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Air Canada Rapped For Ending India
Feb. 16, 2007
Air Canada's decision to end flights to India so it can
boost service to China was criticized by Indo-Canadian
business leaders in Toronto Friday.
"It's a lousy decision," Canada-India Business Council
President Kam Rathee told The Toronto Star, noting India's
economy is growing at a rate second only to that of China.
Rathee sent a letter of protest to Air Canada President
Montie Brewer urging him to reconsider.
Air Canada will discontinue daily service to New Delhi May
1 because the route "didn't meet our financial performance
objectives," spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick said.
He said traffic to New Delhi was high in winter but low in
summer, making flights hard to fill year-round.
By contrast, China "is a very lucrative market for us,"
Fitzpatrick said. "There's a lot of demand there. There's
a lot of business that gets conducted with China."
Air Canada will offer five daily Boeing 767 non-stops to
Shanghai and Beijing from Toronto, up from three, starting
Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce spokesman Atul Ahuja said
Canada would now be the only Group of Seven nation without
a national airline serving India.
See our Announcements Section for impact on travel to
Wife of Eminent Business School Professor Missing After
Gas Explosion Demolishes Home
TORONTO (CP) -
One of the owners of a midtown Toronto home that
exploded, erupted in flames and collapsed is missing and
presumed inside the debris, police said Thursday.
"At this stage we're going to start moving forward to a
recovery situation," said Det. Murray Barnes. "We do
believe at this point she may well be still inside the
house." Sridhar Moorthy, a Professor at the University of
Toronto's Rotman School of Management, has now allowed
police to confirm that his wife, Jyoti, is missing.
Neighbours said the couple have two young children who
were at school when the house blew up on Wednesday.
All that's left of the home is a pile of blackened timber
"The house is in total devastation," Barnes said. "The
roof collapsed and sandwiched down through the building,
(which) obviously caught fire."
The flames from the explosion scorched the side of one of
the neighbouring homes and caused the paint on another to
An Enbridge gas worker, who was working in the basement of
the home, was taken to hospital with second-degree burns
after being rescued by a passerby.
"At this point it's just a terrible, terrible accident
with devastating consequences," said Barnes.
The Ontario Fire Marshal will now take over the
investigation with an eye to pinpointing exactly what
Canadian Social Trends, Found That On Average Workers
Spent 45 Minutes Less With Their Family
Study: Time with the family
Spending more time at work and less time with the
family? You're not alone, according to a new study that
examines the time Canadian workers spend with family
members during a typical workday.
The study, published today in Canadian Social Trends,
found that on average workers spent 45 minutes less with
their family during workdays in 2005 than they did two
Based on a 260-day work year, that amounts to 195 hours
less, or the equivalent of about five 40-hour work weeks.
The study was based on data from four cycles of the
General Social Surveys on Time Use (1986, 1992, 1998 and
2005). Using a time journal, participants aged 15 and over
provided detailed information on the amount of time they
spent on various activities on a given day. For each
activity, they indicated if they had been alone, or in the
company of family members or other people.
For the purposes of this study, respondents had to have
worked at least three hours on the "diary day", not
including commuting time, and had to have lived with a
spouse or at least one child.
The study showed that time spent with family members
declined between 1986 and 2005 for most groups of workers.
For example, in 1986 women spent an average of 248 minutes
with their family members, while in 2005 they spent 209
minutes, a difference of 39 minutes during a typical
For men, the average time fell by 45 minutes, from 250
minutes in 1986 to 205 in 2005.
The study said the main factor associated with the decline
was an appreciable increase in time devoted to paid
employment on a typical working day.
Glad to be Canadian, Muslims say
Survey of Muslims in Canada
February 13, 2007
More than 80 per cent of Canada's roughly 700,000 Muslims
are broadly satisfied with their lives here and only a
very small percentage — 17 per cent — feel that many or
most Canadians are hostile toward their religion.
According to a new Environics poll conducted in
association with the CBC, a much larger proportion of
Canadian Muslims is satisfied with the way things are
going today than is the case in Europe. The proportion is
greater even than the 61 per cent of Canadians who
generally feel their lives are on the right track.
