Goans among the 28 South Asian Candidates
There are at least 28 South Asians in the battlefield and
their strength in the Parliament is set to go up by at least
five or six more. The just dissolved parliament had two
Liberals MPs (Gurbax Malhi and Herb Dhaliwal) and three
Conservative MPs (Rahim Jaffer, Deepak Obhrai and Gurmant
Grewal) of South Asian origin. The new one will have increased
their number to 10 at the very least.
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Outlook Good For Canada
Solid Canadian hiring climate to continue into third quarter
according to latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey
TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - The staffing picture remains strong
for job seekers for the third quarter of 2004 as Canadian
employers anticipate a healthy job market reported the latest
Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
to more than 1,700 Canadian employers polled for the survey,
31 per cent expect to add staff while six per cent plan
to reduce the number of employees for the July to September
period, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of 25 per
cent. Sixty per cent anticipate no changes and three percent
are unsure of their hiring intentions.
qualified immigrants work
From: The Toronto Star
This is an edited excerpt of an editorial from the Vancouver
If there is a single issue on the immigration file that
the next government in Ottawa needs to address, it is this:
Remove all the unnecessary hurdles that are keeping thousands
of qualified immigrants from fully participating in our
The Liberals, the Conservatives and the New Democrats all
promise to do exactly that. It is a promise that must be
kept - and quickly.
Canada admits more than 220,000 immigrants annually - many
of them with advanced technical or professional skills.
But too many of them cannot put their skills to good use.
For full text click here.
Housing Market in Toronto
Star - June 22, 2004
TONY WONG BUSINESS REPORTER
If you bought a home in the Toronto area
over the last 10 years, congratulations. You just doubled
According to a study of the 20 biggest Canadian housing
markets, released yesterday by Century 21 Canada, Toronto
homeowners have much to smile about. But not as much as
those in some other markets. For full text click
Minister Martin Makes Personal Guarantee to Reduce Waiting
Times for Health Care
CAMBRIDGE, June 16 /CNW/ - Prime Minister Paul Martin today
personally guaranteed to Canadians that he will tackle health
care waiting times the same way he did the deficit.
give you my word: I will bring the same energy, drive and
determination to tackling waiting times for health care
that I did to eliminating the deficit," Martin told
a crowd at the Cambridge Rotary Club. For full text
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
becomes a minister at last
June 14, UGDP MLA from Cortalim, Mathany Saldanha,
was handed Tourism, Sports and Youth Affairs and Ports
Administration portfolios, which were held by former
minister Mickky Pacheco. In a swift and sudden move,
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had Saldanha sworn
in as a minister in the two-year-old Parrikar-led
government at a function at Raj Bhavan while Tourism
Minister Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco was dropped from
the 13-member Cabinet. For full text click
In one of the biggest demolition exercises witnessed in
the State, so far, the government machinery razed about
250 illegal cubicles in a 20,000 sq m area in the Baina
red-light area, rendering several families homeless. The
displaced commercial sex workers were to be rehabilitated
at the Bal Niketan in Ribandar, but agitated Ribandarites
put up a solid opposition and even prepared for a Ribandar
Bandh. However, the sex workers were not prepared to accept
the government’s rehab package. When the government
officials arrived to transfer them from Baina to be rehabilitated
at Ribandar, all the cubicle doors were found locked and
a mere handful of gharwallis in the area. Though the BJP
and the Vascoites have responded favourably to the government’s
move, most of the NGOs and concerned citizens feel that
the act was “illegal” and “inhumane”.
celebrates “Sao Joao” fest
Tradition inflamed anew on June 24 evening in Goa's suburbs,
particularly at the picturesque riverside Siolim village
in North Goa, with youngsters honouring the age-old ritual
of jumping in the well to celebrate the feast of St John
the Baptist, shouting "Viva Sao Joao, Viva!" with
Goa’s rustic percussions – Ghumott-Madlem –
providing the accompaniment. Another tradition specific
to Siolim - the Sao Joao Boat Parade - also proved a throbbing
event in front of the church of St Anthony, where beautifully
decorated boats from Vaddy and Marna converged near the
stage put up by the water's edge, along with those sailing
up the river from Badem in Assagao, Zhor Vaddo in Anjuna,
Chapora and elsewhere.
The Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa, Reverend Filipe Neri Ferrao,
has appealed to the Christian community in Goa to participate
actively in various programmes and events that would be
organised at various levels during the XVI Solemn Exposition
of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier from November
21 to January 2, 2005. In the meanwhile, the government
proposes to provide inland waterway transport from various
ferry points crossing to Old Goa to ferry pilgrims during
the Exposition period. A sub-committee has also been constituted
to look into arrangements for accommodation to meet demands
of low income pilgrims, has identified several schools and
sites for setting up camps to accommodate about 10,000 pilgrims
in Old Goa and the neighbouring villages.
