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VOL. 6, NO. 12 • June 13, 2012
618 Strouds Lane, Pickering, ON L1V 4S9 • Tel: 905.831-4402 • Fax: 416.292.2943 • Email: caribbeangraphic@rogers.com
New Travel Taxes Announced
Vivian Rambihar Named Amongst Canada’s Top 25 Immigrants
Guyanese-born Dr. Vivian Rambihar has beennamed as one of Canada’s 2012 top 25 Immigrants by the Canadianimmigrant.ca website’s online poll. The website’s annual national people’s choiceawards celebrate the untold and inspiring storiesand achievements of newcomers to Canada.Passionate about studying medicine the facili-ties for which were not available in his country,Guyana, at the time, Rambihar decided to cometo Canada to pursue his studies. After graduating
he has stayed on in the country that fullled his
 passion, and has since made great contributions
through research in the eld of cardiology.
Dr. Rambihar is celebrated as a pioneer in study-ing heart health issues among immigrants, particu-larly of South Asian origin. “I was faced with thechallenge of addressing a newly recognized in-creased health risk in immigrants, and took it asa personal challenge to respond to all ways possi- ble,” he explains. “This opened avenues for morelearning, which allowed me to achieve more for the community, for health and for change.Rambihar remembers that he faced many other challenges as a newcomer 30 years ago, particu-larly isolation and culture shock — moving froma multiethnic country like Guyana. “I needed tolearn a new way of doing things to function in adifferent society, with no support groups or com-munity resources available,” he says.
“A signicant challenge not often talked about
is a sensitivity to the cold some immigrants have,
with difculty or inability to acclimatize,” he also
observes.“I overcame challenges by focusing on goals,learning and adapting. I worked very hard with
tremendous sacrices early on to achieve initial
success, then built on this.”His advice to fellow immigrants, especiallyrecent newcomers, is that they should recognizethere will be many challenges and look at thoseas an opportunity for learning and growth. “Weshould [also] learn from others who have succeed-ed and, if possible, be creative and innovative. Weshould integrate as much as possible into the wider community, while maintaining our unique individ-uality, culture and heritage.”Being a physician, he observes that the healthof immigrants declines within a decade of arrival,for various preventable reasons. “We should usethis knowledge to be proactive and maintain our health, which is an important part of achievingsuccess.”He spreads this message through volunteeringas well. He is currently helping to develop the con-cept of “Global Heart Hour.” He is also the healthco-chair of the Global Organization of People of Indian OriginBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, - Even as Carib-
 bean governments and tourism ofcials have la
-mented the negative impact from of higher traveltaxes and duties imposed in overseas source mar-kets, two island authorities are introducing newtravel taxes. The government of Jamaica hasannounced that an agreement has been reached between the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Asso-ciation (JHTA) and the government on tax mea-sures to be imposed on the tourism sector under the 2012-2013 Budget. The agreement will seethe introduction of a US$ 20 fee for each arriv-ing passenger, whose trip originates abroad, as of August 1, 2012. Effective September 1, 2012 anaccommodation tax will be introduced for eachoccupied room per night of US$ 1 for propertieswith less than 51 rooms, US$ 2 for hotels with 51-100 rooms, and US$4 for hotels with 101 roomsand above.This news follows on the heels of a recent an-nouncement coming out of Antigua and Barnudathat the government had presented and passed theAirport Administration Charge Act, 2012, whichnow takes the Antigua’s overall airport taxes toUS $93.75 up from US $63.75, and will be builtinto the cost of travellers’ tickets.This move was strongly condemned in March by the International Air Transport Association(IATA), which reportedly wrote a strongly wordedletter to Civil Aviation and Culture Minister JohnMaginley stating that the new taxes would standat a level that far exceeded the regional averageand stood well beyond a viable level for airlines.The IATA Assistant Director of Government &Infrastructure Affairs Cyriel Kronenburg, is saidto have stated in the letter that: “plans for yet an-other major increase in costs to passengers willseriously damage the ability of airlines serving
Antigua & Barbuda to operate in a protable man
