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Toronto Goans Celebrate

Bishop Alex Dias Visits Toronto
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Konkani Tiatr in Toronto
Incredibly Entertaining!! Goemcho Avaz"

By: Pamela Vasandani
Stupendous is the word that comes to mind!! Never before have Canadian audiences of Goan descent laughed so much. The jam-packed hall, bursting at the seams with a crowd that sang along and totally connected with the stars. "GOEMCHO AVAZ", the Musical Tiatr, produced by Francis D'Costa President of D'Costa Financial Group is definitely the best Konkani show I have seen in Canada so far!! I overheard scores of people saying their jaws ached from so much cackling!! Hilarious, riotous, uproarious comedy was the order of the day!! People were practically rocking off their seats in side-splitting laughter, the sounds resounding off the walls so much, the laughter was bouncing off them.Click here for complete article & Pics.

London (Ontario) diocese to undergo massive reorganization
Catholic Register Special WINDSOR, Ont.
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The diocese of London — with 164 parishes and missions and 153 priests serving a population of more than 400,000 — has announced plans for a massive reorganization that will see clustering, amalgamation, closures and possibly new parishes as part of a plan to be fully implemented by June 2008.

One of the country’s largest English-speaking dioceses, London geographically ranges from Windsor in the west to Woodstock in the east, Point Pelee in the south to Goderich in the north, encompassing nine counties and seven deaneries. For full text click here.

Returning to More Normal Summer Conditions ?
Excerpts:The Weather Network's Updated Summer Outlook
With a summer that has so far featured a record number of "dull days" in southern British Columbia, record flooding in the southern Prairies, record heat and smog days in Ontario and Quebec, and frequent fog days in the Maritimes and Atlantic Canada, many Canadians are now
wondering what the rest of summer has in store.

In their just-released Updated Summer Outlook, meteorologists at The Weather Network say improving weather conditions are on the way for most regions. As the summer progresses, look for warmer temperatures to take hold on the West Coast, fewer rainfall events in the Prairies, cooler, more comfortable temperatures in Ontario and Quebec, and warmer, more summer-like
temperatures in the Maritimes and Atlantic Canada.
For full text click here.

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

Fishing ban in Goa till 31 July
PANAJI: The State Cabinet on July 14 approved the reduction of the period of the fishing ban during monsoon by a fortnight, from 15 August to 31 July. Similarly, the ban on fishing for canoes fitted with outboard motors has been also curtailed to 15 July. Chief Minister Pratapsing Rane told reporters that monsoon fishing ban ends on 29 July in Karnataka and Maharashtra while in Goa, it extends till 15 August.

As expected, Shantaram romps home
PANAJI: Congress nominee and former MP Shantaram Naik on July 14 was elected to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from Goa after he defeated opposition BJP candidate Sanjeev Dessai by 20 to 14 votes in an open ballot system adopted for the first time in the country.

Filmmaker bags national award
PANJIM: Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, a Goan filmmaker, has received national award amongst 120 entries in the non-feature category of 52nd National Awards for films. His directorial venture "Eka Sagar Kinaree", a seaside story, has also won a national award for its music direction by the music group Dhwani. The film has received critical acclaim and screened at various international film festivals and received the Golden Conch for best direction at the Mumbai International Film Festival 2005.

Parrikar literally gives 'talak' to National Award winning Konkani film
PANAJI: Director Rajendra Talak may laugh all the way to the podium to collect the National Award for the best feature film in Konkani, but he will not laugh all the way to the bank. Former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, in his pre-IFFI euphoric enthusiasm, had magnanimously announced that the lone Konkani film to be entered for IFFI would be given all government assistance, 8 months later and Rs.45 lakhs poorer, Rajendra Talak still waits for the government. The amount is a pittance for the government considering it spent more than Rs.85 lakhs on accommodation and food for high profile celebrities who came to party in Goa during IFFI. Talak said he is on a high because he has got the National award for a film, which he was confident, had a meaningful theme. Talak now hopes that the National Award just might goad the government to dip into its pockets.

'Konkani Vars' celebrations commence today
PANAJI: The All India Konkani Parishad has decided to celebrate the Silver Jubilee Conference in Goa in February next year and in view of the conference, the Parishad has also decided to celebrate 'Konkani Vars' from July 2005 to July 2006. There will be various programmes connected with language, culture and literature in Goa, Karnataka, Kerala as well as Maharashtra. The 'Vars" will commence on 10 July with a programme at Menezes Braganza Institute at 3.30 pm.


11th July 2005,ROQUE ANTONIO JOSE LUIS passed away at the age of 79. Formerly of Raia, Goa, Nakuru, Kenya and Finchley, UK.
Dearly loved husband of Maria, much loved by sons Braulio & Santana, daughter Martha, daughter-in-law Karen, son-in-law Placido and grandson Darren.

Will be sadly missed by family and friends.The family have asked for your prayers. Condolence messages to Martha.fernanades@btinternet.com
Funeral Mass took place at St Mary’s RC Church, East Finchley, London on Tuesday 19th July 2005.

15th July 2005,Colvale-Goa,Bunny de Souza.
Message from Stephen de Souza
We regret to announce the sad demise of Bunny de Souza (ex-Tanga/Moshi) in Colvale, Goa on July 15th.2005 after a long illness.He is survived by his wife Elsa, and children, Dennis, Derrick, Debra,Damien, their respective spouses and grandchildren.He was the brother of Louisa/and the late Marshall de Souza (England),Thomas/Sabena de Souza (Toronto), Hilda/Donald Martins (Toronto), Camilo/Julie de Souza (Tanga) the late Angela/Gaby Vaz, the late Maria/Francis Rocha.

