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
Details of his funeral will be announced in this publication
when his remains are returned to Canada.
here to check the article published earlier on Neves
& Mabel wedding anniversary
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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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
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
To Review Our Multiculturalism Act
By Binoy Thomas
Excerpts from: http://www.weeklyvoice.com/CNews/?CNewsID=527395
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.
report provides us with a glimpse of what federal departments
and agencies are doing to advance the values and principles
hottest markets, India & China, combined in new mutual
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.
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
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Lucia, Last Of Fatima Children, Dies At 97
- 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
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.
had been weak for several weeks and had not left her
cell," Coimbra Bishop Albino Cleto told the Church's
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
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
Places and Things
University Kinesiology Professor, Dr. Quincy Almeida's
work on Parkinson's Disease
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
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.
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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.
Darryl da Costa appointed Acting Chief of Edmonton Police.
Goan Voice UK
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.
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
Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 09, 2005
invite you and your friends to join us at our Picnic
on Saturday July 09, 2005
keep tuned to this site for further details. "
Sunday September 25th 2005
our 6th Annual Social on Sunday September 25, 2005.
keep tuned to this site for further details. "
East Goan Seniors Association -Thanksgiving Mass
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.
QGA Annual General Meeting
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.
Soccer League Celebrates 10 Years of Intervillage Soccer
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
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.
be stocking up when tins of cat food go on sale, either.
is on the cusp of a retirement revolution. It's those baby
boomers playing their demographic games once again.
the next five to 10 years, more Canadians than ever will
be in a position to clean out their desks for the last time.
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