Junction In Goa Again
Jazz Junction made its debut at Panjim's fashion and jazz
show L'affaire Xtraordinaire in April this year and soon
after made waves at the 'Down to Earth' jazz festival in
Panjim. Since then the band has been performing to rave
reviews all over the country and is ready to release a debut
album recorded live at the Razzberry Rhinoceros in Mumbai.
The band will be back in Goa to perform at the Marriott
Resort's 'Ozone' on the 26th and at Goa's jazz club 'Jazz
Goa' on the 27th. Jazz Junction's performance in Goa this
time around is courtesy Jazz Goa, the organisation that
will feature worldwide visiting jazz musicians in an informal
club setting at Gonsalves Mansion, Campal. Jazz Goa plans
on making these informal live jazz sessions a regular affair
on the last Sunday of every month. Membership to Jazz Goa
is open to all music lovers and not only jazz connoisseurs.
listing of events in 2004 please click
Soccer League (Toronto)
For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php
Saturday June 26th, 2004
||The Goan Overseas
Association of Chicago
Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar
A reunion of former Students of St. Joseph's Convent
School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar, is planned
for the week of June 26 - July 3, 2005 in Toronto,
Canada. Initial plans include a dinner dance on
Saturday, July 2, a picnic on July 3, a tour of
Niagara Falls and a shopping expedition in the Toronto
Area sometime during the Reunion Week.
If you would like more information and would like
to get on the mailing list please write to me asap.
Jo Birkmeyer firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday July 4th, 2004
recital in Toronto
Koch (de Souza ) a Goan concert organist based in
Switzerland, will be playing an organ recital at
St.James Cathedral in Toronto on Sun. July 4th at
4.00 pm. She will be performing works by Bach, a
Partita for organ dedicated to her by the Czech
composer Jiri Ropek, and CÃ¨sar Franck.
The recital will be followed by Evensong at 4.30pm.
Saturday July 3rd-5th Monday, 2004
biennial GOA convention in Toronto
||Goan Organization of America
CLICK FOR DETAIL....
Convention venue in
Toronto: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conf
Call the hotel at 905-639-4443 before June 1, 2004
to get the reduced rate of $US74 per night for standard
room - up to 4 adults. To get the reduced rate mention
"Goan Organization of America".
Cost to attend convention, including meals but
May 15, 2004,
for ages 5-12;
|AFTER May 15, 2004,
||US$150 for ages
||13 & over:
||US$69 for ages 5-12;
||under 5 free.
Guirish Sardesai at 905-639-7369 or email:
for more information and to register.
Friday July 9th, 2004
India Canada Day
India and the Consulate General of India will be
celebrating the Canada Day this July 9 at Pearson
Convention Centre. Panorama India a non-profit cultural
organization, celebrates annually three main events
- India's Republic Day, Canada Day and Independence
Day. Panorama India has donated funds to many worthy
causes over the years. In January 2000, it donated
$100,000 toward the South Asian gallery at ROM and
last year contributed $10000 to Brampton's William
Osler Hospital. For info and tickets to the Canada
Day gala, call 905 794 8950 or 416 289 9771
Sunday July 11th, 2004
Picnic Area # 6
Further details, you may contact your committee
& Bosco Moniz
this site for further information.
Saturday July 31st, 2004
Reunion of BMX
Out-but will accept any last minute bookings of
Britto’s, St. Mary’s and St. Xaviers
college of Mapuca are having a Grand Reunion on
July 31 in Toronto , with ex-students expected from
UK, Goa, Australia, Spain, US, etc…
info. please contact the President of BMX, Mr. Joe
Nunes at email@example.com.
Friday, August 6th, 2004
Mass for the Deceased Relatives of Navelim Members
p.m., thereafter gathering in the church hall
Fr. Jose Antonio da Costa, Pastor of Navelim Church,
of Our Lady of the Rosary
2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough
(just south of Finch Ave)
contact one of following committee members for further
Sunday August 08th, 2004
MONTRI" Konkani Musical show
School, Mitcham Road, Croydon.
to World Goa Day.
Konkani Musical show with Lorna, the Nightingale of
Goan Konkani stage; famous comedians Domnic, Ben Evangelisto
& Jr. Nelson and musician Norman.
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary .....
Click for details
Places and Things
Docu Offers Glimpse Into 150 Year Old History Of Muslims
from Weekly Voice
New Life in a New Land offers a window on one of this country's
fastest-growing faith communities
They are doctors and lawyers, storekeepers and farmers,
journalists and artists.
first Muslims arrived in Canada more than 150 years ago.
In the last decade, their numbers have doubled to nearly
600,000, making Islam one of this country's fastest-growing
faiths. Muslim Canadians can now be found in almost every
walk of life.
minorities, however, have been subject to more ill founded
prejudice. Today, public perceptions of the Muslim community
are informed by stereotypical images of militant fundamentalists,
and alarmist news reports about the recent introduction
of Islamic sharia tribunals in Ontario.
