the country to support and address women’s issues in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities.

This year, people will gather in Allan Gardens in Toronto to honour and commemorate the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit and Gender Diverse People (MMIWG2S+). Vigils ensure that everyone, regardless of their cultural background, is aware of this crisis of violence.

We also acknowledge the decades of hard work, led by Indigenous families, organizations and communities, who have remained committed to honouring the memory of the women and girls lost to violence or discrimination. Their dedication and tireless advocacy for communities helped to pave the way for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

The disappearance or loss of a loved one leaves behind a legacy of intergenerational trauma for Indigenous Peoples and communities. As vigils take place across the country, they remind us that we all must work together to ensure that violence against Indigenous women and girls no longer takes place.

In April, the City of Toronto enacted its first Reconciliation Action Plan – a roadmap, guiding the City’s actions towards advancing truth, justice, and reconciliation within Indigenous communities over the next ten years. Action 12 of the plan will implement the calls for justice from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. It will develop an implementation plan to guide the City’s response to the Calls for Justice from the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ Final Report, by 2023.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 4, 2022 as “Sisters in Spirit Day” in the City of Toronto.

Non-profit Recognition Day

October 5, 2022

WHEREAS today, we recognize Toronto’s non-profit sector and the tremendous impact this sector has on the lives of residents across the city.

Toronto supports a robust network of non-profit organizations, made up of grassroots organizations, collectives, and community groups. There are over 14,000 non-profit organizations in Toronto whose missions and services aid in the delivery of programs that focus on health and social services, civic engagement, arts and culture, and much more.

Non-profit organizations seek to improve the lives of residents, serving both individuals and communities, while advocating for underrepresented voices. They contribute to city building by putting residents first, investing in people and strengthening the bond between community members, helping to make our city more resilient.

The success of the non-profit sector lies in its ability to respond to the changing needs of residents and in the deep connections they have to their communities and people.

The City of Toronto recognizes the significant contributions of charities and non-profit organizations dedicated to helping those in need in our community. The City continues to invest in the sector to ensure that all residents have access to core services and programs. It is through active community work, fundraising and caring that we build a more resilient city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 5, 2022 as “Non-profit Recognition Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Teachers’ Day

October 5, 2022

WHEREAS today we recognize teachers and the important role they play as educators in our communities and around the world. World Teachers’ Day is commemorated on the anniversary of the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s adoption of the 1966 “Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers” that sets the standards and benchmarks for the rights and responsibilities of teachers.

The theme for this year’s World Teachers’ Day is “The transformation of education begins with teachers.” Teachers are the key to an educated society. They transform education and open the minds of their students so that they can become lifelong learners. As part of the learning process for their students, teachers also require the necessary resources and supports to fully use their talents and abilities. Thank you to our teachers for dedicating their time and efforts to their vocations and to their students.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 5, 2022 as ” World Teachers’ Day” in the City of Toronto.

Cerebral Palsy Day

October 6, 2022

WHEREAS today, we recognize and raise awareness of cerebral palsy (CP), a lifelong neurological condition that affects movement and muscle coordination.

CP is one of the most common physical disabilities in children. Its symptoms can range from weakness in one hand, to an almost complete lack of voluntary movement, speech and learning disabilities, and epilepsy.

Its effects can be managed through early detection, therapy and training.

Although there is no known cure, progress has been made in treatments that improve the lives of those with this condition.

By raising awareness of CP, we can highlight that when barriers are removed and supports are in place, those living with the condition can have productive and independent lives.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 6, 2022 as “World Cerebral Palsy Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Blue Jays Day

October 7, 2022

WHEREAS in their 46th season of play, our very own Toronto Blue Jays have qualified for the 2022 Major League Baseball post season in the American League East division.

This year, the Toronto Blue Jays played their first full season at home since 2019, winning 47 games in front of a hometown crowd. Featuring one of the youngest lineups in baseball, the Blue Jays navigated a season of ups and downs, always showing great heart, determination and team spirit, before securing a coveted spot in this year’s post-season. Now we are ready for some October baseball!

Today, on Toronto Blue Jays Day, I encourage everyone in our city – and Blue Jays fans across the country and around the world – to wear blue and show our support and appreciation for our team.

The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches, staff, and their fans for a wonderful season. We are extremely proud of our Blue Jays, and look forward to a very memorable post-season.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 7, 2022 as “Toronto Blue Jays Day” in the City of Toronto. Let’s go Blue Jays!

Healthcare Security and Safety Week

October 9 – 15, 2022

WHEREAS this week, we recognize healthcare security and safety professionals, and the critical role they play in serving healthcare facilities, personnel, patients, and visitors.

This year’s theme, “Leading with Excellence. Protecting with Care”, acknowledges the commitment and dedication of healthcare security and safety professionals. By monitoring and securing our hospitals, they enable our health professionals and medical facilities to continue to safely provide daily operations and vital care to communities. They also help to keep vulnerable citizens safe. Thank you to these skilled professionals for their essential contributions that greatly contribute to the well-being of our healthcare system.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 9 – 15, 2022 as “Healthcare Security and Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2022

WHEREAS World Mental Health Day provides an opportunity to have discussions about mental health and the supports that are available to those who may require them.

This year’s theme “Make mental health & well-being for all a global priority” emphasizes that services, skills and funding for mental health need to be increased in the face of growing social and economic inequalities, violence, public health emergencies and other challenges. It is only through a community-based network of services that are affordable and accessible for everyone, that mental health concerns in our communities can be fully addressed.

The City supports mental health through partnerships with non-profit and community-based health and social service organizations by providing access to a variety of services and supports. Residents who are struggling with mental health issues can call 2-1-1 to be connected to mental health services across the city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 10, 2022 as “World Mental Health Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of the Girl

October 11, 2022

WHEREAS this year commemorates the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl. It was first observed in 2012, after the United Nations adopted a resolution to raise awareness of issues impacting girls.

International Day of the Girl highlights the unique challenges faced by girls and adolescent women in local communities and around the world.

Girls have the potential to change the world when they receive the necessary supports during their adolescent years. On this day we are reminded of the role we have to play in encouraging girls to consider all the many roles available to them.

While girls are making valued contributions to the social, political, economic and cultural fabric of our communities, they are still confronted with many obstacles and barriers. The inequalities they face are intensifying as a result of various challenges such as the pandemic, and gender-based violence. More work needs to be done in amplifying their voices and concerns.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 11, 2022 as “International Day of the Girl” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Waterfront Marathon Weekend

October 14 -16, 2022

WHEREAS during the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, participants and spectators alike will gather to cheer on runners from around the world, as they return to their first in-person marathon in three years.

On the October 16 marathon day, thousands of participants from here and from around the world will be racing in Toronto, bringing their positive energy and excitement once again to our city’s prestigious waterfront community.

Organized by the Canada Running series, the marathon aims to be the country’s most sustainable race ever this year. The marathon’s official race app will use a first-of-its-kind sustainability scorecard, allowing runners and spectators to track and offset their environmental impact. It is just one of the many ways the marathon is preserving the natural environment, while honouring the connection between a healthy environment and healthy people.

Marathon participants will raise millions of dollars for local and national charities and help to generate over $25 million in economic activity this year. The Toronto Waterfront Marathon is a strong example of sustainability in athletics and sport. Let the race begin!

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 14 -16, 2022 as “Toronto Waterfront Marathon Weekend” in the City of Toronto.

Child Care Worker & Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day

October 18, 2022

WHEREAS this day recognizes the vital, trained professional staff who made valued contributions to the quality of learning, growth and development in children: Child Care Workers and Early Childhood Educators. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day, themed “Celebrating Educators”. It reminds us that Early Childhood Educators and Child Workers play a significant role in laying the foundation for future success in the lives of the children they work with.

This day also highlights all of our Child Care Workers and Early Childhood Educators who work tirelessly each day to meet the needs of children and families under their care. The ongoing work these professionals perform helps to ensure that the City can provide accessible, affordable and high-quality care for the children and parents who need it.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of all those who work with children and their families to make our city stronger, safer, vibrant and healthy. When children succeed, our entire community succeeds.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 18, 2022 as “Child Care Worker and Early Childhood Educator Appreciation Day” in the City of Toronto.

Persons Day

October 18, 2022

WHEREAS Persons Day commemorates the decision by Canada’s highest court of appeal in 1929 to include women in the legal definition of “persons”. While it marked a great moment in history for gender equality, the definition of women did not include all women such as Indigenous women and women of Asian heritage and descent.

We celebrate the bravery of the Famous Five: Emily Murphy, Nellie McClung, Louise McKinney, Irene Parlby and Henrietta Muir Edwards, whose landmark court case fought for equality and women’s equal rights in Canada. They took their legal case to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain in London, then Canada’s highest court of appeal, and forced the court to answer the question: do women count as persons under the law? On October 18, 1929, the court ruled that women were indeed persons under the law.

On Persons Day, we celebrate the Famous Five and all those who have fought and continue to fight for women’s rights and the right for all women to participate fully in society. We also support all women who continue to fight for full legal rights and recognition today.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 18, 2022 as “Persons Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Polio Day

October 24, 2022

WHEREAS polio is an infectious virus that invades the nervous systems of children under the age of five and causes paralysis.

With the help of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, polio has been mostly eradicated around the world. However, some countries are experiencing recent outbreaks of polio.

Polio can be prevented through the vaccination of children and it is very important to be vaccinated as there is currently no cure for it. Safe, effective and reliable vaccines are the key in eradicating polio, and help to protect the gains already achieved by immunization.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2022 as “World Polio Day” in the City of Toronto.

Dress Purple Day

October 27, 2022

WHEREAS the purple ribbon campaign began as a community initiative in the Greater Toronto Area, as a means of encouraging dialogue around child abuse education. It has since developed into the Dress Purple Day campaign that focuses on providing support for those who are experiencing challenges, while offering the necessary supports and resources for children, youth and families.

Today on Dress Purple Day, everyone is asked to wear purple as a sign of support for children and youth, and a reminder to them that they have the right to feel safe emotionally, spiritually and culturally.

It also provides an opportunity for children’s aid societies to foster stronger relationships with their members and partners, in order to help strengthen families through community-based prevention and early intervention.

Through education and awareness of the resources and supports available to children, youth, and their families, we can help better strengthen our communities, and provide the best opportunities for them to thrive.

The City of Toronto is committed to our shared values of respect, dignity, diversity, independence and equity for children and youth. It is through active community work and caring that we build a resilient and vibrant city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 27, 2022 as “Dress Purple Day” in the City of Toronto.

Rett Syndrome Awareness Day

October 29, 2022

WHEREAS Rett syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental condition that usually affects females, characterized by the loss of speech and motor skills.

The condition is usually detected in toddlers between six to 18 months of age, when there is a delay in the development of speech and walking milestones.

There is currently no known cure for Rett syndrome. However, many individuals living with it can lead fulfilling lives into adulthood, with the assistance of treatment and therapy programs and the advocacy and supports that they require.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 29, 2022 as “Rett Syndrome Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Arthritis Awareness Month

September 2022

WHEREAS roughly one in five Canadians live with arthritis – a collection of conditions that causes swelling and inflammation in joints and other surrounding tissues. It is a serious condition that affects people of all ages, with more than half of people living with arthritis being under the age of 65.

People living with arthritis can experience pain and restricted mobility, which impacts their quality of life. Since there is no known cure, the number of Canadians who live with arthritis is expected to rise from six million to nine million by 2040.

By raising awareness of the condition, we can better understand the challenges that those with arthritis face and give them our support.

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

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

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September 2022

WHEREAS cancer is one of the leading causes of disease-related death for Canadian children.

Every year, about 880 children in Canada under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with a form of cancer, and about 150 will die from the disease. Although survival rates are very high due to advancements in treatment, childhood cancer diagnoses have been steadily increasing.

We can show our support for those living with childhood cancer by raising awareness of it, and encouraging more investment into the research of this disease, in the hopes of one day finding a cure.

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 2022 as “Childhood Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day

September 4, 2022

WHEREAS Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) is a common genetic and
life-threatening disease that affects normal kidney function. People of all ages, genders and ethnicities can have this serious and irreversible disease. However many people outside of the PKD community are not familiar with it.

We can bring attention to this disease by raising awareness of PKD and encouraging more funding and research into it. We can also give our support to those living with PKD by understanding the challenges they live with.

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, 2022 as “Polycystic Kidney Disease Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Duchenne Awareness Day

September 7, 2022

WHEREAS this day raises awareness of Duchenne and Becker Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive genetic disorder that gradually weakens the body’s muscles. It affects almost 1 in every 5,000 boys with symptoms beginning in early childhood. Some women may also be diagnosed with it.
This year’s theme, “Women and Duchenne,” highlights and honours women living with Duchenne, those caring for someone living with Duchenne, and those in the science and research field, all of whom help support and develop new advancements in the fight against Duchenne and Becker.

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is caused by mutations in the gene for dystrophin, a protein that controls how the body keeps muscles healthy.

Today, there are over 250,000 people worldwide living with both Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophy. With proper medical care and support, people living with Duchenne can live into their early 30s and beyond.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 7, 2022 as “World Duchenne Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Literacy Day

September 8, 2022

WHEREAS reading and writing are essential life skills that we require in our everyday lives. Yet many people around the world are illiterate with 771 million young people and adults lacking basic literacy skills.

This year’s theme “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces”, highlights the importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and ensure a quality and inclusive education for everyone, which results in lifelong learning.

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 8, 2022 as “International Literacy Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto International Film Festival Week

September 8 – 18, 2022

WHEREAS during the Toronto International Film Festival Week (TIFF), we celebrate one of the biggest cultural festivals in Canada dedicated to showcasing the best and brightest in Canadian and international cinema.

TIFF began as a “Festival of Festivals,” a collection of films from festivals around the world. Over the decades, it has grown to become one of the most recognized global film festivals. Through entertaining and
thought-provoking features, it provides engaging audience experiences while championing the film industry. It also gives writers, producers, directors, editors, industry workers, curators, artists, and celebrities an opportunity to interact directly with film lovers.

For the first time in over two years, TIFF will invite attendees back into cinemas at full capacity to enjoy the films they love. In addition to screenings, industry talks and festival street celebrations, there are now more ways than ever to participate in this year’s festival.

The City of Toronto is a hub that supports a vibrant film industry, which 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 8 – 18, 2022 as “Toronto International Film Festival Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day

September 9, 2022

WHEREAS Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a lifelong disability that affects the brain and the body of the people who were exposed to alcohol in the womb. Those living with FASD come from all socio-economic, educational, or ethnic backgrounds. They usually require supports to help them meet the needs of their daily challenges.

Under the theme of “Building Strengths and Abilities”, this day provides an opportunity to raise community awareness of the potential dangers of prenatal alcohol exposure, while also identifying the strengths, abilities and talents of people living with FASD.

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, 2022 as “International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Day” in the City of Toronto.

Korean Harvest (Chuseok) Day

September 10, 2022

WHEREAS Chuseok is an important cultural festival that recognizes the deep history and rich culture of the Korean community in Toronto.

Chuseok, which translates to “autumn eve,” is annual, mid-autumn harvest festival that coincides with the full moon in autumn. Sometimes referred to as Korean Thanksgiving, it is a time for family gatherings that include honouring and giving thanks to the ancestors who have passed, for an abundant harvest. During the festival, traditional food is prepared, traditional games are played and special customs are observed.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the Korean community for their valued contributions to the rich cultural fabric of our city. As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto has become a model city where all cultures, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 10, 2022 as “Korean Harvest (Chuseok) Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Suicide Prevention Day

September 10, 2022

WHEREAS World Suicide Prevention Day is an opportunity to remove the stigma associated with conversations around suicide, while encouraging a safe space to discuss this public health issue.

This year’s theme, “Creating Hope through Action,” emphasizes the need for collective, preventative action with the ultimate goal of preventing suicide. Small, simple acts where we compassionately reach out to those in pain, can make a life-changing difference in their time of need.

Each year, 800,000 people die by suicide and 159 million people survive suicide-related crises. By discussing suicide as well as suicide prevention, we remove the stigma around these topics, while offering hope and resources to those that may need them.

As a city, we want to ensure that those who need help are able to access the support and services they need. The City in partnership with local organizations and Toronto Public Health offer 2-1-1 as a way for people to access treatment information, and support services.

We know that local organizations play a big role in allowing us to deliver these services that is why Toronto Public Health also provides education and
skill-building workshops to health and social service providers to strengthen their mental health promoting capacity on topics such as suicide prevention.

For more information about where you can access confidential mental health support and treatment options in Toronto, please call 2-1-1.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 10, 2022 as “World Suicide Prevention Day” in the City of Toronto.

Urban Agriculture Week

September 10 – 18, 2022

WHEREAS this week provides an opportunity to celebrate Toronto’s urban agriculture which highlights locally grown food and the people who grow it.

People are encouraged to learn more about urban agriculture by picking up delicious, locally grown food and taking part in garden tours, webinars and seminars.

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 and establish vibrant green spaces across Toronto.

Green spaces 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 September 10 – 18, 2022 as “Toronto Urban Agriculture Week” in the City of Toronto.

Living Donation Week

September 11 – 17, 2022

WHEREAS this week we raise awareness of living organ donation, and pay tribute to the donors who have generously donated living-saving gifts to those in need.

This week is also a time to celebrate the strength and resilience of those waiting for a transplant, transplant recipients, living donors, caregivers and dedicated transplant teams and health professionals.

Thank you to everyone who has generously given the transformative gift of life through living organ donation. People are encouraged to learn more about this important topic and consider becoming donors.

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 11 – 17, 2022 as “Living Donation Week” in the City of Toronto.

World Patient Safety Day

September 17, 2022

WHEREAS, World Patient Safety Day was established by the World Health Organization in 2019, to recognize patient safety as a global health priority while increasing public awareness and engagement. It is also a day to encourage efforts to reduce harm and ensure that patients receive safe treatment in hospitals.

This year’s theme “Medication Safety: Medication Without Harm”, raises awareness of unsafe medication practices and errors that are a result of weak medication systems as well as human factors such as fatigue, poor environmental conditions, and staff shortages. These harmful situations can affect essential medical practices and the consequences can lead to severe patient harm, disability or even death. We can encourage change in the medical community and in the treatment of patients by raising awareness of situations that impact patient care.

