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Heat Wave in Canada !- Record energy consumption
http://www.northpeel.com/br/news/v-printbrampton/story/3616727p-4181199c.html
08/02/06
Brampton residents and businesses put unprecedented drain on the local power grid yesterday, toppling the previous record demand set just two weeks ago. At 2:30 p.m. Hydro One Brampton reported a load of 760 megawatts and rising, beating the July 17 record of 758 megawatts. Ontario had already hit record demand at noon.

Despite the strain, hydro staff said the local transmission system stayed strong.

"It's held up well under the circumstances," said engineering manager Remy Fernandes, who praised local control room staff for staying on top of the demand. "It's quite hectic, and the guys are under tremendous stress."

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Canada’s Birth Rate Declines Ontario relies much more on international immigrants for births
Excerpts from: http://www.statcan.ca/Daily/English/060731/d060731b.htm

Canada's crude birth rate (the number of live births for every 1,000 people in the population) edged downward to another record low in 2004 — despite a second straight increase in the number of live births.

The crude birth rate declined from 10.6 live births for every 1,000 population in 2003 to 10.5 in 2004. Rates appear to have stabilized, with crude rates hovering around 10.5 to 10.7 since the millennium.

The number of births in 2004 actually increased by 1,870 compared with 2003, but the increase in the number of births was not large enough to outpace the increase in the crude rate.

In total, 337,072 babies were born in 2004, up 0.6% from the previous year. This followed a 1.9% gain the year before.

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Indians Without Visas Flood Beirut Mission
Shreevatsa Nevatia
From: www.HindustanTimes.com
Beirut, August 3, 2006

The Indian embassy in Beirut has an unusual problem on its hands. While the last of the 2,000 Indian evacuees left by naval ship on July 26, there's been a steady stream of Indians turning up at the embassy after that. The problem: Most of them are illegal immigrants with no visas. Many don't even have a passport or a photocopy of any proof of identity.

Sandeep Singh, of Punjab, only had a passport number. He was sent to Beirut by an agent named Tarseem. He was first sent to Jordan, where he was made to hand over his passport to another 'agent' and put on a donkey cart to Lebanon. Sandeep crossed the border 10 months ago, but couldn't find any work. Finally, he landed a job at a plastic factory north of Beirut.

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San Paulo of the North: The effects of mass immigration on our cities
Daniel Stoffman | July 7, 2006

What will Canada look like in the year 2020? To encourage a debate about the major challenges Canada will face in the coming decades, the Dominion Institute and the Toronto Star have invited 20 leading thinkers to write about an issue or event that they think could transform the country by 2020.


Daniel Stoffman
It's 2020 and the days in Toronto when everyone used the public health care system are gone. So is the time when a majority of affluent, middle-class parents sent their kids to public schools.

In 2020, vast tracts of suburban slums occupy what used to be good farmland on the city's outskirts. Traffic congestion and air pollution are unbearable. Toronto's reputation as one of North America's most liveable cities is a distant memory. It's now known as the "the Sao Paulo of the north."

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Commentary

World Goa Day Origins & Outcomes
From: George Pinto
Posted On: Tanzanite Goans
Sent: Wednesday, August 02, 2006 5:41 PM
World Goa Day origins & some brief history


Francis Rodrigues <fcarodriguez@hotmail.com> wrote:
Whilst the Day's origins remain shrouded in the mists of antiquity (I will refer you to George here),

Dear Francis

Here is a brief overview. In 1999, I was President of the Goan Institute of San Francisco and met Filomena Giese in connection with the canonization cause of Blessed Vaz (as of today, Goa does not still have native Goan saint even after 500 years of Catholic tradition). During our conversations she mentioned that in 1994, she had tried to start Goa Sudharop with a few others but it did not take off then. She asked if I would be interested in doing something. I explained to her that I was extremely disappointed that Goan organizations around the world (especially the USA, UK, Australia, Portugal, Canada) were not much more than social organizations and were not meeting the current needs of the community. But it was not just the associations, members themselves were not reaching out to improve the Goan situation or connecting with Goa.

