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Newsletter. Issue 19 - September 12, 2015


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Mass with Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao – Mississauga Sep 11, 2015
By John Nazareth

Mass celebrants  Congregation Officiating Goan Priests

Fr. Hilario Fernandes, sfx Vice-Postulator, Cause of Ven. Fr. Agnelo De Souza Archbishop of Goa Filipe Neri Rosario Ferrao recounts time as seminarian with Fr. Hilario Archbishop of Goa Filipe Neri Rosario Ferrao addresses gathering at reception.
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What a delight it was for the Goans of the Toronto area to have the opportunity of celebrating the Mass with Goa’s Archbishop.


In Canada’s Election, Voters Lean Left
Josh Wingrove | Mulcair

The Conservatives face a stiff challenge from the New Democrats

At the national level, Canadian politics had always been a rivalry between two parties: the Conservatives and the Liberals. On Oct. 19, when Canadians vote for representatives to their House of Commons in Ottawa, the Conservatives under Prime Minister Stephen Harper will once again compete with the Liberals under Justin Trudeau, son of the late Pierre Trudeau, who was prime minister for a total of 15 years, from the late 1960s into the 1980s, and the Canadian leader most familiar to the country south of the border.


Canada woes raise questions about health of world economy
September 2, 2015 | By Ylan Q. Mui, Washington Post

Recessions defined as two consecutive quarters of contraction, but some economists said the designation for Canada could target prove transitory

Canada slipped into a recession during the first half of the year, government data released on Tuesday showed, raising more questions about the health of the world economy on a roller-coaster day for financial markets.


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Freedom of expression or license to abuse?

Teotonio R. de Souza What needs questioning is not the right to opinion, but the way of doing it with due respect for the religion of any people.

Freedom of speech is considered a pillar of the western democratic society and helps to ensure free discussion or criticism of views and policies that may be enforced or imposed by elected governments putting into danger the principle of election that brings them to power. Denial of such freedom usually defines the dictatorial regimes, but the right of any citizen to criticize in a bid to correct some irregularities in government without fear of prosecution is regarded as a hallmark of a democratic set- up. However, this right of free opinion is often abused by some media and press agents to serve some power lobbies, turning a democratic right into a tool for denigration. Free expression should be guided by rational reasoning and not be reduced to a game of fisty cuffs, forgetting that there are restrictions attached to every right. The restriction in this case is that of mutual respect for the beliefs or convictions of others, be they individuals or communities, as established in Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human. Ironically, the Western modernity has replaced the religious sacredness with a secular one, and the religious fundamentalism with a market fundamentalism.


African theologians, bishops cry out for more expansive synod discussions
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From: Astrid Lobo Gajiwala
Joshua J. McElwee | Aug. 11, 2015 | Nairobi, Kenya

A number of prominent theologians and bishops from across the African continent have sharply called for more expansive discussions at this fall's global meeting of Catholic bishops on family issues, saying last year's event focused too heavily on subjects mainly of concern to Europeans and North Americans.


Challenges of Diversity in a World of 7 Billion
( Aug 14 2015 )

Our world of over 7 billion people, now increasingly juxtaposed next to each other, both in space and in a thousand different encounters with each other every hour of day and night, has to learn to face and celebrate the meaning of the immense human diversity, in all its myriad shades and underpinnings.


Charles Njonjo on Kenya, Kenyatta & the Aga Khan. 
Sent by Paul Nazareth | 31 August 2015

Kenya: The Aga Khan Deserves a Medal - and the Gratitude of All Kenyans
By Charles Njonjo (Former Attorney General of Kenya)

There is something about Kenya that many of our people don't seem to fully appreciate.

This is that we are a vibrant democracy surrounded by authoritarian states. Indeed I would say that some of the nations in our neighbourhood are "militaristic authoritarian states". Think about it for a minute.


Limits to Indianizing the nation’s educational system?
Henry D’ Souza, Ph.D. (Ed)

The Joint Secretary of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Dattatreya Hosebale1 noted at a meeting recently that the Indian economy should be based on “Indian thinking, identity and conduct.” This is a sound principle that most developing countries that emerged from colonialism had to face. Since education is an important component of development, Hosebale added that, “education must be geographically accessible, financially affordable and socially inclusive.” Sound advice, which many nations tackled differently.

People Places and Things

G.O.A. (TOR) Retirees present an African Jamboree
By: Armand Rodrigues | Videography: Elma DaCosta

Going back in time, the natives were getting restless with anticipation. The village “ngoma” beats coming from the nearby “shamba”, sent a call to one and all to participate in a “pombe” party that day.

