Minutes of the Monthly
Meeting held on September 12, 2011 at Committee Room No 4, City Hall
Welcome Remarks by the chair.
Minutes of the previous meeting.
Presentation by Andrea Horwath – Leader, Ontario NDP
Presentation by Hon. Eric Hoskins and Hon. Kathleen Wynne
Presentation by Trifon Haitas – Green Party Ontario
Welcome Remarks by the Chair:
chaired the meeting and declared the meeting open.
Irene Keregolidis moved a motion to approve the agenda and Sandeep
Prabhakar seconded it. The motion was carried
Minutes of the previous
Guven moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly
meeting held on August 08, 2011 Ahmad Shah Hotaki seconded it.
The motion was carried.
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE). Thomas Saras thanked all
volunteers for their participation in this year’s exhibition. This year
we had a space in the
International Pavilion for the CNE ethnic press exhibition. Thousands of
people at CNE were impressed by the display of NEPMCC exhibition for 18
days. The opening ceremony took place on August 21, 2011 with a lot of
fanfare and speeches from all three levels of government.
Members who had decide to volunteer were be given passes and
President suggested Asha Rajak and Neel Nanda to coordinate the activities
with the volunteers during the event. President’s office received very
select only copies of newspapers for CNE pavilion. President Thomas Saras
had hoped to have as many copies as possible before the CNE but the
participation to some extend was not the one we hoped. The President said
that this was probably due to fact that the venture was new and many
members did not responded in time. The fact is that under this
circumstances more than 1000 visitors signed our book of Visitors and
placed their commends. President
Thomas Saras had notified the members on exact timing of the closing
ceremony which took place on September 4 at the Direct Energy Building-
Hall B of the International Pavilion. Thomas Saras asked members to be
present during the opening and closing ceremonies. The last Sunday/closing
ceremony of the exhibition, (September 4, 2011), NEPMCC celebrated
Canadian multilingualism by sponsoring a number of multicultural shows at
the great stage of the Hall B International Pavilion. The President also
said that during the
exhibition more than 300 requests received from the public for
subscriptions in the various paper in displate.
Thomas Saras expressed disappointment on the comment of PC camp and
the leader Tim Hudak labeling
immigrant professionals as
“foreign workers”. He then said “those foreign workers are going to
pay taxes so all of us, including Mr. Hudak
will enjoy our retirement later. . .
· NEPMCC Awards.
On October 28 NEPMCC
will organize the annual Awards ceremony. Effective from January 1st until
end of June 2011, members were asked 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. . 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 NEPMCC has received all
the nominations for the annual awards. Asha Rajak, Irene Keregolidis, and
Dr. Tajdolati will decide on the nominations. Total 28 awards in different
categories will be awarded during the ceremony.
The monthly meetings of NEPMCC at Queens Park will be renewed after
the next Provincial Government comes to powering the election on October
6. The next meeting was therefore unanimously decided
to be in the month of November
· Word on the Street.
year the Word on the street festival will be celebrated on Sunday
September 25. As all the previous years Ahmed Shah Hotaki is in charge of
by Hon: Andrea Horwath, Leader Ontario NDP
welcomed Andrea Horwath to the meeting.
excerpts of the speech of Ontario NDP Leader Hon. Andrea Horwath is as
“It is a
pleasure to be here. I want to thank Thomas Saras and the board of NEPMCC
delighted to be here. I am excited to the tremendous reception I am
getting from the Province.
public money in Ontario to create jobs in Ontario just makes sense,”
said Horwath. “Why would we send our money away when we have the talent,
the skills and the people who need work? It’s time for change that puts
election students hear promises. Every year the cost of education keeps
climbing. Ontario is now the most expensive province for a post-secondary
education. We need change,” said Horwath.” We can tackle the problems
of high tuition and student debt by freezing tuition fees and by taking
the interest off of student loans. Our comprehensive jobs plan will help
young people when they’re ready to enter the world of work.
tired of politicians who say anything to get elected. We have a plan to
make education affordable that won’t vanish after the election.
