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Racism may be behind reluctance to call Air India inquiry: N.S. senator
By MURRAY BREWSTER,April 9, 2005
HALIFAX (CP) - Racism may be at the root of Ottawa's hesitation in calling a full inquiry into the Air India prosecution, a Nova Scotia Liberal senator said Saturday.
Terry Mercer told a meeting of provincial Liberals it looks bad that no inquiry has been called.
"We as Liberals need to ask ourselves this question, the government needs to ask itself this question: If there were 350 white people on that plane, would we be waiting for an inquiry?," Mercer asked delegates during a question-answer session with federal Nova Scotia Liberals.
"I'm afraid the answer to that question is that we would have had an inquiry ready to roll."
Senior members of the federal cabinet at the convention considered the comments a slap in the face. For full text click here

India, US sign open skies policy
The Cabinet has cleared new air services agreement with USA which allows for unlimited flights between India and USA. Also, the number of flights between Britain and India are to be raised to 56, from the present 42 by 2006.

The Cabinet has cleared new air services agreement with USA. This allows for unlimited flights between India and USA with no restriction on destination cities, reports CNBC-TV18.
Further, Britain and India have agreed to more than double the number of flights between the two nations. This has the potential to open up dozens of lucrative new routes for airlines.
The two countries have signed a civil aviation agreement. Under the deal, 56 flights originating from Mumbai and Delhi will land in London every week. London will also host 14 flights from Bangalore and Chennai every week. Meanwhile, the number of flights from London to India will be raised from the present 42 to 56 by 2006.

Muslim, Christian groups oppose gay marriage: Coalition calls on immigrants to participate in rally
Excerpts from: National Post - April 5, 2005
By Melissa Leong

MARKHAM - A coalition of more than 80 mosques, Christian groups and other organizations have joined to fight the Liberal government's same-sex marriage bill, starting with a rally on Parliament Hill.
The Coalition for the Defence of Traditional Marriage was formed about two months ago in opposition to Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act, which will legalize same-sex marriage in Canada. For full text click here

Standing Committee of Citizenship and Immigration meets in Toronto for hearings on "Recognition of the International Experience and Credentials of Immigrants "
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) recently established the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) program, with the goal of providing a consistent, pan-Canadian approach to international credential assessment and recognition and the upcoming cross-Canada Hearings on the Recognition of the International Experience and Credentials of Immigrants sponsored by the Standing Committee of Citizenship and Immigration.For full text click here

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


Goa Grieves for Pope John Paul II
"May he who built communion in the world, enjoy in fullness his communion with God the Father" was the theme of a special solemn mass at the Se Cathedral, Old Goa, on the occasion of the funeral of Pope John Paul II on April 5. The Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Revered Filipe Neri Ferrao presided over the solemn pontifical mass that was concelebrated by the Archbishop Emeritus, Rev Raul Gonsalves, and a large number of priests for the repose of the soul of Pope John Paul II, who died on April 2. Prayers were conducted in several churches and chapels across the state on April 4. Expressing deep grief by the passing away of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao recalled the Holy Father as a “Global Statesman, inaugurating a new order of international solidarity. Meanwhile, the Catholic Secular Forum, an independent Christian clergy organisation here, called upon the 16 million Catholics in India to pray for city Archdiocese Cardinal Ivan Dias to get elected as the next Pope following the demise of Pope John Paul II.

Tony and Edna promote Goan flavour
Tony and Edna Fernandes, from Mississauga, Ontario-Canada, published the second edition of their respective books while holidaying in their native village Parra-Goa recently. Tony's book "Goa: Memories of My Homeland" captures the "simple, rustic life of Goa" through poetic outpouring, short stories, articles and artistic sketches. Edna's rare volume on "Savour The Flavour of India" is a collection of tried and tested Goan and other Indian recipes" just the way mother made them" is virtually sold out. Though away from homeland since 1998, these "Goan ambassadors" live and think Goan always. For more text click here.
Tony and Edna

'Star Cruise'
Leading cruise operator in the Asia Pacific, Star Cruises, would start Mumbai-Lakshadweep-Goa service from September to popularise cruise tourism in the country. Chee-Tut Chong, chief operating officer of Star Cruises, said on April 13, that Star Cruises would deploy 'SuperStar Libra' having a carrying capacity of 1500 persons on board for the cruise.

Navy holds on to Dabolim
Dabolim, the largest naval air base in India, will continue to be the main naval air station in the country, even after the Karwar naval station is made operational, said the flag officer commanding-in-chief of western region, Vice Admiral Madanjit Singh. Adm Singh said the airport was being upgraded by the naval authorities. He informed that Indian navy would soon acquire 16 state-of-the-art MiG-29k, the naval version of the aircraft from Russia and these aircraft would be stationed in Goa.