The analogy holds true of the “Hakuna Matata” African Jamboree held on September 7, 2015 at the Kalyaan Centre in Mississauga. The drumbeat came from the Goan Overseas Association (Toronto),that organized the show. It was of particular significance to old-timers who had spent some glorious years within ear-shot of the “ngomas”, at their own clubs. They turned out in a huge number. To their credit, many rummaged through their wardrobes and came out donned in African garb. These Africanders were transported back to the halcyon days before political turmoil rudely uprooted them and they were able to find welcome refuge in Canada. The clarion call also reached the ears of non-Africanders. The verdict was that they enjoyed the show immensely.


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ZAKARIA: Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates led the more than three million people who work for the U.S. military during the time of two wars. He led through two administrations, one Republican and one Democratic. He is a man who knows something about leadership. In his memoir, Gates describes my next guest, General Stanley McChrystal, as perhaps the finest warrior and leader of men in combat I had ever met. McChrystal commanded the coalition forces in Afghanistan and earlier all of America's elite special forces. He has just written his own book called "Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World." In it he talks about how leadership lessons from the battlefield translate to the board room. Listen in.


Global Goans keep spreading their wings
Vivek Menezes | Aug 29, 2015, 02.00 AM IST

Last month, the Migration Observatory of Oxford University released a new study that underlines the continuing uniqueness of the Goan diaspora. The study found only one significant group of permanent residents in the UK, of European Union (EU) citizens who were not actually born in the EU—only one consisting of over 10,000 individuals. That group actually totaled over 20,000 UK residents, and they were all India-born Goans who carried Portuguese passports.


K2 Wind Power Project in Ontario Starts Operation

New 270 MW wind power facility uses Ontario-made turbines to generate clean power for up to 100,000 Ontario homes each year

GODERICH, ON, June 8, 2015 – Following 18 months of construction, the K2 Wind Power Facility (“K2 Wind”) in Ontario reached commercial operation on May 29, 2015. One of Canada’s largest wind projects, the 270 megawatt (MW) facility is owned and operated by Capital Power Corporation (TSX: CPX) and Capital Power LP (collectively, “Capital Power”), Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (“Samsung”), and Pattern Energy Group LP (collectively referred to as “the partners


Indians highest per capita spenders in Australia
Press Trust of India | Mumbai September 06, 2015

Indians visiting Australia, which crossed 2.2 lakh last year, are the highest per capita spenders among all tourists there, having together spent AUD 1 billion in 2014, becoming the eighth largest source market for Tourism Australia.

News Clips from Goa

Dr. Willy laid to rest with full State Honours
Source: • JoeGoaUk [GOAN-NRI]

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3 times Chief Minister of ull State Hounour (with 20 gun shots..) took place on Sunday 6.9.2015 10.30am and lasted beyond 1pm.

Mae de Deus (Our Lady the Mother of God) Church, Saligao Goa.

About 50 priests concelebrated mass with Bishop Alwyn Barretto as main celebrant. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar (I have not seen but his presence acknowledged by family), Dy. Chief Minister Francisco D'Souza, Fisheries Minister Avertano Furtado, Margaret Alva, Benjamin D' Silva, Wilfred Mesquita, Tomazinho Cardozo, Aires Rodrigues etc etc attended the funeral


Goa mourns the death of Dr Wilfred de Souza
Saturday, September 06, 2015

Dr Wilfred De Souza was an active politician for many years and was also actively involved in the official language agitation 1986 where he was a member of the core committee. He was a very gentle and decent man. I did not have many occasions to interact with him to a great extent as I was with the Congress and he was out of the Congress at that time. He was the president of Goa Pradesh committee in 1984, the sister party of GPCC when I contested as an independent and I was a staunch Congress supporter and I received a lot of support from him and Luizinho Faleiro in particular who had also contested the elections with Dr Wilfred. If you look at his political life and you compare it to other politicians, what certainly stands out is that he had a very clean image as there were no allegations of corruption against him


Goa Monsoon 2015 - Beach resorts in Baga and Calangute

Here's a look at what the Calangute to Baga stretch looks like during the Monsoons. Quite a contrast to the look and feel during the 'season'.

You know you are in Goa in August when the sky is grey and overcast, when the sun bravely tries to peep out and when the rich green of the rice fields flash by the window.


A liquor bar for every 214 persons in Goa

Panaji, Aug 26 (TOI): Protests from women's groups and anti-alcoholics notwithstanding, the number of liquor bars in Goa is growing with the years such that now, there is one liquor bar for every 214 people in a state, considering a population of 15 lakh.

According to figures obtained from the excise department, there were 6,919 liquor bars in Goa in 2011-12, but with about 95 new licenses being issued every year, the present number of liquor bars in the state has swelled to 7,208. But excise department sources said that about 100 of these must have closed down. By bar, we mean an outlet for the retail sale of Indian made foreign liquor and country liquor for consumption.


Scheme to revive agri in khazan lands approved
By Team Herald | 29 Aug, 2015, 06:07AM IST

What are Khazans?

