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32 Year Low Decline in Canada’s Unemployment Rate
Labour Force Survey
Stats Canada -March 2006
Employment increased by 51,000 in March, bringing total gains from 12 months ago to 330,000 or 2.1%. The unemployment rate declined 0.1percentage points to 6.3%, a 32-year low.The employment increase in March pushed the Canadian employment rate up 0.1 percentage points to a record 62.9%. The employment rate is the share of the working age population that is employed.

Canada has traditionally had higher employment rates than most other countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). However, with stronger employment growth in this country, the rate in Canada has pulled further ahead of the OECD average in recent years. Canadians aged 16 and over have been more likely than Americans
to be employed since November 2002. Most of the employment gain in March was the result of an upswing of 44,000 in full-time work. This continues the long-term trend toward full-time employment growth in this country. Despite monthly fluctuations, part-time employment has remained around the same level for the last three years.


Ontario Government To Honour More Than 8,000 Volunteers Twentieth Anniversary Of Awards For Volunteer Service
TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - Ontario is honouring volunteers across the province for making such a difference in the lives of others, said Ontario Citizenship and Immigration Minister Mike Colle.

"Over the past 20 years we have celebrated the dedication and outstanding achievement of approximately 100,000 volunteers for their community service," said Colle. "These are the people who give back to their communities in so many ways, from driving seniors to coaching young people." This is the twentieth anniversary of the Volunteer Service Awards.


Indian Origin Judge Is New Zealand Governor-General

Auckland: Anand Satyanand, a former ombudsman and judge, has been named New Zealand's next governor-general.He will take charge after present governor-general Dame Silvia Cartwright's term ends on Aug 4 this year.

Welcoming the appointment, New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clarke said Monday: "Judge Satyanand will bring many personal strengths to the role of governor-general, including a broad knowledge of the workings of government and the law, as well as a deep appreciation of the different groups and communities which make up contemporary New Zealand.


East African Heads of State Declare Common Market Plan
From: "Mervyn Lobo" <>

ARUSHA, Tanzania (AP)--The presidents of three East African countries announced plans Wednesday to establish a common market by 2010 as part of a plan to
boost regional integration.

The leader of Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda said negotiations would begin on July 1 and that a protocol should be finished by December 2008, giving the member states time to ratify the agreement. The three countries, which are home to 90 million people, agreed on a regional customs union last year.


India's first Floating Port in Goa uses Canadian Technology
Excerpts  from:

Typical Transhipper

Mumbai, Apr 10 : In a bid to ensure efficient handling of dry bulk cargo, India's first Floating Port has been created in Goa called M V Goan Pride

The port set up by Katra Wilhelmsen Logistics (P) Ltd of Norway, is 250 mts long, can store over 1.2 lakh tonnes of cargo and transfer at speed over 4,500 tonnes per hour.
See more...


2006 Census of Canada
May 16, 2006

 To assist people whose first language is neither English nor French, the census questions have been translated into 62 other languages, including 18 Aboriginal languages. (But not yet Konkanim ! )


Census Jobs
Statistics Canada is currently hiring staff to fill approximately 25,000 census positions. These are full-time and part-time temporary jobs. Census Online Recruitment.

CSoE - Canadian Seniors of the East
Greetings and best wishes for a Very Happy Easter, from the Board of Directors.


Fuel Flickering The Flames Of Faith
Editorial From Western Catholic Reporter

The glorious celebrations of Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday are now over. Those celebrations are the annual highpoint of worship. They raise us above the ordinary and provide glimpses of the divine. The Easter season stretches for 50 days, but its emotional pinnacle has already passed.

For those who have come through the RCIA, the stakes are even higher. They have been in the process of discovering the most basic dimension of life, of an almost-giddy excitement over the realization of God's loving concern for and presence in our lives. Now, there is the potential for a post-Easter letdown.

What to do now? How does one keep the fire alive?

The first realization must be that the journey is not over. It has barely begun. The fire that must be kept alive is not the fire of emotional excitement, but the fire of fidelity.

Faith is like a marriage. If love is rooted only in desire and good times, it will surely pass. But if there is a genuine, abiding commitment to the other person, it will endure hard times and emerge stronger.

Further, if love devolves into simply doing one's duty or obeying the commands of the Church, it will lose its life.

