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Canada - Aboriginal Peoples, Muslims face discrimination most: poll
March 15, 2010 | CBC News

One in three Canadians believe that Aboriginal Peoples and Muslims are the frequent targets of discrimination, a CBC-commissioned poll suggests. About 28 per cent of the 2,000 surveyed by pollster Environics Research Group in February and March also said Pakistanis/East Indians often suffer from intolerance, while 20 per cent said blacks regularly faced it.


Poverty is a problem disproportionately faced by people of colour including African Canadian and specific Asian Canadian communities.
UN Expert Gay McDougall visits Jane-Finch |   
Straight Talk | October 23, 2009

Statement by the United Nations independent expert on minority issues, Ms. Gay McDougall, on the conclusion of her official visit to Canada:

During the course of my official visit to Canada between 13 and 23 October I have had an opportunity to meet with both government officials at the Federal and provincial levels and to consult directly with members of numerous minority communities in Ontario, British Colombia and Quebec.


Canada's Christian numbers projected to fall over next two decades In the next 20 years Canada is expected to be less Christian, and a little less religious.
Written by Michael Swan, The Catholic Register, | Friday, 12 March 2010

According to Statistics Canada, the most dramatic change in Canada’s religious landscape will be an increase in the number of Muslims. Muslims currently make up 35 per cent of all non-Christians. By 2031 they will be half of the non-Christian population.


Our home and native - and adopted - land
Excerpt from article by Haroon Siddiqui – Toronto Star
March 14, 2010

If you don't like non-whites, Statistics Canada has given you more reason to grumble. But if you are among the overwhelming majority of Canadians who have adjusted well to our demographic diversity, indeed see it as a defining feature of our nation, take a bow.


Canadians need to save more for retirement: David Dodge

Former Bank of Canada boss urges workers to set aside 10 to 21 per cent of pre-tax income

Canadians need to start saving more money earlier if they want to be able to retire comfortably, according to former Bank of Canada governor David Dodge.


Holy Father's Pastoral Letter on child abuse crisis

A sign of the Pope's deep concern

At the General Audience on Wednesday, 17 March, Feast of St Patrick, the Holy Father greeted the many Irish pilgrims present. The Pope announced that he will be signing his Pastoral Letter dealing with the painful situation of the child abuse crisis that in recent months has affected the Church in Ireland, on 19 March, the Solemnity of St Joseph. The following are the Holy Father's words in English.


1 in 4 Brits don’t do any paid work
The Scottish Sun News | March 18, 2010

A STAGGERING quarter of Brits are not working after the worst recession on record, it emerged – March 18, 2010

Shock figures showed 8.16million have stayed in education, signed off sick or given up any hope of finding a job. The number of "economically inactive" Brits has soared by 149,000 in just three months. And this comes on top of 2.45million who are officially unemployed.


The statements, opinions, or views in the articles may not necessarily reflect that of the Goan Voice Canada.


Post Winter Olympic Reflection.
From website | By :Norman Da Costa

It was reminiscent of a massive tidal wave crashing ashore and sweeping everything in its path. This surge of red covered every nook and cranny from coast to coast and united Canadians like at no other time in our history. Sports has a way of igniting fervour even among the many who do not care about sportsmen or their achievements. Countless argue that supporting athletes is a waste of taxpayers’ money. But even these diehards waved the white flag in surrender this time and, for once, threw their unstinted support behind our Canadian athletes at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

People Places and Things

Aldona-resident author, Amitav Ghosh awarded the One Million $ Dan David Prize
From: Goanet A-C-E! | Wed, 24 Mar 2010 04:48:12 -0700

Ghosh & Atwood to share $1M Israeli prize
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Canadian author Margaret Atwood and lndian-Bengali novelist Amitav Ghosh have been awarded the Dan David Prize and will share the $1 million US award. The prize is endowed by the Dan David Foundation out of Tel Aviv University and "recognizes and encourages innovative and interdisciplinary research that cuts across traditional boundaries and paradigms. There are three $1 million prizes for past, present and future achievements awarded every year, with a rotating focus on the fields of sciences, arts, and humanities. Ten per cent of the prize is to be donated to graduate students.


