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Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006, by Age and Sex
More seniors, fewer children

According to the 2006 Census, the number of people aged 65 and over increased by more than 446,700 compared with 2001 (+11.5%), topping the 4 million mark for the first time (4.3 million). This is nearly four times as many seniors as in the first quinquennial census in 1956.

Number of persons aged 65 years and over and number of children aged less than 15 years in the Canadian population, 1956 to 2016

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Decline Of The Greater Toronto Area's Standard Of Living : TD Economics

TORONTO, July 17 /CNW/ - A report published today by TD Economics states the relative decline of the Greater Toronto Area's standard of living against competing jurisdictions during the past five years poses a serious threat to the region's future prosperity ( Cohesive and coordinated action is required by all regional players, but future policies must be underpinned by efficiency and innovation rather than public money.

Among the GTA's challenges, co-authors Don Drummond and Derek Burleton cite:

- The region's eroding competitive position due to economic forces such as the rising dollar;
- The limited flexibility of the City of Toronto due to its structural deficit; and
- The rising number of low-income families among newcomers and the self-perpetuating cycles of poverty.

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India cap on OCI applications
Wednesday July 11 2007
Staff Report

The Indian consulate has placed a cap on the number of Overseas Citizenship of India applications it will receive daily in person.

"With effect from July 6, 2007, Consulate General of India, Toronto will accept only 45 OCI applications on first-come-first-serve basis on all working days between 0900 to 1100 hours," it said in a brief statement.

The consulate has already stopped receiving cash for its visa services.

The mission had earlier stated that with effect from June 18, 2007, only bank drafts, certified cheques or postal money orders would be accepted.

Under the OCI scheme, a registration certificate like an Indian passport, though in a different colour, is issued to the applicant.

A multiple entry, multi-purpose OCI 'U' (Universal) visa sticker is pasted on the applicant's foreign passport, complete with the applicant's photograph and all the other necessary security features.


Feds Must Reassess Immigration Consultants,
Says the Canadian Bar Association
July 11, 2007

OTTAWA-The Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) is not meeting its mandate to protect the public from unscrupulous immigration consultants, and the federal government is duty-bound to conduct a broad assessment of the regulation of such consultants, says the CBA.

A recent investigative series in the Toronto Star suggests that the regulatory scheme for immigration consultants, instituted in 2003, continues to fail the public.

In a letter to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Diane Finley, CBA President J. Parker MacCarthy, Q.C. called on the government to conduct a broad assessment of whether CSIC is meeting its mandate for the regulation of consultants.

"The federal government gave the imprimatur of legitimacy to CSIC through recognition of its members as 'authorized representatives' of those subject to the immigration or refugee process in Canada," wrote Mr. MacCarthy. "You cannot now disavow any responsibility for ensuring CSIC is performing its duty of protecting the public.

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Our 55+ PGA flew " South of the Border" !! - but in reality, was held at the Mississauga Seniors Centre, in Mississauga,on July l7th,2007. The much anticipated, Variety Show, featuring" MEL COLLIE" - on the Banjo/Uke and "JAY FRANCO" on the Violin/Keyboard, showed up in style to a thrilled & packed Audience!!

These 2 Canadian Icons put on a fantastic performance, staged at the Centre to a crowd of 122 members and out of town guests, from as far as Australia, namely, Mena and her husband Dams Carvalho, Stan Noronha's sister and husband ( who are here on their last lap of their holidays and were fortunate to have been present for the event.!! ).

Mel & Jay a dynamic duo that is in constant demand within the GTA and surrounding areas, loved by audiences everywhere for a relaxing, hilarious, toe-tapping and fun-filled entertaining show, thrilled the crowd to pieces! There was never a dull moment! It surely was "Hearty and "Enriching" and roused up some standing ovations with Jay doing a SOLO Violin performance of the famous "BLUE SPANISH EYES", " BRAZIL" & good old, "SOUTH OF THE BORDER" ,while Mel, resonated sounds off his Bango, as he harmonized great songs of the 20's. That reverence was infectious and got the misty-eyed crowd to do some "toe-tapping" and clapping to the good old numbers, like "YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE" & DAYO - "TILL I COME AN ME WANNA GO HOME"!!