The City of Toronto continues to provide programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, communities and families.  Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, schools and homes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 17, 2022 as “World Patient Safety Day” in the City of Toronto.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Day

September 18, 2022

WHEREAS Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers foster life-changing relationships through mentorship programs that help to increase high school graduation rates while promoting self-confidence and healthy habits.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mentorship program pairs a young person with a Big Brother or Big Sister with whom they share common experiences and interests. Through these mentorship relationships, they become valued role models, instilling pride, self-awareness and self-worth while providing their little brothers and sisters with the encouragement and motivation to work hard towards their future success.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 18, 2022 as “Big Brothers Big Sisters Day” in the City of Toronto.

Rail Safety Week

September 19 – 25, 2022

WHEREAS every year, over 2,100 people are killed or seriously injured due to unsafe behaviour around tracks and trains. Rail Safety Week is an opportunity to identify ways to keep everyone safe in and around rail property. People are encouraged to follow safety warnings at level crossings and not trespass on rail property to reduce preventable deaths, injuries and damages caused by train accidents.

Operation Lifesaver raises awareness of 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 19 – 25, 2022 as “Rail Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Coaches Week

September 17 – 25, 2022

WHEREAS National Coaches Week celebrates the hard work and dedication of coaches, who are an integral part of sport in Canada. This week is an opportunity for us to show our appreciation for coaches, including the 300,000 of them that are located across Ontario.

Coaching in Canada is largely staffed by volunteers who contribute to their communities by giving their own time and talents to help train, inspire, and motivate players and athletes so they can exceed in all levels of sport.

Coaches have the power to positively impact the people and communities they serve. Through their volunteerism, passion and commitment, their players are able to work towards their athletic goals.

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 17 – 25, 2022 as “National Coaches Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Forest Week

September 18-24, 2022

WHEREAS this year’s National Forest Week themed, ” Canada’s Forests: Solutions for a Changing Climate,” is an opportunity to learn more about Canada’s forests and their important role in helping us to address climate change. The theme aligns with the City’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy, to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto to net zero by 2040.

The urban forest, with an estimated 28.4 to 31 per cent canopy cover, provides a range of environmental, ecological, physical and mental health, social, cultural and economic benefits.

Toronto’s urban forest is a critical component of the city’s green infrastructure, contributing to climate resilience and quality of life through ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, air pollution removal and stormwater reduction, which contribute to climate resiliency.

Trees provide a variety of ecological benefits in urban settings 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 September 18-24, 2022 as “National Forest Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Public Service Week

September 19-23, 2022

WHEREAS Toronto Public Service Week offers an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the valued professionalism, integrity and commitment of the 40,000 members of the Toronto Public Service (TPS). They are committed to proudly serving Toronto’s 2.9 million residents, providing equitable and accessible services while upholding the City’s motto, “Diversity Our Strength”.

This year, during the 10th annual Toronto Public Service Week, we acknowledge the hard work of the TPS in delivering high quality services and programs to Toronto residents, businesses and visitors.

While supporting economic recovery and reigniting the cultural and social vibrancy of the city, the TPS continues to deliver the essential services that run our city, in the midst of transformational change brought about by the pandemic. I want to thank City of Toronto staff for the important work that they have done and continue to do every day.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 19-23, 2022 as “Toronto Public Service Week” in the City of Toronto.

Rehabilitation Day

September 20, 2022

WHEREAS on Rehabilitation Day we acknowledge the life-changing impact that rehabilitation services have on residents of Toronto.

Many different kinds of rehabilitation services are offered in Toronto that specialize in aiding residents with recovery from injury or age-related conditions. These vital services equip people with the tools needed to come back from difficult circumstances.

Today we also recognize the frontline professionals in the rehabilitation field, who through their commitment and dedication, help to improve the lives of Torontonians each and every day.

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 20, 2022 as “Rehabilitation Day” in the City of Toronto.

Tree City of the World Day

September 20, 2022

WHEREAS this week, 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 is a global network of cities that share and adopt best practices for managing community trees and forests. This year marks the third time that Toronto has achieved this recognition.

Toronto’s urban forest canopy cover is a valuable renewable resource for our residents, as well as the people who work and play here. Toronto has been designated a “Tree City of the World” in honour of the City carefully following the Tree Cities of the World’s five core standards: establish responsibility, set the rules, know what you have, allocate resources and celebrate achievements. These standards help to ensure that our city’s urban forests and trees are properly maintained and sustainably managed.

This year, the City of Toronto unveiled its official arboreal emblem, the oak tree, as a symbol of our continuing obligation to making our city greener. It is also a visual reminder for us to help grow, enhance and protect Toronto’s urban forest canopy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 20, 2022 as “Tree City of the World Day” in the City of Toronto.

Wiphala Day

September 21, 2022

WHEREAS today, during the fall equinox, the Indigenous Peoples around the world celebrate their connection to the earth. It is a time to give thanks for the fall harvest and for the sunlight that provided growth and warmth during the summer season. It is also a time to mark the passing of the sun’s annual cycle into its next phase.

The Wiphala is a spiritual and cultural celebration in Toronto’s Andean community that takes place during the fall equinox. It is made up of Indigenous people from the Andean regions of Bolivia, Ecuador, Peru, northern Chile, northern Argentina, and southern Colombia and recognizes the human rights of all Andean Indigenous peoples. It also pays tribute to the Andean communities in Toronto and their valued social, economic, cultural and political contributions to the fabric of our city.

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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 21, 2022 as “Wiphala Day”  in the City of Toronto.

World Alzheimer’s Day

September 21, 2022

WHEREAS Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia that affects the parts of the brain controlling thought, memory and language. Although dementia is part of daily life for more than half a million Canadians, there are many stigmas and issues that they along with their caregivers and families experience.

On World Alzheimer’s Day, we raise awareness of the need to remove the stereotypes against those living with dementia and to have collaborative policies in place that include their input, so we can better support their lived experiences.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 21, 2022 as “World Alzheimer’s Day “ in the City of Toronto.

Deborah Cox Day

September 23, 2022

WHEREAS Toronto-born Deborah Cox is one of Canada’s most celebrated Rhythm & Blues artists, an actress and a community advocate.

In 2022, Deborah made history as the first Black woman to be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. She was honoured for her many contributions as a recording artist and actress as well as for her tireless work as an activist for 2SLGBTQ+ rights and advocacy for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Deborah began her career as a back-up singer for Celine Dion. Her decades-long career as a multi-platinum recording artist has produced six award winning and critically acclaimed albums that feature a unique blend of soul, pop and jazz. She has won three Junos and her illustrious career has included many musical hits and multiple other award nominations  as well as 13 number one hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Party chart.

Today, we honour this Toronto icon. We are proud that of one of our very own has found such great success. We honour and recognize her valued contributions to not only music, but to many in Toronto and Canada.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of remarkable individuals like Deborah Cox in making Toronto a great city in which to live, work and play. Her tremendous efforts and selflessness have impacted the lives of many and make our city vibrant.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 23, 2022 as “Deborah Cox Day” in the City of Toronto

United Way Show Your Local Love Day

September 23, 2022

WHEREAS today is an opportunity to show your love for local communities in your city by dedicating your time and resources in supporting the United Way’s charitable efforts.

The United Way is a crucial community safety net across Toronto, helping those who are impacted by challenges such as poverty and inequality. Through a network of agencies and initiatives, it ensures that 2 million people each year receive the support they need to lead full lives.

Thank you to the United Way and its 300+ community agencies and its many volunteers and donors for their commitment to improving the
well-being of our residents.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 23, 2022 as “United Way Show Your Local Love Day” in the City of Toronto.

Glenn Gould Day

September 25, 2022

WHEREAS today, on his 90th birthday, we honour Glenn Gould, a Canadian classical pianist, writer, broadcaster and composer who is celebrated as one of the best pianists of the 20th century.

A lifelong Torontonian, Glenn was a child prodigy in piano who began attending the Royal Conservatory of Music at a young age. He is best known for his breakthrough work, Bach: The Goldberg Variations, which contained interpretations of Bach’s compositions of the same name. The album received international acclaim for its technical precisions, expression and masterful articulation.

In his later career, Glenn became famous for his work as a presenter on radio and television documentaries. He was also a published author of books on the topics of art, music theory, composition and technology.

Glenn was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, as well as Canada’s Walk of Fame. He also won many awards including four Grammy Awards and three Juno Awards among others. Glenn was also designated a National Historic Person by the Government of Canada.

Today, Glenn Gould is revered as an important cultural figure in Canada, whose valued contributions to music continue to engage and delight audiences worldwide.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 25, 2022 as “Glenn Gould Day” in the City of Toronto.

Mesothelioma Awareness Day

September 26, 2022

WHEREAS mesothelioma is a cancer occurring in the thin layer of tissues covering the internal organs. It usually affects the tissues around the lungs.

Exposure to asbestos is one of the main causes of mesothelioma and it is often diagnosed in those in the building trades such as construction workers, insulators, plumbers and electricians.

We can show our support for those living with this disease by raising awareness of mesothelioma in the hopes of one day finding a cure.

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 26, 2022 as “Mesothelioma Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Decade of Indigenous Languages

2022 to 2032

WHEREAS the United Nations officially proclaimed 2022 to 2032 as the International Decade of Indigenous Languages, “Leaving no one behind, no one outside – by 2032”, to help preserve, revitalize and promote Indigenous languages. These languages are essential to daily life, as a means of communication, education, social integration and development, as well as being an important part of each person’s unique identity.

In Canada, there are over 70 Indigenous languages spoken, and globally, there are more than 4,000 Indigenous languages. Ongoing impacts of colonization such as displacement from traditional lands, assimilationist policies and discriminatory laws have threatened Indigenous languages worldwide.

For example, First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples in Canada were persecuted through the residential and day school system, with children and youth being forcefully stripped of their language, culture and their names. The intergenerational effects of forced assimilation and cultural genocide are still felt today, as many Indigenous Peoples continue to deal with the trauma that they suffered in these schools. Language reclamation is an essential part of the healing journey for many Indigenous Peoples.

Along with the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto answered the UN’s Global Call to Action in asking all member states to take the necessary action to enable Indigenous communities to ensure that these Indigenous languages are preserved, revitalized and maintained.

In April, the City of Toronto enacted its Reconciliation Action Plan to guide its actions to advance, truth, justice and reconciliation for the next ten years. One of the actions for justice is dedicated to the revitalization of Indigenous languages, cultures, and customs. The City of Toronto reaffirms its commitment to the reconciliation process with First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples, and continues its work to restore truth, right relations, share power, make reparations, and take actions for justice.

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 of Indigenous Languages” in the City of Toronto.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2022

WHEREAS on National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we recognize the ongoing impact and trauma of Canada’s residential and day school system on First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples and remember those who were lost, their families and survivors.

Today is also Orange Shirt Day, a day inspired by the story of Phyllis Webstad, one of thousands of Indigenous children who was forcibly taken from her home to a residential school. There, she was stripped of her language, culture and even her name, in an effort to assimilate her into White Canadian society. Generations of children like Phyllis endured the residential and day school system that operated for over 100 years until the last school closed in 2000.

Recently, thousands of unmarked graves at former residential schools have been found and more are continually being discovered. It is vital that we recognize and acknowledge the intergenerational trauma of Indigenous Peoples caused by acts of genocide such as these, by the government and the church.

It is important that we take action to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples. In April 2022, the City of Toronto enacted the first Reconciliation Action Plan, which will guide the City’s commitment in advancing truth, justice and reconciliation over the next ten years. Construction is also underway for the Indian Residential School Survivors Restoration of Identity Project. It will involve the creation of a Spirit Garden in Nathan Philips Square, a peaceful and contemplative space that will honour residential school survivors, and the children who were lost to their families and communities.

Reconciliation is the responsibility of every Canadian, but it is only possible after acknowledging the difficult truths that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities have always known. Today, we honour the bravery and courage of residential school survivors, their families and their communities. We acknowledge the trauma and abuse inflicted on generations of Indigenous Peoples and commit to working together to heal and build a better future.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 30, 2022 as “National Day for Truth and Reconciliation” in the City of Toronto.

Recovery Day

September 30, 2022

WHEREAS today, we recognize all those in our community who are in recovery from substance use challenges, as well as the multiple pathways and meanings of recovery and wellness.

While celebrating those in recovery, we also want to acknowledge that recovery looks different for everyone, whether that is abstinence based or not, recovery is defined by each person for themselves.

We recognize the stigma, discrimination and inequities faced by people with lived and living experience of substance use. The City of Toronto supports individuals and organizations committed to raising awareness about substance use related issues, and ending the stigma and discrimination against people who use substances. Through education, advocacy, and access to supports, 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 30, 2022 as “Recovery Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

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Emancipation Month

 August 2022

WHEREAS during Emancipation Month, we acknowledge and affirm the ongoing quest for equity, freedom and human rights for all Canadians of African Descent.

This month, as we reflect upon the ongoing global efforts to abolish slavery’s legacies, it is critical that we all acknowledge the persistent impact of colonial legacies, and the unwavering spirit of resistance and targeted universalism that continues to fuel the complete liberation of African-Canadians. For over 400 years, people of African descent endured and survived the transatlantic slave trade which included the French and British colonies. This experience of enslavement took place on lands that would eventually be called Canada and this month we acknowledge our commitment to shifting the impact of this legacy.

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, the call to action is to recommit ourselves to learning and acknowledging our history, eliminating discrimination, and eradicating anti-Black racism in all of its forms. In March 2021, the City of Toronto 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 is proud to have 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 to establish an inclusive and compassionate city in which all of its members – regardless of race or ethnic origin – can 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 2022 as “Emancipation Month” in the City of Toronto.

Simcoe Day

 August 1, 2022

WHEREAS today on Simcoe Day, we commemorate the first Lieutenant Governor of the Province of Upper Canada, Major-General John Graves Simcoe.

He established the capital of Upper Canada named York, now known as Toronto, in 1793. Fort York was then constructed to protect the new settlement.

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

Simcoe Day provides an opportunity to learn more about John Graves Simcoe’s role 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 1, 2022 as “Simcoe Day” in the City of Toronto.

Hiroshima & Nagasaki Day

August 6, 2022

WHEREAS today, we commemorate the tragedies that took place in Japan on August 6 and 9, 1945, when atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We pay tribute to those who died in the bombings, while also honouring the survivors and all those whose lives were forever changed.

This day is also a reminder to find non-violent solutions to world issues, encouraging us to come together as a global community for the abolition and prohibition of nuclear weapons. Toronto City Council has unanimously called upon the Canadian government to support the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which would help create a safer, nuclear weapons–free world.

Inspired by the Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, the City of Toronto established the Peace Garden, located at Nathan Phillips Square, as a lasting expression of our city’s commitment to peace.

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, 2022 as “Hiroshima & Nagasaki Day” in the City of Toronto.

Oscar Peterson Day

 August 15, 2022

WHEREAS today, we celebrate the creative and artistic legacy of Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, a Canadian and global superstar of jazz.

Born in Montreal on August 15, 1925, Oscar studied piano at a young age and began performing while he was still a teenager. He spent much of his career composing music while travelling the world, playing in a variety of duos, trios and quartets with some of the most established names in jazz. He released over 200 recordings in his lifetime with “Hymn to Freedom” and the “Canadiana Suite” being among his most recognized compositions. In his later career, he settled in Toronto where he composed music, published practice material, and mentored aspiring musicians through music programs at the university level.

Oscar Peterson is globally known as one of history’s greatest jazz pianists who is recognized for his skilled musical talents, technical precision and creative expression. He was one of the inaugural inductees into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame. He received the Order of Canada, the Order of Quebec, and the Order of Ontario, and has won many awards including the Grammy Awards, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Silver Jubilee Medals, and other awards.

Today, Oscar Peterson’s music continues to be enjoyed by global audiences as a testament to his enduring legacy and lasting contributions to jazz and the arts.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 15, 2022 as “Oscar Peterson Day” in the City of Toronto.

Sunnyside Pavilion Day

August 17, 2022

WHEREAS on this day, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Sunnyside Pavilion, a Neo-Palladian pavilion and Toronto cultural landmark, which first opened in 1922.

Sunnyside has a long and deep history with Toronto residents. Located along Toronto’s iconic lakeshore, the Sunnyside Pavilion was constructed by Chapman, Oxley & Bishop. Throughout its history, it has been home to many small businesses, restaurants and cafes, and even an amusement park.

The pavilion was one of several waterfront landmarks constructed in response to the Toronto Harbour Commission’s Master Plan, which encouraged residents to engage in swimming and other recreational activities along Toronto’s waterfront. When it first opened, it had 7,500 lockers on its ground floor, and towels and swimsuits were available for rent. Three years after the Pavilion’s opening, Sunnyside outdoor pool, now Gus Ryder Pool, opened and was hailed as the largest facility of its kind in the world.

As the home of world-class parks, sport and athletic facilities, Toronto is committed to improving the quality of life of its residents by providing accessible programs and services that support the needs for active and healthy lifestyles, and the opportunity for all to participate in recreational sports and activity. Cultural landmarks like this promote the social and physical development of people of all ages and abilities, develop skills and talents in individuals, train future leaders, and build social connections within neighbourhoods.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 17, 2022 as “Sunnyside Pavilion Day” in the City of Toronto.

Canadian National Exhibition Day

 August 19, 2022

WHEREAS there is much anticipation in the air as the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), a cherished annual fair in our city, makes a much anticipated return for the first time since 2019. Attendees at this year’s Exhibition can look forward to a bigger and better CNE that will feature new attractions, competitions, exhibits, food, rides and games that are sure to delight people of all ages.

The Ex is one of North America’s largest annual fairs. It offers 18 days of amusement park rides, shopping, food and live entertainment to showcase the best of Toronto and Ontario.

It is an annual family tradition that began 143 years ago, largely to promote agriculture and technology in Canada and has since grown to include cultural performances, diverse food and innovation. The event provides tourists and residents an opportunity to enjoy Toronto during the summer and participate in fun activities that everyone can enjoy.

The City of Toronto is proud to host the CNE at Exhibition Place. The return of the CNE in 2022 is one more sign of Toronto’s ongoing economic recovery. There is something for everyone at this year’s CNE and everyone is encouraged to come out and have fun while experiencing all that the fair has to offer.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 19, 2022 as “Canadian National Exhibition Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day for People of African Descent

August 31, 2022

WHEREAS the first International Day for People of African Descent was celebrated in 2021 by the United Nations to promote and honour “the extraordinary contributions of the African diaspora around the world and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against people of African descent.”

