Newsletter. Issue 2007-08. April 14, 2007

 

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SOME TIME IN APRIL! KAMPALA IS BURNING
http://www.GOANET.org

By Dominic Fernandes
dominic.fernandes@gmail.com

Widespread riots have broken out in Kampala - the capital of Uganda. Indians and Indian property have been targeted on a unprecedented scale.

Two Indians have been reported killed by violent mobs, while two Ugandans have been shot by security forces trying their best to control the violence.

Increasing resentment against the very prosperous Hindu Indian community seems to have finally burst out -- with frustrated unemployed youth going on a rampage against Indian property. This resentment has been building up from the last few years with Indians controlling a large part of the post-Obote II Ugandan economy with many people seeing the Indians as greedy businessmen eager to line their pockets at any cost!

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Christians Angered By Easter-Time Promotions
www.ctv.ca

This photo released by Israel's Antiquities Authority in Jerusalem, shows a burial box discovered during excavations of a cave in Jerusalem bearing the name Mariamene, a version of the name Mary. (AP / Israeli Antiquities Authority, Mariana Salzberger)


Updated: Fri. Apr. 6 2007 10:42 AM ET

NEW YORK -
The Easter season has an odd, new tradition: The period of reflection on the Crucifixion and Resurrection has become a popular time for marketers to roll out works -- from the scholarly to the sensational -- that challenge Christianity's core beliefs.
In the last several years, churchgoers have been hit with a steady stream of claims that Jesus Christ didn't die on the cross, that he had a wife and kids, and that the Bible is a fraud.
Christians across a broad spectrum of belief are angered by the trend. They accept the freedom to question religion, but wonder why the assaults come during their faith's most sacred days.
"Why are they doing it now and why are they doing it in such a provocative way?'' asked Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit writer and author of "My Life With the Saints.''
"We have nothing to fear from serious scientific inquiry, but when it's slanted and leaves out the religious point of view, it's very misleading. It can all be tied together in a slick package that can be very compelling.''

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Secularism losing hold on campus –says Father Raymond de Souza
http://www.wcr.ab.ca/news/2007/0409/campus040907.shtml
By Canadian Catholic News
Ottawa


Father Raymond de Souza says secularism's hold on the university, the media and the Church has lessened since he attended university in 1989.

"It's quite clear to me the Christian presence at Queen's is bolder and more confident," said de Souza, a National Post columnist and Queen's University Newman House chaplain.

He spoke at a fundraising dinner for Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO) March 24.

Fifteen years ago, students were "largely indifferent," de Souza said. "That ideological edge I discovered 15 years ago is no longer there."

He spoke of the "great hope on campus" and how the CCO program of "touching individual souls" is active on the "most exotic mission field we have."

He said he has found more openness to the Gospel on the university campus than in local parishes.

There is "no better cause than the evangelization of our campuses" because of the resulting fruit of happy families, and new seminarians, de Souza said.

*Father Raymond J. de Souza is a chaplain at Queen's University in Ontario

 

First edition of South Asian Focus launched

The first edition of South Asian Focus, a community newspaper published by The Brampton Guardian, was launched on April 12, 2007. It is meant to be the voice of Brampton residents who have their roots in the Subcontinent.
The Paper notes

“South Asian Focus will mirror the achievements, hopes, aspirations-- and, yes, the challenges and concerns-- of the resilient South Asian community, which continues to grow and thrive in ever larger numbers right through the region. The timing of its launch, during Baisakhi, signifies the dawn of a new, more exciting and prosperous era ahead.

Our primary reason for launching this newspaper is to reflect the immense contributions of the hard-working South Asian community towards Canada's overall growth and development.”

New arrivals to Canada are advised to pickup at free copy of the publication from their local store, as it contains information for job-seekers and skills training.

See www.southasianfocus.com 


Commentary
 

Brave, new world is not that far off

BY JOHN BENTLEY MAYS
catholicregister.org


When I first read Aldous Huxley's Brave New World in 1960, this ironic novel from 1932 about the distant future had been around for a little over 25 years. But already its predictions seemed to be coming true, at least in the affluent North American society in which I lived as a young man.

