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Michaëlle Jean our new Governor General

Prime Minister Paul Martin has named journalist Michaelle Jean as Canada's next governor general. Jean will be installed as Canada's 27th governor general Oct. 1.

At just 48 years old, the award winning journalist will become one of the youngest governors general ever, the third woman in the job and the first black person to call Rideau Hall home.For more details click here. (Photo courtesy:CBC Photo)

Engineering in Canada ­ CAPE* Perspective
Are you a new immigrant with an Engineering background?
Are you thinking of immigrating to Canada?
Will you be looking to work in the Engineering field in Ontario?
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According to the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), 10,225 foreign trained immigrants with engineering backgrounds immigrated into Toronto in 2001 alone. This number is greater than the entire Canadian graduating class of engineers in that year. Toronto offers only 17% of the total jobs in Canada An ongoing survey of foreign trained immigrants having engineering backgrounds in Ontario being carried out by CAPE shows that over 80% of them cannot find a job in their field of expertise. Therefore before you make a decision to immigrate to Canada on the basis that you will be able to make a smooth transition to practice your engineering expertise in Ontario , we would recommend that you study this website.

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  • Canada has the world's highest rate of post-secondary education enrolment, along with an excellent health care system.
  • The Canadian government accepts businesspersons and skilled workers from every part of the world.
  • Thanks to immigration, because Canada's Asian communities have been established for over 100 years.
  • Eligibility for Canadian Citizenship within three years of arrival to Canada with permanent residence and work status.
  • In general, Canada has safe neighbourhoods, and it is considered to be much safer than many other countries.
  • Migrate to Canada has become one of the easiest comparing to other countries.
  • Welcome to Canada - What you should know

Canadians and Americans support biometric technology in passports and drivers' licences: survey
But citizens of both countries are concerned about cost and government abuse
On both sides of the border, support for including biometric identifiers in government-issued identification documents is high, though slightly higher in Canada, according to a new survey conducted by TNS, the world's largest custom market information company, and TRUSTe, the online privacy leader.

"Including biometric data such as fingerprints or retinal scans in ID documents are perceived by the public to help prevent fraud and identity theft, but, at the same time, many Canadians and Americans express privacy and cost concerns about government use of the technology," said David Stark, privacy officer of TNS.For full text click here.

Doors open at Canada's largest year-round school
02 Aug 2005
CBC News

A brand-new school opened its doors west of Toronto for a new school year Tuesday - launching the largest implementation in Canada of year-round schooling.
Instead of getting one long break in the summer, 1,100 students at the new Roberta Bondar Public School in Brampton, Ont., will get a series of smaller ones spread out over the school year, as well as a much shorter summer vacation.

"It's pretty cool," student Kushman Kardaliwal told CBC News.
"We get to start before everybody else and we get more breaks than everybody else."
There will still be the same number of academic days as other schools, plus holidays on such days as Good Friday, Easter Monday and Victoria Day and the Christmas to New Year's break.What's new are the short breaks in October, February and again in March.

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

Centre agrees to give more funds for IFFI
PANAJI, Aug 2: With the Planning Commission providing additional funds to Goa, the Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsing Rane, today said the government will consider holding the 36th International Film Festival of India in Goa, and added that he would take a decision on it after consulting party colleagues within three days.

Landmark in Konkani literature ignored
PANAJI: On July 31, another significant landmark in the history of Konkani went almost unnoticed. It was on 31 July 1905 - hundred years to the day - the first Konkani novel written by Eduardo Jose Bruno de Souza was released. De Souza's 174-page novel "Kristanv Ghorabo", which was well received, was based on a family living the Christian ideal in their day-to-day life. The novel, in Romi script with 25 chapters, started a new chapter in the life of the Konkani language.

Rains lashed the State with full fury once again
Rains lashed the State with full fury once again, wreaking havoc for over 75 families residing in the Mala locality of Panjim, whose houses were flooded. Over 75 families were affected when the rains lashing the State flooded the residences of 50 families residing near the Panjim Planning and Development Authority (PPDA), Hotel Four Pillars, Neogi- nagar and other parts of Mala. Families residing on the ground floor have been shifted to their neighbours' homes on the top floors, as they refused to evacuate.

