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Housing Starts Decreased in August as Expected Will House Prices Decline ?

OTTAWA, September 11, 2006 — The seasonally adjusted annual rate1 of housing starts was 213,700 units in August, down from 236,500 units in July, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).

“Housing starts decreased in August solely due to a decline in the multiple starts segment. After three consecutive months of increases, the volatile multiple starts segment dropped to its lowest level of the year in August.” said Bob Dugan, Chief Economist at CMHC’s Market Analysis Centre. “Single-detached starts moved higher from their lackluster performance in July, but not markedly so.”



Homeless Food Program is running out of food, leaving Toronto's needy hungry
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TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Treasure House a non-profit organization that feeds Toronto's homeless and those who are in need, is running out food. As some local shelters and missions have stopped their evening food programs, and as of yet the Out of the Cold programs have not started, many of Toronto's homeless are going hungry. The Treasure House offers a seven night a week drop in "Harvest Time Café" in the downtown area for over one hundred people, but those numbers are increasing by the day.

"We've had to turn people away over the last number of weeks because we're running out of food," says Denise Tomka, Executive Director of the Treasure House. "Some missions and shelters have ended their evening food program, even though the need is still there and people are hungry. This means the number of people we are trying to feed has almost tripled. We have never had to turn people away before. This is a desperate time for our organization, volunteers, and for the people we help."

On any given night of the week, volunteers provide, cook and serve food to over one hundred and fifty needy and homeless persons. Treasure House does not receive government funding for their "Harvest Time Café" community meal. We rely solely upon donations to purchase food and supplies.


Helping Newcomers Understand Their Rights In The Workplace
McGuinty Government Launches Outreach Program To Help Newcomers Succeed In The Workplace

TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is reaching out to help newcomers understand their rights and responsibilities so that they can stay safe and succeed in the workplace, Labour Minister Steve Peters announced today.

"Newcomers - both as employees and employers - bring energy and dedication to the Ontario economy," said Peters. "Our government wants to help them understand their new workplace rights and responsibilities so we are going out to employer and community associations to reach them directly."



Fish Curry Nite – Friday, September 8, 2006

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The Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) never fails to amaze us with their innovative ideas and well organized activities.

The Fish Curry Nite was an exceptional event, very well managed, and entertaining. For a nominal sum, members were treated to a delicious Goan meal & provided with great entertainment

The hall was packed with members anxious to tickle their taste buds with the Fish Curry they had often dreamed about. And they were not disappointed. A plate of King Fish (Surmai) curry cooked the authentic Goan way with a large slice of spicy fried King fish and mixed vegetables was served on a bed of rice. Dessert was a delicious fruit trifle.

To top it all, entertainment was also provided. There were cultural dances – DEKHNI – LANCERS which were performed not only by our TEGSA Group but by a Young Adult group as well. There were also solo singing performances in Konkani and Portuguese and exhibition dances like the Merengue, Cha Cha Cha and Salsa. Live music by our acclaimed Goan musicians was excellent. And finally, D.J. Godfather kept us hopping on the dance floor.

What a great event. The President Al and Social Secretary Vicki D’Souza and her team of helpers are to be commended for putting on a great show. We look forward to the next TEGSA event. (See Events & Announcements section of for TEGSA events)


Non-Resident Goans Hold Brainstorming Workshop in Toronto
By Goan Voice Canada with files from IGO

A group of determined Goans met in Toronto on Sunday, September 10, 2006, to address the issue:
“How do we look after the interests and welfare in Goa of Non-Resident Goans from Canada”
The workshop, convened by the International Goan Organization, (IGO), was expertly conducted by management consultant, Cellie Gonsalves.

The specific objectives of the workshop were:
•To pursue the interests of Non-Resident Goans (NRGs) with the State Government in Goa, and the Central Government of India.
•To assist NRGs in protecting their rights in Goa especially in property related matters
•To provide facilities to NRGs on their visit to Goa.
•To help in investment by NRGs in Goa
•To maintain cultural and ethnic bonds of NRGs, especially the new generation with Goa.

The statement of objectives was followed by a brainstorming session and concluded with a distillation of best ideas under the heading “How Can We….”.

