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Elections 2015 - Peter Fonseca wins Mississauga East—Cooksville
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Peter Fonseca is the Liberal candidate in Mississauga East-Cooksville.
By: Linda Diebel Canada, Published on Mon Oct 19 2015
Liberal Peter Fonseca, a former provincial cabinet minister, won Mississauga East-Cooksville Monday night from the Conservatives.

At G.O.A. Viva Goan Summer 2015 -, Councillor Christine Fonseca , Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie G.O.A. President Selvyn Colaco, Consul General of India- Mr.Akhilesh Mishra, Zulema De Souza and new elected MP Peter Fonseca

Fonseca took the riding from high profile Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon, who ultimately proved to be no match for the surge of support for Liberal Justin Trudeau’s team.

Canadian Elections – Tanya De Mello stands third
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This weekend, Etobicoke Centre School Trustee Chris Glover joined Tanya De Mello canvassing in Etobicoke Centre. Together, they knocked on the same doors that elected him TDSB School Trustee for Ward 2 (Etobicoke Centre). Glover presented his strong endorsement for Tanya De Mello in the upcoming Federal Election.


Liberal government election welcomed

Ottawa, Oct. 20, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - It is with a certain sense of relief and a great deal of optimism for the future that the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers (UCCO-SACC-CSN) welcomes the election of a majority government by Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party of Canada.


Statement - Repair the erosion of human rights in Canada: CHRC

Ottawa, Oct. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, congratulates Prime Minister designate Justin Trudeau along with all members of Canada's new Parliament, and issues the following statement:


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‘Vellantlo Vell’ – Time to Save Goa, Goan youth from drugs
By PIO ESTEVES | 16 Oct, 2015, 06:51AM IST

The time has dawned to save Goa and the Goan youth from the vice of drugs. This is the concluding message conveyed by Fr Joseph Claro Rodrigues in his tiatr ‘Vellantlo Vell’. In the hectic world of laughter and tears, ups and downs, rise and fall, the time is also guaranteed for God’s justice to prevail. As time waits for no man, God-given time needs to be utilized meticulously.

The curtain unveils with the scene of chief minister’s residence. The chief minister (Alvaro Gracias), home minister (Roque Rodrigues), DySP (Thomas Souza) and chief secretary (Vera Diniz) are eagerly waiting for the arrival of Justice Sardessai (Pradip Khandeparker). His arrival, though late, prompts everyone at the table to influence him and make his report on drug mafia investigation case turn in their favour. But this righteous man refuses to move an inch, but stands by his principles and conscience.


Bad Business - the Catholic Goan has done relatively little in the field of business.
By: Frederick Noronha

Catholic Goans, converts from the local society, have among their members almost all occupation groups that the local Hindu society has. Except one or two. Goldsmiths seem to be missing; and, as a writer friend pointed out, so do masons.


Community fears in Goa
Posted by: Navhind Times October 18, 2015 in Panorama | Frederick Noronha

In today’s India, it sometimes seems as if it’s each man for himself; and each community for itself. The earlier spirit of trying to accommodate, adjust, at least tolerate differences if not live in a spirit of brotherhood, seems a distant dream. In times when majoritarian politics is on the ascendance, and seems to be a workable idea at least for now, this looks like a game that others too can join in.


Politics & Mudslinging
By: Armand Rodrigues

The Hon. Stephen Harper,
Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Mr. Harper :

Just as I was getting a warm and fuzzy feeling about your party---warts and all --- I note that your party has stooped to the despicable practice, typical of the States, of deriding an individual you see as a threat to your power base.. Such personal assaults are unbecoming of a true statesman which you seemed to be. By introducing obtuse abstractions to the focal narrative, you are proceeding with the loose pragmatism of a trapeze artist without a safety net.


The Old Order changeth in favour of the new
By Armand Rodrigues

It never ceases to amaze me that we, the people, elect a raft of incumbents to high office and, towards the end of their term, are ready to hurl invectives at them, chastise them, and turf them out. How and why do politicians, like Stephen Harper, endure the constant barrage directed at them ? Even if they brought a lot of negative sentiments upon themselves, should we, lesser mortals, give them a bad name and hang them ?

