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Newsletter. Issue 25 - December 05, 2015


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Communities Across Canada Preparing to Welcome Syrian Refugees

Ottawa, Nov. 29, 2015 /CNW/ - As the Government of Canada has stepped up efforts to welcome 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada, communities from coast to coast to coast are also preparing to welcome Syrian refugees with open arms. A significant portion of refugees arriving in Canada by the end of December will be privately sponsored and already have destination communities large and small that are eagerly anticipating their arrival.


The financial services sector: a source of growth for Canada's economy

Ottawa, Nov. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - The financial services sector directly accounted for 780,000 jobs and 6.8 per cent of Canada's gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014, according to a new Conference Board of Canada report released today.


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Walking in the Footsteps of His Father
By Armand Rodrigues

Since times immemorial, natural disasters, climate changes, ethnic and religious strife, unending wars, oppressive governments, persecution, intractable conflicts ....... have caused mass migrations to safer havens in the world.

In the Fall of 1972, PM Pierre Elliot Trudeau had a difficult decision to make. Fast-forward to the autumn of 2015, and his son PM Justin Trudeau is in a similar predicament of a larger proportion.


A Church of Encounter
Nov 23 at 7:36 PM |From: Cedric Prakash <>
ICAN DISPATCH | November 30, 2015

Opposition to Francis’ ecclesiology. It first surfaced in July 2013 after he made his famous comment, “Who am I to judge?

While countless millions across the globe are inspired by Pope Francis and cheer as he pushes ahead with the reform of the Roman Curia and renewal of the church, there is a minority within the Catholic community who do not like his ecclesiology. They do not like his vision of church or the kind of church he is building, and they are showing their dislike in various ways.


Arun Ferreira: A Saga in Courage
-Fr. Cedric Prakash sj*

In the foreword to ‘Colours of the Cage’, Naresh Fernandes writes “Arun Ferreira reminds us that diversity of opinion and debate are essential for any society to flourish. The worst thing we can do to ourselves is to imprison our imagination”. On September 27th 2011 Arun Ferreira was released from the Nagpur jail after being illegally incarcerated since May 2007 on charges of being a naxalite. Just as he stepped out from the gates of the jail even as his aged parents and other family members waited outside the jail to welcome him back into their loving embrace, Arun was forcibly arrested once again and that too without a warrant.

The next day, on September 28th he was produced at the JMFC Court in Gadchiroli district, Maharashtra in a fabricated case of criminal conspiracy of 2007 despite the fact that the Trial Court had exonerated him of every single charge the previous day. He continued to languish in jail till January 3rd 2012 when he was granted bail; only on January 29th 2014 was he finally acquitted of all the false cases which were foisted on him by the State and other vested interests.

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55 Plus Anniversary Christmas Extravaganza
By Romeo D’Souza


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The 55 Plus Goan Association marked the 10th year of its inception with a Grand Anniversary and Christmas Extravaganza Ball at the Renaissance by the Creek Banquet Hall in Mississauga, on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

Christmas tree made of 170,000 pieces of crystal by Swarovski seen in Malaysia

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Tourists watch the crystal Christmas tree at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Nov. 29, 2015. The 23-meter-high Christmas tree was made of 170,000 pieces of crystal by Swarovski to celebrate Christmas this year. (Xinhua/Chong Voon Chung)


Huge 23 carat Pink diamond recovered by Petra in Tanzania

Petra Diamonds has recovered an extremely rare 23.16 carat pink diamond from its Williamson mine in Tanzania.

The pink diamond – one of the most highly coveted of all the coloured stones – is an example of high quality and is the most significant recovery by Petra from the mine to date, according to the mining group.

Protect environment or destroy it, pope says
Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service | International | November 27, 2015

Climate summit dialogue must include the poorest sectors of society

Pope Francis waters a tree he planted during a visit to the United Nations office in Nairobi, Kenya, on Nov. 26. (Photo by Paul Haring/CNS)

The international community is facing a stark and serious choice, "either to improve or to destroy the environment," Pope Francis said, referring to the upcoming climate change summit in Paris.

