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Launches Immigration Website
NorthernLife.ca - Greater Sudbury on the Web
Greater Sudbury News Wednesday, March 08, 2006 14:34
(article sent courtesy of Eddie Fernandes)
The provincial government has launched a new immigration
website, www.ontarioimmigration.ca, to welcome newcomers
and provide them with information needed to start new
lives in Ontario.
The website features information about places to live,
work and study, as well as details on how to start new
businesses or practice in a trade or profession.
Immigrants can also download important forms such as
immigration and driver's license applications on the
"The immigration website is a great way for newcomers to
learn more about our city, our schools and our services
before and after they arrive," Greater Sudbury Mayor
Dave Courtemanche said in a written statement.
"I am delighted that Sudbury is one of the first cities
showcased on the site."
According to the government of Ontario, about 125,000
newcomers arrive in the province each year - more than
half of all immigrants coming to Canada.
Currently, immigration accounts for an estimated 70
percent of Ontario's net labour force growth, and will
account for all of the province's net labour force
growth within the next six years.
Many skilled immigrants aren't staying .
See also www.skillsinternational.ca.
6 Males Leaves Canada In First Year
Star March 2, 2006
One in six male immigrants leaves Canada for better
opportunities elsewhere within the first year of arrival,
and those most likely to emigrate are the cream of the
crop: businessmen and skilled workers.
Those findings are part of a Statistics Canada report
released yesterday, the first national study to get a firm
handle on the extent of out-migration and "brain drain"
among the country's new arrivals. Anecdotal evidence for
several years has suggested immigrants are leaving in
droves because they can't land suitable jobs in Canada.
Italian Parliament: Soviets Behind Pope Assassination
The Italian Parliamentary
Commission charged the collapsed Soviet Union with
conspiring in the assassination attempt of Pope John
Paul II by Mehmet Ali Agca on 13 May 1981.
The report, based on intensive research of intelligence
agency actions and couriers of Eastern Bloc countries in
Italy, alleges that Bulgarian and Eastern German secret
agencies were responsible for the event planned by the
The report presented by commission president Senator
Paolo Guzzanti reads Bulgarian Airlines station master
Sergey Antonov was claimed to be in St. Peter's Square
in Vatican during the assassination attempt.
Guzzanti said three photographs they received on 10
October 2005 show the Pope’s would-be-killer was not
alone in the assassination attempt. Elsewhere in Italy
the first criminal department overruled the decision of
the second criminal department concerning the sentences
given to Agca for the murder of journalist Abdi Ipekci
and two separate armed robberies.
The new decision says Agca should serve 10 years for
killing Abdi Ipekci and the punishment for the robberies
should be decided in accordance with the new Turkish
Criminal Code and Law No.4616. Agca's lawyer Mustafa
Demirbag said the decision is in favor of his principal.
Demirbag expressed that the duration reading Agca's
release will be changed in 2010. He will not need to
serve time for the robberies as his prison sentence was
reduced by 10 years according to amnesty laws.
Our Home Our Dream
Message from the Vice President Building
G.O.A The PULSE Feb. 1998
(Goan Voice Canada Note:
ON Sunday, April, 30, 2006 – 2.00 p.m. Goan
Overseas Association is holding a Special General Body
Meeting on the Building. Readers may find the plea below
made in 1998 of note. . Details of meeting at
embarked on a journey. To renew a sense of responsibility
and enthusiasm to the G.O.A. We are fostering promoting
our cultural and social activities together with salvaging
our pride in the property on Kirby Road.
southwest of Kirby Road/HWY. 400 intersection was
purchased on December 5, 1989, by the G.O.A. with the
intentions of having a place to call ..Our Home".
A place where, as Goans, we could all take pride in and
even with various economic woes, i.e., collapse of the
real estate market, site and planning constraints and
financial straits, to name but a few, our hopes have not
been dampened or discouraged .
Executive, its various sub-committees and myself,
Vice-President, Building for 1997-1999, have encountered
undue pressures and stumbling blocks since taking office,
we have rallied and come out smiling. We have also had too
many unexpected expenses, namely extensive repairs to the
building totaling almost $15,000.
