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Agents watched bomb plot suspects for more than 6 months
Thu, 08 Jun 2006
Excerpt from CBC News

There are new revelations about the alleged bombing plot by a group of Toronto-area men that led to a massive police sweep last week, in court documents made exclusively available to CBC News.

Alleged bomb-plot suspects were in a Brampton courtroom on Tuesday. According to the documents, the group is alleged to have been well-advanced on its plan to attack a number of Canadian institutions, possibly including the Houses of Parliament, the RCMP and the CBC.
The documents repeat what was reported earlier this week, that the plotters hoped to take federal politicians in Ottawa hostage, and demand both the withdrawal of Canadian forces from Afghanistan and the release of some prisoners in Canadian jails. The alleged conspirators intended to decapitate hostages as a means of gaining their demands. But later, the documents claim, one of the members, Zakaria Amara, 20, of Mississauga, Ont., became much more focused on exploding bombs at the heart of Canada's financial district, targeting the Toronto Stock Exchange, as well as the Toronto headquarters of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service and an unspecified military installation.

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Ontario To Protect Families' Health With Tough New Standards Updated Air Standards Will Better Protect Ontarians From Lead And Other Harmful Substances

TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is further protecting the health of families, improving air quality and reducing pollution by proposing tough new or updated standards for 15 harmful substances, Environment Minister Laurel Broten announced today at the 2006 Smog Summit co-hosted by the Clean Air Partnership and the City of Toronto.
"All Ontario families want to breathe cleaner, safer air," said Broten. "That is why we are moving forward with consultation on air standards for 15 more toxic substances. We need to be sure that our standards are based on the best available science."

The government plans to consult on updating air standards for 15 high-priority substances, including lead. Ontario is proposing to review the limits for the 15 substances based on improved scientific information, updated research on associated health risks and new air dispersion models to provide greater protection of public health and the environment.

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Daily Bread's Who's Hungry report illustrates depth of hunger crisis
Survey examines hunger in the GTA and Daily Bread advances solutions
TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - Food bank use across the GTA has risen a dramatic 79% since 1995, according to the report Who's Hungry: 2006 Profile of Hunger in the GTA released today at BCE Place. The results of Daily Bread's annual survey paint a picture that cannot be ignored of the struggles and financial plight of the diverse population relying on food banks. The 894,017 people who accessed emergency food services last year through GTA food banks, 38% of whom were children, would not go hungry if the issue of poverty were addressed. So, in conjunction with the report, Daily Bread advances the Blueprint to
Fight Hunger.

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Commentary

WANTED: AN ASIAN PERSPECTIVE ON THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION
And stop organised drives towards conversion, reconversion


By Eduardo Faleiro
commissionernri_goa@rediffmail.com
Posted by: "Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred@bytesforall.org>
To: "Goans Tanzanite" goans_tanzanite@yahoogroups.com June 3, 2006


Excerpts:
Pope Benedict XVI is reported to have raised the question of religious freedom at a recent meeting with our Ambassador to the Vatican. At this meeting the Pope praised India's traditions of freedom and inter-religious harmony. Freedom of religion is the right to maintain one's religion or to change it without being subjected to any pressure or inducement.

Freedom of religion is protected by the Constitution of India and is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Whilst freedom of religion is a basic human right, proselytism receives universal condemnation. Proselytism is defined as the use of unscrupulous methods of persuasion such as material inducements, psychological pressure or spiritual threats to compel a person to change his or her religion.

Proselytism is opposed on several grounds; it attacks other religious beliefs and practices and proclaims that its own religion is the only way to salvation. It is often supported by financial resources and marketing techniques that make local religious activities seem second rate and inferior.

The Catholic Church condemns proselytizing activities. The Second Vatican Council, whilst defending freedom of religion, denounced proselytism in very strong terms: "In spreading religious faith and in introducing religious practices, everyone ought at all times to refrain from any manner of action which might seem to carry a hint of coercion or a kind of persuasion that would be dishonorable or unworthy, especially when dealing with poor or uneducated people. Such a manner of action would have to be considered as abuse of one’s own right and a violation of the right of others."

The late Pope John Paul II often referred to the Evangelical sects in Christianity and called them "rapacious wolves devouring Catholics and causing divisions and discord in our communities." John Paul II stressed the danger of underestimating "a certain strategy employing notable economic resources to crack Catholic unity."

