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May 22, 2018 – Vesak Day

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.

This major festival is observed in Canada and many countries including Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam. 

May 22, 2018 – Racist Slurs spray painted on Wali ul Asr Muslim School Statement by Jim Karygiannis, Councillor, Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt and Deputy Mayor Glen De Baeremaeker

Jim Karygiannis speaking to media at the scene.

Earlier yesterday evening, we were notified that someone had spray painted racist slurs and defaced the Wali ul Asr Muslim School on Torrance Road.

This is a school for children from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Along with their academic studies, they are taught good manners, mutual respect, peace, kindness, love and tolerance. Tomorrow morning, these children, as they return to school, may be greeted with disrespect, intolerance and hatred.

May 22, 2018 – Media Advisory – Racial Slurs

Racial slurs” F…. u Muslim” have been witnessed at  the back of Wali ul Asr Muslim School East Campus 425 McCowan Road Toronto, ON M1J 1J1

Jim Karygiannis, Councillor, City Newcomers Advocate and Deputy Mayor Glen De Baeremaeker will be present as City Staff remove these racial slurs.

Where: Wali ul Asr Muslim School East Campus on Torrance Road

When: Tuesday May 22, 2018 6:30 am