Cold weather topped the list of things about Canada
that Muslims polled like the least.
At the same time, there are clearly different perceptions
between the Muslim community and other Canadians over such
flashpoint issues as integration, the role of women and
the wearing of headscarves.
And despite intensive efforts by the Stephen Harper
government to reach out and recruit prominent Muslims to
its cause — witness the recent floor-crossing of former
Liberal MP Wajid Khan — there is little sense that this is
yet taking hold.
Asked whom they intend to vote for in the next federal
election, 54 per cent of Muslim respondents said the
Liberals, 13 per cent said NDP, and only seven per cent
said the Conservatives, which is virtually the same way
they voted in the last election.
Local group helps
Kenyan parish recover from war
Edmonton couple met priest on walk through rain forest
By BILL GLEN
WCR Staff Writer
St. Augustine Parish was once part of a thriving Kenyan
mission until it was decimated by tribal warfare.
When it opened in 1982 by Mill Hill missionaries from
England, more than 30,000 people belonged. For 10 years,
the local people enjoyed marked progress in housing and
Then war broke out in 1992,
killing more than 20,000 men, women and children. Utility
infrastructures were destroyed. Homes were razed to the
point that the village of Enoosupukia looked as if it had
been wiped away by a tornado.
Town of Hérouxville in Quebec Drops Some Rules From
Last Updated: Tuesday, February
13, 2007 | 9:25 AM ET
The town council in Hérouxville amended its provocative
immigrant code of conduct Monday night to remove certain
Council adopted the changes, which include removing
references to "no stoning of women in public" and
"no female circumcision."
Councilors said the rules were open to misinterpretation
by journalists who have flocked to the Mauricie town of
1,200 since it adopted the code of conduct in January.
The town's leaders denied the amendments had anything to
do with a visit from a delegation of Muslim women on
Sunday as part of a mission to educate residents about
their beliefs and practices.
The code itself will remain enshrined in the town's public
documents. The Canadian Islamic Congress is still
considering filing a human rights complaint about the
Quebec Premier Jean Charest has ordered a commission to
look into the debate over the reasonable accommodation of
cultural and religious beliefs.
Seven out of 10 towns in the neighboring region have moved
to support Hérouxville's code of conduct.
Tax Planning Is A
Year-Round Activity - Not Just At April Tax Filing Time
KPMG's Tax Planning for You and
Your Family 2007
TORONTO, Feb. 8 /CNW/
- Most Canadians do not give much thought to reducing
their personal taxes until the early spring when the
deadline to file their return is fast approaching.
Unfortunately, by then, many tax saving opportunities have
been lost. With some careful attention, planning ahead and
developing a tax strategy for the year, Canadians can save
money at tax time and all year round.
"Tax planning should be an important part of your efforts
to get the most out of your financial resources," said
Paul Hickey, Partner, KPMG's National Tax Centre. "Though
you only have to file your tax return once a year, it's
the tax planning steps you take throughout the year that
will help you save money at tax time."
KPMG's Tax Planning for You and Your Family 2007 can help
you make tax planning a year-round activity. Updated for
2007 by the tax and financial planning team at KPMG, this
year's guide gives you the latest on:
- Creating a sound financial plan for your family's future
and your retirement.
- Developing an investment strategy and planning for
investments in tax-effective vehicles like
stocks, bonds, mutual funds, income funds, and life insurance products.
- Managing your tax burden by splitting income among
- Deferring taxes through popular savings vehicles like
RRSPs and Registered Pension Plans.
- Making the most of the special tax breaks available for
students, working parents, first-time
home buyers, seniors, and people with disabilities.
- Managing taxes on your income from your job or your
business by making the most of your
claims for items like automobiles, moving costs, and home office
- Structuring your charitable donations, both during your
lifetime and in your will, to help
enhance the value of the gift to the charity and the tax benefits to you
or your estate.
- Fulfilling your obligations to a deceased person's
estate and beneficiaries as an executor.
Leave A Habitable Earth For Our Children
Editorial in Western Catholic
Week of February 12, 2007
A Chinese proverb says that a journey of 1,000 miles
begins with one step. The Alberta government is
proposing to take one tiny baby step in the battle
against global warming by setting mandatory targets
for the province's greenhouse gas producers.
