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New Immigrants Driving Housing Demand, according to Scotia Economics

"Given Canada's aging population and relatively low fertility rates, longer-term household formation and housing needs will be largely determined by immigration,"

TORONTO, July 9 /CNW/ - Canadian immigrants are narrowing the homeownership gap with their Canadian-born counterparts, according to the latest Real Estate Trends report released today by Scotia Economics. The most recent census data available show that in 2006, almost 72 per cent of immigrants lived in a dwelling owned by a household member, up from 68 per cent in 2001. The comparable share for the Canadian-born population rose a more modest two percentage points over this period, from 73 per cent to 75 per cent.



Study reveals pervasive discrimination in Toronto’s rental housing market
By johnbon | Created Jul 7 2009 - 9:07pm | July 8, 2009

Approximately one in four households receiving social assistance, South Asian households, and Black lone parents experience moderate to severe discrimination when they inquire about an available apartment in Toronto, according to a new study published Tuesday by the Centre for Equality Rights in Accommodation (CERA). When the housing seeker has a mental illness, the research finds that one third will experience discrimination.


Pope Calls For A New World Order
Barney Zwartz | July 9, 2009 - 12:18AM

POPE Benedict XVI has proposed a new world political authority "with real teeth", possibly in place of the United Nations, to enforce an ethical financial order and end the global financial crisis.


Kenya going the Somalia way? Apparently yes
The East African | By JULIUS BOSIRE | Monday, July 6 2009

US think tank Fund for Peace has ranked Kenya 14 out of 20 countries considered to be critical in the “failed state” category

In its Failed States Index annual report, the think tank says Kenya’s stability was wavering since the 2007 General Election, but expressed hope that the Coalition government led by President Mwai Kibaki’s Party of National Unity and Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement could save the situation if it delivered services to the people.


Canada June job losses smaller than expected
Fri Jul 10, 7:08 AM

Canada's net job losses in June totaled 7,400, a much smaller decline than expected due to gains in most services industries while factories continued to lay off workers, Statistics Canada said on Friday. The unemployment rate rose to 8.6 percent from 8.4 percent as more people looked for work, the federal agency said. More people were self-employed or working in part-time jobs.

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


We lacked a civil society movement to halt the hatred in Gujarat'
Sent: July 7, 2009 8:59:48 AM | From: 
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( | By Melanie P Kumar

When minorities have no place in a state sworn to secularism, when freedom of speech and expression is curtailed, what vibrant Gujarat are we talking about, asks Father Cedric Prakash, human rights activist from Ahmedabad


Obama correctly snubs Kenya on trip to Africa
By The Kansas City Star Editorial Board

In Ghana tonight, the streets are lined with flashy new billboards of their new president and of ours. It’s part of the hoopla and glory that has the West African nation standing tall as the first sub-Saharan nation to host President Barack Obama.


'Catastrophy for Sri Lanka to take triumphant position'
London (PTI): A noted historian has warned that it would be catastrophic for Sri Lanka to take a triumphant position on its victory over LTTE and it is time the country gave democracy and pluralism a chance.


US President Barack Obama urges 'new black mindset'
No one has written your destiny for you - your destiny is in your hands

Story from BBC NEWS: 

US President Barack Obama has told America's oldest civil rights organisation that African Americans should take charge of their own lives.

He told the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) there were "no excuses" for minority children not to succeed.

People Places and Things

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board announces top scholars for 2008-09
2,200 Grade 12 Dufferin-Peel students score 80 per cent or higher

The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board is pleased to announce its top scholars for 2008-09. For the second year in a row, St. Francis Xavier Secondary School in Mississauga produced Dufferin-Peel’s top scholar. Richard Hae scored an impressive 99.34 per cent average on his top six Grade 12 courses. The leading scholar from a Brampton school is once again from St. Edmund Campion Secondary School. Darren Fernandes scored an average of 99.17 per cent. Oliver Cardoza from Robert F. Hall Catholic Secondary School was the top Caledon/Dufferin County scholar with a 94.50 per cent average.


Mangaloreans in Chicago Accord Warm Welcome to Bishop Aloysius
Media Release

Chicago, July 10, 2009: The Mangaloreans of Chicago area, under the leadership of Mangalorean Konkan Christian Association of Chicago, greeted Bishop of Mangalore, Rt Dr. Aloysius D'Souza, spiritual leader of Mangalore Diocese, with a rousing welcome. The celebrations were held at the Holy Spirit Church of Techny Towers. The Techny Towers is the landmark of the Divine Word Missionaries in the US.


