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Newsletter. Issue 03. February 01, 2014


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Minister Kenney issues statement recognizing the Republic Day of India

Ottawa, January 24, 2014 — The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister for Multiculturalism, issued the following statement recognizing the celebration this coming Sunday of India’s Republic Day:


Government of Canada helps over 1 000 newcomer’s get their qualifications recognized and find jobs in Canada

Foreign Credential Recognition loans help internationally trained workers put their skills to work faster

Vancouver, Jan. 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism, celebrated a significant milestone for the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loans Pilot Project. Over 1 000 internationally trained workers have now benefitted from loans that have helped them get their credentials recognized helping them take advantage of job opportunities here in Canada.


New website to tackle institutionalized racism in Peel
Mississauga News | By Graeme Frisque

PEEL — Victims of racial discrimination in Peel have a new resource to assist them in their battle against institutionalized inequality with the announcement of a new anti-racism website.


Major world issues under limelight at Davos 2014-01-22

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Government officials, experts and business elites from over 100 countries on Wednesday started heated discussions on the world's underlining issues at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) held in the Swiss snow-clad town of Davos.


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Joseph Vaz and the Goa Inquisition
by Filomena Saraswati Giese

The article below in Oheraldo is a rejoinder to the article published by Shenali Waduge in Sri Lanka. Filomena Giese counters the claim that the missionary, Joseph Vaz, who was beatified by Pope John Paul in 1995, had a role to play in the Inquisition in Goa ans Sri Lanka

I f Shenali Waduge in her article ‘ Joseph Vaz – did he take part in the Goa Inquisition?’ had taken as much time to read historical documents such as V Perniola’s translation of The Catholic Church in Sri Lanka as she did to find a laundry list of the crimes of the Inquisition and the Goa Inquisition, she would have learned that Blessed Joseph Vaz ( 1656- 1711), the missionary who is credited with raising up the Sri Lankan Catholic Church from the ashes of Dutch persecution, did not take part in the Goa Inquisition.


Santa Cruz Education and Action Movement (Scream)
Posted on GoaNet | By: Reggie Gomes reggie.gomes at | Sun Jan 26 2014

Mark Mansion, St. Augustine Vaddo, Santa Cruz, Goa – 403005

The recent tragic death of 4 workers in the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) of a hotel in Santa Cruz could have been avoided, had a Sewage Pipeline (SP) been laid in the village. The menace of overflowing septic tanks and soak pits was pointed out at a Gram Sabha held in October 2012. However, since nothing much was done to resolve the problem, SCREAM proposed at a Gram Sabha held on 24th.November 2013, that a SP be laid in the village on a priority basis. The proposal was unanimously approved and a Resolution was passed accordingly,


Women: The changing face of U.S. poverty
By Neera Tanden | January 17, 2014

We’ve seen a dramatic shift in the 50 years since the launch of the War on Poverty. In today’s economy, poverty increasingly falls on women. They make up over half the workforce, and two out of three mothers are the primary or co-breadwinner for their household.


Aam Aadmi Party’s Double Standards

Double standards in politics are not uncommon. That is the reason why many are either put off by politics and elections or seek out a leader with conviction and clarity of purpose. In this respect, the Aam Aadmi Party came across as a political party with a difference, a tag the BJP wanted for itself but failed with compromises they made. AAP’s stock rose when it bagged 28 seats in the New Delhi Assembly; the victory gave it the impetus to go national. Its decision to consult the people before accepting support from the Congress to form government was seen as an act of sincerity and honesty and the people responded positively.


Pope’s clarion call is worth heeding
Published on Fri Jan 16 2014 in the Toronto Star
Goar: World leaders respond to Pope’s message, Opinion Jan. 12

Carol Goar’s piece on Pope Francis highlights the amazing influence that Pope Francis musters — not only with key global political leaders but also with his unlikely admirers such as the influential gay rights magazine The Advocate, that praised the Pope’s impressive “stark change in rhetoric.”

