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Newsletter. Issue 16. August 01, 2009


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Newcomers Want More Reliable Information About New Lives in Canada - RBC Research
July 22, 2009

TORONTO, July 22, 2009 — Despite having access to multiple sources of information, many newcomers to Canada feel that they lack relevant and trustworthy information to help with decisions on their new lives in Canada, according to RBC research conducted recently in China and India with individuals poised to immigrate to Canada.



US Employment Slow To Rebound After Recent Recessions
By Annys Shin | Washington Post Staff Writer

Thursday, July 23, 2009: The recession is expected to end sometime this year, but it could take far longer before millions of unemployed Americans notice. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke told congressional lawmakers during two days of testimony this week that he expects the economy to start adding jobs by the end of the year but it will take a while for the unemployment rate to go down.


Bank of Canada Says Recovery Muted by Strong Dollar
By Greg Quinn

July 23 (Bloomberg) -- The Bank of Canada said today the country’s recession is ending as commodity prices and consumer confidence improve, while the pace of the recovery will be muted by a strong currency.


Canada - 778,000 Receive Employment Insurance Benefits

July 28, 2009: In May, 778,700 people received regular Employment Insurance (EI) benefits, up 65,600, or 9.2%, from a month earlier, with Alberta and Ontario showing the fastest rates of increase. This rise followed an increase of 3.7% in April.


'Papal Encyclical is of great importance to Goans'

VATICAN (Indian Catholic): Fr. Theodore Mascarenhas SFX, hails from Goa and is presently the in charge of the Asia Desk in the Pontifical Council for Culture. He compares the problems faced by the present-day Goans and the subjects discussed in ‘Caritas in Veritate’ (Charity in Truth) the recent encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI.


Canadian wife faces 18-month separation under Forced Marriages Act

MPs intervene on behalf of Welshman and Canadian wife who could be forced apart by new minimum age for spousal visas

Excerpts: Mark Tran and agencies , Friday 24 July 2009

Adam Wallis and Rochelle Roberts Adam Wallis and Rochelle Roberts are finding the threat of her deportation 'very stressful and upsetting'.


Asian Nations Could Outpace U.S. in Developing Clean Energy
American Markets' Slump Feeds Worry

By Steven Mufson | Washington Post Staff Writer |
Thursday, July 16, 2009

President Obama has often described his push to fund "clean" energy technology as key to America's drive for international competitiveness as well as a way to combat climate change.


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


'Canada - Vision Lacking On Immigration'
From: - Opinion - July 23, 2009

Who Immigrated to Canada - 2005-2008
Source: Citizenship & Immigration Canada
Facts and Figures 2008

Number (%)
Number (%)
Number (%)
Number (%)
Economic 156,312 (59.6) 138,252 (54.9) 131,244 (55.4) 149,047 (60)
Family 63,361 (24.2) 70,508 (28) 66,232 (28) 65,554 (27)
Protected Persons 35,776 (13.6) 32,499 (12.9) 27,955 (11.8) 21,859 (9)
Other 6,790 (2.6) 10,392 (4.1) 11.322 (4.8) 10,740 (4)
Total 262,241 (100) 251,643 (100) 236,754 (100) 247,202 (100)

People Places and Things

Ben Antao’s New Novel - The Priest and His Karma

The Priest and His Karma, has been published by the American publisher, Publish America.

Ben Antao has been a journalist, teacher, writer and a financial planner and lives in Toronto, Canada. A graduate of the University of Bombay (MA in English) and the University of Toronto (B.Ed), he has published four novels, two memories, two travelogues, and several short stories. This is his fifth novel.

The novel is about a former priest who is hounded by both God and the Devil and his struggle to see justice prevail in the end.


