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By 2:1, Majority of Canadians Believe Christians Face Genocide at Hands of ISIS

New Leger poll coincides with visit of Middle Eastern Christian Leaders to Canada

Toronto, Aug. 4, 2016 /CNW/ -- A new Leger poll finds that a majority of Canadians believe Christians and other religious minorities face genocide in the Middle East at the hands of ISIS.

Pope Francis says it's 'not right' to link Islam to violence
Thomson Reuters Posted: Jul 31, 2016 6:37 PM ET

Lack of economic opportunities for young people to blame for terrorism, pontiff says

Pope Francis speaks to journalists during a press conference on the plane after his visit to Krakow, Poland, for the World Youth Days, July 31, 2016. The pontiff told reporters it is wrong to link Islam to violence, as there are violent adherents to all religions. (Filippo Monteforte/Reuters/Pool)

Pope Francis said on Sunday that it was wrong to identify Islam with violence and that social injustice and idolatry of money were among the prime causes of terrorism.

Msgr. Henry D'Souza: The Church and the world need the young

The talents of young people, their energy, their creativity and their leadership are needed. The "challenges" to be "joyful proclaimers" of the love of God and the Gospel, defenders of human life, promoting sustainable development, future leaders of ecclesial and social life and bearers of ethical values, capable of transforming the world.

Jul 26, 2016

SOSNOWIC: Being "joyful proclaimers" of the love of God and the Gospel, defenders of human life, promoting sustainable development, future leaders of ecclesial and social life and bearers of ethical values, capable of transforming the world. These are the "challenges" today's youth face, according to Msgr. Henry D'Souza, Bishop of Bellary and president of the Council for Youth for the Indian episcopate. Mgr. D'Souza spoke about it during the Mass celebrated in Sosnowic, in Poland, where he leads the delegation of his country on the occasion of World Youth Day. "In this historic World Youth Day – he said among others - At this historic World Youth Day, led by our supreme leader Pope Francis, the Catholic youth of the world would be reflecting on the theme: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). The Holy Bible reveals God as merciful, who is “compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” (Ps. 103:8).


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Canada Revenue Agency needs more resources
Tues., Aug. 2, 2016 | Letter to Editor in Toronto Star
From: Rudy Fernandes <>

Re: CRA convicting few offshore tax evaders, Aug. 1

It is disheartening for Star readers to learn from Marco Chown Oved’s informative Star exclusive report that our CRA appears to be unable to recover any more that just a tiny fraction of the estimated up to $8 billion lost in tax income annually from offshore tax havens. This has enabled many wealthy Canadian citizens find loopholes for avoiding paying their fair share of taxes.


[GOABOOKCLUB Review ]: Remigio Botelho and Elsa's Joint
Posted by Augusto Pinto
Wed 6:23;Ben Antao


Remigio Botelho's writing, much of it directed inwards - a bitterness about the loss - of power and position and language - that the Panjim Portuguese speaking Catholic elite of the Portuguese times had to suffer after Liberation

I actually found the book an interesting read and even read it till the end. I guess one could be scathing about it like the reviewer of The Hindu but nonetheless I found it amusing if a little nutty. It's the kind of writing that deserves a psychoanalytic reading and some degree of knowledge of Panjim and Goan history in order to appreciate.

CNN's Fareed Zakaria Calls Donald Trump a 'Bullshit Artist' on Live TV ...

4 days ago -
Fareed Zakaria did not hold back in his criticism of Donald Trump. ... I was giving Hillary the recognition she deserves as a Proven Liar.


CNN's Fareed Zakaria, host of GPS described Donald Trump as being a "bullshit artist" live, on the air.

For more on BS

Radio Broadcast - Truth in Politics: On Bullshit's Harry Frankfurt, plus Dan Gardner 

Books & Articles on Goa for Online Reading

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People Places and Things

Go Goa in Toronto

See also video clip of one of the Goan dances done at the Viva Goa 2016 Festival in Toronto, Canada

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Monsoon Dance in the Paddy Fields

Performed by the Westend Seniors and led by Margaret DeSouza.

