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August 31, 2017 – Eid al-Adha

As Eid al-Adha begins,  I would like to offer warm regards to all Canadians who are observing this religious festival.

One of the most important rights protected by our Constitution is the right to worship.  The observance of Eid al-Adha is a time to visit with family and friends, while remembering those who are less fortunate and the importance of religion in one’s life.

Charity and the joy of celebrating with family and friends during Eid al-Adha serves to remind each of us of the need to look after our fellow man and how our family and friends enrich our lives.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. As we celebrate Canada 150 this year, it is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.

Eid al-Adha Mubarak!

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