Level For House Sales in Toronto
Sales of resale homes in the
Toronto area hit record levels for 2002, but the year ended
with a whimper, not a bang, for realtors.
According to figures released
by the Toronto Real Estate Board yesterday, sales of resale
homes were off 25 per cent in December, with 3,589 transactions
compared with 4,762 in December of 2001.
The average price of a home
also increased, 9 per cent to $275,371 at the end of 2002
from $251,508 at the end of 2001.
Canada ~ Vice-Principal of Holy Name of Mary School in Mississauga
strangled by husband
A 56-year-old Mississauga man
strangled his wife and then killed himself early this morning
in what Peel Regional police are calling a murder-suicide.
The bodies of 56-year-old Emmanuel
David and his 52-year-old wife Victoria David were found
dead at the couple's Willowbank Trail home by police after
one of their daughters called 911.
Victoria David was a highly
regarded educator, in just her second year as vice-principal
at Holy Name of Mary on Mississauga Rd., north of the Queen
She had been promoted to the
girls' school — so popular that student applicants
are chosen by annual lottery — after a teaching career
at Loyola Catholic Secondary School.
Dating Services in Canada
"My clients want to be introduced
to others who are an East-West blend, because they want
to maintain and express their links to language, food, religion
etc., with their Western influences," explains Mark Paes
of Supra International Introductions. The Toronto-based
agency is one of the many transforming matchmaking from
an "auntie's" pastime to a pay-for-fee service in the South
See article at http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/Jan/msg00012.html
U.S. Government Wants Information
WASHINGTON—The U.S. government
wants detailed information about every person who comes
to or leaves the country by plane or boat, and for the first
time will require American citizens to fill out forms detailing
their comings and goings.
Rules proposed yesterday by
the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) seek more
information from travellers than under current law and extend
the requirements to U.S. citizens and others previously
exempted. They also include a system to allow quicker cross-checking
databases and matching records of arrivals and departures.
The rule, which will require tracking data for millions
of travellers, extends to all passengers and crew on all
commercial airlines, cruise ships, and cargo flights and
vessels, with the exception of most ferries. Commercial
buses and trains are not affected, nor is private transportation,
which accounts for much of the non-commercial Canada-U.S.
On the New
Kenyans won independence
from Britain nearly four decades ago, in 1963. But until
this week's elections their democracy was not mature.
A single establishment party held sway for that whole period.
No longer. Mwai Kibaki's National Rainbow Coalition has
ousted outgoing president Daniel arap Moi's long-entrenched
Kenya African National Union party, in the freest,
fairest and most competitive ballot ever.
Kenyans repudiated KANU by a wide 2-to-1 margin, which was
led by Uhuru Kenyatta, the son of revered founding
president Jomo Kenyatta.
This marks the end of a discouraging era and the beginning
of a new hope. And not just for Kenyans.
Kibaki's children are Judy
Wanjiku, first born and mother of Joy Jaimie Marie, Kibakis
first grand child. Judy is followed by the 39 year old Jimi,
who is married to Sheryl Anne and together they have Mwai
Sheryl Anne Vianna(maiden name)
is the daughter of Alfred Vianna of Mombasa.
The Permanent Resident Card
Aswami K. Datt
From India Journal
Canadian government has introduced important changes for
immigrants with Bill C-11, Immigration and Refugee Protection
Act. One such change is the Permanent Resident Card (PR
Card). The PR card is a status document that forms the proof
of one's permanent resident status in Canada.
PR card will be required as of December 31, 2003 for all
permanent residents (including their children) who return
to Canada from travel abroad. The PR card replaces the IMM
1000 Record of Landing Form as the status document needed
by Canadian permanent residents re-entering Canada.
flight by Sept 2003:
Direct flights to and from Goa to the Gulf countries, Europe
and the United States of America will materialize by September
2003, with presently the charter flights being opened to
all Non-Resident Indians. Tourism in the State will receive
a short in the arm with the Union Minister for Civil Aviation
Shahnawaz Hussain having given a not to the expansion of
Dabolim airport at the cost of Rs.125 crore. Hussain also
agreed to expedite the construction of Mopa International
holiday for PM: Truly keeping with his intention
of spending a quiet holiday at Benaulim in Goa, Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his entourage just did that during
his stay at the majestic Taj Exotica. The prime minister,who
is accompanied by his foster daughter, her husband, grand
children and others from the Prime Minister's Office, will
be on a holiday here in Goa till January 1, 2003. (H)
Goa to party on New Year despite
estimated 300,000 foreign tourists have arrived in Goa so
far this year, compared to last years figure of 270,000,
said N Suryanarayana, director of tourism. The tourism industry
here is looking up despite the fears of terrorists attacks
during Christmas and New Year.
