Printer Friendly Version

Newsletter. Issue 17. August 15, 2009


Newsline Canada
People Places and Things
News Clips From India
News Clips From Goa
Goan Voice UK
Health & Wellness
Classified Adverts
Subscribe to Goan Voice
Contact Us
Links & Reference Section
Newsletter Archives

Our Sponsors

Proprietor: Antonio Mascarenhas
Address: Main Road,Baga Calangute
Telephone: 91-832- 2277418
Click for details
Financial Group

Everest D'Souza
Financial Advisor

100 York Blvd, suite 600
Richmond Hill, ON L4B1JB
Mobile: (416) 835-2158
Fax: (905) 709-7022


Walter Hayde

REMAX Professionals Inc. , Brokerage
1645 Dundas Street West, Mississauga,  Ontario L5C 1E3.
Cell # (416) 561-6999
Bus # (905) 270-8840

D'Costa Financial Group

Francis D'Costa

5871 Highway 7 East, Third Floor Markham, ON L3P 1A3
Tel: 905.471.0572
Fax: 905.471.8572
Cell: 416.880.0928
Toll-free: 1.800.97DCOSTA

Shooting Stars & Images

Hi Def -Digital Video, Film & DVD Productions


Weddings,Conventions,Office Seminars, Stage Plays,Private
Parties, All Anniversaries,
Birthdays, Indoor/Field Soccer

From $ 1,500

Uvy Lopes, CTC
1 Concorde Place Suite #507 Don Mills, Ontario M3C 3K6
Tel: 416-449-9117
Fax: 416-449-3459


2 Green Spring Drive Scarborough, Ontario MIV 2BI
Tel: (416)292-1653
Fax: (416)292-0776


* Spices from Goa *Goan Party Snacks *packed  Goa Sausages

Evelyn De Souza

Tel: (905) 270-9165
Fax: (905)275-2703
Get your
traditional Christmas Sweets
from Goan Snacks

Click to download Price List & Order Form


Newsline Canada

Canada's refugee and immigration laws need an overhaul
Why do we have the world's highest acceptance rate?
The Gazette Saturday, August 01, 2009

Canada's immigration and refugee system is broken. The Immigration and Refugee Act is innately flawed and has created a dangerously dysfunctional immigration system in Canada. The law is fraught with loopholes and lax rules that encourage fraud, pose security threats to Canada and facilitate illegal immigration while creating roadblocks to legitimate refugee claimants and immigrants.



Catholic Bishop Slams Facebook
"Friendship is not a commodity,"

Sunday, August 2, 2009 8:57 PM |

Facebook, Twitter, texts and e-mails are undermining communities, families and friendships, according to the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales.


Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper greets Indo-Canadian community on India's Independence

Aug 09 2009: Prime Minister Stephen Harper has extended greetings to the Indo-Canadian community as they mark the 62nd Anniversary of India’s Independence.


Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada Recast

Aug 08 2009: Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced 10 full-time appointments and one full-time reappointment to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB).


Australian Lawmaker Urges Immigration Cuts to Combat Extremism
By Phil Mercer | Sydney |10 August 2009

An Australian legislator has called for a sharp reduction in the number of immigrants allowed in the country, along with more rigorous background checks on new settlers. The intent is to determine whether immigrants from Africa or the Middle East have links to fundamentalist groups.


Kenya impunity 'disappoints US'
Story from BBC NEWS:

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has described as disappointing Kenya's failure to investigate a bout of deadly violence after the 2007 election. Speaking in Nairobi on the first day of her African tour, Mrs Clinton urged the Kenyan authorities to end impunity.


UNDP: Poverty, Conflict Inhibit Arab Development
VOA News | By Meredith Buel | Washington, DC | 31 July 2009

UNDP 5th Arab Development Report: A report by more than 100 intellectuals from Arab countries says poverty, unemployment, authoritarian rule and conflict are undermining freedoms and quality of life for people in the Middle East and North Africa, according to the Arab Human Development Report, which was presented at a recent event in Washington.


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


Getting our immigration system back in balance - Opinion –
August 07, 2009 | Carol Goar

Two years from now, Canada will reach a historic turning point. There won't be enough new workers joining the labour force to replace those who are retiring. Employers will have to hire immigrants to succeed.


Is (Canadian) Citizenship Now Defined By The Colour Of Your Skin?
Suaad Hagi Mohamud gave all kinds of ID, but was declared an "imposter." -
August 12, 2009 | Christopher Hume

The DNA tests Suaad Hagi Mohamud was forced to undergo last week proved not only that she is who she says she is, but also that she is Canadian.

People Places and Things


Listing compiled by: Rene Barreto ( Overall Co-ordinator – World Goa Day



Indo-Canadian family escapes crash

Pictures captured by an Indo- Canadian tourist of a mid-air collision of two aircraft in US, have become much sought after. A sightseeing helicopter and a small piper aircraft collided and crashed in the waters of the Hudson River Saturday in New York and New Jersey.