The first International Day for People of African Descent was created by the United Nations following the 2020 midterm of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent, an initiative “citing the need to strengthen national, regional and international cooperation in relation to the full enjoyment of economic, social, cultural, civil and political rights by people of African descent, and their full and equal participation in all aspects of society.” Five years into the Decade, the COVID-19 pandemic has further demonstrated the urgency and recognition required to address long standing structural inequalities and systematic anti-Black racism in health.

The City of Toronto recognizes the International Day for People of African Descent and the 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. 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.

On December 5, 2017, City Council adopted 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. To support the implementation of the five-year Action Plan, the City established the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit in 2018, the first of its kind at the time in any city across North America. The City’s development and implementation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism and the Confronting Anti-Black Racism Unit align with the goals of the United Nations’ International Decade for People of African Descent from 2015 – 2024.

The United Nations’ Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent have expressed their support for the City of Toronto joining the international community in recognizing the Decade and congratulated the City on its early efforts to confront anti-Black racism through the creation of a dedicated office and implementation of the Action Plan.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim “August 31, 2022” as the “International Day for People of African Descent” in the City of Toronto.

Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2022

WHEREAS Toronto joins communities across Canada to observe Overdose Awareness Day by honouring and remembering lives lost to the drug poisoning crisis, and their friends, family and loved ones who continue to feel the impacts.

Overdose Awareness Day seeks to raise awareness about the increased toxicity of the unregulated drug supply, while simultaneously removing the negative stigma and discrimination experienced by people who use drugs and their communities.

We are facing a drug poisoning crisis in the City of Toronto. Members of our community are losing their children, siblings, spouses, parents, friends, neighbours and co-workers. The impacts of these losses are devastating. Preliminary data for 2021 from the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario shows that there were 560 confirmed opioid toxicity deaths in Toronto. This is the greatest number of drug poisoning deaths we have seen in Toronto in one year – an 87 percent increase compared to 2019 and a 309 percent increase compared to 2015.

During the first six months of 2022, paramedics in the City of Toronto responded to 143 fatal suspected opioid overdose calls. Tragically, the vast majority of these deaths are preventable.

The City of Toronto, through the leadership of Toronto Public Health and its many community and city partners, including the Shelter Support & Housing Administration division, continue to use a range of strategies and services to respond to the needs of our community. Harm reduction services, such as supervised consumption services and safe supply programs, are lifesaving and promote the health and safety of our city.

Thank you to the communities of people who have worked – and continue to work – tirelessly in saving lives first hand. This includes people who use drugs, harm reduction staff, healthcare workers, first responders and the volunteers who have been involved in the response. The work you do each and every day to address the trauma and grief gripping our community is humbling.

Ongoing and urgent action is needed from all levels of government. The City of Toronto remains committed to addressing the drug poisoning crisis through the implementation of the Toronto Overdose Action Plan, and supporting collective actions to save lives and improve the health and well-being of people who use drugs and the whole community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 31, 2022 as “Overdose Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

Independent Retailer Month

July 2022

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 our neighbourhoods.

Our local independent retailers have worked tirelessly to help our residents get their essential goods and services especially during challenging times. Shopping locally supports the economy, creates sustainable cities, and builds confidence in the community, while allowing local businesses to flourish and grow.

These businesses are also a showcase of our city’s diversity and multiculturalism as our independent retailers help distribute global goods and services to meet the diverse needs of our multicultural communities.

Independent Retailer Month is a wonderful opportunity to show our gratitude towards our neighbourhood retailers, and their valuable contributions to our city’s diversity and prosperity.

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

Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

July 2022

WHEREAS juvenile arthritis is a disease that affects three in 1,000 Canadian children, making it more common than most chronic childhood diseases. It is also known as juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).

While many children experience swelling of the joints and other symptoms, in some cases there are no symptoms, making it difficult to detect. There is also a lack of testing to diagnose JIA.

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

Although there is no cure for juvenile arthritis, the condition can be managed through medication and treatment. Many children go on to lead full and productive lives and are able to participate in play, sports, school and social activities thanks to research and development into this condition.

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 2022 as “Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month

July 2022

WHEREAS in 1967, the Canadian-Caribbean community established Toronto Caribbean Carnival as a gift to all Canadians during Canada’s centenary year.

For over half a century, Toronto Caribbean Carnival has grown to become one of the largest celebrations of its kind in North America and is recognized globally. The festival highlights the deep history, rich culture and contributions that members of Caribbean communities in Canada continue to make in our local communities and across the country. Throughout the month, the festival continues its legacy as a colourful expression of Caribbean arts, costume, music, dance, and food, culminating in the Grande Parade.

The theme for this year is “On de road again” – which recognizes the parade’s resumption after two years. This year we welcome everyone to participate by encouraging everyone to “embrace the Carnival in you.” Residents are encouraged to learn about the Caribbean tradition of parading through the street, which began as a celebration of freedom and emancipation from enslavement, concluding with Emancipation Day on August 1.

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, 2022 as “Toronto Caribbean Carnival Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Injury Prevention Day

July 5, 2022

WHEREAS today we raise awareness of preventable injuries that occur as a result of car and industrial accidents or sports and recreational incidents. Preventable injuries are the leading cause of death of people aged 1- 34, causing more deaths in this group than cancer and heart diseases.

These predictable and preventable injuries can greatly impact those who are injured and their loved ones as well as their communities.

We can all help keep everyone safe by noticing 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, 2022 as “National Injury Prevention Day” in the City of Toronto.

Single-Use Plastic Free Day

July 11, 2022

WHEREAS Single-Use Plastic Free Day raises awareness of the need to reduce single-use plastic waste at work, home and school, on the go and in public spaces. Single-use plastics are not only common litter items in our communities, but they also threaten our oceans and marine wildlife. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) estimates that each year 400 million tonnes of plastic waste is generated worldwide, of which up to 14 million tonnes end up in the marine environment.

The City of Toronto’s Reducing Single-Use program is the first stage of the Single-Use and Takeaway Items Reduction Strategy to help businesses 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.

Every year, the City of Toronto manages 900,000 tonnes of waste. This requires money, energy, and resources and takes up valuable landfill space. Waste reduction should always be top of mind as the less waste produced, the less there is to manage. Waste reduction is an important goal of the City’s Long Term Waste Management Strategy and part of the City’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 11, 2022 as “Single-Use Plastic Free Day” in the City of Toronto.

Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day

 July 11, 2022

WHEREAS today we remember the Bosnian Muslims who were impacted by the genocide, the lives lost, and those who were displaced.

We are reminded of the role we all play in ensuring that no one should have to endure the atrocities of conflict. Many Bosnians now call Toronto home and they play an integral role in our success while continuing to contribute to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of our great city.

Each year in April, the City of Toronto proclaims Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation, and Prevention Month to reaffirm our commitment to protecting human rights and dignity for all, and to support a more humane and 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, 2022 as “Srebrenica Genocide Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Drowning Prevention Week

July 17 – 23, 2022

WHEREAS drowning, a leading cause of accidental death, can be prevented by understanding the risks with being around large bodies of water.

During National Drowning Prevention week, we raise awareness of the need to practice safe water habits to avoid accidental tragedies. Not consuming alcohol while participating in aquatic activities, swimming with a partner, ensuring that youth and children are properly supervised around water, and remembering to wear a lifejacket or flotation device while boating can all help reduce drownings.

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 programs and services that aid in the prevention of water-related accidents. The City 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 17 – 23, 2022 as “National Drowning Prevention Week” in the City of Toronto.

Food Day Canada

July 30, 2022

WHEREAS today we celebrate Canada’s rich and diverse food sector and recognize the farmers, fishers, food producers, researchers, seasonal food workers and others who work hard to put fresh food on Canadians’ tables.

Residents are encouraged to eat meals that highlight Canada’s culinary culture, use Canadian-grown ingredients to make homemade meals or enjoy Canadian dishes at local restaurants.

We can also support our local food producers by participating in social media campaigns that focus on the important work that they do.

Thanks to the dedicated year-round efforts of our food sector, we have an abundance of delicious, locally grown food to tantalize our taste buds.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 30, 2022 as “Food Day Canada” in the City of Toronto.

 

 

 

John Tory Mayor of Toronto - Proclamation

ALS Month

June 2022

WHEREAS Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control.

Approximately 3,000 Canadians live with ALS which impacts their daily quality of life. We can work towards improving research, advocacy and access to services for living with ALS by raising awareness of it.

During this month, Major League Baseball will also officially observe Lou Gehrig Day on June 2, named after the baseball player who was diagnosed with the disease two years prior to his death.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2022 as “Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

June 2022

WHEREAS brain injuries are the leading cause of death in Canadians under the age of 40.

Brain injuries impact not only survivors but also family, friends, caregivers, support workers and the community.

Some of the common causes of brain injuries include falls, infections, heart attacks, bicycle or motor vehicle collisions, sports injuries or an assault. The approximately 1.5 million Canadians who live with brain injuries may experience day to day challenges that can affect their quality of life.

During Brain Injury Awareness Month, we give our support to for those living with brain injuries by raising awareness of the obstacles that exist for them and the need for more services and support at all stages of recovery.

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 June 3, 2022 as “Brain Injury Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Filipino Heritage Month

June 2022

WHEREAS during Filipino Heritage Month, we recognize the outstanding contributions that the Filipino community has made to our city.

During this month, we also mark Philippines Independence Day on June 12 that further celebrates the rich history, heritage and culture of the Filipino people.

Filipino Canadians have made significant contributions to Toronto’s socio-economic, political and cultural fabric and their customs and traditions are deeply rooted and reflected in the city. This month provides an opportunity to learn more about the history of the community.
The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

Italian Heritage Month

June 2022

WHEREAS during Italian Heritage Month, we recognize the achievements and contributions of our Italian-Canadian community.

There are approximately 1.5 million people of Italian origin living in Canada today, many of whom call Toronto home. The community has a long and proud history in Toronto and Italian is one of the top ten mother tongues spoken in Toronto other than English. We acknowledge the contributions that the Italian community has made in Toronto, while celebrating the traditions, heritage and culture of the community.

Throughout the 20th century, many Italian immigrants helped build our city. Today, the community continues to shape our city’s cultural, social, and economic fabric through its contributions to local businesses, food, music, and art.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

National Deafblind Awareness Month

June 2022

WHEREAS deafblindness is the loss of both sight and hearing and people living with the condition may experience difficulty with accessing and processing information, communication, and mobility.

Deafblind people can become independent, active and engaged members of their communities with the assistance of intervenors and specialized support workers. With the right supports, individuals living with deafblindness can safely lead full, meaningful, and healthy lives.

The City is committed to continuing our efforts in becoming an accessible city for everyone by working to identify, prevent and remove barriers to accessibility with the assistance of the City of Toronto’s Accessibility Task Force.

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 2022 as “National Deafblind Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Indigenous Peoples Month

June 2022

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, Inuit and Métis peoples across Tkaronto and all of Turtle Island.

Residents are encouraged to learn more about Indigenous histories, communities and the contributions Indigenous peoples have made, their vibrant and distinct culture, and their beautiful languages.

The month is also a time to remember the unmarked graves that were uncovered at residential schools across the country.

We mourn for those that didn’t return from these schools and in their memory, we renew our commitment to actively work towards truth, justice and reconciliation.

In April of this year, the City of Toronto enacted its Reconciliation Action Plan, to guide the City’s actions to advance truth, justice and reconciliation.

The City of Toronto is committed to learning how to restore truth, right relations and share power, make reparations and take actions for justice. It reaffirms its commitment to working with Indigenous communities across Toronto to help contribute to the visibility and overall wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Toronto through place making and place keeping, supporting economic development and prosperity, increasing civic engagement, honouring Indigenous ways of knowing and being and recognizing rights to self-determination and self-governance.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2022 as “National Indigenous Peoples Month” in the City of Toronto.

Portuguese Heritage Month

June 2022

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

Portuguese Heritage Month is a time to recognize the vibrancy of Portuguese culture and offers an opportunity to learn more about the community.

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.

Toronto is home to a large and diverse Portuguese community and we recognize the contributions they make to our city and celebrate their traditions, heritage and culture.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

Pride Month

June 2022

WHEREAS June marks Pride Month in the City of Toronto to honour and celebrate Toronto’s 2SLGBTQ+ community. The month long celebration is one of the largest in the world.

The month also provides an opportunity to recognize and protect the rights of 2SLGBTQ+ communities and the work that still needs to be done to ensure the equity and safety of all of our residents.

This year marks the return of in-person Pride celebrations that features a special month long program of new events and familiar festival favourites including the annual parade. The Pride parade began as a protest and continues today to create community, celebrate achievements and honour the history of the community.

Pride Month is time to show support to the 2SLGBTQ+ community by participating in the programming and learning more about what this year’s celebration has to offer.

Pride in Toronto has a long history. It was founded in 1981 by a grassroots collection of organizers, activists and advocates in the community who worked together to demonstrate against the infamous bathhouse raids in the city.

The City of Toronto recognizes the 2SLGBTQ+ community’s contributions to the cultural fabric of our city and is committed to making Toronto a welcoming place where everyone is valued. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, however there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

Mois de la fierté

Juin 2022

ATTENDU QUE la Ville de Toronto célèbre tout au long de juin le Mois de la fierté de ses citoyens et citoyennes bispirituels, lesbiennes, gais, bisexuels, transgenres, queers et autres. Il s’agit d’ailleurs d’une des plus grandes fêtes de ce genre au monde.

Ce sera là l’occasion de reconnaître et de protéger les droits des personnes bispirituelles, lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles, transgenres, queers et autres, et de réfléchir au travail qui reste à faire pour assurer l’équité et la sécurité pour tous les Torontois.

Cette année, ce sera la première fois depuis le début de la pandémie que nous fêterons dans la rue plutôt que devant nos écrans. Ainsi, les fêtes dureront un mois entier et nous vous proposerons de nouvelles activités en plus des activités favorites traditionnelles, dont le défilé annuel de la fierté. Si l’on a créé ce défilé, c’était alors pour protester contre une injustice. Aujourd’hui, il continue de solidariser les citoyens, de souligner les réalisations de la communauté et de célébrer son histoire.

Le Mois de la fierté est l’occasion de soutenir les personnes bispirituelles, lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles, transgenres, queers et autres en participant à la programmation cette année et en se familiarisant avec elle.

Les fêtes de la fierté ont une longue histoire à Toronto. En effet, elles ont été fondées en 1981 par un groupe communautaire d’organisateurs, de militants et de défenseurs des droits de la personne qui se sont réunis pour protester contre les descentes de la police dans les saunas gais.

Les autorités de la Ville de Toronto rendent hommage aux contributions des personnes bispirituelles, lesbiennes, gaies, bisexuelles, transgenres, queers et autres à la mosaïque sociale de leur cité et elles s’engagent à en faire un lieu où chacun se sent le bienvenu. Bien que Toronto soit déjà l’une des villes les plus diversitaires au monde, elle doit toutefois continuer d’assurer l’équité et la sécurité pour tous ses habitants.

IL EST RÉSOLU QUE je soussigné, le maire John Tory, proclame au nom du conseil municipal que le mois de juin 2022 sera “le Mois de la fierté” à Toronto.

Seniors Month

June 2022

WHEREAS during this month, we celebrate the valued members of our society, seniors, and the wonderful contributions they bring to our communities and neighbourhoods. This year’s theme: “Stay Active, Connected and Safe”, focuses on ensuring seniors stay physically and mentally healthy while remaining socially connected to others.

In 2018, City Council adopted the Toronto Seniors Strategy Version 2.0 that focuses on the City’s commitment to ensuing seniors’ needs are met and that they are supported in living full and healthy lives. This strategy will help the City’s long-term planning for our older residents, as those aged 65 and over are expected to double in number by 2041.

Thank you to our seniors for the many diverse contributions that they bring to our city. The City of Toronto is committed to our shared value 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 2022 as “Seniors Month” in the City of Toronto.

Year of the Garden

 June 2022

WHEREAS this year marks the 100th anniversary of Canada’s ornamental horticulture sector and it is an opportunity to commemorate Canada’s rich horticulture and garden heritage, celebrate today’s vibrant garden culture and create legacies for a sustainable future.

The Year of the Garden will also celebrate the role that gardens play in sustainable development and combatting climate change and improving the health and well-being of Canadians.

We recognize the vital impact that gardens make to our quality of life at home and in communities across our city. Gardens across our city bring a sense of joy, renewal and pride to those that create and admire them. Gardens not only help to beautify spaces with their vibrant colours and green foliage, but there are also many health and environmental benefits connected to gardening.

With over 100 community gardens across our City, gardening plays an important role in the health and wellbeing of residents. Whether it is taking a walk in the Toronto Botanical Garden, planting flowers in your front yard, or growing fruit and vegetables, gardens play an important role. 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 June 2022 as “Year of the Garden” in the City of Toronto.

Intergenerational Day

June 1, 2022

WHEREAS Intergenerational Day celebrates the positive connections between older adults, children and youth that have the power to make our communities stronger.

Respectful intergenerational relationships lead to a greater understanding of aging. Friendships between older and younger people help promote
self-esteem and feelings of well-being for seniors as well as our young people. They are the key to making people supported especially 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, 2022 as “Intergenerational Day” in the City of
Toronto.

National Health and Fitness Day

June 4, 2022

WHEREAS every year, on the first Saturday in June, we observe National Health and Fitness Day, which was first enacted by the Government of Canada through the National Health and Fitness Day Act in 2014.

Today, all Canadians are encouraged to increase their physical activity as a way to promote improved health and fitness. Being physically active has many benefits from improving fitness, reducing risk of illness, managing illnesses and improving mental health.

Residents are encouraged to get outside and keep enjoying and exploring Toronto and its many natural green spaces as one way to stay physically active.

The City of Toronto offers many ways for residents to remain physically active through a number of programs and services offered all year round across the City. 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 4, 2022 as “National Health and Fitness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Canadian Armed Forces Day

June 5, 2022

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

Made up of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Navy, and Royal Canadian Air Force, our Armed Forces 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.

These courageous individuals keep our country safe while putting their own lives at risk on the frontlines. The CAF always willingly answers the call to serve, while representing our country with great pride. We are grateful for their efforts and support both within and outside of our borders.

