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Canada’s Constitutional Crisis
Governor General's decision sets 'very dangerous' precedent: says constitutional expert, Prof. Errol Mendes

From CBC News
http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2008/12/04/constitution-expert.html
Thursday, December 4,

Excerpts…
A constitutional expert says he's worried the Governor General's decision to suspend Parliament sets a "very dangerous" precedent that allows future prime ministers to use the same manoeuvre to avert their own government's demise. "This is a major constitutional precedent and that worries me more than anything else," said Errol Mendes, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Ottawa and editor in chief of the National Journal of Constitutional Law.

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Canada's Economy Entering Deep Recession: OECD
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/081125/business/cbusiness_us_oecd_canada
Tue Nov 25, 5:45 AM


OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Bank of Canada has more room to slash interest rates, the OECD said in a report on Tuesday, forecasting Canada's economy will shrink for three straight quarters as the global crisis bites into domestic spending. The economy is now in a recession, said the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which predicted gross domestic product would shrink 1.6 percent in the fourth quarter, 1.4 percent in the first quarter of 2009 and 0.3 percent in the second quarter, before returning to growth. The economy will contract 0.5 percent in 2009, it estimated.

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The Greater Toronto Area is Child Poverty Capital of Ontario
Local Children’s Aid Societies Urge Government to Take Action Now – Report Released

http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/December2008/02/c5741.html?view=print

Child poverty is racialized. Today the GTA makes up about 80 per cent of Ontario's immigrants and visible minorities. Children of non-European heritage now make up about one half of the area's children, with seven out of ten of those children living in poverty.

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Canadian Government plans immigration reforms to fast-track workers in 38 occupations
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5j69g3xwUdoNz

TORONTO — Fast-tracking the immigration process for workers in 38 high-demand occupations will dramatically reduce wait times, the federal government announced Friday amid opposition criticism that the criteria for skilled workers are "absurd." The Conservative government's vow to reform the immigration system has proved controversial, with some advocacy groups saying the changes would create two classes of immigrant. Under the plan announced Friday, immigration papers for workers in 38 occupations like health, skilled trades, finance and resource extraction would be expedited. Geochemists, speech language pathologists, university professors, plumbers and chefs would also be fast-tracked.

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Toronto's Mosaic, A Reality Check
November 26, 2008
Noor Javed Staff Reporter


Excerpts from: http://www.cbc.ca/toronto/features/diversity/leadership.html
& 'Diversity deficit' lingers at top http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/543369

Toronto may be the most diverse city in the world, but boardrooms across the city are not following suit. Instead, there is a "striking" lack of inclusiveness at the top of public, private and non-profit organizations across the city, according to a report to be released today. "The Value of Diverse Leadership" was commissioned by the Toronto City Summit Alliance and the Maytree Foundation to make a business case for the importance of making diversity a priority at the board level.

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Canada's Unemployment Rate To Rise Dramatically
Written by The Weekly Voice
Thursday, 27 November 2008
http://www.weeklyvoice.com/site/index.php?option=com_content&task=view


The slowdown is just beginning and Canada will not be immune from its terrible fallout. A recent finding by OECD, a group of 30 industrial countries, says that current meltdown could increase jobless numbers in OECD countries by eight million people. Canada will likely enter a recession and the country's unemployment will rise to 7.5 per cent. The latest Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development outlook said Tuesday the world is entering the worst economic downturn in decades.

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Canada's automakers to lose $1.7 billion in 2008

OTTAWA, Nov. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's auto manufacturing sector is expected lose money for the third consecutive year in 2008, with losses ballooning to $1.7 billion this year, according to the Conference Board's Canadian Industrial Outlook: Canada's Motor Vehicle Manufacturing Industry. "Canadian auto manufacturers remain caught in a maelstrom of cyclical and structural industry changes, a trend that is unlikely to improve until at least 2010," said Sabrina Browarski, Economist.

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National Intelligence Council report: Sun setting on the American century
From The Times
November 21, 2008
Tim Reid in Washington


The report said that global warming will aggravate the scarcity of water, food and energy resources

Excerpts:
The next two decades will see a world living with the daily threat of nuclear war, environmental catastrophe and the decline of America as the dominant global power, according to a frighteningly bleak assessment by the US intelligence community.

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Commentary

The statements, opinions, or views in the following articles may not necessarily reflect that of the Goan Voice Canada.

