21 - A SPECIAL DAY
Since 1966, the 21st of March has been recognized by the
United Nations as the International Day for the
Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Canada was
one of the first countries to support the UN declaration
and, in 1989, the Department of Canadian Heritage launched
its annual March 21 Campaign.
The March 21 Campaign
The March 21 Campaign was initiated in response to the need
to heighten awareness of the harmful effects of racism on
a national scale and to demonstrate clearly the commitment
and leadership of the federal government to foster respect,
equality and diversity. For more than ten years, the March
21 Campaign has mobilized youth across Canada to rise up
and to take a stand against racism. Through their participation
in the campaign, Canadian youth have spoken loudly and eloquently:
there is no place for racism in their lives!
For details see: http://www.pch.gc.ca/march-21-mars/why-pourquoi/index_e.shtml
RICHARD GWYN in Toronto Star
Mar. 10, 2004. 01:00 AM
of immigration, the population of Canada, and of the United
States and Australia, and, less so, of most European countries,
is undergoing radical change.
trust and co-operation are highest in ethnically homogeneous
communities and lowest in open ones
In the current
issue of the British policy magazine Prospects, editor David
Goodhart raises what he calls "the progressives dilemma."
Progressives, or liberals, believe in redistribution, from
the well-off to the poor. They believe, as strongly, in
immigration and multiculturalism.
They may not be able to have both, Goodhart believes.
"A generous welfare state is not compatible with open
borders," he writes.
"Too often, the language of liberal universalism that
dominates public debate ignores the real affinities of people
and place ... People will always favour their own families
and communities ... In a world of stranger citizens, taxpayers
need reassurance that their money is being spent on people
for whose circumstances they have some sympathy."
Goodhart isn't alone. The British government has just invited
Robert Putman, author of Bowling Alone - about peoples'
withdrawal from community institutions, from churches to
service clubs - to tell it about his most recent study.
This reveals, disturbingly, that levels of trust and co-operation
are highest in ethnically homogeneous communities and lowest
in diverse ones. For full text click
neighbourhoods in Canada's three biggest cities
Mar. 10, 2004. 06:50 AM
mini-cities on rise: StatsCan
Immigrants settle in enclaves
Concerns raised about isolation
are increasingly likely to settle in ethnic neighbourhoods
in Canada's three biggest cities, raising concerns that
they are becoming isolated from the rest of the community.
Statistics Canada reported yesterday that the number of
ethnic neighbourhoods in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver
- where more than 30 per cent of the population is from
a particular ethnic group - jumped from six in 1981 to 254
The study maps out an "isolation index" showing
where immigrants are least likely to meet people from outside
their own visible-minority group.
"Residential concentration of minority groups may result
in social isolation and reduce minorities' incentives to
acquire the host-country language or to gain work experience
and educational qualifications," the study warned.
For full text click here.
- Proportion of foreign-born population highest in 70 years
The proportion of Canada's population who were born outside
the country has reached its highest level in 70 years, according
to new data from the 2001 Census.
As of May 15, 2001, 5.4 million people, or 18.4% of the
total population, were born outside the country. This was
the highest proportion since 1931 when foreign-born people
made up 22.2% of the population. In 1996, the proportion
was 17.4%. For full text click
poor at $25,230
of three living in Toronto would be considered poor if their
income fell below $25,230, according to Statistic Canada's
new low-income cut-off figures.
According to figures released yesterday, a single person
living in Toronto, or any city in Canada with a population
of more than 500P00, would be poor if they made less than
$16,348. For full text click
yank most new jobs in US
News Network [ Tuesday, March 09, 2004 02:35:43 AM ]
With Asians being better qualified than the rest, it seems
they are being increasingly preferred for the new jobs being
created from the US economic upturn. A reduction in the
unemployment rates indicates, to a large extent, that unemployed
Asians are getting back their jobs. With the US economy
showing good growth numbers, it is logical to see US companies
opening up their recruitment windows again. But, then it
seems the benefits of such an economic upturn is favouring
Asians more than Whites, Blacks or even Latinos or Hispanics
(again ethnic classification used by the US department of
A word of caution. Asians is a very broad, sweeping description.
