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Prime Minister Stephen Harper Says Canada Needs More Immigrants
Immigrant Landing Fee Cut –Foreign Adoptions To Be Made Easier

Harper made the comments following a speech in Mississauga, Ont., May 12, where he announced changes to streamline the immigration system.

But the prime minister appeared cool to the idea of setting specific target numbers, saying the previous Liberal government set targets that were never met.

"Just having a number out there I don't think matters," he said.

Harper said it's more important to make sure applications are processed quickly.

This week, Immigration Minister Monte Solberg seemed to hint that the previous government's target of 300,000 new immigrants to Canada each year was too high.

Harper also announced the federal government will introduce a bill to ease restrictions on foreign adoptions, making it easier for children overseas to become Canadian citizens.

The prime minister reiterated the government's plan to immediately cut the immigrant landing fee from $975 to $490.

"The so-called user fee is just a tax by another name," he said.

He also said the government would create an agency that would help new immigrants through bureaucratic regulations and help recognize their foreign credentials.


Employment Continues To Rise In Ontario
Employment in Ontario continued to pick up in April with an increase of 24,000, mostly among adult women. A settlement of the labour dispute affecting Ontario colleges may have contributed to a decline in youth employment. As classes resumed, this may have left less time for college students to work at a paid job in April. 

The recent employment growth in Ontario brings increases over the last 12 months to 108,000 (+1.7%). Over this period, increases in several service-based industries such as business, building and other support services (+34,000); educational services (+30,000); as well as retail and wholesale trade (+23,000) have more than offset losses in manufacturing (-56,000). There has also been strength in construction with 31,000 more workers in the industry compared to 12 months ago.


Budget 2006: Tax Cuts, Focused Spending, Debt Paydown
Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty presented a balanced federal budget that significantly cuts taxes, focuses federal spending on priority areas and pays down debt.
The budget delivers $20 billion in tax relief over two years—that is more tax relief than the previous four budgets combined.
Key tax measures include:
* A one-point reduction to the GST, effective July 1, 2006.
* Broad-based income tax relief.
* Targeted tax measures to help Canadians with the cost of:
* Tools.
* Textbooks.
* Transit passes.
* Kids’ sports.
The budget prioritizes and focuses federal spending including:
* $3.7 billion over two years for the new $1,200 Universal Child Care Benefit.
* $1.5 billion more this year for agriculture.
* $1.4 billion more this year for policing, border security and public safety.
* $1.1 billion more over two years to rebuild the Armed Forces.
Further information on Budget 2006 can be obtained by visiting the Department of Finance website or by phoning 1 800 O-Canada (1 800 622-6232)

Ontario Human Rights Commission Faces Overhaul
Monday, 08 May 2006: The Ontario government has introduced legislation that they claim would improve and strengthen the promotion, advancement and enforcement of human rights in Ontario. Attorney General Michael Bryant announced, "Our government is committed to promoting human rights, fighting discrimination and protecting the vulnerable. A modernized Ontario Human Rights Commission would become a stronger champion of human rights, focusing on the prevention of discrimination, while the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario would be given greater powers to resolve individual disputes fairly, quickly and effectively.



Housing Starts Pull Back in April
OTTAWA, May 8, 2006 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 218,100 units in April, down from 251,700 units in March, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
"Multiple starts gave back all the gains registered last month," said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC's Market Analysis Centre. "In contrast to the volatility in multiple starts, the pace of single starts is slowing consistently as expected."
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of urban starts declined 14.9 per cent to 187,000 units. Urban multiple starts were down 21.5 per cent to 96,500 units comparing April to March, while singles were down 6.4 per cent to 90,500 units.
In April, urban housing starts declined in all regions. Strong declines in multiples pulled down urban starts by 24.7 per cent in Quebec and 20.0 per cent in the Prairies. In Ontario, total urban starts were down 12.2 per cent with single urban starts declining more than multiples. The declines in the Atlantic region and British Columbia were relatively modest at 6.5 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively.


India Seeks Canadian Expertise In Power Sector
Monday, 08 May 2006
The Canada-India Business Council (C-IBC) in conjunction with the Consulate General of India organized a Business Breakfast Seminar for the visiting Power Delegation from India, The delegation consisted of nine persons representing the Ministry of Power, public sector undertakings under the ministry and representatives of the private sector. The delegation was seeking Canadian expertise and investment in the power sector of India which lags behind as an important component of its infrastructure needs.  The seminar was addressed by Joint Secretary of the Government of India, Minister of Power, Arvind Jadhav, who outlined the power needs of India and how Canada, a leader in the power sector, can assist in meeting its growing requirements as an industrial giant. He stated that his country's power sector has set an ambitious target of "power to all" by adding 100,000 MW of capacity by 2012.




