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Immigrants, Their Children Given Raw Deal In Canada
Monday, 17 April 2006

The Weekly Voice has strenuously attempted to bring to the attention of both our community and the political leaders on the insidious racism that is keeping the immigrant workers down. Often the best among us are robbed of an opportunity to contribute to Canada in a system that is designed to kill the ambition of the 'outsider' if he is not of the right colour. Often, such allegations are dismissed as either not 'valid' or emanating from disgruntled quarters. That is why the following report that was prepared for the Canadian Labour Congress is a startling confirmation of what we have been saying all along.


Catholic educators focus on keeping students safe on the Internet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CNS) -- A generation ago, parents worried about their children getting in with the wrong crowd. Today, they worry the wrong crowd is being invited into their children's homes through the Internet. To combat the pervasive and sometimes dangerous impact of the Internet on today's youths, educators across the country are being trained in schools and diocesan programs about how to keep students safe while they are online. Linda Pacheco, assistant director of public programs for the Bristol County Sheriff's Office in Rhode Island recently gave a presentation to leaders in the Providence Diocese on the dangers of the Internet, especially threats linked to putting personal information on Web sites like where users post online journals, photos, and thoughts and interests to share with others. Pacheco said students rarely realize that the information they post and messages they send on the Internet can be viewed by millions of people. That false sense of security allows some to believe that they can do and say anything they want without restrictions.


Two Goans Appear at The Old Bailey (UK) on Terrorism Charges
Posted by Eddie Fernandes on
25 Apr: BBC. Dominic Martins, 45, of Stanmore, London, Roque Fernandes, 44 of Edgware. London and Abdurahman Kanyare are charged with conspiring to possess red mercury and conspiracy to provide funds for terrorism. Banker Mr Martins and bank security guard Mr Fernandes joined forces to locate red mercury. Mr Martins' former brother-in-law had turned to his newspaper after being disappointed with the response he received after reporting Mr Martins to police Mr Martins and Mr Fernandes had £10,000 worth of debts and had tried various schemes to try to make money.
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Goan Literature
See: for list of Goan Writers

Professor Peter Nazareth points out that that Goans have written in thirteen languages, of which the chief were English, Portuguese, Marathi and Konkani, the last of these, the mother tongue, being written in four different scripts. Nazareth is editor of an anthology of Goan writing[1], professor of English and African-American World Studies and advisor to the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. He writes:

(By saying Goans are cultural brokers, I mean) Goans mediate between cultures, Goans live between different cultures, Goans are travellers from one world to another. This, in my opinion, happened when East and West met in Goans under pressure with the Portuguese conquest. Since that time, our usefulness to the world, wherever we are, is that we can understand different cultures and help people from different cultures understand one another. The disadvantage is that if we don't work on it, we may end up not knowing who we are."

Edward D'Lima, who has done his PhD on the Goan writer Armando Menezes, argues that Goan writing in English goes back to the late nineteenth century, when Goans were migrating out of this Portuguese-controlled colony in favour of jobs in the growing English-speaking British-ruled colonial world. One early example was the writer from the village of Pilerne (Bardez) named Joseph Furtado.

Goans now read in different languages. English is probably the most influential. Marathi is another widely-read language. Konkani, the widely-spoken and 'official' language of the region, is studied in schools.


News Clips from Goa

St. Francis Xavier - 500th Birth Anniversary Celebrations in Goa

Posted by : bosco on Apr 08, 2006
It was perhaps destined that a native of Spain should commence his missionary endeavours and also find his sacred relics held in one of Asia's most beautiful tiny State of Goa.......

Photo by Godfrey Gonsalves

Gathering of Priests
In the backdrop of the Archaelogical Society of India (ASI) maintained Basilica de Bom Jesus, where the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier are held in a silver casket, at Old Goa (Ilhas) Tiswadi taluka Goa the western State of India, over four thousand people assembled this evening at 1734 hrs IST at a specially erected shamiana to partake in the Eucharist Mass to celebrate 500th Birth anniversary of St Francis Xavier (07.04.1506) a native of Navarre in Spain.