It is not enough to be loyal and obedient to the Church; the Church must steal your heart. The Christian will root himself in the soul of his beloved and make her experience his own. He will love her past and meditate on her history, revering her tradition and exploring it deeply. He will come to be intimate with the saints who lived, thought and suffered for Christ in the Church.

Having come to love the Church's tradition and know her saints, he will not entertain the idea that there once was a golden age of the Church that allows us to condemn the Church of today for its weaknesses.

Indeed, the Christian will never set himself above the Church as its judge. Theologian Henri de Lubac once wrote, "Far from passing judgment on (the Church), he will allow her to judge him and he will agree gladly to all the sacrifices demanded by her unity."

Having made one's faith the cornerstone of one's life, the Christian will not see society's conventions or his own ideas as main sources of enlightenment. He will look to Peter for guidance. Peter, the bumbling fisherman who once betrayed Jesus, but who, under the power of the Holy Spirit, became the Rock.

Many consider the exercise of authority in the Church to be tyranny. That opinion must be resisted at all costs.

The Church is not a human institution, but a divine one. It is Christ's body, living and breathing here today. Our ongoing union with the Church is not a heavy weight. It is the ongoing consummation of our love. Obedience to her is a cause for joy.

St. Ambrose once reflected, "Where Peter is, there the Church is." So, look for Peter and be faithful with him.

John Paul II, our recent Peter, once wrote that those who walk by the Spirit "feel an interior urge - a genuine necessity and no longer a form of coercion - not to stop at the minimum demands of the law, but to live them in their fullness" (The Splendour of Truth, 18).

To live the resurrection always means going beyond the minimum. This way is an "uncertain and fragile journey," the late pope said. But it is possible with God's grace.

To be a convert is a special thing. In the final analysis, however, the conversion that matters most is the day-to-day conversion at which we, again and again, choose or reject Christ. Fidelity to Christ is possible only through love. It is a love that must be fed through meditation, the sacraments, spiritual reading and acts of service.

The celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter bring us to the core of our faith. They can enliven us. But for faith to continue, it must be fed. - Glen Argan


Goan Overseas Association Annual Report for 2005
The G.O.A. announced in their Financial Report that they made a profit in excess of $54K last year. The bank mortgage for the 10 acre Kirby/Hwy 400 property, is fully repaid. Membership stands at  834 in 2005  compared to 918 in 2004. Top revenue sources are : Corporate Sponsorship (30%) Viva Goa (24%)  & New-Year Dance (20%) Expenses: The PULSE (31%) Insurance (28%) In an effort to reduce administrative costs on The PULSE members are being asked to provide their email address to save on mailing costs.

A "Town Hall Meeting" is scheduled for April 30, 2006 to discuss the property The fair market value of the 10 property is stated to be much greater than the book value $850K. The next annual general meeting is to take place on April 23, 2006 For more information on G.O.A. visit <>  A  membership turnout of 100+ at the AGM will signify a solid vote of thanks and appreciation for the Executive who have toiled unceasingly to liquidate the property mortgage, and maintain respect for the Goan Community.

John J. D'Souza
X 4447



News Clips from Goa

Goa communal violence was pre-planned: probe report
April 7, 2006

Panaji (ICNS) -- A fact finding report on the communal violence which rocked Goa in March says it was “well-planned strategy by political forces.”             

The All India Milli Council (AIMC) that conducted the probe has called upon the government to bring out a white paper, to tell the people the truth about the violence in the twin towns of Sanvordem and Curchorem.


Keith Vaz delivers lecture at Goa University
PANJIM: Keith Vaz, Member of Parliament, United Kingdom, delivered a lecture organised under the Goa University lecture series on the topic "Globalisation and New Technology". Vaz stressed upon the importance and benefits of new technology of information, which are available through various sources like Telecommunications and Internet and other similar technology in the world as a whole. He also spoke on how telecommunications and Internet develop relations between individuals, countries, and benefits trade and business all over the world. Vaz also gave details of "The Merlyn Vaz Scholarship 2007" constituted in his mother's name, which enables a teacher from Goa, an opportunity to teach in Primary School in Leicester, UK, for a short duration and includes accommodation, food and travel expenses as well as a sightseeing tour of United Kingdom. (GT)
Turning back the clock
Vagator Beach

