Newsletter. Issue 2007-09. April 28, 2007


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Life Not Easy For Immigrant Entrepreneurs
Many small firms sprout, then fail. Dealing with established local companies can be a challenge for some new arrivals

CanWest News Service
Monday, April 02, 2007
James Jung, a former computer analyst from South Korea, imports gas masks and exports skin products from his office in Vancouver.

From his base at Admiralty Centre, a Chinese mall in Richmond, B.C., Samir Shah has seen firsthand a slew of small businesses spring to life, only to vanish quickly.

"There is substantial turnover of these businesses started by immigrants," he said in a telephone interview.

"Many only last two years at most because there is no volume of sales. ... You can't sell 20 leather jackets a year. You just can't survive on that."

There is increasing attention on skilled and professional immigrants who arrive in Canada and get stymied by the local job market. Often, they are forced to change tack and start their own businesses, only to find a whole new set of frustrations.



Volunteers Hold Communities Together
Tuesday April 17 2007
They are the lifeblood of caring communities like Halton Hills.

While their efforts go largely unnoticed, without volunteers the social and cultural fabric of our town would unravel, leaving many of our most vulnerable residents to suffer and many of our most cherished community events extinct.

Volunteers are the foundation of nearly every facet of community life.

This week (April 16-20) is National Volunteer Week, a chance to thank the legions of silent heroes who offer their time in exchange for the satisfaction of knowing they have in some small way touched countless lives.

Volunteers come in all shapes, sizes and abilities.

In its purest form, volunteering doesn't require a university education, endless hours of on-the-job training or even a specific skill set. All you need is a caring heart and a willingness to lend a helping hand.



Dr. Alan Greenspan Calls for Baby Boomers to Take Action in Preparing for Retirement

NEW YORK CITY, April 24 /CNW/ - Dr. Alan Greenspan - U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman (1997-2006) - today encouraged Baby Boomers around the world to take more responsibility to prepare for their retirement. Dr. Greenspan offered his perspective as the keynote speaker at the MDRT Boomertirement(TM) Industry Summit.

"We have to recognize that what we're going through is unique in world history," said Dr. Greenspan. "Retirement is a relatively new phenomenon. As a society we've dealt with it successfully in the past few decades but we've never had such a huge group of individuals going into the system at once and then living so long in their retirement years."

Greenspan said the government will find it increasingly difficult to keep all the financial promises it has made through Social Security, Medicare and other programs in coming years. He added that the longer we collectively wait to deal with these key issues, the more difficult they will become to address.



Global Goans Convention in Goa on January 4, 2007
The IGO of Ontario to hold a meeting on Sunday, April 29th, 2007

The IGO of Ontario will hold a meeting on Sunday, April 29th, 2007 at the Eatonville Library in Etobicoke (Burnamthorpe and East Mall) 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 at

International Goan Organization of Ontario delegate Ms. Cellie Gonsalves presenting at the Global Goans Convention at Cidade de Goa on January 4, 2007. Also in the photo to Ms. Gonsalves’s left are Ms.Sujata Singh Joint Secretary Europe West Ministry of External Affairs, Ms. Vicki Treadell British Deputy High Commissioner, Dr.Wilfred D`Souza Deputy Chief Minister, Government of Goa, Mr. Eduardo Faleiro Hon. Commissioner for NRI affairs and Mr. R.R.Dash Chief Passport Officer

International Goan Organization (IGO) of Ontario, Canada President Ms. Zulema de Souza and Director Mrs. Cellie Gonsalves met with Hon. Chief Minister of Goa, Mr. Pratapsingh Rane on January 19, 2007 to present and review the report titled “IGO of Ontario Canada, Best of Both Worlds – Non Resident Goans” at the Chief Minister’s residence in Altinho, Panjim, Goa. Left to right are Mr. Tony Gonsalves, Ms. Zulema de Souza, Mr. Pratapsingh Rane, Ms. Cellie Gonsalves and Mr. Neves de Souza.


Transforming Society
From: - opinion

The Charter was partly the product of a ferocious desire by citizens who wanted to see their identity and rights included in a new, vibrant vision of Canada
April 16, 2007

There are moments in the history of a people and a country that profoundly affect the evolution of that society in a way that changes them forever. There was such a transformation in Canada on April 17, 1982, when the Queen signed the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The Charter was a product of the aspirations of Pierre Trudeau and his followers to unify their country under a document that they hoped would produce a common citizenship, which would unite French and English and all the communities that constituted the emergence of a multicultural and global society.

