My Journey to Canada: Chapter Four

Hardships aside, I have been blessed with over 30 great years of running my business. The business as it is, can practically run itself with some gentle guidance here and there thanks to my dedicated team. This has allowed me to increase my giving of both my time and financial resources over the past few years. The realization that this business will fade once I am gone has not been overlooked. This community will be my lasting legacy to leave to my children, my grandchild, future grand children and generations to come as they grow up in this community.

My next chapter, is up to you my friends. My pledge to you, is that the knowledge and networks from the entirety of my life’s work will be brought with me into this next journey of continuous improvement and growth of our great community.

January 15th 2021, marks this next milestone.

I encourage you all to vote for the candidate of your choosing. Stay positive, test negative, and be safe. See you all at the polls.


My journey to Canada: Chapter Three

As part of my odd jobs to make ends meet, my work as a part-time interpreter for the Canadian Immigration Department peaked my interest in immigration cases, as this hit close to home being a new immigrant myself. Coupled with the entrepreneurial hunger in my belly that grew from my managerial experience at McDonalds, there was little that could get in my way. I founded my company CITS in 1989.

For the next few years, this was my baby. My business quickly grew as I was able to connect and build trust with my prospective clients through my work ethic, honesty and integrity. I’ve always felt a strong bond to my community and I volunteered, donated, and sponsored as many community events as I could. I quickly became the beneficiary of referrals and word of mouth. As my business grew, so did my family with the additions of my daughter Cherie and my son Andre. However, running your own business is not the glitz and glam as start-ups are presented as today. My main source of clientele from Hong Kong dried up after 1998, and times grew tough. I broadened my clientele to service. When things started to ramp up again, SARS hit and immigration dried up once again. I pivoted – this time to the internet and the phone to provide interpretation.

In those beginning 15 years of my business, my team and I learned quite a few tough lessons that I take with me every day. Firstly, is to understand that even when times are good, it is important to budget and control costs for the gloomy seasons, because they will come. Secondly, honesty and integrity are keys to maintaining relationships and building a lasting foundation of clients and employees. Thirdly, being quick to adapt to changes is the difference between surviving long enough to thrive again and extinction. Fourthly, strong communities are built on strong businesses.

The more I made, the more I gave back. I am a firm believer in what you put out into the world you will receive. These four tenants are what helped build and maintain my business for over 30 years, growing from just me and my wife, to now a full team of employees as well as satellite offices internationally.


Keeping seniors—and their votes—safe in our elections!

Crowds mean standing in line for long periods and potentially getting jostled. This is uncomfortable for anybody but can be especially difficult for seniors. Rush hours in the early morning and early evening should be avoided. So should lunchtime. Quieter times would be late morning or early afternoon.

If you need PPE for the vote, you could contact our campaign office at 416-299-9771 or email us: We are here to help!


Ward 22 byelection in Scarborough-Agincourt deemed ‘essential,’ will proceed as planned Friday, city says

A byelection being held to find a new Ward 22 councillor will proceed as planned despite the fact that it is scheduled to be held a day after a provincial stay-at-home order goes into effect.

Voters are set to go to the polls on Friday in Scarborough-Agincourt in a byelection that was scheduled last year to replace former councillor Jim Karygiannis, who was ousted from office over campaign expenses.

But on Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford declared a new state of emergency for Ontario amid soaring COVID-19 case counts which threaten to overwhelm the healthcare system. Ford also said a stay-at-home order would be in effect for the entire province as of 12:01 a.m. on Thursday. All residents aside from essential workers are being asked to stay home as much as possible and to venture out only for essential reasons such as grocery shopping and doctors appointments.

In a statement Wednesday, the city said that the election is also deemed an essential government function and that it will proceed as planned.

“The City Clerk is confident that the voting place health and safety measures will keep electors, candidates, scrutineers and election staff safe on election day,”  the statement said.

There are 27 candidates running in the no-incumbent race and at least one of them has called for the by-election to be postponed in light of the stay-at-home orders.

Following Ford’s announcement on Wednesday, council candidate Tony Luk sent an open letter to City Clerk John Elvidge and the his fellow candidates urging that the by-election be postponed.


“This announcement will undoubtedly affect very many voters who will no longer go to their voting places to cast their ballot on January 15th,” Luk wrote, calling on his fellow candidates to join him in asking for a postponement. 

But the city said that it has reviewed the provincial order and that elections are deemed essential.

