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Who's eligible
Canadian citizens, 18 years and older as of election day.
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Not on the list or need to make corrections? Contact your local returning office by calling 1-800-463-6868 or go to http://www.elections.ca.

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Watch this Riding
277 Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca
2006 Candidates:
CAP: David Piney
CON: Troy DeSouza ( see http://www.goanvoice.ca/2005/issue25/index.html)

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There's more of presence of Indo-Canadians in various parties
 
Conservative Party of Canada's Rahim Jaffer, 34, first elected from the province of Alberta to the Canadian Parliament in 1997, believes if his party could win a majority in the January 23 elections, it would reform the immigration system and mend relations with the powerful neighbour to the south. And that's not just an empty election promise, he emphasizes, because he has been working on it for years in the Opposition.

In this 39th election, his party, led by Stephen Harper, is fielding almost the same number of South Asians as the Liberal Party of the beleaguered Prime Minister Paul Martin.

"Since the last election, more and more people have become more familiar with our leader (Stephen Harper), with our party, and many of our policies, and I think that is having a positive impact," Jaffer told News India-Times in an interview.

Read more at :
http://www.newsindia-times.com/2006/01/20/canada9-120034.html

 

Now Canadian Goan Snowbirds can have Dual Citizenship
OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI)
From: http://www.cgitoronto.ca/overseas_citizenship_of_india.htm#3.Eligibility%20criteria:

To respond to a longstanding demand of persons of Indian origin who are now nationals of other countries, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India had announced, on the occasion of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2005, the Government of India’s intention to grant dual citizenship to such nationals of certain countries, the laws of which permit such a facility for their citizens. This has now been given legal backing by the Indian Parliament with the approval of Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2005. The Scheme is called “Overseas Citizenship of India”. 2. Under the said scheme, a Registration Certificate, like an Indian passport though in a different colour, will be issued to the applicant.
A multiple entry, multi-purpose OCI ‘U’ (Universal) visa sticker will be pasted on the applicant’s foreign passport.
These two documents will have the applicant’s photograph, and all the necessary security features.

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US border crossing initiative is a step in the right direction
Council Warns that More Action Must Be Taken on US-Canada Cross Border Initiatives


VANCOUVER, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The Council of Tourism Associations of BC (COTA) welcomes news of US border crossing initiatives to encourage travelers from the US to Canada, but warns that it may not be enough to address border crossing issues.

In an advisory released this morning, the US Department of State and Department of Homeland Security outlined a secure, less expensive passport card for US land borders. The card, which will be issued in late 2006, will serve as an alternative to the traditional passport, which is more expensive.

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Walter Cronkite urges withdrawal from Iraq
 
CBC Arts


Former CBS anchor Walter Cronkite has urged U.S. news anchors to call for an end to the war in Iraq.

His appeal, made during an appearance before North American TV critics in Pasadena, Calif., called to mind his 1968 conclusion that the Vietnam War was unwinnable.

Cronkite, then known as "the most trusted man in America," had returned from a visit to Vietnam during the Tet offensive when he briefly set aside his objectivity to talk about the war. His verdict was that the war was unwinnable and that the U.S. should exit.

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PRESS RELEASE FOR NRI-WORLDWIDE.COM
Why does India have two National Days ?

All countries have one National Day. India has two - January 26 and August 15.www.nri-worldwide.com - the portal for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) explains in detail the significance of these two days.

You can also greet fellow Indians around the world with e-Republic Day (Jan 26) Greeting Cards, available free on this popular site.

The portal has won several awards including the iNova Award (New York) 2002 in the Community Portal section and the Galaxy Bronze Award 2002 (New York) for Community Awareness. It had previously won the Golden Web Award (2001-2002). It was also voted the most interesting Non-Resident Indian (NRI) site in an on-line poll last year.