Trudeau also hoped the Charter would bring Canada into the mainstream of the international human rights movement triggered by the horrors of World War II.
The Charter was also the product of a ferocious desire of those citizens who wanted to see their identity and rights not left out of this new, vibrant vision of Canada.
Thus women's groups, disability rights groups, ethnocultural groups, linguistic minorities, religious communities and other equality seeking groups fought and succeeded in having their identity and rights recognized in the Charter.

The Charter was also the product of a globally unique form of Canadian accommodation between majority rule in a parliamentary democracy and the fundamental values and rights of Canadians.
This was accomplished first by stating in the very first article that rights can be subject to reasonable limits that can demonstrably be justified in a free and democratic society.
Second, the "notwithstanding clause" of the Charter allows legislatures to override rights in extreme situations and there has, rightly, been great political restraint in the use of this safety valve.


News Clips from Goa

IBM opens Goa operations
BS Reporter / Mumbai/ Panaji April 25, 2007

In a bid to cater the small and medium business (SMB) sectors in Goa and its neighbouring markets, IBM India has commenced its operations in the state under the brand name 'IBM Express Portfolio'.

IBM has invested in the development of products and services specifically priced and designed for the SMB marketplace. It comprises hardware, software, services, solutions and financing, and is designed to meet specific criteria for SMBs.

These offerings are delivered through a sales and marketing team of 6,000 people and a network of 90,000 business partners, organised in 243 local sales territories around the world.

"The SMB-size businesses have been relatively ignored in smaller cities throughout India. There is an untapped market here to help these businesses gain a competitive edge and catch up with their larger counterparts," says Ramesh Narasimhan, Director (GSMB), IBM India.

IBM's portfolio of clients in Goa includes Sesa Goa, Chowgule Industries, Government of Goa, Pentair Water, among others. IBM plans to work hand-in-hand with local ISVs to provide new and existing clients with additional value-added solutions that are specifically tailored to the local market

He adds, "Opening our operations in Goa is an example of IBM's continued commitment to working closely with SMBs throughout India to provide them products, solutions and value-added offerings that will give them the boost to get ahead and succeed."


HC axe falls on illegal beach beds

The Bombay High Court at Goa yesterday directed the state government to remove all deck beds and umbrellas illegally put up on the beaches and to submit the compliance report within a week. The Court also directed the tourism department to permit deck beds and umbrellas on beaches in such a way that it does not obstruct the movement of tourists/visitors on the beaches. [GT]


Release of "Domnic's Goa"

PANJIM, Apr 26: Abbe Faria Productions have definitely put their best foot forward by selecting a tested brand for their publishing venture. Labelled as “a nostalgic romp through a bygone era”, Domnic P F Fernandes’s first book “Domnic’s Goa”, with Frederick Noronha’s editing, Cecil Pinto’s design, Domnic Cordo’s illustrations and Foreword by Placido D’Souza, is a tempting bargain for Rs.350. Jude D'Silva, Asavari Kulkarni and Alex Fernandes too have a hand in making every side of the cover highly presentable.

Having regaled cyberspace since 2003, Domnic eventually pulls out a hard copy of his well-remembered and captivatingly narrated pen portraits of Goa that used-to-be several years ago, and many would have loved it to remain that way forever. That Goans unwittingly, or otherwise, chose to change their nesting place, for the worse, makes “Domnic’s Goa” all the more nostalgic, readable.

The story-telling multi-talented Anjuncar’s book, penned in Saudi Arabia, will be released at the Black Box of the Kala Academy in Panjim on April 27 evening. [GoaNewsClips]


Artists, Film-makers should be united: Message on Konkani Cinema Day

PANJIM, Apr 24:
Konkani Cinema Day was observed today at the Menezes Braganza Hall here in the presence of numerous cinema lovers. The function was graced by Kala Academy member-secretary Dr Pandurang Phaldessai, GM-Entertainment Society of Goa Nikhil Desai, Director of Art and Culture Prasad Lolienkar and Director of Information Department Menin Pires. The four government officers explained about the various facilities which are being provided by the government through their respective department, for the speedy improvement of Konkani cinema.

Several artists and film producers were present at the function, which was preceded by the garlanding of the photograph of Al Jerry Braganza by former Santo Andre MLA Teotonio Pereira. Rich tributes were also paid to the "Father of Konkani Cinema", Al Jerry Braganza, who released the first Konkani film "Mogacho Anvddo" on this day in 1950.

Speaking to DailyGoaNews Tomazinho Cardozo, president of Dalgado Konkani Academy, the main organisers of today's function said, "On the whole, today's function I feel was successful because it gave a call to the artists and the wellwishers of Konkani cinema to be united, to be dedicated to their work and strive to produce films of a high calibre."


