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Immigration Bill C-50 Passes, But Fails To Resolve Fears
Thursday June 26 2008
http://www.independentfreepress.com/printArticle/51635


The controversial Immigration Bill C-50 last week passed the House of Commons last week, but continues to create waves. Even as Diane Finley, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, continued to reiterate people with the skills for the jobs available can be brought to Canada more quickly, and is therefore good for the country, the opposition has continued to sound the alarm saying it will allow the minister to arbitrarily discard visa applications.

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Canada's Sliding Performance Masked By High Resource Prices

OTTAWA, June 30 /CNW Telbec/ - High commodity prices are masking Canada's sliding socio-economic performance when compared to other advanced countries, The Conference Board of Canada reports in its 12th annual benchmarking results.

"Canada is losing ground to other countries that are better at exploiting their own advantages," said Anne Golden, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conference Board. "We appear to be riding high due to global demand for our resources, but this is not a sustainable course for our country. "Unfortunately, the Conference Board has been telling this story for a dozen years, and the same issues have emerged year after year. At the crux of our lagging performance is our failure to innovate."

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While Ontario Sleeps
http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/450059

Excerpt…
It is far-fetched to characterize Ontario as a one-crop banana republic but there are some disturbing parallels.

Overreliance on three key exports has left the economy weaker with little chance to diversify
June 27, 2008 - Livio Di Matteo

Reports that Ontario may soon qualify for equalization payments have awakened Ontarians to the fact that they no longer live in the province they thought it was. However, Ontario has been in a process of relative economic decline for almost two decades that was masked by a low dollar, low interest rates and fiscally illiterate American consumers. Nevertheless, Ontario ranked dead last among Canada's provinces for real per capita GDP growth over the period 2001-2006 and the current slowdown threatens to put its real per capita GDP growth rate for 2008 below 1 per cent.

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Canadian Businesses Want Action To Stop Talent Drain To Foreign Countries
http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5h1Nrg0JU5I68evHxJadYpjR-S2bg

OTTAWA — A large majority of domestic employers say governments and businesses are not doing enough to stop the talent drain to foreign countries, nor to attract skilled workers into the country, a new Manpower Canada survey has found. In the survey of 453 employers, 83 per cent said governments and businesses are not doing enough to slow the outward migration of talent or attract skilled workers from abroad, although only 19 per cent said it was a concern at present.

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GTA News

Statement from His Grace, Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
re: Appointment of Henry Morgentaler to the Order of Canada

July 1, 2008

Excerpts:
Canada's highest honour has been debased. Henry Morgentaler has been awarded the Order of Canada. We are all diminished. A community's worth is measured by the way it treats the most vulnerable, and no one is more vulnerable than in the first nine months of life's journey. No person may presume to judge the soul of Henry Morgentaler, but it cannot be denied that the effect of his life's work has been a deadly assault upon the most helpless amongst us.

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Ontario nursing homes not meeting standards
Updated Wed. Jul. 2 2008 3:28 PM ET
The Canadian Press
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20080702/ontario_nursing_homes


TORONTO -- The majority of Ontario's nursing homes have failed to meet basic standards set out by the province to preserve the rights of elderly residents, with some failing to bathe residents even twice a week, others leaving seniors sitting for hours in soiled diapers and still others unnecessarily restraining those in their care, an investigation by The Canadian Press reveals. Just over 60 per cent of homes across Ontario -- and up to 91 per cent in some Toronto suburban communities -- have been cited for violating some of the specific set of standards that ensure residents are well-fed, clean and free of pain, as well as dictating how homes care for incontinent residents and when they use restraints.

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New Parish Honours Sudanese Saint
http://www.catholicregister.org/content/view/2017/849/
Friday, 27 June 2008
Written by Carolyn Girard, The Catholic Register.


Fr. Mark Villanueva is the new pastor of St. Josephine Bakhita parish. The Mississauga parish is the newest in the archdiocese of Toronto. (Photo courtesy of Fr. Villanueva)

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. -
July 12 and 13 will mark the first Mass celebrations for St. Josephine Bakhita parish, the newest parish in the archdiocese of Toronto, at the western limits of Mississauga. Founding pastor Fr. Mark Achilles Villanueva said he is excited to see the Christian community develop under the name of the Sudanese saint. “We live in a multicultural society, but we look at the parishes and they are mostly (named after) European saints,” he said. “So I thought it would be good to have someone from Sudan.” Villanueva, who is from the Philippines, proposed the name of St. Josephine Bahkita to Archbishop Thomas Collins because he was personally inspired by the story of St. Josephine Bahkita at the beginning of his journey as a priest.

