Newsletter. Issue 26. December 17, 2011


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Canadian citizenship not for sale: Minister Kenney provides update of investigations into citizenship fraud

Montreal, December 9, 2011 — The Government of Canada is now investigating 6,500 people from more than 100 countries for fraudulently attempting to gain citizenship or maintain permanent resident status, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced today. “Canadian citizenship is not for sale,” said Minister Kenney. “Canadians are generous people, but have no tolerance or patience for people who don’t play by the rules and who lie or cheat to become a Canadian citizen. The Government will apply the full strength of Canadian law to those who have obtained citizenship fraudulently.”


Ontario's economy continues on growth track: RBC Economics

Toronto, Dec. 12, 2011 /CNW/ - Following a slowdown in activity earlier this year, Ontario's economy is showing signs that it is on track for modest growth, according to the latest RBC Economics Provincial Outlook report. RBC is forecasting that Ontario's economy will grow by two per cent in 2011 and 2.3 per cent in 2012.


Climate Change - COP 17: Deal reached at UN climate talks in Durban)
By Erin Conway-Smith | Created 7180-12-11 13:23

Countries reach agreement at UN climate change talks in Durban, South Africa, to work towards a new treaty, but it won't come into force until after 2020. The agreement reached at COP 17 in Durban falls far short of a new treaty.

DURBAN, South Africa — After two weeks of tense negotiations, and several all-nighters, a deal to address climate change was finally reached at the UN climate summit in Durban as the sun rose Sunday morning.


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Kenney’s Anti-Immigrant Mean Streak Continues As He Targets 6500 Immigrants For Citizenship Fraud

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s anti-immigrant mean streak isn’t just directed at immigrants who became citizens but his department has also been working on cases of those who are not yet citizens. Kenney claims nearly 4,400 people with permanent resident status who are known to be implicated in residence fraud have been flagged for additional scrutiny should they attempt to enter Canada or obtain citizenship. There is nothing wrong with cracking down on immigration and citizenship fraud but the Conservatives as usual go gung-ho in targeting immigrants and this comes across as actions of a government bent on attacking and vilifying immigrants. This seems like overzealousness given that since 1867, Canada has only revoked the citizenship status of 66 people but under the Stephen Harper Conservatives thousands of immigrants are on the chopping block. - By R. Paul Dhillon

SURREY — Immigration Minister Jason Kenney’s anti-immigrant mean streak continues as he targets an additonal 6500 people for citizenship after already stripping 1800 of citizenship earlier. On Friday, Kenney announced that the Conservative government is now investigating 6,500 people from more than 100 countries for fraudulently attempting to gain citizenship or maintain permanent resident status.

People Places and Things

Friends of St. Francis Xavier (Toronto)
11th Annual Feast Celebration.

In 2011 Feast of St. Francis Xavier in 2011 fell on Saturday December 3rd.

On this special day, the Friends of St. Francis Xavier celebrated their 11th annual feast on Saturday, December 3rd at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Scarborough.

More than 300 people came from all parts of the Greater Toronto Area to join in the celebration.

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The service conducted by Fr. Raymond Antao, commenced with the blessing of a small statue of the Saint, especially brought from Goa, by Feast President, Claude Gomes.

St. Francis Xavier Fest Celebrated by QGA - Quebec Goan Association (Montreal)
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On Saturday December 3rd 2011 the feast day of Saint Francis Xavier the patron saint of Goa was celebrated by the Quebec Goan Association, Montreal Chapter. The sponsors of the feast were Noel and Annette Rodriguez and family.


Book Review - The West In Decline?
Posted on Goan Tanzanite by:Jo Birkmeyer

For five hundred years, the ascendancy of the West has driven world events. Sometimes brutally. Sometimes beautifully. But it’s been the West on top. Now, as Europe shakes, the U.S. struggles, and China and India rise, historian Niall Ferguson is asking whether the long era of Western ascendancy is over.

Whether we’re living through a long decline – or could see a sudden collapse. Maybe soon. Avoiding that means a cultural and institutional “reboot” says Ferguson, to revive the sources of Western strength. Our “killer apps.”


Monica Channa Among The 100 Most Powerful Women In Canada
December 9th, 2011 | Posted in HEADLINES

Ottawa: Monica Channa, the force behind Akran Marketing and its Executive Director, Operations, has been awarded a spot in the 2011 Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100. Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 award winners are honoured by the Women’s Executive Network, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women, for ...

