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Newsletter. Issue 2004-24. Nov. 27, 2004
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Toronto Goan Community Celebrates Saint Francis Xavier
The 16th exposition of the relics of Saint Francis Xavier and his feast will be celebrated in Toronto by a number of events:
- 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.
See the Events Section of www.goanvoice.ca for details of the above events.

Toronto School board backs race stats in vote squeaker
Theresa Boyle ~Education Reporter Toronto Star
http://www.thestar.com/
Excerpts
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.
The 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.

Developing Ethnic Markets Critical To Future Of Businesses
http://www.weeklyvoice.com/PrintArticle.asp?CNewsID=527109
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.
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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.

Is Canada Planning To Take In More Immigrants From India?
By Binoy Thomas
From: http://www.weeklyvoice.com/CNews/?CNewsID=527110
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.
While 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 of it.

UK Human Rights Policies are "Shameful" - World's Indigenous Peoples Slam UK Government for Colonialism and Discrimination
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2004/24/c6915.html?view=p rint
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.


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