Government to tell immigrants what is required in Canada
before they immigrate.
Excerpts from Throne Speech.
Martin government has acknowledged there is a problem of
qualified immigrants who can't find work in their fields
in Canada because their credentials are not recognized.
"The government will do its part to ensure speedier
recognition of foreign credentials and prior work experience,"
the Speech from the Throne stated.
The government also promised to tell immigrants what is
required in Canada before they immigrate.
"It will also implement measures to inform prospective
immigrants and encourage the acquisition of necessary credentials
before they arrive in Canada," the speech said.
This has been a complaint of many immigrant communities
in Canada, and Toronto-area MPs have been pressuring the
government to address the issue.
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Judy Sgro has said
that it is a high priority for her department.
The government also promised to devote more effort to helping
immigrants integrate into the Canadian economy and the communities
where they live.
"Immigrants have helped to build Canada from its conception
and will be the key to our future prosperity," the
Speech from the Throne stated.
faces severe labour shortage, strain on pension system,
-- Watson Wyatt Canada comments on international pension
readiness report --
TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - Canada faces a severe labour shortage
by 2030 that will place significant strain on the country's
public and private pension system, according to a new global
report by the World Economic Forum and Watson Wyatt Worldwide.
The report was released at the World Economic Forum's Annual
Meeting last week in Davos, Switzerland.
Looking at Canada, the report predicts
the country's labour supply to grow more slowly than the
population beginning in the coming decade, eventually stagnating,
and then to begin to shrink in the 2020s -- thus creating
a significant labour shortage. By 2030, Canada's total dependency
rate is predicted to rise by 26 percent, while old age dependency
will increase by 93 percent from rates in 2000. For full
text click here.
The Weaknesses Are Showing
There are currently 1,266,900 Canadians who want to work
but do not have a job.
OTTAWA, Feb. 6 /CNW/ - Statistics Canada's report on employment
in January 2004 shows the unacknowledged weaknesses that
have been growing for a while in the Canadian economy. The
size of the labour force is stable, but job creation has
stalled. "If the economy cannot create new jobs when
the labour force is not growing, what does it mean for the
future?" asks Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian
Labour Congress. "Youth unemployment is still growing,
overall job creation in the private sector is down and overall
job creation in the public sector seems to have reached
its peak. Yet there are still 1.266 million Canadians looking
for work and are not finding any. This is why this country
needs a jobs' policy, an industrial strategy, a plan to
address in a proactive way the setbacks in the manufacturing
sector and the continued increase in youth unemployment."
For full text click
of Summer Work Experience 2004
TORONTO, ON, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The Honourable
Joseph Volpe, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development,
today launched Summer Work Experience 2004, formerly known
as Student Summer Job Action. Summer Work Experience is
part of the Government of Canada's commitment to help Canadian
students find summer jobs that will help them develop the
skills, knowledge and work experience they need to prepare
for and participate in Canada's rapidly evolving labour
"Our future depends heavily on providing good employment
opportunities for Canada's young people and helping them
prepare for tomorrow's evolving labour market," said Minister
Volpe. "Through these initiatives, and with the help of
employers from all sectors of the economy, we are increasing
their chances of getting a good start in their working life
and developing the skills needed to succeed." For full text
Government to end mandatory retirement
Toronto - The Ontario government is crafting legislation
that would end the practice of mandatory retirement at age
The new law is expected to be introduced when the legislature
resumes in the spring.
Under the current rules, employers in Ontario can force
their workers to retire at 65.
The province's human rights commissioner calls that practice
a form of age discrimination.
and Great Britain announce driver's licence exchange
QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Ontario and Great Britain
have signed a memorandum of understanding which will recognize
British drivers' licences as being acceptable for exchange
in Ontario, Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar announced
today as part of the McGuinty government's commitment to
building a global Ontario.
Since July 1999, Ontarians who move to Great Britain have
been able to exchange their Ontario class G driver's licence
for the British equivalent without taking the required knowledge
and road tests. From March 1, 2004, the same benefit will
apply to British drivers who move to Ontario. To ensure
safety, applicants will be required to pass a vision test
and meet medical standards.
