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Newsletter. Issue 05. March 01, 2014


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Newsline Canada

Canadian diocese looks to India for priests
Posted on January 28, 2014,

The need to bring in priests from abroad is a radical shift from the situation a generation ago.

The bishop of Charlottetown diocese in Canada says he looks to priest from India, as his diocese has not enough for its needs.


Archbishop decrees an end to eulogies at Ottawa-area Catholic funerals

Arguing that a Catholic funeral is no place to offer “high praise” to the deceased, the Archdiocese of Ottawa has decreed an end to the longstanding practice of allowing eulogies at Ottawa-area Catholic funerals. “Contrary to popular belief,” reads a February church decree, “eulogies or words of remembrance are not an official part of Catholic funeral rites. “In the Christian funeral, we gather not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them.” Eulogies are indeed a non-Catholic invention, and while many dioceses stay faithful to the no-eulogy rule, Ottawas...


Directory on Goan Diaspora - Protection of properties
Message from GWS – Nairobi to Members

Dear Members and Friends,

A message from Mr U.D. Kamat :

Directory on Goan Diaspora – Protection of properties regarding.

Goans have been migrating to places within India and abroad from times immemorial. The Goan Diaspora is spread across the continents of America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and U.K. Whereas those based in Gulf countries are actual NRIs as they continue to be Indian citizens, most of the others who have migrated to Western Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Australia have taken up citizenship of the countries of their adoption, but by virtue of their Indian Origin, have acquired PIO/OCI card status which entitle them long term visa to India and enjoy parity with NRIs except in matters of acquisition of agriculture and plantation properties, Government employment / Constitutional posts and voting rights.


Canada 'exemplary leader' in unity and pluralism, Aga Khan says
By Trinh Theresa Do, CBC News Posted: Feb 27, 2014

77-year-old Aga Khan is hereditary spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims

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The Aga Khan encouraged Canadians to continue embracing diversity Thursday morning in Parliament, in a speech espousing the need for an improved global civil society.


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


Special Status: Keeping Goa for Goans
By Eduardo Faleiro

A state is competent to enact laws to restrict land transactions so as to protect the interests of the local people

A resolution of the Goa legislative assembly and a memorandum submitted to the Prime Minister last year seek special status for Goa under Article 371 of the Constitution of India. This special status is sought on two grounds. as a result of large-scale purchase of land by persons from outside Goa, including foreigners, the average Goan cannot afford a house or land in Goa. Furthermore, there is large-scale migration into the state which may destroy Goa’s identity.


Is the West trying to create friction between Russians and Goans?
February 18, 2014 Ajay Kamalakaran, RIR

It seems like too much of a coincidence that there is a sudden spike in bad press in India about Russians in Goa

When India liberated Goa from Portuguese tyranny in 1961, the Salazar regime approached the UN Security Council for help, and it was only a Russian veto that helped avoid a major international confrontation. It’s a pity that many in Goa don’t even know about this.

TalkBlack: China
Published on February 11, 2014
Conrad Black refutes the inevitability of China's rise to global power.

500 million Chinese live as they did 2000 years ago
The West is not about to be eclipsed

People Places and Thingss

Blessed Vaz Mass, held in San Francisco Feb 23
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Monthly Mass for Canonization of Bl. Joseph Vaz on Sunday, February 23rd

The Joseph Naik Vaz Institute warmly invites all San Francisco Bay area Catholic Goan, Mangalorean, and Sri Lankans to attend our next “4th Sunday monthly Mass” on Sunday, February 23rd at 12:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Church in El Cerrito for the Canonization of Bl. Joseph Vaz.


Pope Francis triggers debate on family issues | Toronto Star

2 hours ago - But in Gatineau, where Durocher is the archbishop, priests in the Quebec diocese were asked to engage parishioners on five questions of their choice. ... That was widely noted because the archbishop emeritus of the diocese, Robert Zollitsch, heads Germany's episcopal conference, which represents the


Japan turns to robots as population declines

Fifty years ago, scientists predicted that robots would carry out today's tiresome tasks. Those predictions may have been wide off the mark, but with an ageing population Japan is pushing ahead with robotic assistance.

In a new study, Japan's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare predicted that the nation's nursing care sector would require 2.4 million workers to meet the needs of the rapidly ageing society. In 2012, the number of people employed in that sector came to a mere 1.49 million people.

Volvo Pilots Ground-Breaking ‘Roam Delivery’ Service

Volvo Cars demonstrates the potential of connected cars with deliveries direct to people’s cars

Over half of people (60%) experienced delivery problems through online shopping last year

  • Failed first-time deliveries cost the industry an estimated €1billion in re-delivering costs
  • Digital keys now make it possible to transform the car into a pickup and drop-off zone

GOTHENBURG and BARCELONA, 20th February, 2014 /PRNewswire/— In a ground-breaking technology move for the automotive industry, Volvo Cars demonstrates the world’s first delivery of food to the car – a new form of ‘roam delivery’ services. The service, which will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress, will allow consumers to have their shopping delivered straight to their car, no matter where they are.

