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Canada needs more immigrants, plain and simple, and we need them to succeed.
Address by Prime Minister Paul Martin
September 20, 2005
Gatineau, Quebec
Excerpt on Immigration


Immigration. In light of our history, our values, and our impending demographic challenge, Canada’s immigration policy, particularly as it relates to the selection, integration and regional distribution of new immigrants, is obviously of key importance.

Canada needs more immigrants, plain and simple, and we need them to succeed. Too often, today’s new Canadians, despite higher levels of education on average, are not achieving economic success as quickly as in previous generations. We will keep, indeed we must keep, our doors open to immigrants of all classes and refugees from around the world. But as the numbers increase we also must be more active in recruiting immigrants who meet Canada’s evolving needs – needs that are identified in consultation with provinces, communities and those in labour, business and academia. more...


China leading global power shift
From today’s Toronto Star
Sep. 23, 2005. 01:00 AM

On the basis of the latest news coming out of North Korea, it's not at all clear that when its government declared it was "committed to abandoning all nuclear weapons" that this meant that it was committed to abandoning these weapons.

The deal announced early last week was that North Korea would give up its nuclear weapons program in return for the U.S. giving it a light-water nuclear reactor to generate badly needed electric power. more...

 Sep. 24, 2005. 01:00 AM

New housing starts will continue to drop
Immigration patterns affect home-buying and renovations

Immigration trends will have a big influence on future house-buying and renovation patterns, analysts say.

Immigration has been rising since 2001 and today more newcomers are buying homes than renting, Bob Duggan, chief economist for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, told a recent home improvement industry conference in Markham.

As well, these trends will affect the retail home improvement and renovation sectors, which are already experiencing tremendous growth, says industry analyst Albert Plant, another speaker at the conference. He predicts retailers will have to target these markets in order to remain competitive. Some stores already are .more. . .


Goa & Garbage Galore
Appeal from  Margaret Mascarenhas and Wendell Rodricks

Dear Friends of Goa,

The lack of waste management infrastructure for both hazardous and ordinary waste in Goa is  shocking, shameful and, quite simply, inexcusable.Successive Goa governments have yet to take the problem seriously, and it is now reaching crisis proportions even as the tourism department continues to lure unsuspecting tourists for the upcoming season. Ever since the wall at a dump in the village of Curca collapsed some days ago, spewing filth into the village,villagers have twigged onto the fact that the municipal garbage being dumped on plateaus, near water sources, and near residential areas is bad for them and refuse to allow the municipalities to continue with this irresponsible practice. Meanwhile, garbage continues to accumulate all over the state, secretly dumped into ravines and along highways in the dead of night. Much of it is hazardous. more...

Calangute Social 2000
By: Olavo Ferreira

The Calangute Social 2005 was held in Toronto Canada on 17th September. A large gathering of Calangute families and their guests attended at the  beautifully decorated Claireport Banquet Hall in Etobicoke where many village socials are held following Calangute's lead.
After a beautiful Mass led by Fr Martin, with a lively choir the villagers danced to the band 'Shade' who began the music with ballroom numbers and took us into the early hours with a full range of jive, blues and more. The famous saxophone player 'Oggie' joined the stage to lend even greater enjoyment for the crowd. Teenagers were also delighted with Toronto's renowned 'DJ Clinton' who kept them hopping and asking for more at every opportunity. more...

The 6th Annual Curtorim-Loutolim-Raia Social
By Uvy Lopes

What a function it was! - Sunday, September 25, 2005, the CLR 6th Annual Social at Claireport Place. Though the weather started that day on a dim note, by the time the Social started, any cloudiness soon evaporated by the lively festiveness of the people gathered there combined with the ambience of the function hall. The day began with Holy Mass, celebrated by Rev. Fr. Cecil Noronha, con-celebrated by Fr. Stanley from Raia, Goa. The Choir did sweet justice to the liturgy and hymns in song and music. The President's brief but meaningful speech kicked off the evening. From the various CLR functions I have attended, this one was special, which makes one feel that the CLR has come a long way and is growing better with each coming year. Goa's colourful tradition came to life with the well orchestrated "Mando Singers" supported with dancers in colourful "Thorop Bazu". An up-and-coming fashion designer, Bianca Fernandes who was present at the occasion designed and tailored the costumes. The youth put up a very interesting play, enacted with such verve and vivacity, that we were transported to the "Raia Marketplace" as the play called…boy, oh boy, it had everybody raving. The evening progressed eventfully, lifted by excellent dance music from the DJ and alternated by melodious live music by the band "Yester Melodies' who got the young and old swinging to their rhythms. People left the occasion feeling elated, profusely commenting on the good time they had and a day well spent.

