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Nairobi (Goan) Institute Up For Sale
from visitors returning from Nairobi report that the renowned
Nairobi Institute, founded in 1905 as the Goan Institute, is
up for sale. Declining membership, high running costs, and the
security situation have made the facility too expensive to
sustain. The nearby Sikh Community Hospital is touted as a
possible buyer. No firm decision has been taken for the future
of the membership.
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 ?"
A "Town Hall" meeting to discuss the issue is planned for
October 1 See
Notice in Announcements
Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Reunion in Toronto
one would expect, the 10th Dr. Ribeiro Goan School reunion,
which is held every three years and has become one of the most
anticipated gatherings on the social calendar in Toronto, was
another rousing success.
The five-day event kicked off with a trip to Niagara Falls on
Sept. 13, followed by a pub night and a golf tournament that
culminated with the grand ball at the Sagan Banquet Hall in
Mississauga on Sept. 16 which was attended by 437 ex-students.
The curtain came down on the festivities on Sunday Sept. 17
with a picnic that was attended by some 125.
The grand ball was the second largest gathering since the
event was first held in 1980, only bettered by the 75th
anniversary celebrations held in 2003 when 500 converged on
Canada’s largest city.
The visitors this time came from as far away as New Zealand,
Australia, Kenya, Spain, the U.K., Germany, the United States.
And, for the very first time, the reunion saw a couple of
ex-students from Trinidad and Tobago and one from Qatar.
As has been the norm of late, the United Kingdom led the
foreign invasion with a contingent of 45.
For many it was a time to renew acquaintances with classmates
they had not seen since leaving school and in some cases that
was after some 40 years ago.
As of July 1, 2006
Net international migration continues to be the main engine
of population growth in Canada, accounting for about
two-thirds of the annual increase in 2005/2006.
Between July 1, 2005 and July 1, 2006, Canada's population
increased by 324,000 to an estimated 32,623,500.
During this period, the nation took in 254,400 immigrants,
9,800 more than in the previous year. It was the highest
level since 2001/2002 when 256,300 international migrants
arrived in Canada.
International migration's role in Canada's population
growth far exceeds its impact in the United States. In
2004/2005, net international migration accounted for
two-thirds of Canada's population growth, compared to 38%
south of the border. For its population gains, the United
States counts on a fertility which is higher than in
Again, Alberta had the strongest growth rate among the
provinces and territories, almost three times higher than
the national average. This was due to its booming economy
and its highest ever level of migration from other parts of
Alberta's powerful attraction inevitably had an impact on
the demography of other provinces and territories. However,
net international migration reduced the effects of the
Alberta draw in several areas in the country.
Canada's rate of natural increase (the excess of births
over deaths) estimated at 3.3 per 1,000 in 2005/2006, is
similar to the previous year. Natural increase has been in
a long-term decline since the beginning of the 1990s,
although it has stabilized since 2000.
On the other hand, international migration gained in
importance and has accounted for more than 60% of Canada's
population growth since 2001. Comparatively, it represented
46.2% of the country's demographic growth from 1990 to
According to medium-growth scenarios of Statistics Canada's
most recent demographic projections the number of deaths
would exceed the number of births by around 2030. At that
point, net international migration would become the only
factor in Canada's population growth.
Don't just ask why, ask who
Statistics show that visible
minorities are most likely to be poor in Canada,
by Avvy Go
Sep. 21, 2006. 01:00 AM
In a series of articles examining the issue of poverty,
the Toronto Star challenges its readers to ask themselves
a sobering question. Why, asks the Star, is it that in one
of the richest countries in the world, a mother working
two jobs cannot afford to buy a sofa and has to ration
food among herself and her two children.
Even if we are to answer that question to our
satisfaction, we are still only halfway to finding a
solution to eliminating poverty.
To complete our journey, let's pose a second question:
Who are the poor?
Poverty does not strike anyone of us at random, nor are
all Canadians equally likely to be hit by it. Statistics
don't lie, and the tale they tell is disturbing.
The fact is, if you are a person of colour living in
Toronto, you are three times more likely to live in
poverty than a white person.
Just ask scholars like Ryerson professor Grace Edward
Galabuzi or professor Michael Ornstein at York University.
