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October 1, 2015 – Nigerian Independence Day

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

Following World War II, a movement towards Nigerian nationalism grew and there were increasing demands for independence.  The British Government responded by legislating successive constitutions that resulted in Nigeria moving closer to self-government.

October 1, 2015 – Cyprus Independence Day

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

On February 19, 1959, Greece, Turkey, the United Kingdom and Cyprus were signatories to The Zurich and London Agreement, which formed the basis of the Cypriot Constitution.  Following the signing of the accord, Cypriot President, Archbishop Makarios III said “Έλληνες Κύπριοι, νενικήκαμεν!” (“Greek Cypriots, we have won!”).

September 28, 2015 – Open Letter to City Councillors on Uber’s failure to collect HST

September 28, 2015

Dear Colleague,

I am attaching two items of importance that I would ask you to consider when you make your decision about voting on Uber.

Uber has been going around stating that its drivers should be the ones who must register to pay for HSTand that drivers do not need to pay anything if they earn less than $30,000 per year.

Attached you will find a 1991 GST Guide for Taxis and Limos which, on last page, clearly states:

“All taxi and limousine fares will be taxable. This means all independent taxi and limousine drivers must register for the GST, regardless of their annual taxable revenues.”

September 27, 2015 – Mid-Autumn Festival

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Chinese community on the occasion of The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as The Moon Festival.

The festival dates back 3,000 years and is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar. The date parallels the Autumnal Equinox in the solar calendar, when the moon is at its roundest and fullest.

September 25, 2015 – Uber under no circumstances accepts liability

Toronto – Councillor Jim Karygiannis had his fears confirmed when he read the terms and conditions of the Uber website https://www.uber.com/legal/can/terms which contains the following statement:

“The quality of the transportation services requested through the use of the Application or the Service is entirely the responsibility of the Transportation Provider who ultimately provides such transportation services to you. Uber under no circumstance accepts liability in connection with and/or arising from the transportation services provided by the Transportation Provider or any acts, actions, behaviour, conduct, and/or negligence on the part of the Transportation Provider. Any complaints about the transportation services provided by the Transportation Provider should therefore be submitted to the Transportation Provider.”

Open Letter to Prime Minister Harper on HST non collection by Uber

September 23, 2015


Right Hon. Stephen Harper

Office of the Prime Minister

80 Wellington Street

Ottawa, ON K1A 0A2


Dear Prime Minister,


I am writing with respect to a Canadian company which is not collecting HST. The company has been asked publicly a number of times if it collects HST and if its receipts have a HST number. Time and time again the company has not answered.

September 23, 2015 – Eid al-Adha

As Eid al-Adha begins, I would like to offer warm regards to all Canadians who are observing this religious festival.

One of the most important rights protected by our Constitution is the right to worship.  The observance of Eid al-Adha is a time to visit with family and friends, while remembering those who are less fortunate and the importance of religion in one’s life.

September 13, 2015 – Karygiannis honours long time Toronto entrepreneur at Nathan Phillips Square

TORONTO – Councillor Jim Karygiannis, Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt, honoured Mr. Peter Bougadis for his 50 years of continuous service to the public in front of Nathan Phillips Square.


Karygiannis honours longtime Toronto entrepreneur at Nathan Phillips Square Mr & Mrs. Bougadis

On September 13, 2015, Toronto City Hall turned 50 with celebrations in City Hall and in Nathan Phillips Square.