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                                                                                  WINTER OLYMPICS
                                                                                  BY NEIL ARMSTRONG                    Olympic Games (Feb. 12-21, 2010)
                                                                                                                       and the Paralympic Winter Games
                                                                                  TORONTO:                             (March 12-21). Another Ryerson
                                                                                                                       student, Vanessa Lewis, will also

                                                                                        S THE Olympic Torch
                                                                                        Relay makes its way            carry the torch leading up to the
                                                                                        across Canada to the           Olympics.
                                                                                  2010 Winter Olympics in                Born in Kingston, Jamaica,
                                                                                  Vancouver, British Columbia,         Cowan came to Toronto, Canada, in
                                                                                  a Jamaican who is a student          2006 to attend Ryerson University             BASIL E MCINTOSH
                                                                                  at Ryerson University will be        and is finishing her final year in her            Tel: 905-306-2804
                                                                                  among the 12,000 persons who         radio and television arts program.
                                                                                  would have participated in           She will intern in New York or                   Cell: 416-709-4412
                                                                                  bearing the Olympic Torch.           Texas during the Winter semester.            900 - 165 Dundas St. West
                                                                                    Jamaica-born, Naomi Cowan,           The daughter of singers, Carlene           Mississauga, ON L5B 2N6
                                                                                  was among the lucky torch bearers    Davis and Tommy Cowan, Naomi
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       Regional countries sign new
     initiative to reduce gas emission
   COPENHAGEN, CMC:                                       St Lucia have joined six other small island          have agreed to combine resources and                   mechanism which will combine creative
                                                          developing states (SIDS) in agreeing to the          work together ‘to pilot a unique sustain-              financing tools, capacity building and

           IX CARIBBEAN Community                         Small Islands Launch Energy Initiative.              able energy initiative which will improve              logistical resources that aim to radically
           (CARICOM) countries have                         The countries say the initiative is in             their energy efficiency, reduce their                  transform the collective energy sectors of
           signed a new initiative                        spite of concerns that United Nations                reliance on fossil fuel and reduce green-              island nations.
   g e a r e d t o w a r d s r e d u c i n g g r e e n-   Conference on Climate Change                         house gas emissions against targets they                  Apart from the CARICOM countries,
   house gas emissions (GHG) and                          (UNFCC) has not reach an agreement                   have established or will establish for                 the agreement was also signed by the
   improve energy efficiency.                             that guarantees the survival of small,               themselves in the near future’.                        Dominican Republic, , Mauritius, Palau,
      The Commonwealth of the Bahamas,                    vulnerable island nations.                             The initiative, also known as SIDS-                  Samoa, Seychelles and the Solomon
   Barbados, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica and                   Under the new initiative, the countries            Dock, is essentially an institutional                  Islands.

Dominica Labour                                                                                                                                                                      US spy plane
Party wins general
election for the                                                                                                                                                                     violated Venezuela’s
third time                                                                                                                                                                           airspace, Chávez
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC:                                                                                                                                                               CARACAS, Venezuela (AP):
DOMINICANS STUFFED their                                                                                                                                                             PRESIDENT HUGO Chávez on
support of the Roosevelt Skerrit                                                                                                                                                     Sunday accused the US of violat-
administration into the ballot                                                                                                                                                       ing Venezuela’s airspace with an
boxes on Friday, December 18,                                                                                                                                                        unmanned spy plane, and
and gave the ruling Dominica                                                                                                                                                         ordered his military to be on
Labour Party (DLP) a third con-                                                                                                                                                      alert and shoot down any such
secutive victory, while at the                                                                                                                                                       aircraft in the future.
same time condemning the once                                                                                                                                                           Speaking during his weekly
powerful Dominica Freedom                                                                                                                                                            television and radio program,
Party (DFP) to the political                                                                                                                                                         Chávez said the aircraft overflew
graveyard on the island.                                                                                                                                                             a Venezuelan military base in the
  The DLP won 17 of the 21 seats                                                                                                                                                     western state of Zulia after tak-
that were at stake in the elec-                 US Supreme Court judge Sonia Sotomayor, center, accompanied by Puerto Rico’s Supreme Court Chief Justice Federico                    ing off from neighboring
tions with the other four going to              Hernandez Denton (left), and Chief US District Court Judge Jose Fuste, speaks at a press conference in San Juan, Friday,             Colombia. He did not elaborate,
the main opposition United                      December 18. Sotomayor, a Puerto Rican descendant, visited the US Caribbean territory for the first time since                       but suggested the plane was
Workers Party (UWP) that had                    becoming the US Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice.                                                                              being used for espionage.
ruled the island from 1995-2000.                                                                                                                                                        “These are the Yankees. They
                                                                                                                                                                                     are entering Venezuela,” he said.
                                             Former Haitian officials indicted in the United States
  For the second consecutive gen-
eral election, the DFP, which                                                                                                                                                           “I’ve ordered them to be shot
once ruled from 1980-1995 under                                                                                                                                                      down,” Chávez said of the air-
the leadership of the ‘Caribbean                                                                                                                                                     craft. “We cannot permit this.”
Iron Lady’ the late Dame                     WASHINGTON, CMC:                              “During which time the                     tions at Haiti Teleco, Jean Rene                  Chávez has accused Colombia of
Eugenia Charles, failed to win               THE UNITED States Department                telecommunications company                   Duperval, 43, has been slapped                 allowing the
any seat.                                    of Justice says two former Haitian          paid more than US$800,000 to                                                                United States to
                                                                                                                                      with one count of conspiracy to                use its military
  Its leader, Judith Pestaina, a             government officials have been              shell companies to be used for               commit money laundering and 12
former international public ser-             charged for their alleged roles in a        bribes to foreign officials of the                                                          bases to prepare a
vant, was among the party’s 11                                                                                                        counts of money laundering.                    possible attack
                                             foreign bribery, wire fraud and             Republic of Haiti’s state-owned
candidates that all lost their               money laundering scheme.                    national telecommunications                  Duperval currently lives in in                 against Venezuela.
deposits having failed to make                 The department also said two              company, Telecommunications                  southern Florida.                                 Both the US
any meaningful impact on the                 Florida executives of a Miami-              D’Haiti (Haiti Teleco),” The                   Others charged in the alleged                and Colombia
election that had generally been             Dade County-based telecommu-                Justice Department said in a                 scheme are: Joel Esquenazi, 50,                have denied such
seen as a two-horse race between             nications company and the presi-            statement.                                   of Miami, the former president of              allegations in the
the DLP and the UWP.                         dent of Florida-based Telecom                 It said that Haitian Robert                                                               past, saying the
                                                                                                                                      the telecommunications compa-                  US military pres-
  Preliminary figures showed                 Consulting Services Corporation             Antoine, 61, a Miami resident                ny; Carlos Rodriguez, 53, of
that Prime Minister Skerrit, 37,             have been charged in the alleged            and former director of interna-                                                             ence is for the      Chavez
whose close alliance with                                                                                                             Davie, Florida, the former execu-              sole purpose of
                                             scheme.                                     tional relations for telecommuni-            tive vice president of the telecom-
Venezuela had been among the                   The authorities said that the             cations at Haiti Teleco, had been                                                           combating drug trafficking.
campaign issues, comfortably won             defendants participated in the              charged with one count of con-               munications company; and                          A spokeswoman for the US
his Vieille Case seat, trouncing his         scheme to commit foreign bribery            spiracy to commit money laun-                Marguerite Grandison, 40, of                   Embassy said the mission had no
challenger, former government                and money laundering from                   dering.                                      Miramar, the former president of               information about any flyover
minister Maynard Joseph of the               November 2001 through March                   Former director of internation-            Telecom Consulting Services                    and had not been contacted by
UWP by a three to one margin.                2005.                                       al relations for telecommunica-              Corp, and Duperval’s sister.                   Chávez’s administration.
                                                                                                                                                                                        It is not uncommon for Chávez
                                                                                                                                                                                     to accuse other nations, especially
                                                                                                                                                                                     the US and its allies, of conspiring
                                                                                                                                                                                     against Venezuela.

