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Newsletter. Issue 26.  December 21, 2013


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John J. D’Souza (Canada)      &        Karuna P. Kanekar (Goa)

Graphic of Christmas Crib in Panjim Church of The Immaculate Conception in Goa
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The Crib should be a cherished part of the Christmas celebration in every family. It is not only completely religious in significance but also presents to the children in a beautiful way the central event which we commemorate on this great feast. Thus it assumes the character of a religious shrine in the houses of the faithful during Christmas season. Dignified decoration might enhance its attraction and solemnity..

In Goa and around the world Christmas was celebrated with lots of fun and joy.


Newsline Canada

Majority (57%) of Canadians Are Not Better Off Financially Than Last Year
Monday, December 16, 2013

Just One in Three (36%) Make a Contribution to Their RRSP

Toronto, ON – According to a new survey conducted by Ipsos Reid on behalf of Sun Life Financial’s Annual Check-Up Survey, most Canadians don’t believe that 2013 has brought better times for their pocketbooks in comparison to 2012.


Program to acclimatize foreign clergy in Toronto graduates its first class
Written by Evan Boudreau, The Catholic Register | Thursday, 28 November 2013 13:42

Toronto - Shortly after arriving in Canada this summer from Hungary, Fr. Jeno Rigo pulled into a self-serve gas station to fill up his car. He studied the pump but, perplexed, was soon inside the station asking the attendant for help. When you are new to a country even the most mundane tasks can be challenging.


Streamlining the Passport Process for Canadians Abroad

Ottawa, Dec. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced improvements to passport services for Canadians living and working outside Canada.

When the improvements take effect on December 9, 2013, Canadians living and working outside Canada will have the option of choosing as a guarantor:

  • an adult with a valid or recently expired Canadian passport (less than a year); or
  • a member of an expanded list of a variety of occupations (listed below).


British burned, dumped embarrassing colonial documents
Robin Viegas posted on Gulf goans | Dec 6 2013

British officials burned and dumped at sea documents from colonies that were about to become independent in a systematic effort to hide their “dirty” secrets, newly released files showed on Friday.


CPP reform needed to head off poverty, Charles Sousa says

Ontario considers pension reform to be critical to preventing widespread poverty among the elderly over the next 30 years and will go ahead with a wide-ranging package of reforms, says provincial Finance Minister Charles Sousa. 2:32 PM ET audio


Reuniting families and reducing backlogs in Canada’s immigration system
Parent and Grandparent Program gearing up for re-launch

December 18, 2013 – Ottawa – Citizenship and Immigration Canada – By cutting immigration backlogs and wait times, the Government is bringing families together more quickly, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today.


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


Reflections On The Morning After Human Rights Day 2013

Fr. Cedric Prakash sj*
(* Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ is the Director of PRASHANT, the Ahmedabad-based Jesuit Centre for Human Rights, Justice and Peace)

It was Human Rights Day once again yesterday, December 10th 2013. About 300 of us, men and women from all walks of life (representing a cross-section of society) gathered once again for our annual ritual: a ‘dharna’ (a sit-in) to highlight the growing human rights violations in our society; in order to make the general public aware that for a sizeable section of Gujarat, human rights is still a distant dream!

University degree or trade school, which is the right career path?
Editorial Coordinator, Sabrina Almeida

By Sabrina Almeida As high school graduates get ready to choose a career path it is important for them to study all the options available to them. Identifying the right educational program is key to job success and satisfaction. These days both seem to be synonymous with finding a job. After all


New Year immigration blues grip Britain
Posted by Eugene Correia on GoaNet | Tue Dec 17 2013

London: As we come close to 2014, a gnawing fear is creeping into an economically strapped Britain as transitional controls will be lifted on citizens of Romania and Bulgaria from the date, enabling them to move, work and claim state benefits here.

People Places and Thingss

55 Plus Goan Association Christmas Dance

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The always hectic Christmas season in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) got off to a rollicking start with the annual 55 Plus Goan Association dance on Friday, December 6, 2013.

Friends of St.Francis Xavier (Toronto) 13th Annual Feast Celebration
at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church,2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough ON,

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On  December 7, 2013 The friends of St Francis Xavier celebrated the 13th Anniversary of the feast of St.Francis Xavier patron saint of Goa.


From the Joseph Naik Vaz Institute

At this juncture, the Church in Goa, Mangalore, and Sri Lanka asks your prayers so that Pope Francis will soon canonize Blessed Joseph Vaz to make him an official Saint.

