from: The Catholic Register
Paul Martin was returned to the prime minister's chair with
a minority government in the June 28 national vote. His
Liberal party took 135 of t308 seats. A majority would have
required the Liberals to win 155 seats.The Conservatives
will form the Official Opposition after winning 99 seats,
while the Bloc Quebecois to 54 seats, the New Democrats
19 with one independent.
Catholic observers say that a minority government is a major
step forward for social justice agendas of faith communities.
10 South Asians make it to Canadian Parliament
The general elections, which concluded Monday, returned
a Liberal Party minority government at the Federal level
saw 10 South Asian candidates winning seats around the country.
The biggest number of South Asians - five -- has come from
Ontario, which sends the largest numbers of MPs to the Canadian
parliament. Alberta and British Columbia have contributed
two and three South Asian candidates respectively, reports
South Asian Observer.
The old guard Gurbux Singh Malhi, Navdeep Bains, Ruby Dhalla,
Wajid Khan and Yasmin Ratansi are new MPs from this province
and Deepak Obhrai and Rahim Jaffer retained their seats
in Alberta. Ujall Dosanjh, Nina Grewal and Gurmant Grewal
won their seats in British Columbia.
Ujjal Dosanjh, the former premier of British Columbia who
joined the Liberal Party just before the elections, has
won from Vancouver South with a comfortable margin.
It is first time that three women of South Asian origin
have been elected to parliament. Nina Grewal has been elected
Fleetwood-Port Kells riding in BC and Ruby Dhalla and Yasmin
Ratansi had respectively won from Brampton-Springdale, a
new riding and from Don Valley east. By any yardstick this
is a notable achievement since before this South Asian women
were not that visible in the Canadian politics.
Notably, this is first time a husband-wife will be seen
in the upper house as Nina Grewal is the wife of Gurmant
Grewal, an old guard who has retained his seat in British
housing market demonstrates continued strength in second
prices rise in all major markets
July 6 /CNW/ - Canadian real estate gathered strong momentum
in the spring market buoyed by an influx of inventory that
helped drive exceptional sales activity and higher average
prices, year-over-year, according to a second quarter report
released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services.
Of the national markets examined, 94 per cent of those with
detached bungalows increased in value; 91 per cent with
standard two-storeys increased in price and 80 per cent
with standard condominiums increased, year-over-year.
The average price of a detached bungalow rose to $249,200
(+6.8%), a standard two-storey home increased to $311,509
(+8.5%), and a standard condominium appreciated to $176,013
Best-ever sales activity occurred in many of the major markets
in the quarter, including Toronto, Edmonton and Regina.
Troupe flies from UK to stage "Chukh" in Toronto
The A-Team and the whole team of over 20 members financed
their own travel to Canada - all for the love of Konkani.!!!
Article by Pamela Vasandani ..... Click
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De Guirim Ex-Students celebrate feast of St. Anthony
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their reunion
the Toronto chapter of the ex-students of St. Anthony's
High School, Monte-De-Guirim, Goa celebrated the feast of
their patron St. Anthony on June 19, 2004.
The function was held at the International Banquet hall
in Mississauga. There was a celebration of the Eucharist
followed by a dinner and dance. Over 400 people consisting
of ex-students, their families and friends attended the
grand gala, which was a huge success. A live band and a
DJ provided dance music. For full text click
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
In recent years Goa has been experiencing some of the most
erratic monsoons, and this year is no exception. It rained
for just four days in the beginning, giving the impression
that we were in for a bountiful monsoon. The few, early
days of rain relieved the water scarcity and helped reduce
the rising heat. But thereafter it has been a long, dry
period, putting the farming community in a quandary, as
their paddyfields are being effected adversely. The rain
clouds rise up regularly from the Arabian sea in the West,
but just fly over Goa without transforming into rain, despite
the weather bureau having predicted that Goa would have
a good monsoon this year. So far the rainfall figure this
year is merely 731 mm.