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Martyrs' Shrine to host WYD events
Friday, 20 June 2008
http://www.catholicregister.org/content/view/1983/849/

Written by Catholic Register Staff,

TORONTO - Events and features for the World Youth Day 2008 Ontario Regional Celebration at the Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland, Ont., keep adding on. This event, organized by the Office of Catholic Youth, is meant to serve those unable to attend WYD festivities in Sydney Australia. It will take place July 17-20, and will host the icon of St. Paul. This icon was commissioned for the year of St. Paul by Archbishop Thomas Collins to be displayed in different parishes in the archdiocese of Toronto. Event organizer John Dawson said the icon will be displayed in a tent available for silent prayer and contemplation.

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Canadian Tamil Community Rallies to Thank Canada by Donating Blood

TORONTO, June 30 /CNW/ - This year, the Canadian Tamil Congress is coordinating an effort by Tamil Canadians across the region to thank their adopted country by giving blood. Tamil Canadians have signed on as the newest Partner for Life with Canadian Blood Services, and have challenged themselves to donate an astounding 5000 units of blood to give others the gift Canada gave them 25 years ago, the gift of a 'lifetime'.

The Canadian Tamil Congress recognizes the ongoing need for diverse ethnic communities to donate blood and urges the 250,000 Canadian Tamils living coast to coast, and fellow Canadians from all walks of life, to take part by donating blood this year.


Commentary

Konkani Language Primary Schools Closing Down in Goa
http://www.navhindtimes.com/articles.php?Story_ID=070156

Excerpts from EDITORIAL in Navhind Times

IN this era of globalisation, local culture is not supposed to wane but to be stronger and more dynamic with the assistance of global techniques. Goan music, for instance, can use technology to enrich and spread itself. The various forms of Goan theatre can benefit from global experience in dramatic play writing and performing arts. Why should Goan languages, Konkani and Marathi, then become weaker and weaker at the school level? Why should students find no value in learning local languages?

The drop in number of admissions to Marathi and Konkani medium primary schools in the state makes a mockery of the Goa State Integrated Education Policy, 2008 which commends mother tongue as the natural medium of schooling at the primary level. Two South Goa government primary schools, one at Vante in Quepem and another at Murida in Salcete, closed down this year due to the absence of students.

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Two sides to the Coin
http://www.southasianfocus.ca/opinion
Thursday June 5 2008


Official figures indicate the South Asian population has outnumbered all ethnic minorities in Canada— and the numbers continue to grow. Going forward, these numbers are bound to accelerate, as the South Asian region will remain Canada’s primary source for new immigrants.

Given Canada’s steadily declining birth rate, it has often been pointed out that from 2012, immigration will account for all net growth in our labour market. But more interestingly, it will be the Subcontinent that will primarily supply the flow of newcomers to Canada. And here, India will be Canada’s biggest source market, Pakistan the third biggest, and Sri Lanka the fifth biggest. Even as things stand at present, there are close to a million Canadians of Indian origin.

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News Clips from India

India`s poor paid over Rs 8000 mn as bribe in 2007`
Goa had high or very high or alarming level of corruption

http://www.zeenews.com/articles.asp?aid=452115&sid=NAT

New Delhi, June 30: The level of corruption is "alarming" in the states of Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, says a new survey based on experience of Below Poverty Line (BPL) households in availing various public services last year.

The 'India Corruption Study 2007', brought out by NGOs Transparency International India (TII) and Centre for Media Studies (CMS), found that about one-third of Below Poverty Line (BPL) households in the country bribed officials to avail a total of 11 services -- from police to PDS.

