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August 21, 2018 – 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.

August 2018 – Ward Report

Dear Neighbour:

The Danforth neighbourhood and Toronto, as a whole, has been shaken by the senseless act of gun violence, which resulted in the death of two young women. The Scarborough community is deeply saddened by the loss of these two young women; one of whom had ties to Scarborough-Agincourt.

Guns and gun-related violence have no place in any of our City’s communities. We should never feel unsafe walking around our neighbourhood streets. I have been working with Toronto City Council members to introduce strict measures on gun possession in the City. Please take a look inside this Ward Report to find out how to voice your support for more stringent gun laws in Toronto.    Ward Report – August 2018

Coun. Karygiannis calls out potential rival over election flyer drop

Coun. Jim Karygiannis shows a flyer put out by Norm Kelly, his potential opponent in the upcoming election, that he says is out of bounds. – David Nickle/Metroland

 

The transition period between the 47-ward council that Torontonians thought they’d be voting for, and the 25-ward council that Premier Doug Ford is set to impose on the city has some councillors stepping on one another’s toes.

 

And at least one councillor, Ward 39 (Scarborough Agincourt) Coun. Jim Karygiannis is crying foul over a piece of literature that was apparently dropped by Ward 40 (Scarborough Agincourt) Coun. Norm Kelly in a neighbourhood that currently he is not registered to run in.

The literature, appropriately headlined WHOOPS!, is directed at residents in the Bridlewood neighbourhood that Kelly currently represents, telling them he will be running to represent them after all.

“Things have changed,” wrote Kelly in the letter, headlined Re-Elect Norm Kelly.

What things? It’s complicated.

Currently, candidates are registered to run in wards approved by council for a 47-ward council, which has different ward boundaries than the current 44-ward council.

August 7, 2018 – I commend you Mr. Karygiannis

From: S
Sent: August-07-18 12:13 PM
To: jim@karygiannis.net
Subject: I commend you Mr. Karygiannis

 

Hello Mr. Karygiannis,

 

I am sending you this email to commend you on your work as an advocate for the people in your riding I recently had to deal with the MPP and the MP’s office about….. I reached out to both offices and both office did not even truly try to advocate for me. They just regurgitated what the ….. people said, without really fighting on my behalf

The quality care and extreme advocacy work that you did on my behalf for …. was amazing. I will vote for you until the end as you have really shown me what a politician’s job truly is. The treatment that I am getting from both the MP and the MPP’s office is like night and day, compared to how hard you worked for me and …… I thank you so kindly and appreciate your efforts.

 

Regards,

S

Ford’s plan to cut back number of Toronto councillors draws both their anger and praise

Some city councillors were quick to denounce idea, but others welcomed it

CBC News July 2, 2018 John Rieti

Ontario’s new Progressive Conservative government is redrawing the City of Toronto’s ward boundaries and cutting the number of councillors from 47 to 25 ahead of the Oct. 22 election — drawing both anger and praise from various councillors.

 

Coun. Jim Karygiannis, who has previously called for municipal boundaries to be aligned with federal ones, was ecstatic about the move by Premier Ford. (Tina Mackenzie/CBC News)