Goan Voice Canada
to the inaugural issue of Goan Voice Canada. This newsletter
is e-mailed to the subscribers of Goanet-Canada and distributed
to Goan related newsgroups world-wide and displayed on http://www.goanvoice.ca.
The Canadian newsletter format is based on the widely successful
Goanet-UK produced by Eddie Fernandes of London England.
Goanet-UK has now evolved to Goan Voice UK and will soon
have its own web site. The mission of both these newsletters
is to serve the community in the tradition of the Goan Voice
newspaper published by Dr. A..C.L. de Sousa in Nairobi,
in the 1940s & 50s. The aim of Goan Voice Canada is
to promote our values and aspirations within our own community
and the world at large.
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is the month of Remembrance and our first thoughts are for
those who have gone before us, and to the brave of wars
past who paid the price for the freedom we enjoy today.
There are many who feel we are on the threshold of darker
times. For these and others we display the lines of a famous
It is "suddenly last summer" and the winter season is here.
We put the clocks back last Sunday and turned on the heating.
Summer had its ups and downs. We in Ontario enjoyed warm
weather with timely rain to rid us of the smog and keep
the lawns green. Out west they were not so lucky - droughts,
grasshoppers, poor wheat crops, and in British Columbia
a near collapse of the lumber industry thanks to our neighbours
in the south.
9/11 the mood here is upbeat. Social events, picnics, and
village festivals were well attended The Viva Goa Festival
drew a crowd of more than 3500, mostly from the younger
generation which left our community fathers beaming. Of
course it is the women and mothers who do all the hard work.
jobs and housing scene are not too bad either. For the newly
arrived finding a job can be trying, but the overall unemployment
rate is less than that for the rest of the country. Businesses
and industry complain about the lack of skilled personnel.
The Federal Government is revamping the immigration policy
to ensure that 300,000 make it to Canada every year. However,
the educational and skills levels have been raised so it
is not that easy to come here. New arrivals with dual incomes
and savings from back home can find affordable modern housing
in the suburbs of Toronto. Mortgages are in the 7-8%, and
home salespersons, called realtors here, say that business
as community we have had our sad moments. In Mississauga,
12 year old Brendon de Souza lost his three year battle
with cancer, but will be forever remembered by his school
and his community. In Calgary, the community and business
leaders mourned the loss of Tony Sequeira who died in a
boating accident. Memorial services were held for him at
the Canadian Petroleum Club and other organizations where
is loss was termed irreplaceable.
will be noted in the next section of this newsletter there
are a host of events one can look forward to foil the cold
of winter, not least the expected arrival of Goa Fenny in
the third week of October, Goa has been waking up to behold
bright, fresh mornings. But as the day matures the mercury
too rises steadily leaving everyone uncomfortable until
the late evening. The evenings, of course, throw up golden
sunsets, the ruddier the glow lighting the evening skies
the better the fish we find the following morning. This
year's erratic monsoons have, however, left us with a shortfall
The talk of the town, at least in the coastal region of
Goa, meanders around the rosy prospects of the forthcoming
tourist season, and people involved in the industry claim
that tourism is integral to the coastal economy. Truly,
a buoyant mood reflects abundantly, as it does generally
at the onset of every such season, from Sinquerim to Arambol
in the North as well as along the long coastline down South.
today is dotted with 13 five-star and five star deluxe hotels,
besides hundreds of others of assorted sizes. The number
of tourists arriving here has skied by over 14 per cent
despite the economic recession, border tensions with Pakistan,
Gujarat riots, September 11 and December 13 events. Unmindful
of the ugly or otherwise sight of the "M.V. River Princess"
lying grounded at the wondrous Sinquerim beach, the tourism
machine is gearing up steadily, with all sorts of hotels,
restaurants and shops being spruced up to greet the European
tourist. However, just about a month ago, few knew the fate
of the charters. But since then some of the charters have
already arrived. The latest on the charter flights are Israeli
and Russian visitors, a new component in the tourist take.
tourism, water sports, etc are being added to the tourist
cart. But where the authorities fail miserably is in maintaining
Goa clean, pollutionless, with better roads, proper water
supply and all other necessary facilities. Talk of Calangute
and Baga and one wonders whether decent tourists will every
step in the maze of shops and concrete. Last year's fluctuations
did short circuit some of the middle-order hotels, the worst
affected being the rent back type foisted by the real estate
on gullible investors.