It wants to set "intensity-based targets" for reducing
greenhouse gases - an approach that could see
greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions actually increase even
if polluters meet their targets. This is a long way
from the decisive action that is needed if Alberta -
which produces 40 per cent of Canada's GHG - is to
make the drastic reductions agreed to under the Kyoto
Accord. But it is at least a first step in the Alberta
government's 1,000-year journey towards meaningful
The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says
the government is only being realistic by expecting
total emissions to increase during the current boom.
"Unrealistic targets" will only drive industry away,
"Economic activity (must) respect the environment to a
- Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
Better we grab all the profits we can now and let our
grandchildren fry in the hot wasteland that is left
when the oil sands are fully mined and global warming
has reached the nth degree.
Better also to ignore the Pembina Institute report
that argued it is possible for the tar sands to be
"carbon neutral" by 2020 for a cost of US$2.50 a
barrel. That sounds like a lot, but not when compared
with the $1.75 a barrel it already costs to remove
lead from gasoline.
The nay-sayers are quick to note that Canada produces
only two per cent of the world's GHG. Anything we do
to reduce emissions will have little effect on global
warming. In fact, we are not acting alone, but in
consort with dozens of other nations. Moreover, it is
not unreasonable to expect that the United States will
commit itself to significant action against global
warming within the next couple of years.
The better question is why does Canada so often have
to be one of the last nations to take environmental
issues seriously. And why, within Canada, does Alberta
so regularly have to bring up the rear?
In 1979, a pair of Alberta government-sponsored
reports saw the long-term viability of Alberta
developing solar, wind and biomass renewable energy.
The government of the day airily brushed those reports
aside, saying it didn't want to create competition for
the petroleum industry.
That was 28 years ago. If Alberta had begun to develop
renewable energy sources at that time, by today we
would be a world leader in that industry. Instead, 28
years later, the government is still finding excuses
to do as little as possible. Some things never change.
But they could change. There is now a public will to
take decisive action to help prevent global warming.
People may not want to change their lifestyles, but
they do want governments to firmly regulate industry.
Governments have not yet formed the political will to
do so, seemingly afraid of the potential reaction from
the petroleum industry.
Catholic social teaching is clear about humanity's
role as steward of the environment. In a 1997 talk,
Pope John Paul II said the exploitation of natural
resources threatens our planet. "The environment as
'resource' risks threatening the environment as
'home,'" the pope said.
Present generations have a responsibility to the
future. The natural environment is a common good that
must not be mined exclusively for private gain.
"Economic activity (must) respect the environment to a
greater degree," stated the Compendium of the Social
Doctrine of the Church (n. 470). Governments have a
special responsibility because market forces will not
do the job.
Failure to act decisively to reduce GHG emissions in
Alberta is not acceptable. We have a God-given
responsibility to leave a habitable environment for
those who come after us.
- Glen Argan
News Clips from Goa
Goa To Host India's
First Major Poker Event
4:21 PM, Tuesday, December 26, 2006 by Christopher Hunt
The hippies and ravers of Goa will have to get adjusted to
even more glitter in the air next year, as the infamous Indian
resort province will host the $1 million Asian Poker Classic,
India's first major professional poker tournament.
Already expected to be the biggest event of the year, the
inaugural Asian Poker Classic will go Mar. 1-5, 2007 at "InterContinental
The Grand Resort Goa," a luxury resort on the Indian state's
renowned tropical coast.
The three-day main event will offer one of Asia's richest-ever
poker prize pools, a guaranteed $1 million, and will
reportedly bring a gaggle of pros, online players and
celebrities from both Hollywood and Bollywood to the event.
As part of a push to turn Goa into a major Asian gambling
destination, a series of luxury casinos has also been planned
for next year, and to add international credibility to the APC,
Austrian Thomas Kremser has been hired as the tournament
"The Asian Poker Classic is not just the biggest poker event
scheduled for India in 2007," Kremser said in a release, "it's
one of the biggest events anywhere in the world."