The Goan organizations had served their initial purpose when Goans immigrants were in a survival mode in their new environment, but their calendars were still from the 60's and 70's and had not been updated to meet the needs of Goan youth and the changing face of Goan immigrants who had gone from first-generation immigrants to more established communities. The calendar of events at the Goan organizations and associations and Institutes still were an annual picnic, Christmas/NY dance, anniversary dance, Halloween/Valentine Day's function, Kids party and Francis Xavier feast (I am writing here of Goan Catholic expats). Membership was dwindling as Goans did not seem to have a real Goan anchor (in my estimation). Except for Gulf Goans, nothing Goan was being celebrated, honored, fought for or remembered. Hence, the WGD idea.

During my discussions with Filomena she had suggested the idea of a World Goa Day to be specifically set aside to be about Goa, a serious celebration of our history, people, culture. In addition, WGD was supposed to bridge the divide between the Goan Catholic and Hindu communities which I might add are painfully segregated in their interactions (take Toronto for example). I had posted the idea in emails in Goan cyberspace in 1999 and suggested January 1as WGD to signify a new beginning. During that time I met Rene who we brought to Goa Sudharop as an Advisor and for the first three years in addition to setting up the website and making phone calls to various Goan groups and sending emails, tried to set up WGD. The initial thought was to get some traction and make it easy to celebrate WGD without too much hassle. So any celebration was called WGD. In hindsight, that was a mistake since groups have taken the easy way out and called picnics and mindless events as WGD events. Even that would be something we could live with except, at some of these affairs, not even a WGD sign is displayed, not a mention made of WGD, or anything Goan done or remembered. Yet, some of the Presidents, have splashed their "celebrations" in cyberspace for publicity. Clearly some of us are not fooled or happy at this devaluation of WGD.

Rene has been tireless in organizing the event for which he was honored with a Goa Sudharop award but the world Goan community has let us down. At the founding stages, Basilio Magno (Spain) wrote the song, and Goa-World helped promote the event (there are others I might have overlooked for which I apologize). Many of the Goan organizations who used to celebrate WGD no longer do so. Part of the reason is that Goan associations committees come and go on a volunteer basis and there is no continuity. Additionally, picnic, dances seems to be popular but that is specifically what we trying to avoid. There are 364 other days in the year for that tamasha. As you can see with the Abbe Faria and Konknai script this year (to mention two issues) there are enough opportunities for Goan groups to do something. Instead we see empty rhetoric and messages of goodwill, unity, togetherness, and such nonsense when the proof really is to do something concrete. In fact, in one of the early years, the WGD theme was GIVING BACK TO GOA. You guessed it, nada happened. When the time comes for action, Goans disappear. But they are there to give speeches.

I had set up a WGD yahoo group to discuss WGD issues and you guessed it, nada ideas. Instead emails about non-WGD stuff which was available on other Goan cybergroups so I disabled the group. My own fear is that after all the hard work of the first few years (the first three for me specifically), we are watching WGD lose its way and be devalued. Something that could have made a difference is falling behind its purpose. As a community, are we only Goan by name? Are the new immigrants in Goa from Bihar, Kashmir, Karnataka, etc. who are actually doing something in Goa, more Goan? Who knows, they will soon celebrate WGD and give it meaning, something we are failing to do.

I will write more later (time permitting), including on Silviano's book sales. I regret that although I am an optimist by heart, my tone in this email is not uplifting. Perhaps there is a hope, however small, that this might motivate our Goan community into doing something concrete.

Regards,
George

 

News Clips from Goa
 

PICTURE FOR TODAY

Young Anglers: The group of youngsters who participated in the angling competition for the Altar Boys of Siolim Church, under the guidance of asst parish priest Fr Deryk Fernandes, last week.
(Pic: Long Johni)
 
Childless? Go To Goa With Cucumbers
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7004409698
August 2, 2006 11:37 a.m. EST
Ankit Gupta - All Headline News Staff Writer

Velha, India (AHN) - In a unique tradition, the origins of which remain unknown, thousands of childless couples offer cucumbers at a fourth century church in Goa, in the hope of being blessed with a child, reported the Asian News International.

