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March 17, 2000
Mayor Proclaims International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  
Mayor Mel Lastman proclaims Tuesday, March 21st as International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

In 1966, Canada supported a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly
to honour the memory of peaceful anti-apartheid demonstrators who were wounded
and killed by police in the South African town of Sharpeville by designating
March 21 as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The City of Toronto is committed to eliminating racism and discrimination. The
City's Access and Equity Unit is planning a variety of events to honour the
day.

At Toronto City Hall, deputations to the Administration Committee take place on
March 21st at 11:30 a.m. and include:

- the Discrimination in Housing Report presented by the Centre for Equity
Rights in Accommodation
- the 1999 Hate Bias Toronto Police Report on the extent of racism and hate
crimes in Toronto
- the launch of an educational poster to increase understanding of refugees
from the Coalition for a Just Immigration and Refugee Policy

Following the deputations participants are invited to a celebration in the
Members' Lounge at 12:30 p.m.

Other Access and Equity Unit events planned for the International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination include:

- the display of City of Toronto anti-racism posters in 55 transit shelters
across Toronto

North York events
- presentations to a variety of secondary schools, March 20 to 23
- poster and photo competition display at North York Civic Centre on March 21
- presentation from Jane/Finch community at Yorkgate Mall

Scarborough events
- a workshop on healing racism in Canada at Scarborough Civic Centre on March
18, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- the International Day/Racial Harmony Awards at Scarborough Civic Centre on
March 21, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Many other community events are taking place in honour of the International Day
for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. For more information call
416-392-0371


Media Contact
Access Toronto
416-338-0338

 

 

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