All Happening in Toronto
arrival of Spring has resurrected the Goan Community with
a full programme of social and cultural events taking place
over the next few months.
Here are a few:-
April 17 - Easter Dance organized by the
Friends Club in Mississauga with dancing to the sounds of
PAVE CONNECTION & DJ FATZ
April 23 - A new Seniors
serving the East Toronto area will be holding their first
meeting for enrolment of members and election of an executive
committee. This will be the first of many events planned
for 2004. A similar group will soon be formed in the West
Toronto area covering Mississauga and Brampton, the fastest
growing suburbs in Canada.
April 24 - "THAT'S
WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR" will be holding
a fund raising dinner-dance for Alison De Silva (now in
recovery from a rare medical disorder) to help in much-needed
equipment and home care.Alison herself will be attending
the event in the Brampton area which will feature a band,
DJ, and live entertainment.
April 25- G.O.A.
AGM . Usually a "Ho Hum" event,
but this year expect high praise for the executive for paring
down "the property debt" to less than $100K. The
unspoken issue - "to sell, or not to sell, the property"
will receive the fale, fale, treatment, with attention turning
to the 34th Anniversary Dance on May 1st where members will
pay half the going rate for a sit-down dinner/dance.
May 22 - Make no mistake, Konkani Tiatr
is still around. The entire cast of "Chukh"
popular Konkanni drama staged thrice to rave reviews in
London, England, will be flying in to perform at the Stephen
Leacock Collegiate Institute in Scarborough. Producer is
Francis D'Costa with MC Jr. Menezes.
The usual Village Feasts - Margao –Saligao - Aldona
- Siolim will continue to be celebrated.
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Canadians realize their dream of home ownership sooner
- Immigrants are more likely to be planning to move or purchase
a new home in the next year than their Canadian-born counterparts
TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Immigrants who came to Canada
after 1980 are able to purchase their first home here faster
than their predecessors could, according to a recent CIBC
telephone poll conducted by Decima Research.
Among immigrants who are current homeowners, those who arrived
prior to 1980 took, on average, fifteen years to purchase
their first home. This time frame has shrunk to less than
six years among immigrants who have arrived since 1980.
"The dream of home ownership has become reality sooner
for new Canadians who currently own a home," said Paul
Mims, Vice President, CIBC Mortgages and Lending. "We
also found that the older immigrants are when they arrive,
the sooner they are able to purchase their first home."
Immigrants who arrive in Canada between the ages of 18 and
34 take an average of 8.9 years to purchase their first
home. In contrast, it takes less than half as long (just
over four years) for immigrants who arrive between the ages
of 35 and 49 to purchase their first home.
of foreign credentials given a boost
TORONTO, April 13, 2004 -- An important step was taken today
to improve the recognition of foreign credentials in Canada.
The Honourable Jean Augustine, Minister of State (Multiculturalism
and Status of Women), announced Government of Canada funding
of $977,876 for two projects that will help immigrants to
Canada, and Canadians trained abroad, find work in their
field of expertise.
"Canada is one of the most diverse countries in the
world. We need to take full advantage of the skills and
knowledge that immigrants and foreign-trained Canadians
bring to the table," said Minister of State Augustine."This
is not just an issue for immigrants or foreign-trained Canadians;
it affects all Canadians. Our entire country suffers when
skilled people are prevented from working and participating
in our economy and our society."
further information see: http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/newsroom/news_e.cfm
found work faster than most other countries in 2003
Job search will take longer in 2004
TORONTO, April 8 /CNW/ - A new global study says unemployed
workers in Canada found new employment faster than in most
other countries during 2003.
The study's authors warn it will take Canadians longer to
find a new job this year as the pace of job creation slows.
The annual Career Transition Study by global human resource
consulting firm DBM shows unemployed Canadians found new
employment in an average time of 2.5 months last year. A
follow-up survey of DBM career transition professionals
in 17 Canadian cities in March this year indicates that
average job search time lengthened in the first quarter
as job creation slowed. They estimate it could take Canadians
an average of four months to find new employment this year.
The Canadian economy generated almost one million new jobs
since 2001, but full-time job growth has slowed this year
according to Statistics Canada's monthly Labor Force Survey.
Canada's unemployment rate is 7.5 per cent.
highlights from the DBM's 2003 Career Transition Study include:
per cent of unemployed Canadians surveyed found new full-time
employment compared to a global average of 59 per cent;
14 per cent opted for self-employment compared to 17 per
- 10 per cent of Canadian respondents took temporary or
part-time positions; nine per cent were re-hired by their
previous employer. Others returned to school, retired or
- Eight per cent of Canadian respondents lost their jobs
in 2003 as a result of a plant closing, up from one per
cent in 2002. Seventy-three per cent of Canadian respondents
lost their employment as a result of downsizing or organizational
- The number of females losing employment in Canada increased
to 43 per cent from 38 per cent the year previous according
to the study.
consultants across Canada attribute slower job creation
this year to outsourcing and the increase in the value of
Canadian currency compared to the U.S. dollar. They say
professional and financial services and high technology
industries will produce the most new jobs this year.
"The relatively short job search time in Canada last
year is logical given the strong pace of job growth in the
last two years. It follows that job search time will increase
this year as the pace of job growth slows," said John
Withenshaw, Senior Vice-President, Operations, DBM Canada.
"Canadians who lose their jobs this year would be well-advised
to prepare for a longer job search time and to manage their
severance and other funds appropriately. It would also be
prudent to consider part-time or contract opportunities
as desirable employment options. Creating different versions
of a resume for full-time, part-time or contract possibilities
is a good idea to present yourself in the most desirable
way possible," he added.
A complimentary summary of DBM's 2003 global Career Transition
Study is available at www.dbmcanada.com.
and British Columbia Sign New Immigration Agreement
VANCOUVER, April 5 /CNW/ - Judy Sgro, Minister of Citizenship
and Immigration, and Murray Coell, Minister of Community,
Aboriginal and Women's Services for British Columbia, signed
a new immigration agreement today.
agreement establishes a framework for the governments of
Canada and British Columbia to develop new initiatives to
meet regional immigration needs, improve the integration
of immigrants, encourage foreign students to choose British
Columbia and address barriers to the recognition of foreign
credentials. Key elements of the original agreement signed
in 1998 remain, including a commitment by British Columbia
to design and deliver settlement services and participate
in the Provincial Nominee Program, which gives provinces
and territories the authority to identify and nominate immigrants
to fill their specific regional and local needs.