The khazans are saline floodplains along Goa’s tidal estuaries, covering an area of 17,500 ha, which have been reclaimed over centuries by constructing an intricate system of bunds (dykes) and sluice gates. The dyke system consists of extrinsic (external) embankments made up of combination of Laterite stones and mud in order to minimize the erosive effect at such point. Intrinsic (Inner) embankments are made up of mud, straw and poles and are further divided into girdle type, undulating and wide bunds interconnecting smaller bunds.


In novel move, Goa schools tie up with PETA to sensitise students on animal cruelty
Sep 3, 2015 11:20 IST

Panaji: Children in Goa will be sensitized to be kind to animals, with the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) asking the schools to teach a program on 'compassionate citizen'.

SCERT Director N C Honnikeri in a circular issued to various schools has asked them to follow a brochure issued by PETA (People for Ethical Treatment Towards Animals) for sensitising students against cruelty of animals.


Salesians initiate Goa’s Green Revolution of 2015
6 Sep, 2015, 07:28AM IST

Neshwin Almeida travels deep into the terrains of Netravali and a few kilometers beyond and across the gushing white river Kushavati to a hamlet of Sulcorna. In the heart of the mining activity lies an agriculture college, Goa’s first of its kind and that too on a sprawling 810 acres

As you ride into Rivona and zoom past the winding roads of Netravali, the weather begins to cool and the temperatures drop on a sunny day. The road is clean but the rusty trucks and unused earth moving machinery is a scare of the last decade. The dust has settled on the lack of mining here. Amidst all this in the same hills lies the 810 acre property which houses the Don Bosco Sulcorna Farm School. Since October 1986, it has been providing education to the children of Rivona, Netravali and the neighbouring hamlets in Sulcorna and Khazur. 50-years ago, this massive piece of land was donated by one Late Humberto Mascarenhas who bought the property from a public auction in the 1960s only to donate it to the Salesians.

News Clips from India

India Announces New Partnership to Accelerate Financial Inclusion for Everyone

Government of India joins the United Nations' Better Than Cash Alliance to share success stories from the world's largest financial inclusion programme

New Delhi and New York, Sept. 1, 2015 /CNW/ -- Government of India is joining the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance. The announcement comes on the first anniversary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's flagship financial inclusion programme Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).
Under PMJDY, in one year, 175 million new accounts have been opened, with deposits totaling more than $3.4 billion (223 billion Rupees), as revealed by the Government of India.


Pay attention to problems affecting family life, says Patna Archbishop
Vithika Salomi,TNN | Aug 26, 2015,

PATNA: Patna Archbishop Fr William D'Souza SJ on Wednesday highlighted the problems that adversely affect family life at a two-day meeting of Patna Archdiocesan Pastoral Council organized at Navjyoti Niketan.

Mangalore diocese holds ‘My earth My Responsibility’ to save nature
Fr Richard D'Souza

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Mangaluru, Aug 29: As a response to pope’s encyclical Laudato si, the diocese of Mangalore social awareness committee organized ‘My Earth My responsibility’ to promote and preserve nature at Milagres Church hall on Saturday, August 29 at 10 am.


Surnames will soon cease to matter in politics: Arun Jaitley
Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Delhi: In an apparent dig at Congress and some regional parties, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said "surnames, families and lineages" will soon cease to matter in politics and such a trend has already begun in the business world.

The secret life of the Cloister nuns
Robin Viegas [gulf-goans]
Aug 30 at 10:50 PM | From:

Tucked away in Andheri is a 3-acre monastery that gets prayer requests from across the world; inside, eight Carmelite nuns who almost never step out go about their chores baking the Holy Bread for parishes across Mumbai and praying.

The chapel at the monastery in Andheri East, Mumbai. (Express Photo by Anjali Lukose)

It’s 4 am when a cellphone pierces the silence of the bare room. Loiusa answers immediately. She knows the caller and takes off in Marathi, one sentence at a time. At the other end, 48 km away on Vasai’s Pachubandar beach, a fisherman repeats what she says, with his team of 10 then repeating the prayer in chorus.


Government Calls for Utilising Rooftop Space for Solar Projects
By PTI | Published: 06th September 2015 12:41 PM

New Delhi: The Centre has asked its ministries, States and all educational institutions across the country to utilise the space available with them to install grid connected solar rooftop systems.


US to provide Ah-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan: Report
By PTI | 29 Aug, 2015,

Pakistan had requested the sale of 15 AH-1Z helicopters in April, it is not clear how many of them have been signed for at this stage.In pic: Ah-1Z chopper.

Islamabad: The US has decided to provide Ah-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan to sharpen up its counter-terrorism efforts, a media report said today.

