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November 29, 2007
Toronto to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities
The City of Toronto, together with community agencies, business partners and residents - and special guest the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario - will celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. Mayor David Miller will officially proclaim the day. Councillor Adrian Heaps, chair of the Disability Issues Committee, will join the mayor in recognizing unsung heroes from the community.

Date: Monday, December 3
Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Ave. (east of Birchmount Rd.)

The City’s International Day event will include displays and presentations and a discussion period looking at the issues facing people with disabilities.

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. International Day events seek to increase awareness of the value of integrating people with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The United Nations’ theme for December 3 this year is “Decent work for persons with disabilities.”

Members of the public are invited to register for this free event by phoning 416-338-4756 or TTY 416-338-0889. More information is available on the City’s website 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:
Claudia White, Social Services Division, 416-392-8962,



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