Institutional Racism Prevalent In Canada
…Your Name will stop you getting a Job Interview : Says Ratna Omidvar
Sound Track from: CBC - Metromorning

Tolerating Tolerance? (runs 10:07)
Matt Galloway spoke with Irene Chu and Ratna Omidvar.


In More than One Place: Goan Kenyans and the Crisis of Identity
From: on behalf of Goanet Reader
R. Benedito Ferrao |

In a Mombasa cemetery overgrown with weeds and tall grass, we looked for a grave that held the remains of my grandmother. My uncles, aunts, and cousins tried to make sense of the graveyard's organization while its caretakers followed closely, their voices low as they informed us that they looked after this site and that perhaps they could assist us. We had, of course, been warned that any African who offered us assistance must want money for services they would be hard pushed to render in the first place. So, we ignored them until it became clearer after a while that we were getting nowhere in our attempts to find our matriarch's resting place.


From the Goan Archives:Picture of the Week

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Painting of Loutulim - 1950 by Mario Miranda ( Pic courtesy of Anton Monterio of Toronto )


Goan treat for ears with the Mando, | DHNS

The Indo-Portuguese Festival, held at The Alliance Francaise last week, opened with the screening of the Portuguese movie, Singularidades de Uma Rapariga Loira.

The movie is the romantic tale of a man taken by the charms of a beautiful girl and the hardships he goes through to marry her only to realise that she was a thief in the end. A charming yet funny movie, it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone present.

News Clips from Goa

Sunset Point at Badem (Assagao), Goa, India

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The picture of the famed Sunset Point at Badem (Assagao), Goa, India, has been dedicated to my friend John D'Souza (Canada), who hails from Badem. (Courtesy: Joel D'Souza )


Coastal security to get boost in N Goa
Security of the coastal regions of the country has become a matter of great concern particularly after 26/11 attack in Mumbai. In the light of the fact that the terrorists who attacked Mumbai in November 2008 entered the city through sea route, a constant vigil is now being maintained on all movements in the sea. Goa has been considered a soft target and it is for this reason that the Indian Navy has been asked to maintain a tight vigil in the deep seas to check any possible sea route infiltration. In such a situation the role of the coastal security police has now become more demanding than ever before with constant surveillance of the coast being carried out by the coastal security police wing of the Goa police. [NT]


Dig a pond first, then start illegal mining
Chanting an innovative 'Mantra', illegal miners have now embarked on a combative path. The sum and substance of their modus operandi, as exposed by the opposition BJP, is as follows: 'Dig a pond first and then surreptitiously embark on the path of illegal mining'. In accordance with opposition leader Manohar Parrikar's estimates, illegal mining activity spawning riches to the tune of Rs 1,500 crores illegally into the state economy is let off the hook. Aided and abetted by a collusive section of the police machinery in mining areas, the state exchequer is defrauded in the process, a claim Parrikar substantiated with facts and figures. [GT]


High death rate among govt employees causes concern
The average rate of death among government employees in the category of Class C and D is high – nearly 120 per annum and this became a matter of concern in the Goa Assembly on Tuesday. The government needs to determine the cause of high death rate among the sections of the employees, suggested Leader of the Opposition Manohar Parrikar during Question Hour on Tuesday. He said the death rate of 135 government employees in the bottom two classes of the hierarchy of government employees is a cause of concern and that the government has to find out whether it is work-related stress or some other problem is responsible for premature of death of employees classified under Class C and D. [H]


Boost for tourism
The Central Government has assured Goa to provide a helicopter for patrolling beaches and financial assistance of Rs 49 crore while making beach safety a top priority, Governor Dr S S Siddu said in his customary address to the Goa Assembly on Monday. The Governor also mentioned about various safety measures adopted by the Government for safety of tourists. While the Government has put in place an Advanced Beach Safety Management system by virtue of which the death rate due to drowning has been substantially reduced, the Central Government has also offered to help in this task of beach safety.[H]


Russians helped Goa tourism buck recession: Swapnil
Despite the recent appalling media hoopla against Russians, it is the surge of Russian visitors who kept Goa tourism bucking the recession trend in 2009, said a senior Goa tourism official. "On the back of last year's recession faced by most industries, let us not forget that it is the Russian tourists who kept our hospitality sector vibrant," the tourism director, Mr Swapnil Naik told The Navhind Times. [NT]


