ETHNIC PRESS AND MEDIA COUNCIL OF CANADA
Conseil national de la presse et des medias ethniques du Canada
Minutes of the
Monthly Meeting held on January 11, 2009 at Queen’s Park
Thomas S. Saras
Hai Tien Lin
Azm Sajedur Rahman
Welcome Remarks by the Chair
A call to order by the Chair
Report by the President
Pension for the members of the NEPMCC
A. Word on the Street Exhibition 2010/CNE 2010
B. Exhibition at City Hall,
May 2010/Awards 2010
A. New Business (Motions)
B. New Members
Remarks by the Chair:
Dr. Bikram Lamba chaired the meeting and wished all
members of the NEPMCC a happy and prosperous New Year. He welcomed all
members to the first meeting of the year 2010 and informed all members
about the monthly meeting which is held every second Monday. This
tradition will continue this year unless there is a holiday on that day
our monthly meeting will be automatically postponed to third Monday.
He requested the members for their participation so we grow
together with the Council not only in numbers but also professionally. He
also announced that effective the first of January of this year takes
effect our new constitution. The constitution was changed last year by a
special constitutional committee from members and is placed in the web
site of the organization as has been approved and accepted unanimously by
the members of the Council during the March of 2009. The assembly voted
that day that the new constitution will be effective from the 1st
day of the year 2010. The Chair also reminded the members that according
to provisions of the Act for non profit Organizations, every member must
renew his/her membership by the first day of the new year, in order to
maintain his membership rights and privileges. It is therefore that he is
encouraging all to do this immediately. Without the renewal of the
membership no member can participate in our debates as being not in good
standing with the organization.
these remarks, he called the meeting to order. Dr.
Khan Monzoor-E-Khoda moved a motion to approve the minutes of December
2009 meeting and Irene Keroglidis seconded it. Minutes were approved
The President, Mr. Thomas Saras suggested before the
official opening of the meeting to pay homage of a moment of silence to
one of our colleagues Michelle Lang who was killed in the line of duty
while working in Afghanistan on December 23rd along with four
Canadian soldiers. The assembly agreed and held a moment of silence for a
Dr. Khan Monzoor-E-Khoda moved a motion to approve
the agenda for this meeting as it was presented by the executive and Irene
Keroglidis seconded it. The motion was carried.
The first item on the agenda for presentation was put
on hold as the presenters were not present and moved to report by the
Report by the President:
President, Mr. Saras officially wished Happy New Year 2010, success
and good health this year to all the present and members who were not
present at the meeting.
A proposal is being put together to submit to the Minister of
Federal Government about Canadian Pension Plan. The council is asking the
minister to accept some changes in the provisions of the Canada Pension
plan so that every member who is either making or not making profit from
their publishing business can make a special contribution to the plan
towards their CPP. All we need to have a special provision which allows us
equal status with the rest of Canada’s small business for this year. Members
will be notified as soon as we find out detailed information. However, all
the members of the Council are requested to grab this opportunity and
participate in this plan. Next year there might be changes in the system
so all the members are requested to take this matter seriously and get
involved as this is the only window for us to enter. The President is also
negotiating right now about the CPP for those of us who are close to
retirement, especially for people between the ages of 58-62. If you want
to retire at the age of 65, you have only 3-4years to contribute to this
plan. So, we are requesting that this person will contribute in pro-rata
basis in the last remaining two years for the retirement in order to have
five year’s contribution they are accordingly going to receive the
maximum amount possible. These proposals are still under negotiation.
First we are waiting for the act to be passed by Parliament. The President
believes that by the end of this year he is going to be able to finalize
it. He requested all the members for their support on this matter.
This is going to be a good opportunity for our children and other
members of our family who are going to take over the business in future.
Hon. Margarett Best, Minister responsible for the promotion of Long
Health, is calling for a
round table discussion with the members of the Ethnic Media on Tuesday,
January 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM at the office of the Ministry at 777 Bay St. 18th Floor. Her Press Secretary, Wendy
Vincent will be sending an invitation. She can be contacted at 416 326
8497. Please try to attend the meeting. Please give your name to the
President or Asha in order to submit it to Ministry’s officials.
