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Newsletter. Issue 09. April 26, 2014


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New rules for drivers over 80 starts April 21, 2014

Ontario drivers aged 80 and over will no longer have to complete a written knowledge test. The new program begins April 21. Beginning today, Ontario drivers aged 80 and over will no longer have to complete a written knowledge test.  Instead, the renewal program will include a vision test, a driver record review, an in-class group education session, and two screening exercises. The screening exercises are simple, non-computerized tasks designed to help identify drivers who may need further assessment, such as a road test or medical review. The new rules take effect on April 21, and officials say the renewal session will take approximately 90 minutes, or less than half the time of the current program.


Preparing for the launch of “Express Entry”

New caps for Federal Skilled Worker and Federal Skilled Trades Programs, and Canadian Experience Class

April 23, 2014 — Ottawa — Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander today announced new measures in key economic immigration programs to prepare for next year’s launch of Express Entry, Canada’s new active recruitment model. Express Entry will lead to a faster and more flexible economic immigration system that will address Canada’s economic and labour market needs.


Catholic board not to appeal a court decision that allows high school students to opt out of religious studies.
Brampton Guardian

PEEL— The Catholic school board has decided not to appeal a court decision that allows high school students to opt out of religious studies.


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

Three seemingly unconnected incidents took place in various parts of India recently. On Friday, 18th April, the BJP party leader in Bihar, Giriraj Singh made a categorical statement that “those who opposed Narendra Modi had no place in India. They would have to go to Pakistan after the elections”. Earlier in Visakhapatnam on April 8th, BJP’s senior leader Venkaiah Naidu said that “the BJP would bring in an anti-conversion law to ban religious conversions all over the country if it is voted to power in 2014 elections”. And on April 21st, (Easter Sunday), the International working President of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP).Dr. Pravin Togadia in a vicious speech in Rajkot (Gujarat) demanded that Muslims vacate houses in the Hindu areas of the city. Targeting a Muslim businessman, Togadia gave him 48 hours to vacate his house “if he does not relent” he told the Hindu mobs “go with stones, tyres and tomatoes to his office” (reported in the Times of India ed. Ahmedabad, pg. 1, April 21st, 2014).

People Places and Thingss

A pair of saints to be proud of
By Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith on Tuesday, 22 April 2014

John XXIII was very much a man of the people, while John Paul II lived the Gospel without compromise

Alexander Lucie-Smith is a Catholic priest, doctor of moral theology and consulting editor of The Catholic Herald. On Twitter he is @ALucieSmith

As I write this, the city of Rome is gearing up for the canonisations, this coming Sunday, of two of its former bishops, the Blessed Pope John XXIII, and the Blessed Pope John Paul II. Now seems the time to share a few anecdotes about the late saintly Pontiffs.


Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to the Elderly

(14 pages , 6800 words)
First Published 1999

To my elderly brothers and sisters!

“Seventy is the sum of our years,
or eighty if we are strong,
and most of them are fruitless toil,
for they pass quickly and we drift away” (Ps 90:10)

Elderly people help us to see human affairs with greater wisdom, because life's vicissitudes have brought them knowledge and maturity. They are the guardians of our collective memory, and thus the privileged interpreters of that body of ideals and common values which support and guide life in society. To exclude the elderly is in a sense to deny the past, in which the present is firmly rooted, in the name of a modernity without memory. Precisely because of their mature experience, the elderly are able to offer young people precious advice and guidance.

How is Someone Declared a Saint?

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Declaring someone a saint is a process that takes years. But what's actually involved?

Each canonization includes a long process that's divided in several phases. The first one is carried out by the local diocese of the candidate.

Abu Dhabi: Solemn Easter celebrations held at St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Konkani Community
By Ronald D’Souza | Bellevision Media Network

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Abu Dhabi, April 21, 2014: A huge number of devotees of St. Joseph’s Parish in Abu Dhabi attended the Easter Vigil and Solemn Eucharistic Mass thereafter. The vigil began with blessings of the fire and then lighting and blessings of the Pascal candle by HE Bishop Paul Hinder accompanied by deacon.


Indian sisters nurture hope, reconciliation in teeming South Sudan camp
Paul Jeffrey Catholic News Service | Apr. 14, 2014 | Juba, South Sudan

When South Sudan's fledgling democracy suddenly unraveled in December, what started as political infighting within the country's ruling party quickly ripped along ethnic fault lines, often pitting neighbors against each other according to the tribal markings on their faces. Within a few days, thousands of people were dead – the exact count is unknown – and tens of thousands more were seeking shelter from the violence.


Resort-style Mississauga estate mansion to be auctioned for half of its listed price

Also on the auction block: over $3-million of contents including a Rolls Royce, limited edition Rolex President, Birkin bags, Patek Philippe watch, fine diamond jewelry, Faberge egg and more.

