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Goan Initiatives on the Go
Goan initiatives seem to be out in force this summer!

The July 1st long weekend brought a number of “movers & shakers” to host Goa Sudharop’s George Pinto on a visit to TO. At the gathering, which took place at a popular watering hole in Mississauga, various initiatives were aired including the work done by the International Goan Organization, and the possibility of holding a sequel to the 1988 International Goan Convention.

The Goan Overseas Association will be conducting a Vision Workshop this Sunday to find out what the community really needs and plan accordingly. Heading this project is Michelle Pereira; email  See Announcements Section in 

Pulling out the stops to get premises for the long awaited “place of our own” is the CGC. This investor-based group will be reviewing lease/buy prospects for “ready-made” banquet hall type facilities with ample parking, and easy access to main highways (Dixie-401/403/407). Expressions of Interest requests can be sent by email to

Not waiting for “pie-in-the-sky” are the two seniors groups TEGSA (east) & 55PGA (west). Their social calendars this summer are full with events, trips, picnics, etc. Their telemail groups use email and the phone to reach Goan Seniors – a tiring but yet rewarding task they say.

See Events Section of Goan Voice Canada for more information.


University study shows that visible minorities experience lower levels of career satisfaction than their white colleagues 

TORONTO, June 28 /CNW/ - Findings from the largest national survey ever conducted about career satisfaction and advancement of visible minorities in corporate Canada show that while visible minorities experience lower levels of career satisfaction than their white/Caucasian colleagues, the opportunity for more inclusive work environments and advancement of visible minority professionals is within the reach of corporate Canada. Given existing links between career satisfaction and productivity, the results are particularly significant, as Canadian businesses cannot afford to under utilize any segment of the talent in today's globally competitive marketplace.

Career Advancement in Corporate Canada: A Focus on Visible Minorities was undertaken by Catalyst Canada and the Diversity Institute in Management and Technology at Ryerson University and is based on the responses of 17,908 seasoned managers, professionals, and executives from across Canada. With an average tenure of 20 years in the Canadian labour force, responses came from employees at 43 large publicly traded and privately held companies and professional service firms, as well as representatives from 38 Canadian

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“Shall We Dance……cha, cha, cha”
Friday, June 8, 2007

TEGSA introduces us to some innovative and creative events. The first event in June was patronized by more than 100members who came to “Learn to Dance”. Who would have thought that almost half a century after we first learned to dance we would find out that all our nifty moves were not really ballroom dancing.

Our dance instructor was Steve Lewis who was at first overwhelmed with so many eager learners who had filled the dance floor. Steve and his partner glided across the floor as they demonstrated the finer arts of doing the Waltz, Cha Cha Cha, Fox Trot, Quick Step and Jive in correct ballroom style. Those of us with two left feet found it hard to cope with the 2 steps forward, 2 steps back and slide or the quick, slow, quick quick slow routines or the one, two, three, one two three Waltz steps.

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55+Goan Associaton West GTA

While we were waltzing .........out the "Winter Blues".......on June 9th, 2007,........... our 55Plus Goan Association, Executive committee, celebrated our 2nd Anniversary Gala Dinner Dance at the Renaissance Convention Centre , in Mississauga, with an overwhelming attendance of altogether,a capacity of 241 members and out of town guests , who came out in support, as far as London, Ontario. It was heart-warming indeed, to have them in our midst! - No doubt, this auspicious occasion was a resounding success!

After the delicious Hors-douvres were served, our Social Secretary, Juliet Rebello welcomed each and everyone for their participation and attendance and went on to thank Mrs. Shirley D'Souza for her assistance in our search for the newly found premises i.e. 'Mississauga Seniors Centre", located at l389 Cawthra Road in Mississauga. (This new venue is posted on our website at  - check for further details).

Our President, Tony Fernandes, took his place at the Podium and punctuated his opening speech with some "wisecracks" to enlighten the crowd! He then introduced our Executive Committee with a request to come up to the podium for a photoshoot keepsake! . He, of course, went on to thank the Executive and sub -committee members and spouses for their hard work and dedication in making this event possible!
Vice-President, Paul Nazareth presented Mr.Roque Barretto with a $200 cheque for the "Walk-a-Thon event, hosted by the Goan Charitable Organization.

