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Vaughan Mills, Canada's First Enclosed Regional Shopping Centre Opens 

Located 10 minutes drive away from Goan Overseas Association property at Highway 400 & Kirby Road
Vaughan Mills, a 1.2 million square foot, single-level, fully enclosed retail and entertainment destination, will ultimately feature 200 specialty stores, restaurants, and entertainment venues. It will be one of the largest centers in the region and a destination for millions of Canadians and Americans.
Located on the east side of Highway 400 at Rutherford Road, Vaughan Mills features a "racetrack" layout to ensure easy flow to retailers. The center will feature six unique architecture mall neighbourhoods, six themed transition courts and a 1,000-seat food court. The mall will contain manufacturers' outlets, specialty retail stores, department store outlets, off-price retailers, category dominant stores and entertainment retailers.For full text click here

More immigrants needed for workforce: "We will have to attract many more immigrants, and the country and the government already knows that," says Canada's Labour Minister
FROM CANADIAN PRESS
Oct. 29, 2004. 07:54 PM
OTTAWA — Canada's labour minister says the country may need to consider doubling immigration levels to help fill enormous gaps in its skilled workforce.
And even that won't be enough to cope with the shortage of trained workers and lagging productivity, Joe Fontana said today.
As part of a broader review of workforce issues, Canadians must look at dramatically boosting the number of workers it brings in from overseas as well improving skills training for underutilized employees, Fontana told The Canadian Press. For full text click here

U.S. to start fingerprinting Canadian immigrants
Toronto Star - Nov 4, 2004
CANADIAN PRESS
New rules requiring landed immigrants of Canada to be fingerprinted and photographed before entering the United States begin to kick in this month.
The measures also apply to those who need visas to travel south of the border for business purposes or because they are engaged to an American. "In the end . . . we want to know who's knocking on our door," Robert Mocny of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said at a news conference today. "When you know who the individual is, you're more than happy to welcome them into your home."
The fingerprints and photos will be filed into a database so officials can check people against terrorist watch lists and a national crime database. The new regulations are part of the anti-terrorism program called U.S.-VISIT that started checking all foreign visitors arriving by air and sea in January.
Fingerprinting and photographing will begin at the Blue Water Bridge at Sarnia beginning Nov. 15 and be implemented at 17 other Canadian border crossings by year's end.
Canadian citizens will be exempt from the new measures.

Toronto organizes '50S - '60S BLAST FROM THE PAST
Excerpts of e-mail by Tim de Mello on goanet@GoaNet.org
(See pics at: http://photos.yahoo.com/timdemello)
For a second year, The G.O.A. Toronto organized a '50S - '60S BLAST FROM THE PAST DANCE on Saturday, October 30th, 2004.
The event was hosted at The Forum Banquet Hall in Rexdale. The dance attracted over 250 people made up of a cross-section of Toronto's multicultural mosaic although more than half comprised Goans. This was a demonstration of how popular the music from that era still is across racial groups. For full text click here
Auggie Pereira
- Pic by Tim de Mello


News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

Goan Voice Canada offers it's Sympathies to Joel D'Souza on the demise of his mother, Mrs. CONCEICAO MARIA D'SOUZA who passed away in Assagao November 5, 2004

IFFI preparations in full swing
The preparations for the infrastructure needed for the International Film Festival of India, which will begin later this month, have reached a feverish pitch. Plush reclining seats, cup holders, big screens will give a new twist to movie watching in theatres in Goa. The sleek multiplex at the old GMC complex boasts of four Harkness screens, Christie’s projection equipment, Dolby Digital EX three-way surround sound, DTS technology and automated masking. For full text click here

Gen Rodrigues appointed governor of Punjab
Former army chief general (retd) Sunith Francis Rodrigues was named the new governor of Punjab on November 8. According to a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué, General Rodrigues will also function as the administrator of Chandigarh. “It’s a big challenge” was how General Rodrigues reacted on being named as the governor. General Rodrigues happens to be the first person of Goan origin to be appointed the governor of any State in the country. For full text click here

Radission to host world's longest dance party
Radisson White Sands Resort Goa announced that it would host 'The World's Longest Dance Party. Starting December 29, 2004, the party will go on well over 65 hours non-stop. The event will also coincide with the New Year celebrations. The party plans to break the previous Guinness record for the longest dance party, which lasted
for 53 hours. Approximately 50 dancers will be selected for the competition. The party will be held at Radisson's Gravity Pool with world class DJs. Around 5000 guests form all over the world are expected.

