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May 8, 2003
City Council approves plan of action to address racism and discrimination
Toronto City Council approved the Toronto Plan of Action for the Elimination of
Racism and Discrimination at its April meeting.

"This is an important step in the campaign to eliminate racism and
discrimination," said Councillor Sherene Shaw, Council's Diversity Advocate.
"The actions and the strategic directions outlined in this plan respond to the
priorities that community members raised during consultations."

City Council authorized the preparation of the Plan of Action for the
Elimination of Racism and Discrimination in 2001 and established a Council
reference group to hold consultations. More than 1,000 people participated in
the consultations, which identified seven strategic directions for municipal
action: political leadership; advocacy; economic participation; public
education and awareness; service delivery; building strong communities and

"The Plan of Action re-affirms the City's motto, 'Diversity Our Strength', and
acknowledges that multiple factors such as race, gender, disability and sexual
orientation compound the discrimination experienced by individuals and groups,"
said Shaw. "This Plan builds upon the City's leadership on access, equity and
human rights principles and programs by continuing to integrate these into all
aspects of City operations."

Copies of the plan of action can be obtained through the City's Web site at or by calling the Diversity
Management and Community Engagement Program at 416-392-8592 or by e-mail at

Media Contact
Councillor Sherene Shaw



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