Galore: The BJP coalition government propped up by the
MGP, UGDP and independents, while celebrating its second
year in power, gloated over what they considered a financial
turnaround. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed recently
that the government's endeavours during its two-year tenure
has ensured the beginning of a 'real growth pattern'. The
government has planned 40 projects worth Rs.400 crore: bridges,
markets, bus stands, etc. Parrikar projected an increase
of Rs.1200 crore in the 2002-2003 revenues. But the economic
indicators touted by the government do not enthuse its critics,
who expect not less than a miracle to extricate the State
from the red.
Hub: There is a loud talk that Goa will be turned into
a hub of the pharmaceutical industries in the country. Just
recently the Chief Minister declared that today 225 pharmaceutical
units function in the State and that 65 of them are primary
manufacturers. Parrikar perhaps thought that the pharmaceutical
industrialists are ignorant of where they lay their eggs
and advised them that research in the pharmaceutical industry
should be oriented towards development, beneficial to the
The government has been striving to improve the law and
order situation because the population figures keep burgeoning
consistently, crime too competes successfully to remain
in step with it. Daylight dacoities and murders occur with
increased frequency in developing Goa today. The only dacoits,
the Goa police have in their custody today, are those who
had committed a dacoity in Margao recently and were nabbed
somewhere in a northern state. Ironically enough, the dacoits
confessed that they paid a substantial percentage as a commission
to their local collaborators, who helped survey the valued
victims and provided assorted logistic support. Obviously,
crimes have already been fine tuned into an established
business conducted by upcountry thugs.
most recent crime was truly gruesome. Some unknown criminal
entered a flat in a very busy locality, almost opposite
Marriott Hotel at Miramar, in very broad daylight. The criminal
walked melted into thin air after having slit the throat
of a young housewife, Maria Cynthia Rodrigues. Maria was
found lying dead, in a pool of blood, when her school-going
daughter returned home.
death: Crime of another type which rears its ugly head
in recent years in Goa, is about suicide of young brides.
Interest Litigation: Goanetter and dynamic activist
Advocate Aires Rodrigues has been quite busy playing a thorn
in the State administration's shoe. His latest public interest
petition has been against the appointment of Rajesh Singh
to the post of the Director of Information, from being the
Press Liaison Officer to the Chief Minister. Adv. Rodrigues
alleges that the appointment is patently illegal and in
contravention of the recruitment rules.
New Governor: On October 26, Kidar Nath Sahani took
as the new Governor of Goa. Sahani is a linguist, speaking
six languages-Hindi, English, Urdu, Persian and Sanskrit-besides
his mother tongue Punjabi. He is known to be an active social
worker. The guv was quick to urge the local media to be
free, frank and judicious in discharging their duties, and
said that they should not unnecessarily applaud the government
nor criticize it unduly. Like Sunday sermons, every governor,
minister, politician and academician deems it his bounden
duty to advice people at every available opportunity.
Goa has been faring fine in the National Football Championship
for the Santosh Trophy at Imphal but had the mortification
of finding their crack forward Alvito D'Cunha given marching
order during the match with Punjab, which Goa won 2-1. With
the red card Goa cannot field Alvito, the sharpshooter who
has signed for East Bengal, in the crucial qualifying match
against Karnataka on October 30, the winner of which qualifies
for the semifinal. At home in Goa, plenty of football is
waiting for the football fans with 44 National Football
League matches to be played at Fatorda beginning from November
Heritage Festival: Not everything is so grim and disgusting.
We have our regular quota of feasts and colourful festivals.
So we should end on a rather cheerful note by mentioning
about the Fontainhas Heritage Festival to be held some time
early next year. The whole of the Latin Quarter of Panjim
is supposed to be agog with music, exhibitions and pleasant
In the Goan
[Selected excerpts from GoaNet-UK]
the Goan Voice UK
re-launches this week and changes name to GoanVoice UK.
The format will evolve gradually over the next few months
to a web page newsletter with graphics. GoanVoice Canada
is to appear fortnightly from next week. It will be co-ordinated
by John J. D'Souza from Toronto. Goa Info News, edited by
George Pinto from California, will be re-launched as a fortnightly
GoanVoice USA. The three newsletters will have assistance
from Goacom but there will be no editorial or content connection
between Goacom and Goan Voice. The service will continue
to be free but funded by voluntary donations and sponsorship.
Each of the three newsletters will be independently managed.