He believes that for writing fiction, it is necessary for a writer to journey back into his childhood. That probably is one of the reasons that writer Victor Rangel-Ribeiro loves coming back to
Goa from his home in America. "You get innumerable stories from the little incidents and the many characters from the past - your own uncles and aunts are the most amazing characters. That was the tip given to me by renowned writer, Mulk Raj Anand, and because of him I became a serious writer," says the 80-year-old award-winning fiction writer, Victor Rangel-Ribeiro. Writing was his hobby right from childhood and this also led Ribeiro to start a writers' club during his college days in Mumbai, said the writer while reading from his book "Tivolem" at Cafe Literati in Calangute. (Arti Das, GT)
Work for uplift of Konkani, Goans urged
MARGAO, Apr 10: The chief guest for Fr Freddy J da Costa Writer's award, Mr Zito Almeida, said Goans had to work in tandem for the uplift of Konkani language without discriminating it on the basis of script. While presenting the award for the year 2005 to Mr John Gomes Kokoy, Mr Almeida said, "Roman script has a first place in the Goans' heart and the young generation has to stress more on Roman script. The felicitation function was organised by the Dalgado Konknni Akademy. Mr Tomazinho, who spoke on the occasion, said that late Fr Freddy was a good writer and had worked hard to bring up the Konkani language through his writings. The award winner, Mr Kokoy, said that Roman script was an international script and needed to be honoured in our own state. "All our youngsters should focus on Konkani language and Roman script in particular," said Mr Kokoy, who has written and swung over 3,000 songs besides his several acclaimed tiatrs. (NT)
VM Salgaocar and VS Dempo have joined hands to launch a new transshipper (these play a key role in the ore export trade) and it has been called M V Goan Pride. Large newspaper adverts, particularly in the mining linked section of the Goa media, congratulate both firms on the launch of the transshipper by chief minister Pratapsing Rane on Tuesday. Yesterday's papers highlighted the visits by teams from Japan, South Korea and China -- all major iron-ore importers from Goa. Navhind says the "state-of-art" technology was used to create the new-generation transshipper with a storage capacity of 123,000 tonnes in her holds and a loading capacity of about 75,000 tonnes per day. It has the the capacity to load Panamax vessels in one day and larger-sized cape vessles of upto 300,000 DWT in three to four days, brining Goa "at par with the loading facilities of leading iron ore exporting countries like Australia and Brazil". (Navhind Times)
Feb/ March 2007 details at
Posted By: "r.barreto" <>
On: "Goans_Tanzanite" <>;

On 20th August 2006, Goans from all over the world will celebrate World Goa Day. The Executive committee is looking to form a sub-committee to make this a fun dayincluding spiritual, cultural and social events including the traditional Goencho Bazaar.If you have the talent and are willing to share it for the greater good ofyour community,please contact me now. It will be a day to remember, as our true Goan spiritwill be on display. Help us be ‘Proud to be Goan’.

Deu borem corum
Tony Colaco,Vice President, GOA NSW Inc.


Brampton Resident Drowns in Goa
- Four persons, including three students, drowned in two separate mishaps off the Calangute-Baga coast on Monday. In the first incident, 65-year-old Canadian national Gregory Mathew Monteiro along with his daughter had ventured into the sea at Baga, when they were pulled into the sea by strong currents at about 2.30 pm. While locals managed to save the daughter, her father was pulled out dead from the sea

Reverend Father Archilles (Archie) D'Souza (1942-2006):
The priest who did not go gentle into the good night.
Excerpt from Daily Times
By Mahim Maher\04\01\story_1-4-2006_pg12_12

KARACHI: In the early 1950s there was one place in the city where Hindus, Christians and Muslims would bump into each other for one purpose. This place was the D' Souza family wine shop in Saddar where a young Archie D'Souza first experienced the way the people of these three faiths interacted. Small wonder then, that when he was 18 years old, he decided that he wanted to become a priest. And over the years, Father Archie went on to become one of the strongest proponents of interfaith harmony. In fact, not only did he pursue a B.A. in Islamic studies at Jamia Millia, Malir, in 1969 but he also went on to do an M.A. in Islamic Theology from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and later a Ph.D. in Islamic Theology at Gregorian University, Rome, in 1976. With his death last week, the Christians, Muslims and Hindus of Karachi and Pakistan have lost a valuable diplomat.