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As seniors we are not supposed to be having such a good time. But we have been as TEGSA has introduced a new concept to senior entertainment. They have moved on from the basic bingo sessions and whist games to some INGENIOUS and more interesting forms of entertainment. Of course Bingo is also held but it is not the only form of entertainment…………..

Friday, June 22nd was no exception as members were treated to an “END OF SEASON BLAST” which featured a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Tributes to stars like Tom Jones,,Engelbert Humperdinck and Elvis’ 1968 Comeback Special were all presented on a big screen. These were live performances by our favourite stars captured on DVD.
All we had to do was sit back, relax and enjoy the swinging hits of yesteryear.

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George Pinto's visit to Toronto
Kevin Saldanha
Mon Jul 9 04:44:02 PDT 2007

The punctuality of the chief guest was in stark contrast to the 'sussegadh' arrival of his hosts, the GoaNetters Association of Toronto (GNAT), at Mad Hatters Pub in Mississauga. Goa Sudharop's George Pinto, in town to celebrate a family wedding, had to order his own beer and nuts wondering whether he was at the right location at 1:00pm on July 1st, 2007!

However, Canada Day revelers arrived in quick succession which kept George from quaffing off his first brew of the afternoon. By 1:30pm most of the score of invitees had arrived which allowed me to start off with a round of introductions of those present and gave them an opportunity to say a few words about themselves. There was a representative sampling of the Goan (predominantly Catholic) diaspora in attendance and all were eager to hear George speak. After spending a few minutes on introductions (check out the link to the photoshow at the end of this article to see how many names from the list you can associate with the faces :-) around the room we had a chance to learn a little more about Prof. Pinto and what makes him tick.

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Common ground
By George Abraham

I was rather surprised to read last month that Canadians have barely changed their minds on “multiculturalism” over the last 17 years. Roughly 60 per cent of them do not approve of it, expecting immigrants to gradually become like them in habits and values. The rest say they are willing to make an effort to better understand new immigrants. These findings come from Ipsos Reid’s latest survey of about 1,000 Canadians across the country on their attitudes toward immigrants. The pollster first conducted a similar study in 1990, and at least on the topic of multiculturalism, there is little that has changed over this period. The fact that Canada virtually invented the idea of “multiculturalism” appears to have made little difference to the average taxpayer.

Six in 10 Canadians want to see “minority groups change to be more like the rest of Canadians,” while the rest want “Canadians as a whole to try and accept minority groups and their customs and languages.” Clearly, the majority have a problem with the way “multiculturalism” is being practised today. However, paradoxically, 82 per cent still swear by the policy, affirming that “Canada’s multicultural make-up is one of the best things about Canada.”

This suggests a misunderstanding about what “multiculturalism” stands for, treating it as a reflection of reality, i.e., that Canadians are drawn from various cultural perspectives, not just the French and English. There is also perhaps a healthy dose of realism, which might ask, “Even if we asked immigrants to become like the rest of us, what does that mean?”

By way of response, I recommend the recently published The Unfinished Canadian written by a Carleton University professor (who was also my research adviser) Andrew Cohen. The book categorizes this country’s peoples into eight groups — the Hybrid Canadian, the Observed Canadian, the Unconscious Canadian, the American Canadian, the Casual Canadian, the Capital Canadian, the Chameleon Canadian and the Future Canadian! Which one would be the model for immigrants to follow?

The search for common ground will always be a work in progress, but there is another element of the survey that should be a pressing concern. Canadians who have little education appear to have a more negative attitude to immigrants, feel that newcomers ask for equality rights too soon after arrival, demand that fewer immigrants be admitted every year and are convinced that newcomers are taking away jobs from Canadians. Further, they want immigrants to adopt Canadian ways and are convinced that Canada is changing too quickly in a vain attempt to accommodate its minorities.

