Tamil Heritage Month
WHEREAS our city’s Tamil community is committed to preserving its rich heritage and has contributed greatly to Toronto’s diverse population.
Tamil Heritage Month provides the opportunity to showcase and share the community’s vibrant culture and traditions and longstanding history with Toronto residents and visitors.
In Toronto, we encourage and welcome celebrations of our many cultural groups that work hard to preserve their heritage. These celebrations promote understanding and enrich our social and cultural development and the quality of life for many.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 2015 as “Tamil Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.
Alzheimer Awareness Day
January 31, 2015
WHEREAS Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It results in a serious loss of cognitive ability with symptoms involving a loss of judgment and reasoning and changes in mood and behavior. Though it is a significant cause of disability among seniors, it can also affect people under the age of 65 who are stricken with early-onset dementia.
In Toronto, more than 43,000 people live with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. But the impact of Alzheimer’s disease is very far-reaching, with 10 other people being affected as caregivers and advocates, for each person suffering from the disease. Because Alzheimer’s disease targets every ethnicity, all of Toronto’s diverse communities are affected by it.
The Alzheimer Society of Toronto offers support, education and information for those who have the disease, along with their families and caregivers.
The Music & Memory: iPod Project is one of the Society’s successful projects, bringing personalized music at no cost to people with dementia It has shown to improve cognition, communication and mood, no matter what stage of the disease.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim January 31, 2015 as “Alzheimer Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
Homelessness Awareness Month
WHEREAS homelessness is a desperate and difficult situation that is a serious concern in the city of Toronto.
According to the United Nations, homelessness is defined as “people who live on the street, and in forms of housing which do not meet the United Nations basic standards of access to safe water, security of tenure and personal safety, and within reach of education, employment and health care.”
The organization Raising the Roof lists family, individual, structural and social causes such as a breakdown in a relationship, low wages and inadequate employment opportunities, as all contributing to homelessness. Its toque campaign raises funds for the homeless by selling toques and socks in support of long term solutions to homelessness.
Institutions such as Covenant House, Canada’s largest homeless youth agency, seeks to take youth off the streets and help them get back on their feet through programs and services such as a 24/7 crisis shelter, a longer-term residence, counselling, health care, employment assistance and job training.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 2015 as “Homelessness Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.
Black History Month
WHEREAS in 1979, Toronto became the first municipality in Canada to proclaim Black History Month, formally commemorating and celebrating the experiences and achievements of African Canadians.
Black History Month reminds us of African Canadians’ struggles for equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination. It also acknowledges the roles they have played in Canadian history. As many as 30,000 African Americans from the United States gained freedom from enslavement via the Underground Railroad to Canada.
African Canadians have made significant contributions to Canadian identity, culture, economy, literature, sports and politics. Rosemary Brown, Michaelle Jean, Donald Oliver, Stanley G. Grizzle, and Lincoln M. Alexander are all prominent African-Canadians who have served in public offices.
The City of Toronto acknowledges the many contributions that African Canadians have made to strengthen our society. It reaffirms the City’s commitment to raising awareness of Black history and culture while building an inclusive society for all Toronto residents.
THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim February 2015 as “Black History Month” in the City of Toronto.
Interfaith Harmony Week
February 1 – 7, 2015
WHEREAS the first week in February has been designated as World Interfaith Harmony Week. It was first proposed by His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan who sought to promote a message of faith and tolerance among all of the world’s religions and to demonstrate their common values and good will towards each other.
The freedom to observe and practice one’s religion, individual conviction, faith or beliefs without fear is a fundamental right, recognized under the Canadian Bill of Rights. In 2010, the United Nations passed a resolution to recognize World Interfaith Harmony Week to enhance a mutual understanding among all cultures and to eliminate every form of discrimination, intolerance and hate based on religion, faith or beliefs.
As a city that prides itself on being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto respects and accepts all religions, faiths and beliefs that make up our diverse communities.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1 – 7, 2015 as “Interfaith Harmony Week” in the City of Toronto.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week
February 1 – 7, 2015
WHEREAS eating disorders can develop in anyone, regardless of age, ethno-racial background, socio-economic status, gender or ability. They are the third most common cause of death in teenage girls.
Eating Disorder Awareness Week seeks to shed light on the dangerous myths that surround eating disorders, to raise awareness of their prevalence and to celebrate the natural diversity of bodies. There is still a stigma and secrecy surrounding eating disorders, causing many people who are suffering to refrain from seeking help and to struggle in silence.
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is Canada’s oldest national organization dedicated to helping those with eating disorders. NEDIC provides education, information, support and referrals for those with eating disorders, their families, friends and health care professionals.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1 – 7, 2015 as “Eating Disorder Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto and encourage residents to learn more about eating disorders.
International Development Week
February 1 – 7, 2015
WHEREAS International Development Week celebrates the partnerships between civil society organizations, governments and community leaders who are addressing the social, political and environmental inequalities of our world.
The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is a growing community of Ontario-based international development and global education organizations and individual associate members working internationally for social justice, human dignity and participation for all.
In 2015, the OCIC is showcasing the work of Transforming Faces, Save the Children Canada and their partners in Peru through photojournalism. OCIC is also recognizing 10 young “Global Changemaker Youth Ambassadors” who have demonstrated initiative and leadership in creating positive change in their own communities and around the world.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, International Development Week gives us the chance to honour the efforts of Canada and Canadians in contributing to sustainable development and international cooperation. Throughout the week, the OCIC encourages all citizens to learn about, engage in and take action on social justice issues to affect positive change.
The City of Toronto is proud of its role as a leader in creating communities where all residents have the right to live, work and participate in an environment of dignity, peace and respect.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 1 – 7, 2015 as “International Development Week” in the City of Toronto.
Bob Marley Day
February 6, 2015
WHEREAS each year on February 6, we honour the legacy of Robert (Bob) Nesta Marley, an influential musician, advocate for human rights and international ambassador of peace.
His early career began with friends, the legendary Wailers, “Bob Marley and the Wailers.” His music captivated people of all cultures, broke music barriers and helped introduce reggae music to the world.
Bob Marley became one of the greatest ambassadors of peace the world has seen. He used music to tear down the walls of apartheid and promoted African unity, culture and world peace both at home and internationally, with songs like One Love and Africa Unite. Today, his music continues to be loved by many and is instantly recognized around the world.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 6, 2015 as “Bob Marley Day” in the City of Toronto.
National Flag Day
February 15, 2015
WHEREAS 50 years ago on February 15, 1965, our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill.
In 1965, the Speaker of the Senate declared the new flag a symbol of our nation’s unity, representing all citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief or opinion.
The 50th anniversary of our National Flag will allow Canadians to reflect on what it represents – a strong, proud and free country. It speaks to what we have accomplished together and to the historical moments and events that serve to define us as a free, united and peaceful nation.
On this day, we raise our flag with great pride and acknowledge the rights and responsibilities we share as citizens. We also honour the brave men and women who have secured it over the centuries through their service to our country at home and abroad.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 15, 2015 as “National Flag Day” in the city of Toronto.
International Mother Language Day
February 21, 2015
WHEREAS February 21 has been designated as International Mother Language Day, a day set aside by the United Nations “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world.” It is also the day to commemorate four students killed by police on February 21, 1952, in Dhaka, Bangladesh while demonstrating for official recognition of their language Bangla.
On this date, people in Toronto and around the world gather together to recognize the importance of language rights, as well as to promote linguistic and cultural diversity.
The City of Toronto is home to people who have come from over 200 countries and speak more than 170 languages. Preserving and sharing mother languages in a diverse city like Toronto contributes to building respectful and harmonious relationships among people and communities. The combined history, language, heritage and traditions of Toronto residents create a richer and stronger city.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 21, 2015, as “International Mother Language Day” in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to join in the language day celebration.
Freedom to Read Week
February 22 – 28, 2015
WHEREAS Freedom to Read Week encourages Canadians to consider and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, a right guaranteed under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The freedom to read is the essence of free inquiry and is essential to democratic and informed decision making. It is our responsibility as individuals and organizations to ensure this freedom is preserved and maintained.
Freedom to Read Week is organized each February by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council. The Committee consists of writers, editors, publishers, distributors, retailers and librarians who are dedicated to raising awareness of the threat of censorship upon diverse reading materials in our country.
To celebrate Freedom to Read Week, the Toronto Public Library will host events to promote a public awareness of the right to intellectual freedom and our city’s diverse literary culture. Libraries, schools and community groups across Canada will also participate in Freedom to Read Week to celebrate the importance of the freedom to read in our daily lives.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 22 – 28, 2015 as “Freedom to Read Week” in the City of Toronto.
Middle Childhood Day
February 26, 2015
WHEREAS “middle childhood” refers to children aged six to 12 who attend school for a full day. According to the latest census, there are almost 180,000 children aged six to 12 in Toronto.
Although school plays a significant role in a child’s life, programs taking place before and after school, during the summertime and over the holidays, help children improve their academic and interpersonal skills and allow them to explore personal interests that may impact the rest of their lives. These programs provide children with the opportunity to develop through interactions with other children and caring adults.
The City of Toronto, along with its community partners, has long recognized the necessity of focusing on middle childhood. In May 2009, the City released the Toronto City Council endorsed Middle Childhood Strategy Framework. Following that in 2010, an implementation plan was developed with a clear commitment to building a sustainable system of high-quality and age appropriate programs taking place outside of regular school time.
Founded in 2003, Middle Childhood Matters Coalition Toronto is a group of social services agencies and community members committed to working together with parents, to increase access to high quality outside of school-time programs for all children between the ages of six of 12 in Toronto.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 26, 2015 as “Middle Childhood Day” in the City of Toronto.
Coworking Toronto Day
February 24, 2015
WHEREAS coworking can be defined as like-minded professionals who work independently, but not alone, within a collaborative workspace that fosters a sense of community and shared core values.
Coworking Toronto Day is a celebration of freelancers and entrepreneurs who thrive in supportive, productive and collaborative work environments and facilities.
Coworking has a substantial impact on independent workers. Global surveys conducted by Deskmag report that 58 per cent of members were working from home before joining a coworking space. The surveys also reported that 42 per cent of members join coworking spaces for knowledge sharing and 68 per cent of coworkers report improved focus and an increase in creativity. With 1.1 million small businesses in Canada, independent workers are discovering a new way to work that makes a positive impact to the local economy.
On this day, solo workers from all industries are encouraged to embrace their independence, think collaboratively, visit a co-working space in their neighbourhood, attend events and network with others.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim February 24, 2015 as “Coworking Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto.
Ethiopian Canadian Heritage Month
WHEREAS the Ethiopian Canadian community in Toronto has a rich cultural heritage with a history that can be traced back thousands of years.
Several aspects of Ethiopian Canadian cultural heritage including cuisine, music, traditional dance and festivities have become an integral part of the cultural heritage of our city. Ethiopian Canadian Heritage Month provides an opportunity to showcase and share this culture and heritage with all Torontonians.
The Ethiopian Association in the Greater Toronto Area seeks to preserve and promote the rich Ethiopian culture and heritage within the framework of multiculturalism while establishing strong social cohesion and unity in Toronto and Canada.
Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural cities and it is important to recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments of our diverse communities.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim March 2015 as “Ethiopian Canadian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.
Irish Heritage and Cultural Appreciation Month
WHEREAS during Ireland’s Great Famine of 1847, a defining moment in our Irish community’s history, more than 38,000 Irish immigrants fled their country and arrived in Toronto, causing the city’s population of 20,000 to soar rapidly.
The tens of thousands of Irish migrants who arrived in Toronto showed great courage and determination. They laid the foundation for the next generation of Irish-Canadians who have contributed to our city’s social, cultural and economic growth. Their success is a story worth celebrating, especially in Toronto, a place where many residents of Irish heritage live.
Each March, we have an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions made by our Irish community and to celebrate their cultural heritage and rich traditions with a month long calendar of popular events within the Irish community. I encourage everyone to participate in the many events being held across our city including: a mass in celebration of St. Patrick, raising of the Irish flag at City Hall, the Irish Person of the Year luncheon, the Ireland Fund of Canada luncheon, the Grand Marshal’s Ball and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim March 2015 as “Irish Heritage and Cultural Appreciation Month” in the City of Toronto.
March 1 – 6, 2015
WHEREAS kindness and giving have been shown to improve a person’s well-being.
