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Newsletter. Issue 11. May 23, 2009


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VANCOUVER: Seven Indian Canadians were elected to the 79-member assembly in Canada's British Columbia
Excerpt from:
13 May 2009

Among those who were elected was Wally Oppal, provincial attorney-general and virtually number two in the cabinet. A former British Columbia Supreme Court judge, Oppal plunged into politics in 2005 and got elected on the ruling Liberal Party ticket from the Vancouver-Fraserview constituency.



Three things Sri Lanka’s government must do to ensure peace*
*Source: Caritas Internationalis | 19 May 2009

Caritas says that the Sri Lanka government needs to bring peace to the country now that war is over through a series of short and long term measures

 These are to:

  1. *Improve the conditions in the camps for people displaced by the war,

  2. *Resettle people made homeless as soon as possible and help rebuild their lives,

  3. *Bring about a just peace that meets the needs of all Sri Lankans


Canadian Prime Minister:
"Sri Lanka must understand that there will be consequences for its actions"

TORONTO, May 16 /CNW/ - The Prime Minister joined the United Nations and numerous world leaders today calling for an end to violence in Sri Lanka. The Prime Minister has reportedly made several calls to President Rapapakse to make clear his concerns about the need for an end to violence and help for civilians.


Non-anglo names barrier for job hunters: Study
Excerpts from Article …
By Shannon Proudfoot, | Canwest News Service | May 20, 2009

Job applicants with English-sounding names on their resumes are 40 per cent more likely to be called for an interview than those with Chinese, Indian or Pakistani names, according to a University of British Columbia study released Wednesday. The Carrie Martins and Matthew Wilsons of the world simply have an easier time in the Canadian job market than the Hassan Khans or Min Lius, new research reveals.


Canadian executive CAs say graduate hiring levels likely to decline in 2009

TORONTO, May 15 /CNW/ - Senior level chartered accountants in Canada expect fewer university and/or college graduates to be hired this year according to the most recent CICA/RBC Business Monitor (Q1 2009).


Canadian Home Sales Surge As Prices Dip 3rd Month In Row
Garry Marr, Financial Post | Friday, May 15, 2009

Existing-home sales surged in April, a third consecutive monthly increase, which forced the Canadian Real Estate Association yesterday to revise its forecast for a housing market apparently on the rebound.


Ontario Taking Clean, Green Solutions To India

Premier Dalton McGuinty To Promote Environmental  Technologies On Trade Mission

TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty is leading a trade mission to India in December to promote Ontario's innovative companies, attract investment and turn bright ideas into new green jobs. The delegation will include representatives from Ontario's leading clean tech companies and focus on how the province's green solutions can help India grow sustainably. The week-long mission will include stops in New Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad. India's economy is one of the largest and fastest growing in the world. India recently introduced a National Plan To Fight Climate Change ( ), focusing on clean, renewable energy sources and increased energy efficiency. Their efforts to fight global warming have boosted investment in climate-friendly projects, creating opportunities for Ontario companies.


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


Racism still with us
Excerpt from Editorial in Toronto Star | May 15, 2009 04:30 AM

We take pride in our ability to absorb immigrants from every culture, live together harmoniously, and bring up our children in a country where racial diversity is normal. But every so often we need a reminder that skin colour still holds some Canadians back and weakens their sense of belonging.


To everything there is a season, especially our spiritual growth

A friend of mine likes to explain his religious background this way: “I have powerful conservative roots. I was raised in a strong conservative, Roman Catholic, immigrant, German, farming family, with all the inhibitions, protectiveness, exclusivity and reticence that this entailed.


PAKISTAN -Wanted: A People’s Leader
Dawn Editorial | Friday, 15 May, 2009

IN days of yore when royals paid a visit to foreign lands, they often did so to escape the stress and strain of ruling an ungovernable country. Then interpersonal diplomacy caught the fancy of leaders and the need to communicate in private became reason enough to travel. Today, communication has moved far ahead of the Morse code, and foreign trips by dignitaries are seen as an exercise that must be undertaken only when the purpose is solid and justifiable and the period of absence limited. This specially holds true when a leader’s presence in his or her country is needed because of uncertain political, security and economic conditions there.

