Minutes of the June 12 2023 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the June 12 2023 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on June 12, 2023, through video conference via Zoom

 

Present/Attendees

  • Thomas S. Saras
  • Mohammad Tajdolati
  • Neel Nanda
  • Maria Saras-Voutsinas
  • Rosemary Sadlier
  • Ricky Castellvi
  • Hon. Joe Volpe
  • Hon. Basilio Giordano
  • Daniela Sprilac
  • Michael Li
  • Helen Wang
  • Rue Hayer-Bains
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Elsayed Nasr
  • Ned Blair
  • Jonathan Annobil
  • Shahidul Mintu
  • Deborah Shatz
  • Kamalavasan Navaratnam
  • Pooyan Tabatabaei
  • Martha Pinzon
  • Nishantha Don
  • Lankathas Pathmanathan
  • Linda Karuks
  • Liisa Qureshi
  • Zenaida Ferry-Kharroubi
  • George Guzmas
  • Roberto Hausman
  • Arif Ahmed
  • Fiza Syeda
  • Denis Poirier
  • Ragee Arasaratnam
  • Lydia Sun
  • Leila Monteiro Lins
  • Mohammed Bagher Samimi
  • Ali Mahmoud
  • Ghulam Rasool
  • Anfisa Lyasota
  • Ranjit Wicks
  • Sandie De Freitas
  • Norman Hart
  • Kathy Lin
  • Teshome Woldramanuel
  • Khalid Magram
  • Mooka Tamil
  • Bobby Wang
  • Maria Swietoizacki
  • Mike Kolososki
  • Susana Donan
  • Ernesto Donan
  • Khalid Hamid
  • Nagamany Logendralingam
  • Hermie Garcia
  • Mila Garcia
  • Eugenia Bakchinow
  • Michael Li
  • Sima Ghaffarzadeh
  • Cezar Bangu
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Rui Yang
  • HaiTien Lin
  • Isa Melo
  • Yuri Natchetoi
  • John Saraidaris
  • Said Henry
  • Lui Queano
  • Tom Bijoet
  • Dimitri Papadopoulos
  • Ahmad Shah Hotaki
  • Kathy Gerasklis
  • Athanasios Kourtesis
  • Bill Fatsis
  • Nishantha Don
  • Thanasis Kourtesis
  • Dimitri Papadopoulos
  • George Bakoyannis
  • Rosemary Sadlier
  • Elsayed
  • Tom Bijvoet
  • John Saras
  • Mohammad Tajdolati
  • Joe Volpe
  • Manan Gupta
  • Hermie Garcia
  • Mila Garcia
  • Bill Fatsis
  • Roberto Hausman
  • Sean PICKARD
  • Isa Melo
  • Basilio Giordano
  • John Jia CC Times
  • Michael Li
  • Emmanuel Ayiku
  • Yuri Natchetoi
  • Kathy Lin
  • Jonathan Annobil
  • Khalid
  • Ernesto Donan
  • Susana Donan
  • AR Nathan
  • Pooyan Tabatabaei
  • Shahidul Mintu
  • Rue Hayer-Bains
  • Watan E Maa (Popalzai)
  • Arif Ahmed
  • Denis Porier
  • Syed Hassan
  • Sima Ghaffarzadeh
  • Lucy Yang
  • Ahmad Hotaki
  • Weera Fonseka
  • Leila Monteiro-Lins
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Liisa Qureshi
  • Martha Pinzon
  • Krishalingham
  • Kamal Navaratnam
  • Ned Blair
  • Kathy Gerasklis
  • Ayuban Sri Lanka
  • Said Henry
  • Lankathas
  • Raul (student from Corriere)
  • Fiza Syeda

Agenda of the day

  • Welcome Remarks by the chair.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting
  • President’s Report/Discussions
  • Presentation by Nathaniel Erskine Smith MP Beaches East York and leadership candidate for Ontario Liberal Party
  • Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Anthony Furey
  • New Members/New Business
  • Adjournment

Welcome Remarks by the Chair:

Mohammed Tajdolati chaired the virtual monthly meeting and declared the meeting open. Rosemary Sadlier moved a motion to approve the agenda. Roberto Hausman seconded it. The motion was carried unanimously.

 

Minutes of the previous meeting:

Roberto Hausman moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting and Arif Ahmed seconded it. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting were approved unanimously.