Welcome to St Anne's Church in Velha, located around 15 kilometers southeast of Panjim.

Legend has it that childless couples come here praying and seeking children, by offering a cucumber.

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GOA REMIXED
http://www.indianexpress.com/sunday/story/9527.html

Leher Kala
Posted online: Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 0000 hrs




THE MONSOON IN GOA is full of surprises. While the sun is blaz-ing, it suddenly starts pouring. The wind blasts give the coconut trees a permanent 60-degree slouch. The beaches are reduced to a narrow strip and the waves have a deafening tsunami-like ferocity. This seaside state’s wild natural beauty is at its most spectacular in the rain. And now the world has discovered it. So, despite the fact that at this time of the year there’s no access to the beach, no shacks to park in and have a beer, no shopping and just a few restaurants open, touristsareflockingto Goatoenjoythe wet season.

The top 10 five-star hotels are boasting 100 per cent occupancy on weekends and 80 per cent during the week. Goa is rocking. For both busi-ness and leisure. It’s now a 365-day op-tion for a vacation.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/canada2020/essay-stoffman.html
 
Monsoon CALLING
Have the rain gods gone on a vacation or have they entirely given up on Goa? Goa hasn't seen a decent display of rain this whole season. The smell of wet earth is no longer a familiar one. This deprivation of rainfall has left farmers and horticulturists worried sick. According to horticulturist Miguel Braganza, "To a farmer, farming is more emotional than economical. It is, in fact, cheaper to buy crops from the market then to grow it in their fields! Perhaps it is that inexplicable bond between farmer and field that propels him into such action. But with the erratic rainfall, farmers are no longer doing the rain dance." (Tawina Fernandes, GT)
 
'St Britto students carry message of Jesus to world'
PANJIM, Aug 2: Jesuit Provincial for Goa, Fr Anthony D'Silva on Sunday stated that students of St Britto High School carry the message of the Society of Jesus to the whole world. Fr D'Silva was delivering his homily at the thanksgiving mass to celebrate the completion of 60 years of St Britto High School, Mapusa. (H)
 
Feast of Our Lady of Snows
MARGAO, Aug 1: The feast of patron - Our Lady of Snows - popularly known as "Konsanchem Fest", will be celebrated at Raia church on August 5 with pomp and gaiety. History of the church reveals that there was no snowfall in Italy during the 15th century and that the people had difficult times to beat the heat. The devotees prayed to God wholeheartedly and vowed to build a church at a place where snow falls. Soon the prayers were heard and luckily snow fell. The people constructed the church and named it Our Lady of Snows Church. (NT)
 
62 injured in Sanguem mishap
SANGUEM, Aug 2: As many as 62 passengers on an overcrowded minibus were injured, 14 of them seriously, when the bus proceeding from Sanguem to Kalay fell on its side near Miracles High School, here on Wednesday afternoon. This is the fourth bus mishap in the State within six days, injuring a total of 90 persons so far. (H)
 
Trial run on JATROPHA BIO-DIESEL
PILAR: Use of bio-diesel from jatropha Carcus, locally known as erond, as an alternative to diesel, is inching closer to reality in Goa with a trial run of power tiller at Pilar using this eco-friendly option. The experiment has become possible thanks to the fabrication of an indigenous machine 'Bio-Diesel Processor' by final year students of Hirasugar Institute of Technology, Belgaum, for extraction of the fuel from the seeds of Jatropha Carcus. Fr Inacio Almeida, sfx, who runs the Pilar Nature Farm by Society of Pilar met the students and evinced interest in holding a demonstration to extract the bio-fuel. The foursome - Vainath Patil, Vishwanath Khambi, Shridhar Patil and Mitra - used the fuel to run the college water pump. Trial runs of this bio-fuel after etherification have already been held and it is found to be eco-friendly and gives an extra mileage of 2 kms as compared to diesel. It costs at least Rs.10 less than the conventional fuel and smoke emissions do not contain carbon monoxide. A litre of fuel can be removed from 3 kg of Jatropha. Each village can have its plantation and own machine for extraction of the bio-fuel," Fr Almeida says. (Paul Fernandes, GT)
 