People Places and Things

Goa’s tiny airforce during WWII
By Armand Rodrigues

During World War II, Portugal ---and Goa by extension--- remained neutral. However, Goa remained a perennial thorn in India’s side. A token air force was necessary in Goa, to keep potential invaders at bay and to keep citizens honest and loyal. Laughable as it may sound today, the Portuguese deemed it expedient to base a single-engined Gypsy Moth type of ‘plane, at a dirt landing strip in Marmagoa, in a show of force. Some bravado !

From time to time, the ‘plane would buzz above the tops of coconut trees and, sensing a predator, squirrels would scamper off in all directions and crows would alert everybody with their noisy cawing cacophony. For us, mortals, the ‘plane was something to marvel at. My brother Placido and I, who were in our early teens, were obsessed with the idea of actually getting to see this amazing contraption, up front, for the first time in our lives. It took some persuading to get our mother to agree. She arranged for a young man named Vincente to be our guardian and to escort us. Needless to say, we were agog with eager anticipation.


Uber Drivers Get Their Own Bank, Accelerating Cash Flow in Freelance Economy
By Hal M. Bundrick, CFP Follow

New York (MainStreet) -- The freelance economy can be tough. Steady work can be hard to find, not to mention reliable payment. Whether you’re a contract designer, writer or Uber driver, cash flow rules. Andrew D’Souza is working to turn that income trickle into a steady stream with an idea called Clearbanc. D’Souza is a Toronto entrepreneur who pitched his concept to the Y Combinator Fellowship program. YC is the Bay Area tech incubator that has been instrumental in helping hatch many high-profile startups, including Reddit, Dropbox and Pebble watches. The Fellowship program is YC “Light” -- a less intensive, short-term (eight-week) program with a $12,000 grant (compared to the $120,000 for a 7% equity stake YC offers in its regular program). The junior program is for “idea stage” companies.


Paintable Solar Cells May Someday Replace Silicon-Based Panels
by George Putic

Rapidly expanding solar cell technology currently relies on expensive photovoltaic materials such as silicon or cadmium telluride, which is why their production, installation and maintenance costs are still high.


Insight: Mauritius eyes Africa as pressure mounts on offshore business
Reuters – Fri 16 Oct, 2015 8:40 PM IST | By Edmund Blair

EBENE, Mauritius (Reuters) - Mauritius beats Singapore as the world's top route for foreign investment to India and is a hub for thousands of firms managing half a trillion dollars in assets. But there are only a sprinkling of office blocks in Ebene Cybercity, the heart of the tiny Indian Ocean island's financial services industry, and the area only livens up at the weekend when a band plays in a bar of the district's only luxury hotel.

News Clips from Goa

Language controversy may communally polarise Goa: Maria Couto
Economic Times

Panaji: A brewing controversy over instruction of medium in schools, where factions backed by Goa's Roman Catholic Church and the RSS are at ...


Southwest monsoon withdraws over Goa, Konkan
Paul Fernandes, TNN | Oct 16, 2015,

Panaji: The southwest monsoon has withdrawn from Goa and Konkan region on Thursday, but meteorological centre in the city expects random showers till December.


‘Problem’ also presents a solution
By PIO ESTEVES | 14 Oct, 2015,

Panjim: Life is filled with problems. If one gets solved, another arises. But, love, faith, patience, understanding and forgiveness can solve many problems. This is the message conveyed in Alfredo Fernandes tiatr ‘Problem’.

After facing strong opposition from family members, beginning with the mother (Tracila Gonsalves) to elder brother Theo (Alfred Fernandes) and sister-in-law Maisie (Ciena Furtado), Lara (Mathew de Souza) enters the house with his wife Tara (Aveena Pereira). The opposition to them continues, with false accusations.


Festivals: An integrated part of Goan way of life
By Anil MishraPanaji | Sunday, Oct 11 2015 IST

The coming months are full of festivals and feasts which promise to light up the atmosphere in Goa.

From next week starts Navratri which is celebrated after Ganesh Chaturti. During Navaratri Goa swings to the beats of the dandiya nine days before the mega Hindu festival of Dussehra which will this year fall on October 22). This festival is marked by celebrations which continue for nine nights (Navratri) with various episodes of the Ramayana being enacted and recited with particular reference to the battle between Lord Rama and the demon king Ravana. The festival marks the victory of good over evil. Effigies of ravana are burnt as a part of the festival.


