Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on June 11, 2018, at Committee Room #2 City Hall.

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Minutes of the Monthly Meeting held on June 11, 2018, at Committee Room #2 City Hall.

Present:
Thomas S. Saras
Neel Nanda
Maria Saras-Voutsinas
Rosemary Sadler
Ricky Castellvi
Jacques Varberian
Jonathan Annobil
Surry Li
KumayanThambi
Mohammad Bagher-Samimi
Marek J.D. Goldyn
Leila Monteiro Lins
Mohammad Tajdolati
Norman Hart
Sandie De Freitas
Teshome Woldeamanuel
Ishkhan Ghazaryan
Isa Melo
Yuri Natchetoi
NajibullahPopalzai
Robin Berkovian
Khalid Magnam
Inga Cernei
Pooyan Tabatabaei
Jonathan Annobil
CEZAR BANGU
S. Vashnalingam
HannanMamun
Nobodip News
Sandie De Freitas
Norman Hart
Ahmad Rostamiyan
S. Kristaningam
Najibullah Popoulzai
Ali Mahboub
Muhammad Ali
Arif Ahmed Shimim
Ghulam Rascool
Yuri Natchetoi
Leila Lins
Gezalegn Mekonnen Demissie
Khalil MagrM
Vadim Cha aotehhi
Nishaniam Don
Bangelore Nagaragh
Ais Popalzai
Aysegul Kalkan
HAI TIEN LIN
KATHY LIN
Ernesto Donan
Hermie Garcia
Mila Garcia
Karzad Chafouri
Isa Mela
George Carothes
Daniel Bernhard.
ErsoyKalkan
Nishanta Don
Ali Mahboub
MulugetaZergaba
Ranjit Wicks
Janusz Niemczyk
Denis Brito
John Saraidaris
Kathy Lin
Hai-Tien Lin
Logan Longendirlyan
Stensont A
Anna Nieuinos
Geetha Nangarajh
Mila Astorga Garcia
Hermie Garcia
Syed Irbal
Mike Kolosowski
Eugenia Bakchinow
Boddy Wang
AnastasiosChatzitheofanous
Muhacumad NaeemUl Islam
Nabil Saad
Najib Popalzai
Wais Popalzai
Foe Jole
Nishantha Dion
Thanapalan Kathivarelu
Bety Glothai
Ali Mahmboub
Mareck Goldyn
Salah Allam
Stena Allam
Ola Cipi
Anastasios Chatzitheofanous
S. Subramanian
Cezar Bangu
Elizabeth Muzale
Arif Ahmed
Agenda of the day:
• Welcome Remarks by the chair.
• Minutes of the previous meeting
• Report of the President/Discussions
• Presentation by Daniel Bernhard, Executive Director – Friends of Canadian Broadcasting
• New Members/New Business
• Adjournment
Welcome Remarks by the Chair:

Dr. Tajdolati chaired the meeting and declared the meeting open. Arif Ahmed moved a motion to approve the agenda. Pooyan Tabatabei seconded it. The motion was carried. .
Minutes of the previous meeting:
Jonathan Annobil moved a motion to approve the minutes of the previous monthly meeting Isa Melo seconded it. The motion was carried.

President’s Report/Discussions:

