Beach Metro News AGM approaching

The annual general meeting of Ward 9 Community News Inc., the publisher of Beach Metro Community News, will be held on June 27 at 7:00 p.m. at 2196 Gerrard St. E. Officers for 2013-2014 will be elected.

The officers are elected by members of Ward 9 Community News Inc. to govern the newspaper. They are not involved in its daily activities, news coverage or production, which are the responsibility of staff.

Although technically all positions for officers may be contested, the current board members are eligible to continue in their volunteer positions, and look forward to doing so. Collectively they bring 68 years of experience with Beach Metro News.

The current board includes Brian Mercer (president), Mike Howarth (vice-president), Kelvin Francis (treasurer), Julie DiGregorio (secretary), and Paul Babich (past-president). They are assisted by two former presidents, Christina Blizzard and David Windrim, who act as special advisors.

From our constitution, “nominations for officers of the organization shall be received in writing addressed to the newspaper’s secretary at least 14 days before the annual meeting [by June 13].  Nominations should be accompanied by a description of the nominee’s background with regard to the organization and the general community, together with the signatures of the nominee and nominator.

“The names of those seeking office, together with a brief biography, will be published in the issue of Beach Metro Community News preceding the annual meeting [June 25]. Notice of the final date for receiving nominations should be published in the two issues immediately preceding that date [May 28 and June 11].”

In order to attend this meeting, membership in Ward 9 Community News Inc. is required. Membership is outlined in the constitution as follows:

“Any resident in the community where the paper is distributed who is willing to support the aims and objectives of the organization will be accepted into membership on payment of the current year’s fees ($2), and will be a member in good standing and will be eligible to vote, if in attendance, at the annual and general meeting, as long as the current year’s fees are paid.

“No member shall be under the age of 16.

“No membership will be sold within the seven days preceding the meeting [after June 19].

“All members of the distribution team who have worked with the newspaper for a minimum of six months (since December 27, 2012) shall be given an automatic membership in Ward 9 Community News Inc. for the current year. There are two provisos: where the distributor is under age, the membership will be in the name of the parent or guardian. Only one free membership is allowed per family.”

If there are any questions concerning the above, contact General Manager Phil Lameira at 416-698-1164 ext.24, or email

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