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The Blast In London
We anxiously await the news from London, and hope that the families and friends we have there, are safe. Eddie Fernandes of the Goan Voice UK, has kindly provided this personal account of the street scene there to the Goa Papers.
The following are excerpts.
Please visit http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/ for updates.

After 9/11, but more particularly after the Iraq war, we were told that a terrorist attack on London was inevitable. But who could not have been shaken by the carnage of the 7/7 London blasts? At first we were told that there had been a series of power surges in the underground train service. The authorities were tight-lipped and did not reveal the horror since they did not wish to spread panic. When a bus was blown up in Central London, yards from my old office, we soon came to realise that there was a coordinated series of attacks taking place.

I spent the morning glued to my desk, watching the horrors unfold on television and on the internet. It provided me with the latest information but did not give a perspective of the emotions of the people. Since the underground train service as well as the Central London bus service had been suspended for the day, people were stranded in offices without means of getting home. In the afternoon I drove into Central London in order to collect my wife and friends who were marooned there. I arrived early and my wife was at a meeting so I chose to walk familiar streets to get a feel of the prevailing mood. The atmosphere was electric. The pavements were filled with surging crowds making their way homeward. They walked mainly in groups but looked grim - it was difficult to find anyone with a smile. Also, they were behaving well, not the typical UK street scene!......

I have not received any reports of Goan casualties but the victim's names and even the full death toll has yet to be revealed as I write. Statistically Goans make up an estimated 0.6% of the population of London.

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This Summer in Canada….
While it’s a hot, smoggy summer for us here in Eastern Canada, it’s almost monsoon time in the West with the rain and flooded homes. The Goan Community has enjoyed a host of social events …anniversaries, village feasts, walk-a-thons, tiatrs, family picnics, soccer tournaments, all organized with a Goan flavour. Goan Seniors on the east side of Toronto held " A Taste of Goa" which was a hit and attracted a crowd of youth and seniors selling out all the Goan food and beer ! But there is more to come… The G.O.A is holding "Viva Goa" later this month which covers the "Goa Day" celebrations for Canada. Then there are more tiatrs with the performers coming straight from Goa. There are hockey and soccer tournaments, more picnics, village feasts, and school reunions. Read our Events and Announcements sections to find out more. Have a Safe and Susecade Summer.

"Toronto East Goan Seniors Association - Taste of Goa 2005" Click for details.
  By: Netto Noronha 
The Toronto East Goan Seniors Assn. celebrated their first cultural event ‘Taste of Goa’ on June 26th 2005 at Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School. An event showcasing the customs, the arts and traditions of the Goan people. It was a huge success.

In his welcoming speech, the President Claude Gomes said " it is a mission of our  assn. to promote  and  share cultural, historic

and artistic legacy of the seniors. It is my hope that in the coming years, events of this nature will flourish and strengthen our community spirit of togetherness". He thanked cultural secretary Olga Madeira and the executive committee for the hard work and dedication that an event of this magnitude requires. For full text click here.

Looking for a Goan in the political arena ?
Changing the look of councils
Minority candidates need to get busy right now, says Andrew Cardozo

Toronto Star
Jun. 30, 2005. 01:00 AM
Prospective city council candidates are starting to think about the next election, so if visible-minority politicians want to change the complexion of city councils, they should plan on putting in a busy summer.

The presence of minorities on city councils in the GTA is minimal compared to the percentage of visible minorities in each of the cities. While more non-white candidates are running for office, a scarce few get elected. For full text click here.

Royal Bank forecasts slower but steady growth for Ontario
Upside growth potential emerges
Ontario's economy is expected to grow at a slower pace than the national average through 2006, with an expected growth rate of 2.3 per cent for 2005 and in the three per cent range for 2006, according to a new provincial forecast released today by RBC Financial Group.
"Ontario put in a decent showing last year by growing at a rate of 2.6 per cent and this year will see a similar, though slightly slower, rate of growth," said Craig Wright, vice-president and chief economist, RBC. "However, Ontario's growth will accelerate next year as the economy adjusts more fully to a more stable Canadian dollar."