People Places and Thingss

Ice Storm did not deter Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students
Meet with Veteran Schoolmaster, Michael Britto
By: Muriel Lucas
First posted on:
Website of Dr. Ribeiro Goan School (Nairobi) Ex-Students

Norman Da Costa presenting DRGS Reunion brochures to Michael Britto
(Background: Muriel Lucas, Gilbert Fernandes & John Tavares)

Click here to see slideshow of the get-together (Photos courtesy Albert Fernandes)

In late December an ice storm hit us with a vengeance crippling parts of Ontario, Canada with power outages and shortages of water in some areas, a harrowing experience indeed. On the 29th of December 2013, a few days after the storm, the still icy weather conditions did not deter valiant ex-teacher, Mr. Michael Britto, accompanied by his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter to make the trek all the way from Niagara Falls to Mississauga to attend a small impromptu luncheon, held in his honour at the Bayleaf Restaurant in Mississauga.

Then Came A Gandhi: Lisbon mayor Antonio Costa, of Goan origin, may head Portugal in 2015
Source: Goanet Reader goanetreader at
Sun Jan 19 13:54:30 PST 2014

Andree-Marie Dussault
The Socialist's Path
  • Born in Lisbon in 1961, Antonio Luis Santos da Costa is of Goan origin. His father spent most of his youth in the former Portuguese colony in India.

  • In 1991, Costa became member of the Portuguese parliament, presenting as many as 20 law projects.

  • He was secretary of state from 1995 to 1997 and minister of parliamentary affairs (1997-99 ; organised Expo 98 which turned out to be a great success.


Kuwait: ‘Goans–Making a Difference’ Book Release takes Indian Community into Season’s Mood

A group of Indians from Goa, Karnataka, Mumbai and from the axis of India’s north-south-east-west divide assembled for a simple ribbon cutting ceremony to release the second edition of a Book titled ‘Goans – Making A Difference’,

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Opus Dei announces beatification date for Msgr. del Portillo
Written by Catholic News Service | Thursday, 23 January 2014 13:24

The prelature of Opus Dei announced that Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, the successor to Opus Dei founder St. Jose Maria Escriva, will be beatified Sept. 27 in Madrid. He is pictured in an undated photo. - CNS photo/courtesy of Opus Dei Information Office

Vatican City - The prelature of Opus Dei has announced that Msgr. Alvaro del Portillo, the successor to Opus Dei founder St. Jose Maria Escriva, will be beatified Sept. 27 in Madrid.


Windows XP's death to impact ATMs across the world
ANI | Jan 21, 2014

Microsoft is reportedly planning to end support for Windows XP on April 8th this year.

Washington: Microsoft is reportedly planning to end support for Windows XP on April 8th this year, which will affect 95 percent of world's automated teller machine that runs on the operating system. An upcoming Windows XP support change from Microsoft will result in upgradation of ATMs around the world.

News Clips from Goa

Thrilling end to Lusofonia Games Page News/Thrilling-end-to-Lusofonia-Games/84824.html
January 30, 2014 | Team Herald |

Panjim: After a grand opening ceremony and 12 days of sporting extravaganza that produced thrills and spills, the Lusofonia Games Goa 2014 concluded with a closing ceremony rich in everything ~ Goan ~ at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Fatorda, today.

The ceremony began with the welcoming of the chief guests Manohar Parrikar, chief minister of Goa, Mario Rosa de Almeida, secretary general, ACOLOP, Ramesh Tawadkar, sports minister of Goa, Shripad Naik, President, Goa Olympic Committee, Keshav Chandra, CEO of the Games and Sandip Jaques, joint CEO of the Games. The Navy Brass Band added that extra bit of sparkle by playing the National anthem, followed by a jumble march of all the athletes and volunteers. The chief minister, secretary general, ACOLOP, sports minister and president of GOA then addressed the gathering.

Nehru betrayed Goans on Special Status: BJP Page News/Nehru-betrayed-Goans-on-Special...
January 28, 2014 | Team Herald |

Panjim: BJP on Monday accused India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru of betraying Goans by not granting Special Status to Goa to protect its identity.


Goa can enact law to protect land, no need for special status: Eduardo
TNN Jan 18, 201

Panaji: There is no need to hanker for special status for Goa because the Constitution of India has legal provisions whereby Goa is competent to enact laws to restrict land transactions to protect the local people, said former Union minister Eduardo Faleiro on Friday.


Goa Su-Raj Party kick starts 'This is Goa! Respect It'

A team of GSRP volunteers approached several bare-chested tourists, explained to them the campaign and its importance to the people of Goa.

Panaji: Goa Su-Raj Party (GSRP) kick started its unique Gandhian campaign 'This is Goa! Respect It!' near Newtons Supermarket at Candolim, North Goa. A team of GSRP volunteers approached several bare-chested tourists, explained to them the campaign and its importance to the people of Goa.