"We're committed to achieving our potential by building
a truly global Ontario," said Takhar. "By making
it easier for residents moving between Great Britain and
Ontario to get settled and start sharing their skills, we're
ultimately strengthening cooperation between our countries
and helping to attract skilled talent from around the world."
David Reddaway, the British High Commissioner, who was in
Toronto for the official signing of the memorandum of understanding,
responded by saying, "The UK and Ontario enjoy a very
wide range of valuable partnerships and exchanges. I am
delighted that Ontario is now able to reciprocate the arrangements
for the exchange of driving licences which we offer to Canadian
drivers in Great Britain."
Ontario currently has reciprocal agreements with France,
Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, South Korea, 23 American
states and all Canadian jurisdictions.
trends for 2004
Career Expert Cites Tactics That are 'In' and 'Out' When
Looking for Work
Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Just as tastes in clothing and music change
over time, so do the preferences of hiring managers, notes
Tracey Turner, executive director of The Creative Group,
a specialized staffing firm placing creative, advertising,
marketing and web professionals. According to Turner, candidates
who understand the current mindset of employers have an
edge in the job hunt. For full text click
Canadian Permanent Resident Card - Fact Sheet
The PR card replaces the paper IMM 1000 Record of Landing
document and is the proof-of-status document required by
permanent residents seeking to re- enter Canada on a commercial
carrier (airplane, boat, train or bus). A permanent resident
is someone who has been allowed to enter Canada as an immigrant
but who has not become a Canadian citizen. Application forms
for temporary travel documents are available at Canadian
visa offices overseas or on-line at www.cic.gc.ca
To obtain a travel document, you will need to prove your
identity and your permanent resident status. You also need
to meet the residency obligation of a permanent resident.
Refer to the Document Checklist on-line at www.cic.gc.ca
for more information on the documents you need to submit
with your application. Click
for latest report.
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
Eco tourism in the State is set for a big boost with the
rail tour to Dudhsagar Waterfalls planned by Goa Tourism
Development Corporation starting from January 31. The train
will depart from Vasco Railway Station at 6.40 in the morning
and arrive at Margao station at 7.25 a.m. The train will
make halts at Sanvordem, Collem stations, before reaching
Dudhsagar at 9.15 am. The train will return from Dudhsagar
at 2.30 p.m. GTDC officials say the introduction of the
tour train will facilitate tourists and Goans, particularly
students from schools and colleges, besides other institutions
for excursions. The carrying capacity of the coach is 108
seats. The fare is fixed at Rs 400, which is inclusive of
breakfast and lunch.
Nationalist Congress Party chief in Goa, Dr Wilfred de Souza,
personally wishing the Opposition leader, Pratapsingh Rane,
on his birthday in Sattari on January 28 afternoon led to
speculations that the over two-decade old enmity between
the two veteran politicians is coming to an end. This round
of birthday diplomacy also assumes significance in the political
arena of Goa, as the stability which the BJP’s local
government boasts about may come under test.
footprints across centuries
a beach village today better known as a hippy haunt.
But over the centuries, the coastal village of Anjuna
has been one which has thrown up big achievers—even
at global scale—and played an interesting if
unusual place in history. So says a just-released
book, written by historical researcher Dr Teresa Albuquerque,
titled “Under the Archangel’s Wings”.
It has been released to mark the 400th anniversary
of the village church of St Michael.
Mahale passes away
Renowned educationist, French Scholar and former Vice-Chancellor
of Manipur University, Dr Kashinath J Mahale, 79, of Chorao,
expired after a brief illness at the GMC on February 4.
Dr Mahale was suffering from a viral infection ‘Gillian
Barys’, which affects the nerves. Born on 3 May 1924
at Chorao, Mahale rose to great heights after he had a humble
beginning. He was MA in French, LLB and twice PhD in French
Literature and Public International Law from Sorbonne, Paris
University. He was a fellow in French at Wilson College,
Bombay, in 1949 and ended as a Vice-Chancellor of Manipur
University after having occupied key teaching positions
in several premier educational institutions. He was awarded
many a scholarships by Indian and French government and
also awarded the knighthood “Chevalier de l’orde
des Palmes Academiques” by the Ministry of Education,
Government of France, in 1984.
pledges to implement language act
Brushing aside criticism that he is playing a diplomatic
game between the Konkani and Marathi camps, the Chief
Minister, Manohar Parrikar, on February 4 said his
government has already created the Official Language
Department and added that the Official Language Act
would be implemented in right earnest, and in another
2-3 years things will fall in place.