Delicious Mancurada
Goa's king among mangoes, Mancurada, delighted palates in London and hopes of avenues for exports being opened up have been raised after it impressed many at an international food exhibition recently. The Directorate of Agriculture had participated for the first time in one of the top global food exhibitions at Excel. Back home, however, it's mid-April and king fruit mango is yet to be within the reach of common man. The most delicious and favourite variety of mango 'mancurada' is being sold for Rs.300 to Rs.350 per dozen.


From Goan Voice-UK [http://www.goanvoice.org.uk]
12 Apr. Panjim, Goa. PROF. LORNA BARRETT (born 1943 in Kericho, Kenya; ex-Dar-es-Salaam; she was living in Bombay and teaching at St Andrew's College). Wife of Horace. Mother of Gavin/Leah (Toronto), Fr Nigel, Russell/Janice. Grandmother of Faith, April & Samuel. Daughter of late Julietta Pinto and Venancio Joao Correia. Funeral in Bombay on 14 Apr.
There will be a Memorial Mass on Thursday, May 12, 2005 at 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church, 16 Lockwood Rd., Toronto. Condolences may be sent to C-8 Benmar, Rajaramwadi, Hill Road, Bandra, Mumbai 400 050 India.

For listing of events in 2005 please click here

 Goan Events in Canada - Spring -Summer 2005 
Date Organization Event  
Saturday, April 23, 2005 Aldona Association 30th Anniversary Celebrations GVC
Sunday, April 24, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Annual General Meeting G.O.A
Saturday, April 30, 2005 G.O.A Toronto 35th Anniversary in TO G.O.A
Saturday, April 30, 2005 Goan Social Committee May Ball 2005 GVC
Saturday, May 28, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Anniversary Dance GVC
Wednesday, June 01, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Picnic G.O.A
Wednesday, June 08, 2005 Quebec Goan Association Mother's  Day Picnic GVC
Saturday June 11, 2005 The Villagers of Siolim
St. Anthony's Feast
Saturday, June 11, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Golf Tournament G.O.A
Saturday, June 11, 2005 Goan Charitable Organization ANNUAL WALK-A-THON PULSE March
Saturday, June 18, 2005 Quebec Goan Association Father's Day Picnic GVC
Friday, June 24, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Summer Boat Crusie G.O.A
Sunday, June 26, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association A Taste of Goa GVC
Sunday, June 26, 2005 Zanzibar - St Joseph's Convent Reunion GVC
Saturday, July 02, 2005 Zanzibar - St Joseph's Convent Dinner Dance GVC
Sunday, July 03, 2005 Zanzibar - St Joseph's Convent Picnic and Tour Niagara Falls GVC
Friday, July 08, 2005 Villagers of Navelim Mass for Deceased GVC
Saturday, July 09, 2005 Villagers of Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Picnic GVC
Friday, July 15, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Saturday, July 16, 2005 The Toronto Parra Association The Feast of St. Anne GVC
Saturday, July 16, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Sunday, July 17, 2005 Goan Soccer League 10 years of Inter-village soccer GVC
Saturday, July 23, 2005 G.O.A Toronto Viva Goa 2005 G.O.A
Sunday, August 14, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Annual Picnic GVC
Saturday, August 20, 2005 Quebec Goan Association World Goa Day Picnic GVC
Sunday, August 28, 2005 Villagers of Pilerne Picnic PULSE March
Sunday, September 25, 2005 Villagers of Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia 6th Annual Social GVC
Saturday, October 15, 2005 Quebec Goan Association Variety Dinner Show GVC
Saturday, November 19, 2005 Villagers of Navelim 30th Anniversary Fest GVC
Saturday, December 17, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dance GVC


Canadian Seniors of the East [CSoE] Montreal.

A new Board of Directors, of the "CSoE", was elected at the special general meeting held on 13 March 2005, in Montreal.

The newly elected directors are: Leslie Vas, Marie Pereira, Ferman Gonsalvas, Robert Correa, Deidre Lawrence, Luiza D'Sa and Joyce Correa.