Notes to the Editor :

There are an estimated 25 million Indians living outside India. They are referred to as NRIs (Non-Resident Indians). www.nri-worldwide.com strives to bring this diaspora together with news, views, happenings and updates on this the world's most religiously and culturally diverse human race.


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Goa & India

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Excerpts of messages posted on Goan Tanzanite
by George Pinto & Jo (Joanita Gonsalves) Birkmeyer

Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 02:12:39 -0800 (PST)
From: George Pinto
Subject: Waking up in non-Goa

It might be that most Goans (locals and NRGs) are asleep to the changes happening in Goa. Last week I was finally served by a Goan waiter in Goa after several days of
eating out. Where have all the Goan waiters gone? I asked one restaurant owner (a non-Goan) why there were no Goan waiters.

He said they took too much time off and were unreliable. I did not see any Goan waitresses which is another story too.

I would like to think that Goan waiters have moved up the labour ladder,
perhaps to more skill full and better paying professions and jobs. Alas, that is probably not the case as we slumber in the land that once was Goa.

Jobs and economic opportunity should be open to all (Goans and non-Goans)
but there is something terribly wrong when the ratio is absolutely lop-sided against Goans. Regards, George.

From: "j.birkmeyer"
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 10:38 PM
Subject: [goans_tanzanite] Goa, India

George: Your posting (of Jan. 11, see below) reflects the anguish that many of us feel over Goans relinquishing Goa to non-Goans.

When my family and I visited Goa in 1998, my uncle was lamenting the fact that Goa was no longer GOAN. He's been living in Goa ever since his retirement sometime in the late '60s.

If memory serves me right, Goa was "annexed" in 1961 - that's over 45 years ago. I recall that when this happened there was very little resistance by the locals. Over the years there appears to be very little sentiment for a separatist identity, except perhaps from us expats.

The Goan Diaspora began over 100 years ago. There are more Goans worldwide than in Goa itself. Despite their "susegad" reputation, Goans have been tremendously successful worldwide.

But observations like you noted and those that I observed for myself, makes me feel that perhaps it is time for us, NRGs, to accept the fact that Goa is now an integral part of India and is going to share with India a future that is common to the nation. Right now this future for India looks extraordinarily bright. Undoubtedly, Goans will play an important role in this - not only in Goa and other states in India but also in the other countries that they are residents of.

Let us hope for the best for all of us. Jo (Joanita Gonsalves) Birkmeyer

News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza

'Parish partakes in mission of Church'

PANJIM, Jan 18: Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao on Wednesday (Jan 18) reminded the catholic community that a parish is a place where the faithful grow in faith and take part in the mission of the universal Catholic church. He was delivering his homily during the Eucharistic Celebration to mark the elevation of the Holy Family Chapel at Alto-Porvorim to that of a Church. The new parish of the Holy Family, which comprises the nine zones of the erstwhile parishes of Socorro, Salvador do Mundo, Penha da Franca, Reis Magos and Pilerne, will now be part of the Mapusa deanery. The Holy Family Chaplain Fr Anand da Gama Pais was appointed the first parish priest of the newly erected Holy Family church. (H)
 

 

Goan students lack competitive spirit: education secretary

PANAJI, Jan 18: Making his observations on education scenario in Goa, the Education secretary, Mr Santosh Vaidhya, today said the "signs of weaknesses" in state education system include poor performance of local students in competitive examinations like civil service, GIM and JEE, disparity between books of the Goa Board and those prescribed by the National Council for Educational Research and Training, and also non-competitive attitude as visible form the recent opposition to Goa common entrance test. Mr Vaidya, in his presentation on the second day of the conference on the theme 'Universalisation of secondary education - role of boards of school education' said competitiveness which is required in modern-day education is lacking in Goa. (NT)

 

NCP MEMBERS WANT DR WILLY TO STEP DOWN

PANJIM: Heated arguments broke out among the office-bearers of the Nationalist Congress Party over the functioning of the Rane-led government with some members even demanding the resignation of both, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Wilfred de Souza and Agriculture Minister Mickky Pacheco from the ministry. As members demanded that a leader having guts be appointed as the NCP president, Dr de Souza stoutly refused to resign either from the Cabinet or as the state president, assuring them their problems would not be resolved by such a drastic step. (GT)
 