Also, many Asians at the head of the recruitment queue are
probably American citizens as well.
Immigration Minister, Judy Sgro, proposes to eliminate patronage
appointments on Immigration & Refugee Board.
16, 2004 - Judy Sgro, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration,
today announced changes to the appointment process for the
Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) to eliminate political
patronage, strengthen the criteria for the Board and increase
are professionalizing the process by which IRB appointments
are made. The result will be a more transparent and effective
IRB, one in which Canadians can have even greater confidence,"
said Minister Sgro. "The Prime Minister spoke of a
reformed IRB appointment process last December and the government.
For full text click here.
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
sets stage to install Archbishop Neri Ferrao
Catholic church authorities are setting the stage
for the installation of its new head—Archbishop
Filipe Neri Ferrao—on Sunday, March 21, at the
Se Cathedral at Old Goa. Some 18 bishops and archbishops
are expected to attend the approximately two-hour
long ceremony where Archbishop Ferrao will be installed
by the Apostolic Nuncio, Pedro Lopez Quintana. Fr
Olavo Velho Pereira, who heads the Diocesan Centre
for Social Communications Media, says that the ceremony
would be integrated with a Eucharistic celebration.
will be indoors in the Se Cathedral, but arrangements
outside and telecast of the ceremony on a close circuit
television network have been made, he added.
The BJP, which has declared the sitting MPs Shripad Naik
and Ramakant Angle for the North and South Goa Parliamentary
constituency for the forthcoming parliamentary polls, seems
to be taking a lead over their opponents already. The Congress
Party despite their decision to tie up with the Nationalist
Congress Party and the MGP, are still stuck in their tracks.
So far they have only declared Churchill Alemao for the
South Goa seat, while the other candidate is yet to be decided,
with Congress’ Party’s Ravi Naik not very confident
of his victory, and NCP and MGP making their own respective
demands. The BJP is wooing the minority Christian community
in their attempt to return both their candidates in the
frolic and colour
on the heels of the Carnival festival, Goa played
host to another colour Indian festival, the Holi or
Shigmo. Amidst the beating of traditional drums, the
festival of colour was ushered in with the burning
of “holika”, on the night of March 6.
For full text click here.
108 years young
Sebastiao Remedios has literally bridge the 20th century.
Born at the turn of the 19th century, the Saligao
resident has seen the last one tick by and is still
alive and kicking in the 21st. He may be a little
hard of hearing and unable to walk, but Goa’s
arguable oldest citizen is not only in good cheer
and health by also possesses a phenomenal passion
for life at 108. Born in Salmona, Saligao, on 19 March
1896, he did his schooling in the village. He left
for Uganda in April 1913.
worked as a clerk in a bank and later took up a government
job…He takes less of rice but eats more of dry
food—bread and butter, biscuits, chips and cake
and half of a Moira banana at every meal.
formed to study IFFI plans
A meeting to discuss issues regarding the plans to
develop infra-structure for the upcoming International
Film Festival of India 2004 in Goa decided to appoint
a committee to collect data regarding the various
projects and a technical committee to study their
relevance to future planning and other aspects.
Sunday March 28th, 2004
Quebec Goan Association
A at Forrest
Village Condominium Centre, 457 Spring Garden Rd.
in Dollard des Ormeaux. Call (450) 466-4469.
Saturday April 17th 2004
Club Social Committee
- 1:00 a.m.