Devotees flock to Mapusa for Milagres feast

MAPUSA, Apr 24: Thousands of devotees thronged to the Milagres Church, Mapusa, for the annual feast yesterday. Devotees stated pouring in at the church premises from early morning, as the masses began from 5 am onwards. Offerings were made in the form of flowers, wax and candles, by people of different faiths to Our Lady of Miracles. [NT]


24 Apr: Nairobi. DEREK LISBOA. Husband of Michelle. Father to Jamie. Son of Joaquim and Lilly Lisboa. Brother to Sandra, Christine, Mark and Brian. Funeral on Friday 27th April 2007. Venue: Saint Austin s Church, Lavington. Viewing of the body 2.00pm. Funeral service at 2.30pm followed by burial at the Langata Cemetery [Info from Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]


24 Apr. Calangute, Goa. FRANK MENEZES (aged 63, ex-Nairobi). Brother of Melita Figueiredo. Alexandra Cunningham. Tony and Angel Menezes.. Son Abel Menezes of Raia and Olivia Lobo of Verna. Funeral was on 24th Apr. in Calangute.
Frank left Dr. Ribeiro Goan School, Nairobi, in 1959 and worked in Zambia and then England, having trained in accountancy. He went from London to Goa on holiday when he became very ill. Memorial Service in London on Sat. 2 Jun. Condolences and enquiries to Alexandra


21 Apr: Sydney, Aus. RUFINA FERNANDES (born 1944, ex-Nairobi). Wife of Cyprian Fernandes (ex The Nation, Kenya). Mother of Andreeanna, Leon and Carl. Daughter of John Baptist and Anna Christina. Sister to Max, Faby, Delfine, Lolita, Mervyn, Teresa and Adolf. Rufina was a former student of Dr. Ribeiro's Goan School, Nairobi and Mary Hill School in Thika. She proved to be an excellent athlete and hockey player. Singing was her favourite past time and she appeared with quite a few bands in London, England. Fishing, gardening, arts and crafts were her other big passions in life.

Funeral on Fri 27 Apr. at 10:30am at Our Lady of Carmel Church, Smith Street, Wentworthville, NSW. Followed by burial at Pine Grove Memorial Park near Minchinbury on the Great Western Highway.

From St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. 24 Apr: Ruffina Fernandes, wife of former St George and Sutherland Shire Leader editor, Cyprian Fernandes, died last Saturday after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Mrs Fernandes, 63, of Chester Hill, made many friends in the district. She is survived by her husband, daughter Andi and sons Leon and Carl. Click here.

Condolences to

People Places and Things

55 Plus Goan Association
GONE FISHIN...............?!!

On the l7th April, our 55 Plus Goan Association put away our "PARKAS" and Celebrated Winter's last" HURRAH" by ducking out the bad weather and went HOOK, LINE & SINKER by hosting a 'FISH CURRY NITE" at our new premises called the Gateway Centre, on Wolfedale Rd in Mississauga, to a sold our crowd of 125 members and 2 overseas guests.

We hoisted and netted in a scrumptious catchl of the day, which consisted of King Fish Curry & Stuffed Mackeral (Bangra), from "Konkan Delite" - accompanied by a veggie dish.Much to everyone's de-lite! - which was just a mere touch of the culinary heritage of Goa!! - Unfortunately, we did not have "CASHEW FENI" to wash it down with - but, most settled for pop and bottled water......... !!

No introduction would be complete without mentioning the people, our members who were so co-operative and understanding, as our new found premises are still under construction, but with the camaraderie of spirit & the warmth and intermingling, everyone was happy to "meet & greet" and to reminisce and share their experiences with all around them! It was remarkable to see such an overwhelming interest by each & everyone attending.



Bypass That Two-Hour Passport Line ..
NEXUS Border System Comes To Trudeau Airport

Reni Bruemmer
Monday, April 16, 2007

Frequent fliers and travellers looking to bypass that two-hour passport line on their next return from the Mayan Riviera will be pleased to learn NEXUS has arrived at the Trudeau International Airport.

With a swipe of a card and a scan of the iris to confirm identity, the NEXUS program allows pre-screened travellers flying between Canada and the United States, or arriving from any international destination into the two countries, to avoid security lineups.

Initiated as a pilot project in Vancouver two years ago, the program was introduced to Toronto's Pearson airport in February and will expand to include airports in Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Halifax.



Sail back to vindaloo land
Caught in a time warp, quaint little Goan restaurants dish out lip-smacking delicacies

Nitya Kaushik

Pork vindaloo. Goan sausages. Beef xacuti. Prawn balchao. If you are a hardcore foodie, who'd melt at the thought such Goan delicacies, just take a stroll downtown. Because, tucked in the narrow lanes of Fort and Marine Lines, you'd find a dingy restaurant or two, that'd well satiate your hungry appetite.

