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Tsunami relief collection
Message from Francisco Carvalho on behalf of the GCO
The Goan Charitable Organization conducted a very successful drive at the Annual New Years Dance on December 31, 2004. A table with posters was set up near the entrance of the hall to enhance visibility and frequent announcements were made during the event to encourage members of the community to donate generously.
As a result a total of $11,305.00 was collected and a cheque for the amount was handed over to RED CROSS on January 11, 2005.
Nearly half of the total amount collected came from large donations made by a few very generous persons.
Further amounts are due from outstanding Pledges.
The organization appreciates the volunteer services of Jaidev Menezes without whose assistance it would not have been possible to organize the fundraiser at such short notice.

China and India, are emerging economic giants. Some projections have China overtaking America in 20 years, with India in third spot.
Excerpts from article by:
Haroon Siddiqui, Toronto Star
China and India, which Paul Martin just visited, are emerging economic giants. Some projections have China overtaking America in 20 years, with India in third spot.
China and India, the world's most populous nations at 1.3 billion and 1.03 billion, also have the most dynamic diasporas, at 55 million and 25 million.
It is the genius of Canada that our two fastest growing new communities are Chinese Canadians and Indo-Canadians. For full text click here

Cardinal Archbishop Ambrozic ask Catholics to consider taking and active role to defend the traditional meaning of marriage.
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Click to see Sample letter(s) to send to your Member of Parliament.

Seniors in Canada- Census reveals that more Seniors Live alone as sole occupants of a private dwelling
The Census of Population and the 2001 Labour Force Survey show that compared to the rest of the population, more seniors live alone as the sole occupants of a private dwelling than any other population group. The Labour Force Survey 2001 shows that nearly three in 10 seniors live alone, rising to almost four in 10 senior women. This represented about one million seniors, mostly widows. The question is: is that a bad thing?
"First, Let's get away from the stereotype that to be old is to be sick, unable to learn new things or pull your own weight," says Ian Logan administrator, New Horizons Tower, a retirement residence at Bloor and Dufferin in Toronto. "But Let's take care that the seniors who are living alone can do so healthily, safely and comfortably and most importantly, stay involved with their community. For full text click here

The Battle on Same-Sex Legislation Has Not Yet Begun
TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - A Liberal MP has stated today that a number of his colleagues have made up their mind to endorse same-sex legislation. He will personally stand firm and vote against it but he erroneously concluded that the "die was pretty much cast".
"The battle has not even begun", said Jim Hughes, National President of Campaign Life Coalition (CLC). "We need the MPs who are against same-sex "marriage" and same-sex "unions" to take heart and prepare for a fierce battle on this issue. The Canadian people are stirred up and watching their MPs closely. The Churches are taking their rightful place with a firm defense of marriage which is one man and one woman. They are encouraging their flocks
to act," he continued. "This is not the time for MPs to concede defeat before the issue is even introduced."
"The Prime Minister is so rightly frightened of the results of the vote that he is afraid to allow his cabinet to vote freely," said Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer of CLC. "The grassroots people are opposed to this proposed legislation and they need to be heard by their MPs."
Campaign Life Coalition is directing its supporters to contact their MPs and to defeat any MP in the next election who votes in favour of Paul Martin's campaign to change the definition of marriage.


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

Carnival to reflect culture
Panjim goes into a celebratory mode from today (February 5) with King Momo ushering in a three-day period of fun and frolic, with a colourful float parade in Panjim. This year, the Panjim Festivals and Carnival Committee will open the “Fusion Carnival 2005” with the “Shigmo Dhol” fused in with other music. The Carnival in Panjim will start off with the Alvorada at 5.00 am. The Panjim parade draws a massive crowd every year and last year it feature 79 different floats. The parade will begin from the Dayanand Bandodkar Memorial, near the old Secretariat at 3.30 pm and wind up at the Kala Academy.

