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HAPPY DIWALI! With the holiday season underway, the mood of people has shifted in the cold Fall air. This week there are a number of Diwlai celebrations that will be taking place throughout the Greater Toronto Area as well as in Canada. Diwali brings the message of hope and victory of goodness in humanity. This festival also focuses on sisterbrother relationship to foster a stronger bond between them. Notable in many of these events is the participation of youths (ages 16 - 40) that leave no opportunity to dance away with their youthful energy. Even Dr. Deep Saini let go of seriousness and enjoyed with University of Toronto Mississauga's South Asian students. Dr. Saini has another reason to be jubilant. The Honourable Deb Matthews, Ontario Health Minister visited Health Sciences Complex of UTM to announce 75 new specialized positions for healthcare professionals.
Some of these professionals will graduate from UTM. Among other things Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration was frustrated with the federal government for cutting funds from Ontario's settlement agencies, not giving Ontario its fair share and for not reopening negotiations on Canada Ontario Immigration Agreement (COIA). To his credit, the Honourable Jason Kenney states that the federal government has quadrupled the funding for Ontario's newcomers. CIC Mississauga and Peel-Halton Settlement have combined offices to deliver citizenship and settlement services to new Canadians from 3085 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga. These new Canadians are crucial to Ontario and Canada's economy; however the feeling in academic circles is that we do not have trained labour force to replace baby boomers in next five years. Having new
Tani Ravi Zareen Muzzaffar Fatima Kazmi Zarish Ahmed Daanish Maan Tania Jaura Ruby Latif Kiran Takrani Nabeel Ahmed Iqra Azhar Tehreem Rehman Vijay Mehta Aunt Sassy Jacaquline Chatterpaul Ravinder Virk.
Kuldip Nayar Dr. Hasan Askari Suresh Madan Natascha Trivedi Anurag Gupta Yesha Shah Dr. Hassan Abbas Dr. Farooq Hasnat Sona Dhawan Waris Hussain Asma Amanat Rahul Mehta Rupinder Kaur Harminder Kaur Saniya Zahid Anuj Sharma Qasim A. Nihang Billal M. Sarwar Kartiga Thavraj Myuri Komagiri Sarah Zahid Mewren D. Martins Paul Bhasin Sana Hashmi Ramya Bajaj Poonam Patel Ali Abbas Namrita Khatri Bilal Rajan Nida Shamsi Sanchari Sur
Special Thanks to our Elected Representatives: MP Deepak Obhrai MP Micheal Ignatieff MP Rob Oliphant MP Jack Layton
Minister Kathleen Wynne Minister Deb Matthews Minister Harinder Takhar Minister Micheal Chan Councillor Carolyn Parrish Publisher Afaq Farooqi
Canadians to go through complicated process of studying what they already know and have practiced in their countries of origin is waste of Canadian resources and can be better streamlined. By the same token, even when there are about 1,000 new healthcare professionals added into the healthcare system, long wait times suggest there is need for more healthcare units as well as professionals or at least managing them better. These healthcare and education related matters are bound to come up over and over again as we head into provincial election campaigning season. It's already started with Mr. Tim Hudak, Leader of Ontario PC Party's visit to Brampton. In one of his meet and greet events, it was encouraging to see youth engaged in political process. Let's hope it continues and let's hope there are not ten South Asian candidates running against one another in October 2011.
DIWALI: HOPE, PEACE & RENEWAL - PRIME MINISTER HARPER
As millions of people around the world celebrate the Festival of Lights, it is with great pleasure that I extend my warmest greetings to all Canadians observing Diwali. This luminous festival commemorates significant events in the history of
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Canadian Politics Tim Hudak: Our best days are still, yet, to come Plagiarism or Inspiration from Former Liberal Health Minister? By: Staff Writer A victory for our Veterans By: Rupinder Kaur We're aware and responsive to healthcare needs of Ontario's diverse communities - Deb Matthews By: Staff Writer
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South Asian Politics In the name of tolerance By Kuldip Nayar
Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. The time-honoured Diwali tradition of the lighting of the diya is a powerful symbol of the triumph of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. At its essence, Diwali conveys a universal message of hope, peace and renewal
that transcends borders and faiths. Canada has inherited a wealth of cultural traditions. Diwali celebrations across the country honour the heritage and contributions of our large and dynamic South Asian communities. I have had the pleasure to participate in the annual Diwali event that has illuminated Parliament Hill for more than a decade. Celebrations of the Festival of Lights are reflective of our South Asian communities' significant role in shaping a vibrant, pluralistic Canada for the 21st century. On behalf of my colleagues in the Government of Canada, please accept my best wishes for a joyous celebration. Happy Diwali. Namaste. Sat Sri Akal. The Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., M.P. Prime Minister of Canada
Diwali: an opportunity to celebrate one nation - Dr. Deep Saini, Vice Principal of UTM By Saurabh Agarwal
Celebrating Goodness By:Ramya Maheshwary
Diwali ki Badhai! By: Minister Jason Kenney
More Light Please: A Christian's Reflection on Diwali Rob Oliphant, M.P.
Diwali Special Recipes By Rama Devi & Sarju Bajaj
Education All Work and No Play Makes Me a Grad Student By: Sanchari Sur
I'd like to see student diversity reflected in Sheridan's Board of Governors and staff - Jeff Zabudsky
Apprenticeship Career Connections Fair: Tips for Generation Next's readers By: Staff Writer
Unifying all South Asian groups Sudevi Mukherjee-Gothi, President of SABA & partner at Torkin Manes LLP By: Pratiti Patel
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would like to extend my warmest greetings to all the readers of South Asian Generation Next. On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, I would like to thank Generation Next and its readers for your unwavering devotion to Canada the open and diverse society we are proudly building together. Diwali - one of the most important festivals of the world - is celebrated in Canada by many communities, including Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. Everyone comes together, family and friends, enjoying local festivities, the
DIWALI KI BADHAI! NAMASTE!
lighting of "diyas,. fire-
works presentations, gift-
giving and delicious treats the famous "mithai. come to mind. It is indeed a wonderful occasion for all Canadians to recognize the tremendous contributions of the South Asian community and share in the joyous spirit of this great festival. As Prime Minister Harper noted during a Diwali celebration on Parliament Hill last year: "Diwali, or the "Festival of Lights,. illuminates the universal hope of all people for the renewal of life and the triumph of good over
evil. This is a journey that resonates with all Canadians and binds us together in our faith, dreams and aspirations for the future." As Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, I would like to take this opportunity to offer my best wishes for a happy Diwali and a very safe and prosperous New Year. I invite everyone to join in the festivities and partake in one of the most wonderful celebrations of our mul-
ticultural mosaic. Diwali ki Badhai! Namaste! Sincerely,
The Honourable Jason Kenney, PC, MP Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
MORE LIGHT PLEASE: A CHRISTIAN'S REFLECTION ON DIWALI
Rob Oliphant, M.P., Don Valley West, Toronto round the perimeter of the convention hall were booths and tables attracting people to sample, taste,
learn and buy: a lively Indian bazaar. Local merchants selling jewelry and lotions, candles and saris greeted us with smiles and words of welcome. Children, adults, and seniors resting wearily on chairs invited customers to check their wares. Against the back wall were tables and tables of food: briyani and samosas, curries and gravies, butter chicken masala and dal makhani, bowls of raita, baskets of
naan and roti, and my personal favourite, freshly made dosai. At the far side were tables sponsored by local groups and organizations promoting good causes, community life and spiritual development. It wasn't my first Diwali celebration, but it was my first one in Winnipeg, Manitoba. And it was a warm, welcoming way to spend October 23, 2010. After the politicians gave their greetings the lamps on
the stage were lit. We were invited into the mystery and wonder of Diwali, an ancient festival with a very
young adults danced traditional dances, which were often inspired with new Bollywood choreography.