Goa is a haven for tourists:
Goa is firmly established as a safe and friendly tourist
destination and is hardly affected by the occasional outburst
of bad media publicity. However, it should rope in the west's
eco-tourist while it stillcan, observed Sally Maher, who
has completed a three-year-degree course BSc (Hons) on International
Tourism Management from the Plymouth University. (Valentino
Fernandes in GT)
Beach cleaning: The
exercise of collecting plastic and other waste materials
from the beaches has commenced much to the relief of the
tourists and shack owners. Once again the work of privatisation
of beach cleaning along Goa's coastline has been awarded
to different parties from 1 December on trial basis. (GT)
and extortion: "The New Year and Christmas
celebrations revolve around the dances that are organised
both by the hotels and the scores of event managers
festive season also becomes regrettably an occasion for
extortion for the police. The billion dollar question of
whether or when a dance or festivity will be stopped just
when the tempo is picking up depends entirely on the personnel
of the concerned police station being paid off." (Edit
Delhi seeks to draw participation of Goan NRIs:
New Delhi is plans to host a meet of NRIs, from different
parts of India from Jan 9 to 11. The Federation of Indian
Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the organisers, made
an attempt to draw the participation of Goan expats. The
meet aims to "understand the NRIs/PIO(persons of Indian
origin) sentiments about India, create a policy framework
for a sustained and productive interaction, and acquaint
the Indian people with the achievements of the Indian diaspora
and their expectations from India". It also aims to
create a network of the Indian Diaspora across 110 countries
globally, and "recognise the contribution" made
by expats towards"improving India's relationship with
the host countries". Ficci can be contacted for further
details at email@example.com
(Frederick Noronha firstname.lastname@example.org
Goa still groping to find out size
and spread of its Diaspora http://www.goacom.com/news/news2002/dec/msg00067.html
(Goa), DEC 28 -- Goans have been migrating overseas for
generations now, but India's smallest state still lacks
statistics on how many people of Goan origin are scattered
across the globe.
don't even know how many non-resident (Goan) accounts are
existing in Goa. Yet in one branch at Palolem in Canacona
(a remote south Goan beach-village in an area where migration
has picked up in recent decades) there are as many as 4000
nonresident accounts," said NRI Goa Facilitation Centre
chairman Chandrakant Keni.
The Centrally sponsored midday meal scheme is all set to
be launched in a phase manner proposing to cover three talukas
from January 27. It will, however, be restricted only to
government primary schools, and initially cover Pernem,
Bicholim and Sattari talukas.
is association with the Consulate General of India is celebrating
Indias Republic Day.
January, 26, 2003 1:00 pm to 6:00pm
At Sir John A. Mcdonald Collegiate Institute
2300- Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario
Ticket: $3.00 per person
Food, Costumes, Garments, Jewellery Stalls etc
Performings Artists - folk, Bhangra, and classical dancers.
Contact: M. Bhat - 416-293-9370
Information from India Journal
of Columbus - Christ The King Council
Knights of Columbus - Christ The King Council
Saturday, Feb 8, 2003 6.30 p.m. - 1.00 am
At Christ The King Church Hall,
3495 Confederation Pkwy, Mississauga
Band: New Illusion
DJ: Glen & Malcolm
Contacts: Cruz Fernandes 905 712 3378 - Roy Almeida
905 273 3868
DAY - GALA DINNER AND DANCE
Brought to you by: The Playmates
Date: February 15th 2003 - 6.30 p.m. onwards
Venue: Brampton Banquets
Band: Blind Fold Test
Tickets: Adults $35 - Children 5-12: $15 Under 5 free.
Contacts: Hilary D'Souza 905 565 8236 - Tony Rodrigues
905 458 8602
Godfrey Mathias 905 814 6138 - Kenneth D'Souza 416 446
Goan School Ex-students
dance commemorating 75th anniversary
Places and Things
From: Toronto Star.
Jan. 3, 2003. 07:28 AM
Brampton's biggest booster
Took on Toronto as board of trade's youngest president
Andrew Stawicki/Toronto Star
"I sing for weddings," she says. "My mother
was a trained opera singer in India. I was born in Bangalore.
And I'm classically trained."
Three decades later, Pierre Trudeau's famous comment about
living next to the United States still rings true for Maria
Britto ... "like sleeping with an elephant. No matter
how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, one is affected
by every twitch and grunt."
Except Britto sees Brampton sharing a cot with Toronto.
Who knows when it might roll over and take all the bedclothes?
"Toronto," she says with conscious understatement,
"is always there. And some things Toronto does will
always affect us."
Mayor Hazel (82) Keeps Going
TheStar.com - Editorial: Don't stop, Hazel
Toronto Star Editorial: Don't stop, Hazel
Jan. 8, 2003.
to see Photo of Mayor at International Goan Convention Mass
in 1988 http://goacom.com/community/associations/goaont/convention/photos9.htm
Mississauga's tiny, perfect dynamo is set to extend her
dynasty. Hazel McCallion has made official what many had
been hoping -she intends to run in November's municipal
course, don't expect to see her campaigning at bus stops
or putting up lawn signs.
the point in a city where you're known simply as Hazel?
Her certain victory will make it 10 straight elections,
an impressive, well-deserved political legacy.
has always said she'll quit the day she tires of the job.
Remarkably, after more than two decades as mayor, there's
no hint of that happening.
course, political longevity isn't always a good thing. Toronto
Mayor Mel Lastman is an example of a veteran politician
past his prime.
would there be? Mississauga is thriving. Its population
grows by leaps and bounds and now tops 600,000. New businesses
spring up daily. The civic administration is well-run and
the city is debt-free.
while the sprawling subdivisions are not everyone's example
of sound urban planning - even McCallion admits that mistakes
have been made with suburban sprawl -there's no denying
Toronto's western neighbour has become a big influential
city in its own right under her stewardship. Not that McCallion
is content to rest on this enviable record. This year she
wants to make Mississauga a stand-alone city, independent
of Peel Region. She's already preparing the campaign to
make it happen. No Florida tans for this mayor, who rarely
vacations. No chauffeur either. McCallion still drives herself.
who is 81 going on 35, keeps a pace that would have someone
half her age stumbling. Her appointment book is filled and
her days typically stretch 12 hours and more.
local politicians, especially in other 905 communities,
McCallion is a lesson in how to get things done. And candidates
for the Toronto mayor's seat should also take heed of how
she gets things done.
seniors, she's a shining example that life doesn't stop
at 65. It doesn't even have to slow down. She makes all
of us wish we had half her energy.
great to hear she's sticking around.