BJP out, Congress combine in
Pratapsingh Rane returned to the Chief Minister’s chair as Goa’s 15th Chief Minister on February 2 after Governor SC Jamir dismissed the Parrikar government, which had earlier won the confidence vote after getting Independent MLA Filipe Neri Rodrigues ‘withdrawn’ from the House with police force. Filipe Neri was also sworn in and will be the deputy Chief Minister. Six ministers sworn-in subsequently include NCP president Dr Wilfred de Souza, MGP member Sudin Dhavlikar, former minister Pandurang Madkaikar, former MLA Isidore Fernandes, GPCC president Luizinho Faleiro and Aldona MLA Dayanand Narvekar. Madkaikar and Isidore would have to win the bye-election within six months in order to continue in the cabinet. AICC general secretary says that further expansion of the ministry will be effected after the ‘trust vote’ which the Rane government will take within a month. Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate has not opted for any ministerial post as he is awaiting re-election in the bye-polls.

Need to unite Konkanis
The need to unite Konkani-speaking people from all over the world was felt at the Canara Konkani Catholic World Convention organised by the Catholic Sabha, an official lay organisation of Mangalore Diocese at late Bishop Basil D'Souza Nagar, Yenopoya Convention Grounds, Mangalore recently. More than 20,000 people who attended it passed a resolution urging that Roman script be adopted for Konkani to unite all Konkanis of the world in the computer age. In Canara, all the religious functions and matters related to the catholic religion will be only in Konkani and Catholic schools will teach Konkani to their students from textbooks specially prepared.

Padmashree for M Boyer
Goa's legendary tiatrist Manuel Santana Aguiar, popularly known as M Boyer, has been chosen for the prestigious Padmashree award, which will be presented to him by the President of India along with other eminent personalities from diverse fields. Goans and particularly the tiatr fraternity is all excited about comedian-singer-playwright Boyer, hailing from Raia, being honoured for his nearly 60-year-old contribution to Goan tiatr.
M Boyer
Besides writing, producing and directing over 30 plays and over 5,000 performances in his lifetime, M Boyer is the only Goan tiatrist to have been honoured with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award. “Ekuch Rosto”, “Sonvsar Sudhorlo”, “Ghor Dukhi, Gaum Sukhi” and “Chintnam Zalim Sopnnam” are some of Boyer’s classic tiatrs.

Alexyz to inaugurate paintings expo
‘Rural Obsession”, an exhibition of paintings and restoration work by young artist Gopal Pardeshi from Pune, was inaugurated by renowned cartoonist Alexyz at the Kala Academy Art Gallery on February 4 morning. Alexyz lauded the artist for the beautiful paintings depicting the rural landscape and its charming features, besides antique doors which the artist has restored. The exhibition will be open for the public and art lovers from 10 am to 7 pm till February 6, says Anthony Fernandes, curator of the show.


Obituary

3 Feb. Chinchinim, Goa. OPHELIA GOMES (ex-Nairobi). Wife of the late Baltazar Gomes (ex-Railways). Mother of Adela/Elphy DeSouza, Silvano/Dolores Gomes, Amery Gomes and Percy/Alice Gomes. Grandmother of Sharon and Linus De Souza, Carl/Elizabeth Gomes, Efraim and Estelle Gomes and Danny and Cheryl Gomes. Sister of the late Gaudencio Almeida, Sircula/Bartu Noronha, the late Immaculate Coelho, Elma/Steve Alvares and Magneric/Odette Almeida. Condolences to Silvano Gomes silvano.gomez@ca.schneider-electric.com

Death: Toronto: NORA FERNANDES (nee Braganza) - After a courageous battle, Nora passed away peacefully on Friday, February 4, 2005 at Sunnybrook Hospital, in her 75th year. Loving wife for 43 years to Joseph. Cherished mother of Nigel and Nicole (John). Proud and loving Nana to Cassandra, Taylor, Kylie and Alicia. Predeceased by her brother Marcus. Much loved and missed by her sisters Alice, Daisy, Margaret and her brother Henry. Will be missed by her many nieces, nephews and their families. A special thank you to the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital, especially Jennifer. Friends may call at the R. S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge St., at Goulding, south of Steeles), visiting on Monday from 2-4 and 6-9p.m. Funeral Mass on Tuesday, February 8, 2005 at St. Aidan Roman Catholic Church (3501Finch Ave. E.) at 10 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or Sunnybrook Health Care Centre would be appreciated by the family.


