Newsletter. Issue 11. May 22, 2010


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Toronto’s Mayoral hopefuls see bigger role for religious groups
11 May 2010 | 05:03

Four of Toronto’s mayoral candidates have vowed to give faith-based groups a bigger role in city affairs, with Rocco Rossi proclaiming: “God hasn’t left city hall - city hall has left God.”


U.S. immigration policy critical for tech firms
By Abby Sewell | Tuesday, May 11, 2010; A13

The technology sector, a little-publicized but key player in the coalition that is pushing for an overhaul of immigration laws, is giving mixed reviews to the proposal that Senate Democrats recently unveiled.


Pope wraps up Portugal trip marked by admission of church guilt with appeal to spread faith
Nicole Winfield, | The Associated Press | 14 May 2010 09:37

PORTO, Portugal: Pope Benedict XVI wrapped up a trip to Portugal on Friday with an appeal to spread the faith, capping a pilgrimage marked by an explicit admission of church guilt in the clerical abuse scandal with a fresh bid to move beyond the crisis.

New home sales and prices up in April in GTA

GREATER TORONTO, May 17 /CNW/: New home sales were up in April 2010, continuing the very strong pace set during the first quarter of the year, minus the froth, the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD) announced today.


Canada's hot resale housing market starting to cool

OTTAWA, May 17 /CNW Telbec/ - Home sales activity in Canada came up short of the record for the month of April and new listings continued to climb, according to statistics released by The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).


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


Goan Christians and their Identity
By Tomazinho Cardozo

Although identity means uniqueness, personality, individuality, distinctiveness, etc, the phrase Goan identity means different things to different persons. Conceptualisation depends on the background of the person trying to interpret it. For example, a person who feels that his mother tongue is Konkani will have a different explanation for the term compared to the person who believes that his mother tongue is Marathi. And there will be the third version from a person who considers English or any language other than Konkani or Marathi as his mother tongue.


Why diversity matters
Editorial in Toronto Star | May 12, 2010

In the Toronto region, where visible minorities will soon constitute the majority of the population, embracing diversity is not just about creating vibrant communities and ensuring social harmony. Diversity, particularly in management and leadership roles, is also a vital component to building a strong corporate sector that can succeed in our increasingly global economy.

Bleddy Goans ... and all that
Commentary by Fred Noronha | 
May 14, 2010 10:04:16 PM

DEVIL'S ADVOCATE/Frederick Noronha

It has been quite awhile since I've seen a piece of text stoke up so much heat and motions in a positive way. More so, one that did not go about merely raking up divisions of religion or caste, nor even language.

People Places and Things

San Francisco Bay Area Catholic Goan Community takes part in Global Rosary Initiative
By Bella Comelo

May 16, 2010, was a historic day for the San Francisco Bay Area Catholic Goan Community as they took part in the Global Rosary Initiative spearheaded by Michael Pinto of Winnipeg, Canada. The rosary was recited in Konkani (language of Goa, India), video taped and will be available on the internet 24/7 in a few weeks. This devotional event was held at St. John The Baptist Church, El Cerrito, California, 94530, USA. Goa which was called Rome of the East, has Crosses and small chapels dotted all over the state. The rosary/or Ladainha is recited regularly to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, christening or a devotion to a particular saint. It is a form of worship that includes singing and recitation of hymns and prayers.


Jacinto Luis - Live in Toronto:
Sat, May 8th, 2010 at the Al Green Theatre

Like the weather that evening, the recital at the Al Greene Theatre in Toronto on May 8, 2010 could have been described in one word - COOL! But whereas it was a cold front coming in from the west that dropped the temperature rapidly to zero, a different kind of ‘cool’ came in from the east in the form of a jazz trio from Montreal led by Jacinta Luis. The music was a refreshing change from the popular generic music that caters to the tastes of the diverse cultures that make up the cosmopolitan city of Toronto.


G.O.A.'s Ruby Anniversary
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Mayor of Mississauga, Mayor Hazel McCallion flanked by G.O.A. VPs
Glynis Viegas & Darryl Carvalho at May 1st Ruby Anniversary Gala.