News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza

PANAJI, Sept 29: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to arrive in Goa on a two-day visit on 15 and 16 October. During his two-day stay, he is likely to lay the foundation stone for the Convention Centre at Dona Paula. This programme was planned earlier but had been cancelled due to some reason. (GT)

PANAJI, Sept 29: Anavita L Fernandes, 28, a nurse at TB Hospital, Monte, Margao, died in a tragic accident after she was hit by a truck at Navelim this afternoon. Fernandes, who had come to stay at her mother's place at Bomado, Chinchinim, as she is pregnant, was going to report for duty by scooter. (GT)

PANAJI: The Corporation of City of Panaji meeting chaired by Mayor Ashok Naik recommended that the officers who are involved in the Curca waste dumping site will be asked to go on leave till an independent inquiry is done or leave their job. Besides, a decision was also taken to stop the special allowance given to the concerned officers with immediate effect. (GT)

Govt. studying IT park models of other states
PANAJI, Sept 29: The State government, whose IT policy has proposed an IT park in Goa, is studying models for such parks followed by other states like Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, official sources said. The sources also said that there was no need for bringing in a legislation to exempt IT industries from purview of several labour and factory laws. (NT)

Record haul: Rs.30 lakh worth cocaine seized at Vagator
PANAJI: 600 grams of cocaine worth Rs.30 lakh was seized from two Nigerian nationals at Vagator and Candolim on September 24 afternoon. The Anti-Narcotic Cell Police received information that two persons of Nigerian nationality, aged about 20 to 25 and wearing white T-shirts and black jeans would be coming to a place near Prim Rose Bar and Restaurant at Vagator to deliver cocaine to their customers. (GT)

Better Transportation Boosts Tourism
By Nandkumar Kamat
The main purpose of World Tourism Day is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values. This year's WTD has a theme Travel and transport: from the imaginary of Jules Verne to the reality of the 21st century which is important for Goa because our state does not have any
kind of passenger or tourist friendly transportation policy. (Glimpses-NT)


In Memoriam
Brendan DE SOUZA

Excerpts from Toronto Star

It is with great sadness that the family announces Brendan's sudden death. Brendan passed away peacefully at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, on Tuesday, September 27, 2005 in the company of his parents.

He is the cherished younger son of Carmen and Seraph, beloved brother of David, adored grandson of Emily and the late Sylvester DeSouza, and Mel and the late Olinto Albuquerque. His aunts and uncles, Bernadette De Souza, Vanda and Richard Shadbolt, Odette and Edgar Ferrao, Yvette and Robin Youngs, Glyn Albuquerque, John and Annette Albuquerque, lovingly remember Brendan. His cousins, Ben, Stephanie, Graeme, Tom, Johnny, Rebecca and Ben have truly lost a kind, loving and caring cousin. Brendan leaves behind many grieving friends and classmates at St. Ignatius of Loyola High School and St. Bernadette Catholic School in Oakville.

A Mass was held on Saturday, October 1, 2005 at Saint Matthew Catholic Church, 1150 Monks Passage, Oakville, Ontario (905-825-0219), followed by a private burial. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial contributions may be made to Don Bosco Mission Office, 135 Rue Don Bosco Nord, Sherbrooke, Quebec, J1L 1E5 (Attn: Rev. Fr. Edwin D'Souza). The family greatly appreciates this consideration. Condolences for the family may be offered at www.starclassifieds.com.

Mary Anne Vellozo

Excerpt from Toronto Star

VELLOZO,Mary Anne -Peacefully, at Scarborough Centenary Hospital, on Thursday, September 29, 2005. Mary Anne, beloved wife of Alban. Dear mother of Ivan and Micaela. Loving daughter of Aggie and the late A. C. Fernandes. Sister of Patsy (Patrick) , Toni (Pat) , Terry (Art) , Francis (Inez) and Gina (Chris) and their families.



For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005 
Date Organization Event  
Saturday, October 8, 2005   Toronto Tanzanite Dance - 2005 GVC
Saturday, October 15th, 2005 Quebec Goan Association Variety Show with Dinner  - Goan Extravaganza GVC
Sunday, October 16th, 2005 Villagers of Moira Association Villagers of Moira:Annual Social GVC
Tuesday,October 18th, 2005 NEW 55+GOAN SENIORS GROUP for Mississauga-Brampton-Etobicoke Meeting for Enrolment of Members & Election of Executive Committee GVC
October 23, 2005 Tivim Association Feast of St. Chrstopher GVC
October 29, 2005 Breast Cancer Survivors Charity Dance GVC
Sunday,November  13th, 2005

The Canorient Christian Association

Food Fair/Bake Sale

Saturday, November 19th, 2005 Villagers of Navelim 30th Anniversary Fest GVC
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 - 10:00am Friends of St. Francis Xavier St. Francis Xavier's Feast Day SFX
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 Quebec Goan Association St. Francis Xavier's Feast Day GVC
Saturday, December 17th, 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


TEGSA looks forward to meeting and socializing with all members at the Commandar Park Recreation Centre, 140 Commander Blvd. Activites are held every Thursday from September8, 2005 until April 27, 2006 from 5.00-10.00p.m. Following are the activities: Bingo, Whist Drive, Bridge, Instructed Line Dancing and other activities of Interest...

