Colin D'Cunha is stepping down as Chief Medical Officer
Jan. 19 /CNW/ - Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term
Care George Smitherman today announced that Dr. Sheela
Basrur will be the new Chief Medical Officer of Health
and Assistant Deputy Minister of the Public Health
Division, effective February 16th, 2004.
For full text click here.
Society of Immigration Consultants set to revolutionize
the immigration consulting industry in Canada
TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Today, in a move that will revolutionize
the industry, the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants
(CSIC) formally announces the beginning of its registration
process across Canada. In accordance with the federal government's
proposed amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection
Regulations, individuals who give immigration advice to
a client for a fee will need to be a member in good standing
of either the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants,
a provincial or territorial Bar association, or the Chambre
des notaires du Québec. For full text
job in health goes to Dr. Sheela Basrur
THERESA BOYLE QUEEN'S PARK BUREAU- Toronto Star
Sheela Basrur is moving from city hall to Queen's
Park to become Ontario's new public health watchdog.
Health Minister George Smitherman announced yesterday
that Toronto's medical officer of health is taking
over as the province's chief medical officer of health
a new government, with a very strong commitment around
enhanced public health, we felt that an injection
of new leadership was necessary," Smitherman
told a news conference.
The Liberal government is dumping Dr. Colin D'Cunha
from the post. He'll be sidelined to a job as special
adviser to the minister and deputy minister on infection
control. For full text click
sales in Canada post a new record
OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Annual existing home sales in Canada's
25 major markets for the year 2003 surpassed its previous
record set in 2002.
According to The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA),
major market home sales traded via the Multiple Listing
Service(R) (MLS(R)) totaled 307,505 units in 2003, representing
an increase of 3.8% from the year before. Annual sales set
new records in a number of large markets including Vancouver,
Toronto and Montreal.
New listings reached their highest level since 1994, while
the major market MLS(R) residential average price of $222,702
represented an increase of 10.0% above its previous record
in 2002. For
full text click here.
Mining Company Tiomin on track to advance Kwale Project
In Kenya near Mombasa
TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Tiomin Resources
Inc.is actively pursuing the development of its Kwale project,
one of four major titanium mineral sand deposits it discovered
in Kenya. Recently the company's application for a
Special Mining Lease was formally approved by Kenya's Commissioner
of Mines to proceed towards the commercial development of
the Kwale titanium deposit. The project will be designed
to produce on average 330,000 tonnes of ilmenite annually
as well as 75,000 tonnes of rutile and 37,000 tonnes of
zircon for the first six years of operation. Rutile and
ilmenite are sources of titanium dioxide used primarily
in the fabrication of pigments and titanium metal, while
zircon is used in applications such as ceramic glazing,
foundry molds and electronics.
with the winter: Canadians are still hot when the weather's
TORONTO, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - Young Canadians are turning the
harsh weather totheir advantage by adapting their dating
styles to the doldrums of winter. A recent national survey
by AXE reveals 78 per cent of Canadians aged 18-24 don't
let winter weather hamper their hottie-hunting. In fact,
the survey discovered that freezing temperatures and blowing
snow actually help 34 per cent of Canadians aged 18-24 to
meet new people. So where's the most popular hot spot to
meet sweeties when it ain't so sweet outside? House parties
take the lead with 73 per cent of respondents choosing to
cuddle up close and mingle indoors. Pick up lines also seem
to work just fine in wintry weather, with 37 per cent opting
to get a little closer in line-ups outside of bars and dance
clubs - uh, hey baby, you're hot, it's cold - wanna warm
me up? See full article click
is costing us big time: Peel
CanIndia NewsCommunuty News
Region authorities say the huge up-front cost of integrating
the growing number of new immigrants into Canadian society
is simply too much for taxpayers to bear alone.
and provincial governments pay the entire $11.5 million
(Ottawa's share is $11.2 million) cost of helping 10,000
annual newcomers to Peel settle in comfortably through language
classes, job search programs and other initiatives. But,
much more money is needed.
David Szwarc, the Region's social services commissioner,
said the federal government must pay out more cash to meet
rising demand as Peel's immigration numbers continue to
See full text @:http://www.canindianews.com/Explore.asp?PUB=89
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
Neri Ferrao is new archbishop
Auxiliary Bishop Filipe Neri Ferrao was appointed
the Archbishop Patriarch for Goa and Daman yesterday
(Jan 16). The much-awaited appointed was made public
at 4.30 pm by Archbishop Patriarch Rev Raul Gonsalves.