 

Mumbai: An Assault on Us All
From the CBC – The National
http://www.cbc.ca/national/blog/video/transcripts/mumbai_an_assault_on_us_all.html
Rex Murphy - Point of View
November 27, 2008

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Most of the Western world, certainly here in North America, people are absorbed - understandably so - by the financial crisis. Deep as that is, one crisis is not an embargo on all others. Horrible consideration must be given that the malignant forces of terrorism have used the financial crisis as a backdrop and an amplifier, for yet another. Yesterday's full scale terror assault on the financial capital of the world's most populous democracy is an awful warning that however far out we are from September 11, 2001, the world is not done with terrorism.

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To Save The Economy, Feds Need To Close Door To Immigrants
Posted By RICHARD ROHMER, O. C., Q. C.
http://www.theenterprisebulletin.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1319892


Notwithstanding yesterday's attempt by Jim Flaherty, the federal Minister of Finance, to paint an optimistic picture for Canada's economic and fiscal condition, he misses/ignores a major factor that negatively impacts the Canadian economy.

That negative factor is the federal government's "wide open" immigration policy.

Wide open? Try letting in some 300,000 new immigrants each year while attempting to increase that number. The waiting line is said to be in the one-million range. Where will those immigrants end up when they arrive? Mainly to the Greater Toronto Area and to a handful of cities across Canada.

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People Places and Things

Self-Interest Can Lead The World To Ruin, Pope Says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Without the practice of Christian charity, the world today risks a disastrous fixation on personal self-interest, Pope Benedict XVI said during a noon blessing Nov. 23, the feast of Christ the King. Addressing pilgrims from his apartment window above St. Peter's Square, he said Christ made it clear that his kingdom, while not of this world, works within human history to bring about all that is good. 'If we put into practice love for our neighbor, following the Gospel message, then we make space for the rule of God and his kingdom is realized among us. If instead everyone thinks only of his own interests, the world can only go to ruin,' the pope said. Christians need to remember that the kingdom of God is not a question of honors and appearances, but of justice, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, he explained, saying God will welcome those who work daily to carry out his teachings, not the hypocrites who talk about Christ but fail to put his commandments into practice.

 

Stantec to buy Halifax environmental consulting firm Jacques Whitford for $143M
THE CANADIAN PRESS
November 24, 2008
http://finance.sympatico.msn.ca/investing/news/businessnews/article.aspx



Goan Voice Canada Comment
Goan veterans in the engineering profession followed with interest the news of the $143 million takeover of the environmental company, Jacques Whitford by Stantec of Edmonton. The company co-founder, Hector Jacques, is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and probably the only Goan to receive this honour. (click Goan Voice Canada)

Jacques Whitford, founded in 1972, was recently in the list of Canada's Top 100 Employers – by Maclean's magazine. In surfing the JW website, it is pleasing to read Hector wearing his Goan heritage on his sleeve.

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Goan Bands And DJs In The GTA Perform 'For Peanuts'
December 13, 2007
Rakshande Italia


This article appeared in 2007
http://www.thestar.com/printArticle/284594

It started when Iona and Vincy Miranda were gathering friends and family to welcome the new millennium. "We decided to host an affordable event," says Iona Miranda, who brought together 200 people for the New Year's Eve party and dance, charging $50 per family, including snacks and dinner. For entertainment, they decided to press their collection of 1,000 CDs into service.

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News Clips from Goa

Goa bids tearful adieu to Boris do Rego, Victim of Mumbai Carnage
Excerpts Times of India article


Pallbearers carry the body of Boris do Rego at his home village, Divar, Goa

Panaji: It was as if nature felt the grief that flooded the island of Divar on Saturday afternoon. As thousands of mourners accompanied the funeral cortege of junior sous chef Boris do Rego, who died in the terrorist attack on Taj, Mumbai, the sky lay overcast, thunder threatening to release the tears in the sky.

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Mumbai Terror Strikes Take A Toll On Goa Tourism Sector
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/11/30/stories/2008113051030400.htm

Prakash Kamat

Panaji, Nov. 29: Already facing the rigours of economic meltdown worldwide, Goan hospitality and travel-tour operators have hit the panic button with cancellations from foreign tourists already trickling down following adverse travel advisories from different countries to their citizens against travel to India post Mumbai terror strikes.