People Places and Things

Bones made from wool
WELLINGTON, Jan. 23 (Xinhuanet) -- A medical breakthrough has been made by New Zealand researchers who have created a material based on keratin -- a protein extracted from wool -- that looks set to revolutionize bone surgery, Sunday Star-Times reported Sunday.
Bones damaged by trauma or tumors are currently repaired using bone chips harvested from elsewhere in the body -- a process that causes its own complications -- or using synthetics such as titanium, which do not promote bone recovery. For full text click here

January 2005 newsletter- Nairobi institute
Message from chairman
Dear Members and Friends of the Nairobi Institute,

Happy New Year!

On behalf of the Centenary Management Committee, I extend warm wishes to all of you and hope that the year brings Good Health, Happiness, and Peace to each and every one of you.

With just over four months to go before our Centenary Party, the time has come to prepare in earnest and to put the final touches into place for this historic event. All the hard work of the past two years will come to fruition with the various functions planned by our Centenary Celebrations Organising Committee, in May and June and culminating with the GRAND ANNIVERSARY BALL on the 11th of June 2005. For full text click here


Events
For listing of events in 2004 please click here

Saturday 05th Feb 2005
Event: Charity Dance In Aid of The Tsunami Relief
Organised by Goan Charitable Organization
Venue At the Claireport Place, Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Claireport Crescent (Hwy. # 427 N. & Finch)
Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 6V5
Time From 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Tickets Deadline for Ticket Sales: February 1st, 2005

Saturday 23rd April 2005
Event: 30th Anniversary celebrations
Organised by Aldona Association 2005
Venue Maple Banquet hall Mississauga
Time 5.30pm.

Our email address is aldonaassociation@yahoo.ca

Tickets Will be on sale from Feb 01, 2005.

Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Event: Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
Organised by St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar

Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
A reunion of former Students of St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar, is planned for the week of June 26 - July 3, 2005 in Toronto, Canada. Initial plans include a dinner dance on Saturday, July 2, a picnic on July 3, a tour of Niagara Falls and a shopping expedition in the Toronto Area sometime during the Reunion Week.
If you would like more information and would like to get on the mailing list please write to me asap. Jo Birkmeyer jbirkmeyer@yahoo.com



Announcements

Free Settlement Workshops in Brampton for Newcomers to Canada
Brampton Library and India Rainbow Community Services of Peel are hosting two free settlement workshops to give newcomers to Canada basic information they need on such things as how to find a doctor, how to use the bus and subway systems; where to apply for a permanent resident card, how to obtain child care services and how to get a driver's licence.
These issues and more will be addressed Thursday, Feb. 10 from 2 to 3 p.m. and repeated Thursday, Mar. 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the South Fletcher's Branch, 500 Ray Lawson Blvd. Anyone who is interested in attending can register by phone by calling 905-793-4636, or in person at any library branch.

Celebration of the Feast of St. Anthony
By the Villagers of Siolim
Location - Claireport Place Banquet & Convention Centre
Date - June 11, 2005
Mass Celebrant - Father Martin Pereira

BREAKING BARRIERS BUILDING BRIDGES
http://www.pcpi.ca/~iep/IEPsponsorshipPackage.pdf
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MAGNITUDE OF THE ISSUE