Saturday, February 21st, 2004
Carnaval Red & Black Dance Party in Maryland
the many and various feasts and festivals that are
celebrated in Goa, the Goa Carnaval is the most colorful
and joyfull event.
Goa United a newly formed soccer club in the DC area,
has decided to recreate some of the old Goan Carnival
nostalgia at their Red & Black dance party in
Maryland. This event organized for the friends and
families of the soccer players is open to all Goans.
The event would have King Momo and his charming Queen
leading a colorful parade followed by the special
Carnaval march, fancy dress competition and a great
collection of Carnaval music to have you tapping your
feet all night long.
Check out further details at, http://www.geocities.com/viva_goa_carnaval/invite.html
Saturday, February 28th, 2004
INSTITUTE "SENIORS GET-TOGETHER"
Bruno Recreation Center,
Crystal Springs Avenue (at Oak Ave..),
San Bruno, CA 94066
Senior Member (age 65 and over) FREE
All Other Members/Guests $8.00
FOR "SENIORS GET-TOGETHER"
your check payable to "GOAN INSTITUTE"
and mail to:
P. O. Box 26574
San Francisco, CA 94126
further information or if you have any questions, please
contact: Matilda Fernandes - (650) 952-2743 (evenings
Saturday & Sunday, March 06-07th, 2004
Convention – Goans of Kenya
Welfare Society was charged with this responsibility
of hosting the National Convention for the Kenyan
Goans in Nairobi.For more details:
Places and Things
you choose love over career?
NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The age
old question of choosing a career over love is one faced
by millions of couples the world over. Based on this common
scenario, Date.com, a leading online dating site, posed
this question to its members: Maria Shriver is considering
taking an extended leave from her job as a Dateline NBC
contributing anchor to support her husband, Governor Arnold
Schwarzenegger. Would you give up your career for someone
An overwhelming majority of 70 percent
of both male and female members answered that "Yes, I would
do it because I loved him/her, and sometimes that means
putting your partner's needs ahead of your own."
The remaining 30 percent answered: "No,
I would be happier in the relationship if I could achieve
my own dreams and contribute monetarily."
"The Date.com results show that despite
being a nation of workaholics, many people are willing to
trade it all in for a loving relationship," said Brenda
Ross, relationship advisor for Date.com.
"It's nice to see that the vast majority
of people are firm believers in the importance of love,
even if it means putting on hold or giving up their careers,"
This poll generated 1609 respondents.
Date.com, "the new way to date," was
launched on Valentine's Day 1997.
Date.com has more than two million male and female members
worldwide who come to the site because it offers a convenient
and safe way for singles to meet.
The site is adding new members at a rate of 200,000 per
month and has hundreds of success stories. Date.com is headquartered
in New York.
Attached? Not a Problem.
Dating Expert Shares Single Survival Tips for Valentine's
TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Valentine's Day. It's supposed to
be a celebration of love and romance. But for Canada's singles,
Valentine's Day is just another day - or worse. Not surprisingly,
almost half of Canadian singles feel there is too much hype
about February 14th and close to a third feel lonely or
left out on this Hallmark holiday.
But singles don't despair. Ditch the couch, that tub of
rocky road and your Sleepless in Seattle DVD - get out and
celebrate your singledom this February 14th. To help you
this Valentine's, dating coach, Kateryna Spiwak, will be
available on Thursday, February 12th, to share her secrets
to surviving the ultimate couple's holiday as a swinging
single. Find out:
- What's hot (and what's not) - for those flying solo this
- Why confidence is key to navigating the treacherous waters
of the single scene.
- Work? Bar? Or Internet? Where is the BEST (and worst)
place to meet Mr. or Ms. Right?
