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March 31, 2003
Forum to discuss the impact of the war and social unrest in other regions of the world on Toronto communities
The impact of global actions on local communities in Toronto will be the theme
of a forum on the elimination of racism and hate activity at Toronto City Hall.

Co-hosted by Councillor Sherene Shaw, the City's Diversity Advocate and
Councillor Pam McConnell, Chair of the City's Working Group on the Elimination
of Hate Activity, the forum is the first in a series of dialogues to address
the impact of the war and social unrest in other countries on groups in Toronto.

"Toronto's success as a City comes from the respect which communities have for
each other", said Councillor Shaw. "Dialogue is important among communities.
Harm to any group affects all of us."

Guest speakers leading the discussion are Zanana Akande, President of the Urban
Alliance on Race Relations, Raja Khouri, National President of the Canadian
Arab Federation, and Uzma Shakir, Executive Director of the Council of Agencies
Serving South Asians.

"Our role as political leaders is to bring together the community to share
ideas on how we can work to eliminate hate activity and discrimination in these
times of conflict. Tonight is our first night together," said Councillor

The forum takes place this evening between 6 and 9 p.m. in the Council Chamber
at City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.

Media Contact
Councillor Sherene Shaw
Diversity Advocate

Councillor Pam McConnell
Chair, Working Group on the Elimination of Hate Activity



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