Raj Kumar; South Indian Movie Star
Associated Press
Thursday, April 13, 2006; B06

Raj Kumar, 77, a onetime child actor who became one of south India's most beloved movie stars and later was kidnapped by a notorious bandit, died of cardiac arrest April 12 at a hospital in Bangalore. Mr. Kumar, whose name was also spelled Rajkumar, appeared in more than 200 Kannada-language films in five decades and had millions of fiercely devoted fans. Although he largely gave up acting in the mid-1990s, he remained one of the region's best-loved figures.
Hundreds of distraught fans rioted in Bangalore when police prevented them from forcing their way into the late actor's home, New Delhi Television reported. Police used bamboo canes to drive away angry fans who shattered the windows of several buses and set a half-dozen cars and motorcycles on fire.

The actor's body was later moved to a large public park in the heart of the city to allow fans to pay their respects. The regional government in southern India has decided to give Mr. Kumar a state funeral, according to Press Trust of India.

John J. D'Souza
X 4447



 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 





April, 29, 2006 – 2.00 p.m.

Goan Overseas Association

Spring Fling – Anniversary Dance

Sunday, April, 30, 2006 – 2.00 p.m.

Goan Overseas Association

Building Special General Body Meeting

Thursday, May 4,  6.30 p.m. sharp


Free  Theatre – “Popcorn Princess”
Commander Hall – 140 Commander Blvd
Dinner $5.00 person

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Sunday May 7, 2006

Goan Overseas Association

Career Newworking Mixer

Thursday, May 11,  6.30 p.m. sharp


Mega Whist Drive  (free) & Bingo
Commander Hall – 140 Commander Blvd
Dinner $5.00 person

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May 12,6.15 pm

Fifty-five Plus Goan Seniors Group- West GTA

Ladies Dine & Pamper Nite
Mary Kay®Dinner & Makeover
You are cordially invited to a "Girlfriends Night Out"
Enjoy a great Buffet Dinner.
Click Flier for details

Goan Seniors

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Sunday, May 14th, 2006
11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.



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)

Food & Craft Fair
Brebeuf College School
211 Steeles Avenue East
(Near Bayview & Steeles)
Toronto, Ontario



Tuesday May 16, 2006
6.45 p.m. sharp

Fifty-five Plus Goan Seniors Group- West GTA

Meet & Greet &
First Monthly Whist Drive at
The Malta Band Club5745 Coopers Avenue Mississauga, On  L4Z 1R9

Click for Flier

Saturday, May 27th 2006

Toronto East Goan Seniors Association

2nd Anniversary

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June 3, 2006

Goan Overseas Association

Golf Classic

Friday 9th, June 2006

FIFA World Cup 2006



Saturday June 10, 2006

Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area

Celebration St Anthony's Feast


June 11, 2006

Goan Overseas Association

St. Francis Xavier Summer Picnic

Tuesday June 13, 2006
6.45 p.m. sharp

Fifty-five Plus Goan Seniors Group- West GTA

At Malta Band Club


Watch for details

June 16, 2006

Goan Overseas Association

Goan’ Overboard

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

Click for Flier

June 23rd, 2006

55 Plus Goan Association - West GTA

"First Annual" dinner dance at the renaissance banquet hall - Mississauga,ONT.

Click for Flier

Sunday June 25th


Trip  To Shaw Festival, Niagara-On-The-Lake“High Society” at Festival Theatre 

Click to see Flier

Saturday July 8, 2006
6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m.

Monte De Guirim – Toronto Chapter

Summer Blast 2006

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Saturday July 8, 2006

CLR Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga



July 16, 2006

Villagers of Moira and Aldona

Moira/Aldona Picnic at Centennial Park, Etobicoke

Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 -  12.00 noon

Calangute Association Canada

Feast of Patron Saint Alex


July 29, 2006

Goan Overseas Association

Viva Goa 2006

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


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October 1, 2006
12:00 noon

Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia . Association

Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)


October 22, 2006

Villagers of Moira,

Moira Social, Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

November 18, 2006

Navelim Association of Toronto

Navelim SocialAt Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)

Details to follow.

For information e-mail:


December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.

St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations

Greater Toronto Area Events



Audio CD By Visually Impaired
From: "George Pinto" <>
"Tanzanite Goans" <>
Sent: Saturday, March 11, 2006 2:48 AM

Julio D'Cunha a visually impaired person has come out with his third audio CD 'Juzu Ievcho Zala' a devotional songs album. It was released on the World Disabled Day in Panjim and the CDs are now available in our office.

