TorontoNAJC July Update

July 2, 2017 at 11:03 pm
July update

TorontoNAJC Supports the Japanese Social Service’s Visitation Program.  In response to its recent call for assistance to maintain its “Konichiwa” visitation program, the Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC is pleased to offer a grant to the JSS.  This program-specific donation is in addition to an annual grant that the chapter makes to the JSS to assist with its general operations in the GTA.    The visitation program is a valued service to the infirm and aged in the JC community who are confined to their homes and find themselves isolated and lonely from time to time.  For a full description of the program please go to the JSS website at  http://jss.ca/en/konnichiwap/.  Donations can be made online by Paypal as well at http://jss.ca/en/supportkonnichiwa/ TorontoNAJC congratulates the Japanese Canadian Baseball League of Toronto on its 50th Anniversary. Many JCs have played ball at Christie Pits and other fields in the GTA over […]

David Fujino

May 9, 2017 at 2:39 pm
David Fujino

May 9, 2017. The Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Association of Japanese Canadians offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of David Fujino who passed away on May 6, 2017.  David was a  member of the chapter’s Board of Directors for several years and served as President from 2014-15.   During his tenure he contributed to the Japanese Canadian community in many ways: he wrote a monthly column for the national JC magazine The Bulletin reflecting his keen interest and insight in the arts; he organized a very successful jazz concert for retired Nisei musician Roy Miya at the Castlewood-Wychwood Towers, a seniors complex in Toronto and held book launches for Japanese Canadian authors Terry Watada and Mona Oikawa.  In addition to being a community activist, David was an accomplished poet, writer and actor.  A profile of his work is online at http://www.individual.utoronto.ca/betts/eng356/david_fujino.htm David was a personal friend […]

TorontoNAJC May – June Update

May 9, 2017 at 8:40 am
Cosplay workshop

Cosplay Costume Workshop.   TorontoNAJC and the National NAJC sponsored a Cosplay Costume Making Workshop on March 31st at Steamlabs maker space in Toronto.  Participants were from 12-40 years old with beginners and experienced builders learning together. The workshop offered all levels an opportunity to work with the latest materials,thermal plastics, and learn a few tricks of the trade from costume designer Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth who organized the workshop and is a director of the chapter and secretary of the National NAJC.  Cosplay sprang from the Manga and Anime community in Japan and has grown into a worldwide movement. The workshop proved very successful and everyone has asked for more. Future events are being explored. We Should Know Each Other  –   the JC community discussion series continues this spring. Wednesday May 10th will feature Kathleen Kajioka, Jamie Parker and Ron Korb as featured speakers and performers.  Kathleen Kajioka is a classically-trained violist […]

TorontoNAJC March – April Update

April 4, 2017 at 10:51 pm
Donation to the Momiji Place Shuttlebus Campaign

Presentation of TorontoNAJC’s $20K Donation to the Momiji Place Shuttlebus Campaign Fund Feb 28, 2017 With TorontoNAJC’s $20K donation, the Momiji Place Shuttlebus Campaign exceeded their goal and has placed an order for a new vehicle to replace their aging shuttlebus. Staff and residents of Momiji Place are looking forward to the June delivery date of the new vehicle which is specially equipped to accommodate disabled passengers and their caregivers. REMEMBERING STANLEY HIDEO HIRAKI (1923-2017) Stan passed away on February 14, 2017, at the North York General Hospital, Toronto, shortly after celebrating his 94th birthday. He is survived by his wife Marjorie, son Lester (Sylvie), grandson David, and brother George (Esther) and sister Joy (Fred). Stan will be remembered for his life-long service to his community, and his commitment to the Japanese Canadian redress movement that resulted in the signing of the Redress Agreement in 1988 with the Government of […]

TorontoNAJC January – February 2017 Update

January 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm
January/February update

TorontoNAJC wishes all its members and friends a Happy and Healthy New Year. The Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC held its 2016 Annual General Meeting on Sunday, December 4 in the Parish Hall of St David’s Anglican Church which is home to the St.Andrews Japanese Anglican Congregation. The business portion of the meeting was chaired by Bruce Tatemichi who is Acting President of the chapter.   Bruce introduced the 2016 Board of Directors and recapped the chapter’s 2016 activities. Randy Sakauye, the chapter’s Treasurer provided a the 2016 financial report of the chapter and Bill Kobayashi who chaired the election committee recommended the following slate be approved as the 2017 Board of Director consisting of Yosh Inouye, Janet Sakauye, Randy Sakauye, Ron Shimizu, Michiko Yano-Shuttleworth, Tokuji Suyama ,Bruce Tatemichi and Kim Uyede-Kai which the meeting approved. Following the business portion of the meeting, guest speaker Ms Kendall Yamagishi, a member […]

TorontoNAJC November Update

November 2, 2016 at 10:52 am
November update

Notification of Annual General Meeting The Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC will hold its ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Sunday, December 4 from 3:00 to 5:00pm in the Parish Hall of St David’s Anglican Church at 49 Donlands Ave, (immediately across from the Donlands Subway Stn), The meeting will consist of a brief review of the years activities, annual financial statements and election of 2017 Board of Directors. This year our guest speaker is Ms Kendall Yamagishi, a member of the Japanese Canadian Young Leaders and a lawyer at a Toronto legal aid clinic. Kendall will speak to us about her work at the clinic and update the meeting on the activities of the JCYL. All members and friends are invited to come. Discussion Series “We Should Know Each Other” “We Should Know Each Other” is a combined speaker-discussion series presented by the St Andrews Japanese Congregation of Toronto.  The purpose […]

Police Carding in Toronto

July 25, 2016 at 5:09 pm
police carding

TorontoNAJC has recently completed a ”watching brief” on carding explaining why it is racially discriminatory and a violation of rights and describes how the Toronto Police, Toronto Police Services Board, key stakeholders and the Ontario government responded to the issue.” In 2015, as the public controversy heightened over carding practices of the Toronto police force , the TorontoNAJC Board decided to maintain a “watching brief” on the issue in keeping with its interest in issues involving racial discrimination and violation of human and civil rights. To read the full article on police carding, click on the link below to download the pdf file. Police carding in Toronto and Responses WHAT IS CARDING? Carding is the random stopping and questioning of any individual by a police officer and recording the name, address, and other information including age, perceived skin colour, estimated height, and weight, and the names of friends into a […]