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December 16, 2018 – 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh

I wish to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Bangladeshi-Canadian community on the occasion of the 48th Victory Day of Bangladesh.  

In 1971, Bangladesh fought against Pakistan in the Bangladesh Liberation War, in order to gain sovereignty. Over the course of 9 months, millions were killed in the crossfire of conflict and many other atrocities were committed. On December 16th, 1971, the Pakistan Armed Forces signed a written agreement of surrender, officially bringing the conflict to an end and marking the creation of Bangladesh.

Scarborough councillor says wards should be able to opt-out of having cannabis shops

Councillor Jim Karygiannis plans to introduce a motion on Thursday to allow wards within the City of Toronto to opt out of allowing cannabis retailers and medical marijuana dispensaries to open up shop.

December 2nd, 2018 – Hanukkah

I wish to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Jewish Community on the occasion of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day celebration beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev.

Paramedic union sweet has councillor “gravely concerned” about shortage of ambulances

Coun. Jim Karygiannis speaks out after tweet on Nov. 25 said only 16 ambulances were available

The union representing Toronto paramedics tweeted on Nov. 25 that there were only 16 ambulances available to service the entire city. (CBC)

A Toronto city councillor is worried that there might be too few ambulances available to respond to critical calls in the city after paramedics sounded the alarm on Twitter last Sunday.

November 27, 2018 – E-Newsletter

November E-Newsletter

Dear Constituent:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.


Winter has arrived in Toronto. For weather and snowfall advisories, as well as City of Toronto maintenance activities, please visit my website at http://karygiannis.net/wp/category/snow-weather-advisory/

My office is here to address concerns regarding the community. For web-based constituency services, please visit my website at www.karygiannis.net and complete the Constituency Assistance form.

November 21, 2018 – Extreme Cold Weather Alert – seek shelter, check on loved ones

Extreme Cold Weather Alert – seek shelter, check on loved ones


Based on information from Environment Canada, Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, has issued an Extreme Cold Weather Alert today for Toronto that will be in effect until further notice. Extreme Cold Weather Alerts are issued when the temperature is forecast to reach -15 degrees Celsius or colder, or when the wind chill is forecast to reach -20 or colder.