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+Neves Menezes
Goan Voice Canada is greatly saddened to hear of the death of Neves Menezes who passed away while on holiday in Goa, February 17, 2005
See our Obituary Section for details. Neves was the foremost promoter of the Goan Community in Canada. He was the founder member of the Goan Overseas Association, served as president in 1971 & 1977, and for several years as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Association and also of the Goan Charitable Organization. Our condolences to his wife Mabel.
Details of his funeral will be announced in this publication when his remains are returned to Canada.
Click here to check the article published earlier on Neves & Mabel wedding anniversary

Good news for spouses and common-law partners
OTTAWA, February 18, 2005 — The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), ended this Valentine’s Day week by announcing today that most spouses and common-law partners of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, regardless of their status, will be allowed to remain in Canada while their immigration application is being considered. The change, which applies to couples who are in a genuine relationship, comes into effect immediately.
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Proportion of Canada's foreign-born population highest in 70 years
The proportion of Canada's population who were born outside the country has reached its highest level in 70 years, according to new data from the 2001 Census.
As of May 15, 2001, 5.4 million people, or 18.4% of the total population, were born outside the country. This was the highest proportion since 1931 when foreign-born people made up 22.2% of the population. In 1996, the proportion was 17.4%.
For the first 60 years of the past century, European nations such as the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and the Netherlands, as well as the United States, were the primary sources of immigrants to Canada. Today, immigrants are most likely to be from Asian countries.
About 1.8 million people living in Canada in 2001 were immigrants who arrived during the previous 10 years, between 1991 and May 15, 2001. These individuals accounted for 6.2% of the total population in 2001. For full text click here

Time To Review Our Multiculturalism Act
By Binoy Thomas
Excerpts from: http://www.weeklyvoice.com/CNews/?CNewsID=527395
Is Canada's multiculturalism policy working to benefit the multicultural communities and not just assuage some guilt feelings that the majority carries from the past? According to a report tabled Feb. 7 on the progress of multiculturalism by Raymond Chan, a full 30% of the visible minorities in Canada are born in Canada. And yet are they accepted as fully Canadian? The jury is still out on that. In the meanwhile, we have been provided a document that talks of sensitivity training, language training, funding to ethnic associations, money often given away to political friends without accountability, and yes not one single question mark on whether or not this official policy needs to be reworked so that new Canadians are not constantly thrown into a cultural ghetto.
Chan's report provides us with a glimpse of what federal departments and agencies are doing to advance the values and principles of multiculturalism

World's hottest markets, India & China, combined in new mutual fund
TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - Officials from the G7 nations met recently in London for the "Advancing Enterprise" summit, inviting India for the first time, and China, for the second time, to attend. The summit's agenda focused on the economic growth and investment opportunities in India and China.
"Both India and China are doing exceptionally well", says Bhim Asdhir, President and CEO of Excel Funds Management Inc., which manages its newly launched Excel India China RSP Fund, the only one of its kind in Canada. This is a clone RSP fund invested in Excel India Fund and Excel China Fund. This fund is 100% RRSP eligible, while allowing investors to take advantage of the growth potentials of India and China. In addition, "the clone fund is considered Canadian content and allows investors to invest in India and China without going over their RRSP's 30 per cent foreign content limit", says Asdhir. For full text click here

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

Hybrid Carnival
Colour, music and entertainment was ushered in by the annual Carnival which was organised in Goa from February 5 to 8. The takeoff event was the colourful parade in Panjim in which nearly 63 floats of various kinds participated. Though excitement was on low key this year, the attempt to project Goa’s culture was obvious with three Shigmo floats participating in the otherwise westernized extravaganza. For full text click here

‘Jamir Hatao’ campaign
The BJP’s ‘Jamir Hatao, Save Democracy’ campaign took off on February 8 both in Delhi and Panjim simultaneously. In Delhi, party stalwarts former prime Minister AB Vajpayee, LK Advani, etc, and the ousted Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar participated in the agitation, while some of the top BJP leaders flew into Goa to address mammoth rallies, demanding the ouster of Governor SC Jamir and reinstatement of the Parrikar government.

