Summer in Canada….
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
East Goan Seniors Association - Taste of Goa 2005"
By: Netto Noronha
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
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
for a Goan in the political arena ?
Changing the look of councils
Minority candidates need to get busy right now, says Andrew
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.
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
Bank forecasts slower but steady growth for Ontario
Upside growth potential emerges
July 5 /CNW/
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.
Executive of NACOI - Montreal - 2005-2006
Felix D'Sa; Felix
NACOI stands for "National Association of Canadians
of Origins in India".
in French it is " ANCOI = l'Association Nationale
des Canadiens d'Origine Indienne ".
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.
to the Team
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
Citizenship & Immigration Canada:http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/skilled/work-1.html
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.
this section to find answers to some of your questions
about finding a job and working in Canada.
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.
may need to have your credentials
(degrees and diplomas) assessed and recognized;
may have to be licensed;
may need to take additional courses;
you may need to successfully complete examinations;
may need to take a job specific language test.
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
24,2005, Karachi DOROTHY SOARES.
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
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.
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.
Masses for Fr Emmanuel (Manu)
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.
listing of events in 2005 please click
Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005
July 09, 2005
July 15, 2005
years of Inter-village soccer
July 16, 2005
Toronto Parra Association
Feast of St. Anne
July 16, 2005
years of Inter-village soccer
July 17, 2005
years of Inter-village soccer
July 17, 2005
July 23, 2005
July 23, 2005
, July 24, 2005
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Celebrations in Toronto
August 14, 2005
East Goan Seniors
August 20, 2005
Goa Day Picnic
August 28, 2005
September 25, 2005
October 15, 2005
November 19, 2005
December 17, 2005
East Goan Seniors
Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto
Tiatr in TO from Goa ~"Goemcho Avaz".
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
Session on Indian Adoption
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.
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".
Places and Things
to Bindiya Phadte
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.
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
The first mass was celebrated by Fr. Terence D'Souza (now
Monsignor), in Mississauga, Ontario, at the house of Lucy
The 13 Anthonys were:
Anders Anthony (Francis/Lucy)
Anthony Fernandes (Tina)
Anthony Fernandes (Annie)
Anthony Fernandes (Viven)
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
* 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
Next year, the 25th year will celebrated by the youngest
member, Jason Barreto.
Joseph's Convent School, Zanzibar -Re-union in Toronto
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
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
Community Health Survey: Obesity among children and
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.
rates more than doubled for some age groups
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.
more information go to http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/050706/d050706a.htm.