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Exclusive Report: How to fix Canada - On the brink
A new report, three years in the making, paints a stark picture of Canada's lagging performance and provides a road map for future economic success
November 27, 2006

PHILIP PREVILLE- Macleans Magazine
The following articles cover a Conference Board of Canada report entitled Mission Possible: Sustainable Prosperity for Canada. For more information, please visit the Conference Board of Canada website at

"We don't work enough." So said former Quebec premier Lucien Bouchard last month in a televised interview, tongue-lashing Quebecers for their poor work ethic. The province's economic situation, as he saw it, was akin to treading water: people had grown accustomed to a comfortable standard of living based in large part on government programs and services -- everything from education to health care to generous public pensions -- but had given little thought to how those bills get paid. "There is a level of comfort [right now] that is dangerous because the days ahead will not be easy, they will be very difficult," he said. His solution: "We must work more!"



India-Canada Business Ties Get A Boost
Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The India story appears to have entered the virtuous cycle. That is the impression you get when you hear the plans Canada’s government and companies have for India. Having realise d that Canada’s trade with India was miniscule, and no Canadian company had a significant exposure to India, Canada is now trying to engage India at multiple levels.

From federal government, to provinces, and finally individual corporates, at all levels there is a realisation that business with India can be larger.

In recent months, there have been visits by government and business delegations at various levels. How serious is the effort? Between November 2006 and May 2007 one or the other Canadian delegation will travel to India at least once a month.



Canadians living on the edge: study

TORONTO, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - An important wealth survey released today by Statistics Canada provides further evidence that what Canadians believe about inequality in Canada is in fact true.

The survey shows that wealth is extremely unequally distributed -- and Canadians are taking on heavier debt loads in order to keep up.

"Economic insecurity is on the rise," says Hugh Mackenzie, research fellow with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). "An uncomfortably large proportion of Canadians are living so close to the line that they are unable to save for retirement.

"This potent mixture of high debt and no pension savings is a recipe for future economic distress -- especially when the economy takes a turn for the worse, which it will."

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This nation we call Canada
Michael Chong's November 27, 2006 Statement
November 29, 2006

The reason why I became involved in politics is my belief in this nation we call Canada. I believe in this great country of ours, and I believe in one nation, undivided, called Canada. This is a fundamental principle for me, not something on which I can, or will, compromise. Not now, not ever. While I am loyal to my party and to my leader, my first loyalty to this nation we call Canada.

It is for that fundamental principle that I cannot support the motion recognizing the Quebecois as a nation

I believe that recognizing the Quebecois as a nation, even within a united Canada, is nothing else than the recognition of an ethnic nationalism, and that I cannot support. It cannot be interpreted as the recognition of a territorial nationalism, since it does not refer to a geographic entity, but rather to a group of people.

I also believe that recognizing the Quebecois as a nation will provide the sovereignists with an argument that they will use to confuse Quebeckers in any future debate on sovereignty. They will argue if the Quebecois are a nation within Canada, the Quebecois are certainly a nation without Canada.

I believe in one nation undivided called Canada, based on a civic and not an ethnic nationalism. For hundreds of years, almost every Canadian was of either British or French descent and we had two ethnic nationalisms reflective of that, one a British ethnic nationalism, the other a French ethnic nationalism. By the 1960s, Canada was no longer homogenously made up of those of British or French ethnicity, and we decided to reject these dual ethnic nationalisms for a new tripartite approach. This approach adopted a civic nationalism, official bilingualism and official multiculturalism as the basis of a new vision for citizenship. This civic nationalism recognized that all citizens, regardless of their birth or ethnic origin, regardless of whether they had been here 4 or 400 years, were full and equal citizens in Canadian society. The duality of our country, the English and the French fact, were recognized through the policy of official bilingualism. Official multiculturalism ensured that all groups in Canada, whether of French or English descent, whether of African or Asian descent, whether they be of any other descent, would be recognized and celebrated.

I want to emphasize that I believe in the uniqueness of the French fact of Canada. I also believe that we must ensure not only its survival, but its flourishing. But I believe that this is best accomplished through the policies of official bilingualism and multiculturalism, and above all that it is done not by retreating into our solitudes, but rather by engaging each other through a common civic nationalism.

I have reflected on this over the last five days, trying to see if I could reconcile voting for this motion. I cannot.

I also want to add that the Prime Minister was presented a difficult dilemma by the Bloc Quebecois, and I do not fault him for what he felt he had to do.