This year many of our members and their friends looked forward to the annual anniversary dance; this year of course being special, representing 40 years since the inception of the Goan Overseas Association (G.O.A.) here in Toronto. Forty years marks a ruby anniversary, so it was natural the colour theme was Ruby Red. Guests were welcomed to hall of elegance, where tables were covered in white satin-like covers, contrasting red napkins, ruby red boxes at each place setting with the commemorative gift and a single white lily for the centre piece. The Past Presidents and their spouses wore red roses either as a boutonniere or wrist corsage, as did the members of the organizing committee. The whiskey glass with the G.O.A. 40th message and logo was a nice commemorative gift along with the 40th Anniversary brochure. In the lobby, setup was a table display with albums of photographs along with some commemorative G.O.A. glasses from previous anniversary years. The yellow and blue jerseys of the first men’s hockey team from 1970 and a hockey cap from the 1988 Ladies team was also on display creating a nostalgic touch, next to the jerseys of the newly created G.O.A. West End Cub Soccer team.


Canadian Internet Use Survey

In 2009, 80% of Canadians aged 16 and older, or 21.7 million people, used the Internet for personal reasons, up from 73% in 2007 when the survey was last conducted.

Rates of Internet use increased in every province during this two-year period. The largest relative increase in Internet users occurred in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador (+15% each over 2007). Rates were highest at 85% in both British Columbia and Alberta, followed by 81% in Ontario.


Dr. Colin Saldanha is Mississauga Citizen of the Year

Citizen of the Year. Dr. Colin Saldanha, 56, will be awarded the Gordon S. Shipp Memorial Award May 20 for his volunteer efforts. He's pictured here at a Mississauga Majors game earlier this year when he raised awareness about meningitis. File photo by Steven Der-Garabedian Julie Slack

May 11, 2010: A strong, committed and dedicated social advocate has been named Mississauga's Citizen of the Year. Dr. Colin Saldanha, 56, will be awarded the Gordon S. Shipp Memorial Award later this month for his volunteer efforts.


Dutch Provide Kenya With Number Portability

DELFT, The Netherlands and NAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 /CNW/ - Within a couple of months 30 million mobile users in Kenya are able to keep their mobile phone number when changing providers. The Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK)) has chosen the Dutch company PortingXS to provide number portability to the East-African country.


The first gold refinery in Uganda has opened in the capital, Kampala.

The plant will refine gold from the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries in the region, including Uganda which discovered gold last year. The $1.5m (990,000) refinery is operated by the Russian-owned firm Victoria Gold Star and has the capacity to produce at least 10kg of gold a day.
At the opening ceremony, the company's managing director said his aim was to create a legitimate trade in gold.


U of T Student Crowned 2010 Student Entrepreneur National Champion
Vincent Cheung takes home national title and a $10,000 cash prize
See: | 05.13.2010

Calgary, AB (Thursday May 13, 2010) – Vincent Cheung, PHD student at the University of Toronto and Owner of Shape Collage Inc. has been named the 2010 Student Entrepreneur National Champion by national charitable organization Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE) and proud program supporter, CIBC.


Microsoft adds new Hotmail tools, features to take on Yahoo, Gmail
AFP, May 18, 2010, 11.41pm IST | WASHINGTON: Hotmail is getting a facelift.

Microsoft's free email service, the world's largest with 360 million users, is adding a slew of new tools and features including the ability to send larger attachments and exchange instant messages and view Web content in the Hotmail inbox.

News Clips from Goa

Ancient Ganesh idol found at Parra

A beautiful ancient brass Ganesha sculpture masterfully created by the agile hands of an artisan was found buried in the house of Mr Jagganath Chodankar of Aradi, Parra in Bardez on Tuesday.


The Villages of Parra, Verla and Canca in Bardez
Joel D'Souza

Parra has a couple of lakes which help irrigate the fields during summer. The one which is called Ganesh tollem at Verla is supposed to have a tunnel linking it to the dhobi lake. No one has yet verified this claim. Perhaps one could find traces of the old Hindu heritage, of destroyed temples and deities. Not much of the past is seen in Parra today though a few new Hindu temples have been erected recently.


