Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on April 12, 2010 at Queen’s Park



Thomas S. Saras

Bikram Lamba

Irene Keroglidis

Neel Nanda

Asha  Rajak

Saad Alsafar

Rob  Androsevich

Mohammad Bagher  Samini

Hai Tien Min

Muse Kulow

Suleyman Guven

Ned Blair

Hassan Zerehi

Bahram  Bahrami

Viara Dimitrova

Parry Long

Mohammad Tajdolati

Iosif  Spataru

Mario Spataru

Maia Critea-Viera

Teshome Woldeamanuel

Jonathan  Annobil

Dumitru Popescu

Gerald Paul

Logan (L), Logendraligan

Srimal Abayewardine

Dr.  Khan Khoda

L.  Pathmanathan

Shahidul  Islam Mintu               Bengali Times

Susana  Donan

Jose Donan

Moorthy Sellathurai

Muluken Muchie

Jatin  N.

John SaraIdaris

Trifon Haitaw

Juhani Miinisto                      Vaper Sana

Riaz  Hussain                         Pakistan Abroad

Aaron  Berhane                     Erithrean Press

Luba Cherny                         Russian Press

Fatima Crerar                        The Summerhill Group

Mila Astroya- Garcia

Hermie  Garcia

C.  Senthi.

Saad Alsubar

Abdul Syed

Ahmed Hotaki

Bahram Bahrami

Ranjit Wics

Emmanuel Ayiku



1.            Welcome Remarks by the chair.

2.            Minutes of the previous meeting.

3.            Presentation by Mayoral Candidate Rocco Rossi

4.            Presidents Report

5.         New Business (Motions)

6.            Adjournment



Welcome Remarks by the Chair:


Dr.  Bikram Lamba chaired the meeting and declared the meeting open.

Suleman 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 March 8, 2010. Mohammad Tajdolati seconded it. The motion was carried with the following amendment “Children under 16 years of age would not be eligible to attend the Canada Day Celebration”.


Presentation by Mayoral Candidate: Rocco Rossi


·           The speaker began by thanking the President for accommodating his request to address the Council. Khan Khoda, Feredun Rahmani, Aaron Mefith, Sulemein Guven and other members participated in the discussion following his presentation. The following are the highlights of his presentation and discussion

·            Diversity is our strength. The last several years we do not see any progress in the City. No one says they get 50% value today than 7 years back. Three key things 1) budget figures do not reveal the truth. We need a transparent process. We need to confront the growing labour cost of the City.  2) Transit and transportation   is the second key thing. There is very little confidence in the administration of the City. 3) Economic Development in the City. For too long the City has taken businesses for granted. We need strong links to the rest of the world. The ethno cultural communities do not see themselves reflected in City Hall.  We can take back the City and make it a magnet.

·           There are three basic big things,  1)You don’t  overspend,

·           2) Second key thing by connecting people. 3)  Third key is  job creation and economic development. For four and a half years the City has no economic development plans. The key to success is feasibility.

To ensure that this spring’s budget is Toronto’s last budget crisis, Rossi would, if elected:

·           Move the city budget to multi-year operational planning;

·           Regain control of labour costs by ordering an immediate hiring freeze for all but essential services personnel — EMS, police and fire services;

·            Fundamentally re-invent the way the city delivers services by allowing the private and not-for-profit sectors to bid on city work;

·            Eliminate Toronto’s debt by monetizing non-essential assets, such as Toronto Hydro; and

·           Enter into broad negotiations with the province on the future of the TTC, and committing the city to look at governance changes and alternative service delivery and financing models for future transit projects.


·           There is no other city in the world as welcoming to new comers as Toronto is. We are far slower in transit from a city like Madrid.

·           Transit is central to our future as a city and region.

·           And building mass transit takes money, partnership and leadership.

·           Take any one of these away and the formula fails – as it did in March when the provincial government delayed several LRT lines that had already been approved.


President Thomas Saras thanked Mr.  Rocco Rossi for his presentation and wished him success in his endeavors.

Immediately after the chairman called upon Mr. Rob Andreyevich from the City of Toronto to make a presentation. “New webpage for City” and articulately answered all questions posed by members.