It's important to keep alive Portuguese language: expert
PANAJI, Aug 2: The head of the Centro de Lingua Portuguesa, Instituto Camoes, Goa, Prof Jose Miguel R Lume said that the institute can provide the Goa University with all the necessary infrastructure for its post-graduation course in Portuguese literature and culture, so that those undergoing the course could later teach Portuguese as the second language in schools. Speaking as the chief guest during the convocation ceremony for a Portuguese conversational course recently organised by Indo-Portuguese Friendship Society, Goa, in collaboration with Fundacao Cidade de Lisboa, Prof Lume said that it is important to keep alive the Portuguese language in the state, as it is a part of the unique and beautiful culture of the region. (NT)
 
GFBOA opposes fishing of solar shrimps by canoes
MORMUGAO, Aug 1: The Goa Fishing Boat Owner's Association is up in arms against the fishing of solar shrimps by mechanised canoes. GFBOA has claimed that mechanised canoes, using outboard motors of about 10 HP, have been catching tonnes of prawns since the last three days. (H)

Obituary
 

3 Aug2006: Moira, Goa. LUIS MANUEL DE SOUZA (born 1915 Moira, ex-Mombasa & London). Husband of Geraldina (nee Pinto ex- Olaulim, Goa). Father of Lira/Eddie Fernandes (UK); Luisa/Colin Harvey (UK); Sebby/Fernanda (London, & Bambolim, Goa); Lucy/Nelson Da Silva (London); Leonora (London).

Condolences to lira@fernandes.u-net.com

 

7 Aug. Mississauga, Canada. REMY DE MELLO. (exTanzania, Air- India/Kuwait Airways, aged 72.) Husband of Maggie. Father to Evon (Everard), Evet (Carlton), Evelin (Keith) and Elizabeth; beloved grandfather to Kevin and Katelin. Dearly loved by brothers Francis, late Jules, Santan. Remy was a talented jazz musician who brought joy to many people through his music and fun-loving nature. His family will receive friends at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre (1535 South Gateway at Dixie Rd, Mississauga, 905-602-1580) on Friday, August 11, 2006 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. Rosary at 8:15 pm. The Funeral Mass will take place on Sat. August 12 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church (921 Flagship Drive, Mississauga, 905-270-2301). Private Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Credit Valley Hospital – Ward 1E, would be appreciated by the family (www.cvh.on.ca). [Info from Kevin D'Costa].

 

4 Aug. Basingstoke, Hanys, UK. JOANITA GOMEZ. Wife of Oscar. Mother of Audrey and Carl. Grandmother to Holly Jessica Pyne. Sister of Olive, Leandro, Alex, Alba, Bertha, and Marjorie. Funeral will be held on Fri. 18 Aug. at St Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, Basingstoke, at 11.00hrs, and burial at Worting Road Cemetery and thereafter the wake at The Hampshire Centrecourt Hotel. Condolences to marjiefernandes@hotmail.com

 

4 Aug: Nairobi, Kenya. ALFRED ANTHONY D'SA. Husband of Teresa (UK). Father of Carol and Brian (UK). Bother of Eddie & late Cynthia (UK), Hector (Australia) Funeral was on 9 Aug.[Info from Dr.Joyce Shamshudin]

 

Events

 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
August 22, 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
Friday September 8, 2006 TEGSA Fish Curry Nite at Commander Park Arena Click for Flier
Saturday September 9, 2006 Parra Association Parra Feast 2006 Shingar Banquet Hall
2084 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton (STEELES & TORBRAM)
Mass: 4:30 p.m.
Dinner & Dance
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 55PGA - Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
September 23 2006 55PGA "Western Nite" at the Meadowvale
Community Centre.
Timothy Hall, ,-6655 Glen Erin Drive-Mississauga
Near Meadowvale Town Centre.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL… ....$20.00 (till Sep10)
$25.00(after Sep 10)
Dress Code: Casual Western – Meals Inclusive
See flier . 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-
Click for Western Nite flier
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 7, 2006 Toronto Tanzanities 24th Annual Tanzanite Dinner Dance Click for Flier
October 17, 2006 55PGA - 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 22, 2006 55PGA - General Body Meeting at Malta Band Club Tentative Agenda:
- Update on 
  Constitution
- Name our
  Association
- AOB
TBA