A stranger in their midst, pale skinned and Christian in background, I was welcomed, encouraged and enlightened as the festival continued. contemporary message. Over 3,000 people watched as children, youth and
One could not help but smile at the energy, creativity and artistry of the young
dancers. A celebration of the triumph of light over darkness, the victory of good over evil and knowledge over ignorance, Diwali developed in South Asia, but is now celebrated around the world. It has the sense of the beginning of a New Year with all the promise and hope that that brings to individuals and communities. Sponsored by the Hindu To be Continued on pg24
A VICTORY FOR OUR VETERANS?? RUPINDER KAUR is Press Secretary for Canada's New Democrats
As we say goodbye to October and Halloween and before we say hello to December and Christmas, we have the month of November to reflect and remember our veterans and the sacrifices they made for Canada.? Remembrance Day is when we honour all those women and men who've served in uniform to defend the values we hold dear. It is a time to say thank you for their bravery and courage. It's time to recognize what our military, police, RCMP and their families have given up for our safety and security and freedom to live our lives with comfort.? As Canadians, it seems like it is in our nature to not turn away when we see people facing injustice. Whether it's fascism
in Europe or floods in the Prairies - it is our instinct to first ask: how can we help?? So that is why I'm relieved the Conservatives have finally listened to the Royal Canadian Legion, and will remove the sales tax from the purchase of poppies and wreathes for the Legion's annual poppy campaign. Under the HST agreement between Ontario and the Canadian government, poppies and wreaths were subject to the full 13 percent tax.? Many of you may not know, but the poppy campaign is a crucial fundraising tool for the Royal Canadian Legion. When they're charged 13 percent HST on the purchase of poppies, the federal government was actually hurting veterans and their families.? Legions lose an extra 13 percent of their costs in purchasing the poppies from their supplier in Toronto, which will
come out of the millions of dollars donated by Canadians when they buy poppies every year for Remembrance Day.? This HST comes at an unfortunate time as legions need those funds more than ever to support our military, police and veterans, and their families.? Last year, NDP MP Malcolm Allen (Welland) introduced a Private Members Bill, C-480, An Act to Amend the Excise Tax Act. This Bill would remove tax on poppies and wreaths purchased for the benefit of veterans and would allow the legions to recoup the five percent federal portion of the HST.? So now that the Conservatives have acted on the NDP's recommendation to remove the tax on poppies, this is actually a win for all veterans, legions and their families.? Distribution of the national poppy campaign To be Continued on pg24
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BY: STAFF WRITER Our best days are still, yet, to come," declared Mr. Tim Hudak, Ontario PC leader to more than 600 South Asians convened at Chandani Banquet Hall. The only irony in the statement is that these are the words of Mr. George Smitherman, the Toronto mayoral candidate and former Ontario Health Minister. Anyone who followed Mr. Smitherman campaigns knows that Mr. Smitherman said the quote two or three times in his every speech. Another irony is that Mr. Tim Hudak is credited to highlight that the Ontario government has mismanaged [read waste] about $1 billion in setting up ehealth records in Ontario. Mr. Hudak's references to sex ed curriculum, having cell phones in classrooms warranted responses like "shame, shame" from the audience. The PC leader said that Dalton McGuinty has "bizarre priorities; that "he is out of touch" who "broke promises" and "wasted $250 million" on LIHNs and has landed Ontario with "the biggest deficit..rewarding insider Liberals and friends [with contracts]."
TIM HUDAK: OUR BEST DAYS ARE STILL, YET, TO COME -PLAGIARISM OR INSPIRATION FROM FORMER LIBERAL HEALTH MINISTER?
Tim Hudal, leader of Ontario PC with Pam Hundal, PC candidate for Brampton-Springdale on Friday
Asians in Brampton. But Mr. Hudak is not making any promises to Ontarians as we approach provincial elections in October 2011. Ms. Hudal in her speech said "I'm running to work for you..we're the party that listens..Mr. Hudak says 'I don't wanna make a promise I can't keep." Not making any concrete policy announcements or promises is what is frustrating Ontario Liberals about Tim Hudak. In her speech to the audience, MP Lisa Raitt
political realms. "Women are steel," she said. The only problem was that in a room full of about 600 men, there were less than 60 women and off these only about half were South Asian. Later while talking to Generation Next, Ms. Hundal said "That's better than before when there were 100 per cent men. We have to take one step at a time." Ontario PC party's volunteers, especially the young volunteers have to be commended for their organiza-
(Halton) mentioned how the role of women is of paramount importance in
tional skills. These volunteers were young and mid To be Continued on pg24
Youth volunteers of Team Hundal Mr. Hudak had spent almost the entire day in Brampton with Pam
Hundal, PC candidate from Brampton Springdale. He met with seniors, staff at
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William Osler Hospital in Brampton, and met with a large number of South
75 MORE RESIDENCY POSITIONS FOR ONTARIO'S MEDICAL SPECIALISTS BY: STAFF WRITER he Honurable Deb Mathews was at Health Science
While she is not sure how many of these 75 specialty positions will be in Mississauga, she noted that since 2003, because of the
and his family faced difficulty in finding a family doctor for themselves. Many in the society are concerned that not enough
two were South Asians. The system is very open." On the occasion were present Dr. Sarita Verma, Deputy Dean Faculty of Medicine of
WE'RE AWARE AND RESPONSIVE TO HEALTHCARE NEEDS OF ONTARIO'S DIVERSE COMMUNITIES - DEB MATTHEWS BY: STAFF WRITER
MPP Harinder Takhar
Dr. Gaurav Puri, 2nd year resident - Family Medicine at Tr illium Healthare Centre
Complex (under construction) of University of Toronto (Mississauga campus) to announce that the Ontario government is increasing access to medical specialists like surgeons and psychiatrists - by 75 specialty residency positions at the province's medical schools. "We've been steadily increasing the number of doctors in Ontario over the last six years," she says.
MPP Bob Delaney (Mississauga Streetsville)
The Honourable Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews
Dr. Nikhil Pai, Pediatrician at Sick Kids Hospital & VP of PAIRO
Liberal government's "concerted efforts", a million more Ontarians have been attached to a family practitioner. On the occasion, Dr. Deep Saini, the first South Asian Vice President of UTM, noted that the government's efforts to provide healthcare "go a long way." Five years ago, when he came to Waterloo from Quebec, he
Dr. Sarita Verma, Deputy Dean Faculty of Medicine University of Toronto (Downtown campus)
opportunities are available to visible minorities when it comes to top policy decision making decisions. Dr. Saini says "I would not agree with you. Just look at the people who were speaking at the podium..all of them except
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Dr. Deep Saini, the first South Asian VP of University of Toronto Mississauga
Uof T (downtown campus), Dr. Nikhil Pai, Pediatricin at Sick Kids Hospital and Vice Preident of Professional association of Interns and residents of Ontario (PAIRA) and Dr. Gaurav Puri, the 2nd year resident, Family Medicine at Trillium Health Centre. UTM's Health Sciences Complex will serve 54 students a year and have 216 students at full strength. "That's bigger than Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the medicine department of University of Saskatchewan," Dr. Saini notes. The facility will have lecture halls, laboratories, rooms for problem based learning and some offices.
