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chaos: PM must pay up
Howard Elliott |
The Hamilton Spectator |
(Jun 28, 2010)
In this space Saturday, we asked if the G8 and G20
summits were worth the expense and disruption.
We now know what transpired at the summits and in
the streets. And we know the answer to that question
That world leaders should meet to discuss common
concerns, problems and solutions, is a given. Maybe
those meetings should be face-to-face, maybe they
should be virtual. But surely there's a better way
to do it.
What happened on the weekend was entirely
foreseeable. That fact in no way minimizes the
violence, which was simply disgusting and which
cannot be validated regardless of any real or
perceived sins by government or big business. This
was thuggish hooliganism, nothing less. We hope
those guilty are charged, tried and convicted. A
criminal conviction with the associated travel
restrictions would be some small vindication.
To the thousands of legitimate protesters whose
passion and right to demonstrate is diminished, we
offer empathy. But we'd also remind them they are
judged by the company they keep.
And to the Harper government, we say: Pay up. You
brought the summit to Toronto, and have some
responsibility given the near certainty violence
would follow. Pay for the damages sustained by
innocent businesspeople caught in the crossfire.
It's the least you can do.
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Tiatr - Address delivered by Lourdino Rodrigues
June 19, 2010
(Mogal Tiatr pollenarando. Ek gorjechi khobor
sangonk maka dadla. Pun chod goroj assa hi khobor
sogleani puri somzon geupak. Thodde amche Tiatr
pollenarank Konkani puri somzona. Temchea passot
make maffi korat hi khobor English baxen sangchi
Dear fellow Goans,
A Very good afternoon to you all.
By your presence here today, you have demonstrated
that, you do care for our language and culture.
That is why, our actors feel that you need to know
about the contributions made in the past at
different times towards our culture.
It hurts me to tell you that our language and
culture is fast dying
While the priests in the pulpits of Goan churches
and the Tiatrists on the Goan stages are desperately
trying to keep Konkani alive, in the households of
Goa, English is slowly displacing Konkani.
I am here to publicly acknowledge and thank those
involved in guarding our language and culture in
this part of the world
.First of all, I would like to thank The Goan
G.O.A is trying its best to safeguard our culture.
, Late Richard Fernandes .started a group called
Goan Theatrical Group for the propagation of Konkani
Prominent Goan actors such as late Richard Fdes and
his wife Rosy Fernandes, late Frank Dsouza and his
daughter Margaret,D’Souza,Nevis and Zulema D’Souza
,Martin and late Natalia Rodrigues, late Braz D’Cruz,
Lena Remedious, , , Francis Fernandes ,Frank
Fernandes, Lyn Souza Marques and a host of other
actors worked very hard to put up Tiatrs.
I believe only Goan “sorpotel,” sausages and “parra”
last a long time.
Anything else that is Goan does not last very long.
That is why GTG ended its existence in the late
eighties (1989) The hard work put up by these people
should not be forgotten.
On behalf of grateful community, I thank them and
their families for their valuable contribution to
the Konkani language..
When GTG ended,its existence, another group named
Goan Konkani Troupe came up in 1989.
Since GKT was also Goan and it was neither
“sorpotel” nor “para” it did not last beyond 2000.
While GKT lasted,for glorious eleven years, various
people worked hard to sustain it.
These are a few of the names that come to my mind ;-
Agnelo, Yolanda and Rhiza Gracias, Raymond and
Charmaine Menezes ,Faria and Grace Fernandes Bernard
and Birdie Gomes ,Silviano and Serah Barbosa, Jossie
and Terry Corrasco, Winnie and Keith Crasto, Joe Vaz,
Joe Moraes, Francis Moraes, Tony D’Silva, Olavio
D’Costa A.C.Pereira-,Gerrard Sequira------and a host
of other actors and volunteers.
To those I have named and those whom I have
forgotten to name, I thank them all.
The future of Tiatrs looked bleak.
Fortunately, Jr. Menezes and Marshal Fernandes
filled in the vacuum with their private productions
of Konkani Tiatrs; one of which you are witnessing
I thank Marshal Fernandes for his valuable
contribution to our Konkani cause.