They could tell you that there is a large income gap
between members of racialized communities and the rest of
Using Statistics Canada and other sources of data, social
scientists have confirmed, for instance, that while the
poverty rate for the white population fell by 28 per cent
between 1980 and 2000, it rose by a staggering 361 per
cent among racialized families.
If you break the figures down by communities in Toronto,
the incidence of family poverty is 44.6 per cent for
Africans, blacks, and Caribbean Canadians, 45.2 per cent
for Arabs and West Asians — all roughly three times the
The figures for East and Southeast Asian are twice as high
as European families and for South Asian families, the
poverty rate is 34.6 per cent.
In short, the conclusion that poverty is on the rise
applies only to some, not all Canadians.
Calling it Canada's economic apartheid, as Galabuzi did,
is not an overstatement.
There are many reasons why non-white communities are
hardest hit by poverty.
Unequal access to employment opportunity, lack of
recognition for internationally trained professionals,
racism in the workplace, and a continuous decline in
government funding for social programs and support, are
but a few.
Whatever the cause, the result is devastating, as the Star
articles have so painfully illustrated.
Who is responsible?
As many experts have pointed out, cutbacks to social
assistance, to immigration settlement and other social
support programs by all levels of governments are the
contributing — if not primary — factors to the increased
racialization of poverty in Canada. And it would appear
that, on this front, not one single political party can
It was during the NDP era, for instance, that sponsored
immigrants were singled out for a drastic welfare rate
cut, leaving many immigrant families destitute.
The Mike Harris common sense revolution took this
slash-and-burn tactic to the next level, but the current
Liberal government has not done nearly enough to restore
the funding loss since then.
Blame, too, unscrupulous employers who do not pay their
workers according to the law.
It is difficult enough to live on minimum wage, but many
immigrant workers working in non-unionized jobs do not
even get paid that amount.
The lack of teeth given to our labour law enforcement
agency means many employers are breaking the law and
getting away with it.
Blaming the governments or the "bad apples" in our society
can only take us so far, however. After all, it is we who
put the politicians in power. We deserve the legislators
we vote for.
Every time we embrace a political platform built upon tax
cuts and rollbacks in social programs, we are helping to
entrench poverty for our fellow Canadians who are less
Who can make a difference?
Just as we are part of a problem, we can be part of the
solution, too. Letting politicians know that fairness and
equality are important to us as voters, and not allowing
them to scapegoat minorities would be a good place to
Voting for political leaders who have the fortitude and
vision to build a just society is another route.
But most important, giving all people living in our
country — regardless of whether they are Canadian citizens
— a right to vote is ultimately needed to keep politicians
Disenfranchised people are also disadvantaged because they
have no way of influencing decisions that affect their
This is not a far-fetched idea, given that as recently as
the 1980s, permanent residents who were British subjects
had a right to vote in provincial and municipal elections.
We can easily extend that right to all residents in these
two lower tiers of government.
It would instantly enlarge the political power base for
racialized communities, as a significant proportion of
these communities are non-citizens.
The fact that many Canadians have reached out to help the
mother featured in the Star story shows we are a
Let's turn our compassion into action, and start making a
difference in not just one person's life.
Avvy Yao-Yao Go is director of the Metro Toronto Chinese &
Southeast Asian Legal Clinic
News Clips from Goa
Goa geared to face
PANJIM: With today being
World Tourism Day, most of Goa will experience a flurry of
activity in and around the state. But, for hoteliers, the
hospitality industry and the tourist department and
organisations, this is a mark of sorts, for the start of the
upcoming 'on season'. And this means gearing up oneself, and
the state too, for the arrival of the hordes of foreign and
domestic tourists alike. Ralph D'Souza, President of the
Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, says, "There will be an
increase of not more than ten per cent in the amount of
tourists that come to Goa this year. However, we have two new
markets to look forward to - Czech Republic and Latvia. We are
also expecting the number of visitors from Russia to increase
a little. In addition to the charter flights, we also have
three new scheduled flights, which will be starting this
season. To begin with, Air Lanka will have flights, twice a
week, starting from October 30 and this will be so for a
period of 12 months. We also have two flights a week by Condor
Airlines - one each from Munich and Frankfurt. And finally,
there is the Transair flight, once a week, from Moscow to Goa.
