Newsletter. Issue 08. April 14, 2012


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Citizenship and Immigration Canada Announces its Intention to Create a New Skilled Trades Program

Calgary, April 10, 2012 — To fill Canada’s growing labour shortages in construction, natural resources and similar industries, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney announced plans today to make it easier for skilled tradespersons to immigrate to Canada.


Canadians encouraged to look at emerging markets for growth
April 6, 2012 7:00 AM

Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney highlights emerging market opportunities

Toronto, April 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Emerging markets are today's fastest growing markets and global economic drivers. In an April 2nd Chamber of Commerce address, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney urged Canadian businesses to refocus their strategies towards emerging markets. These high growth economies have a rapidly rising middle class, supported by increasing disposable incomes, which is making these nations an attractive investment for Canadians.


Former World Bank chief predicts shifts in global economy
From Radio Australia:
26 March 2012,

It's no secret that a massive shift in global economic power is under way from West to East but the question is whether the old developed economies are ready for the consequences of this change.

Former World Bank president, James Wolfensohn, thinks not. He also thinks the time is rapidly approaching where the World Bank's top job should cease to be the exclusive preserve of the United States.


Canadian immigration to eliminate visa application backlog
03 April 2012

As part of Canadian immigration's plan to reduce the backlog of visa applications, the government will be rejecting almost 300,000 people who applied for a Canadian visa before 2008. Their applications are being returned and $130 million worth of fees will be refunded as the government aims to decrease the massive backlog they say has been standing in the way of major reform to the immigration system.


Canada - Immigration sponsorship of parents, grandparents under review by Ottawa
March 27, 2012 | Nicholas Keung – Toronto Star

Ottawa is considering giving top priority to single parents who have all their children in Canada.

That is one option under review by Immigration Minister Jason Kenney as he launched his national consultations to redesign the program that reunites parents and grandparents with their families in Canada.


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Immigrants are a key resource for building and strengthening Canada, particularly in light of our aging population, our declining birth rate and the global competition for talent.

Canada brings in roughly 250,000 immigrants per year. This figure is comprised of economic immigrants and their families, family class immigrants and refugees. Of these, the largest group are economic immigrants. This includes individuals selected through the skilled worker and provincial nominee programs. Immigrants in this category are highly skilled and educated and are best equipped to meet the needs of our evolving economy.


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

Decline of religion, rise of spirituality
Posted on April 9, 2012, Indian Catholic News
By Desmond de Sousa

The Catholic Church sooner or later has to take account of the most explosive phenomenon of modern civilization: the emergence of a desire for full self-determination on the part of individuals.

Panaji: Today in India when people hear about any miraculous happenings they rush in droves to see them, believing that God is somehow present. The implication is that God is present only in the extraordinary happenings and events, and abandons us in the ordinary events of life. In other words, God acts only in a few extraordinary events of life, and not in the numerous, continuous routine of ordinary events of history.


To Seriously Improve Global Health, Reinvent the Toilet
By the Editors - Apr 8, 2012

The toilet is a magnificent thing. Invented at the turn of the 19th century, the flush version has vastly improved human life.

People Places and Things

Church suffers ‘ominous division’, says theologian
Posted on April 9, 2012 | Source: Irish Times, posted on

Fr Gabriel Daly says one faction has taken control and is presenting its views as those of the whole church.

As controversy over the silencing by the Vatican of Redemptorist priests Fr Tony Flannery and Fr Gerard Moloney grows, an Augustinian priest has written about “an ominous division” in the Catholic Church.


Catholic Church in Australia looks to recruit priests from Asia
Updated 4 April 2012, 15:45 AEST

The Catholic Church in Australia is keen to import priests from Asia to fill a shortfall. Catholic Church looks to recruit priests from Asia (Credit: ABC) Click here for link

But at least one senior figure in the church says the racist attitudes of some Australians are an issue.

Liam Cochrane
Speaker: Bishop Greg O'Kelly, Diocese of Port Pirie in South Australia


Studying Goan migration... Down Under
Postes on GoaNet by Frederick Noronha
First published in Gomantak Times, April 9, 2012.

In today's globalised world, distance seems to matter less than every before. Economic opportunity, access for jobs or cultural openness can make Sydney, Doha or Perth seem like a suburb of Mapusa or Margao. A book one recently received and called 'Goenkars in Western Australia' only further underlines such possibilities.

Dr. Quincy Almeida, Laurier Parkinson’s researcher named North American Early Career Distinguished Scholar
Wilfrid Laurier University | Communications, Public Affairs & Marketing

Waterloo – Quincy Almeida, director of Laurier’s Sun Life Movement Disorders Research & Rehabilitation Centre (MDRC), has been chosen as the 2012 Early Career Distinguished Scholar by the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA).


