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Immigration Issues in Canadian Election

Conservatives would reduce immigration barriers Wed, 04 Jan 2006
CBC News

Stephen Harper courted the immigrant vote on Wednesday, promising to cut the immigration landing fee, and work to have foreign credentials recognized in Canada. The Conservatives would cut the $975 landing fee in half immediately, and work to reduce it over time to $100, Harper said at a news conference in Mississauga, Ont. "Immigrants and their families should be allowed to keep more of their own money in their pockets to start a new life in Canada," Harper said.

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Western cities enjoy fastest growing economies

OTTAWA, December 19 - Western Canadian cities will top the list of the fastest growing metropolitan economies in Canada next year, just as they did in 2005, according to the Conference Board's Metropolitan Outlook - Winter 2006.

"In 2005, western Canada boasted eight of the nine fastest-growing metropolitan economies, led by Edmonton. In 2006, four of the top five are expected to be in the west," said Mario Lefebvre, Director, Metropolitan Outlook Service.

Thanks to Olympic-related activity, another year of exceptional growth is expected in the construction sector in 2006, paving the way for Vancouver to have the fastest growing economy in Canada next year. Almost 31,000 new jobs are expected to be created in Vancouver in 2006, and real gross domestic product (GDP) is forecast to grow by four per cent.

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Long Term Care Home For Seniors

A group in Toronto, is looking into the choices facing Seniors looking for long term care. Members of the group include Dr. Terry D'Silva, Debbie Araujo, Cellie Gonsalves, Margaret D'Souza, Zulema de Souza, Eric de Souza,Al Mathias, and several others.They have realized that the most important aspect seniors face is loneliness. Even though they may be placed in a home which has good care,services and facilities, if it does not have other like-minded, culturally compatible seniors with whom they can converse, meet, get together, pray or have companionship and fun, they will tend to feel very lonely. With this in mind they have have taken the initiative and invite all those interested to attend a meeting on February 19, 2006 at a long term care facility. Please see our events section for the details. Al Mathias' letter and is shown in the Health and Welfare section of this issue.


McGuinty must ask for Takhar's resignation

QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - Progressive Conservative Party Leader John Tory today called on Dalton McGuinty to live up to his promised standards for cabinet ministers and ask Transportation Minister Harinder Takhar to resign. "It is clear that Minister Takhar has breached the Members Integrity Act and Dalton McGuinty should ask him to resign," said Tory. "Today, for the first time in Ontario's history, our province's Integrity Commissioner has formally reprimanded a sitting member of Cabinet. He has found that the Minister of Transportation has breached the rules governing the behaviour of elected members."
Tory commended Integrity Commissioner Coulter Osbourne on his extensive seven-month investigation into the matter and his candor. Tory originally asked the Integrity Commission to look into Minister Takhar's conduct on June 15, 2005.

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Iran committed to India gas deal Iran says it remains committed to a gas pipeline project with India and Pakistan, despite US disapproval.

Deputy oil minister MH Nejad-Hosseinian said after two days of talks in Delhi that he expected Iran to begin oil deliveries to India by 2011. The $6bn project is seen as crucial for India which relies heavily on fuel imports for its fast-growing economy. India, Pakistan and Iran say they plan to finalise the deal in June next year and to start building in 2007. The 2,600km (1,620-mile) pipeline would cross Pakistan to reach India and is expected to earn Pakistan millions of dollars in transit fees. The US, which accuses Iran of seeking nuclear arms, objects to the project, which will benefit Iran financially. Mr Nejad-Hosseinian said: "I do not think Pakistan and India will yield to pressure from the United States. This pipeline will bring peace to the region." Indian petroleum secretary SC Tripathi said India wanted "a world-class project and gas availability... at affordable prices". But he said differences still had to be resolved over the pricing of the gas. Further talks between the three countries are scheduled for March 2006, when a draft agreement on the structure of the project, pricing formula and other areas is expected to be agreed upon.
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Published: 2005/12/29 17:05:29 GMT


China's growth looks set to continue - Analysis
By Will Smale
BBC News business reporter

To appreciate just how quickly China's economy grew in 2005, you only have to witness the constant lines of giant cargo ships and oil tankers steaming in and out of its ports as fast as they can be handled.
Alternatively, visit Beijing, Shanghai or one of the other big Chinese cities to see ongoing construction projects on a huge scale. Closer to home for most of us, simply look at the back of your newest piece of electronic equipment and it will more often than not say "Made in China". Or ask a stressed US or European trade official what they think of 2005's surge in Chinese clothing and textile exports. Whichever way you choose to look at it, China's growing economic might was one of the main economic stories of 2005.The question now is whether this can continue at the same pace in 2006, or whether a number of contributing factors could throw the giant Chinese economy off-course.