I also have faith in the Prime Minister and in the government’s agenda. I believe that the government is on the right track with its accountability package, with its environmental initiatives, with its crime and justice proposals and with its economic plan, and I believe that Canadians do as well. I also believe in our party. I have been a life long Conservative and I remain so.

Thank you. Michael Chong, M.P. Wellington-Halton Hills


West Must Prepare For Asian Dominance
Posted on:

Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2006 11:38:04 +0000 (GMT)
By: Nitin Mehta

In an article in the Independent recently the following was mentioned:
With its huge, aspirational middle class -highly skilled and self-confident and determined to succeed, India seems to have more in common with first world economies of America and Europe. This is an India already fully integrated into the global economy, a smart, enterpreneurial, go-getting India which defies sthe chaos from which it has sprung. It is an Indian software company which is behind the techonology used in London's pioneering congestion charging system. The £4bn bid by India's Tata for Corus the Anglo-Dutch steel maker is symbolic of the ease with which the new India is able to tap into Western capital markets to undertake transforming deals and investment. The international zeitgeist which once centered on China has moved to India which with its youthful and fast growing population, its robust legal system, rule of contract, respect for intelectual property rights and above all its proud democratic tradition. With Wall Mart coming to India and Mukesh Ambani also setting up super markets --the future is being made by India's young. No wonder in a recent survey Indian youth were found to happiest of all youths in the world. For those of us from East Africa who had a tendency to look down on India-this scenario is almost unimaginable--but there were a lot of who had never doubted India's ability to rise again. Nitin Mehta


News Clips from Goa

Public rally to protest 'Regional Plan 2011'

PANJIM: Save Goa Forum will organise a massive public rally to protest against the 'Regional Plan 2011' at Azad Maidan on December 18 at 3 pm. According to Save Goa Forum convenor Dr Oscar Rebello, "Goa, today, is at the crossroads of her very existence. Her soul, her identity and her beauty is being mercilessly sold off, all for the petty gains of a petty few, in the guise of sinister Goa Regional Plan 2011." "Besides the destruction of Goa's beauty, her culture and her heritage, we are set to witness an unprecedented social disaster if mega five-star projects like townships, condominiums, golf courses, resorts take root in our precious land. Besides being greedily resources intensive all these megalomaniac projects envisaged in the 'Regional Plan 2011' will trigger off a wealthy and powerful new wave of migrant influx who have the potential to relegate indigenous and already settled Goans into a politically irrelevant minority in their own land. Also Goa's already over-burdened infrastructure, garbage and sewerage disposal and law and order situation will collapse if this plan comes into effect," he said. [GT]
River Princess to 'disappear' from Goa coast

PANJIM: Finally, the 'reign' of "MV River Princess" over Sinquerim coast will come to an end soon, much to the relief of the citizens and environmentalists alike. The vessel, which ran aground off Sinquerim coast in June 2006, will now be re-floated and towed 12 nautical miles from Goa coastline within the next three months. Speaking to reporters after launching the re-floating work at Sinquerim, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr Wilfred de Souza said that the vessel had become an eyesore and a nuisance for the lat six years. He said that the contract had been awarded to M/s Jaisu Shipping Company Pvt Ltd, Kandla, and added that his priority would be to see it disappear from the coast of Goa. "We are paying them Rs.5.5 crore to refloat and tow it away," he said. [GT]
Willy warns action against encroachments by shack owners

PANJIM: Expressing concern over the large scale encroachments by shack owners at the Sinquerim beach, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Wilfred de Souza warned that the tourism department would initiate action against them. Dr de Souza, who had gone to launch the re-floating work of the grounded vessel at Sinquerim was shocked when he found that most of the shack owners had violated the terms and conditions and had put up more beach beds and umbrellas than the sanctioned numbers and a large number of chairs and tables and that too near the sea shore. [GT]
Portugal President to visit State

PANJIM, Dec 7: The President of the Republic of Portugal is scheduled to visit Goa in January next year to witness the signing of a historic Memorandum of Understanding between the Chambers of Commerce of Goa and Lisbon. Various aspects pertaining to exchange programmes between Goa and Portugal on technical strengths, transfer of technology, joint venture promotions will form a part of the MoU. To set the stage, Ambassador of Portugal to India, Joaquim Marques, was in Goa earlier this week. [H]
Set up panel to examine status of Christians: Dr John Dayal

PANJIM: "An equivalent of the Justice Sachar report set up for Muslims should also be set up for Christians in India," said the All India Catholic Union national president Dr John Dayal. He said that the main reason for his Goa visit was because there was no media hostility in the state as compared to places like Madhya Pradesh and Delhi. He also spoke about the pathetic conditions of Dalit Christians outside areas like Goa, Mumbai and Andhra Pradesh, a majority of the Catholics in India are Dalits. They suffer as much as their Hindu and Muslim brethren, yet there are no acts to protect them. Their literacy level is about 40 to 47 per cent despite there being over 50,000 Catholic institutions in the country. [GT]
Israel To Open Drug Rehab Centre In Goa
PTI Excerpt

JERUSALEM: Israel will open a drug rehabilitation centre in Goa to provide treatment to its young "backpackers" who abuse drugs during their stay in India, officials here said. Some 2,000 out of the 40,000 Israelis who visit India every year are thought to be taking drugs, many of them backpackers (budget travellers).

