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Statcan Study: Earnings inequality and earnings instability of immigrants in Canada

Immigrants move more frequently from one job to another, or have part-time or temporary jobs. As they gain experience in Canada, immigrants are likely to find more stable employment. The study, "Earnings inequality and earnings instability of immigrants in Canada," published in Statistics Canada's Analytical Studies Research Paper Series, provides further insights into the changing fortunes of immigrants in Canada by focusing on the volatility of their earnings.

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5 Million Canadians Are Visible Minorities: Statscan
One in five Canadians will be visible minority by 2017
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
The Canadian Press

The number of visible minorities in Canada has surpassed the five million mark for the first time the census history, as a new wave of immigrants from Asia is changing the face of Canada at a staggering rate, Statistics Canada says. According to new census data released Wednesday, visible minorities now comprise more than 16 per cent of the total population.Their numbers skyrocketed by 27 per cent between 2001 and 2006, more than five times the previous increase of 5.4 per cent.

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RBC Says Ontario Economy On The Cusp Of A Recession

TORONTO, April 3 /CNW/ - According to the latest provincial forecast released today by RBC, the heavy drag from Ontario's trade sector will see the province teeter on the brink of recession, delivering sub-1 per cent growth for 2008, followed by a modest improvement of 1.9 per cent for 2009. "The nationwide hit to Canada's exports will disproportionately affect Ontario because of both its heavy reliance on U.S. demand for its products as well as the unfavourable composition of those exports that are largely focused on automotive and forestry sector goods," said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, RBC. "Ontario's exports to the U.S. account for roughly 84 per cent of total exports and about 40 per cent of provincial GDP."

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Is Our Immigration Act in Need of Reform?
Posted on: 31 March 2008 by Sahar Deshmukh

The Conservative government has recently proposed changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, which was introduced by the Liberals in 2002. Considering that Canada currently has a backlog of 900,000 applications waiting to be processed, many would say that the Canadian Immigration Act should be revised. The government wants to speed up the process and get more immigrants into the country faster. The new changes would allow the government to reject a would-be immigrant who has already been approved by the immigration officers. It will allow the government to limit the number of immigration applications Canada accepts. It will also set limits on what type of immigrants can enter Canada each year.

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YWCA Toronto Challenges Changes To Immigration And Refugee Protection Act

TORONTO, April 2 /CNW/ - YWCA Toronto joins with concerned Canadians everywhere to challenge the federal government on its proposed changes to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. We agree that the backlog needs to be adequately dealt with. As part of the immigrant and refugee serving sector YWCA has advocated for this to happen for years. But a solution to this breakdown in the system should not give the Minister a blank cheque to use unprecedented powers that would create uncertainty and leave Canada's immigration system open to arbitrariness and direct political influence.

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Immigration 'small benefit' to UK
Excerpts from BBC NEWS

Record levels of immigration have had "little or no impact" on the economic well-being of Britons, an influential House of Lords committee has said. It says competition from immigrants has had a negative impact on the low paid and training for young UK workers, and has contributed to high house prices. The peers want a limit on immigration levels - a view backed by the Tories.

Minister Liam Byrne says migration has added £6bn to the economy and a points system is preferable to a cap. In their report, The Economic Impact of Immigration, the peers said the government "should have an explicit target range" for immigration and set rules to keep within that limit.

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Vatican: World Has Greater Number Of Muslims Than Catholics
4/1/2000 - By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

"For the first time in history, we're no longer at the top. The Muslims have surpassed us," Msgr. Formenti

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - A Vatican official said that, for the first time, the world's Muslim population is greater than the number of Catholics.  Msgr. Vittorio Formenti, who heads the Vatican's statistics office, said the shift was the result of larger families among Muslims. According to statistics at the end of 2006, Muslims now represent 19.2 percent of the world population, while Catholics represent 17.4 percent, he said.  "For the first time in history, we're no longer at the top. The Muslims have surpassed us," Msgr. Formenti said in an interview March 30 with the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.