The Ontario government is sensitive to the needs of diverse communities of Ontario when it comes to providing healthcare. The Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews says it is "a very very important issue…we know that the demographics of Ontario are changing and that they vary from place to place within Ontario..it's our job to provide healthcare to all people in Ontario [which] means being aware of and responsive to the cultural and language needs [of Ontarians]." "Our doctors and nurses came from the same culture and diverse population as is in Mississauga, so it's not very difficult to find someone who speaks the language and understands the culture," says Dr Norman Hill, Vice President of Medical and Academic Affairs at Trillium Healthcare
Centre. Ontario's Health Minister Deb Mathews tells us that Conservatives promise to cut $3 billion from healthcare, and in 2011 provincial elections, people will vote on issues that matter to them. "People are gonna make decisions based on issues that matter them. People in Ontario want better healthcare. They have seen before [Liberal government] what happens when they [the Conservative government of Mike Harris] cut spending [from] healthcare..and which what is what they are promising again. They are promising to take $3 billon out of the healthcare and we are promising to keep on strengthening the healthcare," she said in response to a question from Generation Next. In recent months Ontario Ministry of Health has seen a number of controversies To be Continued on pg 26
SANCHARI SUR Toronto ife as a graduate student is overrated. For one, you are always over exhausted. Remember that day when you received that acceptance letter in the mail? That absolute joy that filled you when you realised that you would be joining the world of academic elites, something you had deemed impossible? Remember that smugness you experienced when you announced proudly to all those waiting in the wings to judge you by your future prospects? Remember? Well, this "joy" is short-lived. It is squashed out of you through over work. "Now, what is a little over work when a degree with a coveted Master's or Doctorate next to your name on an official sheet of paper
ALL WORK AND NO PLAY MAKES ME A GRAD STUDENT awaits you at the end of your journey?" you ask belligerently. I would say nothing, except for the fact that I: 1.Plan my life around naps: Yes, naps. An undisturbed all night's sleep is out of the question when you are a grad student. Sleep is an inconvenience. There is just always too much to read, too much to write, too much to do! 2.Read books with names like Dangerous Liaisons, except they are books on feminist theory and on gender politics. 3.Live from weekend to weekend: Weekends mean longer naps. 4.Dream of the day when I could wake up and go back to being a carefree undergrad student: Sometimes, these dreams can become nightmares when you
wake up and realise that they are nothing but dreams. 5.Want to kill myself when I have to read endless badly written first year papers: You conveniently forget that you used to be one of them. 6.Marvel at the lack of creativity of excuses on the part of first year students: Yes, you have been there and done ALL of that. So, when a student comes to you and says he couldn't hand in an essay on time because he accidentally hit a deer on the way to school and then his car broke down, after which he lost his way to the university from the car repair store, you raise a sceptical eyebrow and go "Huh! Really?" 7.Wish that I had a life beyond naps and endless reading, and then remind myself that I
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should be lucky to be in grad school, and then wish I had a life all over again. 8.Silently plot to kill my students when they hand in unstapled papers and justify by saying, "but I folded the corners". 9.Attend 8:30 morning lectures of first year classes that I don't belong to, but I am a TA (teaching assistant) for: You have forgotten what 8:30 classes used to be like, especially after you vowed in your first year never to take one again. Karma can be quite a pain, huh? 10.Nap in my office in between classes: How else do you think I get through the day? Ok, back to my reading now. (http://sursanchari.wo rdpress.com)
ONTARIO'S SPECIALIZED LANGUAGE TRAINING SUPPORTS EMPLOYERS & NEW CANADIANS
ntario's specialized language training projects will help 650 newcomers in Halton, Mississauga and Brampton succeed in the workplace through projects delivered by the Halton District School Board. "Our specialized language training programs help our newcomers succeed in the workplace. Through programs like this, we're working in partnership with employers, school boards, and newcomers themselves to build a stronger workforce and a more prosperous and open Ontario," said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. The province is supporting 16
Ontario school boards to deliver 31 specialized language training projects to help 3,800 newcomers and their families. With this training, newcomers are better able to find employment that reflects their qualifications or become more effective in their current jobs in sectors such as accounting, business, finance, engineering, healthcare, hospitality and skilled trades. "Specialized language training programs, like the one here in Mississauga, work with employers, newcomers, and school boards to make it easier for newcomers and their families to integrate into Ontario's labour force," said MPP Amrit Mangat (Mississauga-Brampton South)
BY STAFF WRITER South Asian parents don't want their kids to go to trades" thinking that their kids' are "too smart" for that, says Shalini da Cunha, Executive Director of Peel Halton Workforce Development Group. What South Asian parents do not realize is that careers in trades can be very rewarding. Peel Halton Workforce Development Group had organized Apprenticeship Career Connections Fair. With 81 exhibitors from various trades, employers' association, unions and Ontario colleges, Apprenticeship Career Connection Fair was for students, new Canadians and people seeking Second Career as a result of job losses in recent economic downturn. Explaining the reason for holding the Fair, Ms. Cunha said "We know in about five to ten years baby boomers will be exiting the work force and this exit will leave a huge vacuum. We need to make sure that we have robust work force." A large number of representatives from trucking industry were also present at the Fair. It was interesting to note a good number of females at the booths of
APPRENTICESHIP CAREER CONNECTIONS FAIR: TIPS FOR GENERATION NEXT'S READERS
Jim O'Brien, Project Manager, Shalini da Cunha, Executive Director & Rhea Mekani, Project Coordinator of Peel Halton Work Force
Heather Stockley, Academy Director at Donato Academy
trucking industry. Canadian Armed Forces recruiters were busy for
almost the entire time we stayed at the Fair. Heather Stockley,
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Academy Director of Donato Academy believes that beauty industry is "a recession proof industry because people will always be wanting to look good..there's a lot of interest in this industry. It's growing, thriving industry." But Ms. Stockley believes that "industry is underestimated. There are people who make over $100,000 just doing colour." Nonetheless this is not the money one can make in one year or even after five years of being in the industry. Tapping into your social network and going out of box is key to success. And here's the tip for Generation Next's readers from Ms. Stockley: What you see on TV is mass marketing. On TV, products advertised use the cheapest ingredients in hair products, spa or skin care products. Some of the products are laced in detergents that are harsh on hair. Professional brands are not
Agnes Bielecka, Program Coordinator Sheridan College with a colleague
Mohamed Sookwa, Canadian Welding Association
advertised to average consumers. Professional brands have ingredients that come from plants, fruits and things in nature, ingredients you can actual-
ly read and understand. Speaking to Generation Next, Mohamed Sookwa from Canadian Welding Association said that many people do not look at weld-
Carla St. Louis, Director of Marketing of OETIO
ing as a career because of
Corbiere from Canadian Food & Wine Institute of Niagara College Canada says students find the first semester in culinary school hard. Once they are done with first semester, they "really really enjoy." "Think about this, food is really good business..people will always eat, you'll
never be out of job," he said. "We've very good mix of male and female students from all cultures in our classes," Professor Chef Crobiere added. Canadian Automotive Repair and Service Council "is a human resource training organization designed for automotive professionals to upgrade their skills," said Edward Nasello, proj-
Chef Professor Philippe Corbiere, Canadian Food & Wine Institute
misconceptions. "You can start off as a welder and end up being welding engineer, consultant or even sales rep..welding is used in anything from structures to computer chips," Mr. Sookwa said. Many students stopped by to explore career options in welding, he noted. Chef Professor Philippe
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ect Manager of CARS. During economic downturn " people tend to keep their cars longer." Carla St. Louis, Director of Marketing, for Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario (OETIO) says the institute provides training to operating engineers and those who are looking for employment. She advises those entering the field to do a careful research before they decide to choose career in heavy equipment. But there is "lack of skilled trade people in the industry." Recently OETIO has had requests from Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and some African countries to train their professional professionals who come to Canada on student visa. Noticeable among many booths was the set up of St. Lawrence College's and Centennial College's transportation booth. We have detailed opin-
ions of some of the trades for the interest of South Asian adults as well as youth. In the meantime, Ms. Cunha says that South Asian parents should "allow their children to venture into trades they are best suited for..it can be very fulfilling both emotionally and financially." As it is many South Asian youth obtain university degrees for their parents' satisfaction, and then go out to do what they have always aspired for.
I'D LIKE TO SEE STUDENT DIVERSITY REFLECTED IN SHERIDAN'S BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND STAFF - JEFF ZABUDSKY, PRESIDENT & CEO OF SHERIDAN COLLEGE Sheridan College prides itself for 93 per cent employer satisfaction rate, record breaking enrollment, on graduating more than 100,000 graduates in over 1,000 programs, for largest Arts school program, for 27 per cent awards from ACCC and much more says Mr. Jeff Zabudsky, President and CEO of Sheridan College. Mr. Zabudsky was addressing an audience of more than 700 people who have gathered on the occasion of Sheridan's Big Picture Gala at Mississauga Convention Centre. The Chair of Gala is Jake Dheer, Rogers Station Manager in Mississauga. On the occasion Ontario Lieutenant General, David Onley said that colleges like Sheridan "depend on the community..they are also renowned to giving back to the community." Later while talking to Generation Next, Mr. Zabudsky said that the preparations of Sheridan's Mississauga's campus are coming along "beautifully..we're excited to open the campus for students in September of 2011." Over 50 per cent of Mississauga's population is visible minority, over 65 per cent of Brampton's population is visible minority, yet the Board of Governors and the staff of most colleges is not reflective of student diversity. Mr. Zabudsky acknowledges the gap. He says "it's a valid point. We as an organization still have a lot of work to do. I would like to see both our boards and our staff reflect the diversity of our students. And it's not there yet. I will say, however, that our board has been very progressive in reaching out to various communities. And I am happy to see that gender representation as well as ethnocultural representation is changing in our boards. We will also be working hard to have diversity in our staff." Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister Eric Hoskins constantly remind us that in next five years, new Canadians will be the driving force of Ontario's economy. But, do we have trained labour to replace baby boomer generation? "No we don't. We do not replace our population in Canada to the extent we need to in order to meet the labour force needs, hence the need for new Canadians to come and settle into Canada. That's why we are very proud of Mississauga [campus] because some of the programming in there is designed for new Canadians..[these are] specialized programs that acknowledge that [new Canadians] come with skills from their countries of origin, to allow new Canadians to enter the workforce fully engaged..that's our strategic priority [in Mississauga campus]," Mr. Zabudsky said. To integrate new Canadians better into the Canadian fabric, "colleges like mine have invested a great deal into specialized programs, counselling and mentoring programs," the President & CEO of Sheridan College says. By Staff Writer
Jeff Zabudsky, President & CEO of Sheridan College with Jake Dheer, Chair of the Big Picture Gala and station manager of Rogers TV and Geeta Dheer. Geeta was the honourary Chair of the Rainbow Ball.