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Mumbai terror attacks will impact tourism in Goa
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/msid-3772986,prtpage-1.cms
29 Nov 2008, 1415 hrs IST, PTI


PANAJI: Goa tourism industry is apprehensive that its coming season may hit a dead end following the unprecedented terror attacks in Mumbai, even as global meltdown has begun to take a toll on the sector. "The Mumbai attack will naturally have its impact on Goa's tourism," Goa Tourism Director Elvis Gomes said.

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‘Christians have to suffer for their faith’
“The Church does not impose her doctrine on others, but proposes it to those who are willing to accept it,” former Papal Nuncio in South Africa, Archbishop Blasco Colaco said at Old Goa on Wednesday. Delivering the homily at the Pontifical mass on the occasion of the feast of Goencho Saib, St Francis Xavier, in the specially erected pandal outside the Basilica of Bom Jesus, the archbishop said that Christians while sharing their faith with others sometimes have to suffer for it, as has been seen in some parts of the country. [TOI]

 

'Walking Pilgrimage' reaches Old Goa
It was a true test of endurance and faith, as 672 people from different parts of Belgaum, Sidhudurg and Kholapur reached Old Goa on December 2 after being part of the "Walking Pilgrimage". Comprising people from all walks of life, including teachers, students, farmers and others, the walking pilgrims reached the Viceroy's Arch at Old Goa at about 11 am, from where they proceeded in procession to the Bom Jesus Basilica, where a special mass was celebrated for the pilgrims at 12.30 pm. The pilgrimage began at Belgaum on November 29. [H]

 

Rita Augusta's beautiful glass paintings launched

A rare exhibition is on at Yolanda's Studio & Galeria at Calangute. It involves her mother's
charming glass paintings. The exquisite paintings by Rita Augusta de Sousa have been displayed at the special space dedicated to the memory of the late Dr Pedro Cabral Adao, former Consul General of Portugal in Goa. The exhibition "Oil on Glass & More" was inaugurated on November 29, following a brief function in memory of art and culture loving Pedro Adao. [GoaNewsClips]

 

Mumbai terror attacks fail to deter foreign tourists from visiting Goa
Almost ignoring the recent terror attacks in Mumbai a large number of foreign tourists are carrying on with their plans on enjoying their holidays in the state and have no immediate plans to return to their countries, despite their relatives asking them to return to their homeland rather than risking their lives in India. A large number of tourists in the coastal belt of Goa told 'The Navhind Times' that feeling of safety brings them in large number to Goa. They also said that Goa, which was not as heavily populated as other places of tourist interest in India, was perhaps the safest place to be in the country. [NT]

 

Foreign students under scanner
The Goa police have decided to conduct a fresh survey of foreigners studying in the state to verify their antecedents and have sought the state government’s permission to be allowed to conduct surprise raids on institutions where foreign students are enrolled. The police - who are alarmed by the increasing number of natives from West Asia studying in private institutes in the state - said investigations have revealed that foreigners with student visas to study in institutes in other states have enrolled in private institutes in Goa and do not attend classes regularly. In one case, it was found that at times students disappear for months together from the state on sick leave. The police said licences of the institutes should be cancelled in case of any violations and the students bunking classes should be deported. [Preetu Nair, TOI]

 

More Lamanis rounded up for verification
In an intensive mopping drive against those entering the state from different parts of the country during the tourist season for want of jobs, South Goa police rounded up nine Lamanis along the coastal belt and some 80 odd persons from different parts of Cuncolim on Wednesday. Police also undertook verification of around 150 from Kashmir engaged in different trading activities. It might be recalled the police had rounded up some 20 Lamani on Tuesday, largely women and around 40 persons from Khareband while earlier over 200 persons from Zuarinagar slum area had been asked to sit at the Verna police station for police verification. [TOI]

 

Kazakh film bags IFFI gold
"Tulpan", a Kazakh film produced jointly by Germany, Switzerland, Russia and Poland, won the Golden Peacock award and a cash prize of Rs.40 lakh at the closing ceremony of the 39th International Film Festival of India held at Kala Academy hall, here on December 2. The film's director Sergey Dvortsevoy also won the Most Promising Director award which comprised a Silver Peacock and a cash prize of Rs.15 lakh. Malini Fonseka from Sri Lanka was presented the Special Jury Award comprising a silver Peacock and cash Rs.15 lakh for her lead role in 'Akasa Kusum' (Flower of the Sky). Legendary actor Kamal Hassan was the chief guest at the closing ceremony. Hassan claimed that since IFFI was being held in Goa, the state had become more enticing and hoped that shooting facilities would lure him enough to visit Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said he wanted to promote Goa brand as a permanent venue for the International Film Festival of India and added that the government was keen to promote Goa as an entertainment hub. [GT]