Their anxiety may be misplaced and “multiculturalism” may be nothing more than a good idea whose time has passed. But the survey conveys an overall good story: that Canadians continue to see themselves as an immigrant people and that it matters little when you have arrived.

George Abraham writes from Ottawa. Email him at

News Clips from Goa


PANJIM: Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar, on July 17, 2007, called for arresting the inflow of population into the state, warning that an addition of two to three lakh of persons would put severe pressure on the state's infrastructure. "I am not against people coming in from other states to settle here, but we should not create siutations that will facilitate it. A population of 15 lakh for our state is enough. We must not allow it to reach 20 lakh. Even another 2-3 lakh rise in population will put Goa in trouble," he said. Parrikar made the remarks while referring to the mention of Special Economic Zone for Goa in the government's budget proposals, which he said would create a huge job market that the Goan population would not be able to cater to.
Parrikar also criticised the state budget on every aspect, stating that it would not benefit either the farmer, the common man or the youth. He said the state government's indiscriminate borrowings was pushing the state into a debt trap and also questioned uncontrolled revenue expenditure. [GT]


India to grow @ 9.4 per cent in '07-08

MUMBAI: India's economy should expand by 9.4 per cent this financial year, higher than official estimates, though inflation and interest rates were likely to rise too, a senior economist with Credit Suisse said. [GT]


PhD in Sociology to Gonsalves

Goa University has awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology to Jeanette Gonsalves from Dona Paula, for her thesis entitled "Food and Foodways in Transition" (A Socio-Cultural Study of Domestic dining in Goa). Dr Jeanette Gonsalves is a visiting Faculty in VM Salgaocar's College of Law at Miramar. [GT]


Blood Donation Drive at Siolim

SIOLIM: The Social Action Committee in continuation of the Siolim Parish Centenary Celebrations organised a blood donation drive this morning at St Anthony’s Community Hall, wherein over 40 Siolkars – Catholic and Hindu – participated by donating their blood. The blood donation programme was organised in collaboration with the Goa state branch of the Indian Red Cross Society with active assistance by the medical staff of the Goa Medical College.
Dr Sachin Govekar, Health Officer of the Siolim Primary Health Centre, while inaugurating the camp, said that it was the first of its kind in the village. Dr Govekar said that it will go a long way in creating awareness among the general public as well as encouraging donors since blood donation is an ideal gift to society.
Dr Clare D’Mello of Blood Bank, GMC, social workers Rio Couto, Laad and Anna Maria Fialho assistant at the camp, in which it was heartening to see excellent response from women, because as many as 14 women/girls figured among the 40-odd donors. [GoaNewsClips]


Overstaying Kenyan remanded

Kenyan national, Boz Francis, who was arrested from Calangute for overstaying, has been remanded to three days police custody. Crime Branch said that from among the four Nigerians arrested earlier for overstaying, Orjiude C Innocent has been remanded to further three days police custody, while the remaining three – Festus Ibe, Joseph Ikwuze and Antonio Jorge Monteiro Silva – have been sent to judicial custody till Saturday. [H]


Goa's Own Little Palace

Quepem, the taluka and the town of South Goa, is a perfect example of Goa's real identity. Amid its lush green vegetation, open fields and small houses, is a small palace that echoes the bygone era. It is the house of the Dean of the church and founder of Quepem town, Jose Paulo de Almeida. Jose Paulo built it in 1780 for his occasional stay at a 'farm house', but later it was termed as Palacio do Deao. This 1,100 sq mt, 15-room house is surrounded by landscaped gardens. When you enter this house you come across a small chapel. Jose Paulo not only constructed this house and church, but also developed the town of Quepem. In 1825, Jose Paulo presented it to the Viceroys of India-Portuguesa to spend their holidays, so that they could preserve the house he had founded. [Arti Das, GT]