is new Goa Governor
SC Jamir, the former Nagaland Chief Minister, has been appointed
by the Centre as the new Governor of Goa. On July 2, the
Union Home Ministry dismissed Goa governor Kidarnath Sahani
from office along with three other governors - Vishnu Kant
Shastri (UP), Kailashpati Mishra (Gujarat) and Babu Parmanand
(Haryana). Moments after he was unceremoniously removed
as Governor of Goa, Kidar Nath Sahani criticised the Centre's
decision and termed it "fascist". Goa’s
chief minister Manohar Parrikar raised a ruckus because
he was not consulted by the Centre before deciding to change
the governor. The Goa Legislative Assembly was adjourned
for half an hour on its opening day following pandemonium
by Opposition Congress alleging 'misuse' of official machinery
by the Governor Kidarnath Sahni and his office.
junction at Pune garden
Jazz Junction from Goa has been featuring some internationally
acclaimed jazz musicians. The band was released a debut
album recorded live at the Razzberry Rhinoceros in Mumbai
and has been invited to perform at the Malaysian jazz festival
at the end of this year. The band's current lineup for Pune’s
Jazz Garden on July 10 showcased the amazing vocal talent
of UK jazz singer Helen Jones, who has a varied repertoire
of style that always orientates towards Jazz. She trained
with an opera singer and studied Jazz for two years at Goldsmiths
University, London. Her soulful rendition of jazz standards
is laced with an exuberant stage presence. Jazz Junction
also featured virtuosos in their own right Shyam Raj on
saxophone, Xavier Fernandes on keyboards, Colin D'Cruz on
bass and Rex Monsorate on drums.
The current assembly session does not seem to have a smooth
run, after having witnessed pandemonium by the Opposition
Congress on the opening day June 28 itself. Adjournments
appear to be the order of the day for one reason or the
other. However, it’s one occasion when the government
gets a change to reel out statistics of its achievements
and the Opposition takes upon itself to run the treasury
benches for all ills afflicting the state.For full text
Miguel's 150th birth anniversary
The 150th birth anniversary of Gen Dr Miguel Caetano
Dias, the only Goan general in the Portuguese Army
Medical Corps was celebrated near his statue at GPO,
Panaji, at 8.30 am on June 9. The function was attended
by Gen Sunith Rodrigues, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar,
Power Minister Digambar Kamat and Panaji Mayor Ashok
Naik. In another function at the Goa Marriott the
same evening Gen Rodrigues released a book on the
life and achievements of Dr Miguel Caetano Dias. Miguel
Caetano Dias was born in the village of Juvem-Santo
GTA Seniors now Toronto East Goan Seniors Association
The Executive of the Seniors Association elected at
the inaugural meeting on 23 April,2004. has selected
Toronto East Goan Seniors Association as their name.
President Claude Gomes, said that this name was selected
after a long internal process which took into account
the way the organization would be viewed by various
agencies dealing with seniors issues.
Since most of the 200+ members are of Goan descent,
the name had to figure in the title as well as the region
served by the association. The new specific name will
avoid any conflict with mainstream organizations and
identify a particular group of Seniors (Goan Seniors)
to which its efforts are directed.
and Work in the U.S.A.
Usafis Green Card Lottery Application Service
What is the U.S. Green Card Lottery?
Each year, the Diversity Lottery (DV) Program makes
50,000 immigrant visas available through a lottery.
If you receive a visa through the Diversity Visa Lottery
Program you and your family will be authorized to live
and work permanently in the United States. Green Card
Lottery Application, will be available only online at
the State Department dedicated website - No more
regular mailing of applications.
From the State Departement Rule for the DV Program:
"Alien petitioners for the Diversity Visa Program
will no longer be permitted to submit a petition by
mail. Instead, the Department will require that all
petitions be submitted to it in an electronic format,
using an Internet website dedicated specifically to
the submission and receipt of Diversity Visa."
Go to http://www.usafis.org/index.asp?af=asi_sg_was_468_60_en
ENGINEER, 23, BASED IN TORONTO: Goan, R.C. parents invite
alliance for their bachelor son 23/6' slim, fair, B.E.
(Electrical Engineer), presently employed in Toronto
from qualified spinsters, 20-23 yrs. Please provide
detailed information to email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
GOAN FROM TORONTO: Seeking Goan graduate girl 26-30
years old for 31 year-old Goan boy 5'9", IT industry
computer technician settled in Toronto. email@example.com
listing of events in 2004 please click
Soccer League (Toronto)
For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php
Sunday July 11th, 2004
Picnic Area # 6
Further details, you may contact your committee
& Bosco Moniz
this site for further information.