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Life term for Indian-origin man in U.S.
http://www.hindu.com/2008/06/30/stories/2008063054120100.htm

Washington: A businessman of Indian origin in the U.S. has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for hiring hitmen to kill his son’s black wife as he was enraged at the inter-racial marriage. Prosecution had sought the death penalty for Chiman Rai, 69, for paying two men $10,000 to kill Sparkle Michelle Rai, an African American, in April 2000, weeks after her marriage to his son Rajeev Rai, alias Ricky, with whom she had a daughter. The 22-year-old was found strangled and stabbed more than a dozen times at the couple’s apartment. Jurors deliberated for less than two hours before delivering the verdict in an Atlanta area courtroom in Georgia this week. — PTI

 

Canadian Multinational, Magna to open fourth factory in India
The Gazette
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/business/story.html?id=26f1

Magna International Inc., North America's largest auto-parts supplier, plans to open a fourth factory in India to boost sales in Asia. The parts maker will open a factory in Pune next year to make power-train parts for an Indian car marker, Jim Tobin, president of Magna Asia, said, Sales in the region may rise to about 10 per cent of Magna's annual revenue by 2010, Tobin said.

 

Now Even Elephants are Ghatis and moving to Goa !
Karnataka stuck in a jumbo row

28 Jun 2008, 0600 hrs IST,
Vinay Madhav,TNN


BANGALORE: These innocent migrants from Karnataka which move into Maharashtra and Goa wouldn't have thought they would be triggering a new border row. Karnataka, which already has disputes with these two states over language, place and water, now has to tackle the jumbo row.

Maharashtra and Goa are holding Karnataka accountable for the elephant migration. They claim their crops are being damaged and want Karnataka to control the pachyderms. The problem has assumed such serious proportions that a series of high-level official meetings have taken place between Karnataka and Maharashtra. Six months ago, Maharashtra additional chief secretary held a meeting with then Karnataka forest secretary Sudhakar Rao.

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Maruti Brushes Aside Nano Competition
28 Jun 2008, 1613 hrs IST,PTI
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-3175467,prtpage-1.cms


NEW DELHI: As Tata Motors gears up to roll out Nano by Durga Puja, country's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki is confident that the Rs 1 lakh wonder will be of no competition to it.

"It (Nano) increases the market size but it will not cut into the market of people who are buying cars that are in the Rs two-lakh price category. A person who buys a car for Rs two lakh, I believe that there will be very few people who will buy this (Nano) car. It is a new segment," Maruti Suzuki India Chairman R C Bhargava said in an interview. He said people who could not buy Maruti 800 would buy Nano as the price difference was huge. Bhargava said more than the existing entry level cars, Nano will affect the two wheelers.

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Battery Makers See New Market In Electric Scooter Segment
June 19th, 2008
http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/business/battery-makers-see-new

Chennai, June 19 (IANS) Battery manufacturers have begun working on products tailor-made for India’s nascent electric scooter segment. “There is a huge interest in developing batteries for electric two-wheelers as this sector is expected to take off in three years,” S. Vijayanand, research and development vice-president at Amara Raja Batteries Ltd, told IANS. “We are working with Johnson Controls, our joint venture partner, for a suitable product.”

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News Clips from Goa

Monsoon Draws In The Crowds To Goa
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-3176517,prtpage-1.cms
29 Jun 2008, 0419 hrs IST, Rebecca Manari,TNN


CALANGUTE: With Goa now becoming crowded and noisy during the peak tourist season from November to March, a good number of visitors now prefer to spend their holidays during the monsoons, when the entire state is clean, green and above all, less crowded and less noisy.

With a large number of British nationals seen in Calangute this monsoon season, an owner of a well-known travel agency in Calangute said, "The tourist season does have a downside too. Every year around Christmas time the roads around Candolim, Calangute and Baga are a sorry sight with traffic moving at a snails pace.''

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VIVA SAO JOAO
The feast of Sao Joao was celebrated almost in every village in Goa. We display some pictures of the celebrations at different places in Siolim and Anjuna.

