Newsletter. Issue 2007-02. January 20, 2007


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Premier Dalton McGuinty Praises India, Promotes Ontario's Strengths
Busy Day In Indian Capital Includes 10 Agreements Signed By Business Mission Delegates

NEW DELHI, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Ontario is determined to play a major role in India's dynamic economic growth, Premier Dalton McGuinty told key government officials and business leaders here today.
"We are here from Ontario - a large delegation of our finest business people and researchers, educators and builders - because we are indebted to India's rich history. We are impressed by the exciting India of today and we are intent on playing a bigger role in India's future," Premier McGuinty said in his first major speech here.
"We are focused on areas where we see infinite potential: culture and education, financial services and infrastructure, and research and innovation," Premier McGuinty said.
"But our ultimate goal is to build a stronger India, and a stronger Ontario, by developing the opportunities that will, in turn, strengthen our people."


What is the Growing Gap?

By 12:13 pm on New Year’s Day, while many Canadians were still nursing a hangover, Canada’s 100 highest paid CEOs had already pocketed what will take minimum wage workers the rest of 2007 to earn.     

• Canadians can go from rags to riches if they work hard enough—right? The reality is that most Canadians will stay in their original earning category all their lives.
• Why is the gap getting worse? Every year more well-paying jobs are being replaced by work that is less secure, and/or work that pays less and fails to offer benefit packages. And the social safety net no longer catches most working Canadians when they fall on hard times.



Post-Boomers Embrace Spirituality
Young Canadians seek a structured faith, says sociology professor
By BILL GLENWCR Staff Writer Lethbridge

The next two decades may have a profound impact on the Catholic Church in Canada with the Baby Boomer generation aging into retirement and beyond.
While secularists would have you believe that the future is fraught with peril, noted Lethbridge sociology professor Reginald Bibby says the interest in organized religion has been dramatically underestimated.
Bibby says 20 years from now, the Church could actually be bulging with worshippers and energized as never before.



The story of Goan Indifference - in pictures

The soul of Goa: paddy fields and coconut trees, so central to the Goan consciousness, facing clear and present danger (Curtorim).

Viewers are invited to send comments for posting on this site – email


Save Goan Traditions
Ursula R. D’Souza and others, Taleigao

Your editorial under the caption “Save Tradition” was timely and was appreciated by many. Since the time you joined O Heraldo, we found lot of improvement in the reporting and people who are doing wrong including our ministers are on the run.

It is time we fight for our land lest it is late. About Panaji traditional festival committee headed by Joaquim Teles, Timoteo Fernandes, Napolean D’Souza and others, is doing yeomen service to revive feasts, traditions and culture which is fast fading off. You require daring and power to collect funds to organize so many free shows throughout the year. Their latest initiative to revive the Panaji feast paid dividend, because their free programmes on the 8th December in the Municipal Garden and then Konkani drama at the Kala Academy on the 10th December drew a record crowd of about 2500 people. Even their carnival parade this year was traditional and was best after many years.

This committee got boost from you and they should be encouraged by the people of Goa, to continue to organize and revive our traditions. It may be mentioned, that there will be many people in our ranks to criticize any good things done, what themselves cannot do. There are people who will organize programes to fill their pockets by charging exorbitant tickets for their shows. But here there are bunch of people who are giving big shows free of cost to the people of Goa. This has to be appreciated by one and all. Through this column, we request the Panaji Traditional Festival Committee to keep the flag flying, we are there with you especially the tiatr lovers.


News Clips from Goa

Luxury liner launches cruise off Goa
From Monsters and Critics .com

By BANG Jan 13, 2007, 13:00 GMT

New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) Indian Ocean Cruises, the Indian arm of London-based Foresight Group, along with its Indian representative STIC Travel Group, Saturday launched its cruise off the Goa port for a 14-night round trip.

The cruise, Ocean Odyssey, will travel from Goa touching major trading ports like Mangalore, Kochi, Tuticorin and the islands of Suheli, Thinnakkara and Cheriyam in Lakshadweep and Colombo tracing the ancient spice route.