September: September 29 at 7.00 p.m. (prompt) Spiritual Healing & Remembering the deceased members of families and friends at Holy Mass. Rev. Fr.Stan D'Souza will celebrate the Mass. After refreshments will be served.

October:  October 13 at 7.30p.m. Ladainha is planned. Your participation will be appreciated. Do come along and honour Our Mother Mary. Boiled gram, light snacks and refreshments will be served. Fun Activities as usual.

October 20 at 7.15 p.m a talk by Frank Jannetta, Marketing co-ordinator from Catholic Cemeteries on Catholic burial and benefits of pre-planning and other "Final Issues".

October 27 at 7.15p.m. 'Looking to the Future. 'This presentation will feature guest speaker Eric Tappenden, woner of Chapel Ridge Funeral Home. Eric will outline some facts and figures about funeral costs and preferences, options for pre-arranging and the benefits of the different kinds of pre-planning



Meeting for Enrolment of Members & Election of Executive Committee 

Organised by

NEW 55+GOAN SENIORS GROUP for Mississauga-Brampton-Etobicoke

Saint  Martin of Tours  Parish Hall, 1290 Mcbride Avenue (Mavis & Burnamthorpe)
Date/Time October 18th, 2005  @ 7.30 p.m

A public meeting was held on Wednesday September 7, 2005, at the U of T Mississauga to obtain responses for the formation of  a seniors group (55+) serving the West End of Toronto including the Peel & Halton Regions. More than 45 responses were received, all in favour of starting the group. A mandate was given to the Steering Committee led by Tony Fernandes to proceed with the organization of the group.

The Steering Committee will be holding an enrolment/election meeting on October 18th, 2005  @ 7.30 p.m for the following:

- to enroll members

- to review and comment on a DRAFT constitution of the organization

- to elect the first Executive Committee

- to solicit input for activities and events.

Eligible members will have to complete the enrollment  form and pay a fee to be eligible to vote. The figure decided is  $10 per person as an entrance fee and  will be non-refundable. A membership fee will also be charged  in January 2006.

Enrolment forms can be downloaded by clicking the link image below :


 Please bring the completed enrolment form and the $10 enrolment fee to the meeting to be eligible for participating in the election of the new executive. Those who are unable to attend can send the completed form and cash with a friend or relative to the meeting, while others, who cannot access a computer, can fill the form at the meeting.

For Information:
Tony & Vivien Fernandes-(905)607-4564

People Places and Things

2006 Graduate Employment Opportunities

There are many exciting graduate employment opportunities for 2006 at OPG in Nuclear Operations (Pickering and Darlington Generating Stations) for undergraduates in the following disciplines: Engineering (including Mechanical, Electrical, Civil, Chemical, Nuclear, Metallurgical, Computer, Environmental), Applied Sciences (including Engineering Physics, Physics, Chemistry, Math).
This fall OPG will be visiting eight University campuses <
http://CORPAP05P/OntarioPowerGeneration/Documents/Content/Human Resources/Staffing/2005 Recruitment Calendar> giving potential applicants from these disciplines the opportunity to speak with an OPG representative about the changing face of the utilities marketplace and how OPG is rising to the challenge.
Postings for these graduate opportunities can be found on website -
www.mypowercareer.com <outbind://39/www.mypowercareer.com> until October 7, 2005 please provide this information to any final year students considering an OPG placement after graduation. Applications are accepted online - no paper resumes please.

Survey Shows Large Files, Unwarranted Messages Top List of E-mail Peeves

TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/
Less is more when it comes to office e-mail, a new survey suggests. Twenty-nine per cent of advertising and marketing executives polled said receiving large unsolicited files is the most annoying aspect of communicating with business contacts online. Another 29 per cent cited being copied on superfluous "reply all" messages as the most irksome e-mail practice. For full text click here.

Health & Wellness

Traditional kohl products may contain lead, a risk to children: Health Canada

TORONTO (CP), Thursday, September 29, 2005 /CNW/
Kohl products - traditional eye cosmetics used in Middle Eastern, Asian and North African societies - may contain lead and should be kept out of the hands of children, Health Canada warned Wednesday.
For full text
click here.

Good News For Heart Attack Survivors

TORONTO, Sept. 21 /CNW/
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. announced today that Health Canada has approved PrDiovan(*) (valsartan) for a new indication to reduce cardiovascular death in patients at high risk (with heart failure or left ventricular dysfunction) following a heart attack. Diovan(*) is the world's most prescribed angiotensin-receptor blocker (ARB) for mild-to-moderate hypertension.
For full text
click here.

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