 

Festival observed with traditional fervour
VASCO, June 24: Bhutea Bhat Club, Vasco, celebrated the Sao Joao festival in a traditional way, with a large number of people participating with great enthusiasm. Revellers began the celebrations by jumping in century-old well at Patrong-Baina, which was constructed in 1880. [H]

 

"Sangodd" at Candolim today
CALANGUTE, June 28:
The traditional "Sangodd" festival to mark the feast of St Peter and Paul will be celebrated at Orda-Candolim on June 29, from 2.30 pm onwards. "This year the stage will be a combination of four boats on which various Konkani stage artistes will perform, said a member of the organising group. [H]

 

Is Goa ripe for naxalism?
...Hence the question: is Goa ripe for Naxalism, is quite relevant in the present context. The hinterland is no different from the most backward parts of the country. Uncontrolled mining is destroying the environment and people's lives... This has resulted in several protest movements taking shape at the grassroots level. The disturbing part is that the government has joined hands with the mining lobby. Certain ministers and MLAs have become players in this lucrative industry. Worse still, it appears that the Opposition has also ganged up against anti-mining activists. Given this array of forces against the land and its people, Goa is definitely ripe for a violent movement, perhaps not in the style of naxalism... The other heartening development is that the anti-mine movement in Goa is still in the hands of level-headed and committed environmentalists who have based their agitation on sound environmental principles and have a reputation for pursing non-violent and legal options. [GT]

 

'Tiatr must be given its due"
PANJIM: Sidhanath Buyao, convenor of BJP Cultural Cell, condemned the act of the Kala Academy for giving step-motherly treatment to Konkani Tiatr by deliberately keeping it out of the Goan multilingual drama festival this year. Buyao said that Konkani tiatr was today no more a mere drama-form of any community but belonging to all Goans and a part of our cultural heritage. Citing instances of Konkani tiatros being performed even at mandaps graced by audiences from all communities during the Ganesh festival in Goa, he questioned the motive of discounting tiatros by KA. "In fact Konkani tiatr being very popular in Goa, its name should have appeared first in the list of the Kala Akademi, while organising the festival. This was its rightful place," he opined. [GT]

 

Silent killer stalking Goans
PANAJI: Goan adults are far more overweight than other Indians and this is causing a serious concern among health professionals. And when it comes to being obese, Goan women outdo the men. The percentage of women who are overweight or obese is 27, much higher than the all India figure of 14.8%. [Preetu Nair, TOI]

 

Pilots doze off, plane flies on
MUMBAI: An Air India Jaipur-Mumbai flight flew well past its destination with both its pilots fatigued and fast asleep in the cockpit. When the pilots were finally woken up by anxious Mumbai air traffic controllers, the plane was about half way to Goa. The nap in the sky took place about a fortnight ago on the domestic leg of a Dubai-Jaipur-Mumbai flight which had about 100 passengers on board. [TOI]

 

Foot and Mouth disease back in Calangute?
CALANGUTE, June 27: The mysterious and painful hand, mouth and foot disease which had afflicted young children three years ago, is back in Calangute with a difference. Sources say a child contracting the viral disease gets boils, which are small this time. The disease which is painful for children, lasts for about 10 days. Skin specialist Anupama Kudchadkar said that she had attended the seventh case since Friday. [H]

 

Govt to develop uncultivated lands
PANAJI: The board of directors of the Goa State Horticultural Corporation, at its recent meeting decided to utilise the fallow agricultural as well as non-agricultural lands around the state for growing vegetables like radish, ladyfinger, brinjals, red amaranthus and chillies. There are such fallow lands in almost all the talukas with a majority of them found in Valpoi in the North and Salcete in the South. [NT]

 

KILLER HUBBY COMMITS SUICIDE
SANGUEM/UGUEM: Manuel Rodrigues, the main accused involved in the double murder at Valkini-Sanguem on June 20, committed suicide by hanging himself to a tree in front of his house late Sunday (June 22) night. The accused, who had been absconding after committing the gruesome murder of his wife Carmelina and his brother-in-law Mathew D'Silva with a country made gun, ended his life by hanging himself to a jackfruit tree. [GT]

 

... Begs for pardon in letters
SANGUEM, June 23: In a letter addressed to his family, Manuel had sought forgiveness and prayed to God to give him justice by punishing the guilty for ruining his family... "On several occasions, I had tried to change her (his wife Carmelina), but to no avail. She never did any good to my family or to any villager. She only brought disrespect to our house and never trusted God," Manuel said in his letter. [H]

 

Elephant tramples forest guard Rajendra to death
PERNEM, June 23: Rajendra Krishna Bhagat, a forest guard from Chandel, was trampled to death by an elephant, while he along with other forest staffers and around 25 villagers, struggled to drive away a herd of wild elephants which terrorising Alorna village for the past several days. The fatal incident occurred early this morning, when one of the pachyderms rushed towards the group that was trying to scare them away by firing crackers to the accompaniment of beating drums. All the people managed to escape to safety save for Rajendra, who probably tripped and fell, to be victim of the infuriated elephant.

