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Newsletter. Issue 01. January 04, 2014


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Pope: Don’t forget plight of exiles, elderly marginalized by own family
By Carol Glatz

Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Dec. 29, the feast of the Holy Family. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

Vatican City (CNS) — Just as people must never ignore the plight of today’s immigrants and refugees, they must also remember today’s “hidden exiles” — the elderly and other relatives who are abandoned or forgotten by their own families, Pope Francis said.


Canada Calls for Peace Among Religious Communities over Christmas

December 24, 2013 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Andrew Bennett, Canada’s Ambassador for Religious Freedom, today issued the following statement:

“On behalf of all Canadians, we wish all Christians, whether they follow the Gregorian or Julian calendar, a very Merry Christmas.


Clock ticks to apply for post-secondary application deadlines
Written by Ruane Remy, The Catholic Register | Friday, 27 December 2013 13:28

Toronto - Ontario Catholic high school students who have procrastinated with their university and college applications still have a chance to prepare.


Racism in Peel is prevalent, persisting and perpetually growing, experts warn
By Pam Douglas and Louie Rosella/Metroland Media Group

A look at racism
It’s something many of us don’t even think about. But just because you’ve never been a victim of racism doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist in Peel. Just ask the more than 430,000 Brampton and Mississauga residents who have been subjected to a racist act or comment.
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PEEL - It’s something many of us don’t even think about. But just because you’ve never been a victim of racism doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist in Peel.


Trend Micro Offers Five New Year's Cyber Resolutions for a Safer and Healthier Digital Life

Ottawa, Dec. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - With Trend Micro cyber threat analysts predicting that individuals, businesses and governments will face a proliferation of sophisticated digital threats in 2014, New Years is the perfect time to choose a few simple resolutions to keep you and your personal information safe.


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


Goa and the Lure of Europe - Why are Goans lining up for Portuguese passports?
by Vivian Maverick Martins 27/12/2013

Every day in Goa, the government grants at least 200 marriage and other certificates required to obtain a Portuguese passport. Local public offices are inundated with requests for resident certificates. Archival deposits and education zones are frequented by growing numbers in search of old Portuguese documents like the Certidao Narrativa (birth record) and the Passa Viagem (travel document). All this is indicative of the fact that the trickle of Goans chasing the European dream has turned into something more akin to a flood.


Goa- Saligao - The land of Garbage, Stink, Poison and Disease
Posted on GoaNet by: Desmond da Costa desmonddacosta at
Fri Dec 27 01: 2013

My fellow Goans and Saligaonkars,

People from all walks of life and parts of the world have been coming to Goa, and being so impressed by its pristine beauty, culture and people, that some have even made it their home. This inspite of Goans opting to leave Goa for greener pastures abroad and various parts of India. As a net result Goa still attracts more to settle here than those that leave.

People Places and Thingss

Goan Overseas Association (GOA) New Year’s Eve Ball 2013

The Goan Overseas Association (GOA) held its annual New Year’s Eve Ball at the Claireport Banquet Hall in Toronto. The night featured lobby-pianist William Fernandes, live band Blindfold Test, DJ Darren and M.C. Dennis Pereira.


Review of SKIN and ANOTHER GOA
First Published on Goanet | Sat Dec 28 2013
Judy Luis-Watson jluiswatson55 at

Beyond the Beaches: SKIN and ANOTHER GOA by Judy Luis-Watson

Life can sometimes feel like a series of random events, but I prefer to think of them as meaningfully related coincidences that are well-timed. Recently I’ve been thinking about getting back to a review of two books from Goa that I began a while ago: SKIN's fantastic family saga and the real-life stories in ANOTHER GOA. Then, while waiting for a flight that was delayed due to the huge ice storm in Toronto, my husband commented on a newspaper article.


New King of Hot Peppers Crowned
December 27, 2013

Carolina Reaper peppers are seen being held by Ed Currie who grew the world-record setters.
VOA News

If you like spicy food, there’s some good news.

There’s a new world-record holding hot pepper, the Carolina Reaper, which dethroned the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

Hot peppers’ heat is measured using Scoville Heat Units. The winning pepper (code name HP22B for "Higher Power, Pot No. 22, Plant B") measured a whopping 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units, with an individual pepper in the batch measuring 2.2 million.