It is a truly remarkable CD as Julio being visually impaired has composed the lyrics and sung the songs on the CD. Best of all he has received the grace to praise God in spite of his disability and is inspiring others to do the same. The music is by well known musician Chris Corriea. It is price at Rs. 100/- only.

A truly inspirational album showing the talents and capabilities of the disabled. Please promote it and collect your copy from our office at only Rs. 100/-.

Regards, Avelino de Sa, President
C/o Star Investments
Opp. Head Post Office
Panjim, Goa - 403 001.
Telefax: 0832 - 2427160



Help To Promote Goan Authors
From: Judy Luis-Watson
To: Romero Dias

I'm writing to you at the suggestion of my father and your friend, Jerry Luis. He spoke highly of you as a kind person who gets things done and who is well-connected in the Goan community. I have had the good fortune of reading several books by Goan and other writers who have written about life in Goa and East Africa. My husband and I as well as my father have not only enjoyed reading their work but, in the process, also gained a deeper understanding of Goan and East African cultural history.

It would be great if you could help to get the word out to the Goan community so more folks may have access to the books. Who knows, they might even want to invite the writers to do readings or lead workshops at special events but that's getting ahead of ourselves.

To avoid being in the middle of things, I would like to ask three writers to contact you directly with their information - Ben Antao lives in Toronto, Lino Leitao lives in Montreal, and Peter Nazareth lives in Iowa. Please let me know if this would be okay with you.

Thank you very much,
Judy Luis-Watson Bowie, Maryland, USA

PS When you get a chance, please visit the website that my husband and I created for our music group:



Book announcement: Goan migrant motherhood in New Zealand
From: "Edwin de Souza" <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 1:27 AM
To: [goans_tanzanite]:

Ruth DeSouza's research on the experiences of Goan women becoming mothers in a new country has now been published.

'Walking upright here' is based on Ruth's Masters research and explores the dual transition of migration and motherhood from the perspective of Goan women living in New Zealand.

Ruth is excited about the new book book because she feels that it is important to make the findings available to anyone who wants to know more about Goan culture and learn about the experiences of the Goan diaspora:

"Living in New Zealand I often found it hard to get hold of other people's work and so I wanted to make sure that people with an interest in Goans all over the world could get a copy"

The book is published by Muddy Creek Press and can be ordered online
For US$24.95 plus postage from:

Ruth DeSouza
Wairua Consulting Limited
PO Box 60-517, Titirangi
Waitakere City, Aotearoa/New Zealand

Global Aid Committee - Montreal
GAC - Spaggetti Fundraising Lunch - $7.00
Saturday, 25 Mar 2006. 12.00 - 3.00PM

Luiza D'Sa: 450 676-8560
Global Aid Committee

Sharing our love at Easter ,
Message from TEGSA's Executive Committee

Message from Fifty Five Plus Goan Association
" On behalf of our Executive Committee", may we extend a hand of friendship to all on this 'Blessed Easter Celebration' and in doing so, grant that we, who commemorate and reverence the sorrows this past Lenten season , may experience the blessed effect of " Thy Passion of our Lord" in our homes in our hearts. In rejoicing in this great Celebration, still we hope that this Easter greeting will impart the love, warmth and the thanks that come from our hearts to each and every one of you as you continue in your "journey" with a sincere resignation to the Will of God."

We wish to thank you for your kind support accorded us in the past and trust it will continue into the future. A Blessed Easter.

Muriel Lucas -General Secretary
Fifty Five Plus Goan Association.


People Places and Things

Goan Seniors Revive "The Lancers"
The Toronto East Goan Seniors (TEGSA) gave an elegant performance of "The Lancers" at their 2005 Christmas Event, which has sparked new interest in this dance and revived memories of long ago. Videographer Uvy Lopes DVD of the performance is in high demand.

Preparations and practice for the performance began few months earlier when Elsie Fernandes, Anthony(Antu) & Elsa Saldanha & Aloysius (Alu) & Eva Carvalho recollected the moves of times past and arranged the choreography and music. Then came the setting up of the dance teams and rehearsals co-ordinated by Elsie, Antu & Alu. The result of all this hard work was an entertaining performance which many will long remember. Where do they go from here ? The group is on the lookout for the original sound music and repertoire of parts 4 & 5 of this group dance.


The truth about exams
LONDON, ON, April 11 /CNW/ - As classes at universities end and exams begin the following item may be of interest...