Our mortgage on the
property stands at $300,000 plus and the only return is
the rental on the house at $1,400 a month. Every year,
since 1989, the G.O.A. religiously pays the Royal Rank an
average of $35,000 in principal and interest. The Building
Special SubCommittee, has been fervently campaigning for
members of the Association and/or well wishers to invest
in interest free loans by purchasing units of $5,000 or
portions amounting to $5,000 each, thus enabling the
Association to buy out the existing mortgage and take
control of our property. To-date we are at the half-way
mark and to assist the Special Building Sub-Committee in
attaining their goal, the Executive in conjunction with a
sub-committee hosted the "CARNIVAL DANCE", with all
proceeds going towards the Building Fund. To this note we
are seeking the help of the membership at large to rally
to this cause.
And what are our
plans for the future? Once our goal of securing the
property is complete, we will first concentrate on
repayment of the unit-holders, debenture holders and
finally allocating our resources to improvement of our
property. We look forward to your input and help to
improve our plan and perhaps provide ideas on how the
membership can best utilize "Our Home".
News Clips from Goa
Mar 15: The Hindu community in Goa celebrates the festival of
colour - Holi - today. Groups of youngsters were out this
morning with pockets full of coloured powder and bucketfuls of
coloured water, revelling.
Shaistah depicts Indian
Mar 15: Shaistah Thapar is the only Goa-based artist among the
five-women displaying their captivating creations at the
ongoing exhibition "Colourama: Indian Women Artists 2006" at
Art Chamber Galeria de Belas Artes in Calangute. Shaistah
excels in Indian women's
portraits, with pastels for her medium, with a very good
background technique and detailing. She says, "Women are
basically deep - in their homes, careers, their problems - and
have the capacity to take on as much as they can. I gell very
well with their grace and style of dress."
Mishap at Sangolda slope
Mar 15: Several foreign tourists travelling in a coach on a
sightseeing tour had a providential escape when the vehicle
swerved off the road at the Sangolda curve and landed several
feet down, after somersaulting. The top of the vehicle has
been totally destroyed. The driver - nicknamed Tarlo - and all
the passengers escaped unhurt except for a few bruises. (GoaNewsClips)
Call Centre becomes
Goa's first 100-seater
International Call Centre has now gone live and is completely
operational from march 10: The Saple Infotech Private Limited
(SIPL) Call Centre currently occupies three floors in
Figueiredo Complex, Vasco. SIPL chief operating officer,
Anurabha Pal, said although started on a small scale, it would
e generating employment for 200-300 more people in Goa in the
next few months. (GT)
Terminal cancer patients
can hope for home care service soon
PANJIM, Mar 15:
Terminally ill cancer patients might not require active
treatment like chemotherapy or radiotherapy but instead they
require the support, care and counselling to cope up with the
physical pain, social, psychological and financial pressures
that grip their lives. Following the example of places like
Mumbai where home cares service for terminally ill cancer
patients is handled by a team of medical volunteers, a couple
of months back the Goa Medical College tied up with the NGO
Global Cancer Concern India to start a similar kind of "home
care service for terminally ill cancer patients" in Goa. Mary
Fernandes, the nurse appointed to start the service, has
already started counselling patients from march 7 at the GMC.
(H) World's wettest spot lacks water.
Cherrapunji village in India's northeast is known as the
world's wettest spot with an average annual rainfall of about
1,200 centimeters. Ironically, water is the scarcest commodity
here. Located 6 Km from Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya,
and perched on the edge of a cliff around 1,290 metres above
the sea level, Cherrapunji holds the record for receiving the
highest rainfall in a year and also in a month. But despite
the torrential rains, water is the scarcest of commodities for
the dominant Khasi race here. (NT)
HE WANTED TO BLOW UP VASCO:
PANJIM: During is
two-day long interrogation, Tarique Jallal alias Battlo, the
militant who was arrested at the Margao railway station,
disclosed that he had plans to target the Mormugao Port Trust,
Indian Oil Terminus, the airport and railway stations,
Director General of Police Neeraj Kumar said yesterday. The
terrorist was in the process of setting up a base for terror
activities in the Sate but had no plans to target tourist and
religious places. Battlo, a Science graduate, had
undergone one-year Radiology course and also computer
training. According to the police, the accused is a member of
the Pakistan-based Tehrique-ul-Muhahiddin, which works under
Lakshar-e-Toiba. Battlo, who is in Goa since July last year,
had been living on financial aid from
Pakistani agencies. Investigations reveal that his father
Jalauddin Battlo is presently working in the Indian army. (GT)
Sa Re Ga Ma (India)
Ltd, Kolkata, have released two more albums of vintage Konkani
classics. These compilations done by Felix Correia of FC
Global Music, is a collection of Chris Perry's Golden Hits and
another from the late Alfred Rose, Goa's Musical Hero. (JP
India Inc Picks Up Speed
New Delhi, March 11:
India's industrial output picked up speed in January to rise
8.3 per cent from a year earlier, soothing analysts' fears of
a slowdown and raising the chance of an interest rate rise in
Manufacturing, which makes up more than three quarters of
industrial production, increased 9.2 per cent in January from
a year earlier compared to December's 5.9 per cent rise.