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Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean/Speech on the Occasion of the Canada Day Celebration.
 Ottawa, Sunday, July 1, 2007

OTTAWA, ONTARIO- I am delighted to once again be standing before you as we celebrate Canada Day. But why do we come together every year on this day? What are we really celebrating on July 1st? First, we are celebrating the bonds of solidarity and friendship that helped create this country. Those bonds are embedded in our hearts. Because here in Canada, we help people when they are suffering. In Canada, our differences enrich us as a people. In Canada, what is good for one person is good for everyone. And these bonds of solidarity and friendship grow stronger every day because we live in an ideal of justice and freedom that is the envy of the entire world.

I was born in a country that was under a merciless dictatorship, so like many Canadians who have come here from abroad, I know how precious that freedom really is. We cannot overstate how lucky we are to be able to think, speak, choose, act, and live in complete freedom; not when barbarism and misery affect so many countries and people around the world. On this July 1st, let us reflect on the message of hope that we, as Canadians, bring to the world. Let us also remember the commitment of our soldiers and the difficult missions they are leading in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Let us remember their families and loved ones.

I would like to tell you about a strong conviction that I developed at a very young age, when my family and I had to start our lives all over again, away from the terror. I have based my very existence on this conviction. It guides all my decisions, all my choices, and I would like to share it with you for the remainder of my mandate as governor general of Canada. I am one of those people who believe that anything is possible in this world. And here in Canada, we have the greatest opportunities to reach our full potential and achieve our loftiest dreams.

This year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Order of Canada. The women and men who have received our country's highest honour were never hesitant to test the limits, both their own and those of the world around them. They achieved remarkable things because they believed in their ability to reinvent life, help society move forward, and change the course of history. They represent the very best of us.

I would like to take the opportunity, on this Canada Day, to issue a challenge to all the young people here and everywhere across the country. You have the ability to look at the world with fresh eyes. Do not set yourselves any limits. Dream big. Be daring. Act.

On this July 1st, let us celebrate all these dreams, all these everyday actions, all these projects and all these achievements. Let us strengthen the bonds of solidarity that make Canada the generous country we love.

I love you! Happy birthday, Canada!
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News Clips from Goa


The Goa government has decided to scrutinise all cases of foreigners buying land in the state right from 1999, when the Foreign Exchange Management Act, first came into force, even as the Enforcement directorate is probing 73 cases referred to it of prima facie violations in land and property deals involving foreigners in the last three years. [GT]


Yolanda's painting in London exhibition

Mahua Art Gallery is holding its first exhibition "Roots & Shoots", an exploration of Contemporary Indian Art, at the gallery at 28 Cork Street, Mayfair, London W1S 3NG,UK from July 2 to 7. Lord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks OBE DL inaugurated the show. "Roots & Shoots" is an exhibition of selected sculptures and painting by artists from across India with a special focus on artists from Bengal. The work of Goa's accomplished painter Yolanda de Souza titled "Faith or Fate", Size: 48" x 48" inches, figures among the creative work of master artists as well as young artists displayed at the exhibition, which is unique and varied in mythical, realistic and abstract concepts and explores the creative spirit of the Indian artists. For other artists check  [GoaNewsClips]


River Princess curse

The River Princess might be an eyesore to some or part of the landscape to others. But those who tried to mess with her, she has cursed. The first person to make an attempt to remove her was Matanhy Saldanha, who was the Tourism Minister in the Manohar Parrikar government. In a hurry to live up to his word, Saldanha ended up hiring an incompetent company called Crosschem, whose credentials were suspect and track record unproven. Crosschem, which assumed that re-floating the ship was a simple cut-and-paste job that could be accomplished with a couple of gas cylinders and a welding machine, failed to live up to its reputation, if it had one. Along with this failed attempt went Matanhy Saldanha after the BJP government was toppled. He was the first victim of the River Princess curse.

Then came Dr Wilfred de Souza. Unlike his predecessor, he played it by the book. He involved the Shipping Corporation of India and the Directorate General of Shipping in the decision making process. Jaisu Shipping was selected to do the job, and it is still attempting to do it. In the meanwhile, River Princess claimed its second victim. Dr Wilfred de Souza was defeated at the hustings by the BJP candidate.