  Kool & the Gang rock Havana                                                                                                                                                           Last week, the president
                                                                                                                                                                                     accused the Netherlands of let-
                                                                                                                                                                                     ting the US military use Dutch
                                                                                                                                                                                     islands off Venezuela’s Caribbean
                                                                                                                                                                                     coast to prepare for a possible
                                                                                                                                                                                     military offensive. The former
 HAVANA, CUBA - (AP):                        tions and the ambivalence of the          Malcon coastal boulevard, the band                                                            paratroop commander said the
 AMERICAN R&B pioneers Kool                  island’s communist government             played at the open-air Anti-imperi-                                                           US military has sent intelligence
 & the Gang helped Cuba get its              about rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop and          alist Plaza, which sits in front of                                                           agents, warships and spy planes
 funk on, bringing their eclectic mix        other kinds of American music.            the US Interests Section. Fans,                                                               to Aruba, Curacao and Bonaire,
 of sounds Sunday to an open-air                “We are all about the music. We        many of them middle-aged with                                                                 which are self-governing Dutch
 stage a stone’s throw from the              travel the world and our message          children in tow, danced and                                                                   islands.
 sparkling waters of the Caribbean.          is love, understanding and unity,”        jumped up and down to the music                                                                  The Dutch government rejected
    Robert ‘Kool’ Bell, his brother          Bell, a singer and bass player, said      while tenants in nearby apartment                                                             the allegations and the country’s
 Khalis Bayyan, saxophonist                  before taking the stage for a per-        buildings watched from balconies.                                                             top diplomat, Foreign Minister
 Dennis Thomas and drummer                   formance authorized by the US               The band heads next to                                                                      Maxime Verhagen, has asked
 George ‘Funky’ Brown became one             government. “We don’t come as             Miami — where many in the                                                                     Venezuela’s ambassador to clarify
 of the few US musical acts to per-          politicians, we come as musicians.”       Cuban-American community                                                                 AP   the claims, Dutch Foreign
 form in Cuba in recent memory,                 With thousands of spectators           still hold deep resentment                  A fan of US band Kool & the Gang shouts           Ministry spokesman Bart Rijs
 amid Washington’s travel restric-           stretching down Havana’s storied          toward Cuba’s government.                   during a band’s concert in the Anti-imperial-
                                                                                                                                   ist Plaza in Havana, Sunday, Decemeber 20.        said.
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 praise local                                                                                                                                          Monday, December 21 in Port Colborne,
                                                                                                                                                     Ontario. Lewis, who was born in Canada, of
                                                                                                                                                     Jamaican parentage, is in her third year at the
                                                                                                                                                     Ted Rogers School of Business Management.

