Wait Time Rises Sharply - As much as 4 years
On the face of it when the Canadian government brought
down the points from 75 to 65 for admission to the country,
the general immigration community was happy at this concession.
But it may have had an unexpected consequence in the sense,
now there are hundreds of thousands more qualifying that
this sheer number is acting as a drag on the process.
According to recent media reports from India, the while
earlier the files took anywhere from 18 to 20 month, they
take up to 53 months..
Wait Time Rises Sharply.....
the immigration professionals still remain optimistic.
One expert was quoted as saying, "Canada has a stable
immigration system and it will remain attractive for professionals
who are not in a hurry to migrate. The processing time
now has been raised to 53 months but the applicants get
a permanent residence easily after that."
will continue to aim for a 60/40 balance between economic
and noneconomic immigrants. This means that approximately
60 per cent of the people selected in 2004 are expected
to be in the economic class,which is comprised of skilled
workers, business immigrants, live-in caregivers and provincial
nominees, as well as their dependants.
balance of the newcomers would be in the family class
and the protected persons class, as well as cases decided
on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Indian Citizenship At $400 A Piece
Indian government has issued a notification under which
people of Indian origin (PIO) would have to pay Rs 12,500
(roughly $400 Canadian each) to secure Indian overseas
dual citizen would enjoy all rights of an Indian citizen,
except the right to employment in government service and
exercising franchise or holding a constitutional post.
citizen will not be required to have a visa while visiting
India and can also buy property and enjoy equality with
non-resident Indians (NRIs) in economic, financial and
educational fields besides having an overseas Indian passport.
mesmerizes Toronto audience with her powerful voice.
Konkani Show - "GOENCHO MONTRI" on Saturday
August 21th, 2004 Excerpts from review by Silviano Barbosa.
Published on Goanet:
Canadian M.P., Derek presented Lorna with a "Lifetime
Achievement Award", along with Merit certificates
to Dominic, Ben Evangelisto and the maestro Norman Cardoso,
who comprised Lorna's touring group....
Unfortunately it was not a sell-out crowd, which is rather
surprising. But then again it was hard to organize such
an event within two to three weeks. Goan audience in Toronto
was lucky to have Lorna and her troupe here all the way
from Goa. Aggie Rodrigues, who organized Lorna's tour
in Toronto worked very hard on this event and we thank
him for making it possible for us to see Lorna live on
stage. Aggie, in his speech said he always wanted to bring
Chris Perry and Lorna together in Toronto, Canada.....
The show was excellent and phenomenal. The music was excellent
with some local musicians on drums, acoustic guitar, a
base guitar, a trumpet and a saxaphone and of course Maestro
Norman Cardoso from Goa. ....
local singers did quite a good job filling in for Lorna
in between her songs. Although the difference was like
day and night, it was expected. After all, Lorna is the
legend. But the local content did keep their standard
in tact, although one or two songs lacked the finesse.
But they had the popular support from the clapping that
you could hear, support well deserved to keep local talent
going. Local songs included "Boom Boom","Render",
"Heart in Goa", a trio tribute to Alfred Rose
(was little off) and Cecilia Zhang(good), a song about
local little girl found murdered in Toronto, with a caution
to child molestors.
- Spousal Abuse Cases On The Rise Among South Asians
By Ritika Mohan
All talks of women empowerment and equal rights for the
superior sex notwithstanding, the rising graph of 'Women
abuse' year after year portrays quite a contrary picture.
As per the information available more than 200,000 women
have been physically or sexually abused by their husbands
or common-law partners in the past year. The menace of
Wife abuse has assumed prime concern especially amongst
the South Asian community, where the much prevalent evil
has sabotaged the family ties and virtually left many
women emotionally shattered. And what more- statistics
reveal that the number of victims is, unfortunately, rising.
According to Statistics Canada's National Survey on Violence
against Women, three in ten females currently or previously
married, or living in a common-law relationship in Canada
have experienced at least one incident of physical or
sexual violence at the hands of their current or former
husband or common-law partner. As per the records the
highest rates of wife assault are among young women and
men (18 and 24 years) and among marital or common-law
partnerships of less than two years.
Soccer League 2004 - Toronto Results of Intervillage
Quarter-Finals Played August 29, 2004