"With big names ready to take part and Goa the perfect
setting, it's the most exciting new poker tournament of the
For more information on the tournament and ongoing satellite
. . State-level panel
formed to celebrate Carnival (Feb 17-20)
an attempt to break the deadlock over the Carnival
celebrations in the state, the Chief Minister, Mr
Pratapsing Rane, today announced formation of state-level
Carnival celebration committee headed by the Tourism
Minister, Dr Wilfred de Souza.
Addressing a press conference at the secretariat this
afternoon, Mr Rane said the Art and Culture Minister, Mr
Digambar Kamat, the chairperson of Goa Tourism Development
Corporation, Ms Fatima De Sa besides the mayor of Panaji
and chairpersons of Margao, Mapusa and Vasco would be the
NO GARBAGE DISPOSAL
SITE: BEACHES ROT
The rotting trash
and litter on Goa’s beaches is becoming increasingly
nauseating for tourists and locals alike, as the tourism
department’s decision not to hand over the annual
contracts for beach cleaning due to lack of proper sites
for garbage disposal in the coastal belt, is threatening
to escalate into a major problem for the tourism industry.
Garbage lying on the beach, stray dogs, cattle and flies
feasting on it, has become a familiar sight. “The scenario
is very bad, the stink is getting worse and there is lots
of plastic too,” says a shack owner on a popular beach,
“and tourists are asking us what the authorities are doing
about it.” [Paul Fernandes, GT]
Book on migrants
“Shadows in the Dark”,
a first ever book on the conditions of migrant community
in Goa, will be released on February 15 in Panjim.
Prashanti Talpankar has written the book, based on a
survey conducted among the migrant community all over the
state. Women and Child Development Minister Subhash
Shirodkar will release the book at the Institute Menezes
Braganza Art Gallery at 4.30 pm. The book, which is part
of the project undertaken by the Children’s Right in Goa,
reveals several unexplored aspects of the conditions the
migrant community living in Goa. Datta Damodar Naik, the
Sahitya Academy Award winner and a thinker, has written a
thought-provoking preface for the book. Renowned painter
Prof Hanumant Kambli has drawn the cover page. Students of
the Open School run for the migrant children by the CRG
will perform at the function. [GT]
PANJIM, Feb 13: The
Fontainhas Festival came to an end this evening with a
vibrant burst of song, dance, music, food, and , of
course, plenty of art. We came across quite a lot of
artist friends, who had displayed their work at the unique
show. All of them appeared quite excited on having
participated in the festival and the favourable response
from the public who witnessed their creativity.
People Places and Things
Late Pio Gama Pinto
Is The Winner Of The Milele (Lifetime Achievement
7th February, 2007
See Biography at
RE: MILELE (LIFETIME
behalf of the Kenya National Commission on Human
Rights, (KNCHR), I have the pleasure of informing you
that your late husband, Pio Gama Pinto is the winner
of the Milele (Lifetime Achievement Posthumous) Award
of the 4th Annual Human Rights and Democracy Awards.
The Awards Committee would like to present this Award
to you and/or your family, at a dinner in honor of
awardees to be held on 17th February 2007 at the Grand
Regency Hotel from 7.00PM.
The late Pinto was nominated for his great
contribution in the struggle for independence, and for
his advocacy for rights of the poor and marginalized
Mau Mau fighters who were not rewarded or recognized
by the Kenyatta Government after independence. The
nominators felt that Pio Gamma Pinto played a crucial
role in attaining the independence of country but,
being a member of minority community in Kenya, and
like many other heroic Kenyans in the struggle for
independence, did not receive the recognition that he
deserves. Further, Pio Gamma Pinto is rarely
remembered in the discourse on the struggle for
independence in Kenya
Program tests exercise
therapy for Parkinson's disease
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Researchers based in southwestern Ontario are testing whether
a new exercise therapy can help people with Parkinson's
disease to get moving.
Studies suggest that exercises such as yoga may help people
with Parkinson's, but there is no scientific evidence to show
which exercises work best.
Almeida of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., hopes
to find out which exercises will help improve movement in
people with Parkinson's.(CBC)
Researchers based in southwestern
Ontario are testing whether a new exercise therapy can help
people with Parkinson's disease to get moving.
Studies suggest that exercises such as yoga may help people
with Parkinson's, but there is no scientific evidence to show
which exercises work best.
