Tuesday, 7 February 2012

It Is Not Very Often That Mayor Ford Gets Praised By Social Media

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford (left), Councillor Doug Ford (middle) and Councillor Joe Mihevic at Carnival Parade 2011
It is not very often that people on social media sites like Facebook have something nice to say about Toronto mayor Rob Ford .... till yesterday. Courtney Betty founder of the Bob Marley Awards and Diversity Business Network sent a note around praising the mayor for making yesterday Bob Marley Day!
"This marks the 21st year the Mayor of Toronto has officially declared Bob Marley Day" wrote Courtney Betty. "In the proclamation the Mayor stated’ I Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council do hereby proclaim February 6, 2012 as “Bob Marley Day” and join with residents to salute a great musician and humanitarian.
According to Courtney Betty, founder of Bob Marley day; Toronto has come a long way in developing our Diversity. I am proud that Bob Marley Day has been able to serve as a connecting bridge bringing people together and helping us understand Bob Marley’s message of One Love, One Race, the human race”. Since its beginning policing and recognition of Police Officers has always been a focus of Bob Marley Day. Former Deputy Chief Keith Forde and present Chief of Police Peter Solely are both past Bob Marley Day award recipients. 
Courney Betty being photographed by Sway Magazine

Mr Betty continued by saying, "The advancements in diversity of Metro Police are a beacon for all other organizations to follow. We must also now build on our successes and develop similar strategies to ensure that the economic aspects of diversity are also developed. In this regard the Diversity Business Conference on March 23rd 2012, presented by Royal Bank of Canada provides a path for us to see how Toronto can be an economic beacon by fulfilling the City’s motto “Diversity Our Strength”.

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