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Sheridan Music Theatre 'Glee' squad
CELEBRATING GOODNESS RAMYA MAHESHWARY Mississauga indus across the GTA are celebrating Diwali, a festival of lights that marks the beginning of a new year for believers of the world's oldest religion. I can see the Temples and people's homes decorated with diyas (cotton-string wicks inserted in small clay pots filled with oil) -- to signify victory of good over the evil within an individual. Diwali marks the last day of financial year in traditional Hindu business and businessmen perform Chopda Pujan on this day on the new books of accounts. Any new business or venture starts with Diwali puja. And so with Diwali just two more days ahead everyone is busy with different thoughts like fireworks, cleaning and getting rid of old items, buying new clothes, mouth watering sweets and at last but
not the least shopping and diwali gifts voice out in our minds! One can easily sense lot of excitement, happiness and joy in air as the beautiful diwali festival is nearby and people are gearing up to spend some good time before the winters. The uniqueness of the festival is that it is celebrated for five days and each of the days has a special significance a n d importance. The first day of Diwali is c a l l e d Dhanteras. On this day, Lord Dhanwantari came out of the ocean with Ayurveda for mankind. This day marks the beginning of Diwali celebrations. On this day at sunset, offerings are made of
sweets during worship time to Lord Yama (the Lord of Death) for the protection from untimely death. It is mainly done near a Tulsi tree (basil tree) or any other sacred tree.
T h e second day is called the Narak Chaturdasi. It is the Choti Diwali celebration. On this day Lord
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Krishna killed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from evil power. The third and the most important day of Diwali is marked with Lakshmi Puja. It is the main day of celebration. On this day Goddess Laxmi is worshipped. "We usually join with our families and relatives for the puja of d i v i n e Goddess Laxmi to achieve the blessings of wealth and prosp e r i t y, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness," says Shila G u p t a , Housewife! The fourth day of Diwali is called Padwa and it`s the Govardhan Puja, that marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and Vikaram-Samvat was started from this Padwa day.
DIWALI: LIGHT OF TOLERANCE, UNDERSTANDING & CARE
or those of the Hindu, Jain, Buddhist or Sikh faith, this five day festival also knows as Deepavali bears witness to the power of good over evil in the world, symbolized by the journey from darkness into light. As many Canadians decorate their homes and temples with the diyas over Diwali, each flame embodies a moment of reflection The fifth day of Diwali is celebrated as Bhai Dujh. It is a day dedicated to brothers and sisters. The celebra-
for all that we have to be thankful for here in Canada. It also reminds us of all that we can do within our communities to bring the light of tolerance, understanding, and care for others to make Canada a better place for all. On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary Caucus, Happy Diwali! Namaste. tion of Bhai Dooj marks the end of the five days of Diwali celebrations. To be Continued on Pg 23
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BY: PRATITI PATEL udevi Mukherjee - Gothi comes off as a woman who has a clear focus, is determined and almost always knows what she will be doing in future and what she wants from life. She has clung on to her family's advice "make sure you know what you're getting into." Another of her parents' words of wisdom is " "no matter what you lose or gain in life, your education always stays with youâ€Śyou can lose all of your money, your social status, education is always something to have and fall back on," she recalls. As a student, public speaking and debating "resonated" with her. As an adult she represents people as a lawyers at one of the most prestigious law firms on Bay Street. In recent months, Bay Street has become an attractive choice for South Asian professionals as well as South Asian community organizations. For Sudevi, "being a woman and being a South Asian right now on Bay Street is the best time because you don't feel like you're by yourself. There're so many of us here." While many of us passionately talk about intellectual and financial growth of the South Asian community, the criticism that not enough South Asians have shat-
Asian lawyers have become bridge between the two countries to promote trade and cooperation. "Being a South Asian and in law is big benefit, because of the ties with India and business development and growth of South Asians in Canada.. it's to our benefit," says Sudevi. While working at echelons of power has its perks, the need to connect with South Asian remains. "When I first started out, I didn't feel that I had a network of other South Asian lawyers that I could go to for advice, and that's what SABA looks to foster," says the second President of
do not want to be offensive to be any particular group that is within our organization," says Sudevi. Nonetheless it is nearly impossible to please everyone at all times. There is hardly a dispute of the fairness of the legal and judicial system on the Western world, yet it's costly and perhaps not as accessible to vulnerable as it could be. As a lawyer, Sudevi firmly believes in justice provided by our judicial system. "I wouldn't be a lawyer if I didn't have faith in our legal system, I wouldn't be practicing. That being said, there is more room for
"Being a South Asian and in law is big benefit, because of the ties with India and business development and growth of South Asians in Canada.. it's to our benefit."
tered the glass ceiling remains. Sudevi sees the positive change though. "At almost all firms, you'll see a South Asians
partner or a South Asians about to become a partner. I see that with the businesses we are interacting with. It's just a matter of time," says
Sudevi who is also a partner at Torkin Manes only after six years of her work with the firm. As the Indian economy booms, many South
SABA. South Asian Bar Association (SABA) is a professional organization of more than 200 South Asian lawyers. The organization serves to act as a network among South Asians. It strives to provide mentorship to law school graduates. SABA's members give talks at various law schools and at the same time attempt to raise legal awareness in the South Asian community. Highlighting the need
"When I first started out, I didn't feel that I had a network of other South Asian lawyers that I could go to for advice, and that's what SABA looks to foster." for SABA, Sudevi says "SABA was necessary because it allows a particular group to network amongst one another." At the same time it gives "openings to the population at large." As the number of South Asian immigrants soars in the GTA, organizations like SABA outreach to new immigrant lawyers to mentor them and to help them integrate into Canadian legal workplaces. South Asian community in Canada is a diverse group and many South Asian organizations struggle to represent South Asians of all diasporas. Mindful of its diversity "SABA tries to unify all these groups under one umbrella. That being said, we also
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growth..look at women's rights, look at gay lesbian rights..these have evolved over time." She notes that most law firms do some pro bono legal representation. "It is a business, but most lawyers have become lawyers because they want to be part of a system that helps and provides rights to people. Here at Torkin Manes, we're very involved with Sick Children's Hospital." Just underneath the
calm demeanor, Sudevi seems to be a deeply spiritual individual. "If you are naĂŻve enough to think that there are not other forces that play. I respect that..but I'm a strong believer in karma." Her, philosophy of life, however, is "you don't do good deeds it get recognized. You do it because it perpetuates other good deeds." Sudevi's secret to success is never to lose sight of her goals. She also gives credits to her law firm for providing her "guidance" that resulted in not her being successful only, but also for her to manage time between her responsibilities as a wife, as a partner at Torkin Manes and as a President of South Asian Bar Association (SABA). www.sagennext.com
DIWALI: AN OPPORTUNITY TO CELEBRATE ONE NATION - DR. DEEP SAINI, VICE PRINCIPAL OF UTM COMPILED BY SAURABH AGGARWAL Mississauga
Hindu student council recently hosted Diwali Dhamaka, the festival of lights, with a night of lively music and dancing. Diwali marks the tri-
Diwali is celebration of diversity and unity and is often celebrated with lighting candle, eating sweets and spending time with close ones. Hindu student council at University of Toronto chose to celebrate the holiday with the mixture of live performances, l to r: Eric , josh, Valeska, Cynthia, Ryan
l to r : Rohit Abhinab, Sweta and Valencia
Dr. Deep Saini, VP of UTM with his wife at Diwali Dhamaka
umph of good over evil in Hindu calendar and is popularly known as festival of lights. In more recent time however
accompanied by Kauser Rizvi Haider, opening the show and providing entertainment between student performances.
music and delicious Indian food. Wasah Malik and Abhinab Chakraborty emceed for the night
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The performances were exceptionally well organized and well-coordinated which contributed in creating an overall night
l to r: Valencia, Valeska, Aman, Zubair, Sahil, Wasah Malik, Meenal Tasha, Bottom row: Maryam, Amit of complete ment.
The commencement speech was given by Mr.
and Mrs. Hargurdeep Saini, and he specifically highlighted, that Canada is a nation which embraces all cultures and celebrates every festival in unison. Diwali
Dhamaka was no exception, it included people of all race and religion and celebrated this event with everyone. Today, Diwali serves as an opportunity to celebrate
l to right : Vivek, Sarthak, Bottom row: Rohit , Hardik
top l to r : Avinash , Tasha Middle row: Hashim, Meenal, Valencia, Niki, Trisha, Aakansha Bottom row: Aamit, Niti Bhojak, Vivek, Amee and Nikita
Anouli Patel and Anushi Patel
l to r: Anchal, Tanya, Harshil, Amit, Abdul. Tarun, Valeska, Anuj, Ria, Arjun Bottom l to r: Aaron, Atish, Eric, Martin, Joanne
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: l to r: Wasah Malik , Kauser Rizvi Haider, Abhinab Chakraborty
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Officers from Peel Police participated in the "Inside Ride" to honour three of our own Peel Regional Police families who have been affected by cancer: the Donnelly family; the Dysktra family; and the Sgambelluri family. The Inside Ride is an organized stationary cycling challenge utilizing up to 30 state-of-the-art racing bikes. The event was presented by The Coast to Coast against Cancer Foundation. The mood of the event was jovial with Deputy Police Chief Tetzlaff also present at the event.