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News Clips from Goa
 

First-ever Konkani translation of Bible
OLD GOA: A history of sorts was created after the first ever Roman script Konkani translation of the Holy Bible and also the first ever Konkani book to have such a large print order was released here on June 4. The 2,300-page book was released by Archbishop of Goa, Filipe Neri Ferrao, at the end of a largely attended Mass at the Se Cathedral. The book had been under preparation for more than ten years. The final editing of the book was done by Fr Manuel Gomes, secretary of the Diocesan Commission for Biblical Apostolate, helped by Fr Ave Maria Alphonso. The book was printed at New Age Printers, owned by the diocese. Fr Adrian Furtado, the manger of the press, informed that every volume is hardbound and imported Bible paper has been used. The initial order has been for 60,000 copies, out of which 10,000 are ready. A total of 40,000 pre-publication orders have been subsidised at Rs.150 a copy, while the remaining 20,000 will be sold at Rs.300. The credit for the printing of the first ever Konkani Bible goes to the Diocese of Mangalore, which brought it out, in Kannad script, in the year 2000. (GT)
 
RAINS LEAVE A TRAIL OF DESTRUCTION
PANJIM: Heavy rains continue to lash Goa keeping the civic agencies on their toes with the CCP and the electricity department working round the clock to restore the damages. The India Meteorological Observatory recorded a rainfall of three and half inches within three hours from 9 am to 12 noon yesterday. (June 3) The total rainfall recorded so far was about 25 inches. (GT)
 
LIGHTNING STRIKES PENHA-DA-FRANCA CHURCH
PORVORIM, May 31: Lightning struck the Penha-da-Franca church at Britona on May 31 evening, damaging the main tower besides electronic and electrical appliances in the church. Parish Priest Fr Kyriel D'Souza said the incident took place in the 375-year-old church at about 4.30 pm when the two church attendants were in the premises. The property damaged is estimated at about Rs.50,000. (H)
 
Goa Cabinet bans screening of DA VINCI CODE
PANJIM: The Goa Cabinet decided to ban the screening of the controversial film "The Da Vinci Code" with effect from yesterday (June 50 following the demand of several Catholic organisations in the State. The four-screen Inox multiplex had screened the film for two days but had to make a hasty retreat by deciding to withdraw it in view of increasing protests from the people. (GT)
 
Mid-day meal lacks flavour?
PANJIM, June 4: With schools set to reopen, the Government's mid-day meal scheme seems to lack the flavour in attracting Parent-Teacher-Associations for implementation of the scheme from June this year. While approximately 67,000 primary school children from aided and Government schools are being covered under the scheme, the budget proposal for extending the scheme to financially weaker students from Std V-X has made no headway. (H)
 
Goa Made Headlines For World's Worst Weather

 
Vasco's Ban on Plastic Bags Makes Headlines In Toronto Star
 

Obituary
 

JACINTO FERNANDES
Dec. 16, 1937 - May 26, 2006
Excerpt From Toronto Star

Fernandes, Jacinto (Jess) - Peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 26th, 2006 at Scarborough Grace Hospital. A devoted husband to Blanche Fernandes. Dedicated father to Jason (Sherry Fernandes) and Fiona (Barry Whitney). Loving grandfather to Nicole Whitney. Jacinto will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. He will be forever loved and remembered by all the hearts he touched. A funeral service was held on Friday, June 2nd at St. Aidan Roman Catholic Church, followed by the burial at Christ the King Cemetery.

 

GOMES, Marcella
Message from Antonio Mascarenhas

GOMES, Marcella Anna - At York Central Hospital on Saturday, May 27, 2006. Marcella, loving sister of Julie, Roger, Ella and John. She will be fondly remembered by her niece and nephews. Funeral Mass took place on June 6th at Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (St. Clair, east of Victoria Park) followed by Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.

 

FERNANDES, Marshall
Excerpt From Toronto Star

FERNANDES, Marshall - Peacefully at Etobicoke General Hospital, on Sunday, June 4, 2006. Marshall Fernandes, dearly beloved husband of Anne. He will be sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, family and friends. Funeral Mass took place at St. Benedict Church, on Wednesday June 7th followed by Interment Assumption Cemetery.

 

FRANCISCO GOES
From GV-UK


23 May. Rachol, Goa. FRANCISCO GOES (ex- Art Director, Saatchi & Saatchi Advertising, Canada). Son of Late Nicolau Goes and Late Maria Victoria Goes. Brother of Nicolina, and late Affonso Gracias. Uncle of Seby and Anna Gracias, Annie and Rui Rebello (Canada).

 

+Fr. Diego Ferro

Excerpt from The Catholic Register – Toronto

Fr. Diego Ferro, a native of Pakistan who served the Toronto archdiocese for many years, died May 28 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa. He was 62.