The Goan Welfare Association(GWA), Qatar: May Queen Ball 2012- On May 3
Media Release

Doha, Apr 10: The Goan Welfare Association (GWA), Qatar is all set to organize their 12th Annual May Queen Ball (a dinner dance) the most successful and colourful social annual gathering promises to be fun filled event on 3rd May 2012 at the Ramada Plaza Doha Hotel from 8.30 pm onwards. The May Ball event has been growing in stature with every passing year. Due to the tremendous public demand, India’s most celebrated and Goa’s number one band “Forefront” will be flown in once again to render the exhilarating performances. The highlight of the event will be Crowning of 12th May Queen by the most popular bollywood stars, said president of the Goan Welfare Association Simon D’Silva.

News Clips from Goa

Goa govt to maintain database of tainted officials
PTI - Panaji, April 09, 2012

In a bid to weed out corruption, Goa Government will now maintain a list of tainted officials and keep them away from sensitive departments if they fail to improve their conduct over a period of time.

Parrikar inducts six new ministers in Goa
Posted: 08 Apr 2012 08:25 AM PDT

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar inducted six new ministers in his cabinet at a ceremony at Raj Bhavan on Sunday. Goa Governor K Sankaranarayanan administered the oath of office and secrecy to Ramesh Tavadkar, Mahadev Naik, Deelip Parulekar and Milind Naik (all BJP) and Pandurang alias Deepak Dhavlikar (MGP) and Avertino Furtado (Independent).

Goa illegal mining scam: Panaji port to be made accountable
Posted: 08 Apr 2012 05:48 AM PDT

A Goa government-run minor port at Panaji, which has allegedly been the clearing house for millions of tonnes of dubiously sourced iron ore, could be back in the news again.

A top official of Goa’s only major central government-run port said that on Monday, at a meeting with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar the latter would be implored to hike the “accountability” norms at the Panaji minor port, which official records show has exported nearly five million tonnes of ore in the last few years.

No ship will leave Goa port with ore consignment without no objection certificates (NOC)
Posted: 11 Apr 2012 | On : | Courtesy : TOI

In a bid to contain illegal exports from Goa, the State Mines and Geology department has ordered that no objection certificates (NOCs) should be taken from exporters, before iron ore is laden in ships anchored in the ports here. This is in contravention to an earlier order in which the exporter had to get NOC only after ore is unloaded in the ship and consignment is ready to sail.

Visa facilitation centre shifted
Times of India

Panaji: The Union ministry of home affairs has shifted the visa facilitation centre attached to its foreigners division from Jaisalmer House, Mansingh Road, New Delhi, to NDCC-II Building, Jai Singh Road, off Parliament Street, Near Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, will effect from April 4. Consequently, the OCI cell attached to the visa facilitation centre, also stands shifted to the new premises, states a press note.

News Clips from India

Indian Economy Will Surpass China By 2050

New Delhi: Surpassing China, India will become the world’s largest economy by 2050, says a report. “China will overtake the US to become the world’s largest economy by 2020, which in turn will be overtaken by India in 2050,” according to Wealth Report 2012 by Knight Frank & Citi Private Bank.


Former Envoy Sounds Optimistic On Pakistan’s Future

Toronto: A frank assessment of Pakistan’s political, geographical and social life by a non South Asian can become a point of heated discussion but in the hands of a savvy and seasoned retired diplomat it turned into a progressive and open forum to provoke critical and constructive thought process. Canada Pakistan Business Council recently invited Canada’s former High Commissioner to Pakistan, Mr. Ferry de Kerckhove to speak to a select group of businessmen, bankers and professionals at an evening held at the Bayview Club.


China hails warming India-Pakistan ties
Source : IANS | :Mon, Apr 09, 2012 18:02 hrs

Beijing: China has welcomed Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's trip to India and the improvement in India-Pakistan ties.


Govt to banish open defecation by next decade
Posted on April 9, 2012, 3:54 PM | Source: Times of India

Assures to revamp Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (clean India campaign)

Mumbai: The federal government is planning to make rural areas of the country open-defecation free within a decade.

"All the 265,000 gram panchayats in the country will be open defecation-free in ten years," Union rural development Minister Jairam Ramesh said at a seminar here yesterday. The move comes nearly a month after the Household Amenities Census 2011 report revealed that nearly half of India’s 1.2 billion people (47.2 percent) defecate in the open.