You may recall what Huxley prophesied. He foresaw a world in which all social contradictions had been overcome, in which everyone enjoyed a self-satisfied, healthy, happy existence of endless consumption, pleasure and (when they felt the slightest twinge of anxiety) sedation. But everything was wrong. The family had disappeared, and all fornicated at will, with whomever and whenever they liked. Philosophy and religion, likewise, had vanished, replaced by a simple-minded worship of industrialization. Becoming pregnant was considered primitive and disgusting. Instead, new people in this society were created in hatcheries, where they were custom-made to fit the culture's current needs. In Huxley's brave, new world, people may have been infinitely bored, but they did not have to put up with surprises.

The swinging '60s - what with the Pill, the vogue for sedatives and narcotics such as marijuana, the steep decline in churchgoing and belief, rampant consumerism - looked eerily like Huxley's future. Viewed from the perspective of our current culture, however, we now see that the '60s was merely the beginning of an era that's gradually become altogether too much like Huxley's brave, new world.

A news dispatch from Rome reminded me, a couple of weeks ago, of just how far along this path our hedonistic consumer society has gone. In a speech at the Vatican to Catholic medical professionals, Pope Benedict XVI denounced the "obsessive quest for the 'perfect child' " through genetic manipulation. The Pope also said the engineering of so-called "designer embryos" represented "an attack on human life."

We are accustomed to hearing papal pronouncements of this kind, but this one, I think, bears especially close attention.

The Pope is inveighing against a specific abuse of advanced medical technology: the transformation of laboratories into hatcheries for making embryos. The medical scientists who are involved in this research have been lately at pains to reassure the public that the resulting embryos will not be used for the Frankensteinian ends many people fear - the harvesting of replacement organs and tissue, for example. But the genie is out of the bottle, and nobody can ever be entirely sure that fantastic and deeply inhumane experiments will never be attempted in the name of science.


News Clips from Goa
 

Solemnity Marks Good Friday Celebrations
BY HERALD REPORTER

PANJIM, APRIL 6 -
Thousands of devotees thronged churches in Goa today as special prayer services were held throughout the state with readings from the Gospel giving accounts of the events leading up to the crucifixion.

For Catholics in Goa, Good Friday is a day of sincere reverence among Goan Catholics. It is the culmination of Lent, an important observance in the lives of devout Catholics.

In Panjim, hundreds of devout Catholics gather in the Panjim Church of Mary Immaculate Conception to listen to mass and participate in the procession.

During the service, the priests narrated the sufferings that Jesus Christ took upon himself for the sake of humanity. The mass attracted large crowd with many of the faithful standing outside and on the streets adjoining the church, dressed in formal clothes with somber countenance. After the mass, the crucifix, which until this time has been kept from view, was uncovered before the crowd for veneration. A very somber ceremony, "the Way of the Cross" is a reenactment of the path Jesus took on Mount Calvary before the Crucifixion.

In Panjim, a large cross carried by an image of Jesus is taken from the church, down the steps, and through the streets of the town. It is carried by the clergymen while the crowd follows in two parallel lines in front of and in back of the statue.

 

Mumbai's Global Finance Hub Dream Now Has A Script
Publish Date: Sunday,8 April, 2007, at 08:47 AM Doha Time
By Andy Mukherjee… Excerpts


Singapore: The city of a million Bollywood dreams now has a powerful reverie of its own. A committee, set up by the Indian government to propose a strategy for turning Mumbai into an international financial centre, has devised a truly bold road map.

All that's needed now is an influential champion of the cause, someone who would keep up the pressure on short-sighted politicians and phlegmatic bureaucrats until every single recommendation of the report has been implemented.

It would be a huge blunder if the country, so tantalizingly close to realising the full benefits of financial globalisation, got scared by the risks and walked away from the prize.

The basic premise of the committee's report, which was unveiled on Monday, is that if India can boost the growth rate of its gross domestic product to 10%, it would have a $10tn economy by 2025, the same size as today's euro area. By then, Indian households and firms will need $120bn of international financial intermediation annually.

A failure to turn Mumbai into a global financial centre "will simply oblige Indian customers to do increasing business abroad," the report notes, citing the $12.3bn purchase of UK's Corus Group by India's Tata Steel Ltd, which generated fees for bankers in Singapore and London.