Hull-aballoo: New US Navy destroyer's seaworthiness questioned
By David Sharp, Associated Press | Associated Press

Seaworthy? We'll see. Navy stealth destroyer's stability questioned as 1st test nears

FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2013 file photo the Navy's stealthy Zumwalt destroyer is built at Bath Iron Works, in Bath, Maine. The Navy's largest destroyer cuts an imposing figure: massive in size, with an angular shape, hidden weapons, and an unusual hull that fell out of favor a century ago in part because it can be unstable. How this unusual hull shape works in rough seas will be answered when the ship heads to sea in December. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, file)

BATH, Maine (AP) -- The largest destroyer built for the U.S. Navy cuts an imposing figure: massive, with an angular shape, hidden weapons and antennas, and electric-drive propulsion. But underneath the stealthy exterior resides a style of hull that fell out of favor a century ago in part because it can be unstable.


IESO Selects New Energy Storage Projects

MILTON, ON, Nov. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has offered contracts to five companies for nine separate energy storage projects totalling 16.75 megawatts (MW). These projects mark the completion of the IESO's plan to secure a total of 50 MW of energy storage in Ontario. Once the projects are in service, they will demonstrate their ability to support reliability by responding to changing grid conditions.


A Book You Must Read
Beneath the African Sun | by Maria Lynch

Maria Lynch was born and raised in post-WWII Nairobi. She studied in London, England, and after returning briefly to Kenya, emigrated to Canada in 1970. A teacher by profession, Maria is now retired and living in Toronto with her husband. Beneath the African Sun is her first novel.

Synopsis- When Sabby Mendes leaves Portuguese Goa aboard the dhow Monsoon Wind bound for British East Africa in 1916, he has one dream—to find work as a tailor in the relatively new capital of Nairobi. Sabby is a young man, still a teenager, but he is determined to build a life for himself, and he knows that the opportunities in the British Protectorate are better than those facing him at home.

News Clips from Goa

Goans thrilled for Costa as Portuguese PM, but does he feel Goan?
Goanews Desk, Panaji | 26 November 2015 16:26 IST

Goans at large are feeling proud that a Goan by origin will be the Prime Minister of Portugal, the one-time colonial rulers who ruled Goa for 451 years. But does Antonio Costa feel the same?

“It’s definitely a matter of pride for all of us. I hope he also feels the same about Goa”, says Dr Wilfred Mesquita, the NRI Commissioner of Goa. 54-year old Costa, also known as Gandhi of Lisbon, will be sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Portugal tonight.


Goa Archbishop, Filipe Neri announces 2016 as year of prayers for the beatification of Venerable Agnelo

Live in Christ to face challenges, Vatican envoy tells families

Team Herald PILAR: Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, the Vatican envoy to India and Nepal, stated that family is a crucial point in the pastoral ministry and urged all families to have Christ as the centre of their households.


How Konkani music lost out on a big legacy
TNN | Nov 24, 2015,

Panaji: Konkani music would have inherited a bigger legacy if Goan musicians such as Chic Chocolate and Sebastian D'Souza had done more for the genre like Chris Perry had done so, says Bardroy Barretto, filmmaker of the successful Konkani movie Nachom-ia Kumpasar, based on the life of such Goan musicians.


Goa Govt looks for expat donations
Nov 21, 2015 | Times News Network

Looking to tap offerings from Goan expatriates, the state cabinet has approved a novel scheme titled 'Mhozo Gaum-Majem Goem' (My village-my Goa). Under the scheme, the NRI cell shall seek voluntary donations and contributions either from an individual expatriate or from a group of two or more expatriate donors, which will be used to finance projects in the state.