Ban sought on Ganesh idols made of Plaster of Paris

PANAJI, July 18:
The Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation today passed a resolution supporting ban on the import and sale of Ganesh idols made of Plaster of Paris, in Goa, this year and further decided to recommend the same to the government. [NT]


Lovers take to temples

Many young couples in Ponda have found an unusual venue to indulge in amorous activities - temples. Temples have become ideal sites for a rendezvous, as many of them are located at isolated spots in Ponda taluka. But the growing interest in temples for hedonistic rather than religious reasons has peeved a number of poojaris of their respective temples. This is a new set of problems confronting the Ponda police, which has been overburdened and over-stretched, given its large jurisdiction. [H]


'Global Goan Children Art Competition'

Friends of Goa and Global Goan Associations, in partnership with Gallery Attic, Goa, announced the Global Goan Children Art Competition 2007 to celebrate World Goa Day commemorated on August 20 worldwide. The art competition is a first-of-its-kind art event which will be held simultaneously in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Africa, Macau, Portugal, Brazil, Pakistan and India in an effort to assimilate and create awareness for young global Goans towards environment and cultural preservation of Goa. Contact Ethel da Costa (Over-all Global Coordinator)  [GT]


Oberoi Hotel Named Best In The World!
Monday, 16 July 2007

India's Oberoi Group has scored a first by receiving top honours in the prestigious Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2007 readers' survey.
The Oberoi Udaivilas, the luxury hotel in Udaipur, has been ranked the best hotel in the world with the highest overall score of 94.36.
This recognition for The Oberoi Group is acknowledged as one of the most revered rankings in the international travel industry.
In the same survey, The Oberoi Amarvilas, Agra has been ranked the 10th best hotel in the world and The Oberoi Rajvilas, Jaipur has been rated the 11th best hotel in the world.
Nancy Novogrod, editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure said, "This year's results underline Travel + Leisure readers' ever-increasing embrace of global travel in their search for distinctive and authentic experiences. The extraordinary rise of India among the top hotels and resorts in the world is one sure reflection of this tendency, with The Oberoi Udaivilas ranking number one hotel in the world, and The Oberoi Amarvilas and The Oberoi Rajvilas coming in at 10 and 11 overall."
P R S Oberoi, chairman, The Oberoi Group said, "I am happy and proud that an Oberoi hotel has been ranked the best in the world. This is a significant landmark for Indian tourism and will further encourage tourists to visit the country". The Oberoi Group operates 32 properties in five countries.


Death: Delfina (Daphne) Faria

10 Jul: Hounslow, UK. DELFINA (DAPHNE) FARIA (ex Nairobi). Widow of the late Peter Faria. Mother/mother-in-law of Juliet and John, Diogo and Lucia, Debbie and Kenny and Wenceslaus. Grandmother of Jacqui, Jonathan, Andrew, Adrian, Cassandra and Kimberley. Great grandmother to Tanya, Nathan, Julia, Ellen, Isaiah and Matthew The funeral will be held on Thu. 19 Jul. at 10.00 am at Sts Michael and Martin RC Church, 94 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EH. Condolences to 


Death: Tony Alvares

12 Jul: Wembley, UK. TONY ALVARES (ex Nairobi). Beloved husband of Joanita; father of Estella and Enrico/Alison; grandfather to Benj, Poppy and Imogen. Brother of Olga, Peter, the late Augie, James and George. Condolence to  or
Mervyn Maciel wrote in Goa Today, May 2006: In the realms of classical music in Kenya, one name that stands out like a beacon is that of a much-talented Goan - Tony Alvares . When he was 8 years old he was sent to musical classes armed with a home-made violin made by the village carpenter . In the UK, he has travelled extensively with the Royal Ballet and Scottish Opera . The photo shows Tony playing the violin at the 80th birthday celebrations of A.J. (Oboe) Noronha (Jan 2003).