This too, will be for a period of 12 months." All in all,
every hotel in the state is expecting a good tourist turn out
this year... The Church too has been continuously advocating
'healthy tourism' and states that Goans should focus on the
fact that the life style that the tourists exhibit, while
here, is not their way of living in their own countries or
states. [Ayesha Barretto, GT]
Short Movie and
PANJIM: The Consulate
General of Portugal is pleased to announce a short movie
contest and song contest. The movie should be based on the
theme 'Cultural Diversity' and should have a maximum running
time of 5 minutes (300 seconds). It must be original and have
an original script and neither previously recorded or released
prior to the contest. The song should have a minimum of 2.30
minutes (150 seconds) and a maximum of 3 minutes (180
seconds).The song should be original (Lyrics and music) and
neither previously recorded, published or commercially
released prior to the contest and should include lyrics in 3
languages – Portuguese, English and Konkani/Hindi/Marathi. The
entry deadline is November 27th 2006 and 3 winning entries
will be short listed. The prize winners will be announced in
December 2006. For more information, rules and regulations,
and to download the entry form please visit our website at
www.consuladoportugalgoa.com or call us on 2421524 / 2421525.
China all set to usurp
America's Internet empire
BEIJING: China has
developed next generation internet technology, which could
offer faster, more secure access and high capacity networks,
possibly ending US-led domination. An expert panel composed of
top scientists and researchers, entrusted by the National
Development and Research Commission, has okayed an academic
network called CERNET21 (China Education and Research Network
2), which connects 25 universities in 20 cities across the
vast country, the state media reported yesterday. [GT]
Goan women boxers for
PANJIM: Goa Amateur Boxing
Association has selected six sub-junior women boxers and one
junior woman boxer to represent Goa at the forthcoming first
sub-junior and junior boxing nations to be held at Patiala,
Punjab, from September 26. The sub-juniors team includes
Lavania Kunchi, Priyanka Khandeparkar, Suvarna Fernandes,
Joyce Faleiro Leena Haldankar and Dipali Bhora. [GT]
UK Scholarship for Goan
Remediana Rodrigues has won the Merlyn Vaz scholarship to
teach in Sacred Heart School, Leicester, during the spring
term in 2007. She is currently studying MSc in specific
learning disabilities at Southampton University, UK. As a
primary teacher at the Manovikas School, Margao, she had won
the Broad Outlook Learner Teacher District Award 2004 and was
one of the finalists of the Tata Consultancy Services,
Education World Teacher Award in 2005. [GT]
on 'Remote Sensing'
PANJIM: The Indian Society of Remote Sensing and International
Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Technical
Commission IV on "Geodatabases and Digital Mapping" will
organise a two-day international symposium on the Remote
Sensing and GIS for Monitoring and Prediction of Disasters, at
Hotel Marriott, Miramar, from today. Dr Irwin Itzkovitch,
Assistant Deputy Minister of Earth Sciences, Government of
Canada will deliver the keynote address. [GT]
Killed in Santa Clara Crash
Excerpts from Mercury News link posted on Goans Tanzanite.
Posted on Tue, Sep. 26, 2006
Mekson Fernandes, 29, his wife Sharina Fernandes, 26, and
their 3-year-old son, Nash, were killed instantly after a
Toyota Prius barreled into the family while they were
walking and came to a rest inside a Santa Clara shopping
Authorities said that the driver apparently lost
consciousness during the crash and may suffered from a
medical condition, which they did not disclose. She was
treated and released from a local hospital.
The couple had moved from Goa to the Bay Area four years
ago, soon after marrying, and had Nash a year later.
Sharina Fernandes previously had taught at Kidsville
Preschool & Day Care in Santa Clara. Mekson Fernandes, 29,
was an independent commercial truck driver.
Donations on behalf of the Fernandes Family Benefit Fund
may be sent to Wells Fargo account No. 7038442971 or
mailed to Wells Fargo, 2792 Homestead Road Santa Clara,
Jacinto Santana , Peacefully at his home surrounded by his
loving family on September 20, 2006 at the age of 75.
