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April 18, 2002
City to obtain input on access, equity and human rights recommendations
  
Toronto City Council will ask the public for comments about a new status report
on the implementation of the Access, Equity and Human Rights Task Force's
recommendations.

Council will also make use of this status report, prepared by the chief
administrative officer, during upcoming consultations for preparation of the
City's Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination.

Councillor Sherene Shaw, the City's Diversity Advocate, comments, "This status
report shows that diversity has been embraced in our City programs. Toronto is
providing leadership in delivering public services to our diverse communities,
but more still needs to be done. Too many groups continue to face barriers."

"The status report indicates that the City is making significant progress in
this area," says Councillor Joe Mihevc, who chaired the City's Task Force on
Community Access and Equity. "City departments have implemented two-thirds of
the task force's recommendations and action has been initiated on another 20
percent."

In December 1999, Toronto City Council approved the 97 recommendations of the
final report of Council's 18-member Task Force on Community Access and Equity.
The task force was established in March 1998, shortly after amalgamation, to
advise Council on access, equity and human rights policies for the new City.

Public deputations concerning the status report will be scheduled for the
September meeting of the Policy and Finance Committee.


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