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May 30, 2003
South Asian Heritage Month in Toronto a resounding success
A month of events celebrating South Asian culture in Toronto will close this
weekend with the RBC Taste of South Asia. An outdoor festival of events for the
whole family, the closing celebration will take place on Saturday, May 31 and
Sunday, June 1 from noon to 10 p.m. along Gerrard Street between Highfield
Street and Coxwell Avenue.

Councillor Sandra Bussin, Co-Chair of the South Asian Heritage Month Committee,
said "The ongoing economic and cultural contributions made by this community
are significant as it is one of the largest and fastest growing communities in

Councillor Sherene Shaw, the City's Diversity Advocate, said "Public
celebrations which recognize the contributions of specific communities creates
respect for differences and contributions. This gives meaning to the City's
motto - Diversity our Strength."

Launched at a press conference at City Hall, other South Asian Heritage Month
events have included film screenings at the ROM, programs at the University of
Toronto, South Asian music nights at venues across the city, and charity

May was proclaimed as South Asian Heritage Month in Toronto to recognize the
arrival in 1838 of the City's first immigrants of South Asian origin. The
City's program, undertaken in partnership with the Council of Agencies Serving
South Asians, included a display in the Rotunda of City Hall and panel
discussion on the South Asian experience in Toronto.

Media Contact
Councillor Sandra Bussin
Ward 32, Beaches-East York

Councillor Sherene Shaw
Diversity Advocate



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