In a global
economy, our prosperity as a province will be measured by the quality of
our education system and by how accessible that system is,” said Horwath.
“New Democrats can be trusted to take action on rising tuition
and student debt.
Democrats will get people working by rewarding “employers who create new
jobs” as well as with new tax credits supporting investment in worker
training and equipment.
Liberals, our plan will increase the number of jobs available to everyone
– men, women, young people, new Canadians – anyone who needs work.
Democrats will make life more affordable for families by taking the HST
off electricity and home heating, and by providing more support to
municipalities to help freeze transit fares at current levels.
laid-off workers more than squabbling and schoolyard stunts,” said
Horwath. “We can choose to
do things differently by rewarding businesses that create jobs, not the
ones that ship them overseas,” said Horwath. “It’s not just a
question of what’s fair. It’s a question of what’s smart and what
company takes millions in public handouts, they should be creating jobs.
Instead, they take the money and run. We need change,” said Horwath.
“If a company’s not creating jobs, they shouldn’t be getting
We want to
give companies a tax break when they hire people, not when they take their
clients out to a luxury suite at the Rogers Centre,” said Horwath.
“Our priority is families looking for work and struggling with the bills
– not more money for corporations making record profits.
Democrats’ Job Creation Tax Credit will reimburse employers 20 per cent
of the wage for new hires for one year, up to $5,000 per worker. To
qualify companies will have to provide on-the-job training and demonstrate
they are creating new positions, not filling existing jobs with subsidized
billions in no-strings attached corporate tax giveaways, the NDP’s Job
Creation Tax Credit will create 80,000 jobs over four years.
Paul, Mareck J. Godyn, Suleiman Guven, Janus Raudkavi Aaron Mefith and
other members discussed a wide variety of issues such as immigration,
trade, economy, healthcare, job creation amongst other issues.
Howrath candidly answered all questions to the satisfaction of all
Thomas Saras thanked Andrea Howrath for her presentation.
by Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins– Ontario Minister of Citizenship and
Immigration and Provincial Liberal Candidate for St. Paul’s.
Thomas Saras invited Dr. Eric Hoskins to make his presentation before the
Eric Hoskins made a presentation to the members of NEPMCC on behalf of the
Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party.
are some of the excerpts of the speech of Hon.Dr. Eric Hoskins
“Good evening, and thank you for inviting me to speak to the
National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada. “I am really happy
and thrilled to be here and I am pleased to see so many familiar faces
that I have grown to know for the past two years.
Thank you for the opportunity to talk a little bit about the
election, and what’s at stake.
It’s an opportunity to discuss the positive, forward thinking
plan that the Ontario Liberals have for the future – in contrast with
the short-sighted policies of both Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath.
Ours is a plan to win the future, not just the next election. It’s a plan that focuses on the things that matter most to
all Ontarians: health care, education, and jobs.
Let’s start with health care.
We have a plan to ensure that Ontario families enjoy a health care
system that they can depend on when they most need it.
That’s why we’re investing particularly in our seniors, so they
can stay at home and age with dignity.
For example, our Healthy Home Renovation Tax Credit will give
families a tax credit on things like walk-in showers and ramps.
We’re also bringing back house calls by doctors and nurses, and
expanding our investments in home care and long-term care.
These investments stand in stark contrast with what the other
In fact, it wasn’t so long ago under the previous Conservative
government that Ontarians were having a serious discussion about whether
universal, publicly-funded healthcare is even possible in Ontario.
Well, look how far we’ve come.
They closed 28 hospitals. We’re
building 18 new ones. They
fired doctors and nurses, we’ve hired more.
In education, our schools are better than ever.
Test scores are up, graduation rates are up, and class sizes are
Under the previous Conservative government, we lost more than 26
million school days because of the Conservative cuts that sent teachers to
the picket line instead of being in the classroom.
Our platform builds on our progress.
It’s evidence of why Dalton McGuinty is often called the
Education Premier. In fact,
our biggest commitment is about education – it will reduce the cost of
tuition by 30 percent, by giving students and their families a grant of
$1,600 each year if they’re in university, and $730 each year if
they’re in college.