The question is: will the curse of the River Princess strike the new Tourism Minister Mickky Pacheco as well? Or will Jaisu Shipping succeed where Crosschem failed? The present indicators are not very inspiring. [Edit, GT]


Veg prices shoot up

PANJIM, July 2: Prices of vegetable have increased sharply in the last two weeks as monsoon fury lashed many parts of the country. Vegetable production drops in the first week of monsoon having corresponding effect on the price of vegetables. Local traders exploit the situation to the fullest as Goa relies on Belgaum for its supplies. [H]


Uganda bans plastic bags, promotes banana leaves

KAMPALA, July 2 (Reuters):
A ban on plastic bags in Uganda took effect on Sunday to cut down the stinking piles of rubbish that litter its dusty capital and other urban areas. Officials want Ugandans to instead use banana leaves, the traditional material for carrying goods. Uganda's ban followed a similar one on Tanzania's Zanzibar Islands last year. [H]


Global scope of Goan music needs to be explored: Rock Gonsalves

This dilettante has given traditional dekhni a new dimension by arranging and composing rich fusion of traditional Indian and Goan music with its western influence. Way back in 1972, at a popular hotel resort in Goa, a local band was rendering Goan dekhi "Hanv Saiba Poltoddi Vetam". The flamboyant film star Raj Kapoor was present in the elite audience, hunting for Goan music for his new production. Kapoor quietly recorded "Hanv Saiba..." and replayed it for his music directors - the famed Laxmikant Pyaralel in Bombay. Rock Gonsalves came into the scene because he was closely known to Pyarelal. With utter Goan hospitality he opened his treasure trove of musical scores of dekhnis. The maestros picked up select sections to incorporate in their new production "Bobby". With Rock crafting the interlude inimitably, Bobby became a hit worldwide... Born in Calata, Majorda, Rock is the son of the illustrious maestro Jose Antonio Gonsalves and brother of adored musician of the Hindi film industry - Anthony Gonsalves... According to Rock, the international scope of Goan music needs to be explored adequate. [Isidore Dantas, GT]


Former Test cricketer Dilip Sardesai dies

MUMBAI: Former Test batsman Dilip Sardesai, whose ability to play long innings frustrated many a bowler, breathed his last in a hospital in Mumbai on July 2, 2007. He was 66. Sardesai turned out in 30 Tests between 1961 and 1972 and played a major role in India's twin series successes in the West Indies and England in 1971 under Ajit Wadekar. He scored 2001 runs in his 30 Tests at an average of 39.23, with five centuries, including two double tons, and nine half-centuries. Born on August 8, 1940, in Margao, Goa, Sardesai made his test debut in December 1961 at Kanpur against England. [GT]


Jazz diva Belinda Oliveira is dead

Goa's jazz lovers have been plunged into gloom following the death of internationally renowned jazz artiste Belinda Oliveira on June 27. The daughter of accomplished jazz pianist, the late Remy Oliveira, Belinda lost the battle against cancer on Wednesday morning and breathed her last at a hospital in Dona Paula. Belinda, who had a great highway run at the jazz clubs in America, decided to give it all up just to be in Goa, in Candolim, to care for her father. However, she was soon truck with cancer and then began along drawn battle with the dreaded disease. [GT]

People Places and Things

MARKS 75TH ANNIVERSARYSCHOOL foundation on August 14th 1932

From Coastweek –

On August 14th 2007, the Sacred Heart School Mombasa (formerly the Goan School Mombasa) will mark its 75th anniversary since its foundation on August 14th 1932. This was one of the first schools to be established in Kenya and founded by the Goan Community Mombasa. It is therefore appropriate that the Goan Community, Mombasa, recognizes this milestone in its legacy of it's founding contribution to education and development in Mombasa.

A spokesman for the Mombasa Goan community observed:

"Memories of the days at Goan School stir lots of nostalgia about the vision, sacrifice, success and friendship in several persons of different faiths and cultures over a number of generations all over the world

"They say 'never forget where you came from', and so to commemorate this occasion the Goan Community Mombasa is organising a reunion of all ex-students teachers and friends of The Goan School - Sacred Heart School.