The Department of Defence has already awarded nearly $58 million in contract to Bell Helicopter for providing the choppers to Pakistan as part of a larger $581 million deal, most of which goes to the American Navy, the Dawn reported.


Duty increased on Chinese goods to stop them from 'dumping' in India: Rajnath

Mumbai, Sept. 5 (ANI): Lauding the BJP-led NDA Government's economic policies, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that the Government increased the duty on Chinese products so that they could not dump their goods in India.



Beliza Correa
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5 Sep: Toronto. BELIZA CORREA. (ex Mumbai, India).  Passed away peacefully in her 86th year, with her family by her side, at the Trillium Health Centre, Mississauga. Wife of the late Robert Correa. Loving mother of Barbara (Joseph) Costantino, Norma (Eshan) Khandaker, Eugene and Helen Correa. Cherished nanna of Faraaz and Shanaaz Khandaker. Beloved sister ....  Read more



Eucharistic celebration- Lady of Rosary Parish 2950 Midland Ave/Finch Ave, Scarborough on 15 Sept,2015 at 7pm

An Eucharistic celebration dedicated to the cause of Ven.Fr.Agnelo will be celebrated at our Lady of Rosary Parish 2950 Midland Ave/Finch Ave, Scarborough on 15 Sept,2015 at 7pm.The celebrant is Fr. Hilario Fernandes Vice-Postulator of the Society of Pilar, Goa India. Following the Mass a reception will be held in the Parish hall. Fr.Hilario is here to promote the cause for the canonization of Ven.Fr. Agnelo.

A contribution of finger foods would be much appreciated.


Konkan Nite 2015!! *Save the Date, Oct 10th 2015*
Lester Pearson Theatre - Brampton

Like Never Before, A one of a kind Experience of LIVE Musical Performances & Comedy all on one stage by the legendary and sensational stars from Goa and Mangalore.

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Events for 2015





September, 10 - 13, 2015

Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students

Toronto Memorial Mass & Reunion

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Saturday, September 26, 2015 CLR Association CLR 16th Annual Social
Capitol Banquet Centre - Mississauga
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Saturday, November 21, 2015 Navelim Association Our Lady of the Rosary
40th Navelim Feast
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Health & Wellness

Canadian lifestyle injurious to the health of its new immigrants

Toronto, September 4 (CINEWS) Rajinder Singh (name changed) developed Type 2 diabetes two years after immigrating to Canada. “The stress of finding a job, buying a house and settling in was directly responsible for my diabetes,” he said. That coupled with poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle is the prescription for a lifetime of health issues. Immigrants also face other mental issues but the taboo surrounding it ensures it is never discussed.


Walk This Way program champions pedestrian safety
Be A.W.A.R.E as children head back-to-school

Toronto, Aug. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - With children getting ready to head back to school this September, Parachute and FedEx Express Canada are launching the Walk This Way program to keep our children safe.


4 ways to improve Canadian healthcare
Dr. Joshua Tepper | August 28, 2015

Healthcare is the purview of the provinces in Canada, but health leadership—setting big-picture goals, helping achieve best practices across the country and providing long-term, sustainable funding models—is the role of the federal government. As the federal election campaign wages, Canadians should be pressing federal political parties to take a leadership position on the healthcare file. Primary care, in particular, could benefit from increased national dialogue. If we want to improve healthcare in Canada, primary care is a good place to start.


Montreal researchers make new Alzheimer's discovery
Sent by Kevin Saldanha

Researchers at the university of Montreal have made a discovery that sheds new light on Alzheimer's disease. Sue Smith spoke with Karl Fernandes, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Montreal Health Center.

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Here are some links to articles about this breakthrough research (Click below links)
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Lack of wills puts Canadians at risk of eroding their inheritance: CIBC's Jamie Golombek

Do-it-yourself estate planning leaves heirs exposed to potential financial and legal challenges

Toronto, Aug. 31, 2015 /CNW/ - CIBC (TSX: CM) (NYSE: CM) -- When it comes to the transfer of assets from one generation to the next, having a will is the most fundamental component in your estate plan.

New Rules of the Road Effective September 1, 2015

August 26, 2015 10:00 A.M.
Ministry of Transportation

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Implications of the voluntary CPP for employers
Jean-Pierre Laporte | August 25, 2015

When Minister of Finance Joe Oliver announced in May that the federal government would consider allowing voluntary contributions to CPP, the financial community was caught by surprise. After all, his predecessor, Jim Flaherty, had publicly stated that the government looked into a voluntary CPP proposal in 2010 but declared it unworkable.

All politics aside, the idea of a voluntary CPP is appealing. After all, the CPP is a trusted brand. It, along with Mounties and Medicare, has a Canadiana feel that leaves few people untouched. Giving Canadians the option to top up their basic (and frankly, for high earners, much too low) pension benefit with additional retirement fuel seems sensible at first blush.

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