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News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza

NEW YEAR cheer with lots of fear

PANJIM: The lull that has been witnessed this tourist season is a cause of concern more for the locals, whose livelihood depends on it, than the rich and established entrepreneurs from other states, who see Goa as an investment. However, Christmas week culminating with the New Year celebrations saw a deluge of tourists flocking to our little state. The statistics in the tourist inflow for this season shot up massively during the last few days of 2005 and has fallen within the first two days of 2006. This reveals that, while foreign tourists start visiting the state from the months of September to October right up to February, Goa has somewhat become a permanent New Year destination for Indian tourists. (GT)


Tourism paying heavy price for overpricing!

PANJIM: Today, if you are a tourist planning a holiday in Goa, you have to be prepared to bleed - literally of your money. If insiders in the tourism industry are to be believed, then season 2005-06, so far, has been a dismal flop. During mid-December, which is the 'cut-off period' for the big hotels to rent out their unused rooms that were booked by tour operators, many hotels in desperation have even lowered their fares. Could this be the time then for the industry to realise that in the hype created over 'Brand Goa', they may have overpriced it. (Andrew Pereira, GT)


Houses of The Lord

Goa's churches have stood as a testimony of its architectural brilliance and history. A state where the churches speak for themselves and finally someone has taken the pains to research about these churches that form a very large and real part of Goa. The study of churches has a long history and Jose Lourenco has aspired to give you a book that delves deeper into the study of the facades of architecture in churches - The Parish Churches of Goa, A study of facade Architecture. Lourenco's book is a documentation of all the 158 parish churches with facade photographs, brief history, plans, diagrams and sketches and other useful information. There are also beautiful pictures of all these churches taken by Pantaleao Fernandes. The book has been published by Amazing Goa Publications and is priced at Rs.495. (GT)


Deputy CM opens Braganza hospital

PANJIM, Jan 2: Deputy Chief Minister Dr Wilfred de Souza, inaugurated Mathew Braganza Hospital and Medical Research Centre at Naikavaddo, Calangute, in Bardez on January 1. The 50-bed hospital is equipped with specialised services and also has mobile ICU unit escorted by a team of doctors and nurses and will cater to the health care services of the people in providing
specialised medical treatment.(H)


'Goa Sudharop' to present awards

PANJIM, Jan 3: Goa Sudharop Community Development Inc, a USA-based non-profit, volunteer NGO working for the betterment of Goa and Goans worldwide, presented their annual awards at Panjim's Caritas Complex Hall, Panjim, today. As per Goa Sudharop's theme for 2005 - Year of the Child - and realising the monumental work that needs to be done for differently-abled children in Goa, it has chose to make cash and other awards to deserving differently-abled children, NGOs, and teachers who work with differently-baled children, to promote the care and integration of these children in our society on their rightful and equal terms. Percival Noronha presented the awards as chief guest. Goa Sudharop board member George Pinto welcomed the gathering. Member Marlon Menezes also addressed the gathering while Ibonio D'Souza proposed the vote of thanks. The function ended with a slide presentation by the Association of Friends of Astronomy. (DGNC)


Promote Goan identity, Jamir tells non-resident Goans

PANAJI, Jan 3: The two-day third Vishwa Gomantak Sammelan, a world-wide Goans' convention, was inaugurated today by the Governor, Mr SC Jamir, at the Kala Academy. The convention received not so encouraging response. While the conference convenor, Mr Dinar Bhatkar, said around 47 NRIs and around 100 NRGs had registered with the convention secretariat just at the beginning of the convention, a handout said that nearly 200 Goans from different countries are participating in the two-day event, which is aimed at strengthening cultural roots of Goan diaspora. The Governor said the Sammelan provides not only an opportunity for the Goans to meet their near and dear ones, but also acts as a platform for the participants to interact with each other for preserving, promoting and propagating their identity. (NT)



De Mello, Henry

Passed away suddenly on December 23, 2005, at St. Mary's Hospital, London, England. Loving brother to Branca (Vincent) Andrade of La Palma, California., Marta ( Newton ) Da Costa of Toronto, Roserita(Ernest) Reis Fernandes of Chichinim, Goa, Gladys Sequeira of Burbank, California and Vivien (Romero) Dias of Richmond Hill, Ontario. Henry was born in Mombasa, Kenya and studied at the Goan School before immigrating to London, England.Funeral services on Tuesday, January 17th at Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Vincent de Paul Church, 337 Harrow Road, North Kensington, W93RB,( Tel: 0207-229-0487) at 10 a.m. Viewing is being arranged by Cooperative Funeral services, North Kensington. Tel:0208-969-6260.