People Places and Things

MAY 15th 2009

by Muriel Lucas

Tegsa’s Annual Live Event, Naturally Talented Seniors, “ Kicked it up a Notch ”, with an amazing mish-mash of Songs, dance & acts which thrilled an enthusiastic full house crowd at the Commander Hall on l5th May 2009.

The show opened with a terrific Yoga display by our very own VP Dr. Sal Rocha. The picture below says it all.

Teresa TEGSA’s Yoga Guru & Charles look on.

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TEGSA events always starts with delicious snacks or a full served Goan or Indian meal and this time, pulao, spinach chicken and a potato chop followed by an appetizing dessert of bundi ladoo was on the menu.


New Obama Plan Seeks Affordable Broadband Service for All US Homes
By Chris Simkins | Washington | 07 May 2009

President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress have set aside more than $7 billion to build broadband Internet networks to bring high speed computer access to every U.S. home. Policy makers say construction of the network and its use will help create jobs in the global digital economy. The goal is to deliver affordable broadband service to people in rural and underserved communities.


Do-It-Yourself HD Video
By Rob Pegoraro | Friday, May 15, 2009 10:00 AM

Getting a movie to watch in high definition on an HDTV can be an expensive proposition, between the cost of a Blu-ray player or a cable or satellite subscription. But if you want to shoot that movie yourself, you need not spend more than $200. You won't get the finer points of a Hollywood production, but you will have your own (more or less) high-def footage, ready to play on a TV and, with a few extra steps, online.


Book Review-Harnessing the Trade Winds

The Story of the Centuries-Old Indian Trade with East Africa, using the Monsoon Winds
Author:Blanche Rocha D’Souza

Harnessing the Trade Winds is the outcome of a generation of research undertaken in Nairobi, Mombassa and Zanzibar in East Africa, and Mumbai and Goa in India. Of her work the author says: “In all my research I found that Arab and particularly European, sources of information downplayed the importance of Indian trade in the Indian Ocean which goes back at least three thousand years BC. [The book] attempts to rekindle in the Indian diaspora a justifiable pride in the achievements of its forebears in East Africa, and indeed other parts of the world. In East Africa they promoted the development of agriculture and industry and the globalization of trade stemming from their trading activities.”

ISBN 9789966712325 | 208 pages | 216 x 140 mm | B/W Illustrations | 2008 | Zand Graphics, Kenya |


Book Review
A visual diary of artist Mario De Miranda 
Chitrapu Uday Bhaskar | May 12, 2009

MARIO DE MIRANDA: Pub. by Gerard da Cunha and Architecture Anonymous, House No 674, Torda, Salvador do Mundo, Bardez, Goa. Rs. 2700. 


Robin Cardozo - Funding facilitator
Gloria Elayadathusseril

When L. Robin Cardozo, a yuppie Pakistani moved to Canada in the late ’70s, he possessed a British degree in chartered accountancy — and an immigrant’s unshakable faith in thriving — with an eye on Canada’s corporate world.

He wasn’t disappointed when it came to climbing the corporate ladder. But at the same time, he felt the steps were rather precarious, particularly for a new immigrant. “I did face challenges when I came first… I was certainly aware of that,” remembers Cardozo. The 23-year-old man, who went to England as a student, had just arrived in Canada and reunited with his parents and siblings, also new immigrants in the country. “I was paid much less than many others, and had to put in double the effort to prove myself.”

