Goan Community Celebrates Saint Francis Xavier
16th exposition of the relics of Saint Francis Xavier
and his feast will be celebrated in Toronto by a number
- On Friday December 3rd the Sons and
Daughters of the Goan Tailor's Society will hold a Mass
at Christ the King Church followed by a social gathering.
- On Saturday December 4th the Friends
of Saint Francis Xavier will hold a Solemn Procession
of the relic of the Saint at the Church of Saint Francis
Xavier in Mississauga. Monsignor Terence F. D'Souza will
be the celebrant, with Francis Fernandes the President
for 2004. The Sons and Daughters of the Goan Tailor's
Society along with a Konkani Choir and Goans from all
over the Greater Toronto Area will join the Friends of
Saint Francis Xavier in the church celebrations. The fair
held in the Church Hall is expected to attract many looking
to stock up on Goan treats for Christmas.
- Later in the evening the Sons and Daughters
of the Goan Tailor's Society will hold a dance in honour
of the Saint.
-On Sunday December 5th, the Goan Overseas
Association will hold a mass and lunch combined with gift
stalls to mark the Feast.
the Events Section of www.goanvoice.ca
for details of the above events.
School board backs race stats in vote squeaker
Boyle ~Education Reporter Toronto Star
Canada's biggest school board will proceed with a controversial
proposal to collect race-based statistics after a slim
majority of trustees approved the idea last night.
plan calls for board staff to develop a research proposal
outlining how the data would be collected and the cost
involved. Staff is to report back to the board's program
and school services committee on the proposal early in
the new year.
The research would be carried out in consultation with
the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the public. Trustee
Howard Goodman said the problem is racism not race. Race
is a "social construct and is significant only in
so far as people treat each other," he argued. "The
problem is within us, not the children ... some conclude
statistically it's the children's fault, which would further
stigmatize them," Goodman said.
"There is no evidence that the colour of skin is
tied to skills and capabilities."
Trustees spent much time arguing over how the media would
treat the results of such a study. "If the statistics
are made publicly available, you will see headlines saying
`Black kids failing in huge numbers at school,'"
said trustee Mari Rutka.
Ethnic Markets Critical To Future Of Businesses
The above link list salient points presented by William
D. Thomas, President of Western Union (The Americas) at
a luncheon meeting organized by the Economic Club of Toronto
on Nov.16. Thomas speaks about the urgent need for businesses
understand and nurture the ethnic communities, especially
in countries like Canada where immigration alone will
drive market growth.
Global migration is critical to Canada's economic future
at home and abroad. It is newcomers to Canada who are
going to help meet the increasing demand for labour. It
is newcomers to Canada who will provide the meaningful
population growth needed to support the domestic market
for goods and services, and it is newcomers to Canada
who provide the growth in the tax base necessary to financially
support our aging population and ensure that Canada retains
its legacy for great social programs
In Canada, where low natural birthrates and an aging population
threaten the economic future of the country, migration
now accounts for 70 per cent of workforce growth. By 2011,
fully 100 per cent of the growth in the number of workers
in this country will be attributable to immigration.
Canada Planning To Take In More Immigrants From India?
Sometimes, news has a way of running away from the facts.
Recently the immigration lobby in India was all agog at
the news that Canada was setting up a dozen new offices
in India to process and facilitate faster immigration.
The report that originally appeared in India was sourced
to Canada's High Commissioner to India, Ms. Lucie Edwards.
delivering the Manjeet Singh Memorial Lecture on 'India
and Canada: Partnership for Development', in Ludhiana,
Edwards 'revealed' that Canada "planned to open 12
immigration offices all over India to facilitate interested
Indians to process their cases for immigration to Canada".
Keeping with the spirit of the moment, Ms Edwards said
the Canadian Government planned to take in immigrants
equivalent to one per cent of its population to settle
down in Canada and Indians would constitute a major chunk
Human Rights Policies are "Shameful" - World's
Indigenous Peoples Slam UK Government for Colonialism
LONDON, Nov. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Indigenous representatives
from different regions of the world arrive in London today
to denounce the human rights policies of the UK government.
A particular source of outrage is the refusal of the government
of Tony Blair to recognize that Indigenous peoples have
collective human rights that are an integral and essential
part of Indigenous cultures and legal systems globally.
"The Blair government continues to deny us our collective
human rights that have existed in Indigenous cultures
for thousands of years", declares Grand Chief Ted
Moses of the Grand Council of the Crees from Canada. "It
is the height of arrogance for the UK government to insist
that Indigenous peoples should best embrace an individual
rights approach. This contradicts the rulings of Canada's
highest court and those of international bodies."
"Current UK policies on Indigenous peoples' human
rights are relics of colonial policies that have failed.
These policies have had devastating results", explains
the Grand Chief. "For example, in New Zealand, the
collective land rights of the Maori were converted with
British complicity to an Anglo-Saxon type of regime. This
led to the massive loss of their customary lands to other
people. In the United States, 90 million acres of Indian
land were lost, after the U.S. government unilaterally
divided tribal lands into small parcels and allocated
them to individual Indians and non-Indians."
In September of this year, Indigenous peoples from Africa,
Asia, the Pacific region and the Americas sent a detailed
letter and 166-page analysis of UK positions to Prime
Minister Tony Blair. They severely reproached the UK government
for repeatedly proposing the adoption of "discriminatory
double standards" on Indigenous peoples' human rights
at the UN.