The Archbishop-designate will also be the primate
of the East and the Patriarch of the East Indies—titles
attached to the Archiepiscopal See of Goa. For full
text click here
A group of GoaNetters gathered at the Kala Academy
campus on January 7 evening, exchanging news, views,
etc. Naturally all eyes were on Herman Carneiro, the
soft-spoken originator of Goanet. Cecil presented
fragrant flowers to Herman as well as to Rene.
“Goa Day man” celebrated his birthday).
He cut the delicious cake and the Netters sang “Happy
Birthday” to Rene. There is a small video clip
showing some of those gathered at the Kala Academy that
day. Check at http://goacom.com/goanow/goanetmeet/goanetmeet.htm
The week-long Fontainhas Festival of the Arts 2004,
organised by the Goa Heritage Action Group, was inaugurated
at the Phoenix Fountain, Panjim, by the Power Minister,
Mr Digambar Kamat, on January 10. The highlight of
the festival was the opening up of several houses
in the Fontainhas-Mala area, for various artists to
display their works. The inaugural function was followed
by “Dances of India” and performance by
accorded warm welcome:
President APJ Abdul Kalam arrived in a special flight on
a two-day official visit to the State. He was accorded a
warm reception by Governor Kidar Nath Sahani and other dignitaries
present at the Navy strip of the Dabolim airport. Later,
he was taken in a motorcade to Taj Exotica where he addressed
a workshop organised by the Indo-American Organisation on
prevention of terrorism with the help of science and technology.
President Kalam said that terrorism was hard to contain
due to the huge economic gaps between developed and developing
nations. He said that both USA and India should find out
the root causes of terrorism and take steps. The President
of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, has emphasized the need to
develop sophisticated technologies for interrogation of
terrorists and to access, analyze and unearth the network
and overall strategies behind the scene.
Kites like birds and kites like fish, kites like pastry
rolls, teddy bear, dragon-fly and kites like, well,
just kites. Colourful kites in all shapes and sizes
glided across the Miramar skyline as the second three-day
International Goa Kite Carnival got underway at Panaji
on January 17 afternoon.
full-day kite-flying on Sunday will culminate with
a musical concert where renowned Goan percussionist,
Bondo will jam up with other musicians. Mr Ajay Prakash,
chief executive of Nomad Travels and Nomad Heritage
Trust, the main organizers, said that there were around
18 participants this year from India and abroad. Also
present was India’s famed Babu Khan from Jaipur,
flying 250 kites on a single line
honours Alfred Rose
At a well attended function, Goa’s renowned
Konkani singer and all-round artiste the late Alfred
Rose, was honoured at the concluding function of the
grand centenary celebrations at 7.30 am near Fonduvem
Chapel, Ribandar, yesterday evening. Singer Rita Rose
received the shawl and award, on behalf of her illustrious
husband, from former Tourism Minister and local MLA
Ms Victoria Fernandes. For full text click
Sudharop fellowship awards
The Goa Sudharop Lifetime Achievement Award was bestowed
on 75-year-old ex-Chief Secretary of the UT of Goa
Daman & Diu and founder of the Association of
Friends of Astronomy, Percival Noronha, at a small
function at the Caritas Hall in Panjim yesterday evening.
For full text click here.
Saturday, February 21th, 2004
Carnaval Red & Black Dance Party in Maryland
United Soccer Club.
Places and Things
Bay students help to repel the flu
Job-shadowing Grade 9 girls aid in massive vaccination
Repulse Bay's 700 residents, 560 received their flu
vaccinations and few have fallen ill, thanks to door-to-door
visits by community nurse Maria Fraser (nee Fernandes)
and three Grade 9 students. (PHOTO BY PATRICIA D'SOUZA)
To find Repulse Bay in Nunavut follow the Arctic Circle
west on Hudson's Bay
flu and its coughs and fever weren't part of the recent
holiday celebrations in Repulse Bay due to a vaccination
campaign conducted by nurse Maria Fraser and three
eager Grade 9 students.
month, Fraser asked Maggie, Sarah and Marsha, who
were at the local health centre for job-shadowing
during their school's "career week," to
help her administer flu shots to as many residents
"I said, how about we go house-to-house and you
help us," Fraser said. For full text click
is INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF RICE (IYR)
IYR 2004 aims at promoting improved production of - and
access to - this vital food crop, which feeds more than
half the world's population while providing income for millions.