According to the report, the recent depreciation in the Canadian dollar will enhance Ontario's export competitiveness going forward and when combined with greater federal and provincial fiscal stimulus, will power the Ontario economy to a faster rate of growth in 2006 compared to this year.

RBC notes that energy prices have been higher for a longer than anticipated period and this has acted as a drag upon Ontario's manufacturing and transportation sectors. However, increased program spending will spur Ontario's economic growth in the near term while upside surprises to revenue growth and conservative budget assumptions hold out the significant potential to achieve fiscal balance within a two year horizon.

New Executive of NACOI - Montreal - 2005-2006
From Felix D'Sa; Felix D'Sa
NACOI stands for "National Association of Canadians of Origins in India".
in French it is " ANCOI = l'Association Nationale des Canadiens d'Origine Indienne ".

At an Annual General Meeting held on June 26th, 2005, the following are declared as elected to the Executive of NACOI for the year 2005-2006.


Congratulations to the Team

Working in Canada For Those Planning to Immigrate
There is no guarantee that you will find work in your preferred occupation. You should know that, in order to work.

From Citizenship & Immigration Canada:http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/skilled/work-1.html
Before you immigrate, you should learn as much as possible about working in Canada. Your preparations should include updating your résumé and talking to friends, family, and potential employers about the job situation in the part of Canada in which you wish to settle.

Read this section to find answers to some of your questions about finding a job and working in Canada.

  • you may need to have your credentials (degrees and diplomas) assessed and recognized;
  • you may have to be licensed;
  • you may need to take additional courses;
  • you may need to successfully complete examinations; and/or
  • you may need to take a job specific language test.
The immigration selection process does not require you to have a credential assessment, recognition of your credentials and licensing. But, they are important steps to help you find work in Canada.

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

Frogs protected under Wildlife Protection Act
PANAJI, June 30: The Union government has banned catching, killing and export of frog legs. Frogs are protected under Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 and catching, killing and selling frogs, or serving frog meat in eating places contravene the provisions of the act and attract stringent punishment with fine and imprisonment.
The craze for 'jumping chicken' this year is much higher as compared to last year. Although the authorities claim the rate of killing of frogs has declined over the years and the law for protection of frogs is enforced stringently, various sources maintain that its consumption is on the increase. During the monsoon, catching of frogs for the purpose of delicious recipe at homes, bars and restaurants have increased to a great extent.

Yeshwant Chowgule passes away
PANAJI: Chowgule Group of Companies vice chairman Yeshwantrao Dattajirao Chowgule died after a brief illness at Mumbai on July 5. He was 85. He along with his brother Vishwasrao D Chowgule and his other brothers promoted a wide variety of industries such as shipping, shipbuilding, iron ore extraction, integrated fisheries, engineering, fabrication, etc. He was in the forefront to promote shipbuilding in Goa and under his leadership quite a number of sophisticated vessels had been constructed and delivered by the Chowgule yards to the port trusts, stage governments and private ship owners.

Fr Alwyn is first Bishop of Sindhudurg diocese.
PANAJI: A new diocese of Sindhudrg has been carved out, and Rev Fr Alwyn Barreto from Siolim has been appointed its first Bishop. Pope Benedict XVI has bifurcated the Diocese of Pune and erected the new Diocese of Sindhudurg and appointed the new Bishop. The Diocese comprises the districts of Sindhudurg, Ratnagiri and Kolhapur, except Kolhapur city. The Catholic population is 28,500 in 17 churches and is served by 41 priests and 93 sisters. Bishop-elect Rt Rev Alwyn Barreto was born in Mapusa on Dec 22, 1952.