Cellie Gonsalves kept the flow of ideas on course, allowing all those present to freely express their views and ideas. A small bowl was on the table to collect a loonie fine for those who punctuated their comments with “YES BUT”. The meeting concluded with the bowl empty, and the IGO left with a pile of flip chart sheets full of best ideas for further consideration.
A communiqué is expected to be issued in due course.

The IGO incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1989, has an impressive list of accomplishments:
•International Goan Youth Convention – Goa, December, 1990

IGO Toronto: Accomplishments

•Academic Conference in Toronto March 1991
•Indo-Canadian Enterprise Exchange Program – Toronto, November 1993
•Health Services Project 1999, 2000

IGO contact:


Canadian Goan Centre in Greater Toronto Area ?
An initiative for setting up a Canadian Goan Centre in the Mississauga Area is being actively investigated by a small focus group. This stems from constant search for premises to hold social events & meetings for all age groups. A seniors group in Mississauga currently holds monthly events at the Malta Band Club. The Maltese club consist of two storefronts properties joined into a 10,000 sq. ft social club which covers all the needs of their 800 paid-up members. Other cultural groups such as the Irish, and the CanOrient Community, have also taken the industrial property route and thrived.

When an adjacent 6600 sq. ft property in the same complex was for sale, a group of Goans asked "Why Not Us ?"
Then came the scurrying around to assemble like-minded persons to form a group. Many responded saying "Let's get something going at last, where Goans Groups could meet at will, and hold our heads up high !" Setbacks - an offer has already been made by others for the property. Nevertheless, all those who expressed interest in a Canadian Goan Centre are invited to a "Town Hall" meeting to discuss the issue and see a path forward. See notice in Announcements Section below.



Goa and caste system
From Goa Herald - Letters to the Editor

Ingrid Mathews
Milton Keynes, UK.

I had been to India several times in the last 9 years and every time made sure to touch and kiss golden Goa as I love the place for it's beauty and simplicity. One thing I never understood was the existing caste system amongst the Christians and specially the Catholics of Goa. I recently came to know about the same through some well educated and informative Goans.

I paid interest to understand it with surprise and great curiosity. The most sad side I learnt is it's existence exists amongst the Christians itself where some classify themselves as Christian Brahmins, Chardos and Sudhirs, Gaudis, etc. It is sad to know that it is against the values and teachings of Christianity and in no way there is a system anywhere in the World amongst the Christians where they are classified by caste status. Goa is such a nice and harmonious place, I understood that this system existed amongst the Hindus but shame to have it in the Christian religion in any place of the World.

As my curiosity grew, I discussed the subject with so many people in Goa, sitting in restaurants, whilst travelling in buses or attending church gatherings, the answer was the same. It seems this system was created by some people during the Portuguese raj in Goa where they considered themselves as landlords, white skinned etc. It seemed these people never worked to earn their bread but were rewarded by the Portuguese goverment for passing information to them of the activities those were against their regime. And these same people seems started feeling as much superior and called themselves as "Brahmins" a system copied from the Hindu system, surpressed the other communities and never mixed up with them. And according to most of the persons that I discussed with, these people still feel the same though they may not have a proper meal for the day but status is utmost.

Will any Goan please shed more light on this subject?