'The launch is an initiative to provide the Indian and international travellers with a unique experience of cruising along the ancient routes of the Malabar Coast and experiencing the beauty of the pristine atolls of Lakshadweep Islands,' STIC Travel Group chairman Subhash Goyal said in a statement.

The luxury liner will also be offered in the 3-night, 5-night, 6-night, 8-night and 14-night cruise segments for the same route.


India's Goans For Trade With Portugal
Saturday January 13, 2007

The business community of southwestern coastal state of Goa is looking forward to forging new bonds with its erstwhile colonial master Portugal, whose President Anibal Cavaco silva begins a week-long visit to the state beginning today.

Even as a debate rages in political circles with regards to the state university's decision to honor Silva with a honorary doctorate, the business community hopes to make the best out of the visit, looking to even make Portugal a stepping stone toward European Union markets, PTI reported.



Goan Diaspora Makes A Mark Worldwide

Panaji, Jan 14 (IANS) From coaching top football clubs in Moscow to fighting racial discrimination, from becoming Telugu film stars to heading $100 million tech firms, the Goan diaspora is notching up a range of achievements worldwide.

This point gets underlined in a listing put out here recently, even as the Goa government undertook its annual initiative to woo expats from the region.

Compiled based on information through up by cybernetworks such as Britain-based website and, the list of 101 'cybergoans' aims to "acknowledge the contributions by people of Goan origin, regardless of where they are located, and in what field they work".

Most are individuals or organisations that have been attracting attention in cyberspace in the past year.

Some surprise inclusions in the list are Miss Great Britain (Preeti Desai, 25), CEO Roy De Souza, Symantec senior vice president Francis deSouza, Cognizant COO Francisco D'Souza, Dell Inc manager Andrew Fernandes, Kent bus-driver Ken D'Souza, meditation teacher Lygia Monteiro, campaigners against racism and more.


Cabinet expected to discuss CLP decision

PANAJI, Jan 16: The state cabinet, which is expected to meet on January 18 is expected to decide on the future of the Regional Plan 2011. The cabinet is likely to discuss the resolution passed by the Congress legislature party yesterday that all the changes made to the original Regional Plan 2011 be kept in abeyance and refer it to the Town and Country Planning Board for the purpose of review and allow its public scrutiny. [NT]


No more CRZ violations on Saturdays!

PANJIM: Acting on High Court directives, the Coastal Regulation Zone Management Authority has started random inspection of coastal areas and has hit Pernem first, with more to follow. When asked as to why the inspection was being carried ut on Saturday, North Goa Dy Collection (Land Acquisition) Anthony D'Souza replied that most violators get their work done on that day as government offices are closed. [GT]


Music website launched

VASCO: Copycatclub4u, of Goa, pioneers in the field of digital audio processing have designed and launched a Goan website containing nearly four hours of original music composed by renowned Goan bands like Copycat Club, Forefront, Purple Rain, pure Magic, men machine, Fruity Loops, etc, and musicians like Aurville, Chris Bismarck, Prashob, BonyRock, etc. For further details visit:  [GT]


Noise pollution at Anjuna: Two cops suspended

PANJIM: The Goa Police department has suspended a police sub inspector and a head constable from Anjuna police station for dereliction of duty, after receiving complaint that the duo allegedly did not take any action against pleas from Anjuna villagers to stop noise pollution. According to police, one Agnelo Britto of Grande Peddem, Anjuna, complained that one Roy Fernandes used to frequently play loud music at Dolce Vita Club, Grande Peddem. [GT]



Noronha, Dr. Xavier Antonio (Ed.D., S.U.N.Y. at Buffalo)

Peacefully at Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at the age of 68.  Beloved husband of Angela for nearly 40 years. Loving father of Trevor and his wife Immi, and Konrad and his wife Penelope.