Goanet 2013 ... paying tribute to some we encountered in cyberspace‏

Goanet 2013 Honours List:
(Almost) 101 persons + institutions this network noticed over the year...
Compiled by FN/Frederick Noronha

* Lancelot Ribeiro, artist
* Lorna, Goa's nightingale
* Pope Francis, the poor's whistleblower
* Lambert Mascarenhas, editor 100 this yr
* Caetano X Furtado, botanist, palm specialist

News Clips from Goa

Goa Celebrates Heritage Fest
Dec 30, 2013

GOA, India - If you think the New Year celebrations are over and it’s time to pack your bags, well then you might have to reconsider your decision. This year, Goa is all set to host the 2nd Annual Heritage Festival which promises to be bigger and better than the previous year. The festival will be held at Saligao Football Ground, opposite the Mae de Deus Church, a beautiful 125-year-old heritage structure from 7th to 11th January, 2014. It will be inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Minister, Shri Manohar Parrikar in presence of Hon'ble Tourism Minister Shri Dilip Parulekar, Hon’ble MLA & GTDC Chairman Shri Nilesh Cabral, Secretary Tourism Shri Parimal Rai, Sarpanch of Saligao Eknath Oraskar and other dignitaries.

Organized by the Department of Tourism & Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), the event celebrates the arts, culture, history that showcases the Goan spirit bringing together host of talented performers and artisans to create a unique experience for the tourists.

Sunburn - in Vagator (Anjuna)
Sent by Tim de Mello

Final day of a huge music festival in Goa. Reckoned to be the largest in Asia. On the first day apparently about 35,000 people attended the open air festival which went on from 2:00pm to 10:00pm.

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AAP tunes up in Goa, signs up Remo Fernandes as member

Panaji: If singer, musician Kailash Kher lent his melody for Aam Aadmi Party's stunning march to power in New Delhi, in Goa, Remo could perhaps do the trick for India's most talked about political outfit in recent times…

Goa for New Year's? Nah, Thailand's good!
Times of India
International holiday locales like Thailand and Singapore have dethroned popular domestic destinations like Goa and Kerala this holiday season, owing to cheaper international holiday packages…

Goa: Top destination for New Year celebrations
Times of India

Panaji: Goa is emerging as top destination in the country for New Year celebration. The latest Trip Advisor survey states that most Delhiites will be heading to Goa this New Year…

Goa Church pledges collaboration with government on human development
Times of India

Panaji: The Church in Goa on Monday pledged its sincere collaboration with the government of Goa in its initiatives for the integral development of people and communities and to the conservation of the environment...

A bad year for Goa's flora and fauna, but hope lies ahead
Times of India

Panaji: Continuation of a ban on the environmentally-damaging iron ore mining had sprouted hope of a respite to heal nature's wounds, but the increasing tempo of other development for housing and industry greatly dampened the optimism...

Goa state labour advisory board considers new bill
Times of India

Panaji: The Goa state labour advisory board, which met recently, deliberated at length on various issues regarding the draft bill titled Goa recognition of trade unions prevention of unfair labour practices bill 2013...

Four 'VIPs' held in Goa for using red beacons on cars

Panaji, Dec 30 (IANS) Four people impersonating as VIPs were arrested Monday for flaunting red beacons on their vehicles in Goa, flouting a Supreme Court ruling on use of red beacons, flashers, sirens and blue beacons on vehicles....

Goa PWD trying to expedite sanitation programme
Times of India

Panaji: Hoping to expedite the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (NBA)programme in Goa, the public works department has written to all 190 village Panchayats in the state, to reconstitute the "village water and sanitation committee" (VWSC)....

Airfares to party destinations zoom, Goa return at Rs 20k
Times of India
Mumbai: As the year draws to a close, airfares have begun to climb every few hours. After all, it is that time of the year again when early birds are rewarded and those who choose to take off on a whim are forced to pay dearly for their delayed decisions...


India's unique carriage museum
Excerpt from BBC News India

The museum has three hearse carts from Goa, one (extreme right) of which has been restored 

A unique transportation museum which displays nearly 70 carriages from across India restored to their original glory will open to the public soon in the state of Goa, Chryselle D'Silva Dias reports.



