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Newsletter. Issue 04 February 14, 2015


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Canadian High Court Voids Ban on Doctor-Assisted Suicide
by VOA News February 06, 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for patients who are mentally competent to decide to end their lives.


Canadian economic growth slides with decline in oil prices

Conference Board of Canada downgrades growth forecast

Ottawa, Feb. 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Canada's economy is expected to grow by just 1.9 per cent in 2015 as the collapse in oil prices takes its toll on business investment and corporate profits, according to The Conference Board of Canada's Canadian Outlook-Winter 2015.


Revenue Canada’s Call Centres Giving Bad Tax Advice: Report 

One of every four business callers who ask for tax help from the Canada Revenue Agency’s call centres gets bad information, an internal survey suggests.


Decline of ‘White’ America Is in Full Swing
Dora Hasan Mekouar | Posted February 4th, 2015

The United States hit an important benchmark in 2011 that many Americans might have missed. That was the first year more minority babies were born than white babies.


MP Eve Adams moves to Liberals from Conservatives
By: Published on Mon Feb 09 2015 | Fred Chartrand / The Canadian Press File Photo

Eve Adams plans to run for the Liberals somewhere in the GTA in the upcoming federal election.
She spoke out against the Conservatives' recently announced tax measures for families, saying she can't support policy that only benefits the few. And she called current Conservative leadership mean-spirited and divisive. Adams dropped out of a bitter nomination contest in the riding of Oakville North—Burlington, which also led to her fiancé Dimitri Soudas getting fired from his top role with the Conservative party.


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Let us change Goa together. For a people’s rule. For OUR rule

Many students or lovers of history and there are many in the Aam Aadmi Party, may have read up on the decimation of the Third Reich by the Red Army of the Russians in the world war, as their customary poll time reading. Against all odds the pulverization of Hitler’s army by the rag tag Soviets, who threw caution to the winds and plunged headlong into a confrontation with the Goliath, turned the course of history. The biggest wall of invincibility was breached.


Goans, Films, and their worlds -- Putting *Nachom-ia Kumpasar* in context
(Jason Keith Fernandes, RoundTableIndia)‏ | Groups, Newsletters

To: gn-news

Nachom-ia Kumpasar is a Konkani feature film; a tribute to Goan music and musicians of 1960s and 70s. The film weaves its lilting narrative through 20 timeless Konkani songs. Nachom-ia Kumpasar is a nostalgic musical tale set in the times these musicians lived and died in - unrecognized, unappreciated. - Click here to see more

05 February 2015

Jason Keith Fernandes


Solidarity in times of vandalism: Why the minorities need to work together
By Jason Keith Fernandes | 06 Feb, 2015,

There has recently been a lot of anxiety amongst the Christian communities in India owing to the desecrations and violence targeting Christian churches especially in the city of Delhi. There have been five attacks on churches in the capital of India since December 2014, the latest being the vandalization of the Church, and desecration of the Blessed Sacrament in the church of St. Alphonsa in Vasant Kunj earlier this week.In the face of earlier attacks on churches the focus of Christian leaders turned towards the Prime Minister. These leaders report that the Prime Minister did not say anything that would reassure them. What makes it worse is that Prime Minister Modi has chosen to keep absolutely mum over these incidents.

People Places and Things

Naheed Nenshi wins prestigious World Mayor Prize
February 5, 2015 • • 

The City Mayors Foundation, a London-based international think tank, released a list of 10 mayors from across the globe who they say stand out in terms of public support declared Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi the winner followed by Daniël Termont, Mayor of Ghent, Belgium, and Mayor Tri Rismaharini of Surabaya, Indonesia, who was awarded the World Mayor Commendation.

“He (Nenshi) is an urban visionary who doesn’t neglect the nitty-gritty of local government,” said the City Mayors Foundation in a release. “For many in North America and indeed Europe, Mayor Nenshi is a role model for decisive management, inclusivity and forward thinking.” The World Mayor Prize is awarded every two years. Mayor Nenshi is the first Canadian mayor to win the award.