Dancers: Clive Ferrao, Maria Fernandes, Edward and Violet Fernandes, Maurice and Cherry James.,Lenny and Judy Lopes

Toronto, Aug 9: The Goan Overseas Association (GOA), a non-profit organisation, recently organised a two-day Viva Goa festival at Toronto's Father Kamber Croatian Recreational Park on Mississauga Road to highlight the unique culture of the Indian state.

Unfazed by Brexit vote, Goans revel in London festival
Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London
Updated: Aug 02, 2016 01:21 IST

A Brazilian group performing at the UK Goan Festival London on Sunday. (HT Photo)

There is anxiety among European Union citizens about their future in Britain after the June 23 Brexit vote, but not much of it was evident as more than 12,000 Portuguese citizens of Goan-origin revelled at a festival here on Sunday.

The Rosary Path at the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace at Marylake


Marylake is well known as a spiritual centre for the Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto, under the direction of a community of Augustinians. The main focus is as a centre of prayer and pilgrimage in honour of Our Lady of Grace. Another focus is as a spiritual health resort for weekend retreats.

Memories from another time - ‘New Songs of the Survivors – The Exodus of Indians from Burma’
Posted by: nt July 30, 2016 in Zest | Danuska Da Gama I NT BUZZ

Yvonne Vaz Ezdani grew up in independent Burma (Myanmar) and has fond memories of the place. She remembers the anecdotes that adults used to tell her about the Japanese occupation and believes that this was one factor that led her to write ‘New Songs of the Survivors – The Exodus of Indians from Burma’. Yvonne delves in further in this conversation with NT BUZZ

During the Second World War, many of the Indians settled in Burma were killed when the Japanese bombed and invaded Rangoon and other areas. The rest had to give up everything and flee to India. Yvonne Vaz Ezdani from Saligao has documented some of the stories, drawing primarily on recollections from the survivors and descendants of Burma’s once-thriving Indian community in her second book, ‘New Songs of the Survivors – The Exodus of Indians from Burma’. (This new book is a sequel to the ‘Songs of the Survivors’ which focused primarily on the Goan community in Burma.) It is a compelling book based on courage, faith and grit. It is the first attempt to write an oral history of the ‘Forgotten Long March’— one of the biggest and most harrowing migrations in recent history. Interestingly, the book also features a foreword by prominent writer of historical fiction, Amitav Ghosh.


China's Newest Challenge Is Adapting to Its Aging Population - The ...

With the number of working-age Chinese men already declining—China's working-age population shrank by 4.87 million people last year—labor is in short supply. As wages go up, maintaining the world's largest standing army is becoming prohibitively expensive.

China’s population will shrink to scarcely more than twice the size of America’s.

In the years ahead, as China’s Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the country will transition from having a relatively youthful population, and an abundant workforce, to a population with far fewer people in their productive prime.

News Clips from Goa

Bill to replace Portuguese-era Civil code - 'Clarification' from the NRI Office, Goa
From: Director NRI <> | To: Al mathias <>
Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 6:07 AM
Subject: Re: Re Bill to replace Portuguese-era Civil code

Click here to download copy of Bill as passed by Goa Government on August 5, 2016

Dear Al Mathias,

The Goa Succession, Special Notaries and Inventory Proceedings Bill 2012 passed by the Goa Legislative Assembly is not meant to replace the entire Portuguese era Civil Code. As per the Statement of Objects and Reasons, the provisions of law relating to Succession, Partition, Execution of Wills and Inventory Proceedings meant for the partition of the Estate in force under the Portuguese Civil Procedure Code of 1939 as amended from time to time, are scattered in several enactments in Portuguese language. Further, the Portuguese Civil Code of 1867 and the Portuguese Code of Civil Procedure of 1939 have been replaced by the Portuguese Civil Code enacted in Portugal in 1966. Similarly, a number of Decrees have been issued by the Portuguese Government from time to time amending many provisions of the Code on the subject of Succession and Inventory and the Notarial Law. Hence, the Courts in Goa, the Members of the Bar and the Litigants were facing practical difficulties in the application of these laws, thereby causing avoidable delay in disposing off cases.