- First impressions - what counts (your breath, your conversation
skills) and what doesn't (your car, your exes).
- How to escape a bad first date - or turn a first date
into a second.
WHO: Kateryna Spiwak dating expert and interpersonal skills
coach - guru of the single scene.
WHAT: Talk to Kateryna for tips on how to survive the Valentine's
Day hype as a bachelor or bachelorette.
WHEN: Thursday, February 12th
For further information: To arrange an interview, please
Jennifer Duggan/Sarah Lewis, Environics Communications,
delivered at the funeral of Natty Rodrigues
gather here today with saddened and heavy hearts
to mourn our loss, yet, we have reason also to celebrate
the joyous life of Natty or Natalie, as others may
have known her by.
She was born in Aldona, Goa and spent her school
years there before moving to Bombay, where she met
the love of her life, Martin, of course!
Natty had endeared herself to all of us in the different
life roles she was called upon to play. She took
them seriously and accepted them lovingly fully
cognizant that they were especially entrusted to
her, by her Heavenly Father. For full text click
2 Feb. Vancouver, Canada. JULIO ABREU
(Ex-Kenya Police, Ex-Mombasa, born 1927). Husband
of Dora (Vancouver). Father of Genevieve/Afrodision
(Toronto), Astrida/Victor (Vancouver), Elaine/Julius
(California), Conrad (Vancouver). Grandfather of
Andrea, Avril, Alithia, Chantelle, Sasha and Abigail.
Uncle of Natalie, Danny/Vianca, Flory/Maggie, Gloria/Cass,
Maria/John, Margaret/Mike and Brian/Melanie (all
Canada and USA). Brother-in-law of Caesar/Margaret
and Wilfred (all UK).
Funeral was on Feb 5. Condolences to firstname.lastname@example.org
28 Jan. DIAS,
DOUGLAS ''Dougie'' LUCAS. Died suddenly, on Wednesday,
while vacationing with his family in Cancun, Mexico. Beloved
husband of 44 years to Daphne (LeRoy). Father to Denise
Bacon, Douglas Jr., Danielle Giggie, Denzil, Dianne and
David. Grand father of Christopher, Mathew, Jessica, Jonathan,
Jennifer, Sara, Julia, Sabrina, Hannah and Asia. Brother
to Emma Gamma-Pinto (Ottawa), and Joyce Mendoza (London,
England). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. A passionate
and accomplished bridge master, Doug was a lay minister
in St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church in Scarborough, a
coordinator of Seniors' Bridge in several local community
centres, an avid cyclist and an accomplished tennis player.
Funeral Mass held at St. Lawrence Martyr Catholic Church,
2210 Lawrence Avenue East in Scarborough on Tuesday, February
Jan REMEDIOS MARGARIDA (Maggie) (Formerly
of Mombasa, Kenya). Died peacefully in the presence of her
family at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, in her
79th year. Margaret, beloved wife of John. Loving mother
of Aurora (Joe), Joey (Lucia), Felix (Yvonne), Tony (Ranji),
Xavier (Lynn), Rita (Harry), Tim (Rhonda), Laura (Tony),
Lorraine (John) and the late Matthew and his wife Rita.
Fondly remembered grandmother of her 16 grandchildren. Sister
of Ursula Periera, Francis Lobo and the late Cajetan Lobo.
Mass of Christian Burial held on Saturday, January 31st,
2004 in St. Christopher's Church, 1171 Clarkson Rd. N.,
Mississauga followed by interment in Assumption Cemetery.
Jan Arusha, Tanzania. ERIC GOMES (23 yrs).
Son of Maria (ex-Nakuru) and Iggie Gomes (ex-Tanga), in
s motor accident, brother of ElsaYusuf & Nelson Gomes,
Nephew of (All from Tanga) - Carmina Rathod, Anna Gomes,Agnelo
Gomes, Dominic Gomes, Dorothy D'souza the late Helena Gomes,
Candy DeSouza, AnthonyGomes, Elizabeth Gomes, and the late
Agnes, (Ex-Nakuru) - Dominic Vaz (UK), Johnny Vaz (UK),
Francis Vaz (UK), Ida Fernandes (UK), Jackie Rodrigues(USA),
Rachael Cameron (UK), Marqueine Tew (UK), Philo Vaz (UK),
Mary Olton(UK), Emilia Palazo (UK) and Argentina Vaz (UK).