News Clips from Goa

Goa a hub for international drug trafficking
By Rama Lakshmi, Published: November 27

GOA, India - The American tourist sipping a frosty beer by an oceanside shack had been in Goa just a few hours before a man sidled up to him and asked whether he wanted to buy drugs.

Goa Carnival 2014 preparations
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First global village? The story of Anjuna‏
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Visitors to Oxford Arcade supermarket in Anjuna quickly glimpse an exciting, highly cosmopolitan future that is quietly being made for Goa, and possibly eventually the rest of the country.

Goa Tourism’s recent road show threw the spotlight on lesser known aspects of the State
Priyadarshini Paitandy

A slice of culture at Goa

So you love partying, but you’re also a history buff, an avid reader and a sports enthusiast. And yet, when people talk about you, they always refer to you as a party animal. That could seem a little undermining right? Well, Goa too has the same problem — people don’t seem to look beyond its nightlife. The recent road show by Goa Tourism aimed at promoting Goa not just as a party destination but as a place that has it all — Nature, history, heritage, adventure sports, birdwatcher’s paradise with around 423 species of local and migratory birds, natural springs, shopping…


Four-lane, cable-stayed bridge over Mandovi
TNN | Jan 28, 2014, 04.20AM IST

Panaji: A new, four-lane, cable-stayed bridge over the Mandovi river, between the two existing bridges is being planned by the government. The bridge is estimated to cost around Rs 355 crore.


One too many for Goa's roads
Times of India

Panaji: After beaches, it's now tourists drinking in public places that has put government authorities in a "tight" situation. While locals complain about them drinking their holiday away and causing a nuisance once they set foot in Goa, the authorities say their hands are tied.

Goa International Travel Mart to be held from April 2-4, 2014

Goa Tourism is set to organise the Goa International Travel Mart (GITM) from April 2 to 4, 2014 at Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukerjee Stadium at Taleigao in the state, as per a release. This B2B event will showcase the tourism investment potential of Goa. The main aim of GITM 2014 is to serve as a platform for face-to-face networking among travel trade, hoteliers and other stakeholders from Goa with leading travel agents from India and abroad. GITM will also reach out to state tourism boards, district tourism centres, trade associations/national travel organisations, airlines, travel agents and tour operators, hotels and resorts, adventure tour operators, spice plantations, casinos, etc.

News Clips from India

Telangana - India's 29th state is born

Despite protests, India's parliament has approved a bill to create the new state of Telangana by splitting the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. DW takes a look at the reasons behind the decision and its implications.

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Telangana is India’s youngest state

Bill passed in Lok Sabha through voice vote amid din; live telecast blocked

Supporters of Telangana shout slogans as they celebrate the creation of the state in Hyderabad on Tuesday. AFP


NEW DELHI: Amidst din, chaos and an unprecedented blackout of television coverage, the Bill to carve out Telangana, the 29th state, by splitting Andhra Pradesh was on Tuesday passed by the Lok Sabha with Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party coming together on the issue.


India - Bishops' Pastoral Letter on the elections: "The leaders respond to the expectations of the people"

New Delhi - "The Catholic Church strongly hopes that the general elections give the country leaders who understand the anxieties of the people and respond to their needs": is what is said in the Indian Bishops' Pastoral Letter, in view of the general elections, to be held next May. The document, sent to Fides Agency, is signed by cardinal Oswald Gracias, President of the Episcopal Conference and was issued at the conclusion of the Assembly of Bishops, held in Kerala. The text calls on politicians to "uphold the secular nature of our nation and promote harmony and a spirit of dialogue and inter-religious understanding".


Indian bishops urge government to invite pope
Posted on February 21, 2014,  (Photo:

The prime minister told the delegation that his Government will do whatever needed to invite the pope to visit India.

New Delhi: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) today urged the Indian government to invite Pope Francis to visit India. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the top body of bishops requested him to invite the pontiff at an appropriate time, suitable to all concerned.

CBCI deputy secretary general Fr. Joseph Chinnayan and Oscar Fernandes,union minister for surface transport and highways met the prime minister at his office today and handed over the formal request to him.


How Bombay's Parsis cracked the opium trade
Dibyendu Ganguly, ET Bureau Jan 17, 2014,

In the opening chapter of Amitav Ghosh's River of Smoke, Bahram Modi of Navsari, recently married into the Mistrie family of Bombay, is trying to persuade his wealthy fatherin-law to let him get into the opium trade with China.

He starts with a philosophical construct on how the greatest profits in business come from selling useless things and ends with a more practical pitch: The British haven't succeeded in turning the opium trade it into their monopoly in the Bombay Presidency, so what is the harm in making some money from it? Sassraji eventually agrees to finance his wimpy son-in-law's trip into Canton (modern day Guangzhou) where he becomes a leading player in the opium trade.



