As you may already know, the University issued an expression of sympathy on March 11, 2011 in response to the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan and the Pacific Rim. (See the U of T home page:

The University will be hosting a special event entitled “A Public Observance of Solidarity with the People of Japan and the Pacific Rim” on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 12:00 p.m. in the Main Activity Room, Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave. (Eastside Spadina North of Russell St.). All students, faculty and staff are invited to attend.

This event will be an opportunity for our community to reflect on the devastating impact of the earthquake and tsunami, and show our solidarity with those who have been directly and indirectly affected by these events.

In a community as generous and innovative as the University of Toronto, many opportunities to help are already emerging with several student-lead initiatives completed (and more have been planned). We are sure that this kind support will continue over the coming weeks and months as the needs of those in this region continue to emerge. Suggestions on ways of giving have now been added to the web page noted above (see The Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto has specifically suggested donations to the Canadian Red Cross ( Other options are linked from the web site.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Joan Griffin in the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students at 416-978-2083 or via email to

A Public Observance of Solidarity with the People of Japan and the Pacific Rim
Tuesday, March 29, 2011, Noon
Main Activity Room, Multi-Faith Centre
569 Spadina Avenue