Jr. Menezes’ immigration to Canada in 1988 was a
blessing to the Konkani stage. He brought to Canada
a multitude of talents.
His debut in “Familichem Nissanton “ 1989 and his
acting in the following years brought him good
reviews; so much so, that a well known Tiatr critic
and the editor of South Asian observer Eugene
Correia referred to Jr Menezes and I quote”Darling
of the Tiatr lovers” unquote.
Also,I am told that Mr Tony Barros of Goan Overseas
Association of New Jersey in his speech quoted Jr.
Menezes and I quote “Jr. Menezes, the legend”
Out of about 20 Tiatrs that took place in Toronto so
far, Jr. Menezes has acted in 13 of them; did comedy
roles in all 13 and directed 11. He also wrote and
directed twoTiatrs; one of which you are witnessing
Jr. Menezes introduced low budget special effects to
the Konkani stage in Toronto.
Most of the special effects you saw in the past and
those you are seeing today are the “Brain Child” of
People like A.C.Pereira, Alwyn,-Francis Constantino
-and myself are only helping him to put his ideas
Raymond for all you have done to the Konkani stage
on behalf of the grateful Goan community I thank you
Over the past decade or so, Jossie Corrasco has been
working very hard.. The audience did not see her
because she works behind the stage. It is a very
demanding job. An actor studies about 1/10 of the
play. Jossie as Play co-coordinator has to study the
Jossie ,on behalf of the community, I thank you very
Finally neither the Director nor the Producer can
put up a Tiatr without the support of an audience.
I wish to thank you all for supporting our Tiatrs
with your presence.
We Goans here today the audience and the actors;
Tiatr patrons and actors of years gone by; can all
rest happily that when our mother tongue sent out a
distress call; we collectively stood up to answer.
God willing, may the call be answered in the future
I would like to end my speech with a quote from a
great Konkani poet, late Prof. Manohar Sardessai in
“Jedna avoin marlo ulo, Tedna tumi zale ube
Goenche mhojea Goenkarando, Zaiat zague”
VIVA KONKANI….VIVA GOAN CULTURE
Enjoy the Tiatr. THANK YOU ALL.
element behind Air India probe
John Chick | 5 June 2010 03:39
The long-awaited release of the government’s Air
India 182 report held little solace for the families
of the 280 Canadians and 49 others who died over the
Irish Sea June 23, 1985. Sixteen years before 9-11,
it was at the time the deadliest terrorist attack in
North American history.
I know a little about this case because I lived it.
In fact, it directly altered the course of my life.
My father was a lead RCMP investigator on the
simultaneous Tokyo Narita Airport bombing, which
killed two baggage handlers. Had CP Air 003 not
landed 14 minutes early, there would have been many
more dead Canadians off the coast of Japan. While
he’s never specifically told me it was the case, I’m
fairly certain the toll the investigation took on my
dad convinced him to ultimately take retirement five
years earlier than he would have — meaning we had to
While the recent final report on Air India
rightfully placed blame on CSIS and the RCMP for
failing to prevent both disasters, it’s worth noting
there were many fine investigators, including my
father, who helped produce the only criminal
conviction in either case — proving in court in 1991
that Inderjit Singh Reyat built the bomb that blew
apart Japanese bag handlers Hideo Asano and Hideharu
Koda. But in a country where many dismissed Air
India 182 as an “Indian” tragedy, Narita would never
get much media play in Canada.
It’s long been suspected, but never proven, that
Reyat was involved with the Air India bomb as well,
perhaps something lost in the inexcusable disconnect
between the then-new intelligence establishment and
the national police force. CSIS had only been
created less than a year earlier, virtually all its
staff transplants from the old RCMP Security
Service. A retired RCMP and CSIS person once told me
that despite the shared roots, there were still
areas of distrust between the two agencies. Why is
There’s no question the flaws of the RCMP and CSIS
were, and are, deserving of criticism. But remember,
they are both staffed with humans, people who work
hard and succeed at protecting lives in obscurity,
often at great personal cost. And only get attention
when they screw up.