Devotees throng Goa Velha to witness all saints procession
Hundreds of devotees from all walks of life thronged the St Andrew's Church at Goa Velha on Monday evening to witness the procession of all saints. The 'all saints' procession is a way of paying tribute to the saints during the lent season, which is a reminder of 40-day penance that Jesus Christ had gone through before he was crucified. Chancellor of the Archdiocese Fr Manuel Dias was the main celebrant at the mass along with St Andrew's Church Parish Priest Fr Raul Colaco and Pilar Fathers and Goa Velha Deanery priest. [H]


When the saints go marching out: Goa Velha,Goa
By Edgar Silveira | March 24,

One of the only place to hold a procession of saints other than Rome (according to the church announcement) is in the village of Goa Velha in Goa. This is a well-attended event and people from all corners of Goa attend. As a child, one remembers trying to avoid eye contact with the saints- they looked a little scary! Though the mood is somber, there is a fair that gathers outside the church of St. Andrew. Here are pictures of the procession of saints or ‘ Santa Purcao’ in the local language, Konkani. Click here for more pics

Balancing Goan society’s growth
Mar 21, 2010, 12.52am IST

Every state has its own problems to face. There are different reasons for different challenges in different states. Some of the factors on which these challenges depend are: size of the state, population of the state, unemployment, poverty, illiteracy, etc. Bigger the states more serious are the challenges. Goa is a tiny state but its problems are neither less nor simple.

Goan doctor receives world award for dementia work
Domnic Fernandes | Fri, 19 Mar 2010 03:20:43 –0700


Dr Amit Dias, secretary of the Dementia Society of Goa and lecturer at the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Goa Medical College received the prestigious Foundation Médéric Alzheimer and Alzheimer Disease International award for the best evidence based research on interventions for people with dementia.

Offshore Patrol Vessel inducted into Coast Guard
Date:18/03/2010 | Prakash Kamat

ICGS ‘Vishwast' is primarily designed for patrolling and policing maritime zones

MORMUGAO (GOA): The maritime security of the country's west coast got a boost on Wednesday with the induction of a state-of-the-art new generation Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) - ICGS ‘Vishwast' - into the Indian Coast Guard (ICG).

36 Hours in Goa, India
By Jeff Koyen

FOR many, Goa is synonymous with hippies, hedonism and all-night dance parties held under a full moon. But India’s popular seaside destination offers more than deadheads and clichés. For one thing, Goa is not a single beach, but a rich and varied state - one that offers 63 miles of coastline along the Arabian Sea. Beyond the beaches lies a lush landscape that conceals ancient temples, rich ecosystems and the hilly farmlands that proved irresistible to European spice traders. Centuries before the hippies, there were the Portuguese - and it’s their lingering influence, not the lax laws, that makes Goa such an alluring place. Click to read more

News Clips from India

Tourist Visas for India
From: | Anesimo56 | Fri, 19 Mar 2010 13:55:15 -0700

Dear all

Govt. Of India has introduced New regulation for Tourists who are visiting India. That means, all those who HOLD FOREIGN Passports, whether they are of Indian origin or not.

  •  Any tourist who has visited india on a tourist visa, cannot visit india before two months since he/she left india last, even if they have a six months multiple visa. All tourist visa are given for six months only now.


Indian, Goan-origin siblings set for British parliamentary debut

The sister of Britain’s longest serving MP of Indian origin has been selected as the Labour candidate in a safe seat in a move that could present the world’s oldest parliament with its first Indian-origin female lawmaker as well as a rare brother-sister duo. Valerie Vaz, sister of Keith Vaz, will run as the Labour candidate for Walsall South seat in west-central England at the next general election, widely expected to be held May 6.


India will return to high growth in medium-term: PM
March 23rd, 2010 by IANS

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, March 23 (IANS) India will log double-digit economic expansion in the medium term, spending $1 trillion on infrastructure from 2012-17, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Tuesday, even as the plan panel lowered the growth target for the 11th Five Year plan to 8 percent. Presiding over a meeting of the full Planning Commission here, the prime minister said the past two fiscal years were difficult for the Indian economy due to the sharp global slowdown and lower food output last year due to the failure of monsoon.

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