City of Toronto Celebrates Human Rights Champions

Posted on December 7, 2012



City of Toronto celebrates human rights champions

“The City of Toronto honoured five individuals and one organization tonight at the Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards, held in the Council Chamber of City Hall.

“Toronto City Council is often at the forefront of social justice issues for the simple reason that it has the most direct contact with citizens,” said Councillor Mike Layton (Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina), who brought greetings on behalf of Mayor Ford and City Council. “Direct contact provides the best opportunity for citizens to engage government, and to change society for the better.”

The 2012 recipients of the City of Toronto Access, Equity and Human Rights Awards are:
Aboriginal Affairs Award – Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto
Access Award – Archie Allison
Constance E. Hamilton Award on the Status of Women – Carolyn Egan and Ceta Ramkhalawansingh
Pride Award – Martine Stonehouse
William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations – Teferi Adem

The annual ceremony marks Human Rights Day – December 10 – and celebrates advances in human rights in Toronto. December is also the month in which the City proclaims International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 3) and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (December 6).”


Congratulations West End Food Co-Op – $10K Winners In The National Co-Op Challenge

Posted on December 7, 2012




Congratulations to the West End Food Co-Op who have won $10,000 in the National Co-Op Challenge to develop our food educational programming in our community!


“The West End Food Co-op is a multi-stakeholder co-operative that includes eaters, producers, workers, and community partners.  We aim to provide viable food security initiatives that are specific to the needs of our west end communities.  Examples of these kinds of initiatives include the Sorauren Farmers’ Market, our Community Cannery, Food Mapping Project, and our latest endeavour of opening a Food Hub in the Parkdale CHC.

West End Food Co-op connects local farmers to local eaters, and produces self-sustaining initiatives that work for the community.  Our co-op is working to increase markets for local, sustainable farmers and artisan producers; a fair, democratic, and meaningful workplace for our workers; an inspiring, community-driven, and welcoming place to shop, learn and connect for eaters; and a resource and valuable partner to work with community groups in Parkdale and across Toronto to improve food security and access to good, healthy, real food in our neighbourhood and beyond.

We aim to provide the means for people to make empowering food choices, and have access to fresh, healthy foods.”


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December 2012