 immigrant                                                                                                                                           She also carried the torch for 300 metres on
                                                                                                                                                     Saturday, December 19 in Milton, Ontario. Both
                                                                                                                                                     students are among 12,000 people who will have
                                                                                                                                                     brought the Olympic flame to Vancouver.

 service                                                                                                                                               Cowan, a fourth-year radio and television
                                                                                                                                                     arts student, is Ryerson’s official representa-
                                                                                                                                                     tive in the relay. She was asked by the presi-
                                                                                                                                                     dent of the university, Sheldon Levy, to be the

                                                                                                                                                     representative because he thought she embod-
                                                                                                                                                     ied the spirit of the school. Cowan says she did
                                                                                                                                                     track and field at Hydel Prep but discontinued
                                                                                                                                                     when she went to Campion College. A familiar
                                                                                                                                                     face on campus as the student life vlogger,
                                                                                                                                                     Cowan is well known to the university commu-
 TORONTO:                                                                                                                                            nity. She’s a former member of the Ryerson
                                                                                                                                                     Board of Governors, and was the emcee of both
                                                                                                                                                     the RU Ryerson – video contest and the

       OR CARIBBEAN migrants
       like Debra Grant from St                                                                                                                      announcement earlier this month of the rede-
       Vincent, local immigrant                                                                                             PHOTO FRANCINE BUCHNER
                                                                                                                                                     velopment of Maple Leaf Gardens. Cowan was
 services group like COSTI are a             From left: The Hon. Michael Chan, minister of citizenship and immigration, Debra Grant, Helen           one of the leaders of the yes campaign for the
 Godsend. COSTI Immigrant                    Odeeshu, Bruno M. Suppa, president of COSTI Immigrant Services and Mario J. Calla, executive assis-     athletic fee referendum last year.
 Services is a community-based               tant of COSTI Immigrant Services.
 multicultural agency providing                                                                                                                                   PROUD AND EXCITED
 employment, educational, and                   She could barely utter her words, her            en both individuals and communities                   “I feel extremely honoured and humbled to be
 social services to new Canadians             confidence clearly shattered by her                and make life easier especially for new-            nominated. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportu-
 and all individuals in need of               experience. And there was Helen                    comers to the country.                              nity to be chosen as a representative of the uni-
 assistance.                                  Odeeshu, a self confessed insomniac,                 The study conducted in the Toronto                versity. I am proud and excited,” Cowan said.
   Since 1952, COSTI has been helping         who said she took sleeping pills to help           Region quashed the notion by immi-                    A third-year Ted Rogers School of Business
 those in need, providing hope to refugee     her because she ‘never knew who would              grant organizations that geographic                 Management student, Lewis has been interest-
 families, protecting women and chil-         come knocking at her door’.                        clusters of ethno-religious enclaves hin-           ed in the Olympics since she was a child.
 dren, strengthening families, combating        Odeeshu first arrived at COSTI’s                 ders such groups from progressing.                  Unable to attend the Games in Vancouver, she
 racism and discrimination, and assist-       doorsteps in February this year as a                 “We’re building social capital through            decided to try her luck and enter a contest to
 ing all those who function at a disad-       nurse fleeing Bagdad, Iraq under then,             these enclaves,” said executive director            carry the flame. The contest, run by Coca Cola,
 vantage in society.                          president Saddam Houssein. She                     of COSTI Immigrant Services, Mario J.               invited applicants to fill out an information
   Last year, over 1,500 newcomers            escaped with her daughter to Jordan in             Calla, as he outlined COSTI’s new five-             sheet, with the possibility of being a torchbear-
 accessed the Newcomer Settlement             1991. “Imagine living in a country                 year strategic plan at Thursday’s meet-             er for the relay to the Winter Olympics. She
 Program through COSTI’s North York           where they kill you because of your reli-          ing at the group’s Caledonia offices.               said she always wanted to get involved in the
 Centre and Corvetti Education Centre.        gious beliefs. Refugee is not a small                Special guest, the Honourable                     Olympics and this was a fantastic opportunity.
 Grant’s journey started in 1997 and as       word. It is a big word. Bigger than the            Michael Chan, minister of citizenship                 “I didn’t expect to win but was shocked to
 she spoke at its annual general meeting      word job, bigger than the word home,               and immigration praised the work of                 find out on Canada Day that I did,” explained
 recently her gratitude was very clear.       but not bigger than the word love,” said           the organization. “The Ministry of                  Lewis, who purchased her torch to remember
                                              Odeeshu.                                           Citizenship and Immigration has                     the monumental moment.
         ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP                                                                    played a crucial role in the provision of             Even though it’s a short run, Lewis feels
   Grant spoke about COSTI services                            FINDINGS                          our services by funding settlement and              proud to carry the torch and thinks of it as a
 helping her and her child escape a             The clients who spoke confirmed find-            orientation services through the provin-            way to give back to a country that has given
 severely abusive relationship, “one that     ings of one local study that found that            cial government’s Newcomer Settlement               her so many opportunities. Lewis will be joined
 I didn’t think I would survive.”             as ethnic groups develop they strength-            Program,”said Calla.                                by her entire family and co-workers the day of
                                                                                                                                                     the relay.