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 in bravely serving our country.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 5, 2022 as “Canadian Armed Forces Day” in the City of Toronto.

Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day

June 5, 2022

WHEREAS participants will walk, run or ride along their own heart-shaped routes to help raise funds for best-in-class research and studies that help to ensure faster diagnosis, better treatments and improved quality of life for those living with heart disease or stroke.

Thank you to everyone participating in this virtual fundraiser in support of the important work done by the Heart & Stroke Foundation that has led to life-saving advances for heart conditions, strokes 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 5, 2022 as “Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Environment Day

June 5, 2022

WHEREAS World Environment Day is a day of action to raise awareness around global environment issues. This year’s theme, “Only One Earth”, calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore the only planet that we have.

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

Toronto City Council has adopted an accelerated climate action strategy – the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy – which will help us reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto to net zero by 2040. This target is one of the most ambitious in North America.

We recognize the important role that our environment plays in our city.
A healthy environment provides a variety of ecological benefits that are important to the health of individuals and communities and provides 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 June 5, 2022 as “World Environment Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Remembers D-Day

June 6, 2022

WHEREAS today on the 78th anniversary of D-Day, we acknowledge with deep gratitude the valued contributions of Canadian veterans and all those who served overseas in battle and contributed on the home front, during the Second World War.

The Allied Forces’ campaign to liberate Western Europe from Nazi occupation began on D-Day. On June 6, 1944, 14,000 Canadian troops, many with no combat experience, landed in the line of fire on Juno Beach. Their goal was to take the eight kilometre stretch of the Normandy coastline to create a path for the liberation of Europe. The Royal Canadian Navy contributed 110 warships and 10,000 sailors while the Royal Canadian Air Force contributed 15 fighter and fighter-bomb squadrons.

D-Day became the largest seaborne invasion in history, with many Canadian regiments tasked with key assignments. Though D-Day was deemed a success, 359 Canadians were lost in battle while the Queen’s Own Rifles from Toronto had the highest casualty rate among the Canadian regiments, with 143 killed, wounded or captured over the course of the invasion.

The combined efforts of the greatest military force in history during the nearly
three-month long campaign led to the end of the Second World War. We honour the legacy of D-Day by recognizing the courageous sacrifices of all those who helped liberate Europe and the world, the bravery and resilience of those who were wounded in battle, as well as the countless contributions from the home front.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valour, courage and sacrifices of all Canadian veterans who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We continue to honour those who have served and are currently serving in the Canadian Forces as they remain vigilant in maintaining freedom.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 6, 2022 as “Toronto Remembers D-Day” in the City of Toronto.

The 175th Anniversary of Irish Mass Immigration to Toronto

June 6, 2022

WHEREAS today, we commemorate the 175th anniversary of the arrival of the first migrant ships from Ireland to Toronto during the peak of An Gorta Mór, a mass exodus of nearly 100,000 famine migrants including men, women and children who fled Ireland and travelled across Canada in search of food and shelter during the Great Famine in Ireland. In the summer of 1847, more than 38,000 migrants arrived in Toronto, nearly doubling the city’s population of just 20,000 people.

Residents are encouraged to learn more about the Irish Mass Immigration to Toronto. There are several memorial sites, plaques and parks dedicated to this significant chapter in our city’s history. In 2007, Ireland Park was officially opened and dedicated to the Irish migrants who came to Toronto. In 2021, Grasett Park was opened and named in honour of Dr. George Robert Grasett. It commemorates the sacrifices made by those who aided the sick after they arrived in our city.

On this day, we acknowledge the brave and courageous determination of the Irish migrants and recognize the significant contributions they have made to Toronto over many decades. Toronto is home to a vibrant Irish community that continues to make great contributions to our city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 6, 2022 as “The 175th Anniversary of Irish Mass Immigration to Toronto” in the City of Toronto.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Awareness Week

June 6 – 12, 2022

WHEREAS Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness and provide support to those living with HS, a chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes painful lumps under the skin.

HS can impact the quality of life for those who live with the disease. Approximately 1 million Canadians or as much as 4 per cent of the population are currently living with HS, although due to misdiagnosis, that number could be higher.

While there is no known cure for HS, with treatment the condition can be managed to prevent complications. We can give our support to those with the condition by understanding the challenges they can face in their daily lives and raising awareness of HS.

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 – 12, 2022 as “Hidradenitis Suppurativa Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week

June 6 – 12, 2022

WHEREAS this week raises awareness of Spinal Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leak, a condition where clear fluid surrounding the membranes that cushion the brain or spinal cord begins to leak out.

Spinal CSF Leak is often misdiagnosed and may often go undetected because there is little knowledge about it, it’s hard to detect and diagnose, and many tests are required to confirm the diagnosis. We can give our support to those living with the condition by raising awareness of it and the need for necessary treatment to improve their daily lives.

Those living with Spinal CSF leak can experience a wide range of symptoms that affect the quality of their life. With proper diagnosis and treatment, they can better 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 – 12, 2022 as “Spinal CSF Leak Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Massey Hall Day

June 14, 2022

WHEREAS today we celebrate the 128th anniversary of the opening of Massey Hall, built as a memorial by Hart Massey to his son, Charles Albert as a cultural engagement centre for everyone to enjoy.

This year on Massey Hall’s birthday, there is much to celebrate with the opening of three new music venues in the fall that along with Massey Hall will collectively be known as the Allied Music Centre, a premiere multi-purpose performance facility. It will be a wonderful way to support the local community through education and community outreach and artist development teams.

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, 2022 as “Massey Hall Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Blood Donor Day

June 14, 2022

WHEREAS on World Blood Donor Day, we recognize and thank those who make a lifesaving gift by being blood donors.

Every few seconds, someone, somewhere will need access to safe blood and blood products that aren’t always readily available around the world.
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. By continuing to donate, we are ensuring that the needed supply is available for anyone who may need it.

Thank you to our residents who continue to give blood. We recognize your generosity and contributions to maintaining the integrity of our healthcare system. Your donations are crucial, and in many cases have already saved multiple lives.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2022 as “World Blood Donor Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2022

WHEREAS older adults are valued members of our community, who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. In 2011, the UN adopted June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to encourage everyone to voice their opposition to elder abuse around the world and provide support to older persons.

Statistics show that between two and 10 per cent of older adults in Ontario have experienced elder abuse, which can take the form of physical or psychological abuse, financial manipulation, ageism, or neglect, and often goes unreported due to the stigma attached to it. As our population ages, we must acknowledge 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 a good 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, 2022 as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Day of the Garden

June 18, 2022

WHEREAS during the Year of the Garden, we also proclaim Day of the Garden in recognition of the many garden themed locations and activities that the City offers to both residents and visitors.

This day celebrates the stunning array of plants, flowers and shrubs, gardens, parks and conservatories maintained by the City that support wellness through nature, culture, and health.

Toronto’s gardens enhance the beauty and diversity of the natural landscape with an abundance of wildlife, bees, butterflies and birds within the urban habitat. They also help address climate change impacts, enhance biodiversity and create more resilient ecosystems, while also contributing to the long-term environmental and climate action goals adopted by the City.

There are more than 20 garden facilities maintained by the City for everyone to enjoy including: Allan Gardens and Centennial Park Conservatories, Guild Park & Gardens, Corktown Commons, James Gardens, Edwards Gardens and the Nathan Phillips Square Podium Green Roof and Peace Garden.
The City also recognizes Toronto’s most beautiful gardens that are created by individuals and organizations through the City’s Garden Contest. Join us in celebrating the 20th edition of the contest by submitting your garden or nominating one in your community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 18, 2022 as “Day of the Garden” in the City of Toronto.

Longest Day of Smiles

June 19, 2022

WHEREAS June 19, 2022 is the longest day of smiles. From sunrise to sunset and coast to coast to coast, Canadians are encouraged to raise awareness of cleft conditions and help provide support for children who need to have these conditions effectively treated.

Approximately 175,000 children worldwide are born with cleft lips and cleft palates and are at risk of dying within their first year of life.
While cleft conditions are treatable, a lack of access to safe, effective surgery can make them fatal for children and infants if left unchecked.

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 19, 2022 as “Longest Day of Smiles” in the City of Toronto.

World Partnership Walk Day

June 19, 2022

WHEREAS today Toronto residents along with Canadians in other cities, will participate in the annual World Partnership Walk to raise money for people with challenges around the world.

Funds raised at this event will support the Aga Khan Foundation Canada’s development programs in Africa and Asia that improve access to quality education and health, increase food security, create economic opportunities and help millions of people unlock their potential to build a better life.

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 June 19, 2022 as “World Partnership Walk Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Sickle Cell Day

June 19, 2022

WHEREAS Sickle Cell Disease (SCD), an inherited blood disorder
that affects normal blood flow and impacts how the organs receive blood and oxygen.

Each year, 100 or more Canadian babies are born with SCD, one of the most common genetic diseases in the world. With proper diagnosis and treatment and by making healthy lifestyle and nutrition choices, those living with SCD can live full and active lives. We can support those living with SCD by raising awareness of it and understanding the challenges they may experience.

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 June 19, 2022 as “World Sickle Cell Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Refugee Day

June 20, 2022

WHEREAS every year on June 20, we acknowledge the tremendous hardships that are faced by refugees while also celebrating their incredible courage and the contributions they make to our city.

Refugees, who are forced to flee their home countries in search of safety, are some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Every minute, 20 people are forced to leave their homes to escape war, persecution or violence; this includes refugees, asylum seekers as well as displaced and stateless persons.

Canada has a long history of welcoming refugees and continues to help newcomers establish their lives here. The City of Toronto recognizes it has a role to play in providing programs and support to help all newcomers with their transition in making our city their new home. Through the Toronto Newcomer Strategy (2022-2026), Refugee Resettlement Program, and Refugee Capacity Plan, the City provides vital supports to help people resettle in Canada including Afghan refugees and those fleeing Ukraine.

Refugees make incredible contributions to our city and country. It is important to acknowledge and thank them for their hard work, resilience and determination, which make our communities vibrant and shape our society. In light of global conflicts, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to strengthen solidarity and support for all newcomer and refugee communities, helping create a more just and equitable global community.

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, 2022 as “World Refugee Day” in the City of Toronto.

Digital Infrastructure Week

June 20 – 24, 2022

WHEREAS the Collision Conference will take place during Digital Infrastructure Week, a week dedicated to learning more about digital infrastructure that is increasingly used to deliver services, perform data-driven asset management, help manage public resources efficiently, and inform decision-making at the City of Toronto. With technology playing an increasingly major role in City services and residents’ lives, Toronto City Council adopted the City’s first Digital Infrastructure Strategic Framework (DISF) in April 2022.

The Collision Conference will bring together thousands of international tech leaders, investors and attendees to network, learn from each other and generate future opportunities in tech and digital infrastructure.

The tech industry impacts many facets of our society from advancements in modern medicine to space traveling and everything in between. Toronto is currently ranked the 3rd largest tech hub in North America and is home to a rapidly-expanding tech industry. Our skilled and diverse tech and digital infrastructure talent from around the world, and universities and research hubs that produce the next generation of talent are helping us solve global problems and have attributed to the success of the sector. Toronto’s newly adopted DISF is an important step in ensuring Toronto’s decisions made related to technology are equitable, inclusive and prioritize privacy and security.

Toronto is home to more than 2.9 million people whose diversity and experiences make this great city Canada’s leading economic engine and one of the world’s most diverse and livable cities. As the fourth largest city in North America, Toronto is a global leader in technology and consistently places at the top of international rankings due to investments championed by its government, residents and businesses.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 20 – 24, 2022 as “Digital Infrastructure Week” in the City of Toronto in recognition of the Collision Conference.

Pollinator Week

June 20 – 26, 2022

WHEREAS pollinators play an essential role in contributing to urban biodiversity including the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. Along with contributing to our biodiversity, pollinators help support healthy ecosystems and are a key component of a sustainable city.

Toronto is home to more than 360 species of bees, more than 100 species of butterflies, and many species of moths, beetles, flies, wasps, and birds that are all pollinating species. Toronto’s Official Bee – the metallic green sweat bee can be found in gardens across the city.

Toronto’s Pollinator Protection Strategy and PollinateTO Grants seek to create and enhance pollinator habitats while focusing on community outreach that speaks to the importance of supporting and protecting pollinators.
Toronto consistently ranks as one of the most livable, sustainable and resilient cities in North America and it 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 20 – 26, 2022 as “Pollinator Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2022

WHEREAS today we celebrate and embrace the rich cultural heritage and valued contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis across Tkaronto and all of Turtle Island.

We also remember the unmarked graves from residential and day school sites that continue to be uncovered. We mourn for all of the Indigenous children who didn’t return home and their families who lost loved ones. As we remember those we have tragically lost and the survivors of residential and day schools, we also renew our firm commitment to work actively towards truth, justice and reconciliation.

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.

The City of Toronto is committed to learning how to restore truth, right relations and share power, make reparations and take actions for justice. The City’s Reconciliation Action Plan will guide the City’s actions to advance truth, justice and reconciliation. It reaffirms its commitment to working with Indigenous communities across Toronto to help contribute to the visibility and overall wellbeing of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Toronto through place making and place keeping, supporting economic development and prosperity, increasing civic engagement, honouring Indigenous ways of knowing and being and recognizing rights to self-determination and self-governance.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2022 as “National Indigenous Peoples Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Phlebotomy Technicians Recognition Week

June 21 – 26, 2022

WHEREAS this week, we recognize the hard work and dedication of phlebotomy technicians, certified healthcare professionals who draw blood from patients for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. These frontline workers perform an important function within our healthcare system while providing excellent patient care.

Phlebotomy technicians are multi-skilled professionals who use their clinical and administrative experience to create a professional and comforting atmosphere for patients. Through their training, certification, dedication and commitment, they maintain patient health and promote lab efficiency and effectiveness within our healthcare system.

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 June 21 – 26, 2022 as “National Phlebotomy Technicians Recognition Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism

June 23, 2022

WHEREAS today on the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism, we mark the 37th anniversary of the bombing of Air India Flight 182.

On this day in 1985, Air India Flight 182 was bombed while en route from Montreal to Mumbai, marking the deadliest terrorist attack in Canadian history. Tragically, all 329 passengers onboard lost their lives and most of them were Canadian.

Today we take a moment to pause, reflect, and honour the memory of the victims of Flight 182 as well as all victims of terrorism.

The City of Toronto strongly condemns terrorism and acts of terrorism in all its forms while continuing to promote equity, human rights, and safety for all residents. It recognizes that much work needs to be done in order to advance peace and remains dedicated to protecting human rights and dignity for all residents, continually working towards building a safe future for generations to come.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 23, 2022 as “National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Terrorism” in the City of Toronto.

International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

June 26, 2022

WHEREAS torture is a deliberate attempt to take away a person’s dignity and break their will as an act of punishment, to obtain information, or for the purposes of instilling fear or intimidation. It is a crime against humanity and often happens in secret, behind closed doors. On this day in 1987, the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment was ratified by 162 countries, including Canada.

All victims of torture deserve our support. We must be able to provide both victims and survivors of torture with specific rehabilitation programs and services that offer unique supports, ensuring that they have the opportunity to lead full and healthy lives, safe from fear or harm.

The City of Toronto continues to strive towards empowering individuals, communities and organizations to stand up against hatred, intolerance and discrimination. The City is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for all residents including 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, 2022 as “International Day in Support of Victims of Torture” in the City of Toronto.

Canadian Multiculturalism Day

June 27, 2022

WHEREAS today we recognize, respect and celebrate all the ways that multiculturalism contributes to our communities and our city through rich traditions and culture. As a city filled with diverse neighbourhoods, Toronto can best be described as home to the world.

Multiculturalism is at the core of who we are as a people, as a nation and as a country. As we reflect on the progress we have made in embracing multiculturalism, it is important for us to commit to work together to support an inclusive and tolerate society free of hatred. Diversity is one of our greatest strengths, but we are not immune from the realities of systemic racism, inequality and injustice.

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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 27, 2022 as “Canadian Multiculturalism Day” in the City of Toronto.

 

 

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Asian Heritage Month

May 2022

WHEREAS during Asian Heritage Month, we celebrate the many contributions that Canadians of Asian descent have made to our city and country. It is an opportunity to learn about the rich Asian culture and the deep history of Toronto’s vibrant and diverse Asian population that has emigrated from many places including East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia and Southeastern Asia and contributed immensely to the fabric of our city.

We have seen a rise in hate crimes in our city and the Asian community has been a target. As a city, we must stand up against all acts of hatred, including those against our Asian community, to ensure everyone feels safe and welcome in Toronto.

During Asian Heritage Month we have an opportunity to further show our support to the community and to learn more about the many contributions they have made to our great city.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

Building Safety Month

May 2022

WHEREAS Building Safety Month highlights the importance of building officials, architects, and the construction industry who work to ensure our city’s buildings are built to be safe, durable, accessible and sustainable. This year’s themes focus on building safety, energy and sustainability, water, and disaster mitigation.

Residents are encouraged to learn more about building safety, pay attention to building codes, and to understand what it takes to create a safe environment.
The City of Toronto enforces the Building Code by examining building plans, issuing permits, and by performing regular 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’s safety.

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

Guillain-Barré Syndrome/Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy Awareness Month

May 2022

WHEREAS Guillain-Barré Syndrome/Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (GBS/CIDP), are a group of rare autoimmune disorders where the body’s immune system attacks its own nerves.

GBS has a sudden and rapid onset of symptoms that cause bodily weakness and CIDP is the chronic form of the condition. It often leads to paralysis of the arms and legs as well as other side effects within a few weeks.

These conditions are rare, representing a handful of cases for every 100,000 people but raising awareness of them help us better understand the signs and symptoms while also showing our support for those living with GBS and CIDP.

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 2022 as “GBS/CIDP Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Jewish Heritage Month

May 2022

WHEREAS Jewish Heritage Month provides an opportunity to acknowledge and reflect on the rich history, culture and heritage of the Jewish community. It is also an opportunity for everyone to learn more about our Jewish community and the many contributions they have made to our city.

Toronto is home to a large Jewish community and we recognize the contributions they make in Toronto and celebrate the traditions, heritage and culture of the community.