  • For the first time, Toronto’s population in 2001 was estimated to comprise of over 50% of
    visible/racial "majorities."
  • Immigration was a major factor behind population growth. More than 445,000 immigrants
    settled in the Toronto area between 1996 and 2001.
  • Potential employers cite lack of "Canadian work experience" as a reason for not offering work to immigrant women.
  • Lack of Canadian work experience remains a problem.
  • International Medical Graduates (IMGs) offer a potential pool of physicians to fill shortages where the opportunities for licensing are available.
  • Need to facilitate accreditation of foreign-trained trades-people.
  • Since 1999, over 49,000 immigrants have arrived in the GTA with international engineering
    university education and work experience.
  • According to The Conference Board of Canada, $4 to $6 billion is lost to the Canadian
    economy every year due to unrecognized qualifications of immigrants (Albomin, 2002)
    Attached is a matrix of sponsorship opportunities available.
    Call Karyanne Newton at 416-493-4400 to discuss your objectives.

Month's mass for Mr. Succor Carvalho Sat Feb 05
"Claude Fernandes" <fernandesclaude@yahoo.com>
We are having a month's mind Mass for Mr. Succor Carvalho, Sat Feb 05 at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish - Burnhamthorpe/Central Parkway on Saturday, February 5 at 9:00 a.m. Please let everyone know. Some people missed his funeral and may want to come to the Mass.
Thank you ...Patricia

The Annual General Meeting of the Quebec Goan Association
From: Maria de Souza, Secretary.
Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 20, 2005 at the Forest Village Condominium Hall,
address: 457 Spring Garden Road, DDO, at 2.15 p.m.

Message from Vincent Azavedo, Chairman of the Nairobi Institute
Dear Members and Friends of the Nairobi Institute,

Happy New Year!

On behalf of the Centenary Management Committee, I extend warm wishes to all of you and hope that the year brings Good Health, Happiness, and Peace to each and every one of you.

With just over four months to go before our Centenary Party, the time has come to prepare in earnest and to put the final touches into place for this historic event. All the hard work of the past two years will come to fruition with the various functions planned by our Centenary Celebrations Organising Committee, in May and June and culminating with the GRAND ANNIVERSARY BALL on the 11th of June 2005. For full text click here.

For Immediate Release
Popular TV Personality, Top Entertainers, and Generous Sponsors Team Up For Local Charity!
Toronto, ON, February, 2005 - TV Ontario's "More to Life" Host Mary Ito to emcee 2nd Annual Fun-d-raiser for the Toronto Special Olympics (www.torontospecialolympics.com). Awesome entertainment line-up for the afternoon event includes Hypnotist Adolfo B., Illusionist Ryan Joyce, Comedians Adam Pal and Steve Levine, Two-man Band Tabasco, Elvis Impersonator James Begley, Juggler Dan Cole, Walkabout Magician Alex Leono, and Sound & Music wiz Earl "Sqrl Sound"! For full text click here


Health & Wellness

RSP Maturity Options
If you are approaching the time when you have to convert your RSP, you have an important decision to make.
You have three basic options:
1. Deregister your RSP, pay the tax and receive the net value of the RSP in cash or in securities. This option is often the least attractive, as it has the potential for a big tax hit. For full text click here

Doctor Issues Heart Disease Advisory For South Asians
Original Publication Date: Saturday, January 29, 2005
Now it's more or less certain that if you're of South Asian origin then it is never too early for a heart check up. The coronary diseases are abnormally high among the immigrants of South Asian origin. This may have something to do with the 'good living' as we consume more without expending any energy. Because, even in India studies have shown that the heart disease is a serious concern among urbanized Indians. The findings will most probably be true of people from the neighbouring countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh. For full text click here

Cold medicines may be too strong for seniors: geriatrician
Original Publication Date: Saturday, January 29, 2005
Last Updated Fri, 28 Jan 2005 21:30:22 EST. CBC News

VANCOUVER - As cold sufferers turn to over-the-counter medications to relieve their symptoms this winter, some older Canadians are finding the treatments do more harm than good. The pills can dry a runny nose, soothe itchy eyes and calm a hacking cough, but many of these products contain powerful ingredients.
For full text click here


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