 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
25th Feb 2006 Goa Amigos Red & Back Carnival Dance Red_Black-CarnivalDanceFlyer
Tuesday January 10, 2006 -7.00 - 9.00 p.m. Fifty-Five Plus Goan Seniors Group General Body Meeting to Review and Ratify Proposed Constitution GVC
Kipling Acres on Sunday, February 19th at 2.00 p.m. Group looking into Long Term Care Homes for Seniors Information meeting e-mail
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 -  12.00 noon Calangute Association Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex GVC
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00 A.M. Calangute Association Canada Annual Social GVC
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  


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


Pilgrimage to the Holy Land & Rome on the 19 - 30 March 2006

As we all recently experienced the joy of Christmas, many of us wonder what it would be like to see where Jesus was born and to follow in his footsteps. I would like to invite you and your family and friends this Lenten season to visit the Holy Land, which coincides with the Feast of St Joseph as well as the Feast of the Annunciation. In Rome, you will have an opportunity to attend the weekly Papal Audience or Blessing given by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI (pending papal schedule).
For more information on this tour and to the detailed itinerary, please go to my website at
If you have any questions, please call Richard D'Souza at 416 890 5022.



13 - day fascinating pilgrimage tour of Portugal (Fatima), Spain (Santiago de Compostela) and France(Lourdes)---May 6th to May 18th, 2006. For further information, please contact Gideon Travel Agency tel# 905-949-5533
or Leo Lopes at 905-275-7097 (cell #905-609-5466).


Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dinner Dance - 2005
By : Netto Noronha

The Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) Christmas dance held on December 17,2005 was the final club activity of the year. The many accolades received testify to the very enjoyable and well organized occasion.

Full credit must obviously go to Elsie Fernandes and our committee who worked as a team to select the spacious and glamorous Macedonian Banquet Hall in Thorncliffe.

The sit-down meal with complimentary wines was universally acknowledged as excellent and the grace before meal was unique in the fact that every table had a recital that was sung together to praise and thank the Lord.

A huge new banner with our logo was unfurled and hung prominently on the main wall.

In welcoming members and guests, our President Claude Gomes narrated that we had
completed two great years in which we had accomplished much, most notably the “Taste of Goa” in May of 2005. The membership grew from 250 to over 400 and the Association’s financial affairs were sound. He expressed his deepest gratitude to the members of the committee and the many volunteers for giving so much of themselves throughout the year and making the Christmas dance a sparkling success. The speech was deliberately short and sweet so that everyone could get on the floor and enjoy the yesteryear tunes of Fredrick’s one man band. The acoustics and choice selection of music were the ingredients that made this function one that will forever linger in our minds.

Emcee Hubert Pereira, always at his gregarious best, did well to keep the occasion moving smoothly while distributing the many prizes donated by the Club.

Response to the sale of raffle tickets was tremendous and the pleasantly high sum of money will be donated to the earthquake victims of India and Pakistan.

The highlight of the night was undoubtedly the Lancers, organized by Elsie Fernandes, performed by three teams, well choreographed by Alu/ Eva Carvalho and Antu/Elsa Saldanha. A standing ovation coupled with an encore clearly mesmerised the crowd.

The dance reluctantly ended with a giveaway of the beautiful centrepieces and mementos to everyone present.

We can now look forward to 2006 and especially the next Christmas Dance.


People Places and Things

Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dinner Dance - 2005

TEGSA Executive Committee 2005

TEGSA - Goan Seniors Lancers Troupe

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New 7 Wonders of the World Campaign Announces the 21 Finalist Candidates

ZURICH, Switzerland, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - The Chairman of a panel of leading architectural experts has announced the 21 world's landmark sites which will take part in the final stage of the race to become one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

The official New 7 Wonders finalist candidates are:
01 Acropolis, Athens, Greece
02 Alhambra, Granada, Spain
03 Angkor, Cambodia
04 Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico
05 Christ Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
06 Colosseum, Rome, Italy
07 Easter Island Statues, Chile
08 Eiffel Tower, Paris, France
09 Great Wall, China
10 Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey
11 Kyomizu Temple, Kyoto, Japan
12 Kremlin, Moscow, Russia
13 Machu Picchu, Peru
14 Neuschwanstein Castle, Fussen, Germany
15 Petra, Jordan
16 Pyramids of Giza, Egypt
17 Statue of Liberty, New York, USA
18 Stonehenge, Amesbury, United Kingdom
19 Sydney Opera House, Australia
20 Taj Mahal, Agra, India
21 Timbuktu, Mali

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Alberta to Lead the Rest of Canada in Economic Performance for the Next

