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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.

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.

November 22nd, 2018 – Lebanese Independence Day

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

Independence Day is observed on November 22nd to commemorate the liberation from the French Mandate on November 8, 1943, when Lebanese officials amended the Lebanese Constitution to abolish the Mandate. This amendment led to their arrest by French authorities.  They were later released on November 22, 1943 due to national and international pressure to fully recognize Lebanon’s Independence.

November 18th, 2018 – 85th Anniversary of Holodomor

It is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate, with members of the Canadian Ukrainian community, the 85th Anniversary of Holodomor.

During National Holodomor Awareness Week, we pause to remember the atrocity perpetrated by the Communist regime of Joseph Stalin – the ‘killing by hunger’ of millions of Ukrainians.

Members of the Ukrainian community have keenly felt the horror of the genocide – a black chapter in the world’s history.

November 18th, 2018 – Morocco Independence Day

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

Independence Day, also known as Fete de l’Independence, is a public holiday celebrated every 18th of November. It is Morocco’s National Day and commemorates Morocco’s independence from France on November 18th, 1956.

November 15th, 2018 – Palestine Independence Day

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

On November 15th, 1988, the Palestine National Council, representing Palestinians all over the world, declared the State of Palestine on the 1967 border, endorsing all principles of international law and UN resolutions.