As part of the second annual Toronto Kindness Week, the Human Kindness Project, a non-profit organization providing local assistance to children and youth through wellness programs, will lead students from kindergarten to grade 12 in a Kindness Week program. This year, 10,000 students are expected to participate in a series of events and projects that demonstrate their kindness.
The Human Kindness Project has created a kindness curriculum to help teachers explore the benefits of building a kinder Toronto. Students will also be part of a scientific survey to measure the impact of Kindness Week on their well-being.
While everyone is encouraged to participate in Kindness Week events, it is aimed towards a youth audience, the future leaders of civic engagement, who will in turn influence the communities in which they live.
The ultimate goal of Kindness Week is to encourage students to cultivate a culture of giving which helps to strengthen community ties.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 1 – 6, 2015 as “Kindness Week” in the City of Toronto.
International Women’s Day
March 8, 2015
WHEREAS in 1977, the United Nations proclaimed March 8 as International Women’s Day to commemorate the 145 women killed in a fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Company in New York City on March 25, 1911.
On this day, we remember the ongoing struggle for gender equality while looking towards a future where women have equal rights in every country. It is also a celebration of ordinary women, who, through their acts of courage and determination, have played extraordinary roles in creating positive change in their communities.
The City, along with the people of Toronto, celebrate the many achievements of women worldwide while acknowledging more work needs to be done in achieving gender equality.
Through legislation, policies, programs and services, we will continue to promote equity, justice and safety for our employees and residents.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 8, 2015 as “International Women’s Day”.
World Plumbing Day
March 11, 2015
WHEREAS throughout the world, many people do not have access to clean drinking water or effective sanitation stations, which is a basic human right.
The World Health Organization estimates over 3 million children under the age of five die each year due to water related diseases. But simple plumbing solutions can make the difference in saving lives. In many developing countries, plumbing is either very limited or even non-existent and the lack of an effective plumbing infrastructure is a major factor in the tragic statistics.
With an increased global focus on conservation, the plumbing and heating industry around the world has become a key player in: water conservation, use and reuse of renewable sources of energy, the safe installation and maintenance of fixtures and materials and proper sanitation.
In Toronto, we are fortunate to have access to safe, clean, affordable and reliable plumbing for our homes, businesses and public spaces.
World Plumbing Day aims to raise awareness of the importance of proper plumbing in relation to protecting our city, its citizens and those who visit Toronto from around the world.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim March 11, 2015 as “World Plumbing Day” in the City of Toronto.
March 20, 2015
WHEREAS in 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized the International Day of Nowruz for the holiday’s inherent promotion of peace and solidarity. This day reaffirms a commitment to intercultural understanding, mutual respect and our cultural diversity.
On the first day of spring, people in Toronto and around the world will gather to celebrate Nowruz, an ancient Persian festival that has spanned thousands of years to bring in a “new day” or “new year”.
Nowruz symbolizes the affirmation of life in harmony with nature, an awareness of the inseparable link between constructive labour and natural cycles of renewal.
The City of Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and we are proud of the people of our city who have made Toronto their home. Through their skills, knowledge and experience, our city has grown into a thriving and exciting metropolis of which we are most proud.
Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto are committed to creating an inclusive society and we thank those who contribute to Toronto’s most important value that is illustrated in our City’s motto – Diversity is Our Strength. We are also proud that in Canada, the City of Toronto has the greatest number of residents celebrating Nowruz each year.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim March 20, 2015 as “Nowruz Day” in the City of Toronto.
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
March 21, 2015
WHEREAS this day reaffirms a commitment to building safe and inclusive societies in honour of the victims of the Sharpeville massacre and to remind people of their continuing obligation to combat racial discrimination through thought, word and deed.
On March 21, 1960, anti-apartheid demonstrators were wounded and killed by police in Sharpeville, South Africa during a peaceful protest against the “pass laws,” a system that segregated the black population. Six years later, Canada joined the international community in supporting the United Nations General Assembly’s resolution to remember the Sharpeville victims and to uphold its efforts in eliminating all forms of racial and ethnic discrimination.
Racial discrimination is a universal issue that divides communities and destroys lives. It threatens human rights through physical violence and conflicts, and inequitable access to jobs, housing and education. Individual and institutionalized racism marginalizes and excludes people while creating barriers to opportunities, equal participation, democracy and social justice.
In a multicultural city like Toronto, equality and equity are fundamental values which we promote as we strive to live up to our Motto: Diversity Our Strength. We firmly believe that every person has the right to fair and equal treatment.
Toronto values the contributions made by all its residents. It is a city committed to building an inclusive society that serves as a model of diversity for cities across the world.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim March 21, 2015 as “International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination” in the City of Toronto.
Agnes Macphail Day
March 24, 2015
WHEREAS in 1921 during the first federal election in which women had the right to vote, Agnes Macphail became the first woman elected to the Federal House of Commons. She served until 1940, first representing Grey South East and then Grey Bruce.
In 1943, she was elected to the provincial parliament for the riding of York East, thus becoming one of the first two women elected to the Ontario Legislature and the first to be a seated member. One of her major achievements occurred in 1951 when she championed legislation that mandated equal pay for equal work for women.
Agnes Macphail was a role model who significantly contributed to national and local community life. She was recognized for her commitment and advocacy for women’s rights, fairness to seniors, prison reform, peace and disarmament, housing, health care and education. She also represented the interests of rural constituents, paying particular attention to agriculture.
In 1994, the former Borough of East York began to recognize the contributions of this remarkable local resident. Today, through the annual Agnes Macphail Award, the East York community continues to honour her valuable contributions to furthering the role of women in Canadian politics and in society as well as her local and global achievements.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim March 24, 2015 as “Agnes Macphail Day” to celebrate her significant contributions and the 125th anniversary of her birth.
Parkinson Awareness Month
WHEREAS Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disease that occurs from the death of dopamine cells, which in turn causes tremors, slowness/stiffness, impaired balance and rigidity of the muscles.
As the disease progresses, symptoms including depression or cognitive changes may also appear. A person can live with Parkinson’s for years with the disease progressing at a different rate for each person. There is currently no known cure.
Over 100,000 Canadians, including approximately 40,000 in Ontario, live with Parkinson’s disease. A recent study by the National Population Health Study of Neurological Conditions predicts these numbers will double by 2031.
Each year, the month of April is dedicated to raising awareness about Parkinson’s and the difficulties faced by individuals living with this disease.
Throughout April, Parkinson Society Central & Northern Ontario and Parkinson Society Canada will be leading initiatives to spread awareness and raise funds for research, support services, information and specialized programs for those living with this disease.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 1 – 30, 2015 as “Parkinson Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.
National Poetry Month
WHEREAS April is recognized across the country as National Poetry Month. It is the birth month of William Shakespeare, the immortal poet of English and the month in which we most enthusiastically celebrate the poetic arts.
Toronto is proud to celebrate its own long tradition of poetic excellence stretching back to the 19th century. Poetry plays an important role in the city’s cultural life with readings and poetry slam events for adults and youth taking place every week throughout the year.
In 2001, the City of Toronto became the first Canadian municipality to appoint its own Poet Laureate who acts as an ambassador and advocate for poetry, language and the arts. Many events that are taking place to celebrate the poetic arts are spearheaded by Toronto’s Poet Laureate.
The City of Toronto acknowledges the power of poetry and encourages citizens to read, write, speak and perform poetry throughout the month of April.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2015 as “NationalPoetry Month” in the City of Toronto.
Refugee Rights Awareness Month
WHEREAS on April 4, 1985, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects the rights of refugee claimants in Canada to life, liberty and security of the person and that claimants are entitled to an oral hearing.
Toronto City Council acknowledges the positive contributions refugees make to our city. It supports their settlement and integration in all aspects of our city’s social, cultural, economic and political life.
The City of Toronto also recognizes and supports the individuals and groups who, based on principles of human rights, work on behalf of refugees to restore meaning to their lives and to remove barriers to their reunification.
Toronto City Council will continue its efforts to strengthen partnerships with the federal and provincial governments and community organizations, as well as public and private sectors, to honour and protect the rights of all refugees and immigrants.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 2015 as “Refugee Rights Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.
Be a Donor Month
WHEREAS organ and tissue donation and transplant save and enhance thousands of lives each year in the Province of Ontario.
Today in Ontario, there are over 1,500 people waiting for a life saving organ transplant, one of whom will die every three days. Many of these individuals reside right here in Toronto. While 26 per cent of Ontarians have already registered their consent for organ and tissue donation, only 17 per cent of Toronto residents have registered as organ donors.
To address this critical shortage of organs, Trillium Gift of Life Network (TGLN), the Ontario government agency responsible for organ and tissue donation and transplant in the province, has designated the month of April as “Be A Donor Month” to raise awareness of this critical healthcare issue. Registering consent as an organ donor saves lives and has never been easier.
To show your support for Be A Donor Month, please register online at www.beadonor.ca, or in person at any ServiceOntario location, and talk to your loved ones about organ and tissue donation today.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 1 – 30, 2015 as “Be A Donor Month” in the City of Toronto.
Autism Awareness Day
April 2, 2015
WHEREAS World Autism Awareness Day is officially recognized on April 2nd, 2015. Autism Spectrum Disorder is now acknowledged as the most common neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 94 children, as well as their friends, family and community.
Autism Spectrum Disorder affects more than 100,000 Ontarians. It manifests differently in every individual in whom it appears and its characteristics will change over the life of each individual as well. A child with the disorder will become an adult with the disorder.
Autism Ontario is an important source of information and referral on autism and one of the largest collective voices representing the autism community. Since 1973, Autism Ontario has been providing support, information and opportunities for thousands of families across the province.
The association and its chapters are committed to increasing public awareness about autism and the day-to-day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families and the professionals with whom they interact.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim “April 2nd, 2015” as “Autism Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
Pope John Paul II Day
April 2, 2015
WHEREAS Karol Józef Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II, was the leader of the Roman Catholic Church from October 16, 1978, until his death on April 2, 2005.
During his pontificate, he visited 129 countries, embracing people of all faiths and cultures through multi-faith dialogues that focused on a message of universal peace.
Pope John Paul II had a special bond with youth. He established World Youth Day celebrations in cities around the world as a way to gather the young people of the world together in a celebration of faith.
On April 27, 2014, he was canonized as a saint and is now known as Saint Pope John Paul II.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 2, 2015 as “Pope John Paul II Day” in the City of Toronto.
Oral Health Day
April 10, 2015
WHEREAS in order to promote oral health, the Rotary Club of Toronto – Don Mills, is organizing Brush-a-mania for approximately 50,000 students in 200 schools. All participants will receive instruction in proper oral hygiene and a dental kit. In addition, they will be required to brush their teeth three times a day for three minutes for the month of April.
The Rotary Club of Toronto – Don Mills works with other Rotary clubs around the world to improve communities both locally and internationally.
There are over 1.2 million Rotarians in approximately 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 10, 2015 as “Oral Health Day” and encourage everyone to practice optimal oral hygiene and support the Rotary Club of Toronto-Don Mills during their annual event.
April 12-18, 2015
WHEREAS, 13.3 million Canadian volunteers devote 2.1 billion volunteer hours per year in their communities to help others.
Here in the city of Toronto, volunteers mentor our children, feed our hungry, comfort our lonely, beautify our green spaces and fundraise for our charitable organizations. For many organizations including hospitals, community centres and schools, volunteers play a crucial role in the services they provide.
Volunteers are made up of all segments of the population including the young, the elderly and men and women of all ages and cultures. Through their efforts, they make Toronto a great place in which to live, work and play.
The City of Toronto urges residents of all ages to dedicate their time and talents by volunteering in their local communities.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 12 – 18, 2015 as “Volunteer Week” to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by thousands of volunteers in our city.
School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day
April 15, 2015
WHEREAS school crossing guards must possess a deep sense of responsibility, a great deal of common sense, a good rapport with children and the fortitude necessary to brave the elements.
School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day provides an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions and important roles school crossing guards play in the safety of our children. Crossing guards support the Toronto Police Service through their number one priority: community safety.
Each year, the Toronto Police Service honours local crossing guards’ significant and vital contributions with the presentation of the School Crossing Guards Long Service Awards.
We are proud of our school crossing guards and highly commend them for their continued dedication and commitment to the safety and well-being of our children.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 15, 2015 as “School Crossing Guard Appreciation Day” in the City of Toronto.
9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week
April 13 -17, 2015
WHEREAS every day, thousands of Toronto residents call 9-1-1 for help. Their emergencies range from heart attacks to house fires, traffic accidents to slips and falls.
