of the Monthly Meeting held on September 13, 2010 at Queen’s Park,
(Kathir Oli Media)
Welcome Remarks by the chair.
Minutes of the previous meeting.
Presentation by Councilor Joe Pantalone a Mayoral Candidate
Remarks by the Chair:
Saras chaired the meeting and declared the meeting open.
Kerogolidis moved a motion to approve the agenda with the exemption of
item “3” of the agenda as Toronto Mayoral candidate Joe Pantalone was
unable to make it to the meeting. Muse
Kulow seconded the motion. The
motion was carried.
Minutes of the previous meeting:
Tajdolati moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly
meeting held on August, 2010 Irene Keroglidis seconded it. The
motion was carried.
Saras sent a letter to Heritage Canada seeking some clarification under
Publication Assistance Program. Thomas
Saras met with officials of Heritage Canada in Ottawa. Next year the
program application will be on the website.
Effective immediately there is a program on September 2010
–Canada Business Innovation Fund for print periodicals. Members
interested to know more about the program were asked to refer to the
website of the Heritage Ministry or contact the office of the President to
seek clarification or more information.
mentioned of the invitation send to Toronto’s ethnic media to attend a
briefing and information session by City Hall on September 20.
The annual Ethnic
Press Festival sponsored by NEPMCC at the CNE was an unbelievable success. NEPMCC had sponsored two shows at
CNE this year celebrating the annual “Ethnic Press Festival”.
The shows took place at the International Building “Hall B” of
the Direct Energy Centre on September, 5 at 1:30pm and 6:30 pm
respectively. The President thanked all the members and performers who
contributed towards the success of the event.
NEPMCC met with
officials of Revenue Ministry Ontario as well Revenue Canada on August 18
at 2:00 pm to seek clarification regarding HST for ethnic media. The
meeting was successful. There was conference call from Revenue Canada from
Revenue ministry in Ottawa. NEPMCC managed to have the exemption
authorized on HST. The office of the President would communicate to the
members on list of eligible items on exemption from the HST once it
receives a signed authorization and directives from the ministry of
Revenue of Ontario and Revenue Canada.
word on the street festival is taking place on September 26, 2010. Members
were asked to get no less than 25 copies of their publication which would
be displayed at the booth. Ahmed Shah Hotaki is in charge of the event and
members were urged to coordinate between the office of the President and
Ahmed Shah Hotaki for participating at the Word on the Street Festival.
T he members of the
awards committee had recommended the names of Hassan Zerehi of Shahrvand
and Thomas Saras of Patrides for this year’s award ceremony. However the
committee was asked by the concerned Hassan Zerehi and president Saras to
withdraw the names, as Hassan Zerehi is a member of the Awards committee
and Thomas Saras is the President of the organization.
Saras read out the final list of award recipients for 2010 awards
ceremony. The names were as follows:
A W A R D S 2010
1. - Hon. Dimitris Azemopoulos, Consul General
of Greece to Toronto, “Humanities / Community Service”
2. - Mr. Dimitris Soudas, Director
Communications Prime Minister’s Office, “Media / Social Justice /
3. - Mr. Tony Ruprecht, Ontario
MPP, and Publisher: “Toronto’s Many Faces”, “Humanities /
Community Service / Diversity”
Dr. Reza Moridi, Ontario MPP, MPP,
Leg. Assembly of Ontario,
“Humanities / Human Rights / Sciences”
1. - Dr. Nisar Ahmad Samad, “Humanities /
2. - Mr. Sardar Shanawazi, “Community /
3. - Mrs. Nirothini Pararajasingam,
“Humanities / Culture / Arts”
4. - Mr. Behnam
Jahanbeiglou, “Arts / Culture”
5. - Mr.