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Date: Tuesday, June 26 To: Tuesday, July 10
Zenzi 183, Waterfield Road
Bandra (w)

Zenzi presents an exhibition by Gynelle Alves from 21st June-10th July 2007

She is unable to pinpoint her 'inspiration' - sometimes it may have been emotion - sometimes it may have been too much wine. Deceptively simple at first, each painting reveals depth - of feeling, of experience. Whether it's the cheeky irreverence of 'Tabloid' or the comfortable aloofness of the backseat driver/ dream for the insomniac - or the raw exhaustion and pain of December.. angel wings worn - a history of faces leering at its fatigue... Gynelle says she didn't plan on the faces - they just arrived.

Excerpts from interview with Express India
For lovers of pop culture, there's a new kid in town. Mumbai girl Gynelle Alves, who studied art in Muscat, is holding a solo of doodles, sketches and illustrations in pen and ink, pencil and watercolour. The 29-year-old isn't new to the art scene, but the exhibition, on till July 6 at Zenzi, Bandra, is her first.

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 Goan Events in Canada - 2007 




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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Friday September 7th, 2007

Dr. Ribeiro Goan School

Class of 57

Celebrating 50 Years

57 Re-Union Banquet & Dance


Friday, SEPTEMBER 7, 2007

7:00 P.M.  1:00 A.M.

At The Sapphire Lounge

959 Derry Road E  Mississauga

(905) 256-6666

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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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Table A Combined Listing Of Our Events And Trips




Sunday July 15, 2007 Summer Picnic in the Park -
East (TEGSA) meets West (55PGA) Picnic.
Erindale Park., at Dundas and Mississauga Road.
Picnic Coordinator: Juliet Rebello 
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July 17, 2007 Variety Show Ale & Arty B Mississauga Seniors Centre – See Table B
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August 10, 2007 Bus Trip for Chinese Lantern Festival Ontario Place Click for Flyer
Sunday August 12, 2007 WOODBINE RACE TRACK, 555 Rexdale Blvd., Toronto See Table C
Tuesday August 21, 2007 Jambo Masala

Mississauga Seniors Centre – See Table B
3 day Coach Tour to WASHINGTON DC. Coach Tour See Table C
Sunday September 16 2007 PILGRIMAGE TO MARTYRS’ SHRINE, Midland, Ontario See Table C
September 18
Whist Drive
Mississauga Seniors Centre – See Table B
Saturday September 22 2007 Sundowner
Tex Mex Nite
Mississauga Seniors Centre – Details to follow
October 16
Thanksgiving Mississauga Seniors Centre – See Table B
November 20

Christmas Bazaar
Mississauga Seniors Centre – See Table B
Sat –Sun December
1-2 2007
December 18
Yuletide Meet
Mississauga Seniors Centre – See Table B
Details to follow
* date may change to Saturday 16

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


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

July 15

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

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Friday, September 7, 2007

Shrimp Curry Nite
Live Entertainment
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 Fernandes: (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes: (416) 927-0895
Gerry DaSilva: (416) 297-7218

Your association is undertaking a special project of collecting used Eye Glasses which will in turn be sent to the third world countries, through the Lions Club. Please bring your “discards” to this event.
Leo Braganza will co-ordinate this project

Friday, September 21, 2007

Games Nite
Bridge – Scrabble – Rummy – Carrom
Co-ordinators to form organized groups for various games required.
Cost: $6.00 (Members)
$8.00 (Guests)
A Snack plate will be served
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
To register, please call:
Vicki D’Souza: (416) 497-5111
Charles Fernandes: (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes: (416) 927-0895
Gerry DaSilva: (416) 297-7218

October 12th, 2007
at 6:30 pm

Commander Park Hall

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October 14th-16th, 2007



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Friday, October 26, 2007

Surprise Performance
To be announced

November 2nd,
6:30 pm

Mass for the Deceased Members and their Families.