Mickky threatens to boycott session
PANJIM, July 6: With no sign of any portfolio allocation on Wednesday, the Benaulim MLA Mickky Pacheco has in a communication to Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane has said that he would boycott the Assembly session scheduled for July 8 to elect the new Speaker and deputy Speaker, if portfolios are not allocated to him by Friday noon.

"Ek Dis" premiers at INOX
PANAJI: 'Ek Dis', a Konkani movie under the banner of Fantasy Films premiered at Inox on July 2. Subtitled 'Shadows of Life', the movie is the story of Ann played by Ruan Pereira and the adversity she encounters in her life. Based in a small Goan village, Ann faces a series of hardships. The movie, produced and directed by brother-sister duo Amar and Sushma Sawant, is a professed effort at restoring the glory due to Konkani films.


June 24,2005, Karachi DOROTHY SOARES.
She is survived by her grieving husband, Mennen and children; Sweetie/Fidelis, Lynn/Charmain, Coral/Lawrence also grandchildren; Warren/Catharin, Chantell, Lionel, Natalie and Nare.
Your prayers are requested for Dorothy Soares. She passed away in her sleep at 4:00am (Karachi time) Funeral Mass held at 4:00pm 25-June 20'05. May the good Lord grant her eternal rest and our deepest sympathy to the entire Soares family.

June 29, 2005,Quebec,Canada JOAQUIM D'SILVA passed away, peacefully, in Charles Lemoyne Hospital, Greenfield Park, Quebec, Canada.
Funeral Service took place at St. Mary's Parish, Greenfield Park, on Monday July 4
May his soul rest in peace.

June 30, 2005,Credit Valley Hospital, D'MELLO OSWALD LUCIO - Passed away peacefully the age of 61. Oswald will be greatly missed by his beloved wife, Brizila and their sons Mark and Phillip and daughter-in-law Helen. He will also be missed by his sisters, Priscilla (husband Ravi) and Zita (husband Sidney). The family wishes to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hudson and the Credit Valley nursing staff, in particular Karen and Judy, for their extraordinary care.
The funeral took place on Saturday, July 2nd at 10 am at Sts. Peter & Paul Parish, Mississauga.

Memorial Masses for Fr Emmanuel (Manu)
"Joe Pereira" <joe@cats-net.com>
A memorial mass was held Sat. 2nd July at 6:00 pm at Don Bosco Oyster Bay, for Fr Emmanuel, who passed away last Thursday in Northern Kenya at a tender age of 37.
There will also be mass at Upanga the following Saturday 9th July at 5:30 pm at Don Bosco Youth Centre Upanga.
Fr Emmanuel was stationed in Upanga and later Oysterbay until mid last year.


For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005 
Date Organization Event  
Saturday, July 09, 2005 Villagers of Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Picnic GVC
Friday, July 15, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Saturday, July 16, 2005 The Toronto Parra Association The Feast of St. Anne GVC
Saturday, July 16, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Sunday, July 17, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Sunday, July 17, 2005
D'Costa Financial Group
Konkani Musical-Goemcho Avaz
Saturday, July 23, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Viva Goa 2005 G.O.A
Saturday, July 23, 2005 D'Costa Financial Group Konkani Musical-Goemcho Avaz GVC
Sunday , July 24, 2005 Entebbe Goan Institute Centenary Celebrations in Toronto EGI
Sunday, August 14, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Annual Picnic GVC
Saturday, August 20, 2005 Quebec Goan Association World Goa Day Picnic GVC
Sunday, August 28, 2005 Villagers of Pilerne Picnic PULSE March
Sunday, September 25, 2005 Villagers of Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia 6th Annual Social GVC
Saturday, October 15, 2005 Quebec Goan Association Variety Dinner Show GVC
Saturday, November 19, 2005 Villagers of Navelim 30th Anniversary Fest GVC
Saturday, December 17, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dance GVC
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance


Summer Tiatr in TO from Goa ~"Goemcho Avaz".
By: Pam Vasandani
Francis D’Costa, President of D’Costa Financial Group has out done himself again. Each year, he manages to bring a truly interesting International Cast and produces Konkani Tiatr par excellence!! In keeping with his theme of "Keeping Goan Heritage Alive", this year for the very first time, Seven Stars of international repute will be flown in from Goa, Bombay and Kuwait to star in this highly acclaimed and successful show "Goemcho Avaz". Performances will staged at the Pope John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre – 4300, Cawthra Road, Mississauga, on the Sunday 17th July and Sunday 24th July at 2.00 p.m. For full text click here.

