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Ontario Elections - Begin To Rebuild
Extract from Editorial – The Catholic Register
On the eve of a provincial election, Catholics are called upon to carefully examine the record of the government, examine the platforms of the alternative parties and the words of their leaders and then vote on Oct. 2 for those politicians we believe will do the most to work for the public good.
The church doesn't expect perfection from political leadership. As we've seen, we're far from that, particularly when it comes to vital life issues such as abortion. However, we must work with what we have.
That doesn't mean accepting the status quo. It means we must continually push our political leaders to adopt policies that will serve life and the common good, that will build society rather than try to divide us against each other, that will be known by its sense of justice and compassion for the least fortunate, rather than by-its willingness to raid the treasury in search of votes.
See full text at: http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/sep/msg00119.html

The New Cardinals
See List at : http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/sep/msg00116.html
New Indian Cardinal ~Monsignor Telesphore Placidus Toppo, India, Archbishop of Ranchi See: India's first tribal cardinal recounts prophecy of becoming king

Dramatic Changes In Immigration Law
Denis Coderre, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, bowed to pressure from immigrant groups and at least one Federal ruling that found the retroactivity provision in the new law suspect, to announce drastic changes in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). On Sept. 17 at a press conference in Ottawa, Coderre said that effective immediately, the minimum pass marks for an applicant under the independent skilled category will be reduced to 67 from the current high of 75.
See full text at: http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/sep/msg00115.html

Toronto scored higher for (Racial) discrimination than other Canadian cities, with 22 per cent of visible minorities reporting it here
No matter how long they've been in this country or what generation they belong to, discrimination remains an issue for people of colour. Among Canadians generally, only 7 per cent of those responding to a Statistics Canada survey reported experiencing discrimination or unfair treatment because of their ethno-cultural characteristics in the past five years. But among visible minority groups - representing 3 million Canadians - 20 per cent of those 15 and older said they had been victims of racism. For some groups the numbers are much higher. Nearly one-third of blacks, representing about 135,000 Canadians, said they had been treated unfairly in the past five years, compared with 21 per cent of South Asians and 18 per cent of Chinese.
See full text at: http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/sep/msg00128.html

The Weather in Canada - No Glory for Toronto the muggy
Got a yearning to live in meteorological mediocrity? Come to Toronto
See full text at: http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/sep/msg00129.html

Also See: Canadian Cities are Weather Winners!

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