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February 15, 2015 – Serbian National Day

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

Serbian National Day is observed on February 15th and marks the anniversary of the First Serbian Uprising in 1804 and the adoption of the first Serbian Constitution in 1835.

February 7, 2015 – Grenadian Independence Day

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

On February 7, 1974, Grenada was granted independence from the United Kingdom and became a sovereign nation – the first country in the Eastern Caribbean to attain this status.  In the years immediately preceding independence, Grenada was known as an “Associated State of the United Kingdom”, which meant that it was responsible for its own internal affairs while the United Kingdom was responsible for defence and foreign affairs.

January 27, 2015 – Ward 39 residents discuss City of Toronto Budget 2015 at community meeting: Karygiannis

TORONTO – Councillor Jim Karygiannis, Ward 39, Scarborough-Agincourt, held a successful public meeting at which area residents voiced their opinions with respect to the City of Toronto 2015 Budget.

“This community consultation was an opportunity for people to say what they thought of the proposed Budget.” said Mr. Karygiannis. “We discussed how residents want their tax dollars spent and what priorities they want addressed in the Budget.”

January 14, 2015 – Thai Pongal Statement

I would like to take this opportunity to wish members of the Canadian Tamil community Happy Thai Pongal and Pongal Vazhthukkal.

Pongal, which falls on the first day of the Tamil month Thai is a harvest festival that coincides with the winter solstice. Pongal is dedicated to the Sun God Surya and marks the beginning of the northward journey of the sun from its southernmost-limit, a movement referred to as ‘uttarayana’.