  Dear brother of Blanche Fernandes (Dominic), Sophia Lobo (Late Dr. L. J. Lobo), Agnes Rocha (Joseph), and the late Leocadia Fernandes.  Cherished uncle of many nieces and nephews.  Xavier was a devoted Scholar and Principal Emeritus at the Lincoln County Catholic School Board in St. Catharines from 1968 - 1992.  He was an accomplished pianist, philatelist, and model railroader.  Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Misissauga (Hwy 10 N. of QEW) on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.  Funeral Mass will be held at Christ the King Church, 3495 Confederation Pkwy, Mississauga on Tuesday, January 23, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. If desired, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association or CNIB would be appreciated.

From: Turner & Porter

12 Jan: Toronto. JUDITH D'SOUZA (Ex Mombasa).
Wife of the late Arthur D'Souza. Mother of Marie Hogg (David), Norbert (Melba), late Agnel (Melba), Austin (Maria) and Anthony (Flavia). Sadly missed by her 18 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. Funeral Mass at 10.30 am Monday January 15, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 14 High Gate Dr. Markham Ontario. Condolences to:

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations made to: Friends of the Poor (Canada) Inc. PO Box 356 Markham ON L3P 3J8. Charity Registration No. 89057 1466 RR0001

From Goan Voice UK

15 Jan: Wickford, Essex. JOHN SENNEN NAZARETH (age 91, born in Aden: ex Bombay: ex Nairobi). Husband of Olivia. Father of Dolores/Silvano Gomez, Carmen/Arnold do Rosario, Rosemarie/Peter Lunn and Peter/Nicola Nazareth. Grandfather to Carl, Brendan & Valerie Gomez, Kenneth, Marguerite & Andrew do Rosario and Hannah Nazareth. Funeral on Thur. 18 Jan. at 2.15pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church: London Road: Wickford: Essex. Condolences to

[Info from Goan Voice UK]

PIRES, Olga Winnie Theresa Passed away peacefully on January 14, 2007 in her 80th year. Loving wife of Alfred and devoted mother of her four sons and their wives: Ashley (Shirley), Alan (Levita), Audie (Safira) and Christopher (Louella). Cherished grandmother of Lisa-Marie, Richard, Lauren, Rochelle, Scott and Copper the beagle. Loving sister to Alzira and Ino, sister-in-law to Adolph, Ricky, Bella and Rita. Olga has been a resident of Toronto since 1967 and was born in Morogorro, Tanzania. She also lived in Tanga and Bandra (India). Olga worked as a teacher for 15 years and even after her retirement she continued to motivate and guide others by example. The most important lesson she passed on to us all is that there is more joy in giving than receiving. Her incredible strength and compassion will always be remembered. She truly was an inspiration to everyone she touched. We miss you and will never forget you Mom, we know you're dancing in Heaven now. The Funeral Mass held on Thursday January 18th at Our Lady Queen of the World Church, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery. In memory of Olga donations to the Arthritis, Diabetes and Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Above edited excerpt from Toronto Star

Vera Nazareth
16 Jan: Vancouver, Canada: VERA NAZARETH (ex Dar es Salaam, Tanzania).
Beloved wife of the late Peter. Loving mother of Denzil/Lorraine Nazareth (Perth, Australia), Kenneth/Desiree Nazareth, Elsa/Francis D\'Lima (Vancouver) and the late Eileen Nazareth. Funeral mass on Saturday, January 20th at 10:00am at Immaculate Conception Church, 8842-119th Street, Delta.
Burial at 12:30pm at North Delta Cemetery located on the corner of Brook Road & Dunlop Street, Delta. Condolence to

Message from Goans Tanzanite

Anna Pascoela De Mello
8 Jan. Calgary, Canada ANNA PASCOELA DE MELLO (Ex-Dar-es-Salaam). Wife of late Anthony Everest de Mello.

Message from Goans Tanzanite

Bella Desa, nee Pinto, (ex Dar-es-Salaam); loving eldest sister to Philo Fernandes and Joan Menezes (members of TEGSA), passed away in London, England on January 16, 2007. Survived by husband, four children and one grandson.

People Places and Things

Guru: Ratnam Excels Again
By: Ankush Khanna

At the time when Bollywood films are failing to match the extensive pre-release promotional campaigns and controversies created just to develop viewers' interest, Mani Ratnam's Guru comes as a welcome change and a much-needed relief.

