Minutes of the January 10 2022 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the January 10 2022 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on January 10, 2022, through video conference via Zoom


  • Thomas S. Saras
  • Neel Nanda
  • Maria Saras-Voutsinas
  • Rosemary Sadler
  • Ricky Castellvi
  • Jonathan Annobil
  • Pooyan Tabatabaei
  • Nishantha Don
  • Lankathas Pathmanathan
  • Linda Karuks
  • Rue Hayer-Bains
  • Liisa Qureshi
  • Zenaida Ferry-Kharroubi
  • George Guzmas
  • Serge Vankevich
  • Roberto Hausman
  • Arif Ahmed
  • Fiza Syeda
  • Denis Poirier
  • Arash Kharabi
  • Ragee Arasaratnam
  • Lydia Sun
  • Leila Monteiro Lins
  • Jonathan Annobil
  • Mohammed BagherSamimi
  • Ali Mahmoud
  • Mohammad Tajdolati
  • Ghulam Rasool
  • Anfisa Lyasota
  • Ranjit Wicks
  • Sandie De Freitas
  • Norman Hart
  • Kathy L. L. Li
  • Wais Popalzai
  • Teshome Woldramanuel
  • Khalid Magram
  • Mooka Tamil
  • Bobby Wang
  • Maria Swietoizacki
  • Elizabeth Muzalc
  • Mike Kolososki
  • Joe Volpe
  • Susana Donan
  • Krishnalingan
  • Khalid Menan
  • Khalid Hamid
  • Helen Wang
  • Nagamany Logendralingam
  • Hermie Garcia
  • Mila Garcia
  • Nawrin Farah
  • Eugenia Bakchinow
  • Elsayed Nasr
  • MizhardBagant
  • Michael Li
  • Sima Ghaffarzadeh
  • Cezar Bangu
  • Gezahegn Mekonnen Demissie
  • Saad Alsafar
  • Rui Yang
  •  HaiTien Lin
  • Kumanan Thnambi
  • Kathy Wang
  • Ernesto Donan
  • Isa Melo
  • ThavapalanKathiravelu
  • Yuri Natchetoi
  • John Saraidaris
  • Said Henry
  • Lui Queano
  • Krinalingam
  • Kumayan Thambi
  • Najibullah Popalzai
  • Hannan Mamun
  • Nobodip News
  • Ali Mahboub
  • Mulugeta Zergaba
  • Janusz Niemczyk
  • Denis Brito
  • Stensont A
  • Geetha Nangarajh
  • Syed Irbal
  • Mike Kolosowski
  • Bobby Wang
  • Muhammad Naeem Ul Islam
  • Foe Jole
  • ThanapalanKathivarelu
  • Dimitris Vohaitis
  • Daril Brar
  • Ahmad Rostamijam
  • Lalit Thakar
  • Lawrence Joseph
  • Ronny Yason
  • Khuvan Aftab
  • Abdul Azeem
  • Nawrin Farah
  • S Krishnalingam
  • Shaiful Horn
  • Ahmad Hotaki
  • Thomas Galgor
  • Sivamohan
  • Kathy Gerasklis
  • Athanasios Kourtesis
  • Kumanan Thambi
  • Tamil Muraka
  • Solomon Areinu
  • Bety Glothai
  • Salah Allam
  • Stena Allam
  • Elizabeth Muzale


Agenda of the day

  • Welcome Remarks by the chair.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting
  • President’s Report/Discussions
  • Presentation by Yasmin Shearmur -Project Manager, Association of Canadian Studies
  • New Members/New Business
  • Adjournment


Welcome Remarks by the Chair

Mohammed Tajdolati chaired the virtual monthly meeting and declared the meeting open. Ranjith Wicks moved a motion to approve the agenda. Ned Blair seconded it. The motion was carried unanimously.


Minutes of the previous meeting

John Saraidaris moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting and Mohammad Bagher Samimi seconded it. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting were unanimously approved.


