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Newsletter. Issue 24. November 22, 2014


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Visa relief for Canadian citizens of Goan origin
TNN | Nov 13, 2014, 12.50 AM IST

Panaji: After security clearance from the the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA), the Indian embassy in Canada issued visas to 24 Canadian citizens of Goan origin who were facing hurdles in visiting Goa for the Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier.


Schedule released for Pope Francis’s visit to Sri Lanka
Wednesday 14 January 2015

08:30* Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz at Galle Face Green in Colombo
(Homily by Pope Francis)

14:00 Transfer by helicopter to Madhu
15:30 MARIAN PRAYER at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Rosary at Madhu
(Speech by Pope Francis)
16:45 Transfer by Helicopter to Colombo
*21.00 hours on Tuesday January 13, 2015 in Toronto


Mississauga- Erasing traditions to make newcomers feel at home alienates mainstream
November 14, 2014| By Pradip Rodrigues

This week Mississauga’s Mayor-elect Bonnie Crombie clearly brought up a wedge issue to city council- asking them their thoughts on the recital of the Lord’s Prayer at the start of city council meetings. Now this tradition was started by her predecessor Mayor Hazel McCallion who made it clear that it wasn’t mandatory for everyone to join in. To be clear, both, long time residents of the city as well as new ones could name way bigger issues to take precedence over the recital of the Lord’s Prayer before or after council meetings.


Invest surplus in retirement benefits, labour says CLC President Hassan Yussuff
By: Dana Flavelle Economy, Published on Wed Nov 12 2014

'It’s time we gave the country’s poorest seniors a raise': CLC president.

The average retiree in Toronto receives just $1,595 a month from federal retirement programs

Ottawa needs to invest some of next spring’s budget surplus in higher benefits for low-income retirees, the Canadian Labour Congress says.


Report confirms widespread discrimination against minority lawyers
November 13, 2014

Toronto: This week a report penned by the Law Society of Upper Canada titled “Challenges faced by Racialized Licensees,” found what has been known for a long time- systemic and subtle discrimination exists in the profession and it needs to be addressed.

Back in June, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Peter McKay controversially suggested that diversity in the judiciary was lacking because women and minorities weren’t applying to be judges.


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


Are we heading toward a world without jobs?
Paul Sakuma / AP

The machines we’ve created are on the verge of rendering most jobs obsolete.

Google co- Larry Page believes that the combination of computer technology and of contemporary communications systems could lead to the elimination of nine out of every 10 jobs that exist today.
By: Richard Gwyn Columnist, Published on Mon Nov 10 2014 in Toronto Star


WWI Essay: Myths, fog and skewed memories
By: Mark Bourrie Special to the Star, Published on Sun Nov 16 2014

Historian Mark Bourrie looks at the impenetrable fog through which we see the war, 100 years later, and its enduring myths.


Death throes for democracy in America
Thomas C. Fox | Nov. 9, 2014 NCR Today

The next Senate was just elected on the greatest wave of secret, special-interest money ever raised in a congressional election.
---- The New York Times (Nov. 9, 2014)

It will happen. I am not sure when. But it will happen.

We will wake up to the realization we, the US voters, we, the citizens, no longer have the ability to shape our governing bodies through elections. The slippage is abundantly clear already. Big Money has run off with our governing bodies. Not every time. But increasingly so. Powerful interests are crushing the institutional infrastructures of what once passed for democracy in America.

People Places and Thingss

Nov 9th Symposium: Courageous or Coward Christian
Submitted by: Vince Fernandes, CGCG member

On Sunday, November 9th, over 300 individuals discovered how to become courageous Christians despite shifting realities they face in their daily lives. The Canadian Goan Christian Group (CGCG), provided a captive audience with personal faith encounters from keynote speakers Paul Nazareth, Pauline Dantas and Michelle Coutinho. After opening remarks by Dr. Colin Saldanha, Eric De Souza led the assembly in prayer, followed by a moment of silence and by Rudy and Nelson Fernandes leading in the singing of our national anthem. Ivan Araujo was an effective moderator - prompting speaker presentations, fielding questions from the audience and giving the esteemed panel the opportunity to add to the discourse.


Goan Seniors Clubs Unite on the Religious Front
By Armand Rodrigues

It is said that a family that prays together, stays together. The aphorism came to fruition when the Westend Seniors’ Club and the 55PGA joined hands in earnest supplication for the dead. There was a meeting of the minds of Darrel Carvalho, President of the WSC, and Alcino Rodrigues, President of 55PGA, that led to the fateful convergence. The mass for deceased members of both clubs was held at St. Dominic’s Church in Mississauga, on November 14, 2014, and constituted a first of hopefully many such endeavours yet to come. Needless to say, both clubs have many members in common.