Punjabi World Conference held in Canada

28-Jul-2009: The three-day Punjabi World Conference, inaugurated on July 24th by Jason Kenney, the federal Minister Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturism, concluded on 26th July with a magnificent farewell function. In the session, embroidered with attractive cultural items, Ontario cabinet minister Harinder Takhar along with member parliament from Alberta Devinder Shorey and his counterparts from Ontario Gurbax Singh Malhi and Bonnie honoured about 60 visiting writers and scholars who had gathered in city of Brampton from India, Europe, Canada and USA. Vick Dhillon MPP was also present.

News Clips from Goa

Central team arriving in Goa today
A special team from the national capital will arrive in Goa on August 12 to monitor the HINI swine flu situation in the state. The Chief Minister, Mr Digambar Kamat told media persons on Tuesday evening that he was informed about the arrival of the team by the Union Health Minister, Mr Gulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday morning, during a telephonic conversation. [NT]


Dry spell yet to prick agriculture dept
Although the total seasonal rainfall (194.48) up to now is just about the same as past averages, the state is witnessing an extreme dry spell which has now stretched to almost 18 days, worrying farmers and officials in the water resources department. According to the Met office at Altinho, a meager 5.48 cms of rainfall has been recorded till date since July 23. [GT]


Shubha Mudgal and Goa
Almost everyone in Goa may have heard of singer Shubha Mudgal, the Indian classical singer par excellence. Her track 'Dholna' has been covered by just about every popular band in Goa. Not many may know that her band features two accomplished Goan musicians, keyboard wizard Merlin D'Souza and jazz bassplayer Colin D'Cruz. Merlin and Colin have been a part of Shubha Mudgals fusion ensemble called 'Koshish' for close to a decade.


Govt criticized for amending Panchayati Raj Act
The Aquem Baixo village panchayat gram sabha witness protest against the amendment to the Panchayati Raj Act in the recently concluded session of the Goa Legislative Assembly. The members as well as the panchas felt that the government by this has curtailed the powers of the elected representatives giving sweeping powers to the panchayats secretary. [NT]


English versions of Konkani songs worry Tomazinho
Would translating popular Konkani lyrics into English, with rhyme and meter, make expats lose the possibility of buildings links with home via language and culture? Former Speaker Tomazinho Cardozo, a man of Konkani stage and music world who even performed while he was in the Speaker’s chair, feels so. [GT]


Leaf insect, a true marvel of Mhadei wildlife Sanctuary
When the attention is diverted from the beaches due to monsoons, Goa’s rural-scale has laid a green carpet for the enthusiasts who will see the nature at its best. Right from the Malabar gliding frog that is found only in Sahyadri hill to the tiny insects hanging on the trees, it’s entire a new adventurous world in the lap of Mother Nature. [H]


Salgaocar to donate ferry boat to govt
The Sanvordem MLA and noted industrialist, Mr Anil Salgaocar will donate a new ferry boat, remodeled to work efficiently in the Goan conditions, to the state government. The ferry boat, which will carry passengers and two-wheelers, besides ambulances, is expected to ply on the Volvoi – Surla/ Maina route from December 19, 2009. [NT]


Twelve mines face closure
Around twelve mines face closure for operating without mandatory permissions including those which are in close proximity to the wildlife sanctuaries in the state. Director of Department of science, Technology and Environment Michael D’Souza, through a letter, has directed the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB), to stop mines which have not obtained any clearances from the statutory authorities. [H]


Goa Government Propose to Monitor Returning Workers
Source: The Peninsula / Moiz Mannan

With India’s central government dilly-dallying on some pressing NRI issues, including the proposed welfare fund for recession-hit returnees, some major manpower exporting states have taken the lead in taking substantive steps for the welfare of their diaspora.


Goan Christians’ historic emigration continues
Devika Sequeira in Panaji

Migration from Goa,especially among Christians, started in the early 16th century and continues till today A curious but not surprising detail has been brought to light by the Goa Migration Study 2008. That seventy-four per cent of those who emigrate from Goa are Christian.


Christians Want State Laws To Govern Assets Of Churches
Church funds equal Indian Navy’s annual budget
August 3, 2009

Source: DH News Service

Christians are a mere 2.5 per cent of the country’s population. But, the Church in India suffers from a case of plenty, says Remy Denis, All India Catholic Union President.

Church authorities control funds equivalent to the Indian Navy’s annual budget. The Church is also the second largest employer after the government, he said.


Reliving Konkani's Greatest Hits,prtpage-1.cms
TNN 10 August 2009,

PANAJI: Goans can now sing along with their preferred singers as all time Konkani favourites like Cathrina', Claudia', Bandra Festak', and other hit songs of the yesteryears have been put together in one book.