Human Resources is becoming the critical branding tool at Tangerine Bank
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About Tangerine Bank: Founded by ING Group in 1997 as the Canadian operation of ING Direct, the bank was acquired by Scotiabank in 2012.[4] The new name for the bank was revealed in November 2013, and was rolled out beginning in April 2014 Under the leadership of managing director Natasha Mascarenhas, Tangerine’s HR department served as a strategic partner in the transition, keeping its eye on the ball during a sensitive time by focusing on delivering HR fundamentals and, in so doing, helping preserve and strengthen the bank’s brand, culture and business objectives.

Immigrants' Day 1 in Canada captured in travelling Pier 21 exhibit
From Toronto Star- February 9, 2015

Varied experiences and impressions of immigrants, from Confederation to today, are captured in show at Markham Museum.
- Nicholas Keung / Toronto Star

Dan Conlin, the curator of the Canada: Day 1 exhibit, at the "Arrivals" section that displays images of newcomers arriving at airports and docks, as well as items they brought in their suitcases, including traditional foods from home, books and stuffed animals.

By: Nicholas Keung Immigration reporter, Published on Sun Feb 08 2015

A series of “firsts” has marked every newcomer’s arrival in Canada, regardless of era or country of origin.


Name change at Chrysler Canada – now FCA Canada Inc
Brampton Guardian | By Rick Drennan

WINDSOR, Ontario - Chrysler Canada Inc., the Windsor-based automaker with a huge assembly plant and satellite stamping plant in Brampton, today announced that it has changed its company name to FCA Canada Inc.


Book Review - Community, Memory, and Migration in a Globalizing World
The Goan Experience, c.1890 - 1980 - Non-fiction

Review by Maria Lynch

Maria a retired educator notes… “through my deep appreciation of fictional and non-fictional resources, I am engaged in the writing process. I read a wide genre of books and write personal reviews of these books. I also write descriptions of our travels to different countries and places”

About the Author
Margret Frenz is Lecturer in Global and Imperial History at the University of Oxford.


Indian origin Scientist develops a Robot to do your laundry

New York: If you find doing the laundry boring, a robot can soon come to your rescue. An Indian-origin scientist has developed an automated tool that is capable of doing laundry without any specific knowledge of what it has to wash.

The researches enabled the robot to do the laundry without knowing how many and what type of clothes needed to be washed.

News Clips from Goa

Goa ranks 6th in 'Top 10 Nightlife Cities' list
Daily News & Analysis 

Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar on Sunday said it is an honour that the state was getting global recognition as a "safe tourism destination" as he ...

Goan art works on display at Kalakriti Art Gallery in Hyderabad
Times of India

The colours of Goa splashed across canvas and the city's essence depicted in sculptures, were put up at an art gallery. The event drew in art ...

Goa sees just 2% increase in rainfall since 1928, finds study
Times of India

Panaji: Over the last century, the amount of rainfall Goa receives has changed little with the state as a whole having witnessed a marginal increase of ...

Goa to seek faster environment clearance for mining leases
Economic Times

"I will hold a review of the project and brief him about steps taken by Goa government. The Union and state governments have to work hand-in-hand ...

Naik seeks environmental clearances for mines in Goa
- Zee News

Panaji: With Goa Chief Minister slated to meet Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, North Goa MP and Union minister from the state Shripad Naik Friday appealed to the Environment Ministry to restore the clearances for iron ore mining leases in the state at the earliest ...

Goa: Laxmikant Parsekar to present his first budget in March
- Niticentral

Panaji, Feb 6 (PTI) Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar will present his first budget during the session scheduled to be held in mid-March....


The mass movement against Mopa has neither mass nor movement, yet.

Varkhand and Varca are both villages in the same land but they could be planets away. Socially, culturally, politically and perhaps even economically, they are at opposite ends, figuratively and literally, one in Salcete and the other in Pernem.


Airports Authority of India to take on private companies to build Goa’s new airport
Mihir Mishra, ET Bureau Feb 2, 2015,

New Delhi: State-owned Airports Authority of India (AAI), with a new boss at its helm, has decided to reorient itself as an enterprise by bidding for the new facility that's planned for Goa. This is the first time that the organisation will be pitting itself against competition from the private sector, which includes several global companies, in building new airports in India.

Old homes get new hearts
Andrew Pereira, TNN | Feb 8, 2015,

If a school student was asked to write an autobiography of an old Goan house, what would the story read like? It would be a tale of hope, rising aspiration, laughter and love, and then abandonment, desolation and isolation.