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Montreal - Quebec Goan Association & Canadian Seniors of the East team up for Mother's Day Event
Mother's Day is being celebrated jointly by the Quebec Goan Association [QGA] and the Canadian Seniors of the East.[CSoE].
Date:         Sunday May 8
Time:         12.00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue:        Bombay Mahal Restaurant, 1242 Rue Crescent, Montreal.
Cost:         $11.50 per adult [includes children 13 years and over]
                 $ 6.00 per child, between 4 and 12 years old.
                 Children 3 years and under are free.
Entertainment includes dancing, music and games. The meal includes an appetizer, meal, dessert and tea. There will also be a cash bar.
There are a limited number of tickets available. Tickets will not be sold after April 30.
Get your tickets now:
Sharon Fernandes or Luiza D'Sa [South Shore].
Joyce Correa or Austin de Souza [Montreal & West Island].
If anyone wishes to donate door prizes please contact: Joan Paes.

Proposed Cardiac Care Center for Goa.
Presentation by Christopher Nunes [mailto:christophernunes@verizon.net]
Date:Sunday, May 8 at 2 pm.
Place Eatonville Library in the Community Room, 430 Burnhamthorpe Road (at East Mall), Etobicoke,
Located on the West Side of Toronto. The library community room can hold about 100 people.

Memorial Mass for the late Max Alfonso
A Mass to pray for the repose of the soul of Max Alfonso will be held on
Sunday, April 17, 2005 at 5 p.m. at: St. John of the Cross Church followed by a gathering in the Church hall (6 - 8 p.m.).
PLACE: St. John of The Cross Carmelite Church
6890 Glen Erin Drive
Mississauga, On L5N 2E1
(905) 821-1331
(Derry Rd. and Winston Churchill, West of Mississauga Rd)
Followed by a gathering at church hall from 6 to 8 p.m.

People Places and Things

Reviews of first Canadian Goan novel "The Sixth Night"
Author Silviano Barbosa
1) Review published by Goa Today, April issue and written by author Lino Leitao
What’s the Sixth Night, or Sottvi Raat?
It’s an old Goan belief, which the author expresses in a couplet down below:
No matter how hard you try
No matter what you do
What is written on your Sixth Night
Will always come true

Silviano Barbosa, the author, weaves a very fascinating narrative around this old Goan belief, exposing the social mores based on caste iniquities and servile mental attitudes implanted to the very core of the Goan psyche by the feudal and colonial hierarchies during that period of Goa’s history.
2) Review published on Goan Observer in March and it was written by Ben Antao.

Dung Water Filter
An Australian scientist has developed a new water filtration system, an invention that potentially will benefit millions of people in developing countries and would enable anyone in the world to drink water safely. http://www.abc.net.au/ra/innovations/stories/s1339270.htm

Diane Nalini
New CD
Tales My Mama Told Me
"Montreal's gift to the UK Jazz scene" - BBC Radio 3.
"Exquisite" - The Montreal Gazette.
Tales My Mama Told me features Diane Nalini on vocals, Steve Kaldestad on tenor sax, Martin Pickett on piano, Tim Nolan on bass and Steve Brown on drums.

Diane Nalini was born in Montreal to a Belgian father and Goan mother (from former Portuguese India). She started singing jazz at the age of three, and has been performing for nearly 10 years. In 1995, when she won a Rhodes scholarship to the University of Oxford, to obtain a doctorate in applied physics. She continues to perform in both the UK and Canada. She was also lead singer of the nine-piece salsa band Salsaddiction until the group disbanded. Diane also studied classical ballet for over twelve years, and was a soloist with Les Ballets de la jeunesse in her late teens. She also studied jazz ballet and modern dance for several years, and performed as a soloist in various shows by Montreal choreographers Sheila Lawrence and Claudine Bouchard. Her website is at http://www.jazzcds.co.uk/dianenalini/dianepage.htm

Health & Wellness

Seniors, Check the Medications You are prescribed - some of them may cause side effects
Potentially Inappropriate Medications for the Elderly According to the Revised Beers Criteria
The link below shows a list of drugs in a summary of information from the following report in Archives of Internal Medicine:
Fick DM, Cooper JW, Wade WE, Waller JL, Maclean JR, Beers MH. Updating the Beers criteria for potentially inappropriate medication use in older adults: results of a US consensus panel of experts. Arch Intern Med. 2003;163:2716-2724. [ Link ]
Click on the name of each medication or medication class for detailed information from MEDLINEplus, a service of the US National Library of Medicine.
See List at http://www.dcri.duke.edu/ccge/curtis/beers.html

Try apple a day, not vitamin E for cancer prevention
Last Updated Fri, 08 Apr 2005 19:13:27 EDT, CBC News
QUEBEC - Evidence is mounting that vitamin E supplements do not prevent disease and may even accelerate the recurrence of cancer in some survivors.
Researchers at Laval University in Quebec City studied the effects of taking 400 international units a day of vitamin E, which they called a high dose.
Laval's Dr. François Meyer said his team found no benefits in 540 people who had survived neck or head cancer. For full text click here

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