Newsletter. Issue 2005-26. December. 24, 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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Christmas Festivities in Toronto

The 2005 Christmas Season in Toronto started in early December with host of events taking place all over the city and reflecting the festive spirit of the Goan Community.

Events included:

-December 3, Friends of St. Francis Xavier celebration of the Feast of St. Francis Xavier in the Church of St. Francis Xavier, Mississauga. (click for article #1)
-December 3, Feast of St. Francis Xavier celebration with an evening mass and dance organized by the Sons & Daughters of the Goan Tailor’s Society, continuing a tradition established by their forebears.
-December 4, a Sunday celebration of the Feast of St. Francis Xavier by the Goan Overseas Association, patron of the organization.
-December 8, Goan Delight – Carol Service and evening social organized by the Toronto East Goan Seniors Association. (TEGSA) (click for article #2)
-December 17, Christmas Dinner Dance organized by TEGSA
-December 21, Christmas Party & sit down dinner.

First event organized by the Steering Committee of the newly formed Fifty-Five Plus Goan Seniors Group, West GTA.
(click for article #3)


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South Asian community raises $2.3-M for hospital

By: Heather Ennis
From Brampton Guardian 12/16/05

A recent fundraising effort over the airwaves led to a flood of donations for the William Osler Health Centre.
In seven days, Brampton's South Asian community raised $2.3 million for the hospital, nearly $1 million of it in the first 90 minutes alone."It truly was a tremendous outpouring of generosity from listeners in the Canadian Sikh community," said Maureen Flanagan Pool, WOHC director of development and new initiatives. "We had calls coming in from across the GTA and from as far away as London, Cambridge and Ottawa."
From Nov. 15 to 22, two dozen local radio stations-- mostly Punjabi-- dedicated their programs to raising money for construction of Brampton's new hospital. According to organizer Manjit Singh Sahota, a local radio personality and Osler foundation board member, there were individual donations as well as 70 room-naming gifts of $25,000 apiece. The local Sikh community has now drummed up more than $3.45 million of a $10-million pledge made earlier this year, when hospital leaders announced the emergency department at the new facility would be named after Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion.
The radio fundraiser-- called the Better Health Radiothon-- was set to coincide with the spiritual leader's birthday, and will likely become an annual event.


News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza

From: "Goanet News Service" <>

Christmas is a feast of joy, a joy that is today celebrated in various and many forms, ranging from the deeply spiritual to the purely secular. At the deepest level, Christmas celebrates the fulfillment of a basic longing of the human heart for God. For we believe that the unseen God took human form in Jesus and became visible to man.

By taking flesh, God elevated our human condition and now calls us to re- discover Him in every other human being, specially in the poor and the marginalized, with whom he identified himself in an eminent way through his very birth in a stable. When we succeed in recognizing God in the faces of our sisters and brothers, irrespective of their social or religious background, we become citizens of a new civilization of love, wherein everyone is welcomed, accepted and cherished. Indeed, every Feast of Christmas is a renewed call for all of us to work, hand in hand, for the genuine transformation of our social, political, economic and cultural environment, according to God's plan. May this Christmas strengthen our resolve to help in the realization of this dream that God has for His creation. I take this occasion to wish everyone a joyful Christmas, full of divine blessings and peace that only God can give.

+ Filipe Neri Ferrao
Archbishop of Goa and Daman

Archbishop's House, Panjim, December 24, 2005


Worldwide Goans meet from jan 3

PANJIM: The third two-day Gomant Vishwa Sammelan, a convention of worldwide Goans, will be held at Panjim from January 3. Governor SC Jamir will inaugurate the Sammelan. The topics that would be discussed during the conference are on tourism, education and industry. "We are expecting at least 70 to 100 NRIs and 200 NRGs," added Dinar Bhatkar, chief cordinator, NRI facilitation centre. (GT)



For the second consecutive day local dailies in Goa carry headlines on the alleged scam in which South Goa MP Churchill Alemao was shown by cable TV Star News discussing kickbacks for a Konkani project to be set up in Goa.


Says GT
See no Evil, Speak no Evil, Hear no Evil

PANJIM: Gloom and silence has descended over the Congress camp in the State after senior partyman and two-time MP, Churchill Alemao was caught on camera negotiating his 'cut' in the allocation of funds to the tune of Rs.15 lakh for a proposed Konkani library in Goa through the MPLAD scheme


Cameron, Kate to backpack in Goa?