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The Ideal Family
By Joseph Sinasac - 9/26/2007
The Catholic Register

Just as Canadians were waking up to discover that for the first time in history married couples were in the minority earlier this month, they were also reminded of what they had lost. The words came from Pope Benedict XVI, and they were the epitome of common sense. In remarks to Slovak ambassador Jozef Dravecky on Sept. 13, the pope had some comments on the value of the family – the family that Catholics know of as man and woman, married, and, with good fortune, in many cases children.

“The family is the nucleus in which a person first learns human love and cultivates the virtues of responsibility, generosity and fraternal concern. Strong families are built on the foundation of strong marriages. Strong societies are built on the foundation of strong families. Indeed, all civic communities should do what they can to promote economic and social policies that aid young married couples and facilitate their desire to raise a family.”

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Faster immigration sound Harper goal
The Edmonton Journal
Thursday, April 03, 2008

There are a least a couple of things all of us might agree on in the emotionally charged immigration file. One, there is a massive backlog of applications, even if some are essentially duplicate submissions.

As of December, an estimated 900,000 prospective new Canadians were waiting for a decision. Secondly, there is a pressing need -- especially in Alberta -- for skilled and, to some degree, unskilled workers in this land. Recent figures indicating the second straight quarter of net migration away from this province -- which hasn't happened in 18 years -- is a sobering statistic.

Yes, training Canadians and landed immigrants to meet current and future labour demands must remain a top priority. But the actuarial tables are quite clear. We simply must look outside the country for newcomers to sustain our prosperity and strengthen our future.

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News Clips from India

India-Africa Farm Ties Can Feed Entire World: Unido Chief
Indo Asian News ServiceThu, Apr 10 05:39 PM

New Delhi, April 10 (IANS) India-Africa ties in agriculture have the potential to feed the entire world, especially in the current global context of rising prices and stagnant productivity, the chief of a UN agency has said. 'A collaboration between India and African countries can create granaries for the entire world,' said Kandeh K. Yumkella, director-general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (Unido).

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Pakistanis get democracy, but have no roti
ANIThu, Apr 10 06:35 PM

Islamabad, Apr 10 (ANI): Wheat production in Pakistan is likely to plummet as farmers will be cultivating less of the grain after fertilizers' cost soared in that country. According to the country's Ministry of Agriculture, the production of wheat in the country would be at 22 million metric tons, two million tons less that its October estimate. The usage of fertilizer in the country has dropped drastically with a 44 per cent rise in its prices.

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India GDP growth to drop to 7.9% in 2008: IMF
BS Reporter / New Delhi April 09, 2008

Weaker demand for Indian exports and higher financing costs will lead to a deceleration in India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth rate to 7.9% in 2008, according to International Monetary Fund (IMF). The Fund, in its latest World Economic Outlook, said GDP growth in 2009 would be 8%. GDP grew at a scorching 9.6% in 2006-07, and is expected to moderate to 8.7% in 2007-08.

The IMF also revised downwards its January estimate for global growth to 3.7% for 2008 from 4.2%. It has also projected that growth in China will moderate to 9.3% in 2008 from 11.4% in 2007.

The IMF now sees a 25% chance that global growth will drop to 3% or less in 2008 and 2009.
Highly skilled Indians score a win in U.K.

Old scheme under which thousands came to U.K. cannot be altered
“Such changes amount to abuse of power”

London: Highly skilled Indian workers in the United Kingdom on Tuesday won a landmark judgment when the High Court ruled that it was “not open to the government to alter the terms and conditions” of an old scheme under which thousands of such employees came to Britain.

Upholding the revision petition filed by the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP) Forum against retrospective changes effected to the HSMP in November 2006, the judgment said: “The old scheme constituted an integrated and entire programme.”

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Julio Ribeiro conferred with Dadabhai Naoroji award
NT Staff Reporter
Panaji, April 8 -posting from Goanet

His exemplary example of probity in public life has earned the former Mumbai commissioner of police, Mr J F Ribeiro the Dadabhai Naoroji Memorial Award for 2008. The award function took place at yesterday evening at the Seth Walchand Hirachand Hall, Churchgate, Mumbai.

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Catholic Church In India Facing Shortage Of Nuns
2 Apr 2008, 1151 hrs IST,PTI

KOCHI: Catholic church in India is facing an increasing shortage of aspirants to convent life, with girls preferring more worldly professions, church authorities feel. "Consumer culture seems to have overtaken the young girls who are no longer challenged by the call of ascetic life," says Father Paul Thelekat, Church spokesperson. Women congregations in the country are no more getting enough vocations from urbanised areas of Kerala. But there are enough vocations to priesthood, Father Thelekat said.