Jacinto, loving husband of Reynah. Beloved father of Maria
Pereira, Franca Viegas and her husband Errol and
Nicole D'Cunha and her husband Joseph. Cherished grandpa
of Mikaela, Nicholas and Declan. Dear brother of the late
Anita, Aramita, Remedios, Rosario and Lourdes. Sadly
missed by sisters-in-law May and her husband Ian, Greta
and Etelvina, and many loving nieces, nephews, family and
friends. Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on Saturday
at St. Basil's Roman Catholic Church, followed by at Holy
Cross Cemetery. Excerpt from The Toronto Star
Events in Canada - 2006
October 1, 2006
Curtorim . Loutolim . Raia .
7th ANNUAL SOCIAL
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
Click for Flier
October 7, 2006
24th Annual Tanzanite Dinner
Click for Flier
October 17, 2006
55PGA - Monthly meet at Malta
Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola &
Click for Flier
October 22, 2006
Villagers of Moira,
Moira Social, Feast of Our Lady
of the Immaculate Conception
November 07, 2006
@ 7:00 p.m.
Memorial Mass for 55PGA members
at St. Francis Xaviers Church Mavis Road
Click for Flier
Sunday Nov 12th. 2006 from
2.00pm to 4.00pm
International Goan Organization
(IGO) Toronto, in partnership with The Forum of Overseas
Goans/Indians of Goa (FOGI),
Follow up Sept 10 meeting to
identify and discuss critical issues and problems in Goa,
faced by non-resident Goans (NRGs).
Venue: Eatonville Library
Meeting Room, 430 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Etobicoke.
Click to download minutes of meeting
November 17, 2006
Comedy Night- All you can laugh
at Commander Park Arena
Click for Flier
November 18, 2006
Navelim Association of Toronto
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
Click for Flier
For information email-
November 21, 2006
55PGA - General Body Meeting at
Malta Band Club
- Update on
- Name our
Saturday November 25th, 2006
to 1 am
Hamilton Goan Association
25th Anniversary Christmas
Click for flier
December 1, 2006
Carol Singing at Commander Park
Click for Flier
December 3rd 2005 To December
St Francis Xavier Jubilee
Greater Toronto Area Events
December 12, 2006
55PGA - Monthly meet at Malta
Whist – Line Dancing – Tambola
Click for Flier
Friday December 15, 2006
Mark your Calendar for Grand
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
Saturday, September 15th, 2007
Annual Calangute Social. Holy
Mass at 5:00 pm followed by Social
Click for Flier
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
55 Plus Goan
Association - West GTA 2006 Fall Events &
Click to View Our Fall Events
Click to join the many trips being organized this fall
Come join us - become a member
Click to Download Membership Form
Information Fair for Seniors and their Families
Wednesday Oct 4th, 2006 10 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.
Holiday Inn - Bramlea City Centre
Click for flier
Events in Montreal 2006
Please check "MY COMMUNITY EVENTS"
* WHAT: Celebrating "The Feast of the Immaculate Conception"
* WHEN: 5:00PM, Saturday, 25 November 2006
* WHERE: Good Shepard Parish hall (7900 Ave Naples,
* WHY: To enjoy the "4th Montreal Moira Social"
* WHO: villagers of Moira and friends; [WHICH includes you
Feast of St. Francis Xavier
* WHAT: Celebrating "The Feast of St. Francis Xavier"
* WHEN: 5:00PM, Saturday, 02 December 2006
* WHERE: Mary Queen of Peace Church Hall [11075 Gouin
Boulevard W. Roxboro] .
* WHY: To meet friends and have fun
* WHO: Quebec Goan Association and friends; [WHICH includes
P.S. ***** QGA ART CONTEST
The QGA invite all members to participate in an art contest
to celebrate Goa and the Feast of St. Francis Xavier on the
2nd of December 2006.
• The Art work must be 17 inches by 21 inches or larger.
(maximum size: 22 inches by 28 inches).
• Must be the ORIGINAL WORK of the contestant
• The Art piece must depict your image of LIFE IN GOA
• Contestants must write their names and telephone number on
the back of the Art work
• Completed Art work should be given to any QGA committee
member on or before NOVEMBER 25th 2006
• All the Art work will be on display at Mary Queen of Peace
Reception Hall on the 2nd of December 2006.
• All entries will be judged and the winners notified
• THE JUDGES DECISIONS WILL BE FINAL.