 

Goa Carnival to attract tourists

PANJIM: A three-day Goa Carnival would be held from February 25 to 28, with float parades planned in important cities of the state, including Panjim. "In Panaji, we expect at least 50,000 people to witness the float parade and the crowd will comprise a sizeable number of tourists who would come to Goa specially for the Carnival," said Surendra Furtado, Chairman, Panaji Carnival Committee. (GT)
 

 

'20-year-old girl killed in mishap

PANJIM: Shama Uday Shirodkar, 20, a resident of Shiroda and a student of Goa College of Music, Altinho, was killed after she was thrown off a two-wheeler and collided against a roadside electricity pole at Neura yesterday evening. According to the police, Shama was returning home after attending the two-day Yuva Mahotsav at Pilar. Shama, a talented artist was studying in BPA First Year, harmonium. She was immediately rushed to the GMC College and Hospital where she was declared dead. Sant Andre MLA and 11th Goa Yuva Mahotsav reception committee chairman Francis Silveira, Fr Agnel College principal Fr Frederick Rodrigues and KBM president Bhiku Naik jointly expressed their deep condolences on the sad demise of Shama Shirodkar. Immediately, after the news of the tragic accident reached the mahotsav venue, the organisers wound up all the remaining programmes. (GT)

 

The message from 1967 Opinion Poll
Excerpts

The fortieth anniversary year of Goa's historic and unique Opinion Poll begins from today. If Goa, despite all its political and social problems and conflicts, has still managed to attain developmentally the first rank in India, then the credit goes to all those stalwarts who worked untiringly to clinch the verdict of India's first and only plebiscite in favour of Goa's separate political identity...... But the Goa of 2006 is absolutely different from Goa of 1967. The innocence has ended. The age of greed, socially sanctified corruption and mutual suspicion has begun. If Opinion Poll victory was all about Goa's unique identity, then today it is being auctioned. Nostalgic celebrations would not wipe out the tears from the eyes of the women of Saleli or would help to declare the Dhangar/Gouly community as Scheduled Tribe or guarantee gainful employment for the one lakh educated unemployed. The message from Opinion Poll 1967 was clear - deserve the victory, qualify for it, by proving yourself worthy of the separate and unique identity for which people of one blood fought so bitterly. But somewhere on the way Goa and Goans have permanently lost their mission after 1967.
 

 

 

Events

 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
25th Feb 2006 Goa Amigos Red & Back Carnival Dance Red_Black-CarnivalDanceFlyer
Kipling Acres on Sunday, February 19th at 2.00 p.m. Group looking into Long Term Care Homes for Seniors Information meeting e-mail
Flyer
June 17th, 2006
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario Konkani Tiatr "KIDD"
written by : Ben Evangelisto (Goa)

Directed by:Marshal Fernandes
GVC
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
GVC
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  

Announcements
 

FW: ST. FRANCIS JESUIT JUBILEE YEAR - 1st Event - FOOD/CRAFT FAIR MAY 14TH, 2006
From: "marilyn correa" <correa_marilyn@hotmail.com>
 

If anyone is interested in setting up a Stall at the Food/Craft Fair,being held at Brebeuf College High School (Bayview/Steeles area - accessible by TTC) on May 14th, 2006, in conjunction with the St. Francis Jesuit Jubilee Year Celebrations and sponsored by the combined Associations of:

Goan Overseas Association (GOA)
St. Francis Xavier Senior's Club
The Canorient Christian Association of Metropolitan Toronto
The Canorient Seniors Club of Toronto
The Manglorean Association of Canada (MAC)

Please mail your cheques in the amount of $25 directly to Fr. Daryl Miranda.
The cheques are to be made payable to Cardoner Jesuit Community.