Saturday July 18th, 2004
- Aldona Joint Picnic
Picnic Area 6
Further details, you may contact:
755 - 9013
GOA DAY CELEBRATIONS
Goa is back! In preparation for this year's celebration,
the G.O.A has scheduled 3 events prior to Viva Goa.
July 18th, 2004
Goa day at Wonderland
can also be made for pick up, please contact the
Lobo 19 Viewmount Crescent, Brampton, ON, L6Z
De Souza, 4241 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON,
L4W 1J7 (905-270- 9165)
Barreto 4504 Donegal Drive, Mississauga, ON L5M
(No refunds/rain checks)
July 20th, 2004
Goa Golf Day at Streetsville Glen
July 22nd, 2004
Night being held at Nativity of Our Lord Church
morning tee off time.
Includes Green Fees, Cart and Lunch.
Limited spots available (first 24)- book early to
location : Streetsville Glen
Cost : $90.00
Need more information or to register, contact Vince
Gomes 905-625-0139, Em : firstname.lastname@example.org
or Fil Fernandes 905-927-2290, Em: Ffernandes@frk.com
Mail Cheque (payable to GOA) to Fil Fernandes: 9
Forester Crescent Unionville, ONL6C 1R2.
us for a fun filled evening of Bingo.... come one
..... come all...
Starting at 6pm-10pm
Location : Nativity of Our Lord
church (480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke)
Admission is FREE.
Light snacks available for purchase and cash bar
Need more information, contact Hema Pereira at 905-502-6103.
July 24th, 2004
Goa! ($6 before July 24th; $8 at the door)
Sunday July 25th - Saturday July 31st, 2004
Reunion of BMX
The St. Britto's, St. Mary's and St. Xaviers college
of Mapuca are having a Grand Reunion in Toronto
, with ex-students expected from UK, Goa, Austraila,
Spain, US, etc.
Schedule of our events:-
Welcome Day - Venue :Seneca College Conference Room
July 25th - Picnic - Venue: Centennial
July 26th - Trip to Niagara falls
July 27th - Trip To Canada's Wonderland
July 28th - Toronto by Day
July 29th - Trip to Casino Rama
July 31st - Grand Reunion Dance
(Sold Out-but will accept
any last minute bookings of overseas members)
For further info. please contact the President of
BMX, Mr. Joe Nunes at email@example.com.
or check our web site - www.bmx2004.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
Friday August 06th- Sunday August 08th 2004
of South Asian culture at Harbourfront Centre. Phone
416-973-4000 for details
Taste of the Danforth, Greektown food and music extravaganza.
It will be special this year because of Greek's EURO
Saturday August 07th, 2004
CLAIREPORT PLACE BANQUET HALL
65 CLAIREPORT CRESCENT ETOBICOKE.
seating tables of ten. live band and DJ for all
the very best in music.
buffet dinner with seafood salads and meat dishes.
Prepared as continental and Asian fusion. Large
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.
Friday August 13th, 2004
East Goans Seniors Association - Seniors picnic
to 4pm at Milliken Park - Site B. The park is located
at the south east corner of McCowan Road and Steeles
Avenue East. The picnic is open to members, families
and friends. Please bring your own lunch and refreshments.
Sunday October 03rd, 2004
East Goans Seniors Association - Fund raising
at Our Lady of Rosary Church 10am to 4pm.Details to
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary .....
Click for details
Places and Things
Saldanha Among Scholarship Winners
excerpt from the weeklyvoice.com)
Warren Alec Francis Saldanha (St. Michael's
College School) from Misssissauga, was one of the twelve
young Canadians in the GTA area winning the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation's Millennium Excellence Awards. The
awards recognize community involvement, demonstrated leadership
abilities, innovative thinking, and academic achievement.
For full text click
Patricia D'Souza wins awards
2 Jul. Nunatsiaq News (Canada). Former Managing Editor Patricia
D'Souza came first in the best features page competition
for her story on the memorial service held for Joamie School
last July. She also won the prize for best photo essay,
for pictures of a gathering of Nunavut and Nunavik elders.