About 600 of them are brought back badly hurt. A centre called Beit Ha Haam (the warm house) has been operating there for almost six months and the Israel Drug Authority is pitching in with further support, officials said.

The centre will be formally launched next week during the visit of deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade and Industry, Eliyahu Yosef. Yosef will also be meeting Israeli backpackers in Goa during the trip.

The issue of Israeli youngsters taking drugs in India is being seen with concern and the director of Israel Drug Authority, Haim Messing, will be accompanying the deputy Prime Minister during the trip.

The Israeli embassy in New Delhi is also considering launching an awareness campaign issuing a "Do's and Don’ts" brochure for Israeli travellers.
IFFI-2006 concludes
NT Staff Reporter

Panaji, Dec 3: The curtains came down today on the 37th edition of the International Film Festival of India, at the Kala Academy Complex, with the well-known Bengali actor-director, Aparna Sen predicting that the film festival would be known all around the globe as the Goa International Film Festival, in the near future.
Chinese film bags Golden Peacock Award at IFFI

2006-12-04 16:48:43  

BEIJING, Dec. 4 -- Chinese film "The Old Barber," directed by Hasi Chaolu, won the Golden Peacock Award at the 37th International Film Festival Of India (IFFI) today.
The 105-minute film, produced by Li Shuihe, is a story about the pure art of the barbers in Beijing.

The top award consists of a citation and a cash prize of Rs ten lakh. (22,421 U.S. dollars)

Chinese film "The Old Barber"

The Silver Peacock Award and a cash prize of Rs five lakh (11,210 dollars ) went to An Kung-Lee of South Korea as the Most Promising Director for her film "A Short Life."



+Alison De Silva
From Goan Voice UK:

10 Dec: Toronto, Canada. ALISON DE SILVA (age 20). Daughter of John (ex
Zanzibar and Tanganyika Standard) and Rolina (ex-Mombasa, nee Abranches).
Sister of Caroline. Condolences to
Funeral Details

Thursday, December 14 – 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Friday, December 15 – 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m.
McDougall & Brown Funeral Home
Scarborough Chapel
2900 Kingston Road (East of St. Clair)
Toronto, ON
M1M 1N5
(416) 267-4656

For directions and other helpful information, please view link below:

Funeral Mass
Saturday, December 16 at 10:30 a.m.
St. Thomas More Parish
1 Dormington Drive (Ellesmere and Markham)
Scarborough, ON
M1G 3M9
(416) 439-1545

Cemetery (to follow mass)
Christ The King Cemetery
7770 Steeles Avenue East (Reesor Road)
Markham, ON
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*Reception to follow at Christ the King Cemetery, Reception Hall

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From The Star (Toronto) 4 June 2004: Headline: Brave Alison De Silva.
Excerpts: Family's love, visits from celebrities kept her going after she
developed intestinal lymphangiectasia, a disease so rare that only a dozen
or so other people in the world are known to have it. 1046 words.

For a photograph of the family see



Passed away peacefully on November 28, 2006 at Scarborough Grace Hospital. He was a loving husband to Jane and a devoted father to Judy. He will also be missed by his brothers and sister, nieces and nephews and extended family. The family will receive friends at the OGDEN FUNERAL HOME, 4164 Sheppard Ave. East, Agincourt (east of Kennedy Rd.) on Wednesday, November 29 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial to be held on Thursday, November 30 at 10 a.m. at Church of the Annunciation, 3 Combermere Dr. (Victoria Park and Ellesmere). Interment at Highland Memory Gardens. Reception to follow interment. The family would like to extend their appreciation to the doctors and staff at the Scarborough Grace Hospital for their outstanding care.



People Places and Things

A Time To Say Kwaheri
Dr. Joe de Mello

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An era of medical history ended on November 24, 2006 when Dr. Joe de Mello closed his medical practice in the west Toronto area. Dr. Joe served as a family physician for 35 years and was the founder of the Lakeshore Medical & Professional Centre at 3170 Lakeshore Blvd West.