“The City Clerk, in consultation with Toronto Public Health, has reviewed the recent provincial announcement to determine any implications for the planned by-election.

“Government services, including elections, are essential for the continuity of government. Ward 22 Scarborough-Agincourt has been without representation since September 24, 2020, and it is important that the electors are able to exercise their democratic right to vote.”

The city said that health and safety measures such as line management, reduced touch points and distancing, were successfully implemented for advance polls and that they “exceed the requirements for other business and services that have remained open.”

More than 2,200 people have already cast a ballot in the election in advance voting held on Friday and over the weekend and more than 4,000 mail-in ballots were requested. Some 1,280 of those mail-in ballots have already been tabulated, the city said Wednesday.

Polling stations will be open across the ward between 10 AM and 8 PM on January 15. Electors are required to wear a mask at all times in voting places and are being asked to stay home if they are not feeling well, the city said.

More information about voting places and procedures can be found on the city’s website.


State of Emergency won’t stop Scarborough-Agincourt byelection, Toronto says

A mail-In voting drop box sits out front of Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre on Jan 11. – Dan Pearce/Metroland

Voting is essential, and residents of Scarborough’s Ward 22 can cast ballots for a new councillor on Friday, Jan. 15 as planned, the City of Toronto says.

Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s stay at home order takes effect Thursday, a day before in-person voting in the byelection to replace Jim Karygiannis.

The timing of the order and provincial state of emergency prompted one candidate to ask the city to postpone Election Day.

Tony Luk also wrote the 26 other candidates in the race, asking for their support.

“This announcement will undoubtedly affect very many voters who will no longer go to their voting places to cast their ballot,” he said in an open letter.

So far, though, no other candidate seems to agree, and City Clerk John Elvidge said he’s confident special measures against COVID-19 at voting places will keep voters, candidates, scrutineers and election staff safe.

“These measures exceed the requirements for other business and services that have remained open,” the city added in a release, but warned people to stay home if they are not feeling well.

More than 4,000 mail-in ballots were sent out, with 1,280 returned so far, and 2,227 other voters cast ballots at advance polls.

Polls will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and mail-in ballots can be dropped at boxes outside Stephen Leacock Seniors Centre and L’Amoureaux Community Centre until 6 p.m.

Unofficial results will be posted, starting at 8 p.m., at the city’s Election Services page at

Karygiannis’ seat has been vacant since Sept. 24, 2020.Mike Adler

by Mike Adler

Mike Adler is a reporter with and Metroland Media Toronto who covers Scarborough and other overlooked parts of Toronto. He worked previously for Metroland in York Region. Email him at







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L’Amoreaux Community Centre

地址:2000 McNicoll Avenue,(Main Doors,Park Room )

Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre

地址:2520 Birchmount Road,(Main Doors, Hall)





• 是加拿大公民; 

• 至少年滿 18 歲; 

• 是 22 號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)的居民;或者雖然不是多倫多居民,但您或您的配偶在 22號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)擁有或租有物業;

並且• 未被任何法律禁止投票。

無論您在 22 號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)擁有或租有多少物業,您只能在 22 號選區(ScarboroughAgincourt)的補選中投下一票。 


• 請佩戴口罩或面罩,這是多倫多市所有室內公共場所的強制性規定。 

• 請遵循選舉官員的說明和指示。

• 請在投票場所保持人際間隔 – 間距 2 米(6 英尺)。

 • 進入或離開投票場所時,請對您的雙手進行消毒。




• 在投票場所的入口處駐有健康篩查人員,以確保所有選民都查看了自我篩查問題並且佩戴了口罩或面罩。多倫多市的所有室內公共場所都強制佩戴口罩或面罩。


• 現場提供指示牌和地面標識,用作路線指示和保持社交距離。 

• 在所有投票場所為選民提供消毒液。

• 全天之內頻繁清潔和消毒所有的接觸表面和物品。

• 提供一次性使用的物品,例如記號筆和保密資料夾。 

• 為保持社交距離,指定專門的入口和出口。 

• 為投票場所的工作人員提供個人防護裝備,例如口罩和洗手液。 

• 加強對投票場所工作人員的健康和安全培訓。 

• 提供多種投票機會和方式。如果您出現任何與 COVID-19 相關的症狀,請待在家裡,致電 311 尋求其他的投票方式。訪問以下網站瞭解相關症狀。



要進行投票,您必須出示載有您的姓名以及合格的 22 號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)地址的身份證件。