The dedicated men and women who answer these daily calls for help gather vital information including the location and nature of the emergency and other essential information. Emergency telecommunicators are the first line of first responders. Their actions make the difference between life and death for people in need of emergency services.
When residents call 9-1-1 for help, they are answered by a calm, caring and compassionate individual who is trained and ready to help them in their most stressful and difficult times. These 9-1-1 call-takers’ constant vigilance and preparedness give residents confidence that they will be able to receive help from the City of Toronto’s Police, Paramedic and Fire Services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As the City of Toronto enjoys the highest standard of emergency care from our 9-1-1 telecommunicators, we owe these committed men and women our sincere appreciation and recognition for their dedicated service.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 13 – 17, 2015 as “9-1-1 Telecommunicators Week” in the City of Toronto and invite residents to enjoy the events hosted throughout the week by our Police, Paramedic and Fire Services to learn more about the role telecommunications employees provide for the continued health and safety of our residents.
Meetings Industry Day
April 16, 2015
WHEREAS the city of Toronto hosts the most business events in Canada with the greatest spending – $5.2 billion. Business events in Toronto contribute $1.6 billion in taxes and attracts over 5.7 million participants.
Meetings Industry Day aims to raise awareness about the meeting and event industry, the benefits it creates for communities and institutions and the critical role it plays in the success of other industries and the city as a whole.
Meeting Professional International (MPI) is a global association community for meeting and event professionals with more than 18,000 members representing 71 countries. MPI believes in the unequalled power of events and human connections to advance organizational objectives.
The Toronto Chapter of Meeting Professionals International is committed to inspire its members to be successful by building human connections through knowledge/ideas and strong relationships.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 16, 2015 as “Meetings Industry Day” in the City of Toronto.
Administrative Professionals Day
April 22, 2015
WHEREAS administrative professionals play essential roles in the office operations of businesses, governments, educational institutions and organizations.
Initiated by the International Association of Administrative Professionals, Administrative Professionals Day has been observed annually in workplaces around the world since 1952 to recognize the important contributions of administrative support staff.
Today, the valuable work of administrative professionals requires advanced knowledge and expertise in: computer software, office technology, project management, customer service, communications and other vital office management responsibilities.
It is important to recognize the valuable contributions of administrative professionals in the workplace. I encourage all employers to support continual training and development for administrative staff and to recognize that a well-trained workforce is essential for success in today’s business world.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 22, 2015 as “Administrative Professionals Day” in the City of Toronto.
International Children’s Day
April 23, 2015
WHEREAS originating in Turkey, International Children’s Day was designated by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of Turkey, on April 23, 1920.
In 1979, UNICEF recognized April 23, as International Children’s Day as a gift to the children of the world under the motto of “Love, Friendship and Peace.”
Each year, the Turkish Society of Canada organizes events for International Children’s Day to promote the brotherhood, friendship and peace among the children of various cultures within Toronto.
This year, children from several ethnic groups will come together to perform their national dances and share their folk music. They will have an opportunity to interact with each other through fun fair activities.
Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and we are proud of the many cultures that call this city their home. I encourage and welcome celebrations such as International Children’s Day that promote the heritage and traditions of our numerous cultural communities and foster understanding, friendship, peace and unity.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 23, 2015 as “International Children’s Day” in the City of Toronto.
Trees Across Toronto
April 25, 2015
WHEREAS the annual Trees Across Toronto Day celebrates the importance of the urban forest for all Torontonians.
The City of Toronto’s goal is to increase our city’s tree canopy to 40 per cent by planting, protecting and maintaining trees across Toronto.
Although the December 2013 ice storm and emerald ash borer infestation had devastating impacts on the City’s tree canopy, it is being replenished through the maintenance and planting of trees in City parks, ravines and streets.
Toronto’s urban forest is a shared resource that provides multiple benefits for everyone. Through tree planting, stewardship of the City’s parks and ravines, as well as maintaining trees on their own property, Toronto residents play a critical role in assisting the City in creating a healthy urban forest.
Today, we gather together at L’Amoreaux Park and Humber Arboretum to kick off the planting season and to work together to grow the urban forest.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2015 as “Trees Across Toronto Day” in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to plant a tree to help replenish Toronto’s urban forest. Every tree counts.
Parental Alienation Awareness Day
April 25, 2015
WHEREAS Parental Alienation occurs when non-accidental, delusional, verbal or symbolic acts by a child’s parent or caregiver result in negative attributions of the other parent’s intentions, hostility toward or scapegoating of the other parent, resulting in unwarranted feelings of estrangement for the child. The estrangement will likely extend to other family members.
The inevitable long-term harm to the child may include some or all of the following: issues over trust, authority figures, intimacy, depression, anxiety, and suicide. Parental Alienation is a form of child abuse, specifically psychological and emotional abuse.
Raising awareness about the behaviours, consequences and remedies of Parental Alienation, which are most likely to occur during separation or divorce, will prevent a large number of children in our community from unnecessary suffering and harm.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 25, 2015 as “Parental Alienation Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
Beta Sigma Phi Week
April 26 – May 2, 2015
WHEREAS Beta Sigma Phi is a social, cultural and service organization for women of all ages, educational and economic backgrounds.
Beta Sigma Phi is a women’s friendship fraternity that is committed to creating, capturing, transferring and integrating information and knowledge for its Fraternity and society as a whole. Their mission to enriching lives is predicated on kinship, understanding, friendship and equality.
In an effort to enhance the quality of life of those less fortunate in the community, Beta Sigma Phi members work with charitable, health and cultural agencies, host successful fundraising events and generously donate their time.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 26 – May 2, 2015 as “Beta Sigma Phi Week” in the City of Toronto.
National Immunization Awareness Week
April 27 – May 2, 2015
WHEREAS immunization is one of the most important public health measures for all Toronto residents.
Vaccines have eradicated smallpox and controlled other diseases that once killed or disabled children in large numbers. They work best when children are vaccinated on time.
Vaccines help small children to recognize and fight off dangerous bacteria and viruses when they are most at risk of infection. If children are not vaccinated, their immune systems may not be strong enough to fight the disease before it causes serious illness and harm.
Parents and health care providers in every community have a responsibility to ensure children are immunized on time and receive the adequate number of doses required to protect them and their communities from serious diseases.
The City of Toronto encourages everyone to recognize the benefits of immunization as a cost-effective health intervention that is necessary for the well-being of our city.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 27 to May 2, 2015 as “National Immunization Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.
Rail Safety Week
April 27 – May 3, 2015
WHEREAS according to Operation Lifesaver, a public/private partnership that raises awareness of rail safety, every year in Canada approximately 300 collisions and trespassing accidents occur at highway and rail crossings and along railway tracks.
Although 130 people are injured in these accidents each year, many of these collisions are avoidable.
People play a crucial role in helping to reduce avoidable accidents, injuries and damage caused by collisions at railway crossings. They can also help to prevent incidents involving trains and people. By becoming more aware of their surroundings especially around railway tracks and paying attention to signs near railway crossings, people can keep themselves safe.
Operation Lifesaver is dedicated to making rail safety a priority for everyone through public education, enforcement of motorist and pedestrian laws and engineering that includes keeping rail crossings and rail property safe to use.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 27 – May 3, 2015 as “Rail Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.
Day of Mourning
April 28, 2015
WHEREAS this day provides an opportunity for all of us to recommit ourselves to safer workplaces and the prevention of illnesses, injuries and deaths.
Every year on April 28, Day of Mourning is observed across Canada and in countries around the world. It is a time when workers, families, employers and others come together to remember those who have lost their lives to work-related incidents or occupational diseases. It is also a day set aside to acknowledge those who have been injured on the job.
Preventing workplace deaths, injuries and diseases can only be achieved if we collectively focus our efforts on creating safe and healthy workplaces. Great strides have been made in health and safety through the dedication of those who are committed to this cause.
The City of Toronto continues to be committed to providing and maintaining safe and healthy work environments for all members of the Toronto Public Service.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim April 28, 2015 as “Day of Mourning” in the City of Toronto. I encourage everyone to work together to make workplace health and safety a priority.
Ontario College of Art and Design University Day
April 29, 2015
WHEREAS the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD) is the largest art, design and media university in Canada. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the university’s Graduate Exhibition which will celebrate a century of innovation and artistic accomplishment.
100 years ago when the first exhibition began, Toronto had very little cultural infrastructure. The Graduate Exhibition was a supportive environment for budding artists to showcase their artwork in a cultural setting. It was also an opportunity for the public to engage in art while viewing emerging artists and their work. Today, the university has evolved into a leading art institution that remains a welcoming place where expanding programs allow students, alumni, residents and cultural tourists to all feel comfortable in exploring their artistic sides.
This centennial year provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate OCAD’s history, the legacy of those who built the institution, its students and its artistic contributions to the community and to the world.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim April 29, 2015 as “Ontario College of Art Design and University Day” in the City of Toronto.
South Asian Heritage Month
WHEREAS South Asian people represent one of the largest ethnocultural populations in the City of Toronto. They have origins and roots in many countries including: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Fiji, East and South Africa, the Caribbean and Maldives.
South Asian Heritage Month celebrates the enormous diversity of languages, faiths, cultures, countries of origin and histories that South Asians represent.
The earliest recorded arrival in Canada of South Asians occurred on May 5, 1838. On December 14, 2001, with the enactment of Bill 98, the Government of Ontario proclaimed the month of May as South Asian Heritage Month and declared May 5 to be South Asian Arrival Day.
South Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to learn about the history of South Asian immigration to Canada and the City of Toronto. It gives us an opportunity to recognize the diverse histories, cultures and contributions of these residents who have collectively led to the growth and enrichment of the City of Toronto.
Through the celebration of South Asian Heritage Month, the City of Toronto acknowledges the social, cultural, economic and political contributions this community has made and continues to make to the diversity and vitality of our city.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as “South Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.
Asian Heritage Month
WHEREAS Asian heritage was first celebrated in the city of Toronto in May 1993. In 2002, the Government of Canada formally declared May as Asian Heritage Month, as an opportunity for Asian Canadians to celebrate their commonalities.
Asian Heritage Month is also an opportunity for Canadians across the country to reflect on and celebrate the contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage to the growth and prosperity of Toronto. A large proportion of Asian immigrants make Toronto their home and their contributions have significantly enriched the social, cultural, economic and political life of our city.
By acknowledging Asian Heritage Month, Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto, are taking a leadership role in building inclusion and demonstrating that a fundamental strength of our city is recognizing the diversity of its people.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as “Asian Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to participate in the activities and events that are planned to celebrate this month.
Internal Audit Awareness Month
WHEREAS internal auditing is a vital part of strengthening organizations and protecting stakeholders within the public and private sectors. It helps to identify and manage the organization’s risks and to ensure policies, procedures and controls are in place and working appropriately.
Internal auditing is an established profession, led by The Institute of Internal Auditors, with a globally recognized code of ethics and International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing.
An increasingly sophisticated and complex activity, internal auditing requires specialized knowledge, training and education.
The contribution of internal auditors to the success of organizations and the global economy at large deserves our recognition and commendations.
NOW THEREFORE, I Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as “Internal Audit Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.
Building Safety Month
WHEREAS Building Safety Month will raise awareness of the importance of the Building Code and recognize the vital role dedicated building code officials play in preserving the health, safety and well-being of our building environments.
The City of Toronto, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Ontario Building Officials Association and the International Code Council promote Building Safety Month to remind the public about the critical role building code officials play to ensure safe, efficient, sustainable buildings and structures.
The City of Toronto’s continuing efforts to address the critical issues of safety, energy efficiency and resilience in the building environment that affect each and every citizen, both in everyday life and in times of natural disaster, provides confidence that our structures are safe and sound.
Building officials in the City of Toronto have been involved in extensive training upgrades to meet the new regulatory requirements of the Ontario Building Code Act, applicable laws and the City’s Municipal Code.
Building Safety Month will emphasize that co-operation between building code officials, occupants and all sectors of the construction industry must exist for building code enforcement to be effective.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim May 2015 as “Building Safety Month” in the City of Toronto.
Hearing Awareness Day
May 1, 2015
WHEREAS all children with hearing loss have the right to access services that develop their hearing, listening and speaking abilities.
Through the use of aids, auditory-verbal therapies and training programs, children are able to use whatever hearing they have in order to acquire speech and language skills. These resources allow children with hearing loss to become fully integrated and independent members of the community.