News Clips from Goa

Goa Lok Sabha Election Results

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  1. Cosme Francisco Caitano SardinhaCosme Francisco Caitano Sardinha – Congress Votes: 127494

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Archbishop favours affordable health care
Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao has stated that health care has become a commercial activity these days and hence providing health care at affordable rates to the needy people has become the need of the hour. He was speaking after inaugurating the Cardiac Out-Patient Diagnostic Clinic of Goa-America Heart Foundation Trust at JMJ Hospital, Porvorim, on May 12. He assured full support to Goa-America Heart Foundation Trust and said that the dream of the trustees to establish a full-fledged cardiac hospital will soon see the light of the day. [H]


Priest succumbs to injuries
Fr Maurice Figuiredo (55), rector of Don Bosco, Benaulim, who had suffered injuries in an accident reported at Pulwaddo-Benaulim, succumbed to his injuries at the Goa Medical College and Hospital Bambolim, the police has informed. According to the police, the accident had occurred on May 11 between a pick up and the two-wheelers, which was driven by Fr Maurice Figuiredo. [NT]


DoE approves three new English primary schools
The department of education, from the academic year 2009-2010, has given permission to open three new primary schools in Goa - Holy Trinity School, Pedem-Mapusa, Ram Vidyamandir, Colvale and St Mary’s Education Institute, Navelim-Salcete - all of them having English as the medium of instruction, just when more and more Konkani and Marathi schools are witnessing poor attendance. There are around 2,079 schools in Goa, including 1,300-odd primary schools conducting education in various languages as their medium of instruction. [NT]


‘Waste disposal, drinking water Goa’s big challenge’
Goa may be one of India’s emerging states but it has a long way to go in terms of public health. According to Dr Armida Fernandes, founder trustee of Sneha and expert in neonatology, the biggest challenges for Goa are sewage. Waste disposal and availability of safe drinking water. Dr Armida was delivering this year’s VM Salgaocar Memorial Lecture on the theme “Urban Health – The Challenge of the Millennium”. The lecture was organised by VM Salgaocar Foundation at a city hotel on May 13. [GT]


Indian giant squirrel rescued at Soliye
Members of Bicholim's animal rescue squad recently came to the aid of an injured Indian giant squirrel (locally known as shekro) at a horticultural plantation in Soliye, a hamlet located within the jurisdiction of the Honda-Sattari panchayat. "The rescued shekro was injured by an air gun shot. We provided it with treatment and nursed it back to health over a period of two days. The animal was subsequently set free into its natural habitat," said a member of the rescue squad. [TOI]


Harvester, a blessing for Chandor village
A harvester, ferried all the way from Davangere, Karnataka, has come as a boon to farmers from the Cavorim-Chandor village as their fields are now harvested in a jiffy without the tension of looking out for labourers. Alex Peixote, who would normally spend around Rs.2,000 on paying the labourers their wages, had to pay only rs.650 this time for the harvester. [Julio D’Silva, ST]


Navigation gallery at museum
The Archaeological Survey of India, Goa Circle, is setting up a navigation gallery at its museum at Old Goa to create maritime awareness among the youth. The gallery will be inaugurated on May 8 at 10.30, on the occasion of International Museum Day by the Director of National Institute of Oceanography, Dr SR Shetye. The gallery will depict marine history including that of Portuguese navigators, maritime activity in ancient and medieaval India, Roman merchant ships, nautical instruments, etc. [GT]

News Clips from India

Kerala Church Finalizes Scheme To Fight Poverty, Save Nature

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, India : If a Church plan succeeds, Kerala state will have more ground water, hundreds of organic farms and fewer poor people in the next five years. Social service organizations of the southern Indian state\'s 29 Catholic dioceses have finalized guidelines for a massive action plan to fight poverty and work for environment-friendly development.


Former UN Under-secretary, Shashi Tharoor, wins from Thiruvanathapuram (Kerala) Lok Sabha constituency
16 May 2009,

THIRUVANATHAPURAM: Shashi Tharoor had fought and lost an election for the post of UN secretary general, but the Congress candidate on Saturday scored a thumping victory from the Thiruvanathapuram Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala to make his debut in Parliament.

Tharoor defeated his nearest CPI rival P Ramachandran Nair by a margin of over 95,000 votes.


India calls on Tesco to reform farming industry
By Barney Henderson in Mumbai and Damien McElroy
Last Updated: 10:07PM BST 18 May 2009

British supermarkets could be called in to help India modernise its farming industry in the wake of the Congress Party victory in the country's general election.