9 buried alive, 2 rescued in major landslide
MARGAO: At least nine persons are feared to be buried alive while two were rescued till late Sunday night in a major landslide at Dicarpale, Davorlim, along the Margao-Quepem road. The incident occurred around 9 pm when a slope of the hill caved in and fell on a structure.

Goa Weather Report
Rainfall in Mumbai on 26th July 2005
Rainfall in Goa on 26th July 2005
Annual Rainfall (Average) in Goa
Seasonal total Rainfall so far this year (2005) in Goa


July 30th 2005. 'BOB' PETER NICHOLAS ZUZARTE age 86, formely of Mombasa, Kampala, Nairobi and Vancouver BC. Husband of 58 years to Stella. Father of Pamela, Josephine, Brian, Audrey, Mary-Lou, Johnny, Dorothy, Kevin, Hyacinth, Bernadette and Marcellus. Funeral arrangements pending. Condolences may be sent to zuzarte2000@yahoo.com.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005. LAURENTE, MAUDE - Peacefully in her 92nd year; beloved wife of the late John Delfin Laurente; loving mother of Greta (Lino), Meldrita (Menino), Stafford (Bella) and Lauriette; caring grandmother of David, John, Lilian; Muriel, Marwin, Merle, and Michelle; Marc and Justin; Louwellyn; great-grandmother of Julia, Sonia, Nicholas, Shawn, and Alexander; Cathleen, Seana, Cameron, Joshua, Marisa, Myriam, Jaelin, and Ciarra. Maude is also survived by her brother Francis D'Costa (U.K.). A proud parishioner of St. Pius X Church, Maude was a member of the Catholic Woman's League, New Hope Choir, Over 50 Club, Red Cross and volunteered throughout the community., Grandmother (as affectionately known by all), was born in Karachi, Pakistan, moved to and raised her children in Kenya (East Africa) and finally settled in her beloved Canada.

August 1, 2005,Mr. JOSEPH NATIVITY (J.N) DE SOUZA (Ex. Mombassa & Tivim) passed away.
Beloved husband of late: Stella Maria De Souza, Father/father-in-law of Basil/Glynis (Toronto). Charles/Wilma (Dubai), Ann (Sita World Travel Goa)/Max. Grandfather of Daniel, Daniella, Wayne, Cheryl-ann, Jo-Ann and Brucelance. Great Grandfather of Carrie-Ann and Cris-ann.

August 1, 2005: Corlim, Goa. MARIA JULIA PEREIRA. (nee Rodrigues). Wife of late Antoninho Pereira (Babit). Mother of Victor/Anisha(Sharjah), Loyola, Bernadette/Elvis Fernandes, Nandinha/Gregory. Sister of Alcino/Jane (Toronto). Aunt of Domnic/Chantal(Kashmira & Sheridan (Las Vegas, USA). Grandmother of Elber and Elrich Viana. Daughter of Maria Leonora Viana Rodrigues & Fortunato Joaquim Rodrigues. Condolences to alcinorodrigues@sprint.ca.

Sunday, July 31, 2005. REBELLO, REGINA OLIVIA CECILIA (nee DaSILVA) January 23, 1920 - July 31, 2005 Peacefully,after a valiant and courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by her husband Joseph (Joe). Loving and cherished mother of Mabel, Rowland (Ella), Ruben (Juliet), Muriel (Patrick) and Mozina. Loving gran to 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. Survived by her sisters Evelyn, Clara, and Iris. Predeceased by her 4 sisters and 6 brothers. Regina will be dearly missed by many nieces, nephews and dear friends. The family would like to thank the nursing staff and Dr. Hudson at the Credit Valley Hospital, and family doctor Dr. Moodley for their special care.


For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005 
Date Organization Event  
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
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Indians warned against carrying scriptures to Saudi
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Hyderabad, Aug 3 (IANS)
Indians travelling to Saudi Arabia have been warned not to carry religious scriptures,photographs or idols.

An official statement issued here Wednesday said that religious activities in private residences or undertaking missionary or preaching activities are banned in Saudi Arabia and could invite stringent punishment.

C.R. Banswal, principal secretary (political) to the Andhra Pradesh government, said the Indian ambassador in Riyadh had said that detention cases of Indian nationals on allegations of involvement in religious activities in that country were increasing.

The statement said the Saudi religious police recently arrested nine Indians for preaching Christianity.