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children is a leading support organization dedicated to helping families who have children with hearing loss and who are learning to hear, to listen and to speak with the aid of hearing technology such as hearing aids or cochlear implants.
On May 1, VOICE and its partners with the Dress Loud Day campaign, will challenge individuals to dress in their wackiest, loudest and wildest clothing to raise awareness for children with hearing loss.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2015 as “Hearing Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
Emergency Preparedness Week
May 3 – 9, 2015
WHEREAS Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that raises awareness of the necessity of emergency planning and the important role people play in their ability to cope with emergencies.
Toronto’s Office of Emergency Management makes plans to assist residents during prolonged power outages, floods, severe storms, earthquakes, extreme heat and cold weather, infectious disease outbreaks, water contamination and hazardous chemical releases. The City also provides a personal preparedness guide as well as a guide for residents living in high rise buildings to help them plan and prepare for these kinds of occurrences.
Emergency preparedness is a shared responsibility. Each of us can reduce the risks we face by understanding the potential risks during emergencies and learning how to better prepare and make plans for ourselves, our families and our communities. Plan to look out for your neighbours, paying special attention to those with special needs and the elderly.
The City of Toronto encourages all Toronto residents to make an emergency plan and keep an emergency kit handy. Through emergency preparedness, we can better prepare for emergencies, minimize property damage, significantly reduce the extent to which an emergency affects us and keep everyone safe.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 3 – 9, 2015 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the City of Toronto.
Occupational Health and Safety Week
May 3 – 8, 2015
WHEREAS the City of Toronto recognizes that occupational health and safety and the prevention of work related injuries and illnesses are key priorities.
North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is a continent wide event spanning three countries: Canada, the United States of America and Mexico.
The goal of North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is the prevention of injury and illness in the workplace, at home and in the community.
The call to action for North American Occupational Safety and Health Week is for everyone to “Make Safety a Habit.” This week provides an excellent opportunity to focus, reinforce and strengthen our commitment to health and safety.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim May 3 – 8, 2015 as “Occupational Health and Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.
Food Justice Day
May 5, 2015
WHEREAS food justice is individuals and communities exercising their right to healthy food, no matter their income or where they live. It means overcoming economic inequalities and a lack of healthy, affordable and culturally appropriate food. It promotes food literacy and community building around shared food knowledge.
The City of Toronto has made great strides towards ensuring access to healthy food through the Toronto Food Charter and Food Strategy projects. Torontonians have likewise shown strong leadership with hundreds of community food projects.
However, there is still much work to be done. Almost 30% of Toronto children live in low income families and neighbourhoods with less access to healthy food and where chronic disease rates are significantly higher.
Food Nation is a campaign that encourages stronger city-wide action and urges all Torontonians to advocate for the development of healthy food neighbourhoods; the reduction of poverty and the increased availability of healthy food.
Food Justice Day celebrates Toronto’s commitment to ensuring that all Torontonians have access to healthy food in an equitable and dignified way and respecting our needs and diversity.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 5, 2015 as “Food Justice Day” in the City of Toronto.
Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day
May 6, 2015
WHEREAS, stroke occurs at a rate of 1 in 2,300 live births each year and in 12 in 100,000 children per year, with stroke being the sixth leading cause of death in children. Yet very little is known about the cause, treatment and prevention of Pediatric Stroke.
Up to 85 percent of infants and children who have a Pediatric Stroke will have serious and permanent neurological disabilities, including paralysis, seizures, speech and vision problems along with attention, learning and behavioral difficulties. They may require ongoing physical therapy and surgeries.
The risk factors, symptoms, prevention efforts and treatment are often different in children than in adults. Only through medical research can effective treatment and prevention strategies for Pediatric Stroke be identified and developed.
The life-long health concerns and treatments resulting from Pediatric Stroke result in a heavy financial and emotional toll on the child, the family and society. However, an early diagnosis and commencement of treatment of Pediatric Stroke greatly improves chances of recovery and the prevention of recurrence.
NOW THEREFORE, I Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby officially proclaim May 6, 2015 as “Pediatric Stroke Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
70th Anniversary of World War II Victory Day
May 8, 2015
WHEREAS this day recognizes a great historical event that honours the courage and sacrifices that were made to bring peace and freedom to Europe and to the world.
The events leading up to the end of World War II began on April 30, 1945, when Nazi leader Adolf Hitler died. His death set the stage for the German forces to surrender in North-West Europe on May 5.Three days later, after the act of military surrender was signed in both France and Berlin, Allied troops of World War II celebrated Victory in Europe Day also known as VE Day.
Upon the defeat of Germany, celebrations erupted around the world as people took to the streets to mark the end of the war. In Germany, Canadian forces were fighting right up to the last day and were too exhausted to celebrate. But those in Paris and London joined people in the streets to celebrate the victory. Here in Toronto, thousands danced in the streets while aircrafts dropped tickertape (long paper strips produced from telegraph machines) from overhead.
Each year on May 8, Victory in Europe Day acknowledges Nazi Germany’s unconditional surrender and its formal acceptance by the European Allies which marked the end of World War II in Europe.
This year, we celebrate the 70th anniversary of World War II Victory Day and pay tribute to our veterans and all Canadians who served overseas and at home during the Second World War.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 8, 2015 as “70th Anniversary of World War II Victory Day” in the City of Toronto.
May 11 – 17, 2015
WHEREAS the health and well-being of individuals is the biggest priority for the nursing community.
In the City of Toronto, nurses are an integral part of our healthcare system, serving residents of all ages with skill, knowledge, care and commitment.
Nurses have a unique perspective and a broad understanding of the concepts of good health. The national nursing community is made up of skilled practitioners who play an essential role in our healthcare system.
During Nursing Week, we celebrate and recognize the many services provided by our dedicated nurses. We recognize the tremendous contributions they make to the health of our residents and to our communities every day.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim May 11 – 17, 2015 as “Nursing Week” in the City of Toronto.
International Awareness Day for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
May 12, 2015
Food Truck Freedom Day
May 14, 2015
WHEREAS the City of Toronto is working with food truck vendors to improve access to a diversity of street food for all Torontonians.
Toronto City Council has recently approved a number of changes to the street food vending bylaw that will make it easier for vendors to operate on city streets.
Beginning May 14, the length of selling time that a food vendor is allowed to sell food on the street will increase to five hours. The required distance a food vendor must keep from an open and operating restaurant will decrease from 50 to 30 metres. There will also be an introduction of seasonal permits for food truck and ice cream truck vendors that will be available for six month, nine month and one year periods.
These new changes will help to increase the freedom of food trucks in the city of Toronto and allow them to provide their consumers with more choice and convenience while contributing to Toronto’s diverse food scene.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 14, 2015 as “Food Truck Freedom Day” in the City of Toronto.
Safe Boating Awareness Week
May 16 – 22, 2015
WHEREAS Safe Boating Awareness Week is recognized across the country to promote safe boating practices to the millions of recreational boaters in Canada.
The Victoria Day long weekend serves as the unofficial kick-off of the recreational boating season. Thousands of Toronto residents will celebrate the weekend by launching their powerboats, personal watercraft, canoes, kayaks, sailboats and fishing boats in local waters or in cottage country lakes and rivers.
The 2015 Safe Boating Awareness Week campaign will focus on five key messages: wear a lifejacket, don’t drink and boat, take a boating course, be aware of the dangers of cold water immersion, and be prepared – both you and your boat.
The Canadian Safe Boating Council is a registered charity that works with partner organizations across the country, including the Toronto Police Marine Unit, MADD Canada and others to promote safe and responsible boating and educate boaters about the risks of unsafe practices.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 16 – 22, 2015 as “Safe Boating Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.
Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia
May 17, 2015
WHEREAS the City of Toronto is joining with cities in almost 120 countries around the world to recognize the 11th anniversary of the Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
This year’s theme, LGBTQ Youth, underscores the violence, verbal abuse, exclusion and homelessness LGBTQ youth continue to experience.
The City of Toronto, along with its community partners, is working to create and secure communities in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, two-Spirited and intersex people can live their lives free from any form of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic discrimination and be empowered with dignity and respect.
Toronto is a beacon for all people who want to live, work and play in a city that respects and celebrates them.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 17, 2015 as the “Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia” in the City of Toronto.
May 24, 2015
WHEREAS monarch butterflies rely on the milkweed plant for their survival: laying their eggs on it and using it as a food source in the caterpillar stage.
As a result of climate change, herbicides and industrial development, milkweed is being wiped out from the migratory path that the butterflies take each year from Mexico to Canada.
The loss of this plant is threatening the survival of the monarch butterfly population. It has been severely reduced from over a billion in the 1990s to less than 60 million this year.
The residents of Toronto can play an essential role in helping to revive this species by planting milkweed in backyards, gardens and schoolyards throughout the city. Every milkweed planted is a new plant that will assist the monarch butterfly.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 24, 2015 as “Milkweed Day” in the City of Toronto.
World Partnership Walk Day
May 24, 2015
WHEREAS the World Partnership Walk is one of Canada’s largest annual events dedicated to raising awareness and funds in the fight against global poverty.
Since its establishment in 1985, Canadians participating in the World Partnership Walk have raised awareness and more than $70 million in funds for people in developing communities around the world.
The Walk aims to increase public awareness of the vital role Canada plays in promoting and supporting effective international development and partnership with people of the developing world.
The Walk raises funds to help reduce global poverty and to provide health, education, rural development and community-building support programs to thousands of people in Asia and Africa.
On May 24, 2015, thousands of people of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life, will join with others from cities across Canada to participate in the annual World Partnership Walk to show their support for those less fortunate in communities around the world.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 24, 2015 as “World Partnership Walk Day” in the City of Toronto.
Toronto Paramedic Services Week
May 24 – 30, 2015
WHEREAS paramedic services in the City of Toronto are a vital public service, providing access to quality emergency care that dramatically improves the survival and recovery rates of those who experience sudden illness or injury.
The members of Toronto Paramedic Services engage in thousands of hours of specialized training and continuing education to enhance their lifesaving skills and to better serve the residents of Toronto.
The City of Toronto recognizes the vital role Toronto Paramedic Services’ paramedics, emergency medical dispatchers, support staff and administrators play in providing lifesaving care to those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 24 – 30, 2015 as “Toronto Paramedic Services Week” in the City of Toronto. I encourage everyone to participate in activities that recognize and celebrate Toronto Paramedic Services staff during this week.
May 25 – June 25, 2015
WHEREAS since 1989, the launch of Toronto’s first Bike to Work Day, the City of Toronto has worked with the cycling community to encourage commuters to get on their bikes.
The City encourages people to consider commuting to work and school by bike to help reduce traffic congestion in the city. Toronto is currently adding a city wide network of connected cycle tracks, bike lanes, shared roadway routes and multi-use pathways to enhance cycling opportunities in our communities.
Cycling is a terrific way for both individuals and families to enjoy our city and be healthy. This year’s Bike Month features hundreds of cycling events and activities to promote cycling as a practical transportation choice and encourage everyone to get outside and ride.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 25 – June 25, 2015 as “Bike Month” in the City of Toronto.
May 29, 2015
WHEREAS Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in the world, built on immigration and committed to the successful integration of newcomers.
Each year tens of thousands of people from around the world choose Toronto as their new home. Half of the city’s residents have been born outside of Canada and Toronto has a long history of welcoming newcomers and helping them settle and integrate.
In 2014, Toronto became the first city outside of Europe to sign the Integrating Cities Charter, re-affirming its commitment to immigrant integration. The successful settlement of newcomers in our city is critical for the city’s success and an opportunity to enrich Toronto economically, socially and culturally.
Today, we invite you to join us in welcoming our newcomers and celebrate and acknowledge their many contributions to our city.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 29, 2015 as “Newcomer Day” in the City of Toronto.
Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day
May 31, 2015
WHEREAS on May 31, more than 14,000 cyclists will take over Toronto’s streets and highways in support of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario. The goal of this much anticipated event is to raise more than $6 million to fund breakthrough treatments that save lives and improve survivor recovery.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a volunteer-based health charity active in communities across the country that is sustained by the commitment and generosity of more than 125,000 volunteers and more than 1.4 million donors. The Becel Heart and Stroke Ride for Heart has been one of the Foundation’s signature events for the past 27 years.
Heart disease and stroke can have a devastating impact on individuals and their families. Nine out of ten Canadians have at least one risk factor for heart disease or stroke, and with childhood obesity tripling over the last 30 years, the future health of our children is a serious concern.