Unlike the silly Bollywood love stories or action movies where the near perfect heroes beat up the bad guys, Guru is a story based on the life of Dhirubhai Ambani, who started his career in Turkey as a petrol pump attendant and rose to become one of the top business tycoons in India.

In the lead character Abhishek Bachchan has done a wonderful job by trying his level best to match his speech, gait and even the laughter with that of the character he was portraying in the film. His performance cannot be considered perfect but he has given a powerful performance, which will be remembered for sometime. While the junior B has already proved his acting skills in films like Yuva and Sarkar, this movie will definitely add another feather to his cap.

In other important characters, Aishwarya Rai, Mithun Chakraborty and Madhavan have done commendable job. However, the one character, which was not required and that failed to make any impression was that of a physically challenged girl played by Vidya Balan. While all other actors of the film, especially Mithun and Madhavan, will gain much from this film, Vidya Balan's character will only be talked about as completely unnecessary. But the movie does not get affected at all by her absence or presence.

It is needless to say that the music is awesome and is a big hit. Gulzar's lyrics and A R Rahman's composition have always spun magic and Guru is no exception. 'Barso Re' picturised beautifully on Aishwarya Rai is a catchy number and on the big screen looks all the more entertaining. You may love or hate Mallika Sherawat, but her item number 'Maiya Maiya' is a delight for anyone to watch. I'm sure that after this film, Bollywood would get another item number in Mallika, thanks to Guru.


Blast from the Past – Twenty Years Ago
G.O.A. The PULSE 1987


Goan Community to open $750,000 Centre…

“A building is more than bricks. It’s a symbol to politivians and others of our achievements in Canada.
When we immigrated here in the 1970s, we were too busy getting settled. We’ve always has a need for a center, but we couldn’t do it. Now we’re established and we can afford it.
We’re coming back as a community. We want to preserve our cultural heritage… our traditions. These are ties that bind”

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Report on Diversity: Priorities, Practices and Performance in Canadian Organizations
Report by Allison Cowan, Nancy Huggett, Sandra Parris
December 2006, Source: The Conference Board of Canada, 43 pages

This inaugural report presents benchmark data on diversity-related priorities, policies, practices and achievements in Canadian organizations.

Document Highlights:

* Canadian organizations say they value diversity but have not yet fully committed their policies, practices and resources to driving diversity to the core of their operations.




 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 

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.
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February 17th, 2007


Annual Carnival Bash

See announcements section or
Sunday, June 3rd,
Aldona Association Toronto The Feast of St. Thomas - 32nd Annual Aldona Social Location: Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court,
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Sunday, July 22nd 2007.
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Aldona / Moira Picnic Centennial Park, Etobicoke Site No. 7 (Elmcrest Rd & Rathburn Rd). 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


Mark these dates on your calendar and stay tuned for further details. You will be contacted by e-mail or telephone. If you have a change in your contact information, please contact our Communications Co-ordinator, Uvy Lopes – (416) 449-9117

January 26

 Mega Whist Drive
 (Organized by Joe Lobo and Christine Rodrigues)
 Dinner: $8.00 per person. Limited Tables available
 Contact: Vicki D’Souza – 416-497-5111
               Charles Fernandes – 416-286-8970
               Joan Menezes – 905-927-0895
February 9  Presentation and Talk by representatives of Catholic Cemeteries:
 Frank Janetta and Trevor Foster Highland Funeral Home – Eric Sibly
 Legal Aspects – Adrian Malcolm
 B I N G O Tea and Coffee will be served
February 23  WINTER SPECIAL – Wipe out those Winter Blues
 Special Musical Performance by JAZZ TRIO led by the legendary   
 singer, guitarist and record artist, Jake Hiebert
 DINNER: $10.00 per person
 B I N G O
March 9  Dinner Theatre
 Back by popular demand another live presentation by SMILE    
 THEATRE – “At the Hop” Bingo
March 23  Line Dancing      Bingo
March 25
 Annual General Meeting
April 13  Whist Drive
  - Bingo
April 27