Health Tourism
"Health Tourism is not a passing fad but is here to stay but at much accelerated rate in future. Goa being a major tourist destination, we have treated many foreign nationals for various conditions. All of them were satisfied with their stay at the NUSI hospital and have been recommending this hospital to their friends who visit Goa. An endoscopic spine surgery was performed on a British national and this made a front page story in The Daily Mail in UK. Since then, we have been flooded with inquiries on various orthpaedic conditions,' says Bismarck Martins, the Executive Director of the Apollo NUSI Hospital in Chinchinim, Salcete, in an interview with Ronita Torcato.

"Findall Goa" Info Mag
Tourism Minister Matanhy Saldanha released a new magazine "FindAll Goa" Published by M's Findoll Communications and Publications, Parra, Bardez recently. Published monthly, "FindAll Goa" will be available at the airport, major bookshops, hotels and selected general stores.


Obituary

5 Nov. Assagao, Goa. CONCEICAO MARIA D'SOUZA. Wife of late Theofilo D'Souza (Ex-Eldoret, Kenya). Mother of late Especiosa, Joel (Joseph)/Lena Dias (Ex-Mombasa), Maria/Salvador Mascarenhas (Corjuem), Anne/Romanus Lobo (Pune/Siolim). Grandmother of Sharon/Melwyn Gonsalves (Dubai), Selima/Francis Pereira (Vagator), Roussel, Michael, Clive, Aloma, Ralph and Carl; great-grandmother of Daniel (Dubai) and Crisel (Vagator).
Condolences to her son Joel (who provided us with the Goa News), joel3@goacom.com

Announcements

Anniversary Mass
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 7:30 p.m.
1st anniversary mass in loving memory of Molly Rodrigues offered by her husband Marcus Rodrigues at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 3200 Pharmacy Avenue (Pharmacy and Finch), Toronto at 7:30 p.m.

QGA [Montreal] celebrates "St. Francis Xavier's Feast"
Because of the number of members who expressed their views about the ticket prices for the St. Francis Xavier's Feast, the Board of Directors decided to change the rates.
St. Francis Xavier's Feast will be held on November 27, 2004 at St. Suzanne's PARISH HALL. We will have our own private Mass which will be celebrated in the Parish Hall at 6.00 p.m. This will be followed by the Social, Dinner and Dance Every one is welcome to attend as in previous years. However, those wishing to eat the meal must buy their Dinner Coupons in advance.
The Coupons will be sold for:
All Adults: $10.00
All Children from 5 to 14 : $4.00 (A children's menu will be served)
Members must let us know in advance if there are any children under 5
who will be needing a meal.
All those who buy the Dinner Coupons will be eligible for the Door Prizes.
All who bought Coupons at the previous rate will receive full refunds for the difference.
All coupons must be bought before November 12 to give the caterer enough time to prepare the quantities needed for the evening.
2) POSTER CONTEST: The Four Categories for the Contest are 5 to 8 years; 9 to 12 years, 13 to 16 years, and 17 to 20 years.
Size: No larger than 22 by 30 inches. Poster should be about the special exposition of the body of St. Francis Xavier in Goa this year. Posters must be sent to me or to Sharon, our Social Secretary before November 8, 2004. All posters will be displayed in the hall, and special prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category. Contestants must write their name, age,
date of birth, and address with telephone number on the back of the poster.