INDIA 2006 CROP FORECAST
BRIGHT: HEAVY RAINS
More than 600 million Indians live off the
land, which means consumer demand is driven by rural incomes,
and prospects are bright for farm sector expansion in the year
ending March 2006.
The government estimates
Asia's third-largest economy will expand by 8.1 per cent this
fiscal year, which ends on March 31. Further ahead, a weather
official said on Friday that the rainy season between June and
September 2006 was likely to be normal due to favourable
weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean.
the good outlook for the year ahead, the prospect of more
interest rate increases is weighing on analysts' minds. The
Reserve Bank of India surprised markets in January by raising
its key short-term rate by a quarter of a percentage point to
5.5 per cent, citing rising domestic demand, higher oil prices
and increasing corporate borrowing as risks to inflation.
capital goods output, a barometer of industrial activity, was
up 26.3 per cent while output of consumer goods, including
vehicles and televisions, rose 7.2 per cent.
out on Friday also showed the wholesale price index, India's
most widely tracked inflation measure, rose a
slower-than-expected 4.29 per cent on the previous year in the
week to Feb. 25, down from the previous week's 4.34 per cent.
MRS. MARTHA SOARES - TANZANIA
From: "Evelyn De Souza" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, March 13, 2006 3:57 AM
We regret to announce the sudden death of Mrs. Martha
Soares who passedaway this morning, 13th March 2006. Beloved
wife of Agnello Soares. Loving mother of Johnny. Sister of
lateJoseph(Tony)/Stella, Felix, Cajetan/Loretta
Philo/Christopher Rodrigues and Dominic. Aunty of Joseph (Joey)
& James(Jimmy), Eric, Brenda and Sharon.
Condolence messages may be sent to
May her soul rest in peace
Mrs. Eufemia Gonsalves
From: "S Desouza" <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, March 08, 2006 9:08 AM
We regret to announce the death of Mrs. Eufemia Gonsalves, wife of
the Late Caetano Gonsalves formerly of Tanga, Tanzania and Borda,
Mrs. Gonsalves died peacefully in her home at the age of 83.
She is survived by her children, Doreen(Tanga), Hermes(Toronto),
Kelly(Seattle), Millie (London), Norman(London), Ramona(UAE), the
late Anceto,Genny(Toronto) and Roland(UAE) and their respective
She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren and
From :Winifred Martin
Sebastian Fernandes, husband of Heroina
(nee Pereira) and brother-in-law of Angie and Monty expired on
Saturday from a massive stroke.
Sebastian was a former resident of Dar es Salaam and Kibaha
(Nordic Project) and worked at the Bank of Nova Scotia Clearing
Centre in Toronto
Details are as follows:
Visitation: Sunday, March 19, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Giffen Mack Funeral Home,
4115 Lawrence Ave East, Scarborough Tel. No. 416-281-6800
Funeral Service: Monday, March 20 at 10:00 a.m.
St. Joseph's Parish, Highland Creek 200 Morrish Road Scarborough
Tel. No. 416-282-0370
Events in Canada - 2006
Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 1.00
pm to 6.00 pm
FIFTY-FIVE PLUS GOAN SENIORS
GROUP - WEST GTA
Click for flier
April, 23, 2006 – 2.00 p.m.
April, 29, 2006 – 2.00 p.m.
Goan Overseas Association
Spring Fling – Anniversary Dance
Sunday, April, 30, 2006 – 2.00
Goan Overseas Association
Building Special General Body
Sunday May 7, 2006
Goan Overseas Association
Career Newworking Mixer
May 12,6.15 pm
Fifty-five Plus Goan Seniors
Group- West GTA
Ladies Dine & Pamper Nite
Mary Kay®Dinner & Makeover
You are cordially invited to a "Girlfriends Night Out"
Enjoy a great Buffet Dinner.