* The author is a Bloomberg News columnist. The opinions expressed are his own  gulftimes.com

 

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EASTER FIESTA in Mumbai

MUMBAI, Apr 8:
An Easter Fiesta was celebrated at the lawns of Good Shepherd Church, Andheri, this evening. The programme comprised English and Konkani songs rendered by Cyanara Santa Maria, M Kumar, Titta Pretto, Rico Rod, C D'Silva and Kenny. Besides the songs the audience danced to the tunes of Konkani music provided by Day Breakers band with sweet-voiced crooner Carol Khurshed, a Parsi, rendering popular songs beautifully. On the occasion, Life Time Achievement Awards were conferred by F C Global Music on tiatrists - Prem Kumar at the hands of Rita Rose, to C D'Silva by Fr Joe Rodricks and to Lawrence de Tiracol by Felix Correia. Lorna's new album "One and Only Lorna" was also released at the hands of Pune-based Konkani enthusiast Isidore Dantas. The programme was ably compered by Zigler Colaco. [GoaNewsClips]
 

Goan movie mogul remembered

PANJIM, Apr 10:
A condolence meet was held at Institute Menezes Braganza hall, by the Dalgado Konkani Akademi, this evening, to mourn the passing away of one of Goa's most prominent musicmaker Frank Fernand. Cyriaco Dias, one of the actors in "Amchem Noxib", a classic Konkani film produced by Frank, talked at length about his contact with the Goan movie mogul. Representatives of DKA, KBM, RLAF, and RLC and Director of TSKK also addressed the small gathering, while Pravin Sabnis made a power point presentation of the highpoints of Frank Fernand's life. Fr. Pratap Naik said that we normally "eulogise the dead but do nothing to acknowledge the living legends of the Konkani" world. Tomazinho Cardozo proposed that "we publish a book on artistes and artists who contribute to the wealth of Konkani today". Joel D'Souza, Isidore Dantas, Pravin Sabnis and Willy Goes would begin work on this immediately. Purnanand Chari, President of KBM, aptly put it, "Frank Fernand contributed much to Konkani through music ...without ever needing to make a speech". Fr Conceicao D'Silva presided over the condolence meeting.

The epic Konkani film "Amchem Noxib" will be screened at the Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (next to XCHR, off O Coqueiro junction) at 6.30 P.M. on today - 11 April. There is no entry fee and the film is open to all. [miguelbraganza@yahoo.co.in]

 

Simplify Konkani standardidsation

"Although a lot of Devnagri literature is written, not all of it is up to the mark. Likewise, not all Roman Konkani literature is of good quality... The process of standardisation should be inclusive of all sections of the society. It should be simple so that Konkani can be understood by all," says Konknni Bhasha Mandal president Purnanand Chari in an interview with Nilesh Khandeparkar. [GT]

 

India poised to become third largest economy: Montek

HYDERABAD, Apr 7 (UNI):
India is poised to become the third largest economy after US and China by 8.35 pm in the rapidly globalised economy. Planning Commission vice chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said today. Making a transition to rapid strides, the country had registered 8.4 per cent growth in the last four years and set to increase 9-10 per cent during the 11th Plan period, he said while delivering the sixth convocation address at the prestigious Indian School of Business here. [H]


 Obituary
 

Death: Coney D’Souza (ex Nairobi)

Suddenly on 29 March, 2007. Sittingbourne, U.K. Connie D’Souza, husband of the late Joanita (Joan) D’Souza, beloved father of Laura-Lee & Liam; step-father/father-in-law of Lincoln, Loraine/Kevin, Lester/Louise, and Lister; loving grandfather of 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grand children. Dear brother/brother-in law of Alwyn/Brenda D’Souza, Atwell D’Souza, Lira/Sidney Rodrigues, Elsie/Hilary Fernandes & Cancio/Bunny Fernandes. Please say a prayer for Coney. Condolences to: Atwell D’Souza care of: cdsilva@videotron.ca  and/or elsiehilary@yahoo.ca 


People Places and Things

Top Goan Band To Perform At May Queen Ball
Published: Sunday, 8 April, 2007, 08:47 AM Doha Time
Staff Reporter

Forefront members perform at a show
THE Goan Welfare Association (GWA) of Qatar will organise the May Queen Ball, a dinner dance, at the Diplomatic Club on May 10.

Top Goan band Forefront is to play during the 7th annual May Queen Ball. The highlight of the event will be the crowning of the May Queen by Bollywood stars attending the function. The names of the stars were being finalised, GWA president Simon D'Silva said.


Forefront has held many performances in India and abroad and was featured on the MTV channel. The band's first album titled 'Always By Your Side'" was a hit.