Mailing Address:

Fr. Daryl Miranda, S.J.
Cardoner House
7 Howland Avenue
Toronto, ON
Canada M5R 3B2

 

CELEBRATE GOA in California
From: "George Pinto" <georgejpinto@yahoo.com>

CELEBRATE GOA is a one day festival to be held at the India Community Center in Milpitas, California, on Sunday, March 19, 2006 from 11:30am-3:30pm. Goa Sudharop, a non-profit volunteer organization, is coordinating the event which will showcase certain cultural aspects of Goa. There will be cultural performances by Goan children, adults, Portuguese and Konkani groups. The event is meant to promote greater awareness of Goa and Goan culture in the San Francisco Bay Area community. In addition, the event will showcase work done in the Goan non-profit sector.

The one-day event is open to all (Goans and non-Goans). Goans will enjoy reliving some of their cultural traditions and non-Goans will have an opportunity to learn about Goa's fabled culture.

During the month of March a Goa exhibit organized by Goa Sudharop will also be held at the India Community Center (http://www.indiacc.org/) which is located at 555 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, CA 95035, USA.

All are invited, admission is free. Lunch and tea (optional) will be served at a nominal cost. Please mark your calendars and we look forward to seeing you.

We urge other Goan organizations and associations around the world to organize similar CELEBRATE GOA events.

Goa Sudharop World G.O.A.N. network.
 

 

 Konkani Tiatr "KIDD"

     Written by: Ben Evangelisto (Goa)

     Directed by: Marshal Fernandes

     Date: June 17th, 2006

     Location: Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario

     For more information, please contact Marshal Fernandes at (416) 220-596

 

People Places and Things
 

Majority of Canadians Are Making Their Homes and Cars Smoke-free Survey Results Released by Canadian Cancer Society

TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - When asked if anyone has smoked in their homes in the past week, almost four out of five (78 per cent) Canadians reported that their homes had been smoke-free.

This included 48 per cent of homes with one or more smokers and 94 per cent of homes without smokers.

These results come from a new national survey released today by the Canadian Cancer Society on the eve of National Non-Smoking Week (January 15 to 21). The survey also found that the majority of Canadians don't allow smoking in their vehicles.

Seventy per cent of Canadians who have one vehicle say they never allow smoking in the vehicle.

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Corporate Canada Keeps Lid On "Glass Ceiling"

Only 4.6 Per Cent of Top Executive Officers Are Women, Search Firm Finds

TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Fewer than 5 per cent of the top-paid executive officers in Canada's largest publicly-traded companies are women, according to leading executive search firm Rosenzweig & Company.

"We've heard a lot of talk over the past decade or so about women breaking through the glass ceiling," says Jay Rosenzweig, Managing Partner of Rosenzweig & Company. "But clearly these numbers speak volumes as to how much action - or inaction - has occurred in filling the highest executive positions with women. There remains great hesitancy to give women the keys to the Top 5
executive officer jobs."
 

 

Ride like hell

                                        

Got a bike that needs a haul or a change of attitude for a new lease of life? Rahul Alvares finds just the right man in Calangute who does it right.

He has ripped the rusty 350 cc Enfield down to nuts, bolts and bones. Every system - digestive, circulatory, nervous and excretory - has been separated and placed neatly in greasy bags in a corner of his garage. Now all that's left is the thick chassis of the bike and the headlight holder which, devoid of its bulb, is staring at me like the hollow eyes of a skeleton. The man whistling nonchalantly as he tussles with the heavy engine of the motorbike is Doctor Joe; the most famous Bullet mechanic in Goa.

 

Watercolors by Edgardo de Montreal
At :http://www.flickr.com/photos/montrealartist/sets/1355731/

                                                

He writes:
My watercolors are a dance and poetry of color on paper, shapes and the sensual, delicate touch of a water, color-laden brush on paper. I love paper, all kinds of paper and love how color and shapes behave on different kinds of paper....My art is inspired by the things I see around, the dirty snow, the sky, and Rue Ste Laurent, Montreal, where life is constantly in motion; new arrivals in Canada to the old and memories of Goan country side where I was brought up.