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Girls pose beautifully on an event organized by Mississauga Kerala Association on 54th birthday of Kerala
BY: STAFF WRITER s you entered the exhibition hall set up by Canada Pakistan Trade Expo past weekend, the first thing you might have noticed was a man attired in shalwar kameez, with Afghani topi sitting at the booth set up by Ministry of Tourism in Pakistan. At this booth there were almost always men sitting down as if panchayat was set by a village elder. Only thing is that it was Pakistan's ministry of tourism's booth that could have showcased tasteful artifacts, exquisite art and breath-taking scenes from Pakistan to attract tourists. Moving on, in a hall that could occupy more than 3,000 people hardly 500 people were present at its busiest time. Pakistani Canadian community was there more so to enjoy Jawad Ahmed than to do business with Pakistan. "Two adults and 50 kids" is how one exhibitor summarized the feedback from Canada-Pakistan Trade Expo. With 47 exhibitors from Pakistan and 13 from Canada, many exhibitors were utterly disappointed. The exhibitors were frustrated with organizers for lack of due diligence in hooking them up with serious buyers. Many of these exhibitors want to come back to Canada but not to Canada Pakistan Trade Expo. Others will determine if they should come back depending upon whether customer visits materialize into solid business opportunity. It was interesting to note how most exhibitors started off saying "Thank God, it was a good expo," except for the fact that they have been visited by only about 25 people or less, of which only 3 or 4 they felt were serious clients. One frustrated exhibitor said "it's Consulate-family that comes sometimes as business people, and at other times as visitors. We are business people, we can tell who is a client and who is not." One exhibitor noted that there was free biryani but no water. "When we go to Germany and Brazil to international expos that are three times big than this expo, organizers provide coffee, tea, internet access, information packages and so on. We haven't been facilitated here at all," he said. Some exhibitors declined to talk to us because they have been "forbidden" by organizers from giving interviews to the media, and some asked questions to the effect 'are you doing positive reporting or nega-
CANADA PAKISTAN TRADE EXPO:
HUMILIATION FOR CANADIAN PAKISTANI COMMUNITY tive reporting.' We were told by the organizers "to highlight the positives." I wonder how to highlight the positives
exhibitors were comfortable giving out their names "because you know we have factories in Pakistan, and things are not easy."
ness meetings have been set up. When we asked if there were any business to business meetings, most exhibitors looked sur-
when overwhelming feeling of the exhibitors is that the Expo was the waste of their time and resources. They mentioned how no homework was done by the organizers to set Pakistani entrepreneurs up with not only Pakistani Canadian businesses but also with mainstream Canadian businesses. These businessmen/women told us that they haven't travelled all the way from Pakistan to sell a piece or two to local Pakistani community. They came to Canada because many investors and wholesalers avoid travelling to Pakistan, so we came here to market our products. "Give us law and order and solve our energy problems, and we'll beat any country's products" was a sentiment we heard over and over again. Another gentleman from textile industry suggested that the government of Pakistan must negotiate with Canadian government to lower the duties' Pakistanis pay on some of the products. "Duties on some textile items are even higher than the US in Canada." This case must be made or at least advocated by two Canadian Pakistani MPPs serving in Ontario legislature. One of them Dr. Shafiq Qaadri (MPP from Etobicoke North) was at the Expo. And yes, one businesswoman also said "we don't need ministers, we need traders," not that the organizers of the Expo were very successful in confirming some very influential Canadian legislators. Only a handful of
Many businesses from textile industry noted that Pakistan's textile industry is still flourishing in spite of the political situation and energy crisis of
prised, not knowing anything about these meetings. What's also to be noted about the exhibition especially of food products'
Another gentleman from textile industry suggested that the government of Pakistan must negotiate with Canadian government to lower the duties' Pakistanis pay on some of the products. "Duties on some textile items are even higher than the US in Canada." This case must be made or at least advocated by two Canadian Pakistani MPPs serving in Ontario legislature. One of them Dr. Shafiq Qaadri (MPP from Etobicoke North) was at the Expo. Pakistan. International buyers are buying textile goods even when the costs have sky rocketed. Nonetheless they fight the negative image of Pakistan - of lawlessness and cor-
stalls is that these products like National and Shan spices, and Falak and other brands of rice are already in Canadian market. What did they come to sell in bulk remains a mystery
ruption - every day. The press advisory released by the Pakistani Consulate in Toronto stated that business to busi-
that Mr. Galib Iqbal, the Chief Protocol Officer to the President of Pakistan might be able to resolve. The rumour mill has it that
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Mr. Iqbal was directly engaged in setting up this Trade Expo. An Expo that no doubt has been disastrous to the image of Pakistan. The entire government of Pakistan machinery could not even attract a thousand Canadian Pakistanis from the entire Greater Toronto Area that has an estimated 700,000 Canadian Pakistani population. Inviting mainstream Canadian businesses would of course be a far cry. Pakistani government must also refrain from having divide and conquer policy. Exhibitors were told that the media in Canada is out there to ruin the name of Pakistan. Respectfully, we disagree. The media is there to report on the events of the day. If out of 60, only about 15 exhibitors left happy and of these 15 only about 5 travelled from Pakistan, the media has nothing to say but the fact that the Government of Pakistan has embarrassed the Canadian Pakistani community yet again. Instead of having an organizer who is experienced and is assigned the job on merit basis, the Chairman of FPCCI "ordered" that Amir Shamsi be the organizer of the event. One has to wonder why. Just this approach that the Pakistani government can fool the entire community is pathetic. Already the general impression is that South Asia is India at the very highest levels of the Canadian government. India, of course is the largest South Asian country, however there are eight nations in SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation): India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Afghanistan. And a note to the Pakistani government, some exhibitors wanted the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take a suo motto action to millions of dollars worth of fraud supported by the government of Pakistan. At a time, when Pakistan is at the brink of economic collapse, the government of Pakistan is wasting millions of dollars and making a fool out of itself in front on international community. Here are some of the
suggestions for organizers from exhibitors. n Advertise to proper clientele n We want Canadian buyers, investors, wholesalers n Brief the potential buying market of excellent quality of Pakistani products beforehand n Organizers should be experienced in conducting these kinds of expos n Negotiate with Canadian government to lower duties on Pakistani products n Joint collaborations with other countries are better because clients get to compare the quality of products as well as prices Having said that, one exhibitor also remarked "who in the Pakistani government listens?" According to the organizers of the Expo, Siddique Sons got an opportunity to do business in Montreal, Zubari Sports were able to trade with an Indian businessman for $300,000 and landed with a couple of other deals, Shireen Designers will be launching a franchise in Toronto. (Shireen Khan is a member of National Assembly of Pakistan (equal to MP in Canada)). Kelly Rees, a jewellery designers also got some orders and a few rice exhibitors were also happy with the event, except for the fact that they were locally based and were already selling their products in Canada. A few exhibitors saw the Expo as an opportunity to network. Dressed in spectacular dusk colours, Patrizia Del Zotto, Canadian representative for Stem Cell Products LLC was the star of the Expo. At least all men walked up to her stall to take pictures with her. She got zero clients from the Expo. And she had come into the expo with the intention that all proceeds from her sales at Expo will be donated to flood victims of Pakistan. Surely, she was much more attractive than the guy in shalwar kameez and topi. Even women could be jealous of her! However, thanks to the Government of Pakistan and Expo's organizers' blatant and rampant corruption, the people of Pakistan have been once again betrayed by their very own government. No news there! www.sagennext.com
KULDIP NAYAR is a senior journalist based in Delhi. HAVE not been able to make out why the ruling Congress has been inactive when it could have taken the initiative to bring Hindus and Muslims together to discuss the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi dispute after the Allahabad High Court judgment. If the opportunity is not exploited, the parties concerned will meander to the Supreme Court in appeal. But both the party and the government have remained distant. The consideration before the Congress may be one
over the killing of hundreds of people in the wake of the yatra 18 years ago. I have not met any Muslim who does not feel that the judgment was unfair to the community. Muslims fear that other mosques may be targeted soon. Already some Hindutva votaries have threatened to demolish mosques which have stood near temples in Mathura and Varanasi for centuries. When the Babri mosque was demolished in 1992 the Muslims knew that they would not get back the site. Yet they went to the court to claim ownership. They probably thought that
