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.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Canadian Somaliland community on the occasion of Somaliland Independence Day.
May 12, 2017 – City of Toronto to host third annual Newcomer Day Monday, May 15, 2017 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m Nathan Phillips Square
On Monday, the Toronto Newcomer Office will host Toronto Newcomer Day at City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square. Mayor John Tory will welcome newcomers to Toronto and celebrate their contributions. He will be joined by Laura Albanese, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Councillor Jim Karygiannis (Ward 39 Scarborough Agincourt), the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Advocate, and Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10 York Centre), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee.
I want to take this opportunity to salute mothers everywhere on this Mother’s Day, May 14, 2017.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my best wishes to members of the Buddhist faith in Canada on the occasion of Vesak Day.
Heavy rainfall event, May 4 to 6, 2017
Background City of Toronto crews are preparing for rainfall that is expected to continue until through Saturday and add significantly to Toronto’s existing high water levels. The City and agencies including the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) are working with residents to prevent or minimize flooding and related problems.
The forecast for the next 48 hours has not changed – Environment Canada continues to predict between 40 and 70 millimetres of rain for the Toronto area. This rainfall may have significant effects on the City’s river systems and the water levels of Lake Ontario. The City and agencies including Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) continue to monitor the situation and work with residents to prevent or minimize flooding and related problems. Additionally, Toronto has already received more than 100 mm of rain since early April, which has resulted in some flooding in low-lying areas and the waterfront.
I hope this finds you well and that you are taking the opportunity to enjoy the Spring weather.
Thank you to all residents who participated in the Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 22nd including the Lion’s Club, and the Heathwood and Chester Le community associations. Thank you for doing our part to protect our Earth and keep our neighbourhoods clean.
I had the pleasure of attending several events in Scarborough-Agincourt in the past weeks including: the St. John’s McNicoll Centre Volunteer Appreciation Event, the Canadian Armenian Community’s Armenian Genocide Ceremony, and the 2017 Annual International Children’s Art Contest. If there is an event you wish to share, please contact my office directly using the contact information below.
I want to take this opportunity to share information on news and events happening in Scarborough-Agincourt and across the city. Particularly:
- Our Victory – a new provincial Non-Resident Speculation Tax
- “Let’s Get Together” Toronto Parent Expo on Saturday, May 6th
- FREE Early Years Conference and Summit on Wednesday, May 10th
- Toronto Newcomer Day at Toronto City Hall on Monday, May 15th
- TPS 42 Division Open House on Saturday, May 13th
- Agincourt “Tree for Me” Event on Saturday, May 27th – FREE Tree Seeds!
- Survey for Toronto Seniors Strategy – Your Input Needed!
- Road Re-surfacing on Ambercroft Boulevard
- Spring Restoration Plantings at L’Amoreaux Park North
- Notification – Hydro One Work in Agincourt
- Notification – Scarborough District Boulevard Grass Cutting
- Notification – City of Toronto Creates Local Appeal Body to Expedite Land Use Hearings
- Notification – Toronto Police Service Modernization
- Weekend Event Road Closures on May 6th and May 7th
Please take a minute and pass this email to your neighbors, family and friends.
I look forward to seeing you soon.
May 3rd is World Press Freedom Day – a time to talk about violations of press freedom.
It is a time to remember that, in many countries around the world, the media is censored; fined; suspended and closed down; while journalists, editors and publishers are harassed; attacked; kidnapped; and, even murdered. Just as importantly, it is a time to encourage and develop initiatives in support of press freedom and to assess the state of press freedom throughout the world.