Dimitris Ilias, “Culture / Living Arts”
- Mrs. Maria Diamantis, “Performing Arts / Humanities”
7. - Asha Rajak, V-P / Executive Secretary
NEPMCC, Excellence in “Media / Humanities / Social Justice”
“Aaj Kal”, Mr. Ronny Ahmed Chowdhury,
Editor-In-Chief, “Excellence in Visual Presentation”
“Ads Guide / Fortune Smart”, Mr. Perry
Long, Editor-In-Chief, “Excellence in Editorial Content and Visual
“Afghan Post”, Mr. Ahmad Shah Hotaki,
Editor-In-Chief, “Excellence in Journalism and Visual Presentation”
“Akhbarere Pakistan”, Mr. Badar Munir
Chaudhary, Editor-In-Chief, “Excellence in Editorial Content and Free
“Brazil News”, Mrs. Tania Nuttall,
Editor-In-Chief, “Best Concept and Visual Presentation”
“Bulgarian Flame”, Ms. Viara (Vera)
Dimitrova, Editor-In-Chief, “Excellence in Editorial Content and Visual
“Diario El Popular”, Mr. Eduardo Uruena,
Publisher and CEO, “Human Rights, Free Expression, Social Justice”
“India Journal”, Mr. Harjinder Singh
Publisher, “Editorial Concept and Visual Presentation”
“Nigerian Canadian News”, Mr. Gertie Ngozi
Ugoh, Publisher, “Best Concept and Visual Presentation”
“Observatorul”, Mr. Dumitru Popescu,
Publisher/ Editor, “Culture, Justice and Visual Presentation
“Toronto Hye”Mrs. Karin Saghdejian,
Editor-In-Chief, “Best Editorial Concept and Free Expression”
“Shahrvand”, Mrs. Nashrim Almasi,
Publisher, “Human Rights and Visual Presentation”
“Uthayan”, Mr. Logan Longendralingam,
Editor-In-Chief, “Best Concept and Visual Presentation”
“Assaha” Magazine, Mr. Saad Alsafar,
Publisher /Editor, “Best Editorial Content and Visual Presentation”
“HK Healthy Knowledge”, Magazine, Ms. Liz
E. Philbert, Publisher / Editor, “Best Concept and Visual
“Immigrant Post” Magazine, Musecabdulle
Kulow Publisher / Editor, “Best In Editorial Concept and Visual
Radio and Television:
“Desi Television”, Dr. Khan Koda, Producer
/ Director, “Culture / Media / Arts”
“Planet Africa Television”, Moses Mawadri,
Founder and Chairman, “Equality and Social Justice”
“Macedonian Edition”, TV Program, Pobeda
Piskaceva, Producer / Director / Host, “Culture / Media / Arts”
Mr. Mahesh Abeywardene, Photo Journalist,
Dr. Feiyue Wang Chair, “Manitoba Chinese
Tribute”, “Innovation and Best Visual Presentation”
Journalists with Special Needs
Mr. Adu Janus Raudkivi,
Life Time Achievement, “Media / Communications / Equality”
Motion: Ned Blair moved the motion to approve the names read by the President
seconded by Bahram Bahrami. The motion was carried.
Award winners were
asked to submit the names and addresses of all guests attending the
ceremony to the office of the President.
Dress code for
awards ceremony is business/formal and will be strictly enforced.
allocate $250 for musical performances during the awards ceremony. Members
unanimously accepted the amount for musicians.
The event would be video recorded by a professional videographer.
NEPMCC would allocate $300 for the video recording
suggested that in the upcoming Annual Get Together Event, (December 17,
2010), the organization will honour a number of the honourees.
Motion: There was a
vote to increase the ticket price of the annual dinner to be held in
December. There was a suggestion to increase the price to $25 or to $30.
Majority of the members voted to increase the price of the annual dinner
ticket to $30 per person. Irene Keroglidis moved a motion to this effect
and Mohammad Tajdolati seconded it. The motion was carried and the price
of the annual dinner ticket was fixed at $30
Thomas Saras thanked
members who donated towards the flood victims in Pakistan.
Abeyewardene, ask that the administration to announce the
appointment of Dr. Tajdolati as the new ombudsman of the Council,
replacing Dr. Bikram Lamba who resigned earlier in the summer. He
suggested that all member publications make a reference to Dr. Tajdolati
as the official Arbitrator of the Ethnic Press. Answering questions about
the appointment the president explain that the organization choose Dr.
Tajdolati as the top arbitrator because of his studies and social status,
and explained that “religion has nothing to do in this organization”.
“In this boardroom there are only Journalists, servants of the
communities they have common concerns and are working towards a better
society. There is no place is this room for religious philosophies. Our
philosophy is the Common Future and advancement of the Human Race, all of
us are equal in this room and in this society. Merit and ability is the
only point that makes the difference among us. And let me tell you
Education makes the real difference”, concluded the President.
New Members: The
council welcomed the following member
Charles – Tamil Mirror monthly newspaper
Adjournment: Srimal Abeyawardene moved a motion to adjourn the meeting, Irene Keroglidisseconded it. The motion was carried. The chair adjourned the meeting at 10:30 pm. The next meeting would take place on Monday October 18, 2010, due to the upcoming Thanksgiving Day Holiday second weekend.
The minutes prepared by Neel Nanda, Secretary General of the NEPMCC.