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Macleans Magazine - 2005 Canadian University Rankings
Primarily Undergraduate winner: St. Francis Xavier University - Nova Scotia tops Maclean's List

2005 Overall Rankings Chart:
Primarily undergraduate ranking.

The Maclean's ranking takes a measure of the undergraduate experience, comparing universities in three peer groupings. Those in the Primarily Undergraduate category are largely focused on undergraduate education, with relatively few graduate programs

Steeped in a tradition of community building, this Nova Scotia campus offers an environment where students can flourish and find their place in the world.

2005 Overall Rankings Chart: Comprehensive ranking
University of Waterloo

2005 Overall Rankings Chart: Medical Doctoral ranking
McGill & Univserity of Toronto - Joint Firsts

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For more about About StFX University go to read more
Unfortunately the site has no mention or image whatsoever of St. Francis Xavier, or Goa where his relics remain.
Perhaps readers of www.goanvoice.ca will contact their media relations dmacrae@stfx.ca to do what is necessary.

Canada to review immigration policy
Tuesday, November 1, 2005 (Toronto):

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Canada has decided to unveil sweeping changes in its immigration policy and is planning to take in as many as 300,000 new workers annually for the next five years to tackle a huge backlog of prospective immigrants.
 Canada is on track to accept 245,000 immigrants this year, the very high end of last year's target, and will raise its target for next year to between 225,000 and 255,000, Immigration Minister Joe Volpe said.
 "We have to start thinking about the Immigration department as a recruiting vehicle for Canada's demographic and labour market needs," Volpe was quoted as saying by The Globe and Mail yesterday.

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Peel Regional Police - Shooting at Chinguacousy Secondary School
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11:45 AM EDT Oct 23

BRAMPTON, ON, Nov. 9 /CNW/ - On Wednesday, November 9, 2005, just before 8:00 a.m., an 18-year-old student of Chinguacousy Secondary School was shot, while sitting in his vehicle, in the parking lot of the school. The victim was able to attend the school office to get help. He was transported to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. An 18-year-old male passenger in the vehicle escaped uninjured.

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                  News Clips from Goa
                                                                  by Joel D'Souza

A Saturday 'nite bazaar' in Siolim-Assagao that Goa will not forget
By - Pushpa Iyengar

PANAJI: Goa's famed Saturday Nite Bazaar - a bit like Woodstock meets Flea market - will begin at a new location starting this tourist season. A 10,000 square metre sprawling space on the Assagao-Siolim plateau, about two km from the earlier location at Arpora, is where the market is likely to start from November 19.

Started by Ingo Grill, a Dutch documentary and industrial film maker, the bazaar has over 20,000 jostling for space as they check out the 500 stalls that sell an assorted variety of wares; apart from food stalls tempting the palate with a range of international cuisine while live bands belt out mind-blowing music.

This is a must-see, must-do on a foreign tourist's itinerary in addition to being a popular haunt for Indian celebs.

The Assagao communidade late last month gave the no objection certificate to set up the market to Freddy Fernandes, representing Goa Adventures Private Limited, the body organising the bazaar.

Fernandes made an application for 50,000 sq metres on a long term basis, but following objections from some communidade members that a lease was not applicable in this case, a fresh application was made seeking 10,000 square metres on a temporary basis and granted.
Victor D'Souza, sarpanch of Assagao and also a member of the communidade, told DNA that the lease has been granted for this season (nine months) for Rs 6 lakh.

No wedding mass for mixed marriages?

PANJIM: Catholics planning to marry partners from other faiths may now have to go without the wedding Mass if a recent directive from Rome comes into effect. A national daily reported that the Archdiocese of Mumbai has decided 'that individuals marrying outside the religion, will not be allowed the wedding mass'. This, the report states, is a move to encourage Mumbai's Catholics to marry within the community. (GT)

Globalising Goa

Perhaps the government of Goa is not aware that Goa is slowly being globalised and what the government has not seen or even understood is that this globalisation is happening in rural Goa, where age old traditions are under threat. Perhaps the government in its school-boy enthusiasm is encouraging such policies, which they feel is for the betterment of Goa, but little do they realise that such policies are not only regressive for the State but not benefiting the people at any cost. Instead of taking the State forward, these policies are making the people of Goa slaves to a new colonial power that is coming to Goa under the guise of 'helping the people'.

