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Put mercy before judgment, Pope Francis says
Posted on December 9, 2015, 4:27 PM

Francis opens Holy Year on feast of Immaculate Conception.

Vatican City: On a cloudy, damp morning, Pope Francis' voice echoed in the atrium of St. Peter's Basilica: "Open the gates of justice." With five strong thrusts, the pope pushed open the Holy Door, a symbol of God's justice, which he said will always be exercised "in the light of his mercy."

The rite of the opening of the Holy Door was preceded by a Mass with 70,000 pilgrims packed in St. Peter's Square Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception and the beginning of the extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.


Familiar faces elected chair, vice-chair of Peel and Catholic boards
By The Mississauga News

Eleven-year veteran trustee Thomas Thomas was elected vice-chair of the Catholic board

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

That's the case, almost literally, at the Peel public and Catholic boards – both of which elected all but one of their previous leaders to hold on to the reigns.


CBC, thro Matt Galloway, put its ‘anti-Catholic bigotry on display’ in pro-gay attack on school board chair: critic

“Galloway is an educated man and smart enough to know that the raison d’etre of Catholic schools is to inculcate Catholic religious and moral beliefs in children, in addition to standard academic learning,”

Toronto, December 14, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The CBC recently targeted the chair of Toronto’s Catholic District School Board for refusing to state that “gay-straight alliances” belong in Catholic schools.

Ontario to Review Greater Toronto Area West Corridor Project
December 16, 2015 10:00 A.M. | Ministry of Transportation
Toronto Star-15 hours ago | Explore in depth (5 more articles)
Re-Cap - Excerpt from G.O.A. November 2015 | Vaughan Rezoning

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Ontario stalls on plans for western GTA highway

The MTO Phase 2 Environmental Report publicconsultation was held in June 2015 at which it was reported that the next Public Consultation will be held in December 2015 to incorporate the recommendations from Phase 2 and present the preliminary design for the conceptual preferred route with interchanges. *This may result in the release of some of the lands on hold. Following consultation with the Regions and Municipalities the final design is expected in early 2107. The Landowners’ Group is proceeding with whatever studies can be completed to shorten the Block Plan Phase of the rezoning after the release.


A Goan in Canada mounts a secular campaign
13 Dec, 2015,

Milton James Fernandes QC, a Canadian attorney of Goan origin fought, along with other lawyers, a legal battle to enable a Jesuit school to stand by its faith in teaching ethics. In a conversation with ALEXANDRE MONIZ BARBOSA, the relevance of this judgement to events in India became strikingly clear

Diversity and religious freedom have been the hallmark of India but there have threats to it and recently they have been coming rather strongly. As the intolerance debate consumes the nation, it is pertinent to note that not too long ago there was, in the province of Quebec, Canada an attempt to get public schools teach a particular curriculum. That was when Loyola School, run by the Jesuits, stood up and fought the government, taking the case all the way to the Canadian Supreme Court. After a long battle, Loyola school won the case and among the many lawyers that fighting on the school’s side was one Milton James Fernandes QC.


Canadian government tightens housing rules to cool boom
By By Leah Schnurr and Randall Palmer

Ottawa (Reuters) - Canada's newly elected Liberal government said on Friday it would force people who want to buy more expensive homes to provide a bigger down payment, in a bid to cool parts of a hot housing market some fear is developing into a bubble.


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


‘Minority-Appeasement’ or ‘Majority Casteism’?
(First published in O Heraldo, dt: 9 December, 2015) |Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) agenda is to block the grants-in-aid to English as a Medium of Instruction (MoI) in primary schools in Goa. In trying to safeguard ‘Indian culture’ (whatever that means), members of the BBSM think that it is the Christians in Goa who are responsible for the demand for English made by parents across the caste and religious divide

Source: The Valley Of Words

November 2015 would be an unfortunate month for Goa. Not simply because Fr. Bismarque Dias, a fire-brand activist, was found dead under mysterious circumstances, but also because the Goan government behaved in an atrocious manner in handling the investigation as well as the law and order situation following the peaceful protest on 21 November, 2015. At a time of outpouring of grief and emotion from the people of Goa, and at a time when politics in Goa is in dire need of ‘Kindness’ (to borrow Fr. Bismarque’s word upon which rests his 2012 election manifesto) one would be quite surprised – or rather, shocked – to see vicious anti-minority statements made in public by members of the Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM). With the government increasingly growing unpopular in the eyes of the Goan people, it seems quite certain that members of the RSS-backed BBSM are making hay while the sun shines.