-ner, and will surpass any revenue growth for theairport and will damage the health of Antigua &Barbuda’s economy and tourism sector.”However, the Antigua and Barbuda governmentremained undeterred and following the recent passage of the act, it has mounted a strong de-fence of the move. Prime Minister Baldwin Spen-cer described the new tax measure as reasonableand fair while brushing aside suggestions that themove would bring irrevocable harm to the coun-try’s tourism industry.The prime minister said the airport needed to be in a position where it could effectively pay for itself in the long term and the improvements tothe airport terminal came at a price. Similarly, Ja-maica’s Minister of Tourism and Entertainment,Dr Wykeham McNeill, has staunchly defendedhis government’s new tax measure.President of the JHTA, Evelyn Smith, was quot-ed in the statement as saying that the levels for the new tax measures were arrived at “in a spiritof co-operation” and with the aim to arrive at an
outcome that was benecial to all parties involved
Dr. Vivian Rambihar
June 13, 2012
Faith & Hope Ministry Canada Reaches Out
Pastor Nazir and Malinda Islam
Born in Enmore, theeast coast of Demararain Guyana, Nazir Is-lam always knew thathe had a higher callingon his life yet it wasn’tuntil a mid week housegroup meeting on Feb-ruary 9th, 2011 that his purpose cameinto fruition along with Faith & HopeMinistry Canada being birthed. Thatgathering of just four people was the
dening moment for Nazir Islam. The
dream of wanting to become a pastor now became his reality.Pastor Nazir immigrated to Canadain December 1997 with a deep seateddesire to become better than he was inGuyana. He believes that Canada isa country of many opportunities andcould properly position someone whois willing to work hard and that is pre-cisely what he has done since his ar-rival. For Pastor Nazir, working harddoes not necessarily mean on the job;
he truly enjoys the altruistic benets in
 being of service. Pastor Nazir minis-ters and supports newcomers to Can-ada from the Caribbean, refugees, aswell as those with immigration issueson how to become productive membersof Canadian society. At one occasion, Nazir opened his home to someonewithout a roof over their head until they were ableto establish themselves.“I want to show love andkindness to every single person I come in contactwith. It doesn’t matter the age, nationality or what beliefs people have. We all needto be loved.” said Nazir.Pastor Nazir is no stranger to strug-gles. Due to the array of adversi-ties including homelessness which hehas experienced in his life, they haveequipped him to help those who arecareworn and discouraged. “Peopleare suffering from all sorts of prob-lems and it’s important to meet peoplewhere they’re at without judging them.I get so energized and inspired when Isee someone’s life transformed for the better.” said Nazir. Not only does Pastor Nazir maintaina careful watch for the spiritual and ba-sic needs of his congregation, he alsosubscribes to the doctrines that it is es-sential that all people feel appreciatedand loved. “I believe the church has a
signicant role to play in the greater so
-ciety because the church is supposed to be able to meet people even if they’renot of the same religion. We ought tospend time with those inside the churchand those outside the church and showthem love.” explained Nazir.One individual who was not a churchmember that was going through a high-ly tumultuous break up found Pastor  Nazir helping her through the entire or-deal. For someone who was not in thechurch she found it quite remarkable.Those inside and outside Faith &Hope Ministry Canada have assertedthat Pastor Nazir leads by gentlenessand patience. One member declaredthat “he’s a very humble and tolerantman and I have a lot of respect for him.He walks his talk and he’s a good ex-ample of someone who lives up to theChristian ideals. Pastor Nazir is anencourager and he never thinks twiceto put the needs of others ahead of hisown.”A pastor is more than just being anordained leader of a Christian con-gregation or putting in tireless hoursto prepare sermons that will stimulatethe spiritual growth of those who at-tend worship. For Nazir Islam, it’salso about being easily accessible tothose society has turned away from.Ranging from the individual sufferingfrom alcoholism to the one who pro-vides sexual services in return for pay-ment, Pastor Nazir intentionally seeksout these people to build relationships,
condence and consensus by means
of sharing what he knows and what hehas experienced in his life. “I’ve expe-rienced so many struggles in my life
and so I believe that I could inuence
someone who is going through trialsand troubles. Oftentimes just sittingdown and talking with someone andsharing what you’ve gone through andovercame could give them hope. It’svery important for all of us, all people,to reach out to those who are in needand help out and not judge them.” ex- plained Pastor Nazir. Another caretak-ing responsibility that he freely carriesout is routinely picking up people, evenas far as Scarborough, to attend Faith& Hope Ministry Canada worship ser-vice in the Islington and Steeles area.Faith & Hope Ministry Canada hasinitiated a neighbourhood food drivewhere each month Pastor Nazir andhis wife Malinda distribute non perish-able food items to marginalized groups
within the community. They afrm
that regardless of whatever position or status we may hold; or lack thereof, itis essential to help out those who are in
insufcient supply of the basics in life.
