I hope this message finds you and your family well.
Canada Day is right around the corner. This year, July 1st will be particularly special because it is the 150th anniversary of our country’s birth. “Canada 150” is promising to be the largest national celebration of Canada on record. It will be an opportunity to join with family, friends and neighbours to celebrate our great country and ruteflect on our shared heritage. Our country’s rich diversity is something for all Canadians to celebrate.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Italian community on the occasion of Italian National Day or Festa della Repubblica.
Today, May 30, 2017, is the start of a three-day public holiday in China as the Chinese celebrate the Duanwu Festival or Dragon Boat Festival. The Festival is also marked in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
As Ramadan begins, I would like to offer warm regards to all Canadians who are observing this holy month.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Guyanese community on the occasion of Guyanese Independence Day.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all residents of Toronto a Happy Victoria Day.
I want to wish you and your family a restful Victoria Day long weekend.
This week, I had the privilege to participate in Toronto Newcomer Day as Toronto’s Newcomer Advocate on City Council. I joined thousands of residents at Nathan Phillips Square to celebrate our diversity and embrace our shared future in Canada. It was an honour to lead a Citizenship Ceremony for many new Canadians joining our Canadian family.
The City of Toronto will offer a wide variety of activities for residents on Monday, May 22, including the annual Victoria Day fireworks display at Ashbridges Bay Park. Many family attractions, including two historic sites, a farm and other facilities will be open, however City-operated recreation centres will be closed and recreation programs across the city will not operate that day. Toronto Island Park continues to be closed to the public until further notice due to flooding. The City of Toronto will host Victoria Day fireworks at Ashbridges Bay Park starting at 10 p.m. on May 22. The show will feature about 2,000 fireworks with a spectacular finale.
On the morning of May 20, 1941, the skies above Crete were filled with a strange new phenomenon – thousands of Nazi paratroopers landed in a massive invasion of the island, the first German airborne invasion in history code named ‘Operation Mercury’.
It is with a deep sense of reverence that I commemorate, with members of the Pontian community, the 103rd Anniversary of the Pontian Genocide.