Death: "Mai" Lobo

13 Jul: Toronto. HILARINA VICTORINA LOBO. (aged 95, ex-Silolim, Goa & Nairobi, Kenya). Loving wife of the late Julius. Dear mother of Angela/Sydney, Jacob/Lynn, and Alex/Bridget. All knew her affectionately “Mai”. She will be remembered for her devotion, her kindness and her feistiness. Funeral Mass held at St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga on Tue July 17. Interment at Springcreek Cemetery.

People Places and Things

Latest Goan Treasure
Domnic's Goa A nostalgic romp through a bygone era

By Domnic P. F. Fernandes

Released: April 27, 2007 - Kala Academy, Black Box, Campal, Panaji, Goa
Publisher: Abbe Faria Productions
Foreword: Placido P. D'Souza
Illustrations: Domnic Cordo
Edited & typeset: Frederick Noronha
Designer: Cecil Pinto
Printer: Rama Harmalkar
ISBN 978-81-904640-0-0
247 pages, Rs 350

Domnic Peter Francis Fernandes is the Internet's find. Since 2003, when he began penning his thoughts in cyberspace, he never quite stopped.

What would you say when a man in his fifties, busy at work in the hot desert sands of Saudi Arabia, suddenly discovers his talent to jot down amazingly detailed pen-portraits of the Goa that was half-a-century ago?

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Swinging To Time "An Evening of Portugese Fado"
Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

It felt just like you were sitting in a café in Goa – and while you listened to some soulful traditional Fado, your eyes sailed beyond the Arabian Sea and washed at the shores of Portugal.

And there in a country house circled by olive groves, a radio sings wistfully about love, amar and longing, saudade.

Five Goan singers and musicians — Sonia Shirsat, Miguel, Chantale and Franz Schubert Cotta and Carlos Manuel Meneses — accompanied by Bangalore School of Music’s Dinesh K. and Nikhil George performed at “An Evening of Portugese Fado” organised by the Alliance Francaise, Bangalore School of Music, Orient Foundation, Embassy of Portugal and Cicade de Goa Resort.

Fado or destiny or fate is said to have found its musical roots in 1820 Portugal and from the cities of Lisbon and Coimbra, two separate genres sprouted.

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Black: Braz de Parra composes songs with danceable beat riffs
By Gasper Crasto, Kuwait

• Eccentric lyrics define soundtracks of 'BLACK'

Kuwait July 16, 2007: Music is the most beautiful of arts. And when music is entwined with words, it becomes a perfect melody. The association between a popular film and emotion is a long-established part of the lore of Indian cinema, for filmmakers and fans alike. Running alongside this, and indeed long preceding it, is an equally entrenched association between lyrics, music and emotion.

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It was a "HOT" "HOT" "HOT" Summer's day on July l5th 2007 when our 55 Plus Goan Association and Tegsa members took full advantage of the glorious "Sultry" summer weather to share a family day picnic at Erindale Park in Mississauga. Members came out in full force and they not only brought their Lawn chairs, but their "SING-A-LONG- VOICES TOO!!"

The setting was Unique! This park, located in Central Mississauga, nestled along the Historic Credit River, is a special setting of Lush green trees and green shrubs, which added an enchanting element to the musical sounds of the 55+ PGA CD's that were played. at intervals at the site!. Hence, it was easy to find the spot, as, thanks to John DeSouza, our Communications Co-ordinator, who obtained the Power Pack (sound system), which led people easily to our spot!. We were pretty lucky to have gotten a beautiful spot that provided "SHADY RELIEF" under the shelter! This spot depicted a special place where History, Nature, Beauty, Peace and Tranquillity blended together to create an enjoyable "outdoor" experience!