* Bl. Joseph Vaz was born in Goa, rescued the abandoned missions in Mangalore, and re-built the Church in Sri Lanka under Dutch persecution in the seventeenth century. He is thus officially called by the Church: “Apostle of Kanara and Sri Lanka” and “Patron of the Archdiocese of Goa and Damao.”

Seniors go on a Christmas outing
By Armand Rodrigues
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In general, Goans are not compulsive gamblers. However, from time to time, the urge to splurge enters one’s psyche. And, why not ? Today’s seniors are relatively comfortable financially and seem to have some disposable income to spare. Day-trips to casinos, or overnight stays, are commonplace. Limo pick-up from home, to connect with a coach, and drop-off on return, is a welcome convenience. And if you have a weak bladder, have no fear. The coach comes equipped with a potty in a cubicle.

Pope Francis named 'Person of the Year by Time Magazine

December 11, 2013. TIME Magazine has announced it elected Pope Francis as 'Person of the Year.' The American publication chose the Pope for his humble personality and for his call to embrace a Church of 'healing'


Globally Renowned Humanitarian And Celebrated Spiritual Leader, Amma Dedicates Two Million (USD) In Aid To Typhoon Haiyan Victims In Philippines
MA Center, California

San Ramon, Calif., Dec. 16, 2013 /CNW/ - Globally renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (Amma) through her world wide charity Embracing the World has created a relief and rehabilitation package with two million US dollars donated specifically for those hardest hit by the Haiyan Typhoon (Typhoon Yolanda) in the Leyte region. One million dollars has been specifically earmarked for children and their educational needs.

Typhoon Yolanda is considered to be the most powerful storm to ever make landfall, battering the Southeast Asian nation with close to 320 km per hour winds in November 2013. Over 13 million people have been severely affected; four million displaced and over one million have lost their homes. A staggering 7,000 people have died and the number continues to grow daily. Currently over 2.5 million Filipinos now rely on food aid to survive.

Christmas Reading

Christmas as Goa’s State Festival
Published on: December 24, 2012 - 02:03 | By Nandkumar M Kamat

Christmas is the time for non Christians to join the Christian brothers and sisters in a social communion to pay tributes to Jesus-the Emmanuel. Goans do it traditionally and voluntarily.

Celebrations of Christmas and New Year’s Eve Nowhere Else, but in Mesmerizing Goa

Goa is an ultimate tourist destination and has been attracting tourists for long to spend their Christmas and New Year’s Eve in this renowned beach city of India, by the Arabian Sea. Exotic food, beer, parties, fun, frolic, live music, sun, sea and sand – that’s the ideal essence of this blissful state of Goa during Christmas and New Year’s bash. Goa lands of coconut, palms, splendid beaches, and above the all the sublime hospitality of Goan people make this state truly the most happening state in entire India. Fondly known as “The Rome of the East”, this small state was ruled by number of Indian Kingdoms and dynasties from 4th century onwards, the word Goa was derived from Konkani, a Goan Language, meaning a patch of tall grass. Splendid Goa is beautifully bordered by the majestic blue seas.

X’mas treats cheat sheet
From The Times of India | Yolande D'Mello,Mumbai Mirror | Dec 8, 2013, 12.42 PM IST

Here's the plan for a festive three-course meal, cake and traditional sweets without ever having to lift a ladle

Spending Christmas Eve singing carols around a decadent tree draped in buntings may be priceless. But for everything else, there's outsourcing. For the kitchen-impaired, who can't tell their saucepans from their shins, the secret ingredient to a traditional meal may be ordering it from the veterans of yuletide.

Fragments of A Legacy - John Maximian Nazareth (1908 – 1989)

AwaaZ a magazine published out of Nairobi, Kenya, devoted the cover story of its second issue in 2013 to J M Nazareth’s contribution in the pre independence period in Kenya. The story was assembled by Benegal Pereira from articles by Prof. Yash Ghai, who chaired Kenya’s Constitution Review Commission; Angelo Faria who lived in Kenya during Nazareth’s tenure and Dr Visho Sharma, who kindly agreed to read Nazareth’s book, Brown Man, Black Country, and provide a perspective.