      Construction begins on first
     phase of new police academy
NEW YORK:                             The main facility, the Police
WORK ON a new structure to            Academy, located on East 20th
accomodate the New York City          Street in Manhattan, was built in
Police Department began last          1964 , has been described as an
week. The new police academy,         ‘overcrowded and outdated facili-
located in the College Point sec-     ty, unable to meet the needs of
tion of Queens at the former          today’s Department’.
NYPD Auto Pound, will consoli-          The new police academy will
date training facilities for civil-   sit on a 30-acre campus and be
ians, recruits and active police      able to train approximately 2,000
officers that are currently spread    recruits at any one time. It will
out across the City into one state-   feature instruction space for pro-
of-the-art campus.                    viding immersive, scenario based
  The first phase of the project      training for police personnel;
includes an academic building,        support and administration
classrooms, tactical gyms that        buildings; a field house; indoor
simulate actual street conditions,    shooting ranges; a tactical vil-
instructional offices and adminis-    lage; a housing facility for visit-
trative      support      spaces.     ing instructors; driver training
Subsequent phases of the project      fields; parking and a utility
will include a new firing range, a    plant. The facilities will be
tactical training village and a       designed for in-service training of
vehicle training course.              officers, as well as for recruit
  “‘This is a fitting way to begin    training.
closing out a banner year for the
NYPD, reducing crime another                    WELL SERVED
10.4 per cent and keeping us the        The location will have ample
nation’s safest big city,” said       on-site parking for NYPD person-
Mayor Bloomberg. “This is a proj-     nel, including a 3,000-car park-
ect that has started and stalled      ing garage, to ensure those using
through three previous City           the academy are not utilizing
administrations and now it is         local parking spaces. The location
getting built.”                       is also well served by existing
                                      mass transportation options.
      ACCOMPLISHMENTS                   The total cost for the first
  Police Commissioner Kelly           phase of the new academy is esti-
said, “New York City police offi-     mated at $750 million and the
cers have driven crime down year      project’s construction is a joint
after year. They deserve a Police     venture of Turner Construction
Academy equal to their accom-         Company and STV Incorporated.
plishments and dedication.”           A cost estimate for the full acade-
  The NYPD currently conducts         my project has not been finalized
training in numerous facilities       as some components of the pro-
scattered throughout the City.        ject’s design are ongoing.
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Charging your way through the holidays?
Tis the season to be money smart
       O YOUR memories of last                         adore that new touch-screen phone or                    to your debt. If you
       Christmas include regrets                       sparkling piece of jewellery, but can you               don’t realize how
       about the whopping credit                       really afford it? Credit cards make it                  quickly these costs
card bills you racked up during                        easy to spend money we might not have                   add up, check out
your holiday shopping binge? If                        at the moment. Being careful with your                  the Credit Card
so, you’re not alone. Many                             money doesn’t make you a Scrooge.                       Payment
Canadians have been visited by                                                                                 Calculator on
the ghost of Christmas past, in                           3 . C u t d o w n o n w h o g e t s g i f t s . If   moneytools.ca.
the form of hefty January credit                       you have a large family and/or many
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them for months after.                                 example, limit gift buying to children.                 statements:
  Holiday shopping doesn’t have to turn                Or consider a “Secret Santa” among                      Christmas is the
into an expensive and stressful finan-                 your group, where everyone selects a                    busiest time of year
cial burden - if you plan ahead and fol-               name out of a jar and buys a present                    for retailers.
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But you have to make adjustments now                   a donation to charity and tell everyone                 pen. Fraudsters also
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spend.                                                 help a worthy cause in their names.                     high volume of transac-
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after Christmas:                                       though the stores are packed with eager                 and check your credit card
                                                       shoppers, by comparison shopping you                    statements thoroughly for any
   1 . S e t a s p e n d i n g l i m i t - and stick   can still find deals. Take advantage of                 unauthorized transactions or errors
to it: Before you start shopping, jot                  money-saving opportunities. Try to shop                 such as double billing.
down a simple holiday budget. Figure                   earlier in the season to avoid panic buy-
out how much you can afford to spend                   ing on Christmas Eve.                                     7 . B e s a f e : Whether you’re shopping
on gifts and other festive necessities                                                                         in the real or virtual world, it’s vital
(wrapping, cards, etc.). Make a list of all              5. Pay off those credit card bills                    that you keep your credit and debit card
the people you want to buy for, deter-                 A S A P ! In the first few days of the New              information secure. Deal only with
mine how much from your total budget                   Year, those nagging credit card state-                  trusted websites and retailers.
to spend on each person, and then limit                ments, full of holiday shopping expens-
yourself to that amount.                               es, will start to arrive. Don’t take                      I Ursula Menke is the Commissioner
   2. Be realistic about what you                      months to pay them. If you do, you’ll                   of the Financial Consumer Agency of
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Harry Jerome Awards now open
TORONTO:                                  their efforts are working tremen-           Jerome Awards will be held on          site at www.bbpa.org.                    Jerome died        suddenly      in
                                          dously to better the community              Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the          In 1982, the founders of the           December 1982.

       OMINATIONS ARE                     and society as a whole’. Through            Toronto Congress Centre.               BBPA decided to turn a celebra-
       invited for the 28th                                                                                                                                                     AWARD NAME
                                          the Harry Jerome Awards we rec-             Nominations must be received at        tion for the six Black Canadian
       Annual BBPA Harry                  ognize and celebrate these indi-            the office of the Black Business       athletes who excelled at that              The name ‘Harry Jerome
Jerome Awards.                            viduals for their outstanding               and Professional Association no        year ’s Commonwealth Games               Awards’ was proposed by Hamlin
  A release from the organizers           achievements, leadership and                later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday,        (Angela Taylor-Issanjenko, Ben           Grange and so the first Harry
is encouraging persons to identi-         inspiration. We encourage you to            January 8, 2010.                       Johnson, Mark McKoy, Milt                Jerome Awards was held on
fy for the special honour,                nominate an individual today!’                For nomination information           Ottey, Tony Sharpe and Desai             March 5, 1983. The BBPA Harry
‘African-Canadians who through              The 28th Annual BBPA Harry                and rules, please visit their web-     Williams) into a tribute to Harry        Jerome Awards is now a national
                                                                                                                             Jerome and an awards ceremony            event that recognizes and honors
                                                                                                                             to honor the six athletes. Before        excellence in African-Canadian

    H1N1 vaccine now available to all
                                                                                                                             he could be invited, Harry               achievement.