We have seen an unfortunate rise of hate crimes against all communities, including Toronto’s Jewish community which is one of the most targeted groups. We must as a City and as residents do everything we can to combat antisemitism and hatred in all of its forms and create a more inclusive city.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

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

Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month

May 2022

WHEREAS during the month of May, we raise awareness of the importance of sun safety, and the risks of long-term exposure to sun as it starts to get warmer outside.

Over-exposure to UV radiation is a major cause of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers. Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, and 1 in 6 people born in the 1990s will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.

It can be easily prevented by taking precautionary measures such as wearing sun protection, using sunscreen, and consistently monitoring for early signs of sun damage. Any darkening of skin colour, including a tan, indicates UV damage.

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 2022 as Melanoma and Skin Cancer Awareness Month in the City of Toronto.

Museums Month

May 2022

WHEREAS museums, art galleries and heritage sites are part of our educational system, facilitating learning opportunities and supporting sciences. Museums connect communities, support tourism and make the community a wonderful place to live and work. The City of Toronto owns and operates 10 historic sites offering digital and live conferences and events highlighting Canadian culture, history and heritage.

In celebration of our museums and the important role they play in our city, starting this month, the City will begin offering free general admission to all 10 of Toronto’s History Museums so everyone can visit these heritage sites and learn more about Toronto’s vibrant history.

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 2022 as “Museums Month” in the City of Toronto.

South Asian Heritage Month

May 2022

WHEREAS Toronto is home to a large South Asian population whose diverse ethnicities, languages and traditions help make our city a more vibrant one.

During South Asian Heritage Month, residents are invited 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.

We have seen a rise of hate crimes in our city targeting many communities including the South Asian community. As a city, we have a responsibility to stand up against all hatred in all of its forms and show our support to our South-Asian community so that they feel safe in our city.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2022 as “South Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Syringomyelia Awareness Month

May 2022

WHEREAS, Syringomyelia is rare and incurable disorder affecting the spinal cord that can damage the nerves that run through the spinal cord and destroy the cord altogether. It is often diagnosed in young adults between 20 and 40 years of age, but can also develop in older adults and young children.

The treatment for Syringomyelia varies according to the severity of each person’s condition but through monitoring, surgery and other procedures, people with the disorder can lead full lives.

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 2022 as “Syringomyelia Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Vasculitis Awareness Month

May 2022

WHEREAS vasculitis is a family of autoimmune diseases affecting people of all ages, races, and gender. It causes inflammation and a narrowing of blood vessels, restricting their ability to carry blood from the heart to the body’s organs.

An early diagnosis and proper treatment can help those with the disease to lead full and productive lives. We can show our support by raising awareness of vasculitis and understanding the challenges that may occur for 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 May 2022 as “Vasculitis Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Battle of the Atlantic Sunday

May 1, 2022

WHEREAS every year, on the first Sunday in May, we commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, the longest continuous battle during the Second World War. The Battle of the Atlantic brought the Second World War home to Canada when German U-boats entered the Gulf of the St. Lawrence and attacked ships within sight of Canada’s eastern coastline. It was at great cost that Canadian Armed Forces served to protect our country’s coastal and inland waters.

This year marks the 77th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic, which began in September 1939, and ended almost six years later in May 1945 after Germany’s surrender. The campaign, that fought for control over Atlantic sea lanes, lasted for over 2,000 days.

Today we remember and honour the service and sacrifice of all those who fought to defend the Atlantic including members of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), Royal Canadian Airforce (RAF), and Canadian Merchant Navy. In total, the campaign claimed 22 Canadian Navy ships and 59 Merchant ships. More than 70,000 Allied servicemen lost their lives over the course of the campaign including 4,600 Canadians.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the bravery, courage and sacrifices of all Canadians who fought in the Battle of the Atlantic on the sea and in the air. The City is indebted to the courage and tenacity of our veterans, whose collective efforts helped bring an end to the conflict. We shall continue to honour all Canadian veterans who have served and those who continue to serve, as we remain vigilant in our quest for peace around the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2022 as “Battle of the Atlantic Sunday” in the City of Toronto.

First Responders Day

May 1, 2022

WHEREAS Toronto Police, Toronto Paramedics and Toronto Fire Services first responders are frontline heroes who protect our city and its residents every day.

They dedicate themselves to saving lives, properties and the environment when disasters strike. First responders are both volunteers and professionals who are available 24 hours a day and 7 days per week. They are first on the scene in often dangerous situations and put their lives on the line to help others.

The City of Toronto recognizes the dedicated efforts of first responders and the vital, lifesaving role they play in helping our city every day. We salute these individuals today and throughout the year and thank them for all that they do to keep our communities safe.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2022 as “First Responders Day” in the City of Toronto.

The Governor General’s Horse Guard’s Day

May 1, 2022

WHEREAS the Governor General’s Horse Guards are part of the 32 Canadian Brigade Group – an important reserve group of the Canadian Army. This year, the Governor General’s Horse Guards, who have loyally served Canada since 1822, will be celebrating their 200th anniversary.

Throughout its history, the Governor General’s Horse Guards have played an integral role in several conflicts, first distinguishing active service during the 1837 Rebellion and throughout the rest of the 19th Century. The regiment has served in South Africa, World War I and World War II, and in UN peacekeeping missions in Korea, Egypt, Cyprus and Bosnia.

The Governor General’s Horse Guards have earned dozens of battle honours for campaigns they have participated in and are an important part of Canadian history. More recently, the regiment has served overseas in Eastern Europe, and throughout the Middle East, and has also volunteered for active duty throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 1, 2022 as “The Governor General’s Horse Guard’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Physicians’ Day

May 1, 2022

WHEREAS today we mark National Physicians’ Day to recognize the commitment and contributions of physicians in providing quality care that helps people to improve their health.

Every day, physicians treat and care for many patients, 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 in new models of care while providing compassionate, patient-centric care for those in need.

Thank you to our physicians who have continued to care for COVID-19 patients in addition to tending to their current patients. We acknowledge their efforts along with the efforts of all healthcare workers in helping us get through the pandemic. Their tremendous dedication to our well-being is allowing recovery efforts to take place.

National Physicians’ Day also known as Doctors’ 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, 2022 as “National Physicians’ Day” in the City of Toronto.

Emergency Preparedness Week

May 1 – 7, 2022

WHEREAS Emergency Preparedness Week focuses on increasing public awareness of needing a plan in place to respond to an emergency.

Each of us has a responsibility to be ready in the event of an emergency. The pandemic highlighted the importance of being prepared for unexpected situations. Since the onset of the pandemic, Toronto’s Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) have been active, working around the clock to best help residents respond and adapt to the changing challenges of the pandemic.

As one of the safest cities in the world, the City of Toronto is committed to fostering community safety and the wellbeing of all residents by investing in emergency preparedness through community partnerships and programs.

The City of Toronto is prepared to effectively handle emergencies. Through its comprehensive Emergency Plan, the City mobilizes resources during a crisis and ensures all City organizations, emergency response services, and key agencies are fully aware of their respective roles and responsibilities during an emergency.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1 – 7, 2022 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the City of Toronto.

Occupational Health and Safety Week

May 1 – 7, 2022

WHEREAS Occupational Health and Safety Week raises awareness of the need for workplaces to be healthy and safe to protect employees, their families and their communities. This week also pays tribute to the work done by City staff and those in the community who work to keep Toronto healthy and safe.

Employers, employees, partners and the public all play essential roles in fostering a safe environment. The pandemic demonstrated the importance of creating a safe and healthy workplace for everyone.

In addition to illness, we are also reminded of the need for workplace safety plans and policies to reduce injuries and hazards. We must recognize and continue to eliminate these risks to protect our employees, families and communities. The City provides multiple programs and services to meet the public health and safety needs of the city, communities and families. Prevention, education and communication are vital to creating healthy and safe communities, workplaces, schools and homes.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1 – 7, 2022 as “Occupational Health and Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.

Youth Week

May 1 – 7, 2022

WHEREAS Youth Week promotes opportunities to help youth achieve mental and physical well-being, develop essential skills, and participate meaningfully in their communities. Celebrating diverse young people and their contributions help make our city the vibrant, world-class city that it is.

The City of Toronto is home to 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 pandemic continues to have a tremendous impact on young people, with these impacts further compounded for Indigenous, Black, racialized, disabled, immigrant and low-income youth. The City remains dedicated in providing supports that 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, 2022 as “Youth Week” in the City of Toronto.

Blue and White Day

May 2, 2022

WHEREAS the Toronto Maple Leafs fought their way through a tough Eastern Conference, and secured the National Hockey League’s (NHL) fourth best record, earning a spot in the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The 2021-2022 Toronto Maple Leafs returned back to action in the Atlantic Division, and achieved great success, breaking multiple franchise records including most wins and points in a season.

Led by the remarkable Auston Matthews, who became the first Leaf ever to reach the 60-goal mark, the entire team worked together to help the Maple Leafs earn a franchise record 31 wins at home.

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.

Thank you to the players, coaches, managers, staff, owners, and fans for an impressive season thus far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Maple Leafs and we eagerly look forward to packing Maple Leaf Square to support our Leafs and loudly cheer “Go Leafs Go!” throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2, 2022 as “Blue and White Day” in the City of Toronto. Go Leafs Go!

Mental Health Week

May 2-8, 2022

WHEREAS Mental Health Week raises awareness of the importance of good mental health and encourages us to support one another during times of distress. This year’s theme “Get Real about how to help,” is about taking an empathetic approach so that the focus is on the people behind the mental health issues rather than the illness.

Mental illness can affect anyone and in any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. Underlying systemic inequities such as racism, poverty, homelessness, substance use, and colonial or gender-based violence often negatively impact a person’s mental health and wellness.

The City of Toronto is committed to raising awareness about diseases, conditions and illnesses that affect all Canadians and is dedicated to continuous improvement in workplace mental health and well-being. Everyone, including organizations, workplaces, and individuals, are encouraged to talk about mental health and wellness, and help lend support to one another through challenging times.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2 – 8, 2022 as “Mental Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

Privacy Awareness Week

May 2 – 6, 2022

WHEREAS Privacy Awareness Week is a global effort held in May to promote privacy awareness and the importance of protecting personal information. This information is at greater risk of being accessed or disclosed by others as more time is spent online for personal and professional reasons.

All City staff have a shared responsibility in protecting the privacy of personal information in their custody. The City’s privacy standards help ensure that this information remains secure. The standards also support the City’s efforts in helping build public trust and confidence in government as we “serve a great city and its people.”

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 2 – 6, 2022 as “Privacy Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2022

WHEREAS on this day we recognize and support press freedom and are reminded of our responsibility to respect and uphold the freedom of expression.
The theme of World Press Freedom Day 2022, “Journalism under Digital Siege”, highlights the ways the digital era has impacted freedom of expression, the safety of journalists and access to media. The increasing use of malware and spyware against journalists can be a threat to free and independent journalism.

We recognize our media’s efforts in providing accurate and unfiltered information about events around the world. Our media is to be commended for sometimes putting themselves in harm’s way in the pursuit of bringing audiences the most up to date news stories.

The press plays a key role in delivering the news to our residents in 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, 2022 as “World Press Freedom Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Firefighters’ Day

May 4, 2022

WHEREAS the first International Firefighters’ Day took place in 1999 after the deaths of five Australian firefighters in a wildland fire. During International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD), we recognize our firefighters, who dedicate their lives to the safety and protection of residents, the community, and the environment. We also pay tribute to the firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty, and recognize their service and their sacrifice.

Thank you to our firefighters for the work they do that goes beyond fighting fires. They are frontline workers and first responders who answer the call when any incident threatens residents or the community. They respond to illness, accidents, and other hazards with great efficiency, effectiveness, and safety. They also offer information on emergencies while providing fire prevention programs to the public.

The Toronto Fire Service is the largest municipal service of its kind in Canada. Through preparedness, prevention, public education, and emergency response, 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, 2022 as “International Firefighters’ Day” in the City of Toronto.

Paediatric Brain Tumour Day
May 7, 2022
WHEREAS brain tumours are the leading cause of cancer related death in children and young people up to age 20. Brain tumours are located at the centre for thought, emotion and movement, and can dramatically affect a person’s physical and cognitive abilities.
Treatments for the many types of brain tumours can be complex and children receive treatments that are different from the ones given to adults. The type of tumour, its location within the brain, whether it has spread, and the child’s age and general health all affect the treatment. While as many as 60 percent of children diagnosed with a brain tumour survive, they are often left with long-term side effects. Their diagnoses affect their families and their communities.
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 7, 2022 as “Paediatric Brain Tumour Day” in the City of Toronto.

V-E Day

May 8, 2022

WHEREAS on May 8, Nazi Germany officially surrendered to the Allied Forces, resulting in the end of the Second World War. This day has become known as Victory in Europe Day (V-E Day).

Canadians made substantial military contributions in both personnel and supplies as part of the Allied Forces. As a significant military power at the time, Canada had major responsibilities in the war effort both at home and abroad.

Of the one million Canadians who served, 47,000 perished in the war, including over 3,400 Toronto residents. In total, the war claimed the lives of more than 80 million people across the world. Many who served or became refugees ended up settling in Toronto to enjoy the peace and freedom for which they so valiantly fought.

Today, we honour the legacy of the fallen by celebrating their courage, bravery and tenacity which resulted in triumph over tyranny. By commemorating the sacrifice of those who liberated Europe and the world, we are reminded of the heavy toll that was paid for the peace and freedom we enjoy today. We salute the resilience of a generation, and honour their courageous example.

The City of Toronto honours and acknowledges the bravery and courage of all Canadians who stood against oppression, and those around the world who continue to fight for freedom today.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 8, 2022 as “V-E Day” in the City of Toronto.

Nursing Week

May 9 – 15, 2022

WHEREAS this week we recognize the dedicated efforts and hard work of our nurses in caring for the well-being of our residents and patients each and every day. The theme for this year’s National Nursing Week is, “We Answer the Call.” For Toronto Public Health, the Nursing Week Theme is “Nursing Making History Right Now”, which highlights the important role nurses play in responding to one of the largest public health emergencies in recent times.

Nurses have continued to be on the front lines, going above and beyond to provide support and health information for our city, ensuring the health needs of Toronto residents are at the forefront. From navigating new and emerging evidence to informed advice, to providing support to help residents navigate their vaccination questions and helping to build community trust, nurses have remained a constant reliable resource that the public could depend on in times of uncertainty.

Nursing week is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of all nurses who work across different healthcare settings including hospitals, primary care centres and long-term care, and those working in public health, the community sector, education, and research. As we adopt and adhere to current healthcare guidelines and measures, we are reminded of the unprecedented challenges our nurses face in maintaining our healthcare system, and their unrelenting commitment to our well-being.

The City of Toronto recognizes the important and valuable role of our nurses in helping us to achieve our mission to protect and promote the health of all residents in our city. The steadfastness and hard work of our essential workers makes our city stronger, safer and healthier.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 9 – 15, 2022 as “Nursing Week” in the City of Toronto.

Day of Action against Anti-Asian Racism

May 10, 2022

WHEREAS today we recognize Toronto’s Asian community while raising awareness of the racism being experienced by Asian-Canadians.

As we see an increase of racism and violence against Asian communities and residents in our city, we must speak out and take a firm stand against any form of racism and discrimination that our residents experience.

Residents in our Asian community must always feel safe in our city and 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.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that 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. Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, but there is work to be done to ensure the equity and safety of our diverse residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 10, 2022 as “Day of Action against Anti-Asian Racism” in the City of Toronto.

Moose Hide Campaign Day

May 12, 2022

WHEREAS the Moose Hide Campaign is a national, Indigenous-led,
movement dedicated to ending violence against women and girls. The campaign is focused on engaging men and boys, to take action and answer the call to end violence against women and children.

The campaign started in 2011 as a grassroots response to injustices and violence faced by Indigenous women in Canada. An Indigenous father and daughter created the campaign when they were hunting near the Highway of Tears in British Columbia, where many Indigenous and other women and girls have gone missing or have been murdered.  With the moose they brought down, they created the first moose hide pins in memory of these women and girls.

The campaign is rooted in Indigenous knowledge and cultural teachings; it uses tanned moose hide pins as a symbol of solidarity and an outward display of commitment to ending violence against women and children. The Moose Hide Campaign encourages all Canadians to take part. It is through collective action that we can ensure the safety and well-being of all women and children in Canada.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and ending violence against women and children.  The City is committed to continue its leadership role in working towards building a just society in which everyone has the right to live freely and in conditions of dignity, respect, and peace.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2022 as “Moose Hide Campaign Day” in the City of Toronto.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM) and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (ES/MCS) Awareness Day

May 12, 2022

WHEREAS today we raise awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM) and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (ES/MCS), a series of chronic illnesses that can affect the quality of life for those living with it.

In Ontario, over 700,000 people are diagnosed with these three illnesses that are sometimes difficult to detect and diagnose. They can be debilitating for the estimated 70 per cent of patients who become disabled as a result of them.

By learning about the challenges those living with ME, CFS, FM and ES/MCS face in their daily life we can raise awareness and show our support for 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 May 12, 2022 as “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Fibromyalgia (FM) and Environmental Sensitivities/Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (ES/MCS) Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Apraxia Awareness Day

May 14, 2022

WHEREAS apraxia of speech is a motor speech disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate verbally.

Childhood apraxia of speech (CAS) is often misunderstood due to a lack of knowledge. It is a rare disorder that affects nearly one in 1,000 children. Those living with CAS know what they want to say but they struggle with speaking. The brain’s ability to coordinate complex movements required for speech is also impacted by apraxia.

It is important to identify and highlight the additional challenges children with CAS may face, so they are supported, can communicate effectively, and lead happy and healthy lives.

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, 2022 as “Apraxia Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Police Week

May 15-21, 2022

WHEREAS during National Police Week we honour and recognize the dedication and commitment of our police officers who risk their lives to care for our residents and keep them safe, seven days a week and 24 hours a day.

This year’s theme, “Connected to our Communities” provides an opportunity to raise awareness of police officers as both members of the communities they live in and members of the police community they work in.

The City of Toronto recognizes the contributions of police officers 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 May 15-21, 2022 as “National Police Week” in the City of Toronto.

National Public Works Week

May 15 – 21, 2022

WHEREAS this week we honor the dedication of Public Works professionals and their essential role in improving our communities. This year’s theme “Ready and Resilient”, highlights their dedicated efforts.

