Newsletter. Issue 06. March 18, 2012


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New Canadian immigrants are bearing the brunt of the recession
March 8, 2012

New immigrants are bearing the brunt of the recession. The jobless rate for newcomers runs at 8.4 per cent compared to 6 per cent for their Canadian-born counterparts, according to the Toronto Immigrant Employment Data Initiative (TIEDI).


Canadian Immigration backlog could be erased
By Laura Payton, CBC News | Posted: Mar 7, 2012

Jason Kenney, the minister of citizenship and immigration, wouldn't rule out an option used in New Zealand, where the government legislated away the backlog — clearing it by eliminating the files.

The government is considering all options for clearing a backlog of hundreds of thousands of applications from people who want to immigrate to Canada, Jason Kenney said Wednesday.


Canada Sheds 2,800 Net Jobs In Feb, Jobless Rate Declines
By Paul Vieira

40,000 people stopped looking for work, says Statistics Canada

The Canadian economy unexpectedly shed jobs in February, mostly part-time positions concentrated in the services sector, but the jobless rate dipped as nearly 40,000 people stopped looking for work, Statistics Canada said Friday.


Bank Economist says youth having tough time finding work
Thursday, March 8th, 2012 | Story by: Sandy Hall from the Toronto Star

According to a T-D Bank economist, out-of-work young Canadians continue to struggle to find work -- despite word of a recovery.
Francis Fong says employment in the 15 to 24 age group remains way below pre-recession levels -- a quarter million under. FRong adds the problem is being exacerbated by the fact so many aging Canadians are putting off retirement. A report on employment is due out Friday morning, and will show 15-thousand jobs were created in the economy over the month of February.

Riddhi Thaker got the message that she’s supposed to save for retirement. She heard the message from Ottawa this week that the Old Age Security system will be a financial risk within a decade – and that young people today will need to save more for their golden years.


Economic growth in Canada's three northern territories far surpasses that of the Southern 

OTTAWA, March 14, 2012 /CNW/ - A global commodities boom is helping to make Canada's three northern territories economic growth leaders in the next two years. Real GDP in the three territories will collectively grow by more than seven per cent in both 2012 and 2013 - easily outpacing the Canadian average of 2.1 per cent this year, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Territorial Outlook-Winter 2012


Christians have no right to wear cross at work, says Government
Excerpt from Daily Telegraph | By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent

Christians do not have a right to wear a cross or crucifix openly at work, the (British) Government is to argue in a landmark court case.

In a highly significant move, ministers will fight a case at the European Court of Human Rights in which two British women will seek to establish their right to display the cross.


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

Goan Electorate Gives A Message In Mandate
Published on: March 12, 2012 - 00:09
By Fr Victor Ferrao (Professor at the Rachol Seminary)

The fall of Congress, though unexpected by the Congressmen, was deeply inscribed within the Congress culture. The two terms of misrule, along with the annoying and thriumphalist arrogance, and corruption coupled with an attitude of disregard to the welfare of the common man and environment, oozed from the Congress converting it into a monster in the eye of niz Goemkars.


Goa Election Results - The “M” Factor
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Oscar Rebello

Well! Well! Well! Elections 2012 are dusted and over. The dynasties have been comprehensively defanged. People’s power “silently” overthrew a dastardly corrupt regime. Democracy blushed with pride and may be, just maybe we can see the sunlight peeping out from the dark clouds that hovered above us. Will and importantly can Goa still be saved?

People Places and Things

Art Exhibition - The Passion and Glory
Posted on March 8, 2012 by Xavier Centre of Historical Research in Exhibitions
From: Tim de Mello

This exhibition unfolds in the mood of the Lenten season. The works on display allow the aesthete as well as the spiritualist to draw the full connotation of Angelo da Fonseca’s art and its tactile aesthetics as well tap their underlying significance. ‘The artists’ work cannot be curated in the context of religion for their meaning spans beyond these narrow terrains’. I have heard these words uttered by the experts and the impresarios. While I agree that the scope of Fonseca’s work is vast, I choose to believe that this has to be one of the ways that his work is shown to public. In this way, it allows viewers to draw upon the deep transformations he created to allow Christianity to live in post-colonial India. Click here to read more


Late pope John Paul II 'could be made saint soon'
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AFP – Thu, Mar 8, 2012

A second miracle attributed to late pope John Paul II has been reported and he could be made a saint soon, said Italy's Panorama weekly on Thursday, citing documents sent to the Vatican. The miraculous healing occurred just weeks after John Paul II's grandiose beatification on May 1 last year, which put him on the path to sainthood just six years after his death and was attended by over a million people. The first miracle attributed to the late pope was the healing of a French nun, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, who recovered from Parkinson's disease. To be officially certified as a miracle by the Catholic Church, healings have to be instantaneous, irreversible and without scientific explanation.