 

Elephants return to haunt Pernem
PERNEM, June 28: Wild elephants have returned to haunt residents of Khutwal and Alorna villages in Pernem taluka, defying efforts to get them driven outside the state. On Friday evening, the elephants destroyed banana plantations of Yeshwant Naik, Gopal Naik and Rama Naik and the sugarcane plantations of Ganpat Raul, Santosh Naik and Chandel Deputy Sarpanch Divya Naik. [H]


People Places and Things

Toronto East Goan Seniors Association's..
MASALA CHOW PATTY NITE

evokes visions of a warm summer break

 

click to enlarge

The name itself evokes visions of the hustle and bustle of those warm, sultry nights in India. This again was a full house event that will be remembered for validating Friday 27th, June 2008 as TEGSAs best and, hopefully, continue to change the events to follow. The evening started promptly at 6:30 p.m. and after Grace, dinner was served – a Kebab Roll, a Chicken Pattie, a Fish Roll with Chutney and a generous serving of Bhel with all the trimmings. Dessert was Mango Ice Cream, a Ladoo, a glass of lemonade, tea and coffee - A special treat from TEGSA.

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Mississauga Central Lions Club Pay Tribute To One Of Their Own
Lewis Lawrence Tribute Dinner
By: The Mississauga News


Lewis Lawrence

Excerpt & Photos From:
http://infocus.mississauga.com/?view=photo&item_id=13055&event_id=2020

Lewis Lawrence has spent much of his life raising funds for charity and, in general, doing his best for the community. Not surprisingly, the Lion Lewis Lawrence Tribute Dinner on Saturday June 7, was a charity fundraiser at the Older Adult Centre at Square One Shopping Centre. The event included a reception, followed by dinner, tribute and entertainment.

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Viva San Jao 2008' wows UAE crowd
http://mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=broadcast&broadcastid=82887#
By Claude Fernandes Team Mangalorean

Dubai June 28, 2008: Dubai International Sea Farers Centre (DISC) organized "Viva San Jao 2008" (Feast of St. John the Baptist) at the DISC Charcoal Garden on June 27, 2008 from 3.00 pm onwards. Fun loving people from all over UAE participated in the "Rain Dance" that went on till late in the night (10.30 pm). People came from all over the UAE to witness this scintillating event, but many had to go back due to the overwhelming response and security restrictions.

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Largest Mosque in Canada Opening in Calgary:
A Stunning Architectural Landmark to Be a Symbol of Peace

CALGARY, July 2 /CNW/ - The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community will unveil Canada's largest Mosque Complex and a stunning architectural landmark in Calgary on Saturday, July 5th, 2008. With a total area of approximately 48,000 sq. ft. the new Mosque will be a symbol of peace and social harmony.

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Internet Corporation Board opens way for new top-level domains
By Peter Sayer , IDG News Service , 06/26/2008

This story appeared on Network World at
http://www.networkworld.com/news/2008/062608-board-opens-way-for-new.html
URLs www.news.goa, www.konkani.goa or even www.goanvoice.goa could be possible!!!

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will press ahead with plans to introduce new top-level domains, including some so-called Internationalized Domain Names written in Chinese and Arabic scripts, its board decided unanimously Thursday. ICANN began discussing extending the number of gTLDs (generic top-level domains) in 2005. Existing gTLDs include .com, .org or .biz.

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The Good Old Days
Have World Crude Oil Prices (per barrel) Increased !
A “crude” Assessment

Year  Benchmark Crude in $$ at year Price relative to 2008 $$ s – 2.5% inflation/year -assume % Increase since 1978
1978 $15.0 $31.0 0
1981 $38.0 $74.0 135%
2008 $142 $142 351%

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Fuel-efficient plane unveiled in China
Photo: Xinhua


Saving energy: The regional aircraft Modem Ark (MA)600 in Xi’an, China, on Sunday.