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Hinduism Book Seeks To Dispel Myths
March 14, 2008


As many Hindu parents in America and Canada know too well, you just cannot be prepared for all the questions your child has to face in the school. Questions like: Why do Hindus worship the cow? Are Hindu Gods always married to many women? Why do Hindus worship idols? And then there are endless questions about what Americans call the dot. Not to forget questions about the Hindu pantheon of gods.

The parents' answers and explanations are often not satisfactory to the children -- or, for that matter, to the parents themselves. Often the parents ask someone in the community, who has commanding knowledge of Hinduism, for answers or seek the help of a Hindu scholar, or in libraries.

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There's No Marketplace Like Home
Excerpt from: http://www.rediff.com/money/2008/apr/09ft2.htm
Amy Yee | April 09, 2008

While he was living in New York several years ago, Sankarson Banerjee tried to convince his mother in Kolkata to replace her broken television. But the process was too intimidating for his mother. So during a trip home, Mr Banerjee went to a store and bought her one himself. The experience of buying products for family back home is familiar to millions of Indians living overseas. Mr Banerjee was convinced that the shopping process could be far smoother and faster. "If I'm only in India for seven days, there is no time to do research. I don't know where to buy things in Kolkata. I don't even know Kolkata any more."

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Feeling sorry for Indian hockey?
GOANVOICE-UK http://goanvoice.org.uk
Newsletter. Issue 2008-14. April. 03, 2008

Feeling sorry for Indian hockey? Start rooting for Canada at Beijing 14 Mar: Indian Express. Players of Indian-origin make half the Canadian Olympic hockey team, say India lacks game infrastructure -- Wayne Fernandes and Ken Pereira trace their roots to Goa. The support staff too has a heavy Indian presence , coach Louis Mendonca is from Goa, 686 words. Click here.
Italian Navy Admiral Has Goan Roots.

Rinaldo Veri, Rear Admiral in the Italian Navy visits Bombay 28 Mar: Express India. Rear Admiral and Commander of the Italian Frontline Maritime Forces, Rinaldo Veri's mother was a Pinto from Goa, he says and she taught at St Anne's School, Bombay. His father had emigrated from Italy to Bombay to set up a barber shop … He was born in Bombay in 1952 and attended Campion School there … As a Rear Admiral he has 22 ships under his command  Rinaldo Veri's mother was Leena Pinto (ex-Margao).

For a brief profile click here

News Clips from Goa

Goa Sulks For Being Left Out
PANAJI, Apr 6: The decision of the Congress high command and the Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh, not to induct any of the Goan members of Parliament in the cabinet during the reshuffle of the Union cabinet carried out today in New Delhi has taken the state Congress by surprise. The Congressmen had been expecting either of the two Goan MPs to be include in the cabinet but the decision of the party leadership to ignore the claim of the state has surprised them. [NT]


Britons Drown At Goan Resort
A British man and woman have drowned off the coast of Goa.

Stanley Horne and Liesel Smith died on Sunday (April 6, 2008) at the resort of Morjim.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We can confirm that two British nationals drowned at Morjim beach in Goa on April 6." The pair, who were both from Dover, Kent, were close friends who had met when they worked as nurses in the same hospital.

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The Caste System in Goa
By Vinayak Khedekar

Understanding the castes, sub-castes and inner groups of Goan society in Hindu fold is a complicated task. In ancient times the divisions where based on traditional occupation. But in a course of history it changed and was based on birth into a particular family. Once it adhered, is continued forever. The field study has discovered at least fifty castes and a number of sub-castes, based on hereditary occupation, that exist in Goa traditionally.The Vedic and mythological sources describes a four-fold system, that is Brahman- knowledge, Kshtriya-bravery, Vaishya-economy and Shudra-the toiling mass.


