of the Monthly Meeting held on March 08, 2010 at Queen’s Park
Hussain – Pakistan Abroad
Welcome Remarks by the chair.
Minutes of the previous meeting.
Presentation by Mayoral Candidate Rocco Achampong
New Business (Motions)
Remarks by the Chair:
Bikram Lamba chaired the meeting and declared the meeting open.
Guven moved a motion to approve the agenda of the meeting. Asha Rajak
seconded it. The motion was carried.
Minutes of the previous meeting:
Suleiman Guven moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting held on February 8, 2010. Asha Rajak seconded it. The motion was carried.
Dr. Lamba drew the attention to the Canada Day Celebration and revisited the issue of complimentary tickets among other things and suggested a token fee of $10 for participation. This will increase the seriousness of the event. Ned Blair, chair of the Canada Day Dinner Committee, submitted his proposal to the council. They were as follows:
Suleiman Guven moved a motion to approve the proposal- The motion was carried unanimously.
by Mayoral Candidate.- Rocco Achampong
He began by thanking the President for accommodating his request to
address the council. Khan Khoda, Feredun Rahmani, Aaron Mefith, Suleiman
Guven and other members participated in the discussion following his
presentation. The following are the highlights of his presentation and
The campaign for Mayor began on February 1st. Toronto
has indeed matured to include all cultures under one flag. He has put his
foot forward on radio and cultural events and he wants to reach to as many
citizens as possible. Rocco Achampong born on December 25, 1978 to an
immigrant family from Ghana.
the issues discussed were:
Two year freeze on transit fares
Transit city enhanced with a subway component
Ensure full accessibility for wheel chairs and strollers
We will streamline inefficient aspects of our operations and
reconsider capital commitments that create unnecessary debt.
We are encouraged by the province's promise to assume
responsibility for many of the social housing units downloaded during the
Harris Premiership. We will work to accelerate the upload.
We must become a destination of choice for North American dollars
going to Europe to experience what their liberties permit
Toronto must become just as free to permit and support individual
innovation and creativity and that will mean making tough decisions
consistent with the freedoms guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights
Thomas Saras thanked Rocco Achampong for his presentation.
this Samuel Getachew candidate for Ward 43 in Toronto made a very brief
presentation to the council and requested to pass on his message to the
readership of the council.
Thomas Saras explained how members are eligible for tax exemptions (PST
&GST) for their respective publications.
Thomas Saras informed the members of the Council that Ethnic Media
has been exempted from HST. This has been a significant achievement for
President Thomas Saras informed the Council that payment has
been made towards Word on the Street Festival.
NEPMCC received an invitation from UNESCO for a conference on Media
Statistics to be held in Montreal
Ethnic Press exhibition would take place on the week of May 9-May16
at City Hall. NEPMCC is working very hard to declare the week as the week
of Ethnic Media by City Hall. There were numerous discussions related to
this very important event.
Media passes to be renewed for 2 years for
$60, which is the membership fees of the council for a two year
Some payments made by some of the members towards the educational
and training seminar held in November, 2009 were returned due to NSF. This
really hurt the treasury of the Council as it had already incurred
additional expenditure for the event. Those members defaulting from the
payment would be contacted and the Council suggested to charge a fee of $5
as recovery cost which is paid to the bank.
Srimal Abeyewardene urged members to issue proper cheques.
tickets of the Canada Day celebration would be distributed in the next
Thomas Saras suggested that the Council could give a unique gift to the
LT. Governor during this year’s events. NEPMCC would sponsor a portrait
drawn by a professional artist. Suleiman Guven seconded it and the motion
was unanimously carried.
TV launches online newspaper, which is video and audio based and Dr. Khan
Khoda described it as a “talking newspaper”
would be protest march near Queens Park in March 2010 to show solidarity
with journalists jailed in Cuba.
Adjournment: Mohammad Tajdolati moved a motion to adjourn the meeting. Suleiman Guven seconded it. The motion was carried. The chair adjourned the meeting at 9 pm. The next meeting would take place on April 12, 2010