Kinesiology Prof. Quincy Almeida of Wilfrid Laurier University
in Waterloo, Ont., has designed a clinical trial to find out
which exercise may help patients to better control their
In Parkinson's disease, the force behind, timing of or size of
movements is impaired, which can lead to tremors on one side
of the body, generalized slowness of movement, stiffness in
the limbs and gait or balance problems.
The experimental exercises include:
• Slowly walking to a beat.
• Wearing glow-in-the-dark slippers to help people concentrate
on how and where their feet are positioned as they walk.
• Using rubber bands to exercise.
The study has expanded to include three YMCAs in Ontario. When
all the data is analyzed, Almeida hopes to develop an exercise
program that could be used across the country. Under the plan,
anyone with Parkinson's disease could walk into the local gym
to access the program.
2005 OSCAR FONSECA
Monday, 12 February 2007
2005 Oscar Fonseca Award was presented to
Mr. Elliot Sales De Andrade.
Elliott is in his second year in the Engineering
Science program at the University of Toronto. Upon
graduating from St. Michael's College School in Toronto in
June 2005, he was nominated for the Oscar Fonseca award, a
G.O.A. scholarship based on academic merit. In recognition
of his academic achievements, Elliott received the
Governor General Medal of Canada which is presented
annually to the graduating student with the highest
academic standing, based on Grades 11 and 12 final
standings. The G.O.A. scholarship committee gave Elliott
special consideration for his extra-curricular
participation at St. Michael's College on various student
clubs and peer tutoring, and his community involvement at
his parish, Epiphany of Our Lord. He also supported one of
the largest Goan events in our community, through his
contribution of time and effort at the G.O.A. Viva Goa. At
the University of Toronto, Elliott is involved in the
BioMed iGEM team competition, which was recently held at
For background of award see:
Canada's New Government
Releases List of Fuel-Efficient Vehicles for 2007
OTTAWA, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/ -
Shopping for a new vehicle that saves money on fuel and
also helps the environment just got easier. The Honourable
Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced the
release of Natural Resources Canada's 2007 Fuel Consumption
Guide and the 2007 EnerGuide winners for the most
fuel-efficient new vehicles sold in Canada.
"Transportation is one of the largest sources of pollution in
Canada, accounting for up to two-thirds of smog-forming
pollutants," said Minister Lunn. "The Fuel Consumption Guide
will help Canadians choose a fuel-efficient vehicle that will
reduce fuel costs and lower the impact on the environment." "I
would like to congratulate the recipients of this year's
EnerGuide Awards," added the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities.
"Providing environmentally sound vehicle options to Canadians
is important, and I am pleased that industry is leading the
way in sustainable transportation."
Consumers can use the 2007 Fuel Consumption Guide to compare
the fuel consumption ratings and carbon dioxide emissions of
passenger cars and light-duty trucks sold in Canada. The guide
is available from participating new-vehicle dealerships, most
motor vehicle licence agency offices, participating Credit
Union offices across Canada, participating Caisses populaires
et d'économie Desjardins in Quebec, and participating Canadian
Automobile Association offices across Canada, or online at
Also announced today were the most fuel-efficient vehicles
for 2007. The winners in each of the ten vehicle classes are
- Two-seater car: Mazda MX-5;
- Subcompact car: Toyota Yaris;
- Compact car: Honda Civic Hybrid;
- Mid-size car: Toyota Prius;
- Full-size car: Hyundai Sonata;
- Station wagon: Honda Fit;
- Pickup truck: Ford Ranger and Mazda B2300 (co-winners);
- Special purpose vehicle: Ford Escape Hybrid;
- Minivan: Toyota Sienna;
-Large van: Chevrolet Express Cargo and GMC Savana
A media backgrounder with more details on the Fuel
Consumption Guide and
the award winners is available at
Tata, Fiat To Build
Tata Motors was exploring options to
offer its products in Latin America.
New Delhi: Indian auto
major Tata Motors entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
with Fiat on Wednesday to build pick-up vehicles bearing the
Italian major's nameplate.