This year, a breakthrough treatment pioneered by Foundation-funded researchers is cutting the death rate from major stroke in half. In the research trial, high-tech equipment and imaging was used to remove the clot through the patient’s blood vessels, restoring blood flow to the brain.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 31, 2015 as “Becel Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart Day” in the City of Toronto.
Recreation and Parks Month
WHEREAS the City of Toronto provides beautiful parks, a healthy, expanding urban forest and community focused recreational experiences.
Community recreation strengthens communities and improves the quality of life for all Torontonians. Recreation programs promote the social and physical development of people of all ages and abilities, develop skills and talents in individuals, build social connections within neighbourhoods and train future leaders.
Along with recreation programs, Toronto’s extensive system of parks and trails are essential to the quality of life that residents enjoy.
Parkland is an important component of the city’s green space system, providing many ecological functions that are important to the health of individuals, communities and the city as a whole.
Throughout the month of June, The City of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division will be hosting events to celebrate Toronto’s parks and raise awareness of the city’s recreation programs.
Everyone is encouraged to visit their community centre and park to be active, appreciate nature in the city and enjoy Toronto’s wealth of recreational opportunities and beautiful parkland.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as “Recreation and Parks Month” in the City of Toronto.
WHEREAS June marks the 31st anniversary of Seniors’ Month in the City of Toronto and recognizes the important role seniors play in our communities.
This year’s Seniors’ Month theme “Vibrant Seniors, Vibrant Communities”, highlights the important contributions seniors make, including giving their time, talent and knowledge, in enhancing the well-being of our communities and our society.
Seniors are the fastest growing segment of the population and it is estimated that by 2031, our city will be home to 1.2 million seniors. As a group, seniors are unique in their needs and require specialized services and resources. More than half of the seniors in our city are immigrants and many of them speak a language other than English. As they age, they will need their city to support them.
The City of Toronto is committed to providing equitable services for seniors across our communities and promoting dialogue between them and the organizations that serve them. The City of Toronto Seniors Strategy sets out the path that the city will take to become an age-friendly city and a welcoming place for seniors where they can access the services and resources they need.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 2015 as “Seniors’ Month” in the City of Toronto.
Peace Tree Day
June 1, 2015
WHEREAS on Peace Tree Day, children and families will work together to create a Peace Tree that reflects the symbols of all cultures and faiths. It will reflect the beauty of ‘diversity in unity’ and is a symbol of respect and inclusivity for everyone. Children and youth will also create innovative forms of art, music and dance incorporating diversity and fusion to celebrate Peace Tree Day.
Peace Tree Day is conducted by Peace Tree International Initiatives, a non-profit organization that helps children and youth to create peaceful, inclusive communities by celebrating diversity through the arts, culture and literacy.
In honour of Peace Tree Day, children and youth Peace Tree Ambassadors will also raise funds to assist less fortunate children around the world and to pay tribute to innocent victims of violence.
Through this event and during workshops, conferences and festivals that are led by children and youth Peace Tree Ambassadors, Peace Tree International Initiatives encourages children and youth to become leaders for peace and social justice causes.
Peace Tree Day International 2015 is being celebrated on May 31, 2015 in Toronto at Mel Lastman Square.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 1, 2015 as “Peace Tree Day” in the City of Toronto.
June 1, 2015
WHEREAS held every year on June 1st, Intergenerational Day is a day to celebrate the positive connections that take place between generations in local communities. It raises awareness of the importance of fostering relationships between people of all ages which create healthy, age-friendly communities.
Intergenerational Day is an official reminder for every Torontonian to take one small respectful step towards bridging generational gaps within his or her local community.
Toronto Intergenerational Partnerships in Community (TIGP) is a non-profit charity that has a mandate to bring generations and communities together through programs and events. Some of their programs include Seniors Assistance Home Maintenance and Volunteer Service programs.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 1, 2015 as “Intergenerational Day” in the City of Toronto.
Toronto Remembers D-Day
June 6, 2015
WHEREAS, on June 6, 1944, Canadian and Allied forces invaded Western Europe, storming the beaches of Normandy, France and setting the course for the Second World War.
Canada’s goal was to secure an eight kilometre stretch of the Normandy coastline. Allied troops departed the southern coast of England and the battle that ensued marked the beginning of the end of the Second World War.
Each year on June 6, we pay tribute to D-Day veterans and all Canadians who served overseas and at home during the Second World War. D-Day provides us with an opportunity to remember their courage and the sacrifices they made in the pursuit of freedom.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 6, 2015 as “Toronto Remembers D-Day” in honour of the men and women who fought for the peace and freedom we enjoy today.
Reach for the Rainbow Week
June 7 – 13, 2015
WHEREAS Reach for the Rainbow Week aims to increase awareness of integrated programs for people with disabilities while generating advocacy for the value of integrated settings throughout communities in the city.
Integration assists individuals in improving self-esteem, teaches acceptance of self and others and creates an environment where everyone feels a sense of belonging.
With no single disability focus, Reach for the Rainbow provides innovative ideas and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to participate in recreational programs such as summer session day and overnight camps. These programs allow participants to develop different strengths and improve their confidence and social skills through their recreational experiences.
Reach for the Rainbow concentrates on a holistic approach to providing the participant with meaningful and transformative experiences that enrich their lives, their families and their communities by allowing them to realize their full potential.
Reach for the Rainbow Week is dedicated to increasing awareness of integrated programs available throughout the city, while supporting the “gift of belonging” principle of Reach for the Rainbow.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim June 7 – 13, 2015 as “Reach for the Rainbow Week” in the City of Toronto.
June 10, 2015
WHEREAS Portugal Day recognizes and celebrates the tremendous contributions made by our Portuguese community to the prosperity, success and vitality of our city.
The first group of Portuguese immigrants, officially recognized as such by the Government of Canada, arrived at Pier 21 in Halifax. Today, tens of thousands have made Toronto their home and continue to be extremely proud of their rich history and heritage.
Portugal Day provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase the Portuguese community and promote the various activities and events taking place in and around the city.
In Toronto, our many ethnic cultures truly reflect our diversity, contribute to our social and cultural development and enrich our lives.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 10, 2015 as “Portugal Day” in the City of Toronto.
Walk for Values Day
June 11, 2015
WHEREAS Toronto takes a leadership role in bridging cultural, ethnic and social differences in our communities.
The Walk for Values is dedicated to raising awareness of basic human values and encourages individuals to be an agent of change for universal peace and harmony.
The walk welcomes individuals, families and communities of all races, faiths and beliefs to join together and walk for the basic human values of truth, right conduct, peace, love and non-violence.
Toronto is a city committed to building an inclusive society that serves as a model of diversity for cities across the world.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 11, 2015 as “Walk for Values Day” in the City of Toronto.
Highland Creek Heritage Day
June 13, 2015
WHEREAS the village of Highland Creek (“the Village”) was one of the earliest settlements in the Scarborough community and one of the first areas in modern day Toronto to be occupied by European settlers. Highland Creek is a river that runs through the neighbourhood, whose valley is occupied by large trees and wildlife.
In the summer of 1986, merchants and residents decided to establish an annual community festival to celebrate the rich history and heritage of the Village. This year marks the 30th Highland Creek Heritage Festival, taking place on June 13, 2015.
Highland Creek opened their first post office in 1852. Today, the area remains the only area of Toronto that is still identifiable as a historical village with buildings that include the W.J. Morrish General Store built in 1890 and the Highland Creek Public School established in 1918.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 13, 2015 as “Highland Creek Heritage Day” in the City of Toronto.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
June 15, 2015
WHEREAS older adults deserve to be treated with dignity and respect to enable them to serve as leaders, mentors, volunteers and contributing members of our city.
In 2006, the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action, proclaimed a day to recognize the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.
Each year in Toronto, thousands of seniors are at-risk of being abused and neglected with one of the major causes behind the abuse being ‘ageism.’ Preventing abuse of older adults will help improve their quality of life, allowing them to continue living as independently as possible and contribute to the life and vibrancy of our city and province.
Elder Abuse Ontario recognizes the importance of taking action to create social change and to educating older adults about their rights.
This year marks the 10th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and will highlight the importance of promoting a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older adults.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 15, 2015 as “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
June 18 – 27, 2015
WHEREAS for the past 28 years, the Toronto Jazz Festival has been a much anticipated and celebrated tradition, kicking off summer in the City of Toronto.
Featuring the best in local, national and international musical talent playing a diverse range of genres, the Festival has woven its way into the fabric of Toronto to become the sound of the city.
This year the Toronto Jazz Festival will entertain half a million residents and visitors alike at more than 350 concerts presented at over 40 locations throughout the city. From the jazz greats to tomorrow’s rising stars, the Festival showcases the best in jazz and highlights all that the city has to offer.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 18 – 27, 2015 as “Jazz Week” in the City of Toronto.
World Sickle Cell Day
June 19, 2015
WHEREAS World Sickle Cell Day was officially proclaimed by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in 2008 and is recognized June 19 each year to increase awareness of the condition all over the world.
The Sickle Cell Association of Ontario is hosting its annual World Sickle Cell Day Conference to raise awareness and provide information about sickle cell disease. Sickle cell is one of the world’s foremost genetic disease worldwide, affecting millions of people regardless of their ethno origin.
Since 1981, the Sickle Cell Association of Ontario has worked collaboratively to provide programs, services and initiatives aimed at improving the quality of life for people living with sickle cell. The Association provides education and support to individuals, families, communities and organizations locally, regionally and globally.
World Sickle Cell Day celebrates, encourages and strengthens efforts to improve the quality of life for people living with sickle cell.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 19, 2015 as “World Sickle Cell Day” in the City of Toronto.
June 19 – 28, 2015
WHEREAS Pride Week in Toronto is the largest Pride celebration in North America and is one of our country’s premier arts and cultural festivals. Pride Week celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of our city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Intersex, Queer, Questioning, Two Spirited communities and Allies (LGBTTIQQ2SA) while promoting a society in which all residents can live free from discrimination.
Following the momentum of World Pride 2014 which welcomed two million people to Toronto, this festival will continue in 2015 as a celebration of the power and beauty of our community’s diverse voices. Pride Toronto will offer ten days of signature events, performances and marches, including the highly anticipated annual Pride Parade.
Toronto’s strong and vibrant LGBTTIQQ2SA community contributes greatly to our city’s cultural fabric. By telling the stories of this community, Pride Toronto will focus on diversity, inclusiveness and understanding while sharing a vision of love and social justice with everyone.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 19 – 28, 2015 as “Pride Week” in the City of Toronto.
World Refugee Day
June 20, 2015
WHEREAS the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and find solutions to refugee problems worldwide.
It is important to recognize that Canada has a long history of helping and protecting refugees and is signatory to the 1951 United Nations Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol.
The United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted on December 4, 2000, a resolution naming June 20 of every year as World Refugee Day to build awareness, empathy, support and respect of refugees.
World Refugee Day 2015 recognizes that refugees are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. There is a person behind the statistic with each person having a story to tell whether it is a doctor, poet, interpreter, son, daughter, mother, father or friend.
As one of the most multicultural cities in the world, the city of Toronto and its people continue to welcome refugees and make resources available to them and their families so they can have a dignified life in a safe and free environment.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 20, 2015 as “World Refugee Day” in the City of Toronto.
National Aboriginal Day
June 21, 2015
WHEREAS on June 13, 1996, Canada’s former Governor General Romeo A. LeBlanc signed a declaration to proclaim National Aboriginal Day every year on June 21st.
National Aboriginal Day allows us to learn about and celebrate the rich culture, heritage and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.
As part of its Statement of Commitment to Aboriginal Peoples in Toronto, The City of Toronto designated 2014 as the Year of Truth and Reconciliation. In 2015, it continues the process of reconciliation by highlighting the aboriginal history of Toronto.
By acknowledging the Aboriginal Peoples as the original inhabitants of the land now known as Toronto along with their inherent rights, the City of Toronto recognizes that the fundamental strength of our community lies in our unique racial, ethno-cultural and aboriginal diversity.
The City of Toronto is taking a leadership role in eliminating all forms of discrimination, promoting human rights and building an inclusive society in which everyone can live with dignity and respect.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 21, 2015 as “National Aboriginal Day” in the City of Toronto.
June 22, 2015
WHEREAS Toronto is a creative centre where the arts are celebrated and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The performing arts are a unifying force that is vital to the cultural and social development of our communities.
The Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts (TAPA) will celebrate the 36th annual Dora Mavor Moore Awards in celebration of excellence on Toronto stages in theatre, dance and opera for the 2014-15 production seasons.