Thank you to our Public Works professionals who work on our infrastructure, transportation, water supply, water treatment, solid waste management system and in public buildings. They are employees who are crucial in rebuilding, improving and protecting city facilities and services.

The City of Toronto recognizes the valued contributions of public workers 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 15 – 21, 2022 as “National Public Works Week” in the City of Toronto.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week

May 15 – 21, 2022

WHEREAS during this week we raise awareness of the many challenges faced by victims and survivors of crime and their families and loved ones.

When a crime occurs, it doesn’t just impact an individual person, it can have further implications that spread across entire communities. Each of us can help support victims and survivors of crime, by treating them with compassion and giving them an opportunity to have their voices heard.

Addressing crime as an issue can require the effort of the entire community. Specialized service providers as well as law enforcement and the criminal justice system are supports available to victims and survivors.

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering community safety and the wellbeing of its residents by investing in crime prevention 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 May 15 – 21, 2022 as “Victims and Survivors of Crime Week” in the City of Toronto.

Semaine des victimes et survivants d’actes criminels

Du 15 au 21 mai 2022

ATTENDU QUE, au cours de cette semaine, nous sensibilisons la population aux nombreux problèmes que subissent les victimes et les survivants d’actes criminels, ainsi que leur famille et leurs proches.

Lorsqu’on commet un crime, il cause du tort non seulement à la victime mais à toute la société. Chacun de nous peut aider les victimes et les survivants d’actes criminels en faisant preuve de compassion envers eux et en les écoutant.

La lutte contre le crime peut exiger que tous les citoyens y mettent du leur. Les victimes et les survivants peuvent toutefois recevoir l’aide des organismes leur prodiguant des services spécialisés, des agents d’application de la loi et de l’appareil de justice pénale.

La Ville de Toronto s’engage à assurer la sécurité et le bien-être de ses citoyens en investissant dans la prévention du crime en favorisant le développement social ainsi que les partenariats et programmes communautaires, qui constituent autant de façons d’assurer la sécurité et la santé de ses quartiers.

IL EST RÉSOLU que moi, John Tory, en ma qualité de maire de Toronto et au nom du conseil municipal de cette ville, proclame que la semaine du 15 au 21 mai 2022 sera la Semaine des victimes et survivants d’actes criminels à Toronto.

Do Something Good for Your Neighbour Day

May 16, 2022

WHEREAS today Toronto residents are encouraged to do small acts of kindness for members of their community. They should also check in on neighbours, especially the elderly and those unable to leave their homes, for social interaction and to ensure they have enough food and supplies.

The pandemic has demonstrated that Toronto is a compassionate city, where people come together and support each other in times of need. We have seen the heartwarming gestures of residents and businesses, who generously provide aid and necessities to the community during challenging times.

Strong communities thrive on strong connections between neighbours. Thank you to everyone who is working hard to ensure Toronto remains a compassionate and caring city.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 16, 2022 as “Do Something Good for Your Neighbour Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia

May 17, 2022

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

Today we speak out against the discrimination and violence against the 2SLGBTQ+ community and recognize that many in the community still hide their identities due to stigma and fear. Everyone has the right to live safely in our city and we reaffirm that hatred and violence have no place in Toronto.

The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia is observed in over 130 countries around the world. This year’s theme, “Our Bodies, Our Lives, Our Rights” serves as a reminder that people should be able to freely express their gender and sexuality.

The City of Toronto stands against hatred, intolerance and discrimination and is committed to promoting fundamental human rights for everyone.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2022 as “International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia” in the City of Toronto.

Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day

May 17, 2022

WHEREAS neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic neurological disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body, affecting more than 10,000 people in Canada and over two million people worldwide.

There are three different types of neurofibromatosis: NF1, NF2, and Schwannomatosis, each having different effects. Half of all those who develop NF1 or NF2 inherit it from a parent at birth. Approximately one in 3,000 births has NF.

While there is currently no known cure for NF, new research is helping with treatment options. We can give our support to people who live with the disorder by raising awareness about NF, while understanding the challenges they face.

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 17, 2022 as “Neurofibromatosis Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day

May 18, 2022

WHEREAS today we remember the lives that were taken and those whose lives were forever impacted by the conflict in Sri Lanka and commit to ensuring that such a tragedy is never repeated.

Today holds significance to people around the world and reminds us that we all have a role to play in making sure that no one should have to endure the atrocities of conflict.

We recognize the need for accountability, while also remembering those who were lost, and commit to supporting long term peace.

Of the 300,000 Tamils that now call Canada their home, many have come to Toronto to lay down new roots. Tamils across our city play an integral role in our success and continue to contribute to the social, economic, political and cultural fabric of this great city.

As part of the work to educate people on the impact of the armed conflict that took place, the Ontario Government unanimously proclaimed Tamil Genocide Education Week – a seven-day long period in each year ending on May 18. By recognizing the Tamil Genocide and other genocides that have occurred as part of our history, we are recommitting to making the necessary changes to ensure that we can prevent them from happening again in our world’s history.

The City of Toronto will continue to promote equity, human rights and safety for all residents and work 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 in the world. We re-commit ourselves to protecting human rights and dignity for all people and creating a more humane and just world for future generations.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 18, 2022 as “Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

Personal Support Worker Day

May 19, 2022

WHEREAS today we celebrate the unique contributions of personal support workers (PSWs) who provide daily, vital services to the ill and elderly in our city

Approximately 35 per cent of all PSWs work in the home and community sector, helping reduce the need for expensive hospital care or long-term care for their clients. They also provide support to the health care system, and care for family members when they can’t be with loved ones. We put the most fragile members of our communities in their hands and they compassionately use their skills and dedication in caring for them.

Thank you to our Personal Support Workers who are committed to being on the frontlines of caring for the vulnerable members of our society, easing their pain and suffering and helping improve the quality of life for them.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 19, 2022 as “Personal Support Worker Day “ in the City of Toronto.

Greek Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day

May 19, 2022

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.

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.

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.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 19, 2022 as “Greek Pontian Genocide Remembrance Day” in the City of Toronto.

Paramedic Services Week

May 22 – 28, 2022

WHEREAS Paramedic Services Week is a time to acknowledge and celebrate the vital role that these healthcare professionals play in our city.
They provide emergency care to ill and injured individuals and are ready to respond twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

The theme of this year’s Paramedic Services Week is Faces of Paramedicine which focuses on the unique contributions of paramedic services staff, including Paramedics, Emergency Medical Dispatchers, Call Takers, Support and Leadership staff.

Throughout the pandemic, these dedicated professionals have exhibited unwavering leadership, empathy and commitment to ensuring the safety of all Torontonians and providing care to those in need.

The City of Toronto recognizes the valued contributions of paramedic services staff and the personal sacrifices they make in serving the community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 22 – 28, 2022 as “Paramedic Services Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Newcomer Day

May 25, 2022

WHEREAS today marks the 8th annual Toronto Newcomer Day, a day to celebrate the contributions of newcomers to the city and the work being done to support them as they settle and integrate into our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.

Each year, many people from around the world choose Toronto as their new home. Their diverse cultures and communities have helped create Toronto’s identity as a vibrant global city. Many newcomers continue to support the frontlines as we recover from the effects of the pandemic. I would like to extend thanks to Toronto newcomers for all that they do in supporting and strengthening our communities.

City Council has adopted the new Toronto Newcomer Strategy 2022 – 2026, which lays out a framework for achieving a greater impact for newcomer success. The Strategy will guide the City as we intensify our efforts to ensure that our programs and services are accessible to all newcomers, so they feel welcomed, supported, and engaged in civic life. We are encouraged to join in welcoming our new residents to Toronto and celebrating their many contributions to our city.

The City of Toronto recognizes the valued contributions that the diverse communities in Toronto make to strengthen our society and contribute to our city’s motto “Diversity Our Strength.”

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 25, 2022 as “Toronto Newcomer Day” in the City of Toronto.

Grey Day

May 27, 2022

WHEREAS each and every day, 27 Canadians are diagnosed with a brain tumour. Grey Day is recognized during Brain Cancer Awareness Month to raise awareness and hope for those living with brain cancer.

The Grey Day campaign is a fundraising effort to raise money for
life-changing research as well as to provide funds for programs and services for brain tumour patients and their loved ones. People are encouraged to join the campaign by wearing grey shirts, hats and anything to “turn May Grey” to support to those affected by cancer.

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, 2022 as “Grey Day” in the City of Toronto.

Menstrual Health Day

May 28, 2022

WHEREAS this day advocates for equitable access to proper menstrual hygiene while highlighting the need for public education on the importance of menstrual equity.

Women, girls and gender diverse people can experience challenges related to menstruation. Talking about the struggles they face helps to reduce the fear, shame and stigma around periods.

By speaking positively about periods, we can remove taboos and better understand the need for equity, such as providing marginalized communities with access to free menstrual hygiene products to reduce period poverty in our city. The City of Toronto provides support to shelters and drop in centers to purchase menstruation products for marginalized people.

We can work to promote equitable access to hygiene needs and products through open dialogue.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 28, 2022 as “Menstrual Health Day” in the City of Toronto.

National AccessAbility Week

May 29 – June 4, 2022

WHEREAS National AccessAbility Week celebrates the achievements of people with disabilities as valued members of our society, who continue to make incredible contributions to our communities.

It is a time to recognize the progress being made in addressing barriers that prevent the full participation of people with disabilities from all aspects of City life. But we also recognize there is more work to be done in enabling and empowering people with disabilities to succeed in our workplaces and communities.

The City of Toronto is committed to upholding fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for residents. We are committed to ensuring an open and accessible government to improve equitable access to City services and programs. We are committed to our strategic inclusion goals and maintaining the dignity and independence of all of our residents.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 29 – June 4, 2022 as “National AccessAbility Week” in the City of Toronto.

Bike Month

May 30 – June 30, 2022

WHEREAS City of Toronto actively promotes cycling as an essential part of our integrated transportation network and as an enjoyable way for people to stay active, 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.

Between 2020 and 2022, Torontonians saw the largest expansion of the city’s on-street bikeway network in the city’s history with nearly 23 kilometres of bikeways added in 2021 alone. New permanent bikeways connected and renewed the existing routes, and through this cycling network expansion, key corridors were transformed to connect people cycling to work, essential services, parks and local businesses.

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 30 to June 30, 2022 as “Bike Month” in Toronto.

Live Theatre Day

May 31, 2022

WHEREAS today we celebrate the much-anticipated return of live theatre in our city – after a two-year absence – giving us a chance to enjoy live shows in theatres across our city.

Beyond marking the continued reopening of our city, live theatre is an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the many contributions that
theatre makes to the cultural fabric of our city.

Theatre owners, actors, behind the scenes crew and audiences ensure that spectacular live shows can happen in Toronto and that we can continue to support the creative and economic well-being of our city.

The choices are endless for theatre lovers to watch live shows this year that include such shows as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Take a Moment, Girls Gotta Eat and Dixon Road, and other great productions being staged at various sized theatres and City run theatres across Toronto.

Residents are encouraged to take in an eclectic range of live theatre and support an industry that provides us with great entertainment.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 31, 2022 as “Live Theatre Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Be a Donor Month

April 2022

WHEREAS throughout the month of April, we raise awareness of the lifesaving impacts of organ and tissue donations for people in need of a transplant.

In Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting to receive medically urgent organ transplants. Tragically, every three days someone on the waiting list passes away. One organ donor has the potential to save eight lives and enhance the lives of dozens of others through tissue donation.

The provincial average for donor registration in Ontario is 35 per cent while Toronto has a donor registration rate of only 25 per cent. Those who are considering organ donation can begin the process by speaking to doctors, families, and loved ones about organ and tissue donation. By becoming organ donors, we all have the potential to save lives and contribute to improved health of others in our city.

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 2022 as “Be a Donor Month” in the City of Toronto.

Daffodil Month

April 2022

WHEREAS the daffodil is a symbol of strength, courage and life for those living with cancer. People can purchase a digital daffodil or buy a daffodil pin to help raise funds for cancer research.

Funds raised from the daffodil pin will be used to help change the future of cancer, as well as providing supports for those affected by cancer.

The City of Toronto supports organizations and individuals committed to raising awareness about diseases such as cancer 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 2022 as “Daffodil Month” in the City of Toronto.

Dig Safe Month

April 2022

WHEREAS Dig Safe Month is dedicated to raising awareness of the need for safe digging practices across the province with the goal of preventing damage to underground infrastructure. It is also a reminder for home owners and contractors to call or click before they dig, as the unofficial start of spring digging season begins, so buried cables, pipes and wires can be located and you can dig safely.

Using the dig safe checklist, calling before you dig and waiting for locates that identify the position of any underground utility lines before beginning outdoor digging, help ensure construction and landscape projects are completed 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 2022 as “Dig Safe Month” in the City of Toronto.

Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and
Prevention Month

April 2022

WHEREAS April is Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month, where we honour and remember all victims of genocide as well as survivors, and all those suffering from 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 first declared the month in 2017 to recognize, remember, and condemn genocides. Since 2018, the City has officially proclaimed April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month.

Toronto is home to many people who have fled violence and genocide. It is vital that we identify, call out, condemn and prevent systemic inequities that are known precursors to genocide. We all have a duty to stand up to prejudice, hate, racism and other forms of discrimination, ensuring that we build loving and accepting communities that are strong and resilient in the face of violence. As we reflect upon past and ongoing trauma and lives lost as a result of genocide, we reaffirm our steadfast condemnation of the practice of industrialized violence against a group or people. We must never forget or turn away from these tragic events while providing necessary support to survivors and families of victims.

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 2022 as “Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month” in the City of Toronto.

Limb Loss Awareness Month

April 2022

WHEREAS throughout the month of April we raise awareness of the estimated 227,000 Canadians living with an amputation or who have a limb difference. This physical loss can also result in spiritual and financial challenges as well as social isolation and mental health issues.

Once patients are discharged from the hospital, many of them are sent home and find themselves without the extra support they need.
People living with a limb loss are encouraged to seek out targeted supports and resources available for their unique circumstances including: peer-to-peer visits, and resources to inform and educate patients, and assist them in advocating for themselves as amputees.

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 2022 as “Limb Loss Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

National Poetry Month

April 2022

WHEREAS this month is an opportunity to celebrate poetry and the wonderful poets who inspire us through the power of their words.

The theme of the 24th National Poetry Month “intimacy”, is an opportunity to experience poetry that stirs up heartfelt emotions connected to intimacy including the inner conflict that we sometimes experience.

Poetry has the power to uplift and encourage reflection and hope while creating connections to the past, present and future in all languages and for all cultures.

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 thrive. Toronto invests in programs to ensure all residents have access to and the opportunity for cultural participation.

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

Refugee Rights Awareness Month

April 2022

WHEREAS Refugee Rights Awareness Month commemorates the April 4, 1985 Supreme Court ruling giving refugees the right to have oral hearings under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This historic decision is a reminder that everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.

The City of Toronto welcomes diverse refugees and provides support in assisting them as they settle in our city through the Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee Capacity Plan, and Toronto Newcomer Strategy (2022 – 2026). Their valued contributions across all spheres of life benefit our communities socially, culturally, economically and politically.

The diverse contributions of our refugees also help strengthen our city and reflect the City’s 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 experiencing discrimination, racism or violence, particularly those facing multiple barriers.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2022 as “Refugee Rights Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.

Sikh Heritage Month

April 2022

WHEREAS this month we recognize the valued social, economic, political and cultural contributions that Sikh-Canadians have made and continue to make to our city.

April is an important month for the Sikh Canadians as they, along with many other South Asian communities, celebrate Vaisakhi, which marks the New Year.

During Sikh Heritage Month, we can learn more about the rich heritage, histories, traditions and vibrant culture of our large Sikh diaspora, many of whom live in Toronto. We also celebrate the Sikh community which has a vibrant presence in 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. While Toronto has become a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted, we recognize that more work needs to done to advance systemic change so that all of its diverse populations can thrive.

We continue to work with these communities to advance equity and build a better City, together.

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

Saint John Paul II Day

April 2, 2022

WHEREAS each year, April 2 marks the passing of Saint John Paul II, who was named the 264th Pope of the Catholic faith.

Born Karol Józef Wojtyła, Saint John Paul II was head of the Church from 1978 until his passing in 2005. He was beatified on May 1, 2011, and officially canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church on April 27, 2014 – nine years after his death.

His message of faith and peace was spread globally during his tour around the world. During his papacy, Saint John Paul II visited 129 countries including Canada. His last visit to Canada was in 2002, where he chose Toronto as the host city for the 17th World Youth Day. Over 800,000 people from around the world attended the spiritual festival which has had a lasting impact on our city.

Today we honour and commemorate his lasting legacy that continues to touch the lives of many around the world.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2022 as “Saint John Paul II Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Autism Day

April 2, 2022

WHEREAS, today on World Autism Day we raise awareness of those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the importance of understanding the unique challenges they may face in their everyday lives.

ASD is a developmental disorder describing conditions that affect communication, social interactions and repetitive behaviors that begin in early childhood.

World Autism Day is also a day to celebrate the valuable contributions that people living with ASD bring to our communities, while learning more about their 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, 2022 as “World Autism Day” in the City of Toronto.

Kyle Lowry Day

April 3, 2022

WHEREAS today we welcome back Kyle Lowry to Toronto for the first time since his departure from the Toronto Raptors last year.

Kyle Lowry is one of the greatest Raptor players of all time and has proven over his career in Toronto that he will always be a champion of our great city. He has the stats to back up some career highs with the Raptors including all-time leader in assists, steals, three-pointers made, and playoff wins. But his impact off the court will always leave a lasting legacy on our city and its residents.

We will always remember Kyle for his role in the Toronto Raptors first NBA Championship win. He showed up for Toronto and we will always show up for him. For more than nine years with the team, Kyle brought the city to its feet and made us believe in our beloved Toronto Raptors.

He is an inspiring role model standing up for what’s right and calling out injustice, and anti-Black racism. He is a fighter, leader and team player who’s always got your back and who strives to elevate his teammates.

Kyle taught us to persevere and keep going even when times are tough. He reached out a helping hand to Toronto families who need some extra help, through the Lowry Love Foundation. He definitely shows our city a generous heart.