– John Chick is a copy editor at Metro.
Reason and Passion - Creating the Balance
By Azim Jamal
Your reason and passion are the rudder and the sails
of the seafaring soul,” wrote Kahlil Gibran, the
Lebanese-born philosopher, poet, and painter who
wrote magnificently in both English and Arabic. “If
either your sails or your rudder be broken, you can
but toss and drift, or else be held at a standstill
An equilibrium between reason and passion – between
head and heart – is one of the essentials of Life
Balance. It has been said that when the mind and the
heart go to war, the body becomes the battlefield.
The mind allows us to think, to reason, and to apply
our wisdom to make a difference. The heart is where
we feel. Through it, we love and use our creativity
without inhibition. When we merge education of the
mind with education of the heart, we strike a
dynamic balance. We look with “both eyes” – the eye
of the heart and the eye of the mind. We look at
life as a whole, realizing that one element affects
The Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan
people, explains that happiness comes from being
balanced. He emphasizes that education without the
balance of a warm heart can be dangerous and can
Jesus taught that happiness belonged to the meek,
the merciful, and the peaceable. But in driving the
moneychangers from the temple, he showed that these
qualities must be balanced with boldness. Paul
showed faith in this principle when he spoke of his
gentle approach to dealing with the congregation but
his boldness in dealing with its adversaries.
Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel peace prize laureate
and first black Anglican archbishop of Cape Town,
South Africa, stresses the importance of a balance
in our relationships with others.
“In our African language,” he notes, “we say, ‘a
person is a person through other persons.’ I would
not know how to be a human being at all, except I
learned this from other human beings. We are made
for a delicate network of relationships, of
interdependence. We are meant to complement each
other…. not even the most powerful nation can be
Reason without passion is lame, and passion without
reason is blind. Reason alone is dull, whereas
passion alone can lead to destruction. When we marry
the two, we have a wonderful synergy. Our reasoning
protects us from doing silly things. Our passion
gives us the drive to excel and go the distance.
Reason draws from the mind, passion from the heart.
Home vs. Career
The balancing of home and career is the most common
challenge executives face.
Many feel compelled to make a choice between home
and career. Life Balance will make that stark choice
Technology was supposed to increase leisure time,
presumably freeing us to spend more time with our
families and less on the job. But technological
progress seems to have brought us more things to do
and less time in which to do them.
A study by Health Canada shows that almost 60% of
Canadians who are employed outside the home cannot
balance work and family demands. Most give higher
priority to their work than they do to their
families. This is not uncommon in many countries.
Flextime, which allows people the flexibility to
schedule work time around family time, has been a
major help in balancing family and work. Flextime,
for example, might enable an employee to work 90% of
a normal week for 90% of the pay. This could be
enough to allow a parent to spend time with children
after school. Flextime could also mean taking every
other Friday off or working from home one day a
Flextime is especially helpful for double-duty
mothers or fathers who frequently are victims of
role overload. Life for them can be a daily grind of
cooking and cleaning, supervising homework, driving
children to school, looking after elderly parents,
and running endless errands in addition to earning a
We’re living now in the age of burn-out, in which
workaholics pursue frenetic lifestyles that hog
their time, drain their resources, and leave them
empty and unfulfilled. Many people engage in
activity for activity’s sake, burying themselves in
work or play to avoid facing real personal and
Others are in love with money, and seek to express
that love by spending all their waking hours
pursuing their careers.
But truly successful people know that balance is
essential to achievement, and they make room for
quality time for family, friends, spiritual
interests, and hobbies.
Lee Iacocca, as president of the Ford Division of
Ford Motor Company and CEO of Chrysler, put in long
days on the job. But he was also committed to
staying home every weekend, enjoying time with his
family, going to church, and reflecting on his life
and times. A true leader is one who is holistic and
From Life Balance the Sufi Way by Azim Jamal and
Nido Qubein. Azim Jamal is the No. 1 Amazon
Bestselling Co-Author of The Power of Giving: How
Giving Back Enriches Us All (published by Penguin).
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