MAY 31, 2019
TORONTO - The Estonian Central Council in Canada warmly welcomes the Canadian government’s decision to expand its diplomatic presence to Estonia later this summer and deeply appreciates the support of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Ambassador Kevin Rex for this historic decision.
In addition to frequent reminders about the need for a permanent Canadian diplomatic representative in Tallinn; The Estonian Central Council in Canada co-authored a letter with the members of the Baltic Federation last fall asking the Prime Minister and his government to expand Canada’s diplomatic presence to all three Baltic states to strengthen Canada’s bilateral relations with them.
The presence of a Canadian Charge d'affaires in charge of trade in Tallinn demonstrates Canada’s commitment to expanding relations and trade in Estonia and the region.
25. mai 2019
TORONTO - Eestlaste Kesknõukogu Kanadas (EKN), kes esindab Eesti päritolu kanadalasi, ühineb üleilmse eestlaste kogukonnaga, et tänada Eesti Vabariigi valitsust toetuse ja aktiivse osalemise eest valitsuse komisjoni loomisel Globaalse Eesti küsimustes ja koostöös.
Algatust selle komisjoni loomiseks toetasid kõik Eesti poliitilised parteid, kellede osalusel, enne viimaseid Eesti Vabariigi parlamendivalimisi, korraldas Eestlaste Kesknõukogus Kanadas ka valimiste teemalise rahvakoosoleku.
Eestlaste Kesknõukogu Kanadas võttis vastu resolutsiooni Globaalse Eesti komisjoni loomise toetamiseks 2018. aasta sügisel ning on regulaarselt kohtunud erinevate Eesti Vabariigi ministrite ja opositsiooniparteide juhtidega, et arutada seniseid saavutusi ning edasisi samme. ECC / EKN on tänulik kõigile Eesti Vabariigi parlamendiliikmetele nende toetuse eest, eriti välisminister Urmas Reinsalule tema ettevõtlikkuse eest ning rahvastikuminister Riina Solmanile, kes lisas komisjoni oma panuse.
MAY 25, 2019
TORONTO - The Estonian Central Council in Canada (ECC), representing Canadians of Estonian heritage, joins the global Estonian community in thanking the government of Estonia for supporting and actively joining the initiative to create an Estonian government committee of global Estonian affairs and cooperation.
The initiative to create this committee was supported by all Estonian political parties at an Estonian Central Council in Canada organized election town hall before the recent Estonian parliamentary elections.
The Estonian Central Council in Canada adopted a resolution to advocate for the creation of the global estonian committee in the Fall of 2018, and has regularly met with various Estonian ministers and opposition party leaders to discuss the effort. ECC/EKN is thankful to all Estonian parliamentarians for their support, and in particular, to Minister of Foreign Affairs, Urmas Reinsalu for his leadership and Minister of Global Estonian affairs, Riina Solman, for adding the committee to her portfolio.
IEC, mis rajatakse Toronto kesklinna 9 ja 11 Madisoni tänaval, on kavandatud kolmekorruseliseks kultuurikeskuseks. Planeerimine viidi läbi koostöös linna planeerimisosakonna, Annexi elanike ühenduse ja selle priikonna kohaliku voliniku Mike Laytoni ja endise voliniku Joe Cressy’ga.
Keskuse arhitekt on Alar Kongats, kolmekordne kindralkuberneri auhinna laureaat. Kavandis on kohe algusest peale arvestatud Toronto linna eesmärkide ja plaanidega, sidudes sinna jalakäijatele mõeldud läbikäigu kui ka väljaku, kus kõik torontolased ja linna külalised võivad vabalt aega veeta.
Spirit of giving is all in the family
When Jüri Otsason’s parents, August and Saale, settled on a farm in Sweden after escaping from Hiiumaa, Estonia in 1944, Jüri’s father would travel by bus into Stockholm to sell the family’s milk and eggs to local merchants.
Despite the new immigrants’ limited means, August believed strongly in supporting the fledgling Estonian community there, and he donated to local artists and writers and also bought shares in Stockholm’s Estonian House so it could get established.
Now, almost 75 years later Jüri, his wife Bernadine Morris, and their son Rein live in Toronto and have stepped up with the same spirit of giving. The family has donated $100,000 to the development of the new International Estonian Centre (IEC) in downtown Toronto.
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The City of Toronto’s Committee of Adjustment approved the full slate of minor variances presented by the International Estonian Centre (IEC) at its hearing on May 15, 2019.
IEC, which will be built at 9 and 11 Madison Avenue in the heart of the City of Toronto, will be a three-storey cultural centre. The plans have been developed in consultation with City Planning, Heritage and the Annex Ratepayers Association, together with the local Councillor Mike Layton and his predecessor Councillor Joe Cressy.
Designed by three-time Governor-General award-winning architect Alar Kongats, the design has, from the very start, considered City of Toronto objectives and plans, and therefore includes a pedestrian through-pass connection as well as street-level square that will be open to all Toronto residents and visitors to enjoy.
A total of eight minor variances were submitted to the Committee, including building height, setback, frontage and parking. All were given the green light. Out of the three committee members, two voted for the variance approval and one abstained. IEC agreed to secure 19 off-site parking spots within a 300-metre radius of the building to help those for whom public transit, taxis, cycling, walking or rideshare is not an option.
The committee of adjustment heard the Application for a minor variance with respect to 9 - 11 Madison Ave. submitted by Bousfields Inc. on behalf of the Estonian International Centre.
The application sought to join the two properties at 9 Madison and 11 Madison together and contained five zoning variance requests.
The first four were minor in nature regarding set-backs, height restrictions, and use of the facility. The last one however dealt with the request to reduce the by-law parking requirement from 19 to 0 parking spots.
This was opposed by the Annex Residents Association and Väino Einola. Vaino was present at the meeting and made the attached presentation along with the visuals attached.
Teisipäeval, 21. mail 2019.a toimus Toronto Eesti Maja suures saalis Toronto Eesti Selti Täienduskoolide lõpuaktus.
Toronto Estonian Rifle and Pistol Club (TEPP) and Seedrioru Estonian Summer Camp have officially received certification from the Chief Firearms Officer (CFO) to re-establish and operate a shooting range at Seedrioru.
The original range at Seedrioru was active for many years and was included as part of the camp activities. In the late 1980's, the range fell into disuse and became a general storage area.
In 2014, when the Seedrioru juhatus undertook a revitalization program of the Seedrioru property, the abandoned shooting range received renewed attention. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Seedrioru and TEPP volunteers, the range building received a new roof, gate and fence, signage, an improved backstop with berms and other items that were required for certification. With approval from the Seedrioru juhatus, the administration and operation of the range will be carried out by TEPP and its volunteers.