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July 1, 2015 – Canada Day

Today, we celebrate Canada Day – Canada’s 148th Birthday.  Canadians, across the land and overseas, will join together in July 1st festivities.

Whether they gather on Signal Hill, overlooking St. John’s harbour, for the pre-dawn flag raising ceremony; witness the noontime 21 gun salute and fly past on Parliament Hill; march in parades; attend concerts and BBQs; watch fireworks; are sworn in as Canadian citizens at special sessions of Citizenship Court; or, celebrate Canada Day abroad – July 1st is an important day for all Canadians.

June. 26, 2015 – The City’s outdoor pools open for the season this weekend

Today, Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt) joined Barbara Byers, Director of Public Education for the Lifesaving Society and members of the local community to kick-off outdoor pool season in Toronto with a splash.

The City’s 57 outdoor pools will open on June 26 and will remain open with varying schedules until Sunday, September 6. Visit http://www1.toronto.ca/parks/prd/facilities/outdoor-pools/index.htm for pool locations and schedules.

Media Advisory City of Toronto to celebrate opening of outdoor pools Friday, June 26

Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough-Agincourt) will join Barbara Byers, Director of Public Education for the Lifesaving Society, and members of the local community for the official launch of outdoor pool season in Toronto.

Date: Friday, June 26 (weather permitting)

Time: 2 to 3 p.m., remarks at 2 p.m.

Location: Kidstown Water Park, 3159 Birchmount Rd. (south of McNicoll Avenue)

June 21, 2015 Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a day to honour not only our fathers, but all the men who have been a father-figure in our lives – brothers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, friends or ‘Big Brothers’.

The celebration of Father’s Day dates back to 1908.  Over the last century, we have paid tribute to fathers and thanked them for their guidance, wisdom, unconditional love and support that have helped shape our lives.

June 18, 2015 – Ramadan

As Ramadan begins, I would like to offer warm regards to all Canadians who are observing this holy month.

One of the most important rights protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the right to worship. The observance of Ramadan, one of the holiest times in the Muslim religious calendar, offers a time to reflect on one’s good fortune, the plight of those less fortunate and the importance of religion in one’s life.

LiUNA urges council to vote for this motion to be tabled by ward 39 Councilor Jim Karygiannis

Tomorrow, the City of Toronto will decide which vision of the eastern gardiner will prevail. Unlike other decisions, the future of every resident across the GTHA will be affected by this vote. Liuna (Labourers International Union of North America) and its 70,000 members across the GTHA urge council not to rush to a decision but rather consider all options.