Presentation : Fatima – Summerhill

Trifon Haitas, Gerald Paul and others participated in the discussion following the presentation from Fatima. The following are the highlights of the presentation and discussion

·            Summerhill is a mission driven organization.  Their mission is to develop and execute strategies that move the market toward better choices for consumers and the environment


·           For over 15 years, Summerhill has been instrumental in connecting people to better choices for the environment and creating new markets for environmentally preferable products and services. They empower consumers to make a positive impact through more sustainable decisions and behaviours in their daily lives.

·            Summerhill’s education, awareness, and outreach efforts have helped to steadily increase the uptake of environmentally preferable solutions – not only across Canada but also in the United States.

·           Based in Toronto with satellite offices in Saskatchewan and New York, Summerhill has over 50 full-time staff and more than 2,000 part-time environmental ambassadors employed for program delivery.

·            Summerhill works with forward-thinking companies and organizations to effectively address complex environmental problems through the creation of turn-key strategies and initiatives that move the market toward sustainability.

Summerhill clients and partners currently include:

·            Retailers

·           Utilities

·            Manufacturers

·            Government

·            Industry Association

In conclusion Fatima expressed that NEPMCC is one the best forum to spread the awareness among ethnic readership and thanked the council for giving her the time to make a presentation.

Thomas Saras offered her help and cooperation to carry forwards its noble mission.




President’s Report/Discussions:


·            President Thomas Saras explained how members are eligible for tax exemptions (Sales transition tax) for their respective publications.

·            Thomas Saras informed the members 1100 publications send application to Ministry of Culture. Majority of members of NEPMCC have been approved under the PAP.  Cheques will be mailed to publications depending on the number of circulation of the respective publications.

·           One of the eligibility criteria for funding is to have 80-85% Canadian content in the publications.

·            Members were urged to put stories of Canadians helping their communities to integrate to Canadian society.

·           A survey on Socioeconomics facing member publishers and editors, will be conducted on behalf of NEPMCC and presented to the Government in order to prove the hard working conditions the sector is facing.  The survey will be first National Survey of its kind. The President is working to make a proposal on behalf of the Council. If the proposal comes through it will another landmark achievement for the entire ethnic media sector.

·           President Thomas Saras informed the council that payment has been made towards the participation on “Word on the Street Festival.”

·                                      NEPMCC received an invitation from UNESCO for a conference on Media Statistics to be held in  Montreal. The president accepted the invitation and he is planning to participate in the expert groups for designing the questioner for the survey. 

·           Ethnic Press exhibition would take place on the week of May 10-May16 at City Hall.

·            “WORLD’S FREEDOM OF THE PRESS YEAR” is the Theme of this year’s exhibition.

·           More than 180 publications serving more than 60 linguistic communities of the Canadian cultural mosaic, are participating in this year’s event.

·           The official opening of the exhibition is scheduled for Monday May the 10th, at the Rotunda of the Toronto City Hall, at 6:00 pm.

·           Main speakers of the event would be the Hon. Michael Ignatieff, M.P, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition, and  Dr Erick Hoskins, M.P.P, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration of Ontario on behalf of the provincial Government. Following the speeches the NEPMCC is organizing a reception for the quests.


·            Canada Day celebration would take place on July 2nd at Cypriot Community Centre, 6 Thorncliffe Park Dr, Thorncliffe Park Toronto East.. Premiere Dalton McGuinty would be the guest of honour as the members of the Council wish to express their gratitude for the action of his government to exclude them from the HST.


·            President Thomas Saras informed the Council that Ombudsman Dr. Lamba has gathered signatures for his nomination to the position of Governor General of Canada and invited views and the opinion of the members if this action constitutes a conflict of interest between the personal business of Dr. Lamba and the office of the Ombudsman he represents. Many members participated in the discussion and expressed their opinions. Some of the members expressed the opinion that he resign till the campaign for GG ends. Dr. Lamba after hearing from all members expressed his opinion and said that the position of GG is not political but an appointed position. He also mentioned that 20,000 signatures for his nomination were selected by his well wishers and he did not initiate anything. Finally Dr. Lamba submitted his resignation as Ombudsman of the organization.

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New Business: The council welcomed the following member

                              Riaz Hussain -Pakistan Abroad



Adjournment: Mohammad Tajdolati moved a motion to adjourn the meeting, Dr. Khan seconded it. The motion was carried. The chair adjourned the meeting at 9 pm. The next meeting would take place on May 17, 2010