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May 23, 2016 – Victoria Day

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all residents of Toronto a Happy Victoria Day.

Queen Victoria’s birthday, May 24th, has been celebrated in Canada since before Confederation.  In 1845, the Parliament of the Province of Canada passed legislation to officially recognize May 24th as the Queen’s birthday.

Today, the Monday before May 25th is known as Victoria Day.  Following her coronation in 1953, that day is also recognized as the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

Vesak Day – May 20, 2016

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Buddhist faith in Canada on the occasion of Vesak Day.

Vesak is a significant day in the Buddhist calendar as it marks the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Gautama Buddha

May 19, 2016 – 102nd Anniversary of the Pontian Genocide

It is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate, with members of the Pontian community, the 102nd Anniversary of the Pontian Genocide.

We pause to remember an atrocity perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire – the deaths of three hundred and fifty thousand Greeks between 1914 and 1922.  We also remember the 1.25 million individuals who were deported.

May 15, 2016 Ward 39 Updates

Dear Constituents,

We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming

Community Compost Day
Saturday, May 28th
from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM
Bridlewood Mall.

Council Highlights important to Ward 39
Toronto City Council meeting of May 3, 4 and 5, 2016

May 8, 2016 – Mother’s Day

I want to take this opportunity to salute mothers everywhere on this Mother’s Day, May 8, 2016.

There is no job more satisfying and yet, more demanding than that of a mother. Mothers, the world over, regardless of their circumstance, share a collective goal – to provide the best possible life for their children. Throughout history, mothers have shown courage and strength in meeting the challenges facing their communities and societies.  They have often led by example and effected social change.

May 5, 2016 – Councillors Karygiannis and Fragedakis are pleased that Toronto City Council passes Pontian Genocide Motion

TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, is pleased that, today, Toronto City Council passed his Motion to recognize the Pontian Genocide.

“I want to thank Councillor Mary Fragedakis for seconding the Motion and the Mayor and my fellow Councillors for passing this Motion.” said Mr. Karygiannis. “Council has recognized the first genocide of the 20th century in which 450,000 to 750,000 Pontian and Anatolian Greeks were executed.”

May 3, 2016 – 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.