From Toronto Star - Letters to the editor
Ontario must work with pharmaceutical companies
May 1, 2006. 01:00 AM

`Superfund' would transform bright ideas into steady jobs

Column, April 28.
David Crane makes a strong case when pointing out that "if Canada is to succeed, it must have a strong base for the creation of well-paying jobs and wealth. Without it, we will not be able to build the society we
It is noteworthy that the Expert Panel on Commercialization, chaired by the eminent entrepreneur Joseph Rotman, has divided its 11 recommendations into three key themes - talent, research and capital.
It is therefore somewhat worrisome to learn about the recent cost-cutting initiative by Ontario's drug plan that puts research in this province at risk, as per the concerns expressed by the Chair of Canada's Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies, Paul Lucas. In today's globalized economy, it is not difficult to appreciate that Ontario is competing with other provinces, as well as other countries, for a share of research and manufacturing jobs. It would be a very bitter pill to swallow if many of the high quality 9,000 jobs in the research-based drug company sector (and 25,000 spin-off jobs) in Ontario were to be lost to other locations in the future. It is particularly disconcerting to note that despite the unfortunate lesson of job losses at Avro due to John Diefenbaker's government's cancellation of the Avro Arrow fighter jet in the past, this province has not learned the key lesson of protecting our existing talent, research and capital.
It is time for the decision-makers in the Ontario government to effectively liaise with the research-based pharmaceutical companies to find a common ground that helps to productively manage the mounting
provincial drug costs while championing research efforts in the health-care sector - critical to Ontario's future success.

Rudy Fernandes,
President, Global Health Strategy Inc., Mississauga


News Clips from Goa

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yesterday (May 5) lauded the state for its development and said that it was one of the most developed and better-administered states in the country. Addressing a gathering after he inaugurated the Rs.130 crore Birla Institute of Technology & Science-Pilani campus at Zuarinagar-Vasco, Manmohan said, "Goa has enormous potential in its traditional areas of business, like tourism and fisheries and also has potential in knowledge-based industries. The Prime Minister said that Goa's appreciable record in human development and genial and friendly attitude of Goans makes the State an ideal base for service-oriented industries. (GT)

A section of the Agriculture Dept stall at the Konkan Fruit Fest

Fruit season in Goa
Goa trying to woo more tourists
Dated 2006-05-09

Panaji: Facing tough competition from various tourist destinations, the Goa Tourism department has invited bids from various agencies to professionally market the state to global visitors.

"We want to market Goa as a tourist destination to attract more tourists. We have a challenge to tap tourists even during the lean season," Director Tourism Department Sandeep Jacques told PTI here.

The Grape Escapade from May 12

PANJIM, May 8: The multiplex courtyard in Panjim is all set to host the second edition of 'The Grape Escapade" wine and haute cuisine festival 2006 from May 12 to 14. The Festival organised by the Goa Tourism Development Corporation to promote Goa as a tourist and lifestyle destination, will showcase Goa to the world and blend east and the west on a platform of food and wine. Wine producing units from Bangalore, Pune, Nasik, Goa and other places will participate in the three-day festival. Goan bands, dancers and musicians will provide entertainment. (GT)
SIOLIM, May 7:
Belting out a range of superb songs in a variety of languages, Goa's pop singer Olavo thrilled young and old Siolkars, who had gathered to hear him, on the second day of the "Siolim Summer Festival" here this evening. Olavo, privileged to be selected by maestro Chris Perry, has emerged into a top class crowd-puller.
His entire repertoire of foot-tapping hits mostly drawn from his hit audio album "Io, Io, Moga" dwelt around love songs arrowed towards young hearts, but thoroughly enjoyed by seniors as well for the candid lyrics and Goan music by Joaquim D'Souza. Olavo was backed by his youthful dance troupe. Getting as close as possible to his audience, getting people to come up stage and mixing with the audience, makes him a performer apart, besides, of course, his
Rane promises water, power from Tillari project to North Goa

