Nairobi (Goan) Institute Up For Sale
Reports 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
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.
The trip to Niagara included a stop at one of the natural
wonders of the world and several took the opportunity to spend
and make a few bucks at the casino. The group also had the
opportunity to taste some of the award-winning wines in an
area that is home to 20 of world’s top wineries.
The following night we had the pub night and ex-student
Raymond De Mello and his Le Ombre band put on an impressive
show. The Pic-A-Deli Restaurant in Oakville bar did a roaring
On Friday a field of 28 competed in the golf tournament at
Castlemore in Brampton and although Remy Diniz was given a run
for his money, he retained his title as the best ex-student by
shooting an 85. Lewis and Antonette de Souza from Nairobi
provided shirts for all of the golfers.
The ball was grand in every respect. The hall’s ambience,
excellent food and music by Naked Flame earned rave reviews.
Each table was provided with a bottle of red and white wine
and mementos with the school’s logo were presented to each
couple along with the brochure.
The grace before meals was said by popular teacher Yvonne Da
Costa (Coty), a resident of Toronto.
Delphine Da Costa, the president of the 10th reunion, praised
her small committee and said without their experience and
expertise it would have been impossible to run a function of
Her committee included Xavier Carvalho (Social Secretary and
organizer of the golf tournament and the picnic); Ida Gomes (
Assistant Social Secretary and organizer of the trip to
Niagara Falls, which was by the way the first of its kind
organized by the ex-students committee); Eugene Pereira, the
hard-working treasurer and his assistant treasurer Maurice dos
Remedios, who were kept extremely busy by last-minute ticket
requests; Claire Fonseca, the energetic secretary, and her
assistant Norman Da Costa who put together the brochure.
Delphine also thanked their spouses for their work behind the
She also informed the gathering that Zahir Malik, one of the
directors of the school who travelled from Nairobi for the
function, had informed her that there was a move to rename the
school Dr. Ribeiro Parklands School in the new year and this
announcement was met with a long round of applause.
She also acknowledged Mrs. Angela Ribeiro, daughter of Dr.
Ribeiro, who turned 90 this month. Mrs. Ribeiro was unable to
attend following the recent death of her son Dr. Gerry Ribeiro
Delphine also thanked all those who donated prizes and those
who advertised in the brochure.
The winner of the top prize of the raffle, a four-day safari
in Kenya kindly donated by ex-student Tom Fernandes, president
and owner of Wildlife Safari Kenya Limited, was Toronto’s
Pascoal de Souza.
Finally, Delphine paid tribute to Merwin de Souza for his
support in promoting the function on his widely read website
and presented him with a giraffe carving all the way from
The night ended with Silu Fernandes, a three-time Olympian,
being acclaimed the incoming president.
Silu will be in charge of the 11th reunion in Toronto in
Please start making your arrangements for the trip now as Silu
promises another fun-filled occasion.
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
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 Canada.
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 Canada.
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 1995.
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.
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