The vehicles will be manufactured in the Fiat Group's plant in
Cordobo, which would have a capacity to produce 20,000
vehicles per annum.
As per the agreement, $80 million will be invested in the
plant in Argentina, and the first vehicle is set to roll out
According to the MOU, Tata's would give the license to Fiat
for manufacturing this one-tonner pick-up model.
"I am very pleased at this first step in expanding the Fiat
Group and Tata relationship beyond Indian shores," as quoted
by PTI, Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata said in a statement in
Tata and Fiat had formed a joint venture last year at an
investment of Rs 4,000 crore to produce cars and engines of
both the brands.
The joint venture would have a capacity to produce one lakh
cars and two lakh engines annually.
The project, which will come up in Maharasthra, is expected to
employ around 3,000-4,000 people.
The new Fiat pick-up vehicles will be powered by an FPT engine
and positioned differently from the Tata pick-up and made
available in 4x4,4x2 double and single cab.
The engine would be a JTD Diesel 2.3 litre, Euro four
compliant manufactured at Fiat Powertrain Technology's
facility in Sete Lagoas, Brazil.
Tata Motors considers Latin America as an important market and
was exploring options to offer its products there and would
leverage this co-operation for manufacturing and distribution.
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Events in Canada - 2007
Events of 2007
February 10th, 2007
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,
February 17th, 2007
See announcements ection or
Sunday, June 3rd,
Aldona Association Toronto
The Feast of St. Thomas - 32nd
Annual Aldona Social Location: Payal Banquet Hall, 3410
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Sunday, July 22nd 2007.
a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Park, Etobicoke Site No. 7 (Elmcrest Rd & Rathburn Rd).
Details to Follow
Saturday, September 15th, 2007
Annual Calangute Social. Holy
Mass at 5:00 pm followed by Social
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30th September 2007
At Claireport Place
65 Claireport Crescent Etobicoke
(Hwy 27 & Albion Rd)
Holy Mass at 12:00 Noon
Followed by Buffet Lunch and Entertainment
To The Music of: "DJ FATZ"
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TORONTO EAST GOAN
SENIORS ASSOCIATION (T E G S A) - 2007 Events
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)
Mega Whist Drive
(Organized by Joe Lobo and Christine Rodrigues)
Dinner: $8.00 per person. Limited Tables
Contact: Vicki D’Souza – 416-497-5111
Charles Fernandes – 416-286-8970
Joan Menezes – 905-927-0895
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
WINTER SPECIAL – Wipe
out those Winter Blues
Special Musical Performance by JAZZ TRIO led by
singer, guitarist and record artist, Jake Hiebert
DINNER: $10.00 per person
B I N G O
Back by popular demand another live presentation
THEATRE – “At the Hop” Bingo
Annual General Meeting
Blast from the Past: Musical Interlude “A
nostalgic trip down
12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m.
Talent Day (not a contest)
- by the children and grandchildren of members
Surprise Performance –
Bring in Summer with a Bang!
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena,
Click to download form to join TEGSA or renew
membership for 2007
Toronto East Goan Seniors Association
NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Pursuant to the TEGSA Constitution, members are hereby
notified that the Annual General Meeting of the Toronto East
Goan Seniors Association, will be held on Sunday, March 25,
2007, @ 1:30 p.m. at Commander Hall, 140 Commander Blvd.
1. President's Opening Address
2. To confirm minutes of the last Annual General Body
Meeting held on March 26th 2006.
3. Matters arising therefrom.
4. To adopt the Executive Committee's Annual Report for
5. To adopt the Statement of Accounts for the year 2006.
6. Any other business, provided notice is given in writing
addressed to the General Secretary
at e-mail address
firstname.lastname@example.org no later than March 11, 2007.
55 Plus Goan
Association –West GTA
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The Annual General meeting of the 55 Plus Goan
Association –West GTA, will be held on March 22, 2007,
@ 7.00 p.m. at St. Martin of Tours Parish Hall, 1290
McBride Avenue, Mississauga.
