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July 14, 2015 – PAN AM GAMES VISITORS BEWARE Toronto City Councillor warns passengers of unlicensed taxis can now be fined up to $20,000

Toronto City Councillor  Jim Karygiannis is warning Pan Am Games visitors to be wary of using anything but licensed taxi services while visiting Toronto.

“I want to warn pan am games visitors that they risk being charged and fined up to $20,000 if they use any unlicensed bandit taxis like UBER in Ontario” said Karygiannis in a statement.

July 11, 2015 – Imamat Day

I would like to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to members of the Ismaili community in Canada on the occasion of Imamat Day.

Today, July 11, 2013, Ismaili Muslims in Canada and throughout the world are marking the 58th anniversary of the accession of His Highness the Aga Khan as Imam of the Shi’a Ismaili Muslims.

July 9, 2015 – Toronto City Council supports Karygiannis’ Motion to recognize Toronto’s 1918 Anti-Greek Riot

TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, is pleased that Toronto City Councillors have voted to recognize Toronto’s 1918 Anti-Greek Riot.

“By passing this Motion, Council has recognized that the riot, which took place between August 2nd and 4th 1918, is an important part of Toronto’s history.” said Councillor Karygiannis. “Most Torontonians don’t know that the Anti-Greek Riot took place.”

July 5, 2015 – Venezuelan Independence Day

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

On July 5, 1811, seven of the ten provinces belonging to the Captaincy General of Venezuela adopted TheVenezuelan Declaration of Independence, thus breaking away from the Spanish Crown.  The territory became known as The American Confederacy of Venezuela and marked the birth of the first independent nation in South America.  

Karygiannis presents Motion to recognize Toronto’s 1918 Anti-Greek Riot

TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, will move a Motion at the Toronto City council meeting to be held on July 7/8, 2015, asking Council to recognize the 1918 Anti-Greek Riot.

“I believe that it is important to recognize the riot which took place between August 2nd and 4th, 1918.” said Mr. Karygiannis. “Most Torontonians don’t know that the Anti-Greek Riot took place. This Motion will recognize the events and serve as an educational tool.”

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.