XI’AN: The first China-made regional aircraft Modem Ark (MA)600 was completed on Sunday, marking a milestone in the nation’s drive to be one of the world’s leading providers of turboprop regional aircraft. The research and development of the 70-seat MA700 was also under way, head of the preparation group for the China Aviation Industry Group Corporation Lin Zuomin announced at the Xi’an Aircraft Industry(Group) Company Ltd. The 60-seat MA600, an improved version of the MA60, was 300 kg lighter, making it 40 per cent more fuel efficient than turbofan-powered aircraft, said president of the Xi’an company Meng Xiangkai.

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Announcements

Mississauga Halton LHIN launches its community engagement with seniors, their families and informal caregivers
We need your ideas and suggestions on enhancing seniors' health, wellness and quality of life.

OAKVILLE, ON, July 3 /CNW/ - The Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (MH LHIN) is launching the next phase of community engagement activities which will inform the LHIN's Integrated Health Service Plan's priority of enhancing seniors' health, wellness and quality of life, as well as the local Aging at Home Strategy. The initial community consultation will be held on Wednesday, July 9th, 2008 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Mississauga Central Library. Seniors, their families and informal caregivers are invited to attend this two hour event to learn more about the MH LHIN's local strategy to increase programs and services for seniors, and to provide input to the LHIN on what community supports and services could help seniors to live healthy and independent lives in their homes.

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International Goan Organization
Public Meeting
Sunday, July 6, 2008, at 2.30pm
Eatonville Library, Etobicoke - Toronto


News Release For Meeting

A WARNING CALL TO THOSE WHO HAVE PROPERTY IN GOA OR CONSIDERING INVESTING IN THE MOTHERLAND……….
……..EVEN AS YOU READ THIS YOUR INHERITANCE COULD BE IN JEOPARDY……..
……..GREED AND CORRUPTION IS RAMPANT IN THE MOTHERLAND…..
……..SADLY, NRI’s AND NRG’s HAVE BEEN TARGETTED…….
……..HEED THE ALARM CALLS BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE.

No……..this is not sensationalism but the cold unvarnished truth of the sad goings on in our motherland.

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World Youth Day Sydney 2008 & World Goa Day
http://www.wyd2008.org/
Message from Tony Colaco – President G.O.A NSW Inc. Australia


World Youth Day (WYD) is the largest youth event in the world and will be held in Sydney from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 July 2008. Organised by the Catholic Church, WYD brings together young people from around the globe to celebrate and learn about their faith on a more regular basis. WYD08 will be the largest event Australia has ever hosted. It will attract over 125,000 international visitors - more than the 2000 Olympics.

WYD08 will mark the first visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Australia.

Through the WYD08 experience, young people from throughout the world will make a pilgrimage in faith, meet, and experience the love of God.

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CASH & CARRY FROM GOAN SNACKS
(Mississauga @ Tomken Rd & Eastgate Parkway)

The following items will now be available immediately – just CALL & COLLECT:

  • PAN ROLLS - BEEF CUTLETS - FISH CUTLETS - BEEF CROQUETS

    ALSO

  • SAUSAGES - SAUSAGE MEAT - SORPOTEL - BIBIC & PERAD

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Events

Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008

Date

Organization

Event

Links

Sunday July 13th, 2008 Aldona Association &
Moira Association
Aldona / Moira Picnic
Picnic Area # 6
Centennial Park
Etobicoke
Click for flyer
Sunday, July 20 2008 Parra Association of GTA "2008" Parra Social Tickets - Sold Out

Click for Details
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.

Theme:
Goan Identity and Networking Today
Contact :
416-510-1347
or
416-208-9304

Click for Details

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
 

TORONTO EAST GOAN SENIORS ASSOCIATION (T E G S A) - 2008 Events
Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.
 


TEGSA is off on a summer Holiday
We wish all members an eventful and safe summer with your family and friends
See you in September - Click for Events

 

Message from TEGSA Social Secretary

T E G S A …. O my …. TEGSA.

Had it not been for you where would TEGSA be? Yes, we have Fun Fridays at Commander Blvd. but you the members are in Command. We all have bright ideas and I am sure you do to – maybe brighter. So why don’t you help us with some of the upcoming events. Just look at the list our TEGSA Committee has come up with. By the time you receive this communiqué the Picnic would have been blessed with showers or maybe even struck by lightning. But who cares, there is always Casino Rama to recover your losses or let me quote what most gamblers say “I broke even” The key word here is BROKE.