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TORONTO, April 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Ritchies Auctioneers will auction off a custom-built 9,000 sq. ft. estate mansion on Sunday, April. 27th at 2 p.m. Originally priced at $8 million, Ritchies expects bidding to start at $4 million, and a sale of approximately $5.5 million.

News Clips from Goa

Video Good Friday at various Goa Churches 2014
JoeGoaUk joegoauk at  | Fri Apr 18 2014

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Verem, Nerul, Sinquerim, Candolim, Pilerne, Saligao, Calangute, Nagoa - Arpora - Baga, Parra, Guirim, Clergy home Porvorim, and Holy Family Church Alto-Porvorim


The Great Goan Catholic Migration

Brig ( retd) ian da CoSta  the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries the Portuguese Catholic Missionary priests did a great job of converting large numbers of the local Hindu population to the Catholic religion. These were mostly the high caste Brahmins who were educated and ran the society. In the early 20th century, Catholics were the majority community in Goa. According to the Portuguese Goa Census Records in 1900, there were 262,648 Goan Catholics in Goa against 200,144 Hindus. Later by 1921 the total population of Goa was said to be 670,000 and out of this an estimated 200,000 mostly Catholics resided abroad and in British India, which made over 90 per cent of his category. The remaining were a sprinkling of Hindus and Muslims.


Hindu outfits call for changing Portuguese names of Goa’s cities News/Hindu-outfits-call-for-changing-Portuguese-names-of...
April 21, 2014 |

Ponda: All Hindu organisations under the banner ‘National Hindu Movement’ appealed to the government to change the Portuguese names of cities, roads and places in the State.


Fish beyond Goans' reach as prices rise, catch drops Page News/Fish-beyond-Goans-rsquo-reach-as...
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Panjim: Goa is grappling with sharply rising fish prices, given the declining fish catch, which fell by 13.80 per cent last year. This figure has been ...

Goa breaks election records thanks to silent voters
Goa's record voting percentage Saturday has not only surprised politicians in Goa, but also sent pre-poll calculations haywire. ...

Humble Cowpea Could be a Cash Cow for Tribals in Goa - The
New Indian Express

The cowpea crop, which can be harvested in a very short period and does not require much irrigation, could provide a financial boost to the tribal farmers of Goa, according to the Indian Council for Agricultural Research. I CAR is currently working with ...

Year on, Goa earned Rs 28.60 crore from entry fee
Times of India

Panjim: One year after Goa started collecting entry fee from outstation vehicles by setting up entry-fee booths at five border points, the state has collected a total of 28.60 crore...

Parkinson's striking those under 50 in Goa
Times of India

Panjim: Younger people are being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, an ailment that is most common in people above the age of 70, report ...


The Price of Fish is Organic Farming
Posted on GoaNet by: V M vmingoa at | Sun Apr 20 2014

Forget football or feni, the one tie that binds all Goans together is the fish on their plates. This is a land where 'what fish are you eating today' is a perfectly acceptable Konkani greeting, where every local feels utterly malnourished without a daily share.


Goa's shrinking mussel shellfish gets a fresh lease of life
Press Trust of India | Panaji April 16, 2014

Goa's mussel shellfish, a regular part of the state's cuisine, has got a fresh lease of life after the Indian Council for Agricultural Research embarked on a project to arrest the rapid decline of the species.


Crash Course in Romi Konkani begins at Borim
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It is our duty to know and learn our mother tongue to feel proud of ourselves, said Fr. Manuel Gomes, Parish Priest of St. Francis Xavier Church, Borim. He was speaking after lighting the traditional lamp to mark the formal inauguration of crash course on “Romi Lipint Konknni Borounchi Promann Rit” at the church premises. Fr.Gomes recalled Former German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl who while on his Indian tour never hesitated to talk in his mother tongue Germany and spoke in that language wherever he went and added that we must also learn English to explore employment avenues. Learning and having sufficient knowledge of our mother tongue is the proven asset of any citizen. Every year Diocese of Bombay sends its students aspiring for priesthood to have vocal and reading knowledge of Konkani in Goa. One such aspirant Bro.John Pereira of Gurgao has joined the crash course in Romi Konkani, Fr.Gomes informed.


Goan movie to debut at Indian Film Festival of Melbourne
Saturday, 19 April 2014

Panaji: "Mortoo", a Konkani black comedy on a villager who cremates the dead, is all set for an international debut at the upcoming Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) in Australia. Directed by Jitendra Shirkerkar, the film will be screened on May 5 in Beyond Bollywood section which is especially created for Indian regional films.