                                                                                                                             Stricter credit card regulations
  HEALTH CARE providers have
  been given the go ahead by
  NYC governor Paterson to
                                           of priority group individuals in
                                           areas of the State outside of
                                           New York City. As a result of
                                           that effort and increased sup-
                                                                                     provide vaccine to as many peo-
                                                                                     ple as possible.
                                                                                        During this busy period, I
                                                                                     encourage New Yorkers to take
                                                                                                                             coming in 2010
  make the H1N1 flu vaccine                plies of vaccine, the State is            time to get vaccinated against          URSULA MENKE                             or loan jointly with others, the
  available to all New Yorkers             now making the vaccine avail-             the flu,” the Governor added.           Commissioner of the Financial Consumer   financial institution must pro-
  who want the vaccine, includ-            able to all New Yorkers.                                                          Agency of Canada                         vide disclosure information to
  ing those who are not in priori-            “Since early October, when
                                                                                                STILL WAITING                                                         each individual involved. This is
  ty groups established by the             the H1N1 flu vaccine first                  Among those who have been             TORONTO:                                 to ensure that all parties are
  federal Centers for Disease              became available, we have                 waiting to receive the vaccine          IF YOU plan to make a New                aware of the borrowing details of
  Control and Prevention (CDC).            focused on providing vaccine              are many seniors 65 years of            Year's resolution to control your        the loan so there are no surprises
                                           to those New Yorkers consid-              age and older, who were not in          spending habits in 2010, new             later.
          ANNOUNCEMENT                     ered at highest risk of serious           priority groups to receive the          government regulations for credit          I      No more fees due to mer-
    The announcement applies to            illness from the flu,” Governor           initial doses of vaccine based on       card companies will help you             chant holds: Certain merchants,
  all providers, including local           Paterson said.                            CDC determinations that the             keep your promise.                       such as hotels, gas stations and
  health departments with vac-                “Now that increased supplies           H1N1 flu virus is more likely to          In light of the economic situa-        car rental companies, place holds
  cine clinics scheduled for this                                                    target and cause serious illness        tion, many of us have resolved to        on credit cards because they may
                                           of vaccine are available, it is                                                                                            not be aware of the amount of the
  weekend.                                 appropriate to expand access so           among younger persons.                  better manage our spending,
    To date, the Department of                                                         However, some cases of the            including how we use credit              transaction for some time. Once
                                           that more New Yorkers get pro-                                                                                             they learn the final amount, they
  Health (DOH) has allocated               tection against the flu.”                 virus have been reported in             cards.
  more than three million doses                                                      individuals 65 and over, and               The good news is that regula-         typically release the hold.
                                                     TRAVEL SEASON                                                           tions recently introduced by the           The consequence of a tempo-
  of the H1N1 vaccine — the                                                          public health officials agree it is                                              rary hold is that it reduces the
  maximum made available by                  “As we enter the holiday                appropriate that the vaccine            federal government will help
                                                                                                                             Canadians access credit products         credit available to consumers,
  the CDC — for the vaccination            travel season, it is important to         now be made available to them.                                                   who then could unknowingly go
                                                                                                                             that are fair and transparent and
                                                                                                                             that benefit the consumer.               over their credit card limit and
                                                                                                                                                                      incur fees.
                                                                                                                                 WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW                    Under the new regulations,
                                                                                                                               Here are some highlights of the        financial institutions can't charge
                                                                                                                             new regulations that take effect         you for going over your credit
                                                                                                                             January 1, 2010:                         limit because of a temporary hold
                                                                                                                               I       Less fine print, so you        placed on your credit card by a
                                                                                                                             can see the costs: Now, credit           merchant.
                                                                                                                             card contracts and applications            I      Clear regulations for
                                                                                                                             must include summary boxes up            debt collection: The new regula-
                                                                                                                             front to explain fees and rates in       tions now require federally regu-
                                                                                                                             plain language, making it easier         lated financial institutions to fol-
                                                                                                                             to understand costs and compare          low federal regulations regarding
                                                                                                                             different cards.                         how and when payment for
                                                                                                                               I       You can say ‘no’ to more       unpaid credit card balances can
                                                                                                                             credit: Credit card companies            be sought.
                                                                                                                             must now ask you before raising
                                                                                                                             your credit limit, to allow you to         Get more information on new
                                                                                                                             decide if more credit is a good          credit card regulations at fcac-
                                                                                                                             idea for you.                            acfc.gc.ca
                                                                                                                               I       Joint borrowers must be
                                                                                                                             told: If you apply for a credit card