Thursdays, starting July 15 at 10 p.m. ET, VisionTV presents
the national television premiere of a series designed to
clear away such misconceptions.
A New Life in a New Land: The Muslim Experience in Canada
is a three-part documentary that shines a light on the lives
and beliefs of an often-misunderstood people.
to the review
3452 Kingston Road and Markham Road in Scarborough
Closed on Mondays open from 11:30 to 10 p.m. at night.
Closes early on Sundays around 7 p.m.
Gomantak is the only authentic Goan restaurant in the city.
Goa is in the south of India on the coast. Goan food tends
to include seafood, coconut milk, and pork. Goan cuisine
can be described as a cross between Indian and Thai.
Everything is made fresh, in slow simmered sauces. I enjoyed
the Goan Fish Curry in an intense red sauce, Pork Bafado
(small pieces of pork in a rich gravy) and Prawn Kaldin
(cooked in coconut milk).
The prices are amazing! Everything is around the eight dollar
mark. Six of us stuffed our faces, drank a couple of Kingfisher
beer and had chai and the damage was about $25 each.
For more information on this restaurant listen to the review
from The Nation
17 June, Nairobi. VALERIE NUNES (born :25
July 1965). Dearly loved daughter of Dolly and Richard,
Beloved sister of Vanessa, sister in law of Charles De Souza.
Valerie has always been a fighter! She has had several calls
but always fought back bravely. This time, though, Our Lord
finally said: Valerie, return to me! We know that she will
now be in a place that is calm, serene and painless.
Valerie's wish was that there should be no floral tributes
but, instead , for donations to be sent to the Goan Welfare
Society for the tremendous help and support that it gave
both her, and her mother, Dolly,Messages of sympathy can
be sent via my e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by post to Dolly Nunes, P O Box 43558 – 00100,
from Toronto Star
13 June, MONICA PECUS Daughter of the late
Eloy and Auta Pecus. Sadly missed by her sisters Elvira
(late Cleto D'Costa), Margaret, Barbara (late Joe Correa),
Beryl (Evelyn DeSouza) and the late Bertha (Joe Alexander,
Australia), and brothers Albert and Raymond. Fondly remembered
by all her nieces and nephews.
June, MELYN PINTO. Melvyn, beloved husband
of Ordella (Audi). Loving Dad of Wayne and Kevin. Son of
Grace Pinto. He will be sadly missed by his brothers and
sisters, Ken, Genevieve, Rosemary, Stan, Bernadette, Lourdes
and Veronica, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews
update of the BMX celebrations 25th- 31st July 2004
from Joe Nunes, President BMX Reunion committee.
We have a tremendous response from the Ex students of
the three institutions. We have members coming from
all over the globe. So far indications are that we will
have over 150 members from outside Toronto, coming from
as far as Australia, India, untied kingdom, Spain, Europe,
Middle-east and the United sates.
Dinner Dance which is the finale event is sold out.We
expect an attendance of 550 members. The committee with
its co-ordinators from all over the world has been working
on this event for over a year. We have had a overwhelming
response from corporate sponsors. The net funds will
be going the following
Donation to the Toronto Breakfast Club. This organization
is responsible for providing a hot breakfast to thousands
of needy children.
A 10 years scholarship program for the future students
of the three institutions. The details of the program
have yet to be formalized by the committee.
Many of the ex students will be meeting each other after
over 20 to 30 years. This in itself is a unique achievement.
Fr. Ronnie D'Souza
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Fr. Ronnie D'Souza.
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Y B E R - M A T R I M O N I A L S
OUT FOR a life partner? Circulate your message among a
5000+ largely-Goan audience. For a listing in this column
send details to firstname.lastname@example.org
with the subject line MATRIMONIAL.
33 YEAR-OLD LADY, LIVING IN TORONTO: Goan parents seek
alliance for daughter, 33 years, B.Sc., 5'3", living
in Toronto, Canada. Goan Catholic graduate, resident in
Canada/US preferred. Write with photograph to GOANGIRL2002@YAHOO.COM"
BASED IN US, 27: Goan based in US, BSc graduate, 27, 5'
3" R.C. Spinster working in USA, wheatish complexion,
slim invites proposal from from US RC Goan bachelor, God
fearing and professionally qualified with sober habit. If
interest reply with full details and photograph to: email@example.com
sounds new obesity alert
Kids growing up in 'toxic environment' of inactivity and
GREG BONNELL-CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA - Canada's health care system is headed for double
jeopardy as overweight young Canadians and aging baby
boomers with weight problems threaten to place a heavy
burden on already strained services, a new report says.
The 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey says 19.5 per
cent of young Canadians are overweight and 7.8 per cent
And the generation including baby boomers is also tipping
the scales at 37.9 per cent overweight and 18.5 per cent
obese, the study released today shows.
In addition to health problems inherent in an aging population,
experts say, the system will have to contend with a generation
of young people developing conditions such as diabetes
and hypertension much earlier in life.