CALGARY, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - High energy prices, together with increased production and investment in oil sands projects, mean Alberta should continue to lead the rest of Canada in economic performance over the next decade,according to a new paper from the BMO Financial Group Economics Department. The paper, entitled "Alberta's Long-Range Outlook: 'Oil's Well'", assesses Alberta's economic outlook compared with the rest of the nation over the next decade. "Alberta's stellar economic and fiscal fundamentals provide a solid base for future growth," according to Rick Egelton, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, BMO Financial Group. "Barring a collapse of energy prices, the province is poised to widen its economic and competitive lead against the rest of the nation."
The paper states that Alberta's economy, measured in constant dollars,will grow 0.9 percentage points faster than Canada's economy, on average,between 2005 and 2015. "Living standards, already the highest in the nation,will increase dramatically," stated Mr. Egelton. "Alberta's nominal GDP per capita will increase from the current 45 per cent above the national level to 55 per cent by 2015."


Economic Predictions for Canada in 2006

Professor Joseph D’Cruz
n Toronto Star – Jan, 1, 2006
1. Slowdown in economy spurred by U.S. downturn: Result fewer exports to U.S. and less demand for Canadian commodities.
2. Investing in technology would not only reduce dependency on U.S. but help Canadian firms make up difference by increasing trade with China.
3. Tough times for auto sector: An estimated 15,000 loss of jobs in trio of GM-Ford- Chrysler.
4. Foreign takeover of Canadian firms to grow. Nortel and Alberta-based energy companies likely candidates for foreign takeover.

Health & Wellness

Looking for a Long Term Care Home for our Seniors
By: "Al Mathias" <>
03 Jan 2006, 04:02:46 PM

A small group of us, interested in identifying a selection of prescreened Long Term Care Homes for our Seniors, has been meeting and discussing this important matter since the beginning of last year. We realized that one, if not the, most important aspect that our seniors face is loneliness. Even though they may be placed in a home which has good care, services and facilities, if it does not have other like-minded, culturally compatible seniors with whom they can converse, meet, get together, pray or have companionship and fun, they will tend to feel very lonely. With that in mind our group has been exploring the possibilities of being able to come up with plausible solutions.

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Survey: Acquiring New Skills Tops New Year's Wish List at Work

 TORONTO, Jan. 3 /CNW/ - New Year's resolutions typically include promises to eat healthier, exercise regularly or spend more time with family. But if managers could have one wish at work, it would be to develop a new skill. This was the number one career-related resolution for 40 per cent of executives surveyed recently. The survey includes responses from 100 senior Canadian executives --including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments --with the Canada's 1,000 largest companies. It was conducted by an independent research firm and developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. Executives were asked, "If you were to make a career-related New Year's resolution, what would it be?" Their responses:

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Pension Woes Concern Canadian Public

Ottawa, December 6, 2005 - Four in five Canadians are concerned that a pension under funding crisis exists in Canada, according to a Conference Board survey.

Thirty-four per cent of 2,000 Canadians surveyed in September said they were very concerned about the pension under funding situation in Canada, while another 29 per cent said they were somewhat concerned, and 17 per cent were mildly concerned.

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Campaign offers another chance to quit smoking

VANCOUVER, Jan. 4 /CNW/ - The Canadian Cancer Society says do not despair if you have already slipped in your effort to quit smoking in the New Year, because National Non-Smoking Week, Jan. 15 to 21, offers would-be quitters another chance to butt out for good. "Stay positive even if your initial attempt to kick the habit failed," says BC and Yukon Division CEO Barbara Kaminsky."The most important action you can take to improve your health - at any age and at any time of the year - is to become a non-smoker." Quitting smoking can be hard. People often make several attempts before they are successful. Despite the challenges, says Kaminski, every year thousands of Canadians successfully quit smoking." Friends, family, and loved ones play an important role in helping anyone they know who smokes or is trying to quit."

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HealthWrap: Vitamin D, for Death-Defying
From Monsters and
By Dan Olmsted
Dec 28, 2005, 19:00 GMT

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (UPI) -- Seldom has a life-saving prescription come so simply or so cheaply: Get enough vitamin D daily and cut your risk of some cancers by up to half.That`s the good news from a study by cancer specialists at the University of California, San Diego, Medical Center. The bad news is that -- because the main source of vitamin D is sunlight and many of us have begun avoiding it -- many people aren't getting enough. \'For example, breast cancer will strike one in eight American women in their lifetime. Early detection using mammography reduces mortality rates by approximately 20 percent. But use of vitamin D might prevent this cancer in the first place,\' said co-author Cedric F. Garland, a professor at UCSD`s cancer center.

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