Newsletter. Issue 26. December 18, 2010


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Bank of Canada sounds alarm on global risks, says Canadians not immune
December 9th, 2010

OTTAWA - The risk of another global financial and economic shock is rising, says the Bank of Canada, and Canadians may be in poor shape to deal with the fallout.

Employment rate for women in Canada Doubles – Stats Can
1976 to 2009

The employment rate for women with children has been steadily on the rise during the past three decades. In 2009, 72.9% of women with children under the age of 16 living at home were employed, nearly twice the rate of 39.1% recorded in 1976.

Recovery has left behind young workers
Friday, 10 December 2010 | he Canadian Press

Ottawa - Canada’s falling unemployment rate is hiding an unpleasant truth - tens of thousands are leaving the labour market in frustration, and none more so than young workers.

Canadian Government to unveil plan to prevent another Air India bombing
Monday, 6 December 2010 - 2:55pm | The Canadian Press

Montreal - The Harper government will introduce a “comprehensive” plan this week designed to ensure a tragedy like the 1985 Air India bombing never happens again. Immigration minister Jason Kenney called the plan a “road map” for counter-terrorism that will improve co-operation between national security agencies and police, strengthen airport security on both the passenger and cargo side, and make it easier to prosecute terrorists.


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


Seventeen Years…………And Out!!
Why No Goa for me in 2011

By: George Pereira.

After seventeen Canadian winters spent in Goa, I am calling it quits!!

The “Nirvana” that Goa offered when we first visited Goa and the ensuing years was not only a joy, but it plunged us into a pristine world of hospitable, kind, loving and unaffected people. It was a Goa that had time for each other and friendship was not measured in terms of individual wealth. Rice and fish curry was king, and Goa sausages tickled the taste buds to distraction.

John Lennon's imaginary world
Written by Fr. Raymond J. de Souza | Wednesday, 08 December 2010 11:14

Excerpt: John Lennon is the minstrel of the new atheism, and it holds that religious faith is something imaginary itself, and therefore just another set of imaginings alongside whatever else the human heart can conjure up.

Are India's Rich Not Philanthropic Enough?
Soutik Biswas | Tuesday, 7 December 2010

He has been called India's reluctant billionaire. There are many stories of publicity-shy software tycoon Azim Premji's frugal habits - flying economy class; taking an auto-rickshaw from the airport after not finding his car; borrowing magazines from the company library and living on its campus.

People Places and Things

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Holiday Reading:
Into The Diaspora Wilderness

Author Selma Carvalho 

An absolutely fascinating work. A wide collection of important oral histories from around the world set against good and thorough research. Written in a style that itself clearly reflects the rich strands of Goan Christian Diaspora heritage. Cliff Pereira, author of View from Shooters Hill.

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An old adage says “Don’t judge a book by it’s Cover”. However, there are many Goans in the Greater Toronto Area who will want a copy of the book precisely because of it’s cover which shows the band of the Uganda Railway Goan Institute in Nairobi which later became the popular Railway Goan Institute.

Discovering home truths in a distant land

Three months in Panama on a university internship changed my world view, writes University of Ottawa student Natalie Fernandes

This article first appeared in 
(Ref Page - 14)

Since completion of my internship abroad, I have thought extensively about why I decided to partake in such an opportunity, and what events in my life led me to spend a whirlwind three months in Santiago, Panama. I'd like to say I did it out of completely altruistic motives, but I am positive every single intern had their own individual reasons for choosing to complete and international internship. For me, it wasn't just about helping out those who were less privileged than I (although this was a large part of my reasoning), but also to see and experience a completely different area in the world, and for me to realize how fortunate that I am.


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Readings for the Holidays

In Search of Canadian Identity
Speech by Senator Vivienne Poy on Gender Issues

McGill Institute for the Study of Canada McGill University November 22, 2001

… Before WWII, Canada’s immigration policy was based on the premise that it was, and should remain, a white country, primarily composed of people from France, the British Isles, the United States, and northern Europe. For the most part, Canada was a bicultural nation, with the French and British elements of Canada maintaining an uneasy truce. However, to characterize Canada in this way, is to neglect the fact that Canada was founded by three groups: the aboriginals, the French, and the British, despite the fact that aboriginals have been marginalized until recent years.

Canadian Multiculturalism
Prepared by: Marc Leman
Political and Social Affairs Division
Revised 15 February 1999

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The Case for Goan Welfare
By: Roslyn Lobo
The article below was published in the Goan Digest (UK) in1993

The study and findings are still relevant to us in Canada for 2011
(The OCR has been used to save time re-typing- hence please excuse irregular word spacing)

[Roslyn, Chair of GWA, is a community psychiatric nurse and family therapist and has dealt with hundreds of clients of all races over several yean, including (loans. In 1991 she was invited to be a Welfare Director of the Goan Association (UK) Ltd in Kent. She left in January 1993 after submitting a Report of her work, together with recommendations for Goan welfare. Below is the substance of Roslyn’s speech at the reception for Mr. Keith Vaz on 3l July l993. - _Ed ~ Eddie D’Sa]