The band will play in Kuwait on May 3 for the summer ball, organised by Goan Cultural Centre in Kuwait.

Goa's top host Updesh Swar will be flown to Doha to compere the show.

The May Queen Ball has been getting better each year with the support of sponsors and participants, Simon said.

GWA had always tried to organise events keeping the traditional Goan hospitality, cultural heritage and music in mind, he added.

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Sarah - Jane Dias Wins Miss India crown
http://feminamissindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1584986.cms


MUMBAI: Mumbai girl Sarah Jane Dias was crowned 'Miss India World', Puja Gupta 'Miss India Universe' and Puja Chitgopekar 'Miss India Earth' at a glittering awards function of the coveted beauty pageant. Sarah, who is a Veejay and a model, won the title beating 24 other contestants in the finals of the event.

The first runner-up was Puja Gupta and Puja Chitgopekar the second runner-up, an official of the event organiser Pantaloons said.He said the pageant this year had decided to declare the 'Miss India World' as the official winner.

The event was judged by several celebraties including Bollywood actors Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra, director Subhash Ghai and model Ujwalla Raut and went for almost two-and-a-half hours.

In the final round, the five finalists had to answer to the question - "If you had to convince a rural woman to participate in the Miss India contest, how would you do it?"

 

Nairobi attracts virtual offices
http://www.eastandard.net/restate/index.php?id=1143966952
April 5, 2007, 12:00 am
By Kenneth Kwama


Kenya is proving to be an attractive destination for investors with a significant number of new entrants over the past one year seeking a stake in the country’s growing economy.

The most prominent high-profile investor this year has been British tycoon Mr Richard Branson of Virgin Group, but there have been other major international companies who have made a quiet entry, attracted by opportunities in an improved investment climate.

"We have seen a renewed interest by investors in Kenya over the past one year" says Mr Alex Andrewes, Executive Director Eden Square Business Centre (ESBC), which caters for local and international businesses seeking to break into or expand into the East African region.

Serviced office specialist, ESBC has witnessed phenomenal growth since its inception one year ago and now has a stable of 45 clients based at the prestigious Eden Square Building along Uhuru Highway opposite Riverside Drive near Westlands.

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Back by popular demand
99 TEGSA Members and Guests enjoyed an evening of Whist, which proved to be a smashing success.

The evening started with the service of delicious and sumptuous plate of snacks served with Tea and Coffee – this kept the members energized and in high spirits and ready for an evening of whist.

Everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and welcomed the opportunity to say Hello to friends and acquaintances.

Our sincere thanks to Joe Lobo and Christine Rodigues who organized and ran the Whist enjoyed by all. 19 Tables were filled quickly and even a couple of novice players decided to pay - were made to feel comfortable and quickly adapted to the game. After 15 games of Whist – prizes were handed out – compliments of Joe and Bonita Lobo.

The evening ended with a round on Bingo and the crowd parted on a very happy note.

Zena Vaz

 

Events
 

 Goan Events in Canada - 2007 

Events of 2007

Date

Organization

Event

 
Tuesday-April 17 @6.30 p.m

55 Plus Goan Association

GETTING TO KNOW YOU...
 A Rice & Curry Nite.

Venue: Gateway Centre

See 55PGA Events Section
April 22, 2007, 1.30p.m.-7.00 p.m.

Goan Overseas Association

Annual General Meeting

www.goatoronto.com
April 28, 2007, Goan Overseas Association

37th  Annual Anniversary Dance

www.goatoronto.com
May 6, 2007, Goan Overseas Association

Linked: Career Networking

www.goatoronto.com
May 27, 2007,

Goan Overseas Association

Open Forum

www.goatoronto.com
June 2, 2007 (9:00 am - 11:59 pm).

Goan Charitable Organization

Annual Walk-a-thon
Lakeshore Promenade Park -Mississauga
Free BBQ
Free Refreshments

Click for details
 
Sunday, June 3rd,
2007

Aldona Association Toronto

The Feast of St. Thomas - 32nd Annual Aldona Social Location: Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court,
Mississauga
Click for Flier
Saturday-June 9, @ 6.30 p.m.

55 Plus Goan Association.

ANNIVERSARY GALA.
Venue : Renaissance Convention Centre- Mississauga

Click for Flier

Sunday June 10, 2007

Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area

Celebration St Anthony's Feast at Woodbine Banquet Hall & Convention Centre at 12 noon.

