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December 18, 2019 – December 2019 E-Newsletter

 

From my family to yours – Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays and Season’s Greetings!

 

Dear Neighbour:

 

I want to thank those of you who visited my website and took part in the City Budget Increase Survey.

 

Although slightly more people voted for the “Do not increase our taxes” option than the “Raise our taxes” option, I voted in favour of the building levy increase because I have been assured that part of the increase will be used for the extension of the Sheppard Subway.

December 13, 2019 – 82nd Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre – 南京大屠杀82周年

tt is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate, with you, the 82nd Anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre.

Jim Karygiannis at the Massacre Memorial in Nanjing

 

On December 13, 1937, the Japanese army captured the former Chinese capital city of Nanjing.  During the six weeks that followed, the occupying soldiers beat, killed, kidnapped and raped innocent civilians and soldiers.  In this atrocity, 300,000 people were brutally killed in a heinous display of the evil some humans are capable of.

 

I have visited the Nanjing Massacre Memorial in China, several times in the past 10 years, where I have paid my respects.  I felt and understood the magnitude of the tragedy which occurred 82 years ago.  I prayed that the victims of the genocide are at peace. We pay homage to the victims and express solidarity with the survivors and their descendants.

 

As a City Councillor, I placed a Motion at Toronto City Council in 2016 for the recognition of the Nanjing Massacre. Today, I join with the Canadian Chinese community in remembering the victims of this atrocity.

 

As we reflect on what transpired in Nanjing, it is our duty to prevent such crimes from being committed in the future.  It is through our collective remembrance that steps can be taken to make sure that no society ever sees such unspeakable acts again.

 

This is a day we solemnly acknowledge as we work toward a better future for all mankind.

 

20191213——南京大屠杀82周年

 

我怀着深深的敬意与你们一起纪念南京大屠杀82周年。

 

1937年12月13日,日军攻占了中国前首都南京。在随后的六周内,占领军殴打、杀害、绑架和强奸无辜平民和士兵。在这场暴行中,30万人被残忍杀害,令人发指地展示了一些人类作出邪恶的事情。

 

在过去的10年里,我曾经参观了中国南京大屠杀纪念馆几次,并在那里表达了我的敬意。我感到并理解82年前发生这悲剧的严重性。我为在这场大屠杀中受害者的安息而祷告。我们向受害者表示敬意,向幸存者及其后代表示支持。

 

作为市议员,2016年我在多伦多市议会提出了一项纪念南京大屠杀的动议。今天,我与华人社区和全世界一起,纪念这些不可思议的罪行。

 

在我们反思南京发生的事情时,我们有责任防止此类罪行在未来发生。通过我们的集体回忆,我们才能采取行动,确保再也没有任何社会看到这种不可言喻的行为。

 

在我们致力于全人类更美好未来时,我们要庄严地承认这一天。

December 10, 2019 – Human Rights Day

I wish to take this opportunity to observe with you the occasion of the 71st Human Rights Day.

 

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  The Declaration consists of 30 articles affirming an individual’s rights.

November 29, 2019 – E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:

I hope this message finds you and your family well.

As we head into the holiday season, a variety of events will be taking place within our community. Please take a moment to read through this e-newsletter for updates and announcements regarding our neighbourhood and City.

November 25, 2019 – Statement by Jim Karygiannis

I was advised earlier today that Ontario Superior Court Justice Todd Archibald ruled that I should be returned to office.

 

I want to thank my family for their unwavering support and the support of my constituents. I have received hundreds of email and calls of support.

 

I look forward to returning to work as the City of Toronto Councillor for Ward 22 and to, once again, serving my constituents.