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September 4, 2002
International Literacy Month proclaimed
In support of everyone's right to literacy, Mayor Mel Lastman has proclaimed
September as "Literacy Month" and September 8 as "International Literacy Day"
on behalf of Toronto City Council.

More than 38 per cent of Canadians read only simple words or sentences. The
City, together with community organizations, is working to reduce this number
by removing learning barriers and providing programs that promote literacy as a
right. The City's goal is to eliminate illiteracy by the year 2010.

As part of this campaign, "Literacy is a Right" posters will be seen in transit
shelters and OMG bins throughout the City between September 23 and October 20.

In addition, the City's Working Group on Language Equity and Literacy, chaired
by Councillor Maria Augimeri, will hold community hearings on the status of
literacy and language equity needs in the City. The first hearing is scheduled
to take place on September 13 and will be held in conjunction with COSTI
Education Centre, Delta Family Resource Centre, Centre for Spanish Speaking
Peoples and Toronto Adult Students Association.

Literacy month wraps up with the announcement of this year's Toronto Book Award
winner at the Word on the Street festival on Sunday, September 29.

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