16th July 2005,Colva-Goa,Herculano A. Santimano.
Beloved husband of late Eufemiana Santimano; loving father/father-in-law of Samson/Virginia (Canada), Stanley/Jennifer (Muscat), Geovani/Jennifer(Kolkata), Corina/joseph (Per-Seraulim), Felicia/Alvito (Carmona); grandfather of Tasca, Rahul, Makushia, Serena, Anastasia, rochelle, Daniella, Clifton, Hazel, Tanya, Joshua, Hansel, and Abigail.

Funeral mass and burial took place at Our Lady of Merces Church, Colva on July 19, 2005

July 11, 2005,York Central Hospital,GOVEAS, John - Peacefully on Monday. Beloved husband of Lena (nee Fernandes). Loving father of Marcia Marinier (Claude), Janice, Jonathan, Jason, Leonard (Betty Jean Millar), Gervais and Lyndon (Lynda Manser). Dear grandpa to Philippe, Elisabeth, Jarryd, Arun, Sarita and Ioyan. Brother of Philomena, Anthony and the late Fr. Benedict and Peter.

1st Death Anniversary Mass for Bertie Carvalho
Message From: "Claude Fernandes" <fernandesclaude@yahoo.com>
On behalf of Lazarina & Walter, you are invited to attend Bertie Carvalho's First Death Anniversary Mass which will be held on Saturday, August 13th 2005 at 10:00 am at Christ the King Church, 3674 Lakeshore Blvd. West, and thereafter meet over coffee in the church hall. Kindly pass the word around and for those who will not be able to attend the Mass please remember Bertie in your prayers. Thank You.
Christ the King Church, Etobicoke, Ont. M8W 1N6, is located on Lakeshore Road, East of Brown's Line on the North side of the road.
Tel No. 416-251-8983.


For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005 
Date Organization Event  
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 4, 2005   2005 Kenya Picnic GVC
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
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events


Inaugural Meeting to Form New 55+ Goan Seniors Group

Inaugural Meeting to Form New 55+ Goan Seniors Group


Wednesday, September 7th, 2005 @ 7.30 p.m.


University of Toronto at Mississauga,(Erindale Campus) The Faculty Club, South Building,
on Mississauga Rd. (between Burnhamthorpe Rd and Dundas St.W Room 3140

All seniors are invited to participate in forming a seniors group (55+) serving the Etobicoke/Mississauga/Oakville/Brampton Area.

The group is expected to be similar in it's organization and activities to the Toronto East Goan Seniors Association. Click for details...

For Information:

Contact Tony & Vivien Fernandes-(905)607-4564


To register your interest please send e-mail giving name(s) and phone number to info@goanvoice.ca

St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
On April 7, 1506 Francis was born in the family castle of Xavier, near Pamplona in the Basque area of Spanish Navarre. In commemoration of the 500th birthday of this great Jesuit saint and missionary, the Indian communities in Toronto are organizing various events and celebrations. The Jubilee Year commences on December 3rd 2005 and concludes on December 3rd 2006. Click here to see article by Fr Daryl Miranda, S.J. for details of Celebrations.

World Goa Day 2005 - Montreal: "YOUTH ESSAY COMPETITION"
There will be an essay competition for our youth between the ages of 9 and 20 years. Prizes will be awarded to the best essay in each of the three age groups:
[A] 9 – 12,  [B] 13 – 16 &  [C] 17 - 20.

1. Each youth can choose to write (preferably in one's own handwriting), on any one of the following topics: For full text click here.

People Places and Things

Jazzy Joe mp3's online!
Joe Pereira popularly known as 'Jazzy Joe' has come a long way since he picked up a violin in Goa way back in 1934. Little Jazzy Joe, all of seven, set out for his first music lessons under the portuguese solfegio system. Lessons that would see him through show business for the next seventy years and more! One of the pilars in the foundation of Indian Film's music industry and featured soloist in countless commercial recordings, today virtuoso saxophonist Jazzy Joe is India's most popular and accomplished jazz musician. His long and eventful career has spanned just about every live jazz avenue from clubs and hotels to concerts and festivals worldwide.

He takes the stage to enthrall audiences with an exuberance that has to be seen to be believed. Angel AV, Goa's premier record label, has released Jazzy Joe's self titled album co-produced by Colin D'Cruz and Orlando Fernandes. The album features Jazzy Joe on tenor/soprano saxohones, clarinet and flute with George Fernandez on piano, Colin D'Cruz on bass and Lester Godinho on drums. The album is available online at www.jazzgoa.com.Hear some of the tracks from this album at http://www.geocities.com/jazzgoa/joe

Health & Wellness

Don't use some Ayurvedic remedies, Health Canada warns
14 Jul 2005 CBC News
Canadians are warned not to use some Ayurvedic medicinal products because of high levels of heavy metals, Health Canada said Thursday. The products contain high levels of lead, mercury and arsenic are being removed from the market.

Ayurvedic medicinal products are often imported from India where they are used in traditional healing.Improper manufacturing processes can result in dangerously high levels of heavy metals in the product, Health Canada said. Heavy metals pose a health risk because they accumulate in vital organs. Children are particularly susceptible to heavy-metal poisoning. Health Canada found 11 unapproved Ayurvedic medicinal products for sale in Canada. The department includes a list of these on its website:-
Canadians should only use Ayurvedic medicinal products that have been authorized for sale in Canada. Consumers should look for an eight-digit drug identification number, a natural product number or a homeopathic drug number, Health Canada said.

Heavy metal poisoning
Arsenic poisoning can cause nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, muscle cramps, heart abnormalities, liver damage, anemia and reduced motor - nerve function.
Lead poisoning can cause weight loss, insomnia, dizziness, swelling of the brain and paralysis.
Mercury poisoning can cause tremors, insomnia, memory loss, slowed sensory and motor-nerve function, and reduced mental function.

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