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Sunday July 15, 2007 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association & 55 Plus Goan Association – Joint Picnic

Summer Picnic in the Park - Picnic. & Fishing

Erindale Park., at Dundas and Mississauga Road.

Click for Flier

Sunday, July 22nd 2007.
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Aldona / Moira Picnic

Centennial Park,  (Elmcrest Rd & Rathburn Rd).
Site#7 (Shelter Area)
.Pot Luck. Games/activities

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Saturday, September 15th, 2007

Calangute  Association, Canada

Annual Calangute Social. Holy Mass at 5:00 pm followed by Social

Click for Flier

Sunday,
30th September 2007

CLR Event

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"

Click for Flier

 

Announcements
 

TORONTO EAST GOAN SENIORS ASSOCIATION
GENERAL SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 2006

The past year has seen our membership grow from 432 members in April 2006 to an astounding number of 516 members as at the end of December 2006 and applications for membership continue to come in at a steady pace.

Click to read full report

 

International Goan Organization Meeting

The IGO of Ontario will hold a meeting on Sunday, April 29th, 2007 at the Eatonville Library Mississauga, at 2.00pm to brief participants on the outcome of our delegate's presentations at the Global Goan Convention held in Goa from January 3rd to the 5th this year. Those wishing to attend should contact Al Mathias almathias@rogers.com .


 

 TORONTO EAST GOAN SENIORS ASSOCIATION (T E G S A) - 2007 Events
 

Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.

April 13

Whist Drive
Organized by Joe Lobo and Christine Rodrigues
A snack plate will be served. 
Cost: $5.00
To register, please call:
Carmelita D’Souza:  (905) 479-1637
Zena Vaz:                 (416) 393-1499
Joan Menezes:          (905) 927-0895

Bingo will follow the Whist Drive

April 27

Blast from the Past: Musical Interlude “A nostalgic trip down Memory Lane”
Plan to attend this fabulous evening of music and song
Cost: $10.00 (members)
         $12.00 (guests)
Guests will be welcomed after April 19.
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Show time: 7:30 p.m .
To register, please call:
Vicki D’Souza:       (416) 497-5111       Click for Flier
Charles Fernandes: (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes:        (905) 927-0895
“Don’t forget to bring your dancing shoes”
Bingo will follow.

April 29

TEGSA TRIP TO NIAGARA FALLSVIEW CASINO SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2007 DEPART 9:30 AM AGINCOURT MALL
(parking permits will be issue for parking at the back of the Mall, Library parking lot - off Bonis Avenue.).
Please be there at 9:15 at the latest.
LEAVE NIAGARA FALLS APPROX. 4:00 PM
5 hrs. minimum stay required at the Casino.
PRICE: $5.00 per person (after rebate)
Passenger pays $20 and receives a $15.00 coin voucher upon arrival at
the Casino. (Please remember to bring your Players Card if you have one)
 A MINIMUM OF 40 PASSENGERS REQUIRED TO RECEIVE THE REBATE.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY :
Non-Refundable Deposit of $20.00 with the attached tear-off form to be given to any of the sub-committee members or any Executive Committee member by April 15th. If we do not get required number by this date, the trip will be cancelled. SO BOOK EARLY AND ENCOURAGE OTHER MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE.
You may transfer your ticket to another person . Please note, however the transaction will be your responsibility. TEGSA will not get involved or refund your deposit under any circumstances unless the trip is cancelled by TEGSA. In case of cancellation you will be contacted . Otherwise, please be at the pick-up location ON TIME. You will not receive any other communication.
The group leader bonus of $120 (presently offered) will be used to offset driver gratuity and snacks/drinks as an additional bonus to make your trip less expensive and more enjoyable!
We look forward to your cooperation, support and participation.
Dora Noronha - 416-291-1408
Philu Fernandes - 905-887-8231
Hilda Vitor  - 905-475-2046

tear off and hand with your cheque or cash to any committee or sub-committee member by April 15, 2007.