Pomburpa Summer Camp takes off with a bang
POMBURPA: Known for its famed "Pomburpechem fest" and the ideal picnic spot - Pomburpa spring - the east Bardez village seems to have turned a new leaf, and it has begun the refreshing process with the 'Serula: Son of the Soil Project" for children. It is a summer camp meant for the students of St Elizabeth High School but one with a vast difference in the sense that within a couple of days of its commencement, the enthusiastic students have already returned the Pomburpa spring area to its pristine beauty and clean surroundings, which even the tourism department had failed for do for nearly a decade.

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Leopards on the prowl in Chandor, Paroda
CHANDOR: Leopards are once again on the prowl in the hills bordering the villages of Chandor and Paroda. In the latest incident, a pedigree dog was rescued by a youngster from the jaws of the leopard. Parkash Ooli from Nepal, working for John Douglas Coutinho in Chandor, had taken the five Weimaraner dogs for their regular exercise on the hillock, when a leopard lurking in the bushes grabbed one of the dogs. The young Prakash pelted stoned at the leopard and subsequently hit it with a wooden staff. [GT]


Parish priest assaulted, Quepem explodes
MARGAO: Tilamol-Quepem was tense, following an alleged assault on the local parish priest by two siblings from Kusmon-Quepem on April 4 morning. The incident triggered a spontaneous rasta-roko by the locals whose ire was roused following reports of an assault on the parish priest Fr Lucio Dias. The villagers were also incensed over the considerable delay by the police in arresting the accused duo of Evangelicio D'Costa and his brother Joe. The accused run a photo-copy-cum-STD booth at the local church Fabrica building in Tilamol. The shop had been leased by the Fabrica to Adelina Cardozo from Zambaulim, who in turn had illegally sublet it to Evangelicio. Fr Dias claimed that Cardozo had failed to renew the contract with the Fabrica despite constant reminders. This had forced Fr Dias, who is the Fabrica president, to paste a note on the shutter of the shop asking Evangelicio to contact him and at the same time, locked the shutter early in the week hours of April 4.

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Noted writer Zito no more
MARGAO, Apr 4: Well-known writer and author Zito Almeida passed away in a city hospital here after a brief illness. He was 70 and is survived by his wife, three daughters and a son. Hailing from Banda, Assolna, Almeida was a highly respected writer for around five decades. He was honoured with Dalgado Konkani Academy award instituted in the name of Fr Freddy D'Costa, for excellence in journalism in 2006. He also received the Konkani Bhasha Mandal and Goa Konkani Academy awards for his rich contribution to Konkani language. [H]


Alive in the ancestry of faith
Curtorim has been a fortress of faith for many years. Initially, the village refused to accept Christianity. But an Italian Jesuit priest, Fr Vespesiano Bonamici, is said to have fortified the faith in Curtorim. Curtorim was probably one of the last villages to have adopted Christianity, but it is definitely a pioneer in generosity since the church was the first to be built with public contribution. The first Christians of the village are said to be the three Poi brothers. The priest, who baptised them, gave them his own family name. Ha Poi was christened Emmanuel da Costa and his wife was named Maria. St Alex Church is one of the oldest churches to have been built in Goa. The church was built in 1597 and rebuilt in 1647. [Colin Savio Coelho, GT]


PORVORIM: The Closing Ceremony of the Silver Jubilee Year of Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr (TSKK) was held at TSKK premises on 28 March evening. Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrão of Goa Archdiocese was the chief guest, and Premanand Lotlikar, President of Dalgado Konknni Akademi; Purnanand Chari, President of Konknni Bhasha Mandal, Margão; Wilson Mazarello convenor of Roman Lipi Action Front; Eric Ozario, President of Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy and Fr Anthony da Silva, S.J. the Jesuit Provincial of Goa Province, were guests of honour.

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Traditional Goan mansions get another admirable dimension in the beautiful paintings of Akeru Barros-Pereira. Her ongoing exhibition (April 2-6) titled "Houses of Goa 2", held at the Kala Academy's art gallery, depicts a number of traditional Goan houses from Cansaulim in South Goa. The Japanese writer of comics claims that she desired to do something for her husband's ancestral village. The theme she chose aptly for her enchanting paintings has been inspired by local houses which are nestled in lusty greenery.