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Toronto News: Goa Amigos Performs at South Asian Festival, Rogers Masala! Mehndi! Masti!
Dated 2007-07-16

Goa Amigos Performs at South Asian Festival, Rogers Masala! Mehndi! Masti! Sunday, July 29, Mainstage:

Mississauga based Goa Amigos is one of Canada’s leading Indo- Goan bands. Their music style possesses a versatile mix of traditional Goan folk to a more modern 90’s dance feel. The band well known for its versatility to perform in various languages such as English, Hindi, Konkani, Arabic and Portuguese comprises of 5 proficient and accomplished musicians from Goa with their own unique styles. Selwyn Collaco on rhythm guitar & vocals, Victor Rodrigues on Lead guitar & vocals, Richard Heynes on drums & vocals, Lawry Rodrigues on keyboards & vocals and Alex Heynes on bass & vocals .

Goa Amigos along with the dynamic dance troupe- Malaikas presenting Goan culture in all its multicultural glory - carnival time along with some traditional goan folk & masala on MMM's mainstage.

The fabulous presentation will consist of music and dance that is from Goa, a first at M!M!M!.

The band is also slated to perform in Mississauga on August 12th. 2 pm at Mississauga's Civic Centre outdoor stage



Friends of Goa and Global Goan Associations, in partnership with Gallery Attic, Goa, India, announce the `Global Goan Children Art Competition 2007' to celebrate World Goa Day commemorated on August 20 worldwide.

The Art competition is a first-of-its-kind art event which will be held simultaneously in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, Africa, Macau, Portugal, Brazil, Pakistan and India in an effort to assimilate and create awareness for young global Goans towards environment and cultural preservation of Goa. The art competitions will be held and coordinated in each country by Goan Associations on the theme: Environment and Culture Preservation of Goa.

Competition will be judged in 7-14 years category in mixed media formats. Three winners will then be decided by an eminent panel of judges, while the final exhibition of winning entries of all participating countries will be held at Casa de Goa, Lisbon. Last date for submission of entries will be August 30. Participants are requested to take note of the following:

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Here is your chance to gain the recognition you deserve for all your hard work and commitment!
You know the monetary benefit a scholarship can bring, but that’s not where it ends. Just look at how future employers might perceive a scholarship recipient:

“Once a student (obtains) a scholarship, potential employers will be very impressed when they read the resumes of these students. The reason for this is because the students showed responsibility and discipline by being able to get the loan. An applicant who obtained … a scholarship is highly respected in the eyes of most potential employers. Scholarships are not easy to get, and this is why they are so valuable.” Exforsys Inc.

The G.O.A. is awarding up to $1000 in scholarships for your achievements during the September 2006 to May 2007 academic year. Please see attached for more details on eligibility and the application process, or visit our website at You may have questions, and if you do please feel free to contact me at

Lydia Fernandes
G.O.A. Career & Education Coordinator


 Goan Events in Canada - 2007 





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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Sept 10-15, 2007

St. Mary's School, Mazagon, Bombay

Reunion in Toronto Ex students are coming from All over North America, Australia, UK, Europe and India for the functions.

Contact :
Desmond : 9055021629 or
Cecil : 9056558007
for reservations.

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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




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.

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

Health & Wellness

Keeping your kids from getting bored thi summer
Harpreet Kaur Dhaliwal is a social worker. She can be reached at tel: 416-892-7362.

Tuesday July 17 2007

With summer already here, I am sure many parents are listening to their kids say: "I am bored, I have nothing to do..." and so on and so forth, over and over again.
Most parents might say, "What do you mean you're bored? You have so many toys to play with." But the kids still say the same thing-- "But I'm still bored..."
At this point perhaps parents feel angry and frustrated.
Most parents find themselves in this situation because they don't plan for weekdays in summer. The children may be right about getting bored. They have neither the village to play in nor do they have the trees to climb on or the river nearby where they can just go and dive in.
We live in a very structured society, and so do our children. Summer camps can be expensive, and we may be able to afford to send our kids to such camps for only one or two weeks-- but what about the rest of the summer?
This is where I suggest planning for summer holidays should be given a priority. Here are some of the things you can do at home with your children:

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