1. Message of Welcome by Chairperson.
2. General Secretary’s Report
3. Treasurer’s Financial Report
4. Auditors Review
5. Discussion of 2006 Report & Financial Statements
6. Approval of 2006 Report & Financial Statements
7. Social Secretary Events for 2007
8. Trip Coordinator Program for 2007
9. Any other Business
(Refreshments will be served)
Hon. General Secretary
For further information e-mail:
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Membership form for renewal or
Air Canada Cancelling India Flights
Message from Richard D’Souza
Air Canada will discontinue daily service to New Delhi
as of May 1, 2007, as this was a seasonal business,
where demand was high in Winter and low in Summer,
which was not meeting the airlines financial
Air Canada will still service Delhi & Mumbai, through
its Star Alliance partners, Lufthansa & Swiss. Some of
the other Airlines also flying this route are Air
France, KLM, British Airways and Air India.
Majority of the Goan community flying to India, did
not use the Air Canada flight to Delhi, so this will
have little or no impact to those going to Goa, as
most fly into Mumbai and than on to Goa.
Richard D’Souza can be reached at 416 890 5022.
Flat for Rent in Goa
Furnished flat for
rent in Bardez, close to Baga & Calangute Beaches.
Click for details.
Health & Wellness
Good News For
On-The-Job Naps Might Cut Risk For Heart Problems
Published: Tuesday, February 13,
2007 | 12:57 PM ET
Canadian Press: LINDSEY TANNER
CHICAGO (AP) -
New research on
napping provides the perfect excuse for office
slackers, finding that a little midday snooze seems to
reduce risks for fatal heart problems, especially
In the largest study to date on the health effects of
napping, researchers tracked 23,681 healthy Greek
adults for an average of about six years. Those who
napped at least three times weekly for about half an
hour had a 37 percent lower risk of dying from heart
attacks or other heart problems than those who did not
Most participants were in their 50s, and the strongest
evidence was in working men, according to the study,
which appears in Monday's issue of Archives of
The researchers said naps might benefit the heart by
reducing stress, and jobs are a common source of
It's likely that women reap similar benefits from
napping, but not enough of them died during the study
to be sure, said Dr. Dimitrios Trichopoulos, the
study's senior author and a researcher at Harvard
University and the University of Athens Medical
Heart problems killed 48 women who were studied, six
of them working women, compared with 85 men, including
28 working men.
Avoid Delays at
Airport Security Checkpoints Restrictions on Liquids,
Gels and Aerosols Still in Effect
OTTAWA, Feb. 14 /CNW Telbec/
- At the Canadian Air Transport Security
Authority (CATSA), our goal is to ensure that you have
a secure and positive air travel experience. We also
want you to avoid unnecessary delays at the pre-board
screening checkpoint. Here are some packing tips for
your upcoming trip.
Please note that restrictions on travelling with
liquids, gels and aerosols are still in effect. Should
you choose to bring one of these items in your
carry-on baggage, please make sure that the items are
packaged in containers of 100 ml / 100 grams (3.4 oz)
or less, and that the containers fit in one clear,
closed and re-sealable plastic bag no larger than 1
litre (1 quart) capacity. Only one bag per
passenger is allowed. Liquids, gels and aerosols
include common items such as water, shampoo, suntan
lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair gel, and other items
of similar consistency. The exceptions are:
1. Baby formula, breast milk, or juice if a baby or
small child (aged two or under) is traveling.
2. Prescription medicine with a name that matches the
passenger's boarding pass.
3. Insulin and essential non-prescription medication,
such as contact lens solution.
We advise you to allow yourself enough time for
check-in. Check with your airline. For more
information about items that are permitted and not
permitted in carry-on or checked baggage, please visit
www.catsa-acsta.gc.ca, or call
Britain's Daily Mail
Has Gushed That Grey Divorce Is An "Epidemic" In The
Some articles on the subject
Till death do us part? The risk of first and second
by Warren Clark and Susan
Marriage has been on just about everyone's mind for
the last few years. While the discussion was sparked
by the debate over same-sex marriage, many thoughtful
Canadians were led to consider just what marriage
means in today's society.
Marriage as we have understood it over the last 50 or
60 years seems to be losing its appeal. Marriage is
being "de-institutionalized", in the words of American
social researcher Andrew Cherlin, as old social norms
crumble and couples must negotiate new, mutually
acceptable standards of behaviour.1
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