TRIP TO NIAGARA FALLSVIEW CASINO, SUNDAY APRIL 29TH, 2007

Name:_____________________________
Phone No: _________________________
No. of Passengers:__________________   Parking required : Yes/ No
Paid by : Cash            Cheque                  Total Amount:

May 11, 2007

Games Nite:
Bridge, Scrabble, Rummy,  etc, etc, etc,
Please let us know if you are interested in any special games, and we will try and co-ordinate tables. Volunteers will be required.
Cost: $10.00
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Games begin at 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
Bingo to follow
.
To register and let us know your preference of games, please call:
Vicki D’Souza: (416) 497-5111
Charles Fernances:     (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes:            (416) 927-0895

Gerry DaSilva:           (416) 297-7218

Click for Flier

May13
(Sunday)

 12:00 noon – 5:00 p.m. Talent Day (not a contest)
 - by the children and grandchildren of members               
Cancelled

May 26

Anniversary Dance
Princess Banquet Hall
6:30 p.m. Cocktails
7:30 p.m.  International Buffet
Cost: $35.00 (Members)
         $40.00 (Guests)
Focus Dance Band and DJ in attendance
To register, please call:
Vicki D’Souza: (416) 497-5111
Charles Fernances:    (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes:           (416) 927-0895
Gerry DaSilva:          (416) 297-7218

Click for Flier

Sunday
June 3rd,
2007
Woodbine Race Track
Click for Flier
June 8

Learn to Dance
Line Dancing, Ballroom Dancing etc.
Join us for a fun evening and learn from each other to do some line dancing, swing, jives, fox trot  etc, etc, etc…. TEGSA is looking for dance teachers….
Bingo to follow.
Cost: $10.00 (Members)
         $12.00 (Guests)
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
Dancing starts at 7:30 p.m.
To register, please call:
Vicki D’Souza:           (416) 497-5111
Charles Fernances:     (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes:            (416) 927-0895
Gerry DaSilva:            (416) 297-7218

Click for Flier

June 22

Surprise Performance – Bring in Summer with a Bang!
Need we say more……
Bingo will follow
.
Cost: $10.00 (Members)
         $12.00 (Guests)
Dinner will be served
To register, please call:
Vicki D’Souza:            (416) 497-5111
Charles Fernances:     (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes:           (416) 927-0895
Gerry DaSilva:            (416) 297-7218

July 15

Summer Picnic in the Park
TEGSA meets West (55PGA) Picnic.
Erindale Park., at Dundas and Mississauga Road.

Click for Flier


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


55 PLUS GOAN ASSOCIATION – West GTA

 
 Date Where To Links
2007 Our List of Trips for 2007 Click for trip list
June 2 Join 55 PGA to Niagara Falls on
    June 2, 2007 to see OH
         CANADA EH?
Click for Flier
Sept 01 Sat - Sept 03 
 Mon 2007 (Labour Day
 Long Weekend)
Join 55 PGA to a 3 DAY WASHINGTON TRIP Click for Details
 
Our Events, & Activities for 2007
  • Our Second Anniversary Dance: Saturday, June 09, 2007, @ 6.30 p.m.
    at the Renaissance Convention Centre
    Click for Flier.
    You can reserve your table by sending E-mail to 55PGA@goanseniors.net
     
  • Summer Picnic in the Park - Sunday July 15, 2007
    East (TEGSA) meets West (55PGA) Picnic.
    Erindale Park., at Dundas and Mississauga Road.
    Picnic Coordinator: Juliet Rebello 55PGA@goanseniors.net
    Click for Flier

     
  • Our Popular Christmas Dance. Once again a sit-down dinner dance at the Oasis Convention Centre. Details to follow.
    Our Monthly Socials will take place every 3rd Tuesday per month.
     
  • We have a new venue for our monthly socials !!
    The Gateway Centre for New Canadians,

    3450 Wolfdale Road, Mississauga, ON L5C 2V6
    (Just south of Burnhamthorpe Rd)
    See location and directions at: http://www.gcnc.ca/index.php?page=contact
    The first event “Getting To Know You “
    will take place on April 17, 2006 @ 6.30 p.m.
    This include a “Rice & Curry” Dinner – Tickets $10.00
    Members Only – Send request for reservation to 55PGA@goanseniros.net

     
  • Further Events will take place – same venue – same time May 15, 2007 & June 19, 2007.
    Details to follow.

Health & Wellness

Say NO To Bottled Water
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2007/11/c3377.html?view=print
Toronto based survey reveals negative attitudes towards bottled water

TORONTO, April 11 /CNW/ - XYYZ (www.xyyz.ca), the website for guys in Toronto, has launched a campaign to encourage its members to drink tap water in restaurants instead of bottled water. Through its website (www.xyyz.ca), XYYZ is offering a special download of a restaurant billfold insert which members can use to voice their opposition to bottled water. With every download, members also get a chance to win one of 20 copies of The Weather Makers, by Tom Flannery. This number one national bestseller from HarperCollins is one of the most acclaimed books on the urgent need to deal with climate change.