By: Kevin D'Costa | Excerpts from:

Celebrant Reverend Alex Dias, SFX, Bishop of Port Blair, and co-celebrant Reverend Bishop Peter Machado(Bishop of Belgaum) and Father Eusebio Fernandes(Parish Priest of the Fatima Cathedral, Belgaum)


This Goalie Ain't Swiss Cheese
Chris Clay | July 22, 2009

Victoria Correa-Parsons. It's going to be a busy summer for Cooksville's Victoria Correa-Parsons who will travel to Switzerland to train at a soccer academy before coming back to the country to represent Ontario at the Canada Summer Games in August.

(Vicky Correa-Parsons is the daughter of Charmaine & Shawn Parsons and the young grand-daughter of Barbara and the late Joe Correa.)


Kenya Headed to Ecological Disaster Says Nobel Winner
By Alisha Ryu | Nairobi | 22 July 2009

Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel laureate, Wangari Maathai, says the East African country is rapidly sliding toward an ecological disaster. Maathai says corruption and mismanagement are responsible for accelerating the pace of the crisis.


Pedal power for Kenya's mobiles

Two Kenyan students are hoping to market a device that allows bicycle riders to charge their mobile phones. Jeremiah Murimi, 24, and Pascal Katana, 22, said they wanted their dynamo-powered "smart charger" to help people without electricity in rural areas.

"We both come from villages and we know the problems," Mr Murimi told the BBC. People have to travel great distances to shops where they are charged $2 a time to power their phone, usually from a car battery or solar panel.


Believe It or Not – Fredericton (Canada) Samosas to star in film
CBC News | Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Fredericton actor is producing a short film on how a local family transformed the city's farmers' market with the introduction of the samosa.

History in a Picture - Nairobi's First Goans -1897

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Visit the Railway Goan Institute Centenary Website


A Picture is Worth a Thousand Goans – UK Goan Festival 2009

Scenes from Goan Festival

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News Clips from Goa

Mining in Western Ghats will be stopped, says Goa chief minister
2009-07-28 22:30:00

Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat Tuesday said the ecologically crucial Western Ghats would not be allowed to be mined.

The assurance from Kamat, who is also the minister for mines, came after sustained protests against illegal mining from the opposition members throughout the monsoon session of the state assembly.


Goa to sell off 5 casinos

Panaji: Taking a tough stance against offshore casinos, the Goa government said five vessels were being sealed with immediate effect because their NOCs expired earlier this year.


Another controversy hits National Games 2011 at Goa

Panaji: Alleging there was a massive scam in land acquisition for the National Games 2011, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today said a top sports official owned a huge plot of land to be acquired for the sports city in north Goa.


'Specific Package' for Goa soon
Goa may not get a special category status it has been seeking for but there's some hope that there will be some Goa-specific package to take care of its problems. Stating that the Centre is aware that Goa is among those which has been asking for special category status, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that the government is seized of the matter and that a mechanism is being worked out in consultation with the Planning Commission. [H]


"Don't worry, CMZ policy will soon lapse"
chief minister Digambar Kamat said on Tuesday that the Coastal Management Zone (CMZ) policy will lapse soon and coastal residents need not worry about it. While informing the House that he had taken up the issue with the Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh, Kamat said "He told us that the notification on CMZ will lapse. Ramesh also said that he will study coastal regulations of various coastal states and form a new legislation which will ensure that no injustice will be meted out to coastal residents. Our government will always support the cause of the small people." [TOI]


Cost of daily foods up by 60%: Parrikar
Opposition leader Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that despite the government's efforts to help the common man combat the price rise of essential commodities, there has been an average of a 60% inflation in the price of daily foods needed by the people. Speaking after the tea break of the budget session, Parrikar rattled off the prices of essential commodities that have almost doubled in cost over the last few months. [TOI]


Salcete schools taking steps to end corporal punishment
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has come out with more guidelines to the district collector on corporal punishment. The guidelines have directed the collector to hold block-wise meetings for all school headmasters on corporal punishment and convey to the schools that serious action would be taken against them for any act of violence against the children. [NT]