 President’s Report/Discussions:

  • Thomas Saras welcomed everyone to the online monthly meeting of June. He gave update of the various projects undertaken by NEPMCC.
  • President Thomas Saras informed that all the members who were qualified for the LJI will be receiving cheques soon. He further added members qualified and hired students intern under the internship program will be also receiving their cheques in the coming weeks.
  • President Thomas Saras informed the council that he will be visiting Vancouver to meet members of NEPMCC from the Province.
  • President Thomas Saras informed the members under LJI, there are three computers available for members who applied. President Saras reminded all participants in the LJI and Internship programs that they must declare on their outlets that they are receiving financial assistance from the Government of Canada. Maria shared a link to the Government of Canada site with the logo and statement that must be declared.
  • President Thomas Saras expressed disappointment as very few members have applied for the Student Internship program. He mentioned that this program may be terminated due to lack of participation.
  • President Saras encouraged participation in the Student Internship program. It has been a remarkably successful project and both students and publishers are benefiting immensely.
  • President Saras explained that audits for the various programs we are administrating are happening.
  • President Thomas Saras informed the members about the Business Innovation Program. President Thomas Saras informed the members that the Special Measures for Journalism has been launched and members who qualify can apply. The Special Measures for Journalism component provides funds to Canadian magazines and community newspapers. The Special Measures for Journalism component will provide funds for the 2023-2024 fiscal year to publishers that have a free circulation model or low levels of paid circulation or are published in digital format. Daily newspapers are not eligible for this component. The deadline for this application is July 21, 2023.
  • President Thomas Saras mentioned that NEPMCC will participate in this years Ethnic Press festival at CNE and will have the same booth as last year.

 Presentation by Nathaniel Erskine Smith MP Beaches East York and leadership candidate for Ontario Liberal Party.

  • The chair Mohammad Tajdolati introduced Nathaniel Erskine Smith to the meeting.
  • She began her address by mentioning that on May 10 she will be stepping down as a MPP because she wants to run for the Mayor of Toronto.
  • Nathaniel Erskine Smith became (Nate) the M.P of Beaches-East York. on October 19, 2015, after a successful grassroots open nomination in December 2014. Before politics, Nate was a lawyer at a commercial litigation firm downtown Toronto. He supplemented his practice with volunteer legal work for a range of clients and causes, which included fighting public interest matters in court, and research for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. Nate regularly attends events around Beaches-East York, volunteers his time in support of local charitable activities, and visits local schools to talk to young Canadians about the importance of participating in the democratic process. Nate was raised in the east end of Toronto, where he attended public school and played baseball. His parents are retired public school teachers and his first experience with politics was supporting them on the picket lines during the Harris years. He went on to obtain his BA and JD from Queen’s and his Master of Laws from Oxford, where he studied constitutional law. He also pitched for baseball teams at both universities. Nate practiced commercial litigation before pursuing politics. Nate’s wife Amy is a chef and nutrition professor, currently completing her PhD at the University of Toronto. She also works with HSI’s Forward Food program and as the director of the supper club program at Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto. Originally from Lambton County, her dad still lives on the family farm. Nate and Amy have two young boys. Nate Erskine-Smith is one of those rare members of parliament. He considers himself a loyal Liberal. But he will vote against his party when he thinks the leadership is wrong. That’s ensured two things: first, he’ll never be in Justin Trudeau’s cabinet, and second, he gets a lotta props from people who aren’t necessarily Liberals. In any event, it’s prompted Erskine-Smith to look at the vacant Ontario Liberal leadership post and in fact, he was the first candidate to toss his hat into the ring. Ontario Liberal leadership candidate Nate Erskine-Smith is pledging to create a provincially owned construction agency to build new affordable housing, part of the first major policy push of the campaign. Solving the housing problem in Ontario has become a central preoccupation for political parties at Queen’s Park, after Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives made housing construction a key focus of the party’s second term in office.
  • Lankathas Pathmanathan, Maria Saras Voutsinas, Bill Fastis, Neel Nanda, Sean Pickford, Isa Melo, Shahidul Islam Mintu, Arif Ahmed, and others asked a wide variety of questions on pertinent topics from housing to healthcare to public safety. Nathaniel Erskine Smith candidly answered all questions that were raised to him. He thanked NEPMCC to provide him with the opportunity to meet with the members of NEPMCC and mentioned he was open to ideas from the members regarding various aspects affecting the ethnic media industry in Ontario and Canada.

 Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Anthony Furey

  • The chair invited Anthony Furey and introduced him to the council.
  • Anthony Furey is a highly respected journalist, broadcaster, and commentator who is widely recognized for his expertise in politics and civic affairs. With over 15 years of experience, he has established himself as one of the most insightful and knowledgeable voices in Canadian media. As a political columnist for Postmedia, and Sirius XM Radio talk show host, Anthony has extensively reported on issues that affect the residents of Toronto, including public safety, infrastructure, and government accountability. He has covered numerous local and national elections, offering astute analysis and commentary on the candidates, policies, and outcomes. In his campaign for Mayor, Anthony is focused on championing policies that respect taxpayers, promote economic growth, and enhance public safety. He believes that Toronto is a world-class city that deserves world-class leadership and is committed to providing that leadership. Furey added: “Law enforcement and health professionals tell me that so many of these random attacks we’re seeing are related to the drug crisis. A compassionate society doesn’t keep people on drugs. It helps them get off from drugs. And by doing that, we also make our streets safer.” He mentioned that he not in favour od adding injection sites but in total agreement for mandatory treatment and complete rehabilitation. He mentioned that he will ask accountability from Metrolinx for not completing the Eglinton LRT in time and budget. He mentioned he hoped to ass 500 more Police officers in Toronto, by maintaining a hiring freeze and not replacing administrative jobs once an employee leaves or retires.
  • Lankathas Pathmanathan, Hon Joe Volpe, Maria Saras Voutsinas, Neel Nanda, and others raised some questions on pertinent issues facing the city of Toronto with the Mayoral candidate and thanked him for his time.
  • President Thomas encouraged all the members to attend the monthly meeting as it is for the benefit for all members. The next meeting would take place in person at City Hall and members outside Ontario will be connected by a live video stream.

New Business/Discussions

  • The chair asked if there are any new business for discussion, as nobody asked for the floor, the Chair moved to next item. Maria Saras Voutsinas gave everyone an update on the various ongoing projects under NEPMCC.

Adjournment:  

Tom Bijvoet moved a motion to adjourn the meeting and Yuri Natchetoi seconded it. The motion was carried. The Chair, Dr. Tajdolati adjourned the meeting at 8:30 PM. The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, July 10, 2023, at City Hall

The above notes from the meeting of June 12, 2023, were prepared by Secretary General and Senior VP of the NEPMCC, Neel Nanda.

Minutes of the May 08 2023 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the May 08 2022 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on May 08, 2023, through video conference via Zoom

 

Present/Attendees

  • Thomas S. Saras
  • Mohammad Tajdolati
  • Neel Nanda
  • Maria Saras-Voutsinas
  • Rosemary Sadlier
  • Ricky Castellvi
  • Hon. Joe Volpe
  • Hon. Basilio Giordano
  • Daniela Sprilac
  • Michael Li
  • Helen Wang
  • Rue Hayer-Bains
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Elsayed Nasr
  • Ned Blair
  • Jonathan Annobil
  • Shahidul Mintu
  • Deborah Shatz
  • Kamalavasan Navaratnam
  • Pooyan Tabatabaei
  • Martha Pinzon
  • Nishantha Don
  • Lankathas Pathmanathan
  • Linda Karuks
  • Liisa Qureshi
  • Zenaida Ferry-Kharroubi
  • George Guzmas
  • Roberto Hausman
  • Arif Ahmed
  • Fiza Syeda
  • Denis Poirier
  • Ragee Arasaratnam
  • Lydia Sun
  • Leila Monteiro Lins
  • Mohammed Bagher Samimi
  • Ali Mahmoud
  • Ghulam Rasool
  • Anfisa Lyasota
  • Ranjit Wicks
  • Sandie De Freitas
  • Norman Hart
  • Kathy Lin
  • Teshome Woldramanuel
  • Khalid Magram
  • Mooka Tamil
  • Bobby Wang
  • Maria Swietoizacki
  • Mike Kolososki
  • Susana Donan
  • Ernesto Donan
  • Khalid Hamid
  • Nagamany Logendralingam
  • Hermie Garcia
  • Mila Garcia
  • Eugenia Bakchinow
  • Michael Li
  • Sima Ghaffarzadeh
  • Cezar Bangu
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Rui Yang
  • HaiTien Lin
  • Isa Melo
  • Yuri Natchetoi
  • John Saraidaris
  • Said Henry
  • Lui Queano
  • Tom Bijoet
  • Dimitri Papadopoulos
  • Ahmad Shah Hotaki
  • Kathy Gerasklis
  • Athanasios Kourtesis
  • Bill Fatsis
  • Nishantha Don