BJP promises to convert Panjim into a smart city
01 Feb, 2015, 12:30AM IST | Team Herald

BJP, Cong manifestos silent on shifting casinos out of Mandovi

Panjim: Though the Bharatiya Janata Party’s manifesto for the forthcoming Panjim by-poll promises to convert the capital Panjim into a smart city, it has one thing in common with the Congress manifesto – it is silent on shifting out offshore casinos from River Mandovi.


Goa Travels: An Anthology of Travellers From 16th Century
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Goa Travels: An Anthology of Travellers From 16th Century by Sumit Ahlawat

Over 450 years of Goan history, as seen and observed by countless foreign travellers from faraway lands of Brazil to Portugal, Italy to France, which included Jesuit priests, diamond merchants, adventurers, explorers, colonial spies and nirvana-seeking hippie tourists, is the subject of a new anthology.

News Clips from India

Indian police crack down on Christian protesters
Ritu Sharma, Delhi | India | February 5, 2015

Priests, nuns among those detained during peaceful demonstration in Delhi

Police surround demonstrators protesting outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Delhi on Thursday (Photo by Bijay Kumar Minj)

Delhi police on Thursday detained more than 100 Christian protesters, including priests and nuns, who were dragged into police buses during a demonstration against the most recent in a string of attacks on churches.


Vatican officials denied India visas
Mark Greaves for Catholic Herald International | February 6, 2015

Refusal comes amid a Hindu-backed movement to 're-convert' Christians back to Hinduism
India’s Catholic bishops have protested against a government decision to deny visas to two Vatican officials seeking to visit the country for a gathering.


India's economic reform
Modi pushes through labor, land law changes
GO YAMADA, Nikkei staff writer | February 6, 2015 1:00 pm JST

Indian workers protesting against what they see as anti-worker and pro-corporate labor policies in New Delhi, Dec. 5, 2014 © AP

TOKYO -- Since taking power in May, the government of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has eased rules on foreign direct investment and worked to promote the manufacturing industry. It is now taking on even tougher issues; the revision of labor and land laws, which are stymieing efforts to expand industrial districts.

The current labor legislation makes it difficult to dismiss workers and the Land Acquisition Act requires businesses to offer generous compensation to landowners if they buy land. These two laws need to be redressed if India is to entice local and foreign investment in projects like power plants and steel mills to revive economic growth.


Why Kerala is increasingly housing some of Asia's largest car showrooms
By S Sanandakumar & PK Krishnakumar, ET Bureau | 1 Feb, 2015,

Passengers stepping out of the Kochi international airport are usually greeted with large hoardings promoting jewellery and sari brands. They tell the story of the preferences of consumers in Kerala. But drive a little over 10 km south towards the capital Thiruvananthapuram, you would see showrooms of a number of automobile companies such as Toyota, Maruti Suzuki and BMW.

There are actually 22 car brands and one motorbike brand, Harley Davidson, selling their wares on either side of the highway.


Indian real estate market a developer’s dream: Indo-Canadian billionaire

Chandigarh: Having made his millions in the Canadian real estate market, Canada’s first Sikh billionaire, Bob Dhillon, feels India’s real estate market has a lot of potential if the government makes the right moves.

“The Indian real estate market is a developer’s dream. It is fascinating. It can be the No.1 market for growth,” Dhillon, who has charted an amazing success story for himself by becoming the biggest landlord in Canada with nearly 10,000 properties, commented.



+Magdalena (Maggie) Lobo
Sat Feb 14 12:00:00

9th Feb : London, UK. MAGGIE LOBO nee Rodrigues. Ex Nairobi. Beloved wife of the late George Lobo. Loving mother of Glen. Sister of the late Mani (Annette), late Mary (late Dominic), late Nelu (Diana), Louis (Flory) and Marti (Graham). Maggie was loved by many and will be greatly missed by all her nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

The funeral mass will be held at 113....  Read more



Saint Joseph Vaz - Celebration of Canonization
Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman,
Apostle of Sri Lanka, Patron Saint of Sri Lanka,

Saint Joseph Vaz was canonized by Pope Francis in Sri Lanka on January 14, 2015. To mark this historic event, the Goan Community in the Greater Toronto Area will be holding a celebration:


Person of Indian Origin (PIO) Card

This is to inform that vide Gazette Notification No.26011/01/2014IC.I dated 09.01.2015, all PIO cards issued till 09.01.2015 are deemed to be OCI card. PIO Card scheme has been withdrawn vide Gazette Notification No.25024/9/2014F.I dated 09.01.2015. Henceforth, applicants may apply for OCI card ONLY, as PIO card scheme is no longer in existence.

