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Newsline Canada

Canada's economic engine is chugging along but not at full steam: Canadian Chamber

OTTAWA, Dec. 27/CNW/ - In its Economic Outlook for 2011, released today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce observes that the Canadian economy has transitioned into a period of subdued growth.

Newcomer service cuts necessary: Immigration Minister Jason Kenney
The Canadian Press | 23 December 2010 05:03

TORONTO - Immigrant settlement service funding cuts decried by the Liberals as "draconian" are necessary to ensure taxpayer money is used efficiently, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Thursday.

'A fatal blow' delivered by feds: Immigrant settlement agency
December 23, 2010

Immigrant settlement agencies in York and North York have been the hardest hit by the federal government's decision to cut funding for such service providers across Canada, specifically in Ontario. - TIM FORAN

Five agencies, located in some of the poorest areas of the city including York, Weston, and Keele-Finch, received a form letter from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) last week announcing their contracts and funding would not be renewed as of next April. Across Ontario, at least 10 agencies received that notification, all in Toronto, according to the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI).

Canada's population growing because of immigration: StatsCan
Excerpts from Stats Canada

Ontario's population totalled 13,268,600 .Net international migration, the most important factor in the province's population growth, accounted for nearly 70% of Ontario's third-quarter population increase.

As of October 1, 2010, Canada's population was estimated at 34,238,000, an increase of 129,300 (+0.4%) from July 1, 2010. During the third quarter, 84,200 immigrants arrived in Canada, 8,800 more than in the same quarter of 2009.

Top 10 Vatican news stories from 2010

The biggest news of the year is the Pope's trip to the UK, which combined his main themes of the year

December 27, 2010. ROME REPORTS has listed the ten most important news stories from the Vatican in 2010, with its short and long term impacts.


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


Why did multiculturalism become a dirty word? It made me who I am
Anushka Asthana | The Observer, Sunday 19 December 2010
This article appeared on p33 of the Main section of the Observer on Sunday 19 December 2010

I hated being 'different' when I was a child, but now it appals me that the celebration of diversity is under attack

When I was a child, I desperately wanted to wish away my brown skin, and instead be white. I thought about it all the time. Maybe I could get rid of my stupid name – Anushka – and instead be a Natalie or Joanna? I could drop Asthana and take up Smith or Jones. I'd have the same features and the same hair, just with (much) paler skin.

When will we learn the rights lesson?
Posted By jessy On December 15, 2010

All religions have a respect for human rights at their core. Buddhism teaches kindness, compassion, sympathy and equanimity while Christianity teaches love for others and oneself.

People Places and Things

A Look Back at Some Seminal Events of 2010


Goan Archives Canada Inc. New Year's Message from Chair of Steering Committee.

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2010 - A Year To Remember
2011 - A Year For Progress

New Year’s Message from Chair of Steering Committee

With 2010 ended, we at Goan Archives Canada Inc., are at the Crossroads of the past and the future, and are proud to celebrate some of our biggest achievements of the past year.


Pivoting on the Point of Return: Setting Sail From Goa
To: Goa's premiere mailing list, estb. 1994! (
From:  | Sent: December 24, 2010 4:57:52 AM on behalf of Goanet Reader ( by Judy Luis-Watson

Published in the October/November 2010 issue of Confluence:
South Asian Perspectives

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If Pivoting on the Point of Return: Modern Goan Literature were a collection of music, you could listen to it over and over, and it would surprise you with something new each time. This literary compilation offers an inside view of the rhythms and heart and soul of Goan experience.

Boria Kortubancho Sondancho Ugdas Korunk Zai

(Always remember the good deeds)
By Michael Pinto - Winnipeg

The year 2010 has been a memorable one, with an event for the preservation of Konkani language and Culture. With a short lead time, like minded and dedicated people worked together to make the project “Konkani Rosary on the internet” a success. On April 11th 2010 the recitation was recorded and now available on the internet world wide at

New Children’s Book The Inside-Out Rainbow

By Willie Pereira

The Inside-Out Rainbow is an engrossing fantasy story which will captivate and delight children of all ages. Paige, the young heroine of the story, makes a mystical and fantastical night journey to meet Queen Alexandra, the Queen of all Butterflies, in her castle at the very top of the Inside-Out Rainbow. The swirling colours which make up this rainbow blind uninvited guests ensuring that butterflies are beyond attack there. Paige is one of those special invited guests to safely enter this rainbow.