MAPUSA, May 8: Refusing to comment either way on the contentious Mopa airport issue, the Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsing Rane, today firmly put the issue in the central government's court and instead promised to bring water and electricity for North Goa from the Tillari irrigation project at the earliest. Mr Rane was speaking at the inauguration of the launched
A comprehensive website covering various facets of Canacona taluka, on the southern tip of Goa, was launched recently. The website is designed, developed and maintained by Consult Infosys, Margao. Canacona taluka, which has remained the nerve-centre of our hoary culture and the very bosom of Mother Nature, was ceded to the Portuguese by the Raja of Saunde in 1763. As eminent independent journalist Frederick Noronha puts, it, it is one of the few places that treasure a semblance of the Goa of yester-years. The area also boasts some of the state's most outstanding sceneries with its indented coastline that includes the reigning queen of Goa's beaches - Palolem. (GT)


+Rita Dias
DIAS, Rita , Peacefully at Scarborough Grace Hospital (Toronto) on Sunday, May 14, 2006 at the age of 75. Rita, beloved wife of the late Frank. Loving mother of Frank and his wife Lucy and Philip and his wife Elaine. Much loved grandma of David, Nicole, Andrew and Cheryl. Loving sister of Zita D'Cruz. Predeceased by brother Michael Fonseca and sister Irene D'Souza. Resting at the Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Warden and Pharmacy) from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday. Funeral Mass on Saturday, May 20th, 2006 at 10 a.m. in St. Boniface Church (Markham Rd., south of Eglinton). Interment Christ the King Cemetery.
From: Toronto Star



 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  

Sunday, May 14th, 2006
11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.


Goan Overseas Association (GOA)
St. Francis Xavier Senior's Club
The Canorient Christian Association of Metropolitan Toronto
The Canorient Seniors Club of Toronto
The Manglorean Association of Canada (MAC)


Food & Craft Fair
Brebeuf College School
211 Steeles Avenue East
(Near Bayview & Steeles)
Toronto, Ontario




Tuesday May 16, 2006
6.45 p.m. sharp

Fifty-five Plus Goan Seniors Group- West GTA

Meet & Greet &First Monthly Whist Drive atThe Malta Band Club 5745 Coopers Avenue Mississauga, On  L4Z 1R9

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Saturday, May 27th 2006 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association 2nd Anniversary Dance Click for Flier

Sunday, May 28th 2006

Goan Soccer League

Goan Inter-Village Soccer League Commences At Thistletown Collegiate Grounds, 20 Fordwich Cres. Etobicoke, Ontario

Evaristo Fernandes @416 873-GOAN or visit


June 3, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Golf Classic
Friday 9th, June 2006 FIFA World Cup 2006 Germany Schedule
Saturday June 10, 2006

Goan Charitable Organization

"Walkathon" @ 9.00 a.m. sharp at Lakefront Premenade Park, (Cawthra/Lakeshore) Mississauga. For details visit
Saturday June 10, 2006 Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area Celebration St Anthony's Feast GVC
June 11, 2006 Goan Overseas Association St. Francis Xavier Summer Picnic
Tuesday June 13, 2006
6.45 p.m. sharp
Fifty-five Plus Goan Seniors Group- West GTA At Malta Band Club
Watch for Details
June 16, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Goan’ Overboard
June 17th, 2006
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario Konkani Tiatr "KIDD"
written by : Ben Evangelisto (Goa)

Directed by:Marshal Fernandes
Click for Flier
June 23rd, 2006 55 Plus Goan Association - West GTA "First Annual" dinner dance at the renaissance banquet hall - Mississauga,ONT. Click for Flier
Saturday July 8, 2006
6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.
Monte De Guirim – Toronto Chapter Summer Blast 2006 Click For Info

Saturday July 8, 2006 CLR Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga Picnic  
July 16, 2006 Villagers of Moira and Aldona
Moira/Aldona Picnic at Centennial Park, Etobicoke
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 -  12.00 noon Calangute Association Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex GVC
July 29, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Viva Goa 2006
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00 A.M. Calangute Association Canada GOAN EVENTS IN CANADA - 2006 Click for Flier
October 1, 2006
12:00 noon
Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia . Association 7th ANNUAL SOCIAL
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
October 22, 2006 Villagers of Moira, Moira Social, Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

November 18, 2006

Navelim Association of Toronto

Navelim Social
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)

Details to follow:
For information email- [email protected]


December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events


City of Vaughan - Public Meeting
This meeting may be of interest to G.O.A. members who have a stake in the Kirby Road property