Capitalism takes its toll on Human Relations and Family Integrity
By Dr. Sawraj Singh

Excerpt….Capitalism started dehumanizing process from its inception. As the capitalism started to develop, this process also started to increase. In the stage of globalization, which is the highest stage of capitalism, the dehumanization process has also reached its peak. Man has almost completely lost his human qualities and has only become a consumer.

Dr. Sawraj Singh, MD F.I.C.S. is the Chairman of the Washington State Network for Human Rights and Chairman of the Central Washington Coalition for Social Justice. He can be reached at Salman Khan’s film Prem Ratan Dhang Payo was just released. The film did not garner very good reviews from critics. However, it became a big success at the box office. It has so far grossed more than 400 crore rupees. Why did this film get such an overwhelming response from moviegoers in spite of not receiving good evaluations by the critics? I feel that the main reason for this is that it talked of repairing broken human relations and uniting the disintegrated families. Salman Khan plays a double role in the movie.

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Friends of St.Francis Xavier in East GTA lead Feast Celebration
By: Claude Gomes

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The Friends of St. Francis Xavier continued a tradition started 15 years ago when the feast of Goa’s Patron Saint was first celebrated in the newly consecrated Church of St. Francis Xavier at Mavis Road, Mississauga

Goans in Australia celebrate their ‘Goencho Saib’
December 10, 2015 / by Frankey Gerard Fernandes

While people thronged the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa to celebrate the novenas and feast of St Francis Xavier, the Goan community spread across Australia did not forget their ‘Goencho Saib’.

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Celebrations in honour of the illustrious Jesuit Saint were marked with the same fervour and enthusiasm, albeit on different days, stretching from 29 November to 6 December.

Confessions of an Art Activist
By Cheryl Braganza in Art Business Advice > Motivation

“Human rights and the widespread denial of human rights is the most important subject in the world. At our peril, we close our eyes to human rights abuses.”
-David Fleming, President, International Federation of Human Rights Museums.

We live in delicate times. Global events often leave us feeling helpless, our hands tied. As an artist, I untied mine. Here is my story.

I was not always involved in human rights. . . In fact for the longest time, growing up, I didn’t even know what the words meant. As most people will confess, the concern for human rights evolves gradually, it doesn’t just happen overnight. There are triggers.

At the age of 7, living on the Indian sub-continent, I invited the 3 year old daughter of my jamadhar (sweeper) to cook with me on a mud stove, much to the horror of my parents.


U.S. to award $40 million for futuristic city transportation project
By David Shepardson

Washington (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said Monday it will award up to $40 million to a mid-size U.S. city to pilot efforts to use technology to reduce congestion and speed traffic. The "Smart City" competition will approve $40 million for a "fully integrated, first-of-its-kind city that uses data, technology and creativity to shape how people and goods move in the future," the department said.

GM Canada to build fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Volts, automaker says
December 1, 2015 | by Canadian Staff

Oshawa's Canadian Engineering Centre to take "leading role" in autonomous fleet development, GM says

GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ont. The automaker announced Dec. 1 the facility will build a fleet of self-driving 2017 Chevrolet Volts. PHOTO: GM

OSHAWA—Automated cars are quickly becoming more than just science fiction, and General Motor’s Canadian Engineering Centre in Oshawa, Ont. is soon to become one of the automaker’s leading driverless vehicle research hubs.


Solar kiosk e-hub generates electricity for rural off-grid communities
Published: 08 December 2015 | Written by Mercy Nduati

Solar kiosks e-hus have enhanced local entreprenuership among rural communities

Solar Kiosk Kenya Ltd. has installed a retail kiosk, called the solar kiosk e-hub in the arid Lake Magadi region, Kajiado of Southern Kenya. The e-hub is a modular solar-powered structure that can be easily implemented in remote communities with no electricity grid. The kiosks soon to be manufactured in Kenya are assembled locally with parts being brought in from Germany.


Book Excerpt: Our Music, Our Story...