Each nominee of the coveted DORA award has helped to enrich the arts in Toronto and offers all of us an opportunity to experience and enjoy the wide range of creativity and talent on Toronto stages.
Dora Day celebrates and recognizes Toronto’s professional theatre, dance and opera industry. Toronto is a centre for arts and culture and attracts tourists to our city. Residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of shows and productions including independent theatre to blockbuster musicals, festivals and special events.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim June 22, 2015 as “Dora Day” in the City of Toronto.
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
July 7 – August 3, 2015
WHEREAS the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an expression of Caribbean culture and reflects our city’s multiculturalism and the diversity among people of Caribbean origin.
Now in its 48th year, this vibrant festival was created as the Caribbean community’s contribution to Canada’s centennial celebration. It has since grown to become one of the most significant cultural events held in our city and the largest cultural festival in North America.
One of the city’s cultural showcases, the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival provides an economic boost to the city, attracting millions of visitors to events and celebrations over several weeks. The highlight of the festival is the highly anticipated parade which features the artistry and craft of spectacular costumes. The poetry of calypso and the sweet sounds of steelpan bands make our streets come alive with the sounds of soca, reggae, chutney, hip hop and samba music.The food and fashion of the Caribbean culture add an extra spice and sizzle to this event.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim July 7 – August 3, 2015 as “Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival” and encourage everyone to celebrate our vibrant Caribbean community by attending one of the many events taking place during the festival.
August 1, 2015
WHEREAS Emancipation Day is celebrated in communities across Canada each year to recognize the heritage and contributions African Canadians have made to Canadian society. It is also a day to recognize their struggle for human rights.
The British government abolished the transatlantic slave trade in 1807. It enacted legislation on August 28, 1833, resulting in the abolition of slavery across the British Empire as of August 1, 1834. The success of the abolition came about largely through the efforts of people of African origin including freed slaves, many of whom risked their lives to come to Canada via the underground railroad and through abolitionists.
Toronto was the first jurisdiction in the British Commonwealth to move toward abolishing slavery. Under the leadership of Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe, Toronto was founded with a commitment to abolishing slavery through the passage of the Anti-Slavery Act on July 9, 1793.
Emancipation Day gives us an opportunity to explore and celebrate the rich African-Canadian history that has helped build our city.
Magnificent stories of service and accomplishment range all the way from A.T. Augusta, a Black Toronto doctor who set up the Central Medical Hall at Yonge and Elm streets in the 1850s providing medical and dental services, to Canada’s first Black Victoria Cross Captain winner William Hall from Nova Scotia, to Lincoln Alexander who was a pioneer in many places including Canada’s first Black cabinet minister and first Black Lieutenant Governor.
Canadians of all backgrounds should know the incredible history of our African Canadians as builders, advocates, and people who defended Canada in many challenging times and who lead in so many ways. Knowing more about this distinguished history of achievement helps all of us to better understand who we are as Canadians.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 1, 2015 as “Emancipation Day” in the City of Toronto.
August 3, 2015
WHEREAS in 1968, Toronto City Council officially declared the first Monday in August to be a Civic Holiday in Ontario, naming it “Simcoe Day” in honour of Major-General John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of the province of Upper Canada.
John Graves Simcoe founded York, now called Toronto, in 1793, and made it the capital of Upper Canada. His regiment, the Queen’s Rangers, constructed Fort York to protect the new settlement. At the fort, Simcoe erected his famous portable canvas houses so that he and his family could have a place to live during the winter of 1793-94.
During his short but significant tenure, Governor Simcoe introduced basic institutions including parliament, systems of courts, common law, land holding and county government. His initiative to end slavery in the province was the first of its kind in the British Empire.
Simcoe Day is an opportunity to reflect on John Graves Simcoe’s role in advocating for the end of slavery, establishing warm race relations and forging ties with the Aboriginal community.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 3, 2015 as “Simcoe Day” in the City of Toronto.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day
August 6, 2015
WHEREAS this year marks the 70th anniversary of the horrific effects of the use of atomic bombs that took place on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We must forever remember the nearly 250,000 people who died from the immediate effects of the attacks and those who suffered thereafter.
The recent conferences on the Catastrophic Harm of Nuclear Weapons in Oslo, Nayarit and Vienna have called on all nations to recognize the humanitarian harm that the use of these weapons can cause while calling for the abolition of atomic weapons.
Countries across the world have joined Canada in signing the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty. It prohibits the proliferation of nuclear weapons, mutual reinforcement of nuclear disarmament and the agreement of a full exchange of equipment, materials and information for peaceful uses of nuclear energy between all State Parities to the Treaty. Since 1983, Toronto has been a member of Mayors for Peace and a custodian of the Peace Garden for the past 31 years.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 6, 2015 as “Hiroshima and Nagasaki Day” in the City of Toronto.
Overdose Awareness Day
August 31, 2015
WHEREAS every year on August 31, International Overdose Awareness Day is recognized in communities around the world to remember those whose lives have been lost and to raise awareness about the risks of overdose.
Overdose is the third leading cause of accidental death among people in Ontario with many of these deaths occurring in Toronto. Overdose deaths shatter families, friends and communities. Accidental overdose is largely preventable.
This day recognizes the devastating impact of drug overdose in Toronto and also provides an opportunity to remember individuals who have died while making a commitment to preventing future deaths.
The City of Toronto is committed to improving the health and well-being of all community members.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim August 31, 2015 as “Overdose Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
WHEREAS approximately 24,000 Canadian men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year and an estimated 4,100 Canadian men will die of the disease, making it the most common cancer to affect men.
In Ontario alone, there will be an estimated 9,700 new cases of prostate cancer and 1,600 deaths as a result of this disease.
Because Toronto is the most populated city in Canada, a large proportion of new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in Toronto this year. Awareness is the first step towards bringing about change, as the survival rate for prostate cancer can be over 90% when it is detected early. As part of this awareness, it is important to note that those with a family history of the disease, or those of African or Caribbean descent, are at a greater risk of developing prostate cancer.
Men are encouraged to initiate a shared and informed decision making process with their doctor at age 40, including a baseline PSA test.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 2015 as “Prostate Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.
United Jewish Appeal Week
September 7 – 13, 2015
WHEREAS United Jewish Appeal Week recognizes the significant contributions made to the growth, prosperity and success of the city by Jewish-Canadians. Fundraising initiatives, programs and services contribute to the survival and growth of the local and international Jewish community.
As one of the city’s principal Jewish community organizations, the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto is responsible for fundraising, planning and community development. It also allocates money to dozens of non-profit agencies. The activities of the United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto and its affiliated agencies include supporting the vulnerable, nurturing shared values with Canadians of all backgrounds and faiths, combatting anti-Semitism and racism in all its forms and revitalizing Jewish community structures and services.
The United Jewish Appeal Federation of Greater Toronto has made a difference in improving and enhancing lives on a local and global scale through the assistance of its volunteers, staff and supporters.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 7 – 13, 2015 as “United Jewish Appeal Week” in the City of Toronto.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day
September 9, 2015
WHEREAS children are our most important resource and it is our responsibility to care for, nurture and protect them. Health Canada states that over 355,000 Canadians (at least 1 in 100) struggle with some form of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Statistics indicate that individuals with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Alcohol-Related
Neurodevelopmental Disorder, known by the umbrella term, FASD in Canada and industrial nations throughout the world, face the risk of intellectual disability or learning disabilities, early school drop‑out, homelessness, addiction, trouble with the law and mental illness.
To reduce the incidence of FASD, it is essential that women in pregnancy are provided with support and information. Parents, professionals and individuals living with FASD and other individuals around the world will observe the 17th International FASD Awareness Day on September 9, 2015, with a minute of reflection at 9:09 a.m.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 9, 2015 as “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
Toronto International Film Festival Weeks
September 10 – 20, 2015
WHEREAS the Toronto International Film Festival is one of Toronto’s premier events. Screening over 300 films from more than 60 countries and attracting nearly 500,000 film attendees each year, it is recognized within the film industry as one of the world’s leading public film festivals.
Toronto is a desirable international destination for film and television production. Torontonians are proud to see familiar streets in our city that have set the stage for music videos, documentaries, award-winning feature films and a long-running, internationally acclaimed television series.
Appealing to both fans and industry professionals, the Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most anticipated cultural events of the year. Celebrating its 40th year as one of the most successful cinematic events in the world, the Festival previews the upcoming film season, screens the best of Canadian and international cinema and is an excellent venue for features, documentaries, short and experimental films.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 10 – 20, 2015 as “Toronto International Film Festival Weeks” in the City of Toronto and encourage everyone to take advantage of the various events taking place during this eleven day festival.
September 20, 2015
WHEREAS addiction continues to be a terrible and costly burden and one that affects many Toronto residents and their families.
By embracing a life of sobriety, many courageous citizens who once had addictions, can now move on with their lives. After having acknowledged their dependency, they have been able to regain their dignity and self-respect.
These individuals have discovered that honesty, sobriety and a full return to citizenship are all factors that go hand in hand with each other. They are able to feel happy and richly fulfilled because they are in recovery and beginning the next positive stage of their lives.
Recovery Day is a day set aside to celebrate each person’s individual recovery and the recovery of their fellow citizens.
On September 20, 2015, the third annual Recovery Day will be held at Mel Lastman Square. It will feature music, speakers, activities for children and a sobriety count.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 20, 2015 as “Recovery Day” in the City of Toronto.
Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Day
September 20, 2015
WHEREAS at least one in 200 people harbors a genetic mutation that can lead to mitochondrial disease.
Mitochondrial disease is a chronic, genetic disorder that occurs when the mitochondria of the cell fail to produce enough energy for proper cell or organ function. This disease causes extreme physical, developmental and cognitive disabilities with many individuals developing severe symptoms. For the thousands of Canadians suffering from this debilitating and often fatal disease, there are few effective treatments and no known cure.
Mitochondrial disease is among the most common adult form of inherited neurological disorders affecting one in 4300 individuals. Consistent research has shown that mitochondrial dysfunction is at the core of many common illnesses of adulthood including Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and even the aging process itself.
The MitoCanada Foundation seeks to promote early diagnosis, education and treatment of mitochondrial disorders through greater public awareness.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 20, 2015 as “Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
Toronto Public Service Week
September 21 – 25, 2015
WHEREAS Toronto Public Service Week recognizes the professionalism and commitment of the Toronto Public Service in providing a broad range of high quality services to Toronto residents.
Each year, the United Nations designates June 23 as Public Service Day “to highlight the value and virtue of public service to the community, recognize the work of public servants and encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.”
This is the third annual Toronto Public Service Week, designed to celebrate the contributions of the members of the Toronto Public Service to assist Toronto residents with the services they need to live, work and play in the City of Toronto.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 21 – 25, 2015 as “Toronto Public Service Week” in the City of Toronto.
Syringomyelia and Chiari Malformation Day
September 30, 2015
WHEREAS underdiagnosed, rare and incurable, Syringomyelia and Chiari Malformation are two disorders that affect the spinal cord and cerebellum respectively.
Syringomyelia is a disorder in which a cyst, referred to as a Syrinx, or cavity, forms inside the spinal cord. Over time, the Syrinx can grow and damage the nerves that run through the spinal cord and destroy the cord altogether.
Chiari Malformations are structural defects in the part of the brain that controls balance, the cerebellum. The resulting pressure on the cerebellum and brain stem often affects the functions controlled by these areas and restricts the flow of cerebrospinal fluid to and from the brain.
For every one hundred thousand individuals, more than 15 per cent are afflicted with Syringomyelia and five per cent of them have a Chiari Malformation. Of the 15 per cent living with Syringomyelia, six per cent also have Chiari. Often, the symptoms of these two conditions are not properly diagnosed in patients.
Syringomyelia and Chiari Malformation Day provides us with an opportunity to learn more about these conditions and to understand the challenges faced by affected individuals.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim September 30, 2015 as “Syringomyelia and Chiari Malformation Day” in the City of Toronto.
Occupational Therapy Month
WHEREAS occupational therapy, a regulated health profession over 5000 strong in Ontario, is concerned with promoting health and well-being.
Occupational therapy services enable people of all ages and abilities to participate in the activities that give meaning and purpose to their lives by helping them overcome obstacles that prevent them from becoming involved in life’s different occupations.