 • 在提前投票之前,請將您的名字添加到選民名單中。

 • 請隨身攜帶載有您的姓名以及合格的 22 號選區(Scarborough-Agincourt)地址的身份證件,以便領取選票。

 • 請隨身攜帶選民資訊卡。

 • 請在非高峰時段投票。最繁忙的時段是從下午 5 點至投票結束。



• 迎接並引導您到您要去的地方

• 要求您出示身份證明,上面須顯示您的姓名及合格的多倫多地址

• 在選民名單上核對您的身份證明,然後將您的名字從名單中劃掉

• 將您的選票放入一個保密資料夾,並為您解釋如何填寫您的選票

• 引導您到達投票台图片选票示意图


•填寫您的選票 – 將您選擇的候選人右側的橢圓形填滿。


• 把您填好的選票放在保密資料夾中,將其交給選舉官員,選舉官員將把您的選票送入計票器






Stephen Leacock Seniors Community Centre2520 Birchmount Road, Toronto 

或者L’moreaux Community Recreation Centre2000 McNicoll Avenue, Toronto 


如果您由於某種原因無法在規定時間內投票,也不想申請郵寄投票,您可以通過填寫投票代理人任命表指定一位代理人代表您投票。投票代理人任命表將於 12 月 2 日開始以郵寄或電子郵件方式提供,您可以通過電子郵件與我們聯繫,也可以致電 311 索取。 

注意:投票代理申請表的認證只可在 89 Northline Rd.辦理,您需要提取預約。請訪問多倫多選舉局網站查看更多資訊。 


• 有關如何投票的說明,將以盲文和 26 種語言在所有投票場所和多倫多選舉局的網站提供。 

• 將在所有投票場所提供放大的說明書協助弱視選民查閱。

 • 耳聾或聽力不佳人士可通過撥打 416-338-OTTY(0889)的 TTY 專線獲取選舉資訊。

 • 如果您不能自己填寫選票,可以帶朋友來幫助您,或者您也可以求助於選舉官員。

 • 所有投票場所都歡迎使用支援人員和服務性動物。如果所有這些選項都不能滿足您的需要,或者如果您無法親身進入投票場所,請致電 311。





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My Journey to Canada: Chapter Two

Harsh reality set in rapidly as I finished my schooling. I got married in Hong Kong and my wife and I moved to Canada. Although I found fulfillment volunteering and providing assistance to those similar to my own situation, volunteering unfortunately did not pay the bills. Practicality quickly came to the forefront. How would I afford our basic necessities? As before, I narrowed down the most efficient course of action – to make friends and communicate more effectively, I needed to learn English; to not only put food in our belly but also pay our bills, I needed to work in food services. Comical as this may sound, as a new immigrant with no family support, food was a top priority.

I worked in a variety of part-time jobs to make ends meet- from marketing, insurance, interpreting, pizza delivery to dishwashing at restaurants. It wasn’t glamorous, but it accomplished putting food in our bellies and paying our bills. Eventually, it was food services that led me to my first managerial role at one of my go-to restaurants, McDonald’s. McDonald’s was a staple of the community and also our diet. I started in an entry level position and quickly worked my way up. Many fond memories were made here. Senior management took a liking to my ability to connect with both the customers and my fellow employees leading to my first big break – a manager position. This gave me my first taste of managing a team of employees and running a business. This created a hunger in me that no number of Big Macs could fill. 


My Journey to Canada: Chapter One

My parents sent me to Toronto, Canada in 1974 as a high school student leaving everything and everyone I knew behind in Hong Kong, the only home I had even known.

For the first time in my life, I was alone and lost in a strange city, surrounded by strangers. As much as these strangers were welcoming and friendly, nothing could replace the loneliness I felt being so far from my friends and loved ones.

I had two choices at this point, continue to wallow in past or look towards the future. I chose the latter. To have friends, I would need to be able to make meaningful relationships and the only way to do so was to be able to communicate with them. I focused my efforts on learning English and my efforts paid off.

As my grasp of the English language grew, so did my circle of friends, and Scarborough Toronto quickly became my new home as I surrounded myself with new friends, connections, and memories.

Having always been a problem solver, I realized other new immigrants would suffer the same way I did during their transition process. I committed myself to making that transition for them as seamless as possible as a volunteer at the Queens Mental Centre, and the University Settlement House as a translator.

I had overcome my first hurdle, and my second was just beginning – moving from student life to work life. As reality set in, I gradually came to realize that I would now need to make ends meet and shift my focus to survival.