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

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Sunday, November 4, 2007 BOWLING Extravaganza
Markham Bowling Centre
Cost: $15.00 (includes dinner)
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Games start at 6:00 p.m.
Co-ordinator: Charles Fernandes: (416) 286-8970

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Friday, November 16, 2007

Whist Drive
A Snack plate will be served
Cost: $6.00 (Members)
$8.00 (Guests)
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

To register, please call:
Vicki D’Souza: (416) 497-5111
Charles Fernandes: (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes: (416) 927-0895
Gerry DaSilva: (416) 297-7218

Friday, November 30, 2007

Yuletide Festivities – Choral Group in Attendance
Live Music – X’mas Bazaar
Authentic Goan Food and Sweets
Cost: $10.00 (Members)
$12.00 (Guests)
Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Your Executive invites you to do yet another good deed for the less fortunate. Please donate at least one food can of your choice, which will collectively be donated to the FOOD BANK, during the festive season.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Christmas Dance
St. Clement of Ohrid Banquet Hall
76 Overlea Boulevard
Cost: $40.00 (Members)
$45.00 (Guests)
Cocktails and Appertizers at 6:30 p.m.
Sit-down dinner at 7:30 p.m.

To register, please call:
Vicki D’Souza: (416) 497-5111
Charles Fernandes: (416) 286-8970
Joan Menezes: (416) 927-0895
Gerry DaSilva: (416) 297-7218

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


I Wish The G.O.A Would...

I wish the G.O.A. would organize a kid's 'play day' for families
I wish the G.O.A. would organize a mix and mingle in dowtown T.O.
I wish I knew more about the Goan heritage that I could pass along to my children
I wish I knew where other Goan seniors were living
What do you wish for?
Tell us at the G.O.A. Vision Workshop on Sunday July 8th (1-5pm)
R.S.V.P. today to Michelle Pereira at 
Valhalla Inn, 1 Valhalla Road (Burnamthorpe and Hwy 427) -
Refreshments will be served
Click here for complete on-line G.O.A. Vision Survey


Goan Soccer League - Inter Village Tournament

The under 20 FIFA Tournament is in full swing in Canada.

Those tired of watching TV can get a breath of fresh air watch Goan lads  tough it out for real at the 2007 Intervillage Games ( see

The games are played every Sunday from 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. There are 5 games per day. The games are being played at TCI (Thistletown Collegiate Institute). North of the 401 on Islington Ave. After passing Elmhurst Ave, turn left on Fordwich Rd. and the school is on your right. The ground is behind the school. Many older people make an outing of it and enjoy the games.

Health & Wellness

Do Not Call List Rules to Protect Consumers

OTTAWA, July 3 /CNW/ - Canada's national Do Not Call Registry inched closer to reality today as the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) announced the Do Not Call List ground rules.

Today's CRTC's decision was welcomed by consumer groups as it provides consumers with a reasonable outline of what to expect from Canada's Do Not Call list and allows the search for the operator of the list to go ahead. The list operator will register names on the list and collect fees from the telemarketing industry to pay for it. Consumers will not be charged to place their names on the Do Not Call list.

John Lawford, Counsel with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), stated, "Consumers have been waiting for this list for too long already but these rules are a reasonable compromise between consumers' right to be left alone and businesses' desires to sell services over the telephone. Hopefully we can get a list operator and get this going."

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Speeding And Alcohol Contribute To Weekend Traffic Fatalities

ORILLIA, ON, July 3 /CNW/ -
Of the six people who died on roads patrolled by the Ontario Provincial Police over the Canada Day Weekend, four, including one motorcyclist, were related to speeding; one person wasn't wearing a seatbelt and three were alcohol related. Over the same weekend last year, there were seven deaths on OPP-patrolled roads.

In addition, officers stopped three separate incidents of street racing, two on Highway 400 yesterday and four motorcycles that were travelling up to 200 kilometres per hour on the Queen Elizabeth Way in the Toronto area Friday. There have been 225 traffic deaths so far in 2007, up from 186 at the same time last year despite the fact the OPP has issued 21,986 more speeding tickets this year than in 2006.

"Drivers still don't seem to be getting the message," OPP Commissioner Julian Fantino said. "It's disconcerting and frustrating to see that some irresponsible individuals continue to ignore the rules of the road and put themselves and other motorists at risk.

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