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 55PGA - Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola & Games Click for Flier
Friday December 15, 2006 55PGA Mark your Calendar for Grand Christmas Dance Details to follow
Sunday, June 3rd,
2007
Aldona Association Toronto The Feast of St. Thomas - 32nd Annual Aldona Social Location: Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga Details to Follow

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Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) has a busy program of events and activities for 2006
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You're Invited... to A THINK-TANK MEETING
To look after the interests and welfare in Goa of Non-Resident Goans

Date: Sunday- September 10, 2006
Time: 1:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Eatonville Library Meeting Room, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Etobicoke. (Burnhamthorpe/East Mall)

The International Goan Organization (IGO) Toronto, in partnership with The Forum of Overseas Goans/Indians of Goa (FOGI), invites you to a meeting to identify and discuss critical issues and problems in Goa, faced by non-resident Goans (NRGs).

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Meet The Archbishop of Bangalore

Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archibishop of Bangalore visits Toronto.

Konkani Mass – 20th August – Sts. Martha and Mary Church, Mississauga.











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Notices to foreigners in Goa purchasing property
Message sent by:
Antonio Mascarenhas

Panaji: The Goa government today issued public notices to foreigners purchasing properties in the state, cautioning them against the violations of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999.

"The government has come to know that foreigners are buying properties in violation of FEMA. Foreign nationals are not supposed to buy farm land or agriculture properties in the state but recently it is noticed that in Goa, 480 such properties were purchased by them", State Finance Secretary Ramesh Negi told PTI.

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People Places and Things
 

While nearly all Canadians want a sparkling shower, many seem to resent the time it takes to clean it
Excerpts from: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/July2006/31/c2391.html

Breakthrough Shower Cleaning Product makes Dreaded Chore EASY

BRANTFORD, ON, July 31 /CNW Telbec/ - While nine out of ten Canadians agree a clean home is important, they would like to spend less time cleaning
and welcome help in making these chores easier, according to a national Ipsos Reid survey commissioned by SC Johnson. Specifically,

95% of Canadians said any help they can get in making household cleaning easier is greatly appreciated.

89% of Canadians said they would really like an easier way to clean their shower.

94% of Canadians said it is important to keep their home clean, but they would like to spend less time doing it.

71% of Canadians agree finding time to do household cleaning is difficult because of their busy lives.

Canadians point to the bathroom (74%) and kitchen (83%) as the two most time-consuming rooms in their home to clean.

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Scenes from Viva Goa '06 - Toronto
Pictures & Captions by Francis Rodriquez
http://www.flickr.com/photos/66036492@N00/
August 29, 2006

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Great Fisherfolk Dancing

 

Original Ras dandia Chreographed by Hema Pereira (seen beneath the Balloons!)

  GOANETTERS 8 @VIVA GOA '06
(L to R standing) John D'Souza,
Bosco D'Mello, Eugene Correia,
Mervin Lobo (with Elora ...

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If Furniture Could Talk
2007 IKEA Catalogue Features Home Furnishing Solutions That Can
Influence More Than Just Décor
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/August2006/01/c2493.html


TORONTO, August 1 /CNW/ - Will the choice of a round kitchen table over a square one impact family communication during dinner? Is there really a difference between bunk beds and single beds in a child's bedroom? Starting tomorrow, IKEA will unveil the 2007 Catalogue, full of new inspiration and innovation. The Catalogue will be distributed to 35 countries in 27 languages and 55 editions. The total weight of all these Catalogues is equal to 650,000 Sumo wrestlers; if all the Catalogues were stacked on top of each other, they would be as tall as 3,000 CN Towers.

"With the 2007 Catalogue, IKEA Canada is unveiling a new tagline, 'Love Your Home' - the idea that by creating a home that works for your life, you create a unique living environment that helps to foster feelings of well being," says Madeleine Lowenborg-Frick, Public Relations Manager for IKEA Canada. "The Catalogue presents a wide range of styles and inspiration that IKEA customers can easily integrate into their own homes and lives."