Fr. Ferro was ordained to the priesthood in Karachi, Pakistan, his hometown, in 1973. He later came to Canada where he served at many parishes, mostly in the Durham Region area.

Fr. Ferro had been retired since 2003 due to ill health and had been living in Oshawa. His funeral was held on June 1, at Holy Cross Church in Oshawa.

 

Duane Peter Lewis Soares
In Loving Memory
September 11, 1970 - June 7, 2006

Ever loving husband, son, grandson, brother, colleague and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his wife Brigit Swenson Soares, parents Denis and Belinda Soares, sister Sharon Soares-Van Tassel and her husband Dan, grandparents Lina Soares and Maria Henriques and uncle Fr. Hygino Henriques, parents-in-law Jack and Cathy Swenson and family.
Everything he did, he did with joy, dedication, passion, integrity and excellence. He was a graduate of Brebeuf School '89, McMaster University, B Com '93 and York University Schulich School of Business, MBA '02. He obtained his CA in '95 and worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers for over 10 years. He joined the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario as Director of Career Information in 2003. He was an avid sports enthusiast, lover of music and accomplished pianist. His bright light has been put out too soon, but lives on in all of us. We love you Duane. Funeral Mass to be held on Monday June 12th at St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church, 39 Green Lane, Thornhill at 11:00 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
Above excerpt from:http://www.rskane.ca/


Events

 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
Friday
9th, June 2006
FIFA World Cup 2006 Germany Schedule
Saturday
June 10, 2006

Goan Charitable Organization

"Walkathon" @ 9.00 a.m. sharp at Lakefront Premenade Park, (Cawthra/Lakeshore) Mississauga. For details visit www.goatoronto.com

 

Saturday
June 10, 2006
Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area Celebration St Anthony's Feast GVC
June 11, 2006 Goan Overseas Association St. Francis Xavier Summer Picnic Click for Flier
Tuesday
June 13, 2006
6.45 p.m. sharp
At Malta Band Club
Ladiana

5745 COOPERS AVENUE MISSISSAUGA, ON, L4Z 1R9
TEL: 905 890 8507
 

Click for Flier

 

June 16, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Goan’ Overboard www.goatoronto.com
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

 

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 Picnic  
July 9th 2006 Horse Racing & Dining at the famous Woodbine Racetrack Woodbine Racetrack, July 09, 2006, cost $37.00 per person, includes buffet luncheon, tax , gratuity and free race program. Own transportation (car pool) . 30 spaces available , info? Contact Vivien
Fernandes at 905-607-4564. deadline is June 15th. Cheque to be made to: Fifty Five Plus Goan Association., Mail to: Vivien Fernandes, #95, 2199 Burnhamthorpe Rd.W.,Mississauga, ON. L5L 5M7
Click for Flier

 

July 16, 2006 Villagers of Moira and Aldona Moira/Aldona Picnic at Centennial Park, Etobicoke moirasocial

 

July 18, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
Sunday,
July 23rd, 2006 -  12.00 noon
Calangute Association Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex GVC
July 29, 2006 Goan Overseas Association Viva Goa 2006 www.goatoronto.com
August 15, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
Saturday, 19 Aug, Time: 10.00am Quebec Goan Association, Montreal You are invited to the World Goa Day 2006 picnic.
Venue:Parc Agrignon, Lasalle. [Entrance near METRO station]
Click for Flier
Saturday, September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
Click for Flier
September 19, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click to view flier & download ticket reservation form
September 23 2006 "Western Nite" at the Meadowvale
Community Centre.
Flyer with further details to follow. So get set to put on your "Western Gear" and have an evening of fun and entertainment We will have a "kick-off" start with a home-cooked / home-style meal.!! Come ready to polish up on yr line-dancing skills!
Contact: Vivien Fernandes, Tel: 905 - 607-
 
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00 A.M. Calangute Association Canada GOAN EVENTS IN CANADA - 2006 Click for Flier
October 1, 2006
12:00 noon
Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia . Association 7th ANNUAL SOCIAL
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
Flyer
October 17, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
October 22, 2006 Villagers of Moira, Moira Social, Feast of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception moirasocial
November 14, 2006 General Body Meeting at Malta Band Club Tentative Agenda:
- Update on 
  Constitution
- Name our
  Association
- AOB
Click for Flier

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 email- jjfrebello@yahoo.ca

December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events
December 12, 2006 Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier

Announcements

Toronto East Goan Seniors Association ( TEGSA) has a busy program of events and activities for 2006
Click to View Our Summer Events
Come join us – become a member.
Click to Download Membership form
 

SPECIAL INVITATION - TO ALL GOANS AND THEIR FRIENDS WORLD GOA DAY PICNIC IN MONTREAL

You are invited to the World Goa Day 2006 picnic.
Venue: Parc Agrignon, Lasalle. [Entrance near METRO station]
Date: Saturday, 19 Aug, Time: 10.00am - 6.00pm (early bird gift).