"We cater to urban guys who eat out a lot," says Russell Smith, XYYZ Executive Editor. "Before they order that expensive bottle of exotic spring water we want them to think: Think of the tonnes of waste, not from only the plastic bottles going to landfills, but from the carbon expended to get that water to their table. Think of the fact that Toronto tap water is tested thousands of times a year for purity. Think of the 1.1 billion people who have no access to a steady supply of clean drinking water."

Smith continued, "We're asking Toronto guys to let restaurateurs know that they aren't being cheap when they refuse bottled water, they're being smart. Our free downloadable restaurant billfold insert can help get the point across in a polite and effective manner."

 

Canadian Cancer Statistics 2007 Released By The Canadian Cancer Society
Cancer: a serious threat to baby boomers


MONTREAL, April 11 /CNW Telbec/ - Cancer, the leading cause of death in Quebec, is on the rise across Canada. According to the latest Canadian Cancer Statistics, in 2007, there will be an estimated 41,000 new cancer cases in Quebec (159,900 in Canada) and 19,500 deaths caused by the disease (72,700 in Canada). This is 2,700 more cases and 400 more deaths than in 2006 (6,800 more cases and 2,300 more deaths in Canada).

"With the aging baby boomer generation and the population growth, it can be expected that close to 1.5 million Quebecers (5.7 million Canadians) will develop one form or another of cancer over the next 30 years, and that 725,000 (1) of these people (2.7 million for all of Canada) will die from the disease during the same period(2)," says Dr. Gilles Pineau, interim president of the Canadian Cancer Society's Quebec Division.

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Health Canada Reminds Canadians of Egg Safety
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/advisories-avis/2007/2007_37_e.html

OTTAWA - Health Canada is reminding Canadians of the importance of proper food handling and preparation in the prevention of foodborne illness associated with eggs.

Eggs are occasionally contaminated with Salmonella and other bacteria that can make you sick. It is also possible to contaminate eggs with bacteria from other foods. Following a few simple food safety tips can help you avoid contracting foodborne illness from eggs.

Shop carefully: One of the best ways to ensure that the eggs you’re going to eat will be safe is to buy them carefully. Choose only refrigerated eggs with clean and un-cracked shells. Check the best before date on the package and pick up eggs just before you get to the check out counter. Refrigerate eggs within two hours of purchase.

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Recent Surveys Show Canadians Want More "Family Time"
Duncan Hines challenges Canadian families to spend more time together...baking!

TORONTO, April 9 /CNW/ - Recent studies show Canadians are unhappy with the amount of quality time they spend at home with their families. In a survey conducted this March by UrbanMoms.ca, the majority of moms (67 percent) stated they would like to spend at least four hours a day with their kids. In reality, less than one-third is able to do so.

The survey also found that while 83 percent of parents enjoy baking with their children, only 40 per cent of them do it more than once a month. The majority (74 percent) of survey respondents bake cookies or cupcakes with their children and almost two-thirds (63 percent) let them help throughout the entire baking process.

In light of Statistics Canada's announcement earlier this year that people spent on average 45 minutes less at home than two decades ago, Duncan Hines created the "Cupcake Challenge" as a means to get Canadians back in the kitchen with their loved ones.

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Soft skills trump technical skills for support professionals
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/April2007/12/c4223.html?view=print


TORONTO, April 12 /CNW/ - When hiring administrative staff, it's tempting to focus on the technical expertise needed for the position, but a new survey shows that less tangible "soft" skills are often valued more. Sixty-seven percent of human resources (HR) managers polled by OfficeTeam, HR.com and the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) said they would hire an applicant with strong soft skills whose technical abilities were lacking; only nine per cent would hire someone who had strong technical expertise but weak interpersonal skills. The overwhelming majority (93 per cent) of HR managers felt technical skills are easier to teach than soft skills.

More than 300 administrative professionals and 400 HR managers took part in the study, which was released to coincide with Administrative  Professionals Week (APW), April 22-28. The full survey results are reported in Fitting In, Standing Out and Building Remarkable Work Teams, a resource guide available from OfficeTeam.

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