Goa could host Leicester city
Nigel Empson, the CEO of FMM International, a London-based Anglo-Asian company that provides a full range of business services to the global football industry, and has the experience and expertise in assisting the football markets of Asia, particularly those of China, Japan and India, is currently on a Goa visit to study the functioning of the football clubs playing in the National Football League. His purpose is “to learn and understand Indian football and may be possibly interact with the top NFL football clubs in Goa and across India to know what are their requirements in terms of soccer development.” Mr Empson disclosed that Goa could be a possible venue in the near future to host Leicester City FC, who are planning to visit India to play two football matches.

Scrap dealer to salvage “River Princess”?
Investigations carried out by Gomantak Times have revealed that British company CrossChem International, awarded the contract the removing the “River Princess”, has no direct involvement in the actual salvaging operations of the ship. CrossChem is operating through a little known scrap dealer Joseph A Gonsalves aka Raju Bhai, who in turn has subcontracted the salvaging, dredging and towing work to another Mumbai-based company, which in turn is working with another company that specializes in under-water dredging and salvaging operations.

"Blue Ridge" Ahoy
The command ship of the United States Navy's Seventh Fleet will come along side at Mormugao port last week at the start of a three-day goodwill visit. The USS Blue Ridge is the fifth and the most high profile vessel of the Seventh Fleet to call on Goa in the past one year. During the three-day visit the officers and crew of the vessel will interact with their counterparts in the Indian Navy.

Cashew nut market
Goan cashew nuts have excellent market but there has been no serious attempt to exploit the market adequately, as per the conclusion reached at the day-long seminar titled 'Cashew 04-05'. The seminar was organised by the Department of Agriculture in collaboration with the Directorate of Cashew Nut and Cocoa Development Board, on February 15. In 1965-66, the area under cashew plantation was 33,000 hectares. It increased to 55,000 hectares during 2001-01. Among the prime causes for the dismal production of cashew nuts, those that shout for attention include the lack of attention to provide nutrient management and plant protection that most of the plantations are old and that less or no attention was paid as far as nutrient management and plant protection are concerned, the scientists said.


17th Feb 2005. NEVES MENEZES. Born: 02 Oct 1928. Husband of Mabel. Father of Norbert/Valerie and Jacqueline. Neves Menezes was one of the founders of the GOA (Toronto) in 1970. He played an active part in its affairs. He was also chair of the board and President of Goan Charitable Organization in 1971 & 1977. Neves Menezes, was on holiday in Goa when he died. He expired at Grace Hospital, Margao, following a massive heart attack. Body will be flown to Mississauga, Toronto, for the final rites. Memorial service at Guirim Church at 4.30 pm today i.e. Feb 19. . Further details will be posted on this site.
Friends may call at the Turner & Porter, Peel Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street (Hwy 10, N of QEW) on Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27 from 2-8pm. Prayers Sunday 7pm. Funeral Mass to be held at St Patrick's Catholic Church, 921 Flagship Dr ON, Monday, February 28, 2005 at 10am. Private Internment St. Mary's Cemetery. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the G.C.O. (Goan Charitable Organization)

Sister Lucia, Last Of Fatima Children, Dies At 97
LISBON - Lucia de Jesus dos Santos, the last of three children who claimed to see the Virgin at Fatima and who revealed a vision the Catholic Church said foretold the attempt to kill Pope John Paul, died on Sunday, the Church said.
Dos Santos, 97, who later became a nun, was the eldest of the shepherd children who in 1917 told of seeing apparitions of the Virgin Mary six times. She died at her Carmelite convent at Coimbra in central Portugal.

"She had been weak for several weeks and had not left her cell," Coimbra Bishop Albino Cleto told the Church's Radio Renascenca.

The Vatican interpreted one part of the visions as foretelling the attempt to kill the Pope and Communism's persecution of Christianity. The apparitions took place the same year as the Russian Revolution.

The Pope believes the Madonna of Fatima saved his life on May 13, 1981, when Turkish gunman Mehmet Ali Agca nearly killed him in St Peter's Square. The shooting took place on one of the anniversaries of the 1917 apparitions.

In a sign of gratitude a year after the assassination attempt, the Pope had one of the 9mm bullets which Agca fired at him placed in the crown of the statue at Fatima.