Next we have Masala Chow Patty. Now is this Indian, Chinese or just Tegsalicious?

In September come to Bollywood then go on to enjoy Autumn delight and Line dancing. Ladainha in October and Mass for Deceased Members in November and again Line Dancing. After all this is over maybe we can enter a TEGSA team for the Canadian Idol. Bowling – now that’s by far the most popular event of the year. Can you imagine – just 3 balls to knock out 5 pins – ridiculous? Come and enjoy the Goan Fish Curry October 3, 2008. Of course how can you forget our Halloween Party? All Ghosts welcome. The Christmas Dance on December 13th, unlucky for some, maybe, but please do come you may get lucky that night.

Friday Sept 5, 2008 Bollywood
Friday Sept 19, 2008 Autumn Delight and Line Dancing
Friday October 3, 2008 Goan Fish Curry Night
Friday,October 17, 2008 Ladainha (Litany)
October 10 & 24
November 14 & 28 Fri
Line Dancing with Natty

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Sunday October 26 Mixed Bowling Extravananza @ Markham Bowling Centre

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Friday November 7, 2008 Mass for deceased Members
Saurday, December, 13, 2008 Christmas Dance


Click to download form to join TEGSA or renew membership for 2008

 

2008 Goan International Conference, Toronto

Download Forms Here

For more information see: http://2008goanconvention.com/program2.php
Click to Download Trifold Flyer which gives details of all events

Wednesday July 23,

&  Thursday July 24 at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

 View Workshop Program

  Click for Convention Registration Form

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Contestant's Registration Form

Goan Idol”- Thursday, July 24th evening contest in keeping with the traditional love of music that runs through the veins of all Goans. This is an opportunity for individuals to showcase their talents.

Please submit your entries at www.2008goanconvention.com/idol  

Click for Contestant's Registration Form

Only a limited number of entries in each category.

Super Hit Tiatro,

Friday, July 25th evening ,to be held at the distinguished Living Arts Center in Mississauga

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The Convention Ball

Saturday, July 26th

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 Click for Reservation Form


Health & Wellness

Permanent Resident Card: Who can apply

You are eligible for a Permanent Resident Card only if you have entered Canada through the immigration process and have been granted permanent resident status. You can find out more about being a permanent resident in the Related Links section at the bottom of this page.
If you become a Canadian citizen, you do not need a Permanent Resident Card.

You can apply for a Permanent Resident Card if:

  • you are a permanent resident of Canada and

  • you are not a Canadian citizen or a registered Indian under the Indian Act.

Permanent Card applicants are no longer required to obtain the signature of a guarantor or make a statutory declaration in lieu of a guarantor.

For more information go to:
http://www.cic.gc.ca/EnGLIsh/information/applications/prcard.asp

 

Seniors Renting For Convenience, Comfort
TheStar.com
 
http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/450797


There's no maintenance and most other needs are covered in assisted-living buildings
June 28, 2008
David Hayes
SPECIAL TO THE STAR


Since June is seniors' month, I have been thinking about my mother and housing. Like so many adult children, a few years ago my sisters and I found ourselves worrying about where our widowed mother would next live. At 92, her mind is, as she might say, "sharp as a tack," and she's both fiercely independent and in good health (except for an assortment of relatively minor infirmaries that come with aging). But Toronto is an expensive city and the family agreed that a move from her lovely apartment on the edge of Leaside to more-affordable quarters would help protect her savings.

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Study Shows More Benefits Of Sunshine Vitamin
http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSL23240037
Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:00pm EDT
By Michael Kahn


LONDON, June 23 (Reuters) - People with a vitamin D deficiency are likely to die sooner than people whose blood contains higher amounts of the so-called sunshine vitamin, Austrian researchers said on Monday.

Their study -- the latest to suggest a health benefit from the vitamin -- showed death rates from any cause as well as from heart-related problems varied greatly depending on vitamin D.

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About Natural Health Product Regulation in Canada

Bill C-51 and Natural Health Product Regulation
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/dhp-mps/prodnatur/about-apropos/index-eng.php

As part of the Food and Consumer Safety Action Plan, the Government of Canada tabled Bill C-51, which proposes amendments to the Food and Drugs Act. There have been some misconceptions about this Bill and how it relates to natural health products. Find out more on Bill C-51 and natural health products.

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