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May 3, 2015 – World Press Freedom Day

May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day – a time to talk about violations of press freedom.

It is a time to remember that, in many countries around the world, the media is censored; fined; suspended and closed down; while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed; attacked; kidnapped; and, even murdered. Just as importantly, it is a time to encourage and develop initiatives in support of press freedom and to assess the state of press freedom throughout the world.


World Press Freedom Day was established in 1991 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the United Nations Department of Public Information at a conference in Windhoek, Namibia. It was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993.


Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states –

‘Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.’

World Press Freedom Day is a time to reflect upon the sacrifices brave men and women have made, throughout the years, telling important stories about events that shape our world.

THE CITY: Sheppard LRT delay has this councillor thrilled

THE CITY: Sheppard LRT delay has this councillor thrilled

Scarborough-Mirror April 30, 2015 David Nickle

Jim Karygiannis, the new councillor for Scarborough-Agincourt Ward 39, had what to outsiders might seem a novel reaction to word that a major infrastructure improvement touching his ward was to be postponed, possibly indefinitely. He was, to use his own words, “ecstatic.”

City Hall reacts to Sheppard LRT delay

City Ha; reacts to Sheppard LRT delay

Toronto Sun 

TORONTO – Leaving the Sheppard LRT in limbo until at least 2021 sets the stage for another transit fight.

Councillor Jim Karygiannis said Tuesday that he’s “ecstatic” that construction of the LRT is being delayed until the Finch LRT is finished by 2021. He vowed to mobilize Scarborough residents to urge City Hall and Queen’s Park to finish the Sheppard subway instead of building the light-rail line.

GTA Project Community BBQ Saturday, May 2, 2015 11:00am to 3:00pm Bridlewood Mall Parking Lot

Enbridge is laying a gas line in our area.

Work has been progressing north of McNicoll Avenue.

There is an opportunity to get an update on the work that has been done and to join the Enbridge group and me at the GTA Project Community BBQ on May 2, 2015.

The Enbridge Project Team will be there to answer any questions you have about the project or upcoming construction that will commence in May.

The Enbridge Community Events Team will be there cooking hamburgers and hot dogs.  Some of the construction equipment will be onsite as well for kids to see and perhaps explore under supervision.

The event is being held:


Saturday, May 2, 2015

11:00am to 3:00pm

Bridlewood Mall Parking Lot

(Northwest corner of Warden Avenue and Finch Avenue East)