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January 12, 2016 – Release of Colin Rutherford

I was very pleased to learn that Colin Rutherford has been released by his Afghani captors.

Colin was travelling in Afghanistan five years ago when he was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan. In June, 2011, Colin’s mother, came to me indicating that her son had been travelling in Afghanistan and had gone missing. I called on the Government of the day to work toward freeing Colin. I also met with officials from Foreign Affairs who advised me that they were working, in a number of areas, in order to free Colin.

Karygiannis says Aviva Canada’s plan to insure ride-sharing drivers raises questions

TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, says the announcement by Aviva Canada, to insure ride-sharing drivers, isn’t as ‘cut and dry’ as it seems.

“As of next month, Aviva Canada will offer insurance coverage to certain ride-sharing drivers.” said Mr. Karygiannis. “While the company is addressing the matter of insurance, the initiative is short on details and raises important questions.”

December 26, 2015 – Kwanzaa

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian African Community on the occasion of Kwanzaa.

Kwanzaa, is a week-long celebration, held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African Diaspora in the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving.

December 25, 2015 – Christmas and New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

As the festive season approaches, many people are busy with last minute preparations so they can celebrate Christmas with family and friends.  In the midst of this hustle and bustle, we need to pause and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas.

December 2, 2015- Karygiannis concerned about TDSB workshop flyer recruiting UBER drivers

TORONTO – Jim Karygiannis, Councillor for Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, has written to the Honourable MaryAnn Mihychuk, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour; the Honourable Reza Moridi, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; and, Ms. Robin Pilkey, Chair of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), expressing his concern about a flyer issued by Employment Ontario advertising a workshop entitled “U B E R Hiring Event”.