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June 7, 2002
Consultations continue for Plan of Action to eliminate racism and discrimination
The first public consultation to prepare the City's Plan of Action to eliminate
racism and discrimination was attended by representatives of over 100 community
organizations. The consultations were formally launched at a ceremony at City
Hall on May 27.

At the launch ceremony, Councillor Sherene Shaw, the City's Diversity Advocate,
spoke of the proud history that the City of Toronto has in advocating for human
rights issues, saying, "There is a need to build upon, update and expand the
work already done for the residents of Toronto. With the increasing diversity
among Toronto's population, it is even more important to have a municipal Plan
of Action to achieve equity for all."

In addition to Councillor Shaw, City Council has established a reference group
for the development of the Plan of Action for the Elimination of Racism and
Discrimination (Councillors Augimeri, Hall, McConnell, Mihevc, Miller, Pitfield
and Rae). These members will champion the implementation of the Plan of Action
when it goes before committees and City Council.

Two more city-wide consultations will be held to hear from the public on what
the City should include in the plan to fight racism and
  • Wednesday, June 12 at the Scarborough Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 150 Borough Dr.
  • Monday, July 8 at the North York Civic Centre, Council Chamber, 5100 Yonge St.
Both sessions begin at 7 p.m. To confirm participation at the above
sessions, call Catherine Leitch at 416-392-0371 or 416-392-8592.

Consultations are also being undertaken by the five Community Advisory
Committees on Access, Equity and Human Rights. A draft Plan of Action will be
prepared by staff and reviewed by the Reference Group in September. This
revised draft will re-circulated for further community comment in the early

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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