Waterless toilets can put an end to open defecation: Dy CM
Posted by: Navhind Times October 20, 2015 in Goa News

Candolim: Pointing out that sanitation is being neglected on beaches and people defecate in the open, Deputy Chief Minister Francis D’Souza has said that dry san hygienic toilet, a waterless system, can put an end to open defecation especially in rural areas. He also said that mining has caused damage to nature and steps are being taken to avoid further destruction.


Goa to be next defence manufacturing hub?

Efforts are being made to make Goa an important ‘defence manufacturing cluster’ for the supply of various materials, sub-assemblies and services required in the construction of special purpose vessels (SPVs), says the top official of Goa Shipyard (GSL).


NRI director asks Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) to allow seamen meet families
Category: Goa News Highlights | Created on Thursday, 15 October 2015

Margao: Pursuant to requests from Goa Seamen Association of India (GSAI), NRI Affairs Director UD Kamat has written to the chairman of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) asking for staff aboard cruise ships berthing at MPT to be allowed to meet their families in Goa.


Goa in sepia-tinted postcards
By Kanika Sharma | Posted 01-Oct-2014
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Seeking the homeland of yesteryears, Dubai-based, Goa-born interior designer and architect Joseph C Dias (JoDi) has illustrated the Goa of his childhood, a far cry from its heady identity of today. Developed in a postcard format, these offer terrific insights into the charm of a simpler time, titled JoDi’s View Cards of Old Goa. Kanika Sharma gets an exclusive dekko

BULLOCK CART TOURISM: Once the main mode of transport in Goa of the yesteryears, bullock carts today draw the eyes of the tourists. On rare occasions, bridal couples have used them as their vehicles to reach religious services on time! ...


News Clips from India

Missionaries of Charity Stand Firm on Decision to Withdraw From Adoptions
by Anto Akkara 10/15/2015

Mother Teresa’s order has decided to discontinue participation in India’s federal adoption program, because of new rules granting adoption rights to single-parent homes.

Missionaries of Charity Sisters tend to young children at one of their orphanages in India.
– Anto Akkara

New Delhi — Indian Church leaders and other prominent Christian and political leaders have endorsed the unprecedented decision of the Missionaries of Charity (MC) congregation founded by Mother Teresa to withdraw from the government-controlled adoption process in India, in order to protest objectionable clauses in its new adoption policy.


St. Francis Church observes ‘Mission Sunday’
Published on 18 Oct. 2015

St Francis Xavier Church Kidima (SFXCK), diocese of Kohima observed “Mission Sunday 2015” with rest of the world with director of Eden Garden, Khuzama, India, Reverend Father Raymond D’Souza SJ, as the main celebrant at the church premises on October 18.


East Indians revive harvest fest to keep GenNext rooted
Sandhya Nair,TNN | Oct 10, 2015, 11.12 PM IST

Mumbai: Rossi D'souza wears two hats every day. A computer teacher in the mornings and a farmer by the second half.


Indian experts to be brought home for empowering education
Published on 10 October 2015 By Prameya News7 (author)

Singapore: Indian experts teaching in international institutions overseas will be brought home to to raise the level of education system in the country, a senior educationist has said.


`India should be vigilant about joining anti-China camp`
PTI -First Published: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 09:55

Beijing: Asserting that the Sino-India relationship is on a sound track, the Chinese media on Wednesday asked India to be vigilant to the efforts to rope it into anti-China camp in the backdrop of Japan joining the Malabar naval exercises.

"The China-India relationship is on a sound track, and healthy ties are beneficial to both countries. India should be vigilant to any intentions of roping it into an anti-China camp," an article in the state-run Global Times said today highlighting that the India-China joint drills and the Malabar exercises involving the navies of India, the US and Japan are being held concurrently.


India eyes safer skies with Russian S-400 'Triumf' air defence missile systems
By Rajat Pandit, TNN | 11 Oct, 2015

In Pic: A column of Russia's air defence system S-400 Triumf launch vehicles rolls at the Red Square in Moscow, on May 9, 2013, during Victory Day parade.

New Delhi: In what could be a game-changing arms acquisition, India is planning to acquire the new-generation Russian S-400 Triumf air defence missile systems that can destroy incoming hostile aircraft, stealth fighters, missiles and drones at ranges of up to 400-km.

Sources say the defence acquisitions council (DAC), chaired by Manohar Parrikar, will "soon" take up the proposal moved by the IAF to purchase around a dozen S-400 long-range systems.

