32 Year Low
Decline in Canada’s Unemployment Rate
Labour Force Survey
Stats Canada -March 2006
Employment increased by 51,000 in March, bringing total
gains from 12 months ago to 330,000 or 2.1%. The
unemployment rate declined 0.1percentage points to 6.3%,
a 32-year low.The employment increase in March pushed
the Canadian employment rate up 0.1 percentage points to
a record 62.9%. The employment rate is the share of the
working age population that is employed.
Canada has traditionally had higher employment rates
than most other countries in the Organization for
Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). However,
with stronger employment growth in this country, the
rate in Canada has pulled further ahead of the OECD
average in recent years. Canadians aged 16 and over have
been more likely than Americans
to be employed since November 2002. Most of the
employment gain in March was the result of an upswing of
44,000 in full-time work. This continues the long-term
trend toward full-time employment growth in this
country. Despite monthly fluctuations, part-time
employment has remained around the same level for the
last three years.
Ontario Government To Honour More Than 8,000 Volunteers Twentieth Anniversary
Of Awards For Volunteer Service
TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - Ontario is
honouring volunteers across the province for making such
a difference in the lives of others, said Ontario
Citizenship and Immigration Minister Mike Colle.
"Over the past 20 years we have celebrated the
dedication and outstanding achievement of approximately
100,000 volunteers for their community service," said
Colle. "These are the people who give back to their
communities in so many ways, from driving seniors to
coaching young people." This is the twentieth
anniversary of the Volunteer Service Awards.
The theme is 'Volunteers Build Communities.' More than
8,000 people will receive Volunteer Service Awards over
the next three months at ceremonies in their
communities. They will be
recognized for years of service with a single
organization, ranging from five to more than 50 years of
continuous service. This year the Outstanding
Achievement Award for Volunteerism will go to 16 people,
and one community organization for their extraordinary
leadership. The Volunteer Service Award Ceremonies will
kick off in Aylmer on April 5 and continue through to
June 27th in Kingston (see backgrounder for full tour
"Volunteers started the first hospitals, homes for the
aged and the YMCA," said Colle. "Volunteers really are
the foundation of our communities." More than 2.3
million Ontarians volunteer over 390 million hours each
Indian Origin Judge Is New Zealand Governor-General
Auckland: Anand Satyanand, a
former ombudsman and judge, has been named New Zealand's
next governor-general.He will take charge after present governor-general Dame
Silvia Cartwright's term ends on Aug 4 this year.
Welcoming the appointment, New Zealand Prime Minister
Helen Clarke said Monday: "Judge Satyanand will bring
many personal strengths to the role of governor-general,
including a broad knowledge of the workings of
government and the law, as well as a deep appreciation
of the different groups and communities which make up
contemporary New Zealand.
"Judge Satyanand has had a multi-faceted career as a
lawyer, a judge and an ombudsman. Throughout his working
life Judge Satyanand has made a substantial contribution
to legal reform and legal education.
"He has been active in a range of community, cultural
and sporting groups, and maintains an abiding interest
in international affairs and New Zealand's relationships
with other countries," she said.
Satyanand, 61, was born and raised in Auckland after his
parents moved to New Zealand from their home in Fiji.
His grandparents had migrated from India to Fiji at the
turn of the 20th century.
He studied law at
Auckland University and worked as a legal practitioner
in the 1970s for some time with the Crown solicitors'
office and then was a partner in an Auckland law firm
specializing in court work.
East African Heads of
State Declare Common Market Plan
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(AP)--The presidents of three East African countries
announced plans Wednesday to establish a common market
by 2010 as part of a plan to
boost regional integration.
The leader of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda said
negotiations would begin on July 1 and that a protocol
should be finished by December 2008, giving the member
states time to ratify the agreement. The three
countries, which are home to 90 million people, agreed
on a regional customs union last year.
The announcement came at an East African Community heads
of state summit in northern Tanzania.
Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki, Ugandan President Yoweri
Museveni and Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete also
agreed to decide in November whether to allow Burundi
and Rwanda to join the East African Community.
Burundian President Pierre Nkurunzinza attended the
meeting as an observer. Rwanda was represented by Prime
Minister Bernard Makuza.
Museveni announced that Nkurunzinza has agreed to open
peace talks with the last remaining rebel group in
Burundi, the National Liberation Front. But no other
details were released.
The leaders also appointed a new East African Community
secretary general, Juma Mwapachu, who is the
former Tanzanian envoy to France. He will serve a
The East African Community was revived in 1999 after it
collapsed in 1977 mainly because of divergent economic
and political policies.
Floating Port in Goa uses Canadian Technology
Mumbai, Apr 10 :
In a bid to ensure efficient handling of dry bulk cargo,
India's first Floating Port has been created in Goa
called M V Goan Pride
The port set up by Katra Wilhelmsen Logistics (P) Ltd of
Norway, is 250 mts long, can store over 1.2 lakh tonnes
of cargo and transfer at speed over 4,500 tonnes per
It also has other features like the traveling ship
loader, capable of loading vessels up to 3 lakh DWT and
computerised control systems.
has a huge coastline of over 6,000 km and a large number
of ports, it is cursed with shallow drafts in almost all
ports. Consequently large bulk carriers do not come to
India due to poor loading and unloading capacbilities,"
Katra Group Chairman Ramesh Vangal told reporters here.
Hence, the Group devised a unique
to overcome the problem by taking port to ships not the
other way, Vangal said here prior to the official launch
The transhipper is equipped with features developed and
patented by Seabulk Systems Inc Canada.
It classes for ocean trades and hence can be used as a
bulk carrier, while the surge capacity of 1.2 lakh
tonnes permits the transhipper to achieve a
transhippment without relying on barge deliveries,
Seabulk president Sid Sridhar said.
2006 Census of Canada
May 16, 2006
To assist people whose first language is neither English nor
French, the census questions have been translated into 62 other
languages, including 18 Aboriginal languages. (But not yet
Konkanim ! )
Statistics Canada is
currently hiring staff to fill approximately 25,000 census
positions. These are full-time and part-time temporary jobs.
Census Online Recruitment.
Canadian Seniors of the East
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