Navelim feast

MARGAO, Nov 7: Thousands of devotees participated in the candle light procession in the wee hours of November 7 in Navelim, heralding the first day of the novena of the feast of Our Lady of Rosary Church. Around 18,000 devotees carrying colourful lanterns took part in the traditional process, which began from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel, Telaulim, at 3.30 in the morning. Well illuminated arcs welcomed the miraculous image as the procession wound its way through the three-km route to Navelim church. (H)

Grain Drain

Goans are known for their fondness of fish, curry and rice. But did you know that unseasonal rains could not only reduce the nutritional content of the grain but also add toxic substances during storage of paddy in fields after harvesting? Says R Elangovan, technical officer, of Save Grain Campaign Office of the ministry, "Unseasonal rains cause problems due to heavy moisture. The grain gets a dark colouration as it remains stacked in its storage place. Toxins develop due to lack of fresh air and spoil the grain." (GT)

Slow train to Goa
The plush restaurant car of the Deccan Odyssey

One way to get to know India is by taking a luxury train tour. Linsey Wynton is enchanted by the   glamorous Deccan Odyssey.

Cocooned in soft cotton sheets, I awoke in my luxury train compartment, peeled back the thick curtains and stared at the teeming chaos of India rolling past the window

This was an early morning wake-up call I wouldn't forget.

I was on the Deccan Odyssey, a five-star train-cum-mobile hotel launched last year, which saunters on a round trip from Bombay through the regions of Goa and Maharashtra in western India. . .
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Message from GoaNet

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sad demise of our brother Fr.John,former Principal of St.Xavier's College, Provincial & Secretary-General of the Society of Jesus, which occurred in Bombay on 7th.Nov.2005, after a long illness. He was 81 years old. May his soul rest in eternal peace!

Tony Correia-Afonso, Marina and family.

For an appreciation by Teotonio R. de Souza which appeared on GoaNet click the link below. more details


Roque Figueiredo

From: Mona Dias 

Roque Figueirado (husband of Dagmar nee Quadros ex Mombasa) passed away at 3:25pm Perth time on Friday 4 November. He died peacefully. He jdid not make it to his 75th birthday - on 5 November regrettably. He was surrounded by immediate family, with Dagmar and children being at his bedside. They all got to say their goodbyes on Thursday, whilst he was conscious and awake, and he gave them his blessing. He was ill for the last few weeks, but deteriorated significantly this week.

An Appreciation
By: Pauline Figueiredo (Eldest daughter)

Roque Francisco Antonio Jofre de Jesus Figueiredo was born on 5 November 1930 in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa. He was the eldest of three sons to Goan parents, Nicolau and Olivia Figueiredo, from the Goan village of Verna, India.

His mother was one of sixteen children, and his father was one of seven Ė the perfect foundation to develop strong family bonds and values.

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Ex-DAR ES SAALAM: Joe Alvares,formerly with Cooper Motors.Son of Severino and Jasmine Alvares, husband of late Myrtle, brother/ brother-in-law of Michael, Louis/ Mary, Antonnette/ Lawrence, Christine/ Peter, Roque/ Mafalda, Frankie/ Ermelinda, Agnelo/ Nerry.

Expired on October 26 at Lagos, Nigeria.Funeral leaves Alvares residence at New Vaddem, Vasco.


Eustaquio DeSouza(age 73) passed away on October 30, 2005 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Mr. DeSouza [ex- Nachinola /Goa, Jinja /Uganda & Montreal /Canada] is survived by his loving wife Laura DeSouza (nee Cota) and their children Edwiges/ Frazer Matheson, Elsa /Robert Smith, Vincent /Louisa Ferreira, Judith /Placido Dias, Venat/ Elizabeth and June. He will be sadly missed by all his grand children.
Funeral too place in Toronto Nov 3, 2005


For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Fall - Winter 2005 
Date Organization Event  
Sunday,November  13th, 2005

The Canorient Christian Association

Food Fair/Bake Sale

Saturday, November 19th, 2005 Villagers of Navelim 30th Anniversary Fest GVC

Saturday November 26th, 2005

Hamilton Goan Association

Christmas Dance


Saturday, November 26th, 2005 Q8Canada Annual Christmas Banquet GVC
November 29th-30th, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors AssociationAssociation


Festival of Lights - Trip to USA ONE NIGHT NIAGARA with Buffalo Day Trip GVC
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 - 10:00am Friends of St. Francis Xavier St. Francis Xavier's Feast Day GVC
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 Quebec Goan Association St. Francis Xavier's Feast Day GVC
Sunday, December 4th, 2005 Villagers of Moira The Feast of the Immaculate Conception, 2005. Montreal GVC
Saturday, December 17th, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dance
St. Clement of Ohid, 76 Overlea Blvd,
North York.
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005 Fifty Five Plus Goan Seniors Group - West GTA Christmas Dinner & Get Together GVC
December 31st New Year's Eve Goan Overseas Association - Toronto New Year's Celebrations GVC
26th November to 3rd December Goa Heritage Action Group Fontainhas Festival 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