Known as Dr. Joe in Canada, he was born Assumption Joseph de Mello in Kenya, and went to Dr. Ribeiro Goan School, Nairobi, (Class of ’57). He received his medical training at King’s College Hospital Medical School, London, England, and was one of the first Goan family physicians in the Greater Toronto Area. He served on the Staff of St. Joseph’s Health Centre. Toronto and Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga.

His practice brought quality medical care to the depressed and neglected New Toronto Area as it was then. He developed a special interest in the non-surgical treatment of varicose and spider veins, and also undertook eye examinations for those needing eye glasses. He played a pivotal role in establishing the Lakeshore Village Walk-In Medical Clinic – delivering much needed prompt health care to area residents.

Dr. Joe was also appointed Medical Examiner to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, and to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board of Ontario.

In his retirement, Dr. Joe will assiduously continue studying the piano, an activity he took on late in life to fully exercise his mind as he says. He will continue practicing medicine part-time in his Walk-In Clinic, and doing Eye Examinations.

Dr. Joe & his wife Madeline have made regular trips to Goa for over 20 years every December, to visit his parents. His late father, Mr. Pascoal de Mello, served in the Kenya Government Administration and received the M.B.E. in 1963. (See publication A Life Well Spent – by Teresa Albuquerque

His mother, Mrs.Esmeralda de Mello (86), the matriarch of the family, resides in the family home in De Mello Vaddo in Anjuna.

Dr. Joe’s three brothers are also well known in the community; Tim – A pioneer on the Goa Internet scene, -Raymond’s band Les Ombres, well known in entertainment circles, and Stan, a Social Science Professor on the West Coast.

Historical Note:
The Internet was introduced to the Toronto Goan Community in 1995 at a meeting held in 1995 in the Board Room of Dr. de Mello’s medical building. An account of this meeting is archived at: Gracias letter.pdf

Following the meeting in 1995, a simple survey was taken of the audience to ascertain how many saw the Internet as a boon and would be willing to try it out. There were no takers!!!

Mrs. Maria “Jane” Braganza Celebrates 95th Birthday

December 2nd. 2006 was a milestone year in the life of Maria Braganza, better known as, "Jane" to family and close friends. To capture this momentous occasion a small party was held in her honor at Cawthra Gardens, Mississauga, and the home of Maria. In attendance were her three daughters, Juliet Rebello (Mississauga), Isabel Harvey (UK) and Dolly Vienna (Mississauga), her grandchildren and her 4 great grandchildren, and some of her close friends. Maria joined her friends in a sing-along of both Konkani and English songs. All, especially Maria, had a good time.

Goan Hip Hop Artist from Toronto

Graham D'Souza aka Camoflauge, is a Goan Hip Hop Artist from Toronto, Canada. His music is becoming well known and grown in the youth community, especially the South Asian community. We are working hard to promoting him and getting him exposure in Toronto and outside to the US & UK. The attachment is one of the famous track in the city, which you might be familiar with. Give it a hear, visit his website, check out his music video and sound bite.

Reflected in Water: Writings on Goa
Edited by Jerry Pinto

• Published by Penguin Books India
• Published: November 2006
• Imprint: Penguin
• Special Price: Rs 395.00
• Cover Price: Rs 395.00
• ISBN: 0143100815
• Edition: Paperback
• Format: Demy
• Extent: 312pp
• Classification: Anthologies
• Rights: World


Reflected in Water is a collection of essays, poems, stories and extracts from published works that bring to life both the natural beauty and the changing social and political ethos of India's smallest state. From Mario Cabral e Sa's delightful take on the earliest Portuguese women to come to India to Gita Mehta's description of hippies at Calangute, from Alexander Frater's mesmerizing account of Goa in the monsoon to Manohar Malgonkar's ode to the Mangeshi temple, this anthology celebrates the irreverent and the sacred in equal measure.