The Liberation of Goa

News Clips from Goa

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Crab, Goa's popular sea-food
The crab is very popular sea-food in Goa... plain boiled, stuffed, fried or in the delicious xakuti version. Goans call the crab "kurli" in their mother-tongue Konkani. The phrase "crab mentality" is almost equally popular in Goa. (Courtesy By Joel D'souza)


Goa Festivals: St Francis Xavier’s feast celebrated with traditional pomp
Posted: 03 Dec 2011 11:53 PM PST

The feast of St Francis Xavier was on Saturday celebrated with traditional pomp with thousands of devotees from the state and other parts of the country attending the religious services at the Basilica De Bom Jesus throughout the day. The feast high mass was celebrated by the Apostolic Nuncio to India, Rev Archbishop Salvatore Pennachio, Archbishop Philip Neri Ferrao in the concelebrated mass on the theme ‘Mon’xa xrititicho korar jieum-ya sam francisk xavierak man diun-ya’ ‘Covenant between human beings and creation divine love’s manifestation.’

The main celebrant, the Apostolic Nuncio and Ambassador of the Vatican in India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennachio (centre) along with the Archbishop Philip Neri Ferrao (left) and the Archbishop of Singapore, Nicholas Chia celebrating the feast mass of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa on Saturday.

Special train for Goa visitors this New Year
Sunday, 04 December 2011 23:31 | PNS | New Delhi

If you are planning a trip to Goa for New Year celebrations, go for the all tourist special train to the coastal State that Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) will roll out in January.
The 7 nights and 8 days package offer includes travel by an exclusive train booked for the tourists, sightseeing by dedicated tourist buses, accommodation at decent hotels and other features.

Panaji church feast celebrated
Published on: December 9, 2011 - 02:17

Panaji: The feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception was celebrated at Panaji church, on Thursday, with traditional pomp and gaiety.

Book decries colonial tag for Christians

Calls for retelling of Jesus' story and greater religious unity Bosco de Sousa Eremita, Panaji India December 6, 2011

Jesus is not understood in India, especially in Goa, because people view him as the God of the colonizers, according to the author of a book published yesterday. Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and Daman presided over a book launch event in the state capital of Panaji to mark the 50th anniversary of Goa’s liberation from 450 years of Portuguese colonial rule.

News Clips from India

High-Skilled Immigration Act in US holding out hope for Indians
12 Dec, 2011, 01.19AM IST, Ishani Duttagupta,ET Bureau

Ashish Kumar (name changed on request), an engineering graduate from Nagpur, went to the US in 2003 to work for an IT company in New Jersey. His employer got the non-immigrant H1B visa for him, and after two years filed the green card petition under employment based category 3, for permanent resident status. Now after seven years, Kumar is still waiting for his green card, even as the maximum six years allowed under the H1B visa is over.


India Tops Again In Remittances From Diaspora
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Monday, December 5th, 2011 | Posted by The Weekly Voice

New Delhi: India is estimated to have got $58 billion in remittances – the highest for any country – from its diaspora in 2011, followed closely by China at $57 billion, World Bank data showed Thursday. “There is increase in flow of remittances to India from all major sources. There is good increase from Gulf, East Asia and Pacific countries,” said Dilip Ratha, manager of the World Bank’s migration and remittances unit.


Indian Households Hold over $950 billion of Gold: Report

New Delhi – India’s innate fascination with gold continues as Indian households hold gold worth over percentage of 950 billion which in turn is around 50 percent of the country’s GDP in dollar terms, says a report. Gold consumption is part of India’s culture and tradition and the country is the world’s largest consumer of gold, followed by China. Indian households hold 18,000 tonnes of gold which represents 11 percent of the global stock and worth more than percentage of 950 billion, around 50 percent of India nominal GDP in dollar terms, says global research firm Macquarie.


Durban Climate Change Conference- India's redlines - legally binding deal and differentiation between developing and developed countries -
12 Dec, 2011, 01.41AM IST, Urmi A Goswami,ET Bureau & Agencies

Durban: At the president's informal stock taking plenary, held in the early hours of Sunday, environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan made a final attempt to ensure that India's redlines - legally binding deal and differentiation between developing and developed countries - were not crossed.


Outlook tenders apology for defaming Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangalore
Source: By Francis Rodrigues, Mangalore

Popular English weekly Outlook has tendered an apology for publishing a defamatory letter against Bishop Aloysius Paul D’Souza of Mangalore in its Oct 10 issue. “We sincerely apologize to the Bishop of Mangalore Diocese and to the members of the Catholic community for the oversight and regret the inconveniences caused,” wrote Outlook Editor-in Chief Vinod Mehta in a clarification published in the latest issue.


Minority leaders in Pakistan bemoan state ‘silence’ over increasing incidents of religious discrimination
Posted By cninewsletter |
On December 9, 2011

Minority leaders in Pakistan have condemned the government over what they say is its “policy of silence” over increasing incidents of religious discrimination throughout the country. “The silence of successive governments and the state apparatus while discriminatory actions and the propagation of hatred is increasing has added to the misery of religious minority communities,” according to Samson Salamat, director of the Centre for Human Rights Education in Lahore.


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