Goan band at the Sultan’s Palace –Zanzibar ~ 19th Century Photo

Citation: The Goanese band at the Sultan’s Palace [text also in Arabic]. Winterton Collection of East African Photographs, Melville J. Herskovits Library of African Studies, Northwestern University, Evanston. Object 29-1-68. 4 July, 2009.

News Clips from Goa

Goan expats can now get their houses back
There’s some good news for non-resident Indians (NRIs) of Goan origin who have not been able to take possession of their premises. The Goa government has just notified the amendment to the Goa Buildings (Lease, Rent and Eviction) Control Act giving much relief to the NRIs. Now; Goan NRIs would be entitled to recover possession of any premises “on the grounds that the premises are bonafide required by him for occupation by himself or any member of his family. ”No sale: There is a condition the NRI will have to follow as provided in the Act. The NRI will not be allowed to sell the premises or transfer the same through some other means or let it out, before the expiry of a period of three years from the date of taking possession of the premises. How to go about: To avail benefits from the amendment, the NRI will have to apply to the Rent Controller. Offices of rent controllers are situated in Mapusa, Panjim, Mormugao, etc. [H]

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Kamat seeks special attention from Center
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat yesterday said that Goa today needs special consideration from the central government for development of infrastructure. He said Goa being most sought after tourist destination is visited by tourists double the size of its population every year. Kamat was speaking as chief guest after inaugurating a two-day conference on Centre-State Relations organized by the Commission on Centre-State Relations New Delhi in Co-operation with the Goa Government at Hotel Marriott Miramar. [GT]


Konkani does not have any religious boundary: Pundalik
Renowed Konkani writer and Central Sahitya Akademi's Konkani advisory Board Convenor Pundalik Naik has started that Konkani Language which is spoken in states of Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerla is the Mother tongue of Hindus, Christians and Muslims. [H]


Vice Chancellor against treating education on par with business
Vice Chancellor of Goa University, Prof Dileep N Deobagkar has said education would face a big problem no soon vested interests treat it on par with business. Delivering the Pandurang Raya Bhatikar Memorial lecture on “A refreshing approach to education”, Prof Deobagkar said that gone are the days when education was controlled and imparted by the Rishis and teachers, who taught the students what is to be taught. “In those days, the Kings and Rulers and people in power only helped the Rishis and teachers to teach what they want to teach”, he said, adding that “today ministers and knowledge commissions tell and control the teachers what they feel should be taught to the students”. [H]


Goa crafts to be displayed abroad
Goa’s handicrafts will be displayed in two of the biggest and most prestigious international trade fairs. The Central Government has chosen the Goa Handicrafts Rural and Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (GHRSSIDC), the first achievement of its kind for the corporation. GHRSSIDC will participate in the California Gift Fair in Los Angeles from July 17 to 21 and in The saloniki Gift Fair, Greece from September 5 to 13, to explore lucrative export opportunities in the US and Europe. The Central Government will be bearing the entire cost of participation, said GHRSSIDC Managing Director Nikhil Desai, who will represent the corporation in the fairs. [H]


New Book of Short Stories
Kothamall released: Goan Review Art Foundation (GRAF) released 'Kothamall', a book of twelve short stories, written by 12 renowned Konkani short story writers. The 100-pages book, compiled and edited by Fausto V da Costa, features short stories of Soter Barreto, J B Moraes, Jayanti Naik, Fr Freddy J da Costa, Sheela Kolambkar, Viney Quadros, Lawrence D'Souza-Kamani, Pio Esteves, Marcos Gonsalves, Philomena Sam Francisco, Lino B Dourado and Walter Menezes with cover picture by Pio Esteves. This is the first ever short story Konkani book in the Roman script, which features literature of Devanagari and Kanada script Konkani writers along with Roman script Konkani writers, to promote the literary work of Konkani in different scripts among the readers of roman scripts. Priced at Rs 50, the book is available at all outlets in Mumbai and Goa. For further information contact Gable D'Souza on 9820494439. [H]


Polluted state rivers take toll on fish
The rising level of pollution over the years in River Sal has taken a toll on the quality of fish and has led to a sharp decline in the production of fish leading to shortage of fish along the Goa coast forcing fishermen to venture into seas of Ratnagiri and even Karwar. A recent study carried out by the associate professor, department of zoology, Carmel college for women, Dr Manoj Borkar and others has revealed that the land-based contamination hampers the quality of fish. He said releasing of untreated sewage or partially treated sewage enhances the nutrients in the sea which has an adverse effect on the fish. [NT]


Over 40,000 Goans return home on job losses in Gulf
14 Jul 2009,  | Smitha Venkateswaran, ET Bureau

PANAJI: The large number of Goans returning home following job losses in the Gulf countries, mainly Dubai, has the state government worried. It has now initiated efforts to create a special corpus to help such non-resident Goans (NRGs).