To subscribe to any of the other newsletters, please e-mail
African Goans can revel in nostalgia at the British Library
Newspaper section in Colindale where they can find a microfilm
copy of the 1958 issues of the Goan Voice (Nairobi). Events
such as the opening of the Tailors Society rest house, the
death of Dr. A.C.L. de Sousa, the detention of Pio Gama
Pinto etc. are covered. The advertisements for Zam-Buk skin
ointment, Dumex baby food, Peps tablets, Brooklax, etc.
will bring back memories of a bygone era. Have your lunch
at the Oriental City across the road. In the Food Court
there is a wide variety of canjee dishes available for £3.
two oil paintings by FN Souza in the Christies auction of
18 Oct. fetched £1,175 (Martyr) and £1,351 (Cardinal)
against the estimated value of £1,500 - £ 2,500
each. At the same auction the Goanese 19th c. ivory carving
of Christ realised £470 (est. £400-£600).
24 Nov. 2.30pm. Goan Association (UK). Fr Agnelos
Day. 75 Commeration Mass. St Georges Cathedral, Westminster
Bridge Road. Thereafter at the Amigo
Goan Voice UK (formerly Goanet-UK)
Editor: Eddie Fernandes
3RD EAST AFRICAN GOAN CONVENTION
The recently concluded 3rd East African Goan Convention,
held in Nairobi 23rd to 25th August 2002, was a great success
for all East African Goans. The event was hosted by the
Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi.
from message of Chairman , Jack de Souza
Our pride and
joy was to see so many Goans from East Africa gathered together
in Nairobi in a show of friendship and togetherness. A measure
of our success is the numerous congratulatory messages and
acknowledgements that have been received from many of the
participants and more interestingly from those who simply
could not make it., We
would not have been able to host the Convention in Nairobi
successfully, were it not for the cordial support and co-operation
of the NAIROBI INSTITUTE and the GOAN GYMKHANNA. To the
Chairmen, the Management and the entire Membership of these
two great Goan Clubs of Nairobi, the Goan Welfare Society
thanks and salutes you for your unreserved support during
Finally, my thanks go to the Goans of Nairobi for attending
the Convention activities and for being such wonderful hosts
to our guests from Mombasa, Kisumu, Kitale, Eldoret, Kampala,
Tanga, Arusha, Moshi, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.
Contact the GWS @ Gws_kenya@yahoo.com
Read the current GWS letter at: http://www.goacom.com/news/news2002/oct/msg00026.html
Goan Community Mombasa - Newletter October 2002
November 2, 2002
- My Big Fat Goan 80's School Dance
For more details go to http://www.goatoronto.com/events/2002/oldskool/oldskool.html
November 16, 2002
- Blast from the Past
'50s ~'60s Theme party - Live Band: Les Ombres
For more details go to http://www.goatoronto.com/events/2002/5060/index.htm
Goan Engineers and Associates
- Annual Fall Meet
November 17, 2002 11.00 - 3.00 p.m
- Pickering Information Centre
Contact Stephanie Mendes e-mail: email@example.com
afternoon, November 17, 2002 at the same venue as last year,
Oasis. For details and tickets please call June D'Mello
at (905) 303-8844 or John Gomes at (905) 837-1698.
December 3, 2002 - 7:15 p.m.
Feast of St. Francis Xavier
Sons and Daughters of Goan Tailors Society Celebration
Mass ar Merciful Redeemer Church, Mississauga, (Glen Erin/Erin
followed by social gathering in Church Hall. On December
7, 2002 - 6:00 p.m. Dance
Royal Banquet Hall, 185 Statesman Drive, Mississauga
Tickets: Adults/seniors: $20.00 Children 6-12: $10.00
Contacts: Fatz Fernandes: (905) 824-6418 Babush Barreto:
(905) 607-2143 Rosy Cabral:(416) 494-4594
The Friends of Saint Francis
Goans to participate in the feast of St. Francis Xavier
- Patron Saint of Goa
Saturday 7th December 2002 -11.00 am Saturday, 7th December
2002 - 11.00 a.m.
at St. Francis Xavier's Church 5650 Mavis Road, (Mavis &
begin with A procession carrying The sacred relic of St.
Francis Xavier With an honour guard provided by The Knights
Followed by solemn high mass
Celebrant : Fr. Terence D'Souza
Followed by Fun & Festivities in true Goan style
from 1.00 pm to 10.00 pm at the St. Francis Xavier's Catholic
High School gymnasium and cafetorium ~ (Bristol & Hwy 10)
Band & D.J. – Food,Games & Community Stalls
Organized By: The Friends of St. Francis Xavier
Sponsored By: D'Costa Financial Group
For further information on participation, contact:
G.O.A Toronto- New Year's Eve
Dance see: http://www.goatoronto.com/events/2002/newyears/index.html
-D'Costa Financial Group 416-335-5314
-John J. D'Souza: (905) 451-2527
-Lazarus Pereira:( 416) 292-1653 or fax: (416) 292-0776