Events
For listing of events in 2004 please click here

Event: ELEVATION
Organised by : GSEC (Goan Social Events Committee) Toronto
Location :
The Platinum Room inside the Joker Nightclub, 318 Richmond Street West
Ticket : $10 Advance
Ticket sales& Info:
Markham       416.319.2782     Scarborough     416.885.6317
Mississauga  416.473.4793      North York/Pickering 416.817.4918
Brampton      416.716.4907      Etobicoke       416.949.7942
Oakville         647.274.3567

Saturday November 20th, 2004
Event: Their Annual Christmas Dance
Organised by : THE HAMILTON GOAN ASSOCIATION
Location : The Liuna Gardens, 526 Winona Road North, Stoney Creek, Ontario L8E 5E9
Time: Reception @ 5:00pm
Sit-Down Dinner @ 6:30pm
Music: Naked Flame & DJ Carlito
Ticket sales& Info: Amy Martyres (905) 575-8405 (Hamilton & Area)
Vina Coutinho (905) 276-1963 ( Mississauga & Area)
Charlotte Moraes (416) 624-8812 ( Toronto & GTA )
Email: hgasales@hotmail.com

Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Event: NAVELIM FEST
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Organised by Villagers of Navelim
Time:
5:45 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The solemn high mass will commence with the Enthronement of Our Lady at 5:45 p.m. sharp
Venue:
Claireport Place Banquet and Convention Centre
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27/Albion Rd)
Tickets:
Adults: $25
Children 6 to 12 years: $15
Children under 6 years: Free
(Order your tickets early to avoid disappoint.)
Entertainment:
Dance to the sounds of “NITE FEVER” and DJ “FATZ”
Contact:

Name Telephone E-mail Address
Lazarus and Celine Pereira 416-292-1653 lazaruspereira@aol.com
John Fernandes 416-510-8306 John.fernandes@sw.ca
Tina Fernandes 905-294-8882 wwcie@hotmail.com
Leanne D’Souza 905-828-0637 marthasteve@hotmail.com
Tony Rodrigues 416-750-4469 arodrigues@rogers.com
Order Form
 
For Navelim Fest Order Form click here or by clicking the image shown.

Saturday November 27, 2004
Event: Quebec Goan Association - St. Francis Xavier Feast
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Venue :
St. Suzanne's Church Hall
Tickets :
Adult Life Member: $10.00
Other Adults: $15.00
Children 5 to 14 $5.00

The Mass will be at 5.00 p.m. and will be followed by the social and dance. All are invited to attend. HOWEVER, we will not sell food coupons in the hall. Any member who wishes to eat dinner at the function will have to purchase the dinner coupons in advance. This is to ensure we do not run out of food as has happened in previous years.

PLEASE NOTE: These tickets must be purchased by November 5, 2004. On November 6 the prices will increase to Life Member: $15.00, Other Adults: $20.00 and Children $7.50. No tickets will be sold after November 12, 2004. Any one who wishes to purchase the dinner coupons should contact a member of the Committee. Any one who wishes to help sell these dinner coupons can let me know.
If any one wants to donate door prizes please let me know. (Tel. 626-8516)

2) POSTER CONTEST:
The Four Categories for the Contest are 5 to 8 years; 9 to 12 years, 13 to 16 years, and 17 to 20 years.
Size: No larger than 22 by 30 inches. Poster should be about the special exposition of the body of St. Francis Xavier in Goa this year. Posters must be sent to me or to Sharon, our Social Secretary before November 8, 2004. All posters will be displayed in the hall, and special prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category. Contestants must write their name, age, date of birth, and address with telephone number on the back of the poster.
For more details they can e-mail me at mdesouza@look.ca
Maria de Souza Secretary/Telephone Committee Co-ordinator


Saturday December 04th, 2004
Event: Christmas Dance
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Via Veneto 6340 N.Lincoln Ave. Chicago.773-267-0888
http://www.viavenetochicago.com

Saturday December 04th, 2004
Event: Celebrating the Saint Francis Xavier Exposition in Toronto
Venue : At St. Francis Xavier Church
5650 Mavis Road, (Mavis & Matheson),
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
The Friends of Saint Francis Xavier invites all to come and join in the celebration of the feast of St. Francis Xavier
The solemn procession will start at 10.00 a.m. with the relic of St. Francis Xavier and Choir. Joining in the celebrations will be the many Goan Groups covering Cultural, Social, Seniors, and Sports activities. The procession will be followed by solemn high mass.Celebrant : Monsignor Terence D'Souza
Thereafter the congregation is invited to a Family Fair in the Church Hall, with food stalls, gift tables, etc..
Everyone is invited (Admission is Free)

