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June 25, 2017 – Eidul Fitr

As Eidul Fitr approaches, marking the end of Ramadan, I would like to offer warm regards to all who are observing this religious holiday.

The right to worship and observe the tenets of one’s faith is a basic right and is protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  

Scarborough residents oppose rooming house pilot project

Some residents said regulating rooming houses is not the answer to a lack of affordable housing

Jun 22, 2017  CBC News Jun 22, 2017   Muriel Draaisma

More than 200 people in northwest Scarborough told city officials on Wednesday that they are opposed to a pilot project that would legalize rooming houses in their area of the city for three years as the city figures out how to regulate them.

Rooming house pilot project proposal panned at Scarborough meeting

Rooming House meeting

Carol Laubitz tries to ask a question during a public meeting on a proposed plan to license rooming houses in her neighbourhood Wednesday, June 21 at the L’Amoreaux Community Centre. – Dan Pearce/Metroland

Rooming House meeting

About 200 residents attended a public meeting to listen to the city’s plan to license rooming houses for three years Wednesday, June 21 at L’Amoreaux Community Centre. One of the pilot neighbourhoods is in northwest Scarborough and another is Highland Creek. – Dan Pearce/Metroland

Rooming House meeting

Ward 39 Councillor Jim Karygiannis talks with Klaus Lehmann, city planning manager, before a public meeting on a proposed pilot project to license rooming houses Wednesday, June 21 at L’Amoreaux Community Centre. – Dan Pearce/Metroland

Pilot Project Study Rooming Houses Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

The City is launching a pilot study that proposes a zoning approach to Multi-Tenant Homes (Rooming Houses) and licensing requirements. Ward 39 is included as a pilot study area. I am opposed to our ward being included and I strongly believe Rooming Houses should not be studied at all. Rooming Houses negatively impact the character of our neighbourhoods and the effectiveness of first responders to respond to calls. Rooming Houses present a danger to the tenants living in those properties. Tenants, especially new Canadians and low-income families, must be protected from Rooming House landlords who have no regard for safety standards including violations of the fire code.


I encourage residents of Ward 39 to attend the City’s public meeting on this issue at the following date and time:


Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

L’Amoreaux Community Centre

2000 McNicoll Ave.

Trillium Garden Awards – Continues in Ward 39!

For 38 consecutive years, the Trillium Garden Awards were a tradition in the City of Scarborough/Scarborough District. During the fall of each year, Scarborough residents would be recognized for their contribution in beautifying their community through their efforts in maintaining a beautiful front garden.

Canada150 Celebration with the Golden Maple Leaf Senior Association on Sunday, June 25th June 25th, 2017 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM

This year, the Golden Maple Leaf Senior Association is co-organizing with Canada National TV (CNTV) to host One Hundred Community Groups of Toronto Celebrating Canada 150 event.

Please join Councillor Jim Karygiannis, Hon. Arnold Chan, MP, Soo Wong, MPP, and other guests for this celebration of Canadian culture!


Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Canada National TV Art Centre

1936 McCowan Road

1:30 PM – 6:30 PM

June 16, 2017 Mid June E-Newsletter

Dear Constituents:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

I like to wish all our fathers and grandfathers Happy Father’s Day. (click here to read Father’s Day message)

This week, I hosted a press conference for English and Chinese media on the present and dangerous state of Rooming Houses in Ward 39. I am calling on the City of Toronto to wake up, listen to and respect the concerns of residents in Ward 39 opposed to Rooming Houses.