Waiting for the Sunrise: Goan Jazz Musicians in Dar es Salaam
Waiting for the Sunrise by Judy Luis-Watson is now available at  (in both print
and ebook versions). Details from


The impressions we pick up as children, when our minds are still open to influence and as soft as damp sponges, are likely to stay with us the longest. --- Ann Patchet

When the Jazz Swingers were at the top of their game in Dar es Salaam, I was just a young child. Yet I have clear memories of their band practices at our home and gigs at the Goan Institute (G.I.), a private club where Goans and their guests could socialize.

This band story is a result of a question that kept playing in my mind when music was my profession. Strangers in the U.S. often asked after a performance how I learned to play the blues. What I think they were really asking was how someone who looked like me could be so immersed in music that originated in African American culture. The answer, however, seemed clear -- I fell in love with the deep sound of blues music as well as the clever story-telling and double entendre lyrics. As for jazz, I felt at home with it because swing music was the live and very real soundtrack of my early childhood.


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

BJP ‘uses Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's 60th birthday celebration’ bash to show strength
Team Herald
More than 50,000 'brought' to venue in 902 buses  | 14 Dec, 2015, 06:24AM IST

Panjim: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar's 60th birthday celebration in Goa on Sunday appeared to be a virtual show of strength for the Bhartiya Janata Party to restore their popularity ahead of 2017 assembly elections.

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‘Perception of Goa and reality are similar’
TNN | Dec 12, 2015, 03.30 AM IST

Panaji: The Goa-Portuguese relationship is complicated. There is no concrete image that the Portuguese today have of Goa and most still believe that Goa is much the same as it was during colonial times, said delegates at the Goa Arts and Literary Festival (GALF) at the International Centre Goa, Dona Paula.


‘Beach life is a preconceived notion, there’s intellectual vibrancy in Goa’
Nida Sayed | Dec 14, 2015,

Panaji: Pakistani journalist of Goan origin, Cyril Almeida, has come a long way from his home in Islamabad, crossing Wagah, to India from Atari, Amritsar, then to Mumbai via Delhi until finally landing in Goa.


Goa’s environment shepherds, Claude, Norma get Sanctuary Lifetime award
By Team Herald | 12 Dec, 2015, 07:18AM IST

Sanctuary Magazine Awards, is the pinnacle of recognition for nature and environment conservationists of India; Called true heroes whose respect for nature could be held out as an inspiration to the youth of India

Panjim: The green warrior couple against whom the Goa government has initiated a pre-determined attack, questioning their funding and their patriotism, have been honoured with a Life Time Service award by Sanctuary Asia, one of the most respected wild life and nature conservation journals in the world and by far India’s premier publication in this space.


Goa to implement cyclone risk mitigation project
Posted by: nt December 5, 2015 in Goa News | NT Network

Panaji: The Goa government on Friday decided to implement national cyclone risk mitigation project in the state, which has 105-km coastal belt. The project will entail the cost of Rs 140 crore and will have 75:25 ratio expenditure by the Centre and the state government.


Ten authors you won't meet at the Goa Arts & Lit Festival
From: Frederick FN Noronha फ्रेड्रिक नोरोन्या <>
Dec 11 at 4:46 AM

* Hartman de Souza: Eat Dust: Mining and Greed in Goa. An insightful, amazingly-told and powerful story about contemporary Goa. Helps to understand how mining connects with so many other issues here -- politics, journalism, the local society as a whole. But who wants to hear it?

News Clips from India

Caritas reaches out to elderly, widows for flood relief

New Delhi: Caritas India, the social arm of the Catholic Church in India, has prioritized the elderly, widows and children for providing relief to the flood-hit in Tamil Nadu. In a press statement, it said that the organization is also giving priority to backward communities, minorities, fisher-folks and those physically and mentally challenged. Caritas has been able to reach out to 16,000 flood-hit people in 24 villages across the four flood-hit districts of Chennai, Cuddalore, Villupuram and Kanchipuram.


Canada sends first consignment of uranium to India


The first lot of 250 tonnes of Canadian uranium has been received in India, says an official

Toronto: Canada has sent the first uranium consignment of 250 tonnes to India for its nuclear power reactors, over two years after the civil nuclear deal signed between the two countries came into force.


Gulf-based NRI businessman wins top London award
December 6, 2015 | From H S Rao

London, Dec 6 (PTI)
An NRI businessman has been honoured with the Person of the Year award this year by a newspaper here for his outstanding contributions to community welfare.


