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December 24th, 2018 – Libyan Independence Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Libyan community on the occasion of Libyan Independence Day.

 In 1934, Italy adopted the name ‘Libya’ as the name of the colony comprised of the provinces of Cyrenaica, Tripolitania and Fezzan.  Idris al-Mahdi as-Senussi, Emir of Cyrenaica, led the Libyan resistance movement against the Italian occupation between World War I and World War II.

Daily Bread food bank opens to meet north Scarborough ‘priority’ need

Victoria Park and Sheppard location builds on tenant effort

Scarborough-Mirror December 20, 2018 Mike Adler 

The last Toronto food bank to open in 2018 started with a woman handing out bread.

Indra Adjei saw plenty of people in her northwest Scarborough building who needed it — seniors, people who lost their jobs, people who couldn’t work.

Many of them felt isolated — and lots of times, when people from 80 or more families came for bread each Friday, it made Adjei’s day to see them smile.

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.