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Health & Wellness

Region of Peel - EXTREME HEAT ALERT IN BRAMPTON/CALEDON
08/01/06
The Region of Peel has declared a Heat Alert for the City of Mississauga and an Extreme Heat Alert in the city of Brampton and the Town of Caledon for today, Tuesday, Aug. 1.
 
An Extreme Heat Alert is forecasted for the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon for tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Residents are encouraged to keep cool, stay hydrated, and check on friends and neighbours.

For more information on heat safety guidelines and heat alerts in Peel, check out
www. hotweatherinpeel.ca
or call the Region of Peel at 905-791-7800.

 

Important Information About West Nile Virus
Prevention and Control Protect Against Bites
From PEEL PUBLIC HEALTH – visit www.peel-bugbite.ca




A mosquito bite may be only a nuisance to some individuals but it could also cause a severe West Nile Virus infection in others.

Put mosquitoes out of touch. You can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in your area by ridding your property of stagnant water - the breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

For personal protection against mosquito bites, use a repellent and wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Remember to apply repellent according to the manufacturer's directions.

Preventative Measures that You and Your Family Can Take

• Avoid areas with large numbers of mosquitoes
• Consider staying indoors from dusk to dawn when mosquitoes are most active
• Wear light-coloured clothing, including long sleeves, long pants, socks and a hat whenever you are outdoors (even when you are in your back yard) especially from dusk to dawn
• Check all window and door screens in your home to ensure there are no tears or holes for mosquitoes to get through

 

Boomers Bear the Health Burden of Smog
From: http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/July2006/31/c2323.html
Ontario's aging population will be hit the hardest by the health impact of smog.

TORONTO, July 31 /CNW/ - Ontario Doctors are warning the baby boomer population about the dangers smog can have on their health. Alarming new data released today by the Ontario Medical Association (OMA) shows that almost 6,000 Ontarians will die prematurely due to smog.

"Our figures show that more and more people in Ontario are going to suffer from the effects of smog," said Dr. David Bach, President of the OMA.

"People should be aware of the potentially deadly effect of smog so that they can take the necessary action to protect their health."

Since 2000, the OMA has been measuring the impact of smog with the Illness Cost of Air Pollution (ICAP) model. ICAP is a computer model that provides forecasts of health and economic damages for expected or desired future air quality conditions in Ontario.

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TASK FORCE AIMS TO PROTECT VULNERABLE
Message posted on: goanet@goanet.org
By: Ciril de Quadros
Elderly often targets of greed (in this week's edition of The Reflector newspaper, Vancouver, Washington) Bill Myers, staff reporter.

(Ciril writes: Jessica Dimitrov is my sister Tereza's youngest daughter (Tereza worked at the Standard Bookshop, Acacia Avenue in Dar many years ago, and now lives in Vancouver, Washington).)

Members of a recently-formed task force in Clark County want to prevent vulnerable adults from getting ripped off by greedy friends or relatives.

Vancouver attorney Jessica Dimitrov, who helped form the Clark County Vulnerable Adult Task Force, said Washington law RCW 74.34.005 specifically protects vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, financial exploitation or abandonment.

The law authorizes the state Department of Social & Health Services and law enforcement agencies to investigate such complaints.

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Helping employees beat depression
Susanne Ruder
Canadian Business Online, October 27, 2005
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Your star employee suddenly starts taking more sick days. When she is at work she's irritable, slow and prone to making unusual errors. What gives?

Such notable changes in behavior and work habits could be a sign your employee is depressed. According to a recent study by Toronto-based Leger Marketing, one in five working women in Canada has been diagnosed with or shows symptoms of depression or anxiety. Left untreated, depression can result in personal hardships for employees, and may have devastating impacts on your business, too. Fully 66% of CEOs that responded to a study by FGIworld, a provider of employee assistance programs, say that stress, burnout and health issues are the main issues limiting workplace productivity and competitiveness in Canada.

"Depression is a huge issue," agrees Dr. David Goldblum, senior medical advisor, education and public affairs, at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. "In Canada, the estimated cost just in terms of lost productivity, is about $30 billion a year."
 

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