The health and well-being of all Torontonians is dependent on access to occupational therapy services in Toronto, in community agencies, hospitals, long-term care homes, rehabilitation centres and clinics, family health teams and other primary care agencies, schools, social agencies and industry or private practice.
Each year, the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists recognize the achievements and contributions of these valued health professionals by declaring October “Occupational Therapy Month.”
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as “Occupational Therapy Month” in the City of Toronto.
Hispanic Heritage Month
WHEREAS the Hispanic-Canadian population in Toronto is one of the fastest growing ethnic communities in our city, representing over 20 Spanish speaking countries in the world.
The Hispanic community is committed to preserving their rich culture and heritage. It has made important social, cultural, economic and political contributions to Canada’s nation building.
The City of Toronto is home to a large Hispanic community and we are proud to celebrate their rich heritage and culture. As one of the world’s most multicultural cities, Toronto prides itself on being a tight knit community where people of all cultures are welcomed, respected and able to live in harmony with each other.
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and promotes traditions, cultural influences and ethnicities of all Latin roots throughout the world. It provides residents and visitors with an opportunity to celebrate, enjoy and experience the rich heritage of Toronto’s Hispanic cultures and to acknowledge the many significant contributions Hispanic-Canadians have made to our city.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 2015 as “Hispanic Heritage Month” in the City of Toronto.
Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours Awareness Day
October 1, 2015
WHEREAS approximately 2 – 5 per cent of the population, or 2 million Canadian adults and children, develop Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours (BFRBs).
BFRBs are an umbrella term for a group of repetitive self-grooming behaviours in which an individual harms their appearance or causes physical injury through pulling, picking, biting or scraping of the hair, skin or nails.
These behaviours are considered impulse control disorders as part of the OCD Spectrum. They tend to occur during early puberty and affect both women and men. When this disorder manifests itself into adulthood, it tends to affect mostly women.
Over time, BFRBs can cause very significant distress, which can impact work, social and daily activities.
While there is no known cure for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours, there are tools such as therapies (e.g. psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy), medication, peer support groups and online resources that can help sufferers cope.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 1, 2015 as “Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviours Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
World Habitat Day
October 5, 2015
WHEREAS the first Monday in October has been designated as World Habitat Day by the United Nations General Assembly. It is a time to reflect on the state of our cities and towns, emphasize everyone’s right to adequate shelter and to remind the world that we all have the power and a responsibility to shape the future of our cities and towns.
This year’s theme, “Public Spaces for All,” sheds light on the importance of providing public spaces that enhance community cohesion and promote health, happiness, and the well-being of all citizens.
The City of Toronto’s affordable housing and homelessness initiatives are guided by Toronto’s Affordable Housing Action Plan, 2010–2020. It is a plan that helps to affirm the City’s commitment to continue working with its partners to address housing needs.
This year, with the assistance of the federal and provincial governments and private and non-profit groups, the City of Toronto is opening 217 affordable rental and ownership homes, while assisting more than 2,500 residents with home repairs.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 5, 2015 as “World Habitat Day” in the City of Toronto.
Canadian Magazine Week
October 11 – 17, 2015
WHEREAS Canada’s thriving print and digital magazine media industry takes center stage in a global market.
Authored, published, printed and sold in Canada, Canadian magazines are comprised of 400,000 unique pages of Canadian content that are published annually. Canadians love their Canadian magazines because they connect millions of readers from coast to coast with what matters most to them. Over half of all Canadians read at least one magazine per week.
Canada’s magazine media employs 18,000 people across Canada with the majority of the industry based in Ontario and 78 per cent in Toronto, making our city the overwhelming center of magazine publishing in Canada.
During Canadian Magazine Week, Toronto will host the 40th annual FIPP World Congress, the largest and most prestigious magazine event in the world. Being held in Canada for the first time, this global event will draw over 800 participants to Toronto, which will include international and Canadian business, cultural and consumer magazine media publishers who drive the content of global media brands.
Aside from raising the international profile of an important Canadian cultural industry, this spotlight on Canada’s magazine media also allows the citizens of Toronto to discover and embrace the $2 billion Canadian-content magazine industry. With its strong diversity and magazine media industry, Toronto is the perfect fit for the world’s biggest magazine media event.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 11 – 17, 2015 as “Canadian Magazine Week” in the City of Toronto.
Stop Bullying Day
October 16, 2015
WHEREAS the reduction and elimination of violence, harassment and bullying in workplaces is a priority for our city.
The City of Toronto, in partnership with employers, organized labour and workers provide information, training and resources in an attempt to enhance awareness.
A partnership of concerned citizens, labour organizations, occupational health and safety and law enforcement professionals, all have a role to play in highlighting the dangers of workplace violence, harassment and bullying.
It is important that we encourage everyone throughout our city to be caring and respectful towards one another so everyone can work in a safe and respectful environment.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 16, 2015 as “Stop Bullying Day” in the City of Toronto.
October 18, 2015
WHEREAS on October 18, 1929, the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council of Great Britain handed down the historic decision to include women in the legal definition of “persons.” This decision established the right of women to participate in all aspects of public life and made them eligible to hold any appointed or elected office.
The women who pushed for this reform were a magistrate, author, politician, educator and legal expert. They are known as the Famous Five and their efforts to secure basic rights for women are acknowledged on Persons day.
Toronto City Council established the Constance E. Hamilton Award in honour of the first woman elected to municipal council in Toronto in 1920. The award recognizes persons whose actions have been significant in securing the equitable treatment of women in Toronto.
The City of Toronto also established the first Toronto Regional Champion Campaign Program to inspire diverse young women’s interest in municipal government and to build their capacity in becoming leaders and decision-makers in municipal government.
Honouring Persons Day supports the City of Toronto’s mandate to advance its motto, “Diversity our Strength”, which is part of the City’s strategic actions and which recognizes that Toronto is stronger through women’s ongoing participation in the political structure.
We acknowledge and honour women’s organizations and the women of Toronto who are making invaluable contributions to our City.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim October 18, 2015 as “Persons Day” in the City of Toronto.
World Polio Day
October 24, 2015
WHEREAS Polio is a highly infectious disease that invades the nervous system causing paralysis.
As there is no cure for Polio, the best protection is prevention. For as little as 60 cents worth of vaccine, a child can be protected against this crippling disease for life.
The Global Polio Eradication Initiative is spearheaded by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) and raises funds for vaccinations in polio affected communities.
To date, Rotary clubs across the globe have contributed more than 900 million to the Polio eradication effort.
Since 1988, polio cases have dropped by 99 per cent worldwide and the disease is on the verge of being eradicated, remaining an endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 24, 2015 as “World Polio Day” in the City of Toronto.
National Teen Driver Safety Week
October 19 – 25, 2015
WHEREAS driving is an important and exciting rite of passage for youth, but it is also one of the riskiest activities for them to engage in.
Teen driver safety is a significant issue in Canada. Young drivers are over represented in all road-related injuries and fatalities. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the leading cause of death for individuals aged 16-25 is through motor vehicle crashes. Fifty-five percent of these crashes are the result of impairment due to alcohol or drugs.
National Teen Driver Safety Week is dedicated to raising awareness and seeking solutions to preventable teen deaths on the road across Canada. We all have a role in creating change amongst peers, in classrooms and in communities by encouraging safe driving practices.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 19 – 25, 2015 as “National Teen Driver Safety Week” in the City of Toronto.
Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week
October 19 – 25, 2015
WHEREAS across Canada there is a growing necessity for spirituality and religion in the provision of appropriate care. This year’s theme, “Mental Health: Cultural and Religious Dynamics,” reflects these requirements.
There is need to recognize and applaud compassionate and qualified spiritual and religious caregivers in society and particularly in our institutions of care.
As a city that prides itself on being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto respects and accepts all religions, faiths and beliefs that make up our diverse communities.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 19 – 25, 2015 as “Spiritual and Religious Care Awareness Week” in the City of Toronto.
Feed Tomorrow Week
October 19 – 23, 2015
WHEREAS the aim of this week is to strengthen support of child nutrition programs across Toronto by focusing attention on the issue of youth hunger and promoting awareness of the link between nutrition and learning.
When children are hungry, they cannot focus, and if they cannot focus, they cannot learn. Research proves that students who are well nourished perform better and their ability to concentrate improves as does their aptitude to learn. To ensure that children are nourished and ready to learn, Toronto Foundation for Student Success and The Angel Foundation for Learning help provide more than 170,000 meals and snacks in schools and community programs across Toronto each school day.
The Foundations work in partnership with all levels of government, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, various corporations, private individuals and a number of agencies to provide the funding, expertise and volunteers necessary for delivering these programs.
The goal is to enable students to reach high levels of achievement and acquire the knowledge, skills and values needed to become successful members of society. The programs also incorporate nutrition education that promotes healthier diets, good eating habits and healthier lifestyles for the long term.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 19 – 23, 2015 as “Feed Tomorrow Week,” and encourage everyone to support this very important cause and recognize the impact of good nutrition on a child’s ability to learn.
Toronto Blue Jays Appreciation Day
October 27, 2015
WHEREAS the Toronto Blue Jays captured the hearts of Canadians and became Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2015 American League East Division Champions.
The Jays’ incredible 2015 season was highlighted by a number of events, games and turning points that propelled Toronto to the top of the East Division in the American League. A potent offence that could not be tamed, outstanding shut down pitching, an unforgettable MLB trade deadline week and an amazing post-deadline day run of 42 wins and 18 losses, made this baseball season one of the most exciting seasons in Blue Jays history.
Finishing the regular season with a record of 93 wins and 69 losses, the Blue Jays made it back to the post-season for the first time since 1993. Game five of the American League Division Series between Toronto and Texas will be remembered as one of the most incredible victories in the team’s history. The Blue Jays proved that a passion for baseball is alive and well in the “Great White North” uniting our country and showing that the Toronto Blue Jays are truly Canada’s team.
The excitement of Blue Jays fans was felt throughout the city. Each and every Blue Jays playoff game was accompanied by a viewing party in the “#BirdsNest,” where Blue Jays fans filled Nathan Phillips square outside of Toronto City Hall, to cheer on their team and live up to the team’s tagline “#ComeTogether.”
Today, on Toronto Blue Jays Appreciation Day, I encourage everyone in our city to wear blue and white to show our support and appreciation for this incredible team. The City of Toronto would like to thank the players, coaches and staff for a wonderful year. We are extremely proud of the Toronto Blue Jays and look forward to an even better 2016 season.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim October 27, 2015 as “Toronto Blue Jays Appreciation Day” in the City of Toronto.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month
WHEREAS lung cancer is the second most common cancer in Ontario but the number one cause of cancer related deaths. Nearly 7,000 people in Ontario will die this year from lung cancer – more than breast, prostate and colorectal cancer combined.
One in 12 Canadians will be diagnosed with this disease regardless of if they are a smoker or not. The fact is that the majority of lung cancer diagnoses are among former smokers, many of whom have quit years prior, or those who have never smoked. And for causes that are unclear, non-smoking women are significantly more likely to be diagnosed with lung cancer than nonsmoking men.
For decades, lung cancer’s five-year survival rate has hovered around 16 per cent. In 2014, that number was estimated to be around 17 per cent. At 19 per cent, people living in Ontario with lung cancer seem to be doing slightly better than the national average.
Researchers in Ontario play an important role in discovering new medical advances, including targeted drug therapies. Latest data suggests that both quality of life and longevity are improving with these new treatments however, there is still a lot of work to be done.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month is an opportunity to recognize the achievements and progress being made, to raise awareness and promote further research for lung cancer to ultimately find a cure.
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as “Lung Cancer Awareness Month” in the City of Toronto.
Pulmonary Hypertension Month
WHEREAS approximately 5,000 Canadians have been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, but as many as 10,000 may be affected by the condition.
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a rare but very complex and serious lung disease that is progressive and fatal. It is defined by high blood pressure in the lungs, which leadsto enlargement and weakness of the right-side of the heart, a serious type of heart failure. PH can strike anyone regardless of age, sex, social or ethnic background.
The symptoms of PH include: bluish hands, feet and lips, lightheadedness, especially when climbing stairs or standing up, shortness of breath OR breathlessness, especially with activity; the swelling of ankles, legs and abdomen; fainting; fatigue; and chest pain.
Raising public awareness of a rare and serious disease such as pulmonary hypertension contributes to the social development and well-being of communities. This increase in public health education often leads to early diagnosis of the disease. An early diagnosis can improve the quality of life for those affected by PH.