Motion : NEPMCC will cooperate with Friends of Canadian Broadcasting in future endeavours so that Canadian Ethnic Media is protected and strengthened.. Motion was moved by Arif Ahmed and seconded by Isa Melo. The motion was carried.
• President Thomas Saras expressed disappointed that the Celebration of Press Freedom Day on May 4 was attended by very few members although 300 members had confirmed their attendance. The catering and arrangements were made for 300 + people but the attendees were short of this number, thanks to all who participated. This is a drain on the treasury of NEPMCC and also reflects very poorly on the organization as the event was attended by the Mayor and many VIP guests.
• President Thomas Saras suggested that next year NEPMCC is working to organize a 4 day education seminar on journalism.
• The 2018 Transformation Awards will be held on June 15 at the Liberty Grand, where Executive Director of NEPMCC Maria Voutsinas will be receiving the prestigious Harmony Award. This is an honour for both Maria and NEPMCC as it reflects on the very important work that NEPMCC does in Canada. Motion: There was a suggestion on the floor that NEPMCC would spend around $1500 to buy tickets of this prestigious event celebrating success of people and organizations of diverse background. A motion to support the spending by NEPMCC was moved by Marek Goldyn and seconded by Joe Volpe. The motion was carried.
• The Annul Ethnic Press Festival will take place in CNE as other years at the International Pavilion near the main stage. Members were asked to bring 50 copies for the Annual Ethnic Press festival at the CNE. This is a great opportunity to promote publications in front of thousands of visitors who visit CNE. The opening ceremony will be held on Saturday August 18 at the International Pavilion and invitations have been sent to various dignitaries and officials.
Motion : Srimal Abeyawardene Treasurer, has been sick and the members are wishing for his speedy recovery. There was a motion on the floor that in the interim Arif Ahmed be appointed as Treasurer and the third signatory authority so that the business of NEPMCC can carry on. The motion was moved by Pooyan Tabatabei and seconded by Omeed Sha. The motion was carried.

• President Thomas Saras reminded the members to renew their membership this year in order to enjoy the benefits and privileges of being a member of NEPMCC. He expressed disappointed that only a portion of members have renewed their membership.
• President Thomas Saras met with delegation representing Government Advertising in Ontario. The Government of Ontario will distribute advertising depending on the circulation of the publication. The President also met several times the committee responsible for federal advertising in Canada. There is an ongoing dialogue to increase government advertising in ethnic media.
• President Thomas Saras spoke about student internship program with the schools of journalism. Internship will be from 3 – 6 months. The program will cover $11 per hour per student and the rest has to be covered by the respective organization. President Thomas Saras will travel to Ottawa to continue his dialogue with the Federal Government regarding advertising and funding of ethnic media.
• President Thomas Saras encouraged members to submit their website to the Digital Publishing Platform who have not yet participated in the project. Thomas Saras informed that professional marketing company is promoting the website.
• A motion by the President that the organization will give an amount to help the sick members Srimal and Daniela, was accepted.

Presentation by Daniel Bernhard, Executive Director – Friends of Canadian Broadcasting
Daniel Bernhard and George Carother made a presentation to the NEPMCC. The following is a summary of their presentation:
Friends of Canadian Broadcasting is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization that works to defend and increase the quality and quantity of Canadian stories on air and online. They enjoy the support of 364,000 Canadians from every province and territory.
“Our mandate is to stand up for Canadian stories – ALL Canadian stories. Canada’s rich cultural and ethnic mix has produced a diverse media landscape that operates innumerous languages, and all of these Canadian voices must be protected and strengthened”.
All of Canada’s media organizations are facing unprecedented challenges from shrinking ad revenues as consumers move online.
Two American companies – Facebook and Google – are taking the lion’s share of online ad revenues, and this is having a devastating impact on Canadian media organizations.
It’s no coincidence that one third of Canada’s journalism jobs have disappeared in the last decade.
In 2017, FRIENDS research identified a loophole in the Income Tax Act that diverts 80% of Canada’s online ad spending to foreign tech giants, mostly Google, Facebook, and YouTube – tax free. That’s $5 billion dollars which leaves our country every year, entirely tax-free.
“We’re advocating that the government stop providing benefits to American tech behemoths at the expense of Canadian media organizations.”
This is an issue that affects all Canadians. Without a sustainable Canadian media sector, who will continue to tell our Stories? Facebook and Google surely won’t.
“We want all Canadians to join us in demanding that our government close this tax loophole”.

PooyanTabatei, Arif Ahmed and other members participated in the discussion followed by the presentation.

New Members/ New Business:
Adjournment: Isa Melo moved a motion to adjourn the meeting and Mareck Goldyn seconded it. The motion was carried. The Chair, Dr.Tajdolati adjourned the meeting at 9 pm. The next monthly meeting would take place on Monday, June 11, 2018 at the City Hall.

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