cion and bias, are losing faith in India's claim to secularism. How to give them confidence is the nub of the problem. Parliament enacted in the 1990s a law to lay down that temples, mosques, gurdwaras, churches and synagogues would stay as they existed on Aug 15, 1947. The courts were barred from entertaining any dispute relating to places of worship. The Babri mosque could not be included because a case relating to its ownership was already pending. That law should be incorporated in the constitution so that the Muslims feel
community being annoyed and the loss of votes. The problem is too big to be trivialised or politicised because the Lok Sabha election is more than three years away. The reason why I am appealing to the Congress is the clout it enjoys as it is in power at the centre. It also has better secularism credentials than the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). If the Congress were to try to sort out the dispute, it would be taken seriously. And it shouldn't be forgotten that the Babri mosque was demolished when the Congress was in power in Delhi.I wish the BJP had been less aggressive. The judgment has given Muslims a third of the site. Without their cooperation, no mandir can come up there. Moreover, the nation wants a peaceful solution, not threats. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh did well to stop L.K. Advani from going ahead with another yatra. He does not seem to be repentant
by doing so they would warn the Hindutva elements not to repeat their actions. Today they are angry and helpless. I wish they had stood on a joint platform with Hindus and Sikhs who were horrified to see the pulling down of the mosque. Together they could have taken the issue beyond the sentiments of the Muslim community and turned it into a point to reassert the country's ethos of secularism. I have not liked the speeches by some Muslim leaders. One went to the extent of saying that the Muslims had lost because they were not powerful. He appealed to the younger generation to build up power. Such speeches arouse passions and evoke equally strong words from the other side. They do not resolve the issue. The Hindus must realise that the problem is deeper than the loss of the mosque. Muslims, who have been living after partition in a clime of suspi-
more confident. Also parliament should pass a resolution to buttress the constitutional guarantee to the Muslims. They constitute the largest minority in the country and cannot be allowed to go into a shell. I recall Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee asking late President R. Venkataraman to have a dialogue with the community. He asked me to help him. We met several Muslim leaders. Why we could not proceed very far was because the BJP never offered anything specific which we could place before the Muslims. Again, the RSS and its parivar have to decide whether they want to begin a new chapter of conciliation with Muslims. If it were to guarantee protection to all mosques since Aug 15, 1947, as is the law, a settlement is possible. Otherwise, the Muslim community will appeal to the Supreme Court against the judgment. That means To be Continued on pg24
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IN THE NAME OF TOLERANCE
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DIWALI SHOPPING "Diwali is the festival of lights," said Pundit Bahoj Sharma, of Vishnu Mandir in Richmond Hill. "People brighten up their homes and invite friends and family over." Diwali, or also known as Deepavali, is celebrated all over India by people of all cast and creed. "The festi-
val is so deeply set in our roots that even the proximity of this festival enlightens the spirit with a lot of hope and excitement," says Akilesh Maheshwary, Customer Service Manager at Bell Canada. "Every Indian, no matter where he lives in the world, celebrates Diwali with a lot of
joy and happiness. The festival makes the warmth of relations more intense on the occasion. As a ritual, elder members of the family buy gifts for younger ones. My wife cooks delicious dishes and prepare a lot of dishes peculiar to Diwali such as Gujiya. Then comes the Diwali
cleaning! "That's fun," says Shanti Bajaj, House wife. "We all get-together and clean the rooms while munching those special snacks. Decorative designs such as the kolam/Ramgoli are drawn or placed on floors and walls; and the glow of lights, whether emitted from the traditional
Diyas or colorful electric bulbs, brighten up the abode of both rich and poor, signalling the coming festivities.
Shopping Frenzi Shops and market places embark on a frenzy of sales and promo-
tional offers. Market places are festooned with streamers; melas and fairs crop up everywhere. For the Khanna family from Mumbai, Diwali shopping is a very scientific affair. They actually spend a whole week combing newspapers and markets
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for Diwali deals. "We have been doing this for years, and will continue with this tradition. During Diwali, one tends to think emotionally and not practically. Within the family, we decide the necessities and chart a budget. Scanning offers and bargains help us to decide on the best deal," says Dheeraj Khanna, a businessman by profession. His family - wife and two sons - have no qualms about having to trawl through 100 shops before actually buying from the right retail outlet. "This time our search is for a good television and audio system," says Khanna. If the Khannas have been doing the Diwali bargain hunt for years, new immigrants like Manish Kumar waited for the Diwali shopping bug to hit the markets to avail the discounts and offers. Kumar who has just shifted to a new home from his friend's apartment found Diwali as the right time to shop for his new house. Most exciting is the tradition of Bajaj family. "My husband makes it a point to purchase diamond or gold set for me and my daughter on Dhanteras," says Shanti Bajaj.
DIWALI: WE MUST DRAW ON THE GOOD WITHIN US
Diwali is the festival of lights - celebrating hope and inner strength. It celebrates the light within each of us, the abundance of the harvest, and the coming new year. It is a time of many traditions to be shared with family and friends. A time where the heart is filled with joy and the mind looks to the bright future ahead. Every Canadian can share in that joy, that hope for the future. Around the world, our multicultural nation is a beacon of hope. We pride ourselves on our openness. We strive to build an inclusive society, So splurge on as shopping is most exciting and interesting activity for the Diwali celebra-
where the traditions and beliefs of all peoples are respected and celebrated. But we're not there yet. We must draw on the good within each of us - to open our hearts and minds -and increase our understanding of one another, so that one day we share a country where race and religion, colour and language are not barriers, but rather reasons for us to celebrate each other. On behalf of New Democrats everywhere I wish you and your family the very best of this special time of hope and light. Happy Diwali! tion. And as celebrations are around us, Generation Next wishes you a happy Diwali.
SUNIDHI AND CHANG HERALD DIWALI SEASON WITH A BANG
his year's most spectacular show LIGHT UP TORONTO with SUNIDHI certainly lived up to its promise of a mesmerizing night. Music, Masti and Magnificence were in complete unison to create the much needed sparkle of this Diwali Season. Presented by Harpreet Sethi's Grand Victorian Convention Centre and Radisson Plaza Hotel Mississauga and organized by Black Diamond Entertainments, the concert held at Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
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MORE LIGHT PLEASE: A CHRISTIAN'S REFLECTION ON DIWALI Society of Manitoba, the event, and the festival, was shared with the Winnipeg Sikh and Jain communities. The happiness was palpable in the room. One could tell that everyone was invigorated with a renewed spirit and this Diwali Mela was an extension of celebrations in homes across the city. A stranger in their midst, pale skinned and Christian in background, I was welcomed, encouraged and enlightened as the festival continued. Diwali is popularly known as 'the Festival of Lights.' The word itself comes from the Sanskrit term dipavali meaning "row of lights." It is a popular five-day fall festival whose timing is based on the lunar Hindu Calendar, beginning in late Ashvin and ending in early Kartika. But for me it is simply a brilliant fall festival that appropriately happens as the days shorten and the nights lengthen in this part of the world.
was completely sold out and was attended by 3000+ audience. Bollywood Playback Queen, Sunidhi Chauhan enthralled the audience with her spell bounding singing and power-packed performance. Whether singing the urbane "Desi Girl" or the electrifying "Beedi", Chauhan's unstoppable energy ruled the stage and had the crowd grooving. Indian Idol Star and Actor, Meiyang Chang was a complete surprise of the night and marked his presence with a fresh and mellifluous voice.
There couldn't be a better time of year to light candles and remind ourselves of hope in the darker times of our lives and in the darker places of our world. Diwali is both deeply religious and widely cultural. At its religious core it reminds us of the inner light that brings universal compassion, love and the awareness of the oneness of all things. In its cultural celebrations it brings together people of many faiths to celebrate light in our world. Families are strengthened as they work, cook, eat, dance and celebrate together. Communities are strengthened as young artists find a way to express themselves and storytellers find a way to entertain their friends. While the story behind Diwali and the way in which it is celebrated varies from region to region, the essence is the same: we celebrate an inner light that reminds us of our true humanity. I say, bring on more light.
uted each year in remembrance of Canada's military service around the world.? This Remembrance Day, lest we forget.?