 Blast from the Past: Musical Interlude “A nostalgic trip down
 Memory Lane”

 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. Talent Day (not a contest)
 - by the children and grandchildren of members
May 26  Anniversary Dance
June 8  Line Dancing
 - Bingo
June 22  Surprise Performance – Bring in Summer with a Bang!
 All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise

Click to download form to join TEGSA or renew membership for 2007


Exhibition of Indian Embroidery at Textile Museum of Canada

Incorporated in 1975 as the Canadian Museum of Carpets and Textiles, the TMC first presented its collection in a very modest room in Toronto's Mirvish Village. In 1989 we celebrated the opening of our new facility at 55 Centre Avenue. Now known as the Textile Museum of Canada, the TMC has gained international recognition for the quality and importance of its collection, and the excellence of its exhibitions and programming.

Colour & Light: Embroidery from India and Pakistan
January 23 - July 8, 2007
Guest Curator: Dale Gluckman, Los Angeles

Colour & Light presents a dazzling array of embroidered textiles drawn primarily from the Textile Museum of Canada's rich South Asian holdings. A video installation of contemporary voices brings personal commentaries to textiles traditionally made for personal adornment, household decoration and religious expression, reflecting the multicultural environment of today’s Canada.

Image: Shawl (detail), Rajasthan, India, late 20th century, from the Fitzgerald Collection

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The Feast of St. Thomas
32nd Annual Aldona Association Anniversary Social
Date: Sunday, June 3rd 2007
MASS: Noon
Doors Open: 11:15
The Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga

Sunday, July 22nd 2007
Site #7 (Shelter Area)
Centennial Park, Etobicoke
Start Time: 11:OO a.m.
Children's Games & Activities, Kids Prizes

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

Minister of Health Tony Clement Encourages Canadians to Get WinterActive

OTTAWA, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, welcomed today the launch of WinterActive, a national community mobilization initiative led by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in collaboration with the Provinces and Territories to help Canadians improve their health while having fun enjoying the best of Canada's wintertime.

"With today's launch of WinterActive, Canada's New Government is encouraging Canadians to be more physically active and healthy by participating in events and activities across the country," said Minister Clement. "Encouraging healthy living is also why on January 1 we introduced Canada's first tax credit for parents who enroll their children in sports activities to keep them physically active."


A Call To Society To Stand Up For The New Targets Of Intolerance

MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - In Canada, terminally ill patients and handicapped senior citizens in nursing homes are being left to fend for themselves out in the cold winter months. In the U.K. a 17 year old girl with a learning disability is beaten and tortured for four hours, resulting in a burnt body, a broken nose, a perforated ear-drum and inestimable psychological damage. Across North America, nurses and other employees are more and more easily targeted for muggings and other forms of violence while they are forced to take their work breaks outside. The important story lies not in the tragic sufferings of these individuals, but rather in the calculated media campaign that has led these victims to be categorized as acceptable targets for the cruelty of their peers and the self-righteous sadism of their caretakers and protectors, for the simple crime of having one trait in common.


Growing Older, Working Longer
The New Face of Retirement

Author(s): Monica Townson | Publication Type: Reports & Studies | ISBN: 0-88627-473-7 |
Price: $19.95

Many Canadians may be forced to work longer, delay retirement-report .

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New Blood Test Could Predict Heart Failure
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A new blood test could help predict the risk of heart failure or a stroke, allowing doctors to take action to help prolong a patient's life.

Researchers say the test will be beneficial to all patients with coronary heart disease, which kills more than 110,000 people in England every year.

It could reveal whether a patient with angina, swelling or a weak heart is at a greater risk of a heart attack or failure than previously thought.

Coronary heart disease is the biggest cause of death in England - and 275,000 annually suffer a heart attack.

The development of the blood test came after a study of 987 men and women found that those with higher levels of a certain protein were more likely to suffer a heart attack, stroke or heart failure, and were at a greater risk of dying.


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