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March 25, 2019 – Greek Independence Day – Ημέρα της Ελληνικής Ανεξαρτησίας

Today, Hellenes around the world celebrate the 198th Anniversary of the Independence of Greece.  Canadians of Greek descent mark this milestone by sharing their history and values with their fellow Canadians. In Toronto, the Canadian Greek Diaspora is also marking the 108th Anniversary of the Greek Community in Toronto.

March 20, 2019 – March E-Newsletter

Dear Neighbour:

I hope that you and your family have been doing well.

Many residents have approached me and expressed interest in the implementation of cycling routes in Ward 22.  One of the routes identified by City Staff is Huntingwood Drive.

City Staff is currently developing a ten year plan for expanding and improving the City’s cycling network.  The Ten Year Cycling Network Plan will build on the City’s existing network of cycling routes by identifying potential cycling network projects to fulfill the project mandate:

  • Connect the gaps in our existing Cycling Network;
  • Grow the Cycling Network into new parts of the City; and,
  • Renew the existing Cycling Network routes to improve their quality.

I am writing to ask for your opinion with respect to this matter. Please visit my website at www.karygiannis.net and complete the Cycling Lane on Huntingwood Drive survey.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 416-392-1374 or email me at jim@karygiannis.net.

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.