St. Francis Xavier Feast

Friends of St. Francis Xavier  celebrate

St. Francis Xavier Feast in St. Francis Xavier Church Mississauga, Canada

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On December 3rd 2005 @ 10.am  the celebration of the St. Francis Xavier Feast will take at the St. Francis Xavier Church in Mississauga. (5650 Mavis Road (Mavis & Matheson) Mississauga, Ontario, Canada )This will be the fifth year that the Friends of St. Francis Xavier have hosted this celebration.  The events will start with a solemn Procession at 10.00 a.m. with the sacred relic of St. Francis Xavier and an Honour Guard provided by the Knights of Columbus. A Goan Konkani Choir will grace the celebration followed by High Mass The celebrant is Monsignor Terence DíSouza, founding Pastor of the church. New Members will be enrolled and receive a red sash reminiscent of the red cape (ocmus) worn in Goa where the Saint is venerated. 

This years event will be the culmination of the hard work of the President, Francis D'Souza ,and his wife Vicki who is skilfully coordinating activities with committee and numerous  volunteers. Romeo & Belinda Rodrigues will lead the choir supported by accomplished musicians - Cooty(violin)  Auggie Pereira ( sax) Luis Pereira (sax) &
Malcolm Oliver, the famous lead guitarist for the New Illusions.The sound of New Orleans style music is bound to resonate in the Church. and in the events that will follow.Thereafter the congregation is invited to a Family Fair in the Church Hall. Admission is free!There will be more than twenty tables laden with Goan food, Xmas sweets, gifts, raffles and other items to start  the holiday season. 

At the Fair emceed by Walter Hayde, members of the choir, Ruth Kumar, Winnie Crasto, Romeo & Belina  will transform into entertainers backed by musicians Oliver, Cooty, Auggie, Malcolm, & Luis. 

Stalls are still available for the  Fair - contact Tony Fernandes 905-294-8882

The mass brochure produce by Lazarus Pereira, master printer, and first President  of the Friends of St. Francis Xavier, is bound to be a keepsake.

Ad space is still available - call Lazarus at 416-292-1653

This year's celebration will be special as the feast falls on the Saturday 3rd December itself. It also marks the commencement of celebrations for the fifth centenary of the Jesuit order of founded by St. Ignatius Loyola with St. Francis Xavier as it's leading light. -End

G.O.A Celebration of The Feast of St. Francis Xavier

 The Feast of St. Francis Xavier is celebrated on December 3 in Goa. Numerous devotees flock to the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, to kiss the relics of St. Francis Xavier, who is known for his healing powers. Join us in celebrating our community feast - St. Francis Xavier on  Sunday, December 4, 2005 with mass at noon celebrated by Fr. Daryl Miranda.
Location - St. Sava Banquet Hall, 1375 Blundell Road ( SW corner Dixie & Dundas)
(visit website www.goatoronto.com for details)

Fr. Daryl is also the principal organizer for next year's St. Francis Xavier Jubilee Celebrations (for further information please visit our  website- www.goatoronto.com )

 Following mass, we will socialize with delicious Goan food (caterer  Konkan Delite) and great entertainment for the whole family including Goan Bazaar, fabulous cultural show and DJ music (DJ Fatz) for you and your  family's dancing and listening pleasure. Hope to see you there!

 Note: Tables ($15 member, $18 Guest)  can be reserved for groups of 10 only - otherwise seating is on a first come first serve basis. Please book early as tickets will not be sold at the door.



November 22 at 7:00pm
St. St. Marguerite D'Youville Church
2490 Sandalwood Pkway East
Brampton (corner of Tobram Rd./Sandalwood Pkway)
Tel: 905-792-7497
Contact: Maureen Pereira, e-mail : pereirama_123@hotmail.com

Who are the Goan Seniors Group - West GTA ?
A public meeting was held on Wednesday September 7, 2005, at the U of T 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.

On October 18, 2005 a meeting for Enrolment of Members & Election of Executive Committee was held at St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall, 1290 McBride Avenue, Mississauga. More than 70 persons attended and paid the enrolment fee. After the meeting was thrown open to discussion a proposal to elect a committee to draft the constitution, was defeated in favour of empowering the existing steering group to remain in place, setup the organization, plan events, draft the constitution, and later in 2006, hold elections. Current membership now exceed 100.

