Item - 2017.EX27.5

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on October 2, 2017 with amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Executive Committee on September 26, 2017 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on October 2, 2017.

EX27.5 - Commemorating World Events - Report on Recognizing Genocides and Massacres

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Amended
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on October 2, 3 and 4, 2017, adopted the following:

 

1.  City Council declare each April as "Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month".

 

2.  City Council apologize to the Rwandan community for not permitting the Rwandan flag to be raised at City Hall in 2017 for the commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.

Background Information (Committee)

(August 11, 2017) Report from the City Clerk on Commemorating World Events - Report on Recognizing Genocides and Massacres
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-106001.pdf

Communications (Committee)

(September 23, 2017) Letter from Caleb Mabano, President Rwandan Community Abroad - Toronto (EX.Supp.EX27.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/comm/communicationfile-72064.pdf

Motions (City Council)

1 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Neethan Shan (Lost)

That City Council delete the Executive Committee Recommendation 1:

 

Recommendation to be deleted:

 

1.  City Council direct that upon receipt of a request, City programs and services provide commemorative recognition only of violent world events that are designated with special observance by Canadian parliamentary or Government of Canada initiatives, provided that such request meets all other City of Toronto bylaws, policies, guidelines and criteria for the applicable activity, service or program.

 

and replace it with the following new recommendation:

 

1.  That City Council direct the City Clerk to develop "Made in Toronto" guidelines to determine whether or not to recognize and commemorate genocides and massacres, such guidelines to address whether City Agencies and Boards would be allowed to permit recognitions of genocides and massacres on their property, and to report back to City Council in the first quarter of 2018.

Vote (Amend Item) Oct-03-2017 4:53 PM

Result: Lost Majority Required - EX27.5 - Shan - motion 1
Total members that voted Yes: 17 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Janet Davis, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Jim Hart, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, John Tory
Total members that voted No: 22 Members that voted No are Ana Bail„o, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Michael Thompson

2 - Motion to Amend Item moved by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam (Carried)

That City Council delete Executive Committee Recommendation 1:

 

Recommendation to be deleted

 

1.  City Council direct that upon receipt of a request, City programs and services provide commemorative recognition only of violent world events that are designated with special observance by Canadian parliamentary or Government of Canada initiatives, provided that such request meets all other City of Toronto bylaws, policies, guidelines and criteria for the applicable activity, service or program.

Vote (Amend Item) Oct-03-2017 4:55 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX27.5 - Wong-Tam - motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 23 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 16 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Michael Ford, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Chin Lee, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Michael Thompson

Vote (Amend Item) Oct-03-2017 6:50 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX27.5 - Wong-Tam - motion 2 - REVOTE
Total members that voted Yes: 22 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Shelley Carroll, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 20 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Vincent Crisanti, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Michael Ford, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, John Tory
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Giorgio Mammoliti

3 - Motion to Amend Item (Additional) moved by Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Carried)

That City Council apologize to the Rwandan community for not permitting the Rwandan flag to be raised at City Hall in 2017 for the commemoration of the Rwandan genocide.

Vote (Amend Item (Additional)) Oct-03-2017 4:56 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - EX27.5 - Karygiannis - motion 3
Total members that voted Yes: 32 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Ana Bail„o, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Janet Davis, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Neethan Shan, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 7 Members that voted No are Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Josh Colle, John Filion, Stephen Holyday, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner
Total members that were Absent: 5 Members that were absent are Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Michael Thompson

Motion to Adopt Item as Amended (Carried)

Motion to Reconsider Item moved by Councillor Justin J. Di Ciano (Carried)

That in accordance with the provision of Chapter 27, Council Procedures, City Council reconsider Item EX27.5 only as it pertains to motion 2 by Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam.

Vote (Reconsider Item) Oct-03-2017 6:48 PM

Result: Carried Two-Thirds Required - EX27.5 - Di Ciano - Reconsider EX27.5 only as it pertains to motion 2
Total members that voted Yes: 39 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Vincent Crisanti, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Frank Di Giorgio, Sarah Doucette, John Filion, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mary Fragedakis, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Michelle Holland, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Josh Matlow, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), Cesar Palacio, James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Anthony Perruzza, Jaye Robinson, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, John Tory, Kristyn Wong-Tam
Total members that voted No: 3 Members that voted No are Janet Davis, Jim Karygiannis, Neethan Shan
Total members that were Absent: 2 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Giorgio Mammoliti

Point of Order by Councillor Mark Grimes

Councillor Grimes, rising on a Point of Order, stated the he did not think Councillor Karygiannis' question regarding the Federal Government is something that the City Clerk can answer.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that staff have answered the questions and asked Councillor Karygiannis if he had any new questions.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Councillor Karygiannis, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that his remarks were not intended for staff and apologized if he offended staff however, staff couldn't answer the questions.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Shelley Carroll

Councillor Carroll, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that Councillor Karygiannis should apologize for his remarks about the Speaker.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Councillor Karygiannis, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that the Speaker should direct traffic not give opinions.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Points of Privilege and asked Councillor Karygiannis to apologize.

Councillor Karygiannis apologized.


Point of Order by Councillor Neethan Shan

Councillor Shan, rising on a Point of Order, stated that motion 2 by Councillor Wong-Tam should be voted on first.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Point of Order and ruled that the motions would be voted on in the order they were placed.


Point of Privilege by Councillor Joe Cressy

Councillor Cressy, rising on a Point of Privilege, stated that he had given Councillor Di Ciano incorrect information prior to vote on this Item.


Point of Order by Councillor Gord Perks

Councillor Perks, rising on a Point of Order, stated that the same Members should be in the room to reconsider the Item.

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata accepted the Points of Privilege and Order, and ruled that a vote to reconsider was in order.

Rulings (City Council)

Ruling by Speaker Frances Nunziata
Speaker Nunziata ruled that Councillor Karygiannis should apologize for his remarks criticizing staff and should be more respectful.

EX27.5 - Commemorating World Events - Report on Recognizing Genocides and Massacres

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Executive Committee recommends that:

 

1.  City Council direct that upon receipt of a request, City programs and services provide commemorative recognition only of violent world events that are designated with special observance by Canadian parliamentary or Government of Canada initiatives, provided that such request meets all other City of Toronto bylaws, policies, guidelines and criteria for the applicable activity, service or program.

 

2.  City Council declare each April as "Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month".

Origin

(August 11, 2017) Report from the City Clerk

Summary

City Council requested a report back to the Executive Committee on the appropriateness of recognizing historical events described or classified as "genocides" or "massacres", and that such a report consider whether only historical events recognized by Global Affairs Canada shall automatically receive recognition by the City of Toronto.

 

This report recommends that City Council recognize only violent world events that are designated with special observance by Canadian parliamentary or Government of Canada initiatives. It also recommends that the City of Toronto declare each April as "Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention" month, in honour of all those impacted by systemic violence. This practice is similar to Canada's recognition of April as Genocide Remembrance, Condemnation and Prevention Month.

 

By adopting this standardized and transparent approach to the commemoration of violent world events Council is adopting a framework that seeks to balance the interests of various communities.

Background Information

(August 11, 2017) Report from the City Clerk on Commemorating World Events - Report on Recognizing Genocides and Massacres
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/bgrd/backgroundfile-106001.pdf

Communications

(September 23, 2017) Letter from Caleb Mabano, President Rwandan Community Abroad - Toronto (EX.Supp.EX27.5.1)
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/ex/comm/communicationfile-72064.pdf

Speakers

Caleb Mabano, President, Rwandan Community Abroad - Toronto
Miroslav Glavic
Councillor Jim Karygiannis

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Mayor John Tory (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council