                                                                                                                             GO Transit will run earlier afternoon service
                                                                                                                             TORONTO:                                 Regular morning schedule, earli-
                                                                                                                             THIS HOLIDAY season, GO will             er afternoon rush hour with
                                                                                                                             run special early afternoon serv-        adjusted train and bus times and
                                                                                                                             ice on Christmas Eve ( December          additional buses as required
                                                                                                                             24 ) and New Year’s Eve                  starting at noon. Plus some later
                                                                                                                             (December 31 ) for passengers            evening trips.
                                                                                                                             looking for commuting options to           - Friday, January 1 - Holiday
                                                                                                                             get home sooner. Also on New
                                                                                                                             Year’s Eve , GO will offer free          schedule
                                                                                                                             service after 7:00 p.m. and some           For specific schedule informa-
                                                                                                                             later adjusted schedules to get          tion, passengers are advised to
                                                                                                                             New Year’s revellers home safely.        check gotransit.com, or call
                                                                                                                               GO Transit will operate the fol-       416.869.3200, 1.888.GET ON GO
                                                                                                                             lowing adjusted service over the         (438.6646), or 1.800.387.3652
                                                                                                                             holidays:                                TTY.
                                                                                                                               - Thursday, December 24 -                GO Transit is the Province of
                                                                                                                             Regular morning schedule, earli-         Ontario’s interregional public
                                                                                                                             er afternoon rush hour with              transit system linking Toronto
                                                                                                                             adjusted train and bus times and         with the surrounding regions of
                                                                                                                             additional buses as required             the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
                                                                                                                             starting at noon
                                                                                                                               - Friday, December 25 -                GO carries nearly 55 million pas-
                                                                                                                             Holiday schedule                         sengers a year in an extensive
                                                                                                               CONTRIBUTED                                            network of train and bus services
   Bronx Borough president Ruben Diaz Jr., city council majority leader Joel Rivera and RWDSU president Stuart                 - Saturday, December 26 -
   Appelbaum join with community residents, activists and union members to discuss the Kingsbridge Armory retail             Saturday schedule                        that spans over 10,000 square
   development project on the steps of City Hall, following the City Council’s vote to defeat the project on Monday.           - Monday, December 28 -                kilometres. GO Transit is a divi-
                                                                                                                             Saturday schedule                        sion of Metrolinx, an agency of
                                                                                                                               - Thursday, December 31 -              the Province of Ontario.
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Baby blues
   Dear Mrs Walker-Huntington,
   My fiancé’s mother is a US citi-
zen and began the processing of                                             Dahlia
                                                                                                           Undoubtedly, if you have
                                                                                                         your child in America your
                                                                                                         child will be a US citizen.
filing for him in August 2007. We
already know we are not able to                                            Walker-                       Since your future mother-
                                                                                                         in-law wants you to have
get married until this process is
complete.                                                                 Huntington                     the baby in the US, you
                                                                                                         need to discuss with her
   I am five months pregnant and                                                                         how the medical bills for
his mother is insisting I come to                                                                        yourself and the baby will
Florida, where she resides, to                   him is pending. All that will                           be handled. As a visitor to
have the baby. I have, however,                  happen in this instance is                              the US, you should not
been advised by my cousin who is                 that your fiancé’s petition                             accept emergency Medicaid.                      a        n
a nurse in Florida that that                     will move from the first                                One of the conditions of                        extended
would be a mistake. She said the                 preference category (single                             your visitor’s visa is that                     period of time, e.g.
policy there is if neither parents               adult child of a US citizen)                            you should not become a                         three            to         six
are US citizens or permanent                     t o t h e t h i r d p r e f e r e n c e c a t e-        p u b l i c c h a r g e u p o n t h e g o v-    months, you raise
residents, the child will still be               gory (married child of a US                             ernment and citizens.                           suspicions the next
classified as a Jamaican. This                   citizen). Instead of taking                               While the hospital will                       time you travel
would not help our case at all.                  approximately six years for                             offer          you         emergency            or         when
   Is there any truth to this policy             a visa to be available for                              Medicaid – a government-                        you go to
change with regards to children                  your fiancé alone, it would                             sponsored health-care plan                      the            US
being born in the US? Which                      take about 9 years for both                             for the poor – acceptance of                    Embassy in
State or States would you think                  of you.                                                 this free medical can result                    Kingston to
would be best for me to go if I am                  If you do not get married                            in the loss of your non-                        renew your
to go this route? Is it also true                w h i l e t h i s p e t i t i o n i s p e n d-          immigrant visa.                                 non-immi-
that in order for me to have the                 ing, your fiancé will receive                                                                           grant visa.
baby there, I would have to be in                his green card. You will                                   JEOPARDISING FUTURE TRIPS                       Also, if you are
the US at least three months                     then get married and he will                               If you go to the US too far                  travelling as a visitor
prior to the date of delivery as all             file a petition for you. Your                           along in your pregnancy,                        with a US citizen
the tests – blood and otherwise                  family will end up being                                the Customs and Border                          c h i l d , y o u r a i s e s u s p i-                                            medical
–done in Jamaica will not be                     separated because it will                               Protection (CBP) Officer                        cion with the CBP officer.                                                       t e s t s
accepted by the hospital there                   take about four-to-five years                           may deny you entry into the                     While the hospital will not                                                   that have
and I would have to do them                      f o r y o u r g r e e n c a r d ( h u s-                US. The CBP officers are                        divulge your information to                                          already been
over?                                            band’s petition) to be ready                            aware that many women go                        U S C I S w i t h o u t y o u r p e r m i s-     done in Jamaica.
   Your assistance in clarifying                 for you to migrate.                                     to America late in their                        sion, unless you can prove                          I Dahlia A. Walker-
these issues is greatly appreciat-                  Your cousin the nurse is                             p r e g n a n c y f o r t h e s o l e p u r-    otherwise, the CBP office                        Huntington, is a Jamaican-
ed as I endeavour to make a deci-                wrong. “All persons born or                             pose of having US citizen                       can presume that you did                         American attorney who
sion as to what will be best for all             naturalised in the United                               children. Additionally, going                   not pay for the birth of your                    practises in Florida in the
the parties involved.                            States and subject to the                               to the US to have a baby                        child and possibly deny you                      a r e a s o f i m m i g r a t i o n , f a m i-
   Thanks a million.                             j u r i s d i c t i o n t h e r e o f a r e c i t i-    would require you to spend                      future entry into the US.                        ly, corporate and personal
   G.H.                                          zens of the United States                               several months there and                           If you are able to pay the                    i n j u r y l a w . S h e i s a m e d i a-
                                                 and of the State wherein                                could potentially jeopardise                    cost of the birth of your                        tor, arbitrator and special
  Dear G.H.                                      they                 reside.”              14th         your future return trips.                       child in the US, you should                      magistrate in Bro0ward
  If your fiancé’s mother is                     Amendment                         to         the        K e e p i n m i n d t h a t a v i s i-          s e c u r e t h e s e r v i c e s o f a d o c-   County, Florida.
a US citizen, he can marry                       Constitution of the United                              tor’s visa is to visit and                      tor who can tell you whether                        info@walkerhuntington.com
you while her petition for                       States ratified July 9, 1868.                           return home. If you stay for                    or not you will have to redo                     or editor@gleanerjm.com.