News Clips from Goa

India, Brazil committed to new global order: PM
BRASILIA (IANS): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India and Brazil would work together to bring a new world order, especially in areas like reforming the UN Security Council and facilitating the conclusion of multilateral trade talks. In a statement at a joint press conference with President Luiz Lula da Silva of Brazil, the prime minister also emphasised on pushing two-way trade and economic relations between the two countries that has seen an upsurge recently. [GT]
PMO grounds Willy's flight to USA
PANJIM: Tourism Minister Dr Wilfred de Souza is an angry man because the Prime Minister's Office has dashed all hopes of his much-awaited trip to USA from taking off. A disappointed Dr Willy admitted, "Yes, I have not got permission to go to USA from the PMO." He explained they have permission from the External Affairs Ministry when a minister is invited to a foreign country. "However, they wrote back stating that my request to go abroad has not been accepted," he revealed. At present the PMO is also looking after External Affairs Ministry. However, Dr Willy does not know the exact reason for the rejection of permission. [GT]
Goa grappling with 'gastro' cancers
MARGAO, Sept 10: Goa is witnessing an alarming number of gastrointestinal cancers, including cancers of esophagus, stomach, colon, liver, biliary and pancreatic. In fact, the rate is so high that about 20 gastrointestinal cancers are reported on an average every month. Dr Jose Philip Alvares, head of the department of Gasro-enterology and Endoscopy at Apollo-Victor Hospitals, Margao, says that consumption of oily and fast foods, meat, humid weather, besides alcohol and smoking contributes to the high rate of gastrointestinal cancers. [H]
For the love of Football
MAPUSA, Sept 10: A People-to-People project to promote the love of football among the Goan youth has started with the receipt of a Demand Draft of Rs. 5,000 from Ben Antao, a Goan Goa-phile based in Canada. As committed, I am adding a matching amount of Rs.5000 to the corpus fund of the project. Unless otherwise found necessary, I will administer the funds of the project and maintain the records. The records will be open to the scrutiny of those who contribute to the project, to the extent that their contribution has been used for the purpose the money is contributed.
Computerization of VPs in full swing
PANJIM, Sept 10: The process of computerization of panchayats is in full swing. "Of the total 189 panchayats, 150 have already been given computers under the info-gram programme of the Central government and training for secretaries is underway," said Director of Panchayats Menino D'Souza. The Centre has released Rs.1 crore for computerization of offices at the grass roots level in Goa. [H]
Man held for inducing woman into flesh trade
VASCO, Sept 10: The Vasco police arrested Anthony D'Souza, a resident of Khariwada, on charges of inducing a 30-year-old woman from Baina into flesh trade this morning.



Sadly passed away in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday 8th September 2006
Husband to Merlene Vitor.Father to Vernon and Michelle. Father-in-Law to Elaine Grandfather to Kayla. Brother to Vera Dias of UK and Mark Vitor of Canada Funeral held on Wednesday 13th September 2006, at St. Francis Xaviers Church Parklands, Nairobi followed by burial at the Langata Cemetery.

Message sent on behalf of family by Goan Welfare Society - Nairobi.

+ Gloria Avelina Noronha.

13 Sep: Toronto, Canada. Wife of late Rosario Menino Noronha.
Mother/Mother-in-law of Anthony/Maria Lourdes (Goa),Joe/Philo (Dar-es-Salaam), Viola/Allan (U.K), Veronica/Joseph (Toronto) & Alzira/John (Toronto). Grandmother of 18 & Great Grandmother of 3.
Funeral Mass will took place on Sat. Sept 16/06 at Christ the King Church, Mississauga, followed by burial at Assumption Catholic Cemetery.Condolences

Message from Goans Tanzanite.

Dr. Gerry Ribeiro

Formerly of Nairobi, passed away on August 28, 2006 in Manchester, England. Dearly beloved husband of Lesley, loving father of Anna and Peter, loving son of Angela and the late Dr. Manuel Ribeiro, brother of Teresa (Oscar Quadros) of Phoenix, Olaf (Nancy) Ribeiro of Seattle, brother of the late Hubert de Santana  and brother in law of Susie de Santana of Toronto. The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to all relatives and friends for their condolences, support and Mass offerings during their bereavement.


 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
Saturday September 16, 2006 Dr. Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance Click for Flier
September 19, 2006 55 PGA - Monthly meet at Malta Band Club Whist - Line Dancing - Tambola & Games Click for Flier
September 22, 2006 TEGSA Karaoke Night 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 Sep 10) $ 25.00 (after Sep 10) Dress Code: Casual Western - Meals Inclusive See flier. So get 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-
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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
September 29, 2006
TIME 7:00 P.M.
(Martingrove & Ludstone)
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)
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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 07, 2006
@ 7:00 p.m.
  Memorial Mass for 55PGA members at St. Francis Xaviers Church Mavis Road Click for Flier
November 17, 2006 TEGSA Comedy Night- All you can laugh at Commander Park Arena Click for Flier
November 18, 2006 Navelim Association of Toronto Navelim Social
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
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November 21, 2006 55PGA - General Body Meeting at Malta Band Club Tentative Agenda:
- Update on
- Name our
December 1, 2006 TEGSA Carol Singing at Commander Park Arena Click for Flier
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006. St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations Greater Toronto Area Events GVC
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,
Aldona Association Toronto The Feast of St. Thomas - 32nd Annual Aldona Social Location: Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga Details to Follow