President Saras thanked all members and their community for their
invitation to represent NEPMCC to their respective community events. He
mentioned proudly that it is his honor and pride to be part of their
community. He thanked Kathy Lin and Muhammad Ali Bukhari for their
invitation to their community events.
Mr. Saras announced the increment of annual membership
fees which is going to be $30.00 from January 1st, of
2010. He requested to contact him personally if anyone has a problem
paying extra $5.00 so that he can set up special arrangements for their
organization. All payments must be made by cheques payable to the NEPMCC.
With this amount of money the members can also have a professional ID
prepared for them, very useful for their business.
On January 9th, it was the anniversary of the passing of
Iraj Emad, a man, a colleague and a fellow member of the board who
contributed his hard work and determination for the betterment of the
Council until the last breath of his life. He was a great professional and
a person who was committed to the Council. He opened his arms and reached
beyond his religion and nationalistic ideas to serve the Council. He was
our brother and his hard work and friendship left highly positive image
We are trying to clear our books of accounts for the Seminar. By
the end of January we must submit the final Report to the Ministry. After
we submit our final report and receive the portion of the final payment
from the Ministry, This is very important in order to pay all our debts to
those who worked for the success of the conference although most of them
have been already paid.
We will start working to preparing a proposal for our next project.
This project will be of similar capacity so that we can educate and
provide training to more members of the Council and their respective
It was decided in our last meetings that $1,000.00 only was
authorized to be spent out of the Council’s bank account for the Seminar
Gala Dinner and Annual Get-Together Event. All extra expenses that were
spent out of the official menu for these events were made by the President
and his brother personally.
Nomination process for the selection of the annual Awards is open.
Please submit your nomination as soon as possible so that the Committee
can start working. The
President does not get involved in this process personally. So, the
Committee is going to make their decision about who is going to receive
awards according to information provided on the nomination form. Please
fill all information requested on the form clearly. President
is here to honor all the Publications of our member according to
instructions of the members of the committee.
We are receiving emails asking about the awards for Newspapers.
There is no nomination process for the newspaper during the Award
selection. But there is a committee of members under the Chairmanship of
our Ombudsman Dr. Bikram Lamba. The other members of the Committee are: The
director of Communications Department from the City Hall, Hassan Zerehi,
the Senior Vice President ,Irene Keroglidis, VP Public Relations, Asha
Rajak, VP Membership and Executive Secretary and Neel Nanda, Secretary
General. In the second week of May, (May 9 to May 15), we plan to
celebrate the International Media Week and organize an exhibition of our
publications at the Rotunda
of the Toronto City Hall. During this event the Committee is going to
select 14 newspapers. Those who believe that their newspaper is unable to
join us in that event and think that they deserve the recognition, they
can submit three different copies of three different editions of their
respective publication to this Committee as soon as possible.
Besides the newspaper, we are giving 14 awards to individual
members of various Communities. These awards are for the recognition of
volunteer services these persons offered to their community, to arts, to
letters, to sports, and to industry and Academia, and also who worked very
hard contributing time, money and dedicated his/her life in the
service of the members of
their or the Canadian community in general. Please do not announce to your
nominee that he/she is going to receive an award before the committee
finalizes the list of award winners. You should submit the application to
the committee and wait for the announcement. Along with these 14 awards
for the individual members of the Community, we accept nominations for 6
Journalists to honor their dedication towards the field of Journalism.
These awards are going to be presented on behalf of the Council by His
Honor, the Lieutenant Governor. It’s the protocol office of the
Lieutenant Governor who sends out the invitations to us directly. Each one
of those who are going to receive an award has the right to submit
separately three more names with full address to the office of the
organization, the four names and addresses will be submitted to office of
His Honor and they will mail out formal invitation at the address
provided. It is recommended highly that all four names to be submitted
separately so that no confusion be created as presence is only by personal
invitation. Please visit our website and read the speech delivered by His
Honor, the Lieutenant Governor, where he clearly states that there are
thousands of organizations asking his office to organize an event like
ours, but he says that he can only organize few out of that list of
requests. His Honor has also mentioned that he is very proud to be
associated with the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada.
This year it is going to be the 8th year on row that his Honour
is going to present these awards on behalf of our Council. Please make
sure that the award winners and their guests are on business attire on the
day of award ceremony. Previously we have had members who came with jeans,
running shoes and open shirts. We would like to request you to respect the
Office of our host and the rules and regulations as members of this
respective organization and avoid any similar incident in the future.