Information Session on Indian Adoption
Children's Bridge the largest adoption agency in Canada, is non-profit, federally incorporated licensed organization that facilitates adoption presently from People's Republic of China, South Korea, Thailand, Kazakhstan and India.

On July 26, 2005 in Ottawa and on August 14, 2005 in Mississauga, Children's Bridge is having an information session for Non Resident Indians on " How to adopt a child from India". Further details will be available at our website www.childrensbridge.com. under "Info Seminars".

People Places and Things

Farewell to Bindiya Phadte

Bindiya Phadte

Goan Voice Canada bids a fond farewell to Bindiya Phadte who has been our web master for the past three years and has produced every issue of www.goanvoice.ca without fail, at our Goa Office in Panaji. She leaves to further her career in the IT field. Our thanks and best wishes for the future to Bindiya.

The 13 Anthonys' Celebration of the Feast of St. Anthony
The feast of St. Anthony was celebrated 24 years ago by Francis and Lucy Fernandes in honour of their son Anders Anthony . That's when a membership was formed by 13 men from different families with the names of Anthony, and continued over the years with each one celebrating the feast at their homes.
The first mass was celebrated by Fr. Terence D'Souza (now Monsignor), in Mississauga, Ontario, at the house of Lucy and Francis.
The 13 Anthonys were:
Anders Anthony (Francis/Lucy)
Anthony Fernandes (Tina)
Anthony Fernandes (Annie)
Anthony Fernandes (Viven)
Anthony Fernandes(Marfie)
Anthony Mendonca (Clara)*
Roque Anthony Fernandes
Peter Anthony Fernandes
Elias Anthony Fernandes
Avelino Anthony Gonsalves
Fernando Anthony Barretto*
Jason Anthony Barretto
Jono Anthony D'Souza
Anthony Rodrigues
* since deceased
This year was special for Tony and Tina, who not only celebrated the feast, but also their 40th Wedding anniversary with their relatives and friends, including the Anthonys'. Mass was celebrated open-air at their Markham home, by Father Cecil Noronha.
Next year, the 25th year will celebrated by the youngest member, Jason Barreto.

St Joseph's Convent School, Zanzibar -Re-union in Toronto
"Mervyn Lobo" <mervynalobo@yahoo.ca>
Some of you are aware that SJCS, Zanzibar is currently having its reunion here in Toronto. Participants have arrived from five continents. For those of you who are interested, here is a link to some photo's. http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/themervynlobo/detail?.dir=/376d&.dnm=f6f6.jpg&.src\=ph

Desalination-turning salt water into fresh, is often preached as the saviour to Australia's water shortage. But how exactly does it work and why aren't our cities awash with water fresh from the ocean?

Health & Wellness

Canadian Community Health Survey: Obesity among children and adults 2004
Obesity rates among children and adults have increased substantially during the past 25 years, according to new results from the Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS), which directly measured the height and weight of respondents.
Obesity rates more than doubled for some age groups
Obesity rates more than doubled for some age groups
In 1978/79, 3% of children aged 2 to 17 were obese. By 2004, 8%, or an estimated 500,000 children, were obese. Among adults, the growth in obesity was even more dramatic. In 1978/79, the age-adjusted adult obesity rate was 14%. A quarter century later, 5.5 million individuals, representing 23% of adults, were obese.

For more information go to http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/050706/d050706a.htm.

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