From Parrikar to Portugal: Goan Politicians rise
Posted on GoaNet by: V M vmingoa at | Fri Nov 14 18

Jubilation across the state this week when Manohar Parrikar made his first trip back home as India's Union defence minister, the first member of the cabinet ever from Goa. It is a big leap, with the former chief minister of Goa chosen specifically for his plain-speaking competence.


Indo-Canadian Bharat Masrani Takes Over As CEO of TD Bank Group
SAO News

Toronto: What may be termed as another remarkable feat for Indo-Canadian community, Bharat Masrani has taken over as CEO of the TD Bank Group. TD Bank Group this week welcomed new Group President and CEO Bharat Masrani to his role. On April 3, 2013, TD's Board of Directors announced that in keeping with TD's succession plan, Bharat would succeed Ed Clark on November 1, 2014.

"I want to congratulate Ed on his exceptional tenure as TD's CEO and thank him for his incredible leadership and friendship over the past 12 years," said Mr. Masrani.


Report: Catholic church losing ground in Latin America
Alan Gomez USA Today | Nov. 13, 2014 | Miami

In just one generation, Latin America has seen the number of people who identify themselves as Catholic plummet, with more people becoming Protestant or dropping religion altogether, a new report shows.

News Clips from Goa

Goa Exposition 2014 site‏
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Mixed feelings over Manohar Parrikar leaving state: Goa Archbishop
Economic Times

Panaji: Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao said here today that people of Goa have mixed feelings over Manohar Parrikar leaving state politics to take ...

Laxmikant Parsekar: A 'rebel' with strong RSS links in Goa
Indian Express

Laxmikant Parsekar, who had rebelled against his family of die-hard MGP supporters to contest on BJP ticket in his first Assembly election in 1988, has

Meet Laxmikant Parsekar: A 'rebel' who made it big in Goa with BJP
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Financial inclusion agenda: all households in Kerala, Goa get bank accounts
The Hindu

Giving a boost to the Centre's financial inclusion agenda, Kerala and Goa have become first states in the country with every household having at least...

Old Goa spiritual renewal centre to be inaugurated on Nov 17
Times of India

Panaji: The long-felt need of the Goa Archdiocese for a spiritual renewal centre to serve as a power house of prayer and enhanced spiritual growth is

Anchored here in Goa
Times of India

The deal was sealed at Old Goa's Se Cathedral with a small Hindu-style ceremony and a reception at Altinho. Decades later, Goa has become a ...


Team Modi now has three Goan connections
IANS Panaji, November 9, 2014 | UPDATED 17:03 IST

Manohar Parrikar Goa has never had it this lucky as far as direct representation in the Union ministry is concerned. Former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar Sunday joined his fellow party peer Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Tourism and Culture and North Goa MP Shripad Naik in the ministry. But that is not all.

Newly inducted cabinet minister Suresh Prabhu also has a Goa connection. His wife Uma nee Keni, a former journalist, hails from Ribander, a quaint riverside village on the outskirts of Panaji. She and her politician husband are on the board of trustees of Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha, a human resource development initiative based in Mumbai.

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Rail users seek special trains to Goa for 17th exposition of St Francis Xavier
TNN | Nov 16, 2014

Madurai: The Christian community in Tuticorin, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts have urged the railway authorities to operate special trains to Goa for the 17th solemn exposition of St Francis Xavier in December.


People have elected Pacheco: Goa CM
Mickky Pacheco. File photo

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Saturday defended the induction of “tainted” Mickky Pacheco of Goa Vikas Party in the BJP-led government saying “people have elected him knowing all the incidents associated with him and cases against him.”

“When people have elected him knowing everything, it is my responsibility to make best use of legislators which people had elected. Moreover, none of these cases against him have happened in the present term,” said Mr. Parsekar when asked after swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan on Saturday as to how a person with tainted background could be inducted in his Cabinet.

News Clips from India

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to hold meeting of defence top brass
Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Posted: November 16, 2014

Parrikar, who took over the reigns last week, had held the first round of meeting in which he had directed the Army, the Navy and the Air Force to prioritise their demands.

To fast track the acquisition and up gradation process in the armed forces, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will hold a series of meetings with top brass of the three Services and his ministry here tomorrow.

Parrikar, who took over the reigns last week, had held the first round of meeting in which he had directed the Army, the Navy and the Air Force to prioritise their demands.

Tallest Temple in the World (210m) - Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir ...

A project to build a 70-storey temple in Vrindavan – Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir — which, when finished, is billed to be the tallest shrine in the world.

A skyscraper temple with a height of 210 meters and footprint of about 5 acres, surrounded by recreated forests of Braj.

