Newsletter. Issue 2005-25. December. 10, 2005  

Glory to God in the highest heaven
And peace on Earth to those with whom he is pleased

John J. D'Souza
Joel D'Souza
Vivek Nagvenkar
Prashant Sonnaik
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OTTAWA -- As a one-time single mom who always worked outside the home, I have had personal experience with the trials and tribulations of Canada's patchwork child care system.Unlike most parents, I was wealthy enough to pay the full cost of care for my daughter, Danelle. As a government employee, I was also one of the lucky minority of parents whose children have access to workplace daycare.
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Canadian Federal Elections -2005

Conservatives Nominate Municipal Prosecutor and former Captain in the CF Reserves
Troy DeSouza, in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca




Former Army Officer and current municipal prosecutor Troy DeSouza will lead the Conservative team in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca! With less than two weeks before the nomination, local members and potential competitors rallied around Troy DeSouza who they believe will win the riding for the Conservatives in the upcoming Federal election.

Troy's family moved to Victoria in 1979, and he and his wife, Kismet, both work and have strong family roots in the community. Troy and Kismet are proud parents of their daughter, Ava.


News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza

MAKE ROOM FOR JESUS, exhorts Bishop Barreto

OLD GOA, Dec 3: Bishop of Sindhudurg Allwyn Barreto today urged the large feast day congregation to make room for Jesus in their hearts, just as Goencho Saib St Francis Xavier did centuries ago. Delivering his 20-minute homily in English and Konkani at the solemn pontifical high mass to mark the annual feast of St Francis Xavier, the Siolim-born Bishop Barretto reminded the congregation of over 10,000 devotees that St Xavier's life-long dream was to achieve greatness on earth. "But a change of heart was brought about in him by St Ignatius and he later came to Goa," said Bishop Barreto. (H)


DABOLIM, Dec 5: In a tragic accident, a 30-year-old naval pilot was charred to death when his single-seater fighter plane crashed outside the Dabolim airport today. At 11.32 am, the deceased, pilot LT Commdr HPS Pannu, took off on a British-made sea Harrier on a sortie, when it went out of control, rammed through the 2.5 metre-high boundary wall, flew across a road, which is around around eight metres below, and crashed around 150 metres away on fallow land, bursting into flames. However, on the road below there was a miraculous escape for the passengers of an unidentified Santro car, which had just crossed the ill-fated plane's path, a few second before. (GT)

Tuskers are back!

PERNEM, Dec 6: Wild elephants have struck terror yet again in Pernem taluka. A herd of four elephants are reported to have entered three villages in Dhargal constituency, destroying plantations and terrorising villagers. Farmers from Kadshi-Mopa told Herald that the elephants entered from Phakit Pato, a small village on the Goa-Maharashtra border on December 4 and destroyed the coconut plantations of our farmers of Kadshi.

Vision document for Goa

PANJIM: The Knowledge Commission will soon prepare a vision document for Goa and it will serve as the template for discussions on education in the state, informed its chairman Peter Roland D'Souza. He was speaking at an interaction organised by the Goa Union of Journalists at its office premises yesterday. (GT)

Mopa gets Khalap threatens Rane

PANJIM, Dec 5: The tussle over Mopa as the site for the international airport in Goa hots up in the Congress camp with former Union Minister for Law and elected executive member of the Pradesh Congress Committee, Ramakant Khalap threatening to topple the Rane government if it succumbs to pressures from Lok Sabha MP Churchill Alemao. Mr Khalap alleged that Churchill Alemao's outbursts against the international airport at Mopa are laced with sinister motives. According to Khalap, Alemao was responsible for the imposition of a language script not familiar to the people resulting in the gaining of a momentum favouring the Roman script. (H)

Goan Dreams and Penguin Kisses

She's a real-life hometown hero, a fiercely loyal daughter of Verna who studied entirely in Goan schools before heading off in pursuit of scientific excellence. Here, we're taking down the bright lights of IFFI and turning into the peak of high season. Meanwhile, Dr Helga do Rosario Gomes who is aboard an icebreaking ship near Antarctica, surrounded by giant ice floes and penguins, and the apparatus of a world-class scientific expedition. She corresponded with us by e-mail, you can get exciting updates from her illustrated online diary (or blog) at (VM de Malar, Herald)


 Goan Events in Canada - Fall - Winter 2005 
Date Organization Event  
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
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


Traditional Goan Christmas Treats has received several inquiries on the availability of Goan Christmas treats.

We are pleased to list two suppliers:
1. Please contact Evelyn De Souza (Toronto) e-mail Phone 905 270 9165

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2. Christmas Plates (Assorted Traditional Christmas Sweets) are available @ $10.00 each.
Call Gita Tel : 905-814-6138
             Cel : 416-887-4482.
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Give a Goan Novel as a Christmas Gift

Goan novel "The Sixth Night"
Author: Silviano Barbosa
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Fifty Five Plus Goan Seniors Group - West GTA
Notice of General Body Meeting

Purpose: To Review and Ratify Proposed Constitution
Date: Tuesday January 10, 2006 - 7.00 - 9.00 p.m.
Entrance to elevator/stairs in the Food court between Bowrings and Burger King.
Agenda: 1. Review and Ratification of Proposed Constitution.
2. Steering Committee tends resignation.
3. Elections/Approval of new Office Bearers, as called for by the constitution.