Goa battles to preserve its identity
TNN, May 16, 2010, 01.51am IST

Goa was liberated on December 19, 1961. Over 450 years of Portuguese domination came to an end, Goa became free and a part and parcel of its motherland—Bharat. Democracy was ushered in. Goans, all of a sudden, found themselves in a completely different situation. They started breathing free air in a democratic atmosphere.


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A devotee pouring oil on the statue of Our Lady of Milagres on the occasion of the feast at the church of St Jerome in Mapusa. (Courtesy to : Joel D'Souza )


Seminar on Migration : Goa Study Group
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Sent by: Rene Barreto

President of the Goa Study Group, Mr. Yusuf a. Sheikh released the following declaration on deliberation of the seminar on Migration organized on May8, 2010 at the International Centre Goa, in which those who presented the papers included: Advocate Bernard D’Souza, Adv. Jagdish Prabhudesai, Ms. Nandini Sahai, Mr. Anil Kamat Shankhwalkar, Adv. Cleofato Almeida Coutinho, Adv. Juino De Souza, Mr. Miguel Braganca, Vice Admiral (Retd) John C. De Silva and Mr. Arvind Bhatikar IAS (Retd.). Mr. Eduardo Faleiro, former Union Minister of India presided and a number of eminent citizens participated in the interaction session.


Understanding history, looking at Goa's art

fredericknoronha | 06 May 2008

The Xavier Centre of Historical Research, whose founder-director was Dr Teotonio R de Souza in the 1970s, is now looking to grow and expand. Meet current director, Jesuit priest Dr Delio de Mendonca sj, who introduces us to the campus and elaborates on their dreams and plans that hopefully will come true one day. FN


Lifeguard cover for 99% of Goa beaches
TNN, May 18, 2010, 01.45am IST

PANAJI: Almost 99% of Goa's beaches will receive lifeguard cover by May 30 with 118 lifeguards to be commissioned within the next couple of weeks as part of the government's ambitious beach safety management programme.

News Clips from India

Pakistan says Canada should toughen G8 border plan to fight terror havens
Mike Blanchfield,| The Canadian Press | 09 May 2010 01:26

OTTAWA - Pakistan says a Canadian-led G8 initiative to rehabilitate its lawless Afghanistan border region doesn't go far enough to stamp out terrorism. Islamabad has asked Ottawa to expand the scope of its plan, and is also concerned how it will be financed: forcing Pakistan deeper into debt with international lenders, The Canadian Press has learned.


Toronto Lawyer gets honoured By India

TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - Brampton Lawyer Shan Padda was honored this evening by Hon Purneet Kaur, Minister of State for External Affairs of India for his human rights work with SAHRA (South Asians for Human Rights Association) and for his contributions towards the promotion of establishing a World Punjabi center in Toronto. The event was organized by Banda Bahadur Foundation. "Shan Padda is a tireless worker of the Punjabi Culture and Human Rights and we are proud that he is getting Honored," said J.S. Dhaliwal, The president of Banda Bahadur Foundation. Shan Padda is a Human Rights and Immigration Lawyer who is a director of Toronto Based Human Rights Organization SAHRA.
For further information: Roger Nair, (416) 477-5777, www.HumanRightsCanada.Org


Eight Indian students in Intel ISEF

Eight young students who have been successful at the India Initiative for Research & Innovation in Science (IRIS) with their innovative science and technology projects will now represent India in the 2010 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) to be held in San Jose, California from May 9-14, 2010.


Only in India: A Brahmin groom for a Catholic bride
Ashley D'Mello, TNN, May 16, 2010, 12.42am IST

MUMBAI: When Winnie D'Souza wanted to marry her daughter into a ‘decent' family, she scanned the matrimonial columns of Catholic periodicals in Panaji. After shortlisting a few young men, D'Souza made inquiries about their caste. She wanted her daughter to marry a Brahmin. Most Catholic publications do not list caste categories as they did 20 years ago, but casteism has not disappeared among Christians. It has merely become more subtle.