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March 17, 2019 – St. Patrick’s Day

I would like to take this opportunity to wish Canadians of Irish heritage a Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day is a cultural and religious holiday that is observed on March 17th, the date of the Patron Saint of Ireland’s death. March 17th is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador.  The day is marked by church services and the lifting of Lenten restrictions.


The Irish, members of the Irish Diaspora throughout the world and those who want to be Irish for a day also celebrate with parades and the “wearing of the green”. Saint Patrick is said to have used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. As early as the 17th century, shamrocks and green ribbons were worn on St. Patrick’s Day.

Toronto is a proud multicultural city that embraces a wide variety of cultures and faiths.  Our city flourishes because of the diversity of people who have chosen to make Toronto their home. It is important to recognize each and every community that plays a part in enhancing Toronto’s social and cultural landscape.

As the Newcomer’s Advocate with the City of Toronto I strongly believe that we must work to together to promote togetherness. We must Respect our newcomer communities. We must Accept our newcomer communities. We should Celebrate our diversity and Embrace our different cultures and traditions, because we are all part of the human RACE.

March 2, 2019 – March 2019 E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

Last Monday, over 600 residents of Scarborough attended the ‘Save The Grace’ Town Hall at L’Amoreaux Community Centre. I would first like to give a big THANK YOU to everyone for their attendance at the Town Hall. Your presence and active participation has sent a clear message that Scarborough residents do not accept the closure of the two Departments at the Scarborough Grace and that residents will continue to strongly fight against these closures.

March 1, 2019 – 100th Anniversary of the March 1st Korean Independence Movement

It is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate, with you, the 100th Anniversary of the March 1st Korean Independence Movement.

The March 1st Movement, known in Korea as the Sam-Il Movement (삼일 운동) was one of the first demonstrations of Korean resistance against the Japanese occupation of Korea, which began in 1910.

February 27, 2019 – Karygiannis holds “Save The Grace” Town Hall Meeting 600 show up.

TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 22, Scarborough-Agincourt, held a standing-room only Town Hall meeting last evening with respect to the proposed closure of two departments at the Scarborough Hospital-Grace Birchmount Campus).  The capacity crowd heard from medical staff and the President of the Heathwood Ratepayers Association about the impact of the closure of the Obstetrics and In-Patient Pediatric Departments would have on the hospital and community.