Click Flier for details
Sunday, May 14th, 2006
11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Goan Overseas Association (GOA)
St. Francis Xavier Senior's Club
The Canorient Christian Association of Metropolitan Toronto
The Canorient Seniors Club of Toronto
The Manglorean Association of Canada (MAC)
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER JUBILEE YEAR
Food & Craft Fair
Brebeuf College School
211 Steeles Avenue East
(Near Bayview & Steeles)
June 3, 2006
Goan Overseas Association
9th, June 2006
World Cup 2006
June 10, 2006
Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area
Celebration St Anthony's Feast
June 11, 2006
Goan Overseas Association
St. Francis Xavier Summer Picnic
June 16, 2006
Goan Overseas Association
June 17th, 2006
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario
Michael Power high school -
Konkani Tiatr "KIDD"
written by : Ben Evangelisto (Goa)
Directed by:Marshal Fernandes
For more information, please
contact Marshal Fernandes or Sandra Menezes at (416)
Plus Goan Association - West GTA
"First Annual" dinner dance at the renaissance banquet
hall - Mississauga,ONT.
Saturday July 8, 2006
6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.
De Guirim – Toronto Chapter
Summer Blast 2006
Click For Info
Saturday July 8, 2006
Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 - 12.00 noon
Calangute Association Canada
of Patron Saint Alex
Saturday,September 16, 2006
Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee -
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00
Calangute Association Canada
October 1, 2006
Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia .
7th ANNUAL SOCIAL
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd
Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events
Audio CD By Visually Impaired
From: "George Pinto" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
"Tanzanite Goans" <email@example.com>
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 2:48 AM
Julio D'Cunha a visually impaired person has come out with
his third audio CD 'Juzu Ievcho Zala' a devotional songs
album. It was released on the World Disabled Day in Panjim
and the CDs are now available in our office.
It is a truly remarkable CD as Julio being visually impaired
has composed the lyrics and sung the songs on the CD. Best
of all he has received the grace to praise God in spite of
his disability and is inspiring others to do the same. The
music is by well known musician
Chris Corriea. It is price at Rs. 100/- only.
A truly inspirational album showing the talents and
capabilities of the disabled.
Please promote it and collect your copy from our office at
Regards, Avelino de Sa, President
DISABILITY RIGHTS ASSOCIATION OF GOA
C/o Star Investments
Opp. Head Post Office
Panjim, Goa - 403 001.
Telefax: 0832 - 2427160
Help To Promote Goan Authors
From: Judy Luis-Watson JLuisW@aol.com
To: Romero Dias firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm writing to you at the suggestion of my father and your
friend, Jerry Luis. He spoke highly of you as a kind person
who gets things done and who is well-connected in the Goan
community. I have had the good fortune of reading several
books by Goan and other writers who have written about life
in Goa and East Africa. My husband and I as well as my
father have not only enjoyed reading their work but, in the
process, also gained a deeper understanding of Goan and East
African cultural history.
It would be great if you could help to get the word out to
the Goan community so more folks may have access to the
books. Who knows, they might even want to invite the writers
to do readings or lead workshops at special events but
that's getting ahead of ourselves.
To avoid being in the middle of things, I would like to ask
three writers to contact you directly with their information
- Ben Antao lives in Toronto, Lino Leitao lives in Montreal,
and Peter Nazareth lives in Iowa. Please let me know if this
would be okay with you.
Thank you very much,
Judy Luis-Watson Bowie, Maryland, USA
PS When you get a chance, please visit the website that my
husband and I created for our music group:
Book announcement: Goan
migrant motherhood in New Zealand
From: "Edwin de Souza" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 1:27 AM
Ruth DeSouza's research on the experiences of Goan women becoming
mothers in a new country has now been published.
'Walking upright here' is based on Ruth's Masters research and
explores the dual transition of migration and motherhood from the
perspective of Goan women living in New Zealand.
Ruth is excited about the new book book because she feels that it
is important to make the findings available to anyone who wants to
know more about Goan culture and learn about the experiences of
the Goan diaspora:
"Living in New Zealand I often found it hard to get hold of other
people's work and so I wanted to make sure that people with an
interest in Goans all over the world could get a copy"
The book is published by Muddy Creek Press and can be ordered
For US$24.95 plus postage from:
Wairua Consulting Limited
PO Box 60-517, Titirangi
Waitakere City, Aotearoa/New Zealand
Global Aid Committee - Montreal
GAC - Spaggetti Fundraising Lunch - $7.00
Saturday, 25 Mar 2006. 12.00 - 3.00PM
GOOD SHEPARD PARISH
7900 AVE. NAPLES, BROSSARD.
Luiza D'Sa: 450 676-8560
Global Aid Committee
Places and Things
the Excess of Power
From Article on Lionel Gelber Prize Nominations
The Lionel Gelber Prize
was founded in 1989 by Canadian diplomat Lionel Gelber. The
Gelber Prize honours the excellence of those who think and
write about the local and global forces of change in
Excerpts from Toronto Star Article May 5, 2006 by Olivia Ward
Like the Americans at Abu Ghraib, the British administrators
repressed their prisoners, the Kikuyu, with a brutal hand
because they believed it was right.