 

Goan bakers need government support for survival
The Goan bakers who are fighting against the odds to keep their heads above the water. Consumers addicted to local pav, undo or poyi may grudge that the prices of their staple food may rise from today. But they may not be aware of the difficult times through which this traditional enterprise - a cultural asset of Goa and Asia is passing through. Toddy tapping, salt production from agors, baking and confectionary, distillation of cashew and coconut feni, wine and vinegar production, candle making are some of Goa's ethnically, culturally important industries fully deserving the iconic status of 'heritage industries of Goa'. [Nandkumar Kamat, NT]

 

Various migratory bird species fly into state
The global meltdown may have affected tourism, but ornithologists and bird watchers hard pressed to explain the glaring absence of the winged visitors are relieved that they have finally started arriving at their usual wintering spots. “It was a strange phenomenon this year as they usually start arriving by late September or early October,” Carl D’Silva, wild life artist and ornithologist told TOI. Sightings of some species around October appeared to be a false alarm. “On Wednesday, a small number of pin tails and Eurasian wigeons were seen at Carambolim lake, but at the Batim lake, there were more than 2,000 birds, more common teals and lesser pin tails,” he said. [Paul Fernandes, TOI]


News Clips from India

Cardinal Oswald Gracias Expresses Condolences, Offers Church’s Support
http://www.archbom.org/news.htm#Cardinal_Oswald_Gracias_Expresses_Condolences

MUMBAI, NOV. 28, 2008, 10.00 Hrs (Nirmala Carvalho / AsiaNews): Mumbai Archbishop and Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) vice-President, Cardinal Oswald Gracias has condemned the attacks in Mumbai. He has offered the assistance of all Catholic medical centres to help tend the wounded. The Cardinal sends condolences to the victim's families. He has pledged full cooperation with police and invites the international community to be close to the nation.

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Don Bosco Opens First Catholic University in India
(SAR News)‏
From:
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Sent: November 29, 2008 4:47:41 AM


GUWAHATI, Assam (SAR NEWS) -- Don Bosco University (DBU) Guwahati, Assam, the first Catholic university set up under the new government legislation, will be inaugurated on December 6, 2008. The earlier inaugural programme scheduled for October 31 was postponed due to the serial bomb blast that rocked Guwahati and left 81 people dead and over 200 people injured, October 30. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and four State ministers (Education, Health, Power and Social Welfare) will attend the function along with a galaxy of eminent civil and church personalities of the region.

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CBC Video On India
http://www.cbc.ca/national/blog/video/internationalus/bangalore_electronic_city_1.html


Bangalore - Electronic City
November 24, 2008 (Runs 10:09)
A cool oasis one thousand metres above sea level, Bangalore is India's city of research and knowledge, where all the high tech heavyweights have set up

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Indian IT firms unfazed by Obama's tax plans
Tue Nov 25, 2008 8:23pm IST
http://in.reuters.com/article/topNews/idINIndia-36693120081125
By Amitha Rajan


BANGALORE (Reuters) - Indian IT and IT-services companies seem undaunted by the potential impact from U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's proposal to repeal tax breaks for companies that outsource certain operations to offshore centers. "I don't see Obama doing anything terribly drastic. I think he has enough on his plate; he has got a trillion-dollar bailout and probably got another trillion dollars coming on top of that which he has to finance," Genpact Ltd's (G.N: Quote, Profile, Research) Chief Executive Pramod Bhasin said at the Reuters India Investment Summit.

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 Obituary

+Sylvina Robertina De Souza
Mrs. Sylvina Robertina De Souza (85) passed away peacefully in Saligao, Goa, on November, 26, 2008 .Beloved wife of Late Jose Francisco Reginaldo De Souza,(Ex-Kisumu & Mombasa) and mother of Tony Rex De Souza, (Goa) Late Stella Faria, (USA) Augustilia Gomes Pinto, (Canada) Kevin De Souza (Canada) and Ralph De Souza. (Canada)

Funeral will take place on December 13, 2008 at Mae De Deus Church at 5:30.