Goans: A Successful Populace
Written by CHRISTINA VIEGAS | Saturday, 11 July 2009 01:53

Today, Goa is not what it was. A relatively laid back colony of 6, 00,000 residents who lived a ‘susegado’ life, under the Portuguese. Four decades after Liberation, Goa has slowly but surely transformed itself from a feudal agrarian society to an acclaimed tourist destination of international fame, and a modern industrial estate.


Goan expats can now get their houses back
From: oHERALDo:

PANJIM, JULY 10 2009: There’s some good news for non-resident Indians (NRIs) of Goan origin who have not been able to take possession of their premises. The Goa government has just notified the amendment to the Goa Buildings (Lease, Rent and Eviction) Control Act giving much relief to the NRIs.


Goa number. 2 in economic growth,prtpage-1.cms
9 Jul 2009

NEW DELHI: Goa's growth rate in 2005-06 and 2007-08 was 10.9%, while Haryana led with 11%. This was highlighted in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday by minister of state for planning and parliamentary affairs V Narayanasamy.


Agriculture dept to boost paddy production
Written by NT Network | Tuesday, 07 July 2009 02:05

PANAJI: The department of agriculture proposes to bring nearly 35,145 hectares land under paddy cultivation during the period between June and September, which witnesses cultivation of monsoon paddy crop, namely Khariff or Sorod. As many as 40,000 farmers are engaged in paddy cultivation in the state.


Chikhal kalo: An expression of joy
Printed from:
5 Jul 2009,

MARCEL: Many Goan festivals are linked to the cycles of nature and it isn't surprising that the monsoon is an occasion to celebrate chikhal kalo, literally mud play.

News Clips from India

Sonia Gandhi Inaugurated the Bandra-Worli Sea Link
In India's Financial Hub, Mumbai, 'Sea Bridge' Aims to Ease Congestion
By Anjana Pasricha | New Delhi -30 June 2009

In India's financial hub Mumbai, a bridge has been built over the sea to ease chronic traffic congestion in one of the worlds' most crowded cities. Updating inadequate infrastructure in Indian cities has become critical as its economy expands. After a brief inauguration ceremony, ruling Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi drove on the eight-lane bridge that extends over the Arabian Sea across Mahim Bay. The 5.6-kilometer bridge is the first to be built over the sea in India, and links the western suburb of Bandra with Worli in south Mumbai. It will cut travel time along this route from nearly 45 minutes to about eight minutes.  A one-way trip in a car  will cost about $1.


India outlines growth challenge
10:45 GMT, Monday, 6 July 2009 11:45 UK

India's government has unveiled its annual budget, saying the "first challenge" is to return to a growth rate of 9% a year "at the earliest". Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said the growth rate for the present fiscal year was projected at 6.7%.


Pakistan can help broker US-Taliban talks: Maj Gen Abbas
Agencies Posted online: Saturday , Jul 11, 2009

Islamabad: The Pakistan army has admitted that it is in contact with Afghan Taliban leaders, including Mullah Mohammad Omar, and can bring them to the negotiating table with the US if its concerns with India are addressed.


India is an important aquaculture country- says India’s Agriculture Minister
11 Jul 2009,

HYDERABAD: Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, said the targeted four per cent growth rate in agriculture could be achieved only if the fisheries and animal husbandry sectors recorded a growth of six per cent.


Tracing Founder Members

The Organizers of the Centenary Celebration are trying to trace relatives and friends of some of the original 13 founder members of the Uganda Railway Goan Sports Club, founded 1909 (the forerunner of the Railway Goan Institute- Nairobi)

  • Mr. Amelino D’Costa
  • Mr. A. R. Gomes M.B.E.
  • Mr.P.C. D’Mello
  • Mr. B. Pereira
  • Mr. J.P.C. Coutinho
  • Mr.F.C. D’Mello
  • Mr. G.H.C Noronha
  • Mr. P.J.D’Souza

If you have any information on the above members please contact one of the Organizing Committee members:

  • Hilary Fernandes (President) - 416-286-8337
  • Norman Da Costa - 905-452-1295
  • Joan DoRosario - 905-829-1580
  • Teresa Mandricks - 416-626-0089
  • Elsie Fernandes- 416-286-8337
  • Delphine Da Costa 905-452-1295
  • Romeo D’Souza -905-838-2534
  • Xavier Carvalho- 905-794-0630

Tickets for the event are in high demand. If you have not yet purchased your ticket please contact any of the above for information.