Moraes, Paul (June 29,1949 - April 10, 2008) - A memorial service is being offered by EVA MORAES, HIPO, LEO & GEORGE for their loving son/brother PAUL who passed away peacefully on Thursday,April l0th ,2008. Mass will be celebrated by FR DAVID KIYINGI on Friday, April 25th at 7:00PM at the NATIVITY OF OUR LORD PARISH located at 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke, Ontario. A Reception will be held in the Church Hall immediately after the Mass.

People Places and Things

Baton Change at Toronto East Goan Seniors Association
A.G.M elects new Executive

The apprehensions of the TEGSA Executive turned out to be unfounded on Sunday, March 30, 2008, when 70+ members showed up to form the quorum needed for the meeting. Association formed in 2004, has 600 paid up members, and is still growing with many from all parts of the Greater Toronto Area, and adjoining cities.

In his speech of welcome, outgoing President, Al Andrade said ;

” It is really very gratifying to see so many members present this afternoon, which obviously demonstrates the interest you have in the welfare of our Association and also, if I may say, the confidence you have in your Executive”

He also noted ;
” Once again during the year, we organized some very creative activities which were well received and appreciated by the members. Thank you for your support and the confidence we enjoyed. ..”

He thanked the City of Toronto for their continued support of the Seniors Association. The City has allowed TEGSA to have our bi-monthly social gatherings at Commander Park. The Association has established rapport with city officials and can look forward to building on this relationship.

He concluded his address saying :
“ As I have always said, I had a privilege of working with an Executive that is second to none. I wish to thank them most sincerely for their commitment and perseverance. I would also like to thank their spouses and their families for their generous support and for giving of their time and talents for the benefit of the Association”

He then went on to introduce the members of his Executive:

Al Andrade President
Leo Braganza Vice-President
Carmelita D'Souza General Secretary
Valentine Viegas Treasurer
Vicki D'Souza Social Secretary
Zena Vaz Cultural Secretary
Hilda Vitor Trips Coordinator
Uvy Lopes Communications Coordinator
Charles Fernandes Member
Pelagio De Souza Auditor
John Barretto Auditor

The meeting then elected the new Executive for 2008/2009.

Toronto East Goan Seniors Association
2008/2009 Executive:


Pictures by Uvy Lopes. ** 2nd Term in office. *** Three consecutive terms in office.

Dr. Sal Rocha, thanked Al and the outgoing Executive, and the members present on behalf of the newly elected group, and pledged that they would continue in the same spirit.

The meeting wound up in record time at 3.30 p.m with members enjoying tasty snacks, and engaging in conversation after what has been a long and trying winter.


Five Paper Tips from Xerox: Use Less, Use Wisely

TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - Memos, reports, invoices, forms, presentations and instructions are the trademark of a busy office - and signal the vital role paper plays in it every day. Yet Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX) studies show that office workers throw away 45 percent of documents within 24 hours of printing them.

How can you stay productive while using resources wisely?
Paper is a renewable resource. If you think before you print and choose the paper that's right for the job, you can reduce the environmental footprint of your office. As one of the world's largest suppliers of papers for office printers and copiers, Xerox is sharing five simple tips for smart paper use.

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Toshiba to Showcase Advances in Sophisticated Home Life Support Robot

Toshiba Corporation announced further advances in robotics that take the company closer to its concept of a "life support partner" - a sophisticated robot able to deliver human-centric technologies that provide assistance and support the elderly and young children in the home and in such public places as shopping complexes. One advance enables a robot to distinguish particular voices from among many from multiple directions, and recognize the direction of origin, and interact with the speakers by responding to a repertoire of commands. The other allows a robot to recognize a registered individual and to follow that individual from place to place, even among groups of people. To read full story click here

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US Hindus' concerns about Love Guru
Thursday April 3 2008

NEW YORK-- The concerns of Hindus in the US that upcoming Hollywood comedy The Love Guru may degrade their institutions has found support from leaders of other faiths, even as the film's producers have agreed to pre-screen it for Hindu representatives before its release.

"It is important that we respect those parts of every faith tradition which are held especially sacred. I applaud Paramount Pictures for being open to the request of Hindu leaders to preview this film and listen to any concerns that may arise for them," said Father Charles T. Durante, a Catholic priest in northern Nevada, in a statement.