PANJIM, Dec 20: According to The Sun, Hollywood's hottest blonde beauties - Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet - are planning a joint backpacking tour to Goa early in 2006, to prepare for their roles in the upcoming movie Holiday. (H)



BETALBATIM: Sara Fernandes Pacheco, aggrieved wife of Agriculture Minister Francisco Xavier (Mickky) Pacheco, has accused the Minister of bigamy. She further stated that persons, who blatantly violate the law, particularly relating to women, shouldn't be permitted to hold high elected office, be dropped from the Cabinet and prosecuted for bigamy. In the letter written on December 16, 2005, to the President of India, Governor and Chief Minister of Goa, AICC general secretary, IGP, Panaji, and SP, Margao, she stated that she is the legally married wife of Mickky and had married him on April 10, 1999 at Margao. She has accused Mickky of brutally assaulting her and kicking her out of the house because of Viola, whom Mickky married though her marriage with him is subsisting. Reacting to the advertisements in the newspapers in which he proudly posed with his second wife and son, she stated in the letter that it was now obvious and clear that Mickky is brazenly living a life of bigamy and flaunting his second wife and son. (GT)


Mario, Muriel bag Malvina Athaide Award

PANJIM, dec 18: Mario Mascarenhas and Muriel D'Souza from Saligao have bagged the 'Malvina Athaide Award' for their outstanding efforts in advocacy for social justice in Goa. The award was given away by Malvina's sister on the first day of the Goa State Consultation on 'Trafficking in Women & Children' at Caritas Holiday Home in St Inez on December 17. Malvina, originally from Saligao, before settling abroad, was at the forefront in her work with the underprivileged and marginalised in the villages of Pernem taluka. (H)


 Goan Events in Canada - Fall - Winter 2005 
Date Organization Event  
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
Saturday July 8, 2006 CLR Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga Picnic  
Saturday June 10, 2006 Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area Celebration St Anthony's Feast GVC
Sunday October 1, 2006 CLR Social at Claireport Place CLR Social  


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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.

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To: "Tanzanite Goans" <


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December 2005 marks 20 years of service as a Justice of Peace for one Goan lady who marks her seventieth birthday on 18th December.

At her retirement party held at the Luton Magistrates Courts, the Chief Magistrate congratulated Mrs Gloria Ferreira on her retirement and noted that Mrs Ferreira was one of the few Magistrates with a unique perspective on current justice issues because of her background and understanding of the communities that make up modern day Britain and has helped shape the manner in which the local Magistrate Service performs in it’s multicultural environment.

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Toronto: Antoneta & Jose Dias' $7.3 million lottery win

21 Dec: Toronto Star. Excerpts: A couple waited more than two months to claim their lottery winnings, keeping the $7.3 million secret from even their children while they figured out what to do next. Now that the word is out, Jose and Antoneta Dias say they want to use some of their winnings to help less fortunate relatives in India improve their lives through education. "I always said that if we won this we wouldn't be the only happy people," Jose Dias, 51, said yesterday. "I want to make a lot of people happy with this." Dias, a self-employed consultant, had used the same numbers based on family birthdays since they arrived in Canada from the Middle East about four years ago. Antoneta Dias,(42) who works in the equipment supply industry, said she plans to continue working for about two months so her company can find a replacement.
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Emanuel Nazareth: Playing God in running shoes

17 Dec: Globe & Mail (Canada). Emanuel Nazareth holds a Petri dish up to the light. He squints at the clear, tiny bubbles dotting its amber surface, as though staring at it will make it grow … In the 21st century, this godlike power is shared by people who schlep backpacks and study for mid-terms, such as Mr. Nazareth, a 22-year-old, fourth-year engineering undergrad … Emanuel Nazareth began programming computers at the age of 10, not long after he and his family emigrated from Kenya to the Toronto suburb of Mississauga … After graduating from high school with a 93 per cent average, he secured a spot in biomedical engineering at U of T. And so the slight, serious and extremely soft-spoken Mr. Nazareth comes at genetics like an engineer, describing it in mechanical terms. 4,843 words.
[From Mervyn Lobo]

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