Toilets for everyone still far from reality in India

Lakshmi, who goes by one name, says manual scavengers find it hard to make ends meet and are exposed to serious health hazards. (Photo by Bijay Kumar Minj)

New Delhi: A broom, wastebasket and an iron plate — Rameshwari Devi’s life revolves around these three things for her only source of income. Rameshwari, a manual scavenger, rises early each morning to clean waste from people’s latrines. Along with 30 other women from her locality in northern Uttar Pradesh state's Ghaziabad district, she is forced to do this degrading job that she inherited from her forebears.


Four more priests charged in murder of seminary rector in India
Christopher Joseph, Kochi | India| December 3, 2015

Victim's family demands laicization of accused clergy

Police in southern India have accused four more priests in the murder of a major seminary rector, while the family of the victim have demanded church officials remove the accused from the priesthood.


Artworks by F N Souza up for auction
Press Trust of India | Mumbai December 9, 2015 Last

Francis Newton Souza, a founder of the Progressive Artists' Group and who holds the record for the most expensive Indian painting to be ever sold at an auction, is the subject of Saffronart's upcoming sale here.


Mahindra close to purchase of Italian car designer Pininfarina - sources
By Pamela Barbaglia and Stefano Rebaudo

A Pininfarina logo is pictured at the Casa Enzo Ferrari …

LONDON/MILAN (Reuters) - Mahindra & Mahindra is close to signing a deal to buy Italian car designer Pininfarina , two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday, the latest purchase of an iconic Italian brand by an Asian company.

The terms of the deal have been agreed by both parties after months of talks and an announcement could come as soon as next week, the sources said.

"It's just a matter of putting a stamp on a contract," one of the sources said.




World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 17 - Invitation to attend Mass and reception
Sent by : Rudy Fernandes - December 16, 2015

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The Vatican has requested parishes and dioceses around the world to make a special effort during the Year of Mercy (2016) to celebrate World Day of Migrants and Refugees on January 17, 2016. The Archdiocese of Toronto has responded to this fervently and has asked the Canadian Goan Christian Group (CGCG) to make the arrangements for the Mass and reception this year.

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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.
Flyer to follow
Sunday, September 11, 2016 Calangute Association, Canada Silver Jubilee
2016 Calangute Social
Europa Convention Centre
Mississauga at 11:30 A.M.
 Flyer to follow

Health & Wellness

The Impact of Social Isolation on Seniors’ Quality of Life and Well-being

The social isolation of seniors can cause communities to suffer a lack of social cohesion, higher social costs, and the loss of an unquantifiable wealth of experience that older adults bring to our families, neighbourhoods and communities.


Slow care for elderly, disabled cited by Ontario auditor general
The Canadian Press Posted: Dec 02, 2015 3:35 PM

Many elderly and disabled Ontarians are not getting much-needed home-care services on time, with some waiting more than a year just for assessments, the government watchdog says.


A warmer winter could be good for your health
CBC News Last Updated: Dec 07, 2015 7:27 AM ET

Environment Canada said much of the country will experience an above-seasonal temperature trend this winter

With the anticipation of a warmer winter season on the horizon for most of Canada, theories abound about whether people will be more susceptible to catching the flu.

Infosys Foundation USA Calls for Every U.S. Public School to Adopt Computer Science Curriculum

Infosys Foundation USA has Awarded Grants to Five Non-profits Which Facilitate Youth Access to Computer Science Curricula in Celebration of Computer Science Education Week 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, Dec. 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Infosys Foundation USA today called for the inclusion of a comprehensive computer science (CS) curriculum in all public schools in the U.S. so that students - especially women and those belonging to under-represented minorities - have equal access to develop the digital tools and skills that will be demanded by the market in the near future.

Society For Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad Meeting To Discuss More Closing Doors

Vancouver –
The Society for Canadians Studying Medicine Abroad will be meeting on December 15 to address the growing barriers that face international medical graduates when they attempt to return to Canada to work as resident physicians.

Clothing drive starts in Caledon to help Syrian refugees
Caledon Enterprise | Matthew Strader
The Caledon clothing drive
Katie D'Souza has begun the Caledon arm of a GTA clothing drive for refugees.

Inspired by hate, driven by love

Katie D’Souza knew she needed to do something to help when she watched the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East worsen. When the attacks in Paris happened, she was emboldened. “I saw such a division at that point,” she said. “As far as wanting to offer refuge to those who needed it, but people were becoming fearful of what to expect.”

Understood, she said. But not something her Christian upbringing could settle with.

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