Started years ago as eating houses, these restaurants seem to be caught in a time warp. Step in, and the first thing to hit you is the old-style ambiance - with huge drawing room for an eating place, old wooden furniture (polished and re-polished), rattling gigantic ceiling fans, and of course, large Portugese-style photos on the wall.



 Goan Events in Canada - 2007 

Events of 2007




Tuesday-April 17 @6.30 p.m

55 Plus Goan Association

 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
April 28, 2007, Goan Overseas Association

37th  Annual Anniversary Dance
May 6, 2007, Goan Overseas Association

Linked: Career Networking
May 27, 2007,

Goan Overseas Association

Open Forum
June 2, 2007 (9:00 am - 11:59 pm).

Goan Charitable Organization

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

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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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Saturday-June 9, @ 6.30 p.m.

55 Plus Goan Association.

Venue : Renaissance Convention Centre- Mississauga

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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.

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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

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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"

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Two Days To File Your Income Tax Return

MONTREAL, April /CNW Telbec/ - The income tax season is in full swing as there are 2 days left for individuals to file their 2006 income tax return. This year, taxpayers have until midnight, Monday April 30, 2007, to file their federal tax return and send it along with any balance owing to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Self-employed individuals have until June 15, 2007, to file their individual tax return but are still required to pay any balance owing by April 30.

Many options are available to file your return:
- NETFILE ( is a fast, easy, and secure service that lets you file your tax return on the Internet using one of the commercial tax preparation software packages certified by the CRA. Last year, almost 3.9 million taxpayers chose to file their returns themselves using NETFILE.

- TELEFILE ( lets individuals file their tax return for free by telephone. All you need to use the service is a touch-tone telephone, your social insurance number, your personalized access code, and your completed tax return.

- If you decide not to use these electronic services, you can print your computer-generated tax return or use the paper form and send it by mail to your tax centre. Last year, more than half of about 25 million individual tax returns were filed electronically. In Quebec, the Shawinigan-Sud and Jonquihre tax centres  are responsible for the processing of federal tax returns filed either on
paper or electronically.

Also, until April 30, extended service hours for our telephone information services will be offered. Agents will be available to answer tax enquiries at 1-800-959-8281, from 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on business days, and from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

For more information on how to complete and file your income tax return, visit the CRA Web site at:



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

(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.
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)
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.


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


 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

June 3rd,
Woodbine Race Track
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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

October 12th, 2007
at 6:30 pm

Commander Park Hall

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November 2nd,
6:30 pm

Mass for the Deceased Members and their Families.

on November 2nd, 2007 - 6:30 pm sharp
Commander Park Hall, Scarborough

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


 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

Click to Download Form to join 55PGA or renew membership for 2007

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
  • 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
    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:
    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

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

Health & Wellness

Safety in Your Sizzle ... Check the Barbie

TORONTO, April 20 /CNW/ - Spring is in the air - even if Mother Nature took her own sweet time. And that means it's time to warm things up. Whether planning a little culinary flair in the backyard or ready to fire it up at the cottage, your fork and flipper stand ready-at-hand. But before the cookout capers begin, ask yourself one grill-loving question - do I have the sizzle? Do I have what it takes to make my get-together a sweet and savoury success? Well, sensible and safe barbecuing will make that happen. The Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) want to put a little safety in your sizzle with a season opener that includes a three-step safety check:

1. Clean: Use a pipe cleaner or wire to make sure the burner ports and the tube leading to the burner (called the "venturi tube") are free of rust, dust, dirt, spider webs or other debris.

2. Check: Examine the hose leading from the fuel supply to the burners. Replace if cracked or damaged.

3. Test: Find leaks by applying a 50/50 solution of water and dish soap to all fuel and hose connections. If bubbles appear, tighten the connections and/or replace the damaged parts and always re-test.



Do You Know How To Eat...Water?

TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - It is more important to teach people how to eat than it is to tell them what to eat. It is also more difficult and more time consuming. With rates of obesity in Canada on the rise, this is the dilemma that is facing family physicians here on a daily basis.

"With the shortage of family physicians, most GPs just don't have the time or training to address the issue of diet with their patients. And this is what motivated me to create a safe and healthy dietary approach that GPs could feel comfortable recommending to their patients," says Dr. Melissa Hershberg,

Toronto-based physician and author of The Hershberg Diet. The hardcover, which hit bookshelves across Canada last month, offers a unique and effective approach to teaching people how to understand eating for weight loss and health -- an approach that focuses not on the traditional three macronutrients - protein, carbs, and fat - but rather on what she has labeled the "4th macronutrient."


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