Original hits of the last 50 years are available, in Konkani, besides some popular Portuguese and Swahili songs too, have been compiled by non resident Goans from Toronto, Canada, Francis Rodrigues. Unavailable music of the likes of Chris Perry, Frank Fernand, M Boyer, Alfred Rose and others is now available - transcribed note-for-note.


Goa to ink power purchase pact with Ratnagiri Gas

PANAJI: Goa expects to pool about 21.5 MW of power from the ‘Ratnagiri combined cycle power project’ to meet its rising electricity demands, State Power Minister, Mr Alexio Sequiera, said. “In all, 21.5 MW power is allocated from Ratnagiri combined cycle power project, for which the power purchase agreement (PPA) is to be executed with Ratnagiri Gas and Power Project Ltd,” Mr Sequiera, told the State Legislative Assembly last week.

News Clips from India

India pays couples to put off having children
The Observer, Sunday 2 August 2009-  home 

First cash payouts to families who delay having a child as India's population threatens to overtake China's

Thousands of couples in India who agreed to put off having babies for at least two years after their wedding will collect cash payments this month as health officials attempt to curb the country's rapidly growing population.


Pakistan Christians die in unrest

Six Christians have been killed in religious unrest in Pakistan's central Punjab, after days of tension sparked by the rumoured desecration of a Koran.


British Queen to be guarded by Sikhs
By Dipankar De Sarkar

Two years after the British army abandoned a proposal to raise a Sikh regiment, the country's reining monarch has got her first Sikh bodyguards. Queen Elizabeth II, Britain's 83-year-old sovereign, will be guarded by two turbaned and bearded men in their 20s.


Karnataka Governor Vows To Protect Minorities

“I will even walk barefoot for the minorities if any of their rights or freedom is violated,” said governor Hans Raj Bharadwaj

Karnataka governor has reiterated his pledge to protect minority Christians and Muslims in the state when he called on Archbishop Bernard Moras at his residence on August 10, to greet the prelate on his birthday.


Indian petroleum giant Essar Group acquires stake in Kenya refinery
Published on 01/08/2009 | By Morris Aron

Indian petroleum giant, Essar Group, has concluded its bid to acquire a 50 per cent stake in Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd (KPRL).


New drought-tolerant rice goes against the grain
Source URL:
By Lisa Sibley | Published 2009-08-05 13:25

Researchers have been testing a new type of drought-tolerant rice that could be the next big thing for India’s agriculture industry, especially its dry eastern region. And it goes against the grain, considering rice is usually quite a water guzzler.


+Ninfa de Souza 

Passed away peacefully on August 12,2009, in her 89th year. Predeceased by her husband Jovita. Beloved mother of Robert (Isabel) and Grandmother of Filipe and Sonia. Sister of the late Rufino (Nina), Idilho and Crispo (Celina) Sister-in-law of the late Francisco (Palmira), Florence, and Mario. Funeral services and interment were held on August 24, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.

+ Peter Rocha

16 Aug:
Brampton, Ont. Canada PETER ROCHA. (Ex Mombasa/Tanga/Kampala). Beloved husband of Renee. Loving father of Fiona/James, Iona & Floyd. Cherished "Granddad" of Matthew & Mark. Dear brother of Lena, Sabena & Philomena & of the late Felix & Hilary.  Visitation will be held at Brampton Memorial Chapel and Visitation Centre 10061 Chinguacousy Road, at Bovaird on Fri. August 21 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be at St Jerome's Church 8530 Chinguacousy Road, North of Steeles, Brampton on Saturday August 22 at 9.30a.m, followed by cremation. In memory of Peter, donations to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated. Condolences to


+ Lloyd Thomas

THOMAS, Lloyd - Lloyd passed away peacefully on Friday, August 14, 2009 at the Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital in Scarborough. Beloved husband to Margaret, loving father to Michael, Christopher and Nicholas. Cherished son to Edwin and the late Iris Thomas. Devoted to sisters Lorraine Aubry (John), Karen Vallee (Curtis), brother Trevor (Bonnie), parents-in-law Charles and Zita D'Cruz, their children and extended family. Lloyd will be remembered by family and friends as a wonderful and talented man, a great husband, father and godfather and for his quick wit and humour. His countless acts of kindness and generosity will never be forgotten. A visitation will be held at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Ave. E., Scarborough on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 from 6-9 p.m. and on Wednesday, August 19 from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, August 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Church, 59 Heather Road, Scarborough. Interment to follow at Christ the King Cemetery. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Easter Seals Society or to Providence Healthcare Centre. Your passing is a loss to all. We love you and miss you.