Often, pulmonary hypertension is an invisible health problem as people suffering from the disease may not look sick. Because it shares several of its symptoms with other conditions, pulmonary hypertension is difficult to diagnose. As many people are often misdiagnosed and thus do not receive the proper treatment, the average life expectancy of a PH patient is less than three years.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as “Pulmonary Hypertension Month” in the City of Toronto.
WHEREAS men in Canada have a one in eight chance of getting prostate cancer in their lifetime. One in five Canadians experience mental health issues each year.
Movember Canada is committed to raising awareness about men’s health issues and their effect on fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, husbands, and boyfriends across Canada and the world.
Throughout the month, Movember encourages men to grow a moustache for 30 days or commit to MOVE in an effort to promote and raise awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity. Together “Mo Bros” and “Mo Sistas” will start conversations about men’s health, raise much-needed funds for research and projects and dedicate themselves to the appreciation of “moustachery.”
NOW THEREFORE I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 2015 as “Movember” in the City of Toronto.
November 5 – 11, 2015
WHEREAS our veterans are the elderly, the young, grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and friends. In short, Canada’s veterans are heroes whose courage, service and sacrifice have kept our country strong, proud and free for more than a century.
As we mark the 101st anniversary of the start of the First World War and the 97th anniversary of the end of The Great War, we are reminded of the immense sacrifice Canadian men and women made throughout the course of the conflict.
During the First World War, more than 650,000 Canadian men and women served their country. Of these Canadians, nearly 4,000 Aboriginal Canadians enlisted during the war, a significant number, as this represented nearly one-third of all Aboriginal-Canadian men eligible to serve. An estimated 2,000 African-Canadians joined the front lines with more than 600 fighting under the unit called the “Black Battalion.” More than 2,800 Canadian Nursing Sisters, nicknamed the “bluebirds,” served alongside the Canadian Army Medical Corps tending to wounded soldiers in Europe. In the end, over 66,000 Canadians paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives and over 172,000 were wounded in battle.
The legacy of these Canadians continues to resonate across our country today. During Remembrance Week, we pay tribute to our fallen soldiers and veterans. We reflect on their stories that have been passed down from generation to generation. Powerful symbols such as the poem In Flanders Fields by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and the Flower of Remembrance, the poppy, emphasize the sacrifice and struggle of war and peace. They also honour those who have lost their lives in all wars.
On November 11, the City of Toronto humbly recognizes the tremendous contributions made by our armed forces, past and present, by holding Remembrance Day services at many of the civic centres across our city. I encourage everyone to attend a ceremony and proudly wear a poppy over your heart to remember the sacrifices made and honour those men and women who continue to serve and protect Canada today.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 5 – 11, 2015 as “Remembrance Week” in the City of Toronto.
English as a Second Language Week
November 8 – 14, 2015
WHEREAS the city of Toronto has been the destination of choice for many immigrants who have added to the city’s diversity through their culture, customs and language, even as they endeavour to acquire the ability to communicate in English.
The community of English as a Second Language is represented in all aspects of society. They are students in elementary and secondary schools, universities, colleges, public and private schools. They are also adult education students pursuing literacy and basic skills, participants in workplace-training programs, researchers and subjects. Our friends, neighbours, work colleagues, businesses we patronize, volunteers who assist us, and others in the community also greatly benefit from English as a Second Language training.
Each year, the professional organization, Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) Ontario, hosts a conference in Toronto consisting of workshops, research symposia and a technology fair to assist its members in expanding their skills and abilities.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 8 – 14, 2015 as “English as a Second Language Week” in the City of Toronto.
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day
November 13, 2015
WHEREAS pancreatic cancer occurs when cells in the pancreas develop mutations in their DNA. These mutations cause cells to grow rapidly and to live even after normal cells die. The pancreas secretes hormones, including insulin, to help our body process sugar found in the foods we eat. It also produces digestive juices that help our body digest food.
Each year, more than 250,000 men and women around the world, including 4,800 Canadians, are told they have pancreatic cancer.
The National Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation is Canada’s only national volunteer-driven foundation dedicated to raising awareness and investing in research that focuses on discovering new and better ways to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer. The Foundation continues to be a volunteer-based organization, providing support and resources to patients and their families.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 13, 2015 as “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.
Louis Riel Day
November 16, 2015
WHEREAS Louis Riel was a political and spiritual leader of the Métis people and founder of the province of Manitoba.
The Métis have a very rich history and culture and are an Aboriginal People officially recognized in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Constitution Act of 1982. The Métis people are part of the diverse population of the City of Toronto and recognizing this diversity advances the City’s motto, “Diversity our Strength.”
This is the 15th year that the City of Toronto and the Métis population join with Métis communities across the country to remember the death of Louis Riel in 1885 and to celebrate his vision for all Canadians.
Toronto City Council and the people of Toronto recognize Louis Riel’s commitment to the right of the Métis and the contributions made by the Métis nation to the development of Canada.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 16, 2015 as “Louis Riel Day” in the City of Toronto.
National Survivors of Suicide Day
November 20, 2015
WHEREAS suicide is a significant public health issue causing premature deaths and having an enormous impact on family, friends and communities. It is estimated that every one of these losses creates up to 25 survivors who are left with a lifelong legacy of making sense of and finding meaning in these traumatic events.
Every year almost 4000 Canadians die by suicide with 250 individuals dying as a result of suicide in Toronto.
In November, survivors of suicide from around the world gather to commemorate the lives of those who have died and to raise awareness of suicide as a critical public health concern. While acknowledging their grief, they carry a torch of hope for those who are struggling with despair.
Since 1967, Distress Centres has provided leadership in suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. Its Survivor Support Program which was established in 1979, specifically assists those who have lost loved ones to suicide in Canada.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2015 as “National Survivors of Suicide Day” in the City of Toronto.
Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20, 2015
WHEREAS Toronto is joining communities across the country and around the world to mark November 20 as Transgender Day of Remembrance.
This day is dedicated to honouring those who have suffered, and mourning those who have lost their lives to transphobic violence and injustice because of their gender identity or gender expression.
Throughout the world, transgender people are discriminated against, harmed and killed because of who they are. Many deaths and acts of violence against the transgender community go unreported. Some of these acts are self-inflicted due to the constant oppression of societal transphobia. Recent studies show a 41 per cent suicide rate among transgender people which is 25 times higher than the suicide rate for the general population.
While people of all gender identities, races and backgrounds have been victims of transphobic violence, transgender women of colour make up the majority of these deaths.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 20, 2015 as the “Transgender Day of Remembrance” in the City of Toronto.
Family Dispute Resolution Week
November 23 – 27, 2015
WHEREAS dealing with the trauma and stress of dysfunctional divorce and family breakdown can affect children throughout their lives. There is a dire need for Torontonians to gain access to supportive services during the difficult time of separation and divorce.
Approximately 80 per cent of people in Family Court represent themselves because they cannot afford a lawyer. These cases often involve mental health challenges, family violence and limited access to legal and dispute resolution options.
Family Dispute Resolution Week will raise awareness of non-adversarial options to separation and divorce including mediation, arbitration, collaborative practice, and free/subsidized family mediation funded by the province and the many agencies providing supportive divorce-related services.
Along with being less adversarial and causing less harm to parents and their children, these means of dispute resolution address problems including addictions, mental health issues, safety and family violence that traditional litigation processes do not offer and are often free and subsidized.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 23 – 27, 2015 as “Family Dispute Resolution Week” in the City of Toronto.
Shop Local Day
November 27, 2015
WHEREAS Live Green Toronto has dedicated November 27, 2015, as a shop local day to encourage residents to support local businesses and choose eco-friendly products and services offered by local retailers.
Supporting local business is integral to a prosperous economy and creating a more sustainable city. When residents shop locally, they enhance neighbourhood prosperity, create jobs and strengthen our local economy.
Live Green invites shoppers to shop for less this holiday season. From November 24, to December 24, 2015, cardholders can take advantage of offers up to 50 per cent off holiday gifts from dozens of eco-friendly retailers located in the city of Toronto.
During the Black Friday weekend and throughout the holiday season, Live Green Toronto would like to encourage residents to make an extra effort to shop at locally owned stores in their neighbourhoods.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 27, 2015 as “Shop Local Day” in the City of Toronto.
December 1, 2015
WHEREAS after Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes GivingTuesday. This day provides an opportunity to recognize the tremendous impact of philanthropy, volunteerism and community service.
A national movement, GivingTuesday celebrates the giving season throughout the holidays and aims to inspire charities, organizations, corporations, communities and individuals to take action and work together to share commitments, rally for numerous causes, build stronger communities and give back to those in need.
GivingTuesday was established in New York City in 2012 by the United Nations Foundation in partnership with many local community based organizations. Through the work of Canadian partners, GivingTuesday made its way to Canada in 2013. Today, GivingTuesday is celebrated by more than 3,700 Canadian charities and non-profit partners and is recognized as the ‘opening day of the holiday giving season.’
Today, Canada’s two major GivingTuesday founding partners, CanadaHelps.org and the GIV3 Foundation, will work alongside numerous charities, social enterprises, companies, organizations, community groups, schools and individuals in highlighting this great cause and providing a platform where we can all commit to helping the Canadian charitable sector.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 1, 2015 as “GivingTuesday” in the City of Toronto.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 3, 2015
WHEREAS people with disabilities often face barriers to inclusion in society. International Day of Persons with Disabilities promotes awareness and mobilizes support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society.
The United Nations’ 2015 theme for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment of people of all abilities,” focuses on equal access to society, including transportation, employment and education as well as social and political participation.
The City of Toronto is committed to building an inclusive society and providing accessible environments. The City supports the goals of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and works to identify, prevent and remove barriers to equal access to society for persons with disabilities.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 3, 2015 as the “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” in the City of Toronto.
National Day for Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
December 6, 2015
WHEREAS on this day in 1989, fourteen female engineering students were murdered at the École Polytechnique de Montréal because they were women.
December 6 is recognized as a National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. It is a time to renew our efforts and commitment to eliminating all forms of violence against girls and women in our society.
Educating individuals and teaching them to have respect for women begins at home and continues in the education system and within the workplace.
The City of Toronto continues to take a leadership role in working towards building a society in which everyone has the right to live freely and in conditions of dignity, respect and peace. Through legislation, policies, programs and services, we will continue to promote equity for our employees and residents.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 6, 2015 as “National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women” in the City of Toronto.
Human Rights Day
December 10, 2015
WHEREAS in 1950 the United Nations General Assembly declared December 10th as International Human Rights Day to mark the anniversary of the unanimous adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
The declaration recognizes the fundamental rights and freedoms of all people and acknowledges that only when the dignity, worth and equal rights of humankind are respected can we obtain freedom, justice and peace.
Toronto City Council, in its efforts to create safe and secure communities, recognizes that all people deserve the chance to chart their own destiny, free from any form of discrimination and to be empowered with the basic and inherent rights of dignity, respect and self-worth.
On this day, we observe the protection of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and reaffirm our commitment to promoting social progress that will advance better standards and quality of life for all.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 10, 2015 as “Human Rights Day” in the City of Toronto.
Wrap It Up Red Week
December 6 – 11, 2015
WHEREAS this December, new donors are needed to come forward to donate blood in the city of Toronto to help support life.
There is a constant need for blood in our communities for life-saving surgeries and medical treatments.
Canadian Blood Services’ national Wrap It Up Red holiday campaign calls on Canadians to fill 125,000 blood donation appointments during the month of December to ensure patients have the blood and blood products they need over the holiday season.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 6 – 11, 2015 as “Wrap It Up Red Week” in the City of Toronto.
Salvation Army Week
December 18 – 25, 2015
WHEREAS the annual Christmas Kettle campaign will raise funds to support The Salvation Army’s remarkable work in communities across Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
The Christmas Season is the most visible time of year for The Salvation Army. This year, more than 400 Christmas Kettles will be manned by more than 2,000 Bell Ringers across the GTA, in the hope of raising $3 million to support the social services provided by The Salvation Army throughout the year.
As the largest non-governmental provider of social services in Canada, The Salvation Army provides essential services in the downtown core that includes homeless shelters, addiction treatment facilities and food banks.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the CTV Toy Mountain campaign. In partnership with CTV and many community partners, The Salvation Army aims to collect 150,000 toys for children this holiday season and provide food hampers to families who need them on Christmas Day. I encourage everyone to support The Salvation Army this holiday season and thank them for the invaluable work that they do.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor John Tory, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim December 18 – 25, 2015 as “Salvation Army Week” in the City of Toronto.