We Goans seem to be a well adjusted and mutually supportive group-but I think this is only true at a superficial level. For many of us, UK settlement has been a second migration (from East Africa) and has brought in its wake a host of stress related problems, especially for those expelled from Uganda. These problems have been kept hidden but with better information and a mature outlook, people have begun to acknowledge their difficulties and to seek help. In my professional encounter with the Goans over some years, many kinds of distress have come to light:

The Non - Resident Goan
Published in the Herald Review and on GOA-NET
Dr. Peter R. de Souza , Goa University political scientist,
Dept of Political Science, Goa University, Taleigao, Goa India

In recent years, students of 'culture and identity' have come to believe that to understand a society well, one must not only look at all its internal features but also at its relations with others. Put simply, this would mean that to understand oneself, one would need to understand the 'other' with whom one has a relationship. This is true of individuals, of groups, of societies, and even of civilizations.

Family Feuds in Goa
Reprinted with permission from | By: Ema Souza-Colaço (first published in 1999)

It appears that Goans have made it an art form to disrupt weddings and devise, albeit unconsciously, novel methods to start arguments at or just after the reception. And this is supposed to be one of the most important days of the newly married couple. What a nightmare it turns out to be !

While putting together the article on the Homes for the Aged, I paused briefly to think about the quagmire of intrafamily politics. What exactly is the genesis of this problem and what can we all learn from the regular Goan 'family feuds'.


Recession Blues
By Felix de Souza of Calgary- (first penned in 1995)

Many young men are out there
Jobless and depressed today.
Sometimes when I observe them
This is what they seem to say:

Konkani Proverbs

Konkani Proverbs 101
Test your knowledge of Konkani

Match the Konkani in the first column with the usual meaning in the second. These Proverbs were taken from a book by Fr. Antonio Pereira, and listed in Goa-Net by Edward Fernandes. The English meaning are based on responses received.

Days of Yore ….
(Memories Of A Childhood Christmas)

Joan Do Rosario - Oakville, Ontario
"Reprinted from Dr Ribeiro Goan School Class of 64 archives"

Christmas means many things to many people. To me, Christmas is a time of pure magic. It is a season that inspires feelings of anticipation, joy and hope in one’s heart. It is the time when families reunite and get to see those loved ones they hadn’t been able to see all year. But, most especially, it is that special time of year that evokes the fondest memories of an idyllic childhood, those wonderful, magical days of yore…

Joseph T. D'Souza (Mississauga – Ontario)

To this day I remember vividly, and treasure the memory, of driving my Grandma to Church. Although the trip only lasted minutes our communication ranged from world politics, construction, soap operas, to my favourite topic, "life in the old days", and food. I always knew that if the conversation ended on food there would be something special for me.

Excerpts from a Schoolboy’s Diary

1957 – Last Year of School – Excerpts from a Schoolboy’s
Diary -Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Nairobi
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News Clips from Goa

National security overrides local concerns: Defence Minister
The Defence Minister for state, Mr M M Pallam Raju, on Saturday informed that the central government is committed to the security of the nation and in this regard, the Defence Ministry has directed all the coastal states in the country to come up with marine police stations to ensure coastal security. Mr Raju was addressing the gathering after commissioning the Indian Coast Guard ship 'Vijit' the second of the series of 90-meter offshore patrol vessel, indigenously designed and built by Goa Shipyard Ltd, Vasco.

Celebrations for 50th year of liberation from Dec 17
TNN, Dec 15, 2010

Panaji: Goa will usher in the golden jubilee year of its liberation with a 3-day celebration beginning December 17, 2010. The inaugural function of the golden jubilee year of liberation will be held at Azad Maidan, Panaji, at 7.30pm on December 18.

Why Goan Catholics portrayed badly in movies, asks filmmaker
By: John Malhotra

Why Roman Catholics from Goa are portrayed in a bad light in Hindi movies, asks a filmmaker from the state.

Goan NRI students get back to their roots
TNN, Dec 8, 2010,

PANAJI: The 14 Goan-origin foreign youth, who participated in the 3rd edition of the 'Know Goa' programme, leave Goa on Wednesday with fond memories of Goa's fabled natural beauty, warm hospitality, fabulous food and hopes of visiting again.

Goa eyes expats as resource for educational institutions
December 07, 2010

Panaji: Goa government wants to tap men-of-letters of Goan origin in Europe and other parts of the world to be resource persons for its educational institutions, an official said Tuesday.

Falling coconuts no reason to cut trees, says HC
TNN, Dec 10, 2010, 04.41am IST

Panaji: The high court of Bombay at Goa recently ruled that a person cannot, under the Goa, Daman and Diu Preservation of Trees Act, seek that a tree from a neighbouring property be cut just because it obstructs him from enjoying his property due to leaves and coconuts falling onto it.

Panaji: Christmas Feast: Turkey Takes Centre Stage at Dinners
Monday, December 13, 2010 | By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar

Panaji, Dec 13 (IANS) India's national culinary bird, the humble chicken, has got competition this Christmas. Turkeys - big, fat, stuffed, roasted and glazed - are slowly taking centre stage at dinners in Goa, edging out the relatively lean chicken.