Message from Toronto Star


+ Custodio Pereira

Died gracefully in his 98th year on Sunday, August 16, 2009. He will be deeply missed by his wife of 65 years, Bella. He will be fondly remembered by his sons Rev. Martin Pereira (Pastor, St. Pius X Church, Toronto), Manuel (Lydia) and Maurice (Fatima). He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren Anastasia, Terence, Leon and Glynis. The family would like to thank all those who cared for Custodio, especially the palliative care team at Dorothy Ley Hospice for the wonderful care they provided. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Peel” Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St. Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW) 905-279-7663 from 6 – 8:30 pm on Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Prayers at 6 pm. Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 at 10:30 am at Sts. Peter & Paul Church, 4070 Central Parkway E., Mississauga. Interment Assumption Cemetery. For those who wish, donations to St. Pius X Renovation Fund, (2305 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M6S 1P1) would be greatly appreciated by the family as your expression of sympathy.

Information from



D'SOUZA, Joanita - Passed away peacefully on August 11, 2009, our dearest mother Joanita Mary D'Souza of Mississauga, Ontario, at the age of 84. Beloved wife of the late Thomas D'Souza. Loving mother of Trevor (Elie), Stephen (Thelma), Denzil (Cookie), Henry, Melvyn (May), and Joyce (Keith); proud grandmother and great-grandmother. Funeral Mass held at Merciful Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga on Saturday, August 15, with Interment Assumption Cemetery.

Notice based on Toronto Star announcement


Railway Goan Institute Centenary

On Sunday September 20, 2009, former members of the Railway Goan Institute will be celebrating the centenary of the club with a social in Mississauga. Click for Flyer


The Goan Archives Project

The Goan Archives mission is to assemble, preserve, organize, and store, publications and documents generated by Goan Community Groups in Canada over the last 40 years. The intent is to facilitate study and understanding of the Community by scholars and researchers in the future.





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

Click to Read July 29 Newsletter

News of :


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

Click for Flyer
October 5th to October 7th, 2009 Agawa Canyon

Click for Flyer
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, September 13th 2009 A.V.C Committee A.V.C 35th Anniversary Social

Payal Banquet Hall
3410 Semenyk Court
Mississauga, ON L5C 4PS
Click for flyer
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
Click for flyer
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 11.30 am Parra Association  Canada

For tickets call:
905 819 2890
Parra Social - 2009
Celebrating the Feast of St. Anne
Mass at 11.30 am

Premium Banquet Hall
2360 Lucknow Drive
Mississauga, Ontario L5S 1H3
Click for flyer
Saturday, October 3rd 2009 Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association (CLR) CLR (Curtorim-Loutulim-Raia Association) 10th Annual Social Click for Flyer
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

Click for flyer
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
Click for flyer

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
Click for flyer


Click for Booking information
JUNE 26, 2010 KGI - 100th Anniversary Committee Kampala (Goan) Institute

100th anniversary - Global Reunion in Toronto, Canada
Click for flyer

Health & Wellness


Everything you wanted to know about swine flu
TNN 10 August 2009, 05:30am IST,prtpage-1.cms

The spread of swine flu is fast emerging as No 1 healthcare emergency not just in the country but the world over. Despite the issue being in the media for a long time, there continue to be ignorance and mis-information about the disease and how to handle it. Indian Medical Association, Nagpur Centre, has come up with a information dossier on the subject. We reproduce it here for the benefit of our readers.


With a Broken Hip Comes Higher Risk for Dying
Expert warns that consequences of osteoporosis go far beyond weak bones

By Ed Edelson | HealthDay Reporter | Posted August 4, 2009

TUESDAY, Aug. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who break a hip have nearly a 25 percent chance of dying in the next five years, a Canadian study has found.


Back treatment for elderly with osteoporosis no better than fake one: studies reveal
06/08/2009  | Stephanie Nano, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK - A common treatment that uses medical cement to fix cracks in the spinal bones of elderly people worked no better than a sham treatment, the first rigorous studies of the popular procedure reveal.


Age Gaps Increase Recession Workplace Stresses
By Ted Landphair | 10 August 2009

A workplace generation gap is showing up in two ways at a most unfortunate time for older Americans during this prolonged recession.


Reasons to drink tea
By Cherie DeLory (
Improve your health with a daily cuppa -- here's the scoop.

Remember when your parents used to say that tea would stunt your growth? That couldn't be farther from the truth. Medicinal properties in tea are beneficial to your health and well-being. Tea contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. A cup of tea has less than half the caffeine of coffee and is gentler on the body. While tea may not give you the fast kick that you get with a cup of coffee, it will certainly boost your energy levels and your immune system.

Goan Voice designed and compiled by Demerg Systems India ,
ALFRAN PLAZA, "C" Block, 2nd Floor, S-43/44,
(Near Don Bosco School), Panjim, Goa-403001
Tel: +91 0832 2420797 Email:

Our Sponsors


Click for details

Celebrate Life!! Anchor your silver years to “Magical Goa” Enjoy world class comfort and security.