For more details please contact:
Rose de Souza (514) 744-1905
Lourdes De Souza (450) 365- 7891
Leticia Rodrigues (514) 631-9920
Felix D'Sa e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Meeting - Canadian Goan Centre
On Sunday, October 01 at 3:00pm there will be a "Town Hall"
meeting to discuss the the proposed Canadian Goan Centre.
Venue: St. Francis Xavier Church
5650 Mavis Road, Mississauga, ONT L5V 2N6
Purpose: 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 approx.
300 persons, can gather for social, cultural, and sporting
THIS CENTRE HAS THE NAME GOAN IN IT - BUT ALL CANADIANS ARE
WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS VENTURE.
The meeting will be in two parts.
Part 1(3:00pm to 4:00pm): An Open meeting for anyone to
attend to learn more about what is being proposed.
You can visit
http://www.goanvoice.ca/cgc/cgc.ppt for more details of
Approx 20 investors are required for this commercial (for
profit) initiative. To date we have close to that number of
investors and others who have committed a very strong
interest in being involved.
The price per share is $5,000. This is the initial offer to
join the initiative.
The price per share will be different after the initial
The Centre will be owned by the shareholders.
A Board of Directors will be elected to run the enterprise
and report back to the shareholders..
Questions from the floor will be entertained during this
Part 2: This part of the meeting will be restricted to
A levy of $5.00 per person will be collected for use of the
Church Hall, printing of handouts & for non-alcoholic
The meeting is expected to end by 6.00 p.m.
PLEASE PASS THIS E-MAIL ON TO INTERESTED PARTIES
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
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.
In commemoration of the 500th
birthday of St. Francis Xavier, please join us for the
The Missions will be on three consecutive Friday evenings
Dates: September 29th and October 6th
Priests: Fr. Michael D’Cruz, O.F.M;
Fr. Michael Coutts, S.J.; and
Fr. Edwin Gonsalves,
At the following Parishes:
1148 Finch Avenue September 29 – 7:30 p.m.
Pickering, ON L1V 1J6 October 6– 7:30 p.m.
Tel: 905-831-2253 x223
3526 Sheppard Ave East September 29 - 7:30 p.m.
Scarborough, ON M1T 3K7 October 6- 7:30 p.m.
St. Francis Xavier Parish September 22 - 7:15 p.m.
5650 Mavis Road September 29 - 7:15 p.m.
Mississauga, ON L5V 2N6 October 6 - 7:15 p.m.
For more info call:
Edmund Menezes 416 494-2132 – Holy Spirit
Paul Mathias 905 566-1202 St. Francis Xavier
St. Francis Xavier
Jubilee Year Celebration
Final Jubilee Year Gala Event On Sunday, December 3, 2006
there will be an event to close the Jubilee Year. We will
begin with a Eucharistic Celebration (Mass) at noon. Fr Jean
Marc Laporte, S.J., (Provincial Superior of the Upper Canada
Province) will preside and South Asian priests in the GTA
will be invited to concelebrate. This event will culminate
the Jubilee Year and it will be another great opportunity
for members of the various Indian communities to gather and
celebrate their unity in diversity.
The event will take place at The Grand Taj Banquet Hall
(6915 Dixie Road, Unit 20, Mississauga, ON L5T 2G2). There
will be a band and DJ (Pave Conection) in attendance.
Tickets are now available (Children 3-11 years - $15 ,
Adults 12 and above - $25). Please contact your association
representative for tickets. There are a limited number of
tickets and will be on a first-come-first-serve basis. We
look forward to seeing you soon.
Please make note of the above dates and mark them in your
calendar. If you need any further information please contact
Fr Daryl Miranda, S.J., at 204 296-5116 or
or contact your association representative.
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People Places and Things
MEMBERS TRY THEIR LUCK AT CASINO RAMA
Forty three members set out on a windy but pleasant day on
September 24th for Casino Rama from Agincourt Mall. CanAr Bus
Services provided free transportation as long as 42 passengers
showed up. Although we had a full bus-load confirmed, some
cancelled the day before, bringing the number to 41, which
meant that the trip coordinator was in big trouble! Thanks to
a last minute appeal, one of our Executive committee member
and his wife made an eleventh hour decision to join the group,
thus saving the day!