Pot-Luck Lunch. Bring a dish (Goan cusine, if possible),
your drinks, chairs, umbrellas, etc. etc. [all your picnic stuff].
Prizes and lots of fun. [Quebec Goan Association, Montreal]
Take care and keep in touch.
Best Regards,
Felix D'Sa
www.felixhabari.piczo.com


People Places and Things
 

“ A FAMILY AFFAIR" TEGSA’s  2nd. ANNIVERSARY DANCE

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 27th, May,2006
:These three words – elegant, entertaining and enjoyable – could appropriately be used to describe TEGSA’s 2nd, Anniversary Dance. A capacity gathering of more then 230 members and guests graced the festive evening at the Empire Banquet Hall in Scarborough. The hall was subtly decorated with balloons and banners in the TEGSA colours, creating an ambiance of warmth. The tone for the evening was evident as members walked in to the sounds of soft piped music. The cocktail hour was a Happy Hour when members mingled and were treated to a variety plate of hors d’oeuvres, served at their tables.

As a preamble to the ‘grace before meals’, Jean Andrade said a special prayer – “…make our lives together as a family meaningful, fulfilling and enjoyable”, she said. “We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful family, such a great and precious group of people. We ask you Lord to guide the new Executive throughout the year, to face the challenges ahead. Bless with wisdom and confidence the members so that they can work successfully towards achieving their goals”

The scrumptious eight course Chinese meal, which catered to all palettes, was different from the normal and was commended as a very welcome change. The organizing committee evenwent to fine detail to ensure that there were two prizes , when members broke open their fortune cookies. Soon after dinner the band- FOCUS – played the Anniversary Waltz and the dancing opened with President Al and his wife Jean. The floor didn’t take long to be crowded. The band, who were in their element, were eager to please and so was the D.J. GODFATHER.

The highlight of the evening was the attendance of our chief guest – MPP for Scarborough Rouge, Hon. Bas Balkasoon. After a very appropriate introduction by President Al, who praised our guest for doing our community proud, he thanked him for his help and guidance when the association was being first formed. Al enlightened members on Mr. Balkasoon’s major contribution as a municipal councilor for nearly 20 years and now as a very effective MPP.

In his eloquent speech, Mr.Balkasoon brought greetings from the Govt. of Ontario, on behalf of the Premier Dalton McGuinty. His words of wisdom were very stimulating and he emphasized the Govt’s strong commitment to the seniors. He encouraged members to get involved and support the political process in the province. He was very happy to meet and mingle with many of his constituents in the gathering.

In his welcome address, President Al Andrade, reiterated his theme for the next two years - ‘
Working together as a family’. “We must do all we can to develop our Association’s family spirit and enthusiasm and a desire to share our many blessings. We must then bring these ingredients into a position of organized action, which we do so well”, he said. He commended the founding members for their tireless efforts and remarkable contribution in laying the foundation of TEGSA. He acknowledged them individually, as many of them were present at the function. The president also extended a special welcome to the Presidents of our sister senior associations. He expressed the possibility of working together in some projects. Present were. Zulema D’Souza, Pat D’Cruz, Tony Fernandes and Edmund Menezes. “One of the main keys to the future of our Association is our ability to attract and develop dedicated members to our executive.” said Al. “I feel privileged to be working with a dedicated group of professional men and women who readily give of their time and talents for the Association”. He then introduced, for the first time, members of his Executive and their spouses.

The ceremonial cutting of the anniversary cake by Al and Jean followed, to the tune of “Congratulations”, struck by the band. More then 20 raffle, door and dance prizes were given away, thanks to the generosity of the Executive and some members. The two M.C.’s, Vicky D’Souza and Charles Fernandes, did a remarkable job in keeping the spirit lively. The social committee headed by Vicky D’Souza and assisted by Charles Fernandes, Joan Menezes and Dorothy Fernandes have to be complimented for a job very well done.

 

Goan Crazy
http://www.liferattle.ca/press/goancrazy.htm#topofpage

Tanya Aguiar

Goan Crazy
by Tanya Aguiar
Price: $20.00

As time ticks off, minute by minute, so do the minutes of our lives. When death takes us, what are we? Are we the houses we so lovingly painted and lived in? Are we the clothes we wore, the sculptures we molded, the books we wrote, the partners we loved, the food we ate, the religions we worshipped? Are we any of these? Or are we nothing if we have not discovered our true selves? Goan Crazy is a Goan female’s quest to find the answers to these questions while trekking from childhood to adulthood - The Beginning, The Middle, and The Now.