Kyle Lowry is a player who works hard on and off the court. Thank you, Kyle Lowry for the joy and pride that you brought during your time as a Toronto Raptor. You united the Raptors, our city and you had a whole country on its feet cheering its first NBA championship in 2019. While now we will compete against you on our home court, Toronto will always welcome you.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 3, 2022 as “Kyle Lowry Day” in the City of Toronto.

Canadian Public Health Week

April 4 – 8, 2022

WHEREAS this week has been designated the inaugural Canadian Public Health Week, as an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the many important contributions that public health makes in improving the health and well-being of residents in our local communities.

The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has made our entire city aware of how critical public health is to protecting and promoting the health of all Torontonians – particularly those who are vulnerable. Toronto Public Health (TPH) works tirelessly to improve the health of the whole population through partnerships, policy, advocacy and services that encourage and help maintain positive health outcomes in our city.

Areas of focus in public health include communicable disease control, the Toronto Drug Strategy, sexual health, vaccine preventable diseases, dental and oral health, environmental health, food safety, child health and development, chronic disease and injury prevention, and healthy communities.

Throughout its history, Toronto has proven to be a leader in public health initiatives. In 1834, three out of the nine by-laws first passed by the newly incorporated Toronto City Council had to do with public health including establishing Toronto’s first Board of Health. It is this historical commitment to the health, safety, and well-being of our communities that ranks Toronto among the best cities in the world to live. By continuing on this path, we can ensure that residents across all of our communities continue to thrive, remaining vibrant and healthy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 4 – 8, 2022 as “Canadian Public Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

Family Caregiver Day

April 5, 2022

WHEREAS every year, the first Tuesday in April is Family Caregiver Day, a time to acknowledge the unpaid labour that family caregivers provide to people with disabilities and those with health conditions or age-related health issues.

Caregivers must balance their personal and professional lives with the duties of providing essential care for others. They end up making many sacrifices and provide support to loved ones which can often lead to challenges of their own, creating physical, emotional and social impacts.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, caregivers have remained dedicated to offering compassionate care for their families and friends. They have been an essential part of providing necessary services for people most in need, at a time when our healthcare system was facing unprecedented challenges. The commitment, selflessness, and empathy provided by caregivers has contributed to the overall improvement of health outcomes in our local communities.

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 5, 2022 as “Family Caregiver Day” in the City of Toronto.

Global Meetings Industry Day

April 7, 2022

WHEREAS this year’s theme for Global Meetings Industry Day: Time to Meet, emphasizes the undeniable value of in person connections made through business meetings, trade shows, conferences and conventions and the vital contribution that the meeting industry makes to our city.

The COVID-19 pandemic created a difficult environment for the meetings industry, changed the way we came together to host events and impacted the livelihood of the many people who work in the industry.

This year’s celebration will take on greater significance as we emerge from the pandemic, and see a safe revival of in-person events. It will highlight the ways in which successful meetings are possible – uniting colleagues and reminding them of the importance of face-to-face interaction in fostering new relationships.

The City of Toronto recognizes the valuable role that the meetings industry plays in the economic and social health of our city. Toronto’s rich economic diversity drives growth, innovation and strengthens Toronto’s position as a global centre for business. As Canada’s financial and business capital, Toronto is competitive in all major business sectors, and is committed to supporting all businesses.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 7, 2022 as “Global Meetings Industry Day” in the City of Toronto.

Green Shirt Day

April 7, 2022

WHEREAS today on Green Shirt Day, we raise awareness of organ donation to honour the legacy of the late Humboldt Broncos defenseman Logan Boulet who passed away in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash on April 7, 2018. Logan was a registered organ donor and he helped save six lives.

The largest number of Canadians in our country’s history registered to become organ donors when news of this selfless act spread and it became known as the Logan Boulet Effect.

We encourage all Torontonians to consider becoming organ donors and to wear green today as we remember the Humboldt bus tragedy, honour the Logan Boulet Effect and encourage others to register as donors.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 7, 2022 as “Green Shirt Day” in the City of Toronto.

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

April 10 – 16, 2022

WHEREAS Medical Laboratory Professionals Week recognizes the hard work of all those who work in the medical laboratory sector.

Medical laboratory professionals including administrators, technologists, technicians, and assistants, play a crucial role in Canada’s healthcare system. They often work behind the scenes, processing tests results that help inform patient care. This year’s theme: “Lab Is Essential,” highlights the vital work being done in labs across the country.

Medical laboratory professionals are healthcare heroes who have been at the very heart of our efforts to combat the pandemic by processing results from COVID-19 tests. In Ontario, they conduct over 270 million lab tests annually. The pandemic has shown us just how important lab work is in tracking tests results, and making decisions around public health. Thank you all of the medical laboratory professionals who provided Canadians across the country with vital and sensitive information that has helped keep us safe and healthy.

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 April 10 – 16, 2022 as “Medical Laboratory Professionals Week” in the City of Toronto.

9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week

April 10-16, 2022

WHEREAS the second week of April honours 9-1-1 telecommunicators from Toronto Fire, Toronto Police and Toronto Paramedic Services for their commitment, services and sacrifices in supporting residents in our city, 24 hours a day and 7 days in a week.

They are the calm voices we hear when we call 911, the unseen heroes from Toronto’s Fire, Police and Paramedic Services who provide essential information and supports to our residents. Their life saving work is the first line of hope for people requiring 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 save in their daily lives.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 10-16, 2022 as “9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Raptors Day

April 16, 2022

WHEREAS we celebrate the Toronto Raptors making to the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) 2022 Playoffs.

After recovering from a challenging season last year, the Toronto Raptors played at home for the first time in over a year, earning 24 of 48 wins here at home. Featuring a lineup of fan favourites and exciting young talent, the Raptors defied expectations and cemented their place in this year’s playoffs. We the North has once again come out on top, displaying great heart and team spirit that Canada’s basketball team has become known for.

Today, on Toronto Raptors Day as the team begins its playoff run, I encourage everyone in our city to support our Raptors by coming out to Jurassic Park or cheering loudly from home. Let’s all come together as a city and show our support for this incredible team.

The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches and staff for a wonderful year so far. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Raptors and we look forward to a very memorable post-season.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 16, 2022 as “Toronto Raptors Day” in the City of Toronto. Let’s Go Raptors!

Earth Day

April 22, 2022

WHEREAS Earth Day is a global call to action and reminder that as stewards of the Earth we must address the worsening health of our planet.

The theme of this year’s Earth Day – Invest in Our Planet – emphasizes that businesses, governments, and citizens must act boldly, innovate broadly, and implement equitable solutions as a part of an accountable team effort in caring for our planet.

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

Toronto City Council has adopted an accelerated climate action strategy – the TransformTO Net Zero Strategy – which will help us reduce community-wide greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto to net zero by 2040. The Strategy triggers accelerat

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Bangladeshi Heritage Month

March 2022

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

Toronto is home to a vibrant and diverse Bangladeshi community. This month we can celebrate and learn more about the richness of the Bangladeshi culture, its deep history and the continued contributions of the community to our city.

This month also marks Bangladesh’s Independence Day on March 26. This community plays an essential role 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 2022 as “Bangladeshi Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.

Construction Road Safety Month

March 2022

WHEREAS Construction Road Safety Month raises awareness of potentially hazardous situations that can be found in construction zones across our city.

The month also renews the City’s commitment to the Vision Zero Road Safety Plan which is focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries on Toronto’s streets as our city grows.

Toronto is currently witnessing a construction boom that is expected to continue where heavy trucks can pose a danger to pedestrians.

Construction Road Safety month is an opportunity to acknowledge the importance of providing safe and accessible roads for everyone in the community. In spring 2022, the City will designate three more areas in the city as Construction Hubs in addition to the one at Yonge and Eglinton. Construction Hubs include local safety enhancements such as parking amendments, creating one-way streets to increase road safety and improve sight lines, as well as using Traffic Agents to provide additional safety for pedestrians. Through these hubs, we are able to work more proactively with the construction industry on safety campaigns, route planning, enforcement and education activities.

Drivers of large vehicles are reminded to stay alert and cautious of their surroundings when operating these big vehicles and to always be on the look out for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users. We can all play a part in making our streets safe for everyone.

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 March 2022 as “Construction Road Safety Month” in the City of Toronto.

Easter Seals Month

March 2022

WHEREAS Easter Seals Ontario provides life-changing programs and services for children, youth and young adults with lifelong disabilities, helping them develop individuality and with greater independence and freedom in their lives.

This year on Easter Seals’ milestone 100th anniversary, we recognize the important work done to provide an inclusive and accessible environment for youth, and helping families in need of assistance, including two fully accessible camps, post-secondary scholarships to youth with physical disabilities and support towards purchasing accessibility and mobility equipment.

Easter Seals provides a supportive and welcoming place to turn for assistance and has helped countless kids with disabilities succeed over the past century.

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 2022 as “Easter Seals Month” in the City of Toronto.

Fraud Prevention Month

March 2022

WHEREAS March is Fraud Prevention Month, which raises awareness about the effects of fraud and helps people recognize the warning signs of fraud by educating Canadians on how to protect themselves.

Instances of fraud have increased since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic as those looking to defraud people have used the pandemic as an opportunity to exploit the most vulnerable in our communities.

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. Residents can report instances of fraud so that our communities can be vibrant and safe.

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 2022 as “Fraud Prevention Month” in the City of Toronto.

Covenant House Day

March 1, 2022

WHEREAS today marks the 40th anniversary of Covenant House Toronto, Canada’s largest agency supporting vulnerable youth in our city through programs and a wide range of services, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Covenant House creates a welcoming place in our city helping provide shelter, essential services and compassion to more than 100,000 young people since first opening its doors on March 1, 1982.

The COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified the needs of our at risk youth. Through your important work in offering housing options, health and well-being support, training and skill development, Covenant House has provided life-changing care for our young people.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 1, 2022 as “Covenant House Day” in the City of Toronto.

City of Toronto Day

March 6, 2022

Today as we mark the date that the city of Toronto was officially incorporated in 1834, we also reflect on and recognize our city’s very rich and long history.

For hundreds of years, Toronto has been the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. The names Tkaronto and Ishpadinaa hold important meaning in the Indigenous community as names used for this place now known as Toronto.

Since its incorporation, Toronto has continued to grow, becoming Canada’s largest city and 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. Covered by treaties, including Treaty 13 and the Williams Treaties, Toronto is also now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Toronto’s motto “Diversity Our Strength” demonstrates our residents’ willingness to embrace differences and learn about all cultures. 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, we honour the great city we live in by recognizing the strength and resiliency of our people in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and the progress we are making in reopening. The Toronto spirit remains strong as we rebuild our city together.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 6, 2022 as “City of Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto.

Lymphedema Awareness Day

March 6, 2022

WHEREAS lymphedema is a chronic inflammatory condition caused by the accumulation of lymph fluid that occurs due to cancer treatment, surgery, trauma or a genetic deficiency, that affects the lymph nodes.

The condition is manageable with medical intervention, therapy and self-care. More severe cases can have a significant impact on an individual’s daily 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 March 6, 2022 as “Lymphedema Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Black Mental Health Week

March 7 – 11, 2022

WHEREAS anti-Black racism in our community has detrimental impacts and effects on the mental health of all Torontonians, in particular Black residents. Black Mental Health Week presents an opportunity to acknowledge that struggles with mental health are a result of the legacy of anti-Black racism and the daily lived experience for many Black residents and Torontonians of African Descent.

Social, economic, and political marginalization of Black Torontonians has been heightened over the last two years as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to compound already existing inequities in our society. The City of Toronto introduced its Black Community COVID-19 Response Plan to enhance services for Black Torontonians throughout the pandemic, including supports for mental health.

It is 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 more than 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 raising awareness about the mental health issues of residents. Through partnerships with organizations and agencies dedicated to confronting anti-Black racism, the City is committed to promoting mental health and well-being throughout the entire community. Through the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism, the City remains committed to eradicating anti-Black racism throughout the organization, implementing systemic change at all levels, and cultivating an environment whereby the mental health and well-being of all Torontonians is improved.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 7 – 11, 2022 as “Black Mental Health Week” in the City of Toronto.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2022

WHEREAS on International Women’s Day we celebrate the diverse women across our city and around the globe. On this day we recognize the accomplishments, leadership and resilience of women while acknowledging the ongoing challenges and barriers women continue to experience.

The theme for International Women’s Day in 2022, ‘Break the Bias’ emphasizes the removal of assumptions or stereotypes of women that we may hold. Whether it’s gender norms, views of women’s role in the home or at work, or a stereotype of women in politics being in leadership roles – all of us need to thoughtfully examine our deeply held biases and work towards discarding them.

Communities have long advocated for and highlighted the unique, intersecting barriers facing diverse women in the city. On this day, we need to learn more about the systemic challenges and issues faced by women in our city and across the globe. In doing so we can better support all women in their daily struggles as we work towards a more equitable society.

We also acknowledge the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have on women. Studies have shown many women take on household and care duties in addition to work outside the home. The pandemic has also exacerbated pre-existing barriers such as poverty and employment access. These impacts are compounded for Indigenous, Black, racialized, immigrant and low-income women, 2SLGBTQ+ communities, women living with disabilities and lone parent families. Some women are faced with a “silent pandemic” of living with their partners in lockdown and experiencing intimate partner violence. In our work to recover and rebuild towards a ‘new normal’, we need to focus on more equitable, inclusive and sustainable economies and societies.

The City of Toronto has created a dedicated Gender Equity Unit to work towards the elimination of barriers to full participation by women and gender diverse residents in our city. Through legislation, policies, programs and services, we will continue to promote gender equity, human rights and safety for our employees and residents, both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim March 8, 2022 as “International Women’s Day” in the City of Toronto.

Best Buddies Day

March 10, 2022

WHEREAS Best Buddies Canada is a national charity providing support for youth including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Established in Canada in 1993, Best Buddies Canada’s goal is to promote and uphold environments of inclusion, acceptance and friendship for youth. Best Buddies has strived to be an inclusive, friendly environment for youth during the COVID-19 pandemic, at a time which has had an incredibly adverse impact. Youth living with an intellectual or developmental disability are at greater risk of social isolation and can have heightened feelings of exclusion and anxiety.

As we move forward to recovery, it is important to include youth in conversations about issues that affect them. By actively engaging our youth, we can ensure that our communities emerge from the pandemic stronger, safer, more vibrant and healthy.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 10, 2022 as “Best Buddies Day” in the City of Toronto.

Mauritius Cultural Day

March 12, 2022

WHEREAS today we celebrate Mauritian culture and heritage and recognize the valued contributions of the community to our city. The day marks Mauritius’ Independence Day and the unique contributions of the Mauritian community and how they contribute to the cultural mosaic of our city.

Today offers an opportunity to learn more about the rich history and traditions of the Mauritian community.

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 March 12, 2022 as “Mauritius Cultural Day” in the City of Toronto.

Toronto Francophonie Week

March 20 – 27, 2022

WHEREAS during this week, we celebrate French language and culture in our city. French is one of the top 15 mother tongues spoken in Toronto and our province is home to approximately 744,000 Francophones.

Now in its 21st year, Toronto Francophonie Week will showcase Francophone arts and culture, language and literature through virtual programming celebrating the valued contributions of the community to our cultural mosaic.

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, 2022 as “Toronto Francophonie Week” in the City of Toronto.

Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto

Du 20 au 27 mars 2022

ATTENDU que nous fêterons cette semaine la langue et la culture françaises dans notre ville. Le français est l’une des 15 principales langues maternelles parlées à Toronto et l’on compte environ 744 000 franco-phones dans notre province.

À cette occasion, la Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto, qui en est à sa 21e année, présentera la culture, la langue, la littérature et les arts d’expression française dans le cadre d’une programmation virtuelle qui célébrera les importantes contributions de la communauté à notre mosaïque culturelle.

Comme l’illustre bien la devise de notre ville « La diversité, notre force », les francophones de Toronto sont des membres importants de notre communauté. La diversité nous renforce sur les plans social, politique, culturel et économique. Toronto, l’une des villes les plus diversifiées au monde, est devenue une ville modèle où l’on respecte et l’on accepte toutes les cultures.

EN CONSÉQUENCE, par les présentes, moi John Tory, maire de la ville de Toronto, déclare au nom du conseil municipal que la Semaine de la francophonie de Toronto aura lieu du 20 au 27 mars 2022 dans cette même ville.

Dietitians Day

March 16, 2022

WHEREAS every year, on the third Wednesday in March, we acknowledge the work of dietitians, who help keep us healthy and advocate for the health of all Canadians by promoting good food and nutrition.

Dietitians play an important role in our communities and help us make positive lifestyle choices. They often work in health departments, hospitals, wellness centres, food industries, colleges and universities, as well as the public and private sector. Dietitians are able to translate the complex science of nutrition into practical healthy eating solutions for all Canadians.

Eating nutritious, balanced, and healthy meals can have many positive impacts from improving mental and physical health, to managing underlying health conditions and even helping prevent disease.

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 March 16, 2022 as “Dietitians Day” in the City of Toronto.

St. Patrick’s Day 2 in 2022

March 20, 2022

WHEREAS today marks the much-anticipated return of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Toronto – after a two year absence – giving us a chance to enjoy an afternoon of music, dance, floats and fun.

This parade celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, was one of the first to be cancelled due to the pandemic and will be the first to make a comeback in 2022. Beyond marking the continued reopening of our city, the parade as always is an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the many contributions that Irish Canadians have made and continue to make to the cultural fabric of our city.

While this past Thursday March 17 marked the “official” St. Patrick’s Day, Torontonians are owed a second St. Patrick’s Day in 2022 and what better day than today March 20, the day the parade returns to Toronto.

So come out to the parade and therefore, for a second time this year, enjoy a pint of beer in support of our hospitality businesses which have suffered so much.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 20, 2022 as “St. Patrick’s Day 2 in 2022” in the City of Toronto.

World Down Syndrome Day

March 21, 2022

WHEREAS on World Down Syndrome Day we advocate for equal rights for people with Down syndrome, caused by a chromosome condition that creates physical and intellectual challenges.

This day is an opportunity to raise awareness and give our support to those living with Down syndrome. Through family and community support, research and fundraising, people with Down syndrome can lead rich and meaningful lives. A number of organizations in our city and across Canada are dedicated to providing support to 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 March 21, 2022 as “World Down Syndrome Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21, 2022

WHEREAS International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination commemorates the lives lost in Sharpeville, South Africa, when police opened fire and killed 69 people at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws”.