Agenda of the day

  • Welcome Remarks by the chair.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting
  • President’s Report/Discussions
  • Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Mitzie Hunter
  • Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Mark Saunders
  • Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Josh Matlow
  • Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Bradford
  • Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Olivia Chow
  • New Members/New Business
  • Adjournment

Welcome Remarks by the Chair:

Mohammed Tajdolati chaired the virtual monthly meeting and declared the meeting open. Bill Fastis moved a motion to approve the agenda. Yuri Natchetoi seconded it. The motion was carried unanimously.

 

Minutes of the previous meeting:

Hon. Joe Volpe moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting and Yuri Natchetoi seconded it. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting were approved unanimously.

 President’s Report/Discussions:

(President Saras was away to represent NEPMCC in Ottawa)

  • Thomas Saras welcomed everyone to the online monthly meeting of April. He discussed that he is wrapping up the end of the fiscal year reports.
  • President Saras and Chair Tajdolati reminded members of the annual membership fees for 2023.
  • President Thomas Saras informed the members under LJI, there are three computers available for members who applied.
  • President Thomas Saras expressed disappointment as very few members have applied for the Student Internship program. He mentioned that this program may be terminated due to lack of participation.
  • President Saras encouraged participation in the Student Internship program. It has been a remarkably successful project and both students and publishers are benefiting immensely.
  • President Thomas Saras would send invitations to all three levels of government for the Press Freedom Week celebration.
  • President Thomas Saras informed the members about the Business Innovation Program.
  • Tentative date for the celebration of Freedom of the Press Day is marked for the third Friday of May 2023. Food and beverages would also be served at the event.
  • President Saras asked that all those with requests for LJI equipment upon approvals to come to the office of NEPMCC to pick up their gear.
  • President Saras mentioned that the LJI applications will be uploaded shortly and will advise the group once they can download the application.
  • President Saras explained that audits for the various programs we are administrating are happening.
  • President Saras reminded all participants in the LJI and Internship programs that they must declare on their outlets that they are receiving financial assistance from the Government of Canada. Maria shared a link to the Government of Canada site with the logo and statement that must be declared.

 Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate MPP Mitzie Hunter.

  • The chair Mohammad Tajdolati introduced Mitzie Hunter to the council and invited her to make her presentation.
  • She began her address by mentioning that on May 10 she will be stepping down as a MPP because she wants to run for the Mayor of Toronto.
  • Her Six Point priorities includes:
    1. Affordable housing and renter protection.
    2. Getting Toronto moving,
    3. Safety, homelessness, and mental health
    4. Improved City services
    5. Green Vibrant City
    6. Transparency in governance and budget.

  • She emphasized mayor of the city, she will focus on the issues that matter most, ranging from affordable housing to public safety to transit accessibility, and more. She mentioned her plan is fully costed to fix the issues and is available at www.mitzieformayor.ca
  • Sean Pickford, Neel Nanda, Maria Saras Voutsinas, and others asked a wide variety of questions on issues facing the city.

 Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Mark Saunders

  • The chair invited Mark Saunders to make his presentation.
  • Mark Saunders has dedicated his life to serving and protecting the people of Toronto of every ward and every neighbourhood of the city. For 38 years, he served as a police officer and led the Toronto Police Service as its first Black Chief of Police. For too long, the status quo politicians have failed Torontonians. Mark is ready to bring a new approach to City Hall that is focused on building a safer, more affordable, and livable Toronto. Mark believes public safety is a fundamental human right, and the government’s most basic responsibility is to ensure residents are safe and secure. Every day, he felt the responsibility of putting his life on the line to protect the public and get the bad guys off the streets. While other people ran from danger, Mark ran towards it. Mark joined the Toronto Police Service right after graduating high school. He worked his way up the ranks, serving in the Intelligence Services for specialized investigations against organized crime, the Professional Standards Unit, the Emergency Task Force responding to high-risk emergency situations, the Community Safety Command, and the Urban Street Gang Unit. He was Unit Commander of the Homicide Squad before attaining the rank of Deputy Chief.
  • This election, Toronto has a stark choice. It’s a choice between the failure of the status quo and a bold viable plan and Mark Saunders mentioned he has robust plan and experience in the administration to make TTC and Toronto safe again.
  • Hon. Joe Volpe, Maria Saras Voutsinas, Bill Fastis raised some pertinent issues facing the city of Toronto with the Mayoral candidate and thanked him for his time.

 Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Josh Matlow

  • The chair invited Josh Matlow to make his presentation to the council.
  • As a Mayor, Josh Matlow will fight for a better Toronto. A Toronto that is safe, affordable, and livable for all Torontonians.
  • Housing: Comprehensive Housing Plan He mentioned that will addresses both the urgent housing and homelessness crises facing Torontonians today with an investment of $407.6 million to lower the cost of housing, support homeless residents and create more great places to live in neighbourhoods that include childcare, schools, infrastructure, and parks. This will be funded through the Community Health & Safety Fund and City Works Fund
  • Environment: TransformTO Funding. The first plank of our environment policy includes a $200 million annual investment to ensure Toronto can meet its TransformTO commitment to be net zero by 2040.
  • Transit: He advocated that will reverse TTC cuts and return service to pre-pandemic levels so that it’s easier for all to get around the city.
  • This will be funded through the City Works Fund, and later through the climate action levy. He mentioned that he will launch a comprehensive transportation network in Scarborough that includes a connected network of public transit routes (with over 40 stops) and cycling and walking trails that will shorten commute times and improve quality of life.
  • Ontario Place: He advocated that he would stop Doug Ford’s plan for a private spa at Ontario Place by withholding 16 acres of City-owned property to ensure that everyone has access to this important part of the waterfront.
  • Community Health & Safety Fund: He will establish a $115 million fund to address well-known risk factors for criminal behaviour, including poverty, racism, and trauma, which will make the TTC and city safer.
  • Bill Fastis and others asked pertinent questions to the Mayoral Candidate Josh Matlow. Josh Matlow answered all questions addressed to him.

 Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Brad Bradford.

  • Mayoral candidate Brad Bradford mentioned that he understands the challenges the city is facing because his young family lives them every day. Trained as an urban planner and having spent a term on City Council, Brad said he knows first-hand that City Hall is obsessed with talk, debate, and deferrals rather than the solutions we need right now. As s next generation leader, he has the energy to hustle, roll up his sleeves and get stuff done, he mentioned.
  • Maria Saras Voutsinas and others asked questions to the Mayoral Candidate Brad Bradford, and he categorically answered all questions addressed to him.

 Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Olivia Chow

  • The chair invited the former MP and Mayoral Candidate to make her presentation.
  • Olivia is running to be Toronto’s next mayor and to make the city more caring, affordable, and safer for everyone. A city where everyone belongs. Throughout her life and career, Olivia has been motivated by one thing: making life better for the people in her community. That’s what drives her. As an advocate, school board trustee, Toronto City Councillor, member of the City’s budget committee, and local Member of Parliament, she has taken on some of our city’s biggest challenges and delivered solutions that make people’s lives better, she mentioned. Olivia knows people are feeling frustrated by the state of our city – we’re all tired of feeling stuck. Stuck in traffic, stuck waiting for the bus, stuck not being able to afford a home, or stuck on waiting lists for childcare, or other basic services. That’s not acceptable in a city with so much potential.
  • Born in Hong Kong, Olivia moved to Toronto with her parents when she was thirteen. She lived in St. James Town, and her mother’s income as a maid supported her family. Times were difficult, she mentioned. In 2006, Olivia took her fight to Ottawa as a Member of Parliament. Recognizing the needs of the constituents in her Toronto riding, she introduced legislation for universal childcare, and improving public transit. Olivia married Jack Layton in 1988, and they forged one of Canada’s most remarkable political partnerships. Together they inspired millions of Canadians to fight for progress and hope for the future.
  • As mayor, Olivia Chow will make Toronto a more affordable, safe, and caring city.
  • Maria Saras Voutsinas, Bill Fastis, Sean Pickford, and others asked questions on a wide variety of topics including advertising by the City Hall in ethnic media publications.

