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November 30, 2006
Media Advisory: City of Toronto celebrates International Day of People with Disabilities
The City of Toronto, together with community agencies, business partners and residents, will celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. Mayor David Miller will be on hand to officially proclaim the day, one of many significant activities being held across the city to mark Human Rights Month. The City’s Disability Advocate Councillor Joe Mihevc will recognize unsung heroes from the community.

Date: Monday, December 4
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: CNIB Centre, 1929 Bayview Ave. (north of Eglinton Ave. E.)

Activities include an information sharing session, the lighting of CNIB’s Tree of Independence, and guest speakers Colleen Bell, 3-1-1 Project Director, City Manager’s Office; Jim Sanders, President & CEO, CNIB; and Yasmin Meralli, Vice President, Diversity & Workplace Equity,
BMO Financial Group.

International Day of Disabled Persons is celebrated annually on December 3 by the United Nations to rally support through greater awareness and understanding for the human rights of people with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of the gains derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. This year’s theme is “E-Accessibility,” recognizing the importance of access to information and communication technologies in today’s society.

To register for this free event, call 416-338-4756 or TTY 416-338-0889. More information is available on the City’s website at

Media contact:
Claudia White, Social Services Division, 416-392-8962



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