The intricacies and spectacle of the Santana Church
Posted by: nt July 31, 2016 in Buzz
Maria de Lourdes Bravo Da Costa Rodrigues

Declared a World Heritage Monument by UNESCO the Church of Saint Anne at Talaulim will be in all its glory today, as the Roman Catholic faith celebrates the feast of the grandmother of Jesus – Saint Anne. The church is one of the rare architectural gems that sports the nuances of the Indian Baroque style

The feast of Saint Anne (Santa Ana) will be celebrated in the majestic and beautiful church dedicated to the saint at Talaulim on Sunday July 31. This church has a long history. It had its beginnings in a small chapel constructed in 1577 at Moula ward of Talaulim. The present church was constructed through 1681 to 1689 and was elevated to the status of a parish in 1695.


Goan women are more empowered, survey figures indicate
Thursday, 28 July 2016 PTI

Panaji: In a positive indication towards female empowerment, it has been found that 93.8 per cent women in Goa participate in household decisions, as per the National Family Health Survey.

The NFHS is a part of Economic Survey 2015-16 tabled during the ongoing state Assembly session here. The latest survey figures indicate that there is a rise in percentage of women who participate in household decisions since the last decade.

During 2005-06, 91.1 per cent women had a right for a say in their household decisions, and now in 2015-16, it has gone up to 93.8 per cent (94.5 per cent urban and 92.6 per cent rural). Besides these, the instances of spousal violence have also gone down in the coastal state.

Goa coastal circuit project gets Centre nod
By: Express News Service | Panaji | Published:July 25, 2016

Goa has received Rs 20 crore as first installment towards development of tourism infrastructure.

Goa has received Rs 20 crore as first installment towards development of tourism infrastructure. (representation image/Think Stock)

Goa’s coastal circuit development project Monday received nod from the Ministry of Tourism, under the Swadesh Darshan Scheme (SDS). The Ministry of Tourism has sanctioned Rs 99.99 crore for the project that aims at developing the coastal stretch at Sinquerim-Baga, Anjuna-Vagator, Morjin-Keri, Aguada Fort and Aguada Jail.

Goa beaches to come under surveillance, CCTV cameras to be installed
July 27, 2016 12:36 IST | By S V Krishnamachari

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The surveillance project has been prompted by concerns over safety of women at Goa's many beaches, according to the state government. In Picture: Tourists enjoy on Baga beach in the western Indian state of Goa March 16, 2008 (representational image). Reuters file

In what could be a double-edged sword, the Goan government has decided to install surveillance cameras across the state's beaches, popular among tourists and holidayers, both Indians and foreigners.

Don’t hand over inland waterways to Centre: MLAs
TOI Goa Tue,02 Aug 2016

Summary: Dhavalikar said that during the earlier proposal, he has opposed declaration of inland waterways as national waterways. He also said with this new proposal, they will get funds from the central government for desilting of the rivers.


Goa’s UCC has allowed dominant castes and communities to assert their privilege and nationalism.
By Albertina Almeida

The UCC is often touted a panacea for the violations of women’s rights and Goa’s UCC is seen as an example to emulate. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

For probably the umpteenth time, there are whispers in the air that a uniform civil code (UCC) is in the offing. Occasionally, Goa’s UCC is brought up during these discussions.

But even as the UCC is being touted as the panacea for the violations of women’s rights, nobody asks what really is the UCC in Goa. What is meant when the civil code is said to be ‘uniform’? Why was it retained in Goa? And how is it working for different sections of women?


