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Newsletter. Issue 06. March 15, 2014


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Pope Francis: The church needs better bishops; go find them
By David Gibson | ©2014 Religion News Service

Vatican City (RNS) In another strongly worded message to the Catholic hierarchy, Pope Francis on Thursday (Feb. 27) told the Vatican body that vets nominees for bishops that they need to find him better candidates to send to dioceses around the world.


Disappointing news on US Catholic Mass attendances  | Posted on March 9, 2014, 12:20 PM

Survey shows the 'Francis effect' has not yet led to higher numbers.

United States: Despite widely reported anecdotes of lapsed Catholics returning to the pews, growth in Mass attendance and renewed interest in the Roman Catholic Church during Pope Francis' first year, a new report has found the "Pope Francis effect" may not exist after all.  to confession.


Peel Council Endorse Sheridan’s University Plan

Brampton: The Peel Regional Council, this week, unanimously endorsed a motion moved by Brampton Mayor Susan Fennell, and seconded by Mayor Hazel McCallion, to support Sheridan College’s plans to become a university.

The following is a statement by Mayor Fennell:

“I was proud to lead my colleagues on Peel Regional Council to vote in favour of supporting the creation of Sheridan University – a post-secondary institution committed exclusively to undergraduate professional education.


Ontario Should Consider the Merits of the "Middle-Way" to Pension Reform - C.D. Howe Institute

Toronto, March 11, 2014 /CNW/ - As Ontario pushes ahead with pension reform to improve retirement security for its citizens, it should consider a "middle-way" solution between current competing visions for reform, according to a report released today by the C.D. Howe institute. In "Helping Ontarians Save for Retirement: How the Province Could Adapt the Canada Supplementary Pension Plan," author Keith Ambachtsheer recommends an approach that avoids the potential pitfalls of two existing options: an expanded Canada Pension Plan (CPP) on one hand, or reliance on Pooled Registered Pensions Plans (PRPPs), on the other.


296,000 job vacancies across Canada in Q4

Labour shortages worse for smaller businesses - Canada Job Grant could help

Toronto, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - According to the latest Help Wanted report from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business' (CFIB), approximately 296,000 full and part-time job vacancies were reported in the fourth quarter of 2013. The overall vacancy rate remained virtually unchanged from the previous quarter, at 2.5 per cent.

Canadian Company, Husky Energy, sells east coast oil to India
The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 12, 2014

India 'did open up a potentially very large new market for us' says CEO Asim Ghosh

A Husky Energy employee monitors a test for a temporary guide base in Freshwater Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. The company said it has sold its first crude oil to India. (Husky Energy)


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


Ash Wednesday, Fasting & Almsgiving
Christopher Mendonca | Source:

Almsgiving is not to be practised with one eye on financial tax planning.

In the Christian Calendar the period of fasting and abstinence begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with the celebration of Easter. Periods fasting and abstinence from certain types of food promote a healthy lifestyle. Dietary prescriptions that have their roots in particular religions have invariably been found to have been sensible. What is often forgotten is that these were the outcome of a belief that a healthy spirit is more likely to manifest itself in a healthy body.


Narendra Modi as Prime Minister will take India behind by decades: Sardinha
March 9, 2014 | Team Herald (

Margao: South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha kicked off his election campaign from his home turf (Maina-Curtorim) on Saturday, exuding confidence of not only getting the party re-nomination, but also retaining the South Goa seat with the support of the people.


Commentary: The West's fiasco in Ukraine 2014-03-07 | by Xinhua writer Ming Jinwei

Beijing, March 7 (Xinhua) -- For a brief moment, Western leaders might have stopped to congratulate themselves for their "accomplishments" in Ukraine.

People Places and Thingss

Baton Change at the 55 Plus Goan Association AGM

At the 55 Plus Goan Association AGM held at the Cawthra Seniors’ Centre in Mississauga on March 4, 2014, meeting chairperson, and President for 2012/2013, Norman Da Costa, thanked the 60 members present for braving the elements on a cold and wintery evening to attend the meeting.

Norman Da Costa & Alcino Rodrigues

55PGA members at AGM

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He said one if the attributes of his committee was that it worked as a team where the emphasis was on we instead of me or I. That, he said, was the underlying reason why every one of the club’s events over the last 24 months were sold out. He added the 55 PGA’s signature event - the Christmas Dance – has now firmly established itself as the most anticipated event on the local social calendar.


By Armand Rodrigues

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Whether in the humble “khudds” (village clubs) of Bombay or sophisticated institutes and gymkhanas elsewhere, the Goan has always been a gregarious creature with an inborn need for camaraderie. This characteristic has endowed him/her with the propensity to form clubs for social, sporting and literary purposes wherever they go, after coming to terms with the basic necessities of life -- food, clothing and shelter.