Members enjoyed the complimentary buffet lunch provided by
Casino Rama to bus patrons. A nominal charge of $2 per person
went towards driver tip and expenses associated with past,
present and future trips for TEGSA members.
Although it seems Lady Luck deserted our members, everyone had
a great time at the Casino and returned safely home, without
gambling away their homes or their children! A happy ending to
an exciting day.
Once again our 55+PGA group had a very successful "Western Nite"
event which took off like a "Bang".Held at the Meadowvale
Community Centre, by 7.00 p.m the hall was full as members and
invited guests who swarmed in, decked in with their Cowboy
attire, i.e. boots, hats,stetsons, some with 'Spurs' that
jingled - jangled the night away to the music of the DJ - Duo
Rodgers (Dawn and Jeffrey).
The evening began with Mrs. Alba Ferrao reciting Grace,
followed by the much talked of, long-awaited, scrumptious
'CHILI AT ITS BEST" prepared by our very own gourmet chef Mr.
Archie Lobo, assisted by his wife who rendered her TLC to
stirring the pot to perfection! - It was no doubt the "Hot
-Hit" of the evening with rave reviews throughout the night.The
great compliment to this meal was of course, the barbcue
sausages, grilled to perfection, by Percy Fernandes. Many
thanks go out to Mr. Roque Barreto who kindly donated the
The meal was followed by the delectable dessert of Caramel
pudding, which softened our taste buds....
(The CHILI was such a hit that everyone was disappointed they
did not get "doggie bags" to take home!!)!! Better luck next
Our pros, Ed & Violet led everyone on the floor to a line
dancing performance, it soon caught on & even those who never
danced got on the floor and" kicked up their heels" to learn a
step or two!
The Hi-Lite of the evening was Mr. Anibal who swept the ladies
off their feet with his rendition of the Cha Cha Cha Polka and
Merenge ....from this time onwards - nobody sat down. It was a
Nite of fun and entertainment galore, and more dancing to the
beat of the Rock & Roll and Waltzes - It was great to see the
floor always full of "Stompers"!!
We had a silent auction of two BLUE JAY tickets donated by Mr.
Joe. Lobo, (thanks for yr kind donation.
Last but not least, a big thumbs up to Archie Lobo, for
initiating this Western Nite event, backed up by Vivien & Tony
Archie is having his own Special Western Nite next Saturday, if
anyone is interested, please contact Archie.
The 55PGA further like to thank each and everyone for their
effort in coming out and supporting us and for all those who
worked hard behind the scenes, to ensure the success of this
first time Western Nite Event!!
Please continue to check out our website for next years repeat
performance, which we expect to have on a bigger scale!!
From this event you will see that it offers the opportunity to
learn line dancing. So do please see us next at our MBC Tuesday
evenings you can learn Line dancing by Ed & Violet who kindly
offered their services.
Please check out
www.goanvoice.ca for future events.
General Secretary for
55 Plus Goan Association - West GTA
TEGSA seniors were elated as they were enthusiastically treated
to a musical stroll down memory lane by Fit As A Fiddle.
The group led by Margot Glatt opened the evening with an
exercise session to upbeat live music. With her positive
attitude and vigorous enthusiasm, she was soon able to
captivate the audience and get them all participating.
The Sing Along that followed evoked a lot of memories of
yesteryear, which was evidenced from voices that came from all
corners of the hall. The old favourites which were made famous
by the legendary divas, like “You are my Sunshine”, Que Sera
Sera”, “She’ll Be Coming Down The Mountain”, were delightfully
rendered by three professionals with live fiddle and guitar
TEGSA this night saw a new Elvis in Victor Hilary D’Souza.
Truly a great night to remember for TEGSA members ………. the beat
goes on .
U.S. homework outsourced as 'e-tutoring'
09/28/06 01:46 PM, EDT
Private tutors are a luxury many American families cannot
afford, costing anywhere between $25 to $100 an hour. But
California mother Denise Robison found one online for $2.50 an
hour -- in India.
"It's made the biggest difference. My daughter is literally at
the top of every single one of her classes and she has never
done that before," said Robison, a single mother from Modesto,
Health & Wellness
Cancer Update -- Johns Hopkins
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 11:20:19
Cancer News from Johns Hopkins:
1. No plastic containers in micro.
2. No water bottles in freezer.
3. No plastic wrap in microwave.
Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its
newsletters. This information is being circulated at
Walter Reed Army MedicalCenter as well.