Announcements

World Alliance of Goan Overseas Association (WAGOA)

Antonio Mascarenhas of Toronto & Calangute nominated the official representative of WAGOA in Goa. In addition, Antonio will also represent the World Alliance of Village Associations of Canada. – Click for details

 

Quebec Goan Association – St. Francis Xavier Feast Celebration

The QGA is pleased to announce that preparations are well underway for the feast of our "Goencho Saib", Saint Francis Xavier. The event is sponsored this year by the family of Tony and Jane Fernandes.

Date: Saturday, November 29th, 2008
Location: Saint Suzanne Church, 9501 Gouin Boulevard West, Pierrefonds, QC, H8Y 1T7

Mass will start at 6:30 PM sharp. As per tradition, a social gathering will follow in the parish hall.

Dinner tickets for this event must be purchased in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Sunday, November 16th, 2008.

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Mark Your Calendars
Toronto- Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students Reunion– September 26, 2009

The 11th Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students Reunion will take place in Toronto on Sept. 26, 2009. There will be a week of festivities leading up to the Grand Ball on that night at the picturesque Lionhead Golf and Country Club in Brampton. We are planning a Pub Night; trip to Niagara Falls, a golf tournament and a picnic on Sept. 27. Individual classes will also have a day set aside to hold their own mini-reunions during the week.

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The Railway Goan Institute, Nairobi Kenya
Founded 1909 ~ Incorporated into the Railway Institute 1967

See: http://www.goacom.com/culture/biographies/rgi/rgi.htm

Members of the Railway Goan Institute and those who worked for the Railways or whose parents were employed there, or lived in the Railway neighbourhood, are planning a “Homecoming” in Toronto to celebrate the Centenary of this famed institution. This event will take place in conjunction with the Ex-Students Reunion as noted in the announcement above, in September 2009.

Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for further information..


Events

Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2008

Date

Organization

Events

Links

New Year’s Eve – December 31, 2008 Stage West Hotel
5400 Dixie Road Mississauga
Gala Dinner & Dance Featuring
 DJ Mario the Music Man
Contact:
Lucia Wilson 416-726-3284
 
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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.

Saurday, December, 13, 2008 Christmas Dance

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Click to download form to join TEGSA or renew membership for 2009

 

Events in Goa

Kala Academy Goa
Programme schedule from Dec 6 to 12, 2008

Date

Time

Events

Venue

8th - 24th December 2008 10 am to 7.30 pm North Eastern Handicrafts & H.D. Corp. Ltd. Handloom

Exhibition Free
Darya Sangam - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
6th December 2008 3.30 pm to 7.30 pm

Mariano Fernandes
Tiatr "Soglim Sopnam Gupit Chinttna"

Ticketed

Dinnanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir - (Kala Academy, Panjim)

6th December 2008 7.30 pm to 11.30 pm Dinesh P. Bhonsle
Film "Marmabandha"

Free
Dinnanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
6th December 2008 6.30 pm KA-Repertory Company
New Play "Pahije Jatiche"

Free
Open Air Auditorium - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
6th - 7th December 2008 10 am to 7.30 pm KA-PDS Children Painting Exhibition Art Gallery - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
7th December 2008 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Premnath Natekar
Marathi Drama "Hai Bhaau Doka Naka Khaau"

Ticketed
Dinnanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
7th December 2008 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m John D'Silva
Tiatr "Nattok"

Ticketed
Dinnanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
7th December 2008 10 a.m. to 2 p.m Kala Mogi Makeup Workshop

Free
Black Box - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
7th December 2008 6.30 p.m. to 10 p.m Panjim Traditional Festival Committee
Tiatr "NAGIN"

Passes
Open Air Auditorium - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
8th - 10th December 2008 6 pm to 10 pm Young Stars of Porvorim
Theatre Festival

Free
Open Air Auditorium - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
8th - 11th December 2008 10 am to 7.30 pm Trishna Singh Painting Exhibition

Free
Art Gallery - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
9th - 10th December 2008 5.30 pm KA-PDS Mando Festival

Free
Dinnanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
11th December 2008 2 pm to 10.30 pm KA-PDS Marathi Drama Competition 'Magadhamaya'

