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May 24, 2002
City launches public consultations on Plan of Action to Eliminate Racism and Discrimination
The Toronto City Council Reference Group for the Development of a Plan of
Action for the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination will officially launch
a series of public consultations on Monday, May 27 at 5 p.m. in the Members
Lounge, City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The Plan of Action is the next step by the City of Toronto in implementing the
recommendations of the 1999 Task Force on Community Access and Equity. These
recommendations support the goals of each of the City's major strategic plans.

Diversity Advocate Councillor Sherene Shaw is eager to hear from the public,
noting that, "Communities know very well how racism and discrimination affect
them. We are looking for their input as to how the City can develop policies
and programs to combat discrimination. Our hope is to bring forward a plan
which continues the City's leadership role in achieving an equitable society."

At the consultations, the public will be asked for their input on the following
- What priorities should the City's Plan of Action address to eliminate racism
and all forms of discrimination?
- How should the City respond to these priorities? What actions should various
sectors and other orders of government take?
- How can the City help build community capacity and support participation in
the social, cultural, recreational, economic and political life of Toronto?
- How can the City work with communities to evaluate progress towards
eliminating racism and all forms of discrimination?
- What would a city that has eliminated racism and discrimination look like?

The public is invited to comment at city-wide consultations:
- Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall
(Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m.)
- Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr.
(Wednesday, June 12 at 7
- North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St.
(Monday, July 8 at 7 p.m.).

The City will also seek input from the five Community Advisory Committees on
access, equity and human rights and will consult with other levels of
government on how the goals of the Plan of Action can be achieved through
inter-governmental co-operation.

Media Contact
Media contacts:
Councillor Sherene Shaw, City of Toronto Diversity Advocate, 416-392-1374
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement,



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