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

                                                August 2, 2010



Thomas S. Saras

Asha Rajak

Neel Nanda

Mohamed Tajdolati

Perry Long

Mohammad Bagher Samimi

Suleyman Guven

Iosif Spataru

Mario Spataru

Hasan Yilmaz

Susana Donan

Viara Dimitrova

Ned Blair

Ahmed Hotaki

Hai-Tien Lin

Shahidul Islam Mintu

Moorthy Sellathurai

Lize Philbert

Srimal Abeyewardene

Ranjit Wickramash (Wicks)

Hermie Garcia

Muraleetharan  Kanbhasway

Aaron Berhane

N. Logenioliyan (logan)

John Saraidaris

Edward Ginglo

Irene Keroglides

Hassan Zerehi

Adu Ravdkivi

Bahram Bahrami


1.      Welcome Remarks by the chair.

2.      Minutes of the previous meeting.

3.      Presidents Report

4.      Report of July 2nd 2010

5.      New Business

6.      Adjournment



Welcome Remarks by the Chair:


M. Saras chaired the meeting and declared the meeting open.

Suleman Guven moved a motion to approve the agenda of the meeting.  The motion was carried.


Minutes of the previous meeting:

Mohammed Tajdolati moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting held on June 14, 2010 Sulemain Guven seconded it.  The motion was carried.



President’s Report/Discussions:


 ·         Dr. Lamba expressed his desire to rejoin the organization. Mr Saras would later bring it to the table for discussion. The matter was subsequently referred to the next meeting.

·         24 members applied for accreditation at G8 and G20 meetings and everyone was accepted.

·         Canada Day event was great success. The event was well planned and organized and the President thanked everyone who worked hard towards the event. The event was also historic as the guest of honour Premier Dalton McGuinty made a special announcement of exempting ethnic media from the HST.

·         President Thomas Saras sent a letter to Heritage Canada seeking some clarification under Publication Assistance Program.  He urged the members to read the documents carefully before applying for financial assistance under the program.

·         .The President informed the members that he is going to Ottawa for consultations with the Ministry of Culture.

·         CNE tickets for the national exhibition would be distributed to the members in the next meeting.

·         This is going to be the only day that tickets will be available to the members. Nobody can get any ticket after this day.

·         NEPMCC contributed $800 for wine for Canada Day dinner. Special Greek wine was served during the dinner. Also were some other small expenses for the preparation of the event, totaling another $ 500.00 dollars. The rest of the expense for the catering was covered by a friend donor.

·         Irene Kerogolidis sponsored the special gift to Mrs MacGuinty, and Hassan Zerehi paid for the frame of the Premier’s portrait. The President thanked Irene and Hassan  for her generous gesture.

·         President Thomas Saras had a special word of mention for Ned Blair for his work towards the Canada Day dinner..

·         Asha Rajak got a standing ovation from all the members for her dedicated hard work towards the Canada day dinner on July 2nd. According to President she is the cornerstone of the success. She worked day and night and managed the incredible.

·         Thomas  Saras expressed his thanks to Jim Karygiannis for his generous contribution towards the Canada Day Dinner.

.      Thomas Saras proposed to the council that NEPMCC would certify the circulation of newspapers for  

        auditing. He would propose one of the members of NEPMCC to be the officer of oath, who would

        be authorized to certify the circulation.

·         The Board of Directors, who attended the meeting, clarified that no agency is appointed as their agent and that NEPMCC is the only true and official representative of the members of the ethnic media. Mr. Saras clarified this point to all members. He referred to a  misleading communication sent to some of the members by a company charging 30%.

·         Thomas Saras suggested to members of doing community survey highlighting issues facing their respective communities. There is government funding available for doing community based research

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

·        CNE annual ethnic press festival would be held during the Labour Day weekend.

·        The President had a special word of mention for Neel Nanda and Asha Rajak for all her magnificent work she has done for the council.




New Business:

Hermie Garcia reported to the council on the matter (crackdown on a Bangladeshi media outlet in Bangladesh) brought to his notice in the previous meeting. He gave a fair review of his understanding of the matter.




New Members: The council welcomed the following member

                       The Publisher and Editor of Tamil Mirror monthly newspaper


Adjournment: Suleiman Guven, moved a motion to adjourn the meeting, Dr. Tajdolati, seconded it. The motion was carried. The chair adjourned the meeting at 9 pm. The next meeting would take place on August 09, 2010