Draft copies of the proposed constitution may be obtained in advanceby sending e-mail request to

Muriel Lucas - Acting General Secretary
Fifty Five Plus Goan Seniors Association - West GTA


Anniversary Mass

The family of Patricia Pereira, her Mother and sister invites you to attend an Anniversary Mass for her father - Mr. Socorro Carvalho to be  held at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 7th, 2006 at Saviour Of The World, Chinese Catholic Mission, followed by a reception in the basement hall.
The Church is located at
30 Bristol Road West,
ON, L5R 3K3,
(905) 568-8939.

Major intersection being Bristol and Highway10/Hurantario Street, just north of Eglinton. Your attendance is appreciated. Kindly pass the word around.

Thank You
From: "Claude Fernandes" <>
To: "Tanzanite Goans" <


People Places and Things

New Book: Religion & Erotica

Information from Andy Barklem <>
Early Religious & Erotic Drawings from the Estate of late Francis Newton Souza
Preface by George Melly
Edited by Francesca Souza
Published by

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Mississauga's Hazel McCallion is (almost) on top of the world

Mass Celebrant, the late Cardinal Cordeiro, Archbishop of Karachi, with Monsignor Terence D'Souza & Mayor of Mississauga, Mrs. Hazel McCalion

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - Today, UK-based City Mayors revealed what many Mississauga residents have known for years: Hazel McCallion is one of the best mayors in the world. City Mayors, organizers of the 2005 World Mayor Project, tallied 87,000 votes cast from around the world during a five-month period. Mississauga's Hazel McCallion placed second to Dora Bakoyannis, mayor of Athens. In the opening round, 550 mayors were nominated for the World Mayor Award. The City Mayors' editorial board then short-listed 65 mayors - 32 from Europe, 19 from the Americas, nine from Asia, three from Africa and two from Australia - to compete for the 2005 Award.

Vivek Paul to Keynote 2006 Global Services Conference

Under his leadership, Wipro grew from revenues of less than $150 million to more than $1.4 billion with 50,000 employees.
NEW YORK, Dec. 6 /CNW/ -- CMP-CyberMedia LLC today announced that Vivek Paul, partner and managing director for venture capital firm Texas Pacific Group, will deliver the keynote address at the 2006 Global Services Conference. This conference brings outsourcing industry thought leaders together for peer-group discussions, workshops and live case studies for sessions on sourcing, governance, security, privacy and risk management. The annual Global Services 100 Awards will also be announced at the conference. "I can't think of a better investment of time than a day at the Global Services Conference to learn new strategies, successful best practices and practical real-world experience. The hands-on sessions and interactive program provide an excellent education for anyone looking to get an edge in the increasingly competitive global services industry," said Mr. Paul.

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Happy Feast to all Moidekars and Friends

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Health & Wellness

Seasonal "trimming" ideas for the holiday season

TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - The vision of sugar plums can be a worry more than a pleasant anticipation this holiday season for those trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle. All of that great food, much of it high in fat and calories, can wreak havoc on the waistline for even the most health-conscious individuals.
Dietitians of Canada and the Canadian Diabetes Association have teamed up to bring you their top ten tips
for healthy holiday living.

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More Healthy Holiday Tips

Active living gift suggestions
 - A gift certificate for a health club membership. Call your local fitness facility to see what they offer in the
 way of dancing, yoga, Pilates, or martial arts lessons. Water aerobics are good for those with balance problems.
 - A gift certificate for some stress-busting time at a spa.
 - An elastic band for resistance training or jump rope for aerobic exercise make great stocking stuffers.
 - A gift certificate to a sports store for some new walking shoes for someone who enjoys walking.

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Health Canada approves Pfizer's Lipitor(R) to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke for people with diabetes

KIRKLAND, QC, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - Pfizer Canada Inc. announced today that Health Canada has approved the cholesterol-lowering therapy Lipitor(R) (atorvastatin calcium) for the reduction of the risk of heart attack and stroke for adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension without clinically evident coronary heart disease but with other risk factors. The approval is based on the findings of the Collaborative Atorvastatin Diabetes Study (CARDS). CARDS involved more than 2,800 patients with type 2 diabetes, no history of heart disease, and relatively-low levels of cholesterol.

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For 2005, CSA International has also brought back its fun and interactive online Holiday Safety Quiz for all of the family to enjoy

Decorating do's and don'ts to help ensure a safe holiday season CSA International would like to remind everyone to practice safety around the home this holiday season by following these simple tips to help ensure indoor and outdoor safety:
1. All is bright - Indoor lighting safety tips
- To protect, inspect: Carefully inspect holiday light strings each year and discard any with frayed cords, cracked lamp holders or loose connections.
- Lights unplugged: Unplug light strings before replacing bulbs and check to ensure replacement bulbs match the voltage and wattage of the original bulb.
- Size it up: Ensure that bulb reflectors are the right size for the light string.
- Lights out: Always turn off holiday lights when you leave the house unattended or when going to bed.

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