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April 6, 2010
City of Toronto celebrates Refugee Rights Awareness Month - 25 years of the ‘Singh decision’
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed Refugee Rights Awareness Month during April to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1985 Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Singh case. This decision, popularly known as the Singh decision, gave refugee claimants the right to an oral hearing under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Singh decision emphasizes the importance of protecting the human rights of refugees.

“The City of Toronto recognizes the distinct realities and contributions of refugees that strengthen and enrich our city,” said Mayor David Miller. “We continue to work collaboratively with communities to enhance the participation of newcomers in all aspects of civic life. In light of the Singh decision and proposed legislative changes to Canada’s refugee system, we reaffirm our commitment to the protection of the fundamental rights of refugees and their families.”

Community organizations have collaborated with the City to organize a Refugee Rights series of events that include panel discussions, workshops and an art exhibition at Toronto City Hall.

April 7 5:30 to 8 p.m. Opening of Refugee Art Show: Rotunda (ground floor), Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

April 8 9 a.m. to noon Panel discussion: Healthcare for Immigrants and Refugees, Committee
Room 4, Toronto City Hall

April 8 Noon to 1 p.m. Information session: Detention for Non Citizens & Refugees - The Inside
Story, Committee Room 4, Toronto City Hall

April 8 1 to 4 p.m. Workshop: Making a Refugee Claim, Committee Room 4, Toronto City

April 8 1:30 to 3 p.m. Film screening: Celebration of Refugee Rights Day at the National
Film Board, NFB Mediatheque, 150 John St.

April 24 (TBA) Concert: An evening of solidarity, Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie

Complete listing of events and updates:

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contacts:
Amy Casipullai, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, 416-524-4950, 416-322-4950 ext. 239,
Rose Lee, Co-ordinator, Diversity Management, City of Toronto, 416-392-4991,



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