A meeting is being held in Brampton to inform residents of this new group and recruit members. If you are interested in joining please attend the meeting where enrolment forms will be available. The $10 enrolment fee/person is to be paid in cash at the meeting. The covers membership for the year 2006 and will be non-refundable.The Goan Seniors Group are also holding a Christmas Dance on December 21, 2005 at the Oasis Convention Centre.
See: http://www.goanvoice.ca/2005/issue22/55plus.htm for details
Those attending the meeting in Brampton will be able to purchase tickets. Members $30.00.
See you all there !

Loveís a Gamble

On City TV, Sunday November 13th, Rogers channel 7, 8 p.m
A film by Rajiv Maikhuri

When recently widowed lawyer Deviyani Rao (Ronica Sajnani) arrives from New Delhi to live with her high-powered son Siddharta (Dhirendra) and daughter-in-law Kylin (Michelle Nolden), she finds the welcome mat quickly put away. Bereft and isolated, Deviyani is befriended by a stranger, Arnie Tannenbaum (Nick Mancuso). When it turns out Arnieís a bookie, Deviyani throws her family into turmoil and puts to the test just who is more liberated: the middle-aged Indian widow or her assimilated son?

Produced by Derek Luis, co-producer Tina Grewal, Executive Producer Paul de Silva, Director Rajiv Maikhuri, and written by Harold Crooks and Medrie MacPhee from a story by Rajiv Maikhuri, Harold Crooks and Medrie MacPhee.

Loveís A Gamble stars Ronica Sajnani (Water), Nick Mancuso (The Lives of The Saints), Dhirendra (Jinna and DaVinciís Inquest) and Michelle Nolden (Street Time).

Message from Paul de Silva


People Places and Things

29 October 2005

A Swansea University professor found himself dining with not one but two royal families when he was invited to Buckingham Palace. John Matthews, professor of physical geography, was one of 150 guests at a state banquet held in honour of the King and Queen of Norway. The event marked the centenary of Norway's independence.

Professor Matthews was accompanied by his wife Rose D'Sa, a specialist in European law and member of the EU's Economic and Social Committee.

They were presented to the Queen, the King and Queen of Norway, and the Duke of Edinburgh. . . . . . more


A Kenyan-born authority on European law, Dr Rose D'Sa, has written a major work, European Community Law on State Aid. The book has a foreword contributed by former European Commissioner for Transport, Mr Neil Kinnock.

Published by London publishers, Sweet & Maxwell, the book provides a comprehensive review of European Community Law and procedure in the field and state aid.

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Health & Wellness

CANADA: One In Nine Seniors Will Experience Serious Vision Loss

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The Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) calls upon Ontarians to take an active role in maintaining their vision health to avoid preventable vision loss. CNIB's state-of-the-art Ontario Medical Mobile Eye Care Unit, also known as the CNIB Eye Van, is at the Ontario Legislature today to help shine light on the important issue of vision health."Our population is aging, and the incidence of age-related vision loss is on the rise due to the higher prevalence of eye disease in the senior population,"says Dr. Steve Arshinoff, Medical Director, CNIB Eye Van.

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Hbc and Ontario's Ministry of Health Offer Free Flu Shots

TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - Throughout the month of November, Hudson's Bay Company (Hbc) will work with Ontario's Ministry of Health and Seiden Health Management to provide influenza immunization shots at select Zellers pharmacies across the province, as well as at the Bay, Queen Street in Toronto and the Bay, Rideau Centre in Ottawa. A complete list of participating stores and clinic hours is attached.

"We're proud to work with the Government of Ontario in keeping Ontarians healthy this season," said Diane Gordon, Director of Heritage and Community Investment, Hbc. "We encourage everyone to take advantage of the free flu shot clinics at our Zellers pharmacies and select Bay stores, and help fight the flu."

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Ontario Government To Increase Protection For Homebuyers And Sellers
Changes To Real Estate And Business Brokers Act Provide New Safeguards for Consumers

TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW/ - Homebuyers and sellers will be better protected under new changes to the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, Minister of Government Services Gerry Phillips said today.

 "We know that buying and selling a house are some of the most important decisions people make in their lifetimes," said Phillips. "These changes to the industry will significantly improve protections for consumers."

The act will better protect consumers by:
 - Strengthening provisions dealing with false or misleading advertising

- the Real Estate Council of Ontario can order advertisement withdrawals, corrective orders or Registrar approvals. False advertising will be considered a prosecutable offence

- Clarifying disclosure rules regarding the deposit of trust monies - interest on deposits remains with the deposit unless otherwise agreed to in the contract

- Increasing maximum fines and penalties for any violation of the act - increases of $25,000 to $50,000 for individuals and $100,000 to $250,000 for corporations

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