Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on November 8, 2021 through video conference via Zoom
Thomas S. Saras
Leila Monteiro Lins
Sandie De Freitas
Kathy L. L. Li
Agenda of the day:
• Welcome Remarks by the chair.
• Minutes of the previous meeting
• Presentation by Canadian Heritage – David Harkness, Josee Shank
• President’s Report/Discussions
• New Members/New Business
Welcome Remarks by the Chair:
Mohammed Tajdolati chaired the virtual monthly meeting and declared the meeting open. Yuri Natchetoi moved a motion to approve the agenda. Ranjit Wicks seconded it. The motion was carried.
Minutes of the previous meeting:
Thanasis Kourtesis moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting and Yuri Natchetoi seconded it. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting were unanimously approved.
• Thomas Saras welcomed everyone to the online monthly meeting of November 08, 2021. Mr. Saras informed the members that the LJI budget has been increased for the current year and for next year. He encouraged members that have not already done so to apply for funding. He also explained that the Internship Program will also continue, and we are currently waiting for approval. Once we receive the approval, members will be encouraged to apply. He mentioned that NEPMCC has received a number of applications on file and those that are approved will be funded once the program begins.
• 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.
• Motion: In view of the rising cases of Covid 19 and Ontario Government announcing of postponing lifting capacity restrictions in indoor gatherings, there were suggestions that the Annual Dinner be postponed till spring of 2022. Mila Garcia moved a motion to this regard and Ranjith Wick seconded it. The motion was unanimously carried.
• 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 Canadian Heritage – David Harkness, Josee Shank
David Harkness spoke about the various eligibility criteria of SMJ (Special Measures for Journalism).
The Special Measures for Journalism 2021 component of the Canada Periodical Fund provides recovery funding to Canadian magazines and community newspapers to support organizations that are still struggling due to the pandemic. The component provides funds for the 2021-2022 fiscal year to publishers that have a free circulation model or low levels of paid circulation. These special measures are allocated by Canadian Heritage’s Recovery Fund for Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors. Daily newspapers and magazine or community newspaper titles currently receiving Aid to Publishers — Canada Periodical Fund funding are not eligible under this new component. Using a formula based on editorial content expenses over a 12-month period, the Special Measures for Journalism component provides funding to eligible Canadian publications. Publishers are able to use funding to support the creation of content, production, distribution, online activities, or business development.
To be eligible for funding, publishing firms must meet all of the following requirements:
• be private-sector entities, including corporations, not-for-profit organizations, partnerships, and sole proprietorships
• be majority owned and controlled by Canadians
• have their principal place of business in Canada
• have published 1 or more eligible periodicals at the application deadline
To be eligible for funding, periodicals must meet all of the following requirements:
• be published by an eligible publishing firm
• be owned and controlled by Canadians
• be a magazine or community (non-daily) newspaper, in print or digital format
• have completed at least 1 uninterrupted 12-month publishing cycle at the application deadline, and continue to be published until at least March 31, 2022
• contain an average of at least 80% Canadian editorial content in the issues published during the publisher’s financial year
• contain an average of at least 50% Canadian editorial content in the issues published during the financial year, in the case of ethnocultural publications
• contain an average of at most 70% advertising in the issues published during the financial year
• contain a majority of original content
• be edited, designed, assembled, and published in Canada
In addition, applicants must ensure they meet additional eligibility criteria detailed in the Application Guidelines — Special Measures for Journalism.
Arif Ahmed, Dimitri Papadopoulos, Pooyan Tabatabaei, Bakoyannis, Logan Logendralingam, Maria Bonikowska, Mila Garcia and others asked questions on SMJ and other programs of Canadian Heritage supporting publishers and periodicals.
Mr. Saras discussed meeting in person. He is hopefully that restrictions will be lifted soon so that we can begin meeting at City Hall again. We 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 next year.
Mr. Saras also expressed his hope that we will be able to host an Educational Seminar in 2022.
Kathy Lin moved a motion to adjourn the meeting and Dimitri P 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, December 13, 2021, via Zoom.
The above notes from the meeting of September 13,2021 were prepared by Secretary General and Senior VP of the NEPMCC, Neel Nanda.