Goan Soccer League
The 11th Annual GAUDENCIO FERNANDES MEMORIAL, Inter-village Soccer Championship will be held on September 23, 2006 at 3:00 p.m at the Centennial Soccer Stadium in Etobicoke, Toronto. The game will be played between Parra S. C. (Reigning Champions) who scraped by Margao Simba S. C. by a solitary goal and Bogmalo Sports Club who defeated Loutulim Goatees S. C.


Toronto East Goan Seniors Association (TEGSA) has a busy program of events and activities for 2006
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55 Plus Goan Association - West GTA 2006 Fall Events &
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Flat for Rent in Goa
Furnished flat for rent in Bardez, close to Baga & Calangute Beaches.
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Notice of Meeting
Proposed Canadian Goan Centre Stakeholders "Town Hall Meeting"

Date: Sunday, October 1, 2006 @ 3.00 p.m.
Venue: St. Francis Xavier Church
5650 Mavis Road, Mississauga, ONT L5V 2N6

A "Town Hall" meeting is arranged at the above date & venue to discuss the formation of a Canadian Goan Centre in the west GTA. The initial concept is to acquire premises by purchase or lease, so that community groups of up to 300 persons, can gather for social, cultural, and sporting events.

Q. Who can attend?
A. Only those who have submitted formal "expressions of interest" to the Goa Group :

Q. Who is the Goa Group?
A. The Goa Group for now is no more than a list of names of persons who have expressed interest in seeing a Canadian Goan Centre, and more importantly, are prepared to allocate funds to bring it into existence.

Q. How does one submit an "expression of interest"?
A. Send email to to ask for particulars. Members on the list will also approach others, (those deemed to have interest in the Goan community at large), for support.

Attendees will need to register by e-mail ( to the "Goa Group"
Those who are unable to attend can nominate a delegate.
A levy of $5.00 per person will be collected for use of the Church Hall, printing of handouts & for non-alcoholic drinks.
The meeting is expected to end by 6.00 p.m.

· Introductions & Statement of Agenda
· Process Being Used (Six step process)
1. Generate the Idea
2. Establish the rationale
3. Discuss the feasibility & "Proof of Concept"
4. Form a "stakeholders committee".
5. Re-affirm "stakeholder interest."
6. Formulate a proposal or "path forward".

· Goan Voice Canada will be displaying a password accessed web page for background information. Stay tuned.


Join the Transfiguration Church on a Journey of Light.

Walk in the footsteps of Jesus through the Holy Land led by Father Mark Van Patten who is Senior Pastor of the Transfiguration Of Our Lord Parish in Etobicoke.

He has served in the Toronto Diocese for thirteen years (previously having served in Richmond Hill and Schomberg) and was born in Buffalo New York and educated at St Augustine's Seminary.

For more details on this tour, please go to and click on the Holy Land image or call Richard D’Souza at 416 890 5022.

People Places and Things

An event worth remembering - bring together the entire Goan community, both old and young

From Coastweek - -
Goan Community in Mombasa, over the weekend celebrated the annual World Goa Day at the Mombasa Institute, reports DIEGO D'SOUZA.

The extravanganza, which proved to be a great success, was held both at the hall and the lawns of the Mombasa Institute.



India rules 30,000 UK IT Work Permits

Over 30,000 UK IT work permits have been granted to foreign computer experts within the last year-and-a-half, according to exclusive data obtained by Contractor UK under the Freedom of Information Act.

More than 80 per cent of the 30,090 permits approved between January 2004 and June this year went to Indian computer experts, flocking to British shores as software engineers, system analysts and ‘other IT related’ occupants.

The grand total of 24,764 Indian nationals arriving in the UK dwarfed the second highest number of entrants, who originated from the United States.

Just over 1,700 American IT managers, engineers and techies snapped up work permits within the same year-and-a-half period.