Compiler Benegal Pereira was born and raised in Kenya during the height of the Mau Mau uprising, migrated to the US in 1986 and is currently based in New Hampshire, USA. In 1998, He founded the internet East African forum, Namaskar-Africana, and possesses one of the world’s largest private collections of books and materials devoted solely to East Africa.
Birdman of London - Biography of John Ambrose Rosario Cardoso
By his son, Roque Cardoso | Roque Cardoso –A Profile

Roque Cardoso left Kenya in 1964 with his younger brother, Calisto, on a ship from Mombasa stopping at Djibouti where French Foreign Legion troops came aboard for the voyage to Marseilles. The two were befriended by a Belgium Catholic Priest who recognized their musical talents and encouraged them to form a band with some of the troops. With Roque playing the trumpet, and Calisto the clarinet, the impromptu band became popular, entertaining dinner guests on the upper decks. From Marseilles the two travelled to London by train, staying at the Catholic International Hostel in Manor House.

News Clips from Goa

Demand for recognition to Roman Konkani echoes in Salcete

The demand for recognition for Konkani in Roman script reverberated in Salcete once again this time in the presence of Art and Culture Minister Dayanand Mandrekar “in order to preserve the Goan identity”.

Voicing concern over neglect of Konkani language, Benaulim and Velim MLAs Caetano Silva and Benjamin Silva respectively felt the need to promote literature in Roman Konkani.


Coldest nights since 2005 in Goa
Times of India

Panaji: Goa's normally pleasant winter nights have been replaced by a biting chill this season and, understandably so, as evening temperatures have dipped to 16.8 degrees...

Goa boosts capacity with new airport terminal 
TTG Asia

Goa International Airport opened a new integrated 64,000m2 terminal last week, adding to high-season capacity and handling about 1,000 international ..

Patel would have freed Goa in 1948: Parrikar
Business Standard

Had Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel lived longer, Goa would have been freed from the Portuguese yoke in 1948, said Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar here ..

1000 persons join AAP's Goa wing in single day'
Times of India

Ponda: Claiming that the Delhi mandate has proved that the people of India need a new option, Aam Admi Party (AAP) members declared that they would ...

Information centre for Russians set up in Goa
Times of India 

Calangute: The establishment of a chapel or church of the Russian Orthodox Church in Goa is most important because of the rise in the number of Russians ...

Now, coconuts catch up with soaring egg prices
Times of India

Panaji: Coconut, a key ingredient in Goa's staple fish curry and rice, is witnessing an unusual increase in price. While very small-sized coconuts are priced at ...

Goa to honour 17 freedom fighters on December 19
Times of India

Panaji:The government of Goa has decided to honour 17 freedom fighters including one from Andhra Pradesh for their contribution to Goa's freedom struggle, ...

'Silent malaria' dodges treatment, gives doctors a hard time in Goa
Times of India

Panaji: Goa's malaria control cell is working overtime to detect people with 'silent malaria'-mostly migrant workers who carry the parasite in their blood, but do ...

Goans for Goa demands formation of village development plans
Times of India

Margao: Goans for Goa (GFG), a registered trust, has appealed to all panchayats to form ward development committees to enable them to form ward ...


Of the Portuguese registry, OCI cover and running for office back home... (Eduardo Faleiro)
Source: Goanet Reader goanetreader at | Tue Dec 17 15:52:23 PST 2013
By Eduardo Faleiro | loksevagoa at

Only Portuguese Citizens Can Register Their Births In Lisbon

OCI allows lifelong stay in India... but not the right to acquire agricultural land, to vote, to run for office, to take up army or government jobs

As per the Portuguese Nationality Law, only Portuguese citizens can have their birth registered at the Central Registry of Births in Lisbon. Registration of births at the Central Registry in Lisbon is conclusive evidence that the person is a Portuguese citizen.

News Clips from India

Central government to merge OCI and PIO cards, Eduardo Faleiro says
Joaquim Fernandes,TNN | Dec 17, 2013 | Sent By:Antonio Mascarenhas - Toronto

Panaji: Former Union minister Eduardo Faleiro on Tuesday said thatPrime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has announced that OCI (overseas citizen of India) card would be provided to all PIOs (persons of Indian origin) who migrated from India after January 26, 1950 and that the OCI and PIO cards would be merged.