Format: Paperback Published: December 2005
Dimensions: 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in Pages: 90
ISBN: 1897161263

 

Survey Reveals Ill-Advised Job Interview Tactics
TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - While most job seekers strive to make a positive impression when meeting with hiring managers, a recent survey suggests others seem to go out of their way to remove themselves from consideration. Executives were asked to describe the most inappropriate comments candidates have made during employment interviews.

The responses ranged from the applicant who declared she didn't want to work hard to the person who argued the job requirements were wrong -- and then fell asleep. The survey includes responses from 150 senior executives - including those from human resources, finance and marketing departments with Fortune 1000 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.

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Health & Welfare

Pillar To Post Recommends Summer Home Maintenance to Repair Winter Wear and Tear.
A Well-Maintained Home Can Save Thousands of Dollars
TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ --WHAT: Tips for homeowners on checking for and repairing winter damage. Even mild winters can cause damage to a home, costing homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs. Summer is the ideal time to take care of the exterior of a home neglected during the winter months, in addition to performing annual check-ups inside the home. Without proper maintenance, wear and tear will worsen over time.

Here are potential problems and suggested maintenance:
-- Clogged gutters hold water which could back up and cause damage to the roof or walls. Clean leaves, sticks, and other debris from gutters and downspouts. Carefully remove debris and dirt using a garden shovel or large spoon. Use a garden hose to clean the downspouts. Place the garden hose at the opening and let water run through the downspout.

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Mayor joins provincial government to celebrate seniors
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/June2006/05/c9846.html

TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ -
The Mayor's Roundtable on Seniors hosted its second annual celebration of Seniors' Month today in the Council Chamber at City Hall. The event celebrated the ongoing contribution that seniors make to a healthy and vibrant city of Toronto. A keynote address, on the theme of "Seniors in Action," was given by community activist Fiona Nelson, followed by a short speech by Odino Soligo, 85-year-old world record long distance runner.

Displays and information sessions offered seniors an opportunity to learn more about the government and community services that are available to support  them. Mayor David Miller and the Hon. Jim Bradley, Minister Responsible for Seniors, spoke at the reception this afternoon following the keynote address.

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Hygienists urge Canadians to brush, floss, rinse for healthy mouths, healthy bodies this Gingivitis Week Research-based Call-to-Action issued for the third Gingivitis Week, June 5-11

TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Dental Hygienists Association (CDHA) is marking the start of the third annual Listerine Gingivitis Week with the release of their first Call-to-Action for all Canadians to improve their oral health for optimum overall health. "More than fifty per cent of Canadians currently have gingivitis-inflammation of the gums caused by a plaque build-up in the mouth," says CDHA Executive Director Susan Ziebarth. "Gum disease, or periodontitis, develops from pre-existing gingivitis, and recent research suggests periodontitis may be potentially linked to other systemic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and pre-term, low birth weight babies.

Gingivitis is both preventable and reversible and is therefore an important health topic to address now." Based on a special series of four comprehensive position papers being published by the CDHA in the Canadian Journal of Dental Hygiene, the Call-to-Action not only encourages Canadians to improve their oral health, but it provides them with both the motivation (potential oral-systemic health links) and the specific means for doing so - regular oral health checkups, brushing, flossing, and rinsing with an essential oil antiseptic mouthrinse .

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Advisory - Health Canada warns parents and caregivers to keep small magnets out of reach of young children
OTTAWA, June 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Health Canada is alerting parents and caregivers of the hazards small, loose magnets pose to young children. A wide range of children's products such as magnetic building toys, alphabet and number magnets, science or craft kits, board games, vehicle sets, even plush toys, may contain small magnets. In addition, small magnets attached to other items, such as magnetic jewellery and fridge magnets, pose a potential problem if they become disengaged from the item. This advisory is prompted by the recent death of a 20-month old child in the United States as well as three other US reports of multiple magnet ingestion incidents and one multiple magnet inhalation incident. These serious incidents required surgical intervention and involved children aged three to eight years.

Health Canada is not aware of any deaths of children in Canada related to magnet ingestion or inhalation. Over an eleven year period, however, from 1993 to 2003, incident details have been recorded for 93 cases of magnet ingestion and 3 cases of magnet inhalation involving children under 14 years. While the majority of cases, 57%, involved children under three years of age, who tend to put things in their mouths, the hazard may also be relevant for older children who still mouth objects.

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