Chapter President’s Report – September 2015

August 31, 2015 at 4:45 pm

by David Fujino

We’re back from our July/August recess! and I’m pleased to update you on past and future events we’ve planned for you.

  • TorontoNAJC supports Japanese Canadian Young Leaders of Toronto at Matsuri 2015

On Sunday July 26 at Dundas Square, the recently formed JCYLT (Japanese Canadian Young Leaders of Toronto) participated in the 3rd annual Matsuri by setting up an information booth and hosting an all-inclusive crowd participation of “jan ken po” (rock, scissors, fist) contest. The Chapter was happy to support the JCYLT by providing modest financial support.

  • TorontoNAJC supports Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day Coalition 2015

On Thursday August 6 at the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto, the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Day Coalition held their 70th Anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
TheTorontoNAJC is pleased to contribute to this special event and its world-wide ban of existing nuclear weapons. The key note speaker was Mr. Paul Dewar, a federal MP and Co-President of the Parliamentarians for Nuclear No-Proliferation and Disarmament. The second speaker, Mr. Andrew Thurlow, spoke in place of his mother, Setsuko Thurlow (OC, and a Hiroshima bombing survivor), who was attending the special 70th anniversary commemoration ceremony in Hiroshima.

  • TorontoNAJC Public Discussion Series – Session #1

“The Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Ass’n of Japanese Canadians is hosting a series of public talks this fall on topics of current interest to our membership and community. Session #1 is Surviving the Digital Tsunami: You as an Individual and Citizen. The presenters are Ray Nakano, former Director, Information Technology (IT) Ontario Government and Lan Nguyen is the Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Toronto.

The world has gone “digital” and “online”. Today you can do almost anything on line – find and buy things, find a mate, start a business, monitor your blood pressure and diet, job hunt, organize a fund drive or a protest, get personalized medical assistance and have your own network of friends all through your smart device. Ray Nakano and Lan Nguyen will explain this new world and will lead you in a discussion of how to cope with this new electronic world and how to manage it to meet your needs and achieve your personal goals. This talk is for all ages and abilities. Please come with your questions, learn, and discuss! Admission is free – donations gratefully accepted”. Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7 pm to 9:30 pm, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto.

  • TorontoNAJC Public Discussion Series – Session #2

“Are Canadian Miners Involved in Human Rights Abuses? Why you might want to take that Canadian flag off of your backpack The presenter is Shin Imai, Lawyer and Associate Professor, Osgoode Law Faculty, York University. Shin’s interest in human rights has taken him from the Sodan Kai in the redress movement, to advocating for Aboriginal Rights for Canadian Indians, to investigating human rights abuses in Latin America. Canadians are vaguely aware that mining plays an important part in the Canadian economy, but most do not realize that Canada is the world centre for financing mining companies. There are numerous Canadian mining companies abroad. Murders, rapes, beatings and corruption have been associated with the activities of some large and small Canadians companies operating in Latin America. Come and be informed, question, discuss, and learn. Admission is free – donations gratefully accepted”. Wednesday, November 5, 2015, 7 pm to 9:30 pm, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto.

  • In 2016, the Toronto NAJC will be a media sponsor for the “Art Symposium for Japanese Canadian Artists” (April 1 and 2, 2016). The Chapter’s contribution will be acknowledged in the print publicity for the symposium.

We hope to see you at our events!

Respectfully yours,
David Fujino
President, Greater Toronto Chapter of the NAJC