For further information on participation, contact
Lazarus Pereira (416) 292-1653 or fax: (416) 292-07 Francis Fernandes 905 629 0277

Sunday December 05th, 2004
Event: The Year of the Exposition, St. Francis Xavier Feast
Ticket :
*Adults-Members   -   $15
*Non-Members      -   $18
*Children    5-10    -   $12
Tickets or Stall info call :

Linda D'Sa at       905-824-8406 (West)
Hema Pereira at   905-502-6103 (West)
SeiraFurtado at    416-695-3239 (Etobicoke)
Ken Menezes at   416-724-1946 (East)

Venue :
INTERNATIONAL BANQUET HALL. 5835 KENNEDY RD MISSISSAUGA (South of Britannia on Kennedy)
* Mass @ 12:30 sharp, followed by a Great Lunch.
* Stalls available (buy your Christmas goodies)
* Lively Music & Entertainment
* Lots of Prizes for all Ages!!


People Places and Things

World's biggest book
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_1169571.html
The world's biggest book has been written about the leader of one of the world's smallest countries. Croatian author Hrvoje Sosic has claimed a new world record with his biography of former Croatian president Franjo Tudjman. The mammoth publication has 3,604 pages and weighs 12 kilos - the equivalent of 12 bags of sugar - and will be the biggest ever when it goes on sale this week.
Sosic told daily newspaper Jutarnji List: "It is the biggest ever book about a country's leader. There are no such books on people like Dwight Eisenhower, Winston Churchill or Charles de Gaulle." Tudjman, also a former Yugoslav army general, led Croatia to independence in 1991.

Halloween Costume Party-------------Los Angeles G.O.A.
From: "rene barreto" <r_barreto@btconnect.com>
http://www.goacom.com/goa-la/gallery/HalloweenCostumeParty/hw_055
Excerpts
Our Halloween Costume Party that was held on October 30th was a grand success. We had 94 attendees including 15 kids. Almost everyone showed up in their Halloween-best & we all had a great time. Our live band did a fantastic job & kept everyone dancing on the floor most of the night.
Click to Enlarge
More Pictures of the event are on our web site at
http://www.goacom.com/goa-la/gallery/HalloweenCostumeParty

German University PHD for goan student
Dr Ravi Xavier Fernandes, a resident of Tollecanto in Velim, was the first Goan student pursuing MSc in Chemistry from the Goa University to be awarded a PhD degree from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. He was awarded this prestigious degree as Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Sciences. Published in Germany, Dr Fernandes' thesis is titled "Shock tube investigations of the reaction kinetics of small unsaturated hydrocarbon species" by Cuvillier Verlag (Publishers), Goettingen. The thesis has been recognised as a very significant contribution to the field of combustion kinetics.


Health & Wellness

The Passport Office eases the passport application process for Canadians
GATINEAU, Nov. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Passport Office is taking further measures to facilitate the passport application process. As ofNovember 1, 2004, a previously issued Canadian passport that is either still The Passport Office eases the passport application process for Canadians GATINEAU, Nov. 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Passport Office is taking further measures to facilitate the passport application process. As of November 1, 2004, a previously issued Canadian passport that is either still valid or submitted up to one year after its expiry date, will be accepted as supporting identification. For full text click here

2005 Safe Seniors Calendar to be launched in Toronto and York Region
TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - B.A.S.S.I.C. is a partnership between police, fire, government agencies and community groups dedicated to making seniors safer in our communities. B.A.S.S.I.C. is proudly launching its 2005 Safe Senior's Calendar. With the generous support of The Co-operators insurance, 150,000 calendars will be distributed to seniors in the GTA, and across Canada, free of charge!
The calendar will feature a different safety message each month, including pedestrian and driver safety, fraud prevention, a variety of health issues, and a comprehensive resource list with telephone numbers and web addresses.
In addition to the calendar, B.A.S.S.I.C. will be officially launching its new website, http://www.bassic.ca which will feature important safety information and provide access to a variety of presentations from participating members.


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