Memories of Spectacular South Africa
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The 33 guests on our “SPECTACULAR SOUTH AFRICA” 3 week tour described the tour with glowing accolades. We travelled in comfort over 3000 km and saw some of the most interesting areas of the ‘World in one Country.’ We visited the bustling cities of Johannesburg, Durban, Port Elizabeth & Capetown; viewed game in Kruger, visited Swaziland and many interesting towns and hamlets on the famed “Garden Route.”


St. Albert, Alta., Named No. 1 Overall City in Canada on MoneySense's Best Places to Live Rankings

- Knocking Calgary into the No. 2 spot, St. Albert moves up to take the coveted top spot
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Toronto, March 12, 2014 /CNW/ - For the first time, St. Albert, Alta., has earned the top spot on MoneySense's annual Best Places to Live in Canada, a ranking based on hard data such as employment, housing prices, crime, weather and household income.


Global warming slowdown likely to be brief: U.S., UK science bodies
Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent
Reuters - ‎February‎ ‎27‎, ‎2014

"It is now more certain than ever, based on many lines of evidence, that humans are changing Earth's climate,"

A slowdown in the pace of global warming so far this century is likely to be only a pause in a longer-term trend of rising temperatures, the science academies of the United States and Britain said on Thursday.


Banking on fortified flour in Nairobi

Muguika Kaburu manufactures fortified flour for people with special dietary requirements. A former banker, he's convinced he's found a niche market with excellent growth prospects. It was merely by coincidence that 60-year-old entrepreneur Muguika Kaburu ended up in the food business. He used to work in banking but in 2007 was given the chance to do research on fortified foods for an international aid organization.

He was then appointed as a distributer for extruder machines that are used in the manufacture of fortified flour. He took the opportunity to buy a second-hand machine for himself at a cost of two million Kenyan shillings ( $25,000, 18,000 euros ).

News Clips from Goa

Goa to now vote on April 12 in LS polls
Times of India

Panaji: Goa will elect its representatives to the Lok Sabha on April 12 instead of April 17. The Election Commission of India (ECI) Friday evening said the date has been changed as April 17 coincided with Maundy Thursday …

Goa archbishop requests EC to change poll date
Times of India

Panaji: Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao has written to the chief election commissioner requesting a change in date of the Goa Lok Sabha polls as the scheduled date of April 17 coincides with Maundy Thursday, an obligatory religious …

Casinos making Goa all about sin and sex: Oscar Rebello
Times of India

Panaji: Reacting to chief minister Manohar Parrikar's statement in the Goa legislative assembly that he is opposed only to offshore casinos and not onshore casinos, Aam Admi Party (AAP) member Oscar Rebello said that the present government's policies are turning Goa's image to that of a "Las Vegas of the East-known for sex and sin" …


A State level seminar at St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa-Goa
St. Xavier's College of Arts, Science & Commerce-Mapusa-Goa-India-403507
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A State level seminar at St. Xavier’s College, Mapusa-Goa

The Post Graduate Department of Chemistry organized a state level seminar on the topic ‘Science, Technology and Environment’ on 24th February 2014, to mark the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of UGC.


Single Mankurad likely to touch Rs 250 News
March 9, 2014 | Team Herald |

Panjim: The king of fruits -Goa’s delicious Mankurad mango, may well be beyond one palette this season as a single mango may cost nothing less than Rs 250.

While the season for mangoes is just beginning and the rush for the first flush is yet to begin, the pricing this season is likely to repel not only tourists but Goans as well from savouring their favorite delight. In both North and South Goa vendors have started marketing small quantities of mangoes and have expressed fears that this year the crop could be much lesser than before, as mango plantations keep shrinking.


Goa House assures solutions to sand mining, noise pollution News
March 8, 2014 | Team Herald |

Panjim: Friday witnessed a slew of private resolutions ranging from re-starting of sand mining with fixed rules, allowing weddings till midnight, traffic discipline, widening of roads, and amendments to the Tenancy Act.

News Clips from India

World’s Largest Elections To Begin April 7

New Delhi: India’s Election Commission announced the start date for the world’s largest exercise of democratic rights, its general elections, set to begin on April 7, and to be concluded by mid May. The elections will see heated contests to elect 543 MPs to the country’s Parliament, by over 800 million eligible voters. The last […]


US Asks India Not to Increase Iran Oil Imports Till Mid-2014

New Delhi, Mar 11: The US has asked India not to increase crude oil imports from Iran until the middle of 2014 as it tests Tehran’s resolve to cooperate with world powers on its controversial nuclear programme. The US has told New Delhi in no uncertain terms that oil imports from Iran have to be restricted to no more than 11 million tons a year, a top official said. For Washington, the year implies January to December, while India insists that the quota should hold good for the financial year beginning April.


