Minutes of the Monthly
Meeting held on June 13, 2011 at Queen’s Park
Garcia Jonathan Annobil
Welcome Remarks by the chair.
Minutes of the previous meeting.
Welcome Remarks by the Chair:
Saras chaired the meeting and declared the meeting open. Dr. Khan Khoda
moved a motion to approve the agenda and Srimal Abyewardene seconded it.
The motion was carried.
of the previous meeting:
Abeyewardene moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly
meeting held on May 16, 2011 Irene Keroglidis seconded it.
The motion was carried.
The Canada Day celebration will take place on Saturday July 2nd
with a dinner and entertainment at the Whistler’s (McNeil Room) 995
Broadview Avenue. There will be lot of dignitaries and VIPs present to
celebrate the event. Members who were interested in attending the special
family event were asked to buy their tickets at the end of the meeting.
Tickets are available for only $15 per person, which is a special
subsidized rate for the members so that they can come and celebrate an
enjoyable evening with their family and friends
Asha Rajak is working hard to get financial donations from
different financial institutions to meet the expenses of the award
Thomas Saras informed about Canada Periodical Fund for Business
Innovation for Digital Periodicals and Print Periodicals. This is the
first year that digital periodical are eligible for the funds under Canada
Periodical Fund. This is a great progress due to the persistent hard work
of NEPMCC. Thomas Saras reminded the members that digital periodicals
should apply under the Canada Periodical Fund, no later than July 4, 2011.
President Thomas Saras informed that the proposed economic survey
submitted earlier to the Federal Government is in the final steps and now
members need to participate in big numbers to make it a huge success. This project is going to enrich our powers.
We have to demonstrate the power of ethnic media through this
survey. He informed the members the proposed funding for the economic
survey has been approved by the ministry and the questionnaire which has
been prepared by Seneca College has been sent to all the members.
The office of the President has already sent the questionnaire via
email to all the members of NEPMCC along with reminders. President urged
members to cooperate and respond to the economic survey undertaken by
NEPMCC as it was in their own interest to participate. Only twelve members
have participated in the survey so far. President Thomas Saras expressed
disappointment at the rate of responses by the members. Students may be
employed to call ethnic media outlets individually, if the responses
continued to be poor. Employing students will also have an additional cost
to the organization. Seneca College will receive the responses of the survey and
tabulate and present the findings of the survey in a report.
To make a conclusive report based on the findings, participation in
large number is required. Based on this report of the economic survey, The
National Ethnic Press and Media Council will prepare a three day
convention and seminar for the members of the sector next year in 2012 and
apply for Government funds accordingly. This national convention in turn
will provide to all of the members the important information and education
about the Canadian Laws on Journalism. The questionnaire which was
prepared by Seneca College was designed to make a decision about the
nature of the educational material the Seneca College should prepare for
the three day national convention. Besides this we are working with the
government in order to get some benefits for the members of NEPMCC. In
order to be successful we have to show to authorities that most of our
members are professionals and they are contributing to Canadian economy.
This will only be possible if the members participate in large numbers.
This year NEPMCC organized the Annual Ethnic Press festival
Exhibition from May 9 – May 15 at the rotunda of City Hall. The
exhibition was a grand success. More than 700 friends, guests and visitors
attended the ceremonies of the official opening of the 5th annual
exhibition of the ethnic press at the rotunda of the Toronto City Hall.
Among the attendees were members of the diplomatic missions in Toronto,
delegations from the Toronto and York Region Police Services, also from
NDD, the City of Toronto, members of Parliament and also members of the
official opposition of the provincial legislature assembly, and more than
300 publishers and staff. The Hon. Eric Hoskins, minister of Citizenship
and immigration of Ontario, was the guest speaker. Two hundred ethnic
publications in about sixty eight different languages were participated in
this year’s exhibition. The first full day of the exhibition alone, more
than two thousand visitors went over the exhibits and got an idea of the
work the ethnic publications are doing in Canada. The exhibition was very
popular among different sections of society starting from Government
officials, school students and even tourist who visited during the
President mentioned special thanks to Asha Rajak, Ahmed Shah Hotaki,
Ned Blair, Saad Alsafar, Suleiman Guven, Liz Philbert, Luba Cherny, Dr.
Bikram Lamba, Sandeep and Rakhee Prabhakar and other volunteers for their
special efforts during the exhibition. Mr. Saras also expressed his thanks
to Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and to Hon. Eric
Hoskins, Minister, for their financial support towards the
exhibition. He also thanked the WebPrinting Co and
its President Patrick Callaghan fro their financial support as well
as Canadian Brazilian Coffee and its president Jack Kyriazakos, and the
Family of George Seretis.
NEPMCC Awards. In October we will organize our Awards ceremony.
Effective from January 1st until 31st of May 2011, members were informed
to download nomination form from our website and submit names of members
they propose from their community, media or organization who they think
are eligible for recognition or to receive the NEPMCC Awards. . For the
awards, we are planning to reach various Ministries to sponsor awards for
each award recipient and category. Members
were earlier asked to send the completed nomination form to either Dr.
Tajdolati or to the office of the President. President Thomas Saras
mentioned that when we are deciding on an award we are recognizing a
publication due to their attendance and for their commitment in supporting
the organization by working hard for the cause of the ethnic media and the
Annual get-together is slated to
take place on December 16, 2011.
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). This year we have requested for
space on international pavilion where we can display an
exhibition of the ethnic press for 18 days. Members were urged to ask their local businesses to sponsor
some prizes which are going to be announced through lucky draws for the
people who visit our pavilion. (August 19- September 5,) There will be
various prizes for the draw depending on the sponsorship. Srimal
Abeyawardene suggested of advanced publicity for the event. We are going
to participate 18 days at CNE. The Prime Minister may inaugurate the
opening ceremony of the exhibition, or in his inability a minister of his
Word on the Street. Besides Toronto, this year we are going also to
organize this exhibition in Vancouver on the same day with Toronto.
“The Board authorizes the administration to proceed with the
application for funds from the
Canadian Heritage for the expenses of the CNE, Awards Ceremony, The Word
on the Street festivals in Toronto, Vancouver and other Canadian cities,
as well as for other promotional projects/events for the community”
Irene Keroglidis, moved the above motion in the floor William Doyle
Marshall, seconded it. The motion was carried.
Arif Ahmed – Jogajog Bengali Weekly
hoped that the new member would be an active participant in the
Ahmed Shah Hotaki moved a motion to adjourn the meeting, Irene Keroglidis
seconded it. The motion was carried. The chair adjourned the meeting at
10:30 pm. The next meeting would take place on July 11, 2011