“It’s important to help the poor andthose who are in need.” said Pastor Na-zir. “The food bank in our ministry isto help promote and show that we care.We simply want to help people.”Throughout the course of events,Malinda lslam has been a great sourceof strength and support to her husband.Similar to Pastor Nazir, she too has a profound fondness for today’s youthand young children. She has comeup with innovative ideas to build rap- port with them, in addition to assistingthose in their healing process throughthe use of artistic methods. “I take ona mother/best friend role in the livesof the youth within the ministry and inthe community. Apart from the youth,I’ve seen transformation in childrenwho came out of abusive homes andhow traumatized they were psycho-logically but through learning songs,arts and crafts, music and storytellingwithin the church, it’s helped themdevelop their psychosocial stability. Now they’re not as withdrawn as theywere before or anti social.” explainedMalinda.Malinda is quite cheerful about thenoticeable changes that have taken place in the lives of those who at-tend Faith and Hope Ministry Canadaas well as the uniqueness about their church. “I’m happy that we’re notlike the common church. What sets usapart is that we just want to love othersand not judge them. We try to embraceas many people in need as we can. Wehad women in our ministry who were prostitutes but are not anymore.” saidMalinda. “A lot of people may rejectsomeone because they look, dress or act a certain way or maybe they have
habits that may not t in with what is
‘required’ as a Christian. We prefer to love these individuals and let themknow that someone believes in themand that hope is possible and there isroom for growth and transformation.”The future initiatives of Faith andHope Ministry Canada are impressiveand promising. They will be launch-ing missionary assignments on a globalscale combined with sponsoring chil-dren. Effective immediately, some of the ministry members will be travel-ling throughout high risk communitieson a weekly basis to have fellowship.The ministry is steadfast in continuingto do what it is they do best; reachingout.
June 13, 2012
Jamaica’s Lisa Hanna Comes To Toronto
 a r i    b b e a n
 e w e l 
Hon. Lisa Hanna
On June 14 Torontowill be graced by thecharming and beautiful presence of Jamaica’sMinister of Youth andCulture, the Hon. LisaHanna, M.P. Minis-ter Hanna will be inToronto on to addressmembers and friends of the Jamaican CanadianCommunity.The Minister willgive an update on plansin Jamaica for the cele- bration of the country’s50th Anniversary of In-dependence on August6th, 2012. She will alsoreport on the new Por-tia Simpson lead Gov-ernment’s vision for Jamaica, for which asMinister of Youth andCulture she has a vital role to play.The venue for the Minister’s June 14Address will be the Jamaican CanadianCentre. The Center is located at 995 Ar-row Road in Toronto.The highly popular and very attractiveMinister was recently chosen by the Ja-maica Star’s Online Poll as the country’smost attractive female politician. She is aformer beauty pageant titleholder as MissJamaica, who in 1993 became the thirdJamaican to be crowned as Miss World.She has also had careers as a movieactress, in television and as a Communi-cations Consultant. In 1998, Hanna actedin How Stella Got Her Groove Back In2003, she tried her hand in broadcasting,hosting a Jamaican talk show Our Voicesand was also a guest presenter on Xtrain the United States . She returned to her country a year later and was a communi-cations consultant for the Hilton Hotel in New Kingston.In the 2007 general election, as a mem- ber of the People’s National Party, Hannacontested and won the seat for St. AnnSouth East, hence, positioning her as aMember of Parliament for that Constitu-ency. She is one of the youngest womento be elected to the Jamaican Parliament.In addition to her duties as constituencyrepresentative she served as oppositionspokesperson on Information, Youth andCulture up to December 2011. In the De-cember 29, 2011 polls her party was elect-ed into power. She was subsequently ap- pointed as Minster of Youth and Culture.She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in communications fromthe University of the West Indies in 1998and 2000 respectively
This beauty is modelinga costumes from the Eyeof Kratos Section in theMarlon Singh led mas bandCallaloo’s 2012 Torontocarnival Presentation “ TheAdventures of Sinbad. The band will feature 10 Sec-tions of beautiful costumes
that reect Calallo’s estab
-lished reputation as one of Toronto’s best mas bands.

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