“You have to construct the world
so it justifies what you are doing.” Elkins observes. “The
Mau-Mau (rebels) did some terrible things, but at the end of
the day, only 32 settles died. The violence was
extraordinarily disproportionate. But for many in the colonial
office, it was part of a civilizing mission.”
The word "Imperialism" has had a nasty ring for many decades
now, as visions of Queen Victoria's portrait suspended over
the subjugated but grateful mases of the "dark" continents
recede into the dust of history.
The lessons of history,
both distant and modern, have been lost on America today, says
Among other things, the
international outery against torture and brutality by American
forces in Iraq, as well as at Guantanamo Bay, has been
dismissed by Bush as an attack on his right to protect the U.S
But the violence carried out by
the “civilized” against the “uncivilized” throughout history
has deep roots even in Britain, which prides itself as a
standard bearer of enlightenment.
In Kenya between 1952 and 1960,
hundreds of thousands of independence-seeking Kikuyu people
were detained and systematically terrorized, humiliated,
tortured and starved as a way of breaking the spirit of those
the British authorities defined as “savages.”
In Imperial Reckoning, Caroline
Elkins massive combination of research and oral history, the
Harvard historian fills in the blanks conveniently left by
those who wrote Kenya’s history at the twilight of
colonialism. The grim testimony of the survivors shows that
absolutely power does corrupt absolutely, even when it is
exercised on a small patch of the globe by those who claim to
Caroline Elkins, Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story
of Britain's Gulag in Kenya (Henry Holt)
Painstakingly researched and detailed, this historical
investigation offers a shocking portrait of the scope and
savagery of colonial counterinsurgency against Kenya's Mau Mau
terrorism, which displaced more than a million people and cost
tens of thousands, if not more, of Kikuyu lives.
Elkins is an assistant professor of history at Harvard
University. Her research on the colonial period in Africa has
won numerous awards, including the Fulbright, Andrew W. Mellon
and Advanced Study at Radcliffe Institute fellowships.
Conversant in Swahili and Kikuyu, she spent nearly a decade
travelling and working in rural Africa.
Outsider Art From Radio
Saturday 11 March 2006 For some individuals living with
psychosis art-making becomes an act of necessity, a way to
bring coherence to experiences that threaten to overwhelm. We
meet an artist whose hallucinatory episodes serve as
inspiration for paintings and drawings as we learn about the
fascinating history of 'Outsider Art'.
Images courtesy of the artist, Anthony Mannix.
Art was coined by
Roger Cardinal in
English synonym for Art Brut (which literally
translates as "Raw Art" or "Rough Art"), a label created by
Jean Dubuffet to describe
created outside the boundaries of official culture; Dubuffet
focused particularly on art by insane asylum inmates.
While Dubuffet's term is quite
specific, the English term "Outsider Art" is often applied
more broadly, to include certain self-taught or
Naïve art makers who were never institutionalized.
Typically, those labeled as Outsider Artists have little or no
contact with the institutions of the mainstream art world and
they often employ unique materials or fabrication techniques.
Much Outsider Art illustrates extreme mental states,
unconventional ideas, or elaborate fantasy worlds.
Outsider Art has emerged as a
successful art marketing category (an annual Outsider Art Fair
has taken place in New York since 1992); thus the term is
sometimes misapplied as a catch-all marketing label for art
created by people outside the "art world" mainstream,
regardless of their circumstances or the content of their
Note: www.goanvoice.ca invites readers to submit their own
work of “Outsider Art” for display. Contact: inf
Conversion of Waste Plastic
From: "CARMO DCRUZ" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 12:02 PM
Big Foot's awareness drive on plastics
PANJIM: The considerable increase in tourist inflow and
from academic institutions, at "Ancestral Goa", Loutulim,
the Big Foot Trust at the newly instituted 'Sanksriti
Kendra', organised a 3-day drive on the theme "How to
reduce garbage and the increasing danger of excessive use of
I read with interest of Big Foot's awareness drive in Goa on
in the Goacom.com Goa News of Mar 7, 2006.