Condolence messages to email@example.com
pension readiness report finds most major industrial countries
unprepared for coming crisis
Standards of Living in Mature Economies Jeopardized by Impact
DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - The combined effects
of slower labour-force growth and population aging
could undermine the pension systems and broader economic
prospects of many developed countries, according to a major
new study by the World Economic Forum in partnership with
Watson Wyatt Worldwide.
The study, released at the World Economic
Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos last week, raises profound
questions around labour participation and productivity,
the cross-border flow of capital, the globalization of labour
markets, the financial viability of social insurance programs,
and how economic output is shared between working-age and
The report highlights demographic trends sweeping the globe
and their economic consequences. For full text click
Advisory - Tax Tips to Keep in Mind when Investing
TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ -
- Set up a separate bank account under your child's name
to deposit your Child Tax Benefit cheques. As long as the
child's income is less than the basic personal amount, the
money will earn interest tax-free.
- A lower-income spouse should use their funds to make investments
since the income earned will be taxed at a lower rate.
- Interest on loans used to buy non-registered investments,
such as stocks and bonds, is tax deductible. However, interest
on RRSP loans is not. You can maximize your tax advantage
by using cash to buy RRSPs and borrowing to buy non-registered
- Interest receives less preferential tax treatment than
dividends or capital gains. Keep interest-earning investments
in RRSPs so they will not be taxed and keep investments
generating dividends or capital gains in non-registered
- When holding mutual funds outside of your RRSP, keep a
record of any distributions that are reinvested to buy more
units. These are added to the Adjusted Cost Base of the
units and reduce the capital gain when they are redeemed.
- If non-registered investments are transferred to an RRSP,
they are considered sold for Fair Market Value. While any
resulting capital gain is taxable, a special rule deems
a resulting capital loss to be nil. This rule can be avoided
by simply selling investments and having the RRSP reacquire
- When capital losses exceed capital gains, apply the resulting
net capital loss to capital gains incurred in any of the
three prior years or in any future year. Assuming income
levels remain the same, it will generally be more advantageous
to carry them back since tax rates were marginally higher
in those years. It will be especially advantageous to carry
them back to 2000 if your inclusion rate for that year was
higher than 50 per cent
Diet: Fact, Not Fiction
Scripps Clinic Research Verifies Link between Grapefruit
and Weight Loss
SAN DIEGO, CA, Jan. 22 /CNW/ - The grapefruit diet is not
a myth. That's what a new study by the Nutrition and Metabolic
Research Center at Scripps Clinic confirmed. Researchers
there found that the simple act of adding grapefruit and
grapefruit juice to one's diet can result in weight loss.
The 12-week pilot study, led by Dr. Ken Fujioka, monitored
weight and metabolic factors, such as insulin secretion,
of the 100 men and women who participated in the Scripps
Clinic "Grapefruit Diet" study. On average, participants
who ate half a grapefruit with each meal lost 3.6 pounds,
while those who drank a serving of grapefruit juice three
times a day lost 3.3 pounds. However, many patients in the
study lost more than 10 pounds. For full text click
should keep working - on their RRSPs, according to RBC poll
TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - Canadian retirees may be missing
the opportunity to take full advantage of the benefits of
investing in an RRSP, based on results of the 13th annual
RBC/Ipsos-Reid RRSP poll, which shows that almost 80 per
cent of retirees under 69 years of age are not contributing
to their RRSPs. This is substantiated by a Statistics Canada
report in October 2003, which showed that nearly 80 per
cent of Canadians who filed a 2002 tax return had unused
RRSP contribution room.
"Many retirees under 69 years old may think because
they are no longer working they are ineligible to contribute
to their RRSP," said Michael Walker, director &
vice president, Financial Advisory Solutions Team at RBC
Investments. "If they have unused contribution room
available, investing right up to age 69 can be a great strategy
to defer taxes, lower taxable income and shelter growth
inside an RRSP." For full text click