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Township of Essa > Local Government > Proclamations


National Access Awareness Week (May 28 - June 3, 2018)

WHEREAS the Province of Ontario wishes to see a fully accessible Ontario by 2025, allowing citizens of all ages the ability to enjoy full participation in their communities; and

WHEREAS many persons living with disabilities face everyday barriers in the areas of employment, information and technology, transportation, housing, education, and recreation, to name a few; and

WHEREAS one in seven Canadians currently has a disability that they were either born with, or developed as a result of life, with that number being expected to increase substantially as the population ages over the next 20 years; and

WHEREAS for many among us, our future depends on the success of creating barrier-free and inclusive communities through accessibility planning and raising awareness of best practices in the area of accessibility; and

WHEREAS we believe that all citizens with disabilities should have a chance to access appropriate disability supports to help improve their opportunities in Ontario; and

WHEREAS the Township of Essa Accessibility Advisory Committee is committed to increasing public awareness and breaking down barriers faced by persons with disabilities;

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council of the Corporation of the Township of Essa hereby proclaims May 28 – June 3, 2018 as National Access Awareness Week, and encourages residents and businesses alike, to recognize the importance of educating the community about the removal of barriers faced by citizens of all ages. 


Proclamation – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day (September 9, 2018)

Resolution No:CR119-2018Moved by:MacdonaldSeconded by:Henderson

WHEREAS there is no safe amount, safe time, or safe kind of alcohol that a pregnant individual can drink during pregnancy; and

WHEREAS the term “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder" (FASD) describes the range of disabilities that may affect in an individual who was exposed to alcohol in utero/or during pregnancy; and

WHEREAS prenatal alcohol exposure is the leading preventable cause of birth defects, such as physical and mental disability and behavioural and/or learning challenges; and
WHEREAS the exact number of people who have FASD is unknown, but it is estimated that 2 to 3 per cent of the population are born with effects of prenatal alcohol exposure annually; and
WHEREAS  the estimated cost of FASD in Canada is $4 billion per year covering education, health, social services and justice costs; and
WHEREAS  about half of all pregnancies are unplanned meaning developing fetuses are inadvertently exposed to alcohol; and
WHEREAS people around the world began observing International FASD Awareness Day on September 9 each year beginning in 1999, in order that on the ninth day of the ninth month of the year, the world will remember that during the nine months of pregnancy it is important to abstain from alcohol; and
WHEREAS  the good health and well-being of the people of Essa are enhanced by the support of a national effort to educate about and prevent FASD through the Simcoe County FASD Prevention Committee, part of the Simcoe County FASD Initiative;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT Council of the Corporation of the Township of Essa hereby proclaims September 9, 2018 as “Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Day," to promote awareness of the effects of prenatal exposure to alcohol, to increase acceptance and support for those individuals so affected, to minimize further effects, and to ensure healthier communities in the future.