In case the PIO card holder has new passport then he/she can travel to India on their new passport with the valid PIO card and old passport. The applicants desire to apply for Miscellaneous Services for PIO Cards viz. change of name, change of address, change of passport etc. have to apply for new OCI card with the fee of £18/-.


Events for 2015





Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 6.00 pm Goa Amgios Red & Black Carnival Extravaganza Click for Flyer
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11.00 am. GTA Goan Community Saint Joseph Vaz Canonization
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St. Francis of Assisi Church
2473 Thorn Lodge
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Saturday, August 22, 2015 CLR Association CLR Picnic
Centennial Park, Etobicoke
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Saturday, September 26, 2015 CLR Association CLR Social
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Health & Wellness

Enhanced low-cost and no-cost banking services now available to Canadians
January 15, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Financial Consumer Agency of Canada

To support the Government of Canada’s guidelines on low-cost and no-cost bank accounts that are coming into force today, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada has updated its Account Selector tool. Consumers can now use the tool to calculate their monthly banking fees based on discounts for which they may qualify. The tool makes it easier to compare low-cost and no-cost accounts at various financial institutions and to choose the accounts that best meet their needs.


Make emergency preparedness a priority this long weekend

IBC Top 10: Tips to prepare your family for an emergency (CNW Group/Insurance Bureau of Canada)

HALIFAX, Feb. 12, 2015 /CNW/ - Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) encourages families across Nova Scotia to make emergency preparation a priority for the province's inaugural Nova Scotia Heritage Day long weekend .


Do you need travel insurance when you travel within Canada?
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Travel insurance is essential every time you travel, especially out of the country. Your government health insurance will not cover the bills if you need medical attention while you are away. In some countries, such as the U.S., a hospital stay could end up costing you tens, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars.


Minister Ambrose participates in National Health and Fitness Day Roundtable - Supporting the Government of Canada's commitment to promote physical activity for health

Ottawa, Feb. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, is taking part in a National Health and Fitness Day Roundtable that brings together health and physical activity leaders from across all sectors including academia, non-government organizations, volunteer groups and the private sector. The roundtable was convened in recognition of the coming into force of Bill S-211, which proclaimed the first Saturday in June as National Health and Fitness Day.


How to Fix Canada's Unemployed Doctor Problem - C.D. Howe Institute

Toronto, Feb. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - Canadian healthcare is facing a paradox: recently graduated specialist physicians struggle to find work, even as Canadians report long wait times for their services, says a report released today by the C.D. Howe Institute. In "Doctors without Hospitals: What to do about Specialists Who Can't Find Work," authors Åke Blomqvist, Colin Busby, Aaron Jacobs, and William Falk find that if policymakers do not shift course, the problem could worsen, resulting in a significant underutilization of resources, and even outmigration of Canadian-trained specialists.


Japanese company taps into Chinese elder care with adult diapers
February 1, 2015 1:00 pm JST | Aging population China | Aiko Munakata Nikkei staff writer

Longlife Holding is starting to sell its high-quality elder care products in China. Packaging will feature Japanese and Chinese characters side-by-side to show the connection to Japan.

Tokyo -- Japan's Longlife Holding is expanding its elder care goods business to China, with plans to start selling disposable adult diapers first and later beds and other products. It will be the company's first attempt at selling its products overseas. It has established a joint venture, Hiking (Qingdao) Longlife Care Service, in Qingdao, Shandong Province, with a subsidiary of local conglomerate, Hiking Group. The joint venture will sell products under a Chinese and Japanese brand name, which translates into dreamy in English. To start, the company will sell four products -- disposable diapers, water absorption pads, water-resistant sheets and wet wipes -- in and around Qingdao.

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