Bharatiya Janata Party to continue the government grants to minority English schools in Goa

Panaji: The decision of the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government to continue the government grants to minority English schools in Goa, as announced through its Medium of Instruction Policy, has left a bitter taste in the mouth of the members of the government, office bearers of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) as well as Konkani and Marathi protagonists in the state.

Leander Paes, Mashelkar, and Wendell on Padma list  
Times of India -

Panaji: Three internationally renowned Goan personalities, scientist Raghunath Mashelkar, tennis star Leander Paes and fashion designer Wendell ...

Tourist arrivals to Goa increase record 12% year-on-year in 2013
- HospitalityBizIndia

Goa has witnessed a record increase of 12 per cent in the number of tourists visiting the state in 2013 as compared to the year ago, according to the statistical data maintained by the Goa Tourism Department. ...

Goa must target 75% turnout at Lok Sabha polls: Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo
- Times of India

Panaji: Governor Bharat Vir Wanchoo said that Goa would have to target a voting percentage of at least 75% in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections...

'Policy to curb misuse of brand Goa needed'
- Times of India

Panaji: Goacan, a NGO, in a letter to chief minister Manohar Parrikar, has expressed deep oncern about the constant use of the name of Goa in branding and marketing various products which results in creating an impact on the social and cultural life ...

Goa mining firms rigged environment reports: Expert
- Zee News

Panaji: Every environment impact assessment (EIA) report submitted by Goa's mining companies to the central government is rigged, ecologist Madhav Gadgil said....

News Clips from India

INDIA’S Elections: the Bishops launch an appeal against corruption

New Delhi - "India needs honest politicians who dedicate themselves with zeal, working for a nation free from crime, free from discrimination, where no one suffers from hunger, and free from the demon of corruption. In view of the general elections, all Christians are called to demonstrate and activate social commitment, for a just and peaceful India": This is the appeal issued by the Catholic Bishops of India on the occasion of the elections to be held next May.


Birth of the "Christian women’s Movement"

Bangalore – To launch a message of emancipation and woman’s dignity; rediscover the fundamental role of women in the Church, coming out of the cliché of subordination or inferiority complexes; emphasize the importance and the vital contribution of women in Indian society, in which there is a strongly patriarchal mentality which is marked by severe and frequent episodes of rapes which go unpunished.


Indian authorities arrest mastermind hacker in raids against businesses: report 2014-01-25 08:27:25

New Delhi, Jan. 25 (Xinhua) -- Indian authorities have conducted raids at four cities against hacking businesses and arrested a mastermind hacker of the country, local press reported Saturday.


To make India an ideal nation in the field of science and technology, Science centres must engage with people for development 
Delhi,Education,Science/Tech, Thu, 23 Jan 2014 IANS

New Delhi, Jan 23 (IANS) To make India an ideal nation in the field of science and technology, science centres in the country must engage with the local community and create local ecosystems to own, support and nurture these "innovation hubs", National Innovation Council chairman Sam Pitroda said Thursday.


Canada sees growth market of its forest products in India
PTI Mumbai, January 19, 2014

After oil and gas and power, Canada is strongly pitching for its forestry sector saying India is a strong potential growth market for Canadian forest products.



+Vitalina BARRETO
Sun Feb 09 08:45:16

BARRETO, Vitalina - In her 103rd year Vitalina passed away peacefully. Predeceased by her husband of 50 years Roque Barreto. Beloved mother to Elma Lobo. Devoted grandmother to Vernon (Ingrid) and Lester. Great- grandmother to Dana, Jessica and Ariel. Visitation will be held at Andrews Community Funeral Centre (8190 Dixie Road, Brampton, 905-456-8190) on Sunday, February 9, 2014 from 3-6 p.m. A....  Read more


+Brian Pinto February 6, 1966 - February 6, 2014
Sat Feb 08 10:24:44


Peacefully, at the Trillium Health Centre, on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at the age of 48. Cherished son of Melba Pinto and the late Felix. Loving brother of Fiona (Ralph). Brian will also be misse....  Read more


+Mr. Natividade (Natty) Ignatius D'Costa - ex Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Wed Feb 05 09:16:57

 Mr. Natividade (Natty) Ignatius D'Costa - ex Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Born: September 8, 1924 in Goa, India and Died: January 26, 2014 in Ajax Ontario Canada.  Funeral took place on January 30, 2014 at Ogden Funeral Home in Scarborough.  Sadly missed by his wife Josephine, and daughters Millie, Joan and her husband Charles Hopkin.