Ticketed
Dinnanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
11th December 2008  6 pm to 10 pm KA-PDS Swarangan

Free
Black Box - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
11th December 2008 6.30 pm to 10 pm Namah Musical Concert

Ticketed
Open Air Auditorium - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
11th - 12th December 2008 10.30 am to 5.30 pm KA-FIM Written Exam Rehearsal Hall - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
12th December 2008 7 pm to 11 pm Kala Mogi Candolim
Tiatr 'Mhonvall Vikh'

Ticketed
Dinnanath Mangueshkar Kala Mandir - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
12th December 2008 5 pm to 7.30 pm KA-Sahitya Akademi
Through My Window

Free
Black Box - (Kala Academy, Panjim)
12th December 2008 6.30 pm KA-PDS Festival of Carols

Free
Open Air Auditorium - (Kala Academy, Panjim)

Note: Some timings mentioned above refer to the hall-booking time. Please re-confirm the actual start-time of the event.

FN * Independent Journalist http://fn.goa-india.org
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Health & Wellness

760,000 Canadian kids growing up poor: report
By Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/capress/081120/health/health_bc_child_poverty
Thu Nov 20, 6:53 PM

OTTAWA - At least 760,000 Canadian kids - about one in nine - are growing up poor, says a new report that calls on the Harper government to follow the lead of some provinces and take action.

The 2008 report card being released Friday by anti-poverty group Campaign 2000 likely underestimates the true extent of hardship, says national co-ordinator Laurel Rothman. That's because the numbers reflect Statistics Canada's low-income cutoffs from 2006, the most recent available, long before the current economic slide. A family of four living in a small city is considered relatively low-income if it earns less than $27,745 after taxes.

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Lots of TV and Web harms kids' health
By Will Dunham
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/081202/us/usreport_us_health_children?printer=1
Tue Dec 2, 6:48 AM


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Spending a lot of time watching TV, playing video games and surfing the Web makes children more prone to a range of health problems including obesity and smoking, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday. U.S. National Institutes of Health, Yale University and the California Pacific Medical Center experts analyzed 173 studies done since 1980 in one of the most comprehensive assessments to date on how exposure to media sources impacts the physical health of children and adolescents.

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Wired World Undermines Family
Vanier Institute researcher tells Catholic Social Services that technology offers risks, opportunities

By RAMON GONZALEZ
Western Catholic Reporter Staff Writer
Edmonton
http://www.wcr.ab.ca/news/2008/0623/web062308.shtml


Televisions flicker in kitchens and bedrooms, Ipods dangle from belt loops, families use computers for budgets and banking, email and instant messaging, homework and research, computer games and even commerce. Music pours out of MP3s, radios and CD players. Cell phones ring, pagers beep and webcams buzz as family members young and old endeavour to stay in touch.

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Toronto Study Finds Older Adults Easily Distracted
Megan Ogilvie
November 25, 2008
http://www.healthzone.ca/health/articlePrint/543088


Trying to balance the bank book? It might be best to turn off the TV.

Toronto scientists have found further evidence that older adults have a hard time tuning out distractions when concentrating on a single task. The new research, published today, suggests older brains process more irrelevant information from the environment, such as an irritating background noise, than the brains of younger adults.

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Five Tips to Survive Christmas and Beyond, in the Economic Crisis

KITCHENER, ON, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - The holiday season can be stressful. The current 'credit crunch' makes it even more challenging. How can you survive the holidays during this economic crisis? Financial experts from Hoyes Michalos & Associates Inc. offer their top five tips for surviving the economic crisis:

  1. Reduce your debt. "This is critical. If you have debt, the people you owe have control over your money. Take immediate steps to reduce your debt. Whatever else you do, don't accumulate any new debt over the holidays. This can stress your finances to the brink," says Douglas Hoyes, a trustee with Hoyes Michalos & Associates.

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Ontario Government Reforming Family Justice For Ontarians
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/news/2008/20081124-fam-nr.asp


Ontario plans to introduce family law reforms that would, if passed, better protect women and children and reduce the cost and stress of family court proceedings for Ontarians. The proposed family law legislation would strengthen child and family protection in times of family breakdown and distress by:

  • Strengthening abuse prevention for women and children by prosecuting breaches of restraining orders as criminal offences

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