Book Launch: 'Goans Making a Difference'
Hotel Kuwait Continental, Kuwait | December 19, 2010
Article from: [Goanet] BOOK 'Goans Making a Difference' released on Goa's Liberation Day
Goa World | Sun, 26 Dec 2010 11:14:56 -0800

BOOK 'Goans Making a Difference' released on Goa's Liberation Day
Photos:  | Photos by: Rewon Gomes

Goa after the Liberation, 50 years on, an editorial by the publisher Hazel Fernandes, briefly sums up the five decades which Goans have encountered since the Portuguese left after 451 years and bade goodbye to the tiny state of India in December 1961.

Studying Your Village: Each Tiny Area Holds A Story
Posted on : Goanet News | Sun, 26 Dec 2010

Each of Goa's tiny areas is packed with history, and stories waiting to be told. That's the experience of scientist Dr Themistocles D'Silva, who has recently worked on a book focussing on the village of Arossim.

Tucked away at the southern end of Mormugao taluka (just before the border with Salcete), Arossim is today better known for its scenic beach. But behind that lies another reality -- of ponds and rice fields painstakingly built over the centuries; prominent individuals and one-room village schools that produced scholars. US-based D'Silva has spent several years of collecting information from Goa and university libraries in the United States. His efforts resulted in a book titled 'Beyond the Beach: The Village of Arossim, Goa, in Historical Perspective'.

Abu Dhabi hotel regrets $11M Christmas 'overload'

The Associated Press | 19 December 2010 04:07

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - An Abu Dhabi luxury hotel that boasted an $11 million Christmas tree decorated with gold and gems now says its holiday spirit may have gone too far.

A statement from the Emirates Palace hotel says it regrets "attempts to overload" the tradition of the Christmas tree by adorning it with ornaments made of gold, rubies, diamonds and other precious stones from a hotel jeweler.

News Clips from Goa

Christmas in Goa - View of Panjim Church Crib
Courtesy of JoeGoaUk
Mon, 27 Dec 2010 | Posted on GoaNet

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Panjim Church with Crib (Day/night view)

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Sunburn mesmerises youth
Over 20,000 youth wriggled and jerked at the first day of Sunburn at Candolim beach, the dance music fiesta in Goa belting out beats in multitude of styles, satisfying even the most hardened of music lovers in their 60s. Now in its 4th year, the once a year glam-dance event is likely to take place twice a year, probably during the Carnival, said a member of the organiser.

Fifth Edition of Getting Married in Goa is out
Goanet News

The fifth edition of Getting Married in Goa: The Complete Guide is now available at leading bookshops in Goa and on India's leading book website, besides other online sites.

'Goa's main issue is demand for second homes' 
Paul Fernandes, TNN, Dec 22, 2010

PANAJI: While the Goa Bachao Abhiyan (GBA), members of village-level committees and others have kicked up a row over dropping of VP3 status in the regional plan for Goa (RPG) 2021, famed architect Charles Correa said reducing floor area ratio (FAR) will lead to an increase in demand for homes and spur a further rise in real estate prices.

Mad rush for investment homes ruining Goa, say activists

But those who rush to the state with surplus cash and seduced by the idea of a second home for investment purpose are not all right, say Goan activists, ...

'Goa's midday meals scheme needs to improve' 
TNN, Dec 22, 2010,

PANAJI: The directorate of education (DoE) is yet to meet the Union human resource development ministry's standards set for the midday meal scheme.

News Clips from India

Attack on Carol Singers Condemned
CathNews India -
Posted By cninewsletter On December 22, 2010

Church leaders have condemned an attack on Christian carol singers by alleged Hindu radicals in Mumbai

Pastor Allan Salins of New Life Church told on Dec. 22 that the incident occurred four days earlier at Worli.


The Christian contribution( in Karachi )
From the DAWN Newspaper | Dec 26, 2010y | By Qasim A. Moini

KARACHI: Christmas seems like a natural time to ponder over the Christian community’s contribution to Karachi, as well as the travails faced by the community in Pakistan in general and the city in particular.

A slice of Goa in 99-year-old dance
Malini Benerjee

Peter and Noreen Rego in their central Calcutta home.
Picture by Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya

Calcuttans may be heading for Goa in droves for their winter holiday but for 500-odd families, an experience of the coastal state is closer home. Like every year, the families, all with roots in Goa, got together at Calcutta Rangers Club on Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road on Christmas to dance the night away.

The ugly Indian visits serene and gentle Cambodia
Daily News & Analysis

Nor does migration to other continents: I have come across several Goan Catholics or Syrian Christians who boast about their Brahmin ancestry. ...

India's Israeli-Arab tightrope walk
Ramananda Sengupta | First published 29 Aug 2010 on

India balances support for the Palestinian cause with its burgeoning ties with Israel.

"We do have a defence relationship with India, which is no secret. On the other hand, what is a secret is what is the defence relationship. And with all due respect, the secret part of it will remain secret." - Mark Sofer, Israel's ambassador to India, in a recent interview given to