Tears & Cheers In Budget
A ten-time increase in entry fee to casinos, imposition of tax on professionals and also salaried persons earning more than Rs 10,000 per month, levy of Green cess on mining rejects and construction of a bridge connecting Dona Paula to Vasco are the main features of the Additional Budget for the current financial year presented by the Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in the Goa Assembly on Friday. The Budget also lays stress on infrastructure building, measures to stimulate growth and mobilisation of additional revenue. [H]


Govt for scheme to help traditional occupations
To arrest the trend of traditional occupations fading away, the government has decided to come out with a scheme to help sustain the occupational skills. The Chief Minister Digambar Kamat said the government intends to operationalise a scheme to give financial assistance to such small entrepreneurs who are keeping the traditional occupations alive. [H]


Govt goes high on beer !
As an additional resource mobilization measure, the Government has proposed to increase the duty on mid beer from the existing Rs 9 to Rs 10 per bulk liter. [H]


Israel army encourages soldiers to ‘get stoned’ in Goa?
The Israeli Army, known by its official name of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) prefers that its demobilized soldiers travel to Goa to get stoned out of their minds, says a report by Amira Hass in the Israeli daily newspaper ‘Haaretz’. The report says that it suits the IDF that when they are released after three years of mandatory military service, demobbed soldiers travel to Goa, Peru or Colombia to bury their agonized memories or belated insights – as adults – before activists from the NGO ‘Breaking the Silence’ reach them. [H]


Parents feel mid-day meal scheme hyped up
Although Mid-Day Meal Scheme launched by the state government for the students of Std I to Std VIII took off well in most parts of Salcete, some parents feel that the hype created about the scheme doesn’t match to the things dished out — a small plate of ‘sheera’ or a plate of ‘pulao’. [NT]

News Clips from India

India - First indigenous nuclear-powered submarine launched for trials
Date: 27/07/2009 | K.V. Prasad

VISAKHAPATNAM: At the stroke of noon on Sunday, India demonstrated its capability to indigenously build and operate a nuclear-powered submarine with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launching INS Arihant for sea trials here.


Kerala seeks Gulf countries' help to rehabilitate returnees

Thiruvananthapuram, July 21: Kerala has sought the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) help to rehabilitate thousands of Gulf returnees who lost their jobs in the wake of the global slowdown.


India to have 3rd largest online population by 2013

New Delhi: The number of internet users worldwide is expected to touch 2.2 billion by 2013 and India is projected to have the third largest online population by then, a report by technology and market research firm Forrester Research said.


Indian Owned Iron and Steel Company ArcelorMittal faces labour trouble in Canada
By Gurmukh Singh | Monday, July 13, 2009

Toronto: Labour trouble is brewing at ArcelorMittal Dofasco, the Canadian subsidiary of the global steel giant, with its slag-recycling workers on the warpath over contract terms.


Chevrolet Spark LPG: First Look

We take a closer look at what the Chevrolet Spark LPG has on offer.

GM makes good cars. That may be quite a statement coming from us at testing times for the General, but it remains a fact. They may not be in the best of health in the United States but GM India is all hale and hearty - a point stated and re-stated time and again by GM India President and Managing Director Karl Slym. Testament to that has been the company sticking to launch schedules for their new products - first, the Chevrolet Captiva SUV with AWD and an autobox and now the latest from the Chevrolet stables - the Spark LPG.


+ Dr Olivinho Gomes (1943-2009)
Eminent Konkani scholar and former acting vice chancellor of the Goa University Dr Olivinho Gomes passed away in Goa on July 30, 2009.