Nolan Remedios-On Social Capitalism,- the changing expectations of business

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Nolan was selected to present the coveted TED talk in Vancouver last November, 2011. He is passionate about education, social justice and self-sustainable community building. After establishing his own community building initiatives in South Asia, he returned to Canada to study International Development at Capilano  

The Humble Clay Pots of Our Motherland
By Armand Rodrigues

Clay emerges from mother earth, and the pot is likened to a child that comes from the womb of a woman. For millennia, women made clay pots, by hand. Then the wheel got invented and it gave birth to the potter’s-wheel, and the role of pot-making shifted to men. Women would collect and prepare the clay, and embellish pots with designs, after men had shaped them. In archaeological digs, shards of pottery become historical treasure troves. Ancient civilizations were adept at working with clay. It is believed that man’s introduction to the art of making clay pots was a huge fire that destroyed everything in its path, except for a piece of burnt clay. This piece was as hard as stone and did not absorb water. It led early man to making pots and jars of clay, drying them in the sun and then firing them in a crude kiln. Hey Presto ! Vessels capable of holding liquids securely, a pot to cook in, a dish, bowl or container, were born.


Book Listing - A Kenya Childhood

In A Kenya Childhood Christine Nicholls chronicles her life in Kenya in lively detail. Her tales of schools in Eldoret, Nyeri and Nairobi, boarding at the Kenya High School, living on Mombasa island, climbing Kilimanjaro and making trips throughout Kenya are funny and sometimes sad.

Christine Nicholls was born in 1943 and taken to Kenya after the end of World War II, in 1947. Her father and mother were teachers, at the Central (later Highlands) School, in Eldoret. Her mother, Olive Metcalfe, was headmistress of the Aga Khan Girls’ School in Mombasa.

Her earlier work, is Red Strangers: The White Tribe of Kenya

News Clips from Goa

Caste and Creed in the 12th Goa Assembly
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2012 | From: | By Miguel Braganza

The people cast their votes -- a full 82% of the eligible voters exercised their franchise to elect a healthy government on 03 March, 2012 -- and the results have been declared on 06 March, 2012, with the BJP as the clear winner.

Alemao says Kamat led to Cong defeat

Panaji, Mar 13 2012, DHNS: Former minister Churchill Alemao refuses to buy the argument that he was partly responsible for the stinging defeat the Congress suffered in the Goa election.

No pension for Non-Resident-Goans from New Goa Government
9 March 2012

Minutes after staking claim with the governor to form the government in Goa, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee for Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar spoke to Khaleej Times on the tasks ahead and his vision for Goa and Non-Resident Goans (NRGs)

How are you going to reach out to Non-Resident Goans and Non-Resident Indians (NRIs)?
We already have an NRI cell which caters to the needs of the NRIs and NRGs. But I agree that this cell needs to be more active. There are a number of issues affecting NRGs and we will tackle these issues through this cell. In addition, we will try to get statutory powers for the cell and ensure that this aspect is taken care of.


This beautiful new Temple in the city dedicated to Dancing God - Natraj
Posted on GoaNet by JoeGoaUk | Thu Mar 8 2012

Azad Maidan, Panjim | A part of Shigmo 2012 Celebrations
A stage setup by Panjim Shigmotsav Samiti with Art & Culture Dept. Govt. of Goa

Temple of Natraj, the dancing God, Shiva
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Goanet Reader: Looking back, taking stock ... (Eduardo Faleiro)‏
From: | Wed, 14 Mar 2012
Eduardo Faleiro |

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I shall demit office as Commissioner for NRI Affairs tomorrow.

After I returned from the Rajya Sabha in 2005 I was offered some important assignments by the Hon. Prime Minister but I could not accept them since for personal reasons I had to be in Goa. I did not at any stage seek the present appointment nor any other office in Goa.

News Clips from India

Kolkata’s first Bible procession draws thousands
By Julian Das

Archbishop Thomas D’Souza of Calcutta led the two-hour procession that included the Stations of the Cross by a city parish.

Kolkata: More than 5,000 people yesterday attended the first Bible procession in Kolkata to help Catholic appreciate the Bible more.

“Catholics do not have much devotion to the Bible as members of other Churches. The procession would inspire them give greater importance to the Word of God,” said its convener Ignatius Philo Sarto, a Calcutta archdiocese priest who objects to using “Father” with his name.


Now, Mormon church in US baptises Mahatma Gandhi
PTI Feb 29, 2012,

Washington: Mahatma Gandhi has been baptised in proxy by a US church, drawing sharp reaction from his grandson and others.

Gandhi was baptised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), headquartered in Salt Lake City in Utah on March 27, 1996; the confirmation of which was completed on November 17, 2007 at Sao Paulo Brazil Temple, according to researcher Helen Radkey.


New Indian Nuclear Plant – Koodankulam- to open soon
March 12, 2012

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India says the projects's two units are "99 percent and 94 percent" ready.

Chennai: The controversial Koodankulam nuclear power plant will be opened soon as the project’s safety audits have been completed, a government official announced today.


Goan Pioneers in Bombay
And then... came the Goans
By: Fiona Fernandez - Mumbai : 2012-03-04

(pic shows Gloria Church – Byculla)

Mumbai-based historian, author and research scholar, Teresa Albuquerque's just-released book, Goan Pioneers in Bombay, envelopes these aspects with a passion and purpose that highlights the Goan community's role in the island city's development throughout the 19th century.

Interviewer Fiona Fernandez writes:

Santacruz, Mumbai. Santa Cruz, Goa. Coincidentally, these two addresses connect Teresa Albuquerque's latest labour of love -- a 197-page dedication to the struggle, vision and service that the Goan community rendered to Mumbai. Hailing from Santa Cruz in Goa, she resides in leafy East Avenue in Santacruz.