New Business/Discussions

  • The chair asked if there are any new business for discussion, as nobody asked for the floor, the Chair moved to next item. Maria Saras Voutsinas gave everyone an update on the various ongoing projects under NEPMCC.

Adjournment:  

Bill Fastis moved a motion to adjourn the meeting and Kathy Lin seconded it. The motion was carried. The Chair, Dr. Tajdolati adjourned the meeting at 8:30 PM. The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, June 12, 2023, at City Hall

The above notes from the meeting of May 08, 2023, were prepared by Secretary General and Senior VP of the NEPMCC, Neel Nanda.

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Minutes of the April 17 2023 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the April 17 2022 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on April 17, 2023, through video conference via Zoom

 

Present/Attendees

  • Thomas S. Saras
  • Mohammad Tajdolati
  • Neel Nanda
  • Maria Saras-Voutsinas
  • Rosemary Sadlier
  • Ricky Castellvi
  • Hon. Joe Volpe
  • Hon. Basilio Giordano
  • Daniela Sprilac
  • Michael Li
  • Helen Wang
  • Rue Hayer-Bains
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Elsayed Nasr
  • Ned Blair
  • Jonathan Annobil
  • Shahidul Mintu
  • Deborah Shatz
  • Kamalavasan Navaratnam
  • Pooyan Tabatabaei
  • Martha Pinzon
  • Nishantha Don
  • Lankathas Pathmanathan
  • Linda Karuks
  • Liisa Qureshi
  • Zenaida Ferry-Kharroubi
  • George Guzmas
  • Roberto Hausman
  • Arif Ahmed
  • Fiza Syeda
  • Denis Poirier
  • Ragee Arasaratnam
  • Lydia Sun
  • Leila Monteiro Lins
  • Mohammed Bagher Samimi
  • Ali Mahmoud
  • Ghulam Rasool
  • Anfisa Lyasota
  • Ranjit Wicks
  • Sandie De Freitas
  • Norman Hart
  • Kathy Lin
  • Wais Popalzai
  • Teshome Woldramanuel
  • Khalid Magram
  • Mooka Tamil
  • Bobby Wang
  • Maria Swietoizacki
  • Mike Kolososki
  • Susana Donan
  • Ernesto Donan
  • Khalid Hamid
  • Nagamany Logendralingam
  • Hermie Garcia
  • Mila Garcia
  • Eugenia Bakchinow
  • Michael Li
  • Sima Ghaffarzadeh
  • Cezar Bangu
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Rui Yang
  • HaiTien Lin
  • Isa Melo
  • Yuri Natchetoi
  • John Saraidaris
  • Said Henry
  • Lui Queano
  • Tom Bijoet
  • Dimitri Papadopoulos
  • Ahmad Shah Hotaki
  • Kathy Gerasklis
  • Athanasios Kourtesis
  • Bill Fatsis
  • Nishantha Don

Agenda of the day

  • Welcome Remarks by the chair.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting
  • President’s Report/Discussions
  • Presentation by David Valentin -Principal, Liaison Strategies
  • Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Ana Bailao
  • Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Erwin Sniedzins
  • New Members/New Business
  • Adjournment

 

Welcome Remarks by the Chair:

Mohammed Tajdolati chaired the virtual monthly meeting and declared the meeting open. Roberto Hausman moved a motion to approve the agenda. Yuri Natchetoi seconded it. The motion was carried unanimously.

 

Minutes of the previous meeting:

Ranjith Wicks moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting and Kathy Lin seconded it. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting were approved unanimously.