We’re extending teachers college, and continuing with the
implementation of Full-Day Kindergarten.
And we’re making those investments because we know that education
is what will lead to economic growth.
We need all Ontarians working at their best if our economy is going
to keep growing, and that means we need the best-educated workforce.
The recession wasn’t easy. But
throughout, our Premier, Dalton McGuinty, kept his focus on creating jobs
and growing our economy. It’s
why Ontario is back stronger than ever.
And we’re moving forward.
Our investments in making Ontario a global leader in green
technology are creating 50,000 new jobs.
Those are jobs that will be lost if the PCs or the NDP get the
chance to abandon the progress we’ve made.
We’re creating the No Skills Left Behind tax credit for employers
who want to help new Canadians get the training they need to work in their
field. We all know people who
came to Canada as an engineer or an accountant, who couldn’t work in
their field because they didn’t have Canadian Experience.
Well, this tax credit will help address that problem, and ensure
that everyone is working at his or her best.
It’s as if you have an all-star soccer team – you don’t want
your best goal-keeper selling hot dogs in the stands.
You want him out there, in front of the net, contributing to the
team, and helping you win. That’s
what the No Skills Left Behind Tax Credit is about.
But Tim Hudak would rather play the politics of division, fear,
anger and resentment. He
calls our New Canadians foreign workers, not even recognizing that
they’re citizens who work here and pay taxes here.
It’s shameful. And
he needs to apologize. And
why won’t the NDP condemn Tim Hudak’s comments?
Listen, there is one party – ONE party – who understands
that these kinds of statements are not in keeping with Ontario values:
values of openness and inclusion.
Liberal Party, and our leader Dalton McGuinty, don’t believe in us
versus them. It’s only us.
Moving forward, together, to build a brighter future for all
by Hon. Kathleen Wynne Ontario Minister of Transportation and Provincial
Liberal Candidate for Don Valley West:
Kathleen Wynne further elaborated on some of the issues addressed earlier
by Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins. She highlighted some of the great achievements
by the Dalton McGuinty in education, jobs, economy, environment,
healthcare, public transit and other sectors.
wide variety of issues such as clean energy, job creation, education,
health care, foreign credentials recognition, “no skills left behind”
trade, HST and other issues were keenly discussed. Suleiman Guven,
Michael, Bob Ristic, Janus Adu Raudkavi, Liz Philbert, Mareck J. Goodyn,
Fredoon Rahmani, Aaron Mefith, Mila Garcia and other members participated
in the discussion.
Hoskins and Hon. Kathleen Wynne candidly and elaborately answered all
questions to the satisfaction of all present.
Saras thanked the guest speakers for their valuable time.
by Trifon Haitas – Ontario Green Party
Haitas made a presentation on behalf of the leader of the Green Party
is some of the excerpts of his presentation
time when the elections there comes the same song and dance. This is one
of the reason I stepped up to the stage. There were a lot of wonderful
questions asked earlier. Our platform is a five point plan and I encourage
everyone to take a look at the Green Party platform (www.gpo.ca). It s
time what Green Party has to say. We believe in grass root democracy. One
of the reasons I chose to run with the Green Party because the one who has
immigrated will work the hardest and the same goes to the smallest party.
There are some hard questions we need to ask when it comes to renewable
energy. There is no reason why local entrepreneurs can’t get the same
break that a Korean company is getting.
Liz Philbert, Ranjit Wicks, Bob Ristic, Larissa, Gerard Paul and others
discussed a wide range of topics. Trifon Haitas answered all questions
raised by the members.
Business: President Thomas Saras mentioned and expressed disappointment
that the Leader of Ontario Progressive Conservative Party or a
representative of the party was not able to attend and participate in the
monthly meeting on the
invitation extended by the office of the President of NEPMCC, where all
leading parties accepted and participated in the discussion at the NEPMCC
monthly meeting in September at the City Hall
Irene Keroglidis moved a motion to adjourn the meeting, Ahmad Shah Hotaki
seconded it. The motion was carried. The chair adjourned the meeting at
10:30 pm. The next meeting would take place on November 14, 2011 at Queens