....  Read more


+Ms. Anania D'Costa - ex Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Wed Feb 05 09:15:22

Born: January 25, 1930 in Tabora, Tanzania and Died: January 18, 2014 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  Funeral took place on January 19, 2014 at Muhimbili Chapel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.   Sadly missed by her brother Natividade (Natty), sister-in-law Josephine, and nieces Millie, Joan and her husband Charles Hopkin.

....  Read more


+Ludger John GOMES
Mon Feb 03 12:00:00

GOMES, Ludger John - Passed away peacefully on January 27, 2014. Beloved husband of Flora. Father of Michelle and Darryl. He will be missed by family and friends. Proprietor of Piano and Player Piano Service. Funeral service Friday, February 7th at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church in Scarborough. Donations can be made to Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. ....  Read more



Los Angeles Goans of America - Hollywood Bowl - Opening Ceremony June 21, 2014
Posted on GoaNet by goansofamerica goansofamerica at 
Wed Jan 29 20:51:39 PST 2014

Hi All,

The Los Angeles Goans of America are putting a group together with the help of Adrian Desa (HB Entertainment Director) a night at the Hollywood Bowl this summer, and you're invited!

Toronto - Konkani TIATR "Gharachem Sukh" - May 31st 2014‏

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The highly acclaimed Konkani Tiatr, "Gharachem Sukh" by the late Remmie Colaco will be staged in Toronto on May 31st, 2014. Producer/Director, Marshal Fernandes will bring forth this tiatro with a superb cast, including Comedy Queen: Serah Barbosa and Ace Comedian: Samson Santimano. 17 NEW SONGS, never ever heard before, will be rendered in this tiatro. Music will be provided by none other THE GOA AMIGOS. Tickets will be on sale from February 01, 2014. Call 647 267 2954 to book your tickets.


Ontario Language Training Certificates Now Accepted by Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Ottawa, January 29, 2014 — As of January 30, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will accept certificates from individuals who complete Ontario’s provincial language training program as proof of language ability for the purpose of applying for citizenship, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander announced today. The acceptance of this language training program will facilitate access to citizenship for Ontario applicants.


Events for 2014





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CLR Picnic
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 Saturday, September 27, 2014

CLR Association

CLR Social
Venue: Payal Banquet Hall. Mississauga

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Health & Wellness

Canadians rank among world's biggest consumers of antidepressants: report
By Sharon Kirkey, Postmedia NewsJanuary 20, 2014

Photograph by: Joe Raedle, Getty Images Files, Postmedia News

Canadians consumed 86 daily doses of antidepressants for every 1,000 people per day in 2011, the third-highest rate among 23 countries surveyed.

One of Canada's top psychiatrists says too many Canadians are treating life's normal spells of misery the way they would handle something they dislike about their bodies: By asking a doctor to make their lives better. That may explain why we take twice as many antidepressants as Italians do, and more than Germans or French, says Dr. Joel Paris, professor and past chair of the department of psychiatry at Montreal's McGill University.


Nothing you can do about cancer? False! Learn the truth on World Cancer Day

Toronto, Jan. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - World Cancer Day on February 4 aims to dispel myths about cancer, including: "There is nothing I can do about cancer." The truth is that there is a lot that can be done at an individual, community and policy level.


Pharmacists can help millions of Canadians who suffer from high blood pressure get healthier - study finds

Toronto, Jan. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - More than four million Canadians have high blood pressure - yet less than one-third have their condition under control. A just-released study by the Ontario Pharmacists Association and Green Shield Canada has shown that pharmacists can play a key role in helping patients with hypertension improve their health by substantially lowering their blood pressure.


Why a holiday really IS good for you: Sunshine reduces your blood pressure - and cuts the risk of heart attack and stroke
By Fiona Macrae | Published:, 20 January 2014 |

A little sunshine could be good for your heart.

A short, sharp blast from a tanning lamp can cause blood pressure to fall, scientists have found.

The results suggest that well-meaning advice to avoid the sun to protect against skin cancer may in fact be raising the odds of heart problems. With high blood pressure trebling the chance of heart attacks and strokes, researchers believe the benefits of sunlight may outweigh the risks of skin cancer.

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