Goa church defies government, backs agitating students
Bosco de Sousa Eremita, Panaji India | November 27, 2015

Goa Archdiocese holds film festival for students protesting political interference

Goa Archdiocese has backed students struggling against political appointments in India's premier film school by organizing a parallel film festival during the ongoing International Film Festival of India.


Must-visit Portuguese sights in Goa
by Asian Correspondent | 28th November 2015

GOA has always been popular amongst sun worshipping travelers. Whether it’s for no frills beach holidas or a more cultural adventures there is something for everybody in this Indian paradise. A fascinating Portuguese influence can be found across many of the villages and the beautiful city of Old Goa. As the ruling power from the 16th to the 18th century, Portugal shaped the unique culture that still remains today. We’ve put together a selection of the best sights dating back to this era.

News Clips from India

Skilling development for a better quality of life
By Anindya Mallick | The Financial Express

India’s demographic advantage—with over 50% of the population expected to be under the age of 25 years by 2020—is a well-known fact across the globe today. However, for the country to leverage and benefit from this advantage, it needs to be ensured that our youth is adequately prepared for productively participating in the path to economic development and prosperity.

Catholics welcome secular government in India's Bihar
K.C. Philip, Patna | India | November 24, 2015

Secularist's victory in state elections bucks growing trend of intolerance nationwide

S.K. Lawrence (right), a Christian activist, greets Nitish Kumar (left), the newly re-elected chief minister of India's Bihar state, after a swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 20. ( photo)

Church leaders in eastern Indian Bihar state hope the election victory of a secularist chief minister will see more room for religious tolerance, amid worrying trends in anti-Christian sentiments nationwide.


News analysis: Pakistan plans reforms in militancy-hit tribal regions 2015-11-28 | by Muhammad Tahir

Islamabad, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- A high level committee in Pakistan is working on comprehensive reforms to bring the country's tribal regions to the national mainstream as violent extremism and terrorism in nearly a decade has badly disrupted the lives of the tribal people.


France, India to launch global solar alliance

Workers carry photovoltaic solar panels for installation in Charanka village in Patan …

PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Monday launch an international solar alliance aimed at eventually bringing clean and affordable solar energy within the reach of all.The launch will coincide with a summit of world leaders at the start of two weeks of talks on the outskirts of Paris to seek a new global deal on curbing climate change, by shifting from fossil fuels towards renewable energy.

An Indian government statement on Sunday said there were well over 100 solar-rich countries in the tropics that could be members of the International Solar Alliance to develop clean and affordable solar energy.



+Maria Lina Soares- November 22, 1909 - December 15, 2015
Thu Dec 17 08:42:37

Soares, Maria Lina- (Teacher, Librarian at St. Joseph's Convent School, Dar Es Salaam)-passed away peacefully at the Mariann Home, Richmond Hill on Tuesday morning December 15, 2015 in her 107th year.

 Maria, loving wife of the late Peter Soares. Dear mother of Denis (Belinda), Eileen (Bruno) and the late Ivan. Cherished grandmother of Sharon and the late Duane, Andrea, Evelyn and ....  Read more


+ Fernando Aquino
Tue Dec 15 02:20:06

Fernando Aquino passed away on December 13th of a massive heart attack.

He was a long time resident of  Tanzania and then migrated with his wife Yvonne to Perth in Australia.

Funeral details:


Corner Patterson Road and Fulham Street

Kewdale W.A. 6105

18th December 2015

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+Agnes Severina De Souza
Mon Dec 14 07:59:19

It is with sadness we share the passing of our Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother – Agnes Severina De Souza.

She was born, raised and married in Goa to her late husband Louis Xavier Merces De Souza and later moved to Kenya, then England and finally to Toronto, Canada where she passed away surrounded by her family at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital the afternoon of December 12,....  Read more


+Tony De Souza
Sat Dec 12 08:19:43

Tony De Souza passed away peacefully in his sleep in Scarborough on Saturday, December 12, 2015

 Loving husband of  Olivia. Beloved father of  Alison (Gerald) and David (Sheri)

Cherished grandfather of Joshua, James, Conner.