Health insurance for millions of poor Indians

The RSBY health insurance scheme for India's poor is a mammoth undertaking. Over the past six years, some 36 million families have acquired a smart card which entitles them to medical treatment.

They've been waiting in the queue for half an hour already. As those ahead of her are fingerprinted and registered, Rinku Hanshi, who is carrying her two-year-old child on her arm, explains that they are all there to collect their smart cards.


US group preserves fading memories of 1947 partition
Posted on March 10, 2014, 1:20 PM

The ongoing project, which can be seen online at, features an online Story Map showing where each person's story originated.

Washington: Thousands of people from across the world have rallied to collect the moving stories of one of the greatest migrations after South Asia's 1947 violent partition and the birth of two nations -- India and Pakistan.

Helping to preserve the history of that tragic event is a small team of volunteers based at the University of California in Berkeley and their newly founded organization, The 1947 Partition Archive.


Indian-American boy wins epic spelling bee battle
Posted on March 10, 2014, 1:12 PM | (Photo: ibnlive)

Indian-Americans have dominated the contest over the years. New York student Arvind Mahankali won the 2013 Scripps National Spelling Bee, breaking a personal four-year losing streak.

Washington: After a two-week 90-round gruelling battle, a 13-year-old Indian American student Kush Sharma finally broke a tie in a local county contest to go to the National Spelling Bee competition.

The Indian champ Saturday faced his 11-year-old adversary Sophia Hoffman again to resume the Jackson County Spelling Bee in Kansas City, Missouri, that had ended in a tie Feb 22 when the judges ran out of words. The two had eliminated 23 other contestants and went another 47 rounds against each other in their previous encounter, according to Kansas City Star.


Delhi signals shift away from capital punishment

The Supreme Court's recent move to grant clemency to a number of people on death row has given hope to rights organizations and lawyers that India could be moving towards abolishing the death penalty.

For over 15 years, Navneet Kaur has been ceaselessly fighting a legal battle to get her husband Devinder Bhullar off death row. Her husband has been in jail for 18 years for a bomb attack that killed nine people in Delhi in 1993. In the early 2000's she gave up her job as a nurse in a hospital in Vancouver, Canada, to fight for his cause.


'Lack of cultivation not reason enough to convert paddy land'
TNN | Feb 22, 2014, 05.31 AM IST

KOCHI: Paddy land left uncultivated when the paddy land conservation law was enacted in 2008 cannot be classified as garden land unsuitable for cultivation, the high court has ruled. Justice K Vinod Chandran's ruling was while considering a petition, by Mumbai-based Adani Infrastructure and Developers Pvt Ltd, and two other firms, challenging the land revenue commissioner's order on classification of their land at Kizhakkambalam in Kochi.



The Late Manuel Castelino -Message of Thanks
Tue Mar 25 12:00:00

Thank you from Cynthia and family‏

With Sincere Gratitude

There are really no words to express our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy and support you have extended towards our family during this time of loss. Manuel’s memory will be forever cherished.

Eternal life grant unto him O Lord. May his soul rest in peace.

Cynthia, Glenn, Marisa (Anto....  Read more


Memorial Service in Canada for The Late Rev. Fr. Pelin Thomas Xavier D'Souza
Tue Mar 25 12:00:00

Fr. Pelin Thomas Xavier D’Souza passed away on March 10 th , 2014 in Embu, Nairobi. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Wilfred D'Souza. Brother of Sr. Andrea (Sisters of Mercy), Ossie/Colette, late Eric, Wilma, Lavinia, Ivan/Annet, Kenny/Debbie and Placy. Uncle of Audrey, Barbara, Cynthia, Damian, Elaine/Aubrey, Finian, Gerard/Maria, Vicelin/Cherida, Neil, Andrew/Ch....  Read more


Cardinal Njue Celebrates Life of Fr. Pelin D'Souza
Tue Mar 25 12:00:00

Cardinal John Njue, the Head of the Catholic Church in Kenya on Tuesday celebrated the requiem mass of the late Fr. Pelin D’Souza at the Holy Family Minor Basilica in Nairobi which was attended by hundreds of mourners.

The late Fr.D’Souza aged 74 who died on 10th March this year at an Embu hospital while undergoing treatment served as a priest....  Read more


+Raymond Rapozo "Tim"
Tue Mar 25 12:00:00

Raymond Rapozo "Tim" , husband of Filomena Rapozo from Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, passed away peacefully on March 10, 2014, at 5.30 pm in the hospital.  Tim was born August 31, 1934, who bravely fought his cancer, without complaints, with hopes he would get better.   