5835 Kennedy Rd. Mississauga
(East of Kennedy/South of Britannia)
Children 5-12 yrs $15; Children 4 and under FREE
Club Social Committee invites you, your family and
friends to the Easter Celebration Dinner/Dance
Dance to the sounds of PAVE CONNECTION & DJ
Wednesday April 21st 2004
for Enrolment of Members & Election of Executive Committee
55+SENIORS GROUP FOR GREATER TORONTO AREA -EAST
||Our Lady of
the Rosary Church (parish hall) 2950 Midland Ave,Scarborough
(just south of Finch Ave)
meeting was held on Wednesday November 26,2003,
to form a seniors group (55+) serving the Scarborough/Pickering/Ajax/Markham/Thornhill/North
York /Richmond Hill and York Region
Committee resulting from the meeting will be holding
an enrolment/election meeting on April, 21, 2004
@ 7.30 p.m for the following:
to review and comment on the constitution of the
to elect the first Executive Committee
plan activities and events.
members have to pay a fee to be eligible to vote.
The figure decided was $10 per person as an entrance
fee and it will be non-refundable. A membership fee
will also be charged and the membership year for 2004
will be from the Spring meeting to December.
forms can be downloaded by clicking the Forms image
below or go to http://www.goanvoice.ca/2004/issue6/fiftyfive_plus.doc
bring the completed enrolment form and the $10 enrolment
fee to the meeting to be eligible for participating
in the election of the new executive.
are unable to attend can send the completed form
and cash with a friend or relative to the meeting,
while others, who cannot access a computer, can
fill the form at the meeting.
Saturday, April 24th, 2004
Raising Dinner Dance for Alison De Silva (now in recovery
from a rare medical disorder)
WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR"
raising dinner-dance for this amazing 17-year-old
is the daughter of John and Rolina and sister to
Caroline. In July 2000, at the age of 14, she contracted
and was stricken with a rare disorder. She was rushed
to the Hospital for Sick Kids on January 19, 2003
in critical condition. She has made miraculous progress
and was discharged February 23, 2004. She is not
completely "out of the woods" and is determined
to fight this illness. Proceeds from this function
will help in much needed equipment and home care.Alison
will be attending to personally thanks everyone
for your kindness and support.
LA SUHAAG BANQUET HALL75 HEDGEDALE ROAD, BRAMPTON,
Time: 6:00 P.M-1: 00 A.M
Cocktails :6:30 P.M
Dinner :7:30 P.M
Music by Naked Flame & DJ Carlito k&Live
Entertainment Door and raffle prizes (Donations
& prizes are welcome)
Cost: $30 per person (tables of
Book early to avoid disappointment
For Tickets contact:
Delfine or Norman Da Costa 905-452-1295
For flier see http://www.goanvoice.ca/2004/issue5/miracles.htm
Places and Things
A House by the Sea -by Sikeena
Karmali -Véhicule Press -$19.95 Paperback -224 pages
Karmali’s book is historical fiction, placing character
Zahra Kahn’s search for self against the backdrop
of East African political upheaval in the 70s and 80s. A
compatriot for all those who have ever tried to search for
their nation, Zahra travels from London to Egypt to Zanzibar
in search of a place she can call home. Karmali writes,
“these children, look at them, born in a black continent
with bronzed skin and a tethered history. How could they
possibly know where they are going? ...They have become
orphans of the sea.”
It’s a subject
that’s intensely personal for Karmali. Born in Kenya
to East-Indian Gujarati parents and raised in Tanzania,
Karmali and her family fled the African country in the 1980s.
In her novel, Karmali makes her personal experiences a universal
about the struggle of not having a nation, not having a
home,” she explains. “It’s about the immigrant
and My Shadows "
As a fan of "The Shadows " for some 42 years,
Raymond DeMello was delighted to meet two of them
recently at events sponsored by the Toronto Shadows
See: Dr. Ribeiro Goan School - Class of 64 website
latest issue of GoaNOW features the follows at http://www.goacom.com/goanow
EdWords: MARCHING AHEAD
Greetings: Celebrations of every kind
ArtNow: A roundup of art events
People: Those sharing the limelight recently.