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Portuguese Nationality For Goans

Post from: GSFGoesesSemFronteiras@groups.msn.com,

Sent by: Michael Gonsalves <michaelgonsalves1@hotmail.com>

Many Goans have been asking details about the Portuguese Nationality Law and how to apply for Portuguese Nationality. They often refer to it as "Portuguese Passport". The term "Portuguese Passport" is not correct. One should not address it as merely a passport. No. It is much more than that.

It is important that people realise this before applying. If you decide to apply for it, you will be applying for a Nationality and not merely a passport.

Why can Goans apply for Portuguese Nationality ?

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FAQ - Frequent Asked Questions:

Note: “Antigo E stado da India” is the legal term for the following territories: Goa, Damão, Diu e Dadrá e Nagar Avelí before 19 December 1961.

Q1. Under what law can the descendants of former Portuguese Citizens claim Portuguese citizenship? The 1975 legislation refers to a person born in the Antigo Estado da India. Does it cover the children or grandchildren who may have been born elsewhere?
A1: If you were born after 1961 (anywhere in the world) or born before 1961 but outside the Antigo Estado da India, it is necessary for you to prove that your parents/grandparents were born in the Antigo Estado da India. Once you have proved that, you need to register your parents/grandparents as Portuguese Citizens in Lisbon (even if they are already dead) and only then you can apply for Portuguese citizenship based on the fact that you are the descendent of a Portuguese citizen fully registered in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Moraes, Paul (June 29,1949 - April 10, 2008) - A memorial service is being offered by EVA MORAES, HIPO, LEO & GEORGE for their loving son/brother PAUL who passed away peacefully on Thursday,April l0th ,2008. Mass will be celebrated by FR DAVID KIYINGI on Friday, April 25th at 7:00PM at the NATIVITY OF OUR LORD PARISH located at 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke, Ontario. A Reception will be held in the Church Hall immediately after the Mass.


The Archdiocese of Toronto

  • For a current listing of all parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto.

  • To get a full listing of mass times from all of the parishes in the Archdiocese of Toronto.

Use the link below:

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May Queen
Dine & Dance

On Saturday, May 3rd, 2008

to the music of the GOA AMIGOS
and DJ Smart Sound

in anticipation of the the
2008 International Goan Convention

Doors open at 6:30p at
5835 Kennedy Road, Mississauga.

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Project Isiolo – Two Upcoming Events

MaterCare International invites you to join two evenings with Bishop Anthony Mukobo, Bishop of Isiolo, Kenya and Dr. Robert Walley, MaterCare International's Founder and Executive Director.

Making Motherhood Safe
May 21, 2008 – 7:00 p.m.
John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre, 4300 Cawthra Road, Mississauga, Ontario.
For more information, contact Mrs. Kay Newbold 905-793-9637 or email kayen@rogers.com.

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008





April 18th, 2008 Goa Amigos www.goaamigos.com Salsa N Spice Nite (Free Salsa Dance Lessons and an informal Nite with the one and only  Goa Amigos Click for Link
April 25th, 2008 The Sapphire
Banquet Hall
959 Derry Road East- Mississauga Tomken/Derry
Retro Dance
Featuring the
Soul Connection
Twist - Rock-Soul - Reggae
Click for flyer
May 3rd, 2008 The GoaNetters Association of Toronto
Crowning of May Queen Dinner & Dance International Banquet Hall 5835 Kennedy Road Mississauga Click for flyer
May 11th, 2008 Salcete Association Of Canada (Toronto)

Come Join us in Celebrating the 29th Annual Salcete Social

(Feast Of The Holy Spirit)

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June 1st, 2008 Mass @ Noon / Social to follow
Aldona Association Toronto       The Feast of St. Thomas 33rd Annual Aldona Social

Payal Banquet Hall 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga
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Saturday July 5, 2008 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association of Toronto (CLR) CLR Picnic

Erindale Park-Mississauga
Contact: monize2@sympatico.ca

Flyer to follow
Sunday July 13th, 2008 Aldona Association &
Moira Association
Aldona / Moira Picnic
Picnic Area # 6
Centennial Park
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Sunday, July 20 2008 Parra Association of GTA "2008" Parra Social For tickets call Felcy D'Mello Tel.905 569 8572

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex   Click for flyer
July 23-27, 2008 The Goanetters Association Toronto (GNAT) International Goan Convention 2008.