He was an optimistic man, always kind and always enthusiastic....  Read more


Tue Mar 18 12:00:00

Passed away suddenly on Wednesday March 12, 2014 at Credit Valley Hospital when he succumbed to complications of pneumonia. Cherished husband of Cynthia. Loving father of Glenn, Marisa (Antonio), and Keith (Arti) Beloved grandpa of Ryan and Nikita, Shaina and Kayla. Visitation to be held on Monday March 17, 2014 from 10-11 am at St. Johns Dixie Funeral Centre, 737 D....  Read more



Carlson Wagonlit Travel - Safari to Kenya & Tanzania

Carlson Wagonlit Travel - Safari to Kenya & Tanzania

Dear Friends,

Please join us on our fifth consecutive Safari to Kenya & Tanzania with Tourcan Vacations.  This year we have added an extra night at the Ngorongoro Crater and in Nairobi prior to our return flight. We will also experience the Tipilikwani Luxury Tented Camps for the first time in Masai Mara.

I look forward to seeing you on our Safari in September.

"The cost for this exciting safari has been reduced to CA$5,965!!

Experience the Air Bus 380 with Emirates Airlines, a tour of Dubai and the high quality of the Sopa Lodges, Mara Sarova Luxury Tented camps and game drives in Kenya & Tanzania!"

I look forward to seeing you on our Safari in September. Click here to view safari flyer

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Applications Invited To Seniors Community Grant Program

Brampton: The Ontario government is introducing the Seniors Community Grant Program to give seniors more opportunity to participate in their community. This is the first grant program in Ontario dedicated solely to seniors and provides funding to not-for-profit community groups for projects that encourage greater social inclusion, volunteerism and community engagement for seniors. Grants will range from $500-$10,000.


Message from CLR Association
CLR Young Adults Bowling Event - Saturday April 12th, 2014 @ 6pm‏

The CLR Social 2014 President together with its enterprising committee are hosting a Bowling Event for Young Adults an evening of bowling fun and games at Planet Bowl at 6:00 pm on Saturday April 12th, 2014!

While this event is geared towards Young Adults, all age groups are more than welcome to join!


  • Date & Time: Saturday April 12, 2014, 6-8pm

  • Location: Planet Bowl, 5555 Eglinton Ave W, Etobicoke, ON

  • Ticket: $30/person (Paypal/Credit Card) (Online sales open Monday, March 3) Ticket is non-refundable after April 4, 2014

Goa Retirees - Keep the Dates Free‏
  • April 6, 2014: Amche Noxib
  • June 22, 2014: Chill and Chat
  • August 10, 2014: Speakers Corner
  • September 21, 2014: Casino Night
  • October 5, 2014: Urban Turban Lunch Extravaganza
  • December 12, 2014: Retirees Christmas Fest

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

Community Makes You. You Make Your Community

Year-long campaign will introduce Canadians to local heroes from 191 communities

Ottawa, March 5, 2014 /CNW/ - The foundation of my community starts with you - and me. That's the simple, yet powerful, message at the heart of a new 'anthem to community' released today by the 191 community foundations across Canada as part of their first national awareness campaign. The campaign's goal: to celebrate the way our communities shape who we are, and to recognize the role we have in giving back to those communities.


Can exercise stop cancer? Colon cancer survivors needed for groundbreaking clinical trial

Toronto, March 3, 2014 /CNW/ - A Canadian-led groundbreaking study into the prevention of colon cancer recurrence could potentially change the way cancer is treated by adding exercise to standard treatments. But more participants are needed.


CanCertainty for All: Cancer's Not Fair, But Accessing Treatment Should Be

More than 30 cancer organizations calling for equal and fair cancer treatment for all patients no matter their age, cancer type or where they live

New Cameron Institute report outlines the business case for universal coverage of oral cancer medicines in Ontario and Atlantic Canada

Toronto, March 10, 2014 /CNW/ - There is no disputing a cancer diagnosis is among the worst news a person or their family could receive. But there is another harsh reality for many patients in Ontario and Atlantic Canada who face uncertainty and financial hardship as a result of discrimination when it comes to accessing effective cancer treatments that are taken orally. An unprecedented unification of more than 30 Canadian patient groups, physicians and health care charities, led by Kidney Cancer Canada, are working together to ensure all Canadian cancer patients have CanCertainty ( - certainty that if cancer strikes them or a loved one they will have fair and equal access to the treatment they need, whether intravenous (IV) or oral.


Health groups concerned that hidden salt masks calorie reductions

Toronto, March 10, 2014 /CNW/ - A coalition of health organizations, that goes under the name the Ontario Sodium Alliance, today warned about the restaurant practice of adding salt as a flavour enhancer to compensate for lower calorie menu items that have less sugar or fat.

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