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TIM HUDAK: OUR BEST DAYS ARE STILL, YET, TO COME dle aged South Asian men and women who understood the Canadian system, spoke flawless English and knew what political engagement means and why it is important. (The President of PC Brampton-Springdale Riding Association is a young South Asian chap.) Ms. Hundal, a young woman herself commented "Youth is our future. They are our leaders. They are working in the job market, [and] engagement in political activities keeps them from [getting involved] in negative activities." What is also to be noted is that America's President Barrack Obama, the President of one of the most powerful countries of the world won by mobilizing. He used all social media - Facebook, twotter, msn, emails - to get his message out to youth. He is
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Asian events in the city. Well coordinated Indoor fireworks and Laser Show dazzled the stage along with extra-special effects. Chauhan wrapped up the show by handing the keys of brand new 2011 Mazda 2 to one lucky winner as a Diwali gift from Yorkdale Dufferin Mazda, in association with Grand Victorian Convention Centre. With the success of Light Up Toronto, Harpreet Sethi and Black Diamond Entertainments have added another feather to their cap. But, the journey has only begun.
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A VICTORY FOR OUR VETERANS?? is set to roll out on October 29, in advance of Remembrance Day on November 11. Approximately 18 million poppies are distrib-
M.C and stand up comedian, Ravi Raj and the Voice of Mohammed Rafi, Ayub Patel added flair to this stunning consortium of stars. Astounding choreography by Shiamak Davar Dance Company matched the beat and took the show to the next level. The phenomenal response from the enthusiastic crowd clearly made it an unforgettable show in the history of South Asian concerts in Toronto. The lavish stage gleamed with grandeur and has raised the bar much high for South
doing it again to help Democrats in mid-term elections that are being held in the United States on November 2nd. Democrats in America are using an app called 'Friend Out the Vote.' Canadian political parties must use them too to engage young voters, to train these young minds for the leadership of our province and country. And what's more with the number of South Asians increasing in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), South Asians are not just Liberals anymore and their vote must not be taken for granted. "Immigrants [from South Asia] are much more educated. When they see HST on their bills, they are not gonna vote Liberals. They know what they want from the government," Ms. Hundal, a lawyer by profession, says.
JUDGES' VERDICT ON RELIGIOUS HOLY SITES the problem may be hanging fire for years. And there is no certainty that the community which loses in the Supreme Court will accept the verdict. The Hindutva elements should learn from Pakistan. The Gurdwara Shaheed Gunj exists in Lahore following the Privy Council's judgment. The Islamic state of Pakistan has protected the structure and the sanctity of the gurdwara and religious elements have never tried to undo what the court had decided. Once the Muslims feel secure about their places of worship, they should make a gesture regarding the Babri mosque. Tolerance and the spirit of accommodation are crucial to unity. Muslims should, however, have a mosque in the complex near the proposed Ram Temple. Two judges - one of them a Muslim - said in their verdict that
beneath the mosque lay a temple. They based the judgment on an archaeological survey report. Many may not like it. But this is the high court's judgment. The Supreme Court can reject or uphold it. Ideally, as I wrote earlier, the site should be left vacant to bear testimony to the murder of our multi-cultural, multi-religious society on Dec 6, 1992. But the court in its wisdom has given a verdict which tilts towards the Hindus. Muslims should consider giving them the entire site if a constitutional guarantee and parliament resolution are forthcoming that mosques will remain as they existed on the day of independence. The quality of gesture is in giving, not taking.
The writer is a senior journalist based in Delhi. www.sagennext.com
Deepika to judge Kingfisher BEBO, TUSSHAR GANG UP! Calendar model hunt 2011 T
eepika Padukone and Siddharth Mallaya’s off-the record dating rumors might not be completely untrue as the couple
seems to be quite inseparable these days. The actor was recently spotted at Kingfisher Calendar swimsuit model hunt 2011, which she will be
judging along with her beau, Siddharth. Other judges on the panel include actor/model Milind Soman, and ace photographer Atul Kasbekar. Deepika wants beauty with brains, Deepika, who has been a part of Kingfisher Calendar shoot in 2006, looked smashingly beautiful in a blushing pink draped short dress and said that the models have to be not only good looking, but also intelligent. As a judge, Deepika will be selecting the 12 sexiest and most attractive models, but said she’ll be looking for beauty with brains. Padukone made her strategy clear saying, “I think apart from just a great body and a great face, it’s also very important for the girls to be smart, witty and intelligent. “It’s not the way you look but the entire package that matters. I think that being smart and intelligent takes one forward in life if you really want to become successful. “So, I am looking for someone who is not just good looking but
also very, very intelligent,” said Padukone. The actress added that since she has been a part of the calendar earlier, she can connect with the aspiring models very easily. Deepika added that before she became an actress, there was no model hunt and she feels lucky to get this opportunity. Siddharth Mallya prefers Priyanka over Deepika, Recently, at the launch of the Kingfisher Calendar girls hunt 2011, Junior Mallya appeared with her lady love, Deepika Padukone but when he was questioned which actress he thought had the best body in Bollywood, he surprised many by favoring Priyanka over Deepika. Sidhartha said, “I think all of them are very beautiful and have great looking bodies but I feel Priyanka is particularly stunning.” At this, Deepika sportingly replied, “I think I am blessed with a great face and body but her (Priyanka’s) mental state and strength makes her successful and how she carries herself.”
HE Director Lovely Singh will remember his recent trip to
on his bed. The next day, he found blood in his toilet. And on the third day he started
Hyderabad for some good reasons, but more importantly, some very unpleasant ones. When he landed up on the sets of Golmaal 3 in Hyderabad to meet his friends Kareena Kapoor and Tusshar Kapoor, Lovely was oblivious that the two had planned to gang up against him. Later that day, both Kareena and Tusshar told Lovely that the hotel he was supposed to stay in, was haunted. That night, minutes before falling asleep, Lovely found two `Nimboos’
hearing weird noises, like that of a girl crying. Only later did Lovely realise that these were all pranks and that Kareena and Tusshar had planned them. A petrified Lovely said, “I could not sleep for three nights. Even Ajay Devgn teamed up with Tusshar and Kareena. The worst was when they hid a walkie-talkie behind the AC that made weird noises.” Wait, that’s not been mentioned; are you sure there was a walkie-talkie Lovely?
ASH AND AKSHAY’S WIG WOES
NOTHER hairy tale for you. Only this time it’s the hero who’s tangled in the tale. During an interview Aishwarya Rai Bachchan revealed that getting into the ‘hair’ of her retro character in Action Replay, was tougher for Akshay Kumar than it was for her. “I was happy that for a change, even the actor had to spend hours with his hair-piece. It is usually the
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actress who has to go through that. I have worked in many movies where the lead actor has a character arc, which transforms, and even goes from young to old. Like Abhishek in Guru and Hrithik in Jodhaa Akbar, where he spent hours getting into the look of his character. Akshay took so long to set his hair piece right for his retro-look that he said, ‘I will never com-
plain when actresses take long to get ready for the shoot. Now I know what it feels.’ In fact, when we were shooting, the temperature was high, and he had quite a hard time with the wig,” explains Aishwarya. Well, thank your stars it’s only wig woes, lovelies. There are some stars who are coping with the ‘root’ (read: hair) of the problem. What about them, huh? www.sagennext.com
THE RIPPLE EFFECT WELLNESS ORGANIZATION (TREWO) PRESENTS
IMAGINATION INAUGURAL BALL TREWO Background: Launched on April 1, 2009, the Ripple Effect Wellness Organization (TREWO) is a registered charity dedicated to educating and empowering Canadians to take control of their health through education and empowerment. Established by Order of Canada recipient Dr. Sudi Devanesen and Ravi S. Juneja, a founding member of EIPROC (East Indian Professionals Resident of Canada), the objective of TREWO is to bridge the care gap between physicians and patients through open dialogue in as many languages and platforms as possible.
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TREWO Mandate: Canada is ethnically diverse and TREWO recognizes that Canadians require customized care at the community level. Certain cultural communities are at a higher risk for specific diseases, and require specialized care - including but not limited to diabetes, high cholesterol and Multiple
Prita.Chhabra Bunny.Panesar Diyas.Arts Sclerosis. Given the enor- physician/patient dialogue mity of the Canadian health on the web through a new landscape, TREWO is com- Doctor-on-Call initiative mitted to: n Providing a communitybased perspective on n Acting as a one-stop healthcare support health resource n Caring for communities n Initiating empowerment Key TREWO Projects: through interactivity TREWO has played a key n P r o m o t i n g role in the Anjar Project, the
Shiamak Davar International Canada Roofs for the Roofless in mation to all communities India and the YWCA in Sri with respect to mental Lanka. We have participat- health, nutrition and comed in projects for the Dixie munities at risk (women, Gurdwara, the Indian seniors, youth and chilRainbow Centre and th e dren). And these are the Heart and Stroke concerns of all communities Foundation. In the process, - not just one ethnic backwe have made local com- ground, religion or race. munities aware of their TREWO has partnered efforts. with such caring and comTREWO has also proudly passionate groups such as assisted in presenting many War Child, Scarborough seminars that provide infor- Women's Shelter, CAMH
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HUDAK CONSERVATIVES PROMISE TO CUT $3 BILLION FOR HEALTHCARE. from e-health scandal to Local Health Integration Networks (LIHN) to granting hospital contracts to individuals who are believed to be Liberal insiders. Addressing e-Health questions, Minister Mathews says "e-health is vital to the future of our healthcare." More and more doctors in small com-
munity hospitals can access diagnostic images, MRI scans in their offices. E-Health records have made it possible for the healthcare community to remain interconnected without much inconvenience for patients who are already in distress. "When we took office in 2003, nobody was even measuring wait times, now
we measure and we publicly report on our website what wait times are for every procedure in the province..[we] are meeting our target [in reducing] wait times [which] have come down dramatically [with] strategic investments we have made," she says about wait times for various procedures in Ontario hospitals.
