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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.

September 13, 2015 – Rosh Hashanah

I would like to take this opportunity to extend to members of the Jewish community in Canada “Shanah tovah” as they celebrate Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year).

Rosh Hashana starts on the first day of Tishrei (or Tishri), which is the seventh month in the Jewish calendar, and may last for two days. It is sometimes called the Day of Remembrance or the Day of Blowing the Shofar.

September 12, 2015 – Coptic New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to extend to members of the Coptic Orthodox community in Canada a blessed Coptic New Year.

The first day of the Month of Thoout marks the start of the Coptic New Year and the celebration of The Feast of El-Nayrouz. On this feast day, Coptic Orthodox Christians honour those who have stood and confessed their faith in God and have given their lives for their convictions.

September 10, 2015 – Letter to Mayor John Tory on the proposed Olympic Bid

Mayor John Tory
City Of Toronto
City Hall
Toronto Ontario

Re: City of Toronto Olympic Bid

September 10, 2015

Dear Mayor Tory,

I am writing to express my deep concerns with a Toronto Olympic Bid.

Although euphoria in the beginning when it was announced had me excited I have come to realize that this move will be devastating for our City.