Labopharm Appoints Mark D'Souza as Chief Financial Officer
LAVAL, QC, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - Labopharm Inc. (TSX: DDS, NASDAQ:DDSS) today announced the appointment of Mark D'Souza to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Labopharm today also announced that Warren Whitehead is leaving the Company to pursue other opportunities.

James R. Howard-Tripp, President and Chief Executive Officer of Labopharm Inc. says "Mark's extensive international and public company expertise will play an important role as we continue to pursue the global commercialization of our once-daily formulation of tramadol and the further development of our pipeline and we welcome him to the team."

Mr. D'Souza has held a number of progressively senior financial management positions, most recently as Vice President, Finance with Quebecor Media Inc. In addition to several international positions with the Quebecor group of companies, he has served as Finance Director of the Société Générale de Financement du Québec and held corporate finance positions at the Royal Bank of Canada and the Union Bank of Switzerland (Canada). Mr. D'Souza is a member of the Quebec bar and began his career with Hemens Harris and Associatesas a Lawyer. He holds an MBA from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and an LLL from the University of Montreal.


Asians in East Africa

This book is an introduction in the history of South Asians in East Africa on the basis of photographs and images. History and facts are used in this book as a background to individual live stories and rare images and portraits of the Asian community in Africa. This unique collection of old postcards, paper money -like Indian rupees in German notes- family pictures and cabinet card pictures present a history which cannot be told in words. The history of South Asians is part of a larger project employed by Dr. G. Oonk, who is associate professor in the department of Non-Western history at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. He conducted extensive fieldwork in Kenya and Tanganyika during 2001-2003.


Health & Wellness

Don't Fail the "Frosh 15" Test
Notorious Weight Gain Does Not Need to Plague University or College Career

TORONTO, Sept. 13 /CNW/ - As summer approaches its end, many 17 to 19-year-olds prepare to leave the nest for the first time to begin their journey into adulthood. And for many, that journey begins with college and university. This next stage involves many new steps, including learning new lessons, accepting new responsibilities, adjusting to new roommates, going to parties, taking exams and, unfortunately for some, gaining weight. With the Weight Watchers Study Guide: Tips and Advice to Pass the Frosh 15 Test, weight gain during undergrad need not be an inevitable part of life. By planning meal schedules, setting realistic expectations and anticipating situations that may trigger overeating, the notorious college or university souvenir can be completely avoided.



Canadian Snowbird Association urges travelling Canadians to obtain a passport and travel medical insurance
TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - For the past five years, Canadians have been obtaining passports at an increasingly steady rate. In 2001/02, over 1.7 million passports were issued at a time when approximately 27 per cent of the Canadian population held a valid passport. In 2005/06 over three million passports were issued and 40 per cent of the Canadian population now hold a valid passport.

"We recommend that our members carry a passport and feel it's the best form of identification when crossing the border," said Gerry Brissenden, president of the Canadian Snowbird Association. "The initial date when Canadians will be required to present a passport to enter the United States by air or sea is now only 4 months away and people need to be prepared." Canadian citizens will be required to present a passport to enter the United States when arriving by air or sea from any port of the Western Hemisphere beginning January 8, 2007.


Foods that Heal
See list of foods that are suppose to heal

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Olive oil

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Mangoes Combats cancer Boosts memory Regulates thyroid aids digestion Sheilds against Alzheimer's

Ontario directs millions at some medical wait times
Last Updated Wed, 13 Sep 2006 09:52:37 EDT

CBC News
Ontario is putting millions of dollars into a strategy to reduce wait times for certain medical procedures but the Conservative health critic says focusing on some areas means longer waits for others.

The government announced Tuesday that $50 million will be added to cover such things as knee and hip joint replacement, cataract surgeries, CT scans and MRI exams.

Another $58 million will cover additional services and programs, such as additional rehabilitation programs and improving the wait-times information system.

Conservative health critic and former health minister Elizabeth Witmer said the government's focus on five key areas has driven up wait times in other areas.

Resources are cannibalized in some areas to provide services in another, she said.

Premier Dalton McGuinty denied that accusation, saying that Health Minister George Smitherman ensured new resources were available.

"For every wait time reduction, there are new dollars available to make that happen so we're doing that in a way that does not compromise existing health care services," he said.


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