Newsletter. Issue 20. September 26, 2009


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Canada’s Harper Says Country Remains in Recession
By Theophilos Argitis

Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the country probably remains in recession even amid signs the economy has begun to expand.


Majority Of Canadian Employees Living Paycheque To Paycheque

TORONTO, Sept. 14 /CNW/ - Results from a new nationwide survey show that a majority of working Canadians are cash-strapped and have little ability to put money away for their retirement.


Harmonized Sales Tax - Will tax truly boost B.C.'s economy?
By Andrew A. Duffy, Times Colonist
September 21, 2009

Some industry watchers view it as short-term pain for long-term gain

There's been no end of opposition to the harmonized sales tax set to be enacted next July, but a large -- if quiet -- camp believes the tax will be good for B.C.


Cash Award For Goan Filmmaker Over Toronto Honour

Panaji, Sep 21 (PTI) The Goa government today declared a cash prize of Rs 25 lakh to filmmaker, Laxmikant Shetgaonkar for winning the critique's award at the Toronto International Film Festival for his movie 'Pula Poltoddcho Munis' (man beyond the bridge).


US needs to change lifestyle to save planet: India
Betwa Sharma

United Nations, Sep 22 (PTI) Ahead of the Climate Change Summit here, India has underlined the need for the United States to embark on a "lifestyle change" to save the planet as New Delhi said it was on the path to unilateral voluntary mitigation measures by 2020 to combat climate change.


Nine Out Of Ten Canadian University Students Concerned About The Recession: Pwc Survey

Lack of available jobs, now and in the future, cited as top concern

TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Canadian university students have the economy on their mind as they head back to school. In fact, nearly 9 out of 10 of them are concerned about the current recession, according to a new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Indeed, students who will make up Canada's future workforce cited the lack of available jobs, including part-time, full-time and summer positions, currently and in the future, as the main reason for concern.


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


U.S. debate on health care is a warning to Canadians | September 22, 2009 | Linda McQuaig

I'm inclined to believe the fierce resistance to health-care reform in the United States is the work of a small fringe. The other possibility is that there's something deep in the psyche of Americans that drives them to defend to the death their right to deny health care to millions of their fellow citizens.


Goa In State Of Flux
By: Glenn Costa | Published on: Thu, 24/09/2009

Goa is in a state of flux at present. This is a generally literate state, with a western fusion type of culture - not just because of the long Portuguese occupation - but also because migration has long been an accepted and much used way of life.

People Places and Things

Artwork by Brendan Fernandes on display at Rideau Hall

Artwork by Brendan Fernandes has been selected for exhibition in DIASPORArt: Strategy and Seduction by Canadian Artists from Culturally Diverse Communities in works from the collection of the Canada Council Art Bank.



September 13, 2009
Qssis Banquet Hall

by Muriel Lucas

Now that the summer season has come to an end, with the initial rush and euphoria of the summer break and things seem back to normal, the TEGSA group are back in the swing of things again, after a long break, with their most important event for the autumn season – their Anniversary Dance.

 The Presidents Table
The Presidents Table
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Google Bringing Rare Books to Paperback
Ian Paul | Sep 18, 2009 10:34 am

You will soon be able to print your own copy of rare and hard-to-find books thanks to a deal between Google and On Demand Books, the maker of the Espresso Book Machine. Dubbed the "ATM for books," the Espresso Book Machine can print a "library quality" paperback book in less than five minutes for "under a penny a page," according to the manufacturer.


Young foreigners look at China for good jobs
21 September 2009,

BEIJING: When the best job Mikala Reasbeck could find after college in Boston was counting pills part-time in a drugstore for $7 an hour,

News Clips from Goa

‘Goa one of the biggest destinations of trafficking’
Goa, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are the biggest destinations of trafficking of women and children, both from other parts of India, as well as abroad. Internationally, Bangladesh and Nepal are the biggest sources for trafficking people into India. The increase in human trafficking has made the Centre issue an advisory asking states to adopt a “victim-centric” approach to tackle the problem. It emphasizes the need to ensure quick justice to victims, and asks states to appoint one or more designated courts that deal with offences committed under the Immoral Traffic [Prevention] Act (IPTA). [H]


Tourism Minister Mickky booked for extortion
Coincidence or otherwise, but days after Tourism Minister, Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco, created a flutter in the political corridors by burying the hatchet with the Alemaos, the Goa Police’s Crime Branch yesterday booked a case of extortion against him over his May – June unsavory episode at a casino in South Goa. The Crime Branch, which had been investigating the complaint and counter complaint of the Casino management and Pacheco, have booked the minister and his associates including the owner of Kentucky Restaurant at Colva, Mathew, for allegedly extorting Rs 3.69 lakh in May – June 2009. [GT]