The hospital built by selling vegetables

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After Subhasini Mistry became a widow at the age of 23, she was motivated to help the poor in her community. She sold vegetables on the street and eventually built a hospital with her savings.



+Theo DeLima
Tue Nov 03 08:17:19

DeLima, Theo – Passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on November 2, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Beloved husband of Melanie, much loved father of Malcolm (Ana), Flavian, Jackie (Mathew), and proud and loving grandfather of Jasmine, Amari, Sebastian, Maia and Aidan. brother of the late Nita (John) DeSouza, Canada, Helen (Vincy) DeSouza, England, Ethel (Eric) Antao....  Read more


+AGNES GOMES (Ex-Tanzania, Malawi, Hubli)
Sat Oct 24 08:15:46

We are heartbroken over the loss of Agnes (Aggie) Gomes, on Friday October 23. 2015, in Toronto, Canada. Beloved wife of Danny Gomes.  Darling mother of Derald (Corina) and her devoted daughter Chrystal, and loving grandma of Derek and Carly.  Dearest sister of Ida (the late Jack), Eric (Mavis), Vivian (Yvonne) and Cyril (Anita), and sister-in-law of the late Sonny, the late Edmund (C....  Read more



All Souls day - Prayer to be held on 1st November 2015
Canara World Foundation | From: max@maxmendes.com

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Dear Friends,

You are welcome to attend the solemn prayer service for the souls of the departed. This service has been organised by Canadian Canara Vision Inc and will be celebrated by Rev. Fr. Henry Alva on Sunday, November 1st 2015 @ 3pm at the Canara Catholic Cemetery, Lot 34 in the Meadowvale Cemetery, 7732 Mavis Rd, Brampton, ON L5Y 5L5.


Celebrating the Feast of St. Francis Xavier

“The Friends of St Francis Xavier will be celebrating the feast of St. Francis Xavier on 12 Dec, 2015 at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish 2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough Ont. Procession at 10.30 am followed by solemn at Mass at 11am.

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Health & Wellness

Poverty: Left untreated, it ruins health and costs billions
Dr. Ryan Sommers | Published October 16, 2015

“Within the health-care system, health-care providers need to appreciate the role of poverty in the delivery of services and how it impacts on health outcomes,” writes Dr. Ryan Sommers. “We need various levels of government, departments, and community groups to work together to change policies and programs that allow those with the poorest health to achieve their potential and improve their lives.” (PETER PARSONS / File)

A 46-year-old female personal care worker with poorly controlled diabetes is unable to afford both her medication and food, so she chooses food. She presents to the ER department again, needing IV antibiotics to treat a recurrent skin infection.


7 Steps to Stroke Recovery
Step #1 - Exercise and Mobility

Vancouver, Oct. 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Last year Stroke Recovery Association of British Columbia (SRABC) developed their successful '7 Steps to Stroke Recovery' video, which has been extensively used by stroke survivors and their families. In 2015 SRABC decided, in collaboration with March of Dimes Canada, to create a series covering each step.

New Winter Electricity Prices for Households and Small Businesses

Summer & Winter Time-of-Use Hours (CNW Group/Ontario Energy Board)
Typical Household Electricity Consumption on TOU Pricing (CNW Group/Ontario Energy Board)

TORONTO, Oct. 15, 2015 /CNW/ - Today the Ontario Energy Board announced new electricity prices. The new prices will apply to most households and small businesses starting November 1.

Canada Needs a National Dementia Strategy
Huffington Post Canada

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), of which Canada is a member, has just adopted a Regional Plan of Action to curb the impact of ...


FDA approves new drug to treat heart failure
Vancouver Sun | July 7, 2015

Health Canada approves breakthrough heart failure drug

However, a new drug approved by Health Canada earlier this week could be a game-changer for Churchard. “I'm quite excited,” he said. “I'm hoping it ...

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Entresto (sacubitril/valsartan) tablets for the treatment of heart failure. The drug has been shown to reduce the rate of cardiovascular death and hospitalization related to heart failure.


20,000 pensioned steelworkers lose critical health and drug benefits
Friday, October 09, 2015 by: SooToday.com Staff
News Release | United Steelworkers

20,000 pensioners lose critical health and drug benefits due to Harper's U.S. Steel sellout

Toronto - The federal Conservative government must accept its responsibility for 20,000 pensioners who are immediately losing critical health benefits and prescription drug coverage, the United Steelworkers (USW) says.

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