Well, I am happy to tell you that thanks to Indian
ingenuity, a friend
of mine Dr. S. Ramesh of Michigan has developed a process
converting waste plastic to ultra-pure Regular Grade
According to Dr. Ramesh's proprietary process, 10 lbs of
will yield approx. 1 gallon of Regular Grade gasoline at a
cost of $1.1.
We are currently in the process of commercializing this
TO GASOLINE process to reduce garbage in an economically
Dr. Carmo D'Cruz,
Dept. of Engineering Systems,
Melbourne, Florida 32901
Health & Wellness
Study To Take Blood Pressure Of Mississauga Residents
March 7 /CNW/ - Starting March 8, Mississauga residents
will be called upon to take part in a new study that will
determine the prevalence of high blood pressure in
Ontario. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario (HSFO)
and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute (UOHI) are
launching this study to determine just how many Ontarians
suffer from high blood pressure and what can be done to
significantly reduce their risk. According to the Heart
and Stroke Foundation, controlling high blood pressure
reduces the occurrences of strokes by 35% to 40%, heart
attacks by 20% to 25% and heart failure by 50% - for every
10mmHg decrease in blood pressure. "Currently, the rate
and level of control of high blood pressure in Ontario is
unknown. Our survey will determine the rate of high blood
pressure and see how well it is being treated," says Dr.
Frans Leenen, a co-investigator of the study who is a
Professor of Medicine & Pharmacology and the Director of
the Hypertension Unit at the UOHI. "We are looking forward
to having a large number of Mississauga residents to
participate in this study." Starting in March 2006 and
continuing through to June 2006, a team of researchers
will visit a number of Ontario communities that are
representative of the province's population. In each
community, selected households will receive a letter
indicating a visit from one of the study's researchers. In
each household, the researcher will seek out candidates
who match the critical selection criteria. These
candidates will have their blood pressure measured and
will undergo a thorough health assessment at a local
clinic established for this study. "Armed with this
information, the ultimate aim of this study will allow the
Heart and Stroke Foundation to develop a strategy whereby
more effective blood pressure screening and control
programs can be put in place for the people of Ontario,"
says Margaret Moy Lum-Kwong, Director, High Blood Pressure
Strategy, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.
Communities to be visited include: Markham, Scarborough,
Brampton, Toronto, Mississauga, Sudbury, Guelph and Oshawa.
Residents who have received the letter of information and
wish to participate in this study can call 1-877-682-9058
for more information.
Canada Under Pressure to Take Clear Stance Against
Terminator Technology Canadian
Actions at UN Meeting
could Threaten Global Food Security
print OTTAWA, March 13 /CNW Telbec/ - It is being dubbed
the Battle in Brazil. A crucial meeting of the UN
Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) that takes place
March 13-31 in Curitiba, Brazil will decide the fate of a
6-year de facto moratorium on "Terminator" technology. At
stake are not only the huge profits that a handful of
biotech companies stand to make, but also the fate of more
than 1.4 billion people who depend on farmer-saved seeds
for their food security and livelihoods. Terminator
technology is known as Genetic Use Restriction Technology
(GURT), a form of genetic engineering designed to produce
plants with sterile seeds. Thousands of farmers and civil
society organizations gathering in Brazil are demanding
that it be banned forever. "Terminator technology will be
devastating," says Stewart Wells, President of the
National Farmers Union of Canada. "Farmers rely heavily on
saving seeds for replanting crops. Forcing them to buy
seeds every year will mean huge increases in operating
costs. Family farms will be forced out of business, while
multinational seed companies reap higher profits and
increase their control over the food system." For farmers
in developing countries, the impact of Terminator
technology could be even more disastrous. The inability to
save seeds will destroy the livelihoods of millions of
farmers. "Terminator technology will kill farmers, plain
and simple - this is about people's lives," says Anna
Paskal of Inter Pares, an Ottawa-based international
development organization. "These aren't just 'suicide
seeds', they're homicide seeds." In Canada, hundreds of
groups have signed on to the Ban Terminator campaign. They
want Canada to explain its position. "A large number of
Canadians have serious concerns about this technology.
Even some of the biggest seed companies say they won't
touch it. Farmers who really understand Terminator are
universally opposed to it, and governments around the
world are enacting laws against it," says Faris Ahmed of
USC Canada, an Ottawa-based international development
organization. "Why does Canada want suicide seeds?
Who's pulling the strings?"
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