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+ Pedro Joachim Felix Alvares

Pedro Joachim Felix Alvares-76 (formerly of Kenya Airways) sadly passed away in Nairobi. He was son of the late Crisologio Luis & Maria Augusta Alvares, Brother to the late Inacio Antonio Alvares, late Augustino Alvares, Olga Goes, James Alvares & George Alvares. He was Guardian to Steve Njagi Gitonga, Doreen Gitonga and Nathan Gitonga. Requiem mass will be held on Tuesday 4th of August 2009 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church - Adams Arcade at 10:00 a.m. followed thereafter by cremation at Langata cemetery. Condolence messages can be sent to:


Dr Neves Pereira and Jude Cordeiro ~ Fond Memories in Goan High School, Mombasa (1958)
(by Marci Pereira ~ ex-Student)

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I for one, was rather saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Neves Pereira, my Maths teacher, and Jude Cordeiro, a classmate, of whom I still cherish warm memories. For a special reason, explained herein, I have always inter-connected the two memory-wise, as far as my own schooling experiences go. As fate would have it, it now turns out they have both passed away within 5 months of one another and in the same year.


Message From Antonio Mascarenhas (

I wish to inform you all that the Goan Overseas Association, Toronto and the Alliance of Overseas Goan Village Associations of Canada along with our sister associations from around the World, will be celebrating "WORLD GOA DAY"on Saturday, August 15th, 2009 by hosting a "PICNIC" at Coronation Park, Oakville, Ontario, Canada.


Placido D'Souza's portraits at the UN, Aug 2009.
Sun Jul 26 2009 | From:
Exhibition PORTRAITS OF POWER at 6 p. m. on Tuesday August 4, 2009, atthe premises of the United Nations, New York - Headquarters Southern Lobby Gallery, (1st Avenue at 46th Street, NY, NY 10017).


World Class Retirement Village Coming Up In Goa
From: "Michael Lobo" < >
Posted on: "Goanet" < goanet at >

What's cooking in our neighbouring village of Nachinola

Mon Jul 20 -2009: Coming back home is a dream we all cherish. Especially, when it's time to retire and hang up your boots. But there's always the worry - about the change of lifestyle/relocating/backup support systems, and the facilities and comfort you're used to in your adopted country.


Mississauga to host Field Hockey Canada Nationals

MISSISSAUGA, ON, July 24 /CNW/ - Field Hockey Canada is pleased to announce that the 2009 National Championships for the men's and women's under 16 age group (U16) will be held at the Iceland Fields venue in Mississauga, Ontario beginning on Thursday, July 30th.





55PLUS GOAN ASSOCIATION- WEST GTA INC is pleased to share with you some of the highlights of our summer achievements.....

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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

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2009





Sunday, September 13th 2009 A.V.C Committee A.V.C 35th Anniversary Social

Payal Banquet Hall
3410 Semenyk Court
Mississauga, ON L5C 4PS
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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

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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

Why keep aspirin by your bedside?
About Heart Attacks

Sent by: Santano Rodrigues

There are other symptoms of an heart attack besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating, however these symptoms may also occur less frequently.


Top five myths about drinking and driving

VANCOUVER, July 21 /CNW/ - Too many people - especially young men - still drink and drive and make excuses for why it's OK. But if you drive while impaired this summer, chances are you'll get caught at a roadcheck, as part of a province-wide campaign by the Province, ICBC and police. Although Counter Attack roadchecks, advertising, stricter penalties and rehabilitation programs have helped cut the number of deaths from drinking and driving by more than half in the past 30 years, it's still a serious concern that kills an average of 116 people every year(*).


Chubby people live longest: Japan study
Fri Jun 19, 6:14 AM

TOKYO (AFP) - Health experts have long warned of the risk of obesity, but a new Japanese study warns that being very skinny is even more dangerous, and that slightly chubby people live longer. People who are a little overweight at age 40 live six to seven years longer than very thin people, whose average life expectancy was shorter by some five years than that of obese people, the study found.


Nostalgia may be good for your psychological health.
The Zoomer Report: Nostalgia | Article By: Libby Znaimer

Do you like to think back on the good times in the past? Recent studies suggest nostalgia might be good for a person's psychological health.


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