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Newsletter. Issue 2005-10. May. 14, 2005
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TORONTO - South Asian Heritage Month in May is an opportunity for all Ontarians to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the rich culture, heritage and traditions of the South Asian community, said Citizenship Minister Carl DeFaria.
"Our government strongly supports South Asian Heritage Month," said DeFaria. "Ontario's diverse society contributes to the economic, social and cultural well-being of the province, and the South Asian community is a strong contributor to the strength of Ontario. I urge Ontarians to join in the many cultural and heritage events planned for this month." The minister paid tribute to MPP Raminder Gill who spearheaded the passage of the South Asian Heritage Act, 2001.
South Asians comprise more than five per cent of Ontario's population and draw upon their heritage and traditions while contributing to many aspects of culture, commerce and public service across Ontario. More than 60 per cent of Canadians of South Asian origin reside in Ontario.
A month-long celebration of Ontario's diverse South Asian community is being co-ordinated through the South Asian Heritage Foundation, the Gerrard India Bazaar Business Improvement Area and the Jyafest Arts Collective. "I urge all Ontarians to take time this month to celebrate the heritage and to learn about the legacy of south Asians in Ontario. It is a rich and important component of our province's proud history of accomplishments," said Harry Mann, chair of the South Asian Heritage Foundation. For a listing of this year's events, visit www.southasianheritagefestival.com.

Health Minister Dosanjh announces $75 million initiative to bring more internationally educated professionals into health care system
VANCOUVER - Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh today announced a $75 million federal initiative that is expected to assist more than 2,000 internationally educated health care professionals to put their skills to work in Canada's health care system.
"The whole country benefits when immigrants and internationally educated Canadians are able to make full use of their knowledge and experience," said Minister Dosanjh. "This initiative will strengthen our health system by helping to increase the supply of health care professionals, which will improve access to quality health care and reduce wait times."
The $75 million, which was included in Budget 2005, will be provided over five years. During this period, it is estimated the funding will assist in the assessment and integration into the workforce of up to 1,000 physicians, 800 nurses and 500 other regulated health care professionals. The numbers will vary, however, according to the priorities of provincial and territorial governments.

Ontario and Ottawa on Friday announced an agreement in principle that will see almost $1.9 billion invested in the province's child-care system over the next five years.
CBC News
The money is part of the $5 billion Prime Minister Paul Martin promised to spend on child care during the last election campaign. The sum was also contained in February's budget, which has not yet been passed in Parliament. The pending vote on the budget could bring down the Liberal minority government, precipitating new elections, but Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has said his party would honour Liberal commitments on child care if it was elected.
Martin, Federal Social Development Minister Ken Dryden and Ontario Children and Youth Services Minister Marie Bountrogianni were at a Hamilton day care on Friday to present the $1.9-billion agreement. "Today is a day that shows why politics matter," Dryden said. The deal follows similar agreements with Saskatchewan and Manitoba last week.

Goa-America Cardiac Center
An alliance between Goa-America Heart Foundation and an existing medical facility in Goa
Goa-America Heart Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established to promote state-of-the-art cardiac care in Goa, along with more effective methods of health care delivery [read more...] link +http://www.gaheartfoundation.org/

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