Goa Cabinet okays private practice for GMC’s medical consultants
Navhind Times Staff Reporter

Panaji, April 19: The state government had okayed a proposal allowing medical consultants attached to the Goa Medical College and Hospital and other health bodies to do private practice after official duty hours. The decision to this effect was taken at today’s cabinet meeting.

The Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsing Rane told reporters that the specialists, who were taken as consultants on contract basis would now be allowed to do their private practice. However, he said that if they opted for private practice, they would not be entitled to the non-practicing allowance.


PANAJI: If you’re planning to invest in property or purchase a holiday home, then consider Goa. Nature is doing for the state, what IT did for Bangalore and Hyderabad — send land prices rocketing through the roof! The past year has seen land value in the capital Panaji rise from Rs 14 per sq mt to Rs 21 per sq mt.

Other places across the state are not far behind with a 20% increase in land prices which is expected to further rise at an increasing rate for the next ten years.



+ FERNANDES, Marcelino  (Toronto)

FERNANDES, Marcelino - Past President of the Goan Institute, Nairobi, Kenya. Peacefully at North York General Hospital on Wednesday, April 26, 2006 in his 92nd year. Loving husband of 57 years to Tita. Dear father to Zemira, Avin, Anna and Mervyn. Cherished grandfather of Claudette, Jeffrey, Michael, Kimberley, Lisa, Matthew, Lauren and Kyle. Marcelino, predeceased by his 5 brothers and 1 sister, will be sadly missed by all of his family and friends.  Funeral Mass held on Saturday, April 29th at St.Gabriel's Parish, 650 Sheppard Avenue East.


 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 





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 Networking Mixer

Thursday, May 11,  6.30 p.m. sharp


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


Click for Flier

Click to download
TEGSA Membership Form

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 Club
5745 Coopers Avenue
Mississauga, On  L4Z 1R9 

Click for Flier (55Plus flier1)

Saturday, May 27th 2006

Toronto East Goan Seniors Association

2nd Anniversary

Click for Flier

Sunday, May 27th 2006

Goan Soccer League

Goan Inter-Village Soccer League Commences At Thistletown Collegiate Grounds, 20 Fordwich Cres. Etobicoke, Ontario.

Evaristo Fernandes @416 873-
GOAN or visit

June 3, 2006

Goan Overseas Association

Golf Classic

Friday 9th, June 2006

FIFA World Cup 2006



Saturday June 10, 2006

Goan Charitable Organization

"Walkathon" @ 9.00 a.m. sharp at Lakefront Premenade Park, (Cawthra/Lakeshore) Mississauga.

For details visit

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

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June 23rd, 2006

55 Plus Goan Association - West GTA

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

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Sunday June 25th


Trip  To Shaw Festival, Niagara-On-The-Lake

“High Society” at Festival Theatre 

Click to see Flier ( flier TEGSA2)

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

Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia . Association

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


Click for Flier

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 Social

At 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



RSVP: (T: 905-773-3296)

The Career Networking Mixer is designed to help people who are new to the workforce or looking to make a career change explore their occupational options. Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn about any one of the following professions firsthand through the experience of a mentor. Below is a list of each mentors profession with their industry in brackets.


Weekend Retreat
You are invited to a Weekend retreat by Fritz Mascarenhas, Director of The International Catholic Programme of Evangelization,(ICPE) India.

THEME: John 4: 34 - "My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to finish His work".