Dioxin chemicals causes cancer, especially breast cancer.
Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies.
Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as
this releases dioxins from the plastic.
Heat your home safely this winter
VANCOUVER, Sept. 25 /CNW/
- Now is the best time to prepare your home for
cold weather advises the British Columbia Safety
Authority. Before you light up your fireplace or turn on
your thermostat, take the following steps to protect your
family and home.
- Home heating appliances, including natural gas furnaces,
wood-burning stoves, fireplaces and chimneys should be
inspected annually and cleaned as often as necessary by
licenced contractors to prevent fires and reduce the risk
of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- For gas furnace cleaning and servicing, choose a
contractor who is registered with the BC Safety Authority
and employs certified gasfitters. Be sure to ask for proof
- If your home is heated by a hydronic (water) radiant
heating system, have a registered gas contractor annually
inspect the boiler, vents and chimney.
Attention News Editors:
Canadians Know What It Takes To Be Young At Heart - But
They Find It Challenging To Find Time to Exercise Survey
shows people want to keep their hearts healthy
TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ -
A new survey of Canadian men and women age 40 and older
confirms their desire to reduce their risk of
cardiovascular disease, and identified challenges such as
finding time to exercise. Despite wanting to stay young at
heart, 61 per cent of Canadians surveyed reported they had
been either diagnosed with, or are at risk of developing
heart disease. In Canada, one third of those surveyed have
been diagnosed with or told that they are at risk for
developing high blood pressure, followed by one-fourth who
have been diagnosed or told they are at risk of developing
high cholesterol. Other diagnosed or at risk conditions
amongst Canadians include diabetes (20 per cent), obesity
(18 per cent), heart disease/heart attack (15 per cent),
and stroke (seven per cent).
The survey conducted by Bayer HealthCare LLC in Canada,
and also in seven other countries including Argentina,
China, Germany, South Korea, Mexico, Spain, and the United
States was released in conjunction with the World Heart
Federation's World Heart Day 2006. World Heart Day is a
global advocacy campaign aimed at increasing public
awareness and promoting the use of preventive measures to
reduce the incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
|Air India inquiry
starts with emotional testimony from families of victims
Jim Brown -
Monday, September 25, 2006
OTTAWA (CP) - Personal
grief mingled with political anger and an anguished appeal
for belated justice Monday as a long-awaited public
inquiry began into the 1985 Air India bombing that took,
329 lives - the worst terrorist act in Canadian history.
Bal Gupta, the first witness to appear before former
Supreme Court judge John Major, repeatedly fought back
tears as he recalled the death of his wife Ramwati in the
attack, and his harrowing trip to Ireland to claim her
body recovered from the wreckage in the North Atlantic.
Differences in health for rural and urban Canadians
Mortality rates higher in most
rural areas, but cancer incidence rates lower
The rural advantage |
Higher smoking rates
September 19, 2006—A
new report released today shows that Canadians living in
rural areas generally have higher mortality (or death)
rates than those living in urban areas. How Healthy Are
Rural Canadians? An Assessment of Their Health Status and
Health Determinants is the result of a research
partnership between the Canadian Population Health
Initiative (CPHI)—a part of the Canadian Institute for
Health Information (CIHI)—as well as the Public Health
Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the Centre for Rural and
Northern Health Research (Laurentian University). This
report provides a new pan-Canadian perspective on the
health of rural Canadians. The report compares urban areas
with four types of rural areas: those with highest
commuting flow (where at least 30% of employed people
commute to an urban area to work) and areas with moderate,
weak, and no commuting flow.
Researchers found that Canadians living in rural and
remote areas had higher death rates than their urban
counterparts. Annual mortality rates were highest in the
most rural areas (with no commuters) at 792 deaths per
100,000 people compared to 695 deaths per 100,000 in urban
areas. However, rural areas with the highest commuting
flow had lower mortality rates (at 668 deaths per 100,000
people) than urban areas. The urban–rural difference in
mortality was most pronounced among children and
adolescents aged 5 to 19, particularly for deaths due to
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