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April 1, 2009
City of Toronto recognizes Refugee Rights Week
  
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed Refugee Rights Week, March 30 to April 4, to focus attention on efforts to remove barriers to the reunification of refugee and immigrant families and to underline the importance of protecting the human rights of refugees.

"Despite the obstacles they sometimes face, refugees and immigrants strengthen and enrich our city in a multitude of ways," said Mayor David Miller. "There are many reasons people leave their homelands. They may be in pursuit of better lives for themselves and their families, or they may be in search of safety. Whatever the reasons, we should take this opportunity to understand the global conditions that bring these newcomers to our city."

Community organizations have collaborated with the City to organize a Refugee Rights program, including panel discussions, workshops and an art exhibition in the rotunda of Toronto City Hall. The annual Refugee Rights program recognizes the 1985 Supreme Court of Canada decision in the Singh case, which gave refugee claimants the right to an oral hearing under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“We are committed to continuing our work with communities and governments to provide protection for refugees and to facilitate their ability to participate and contribute to all aspects of civic life”, noted Councillor Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York).

April 2
5:30 p.m. Artists celebration
6:30 p.m. Councillor Janet Davis will present the Mayor’s Proclamation at a celebration of artists participating in the art exhibition at Toronto City Hall.
7 p.m. Panel discussion on the theme “Fortress Canada”

April 8
1 p.m. Workshop at City Hall, Committee Room 3, on “the Refugee Determination Process”

April 9
1.30 p.m. Workshop at City Hall, Committee Room 4, on “Promoting the Sponsorship of Refugees Overseas”

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. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Councillor Janet Davis, 416-392-4035, councillor_davis@toronto.ca
Amy Casipullai, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, 416-322-4950 ext. 239
Rose Lee, Co-ordinator, Diversity Management, City of Toronto, 416-392-4991, rlee@toronto.ca




 

 

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