Cover Story: LACK-LUSTRE CARNIVAL 2004
Events: DRAGONFEST AT DONAPAULA; CATECHISTS DAY IN
SIOLIM; "MHAPSA FEST".
Sammelan: AKHIL BHARATIYA KONKNNI SONGIT SAMMELAN:
Godfrey Gonsalves gives a detailed account of the Konknni
Tourism: DOES TOURISM PAY?
Oddities: OF FOWLS, PETS AND PANTHERS: A few strange happenings
that took place in Goa recently.
05 Mar. Corlim.
HENRIQUETA FERNANDES E LOBO. Wife of
late Veriano, sister of late Joao Luis/Ismenia .Mother
of Margarida/Prudencio, Annette/Luis, Lucia, Joaquim/late
Maria, Romaldo/Elma, Carlos/Sylvia(Australia); Mario/Leonora
(Canada). Grandmother of Cajetan, Maryann/Ajay, Lizane,
Andy, Jacquline, Michelle, Aaron/Sonia, Kim, Krystal,
Karl, Shawn, Sherwin, Jeffrey. Great grandmother of Christina.
11 Mar. JOE BRAGANZA, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA.
Husband of Carmeline Braganza; Father/Father-in-law of
Napoleon/Cathy, Jude/Sybil, Clifford/Yvette and other
grieving family members.
Joe (74) and Carmeline, originally from Karachi, have
six grandchildren and are well known in the Washington,
DC Metropolitan Area.
Condolence messages may be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
and cherished memory of CARLOTA NAZARETH MASCARENHAS
(calangute - goa).
Born: october 6, 1914 - Died: april 1, 2003
A con-celebrated requiem mass for the soul of beloved
Carlota Mascarenhas, will be offered by her sorrowful
family, on Thursday, April 1st, 2004 at 4.30 p.m.
at St. Alex church, Calangute, Goa.
Relatives and friends kindly accept this as the only
is the face we loved so dear
Silent is the voice we long to hear
A beautiful memory left behind
A loving mother/mother-in-law/grandmother
Otilia, Rev. Fr. Cyril SFX, Marieta/Alvaro, Antonio/Ruby
(Canada), Morgano and grandchildren.
African Goan Convention
To: GWS Members who have indicated 'wish' to travel to Arusha,
Tanzania for 4th E.A.G.C over Easter weekend.For full text
Francisco - Goan Institute -AGM
Please be reminded that the GI's Annual General Meeting
will be held on Sunday, April 18th, 2004. If you would like
to include an item on the agenda, please submit your request
by the deadline of March 25th.
If you should have any questions please contact Anita Pereira
message from : Wilson Soares email@example.com
am pleased to inform you that the following Executive
Committee was elected at the recently held AGM of
the Goan Association of Calgary for the year 2004/2005.
Our Web-site will be updated shortly with all the
programmes for the year and the picture of the present
committee for your easy reference. Our web site is:
|3. Savio D'Silva
|5. Baryl Rodrigues
|7. Fred Felix
coffee lowers diabetes risk, study confirms
MONTREAL - Drinking coffee may help prevent Type 2 diabetes,
according to a large-scale study in Finland, where the coffee
consumption is among the highest in the world.
study of more than 13,000 healthy men and women suggests
the more coffee you drink, the greater the protection against
Type 2 diabetes. For
full text click here.
students protest proposed tuition fee hikes ~ $15,000 a
year by 2007.
Lecture boycott organised as a mass vote of non-confidence
TORONTO, March 8 /CNW/ - York University's Osgoode Hall
law students will be boycotting their lectures today to
protest the rising cost of law school and the current lack
of government funding for post-secondary education. Today's
protest coincides with the Faculty Council Meeting at which
Osgoode Law Dean Patrick Monahan is set to announce his
decision to increase tuition fees to an astounding $15,000
a year by 2007. For full text click