"This is a big news for Konkani Cinema which has now transcended the national borders to reach to the international audience," said Shikerkar, adding that the flick went houseful during its premier at International Film Festival of India (IFFI) 2013 held in Goa.

News Clips from India

India Elections 47 candidates face criminal charges

Mumbai: Forty-seven of the 337 candidates fielded in the 19 constituencies that will go to polls in the third polling phase in the state on April 24 have been charged in serious criminal cases, states a report released by the Association of Democratic Reforms and Maharashtra Election Watch on Friday.


Help us stop Modi from becoming PM, Mayawati tells Muslims
By HemendraChaturvedi

MAINPURI: Waging a scathing attack at the BJP, BSP chief Mayawati warned the voters in Mainpuri — SP chiefMulayam Singh’s constituency —on Saturday against voting for the party’s prime ministerial candidate NarendraModi. Addressing a public meeting in Kurawali, she said the nation would be “torn by riots” if Modi became the PM. Mayawati termed the 2002 Gujarat riots as “a scar on the communal harmony of the nation” and attacked the BJP for being responsible for it. “To stop Modi from becoming the PM, the Muslims should side with us as only BSP can stop it from coming to power,” she said.


650 US-based NRIs land in Indian to campaign for Modi

BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has found supporters away from India, as a group of US-based non-resident Indians (NRIs), who had raised funds for Barack Obama during the 2012 US presidential elections, have come to India to root for him.

A team of 650 NRI volunteers led by Bharat Barai under his ‘Global Indians for Bharat Vikas’ association, is currently in Gujarat to boost the ‘Modi for PM’ campaign.  “Yes, I had raised funds for Barack Obama during the presidential elections and now I have come here to support Narendra Modi,” Barai, a doctor from Chicago, said.


Air India To Sell Boeing 777s

New Delhi: Air India on Thursday declared its intent to sell three of its Boeing 777s for mopping up resources to stem its liabilities, barely four months after selling five of these planes to Gulf carrier Etihad Airways. The airline offered three Boeing 777-200 Long Range airplanes, powered with GE 90-110 engines, for outright sale through competitive global bidding, Air India sources said a day after a meeting of its Board here.

The long-haul global routes flown by these aircraft would now be gradually replaced by Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which Air India is inducting at a steady pace. 13 of the 27 Dreamliners the airline has ordered have already joined the fleet.



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Mr. Johnny Ferreira. Died Peacefully 26th April, Luton, Bedfordshire.

Son of late John (founder member GI Nairobi) and Graciosa Ferreira. Brother of late Patrick, late Fr. Germano and late Gerry.

President G.I. Nairobi (1961 & 1962); etiam: Vice President, General Secretary, Sports Secretary and Social Secretary.

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Dedication and Blessing Ceremony of new statue of St. Francis Xavier

The Friends of St. Francis Xavier – East GTA, will have a dedication and blessing ceremony of a new statue of the patron saint of Goa at the 10 am mass on 18 May 2014, at Our Lady of Rosary Parish Church, 2950 Midland Ave; Scarborough, Ontario.

You and your family and friends are invited to attend the ceremony. Please see map below for

location of Church


Quebec Goan Association: Happy Easter Greetings & AGM Info
Flora Marlow floramarlow at | Sun Apr 20 2014

Dear Friends,

It is with great joy, that I greet you this beautiful spring morning. I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Easter.

Help me ban the $2 to $4 charges for paper bills by phone and cable companies‏
Letter from Dipika Damerla MPP - Mississauga East Cooksville.

Dear Friends,

Happy Easter,

As your MPP, I am always looking for ways to work for you and get things done.

I am introducing a new Private Member's Bill in the legislature to stop phone and cable companies from charging a fee for providing a paper invoice.


Goa Retirees - Keep the Dates Free‏
  • 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





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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' mental health records shared with FBI, border patrol
BY Sean Fraser | Apr 15, 2014 IN Health

Toronto - Canadian police departments have been sharing mental health information of Canadians by uploading it to a database that the FBI and U.S. Customs has access to, which has been used to deny entry by border control agents.


"Super lice" meet their match: non-insecticide treatment kills scalp pest

Contrary to U.S. study's claim of no remedy for Canadians infested with "super lice", effective anti-lice treatment is available in Canada

Montreal, April 21, 2014 /CNW/ - An American study that claims hard-to-kill "super lice" account for 97% of head lice cases in Canada for which there is no effective treatment, failed to investigate the availability of effective head-lice treatments in Canada. Contrary to the study's claim, a safe, effective, non-insecticide treatment to which head lice, including "super lice", their eggs and larvae cannot develop resistance is available in Canada.


Out-of-pocket health costs rising; low-income homes face biggest pinch

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Canada's chicken farmers ban injections that trigger superbugs 

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