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November 30, 2007
City proclamations to mark Human Rights Month
Mayor David Miller, on behalf of Toronto City Council, will proclaim December as Human Rights Month in Toronto. Proclamations will also be issued to mark World Aids Day (December 1), International Day of People with Disabilities (December 3), and National Day of Remembrance (December 6) to mark the Montreal Massacre.

To mark International Day of People with Disabilities, the City, in partnership with community and business groups, will hold a day of events on December 3 at Variety Village. Activities will include the recognition of unsung heroes, a first-ever poetry event, and discussions about the United Nations’ 2007 theme, Decent work for persons with disabilities.

The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women on December 6 was established by the Parliament of Canada to remember the 14 women who lost their lives in an act of gender-based violence at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. This annual remembrance takes place during the worldwide 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence campaign, which ends on Human Rights Day to recognize that violence against women is a violation of the human rights of women.

To mark Human Rights Month, the City will present the 2007 Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards at a ceremony in the City Hall Council Chamber on Human Rights Day - Monday, December 10. The following people and organizations will be recognized for their volunteer work in five categories:
  • Aboriginal Affairs Award - Elder Vern Harper
  • Access Award for Disability Issues - Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre
  • Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women - June Larkin, Helen Liu and Beverley Wybrow
  • Pride Award for Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Two Spirited Issues - Deb Parent, Rupert Raj and Central Toronto Youth Services
  • William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations - Afua Cooper, Anne Gloger, and Kevin Lee

    Full biographies and award descriptions are available at

    Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

    Media contact:

    Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, Strategic and Corporate Policy/Healthy City Office, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,



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