This day recognizes the struggles associated with ending apartheid in South Africa when the UN General Assembly called on the international community to amplify its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination and acknowledge prejudice against or hostility toward those of another race or colour.

As one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world, our resolve to work together to build up an inclusive and equitable city is that much more important. In Toronto, we have come to celebrate our differences and take a stand together against racial discrimination – we will continue to do this to fight any and all forms of hatred.

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 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, 2022 as “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” in the City of Toronto.

International Nowruz/Novruz Day

March 21, 2022

WHEREAS, Nowruz/Novruz Day marks the first day of spring and is celebrated as the beginning of a new year for many around the world
including residents of different nationalities in Toronto.

The day has a deep history that is recognized by many different cultures with their own unique customs and traditions. It offers a time to see the affirmation of life in harmony with nature and recognize the renewal and regrowth that takes place during spring. It is also a reminder of the potential for growth that we all share.

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 21, 2022 as “International Nowruz Day” in the City of Toronto.

Agnes Macphail Day

March 24, 2022

WHEREAS today, we celebrate the 131st birthdate of Agnes Macphail – the first woman elected as a Member of Parliament and a trailblazer in Canadian political life.

In 1921, Agnes Macphail campaigned in the first federal election where women had the right to run, winning her seat in the riding of Grey Southeast. She represented the riding from 1921 to 1935 and would later be elected to represent Grey—Bruce from 1935 to 1940.

In 1943, Agnes Macphail was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario becoming one of the first two women in the Ontario Legislature. As an MPP, she represented York East from 1943 to 1951 and helped create Ontario’s first equal pay legislation for women.

Throughout her political career, Agnes Macphail championed many issues including increasing representation of women in politics, raising the status of women in Ontario, pensions for seniors, as well as labour rights, prison reform, and disarmament. Agnes Macphail died in Toronto in 1954, shortly before she was to be appointed to the Senate of Canada.

In 1994, the former Borough of East York recognized Agnes Macphail’s contributions in furthering the role of women in Canadian society, as well as her national and international achievements. Today, the City of Toronto continues to honour her important legacy through the annual Agnes Macphail Award.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2022 as “Agnes Macphail Day” in the City of Toronto.

World Tuberculosis Day

March 24, 2022

WHEREAS every year on March 24, we recognize World Tuberculosis Day, raising awareness and funding to help stop the spread of this deadly illness. This year’s theme is “Invest to End TB. Save Lives,” which emphasizes the need for financial resources in addition to other supports in order to help combat the disease.

On March 24, 1882, Dr. Robert Koch discovered the bacterium that causes tuberculosis – commonly referred to as TB – a deadly bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs. Today, 140 years after Dr. Koch’s discovery, TB continues to be one of the world’s deadliest infectious diseases. In 2020 nearly ten million people became ill with TB while over 1,500,000 people lost their lives to the disease. In Toronto, roughly 300 people become ill with TB every year.

TB is a treatable, curable and preventable disease, and illness and death associated with it are avoidable. Through its Tuberculosis Program at Toronto Public Health, the City of Toronto works with health professionals and the community to offer a variety of resources for individuals with TB and their families.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2022 as “World Tuberculosis Day” in the City of Toronto.

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

March 25, 2022

WHEREAS today the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade is observed around the world. It is a day to commemorate the millions of victims who suffered and who lost their lives, as well as the tragic legacy of generational trauma that has resulted from institutionalized enslavement of people of African descent.

For over 400 years, the Transatlantic Slave Trade forcibly removed more than 15 million men, women and children from their homes in continental Africa, and bought and sold them into slavery across the Americas and Europe.

Chosen by the United Nations, this year’s theme, “Stories of Courage: Resistance to Slavery and Unity against Racism,” highlights the personal stories of struggle and survival against slavery while humanizing the statistics and figures. We can work towards confronting slavery’s most enduring legacy of racism by understanding the catastrophic impacts of the slave trade at the personal, human level.

The City of Toronto acknowledges that, for over 200 years, both slavery and the slave trade took place on the lands we now call Canada. During these two centuries, enslaved people of African descent were traded like chattel in one of the darkest chapters of our history. While slavery was formally abolished across these lands by the British Empire in 1834, it is vital that we recognize its effects are still felt today across all of Canada.

Observing this date provides an opportunity to honour and remember people of African descent who suffered and died from the atrocities of enslavement. We must all collectively share the burden of slavery’s devastating impact, holding ourselves accountable, and confronting the 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, 2022 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 by proclaiming 2015 to 2024 as the International Decade for People of African Descent, the United Nations and the international community officially recognize that people of African descent represent a distinct group whose human rights must be promoted and protected.

People of African descent were victims of slavery, the slave trade and colonialism and they continue to endure systemic racism and discrimination. In the 16th century, more than four million slaves were shipped to Brazil from Africa until the abolition of slavery in 1888.

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. 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 works 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.

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, 2022

WHEREAS Purple Day for Epilepsy raises awareness of epilepsy, a
neurological condition causing recurring seizures in one in 100 Canadians.
Purple Day began as the dream of a child living with epilepsy who wanted
to share her experience with others. It has since grown into a global
movement that helps people better understand the condition.
Today is an opportunity to show your support for those with epilepsy by
wearing purple and learning more about the facts and realities of epilepsy.
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
wellbeing of our communities are improved.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 26, 2022 as “Purple Day for Epilepsy” in the City of Toronto.

World Bipolar Day

March 30, 2022

WHEREAS World Bipolar Day is celebrated annually on the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh, who was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder. The goal of World Bipolar Day is to raise awareness of bipolar disorders and help eliminate social stigma.

Bipolar disorders often affect adolescents, with most being diagnosed at 18 to 24 years of age. Those living with the condition can feel its impact in their everyday lives and it may be difficult for them to carry out day-to-day tasks.

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the Centre for Youth Bipolar Disorder (CYBD) at Centre for Addiction and Mental Health which plays an integral role in providing clinical services and peer support to improve outcomes for teenagers with bipolar disorder.

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 30, 2022 as “World Bipolar Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Transgender Day of Visibility

March 31, 2022

WHEREAS Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggles and diverse experiences facing trans and non-binary people, amplifies the need for more protected rights and systemic change, and acknowledges the resistance and achievements of those who have fought and continue to fight for gender equity.

The day celebrates and recognizes the contributions that trans people make to society. It is also a time to examine and challenge biases and barriers facing gender-diverse communities including transphobia, violence, harassment, and systemic inequities. These barriers are compounded for trans people with complex, intersecting identities who may also experience multiple layers of discrimination, such as racism and ableism. It is important to raise awareness and stand in solidarity with them, while also implementing systemic changes.

People who identify as trans are diverse and valued residents who should always feel safe, secure and be treated equitably in Toronto. By applying an intersectional gender-based lens in its work, the City of Toronto will continue to address transphobia and discrimination and support individuals and communities in their ongoing work to resist hatred, intolerance and discrimination.

The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and supporting gender-diverse communities, by building an equitable and inclusive Toronto.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 31, 2022 as “International Transgender Day of Visibility” in the City of Toronto.

Multiple Myeloma Awareness Day

March 31, 2022

WHEREAS Multiple Myeloma, also known as myeloma, is the second most common blood cancer developing in plasma cells found in bone marrow.

Globally, nearly 230,000 people are living with myeloma. Last year, 3,800 Canadians were diagnosed with myeloma and it is detected in an average of 10 Canadians every day.

There is no known cure for myeloma but advances in research are making progress in helping us to understand this cancer better. It is important that we raise awareness of myeloma and give Canadians the information they need to recognize symptoms, get tested and seek out treatment which can all lead to better outcomes for patients.

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 31, 2022 as “Multiple Myeloma Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Black History Month

February 2022

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

The month provides an opportunity to celebrate and commemorate the legacy, history and achievements that Canadians of African descent have made and continue to make, and to recognize our commitment to equal rights, opportunity and freedom from discrimination in Toronto and across Canada.

Black History Month is our opportunity to learn about the history of Black Canadians, the role they have played in building our city and to recognize the vital need to combat racism, discrimination and inequity in our communities, partially through gaining a greater understanding of the discrimination and marginalization often faced by Black Canadians.

The City of Toronto’s Confronting Anti-Black Racism unit (CABR) has developed the Toronto Action Plan 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 discrimination of all kinds and prioritizes the well-being and advancement of Black Torontonians.

This effort coincides with 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 made.

Black History is our history and this month gives us an opportunity to learn about accomplishments and traumas, both of which are important for all of us to understand and that understanding will make us a stronger and better as a city.

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

World Interfaith Harmony Week

February 1 – 7, 2022

WHEREAS this week is observed as a World Interfaith Harmony Week. The week was first proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 2010 to promote a culture of peace where people live in harmony with each other regardless of their faith.

World Interfaith Harmony week promotes open dialogue among all faiths and focuses on respect and understanding of all religions so we can live in peace.

The City of Toronto acknowledges the valued contributions that interfaith communities make to strengthen our belief in Toronto’s motto “Diversity Our Strength,” and deepen our commitment to fostering greater inclusion.

Toronto, one of the most diverse cities in the world, strives to be a model city where all religions, faiths and beliefs are respected and accepted at all times, without exception.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1 – 7, 2022 as “World Interfaith Harmony Week” in the City of Toronto.

Toque Tuesday

February 1, 2022

WHEREAS the annual Toque Tuesday campaign raises funds in support of those experiencing homelessness in Toronto. Toque Tuesday has raised millions of dollars across the country, including Toronto, to help support long-term solutions to homelessness. Agencies and organizations have gone virtual during the pandemic to raise funds for this campaign and to raise awareness aimed at overcoming barriers to affordable housing.

The City of Toronto remains committed to delivering high-quality services that improve the lives of individuals and families experiencing homelessness and towards reducing any real or perceived barriers to accessing shelter services.

The annual Toque Tuesday campaign supports our valuable community partners across Toronto who work with the City to deliver these critical services and play a vital role in supporting our most vulnerable.

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

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1, 2022 as “Toque Tuesday” in the City of Toronto.

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

February 6, 2022

WHEREAS Female GenitalMutilation/Cutting (FGM) is recognized internationally as an act of abuse and a violation of human rights. Girls worldwide are at risk of undergoing FGM/C, an extreme form of discrimination that violates the rights of children. Millions of women and girls are at risk and many of the survivors of FGM/C live in Toronto. Performing FGM/C is a criminal offence in Canada. It is vital to raise awareness so that we can fully understand how this affects women and girls around the world. It can cause severe long-term problems to physical, mental and sexual health.

W e must work together to condemn the practice and provide support to survivors. The City of Toronto is committed to promoting fundamental human rights and enhancing the quality of life for women 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, 2022 as “International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting” in the City of Toronto.

Bob Marley Day

February 6, 2022

WHEREAS every year we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an iconic musician, advocate for human rights, and ambassador of peace.

Through the power of music Bob Marley promoted tolerance, love and peace among all people.

The multi-talented musician grew up in Jamaica and became known as one of the pioneers of reggae. With his band The Wailers, Bob Marley incorporated elements of ska and rocksteady to create a unique, signature style that gained a global audience.

His unparalleled artistry and humanity have influenced millions of fans and countless musicians, and continue to impact culture to this day. Today, Bob Marley’s music still captivates listeners from all backgrounds and continues to inspire and uplift people around the world.

The City of Toronto is one of the world’s great cities for music, and today we celebrate Bob Marley’s timeless influence and legacy.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2022 as “Bob Marley Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Clash Day

February 7, 2022

WHEREAS, The Clash – consisting of Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Nicky “Topper” Headon – have left an enduring mark on music that can still be felt today. Since 2013, International Clash Day has been globally recognized by many cities and entertainment media around the world.

Through their 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 left an incredible legacy that shaped an entire musical genre and influenced countless artists throughout the decades.

Through the late 70’s and early 80’s, The Clash left their mark in Toronto, playing legendary concerts at landmark venues like the O’Keefe Centre, the Rex-Danforth Theatre and the CNE Bandshell. The City of Toronto joins other cities in marking February 7 as International Clash Day, inspired by the words of Joe Strummer: “People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world.”

Toronto is a city that values and supports its 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, 2022 as “International Clash Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Development Week

February 6 – 12, 2022

WHEREAS International Development Week raises awareness of Canadian contributions to international cooperation and encourages Canadians to be active global citizens who are committed to universal and sustainable development.

The City of Toronto recognizes the many organizations and individuals that are working toward this goal, many of which are in Toronto, that are aligned with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals which Canada adopted in 2015.

The City remains committed to being a model for sustainable development, including through its TransformTO Net Zero Strategy, a climate action strategy approved by Toronto City Council in 2021. The plan sets out low-carbon targets and actions to address the climate emergency, reduce local greenhouse gas emissions, improve our health, grow our economy and improve social equity.

The City of Toronto is invested in community building to help ensure that every resident, community, organization, agency or business can contribute to our collective growth, learning and development. The City supports healthy communities by partnering with and investing in people, services, programs that impact city-wide change.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6 – 12, 2022 as “International Development Week” in the City of Toronto.

Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week

February 7-14, 2022

WHEREAS congenital heart disease (CHD) is a common birth defect that approximately one in 100 children in Canada are born with.

CHD is defined as when the heart or the blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth. Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week offers an opportunity for coordinated campaigns and focused attention across the country highlighting this condition that affects so many in our communities.

Through awareness campaigns and research, treatment of this disease has greatly improved in recent years, with 90 to 95 per cent of children with heart defects living to adulthood. It is important that medical care and support is available to help those with CHD.

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 7-14, 2022 as “Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.

211 Day

February 11, 2022

WHEREAS today we mark 211 Day in recognition of the value of 211 -a national helpline -that provides free and confidential service through phone, online or by chat, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. This is a vital support system, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. By calling 211 Torontonians can get the help they need, when then need it.

Through 211, residents can access a range of government, health, community and social services in their communities with service available in more than 150 languages. To help make the service more inclusive and equitable, the 211 network recognizes the diverse needs of Torontonians and provides support for individuals, families, youth, seniors, persons with disabilities, Indigenous, Black, 2SLGBTQ+ and newcomer communities.

The City of Toronto partners with 211 to ensure the needs of people living and working in Toronto are met. 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 February 11, 2022 as “211 Day” in the City of Toronto.

Wear Red Canada Day

February 13, 2022

WHEREAS today is marked annually by wearing red to raise awareness of women’s cardiovascular health.

Cardiovascular diseases affect one in three women around the world, yet 80 per cent of a woman’s risk factors are largely preventable.

Heart disease is on the rise and is considered a leading cause of premature death for Canadian women. Heart disease symptoms in women are complex and often signs of disease are not recognized in more than 50 per cent of women. It is important for women to learn about the risk factors of heart disease so that they can try and prevent heart attack and stroke.

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, 2022 as “National Wear Red Canada Day” in the City of Toronto.

International Mother Language Day

February 21, 2022

WHEREAS International Mother Language Day celebrates global linguistic and cultural diversity, while seeking to preserve and protect multilingualism around the world.

This year’s theme “Using technology for multilingual learning: Challenges and opportunities,” champions the role that technology has to play in advancing linguistic education.

International Mother Language Day was an initiative that was driven by the people of Bangladesh. On February 21, 1952, a large student protest took place in Dhaka, Bangladesh for the right to speak in Bangla. Many lost their lives on this day in the fight for their language. This movement eventually culminated in the Bangladeshi Liberation War of 1971 and the birth of the nation, Bangladesh. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the protests staged to gain this recognition. Bangladesh lobbied the UN and in a 2002 UN resolution, International Mother Language Day was officially recognized each year on February 21st, in acknowledgement of the sacrifices of those who lost their lives for this right.

As one of the most diverse cities in the world, Toronto is home to hundreds of unique languages and dialects. The City of Toronto is committed to being a welcoming home for people of all cultures who can speak their mother tongue freely and peacefully. As a result, the Bangladeshi community in Toronto mobilized and worked with the City to establish the International Mother Language Day Monument to celebrate all mother languages and diversity in the City. The monument is a replica of the original Shaheed Minar (Martyr’s Monument) in Dhaka.

The City acknowledges the contributions of its many diverse communities that help strengthen 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, 2022 as “International Mother Language Day” in the City of Toronto.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

February 22, 2022

WHEREAS on February 22, 2007, the House of Commons unanimously adopted a declaration condemning human trafficking to raise awareness of the magnitude of human trafficking and the need to end this form of human rights abuse.

Human trafficking is a hidden but serious crime that affects the lives of many people around the world, including Torontonians. The devastating impacts of human trafficking threaten communities, especially those facing multiple, intersecting barriers and denies the right to live freely. Human trafficking has no place in our city or society.

We can all play a role in recognizing its presence in our city and understanding the threat it poses, 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 ongoing 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, 2022 as “National Human Trafficking Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Pink Shirt Day

February 23, 2022

WHEREAS on the last Wednesday in February we observe Pink Shirt Day, a day where we collectively come together to promote anti-bullying efforts while also confronting and putting an end to bullying itself.

Pink Shirt Day was first inspired by a simple act of kindness when two high school students in Nova Scotia distributed pink shirts in their school as a show of support for another student who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. Today, Pink Shirt Day has become a world-wide movement.

Pink Shirt Day is a call to action that has reverberated around the world. As we stand steadfast in support of victims of bullying, it is important to remember that small gestures of compassion can often speak volumes.

The City of Toronto supports individuals and organizations committed to promoting anti-bullying. Everyone can participate in Pink Shirt Day by wearing pink in an effort to support anti-bullying efforts and support being kind to one another.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 23, 2022 as “Pink Shirt Day” in the City of Toronto.

Rare Disease Day

February 28, 2022

WHEREAS every year, Rare Disease Day is observed on the last day in February to raise awareness about people living with rare diseases.

In Canada, one in 12 people are affected by a rare disease, many of them are children. Since each case is unique and only affects a small percentage of Canadians, issues surrounding detection, prevention, lack of research, misdiagnoses, and limited treatment options can often be common for those living with rare diseases.

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, 2022 as “Rare Disease Day” in the City of Toronto.

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Crime Stoppers Month

January 2022

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.

Martin Luther King Junior 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.

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

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 injured eight 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.

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.