All that glitters comes from beyond Goa
It’s the festival of nine nights in progress now – Navratri – and a reason to deck up at the best for the popular traditional dance Garba raas and Dandiya raas. Quite famous among Gujaratis, the glittery festival is now graced with the presence of other communities, as well. The Gujarati community in Goa under different banners besides celebrating their annual festival away from their native town, here, shells out a huge amount of money to shop for the festival. [GT]


Rainfall crosses 100 inches
The rainfall in Goa crossed 100 inches mark on Monday even as the showers remained sporadic in the State. After the spate of dry spell, the monsoons have become partially active over the State for last two days. Till date the State has received 2515.3mm of total seasonal rainfall. In last two days the state has received hardly 9mm of rainfall. [H]


20 tourists saved from drowning at Baga
A major tragedy was averted on Saturday afternoon by the agile lifeguards of the Surf Life Saving Goa at Baga when they rescued 20 people, including a family from Kolkata who had entered into the sea for swim, from drowning. The biggest ever operation was launched by seven lifeguards after they noticed that many people hailing from different parts of the country were caught in rib tide and were struggling to save themselves from an imminent catastrophe. [NT]


Government panel had rejected film script?:
Was the script of Pula Paltadacho Munis (Man Beyond The Bridge) which has won an international prize two days ago in Toronto bringing glory to Konkani, the same that was rejected by the State government-appointed Screening Committee of Film Finance Scheme in 2006? Or was the script changed later?, Members of the screening committee including Tomazinho Cardozo and film maker Rajendra Talak say the script was different when they examined and rejected it three years ago and that it underwent a change during a national workshop here. [H]


Free medicines for a ‘price’ at GMC
Patients can avail of free medicines at OPD Pharmacy of the Goa Medical College but only if they succeed with their grit in the serpentine queue -- poor patients and their relatives are compelled to wait for hours together to reach to the counter as there are few counters to cater to increasing patients. [H]


Mid-day meal generates heat in Calangute
The mid-day meal scheme has generated heat in the coastal belt of Calangute with parents and others complaining of poor quality meals. According to sources, the mid-day meal scheme of the State government has come under fire for poor quality of meals, where school children in the locality have been constantly complaining of stomachache, etc. [H]


50 pc quotas for Goans: CM
Chief Minister Digambar Kamat yesterday welcomed the Union Cabinet decision to set up National Institute of Technology (NIT) in Goa and added that 50 per cent seat would be reserved for Goan students. The Chief Minister profusely thanked the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh for fulfilling the assurance given to the people of Goa and disclosed that the state government will a lot land for setting up the NIT. [GT]


Further drop in tourists to Goa expected
By: Village Tinto | Published on: Tue, 15/09/2009

The tourist season in Goa officially begins on October 1 but the industry is already wary with indications of a drop of nearly 200 charter flights, compared to last year.


Calangute health officials wake up to dengue death
Published on: Sun, 20/09/2009 | By: Village Tinto

Health officials at the Candolim Primary Health Centre stepped up measures to curb the spread of dengue in the area. The action follows the death of a 6-year old boy from Calangute.


Goa Govt Relocates Village From National Park

Panaji, Sep 22 (PTI):
Capping up a decade-long exercise, Goa government has completely relocated a cluster of houses from state's National park, a senior official said. Nandran, a village on the periphery of National Park at Mollem in south Goa, was taken up for rehabilitation in 1997.

News Clips from India

'Business confidence in India on the rise'
By Arun Kumar | Thursday, September 17, 2009

Washington/New York: Business confidence in India is on the rise, defying the global downturn, says the country's apex business chamber as India pitches here strongly to attract more foreign investment in the core sectors of industry.


Film award is a triumph for Konkani,prtpage-1.cms
TNN 21 September 2009, 06:37am IST

PANAJI: Konkani's fledgling film industry received a major boost, when Laxmikant Shetgaonkar's "Paltadacho Munis", (Man Beyond the bridge) won the Prize of the International Critics at the Toronto International Film Festival. Though the director was in Toronto and unreachable, others involved in the film, saw in the award a triumph for the Konkani language.


Church mourns Jesuit village reformer

HYDERABAD, India : Church people and social workers in India are mourning the death of a Belgian Jesuit missioner who used Gandhian methods to revolutionize village life in India.