                                                     Passport FAQs                                                                                                                           LETTERS
  Would an applicant need to appear in person in order to apply for a passport?
  First-time              applicants             h i s o r h e r p a s s p o r t a p p l i-             are required to submit                               RE: Toronto school board OK’s teaching of patois in schools - I
  should appear in person                        cation.                                                their passport applications                          think this is a wonderful idea. I am a Canadian who is married
  w h e n a p p l y i n g f o r a p a s s-                                                              to the nearest Jamaican                              to a Jamacian and we have three children and I love the idea
  port. In the case of a minor                   How does a married or divorced                         consulate. The Jamaican                              of my children learning more of their history and their father’s
  (person under 18 years of                      woman change her name on her                           p a s s p o r t i s a s e c u r e d o c u-           roots and language. I am in support of this program. It is about
  age), the parent or legal                      passport?                                              ment and remains the                                 time.
  guardian should complete                                                                              property of the Government                             M. Samuels
  the relevant sections of the                      A woman who is or has                               o f J a m a i c a . I t i s n o t a d v i s-           Toronto, Ontario
  application form.                              been married, and is                                   able to send the documents                             Canada
     The child is also required                  applying for a passport in                             to a relative in Jamaica, as
  to appear in person for all                    her married name, must                                 t h e p a s s p o r t w i l l b e c o n f i s-
  applications, whether it is                    present a certified copy of                            cated. If your passport is                           RE: AIDS group says disclosure ruling ‘feeds stigma’ :
  a first-time application or                    her marriage certificate                               confiscated, we will issue a                         So, what is your position should a HIV/AIDS person not make
  a renewal.                                     (issued by the Registrar                               l e t t e r t o t h e b e a r e r a d v i s-         a disclosure known? Are you saying since, ‘The risks of trans-
     The only exceptions are                     General’s Department or                                i n g y o u t o c o n t a c t t h e n e a r-         mission are fairly small’ that a persons should do nothing?
  children under the age of                      the State in the case of                               est Jamaican consulate.                              Help me out here. You are scaring me.
  three years. Persons who are                   persons married overseas)                                 To renew your document,
  renewing a passport that                       whether she is applying for                            simply take it in to the
  w a s i s s u e d w h e n t h e a p p l i-     t h e f i r s t t i m e o r i s r e n e w-             n e a r e s t c o n s u l a t e o r m i s-           RE: May Day girl is ‘da bomb’! : God bless and keep you and all
  cant was a minor, will also                    ing her document.                                      sion office, along with the                          the military personnel around the world. As a fellow Jamaican
  need to appear in person.                         Women who are divorced                              required documents and                               I am proud of your achievements!
     Persons living outside of                   may present a decree                                   t w o p a s s p o r t - s i z e p h o t o-             Joanna Rodney - Lewis
  Kingston may attend the                        a b s o l u t e ( t h e f i n a l j u d g-             graphs. The application,                               Hanover Maryland USA
  immigration office in their                    ment) in lieu of a marriage                            along with the expired
  p a r i s h t o h a v e t h e i r d o c u-     certificate. Please note                               passport, is then sent to
  ments pre-checked, prior to                    that married, widowed or                               Jamaica for processing. The                            RE: May Day girl is ‘da bomb’! : You go girl I am so proud of
  submitting it to the PICA                      divorced women who wish                                passports are then sent to                           you. I am happy that you have made us proud. Jamaica has
  office.                                        to apply for a passport in                             the relevant mission for                             talented people we should continue to make our country proud.
     Persons who are renewing                    their maiden name are not                              transmission                  to     you.
  their document need not                        r e q u i r e d t o p r e s e n t a m a r-             Generally, the processing of
  appear in person, and may                      riage certificate.                                     application form overseas                             RE: Estrianna Bigby, a gem of a woman: Hi sweet girl,
  send their old passport                                                                               takes 20 working days.                                May God keep blessing you, you were blessed the day you
  along with a bearer, who                       I reside in Canada and my                                                                                   were born.
  w o u l d b e r e q u i r e d t o p r o-       Jamaican passport needs to be                            I PICA Corner is a collabora-                       This brings tears to my eye as my parents died young.
  d u c e a l e t t e r o f a u t h o r i s a-   renewed. Is it okay to send my                         tion between The Gleaner and                          Keep smiling and have Blessed Chistmas
  tion to collect the passport.                  passport to the island with a                          the Passport, Immigration and                         Cle Kerr
     However, PICA reserves                      relative to do the renewal on                          Citizenship Agency. Send ques-
  t h e r i g h t t o a s k a n a p p l i-       my behalf?                                             tions, comments and sugges-
  cant to appear in person                                                                              tions to editor@gleanerjm.com
  for an interview to support                        Persons residing overseas                          and PICA will respond.
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                                                                                                      a difference. The list is a useful