The theme of the IYR - "Rice is life"- reflects
the importance of rice as a primary food source, and is
drawn from an understanding that rice-based systems are
essential for food security, poverty alleviation and improved
livelihoods. Rice is the staple food of over half of the
world's population. In Asia alone, more than 2 billion people
obtain 60 to 70 percent of their energy intake from rice
and its derivatives; it is the most rapidly growing food
source in Africa and is of significant importance to food
security in an increasing number of low-income food-deficit
countries. Rice-based production systems and their associated
post-harvest operations employ nearly 1 billion people in
rural areas of developing countries and about four-fifths
of the world's rice is grown by small-scale farmers in low-income
countries. Efficient and productive rice-based systems are
therefore essential to economic development and improved
quality of life, particularly in rural areas.
IYR concept paper... http://www.fao.org/rice2004/en/concept.htm
Ascendant: 'Gravity's grasp' versus 'poverty's clasp'
...On August 15th 2003, Prime Minister Atal B. Vajpayee
in his Independence Day speech announced from the ramparts
of the Red Fort - "Our country is now ready to fly
high in the field of science. I am pleased to announce that
India will send her own spacecraft to the moon by 2008.
It is being named
Chandrayaan I." ...
....The gateway to the stars has also become the gateway
to progress and prowess. India has already launched or will
launch satellites for diverse applications in agriculture,
telecommunications, cartography, education, meteorology,
remote sensing and disaster management. These satellites
are not elitist endeavors but rather Gandhian tools. Data
collected by the satellites is utilized by those making
a living off the land and sea. State governments provide
information that helps farmers choose which crops to sow,
warn fishermen of impending cyclones, broadcast educational
programmes to villagers and help in water resource management.
These satellites also help private sector companies and
other government bodies in urban and rural planning especially
during building new infrastructure
Ash is the mostest again
Jan 17, 2004MADAME EX/TIMESOFINDIA.COM
Let's face it. You can love her, you can hate her,
but you can't wish her away. Our Ash has done it again.
This time, she has been voted the most attractive
woman of 2003.
a boost for the Indian glamour scene. This was not
a made-in-India competition, though one suspects that
we Indians tend to be the most enthusiastic voters
online and the sheer numbers help. Ash
was voted the most attractive in a poll conducted
by hellomagazine.com , and the also-ran list includes
amazing beauties the world over. Chew on this - British
actress Keira Knightly came in second followed by
no less than Nicole Kidman and Catherine Zeta Jones.
Angelina Jolie was there somewhere, Gwyneth Paltrow
and Cindy Crawford, but Ash beat them all to it.
a boost for the 30 plus woman trying to squint out
those crow-feet. She was Miss World a decade ago.
Takes some doing to be a global beauty queen for 10
years. Knightly, at 19, is actually a generation apart.
She is 11 years younger than Ash.
is hugely tempting to dismiss this as just another
online poll, conducted by the kilo to draw glamour-starved
surfers. To yawn at all that ado about Ash
, the over-hyped. For a moment, let's give in to that
temptation, what do we have? An Indian actress who
looks good on a list because all the bored Indians
surfing out there decided to plug for her? Perhaps,
Lady Luck's loved one - she will always win so eat
your heart out.
Overseas Association, Toronto - New Year's Eve Party
on Dec. 31, 2003
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pioneers in Westernisation (by: Dr Jose Pereira)
20 Dec 2003, By Frederick Noronha
Imposition of civilizations by force is no novelty in human
history. What is remarkable is that some of these civilizations
were ardently received by the victims of the imposition.
The force is the condition on the imposition, but the ardent
reception can only be ascribed to the allure that the imposed
civilization exerted on the conquered by providing them
with the outlets for their creative energies that their
own cultures had failed to do.
The Release of David Frum's
Latest Book An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror
David Frum's new book, An End to Evil, co-authored with
Richard Perle, aims to remind American's what is at stake
in the war on terror, and the coming wartime presidential
David Frum writes that the impetus behind the book was "the
very real danger that the war on terror would be lost -
not on the battlefield - but in the corridors of the capital.
We set out to do our best to persuade Americans to rededicate
themselves to the fight - and to accept nothing less from
its leaders than a total commitment to victory over terrorism.
But it was not going to be enough to exhort people: We had
to offer them some kind of vision of what victory would
look like and how it could be achieved."