How Different Are Goa's Politics?
Source Goanet Reader (
By: Arthur G. Rubinoff is Professor Emeritus of Political Science, The University of Toronto, Canada. | can be found at: Studies in Indian Politics
E-mail: | Published by:
On behalf of: LOKNITI, Centre For The Study Of Developing Societies (CSDS)

Abstract This article explores how Goa's politics have evolved in conjunction with national politics. It finds that there has been an evolution from communal regional party government dominated by the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) to the supremacy of two national parties -- the Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) -- that now dominate the politics of the state, while the situation in New Delhi has moved from national party supremacy to the rise of regional parties at the expense of national institutions. In that sense Goa's politics continue to be at variance from the national pattern. However, its pattern of unstable coalitions and pervasive defections resembles the national pattern. Keywords: Party system, Goa, regional parties, coalition, defections

News Clips from India

India's anti-graft party chief installed as Delhi's chief minister
Source: 2013-12-28

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal (R) waves to the crowd with his cabinet ministers after he was sworn in as chief minister of Delhi in New Delhi, India, Dec. 28, 2013. India's anti-corruption party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday was sworn in as the youngest chief minister of Delhi at Ramlila Maidan in the heart of the national capital. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)

New Delhi, Dec. 28 (Xinhua) -- India's anti-corruption party chief Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday was sworn in as the youngest chief minister of Delhi at Ramlila Maidan in the heart of the national capital.


India's Benchmark Year for Women’s Issues
by Anjana Pasricha | December 27, 2013

Adjacent to the Delhi’s Chief Minister’s office in the capital, six women answer a stream of phone calls from women in distress. The toll-free 181 number was set up by the government after last year’s brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old student in the capital led to her death.


Western Ghats conservation: Common man will be spared of hardships
December 30, 2013, 2:01 pm

Thiruvananthapuram: Sharing concern of farmers, Defence Minister AK Antony on Monday said common man would not be made to suffer while implementing the Western Ghats conservation measures recommended by the K Kasturirangan committee.

India tests n-capable Agni-III missile
December 23, 2013, 6:45 pm

Bhubaneswar: India Monday successfully test fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile from a base in Odisha, a defence official said.



+ Hilary John Martins
Thu Jan 16 10:19:03

Hilary John Martins passed away on his 82nd birthday, Monday January 13th,  at Leisureworld, Mississauga, Ontario.

Hilary was born in Moshi, Tanzania. He spent his formative years in Uganda raising a family and working for Mulago Hospital and the National Cancer Institute. He spent the latter half of his lifetime in Canada and was a founding member of the ....  Read more


Funeral: Francis Cardoso
Sat Jan 11 12:54:50

4 Jan. London. FRANCIS CARDOSO. Aged 73. Ex. Mombasa. Worked as an accountant for RIBA London for 33 years until retirement. Survived by; Brother of late Edward. Brother/Brother-in-law of Mario (UK) and late Filomena; Brother /Brother-in-law of Roque (Canada) and Pam; Calisto and Beatrice. Sister/Brother-in-law of Theresa (UK) and Joseph; Rita, Martin. Cousin Pio and families. Funeral details: ....  Read more


Fri Jan 03 12:00:00

"The Mathias family is sad to announce the death of their sister Thelma, who passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 1,  after spending a week at the North Middlesex Hospital, London, England. Thelma was lovingly cared for in a nursing home for many years as she had sadly developed dementia.

She is survived by siblings ....  Read more





Events for 2014





July 18-26, 2014 BMX Alumni Association 2014 Reunion – 10th Anniversary Celebrations Click for Flyer
July 19, 2014
CLR Association

CLR Picnic
Venue: Erindale Park, Mississauga.

Detailed flyer will follow

 Saturday, September 27, 2014

CLR Association

CLR Social
Venue: Payal Banquet Hall. Mississauga

Detailed flyer will follow

Health & Wellness

Studies: Americans Sicker than Citizens of Other Developed Countries
by Carol Pearson

Americans have the most expensive health care system in the world, although they don't have the most efficient one. Additionally, they don't get the most for their money. That's the assessment of two recent studies of health care in the U.S. Now, researchers paying more attention to where the money goes and what changes can be made to improve health care.


Blood Pressure Guidelines Revamped

For adults aged 60 and older, prescribing medicine should only be done when blood pressure levels reach 150 over 90 or higher...

Study: Pregnant Women Need Not Avoid Peanuts Over Allergy Fears

Researchers at Boston Children's Hospital find children whose mothers were not allergic to nuts and ate them at least five times weekly had lowest risk of developing nut allergy themselves...

Heavy Internet Use May Lead to Addictive Behaviors

Researchers say the negative consequences of the Internet may be quite underappreciated...

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