Brother of: Victor (late Maggie), Joe (Berty), Rosalind (Ric), Teresa (late Oney), Claire (Tony), Maria (John), late Andrew (Patsy).&....  Read more


Sun Dec 06 03:04:27

Passed away suddenly and peacefully on 30th November, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Florida with family.

Meena, the beloved and ever loving wife of Fabian for nearly 45 years and devoted mother of her darlings Sharon–Ann (Lawrence), Aaron ( Shirley Anne) and Byron (Tanya). Brother of Joseph (Joyce), Sylvie (Gabriel), Steven (Martha) and Niece of Nasci Caldeira. Sister in Law to Laura (M....  Read more



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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 11.30 am followed by solemn at Mass at 12 noon.  Click fo Flyer


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Sunday, July 17, 2016 Calangute Association, Canada Feast of Patron
Saint Alex
St. Francis Xavier's Church
Mississauga Holy Mass at 1:30 P.M.
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Sunday, September 11, 2016 Calangute Association, Canada Silver Jubilee
2016 Calangute Social
Europa Convention Centre
Mississauga at 11:30 A.M.
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Health & Wellness

November is Osteoporosis Awareness Month
Nov 23, 2015

Calcium, vitamin D proven to slow bone loss… and you can now add protein to the list!

Women and men over 50 years old who already take calcium and vitamin D supplements to prevent osteoporosis may have to consider adjusting their protein intake as well. According to recent research by the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos), older adults lacking an adequate amount of protein in their diets run a higher risk of increased bone fragility and fractures.

MUHC endocrinologist Dr. David Goltzman is the principal investigator of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos), an exceptional resource for advancing the knowledge about health and aging in Canada.


New report on long-term care in Ontario shows residents' care needs are increasing

Toronto, Nov. 23, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Ontario Long Term Care Association released its annual report on long-term care in Ontario, This is Long-Term Care 2015, highlighting the increasing needs of residents in long-term care homes over the last five years.

Since 2010, when the government changed the admission criteria for long-term care, new residents have been coming to long-term care homes at a later stage in the progression of their diseases. Their health is more likely to be unstable, their health issues are more complex, and they are more physically frail. The report shows that:

Health Canada recalls seasonal lights due to overheating, cause of fire
CTV Winnipeg | Published Friday, November 20, 2015

These light sets are being recalled as a result of overheating and causing fire. (Photo courtesy Health Canada)

Health Canada is warning consumers of defects with some seasonal lights that may have safety risks.

Canadian Medical Association Journal publishes CTFPHC's Guideline on Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults

Guideline recommends not screening asymptomatic adults (≥65 years of age) for cognitive impairment

OTTAWA, Nov. 30, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) has released its recommendations to Canadian clinicians and policymakers on screening for cognitive impairment in adults aged 65 years and older. These recommendations were published today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ).

Malware - the gift you don't want re-gifted: Eight Top Tips from Trend Micro to help ensure safe online holiday shopping

OTTAWA, Nov. 26, 2015 /CNW/ - Online retail in Canada continues to increase, and according to a recent survey by TD Bank (Anatomy of an Online Shopper), more than seven in 10 (72 percent) of Canadians surveyed do at least some of their holiday shopping online.

Feature: Elderly Kenyans suffer from negative impacts of climate change 2015-11-29 | by Christine Lagat

NAIROBI, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- The torrential rains that pounded Nairobi over the week brought anguish and frustration to Joseph Waweru and his elderly peers in the sprawling Korogocho slums.

60-Nation Survey Finds 18 Million Women Dangerously Underweight
November 24, 2015 | by Art Chimes

An analysis conducted by Canadian researchers has found that more than 18 million women in low- and middle-income countries are severely underweight.

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