Mathura and Vrindavan are important places for Hindus all over the world. Vrindavan is especially a very revered and sacred place for the devotees of Lord Sri Krishna. In fact, the Holy Land of Vrindavan can be considered to be the spiritual capital of India.


Most Indians prefer wearable technologies at work: Study

Mumbai: With wearable technologies like smart headphones and watches becoming popular, about 82 per cent adults in India have started using them for work-related activities as well, says a recent study.


India to take ideas from Barcelona
Excerpt from The Hindu

As foreign countries line up to offer their expertise in ‘smart cities,’ India will next be looking at Barcelona to borrow best practices for its own model.


Ban builders who deny housing on basis of eating habits: MNS
Sunday, 16 November 2014 - 6:00pm IST

Known for targeting migrants from states likes Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has now begun a campaign against vegetarian population of the metropolis, especially against the builders who deny housing facility on the basis of food preferences.




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Petition to expand Canada Pension Plan (CPP).

We need to do something about retirement income, and we need to do it now. People cannot save enough for retirement and we are going to see growing poverty among retired seniors. Even bank economists have started to say RRSPs have failed. There’s too much risk and not enough security to ensure that, after a lifetime of work, people can retire and live out their last years in dignity. Too many of today’s seniors live in poverty and too many older workers are realizing their retirement plans have come up short because the investment returns they were promised never materialized or they simply could not save enough on their own. Young people are graduating with high levels of student debt and going into jobs where workplace pension plans aren't being offered. The financial services industry pays itself juicy fees to manage your money and that eats up a big part of your potential retirement savings - if you have any retirement savings left when you are ready to retire, after the roller coaster dips and dives of the stock market.


Quebec Goan Association: Invitation to St. Francis Xavier's Feast on Saturday the 29/11/2014.
From  | Dear Friends,

Old man winter has come to visit us once again and as we look out at the snow covered landscape we are reminded that, Christmas is just around the corner. We Goans of course, know that at this time of the year, we celebrate our beloved St. Francis Xavier's Feast. This year we have planned a wonderful feast for you all.


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Events for 2014





November 22, 2014
Navelim Union - Toronto 39th Navelim Feast
Venue: Payal Banquet Hall
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December 05, 2014
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55 PGA Christmas Dance
3045 Southcreek Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4X2X7
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December 06, 2014
Friends of St.Francis Xavier (Toronto) 13th Annual Feast celebration 
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish Church,2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough ON
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Health & Wellness

Why we need a national seniors strategy to make our public health system work again
Dr. Christopher S. Simpson | CMA President 2014-2015

Dr. Chris Simpson, the new president of the Canadian Medical Association as of Aug. 20, has vowed to make the need for a national seniors strategy a ballot issue in the next federal election because Canada’s inability to deal with an aging population threatens the future of our public health system.


Dangers of eating late at night
Con Menezes cmenezes at | Sat Nov 15 2014

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For my patients, eating late is often accompanied by overeating, because many skip breakfast and eat only a sandwich at lunch. Thus the evening meal becomes the largest meal of the day. After that heavy meal, it’s off to the sofa to watch television. After eating, it’s important to stay upright because gravity helps keep the contents in the stomach. Reflux is the result of acid spilling out of the stomach, and lying down with a full stomach makes reflux much more likely.


Minister Ambrose and Dr. Taylor encourage Canadians to get the flu vaccine

STONY PLAIN, AB, Nov. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, and Dr. Gregory Taylor, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada received their annual flu vaccine and encourage Canadians to protect themselves against this year's seasonal flu by getting the vaccine.


Think Before You Link

Canadian students to learn digital safety strategies through new Intel Security and Discovery Education Program

-- Initiative provides student certification along with tools for educators and parents to enable children to make safer decisions on the Internet --

MARKHAM, ON, Nov. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - Intel Security, in partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development, today announced the Intel® Security Digital Safety Program, a three-year education initiative designed to teach children to "Think Before You Link" and make safer decisions when using the Internet. The first and only Discovery Education-supported initiative focusing on cybersecurity education, the Intel Security Digital Safety Program will equip educators, students and parents with the tools they need to be confident, safe digital citizens.


Hockey vs. Education: Canadians are still struggling to score the right balance this winter

1 in 4 parents say they or someone they know regret how much they've spent on extracurriculars

Toronto, Nov. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Although more than two-thirds (69 per cent) of parents believe every kid should learn to play hockey since it's an important part of growing up Canadian, 1 in 4 parents say they or someone they know regret how much they spent, with many using funds they don't have to keep their kids on the ice.


Four warning signs to replace your car battery

THORNHILL, ON, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - Bone-chilling temperatures gripped southern Ontario during this past winter – one of the longest and coldest in 20 years. Parts of the province plunged into a deep freeze and 'polar vortex' made its way in to everyday conversations.

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