The retailers, including Tesco, will be asked to overhaul the inefficient production and distribution systems which result in up to half of the annual crop rotting before reaching market. Rahul Gandhi, heir to the party's ruling dynasty and the strategist behind its surprise victory, is expected to be appointed agriculture minister to spearhead the reforms designed to raise rural incomes.


+ Kennedy DeSouza
From: | Date: Thu, 21 May 2009

It is with great sorrow & grief that we announce the death of Kennedy DeSouza ( of D. T. Dobie, Nairobi, Kenya) He passed away on 21st May 2009, in Mumbai, India where he had been undergoing treatment for a brain tumour.

He was the loving husband to Shanti and father to Kyle, Loving son to Henry & Annette DeSouza ( of 680 hotel Nairobi), Brother to Christopher in the UK

May his soul rest in eternal peace and may the Lord comfort the family .

Funeral details will follow later.

For on behalf of the family
Goan Welfare Society _Nairobi


+ J. Fleming Dias, - Engineer & Inventor
Thu May 14 | From posting on

From Carlos Rodrigues: Fleming Dias (Inventor/Scientist, ex Hewlett Packard, Palo Alto, California and ex Zenith Radio Corp, Michigan) passed away peacefully in Nice, France, on May 11, 2009. Funeral services held on Monday May 18, at 9 am at the Holy Family Church (Eglise Saint Famille), 1 Boulevard Marechal Juin, Cagnes sur Mer, France.

Fleming graduated in Civil Engineering from University of Poona in 1954. He later post-graduated in Electronics Engineering from the University of Michigan. At Michigan Research Institute, he worked on air pollution control and researched the influence of smoke from factories located around Pittsburgh. Fleming undertook aerodynamic studies to learn the effect of sonic boom in airport structures.


+ Ayres Mascarenhas

MASCARENHAS, H. Ayres - Peacefully at the Scarborough Grace Hospital on Friday, May 15, 2009 in his 79th year. Ayres leaves behind his devoted wife Mary Rose, and his loving children: Sandra (Randy) Wetzel, Malcolm (Jolyn), Lyndon (Elena), and Alwyn (Viveka). He will be forever missed by his grandchildren: Richard, Jasmine, Amelia, LeRoy, Roland, Wendall, Colette, Lucas, and Samara. Dear brother to Eddie, and Max (Alice). Predeceased by sister Anne (late husband Cajetan), Olinda (late husband Marcelino), and sister-in-law Mita. Ayres will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by the rest of his family and many friends.. Funeral Mass held Thursday, May 21 at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 21 Simonston Blvd., Thornhill. Interment at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery.


India visa office to open in Brampton
Wednesday May 13 2009
By SUNIL RAO | Info From:

Effective Friday, May 22, the Consulate General of India at 365 Bloor St East stops accepting any mail-in applications for visas, passport renewals.
New Office : Brampton at 40 Gillingham Drive, Unit 406

The good news is Indian visa, passport and other services in the GTA will be available at two new more customer-friendly and accessible locations - including one in Brampton - as part of the Indian missions' long-awaited efforts to outsource part of its operations to a third party.

VF Services (Canada) has been awarded the contract.






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Saturday, 23rd. May Woodbine Race Track
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23rd May 2009 Woodbine Racetrack

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Saturday, June 20th, 2009 Fallsview Casino/ Magnotta Winery

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September or October  2009 Agawa Canyon
14th November 2009 Fallsview Casino, Magnotta and Festival of Lights

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2009





Sunday May 31, 2009 The Salcete Association "Festa De Sashtikars"
The 30th Annual Salcete Social

at Payal Banquets, Mississauga.
Mass @ 11:30 am

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Saturday, June 13th 2009
6.00 p.m.
Siolim Social 2009 Siolim Social 2009
Celebration the Feast of St. Anthony

Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Claireport Cres.
Etobicoke, ONM9W6V5
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Friday July 3rd 2009 , 6.00-8.00 p.m.