A Special Day for the Church in Mangalore:
New Tomb for Servant of God Raymond F. C. Mascarenhas
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December 16th 2013 was indeed a special day for the Church in Mangalore. In St. Sebastian’s Church Bendur – the mortal remains of the Servant of God Raymond Francis Camillus Mascarenhas were exhumed, identified and transferred from its original place in the nave of the Church, to a newly erected tomb. The meticulously prepared and long ceremony began at 8. 30 a m was presided over by Rt. Rev Aloysius Paul D’souza the Bishop of Mangalore. The select gathering present for the ceremony included Rev. Msgr. Denis Prabhu, Vicar General of Mangalore; Fr Henry Sequeira, the Episcopal Delegate; Fr. John Mendonca, the Promoter of Justice; Fr. Vincent Saldanha, the Notary; medical experts: Dr. Edward Nazareth (MS Ortho), Dr. Ronald Menezes (Dr. Ortho), Dr. Udaykumar, (M.D. Forensic) Sr. (Dr.) Jeevitha B.S. (MD) and other medical assistants; members of the Historical Commission: Fr. J. B. Saldanha, Fr. Peter Mascarenhas SMM, Fr. George Painadath; Fr. Cedric Prakash SJ the great grand nephew of the Servant of God and other special invitees.


Syro-Malabar Church Facing Pastoral Vacuum
Posted on December 16, 2013, 4:57 PM

The greatest concern of the Church is that the new generation will be losing the tradition dating back close to two millenia, that it claims to possess.

Kochi: The Syro- Malabar Church in India is experiencing pastoral vacuum with the increasing number of youth belonging to the congregation seeking better pastures abroad. The spiritual leadership of the Church, which is one of the largest Christian denominations in Kerala, is intensifying its pastoral activities because of the apprehension that the next generation may altogether abandon them.


Oscar Fernandes to hold additional charge of Labour
By PTI | 16 Dec, 2013, Post a Comment

Road Transport and Highways Minister Oscar Fernandes has been given the additional charge of Labour and Employment Ministry following the death of Sis Ram Ola.


New Delhi: Road Transport and Highways Minister Oscar Fernandes has been given the additional charge of Labour and Employment Ministry following the death of Sis Ram Ola.

Fernandes had held the Labour portfolio during the UPA 1 rule. According to a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement, the President, advised by the Prime Minister, has directed that Fernandes shall be given additional charge of the work of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.



+ Bernadette(Bunny) Colaco
Fri Dec 20 12:00:00

Bernadette (Bunny) Gladys Colaco passed away peacefully at home on December 19, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 73.

Beloved wife of Santana (Sandy).  Dearly loved mother of Vanessa, Jacqueline/Nazir, Colin/Cathy. Loving grandmother of Kareem, Rachelle, Aliah, Jonathan, Anthony, Abdul Hakeem, Ryan, Charlene, Nicholas and Anees....  Read more



Christmas Message – 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Happy New Year 2014

On behalf of Goan Archives Canada Inc., I wish to convey to each and every one of you and your immediate families, a very Blessed Christmas and a safe, healthy and prosperous New Year, 2014.


Ambitious Youth Workshop
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The G.O.A of Toronto is calling and looking for the YOUTH.....

Do your parents want you to become a Doctor, Lawyer or Accountant?
Do you want a career that uses your talents and skills?
Calling all Tweens, Teens & Young Adults
The GOA is hosting a career session on February 9th, 2014


Events for 2013





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CLR Picnic
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CLR Association

CLR Social
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Forthcoming Goan Overseas Association (Toronto) Events

SOLD OUT New Year’s Eve Gala – December 31st 2013
The Goan Overseas Association Toronto
DATE: Tues, Dec 31st, 2013
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Dinner- 6:45- SHARP
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Health & Wellness

Tips for coping with holiday stress - CAMH expert available

Toronto, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Do you feel more stressed during the holiday season? While this time of year can be a time of joy, many people can also find it stressful. Between family and work gatherings, holiday financial pressures and consumer overload, the holiday season can certainly take a toll. And what if you're alone at this time of togetherness?


Canadian doctors developing guidelines on right way to withdraw ...
Vancouver Sun

Canada's critical care doctors are confronting one of the most sensitive issues in ... form of distress that the health care team at the bedside might have,” he said...

Traffic-related air pollution a substantial public health concern
The Almagest

Traffic-related air pollution is increasingly shown to have negative health effects ... and is a substantial public health concern in Canada, argues a commentary ...

Some 'healthy' vegetable oils may actually increase risk of heart ... 
The Almagest

Some vegetable oils that claim to be healthy may actually increase the risk of heart disease, and Health Canada should reconsider cholesterol-lowering claims ...

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