 President’s Report/Discussions:

  • Thomas Saras welcomed everyone to the online monthly meeting of April. He discussed that he is wrapping up the end of the fiscal year reports.
  • President Saras and Chair Tajdolati reminded members of the annual membership fees for 2023.
  • President Thomas Saras informed the members under LJI, there are three computers available for members who applied.
  • President Thomas Saras expressed disappointment as very few members have applied for the Student Internship program. He mentioned that this program may be terminated due to lack of participation.
  • President Saras encouraged participation in the Student Internship program. It has been a remarkably successful project and both students and publishers are benefiting immensely.
  • President Thomas Saras would send invitations to all three levels of government for the Press Freedom Week celebration.
  • President Thomas Saras informed the members about the Business Innovation Program.
  •  Tentative date for the celebration of Freedom of the Press Day is marked for the third Friday of May 2023. Food and beverages would also be served at the event.
  • President Saras asked that all those with requests for LJI equipment upon approvals to come to the office of NEPMCC to pick up their gear.
  • President Saras mentioned that the LJI applications will be uploaded shortly and will advise the group once they can download the application.
  • President Saras explained that audits for the various programs we are administrating are happening.
  • President Saras reminded all participants in the LJI and Internship programs that they must declare on their outlets that they are receiving financial assistance from the Government of Canada. Maria shared a link to the Government of Canada site with the logo and statement that must be declared.

 Presentation by David Valentin -Principal, Liaison Strategies

  • David Valentin suggested of conducting a poll on behalf of NEPMCC on the Mayoral election in Toronto from a sample size of 1000. He requested from insights on the questions if any raised by the readership and audience of NEPMCC.
  • Hon. Joe Volpe, Lamkathas Pathmanathan, Arif Ahmed, Bill Fastis and others participated in the discussions and asked pertinent questions on the scope of the poll.

 Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Ana Bailao

  • The chair Mohammad Tajdolati introduced Ana Bailao to the council and invited her to make her presentation.
  • Ana Bailão has a plan to build a Toronto where every resident, no matter their background or where they came from, has access to high-quality services, an affordable roof over their head, reliable, safe transit, and opportunities to succeed. As a Deputy Mayor, housing expert, city-builder, and immigrant from a working-class family, Ana knows how to deliver for
  • Torontonians. Ana is running for Mayor because she knows services are not working like they should.
  • People are paying more, and they are getting less. She is committed to building a city where every fifteen-year-old has a fair chance to build their lives, their families, their homes, and their careers in Toronto, as she was able to. Her background and the opportunities she has had have shaped her love for Toronto.
  • Bill Fastis, Roberto Hausman, Lankathas Pathmanathan, Kathy Gerasklis and others asked a wide variety of questions on issues facing the city. Ana Bailao candidly answered all the questions that were raised to her by the members.

 Presentation by Toronto Mayoral Candidate Erwin Sniedzins

  • The chair invited Erwin to make his presentation.
  • Erwin is running to be effective for people with Special Needs, whether physical, emotional,or financial
  •  Erwin Sniedzins mentioned that he has solutions for: –
    1. “Affordable housing that pays for itself
    2. A TTC that is safe and better for all – now!
    3. A revamped TTC that will save $1 billion dollars.
    4. Lower taxes and increase city revenues.
    5. Enhance police services to reduce crime.
  • Hon. Joe Volpe raised some pertinent issues facing the city of Toronto with the Mayoral candidate and thanked him for his time.

  New Business/Discussions

  • The chair asked if there are any new business for discussion, as nobody asked for the floor, the Chair moved to next item.

Adjournment:  

Arif Ahmed moved a motion to adjourn the meeting and Kathy Lin seconded it. The motion was carried. The Chair, Dr. Tajdolati adjourned the meeting at 7:15 PM. The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, May 08, 2023, via Zoom.

 

The above notes from the meeting of April 17, 2023, were prepared by Secretary General and Senior VP of the NEPMCC, Neel Nanda.

Minutes of the February 13 2023 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the February 13 2023 Monthly Meeting

Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on February 13, 2023, through video conference via Zoom

 