My inspiration is: There is art everywhere (seen on a billboard in Montreal).
See profile of Edgardo at
 http://www.flickr.com/people/montrealartist/

 


Health & Wellness

Canadians getting dangerously fatter, study says
From: http://www.cbc.ca/

Canadians are having a hard time cutting the fat, so much so that the rate of the most dangerous form of obesity has risen to its highest level in 13 years, a new study suggests.

The number of morbidly obese Canadians increased from 0.3 per cent to 1.3 per cent between 1990 and 2003, according to the study by researchers at Queen's University in Kingston, Ont.

The study is published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal released Tuesday.

Health Canada measures obesity with the body mass index (BMI), which is calculated using weight and height. A person is considered overweight if the BMI is over 25, and obese if it exceeds 30.

According to Statistics Canada, about 5.5 million adult Canadians (or 23 per cent of the population) and 500,000 children under 17 (eight per cent) were obese in 2004.

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Majority of Canadians Are Making Their Homes and Cars Smoke-free Survey Results Released by Canadian Cancer Society

TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - When asked if anyone has smoked in their homes in the past week, almost four out of five (78 per cent) Canadians reported that their homes had been smoke-free.

This included 48 per cent of homes with one or more smokers and 94 per cent of homes without smokers.

These results come from a new national survey released today by the Canadian Cancer Society on the eve of National Non-Smoking Week (January 15 to 21). The survey also found that the majority of Canadians don't allow smoking in their vehicles.

Seventy per cent of Canadians who have one vehicle say they never allow smoking in the vehicle.

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Professional Services sector facing business challenges in 2006
Human resources, increased competition and client demands present obstacles

TORONTO and HALIFAX, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - The first major study measuring the success and risks facing Canada's Professional Service industry, a key economic sector, forecasts ongoing success, but also points to warning signs that must be addressed if the sector is to capitalize upon its present momentum.

According to a study conducted by Research Dimensions and released by Grant Thornton LLP, Canada's law firms, engineering firms, architectural firms, consulting, marketing research and advertising firms are showing signs of stress from increased competition, lack of skilled employees and increased customer demands.

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Corporate Canada Keeps Lid On "Glass Ceiling"
Only 4.6 Per Cent of Top Executive Officers Are Women, Search Firm Finds

TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Fewer than 5 per cent of the top-paid executive officers in Canada's largest publicly-traded companies are women, according to leading executive search firm Rosenzweig & Company.

"We've heard a lot of talk over the past decade or so about women breaking through the glass ceiling," says Jay Rosenzweig, Managing Partner of Rosenzweig & Company. "But clearly these numbers speak volumes as to how much action - or inaction - has occurred in filling the highest executive positions with women. There remains great hesitancy to give women the keys to the Top 5 executive officer jobs."

Women represent more than half the Canadian population and 46.6 per cent of the workforce.

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Aspirin protects women from stroke, men from heart attack
Report based on: Journal of American Medical Association


Taking aspirin can reduce cardiovascular risks, but protects men more from heart attack and women more from stroke, according to a research led by Dr. Jeffrey Berger, of six randomized clinical trials of aspirin involving over 95,000 patients.

The results showed that aspirin use lowers women's risk of suffering a stroke by 17% while reducing men's chances of a heart attack by 32%."

Taking aspirin protects men and women in different ways.

Taking aspirin does significantly reduce cardiovascular risks, but protects men more from heart attack and women more from stroke, according to a new analysis.

Researchers led by Dr. Jeffrey Berger, a cardiologist at Duke University Medical Center (Durham, North Carolina) in the U.S., combined results from six different randomized clinical trials of aspirin, involving more than 95,000 patients with no prior heart problems.

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