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 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 

Christmas & New Year Events
Date Organization Event  
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 Click for Flier
Saturday December 16, 2006 TEGSA Grand Christmas Dance Click for Flier
Tuesday, 26th December 2006 The Canorient Christian Association Christmas Dinner & Dance Gala Night at St. Peter & Paul Ukrainian Community Centre Click for Details


 Events of 2007

February 10th, 2007 Goa Amigos
Goa Amigos Presents the Red & Black Carnaval  Xtravaganza
The time of the year to treat your Valentine to a Carnival blast of Fun and Entertainment at
 Sagan Convention Centre and Banquel Halls, Mississauga.
Click for Details


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 Calangute  Association, Canada Annual Calangute Social. Holy Mass at 5:00 pm followed by Social Click for Flier




The nine masses before Christmas is a Filipino tradition started by the Spaniards in the 1600`s. This is commonly known as Misas de Aguinaldo ( Gift Mass ) or Simbang Gabi ( Evening Mass ). It is traditionally held at dawn, usually around 4.00 am in the Philippines. The faithful do their best to get up early for nine consecutive days and complete the novena as a sacrifice and gift to the Lord Jesus for Christmas. Part of this wonderful tradition is the gathering of families and friends to share breakfast available outside the Church after Mass. This tradition is now practiced in  different parts of the world where there are Filipinos. This tradition will be celebrated at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish on:- Friday, Dec15/06 to Dec23/06 at 7.00pm.


HMWN Radio Maria

Tee: 416-245-7117 -

HMWN Radio Maria has 3 good news items for your parishioners:
a) Bishop Fred Henry will talk 3 times a week at Radio Maria.
b) On Dec08/06 Michael Corel will be our guest to tell the story of his conversion.
c) HMWN is releasing its first Christmas CD.

For more information contact Lou Iacobelli at 416-245-4117 or

Flat for Rent in Goa
Furnished flat for rent in Bardez, close to Baga & Calangute Beaches.
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Health & Wellness

This Winter…. When the lights go off…..


For a major emergency – like a blackout or severe storm – you need to be prepared. Ready for at least 72 hours while emergency workers help those in urgent need.



Air Canada offers tips for smooth holiday travel

- NEW: Revised security measures for carry-on luggage
- NEW: Travel documentation: passport requirement for travel to the United States
- Baggage information: carry-on baggage allowance will be strictly applied to meet the needs of all passengers
- Checking-in made easy: web check-in available 24 hours before flight departure
- has all the information for a one-stop easy and simple travel experience

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UPS drivers deliver safe holiday driving tips
'Tis the season to be travelling safe and sound on the roads

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Dec. 5 /CNW/ - This month travellers will face more than just inclement weather when it comes to driving. Increased traffic from last-minute shopping trips and social visits to family and friends will also impact road travel safety over the next few weeks.

Holiday traffic and unpredictable weather conditions make it more important than ever for Canadians to tune-up on winter driving skills. UPS's 102,000 drivers around the globe are preparing to deliver more than 21 million packages worldwide on December 20 and understand that safe driving requires skill and good judgment. They are among the safest transportation professionals on the road with 4,202 active drivers having completed more than 25 years of accident-free driving.

"UPS drivers average less than one accident per million kilometers driven," said Keith Porter, vice president of Operations, UPS Canada. "Whether you're driving to see family over the holidays or delivering packages, it's important for all motorists to focus on applying safe driving practices."



Give blood, make your gift meaningful - 70 per cent want less emphasis on consumerism

OTTAWA, Dec. 5 /CNW Telbec/ - Holidays are a time of celebration, families and togetherness. They are also a time for sharing good stories and special presents and great meals. But the emphasis on consumerism can take a financial and a time-consuming toll. So much so, a recent Ipsos-Reid survey finds 70 per cent of Canadians would welcome less emphasis on gift giving and spending this season. Don't make endless trips to the malls this December, Canadian Blood Services urges holiday-makers instead to make an appointment at a local blood donor clinic, and brighten a life. Call 1 888 2 DONATE (1 888 236-6283).



Chill Out And Drive Safely This Winter
Simple Tips To Help Keep Motorists Safe

QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Dec. 7 /CNW/ - Winter is almost here, and with it, icy roads and blowing snow. To make sure motorists arrive safely to their destinations, Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield offers some simple winter driving tips.

"One third of all winter traffic collisions are caused by excessive speed and loss of control," Cansfield said. "Alert driving and keeping one's vehicle
in good working order are the keys to safe winter driving."

Here are some simple rules to remember when tackling winter roads:
- Skidding - Take your foot off the brake and gas, shift to neutral, and steer in the direction you want to go.
- Spacing - It takes longer to stop on slippery roads. Keep a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- Lighting - Turn on your headlights in low light conditions such as blowing snow and whiteouts. Do not rely on daytime running lights.
- Plan ahead - Check weather and travel conditions before leaving. In poor weather, give yourself extra travel time or wait until conditions improve. It's best not to take chances if the weather is bad.
- Visibility - Clear snow and ice from all windows, lights, mirrors and roof of your vehicle for the best visibility. Loose snow from your vehicle could also blow onto other vehicles and block other drivers' vision.



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