Niven Romero Menezes

Niven Romero Menezes,
Ex. Nairobi, in Horwich, UK on Friday September 25, 2009, age 58 years. Leaves wife, Shuba + three children: Nina, Elena and Ben, and Mum-in-Law 'Dida'. Brother to Sarita, Braz, Blanche, Julio and Cliff. A funeral service with take place as follows:

October 8, 2009, 2:30pm - Church Service: St Mary's RC Church, 86 Chorley New Road, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 5QJ
4pm - Overdale Crematorium: Overdale Drive (off Chorley New Road), Bolton, BL1 5BU
Afterwards at Ridgemont House: Chorley Old Road, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 6RF
Tel: 01204 696246

No flowers please. If you wish to make a donation please put cash or cheques (payable to Motor Neurone Disease Association) in an envelope and attach the Gift Aid slip below. Please give the donations to the funeral directors on the day or post to Livesey Funeral Service, Church St, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7BR (tel: 01204 696311).

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Troy De Souza, son of Evelyn and Beryl De Souza,
to Judy Barreto, daughter of Rosario and Maria Barreto, all of Mississauga, Ontario


Fr. Melwyn D’Cunha Visit to Canada
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Rev. Fr. Melwyn D’Cunha, Parish Priest of the Holy Family Cathedral Parish, Kuwait will be visiting Toronto in the next month (Oct). This is an opportunity for all family and friends to meet him and catch up on all the news from Kuwait. He will be celebrating Masses in Mississauga and Scarborough.


Goan Soccer League – Inter Village Tournament

Thistletown Collegiate Institute
20 Fordwich Cresent
Toronto, Ontario, M9W 2T4, Canada

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Group A

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September 27 2:00 PM

Aldona vs Margao

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Loutulim vs Aguada






Date Event Details
December 4, 2009 Friday Christmas Gala
The Renaissance  Banquet Hall.
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55PGA -Goan Short Story Contest - invitation to participate

It is often that we hear about people we know who are keen on ensuring that their stories are somehow captured so that these gems can be shared with friends and family over time. Now members of our community have an opportunity to do what they hoped to accomplish but did not have the resources to translate their desires into actionable next steps.


Please mark you calendars for the following exciting events:
All events will be held at Commander Hall Arena, unless otherwise advised.
Friday, October 16th, 2009
at 6:30
The Commander Park Hall

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Sunday, October 18 2009 Woodbine Racetrack

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Friday, October 30,2009
at 7:30 pm
Haloween Party

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Friday, October 2, 9, 23
Friday, November 13,27
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Line Dancing with Natty

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Sunday, 1st November, 2009
From 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Mixed Bowling Extravaganza
Markham Bowling Centre (Sold Out)
Friday November 6, 2009
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Mass for deceased Members
140, Commander Park Hall, Scarborough

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Saturday, November 14, 2009 Fallsview Casino

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Saturday, December 12, 2009 Christmas Dance
The Metropolitan Banquet Hall
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Thursday, December 31, 2009
From 6:30 pm to 1:30 am
New Year's Eve Dance
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October 5th to October 7th, 2009 Agawa Canyon

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14th November 2009 Fallsview Casino, Magnotta and Festival of Lights

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Goan Events in World Wide & Canada - 2009





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 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

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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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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

Study finds aspirin protects against colon cancer
Mon Sep 21, 2009 | By Kate Kelland

BERLIN (Reuters) - A daily dose of aspirin can prevent cancer in people with a genetic disorder that increases their risk of developing the disease, scientists said on Monday.


Canadians trust doctors and pharmacists most

Poll finds two health professions rate highest on honesty and ethics

OTTAWA, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - According to a new Nanos Research poll, Canadians rate physicians and pharmacists highest among 18 professions, when it comes to honesty and ethics. Seventy-seven per cent of respondents call medical doctors' standards of honesty and ethics "high" or "very high", while the figure was 73 per cent for community pharmacists.


Depression Can Affect Cancer Survival: Researchers
Mon Sep 14, 2009

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - Depression can affect the likelihood of surviving cancer, but there is no clear association yet with how quickly the cancer progresses, according to a report published on Monday.


Bereaved Adults Vulnerable To Heart Attacks
Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sydney: People traumatised by the loss of a loved one are more susceptible to a heart attack, says a new study.

The study, conducted by the Sydney University Medical School (SUMS), provides new insight into why people going through emotional stress caused by bereavement are more at risk from heart disease.


Watch And Wait Before Treating Ear Infections, Advise Paediatricians
Tuesday, September 15, 2009,

OTTAWA, Sept. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Doctors should watch and wait before treating most ear infections with antibiotics in healthy children over six months of age, according to new recommendations from the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS).


Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins

  1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

  2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

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