 President’s Report/Discussions

  • Thomas Saras welcomed everyone to the first online monthly meeting of 2022. He highlighted the achievements of the council over the past few years and specially during the pandemic when members faced additional challenges. He praised the arduous work and dedication of all members who contributed towards its success and specially mentioned Maria Saras Voutsinas who has been tirelessly working for the members during the pandemic.
  • Saras informed the members that the LJI budget has been increased for the current year and for the next business year. He encouraged members that have not already done so to apply for funding. He also explained that the Internship Program will continue and that NEPMCC is currently waiting for its approval. Once the approval is received for the next cycle, all qualifying members will be encouraged to apply for it. He mentioned that NEPMCC has already received several applications on file and those that are approved will be funded once the program begins.
  • President Saras emphasized that funds allocated under various projects would only be distributed to members who qualify for it
  • Saras informed members on the upcoming events and projects for NEPMCC. Mr. Saras will try to organize meeting with Lieutenant Governor of Quebec to discuss on the issues of ethnic media in Quebec.
  • President Thomas Saras thanked all the members who generously donated to NEPMCC. Although the industry and our members are struggling financially, he encouraged everyone that can do so to donate.
  • Thomas Saras urged the members to participate in different projects that are available. If there is lack of adequate participation, the funds would go back to its source and in future the allocations of such funds could be limited.


  • Members who wish to participate in projects undertaken by NEPMCC (other than the LJI) must be in good standing and abide by all the codes governing the council. They should also pay all membership dues.
  • The President is in touch with Federal Government and Provincial Government for funding members of NEPMCC during the ongoing Pandemic. President is scheduled to meet with representatives of both Federal and Provincial Government to request more funds for the struggling ethnic media industry.
  • President Thomas Saras mentioned that LJI payments will be made in 2 weeks.
  • President Thomas Saras continued to educate members on various projects undertaken by NEPMCC and especially on the LJI. President Thomas Saras informed about the local initiative program The Local Journalism Initiative (LJI) supports the creation of original civic journalism that covers the diverse needs of underserved communities across Canada. Funding is available to eligible Canadian media organizations to hire an unemployed journalist or pay freelance journalists to produce civic journalism for underserved communities. The content produced will be made available to media organizations through a Creative Commons license so that Canadians can be better informed. He mentioned under this program a publisher can hire qualified journalist or a journalistic student in the final year and get up to a maximum of $30,000 per year. He mentioned that the program has been phenomenally successful. He hoped that the program will continue to receive funds in future. The program also pays for mailing expenses of the copies of the publication to remote communities and provides special prepaid kits to members participating in the program.
  • The president also encouraged all the members to apply for an ID or Media Pass of the organization. There are so many benefits; the president said that it is to one’s advantage to have it.

Presentation by Yasmin Shearmur -Project Manager, Association of Canadian Studies

Yasmin Shearmur made a brief presentation on the upcoming conference on the future of Immigration, settlement and integration.


Delegates to the Metropolis Canada Conference will be gathering in person in Vancouver for broad ranging discussions about the ongoing and new challenges in immigration, settlement and integration. For the first time in two years, immigrant service providers, policy makers and researchers and other key stakeholders from across Canada will have the opportunity to hold in-depth exchanges about policy needs, best practices, lessons learned, the latest data and studies, and about how best to advance immigration and refugee settlement at this critical juncture in our history.

After her brief presentation she invited questions from the members

Mila Garcia, Margaret Bonikowska, and others participated in the discussions following the presentation.

Yasmin Shearmur encouraged all members to inform their readership about the conference on the broad ranging discussions about to take place on the ongoing and new challenges in immigration, settlement and integration.

New Business/Discussions

Mr. Saras discussed meeting in person. He is hopeful that restrictions will be lifted soon so that members can begin meeting in person at City Hall again. Till Public Health restrictions are in place NEPMCC will continue to stream the meetings live over zoom for the members across Canada.

Maria Saras -Voutsinas updated on the various steps taken by NEPMCC to further the cause of the members. She mentioned that NEPMCC is working with industry partners to bring free newspapers under the Aid to Publishers this year.

Mr. Saras also expressed his hope that we will be able to host an Educational Seminar in 2022.



Roberto Hausman moved a motion to adjourn the meeting and Ned Blair seconded it. The motion was carried. The Chair Dr. Tajdolati adjourned the meeting at 8:15 PM. The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, February 14, 2021, via Zoom.


The above notes from the meeting of January 10, 2022, were prepared by Secretary General and Senior VP of the NEPMCC, Neel Nanda.