in association with G.O.A, West-End Seniors Assn, Toronto East  Goan Seniors Assn, Can-Orient Seniors Assn & St. Francis Xavier Seniors Club


Christ The King Church3495 Confederation Parkway

Mississauga (South of Square One Mall)

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Saturday, July 11th 2009 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association (CLR) CLR (Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association) Picnic

Thompson Memorial Park - Area C
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Sunday, July 19th 2009 Calangute Association Canada 2009 Calangute Social
Celebration of the Feast of Patron St. Alex
Mass @ 11.30 a.m.
Europa Convention Centre
7050 Bramalea Road
Mississauga, Ontario
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Sunday September 20, 2009 –12.00 noon-6.30 p.m. Railway Goan Institute  Centenary Celebration Railway Goan Institute  Centenary Celebration

Payal Banquet Hall

3410 Semenyk Court
Mississauga, On L6C 4P8
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Saturday, October 3rd 2009 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association (CLR) CLR (Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association) 10th Annual Social Flyer to follow
Saturday October 24, 2009
 6.00 p.m. to 1.00 a.m
Cortalim Association Toronto Celebrating The Feast of Saints Phillip & James  
CLAIREPORT Banquet Place 65 Claireport Cres, Etobicoke
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Sailing February 12, 2010 ( 9 Nights)

Ex Students in Toronto of  ST. TERESA’s Boys’ & Girls’ School, Eastleigh

St. Teresa’s School

First Global Reunion Caribbean Cruise from  Miami, Florida

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Health & Wellness

Spring into Action

TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - For all those weekend warriors, die-hard campers, and unabashed lovers of nature, the May 2-4 weekend marks the unofficial beginning of the 2009 summer season. So before we spring into action, whether it's opening up the cottage or venturing out to your favourite campsite, the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) would like to give you a few pointers for a safe, fun-filled weekend.


Daydreaming Helps Solve Problems: Study
Wednesday, 13 May, 2009

VANCOUVER: Contrary to common opinion, daydreaming is not slacking off because when the brain wanders it is working even harder to solve problems, new research has shown.

Scientists scanned the brains of people lying inside magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines, as they alternately pushed buttons or rested. The scans showed that the ‘default network’ deep inside a human brain becomes more active during daydreaming. But in a surprise finding the scans also revealed intense activity in the executive network, the outlying region of the brain associated with complex problem-solving, neuroscientist Kalina Christoff said.


US Restaurant Chains Criticized For Unhealthy Salt Content
By Melinda Smith | Washington | 14 May 2009

Americans like to eat out. It's been estimated they go out for a meal or take out food from a restaurant at least five times a week. But there is growing concern about the quality of the food they consume. One health group is warning that some restaurants put dangerously high amounts of salt in the food they serve.


Onion a day keeps hay fever away
15 May 2009
LONDON: Onion may hold the key to beating hay fever, says a new study.

Dutch researchers say onion skins contain quercetin, a potent natural anti-histamine and anti-inflammatory shown to help hay fever sufferers. According to the British Onion Producers' Association, onions contain three times as much quercetin as kale - the next-richest source - and 10 times as much as broccoli, reports The Daily Express.


Too Much Cola Zaps Muscle Power
Story from BBC NEWS:

Excessive cola consumption can lead to anything from mild weakness to profound muscle paralysis, doctors are warning.

This is because the drink can cause blood potassium to drop dangerously low, they report in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.


Surgery post heart attack doesn't help
21 May 2009,

Does rushing a patient to hospital after a mild heart attack improve his or her chances of survival? It doesn't help much, says a new Canadian study led by Indian-origin professor Shamir Mehta at McMaster University in Hamilton near Toronto.

The study found that rushing patients with a mild heart attack into bypass surgery or angioplasty did not improve their chances of survival, than waiting a few days. Led by Mehta, the researchers found similar rates of death or recurrence of heart attack in patients who underwent surgery quickly after a mild stroke and those who had to wait for a day and longer.

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