On the first of July we are planning to celebrate the Canada Day,
same way like the previous years. A motion needs to be brought forward for
the expense to be held by the office of the NEPMCC.
We are going to participant at CNE also this
year. On the last day of the event which is also known as “Multicultural
Day”, we are organizing a show, this year in cooperation with the
administration of the Canadian National Exhibition. Ms. Luba Cherny is In
charge of this event for last few year. Please be in touch with her if you
are interested to promote the folklore of your culture and bring your
community to present during this day.
The last Sunday of September we are participating in the ‘Word on
the Street Festival’ which takes place around the of the Queen’s Park
crescent . We will have our own pavilion. About Million people are
participating and visiting the pavilions. We also have brochures and
pamphlets explaining the role of the NEPMCC that we distribute during this
The last week of October, either on Monday or Friday, we are going
to have the Awards Ceremony,
as I said earlier.
Final one is the Annual Get-together in December as we have every
Mr. Saras recognized the members who contributed their time and
effort for the Council in the year 2009. He gave special thanks to members
who were present at the meeting. They were Mr. Hai Tein Lin and Kathy Lin,
Irene Keroglidis, Hassan Zerehi, Luba Cherny, Srimal Abeyewardene, Dr.
Bikram Lamba, Dr. Mohammad Tajdolati, Muhammad Ali Bukhari and Asha Rajak.
President gave special thanks to Asha Rajak for helping organize and
collect revenue to pay expenses for the Seminar Gala Dinner and Annual
Members of the Board of Directors who were not actively
participating during the meetings and events are to be replaced. The
president also requested that all members must
respect the rules of the organization and be proud of their
membership and association with this respectable organization.
Media Passes issued by the Council is recognized by all Government
agencies. You will be able to
retain help from any government agencies, Policemen or visit different
places like Royal Ontario Museum, Exhibition Place, Science Centre, Art
Gallery of Ontario. It will also help you travel
across the country and pass through the boarder. Please make sure that you
make proper use of it and respect this media card.
The Council unanimously approved that the President is authorized
to spend on expenditure for the celebration of Canada Day on July 1st
Dr. Mohammad Tajdolati moved a motion to participate on ”the word
on Street” and & Mr. Ahmad Shah Hotaki seconded it. The Council
unanimously approved that the President is authorized to take necessary
steps to participate the “Word of the Street” Festival.
Dr. Khan Monzoor-E-Khoda moved a motion to increase the annual
Membership fees to $30.00 and & Srimal Abeyewardene ( Treasurer),
seconded. The motion was carried unanimously.
Article 4C of the new constitution clearly states that any Member
of the Board who is absent from the Board Meeting continuously for three
months without any notice automatically stands removed from the board. To
this extend there was a motion for the removal of a member of the board
from office due to her absenteeism from the meetings for the last four
months without any notification. The chairman of the meeting being also
the Ombudsman of the organization, personally moved a motion to remove Ms.
Raina Sen from the Board of Directors since she has been
absent from the Board meetings without any previous notification. The
motion was carried unanimously.
Mr. Bukhari expressed his grievances towards the Awards Committee,
accusing the President as responsible for the fact of his exclusion from
the business of the committee. The President argued that he has nothing to
do with the business of the committee, as his Senior Vice President sits
in the committee which chaired by the Ombudsman and therefore has nothing
to do with him. Mr. Bukari, continued to attack the president with
accusations, under the circumstances and in order to clear the situation
the president moved a motion to dissolve all committees until the February
meeting when the assembly will elect new members. The
motion voted down by the majority of the members. The president said that
he accepts the decision of the members of the board.
Mr. Ronny Ahmed Chowdhury
and Mr. Mehrub Rahman from “Weekly Aajkal”, The
Bangla Voice of Canada
Not withstanding any other item in the agenda the chair asked for a
motion that the meeting adjourned until February the 8th, 2010.
Adjournment: Dr. Khan Khoda moved a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Dr. Mohammad Tajdolati seconded it. The
motion was carried. The Chair adjourned the meeting at 8:30 pm. The next
meeting would take place on February 08, 2010.