[Patricia D'Souza is now editor of THIS magazine - see http://www.track0.com/ogwc/archives/000353.html]
from Indo-Asian News Service
Parrots are London's new immigration problem London, London
has an immigration problem of the bird kind -- thousands
of wild parrots originally from India and Brazil have been
swamping the parks and gardens of the British capital's
leafy suburbs. For full text click
American tops national essay contest
Washington, Indian American Vivek Viswanathan has bagged
the first prize of $10,000 college scholarship in this year's
National Peace Essay Contest, sponsored by the US Institute
of Peace (USIP).
Sikh traffic agent vindicated by US body New York, New York's
Human Rights Commission (HRC) has ordered the New York Police
Department (NYPD) to reinstate its traffic agent Jasjit
Singh Jaggi and allow him to wear a turban while on the
Bank Offices make fewer mistakes
HSBC in row with UK union over report on outsourcing
Bank says offshore centres make fewer errors than UK staff
NEIL BEHRMANN IN LONDON
has infuriated Unifi, the UK finance union, by claiming
that offshore Indian and Malaysian offices make fewer mistakes
than British staff. Research by the operations division
of the bank found that UK staff made 50 mistakes for each
million transactions, compared with only eight mistakes
by workers in the Indian and Malaysian centres that service
Goan Voice- UK
6 Jul. Norbury, London. CAJIE FERNANDES
(ex Nairobi), Husband of Julie. Father of Pier/Mathias (Germany),
Glenn/ Pauline, Elaine/Brian,(Southampton). Grandfather
of Carlos, Alexander, Shivona. Brother-in-law of Priscilla,
late Esmania, Eddie, Olga, Manu, Ivy, late Joyce, Elly and
Cremation Service at Croydon Crematorium, Mitcham Road on
Wed. 14 Jul. at 12 p.m. followed by a reception at St. Mary's
Church Hall, Wellesley Road, Croydon. No flowers please.
Donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care, No. 12 Bournemouth
Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh Hampshire SO53 3DB. Condolences
to Elaine Fernandes firstname.lastname@example.org
played hockey & football for Kenya. He was Vice-Chairman
of the Goan Institute and a renowned artist. 14
Jan. 2000. East African Standard. Headline: Age Only Makes
Cajie Better. By Bernadette Murgor. For text see:
Jul. Southampton, UK. MRS PAULINA ASPULQUETA DE
SOUZA nee Caldeira (ex-Nairobi). Wife of the late
John Joseph Francis de Souza (PWD). Mother of late Nympha,
Sr Trifa, Fabian/Clara, Philomena (Mena), Ita and Pio/Philo.
Grandmother of Agnel, Denzil and Charlene.
Funeral will be held at 10.00 am. Tue. 13 July at St Vincent
de Paul Church, 418 Coxford Road, Lordswood, Southampton.
Enquiries to Ita De Souza, 023 8077 5784. Condolences to
26 Jun. London. LEO HILARY MONTEIRO (ex-Mombasa).
Husband of Liseth (nee Alphonso). Father of Mark and Malcolm.
Son of Joaquim & Maria Monteiro.
Brother of Celine(Lazarus Pereira-Toronto), Teresa, Francis
and late Maggie. Funeral service took place Fri. 2 July
at St. Anthony's R.C Church, 4 Genoa Road, Penge, London
Condolences to email@example.com
Jun. Canada. JUSTINE FERNANDES. Wife of
Francis Fernandes. Mother of Theresa/Benny Fernandes (Sweden),
Tina/Justin Sequeira (Canada), Effie/Sisinio D'Souza (Canada).
Grandmother of Sirikitt Fernandes (Sweden), Shaun Sequeira
(Canada), Avril Sequeira (Canada), Brendon Sequeira (Canada),
Samantha D'Souza (Canada). Sister of Henry D'Souza/Antoinet
(UK), Bonnie D'Souza (UK), Philu Rodrigues (Goa), Lia Rodrigues
(Bombay); Funeral took place June 30 with burial at Assumption
Jun. Bordon, Hampshire, UK. CECIL JOHN FERNANDES.
Husband of Tina. Son of late Max Caraciol and Mrs. Conceicao
(ex Nairobi). Brother of Derick/IIona, Irwin/Marie, Tony,