Students who want a boost of energy to get them through exams should skip the coffee and run around the block instead says Peter Lemon, kinesiology professor at The University of Western Ontario. "About 10 to 15 minutes of vigorous exercise will stimulate blood flow to the brain, providing the same effect as a cup of coffee," he says. In addition to coffee, Lemon advises against fuelling up on highly-caffeinated energy drinks. He says these products contain no carbohydrates and therefore provide no real energy, just a feeling of energy from the caffeine.

John J. D'Souza
X 4447

Goa Sudharop: Award for Rachel Soares
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Goa Sudharop is pleased that one of our young volunteers Rachel Soares (daughter of Anslim and  Odelia Soares) from California is the recipient of a 2005-2006 National Health Service Corps  Scholarship. See

We are happy to acknowledge our hardworking young adults for their commitment and dedication to the community. We wish Rachel (University of Southern California) all the best in her field as a Physician Assistant and thank her for her dedication and service to the underprivileged. Congratulations Rachel on this well deserved National honor. Goa Sudharop -World G.O.A.N. network.

John J. D'Souza
X 4447


Goan Overseas Association Annual Report for 2005

The G.O.A. announced in their Financial Report that they made a profit in excess of $54K last year. The bank mortgage for the 10 acre Kirby/Hwy 400 property, is fully repaid. Membership stands at 834 in 2005 compared to 918 in 2004. Top revenue sources are : Corporate Sponsorship (30%) Viva Goa (24%) & New-Year Dance (20%) Expenses: The PULSE (31%) Insurance (28%) In an effort to reduce administrative costs on The PULSE members are
being asked to provide their email address to save on mailing costs.

A "Town Hall Meeting" is scheduled for April 30, 2006 to discuss the "The Building Project" .The fair market value of the 10 acre property is stated to be much greater than the book value $850K.
The next annual general meeting is to take place on April 23, 2006 For more information on G.O.A. visit

Health & Wellness

Check Up From The Neck Up

Take a load off your mind, GTA - Get the checkup!

TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - Today marks a turning point for the stressed out people in the GTA struggling with the ups and downs of modern life. And it's a milestone for the one in five who are directly affected by anxiety and mood disorders. The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario is launching Check Up From The Neck Up, a massive test pilot mental health awareness campaign right here in the GTA to help people take control of their mental health. We challenge 300,000 residents over our 3-month multi media campaign - featuring subway and Go-train posters, radio and print ads - to take the checkup test for a snapshot of their mental health. It is simple, private and self-administered and if a person chooses to get more information or help MDAO has set into motion a team involving the Ontario Psychological Association, the Department of Psychiatry at Sunnybrook, The Ontario College of Family Physicians and scores of other agencies. "However we can't do it without your help, getting the word out," says Karen Liberman, Executive Director MDAO and spokesperson for the campaign. "Anyone with a fever wouldn't think twice about taking their temperature. But ask someone if they've done anything recently to safeguard their mental health - something like we're asking - and they might look at you like you're crazy."

Toronto Mayor David Miller is appearing on one of the posters in the campaign. "Taking the checkup is a great idea," said Mayor Miller, who is lending his support to the campaign. "It's a quick, easy and confidential way for people to assess their mental health and access invaluable resources. It can be as important as taking charge of your physical health yet too often goes  forgotten or gets overlooked." The campaign formally kicks off Tuesday, April 4 at noon at BCE place, Allen Lambert Galleria, entrance off 181 Bay St. On hand will be hockey
great Ron Ellis, Liberman and two time Olympic gold medal winner Jayna Heford.

For the mental health snapshot go to


Families and Residents Sending Strong Message to Government
MARKHAM, ON, April 3 /CNW/ - Families, residents and their supporters are sending a strong message to government that long term care homes need more operating funding to provide the care residents need with the dignity they deserve and the respect they have earned.
In ridings across Ontario representatives of Family Councils, Residents Councils and others have been presenting MPPs with petitions calling for an increase of $306 million in operating funding
to add 20 more minutes of daily care for each resident. A number of these petitions were presented in the Legislature last week.



McGuinty Government Hits Target: 150 Family Health Teams Better Access To Health Care For 2.5 Million Ontarians
TORONTO, April 6 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is strengthening health care for working families by reaching its goal of creating 150 Family Health Teams, says Premier Dalton McGuinty. "These 150 teams will work to keep people healthy, as well as treat them when they're sick," said Premier McGuinty. "That means healthier Ontarians, a stronger health care system and a better quality of life."



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