News Clips from India

Indians No. 2 in emigrating, top in sending money home
Rema Nagarajan, TNN, Dec 6, 2010, 12.33am IST

New Delhi: India continued to be the largest recipient of remittances in 2010, with the figure rising from $49.6 billion in 2009 to $55 billion. It was also the country with the second largest number of emigrants (those migrating abroad) after Mexico, according to the World Bank's just-released Migration and Remittances Factbook 2011.

Tension grows between Calif. Muslims, FBI after informant infiltrates mosque
By Jerry Markon | Washington Post Staff Writer | Sunday, December 5, 2010; 12:47 AM

IRVINE, CALIF. - Before the sun rose, the informant donned a white Islamic robe. A tiny camera was sewn into a button, and a microphone was buried in a device attached to his keys.

India, owl's mythic power, pop culture presence fuels illegal trading
By Rama Lakshmi | Washington Post Staff Writer | Sunday, December 5, 2010; 8:55 PM

In Meerut, India Mehmood Ali is a carpenter by day and shaman by night. He says he heals people battling anxiety, sleeplessness, curses and misfortune.

India’s Domestic Airlines To Put Fares On Websites

Beginning December 8, you will know how much you have to pay for a ticket depending on when you book it - 21 days in advance, 14 days, seven days, one day, ten hours.


The Late Mark Dailey – An Appreciation

Dec 07, 2010 Toronto, Ont. - Broadcasters from coast to coast are paying tribute to iconic Citytv newsman Mark Dailey.

Dailey, who was also the voice of the station, died at the age of 57, Monday, Dec 06, with his family by his side.

Moses Znaimer, the founder of Citytv, said he "always believed the sound of the human voice is the one that lingers best in memory. Marks will remain in ours for a long, long time."

+ Godwin Basilio Martyres
Tue Dec 28 09:07:36

Passed away peacefully at the Credit Valley Hospital in Mississauga on Sunday December 26, 2010 at age 83.

 Loving husband of Maria of 22 years. Beloved father of Celia De Souza, Gayle and Rick Forgeard, the late Godfrey Martyres, Giselle McCulloch, Caroline Athaide (Lenny) and Jude Fernandes. Proud grandfather of Sara, Marc, Paul, and Clare De Souza; Kyle and Chantal Forgeard; Kad....  Read more


+ Maria De Souza
Mon Dec 27 08:38:32

De SOUZA, Maria - It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Maria De Souza our beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother on December 24, 2010. Devoted and loving wife of the late Peter (Bruno) De Souza. Dear mother of Barbara (Manuel) Coutinho, Paul (Julianna) De Souza, Sara (James) Angelo and John De Souza. Cherished grandmother of Michelle (Jeremy) Pereira, Neil (Kristle) Co....  Read more


+ Anthony (Pop) Mendes Funeral Details
Sun Dec 26 12:00:00

Anthony (Pop) Mendes - exZanzibar/Toronto passed away peacefully on Thursday December 23, 2010 at about 1:00pm,surrounded by his family.

Pop Mendes was Husband of Artie Mendes,

Loving father of Alwyn(Irene),  Ashley(Phoebe), Audrey(Tony), Arnold(Odette), Avril(Nap), Anston(Ingrid).
Grandfather to Verna (Ramin), Aaron(Melanie), Michelle(Anthony), Ian(Sonia), Micha....  Read more



Gemai - New Year's Eve "Dance of the New Decade" – In San Francisco
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Health & Wellness

Don't let the Grinch steal your spirit - or your stuff

BCAA offers advice to help you protect yourself from holiday theft

Burnaby, BC, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - While the holiday season is regarded as a time for giving, thieves see it as a time for taking. And, as visions of expensive presents dance in burglars' heads, the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) warns shoppers and families to be extra vigilant with possessions, credit cards and any suspicious activity you may see at shopping centres and around your neighborhood.

Long-Term Daily Aspirin Cuts Cancer Deaths, Study Suggests
ABC News Medical Unit in Collaboration with MedPage Today | Dec. 6, 2010

Daily Dose of Aspirin Appears to Help Prevent Cancer Death, New Review Says

Taking a daily aspirin may do more than lower your heart disease risk -- it could lower your risk of death from cancer as well.

Canada a climate change lagger
Kevin Usselman | 2010/12/06

For the sixth straight year Canada is near the bottom of a global survey examining efforts to battle climate change.

Medical Students eat food bank diet to demonstrate inadequacy of social assistance

HAMILTON, ON, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - People in Ontario living on social assistance live with chronic hunger and poor health because they do not have enough money to buy food. On Monday December 6th, 20 McMaster University Medical students will begin a five day challenge to live on a diet similar to that of many people living on social assistance in Ontario. In doing so, they are demanding that the Ontario government take immediate action to ensure that their future patients may live with health and dignity.

1 cigarette is 1 too many: Surgeon General
Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press | 09 December 2010 12:10

WASHINGTON - Think the occasional cigarette won't hurt? Even a bit of social smoking - or inhaling someone else's secondhand smoke — could be enough to block your arteries and trigger a heart attack, says the newest surgeon general's report on the killer the nation just can't kick.

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