In Vagator, Bardez. Prime
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18 Jan. Kitchener,
Canada BETTY (Beatrice) PINTO. Wife of
the late Nicholas J. Pinto (ex Kampala Uganda). Mother of
Allan (Imelda), Mario (Deidre), Sheila (Eustace), Donald
(Anita), late Basil. Will be missed by all the grandchildren
and great grandchildren.
Friends will be received at Westmount Funeral Chapel, 1001
Ottawa Street South (at Westmount Road). 519-743-8900 on
Sun., Jan. 25, 2004,from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament R.
C. Church, 305 Laurentian Drive (at Block Line), Kitchener,
on Mon. January 26, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow
at Woodland Cemetery. Condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org
REVEREND CHARLES - The Parishes of Christ
The King Church and S. Salvador do Mundo Church are
saddened to announce the peaceful passing of Father
Charles on Monday, January 12, 2004 at the Trillium
Health Centre, Mississauga. Burial held on Saturday,
January 17, 2004 followed by entombment at Assumption
NATALIA MARIA - After a 7 month battle with cancer,
on Monday, January 12, 2004 at the William Osler Health
Centre, Brampton Campus. Natalia Rodrigues a longtime member
of the CWL, who was past treasurer for the CWL Council of
St. Anthony's and Treasurer for CWL Peel Region and a member
of the Quarter Century Club of the Ministry of Transportation.
She sadly missed by her beloved husband Martin of over 45
years, daughters Catherine and Iris, and many friends. Funeral
took place January 17 at St. Marguerite d'Youville Church,
2490 Sandalwood Parkway East, Brampton followed by interment
Queen of Heaven Cemetery. T
top ten tips for selecting a residence for your aging relative
TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - In recognition of January being
Alzheimer month, The Care Guide today issued its top ten
list for choosing a residence for an aging relative.
Selecting a residence for your aging relative can present
challenges. The variety of residences available (from long-term
care to retirement to Alzheimer-specific residences) can
cause confusion. In addition, many people have entrenched
ideas about what a residence is and looks like - and given
that residences have changed drastically in the past several
years, those ideas can be wrong!
There are ten basic steps that should be taken when choosing
a residence for a senior relative, are outlined by The Care
Click to find out more...
on the alert for boiler room tactics
TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - If you get an unsolicited telephone
call about an investment opportunity, be alert to the signs
of fraud, warns the Ontario Securities Commission. You might
be a target of a boiler room operation. Boiler room operations
wear many disguises, and they are once again rearing their
ugly head in Ontario. Boiler room operators hope to give
you a false sense of security with promises of quick profits
- but the only ones that profit are the s cam artists, at
your expense. For
full text click here.
Ramcharran of Prince George, BC is a member of the DEVELOPMENT
PEACE delegation to the World Social Forum IV in Mumbai,
TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Vince Ramcharran of Prince George,
British Columbia is a member of the Canadian Catholic Organization
for DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE (CCODP) delegation to the World
Social Forum IV (WSF) in Mumbai, India.
He will return to Canada at the end of January. DEVELOPMENT
AND PEACE is one of Canada's most influential and respected
international development agencies.
For full text click
benefits to a university education, say Canadians
OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - A large majority of Canadians see
the benefits of a university education and believe government
should do more to ensure there's a spot for every qualified
student, according to a recent poll by Ekos Research Associates.
At least three-quarters of Canadians say a university degree
greatly improves one's chances of getting a job and has
a big impact on a person's quality of life and personal
growth. An even larger number, 82 percent, believe a degree
positively affects lifetime earnings and career advancement
For full text click here.
M.D. Conquers Exercise-Resistant Fat
TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW/ -
Exercise and Diet Just Don't Work
"Flab" is usually associated with the couch potato but surprisingly,
even body builders and models suffer from localized pockets
of excess, mushy tissue. Exercise-resistant fat (ERF) is
the newest challenge in the battle of the bulge. Prime examples
of ERF are love handles in men; post-partum tummies, butts
and thighs in women. When the personal trainer can't make
a dent in a problem area, many turn to the liposuction surgeon
as their last resort. The brave and the solvent suck out
what they can't burn off! A breakthrough solution for the
rest of us (a less expensive, non-surgical way to spot-reduce
ERF) has been developed by Toronto cosmetic surgeon Dr.
Stan Gore. For full text click