+Romeo Thomas D'Souza
Tue Mar 11 09:27:59

It is with humble acceptance of God's will that we announce the passing of Romeo Thomas D'Souza,

Passed away peacefully Sunday, March 9th, 2014 at Brampton Civic Hospital, in his 76th year after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

Beloved husband of Diana. Loving father of Richard (Sharon), Robert (Angela), Daisy (Trevor) and grandpa to Ethan, Evan & Emerson.

....  Read more


+ Ruby Ann Alfonso
Sat Mar 01 12:00:00

Peacefully on the morning of February 10th, 2014 in Ottawa.

Ruby Ann Alfonso was born on December 29th, 1927 in Morogoro, Tanzania to Manuel and Leandrinha da Costa.  She had a close relationship with her siblings, Armand and Hilda (deceased), Thelma, Olga and Tony, spending many years in Siolim Convent in Goa.  After school she returned to Tanz....  Read more


+Antonieta Fernandes
Sat Mar 01 12:59:42

23 Feb: Betalbatim / Navelim, Goa. ANTONIETA BARRETO e FERNANDES, Born 1933, Ex-Tanga, Tanzania. Beloved wife of Sylvester Fernandes; Mother / mother-in-law of Maureen / Romeo Jose Rebello; Grandmother of Cherylann / Andrew, Helen Gayle / Edwin, Lloyd / Mariella & Gavin Rebello; Great grandmother of Marissa, Luke and Kayleigh Ann Rebello; S....  Read more



Canara World Foundation Henry and Rose Castelino Excellence in Education Award for the year 2104

Canara World Foundation Inc. is once again proud to announce the Henry and Rose Castelino Excellence in Education Award for the year 2104. This prestigious award will be presented at the Canara Kala Saanz 2014, a gala event with the Rebimbus family scheduled on April 26th 2014 at the “Port Credit Secondary School Auditorium”, Mississauga, Ontario.


The Alison De Silva – Red Tie Affair

In support of the Sick Kids Foundation

Saturday April 26, 2014
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Ontario Government Notice
Notice of Commencement – GTA West Transportation Corridor Route Planning and Environmental Assessment Study, Stage 2

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) has initiated Stage 2 of the Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for the GTA West Transportation Corridor. Building on the recommendations from Stage 1, the EA Study continues with a focus on identifying the route and developing the preliminary design for a new transportation corridor within the previously identified Route Planning Study Area. The new transportation corridor will include a 400-series highway, a transitway and potential goods movement priority features. As part of the study, a preferred route and interchange locations will be selected and developed.


Directory on Goan Diaspora - Protection of properties
Message from GWS – Nairobi to Members | 13/02/2014

Dear Members and Friends,

A message from Mr U.D. Kamat :

Directory on Goan Diaspora – Protection of properties regarding.

Goans have been migrating to places within India and abroad from times immemorial. The Goan Diaspora is spread across the continents of America, Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe and U.K. Whereas those based in Gulf countries are actual NRIs as they continue to be Indian citizens, most of the others who have migrated to Western Europe, UK, USA, Canada and Australia have taken up citizenship of the countries of their adoption, but by virtue of their Indian Origin, have acquired PIO/OCI card status which entitle them long term visa to India and enjoy parity with NRIs except in matters of acquisition of agriculture and plantation properties, Government employment / Constitutional posts and voting rights.


Events for 2014





May 31, 2014‏ The Goan Theatre

Toronto - Konkani TIATR

"Gharachem Sukh"
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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

Extreme loneliness in seniors may increase risk of premature death

Chicago (AFP) -- Social contact and regular exercise are key to aging well and living a longer life, according to newly presented research. In fact, feeling extremely lonely can increase an older person's chances of premature death by 14 per cent, an impact nearly as strong as that of a disadvantaged socioeconomic status, according to John Cacioppo, psychology professor at the University of Chicago.

Canadian health groups warn against commercial ultrasounds
The Globe and Mail
Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have both recommended against commercial ultrasounds, particularly the kind that have ...

Medical associations to urge Canada's doctors to limit unnecessary tests
The Globe and Mail

Canadian doctors are under increasing pressure to think twice before ... costs of unnecessary testing to the health-care system and to the well-being of

Medicinal pot plant takes over giant Hershey plant in Canada
South China Morning Post

Rifici's start-up Tweed is one of only six companies so far to earn a licence to grow from Health Canada, and will be the first in the world to be publicly

GEORGIA CLARK-ALBERT Flaxseed linked to lower cholesterol 
Bangor Daily News

For a food product to be granted the approval to associate it with a health-related claim is the pinnacle for food marketing. The Flax Council of Canada

More doctors without jobs as Canadians face long wait times

Models for a national approach to health-care workers exist in both the United Kingdom and Australia, which is a good case study for Canada because

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