People Places and Things

Laurier University Kinesiology Professor, Dr. Quincy Almeida's work on Parkinson's Disease
Excerpts from: http://www.wlu.ca/news_detail.php?grp_id=0&nws_id=423
Sent By: Uvy Lopes
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder. It affects over 100,000 Canadians, and most often develops after the age of 50. It affects both men and women and is one of the most common neurologic disorders of the elderly.
The most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are general slowness of movements, trembling and stiffness (rigidity) in the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face and trunk and problems with balance. There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but medication can help relieve some of the symptoms for a time. The disorder can eventually lead to total disability, often together with a general deterioration of all brain functions. For full text click here

Sports Day
Seems like everyone [young & old] enjoyed the "Sports Day" on 5th February 2005. Nobody sang the "Winter Blues"as mother nature obliged us with milder temperatures. Thanks to Mervin and the Gang for the good times.- Felix D'Sa.

Canada: Darryl da Costa appointed Acting Chief of Edmonton Police.
From Goan Voice UK

Feb: 2005. Various Canadian sources. Darryl da Costa was appointed Acting Chief of Edmonton Police last week after Fred Rayner’s contract was terminated by the Edmonton Police Commission. The Edmonton Police Service, including Darryl da Costa subsequently mounted a major display of solidarity in support of their deposed chief. A new Chief of Edmonton Police is expected to be appointed soon.

Darryl da Costa was born in Kampala, the son of Louis and Gladys da Costa. The family moved to Canada in 1966 when he was eight years old. He joined the police force in 1977, intending to “try it out for a year.” He is married to Lory and they have four children, aged 16-21. For more information, check out the supplement at:

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

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
For more information, please visit our website: www.users.cjb.net/aldona

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

Saturday July 09, 2005
Event: Picnic
We invite you and your friends to join us at our Picnic on Saturday July 09, 2005  
Please keep tuned to this site for further details. "

Sunday September 25th 2005
Event: 6th Annual Social

and our 6th Annual Social on Sunday September 25, 2005.

Please keep tuned to this site for further details. "


Toronto East Goan Seniors Association -Thanksgiving Mass
The Toronto East Goan Seniors Association has arranged a Mass to be held on Thursday,March 3,2005 at 7pm at the Commander Park Hall,140 Commander Blvd,Scarborough.
This Mass is offered as Thanksgiving and Wellness of all seniors and friends.Please come along and bring your friends.Your presence is appreciated.
After Mass,there will be sessions of Bingo,Whist drive and line-dancing (time permitting).Snack plates will be sold @$3.50 per plate.Also,since we are out sourcing our catering would you kindly confirm in a couple of days time whether you will attend or not.

Reminder: QGA Annual General Meeting
Maria de Souza, Secretary.
The Annual General Meeting of the Quebec Goan Association 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.

Goan Soccer League Celebrates 10 Years of Intervillage Soccer in Toronto
The Goan Soccer League, Toronto will be celebrating 10 years of Intervillage soccer in Toronto. To commemorate this occasion GSL is organising an International Soccer Tournament on July 15, 16 and 17, 2005 in Etobicoke, Toronto. Teams from the United Sates, England, Dubai, Kuwait, Canada (Various Provinces) have shown interest. More details to follow. Please visit our website at www.goasoccer.com

Health & Wellness

by Peter Hadzipetros, CBC News Online | Research: Laura Carlin | Feb. 11, 2005
If you're like most Canadians, you want to retire early and you're confident you'll have the means to do it. But chances are you won't be packing it in as early as you planned to – and you won't be living in the lap of luxury.

You won't be stocking up when tins of cat food go on sale, either.
Canada is on the cusp of a retirement revolution. It's those baby boomers playing their demographic games once again.
Over the next five to 10 years, more Canadians than ever will be in a position to clean out their desks for the last time.

In 1981, there were 4.6 million near-retirees (people between 45 and 64 years old) in Canada. They made up 27.8 per cent of the working-age population. By 2002, that number had grown to 7.6 million – or 35.7 per cent of the working-age population. By 2006, 8.7 million – or 38.8 per cent of the working-age population – will be close enough to the golden handshake to give it serious thought. For full text click here

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