2006 Census of Canada
May 16, 2006
Count Yourself
Click image for Census Jobs

2006 Census Questions can be viewed at:
Some questions of relevance to readers.
Q 17 - What were the ethnic or cultural origins of this person's ancestors?
Question 17 provides information about the ethnic and cultural diversity of Canada's population. This question makes possible the collection of the information required for the implementation of the Multiculturalism Act and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is also used extensively by ethnic and cultural associations, as well as by agencies and researchers, for  activities such as health promotion, communications and marketing.
Q 19 – Is this person :

South Asian (e.g., East Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, etc.)
Question 19 tells us about the groups that make up the visible minority population in Canada. This information is required for programs under the Employment Equity Act, which promote equal opportunity for everyone.


Vote for your favourite teacher

Teachers from all over Goa applied for the scholarship in memory of Merlyn Vaz and three candidates have been short listed. The scholarship recognises Merlyn’s exemplary service as an inspirational teacher and leader. Merlyn’s son, the longest serving British Asian MP Keith Vaz has launched the scholarship and will award a teacher the chance of a lifetime.

The scholarship endorsed by the Chief Minister Pratab Singh Rane MP and Tourism Minister Wilfred de Souza is worth around £2,500 and the winner will get the opportunity to teach at Sacred Heart Primary School, during the spring term 2007, accommodation and the cost of food and travel expenses. She will also go on a sight-seeing tour of Britain.




People Places and Things

First Holy Communion Gift Book

The essentials of the Catechism in question-answer format The English Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is now available in hardcover and softcover editions. This abbreviated version of the Catechism presents the entirety of Catholic moral teaching and the doctrine of the faith in a user-friendly format that is accessible to all.
Handsomely bound, durable hardcover
As of April 1, 2006: regular price of $24.95
Low priced, high quality softcover
Same size, content and format as the hardcover
1 to 4 copies: $16.95


Konkani Music now available in Canada
V.P. Sinaris & Sons* have been synonymous with Konkani music for decades.They now want a presence in Canada in order to market their music to N. America and Europe.

Before they can establish a full presence here they want to ascertain the popularity of Konkani music in the West. They know that when Goans visit Goa, they always buy a few CDs to remind them of their stay in Goa. But they also know that many Goans do not visit Goa that frequently and have to rely on their friends and relations to do them the favour of buying some nostalgic music for them.



UTM's Fuel Cell Facility First in University Student Residence
(Posted April 19, 2006)
By Tracy Moniz, Marketing and Communications, UTM.

The opening of the solid oxide fuel cell facility at the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) today marks Canada's first installation of solid oxide fuel cells in a university student residence as well as the world's first multi-unit installation.


 "Every Kilowatt Counts" Campaign Will Help Ontario Consumers Save Energy And Money

A new campaign will help citizens across the province conserve energy and save money, Ontario Energy Minister Donna Cansfield and Chief Energy Conservation Officer Peter Love announced yesterday. The "Every Kilowatt Counts" campaign will give Ontarians the tools they need to make cost effective energy decisions.

The first element of the Every Kilowatt Counts campaign - Cool Savings - gets underway April 21. Consumers will receive a $500 rebate when they replace an inefficient central air conditioner with a new ENERGYSTAR(R) qualified system. There is a $50 rebate for those who have their central air conditioner tuned up by a registered participating contractor, and a $75 rebate on the supply and installation of a programmable thermostat.


Health & Wellness

Spring into Cleaning
TORONTO, April 18 /CNW/ - Ahh, spring cleaning - the time of year when Canadians open their windows and clear out the winter grime from their homes and cottages. But how many people actually know what it is they're using to clean floors, sinks, and bathrooms? Today, the average Canadian household contains 62 different toxic chemicals(1), and a major portion of these can be found in the commonly-used cleaning products living under the kitchen sink.

This year, Canadians are encouraged to try an effective, healthy and economical alternative to harsh cleaning products - ARM & HAMMER(R) Baking Soda. It is an all-natural deodorizer and cleanser that is safe for children, pets and the environment. According to a recent survey by POLLARA, 89 per cent of Canadians have a box of baking soda in their home and while the majority (85 per cent) uses Baking Soda in their fridge or freezer, few take advantage of the myriad of other uses of the product.



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