In search of the pre-Portuguese Konkani paper trail
TNN | Jul 26, 2016,

Rosalind O'Hanlon of Faculty of Oriental Studies, Oxford, has very succinctly documented the facts and the context of the advent of paper and printing in India, and of the era that preceded them, in her paper titled "Performance in a World of Paper: Puranic Histories and Social Communication In Early Modern India" (O'Hanlon, 2013: 93). Though the focus of her paper is on the social impact of advent of paper and printing, certain facts narrated by her are very relevant to our subject because the scene of action of O'Hanlon's drama is in Konkan.

News Clips from India

India defying global slowdown, poised to seize opportunity: FM
New Delhi, Aug 7, 2016 (PTI)

Giving credit to an aspirational society for forcing politicians to support reforms, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said Indian economy has defied global slowdown and geo-political tensions and is now poised to seize the opportunity to grow faster.

He, however, regretted that while the developed world has been able to control population surge, India has been missing on its population stabilisation target.

Noting that India has missed the bus because of its conventional thinking when it came to industrial and technology revolutions, Jaitley said Indians have now become aspirational, which is putting pressure on politicians to support reforms initiatives.

Hindu Groups Oppose Entry of Islamic Finance in India
August 04, 2016 | Maaz Hussain

FILE - Indian businessmen write religious verses on their record-keeping books as part of a ritual to worship the Hindu deity of wealth in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad, Nov. 3, 2013. Hindu groups oppose a Sharia-compliant international bank's plan to operate in India.

A Sharia-compliant international bank's plan to launch its business in India is facing opposition from Hindu groups that say an Islamic bank should not be allowed to operate in a secular country.


Modi calls for protecting Dalits, ending discrimination
August 7th, 2016

Hyderabad, Aug 7 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday called for protecting Dalits and said if the country has to progress, peace, unity and harmony can’t be neglected. Addressing a meeting of BJP’s booth-level workers of Telangana here, he said discrimination will not be allowed and warned that the “country and the world will not forgive us”.


UK: Pope sets up new eparchy for Indian Christians
Prasun Sonwalkar, Hindustan Times, London | Jul 30, 2016 16:30 IST

Pope Francis has appointed Kottayam-born Fr Joseph Srampickal as the first bishop of the eparchy. (Reuters)

The Vatican has established a new eparchy or leadership structure for the Syro-Malabar community with an ancient church in north England as its cathedral, marking a new high in the little known history of Indian Christians in Britain that began with Goan “lascars” arriving in the 16th century.

The eparchy – akin to a diocese – has been set up in St Ignatius Church in Preston, north England, 370 km from London. The church, handed over to the community in October 2015, was this week named by the Vatican as the cathedral of the eparchy.



+ Dulcie Jennifer Coutinho
Wed Aug 24 08:42:14

Although we know she is now in a better place, it is with great sadness that we share the news of Dulcie’s passing. After a long battle with brain cancer Dulcie passed away peacefully on Monday, August 22nd. Dulcie Jennifer Rogers (nee Coutinho) is pre-deceased by her parents: Larmartine Coutinho and Angela Coutinho (nee Britto). She is survived by her brothers Edmund C....  Read more


+ Felix Francis Da Costa.
Wed Aug 17 09:28:43

Funeral arrangements for Felix Francis Da Costa, who passed away August 16th, 2016.

Beloved father of Coralie/Johnny, Gavin/Cynthia and Charmaine/Milton.

Cherished grandfather to Trevyn, Kelvyn, Kelsey, Cameron, Krystal and Candice.

 Viewing: Friday August 19, 2016.    5.00-9.00 pm

Location: Turner and Porter

1981 Dundas Street W Missi....  Read more


Remembering: Joseph Lobo
Sat Aug 13 08:54:58

Peacefully passed away on Wednesday August 10, 2016. Beloved husband of Bonita. Loving father of Keith (Tammy), Joanne (Dana) and the late Kevin. Dear brother of Sylvia (John), Maureen (Victor), Errol and the late Florrie (the late Vivian). He will be missed by his 3 grandchildren Elle, Zara and Jayden.

Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel 2180 Hurontario St., Missi....  Read more



Flag Hoisting at High Commission of India on 15 August 2016
  1. The High Commission of India will be celebrating the 70th Independence Day of India, on Monday, 15 August 2016, at 10 Springfield Road, Ottawa (Tel: 613-744-3751/52/53).

  2. The Flag hoisting ceremony will take place at 0900 hrs. sharp. National Anthem, reading of President of India’s address to the nation and a brief reception over simple refreshments, will follow.

  3. All members of the Indian community and friends of India are cordially invited.


9th Annual Know Goa Programme

International Goan Organization (Ontario) is helping the Government of Goa, Department of NRI Affairs to coordinate applications for the 9th annual Know Goa Programme Click here for IGO Notice and application forms

Dear Goan Youth,

Please be advised that the International Goan Organization (Ontario) is helping the Government of Goa, Department of NRI Affairs to coordinate applications for the 9th annual Know Goa Programme.


Concert, Mass and Blessing of The Rosary Path at Marylake, King City Ontario.

Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto Ontario Canada will open the Largest Rosary Path in the World on August 14th. (destined to become a world class Shrine.


[Goanet] OFFTOPIC: Konkani course
Frederick FN Noronha | Wed, 03 Aug 2016

Konknni Course For Beginners At Thomas

Stephens Konknni Kendr, Porvorim

Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr, Alto Porvorim will conduct half day Konknni Course for beginners in Devnagiri and Romi script from August 16, 2016 to September 16, 2016. The timings are either from 10 am to 12:30 pm OR 2.15 p.m. to 5.15 p.m. Since the seats are limited, you are requested to book your seat by calling the office during office hours ( 2415864).


Kenya Nite 2016 Events
Save the dates…..

  • August 27 2016 Picnic –Save the date – Venue to be advised

  • The Grand finale will be the the 1st October 2016, an all-inclusive –open Bar event at the Lake Shore Convention Center in Mississauga . Click for flyer


Events for 2016





Saturday, August 20, 2016 CLR Association CLR Picnic
Venue: Erindale Park, Mississauga. 
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Sunday, September 11, 2016 Calangute Association, Canada Silver Jubilee
2016 Calangute Social
Europa Convention Centre
Mississauga at 11:30 A.M.
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Saturday, October 01, 2016 CLR Association CLR Social
Venue: Payal Banquet Hall
 3410 Semenyk Ct, Mississauga
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Saturday, November 19, 2016 Union of Navelim Our Lady of Rosary Feast
Venue: Verdi Convention Centre
 3550 Derry Road East, Mississauga
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Health & Wellness

Alcohol consumption continues to rise in Goa

While tobacco consumption among adults in Goa has dropped in the last 10 years, alcohol consumption continues to rise.

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Health Care Costs Typical Canadian Family More Than $11,000 per Year
August 3, 2016

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - August 03, 2016) - An average Canadian family of four (two parents with two children) will pay $11,494 for public health-care insurance in 2016, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

"Contrary to what many believe, health care in Canada isn't free. While Canadians may not pay directly for medical services, they pay a substantial amount of money for health care through their taxes," said Bacchus Barua, senior economist in the Fraser Institute's Centre for Health Policy Studies and co-author of The Price of Public Health Care Insurance.


Here’s Why Black People in Canada Are Healthier Than Those in the U.S.

Researchers say it doesn’t have to do with socioeconomic status or Canada’s health care system.

In the U.S., health disparities are blunt realities: Black infants die at more than double the rate of white babies, middle-aged black men run double the risk of heart attack of white peers, and, overall, blacks experience higher rates of diabetes, certain cancers, and asthma. Socioeconomics has long been blamed as one of the core causes of these wide, persistent health disparities, but the truth may lie elsewhere.

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