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Minister Deb Matthews notes that since 2003, on average, a healthcare professional has been added every day into Ontario's healthcare system. Stories of doctors driving cabs, nonetheless, are rampant.
" We have doubled the number of residents for internationally educated graduates..we are working with the fairness commissioner to make sure that all our trades and professions [are open] to newcomers to Canada to practice in their areas of expertise," Minister Mathews says. Ontario Minister of Government Services Harinder Takhar adds "in the last decade, we've added more than 10,000 international medical graduates into the system. In Canada, there are 380 new
Prita_Chhabra (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) and CAPIH (Canadian Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage) in their fund raisers - specifically in holding seminars and the promotion of their events. TREWO recently organized and hosted a successful Health Mela on April 24th, 2010 at the Pearson Convention Centre. This mela had a special focus on the South Asian community. Activities included informational health care sessions, yoga and meditation classes, cooking demonstrations and special performances. For more information or questions: www.trewo.org positions medical positions each year. Of these 220 are in Ontario, and we have just added 75 new specialty positions..I really believe that it's a step in the right direction." MPP Bob Delaney (Mississauga-Streetsville) tells Generation Next that "the province has promisedâ€Śjobs [to medical students who study in Ontario] within Ontario..we are the province that is aging..we continue to grow and we continue to adapt with the new realities."
Your Weekly Horoscope Aries / Mesha Rasi
March 21 - April 19
April 20 - May 20
May 21 - June 20
Sept 23 - Oct 22
Oct 23 - Nov 21
Nov 22 - Dec 21
Ram, you're very impulsive. Your ruler Mars is in Sagittarius this week and carelessness may become your norm. place in your sector of transformation on Saturday, so get ready to become the person you were meant to be. On Sunday you'll have a prophetic dream. A flash of insight will solve a dilemma.
A person of influence will enter your life on Monday. He or she will become a wise mentor. Listen to this individual's advice. on Thursday. You will need diplomacy on Saturday. Win contests gracefully without gloating. Your ruler Venus backtracks to Libra on Sunday. Move quickly in a certain situation. If you stall, you'll miss the boat.
If you climb a ladder, be sure it's stable. Use safety precautions when engaged in household repairs. everything you hear on Saturday. Your ruler Mercury squares Neptune and an associate may spread false information. This person will mislead you in an important matter. Your reputation in the community will rise on Sunday.
Determination will be your middle name this week. Your ruler Venus sextiles powerful Pluto on Monday and you'll be very single-minded in a certain situation. Unexpected events will require agenda alterations. You'll cancel appointments just as quickly as you make new ones. Selfesteem issues will evaporate on Sunday. You'll smile when looking in the mirror.
Work on integrating your mind, body, and soul this week, Aquarius. On Monday your thoughts will be turbulent, so take steps to ease stress. sked to lead a neighborhood committee. Helping a charitable cause will top your agenda this weekend. On Sunday your ruler Uranus turns direct in your zone of values. Finding your destined life path will be a priority.
Your ruthless side may emerge from hiding. Don't lose sight of the big picture. Follow your intuition when Mercury trines attention to any warning bells! On Saturday an associate will have ulterior motives in a certain situation. A friend you had in the past may contact you on Sunday. This person will bring fun to your life.
June 22 - July 22 You'll certainly be a busy bee this week! On Tuesday you'll be bursting with new ideas. Your agenda will be overloaded on Thursday and you will have many errands to do. Get ready to go with the flow. ruler Moon conjuncts Venus retrograde on Friday. You may decide to alter your appearance. The retro look may suit you perfectly this week. Artistic urges will be strong on Saturday. Listen to your inner muse.
July 23 - Aug 22
Aug 23 - Sept 22
Dec 22 - Jan 19
Jan 20 - Feb 18
Feb 19 - Mar 20
Don't burn any bridges this week! The Moon in the zone of what you value squares Mars on Monday possible an associate will hurt your pride. Stop and think before you vent your anger. Choose your battles wisely. Your vitality may sag on Wednesday. Stress may zap your strength. It's time to rest. Domestic issues take center stage on Saturday. Fun will be the first item on your agenda on Sunday. Have a good time!
Keep negative criticism of associates to a minimum. Your heart will speak louder than your head on wind in a particular circumstance. Try to put the brakes on your feelings before taking action. New ideas will be on tap on Saturday. The urge to express yourself will be strong. Uranus turns direct in your zone of rivals on Sunday and a competitor will reappear on the scene.
You're very observant, Mountain Goat. You'll revamp your lifestyle on Thursday. Patience will pay off on Friday. A cherished dream will finally come true. The urge to escape reality will be strong on Saturday. You will need to get away from the bustle of daily life. Tune out noisy distractions. Establish harmony in your surroundings. Inner peace will follow.
Your instincts will be strong! Don't allow anyone to influence your decisions. A companion will unpredictable. Don't count on this person showing up on time for an outing. Procrastination will get you in trouble on Thursday. The New Moon takes place in Scorpio on Saturday and you will have the boldness to pursue your ambitions. No mountain will be too high to climb!
Pisces, finding a sense of balance will be difficult. You'll feel pulled in two different directions. The Moon trines intuition on Thursday and your sixth sense will be spot on target. A legal issue will be settled in your favor on Friday. A friend may invite you on vacation on Saturday. You'll have the opportunity to visit a distant locale. Your spirits will lift on Sunday. You'll look at life with new optimism.
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By: Sarju Bajaj
By: Rama Devi
INGREDIENTS n 2 cups of all purpose flour (maida) n 1 cup of vegetable oil n Salt (depending upon the taste) n moong daal (soak 6-8 hrs in Plenty of water with baking soda) n 1 tbs red chili powder n 1 tbs garam masala n 1 tbs coriender powder n 1 tbs salt n tbs amchur n 3-4 pinches asafoetida powder n tbs cumin seeds n Vegetable oil for frying Method n Grind the moong daal with minimum quantity of water. n Add oil in heavy pan.
n Add cumin seeds, asafoetida powder and daal paste in it. n Stir it properly. Add salt,garam masala,coriender powder,chili powder and amchur powder. n Stir it until the mixture dried very well. PREPARATION FOR COVER n Sieve all-purpose flour, add salt. n Add vegetable oil (so that you can make bowls) and mix it very well. n Then add small quantity of water and make smooth dough.
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n Make s m a l l round rolls with dough. n Roll it like chapatti (chapatti should be around 4-5 inches in diameter). n Cut it into 2 equal halves along the diameter. n Put small water along the diameter. n Join and press together to make a cone. n Place a tbsp. of filling in the cone and seal third side as above. n Make five to six. Put in hot oil, deep fry on low to medium till light brown. n Do not fry on high, or the mini samosas will turn out oily and soggy. n Drain on rack or kitchen paper n Serve hot with green chutneys.
INGREDIENTS : For Filling: 1 cup grated Dry Coconut 1 cup Powdered Sugar 1 pinch Nutmeg Powder 1 pinch dry Ginger Powder 4 Elaichi 2 tsp Maida 2 tsp Poppy Seeds 2 tbsp Mixed Dry fruit pieces FOR DOUGH: 1 cup maida 1 tsp Ghee Salt to taste Warm milk to prepare dough PREPARATION : 1. Roast Dry coconut. 2. Roast maida in ghee. 3. Roast poppy seeds.
4. Mix all the above ingredients & grind them. FOR DOUGH: Mix all the dough ingredients & prepare dough (a little hard). FOR KARANJI: 1. Make small oval shaped puris from dough. 2. Fill the prepared stuffing inside. 3. Apply some water or milk so that it will seal properly (don't apply too much of water as it will not seal properly). 4. Deep fry it till it becomes brownish colour. 5. Serve it hot or cold. 6. Karanjis can be stored for weeks.
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