Chapter President’s Report – October 2015

September 29, 2015 at 11:11 pm

by David Fujino

We’re back! We hope you’ve had an enjoyable summer.

As we now swing into the fall, here are two public events you might find interesting and informative.

Year 2015

  • TorontoNAJC Public Discussion Series – Session #1

“The Greater Toronto Chapter of the National Association 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 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 Canadian companies operating in Latin America. Come and be informed — question, discuss, and learn. Admission is free – donations gratefully accepted.

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 7 pm to 9:30 pm, Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, 6 Garamond Court, Toronto.

Year 2016

  • Good news! all artists and friends!

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 media sponsorship will be acknowledged in the print publicity for the 2016 symposium.

We hope to see you at our events!

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