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November 25, 2002
Council Reference Group releases consultation report on City's Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism
  
The report on a six-month community consultation for the City of Toronto Plan
of Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination will be released
tonight as part of the City's annual celebration to mark Human Rights Month.

City Council established a reference group of councillors who chair community
advisory committees or working groups on access, equity and human rights issues
and asked the group to gather public input. From May to October 2002, the
Reference Group held city-wide public consultations and focus groups with
youth, ethno-racial communities, business associations, literacy groups,
community associations, refugee associations and faith groups. That input will
form the basis of the City's final Plan of Action.

The public input gathered at the public meetings, along with recommendations
from the councillors and other research and analyses, will provide direction
and guidance in the drafting of the City's Plan of Action for the Elimination
of Racism and Discrimination. The Plan of Action is expected to be submitted to
City Council in the spring.

"The Reference Group heard from over one thousand individuals and associations.
The public's input has enabled us to focus on several major areas where the
City can truly have an impact," said the City's Diversity Advocate, Councillor
Sherene Shaw. "Residents want the City to strengthen its leadership role in
advocating for change. The City must be more active on issues of racism and
discrimination."

The eight members of the Council Reference Group are Councillors Sherene Shaw
(Chair), David Miller (Vice-chair), Maria Augimeri, Suzan Hall, Pam McConnell,
Joe Mihevc, Jane Pitfield and Kyle Rae.


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