To all Kampala (Goan) institute members around the world On Saturday, June 26th, 2010, it will be the KGI centenary (100th anniversary) and on that day, we will have a great global reunion in Toronto, Canada

The KGI founded on June 26th, 1910, was one of the most popular sporting and social clubs in Uganda.  At the meeting held on July 15th, 2009 at Bayleaf restaurant the following members were elected to the organizing committee

Antonio Mascarenhas (Chairman), Aloysius Lobo, Bertilla De Souza, Oscar Furtado, Dennis Pereira, Nick De Mello, Eurema Collaco, Seira Furtado, Almir D” Cunha, Greta Dias, Aloysius Mathias, Norman De Souza

Come Celebrate with us
Saturday, June 26th, 2010, 6:00 P.M. To 1:00 A.M.
Toronto – Canada
Full Details To Be Announced Shortly
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Contact: Antonio Mascarenhas, E-mail:, Telephone: (905) 270-9773


Calangute Social News in Brief
Sent: July 11, 2009  | From: Antonio Mascarenhas (

For the first time the Calangute Social to be held on Sunday, July 19th, 2009 at the Europa Convention Centre, 7050 Bramalea Road, Mississauga, Canada with be attended by two visiting Goan Bishops. The Most Rev. Alex Dias, Bishop of Port Blair ( son of Calangute) will be the Main Celebrant of the Holy Eucharist. The Most Rev. Peter Machado, Bishop of Belgaum and Parish Priest of the Fatima Cathedral of Belgaum, Rev. Fr. Eusebio Fernandes will con-celebrate the Holy Eucharist. More than 300 Goans will attend the Holy Eucharist according to a press release issued by Antonio Mascarenhas . President, Calangute Association of Canada to be followed by the "A SOCIAL TO REMEMBER" with Live Band and a sit-down-luncheon prepared by authentic Portuguese Chefs.






Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.
Sunday, September 13th, 2009
 at 2 pm
6 Anniversary Dance

Qssis Banquet Hall
3474 Kingston Ro, Scar at Markham

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

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


Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2009





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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Sunday, September 27, 2009, 11.30 am Parra Association  Canada

For tickets call:
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Parra Social - 2009
Celebrating the Feast of St. Anne
Mass at 11.30 am

Premium Banquet Hall
2360 Lucknow Drive
Mississauga, Ontario L5S 1H3
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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 17, 2009
 5:30 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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Saturday, October 24th, 2009 SAM Productions Konkani TIATR "CHUK KONNACHI"

An award winning Play full of COMEDY, LOVE, TRAGEDY & DECEIT

DO NOT MISS the Opening Chorus on M.BOYER
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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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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2010





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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JUNE 26, 2010 KGI - 100th Anniversary Committee Kampala (Goan) Institute

100th anniversary - Global Reunion in Toronto, Canada
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Health & Wellness

Holy Water Ban To Halt Swine Flu
Story from BBC NEWS:
A bishop has advised that holy water be removed from churches in a bid to halt the spread of swine flu.

The Bishop of Chelmsford, the Right Reverend John Gladwin, said at some churches people were invited make a sign of the cross using holy water.


Fish Fuels Young Men's Brains

DARTMOUTH, NS, July 6 /CNW/ - (Ocean Nutrition Canada) - Swedish researchers have found a clear link between fish consumption and higher cognitive scores among teenage males. According to a new study published in Acta Paediatrica, a monthly international, peer-reviewed pediatric research journal, 15 year old males who ate fish at least once a week had higher cognitive skills at age 18 than those who ate it less frequently.


Study finds calorie restriction prolongs life
Thu Jul 9, 5:02 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - A nutritious but calorie-restricted diet can increase life expectancy and reduce the risk of age-related diseases, including cancer, according to research published in the journal Science Thursday.


Health: Mouth Turning Dry? Blame Multiple Medications

Washington, July 10 (IANS): More than 90 percent of dentists are of the view that patients complaining of dry mouth take multiple medications, says a nationwide survey conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD).


The Petroleum Equipment Institute Report on Gasoline Fires Started by Sparks

Robert Renkes, the Petroleum Equipment Institute, and a report on fires started by static electricity are real. The institute is sponsoring a project called "Stop Static."

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