Goan Identity and Networking Today
Contact :

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Saturday, September 13th, 2008 Calangute Association, Canada 2008 Calangute Social  Click for flyer
Sunday September 28, 2008 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association of Toronto (CLR) CLR Social

At Payal Banquet Hall, Mississauga
Contact: monize2@sympatico.ca 

Flyer to follow

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Health & Wellness

Seven Steps That Lead To Better Health

At least half of all cancers can be prevented through healthy living and policies that protect the health of Canadians.

Take the following steps to reduce your risk of developing cancer.

  1. Be a non-smoker and avoid second-hand smoke.

    Smoking causes about 30 per cent of all cancer deaths in Canada. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for men and women in Canada. Smoking also increases your risk of developing cancers of the mouth, throat, larynx, cervix, pancreas, esophagus, colon, rectum, kidney and bladder.

    If you are a smoker, quit. If you are a non-smoker, avoid second-hand smoke.

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Stop Fooling Yourself Canada!
Embrace The Challenge Of A Healthy Body From Head To Toe

Yves Veggie Cuisine Empowers Canadians With The Launch of A Soy-Centric Microsite For Healthy Eating

TORONTO, March 31 /CNW/ - One single ingredient helps support almost our entire body's health. Nature's magic bean, soy, is the only plant protein to contain all the essential amino acids a person requires for optimal body functioning.

  • Bones - enhances the body's ability to slow bone loss and inhibit bone breakdown, helping to prevent osteoporosis.

  • Beauty - builds healthy, shiny nails, hair and skin.

  • Brain - protects against the accumulation of Alzheimer's disease-related proteins.

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Maple Syrup As A Source Of Antioxidants

MONTREAL, March 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Certain foods contain substances with powerful cancer-fighting properties. When eaten regularly, these "functional foods" can help protect us from cancer, but with no side-effects other than making our taste buds happy! After berries, soy, green tea, spices and even chocolate, now maple syrup is showing its colours: recent scientific studies have confirmed the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory qualities of maple syrup, indicating a possible anti-cancer potential.

Most plants, including many fruits and vegetables, produce an arsenal of molecules that help them defend themselves against infection and the damage caused by micro-organisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses etc.), as well as insects and other predators in their environment. Some of these protective substances play a leading role in our own systems of anti-cancer defence. They fight tumours at the source, before they can reach maturity and become a threat to health. Among such substances are phenolic compounds.

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Don't drink too much water: Study
3 Apr 2008, 0808 hrs IST, REUTERS

NEW YORK: There is no clearcut scientific rationale for the average healthy individual to drink a lot of water -- and it may be downright harmful -- according to two kidney experts. Drinking a lot of water is claimed to be helpful for everything from clearing toxins and keeping organs in tip-top shape to keeping weight off and improving skin tone. At best, however, the evidence to back up these claims is weak, according to a new scientific review published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology .

"There is what I call an urban myth that drinking a lot of water is a healthy thing to do and it leads to people toting around plastic water bottles all day drinking water," Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia said.

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Young Consumers: Spend Your Money Wisely!

TORONTO, March 28 /CNW/ - A new consumer awareness campaign will help young Ontarians make more informed decisions when spending or borrowing money. Young consumers are more vulnerable to scams and are at a higher risk for debt problems. A recent study found that only 66 per cent of Canadians between the ages of 21-30 consider the consequences of rising interest rates when borrowing money.

Consumers aged 18 to 25 have significant purchasing power, but often lack the experience needed to protect themselves against issues like money management, credit risk and identity theft.

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I Was Sick and You Visited Me

I was sick and you came to visit me: time spent at the bedsides of seriously ill patients with poor prognoses*1

Daniel P. Sulmasy MD, PhD , , a, b and Maike Rahn MSa, b
a John J. Conley Department of Ethics, Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers (DPS, MR), St. Vincent’s, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA
b Bioethics Institute of New York Medical College (DPS), Valhalla, New York, USA

To learn how much time hospital staff and families spend at the bedsides of seriously ill patients with poor prognoses.

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