"He (the ambassador) has therefore expressed the view that it is urgent and important that all Indian nationals be forewarned prior to their departure from India against carrying any religious scripture, photographs or idols with them to Saudi Arabia," said the statement.

The ambassador said the Indian nationals should also be strictly briefed against organising group religious activities in private residences or undertaking missionary or preaching activity.

"This would be a major preventive measure in promoting the welfare of the Indian nationals in Saudi Arabia," the statement added.

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Goanet C Y B E R - M A T R I M O N I A L S
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People Places and Things

Message from Heta of GHAG

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Goa Heritage Action Group believes that everything that we find in and on Goa - cultural, architectural, social and historical- is Goan heritage whatever its source or origin and needs immediate and urgent attention.And we at the goa heritage action group will do our best to protect it, highlight it, save it, conserve it and give it the exposure it deserves. To the best of our ability. In the manner we think right suitable to the time warp we find ourselves in and to the political and social climate we find ourselves in.

We will be expressing our solidarity with Goans in Goa and abroad on the occasion of the release of the book WALKING IN & AROUND PANAJI , GOA on 6th August 2005.The price for the book is Rs. 600/- donation price.

“The Aftermath of ‘Goemcho Avaz’ ….”
By Pamela Vasandani 

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“The memories that this show evoked will last a lifetime….” is how one member of the audience put it. I believe she encompassed what everyone who was present felt. “Never before have I enjoyed myself so much…,.” put in another gentleman from Mississauga. “I hope Francis D’Costa continues to bring in shows like this for us to enjoy..”. Several ladies from out of town said they had traveled from Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Buffalo, New York just to take in the show and meet relatives at the same time. In fact, one of the ladies said that she came again on the 24th, even though she had seen the show on the previous Sunday -17th July….so much did she enjoy herself. They were so enthusiastic about coming again, it was truly heartwarming. Yet another lady visiting from Australia said that being able to attend the show was one of the highlights of her trip to Canada. For full text click here.

Health & Wellness

Cancer-fighting chemicals found in broccoli
Daily Mail Health Section

Compounds isolated from broccoli could provide a new weapon against bladder cancer, new research has shown.
A previous study found that eating the green vegetable could help protect people from the disease.Men who ate two or more half-cup servings of broccoli were 44 per cent less likely to suffer the disease than those eating fewer than one serving a week.For full text click here.

Ontario Closer to Regulating Traditional Chinese Medicine
Health Minister Releases Public Consultation Report
TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/
Ontario has moved closer to regulating traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture with the release of a public consultation report, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George
Smitherman announced today.

The consultation report was written by Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Research and Innovation, Tony Wong, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Mike Colle, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health Promotion, Peter Fonseca and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Richard Patten.

"We have promised to regulate traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and hope to introduce legislation by the end of the year," Smitherman said. "The work done by Tony Wong and his colleagues is going to be invaluable in helping us decide how best to proceed."

The report contains 10 recommendations on the regulation of TCM and acupuncture including:

  • Creating a regulatory college for TCM
  • Establishing different classes of TCM practitioners, based on level of education, acquired competencies and experience
  • Limiting the performance of acupuncture to qualified, regulated practitioners, and;
  • Designating as herbalists a class of TCM practitioners who use Chinese herbal medicines within the context of traditional Chinese medicine.

Healthy community begins at home
Brampton Guardian HEATHER ENNIS, Staff Writer
07/27/05 00:00:00
Building a healthy community doesn't start in a doctor's office, according Peel region's newly minted medical officer of health.

"I believe the factors that determine people's health lie very much outside of the health care system," said Dr. Hanif Kassam, who officially took the reins of Canada's second largest health unit July 4. He comes to Peel from York Region, where he most recently served as the associate medical officer of health.For full text click here.

McGuinty Government Enhancing Quality of Life for Seniors
Ensuring New Research And Best Practices Used In Caring For Seniors
TORONTO -The McGuinty government is improving quality of life for seniors by making sure the best research on seniors' care is available for use across Ontario, Health and Long-Term Care Minister George Smitherman announced today.

"Every day we are learning more about the best ways of caring for our oldest and most vulnerable members of society," Smitherman said. "Today we are introducing two ways of taking this new knowledge and applying it in long-term care homes and seniors' homes for the benefit of seniors and those who care for them." For full text click here.

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