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Ontario Government Launches Immigration Website - 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,, 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 site.

"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 .

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1 In 6 Males Leaves Canada In First Year
 Toronto 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 Soviet Union.

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
Trevor Fernandes

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

 We have 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.

 The property 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 .

 Although the 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

Holi Celebrated
MAPUSA, 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 women faithfully
CALANGUTE, 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
SANGOLDA, 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 operational
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)
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)
Eternal melodies
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 Pereira, NT)


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 April.

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.
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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.

Given 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.

January 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. Yet data 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.



From: "Evelyn De Souza" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, March 13, 2006 3:57 AM
Subject: [goans_tanzanite]

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" <>
To: <>
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, Goa.

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 spouses.

She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


Sebastian Fernandes
From :Winifred Martin
To: ;

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


 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 1.00 pm to 6.00 pm FIFTY-FIVE PLUS GOAN  SENIORS GROUP - WEST GTA Easter Brunch Click for flier
Sunday, April, 23, 2006 – 2.00 p.m. Goan Overseas Association Annual General Meeting
April, 29, 2006 – 2.00 p.m. Goan Overseas Association Spring Fling – Anniversary Dance
Sunday, April, 30, 2006 – 2.00 p.m. Goan Overseas Association Building Special General Body Meeting
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

Goan Seniors

Click for flier
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)
Food & Craft Fair
Brebeuf College School
211 Steeles Avenue East
(Near Bayview & Steeles)
Toronto, Ontario
June 3, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Golf Classic
Friday 9th, June 2006 FIFA World Cup 2006 Germany Schedule
Saturday June 10, 2006 Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area Celebration St Anthony's Feast GVC
June 11, 2006 Goan Overseas Association St. Francis Xavier Summer Picnic
June 16, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Goan’ Overboard
June 17th, 2006
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario Konkani Tiatr "KIDD"
written by : Ben Evangelisto (Goa)

Directed by:Marshal Fernandes
For more information, please contact Marshal Fernandes or Sandra Menezes at (416) 503-0043
June 23rd, 2006 55 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.
Monte De Guirim – Toronto Chapter Summer Blast 2006 Click For Info

Saturday July 8, 2006 CLR Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga Picnic  
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 -  12.00 noon Calangute Association Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex GVC
July 29, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Viva Goa 2006
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00 A.M. Calangute Association Canada Annual Social GVC
October 1, 2006
12:00 noon
Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia . Association 7th ANNUAL SOCIAL
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events


Audio CD By Visually Impaired
From: "George Pinto" <>
"Tanzanite Goans" <>
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 only Rs.

Regards, Avelino de Sa, President
C/o Star Investments
Opp. Head Post Office
Panjim, Goa - 403 001.
Telefax: 0832 - 2427160


Help To Promote Goan Authors
From: Judy Luis-Watson
To: Romero Dias

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" <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 1:27 AM
To: [goans_tanzanite]:

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 online
For US$24.95 plus postage from:

Ruth DeSouza
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

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People Places and Things

On 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 international relations.


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 Benjamin.

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 from terrorism.

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 be democrats.

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 Australia

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.

The term Outsider Art was coined by art critic Roger Cardinal in 1972 as an English synonym for Art Brut (which literally translates as "Raw Art" or "Rough Art"), a label created by French artist Jean Dubuffet to describe art 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 work.

Note: invites readers to submit their own work of “Outsider Art” for display. Contact: inf

Conversion of Waste Plastic to Gasoline
From: "CARMO DCRUZ" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 12:02 PM

Big Foot's awareness drive on plastics
PANJIM: The considerable increase in tourist inflow and picnic groups 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 plastic". (GT)

Hi Joel,

I read with interest of Big Foot's awareness drive in Goa on plastics in the 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 for converting waste plastic to ultra-pure Regular Grade gasoline.

According to Dr. Ramesh's proprietary process, 10 lbs of waste plastic will yield approx. 1 gallon of Regular Grade gasoline at a cost of $1.1.

We are currently in the process of commercializing this WASTE PLASTIC  TO GASOLINE process to reduce garbage in an economically profitable manner.

Best Regards,

Dr. Carmo D'Cruz,
Associate Professor,
Dept. of Engineering Systems,
Florida Tech,
Melbourne, Florida 32901


Health & Wellness

Study To Take Blood Pressure Of Mississauga Residents

 TORONTO, 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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