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March 21, 2001
City of Toronto to hold panel discussion to mark International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Mayor Mel Lastman and Toronto City Council will proclaim Wednesday, March 21 as
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The City's
Access and Equity Unit is planning a panel discussion and reception at City

A 1966 United Nations General Assembly resolution designated March 21 as
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to honour the
memory of peaceful anti-apartheid demonstrators who were wounded and killed by
police in the South African town of Sharpville. The City of Toronto is
committed to eliminating racism and discrimination and plans events such as
these to foster dialogue on the issues of racism and discrimination.

The panel discussion, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber, will cover the
following topics:
  • Discrimination and Systemic Barriers in Accessing Rental Housing; Presenter: Mwarigha M.S.
  • Implications For Youth - Toronto Tamil Youth the Realities; Presenter: Suthargini Balasingham
  • Extent of Racism and Hate Crimes in Toronto; Presenters: Detective Samuel Sam and Detective Bernie Hoy Toronto Police Service, Hate Crimes Unit

Following the panel discussion, participants are invited to a celebration in
the Members' Lounge from 6 to 7 p.m., hosted by the City of Toronto Diversity
Advocate, Councillor Sherene Shaw. Guest speaker will be Zanana Akande, former
Ontario Cabinet minister and board member of Urban Alliance on Race Relations.

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