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November 23, 2009
City to celebrate achievements in human rights
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable David C. Onley, will join His Worship, Mayor David Miller in celebrating access, equity and human rights in Toronto. Mayor David Miller will present the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards in recognition of the United Nations’ Human Rights Day, December 10.

Awards will be presented to 10 recipients who have made a significant impact upon the lives of Torontonians by working toward the elimination of barriers to equality and discrimination.

Mayor Miller will be joined in the presentations by Councillors Janet Davis (Ward 31 Beaches-East York), Paula Fletcher (Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth), Pam McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale), Kyle Rae (Ward 27 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) and Gord Perks (Ward 14 Parkdale-High Park) and Dionne Brand, Toronto’s Poet Laureate. The Human Rights Awards ceremony will be hosted by Merella Fernandez, co-anchor of CityNews at Five.

Date: Wednesday, November 25
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Council Chamber, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.

The awards ceremony will be followed by a reception, providing an opportunity to meet the award recipients and to network with other Torontonians who have come to celebrate the city’s human rights achievements. More information:

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:
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh, Manager, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, City Manager’s Office, 416-392-6824,
David Clark, Strategic Communications, 416-392-7542,



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