Present/Attendees

  • Thomas S. Saras
  • Mohammad Tajdolati
  • Neel Nanda
  • Maria Saras-Voutsinas
  • Rosemary Sadlier
  • Ricky Castellvi
  • Hon. Basilio Giordano
  • Daniela Sprilac
  • Michael Li
  • Helen Wang
  • Rue Hayer-Bains
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Elsayed Nasr
  • Ned Blair
  • Jonathan Annobil
  • Shahidul Mintu
  • Pooyan Tabatabaei
  • Martha Pinzon
  • Nishantha Don
  • Lankathas Pathmanathan
  • Linda Karuks
  • Liisa Qureshi
  • Zenaida Ferry-Kharroubi
  • George Guzmas
  • Roberto Hausman
  • Arif Ahmed
  • Fiza Syeda
  • Denis Poirier
  • Ragee Arasaratnam
  • Lydia Sun
  • Leila Monteiro Lins
  • Mohammed BagherSamimi
  • Ali Mahmoud
  • Ghulam Rasool
  • Anfisa Lyasota
  • Ranjit Wicks
  • Sandie De Freitas
  • Norman Hart
  • Kathy Li
  • Teshome Woldramanuel
  • Khalid Magram
  • Mooka Tamil
  • Bobby Wang
  • Maria Swietoizacki
  • Mike Kolososki
  • Hon. Joe Volpe
  • Susana Donan
  • Ernesto Donan
  • Khalid Hamid
  • Nagamany Logendralingam
  • Hermie Garcia
  • Mila Garcia
  • Eugenia Bakchinow
  • Michael Li
  • Sima Ghaffarzadeh
  • Cezar Bangu
  • Zuhair Alshaaer
  • Rui Yang
  • HaiTien Lin
  • Isa Melo
  • Yuri Natchetoi
  • John Saraidaris
  • Said Henry
  • Lui Queano
  • Tom Bijoet
  • Dimitri Papadopoulos
  • Ahmad Hotaki
  • Kathy Gerasklis
  • Athanasios Kourtesis
  • Bill Fatsis
  • Nishantha Don

Agenda of the day

  • Welcome Remarks by the chair.
  • Minutes of the previous meeting
  • President’s Report/Discussions
  • New Members/New Business
  • Adjournment

 

Welcome Remarks by the Chair:

Mohammed Tajdolati chaired the virtual monthly meeting and declared the meeting open. Roberto Hausman moved a motion to approve the agenda. Tom Bijvoet seconded it. The motion was carried unanimously.

 

Minutes of the previous meeting:

Yuri moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting and Mintu seconded it. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting were approved unanimously.

 President’s Report/Discussions:

  • Thomas Saras welcomed everyone to the online monthly meeting. He discussed that he is wrapping up the end of the fiscal year reports.
  • President Saras and Chair Tajdolati reminded members of the annual membership fees for 2023.
  • President Saras asked that all with requests in for LJI equipment and approvals come to the office to pick up their gear.
  • President Saras mentioned that the LJI applications will be uploaded shortly and will advise the group once they can download the application.
  • Special Measures funding was discussed and funding figures will be made available to all that applied shortly. Funding must be given out by the Ministry by the end of March 2023
  • President Saras encouraged participation in the Internship program. It has been a very successful project and both students and publishers are benefiting immensely.
  • May 3rd is Freedom of the Press Day- we will be hosting an event to celebrate Freedom of the Press. We will also take the opportunity to hand out awards during this event. Nominations will be accepted immediately. Save the Date: the evening of May 5th. Details will be shared with all shortly regarding the venue.
  • President Saras moved a motion to expense food and drinks for the event. It was approved and accepted unanimously.
  • President Saras explained that audits for the various programs we are administrating are happening.
  • President Saras reminded all participants in the LJI and Internship programs that they must declare on their outlets that they are receiving financial assistance from the Government of Canada. Maria shared a link to the Government of Canada site with the logo and statement that must be declared.
  • President Saras expressed his desire to visit the members in BC in the spring. Rue will discuss the logistics with President Saras and she suggested that the meetings happen in Surrey.
  • Saras reminded everyone that 2023 is an election year for the Board. He encouraged all to email him with their intention to run.
  • 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.

  New Business/Discussions

  • Ned Blair spoke about the passing of David Onley. Mr. Saras and Ricky Castellvi signed the condolence book on behalf of the NEPMCC. Mr. Saras also attended the funeral.
  • Logan asked about having cultural dancers perform at the Press Freedom event in May. Mr. Saras welcomed the idea and asked that members contact him with suggestions. He asked that all dance routines be no more than 5 minutes.

Adjournment:  

Roberto Hausman moved a motion to adjourn the meeting and Zuhair Alshaaer seconded it. The motion was carried. The Chair, Dr. Tajdolati adjourned the meeting at 7:15 PM. The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday, March 13, 2023, via Zoom.

 

The above notes from the meeting of February 13, 2023, were prepared by Maria Saras-Voutsinas on behalf of Secretary General and Senior VP of the NEPMCC, Neel Nanda.