A Stakeholder Consultation Group Workshop is scheduled for:
THURSDAY, May 25, 2006 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Civic Centre, Public Hearing Room
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the draft Secondary Plan.
Contact: Paul Robinson, Senior Planner - Policy Planning/Urban Design
905-832-8585 ext. 8410

Go to
To download references:
/projects/pdf/Highway400NOPAwithMapsmay29.pdf>  (3Mb PDF)
Highway 400 North Employment Lands Secondary Plan Study, Developing Scenarios Working Paper, Macaulay Shiomi Howson Ltd. and HEMSON Consulting Ltd., May 9, 2006 (7Mb PDF)


2006 Census of Canada

May 16, 2006
Count Yourself
Click image for Details
2006 Census Questions can be viewed at:
Some questions of relevance to>  readers.
Q 17 - What were the ethnic or cultural origins of this person's ancestors?
Question 17 provides information about the ethnic and cultural diversity of Canada's population. This question makes possible the collection of the information required for the implementation of the Multiculturalism Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is also used extensively by ethnic and cultural associations, as well as by agencies and researchers, for activities such as health promotion, communications and marketing.



People Places and Things

TEGSA brings Smile Theatre to Goan Seniors
The newly elected Toronto East Goans Seniors Association’s (TEGSA) Executive first event, a Dinner/Theatre, held on Thursday, May 4, 2006 at the Commander Hall was a resounding success.
More than 200 members and guests arrived in time for the sold-out event, and were promptly treated to a sumptuous dinner served by hardworking members of the new executive and a host of volunteers.

Social Secretary, Vicki D’Souza, then introduced the main event – a live, hour long performance entitled “Popcorn Princess” sponsored by the Wishing Wells Lions Club.

From: SMILE  THEATRE website:

The singing and acting of the two performers, Shawna van Omme & Kevin Etherington held the audience spell-bound and joining in the songs which included old favourites such as “Moonlight Bay”.
Smile Theatre is the only professional theatre company in Ontario (Canada) dedicated to performing for senior citizens. For over 30 years, The Smile Theatre Company has been bringing professional musical theatre to seniors in Ontario -- audiences that, because of physical or transportation difficulties, cannot attend regular performances.
Each year, Smile tours five original productions to hospitals, long-term care facilities, and other seniors’ facilities in Ontario. The company performs, often twice a day in over 400 shows over an eleven month season to approximately
 40,000 seniors.
For more information visit their website: to register your support.

Click to see photos of the event:


Elliott Braganza set for Masters in Piano Performance

Elliott Braganza will be entering his first year of the Masters in Piano Performance program at the University of Ottawa in September 2006, where he will be studying with Stephane Lemelin. He is receiving a very generous scholarship from Ottawa - fully paid tuition and a Teaching Assistantship as well Elliott received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from the Don Wright Faculty of Music at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada in 2006. He also holds an Associateship in Piano Performance with the Royal Conservatory of Music (Toronto). Elliott was raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick and began studying piano with Joan Pike and Norma Ferguson. He continued his piano studies with Gwen Beamish at Western.


Two UK Indians Set To Become Lords
                     Karan Bilimoria                             Prof Kamlesh Patel
Monday, 08 May 2006
NRI entrepreneur Karan Bilimoria, the founder and chief executive of Cobra Beer, is set to be appointed to Britain's upper house of Parliament, the House of Lords. Hyderabad-born Bilimoria's name along with that of Prof Kamlesh Patel, an academic and government advisor with expertise in mental health, drugs and ethnicity, has been recommended by the House of Lords Appointments Commission to be made peers, it was officially stated in London.



Health & Welfare

Sea Sponge Cancer Treatment Among 73 New Projects Announced by Canadian Cancer Society
Society funding more than $47 million in cancer research across Canada this year

TORONTO, May 4 /CNW/ - Surfacing new life-saving cancer treatments from the world's oceans is the focus of one of 73 new research grants announced today by the Canadian Cancer Society.
The $685,000, five-year grant is focused on developing new anti-cancer drugs inspired by animals that live in the sea. From Vancouver's coasts to the coral reefs of Papua New Guinea, the research team will be collecting hundreds of sea animals, such as sponges, and examining the powerful chemicals they house inside.


McGuinty Government Protecting Ontario's Seniors
New Funding Enhances Community Services, Helps Combat Elder Abuse

TORONTO, May 3 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is providing $459,000 In new funding to combat elder abuse, Minister Responsible for Seniors Jim Bradley announced today.
"We're on the side of seniors, and we're giving them the supports they need to live in safety and with dignity," said Bradley.



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