How to help people who are
                                                                                                      guide for anyone who wants to
                                                                                                      make sure that their contribution
                                                                                                      is meeting a real need.”
                                                                                                         Most common items on the
                                                                                                      wish lists? TTC tickets, vouchers

homeless this holiday season
                                                                                                      for groceries, and non-perishable
                                                                                                      food items—the everyday things
                                                                                                      that get left behind when you
                                                                                                      don’t have much money during
                                                                                                      the year. Agencies are also look-
                                                                                                      ing for volunteer help.
                                                                                                         “Agencies are telling us their

                                                              ANY TORONTONIANS
                                                              a p p r o a c h t h e C i t y d u r-    clients need everything from
                                                              ing the holiday season                  clothing, household items and
                                                 l o o k i n g f o r w a y s t o s h a r e a l i t-   toiletries to coupons for food,
                                                 tle cheer with people who are                        craft supplies, winter clothing
                                                 homeless. The City asked                             and boots,” said Phil Brown, gen-
                                                 those on the front lines who                         eral manager of Shelter, Support
                                                 run the shelters, drop-ins and                       and Housing Administration, the
                                                 other services for homeless                          City division that coordinates
                                                 people what would really                             funding and services to homeless
                                                 bring a smile to their clients’                      people in Toronto. “Many are also
                                                 faces.                                               looking for volunteers and I know
                                                     Agency wish lists can be seen                    we get a lot of calls at this time of
                                                 at h t t p : / / w w w . t o r o n t o . c a         year from people wanting to
                                                 /housing/wishlist.htm.                               donate a few precious hours to
                                                     “At this time of year, people                    help those less fortunate.”
                                                 want to do something to help oth-                      The City’s website lists the
                                                 ers,” says Councillor Janet Davis                    agencies that responded to the
                                                 (Ward 31 Beaches-East York),                         survey, the items they would like
                                                 Chair of the Community                               to distribute to their clients over
                                                 Development and Recreation                           the holidays, whether they are
                                                 Committee. “The City has asked                       able to pick up, whether they
                                                 agencies providing front line serv-                  need volunteers, and contact
                                                 ices to see what would really make                   names and phone numbers.

                                                                                                                        EDDIE J. GRANT PHOTO

                                                     From left: Wayne McBeam, Almarie Sutherland, Janice Edwards Grant, Errol
                                                     Barnswell, and Wayne Mogg. The group, all members of Praise Cathedral
                                                     Worship Centre church, was out to support a Christmas themed event in
                                                     Toronto last week.

                                                   Perfect gift ideas for those hosting a holiday party
                                                 THE HOLIDAY season can be a
                                                 hectic time when it comes to
                                                 social gatherings. No matter
                                                 what the occasion, it’s always
                                                 great to show appreciation to the
                                                 host. Rather than adding yet
                                                 another bottle of wine to an
                                                 already full wine rack, why not
                                                 consider giving your host some-
                                                 thing unique and memorable.
                                                   Have fun finding the perfect
                                                 gift that matches the personality
                                                 of your gracious host:
                                                                                                      gift that will be sure to start stir-
                                                   I For the gourmet chef –                           ring up some great recipe ideas.
                                                 Buying a gift for someone who
                                                 loves cooking or baking can be                          I For the dedicated parent –
                                                 one of the easiest things on your                    Parents are always looking for
                                                 shopping list. An aged bottle of                     ways to enrich their children’s
                                                 balsamic vinaigrette, truffle oil or                 lives. Why not consider a book or
                                                 a jar of local honey are                             craft for the host’s children. Giving
                                                   items that all cooks love to                       the gift to the children as you
                                                 receive. Dress up the bottle by                      arrive will help ensure the chil-
                                                 tying a ribbon and a small thank                     dren are entertained and give the
                                                 you card to it. It’s a thoughtful                    host time to talk with their guests.

                                                                                                        I For the philanthropist –
                                                                                                      Make a donation to your
                                                                                                      favourite charity in the name of
                                                                                                      your host. It’s a meaningful way
                                                                                                      to express your appreciation and
                                                                                                      help make a positive difference in
                                                                                                      the world. The World Vision Gift
                                                                                                      Catalogue (WorldVision.ca/gifts)
                                                                                                      offers great gifts such as school
                                                                                                      supplies, warm clothing, medi-
                                                                                                      cine, and even items like piglets
                                                                                                      and bunnies. It will be a gift that
                                                                                                      the host will truly appreciate and
                                                                                                      always remember.

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