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SARS Returns to Toronto
Excerpts from National Post
TORONTO -- Health officials announced the deaths of two more elderly SARS patients Wednesday. ''It is with some regret that I wish to advise all of you that two individuals have passed away with SARS-like symptoms overnight,'' Dr. Colin D'Cunha told an afternoon news conference. D'Cunha, Ontario's chief medical officer of health, said they were both elderly women over the age of 65.
That brings the number of deaths to 29 since the outbreak hit the city in March.
Ontario now has 12 active probable cases of SARS, with the patients being treated in hospital. As of Wednesday, 232 people have been discharged or recovered from the outbreaks.
More than 1,700 students and teachers at a(Catholic) high school in Markham, north of Toronto, were sent into quarantine Wednesday after it was learned that a Grade 11 student attended classes for three days with symptoms of SARS.
The SARS outbreak in Toronto began when a woman who travelled to Hong Kong in February contracted the disease there.
The 78-year-old woman was hospitalized at Scarborough Grace Hospital in Toronto where she died in early March, but not before the disease had spread to several other people there, including patients and health-care workers.
Thousands of people were subsequently quarantined as health officials scrambled to contain the outbreak.

Comparing Dangers in Canada
:: SARS 27 deaths to date

:: SPANISH FLU 1918-1919 230,000-500,000 deaths

:: NORMAL FLU 500-1,500 yearly

:: CANCER Kills about 65,300 per year

:: FIREARMS Kills about 65,300 per year

:: CAR ACCIDENTS Killed about 3,000 in the year 20

A Toronto "reference family" of fourtwo adults, two children needs $27,343/ year (OneLakh) to stave off poverty
The federal government provided new ammunition yesterday for the ongoing debate over what constitutes poverty in Canada. Its new Market Basket Measure defines a minimum acceptable standard of living represented by a basket of goods and services and determines how much that basket would cost in various Canadian cities.
See: http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/may/msg00089.html

Ontario Premier says if he is re-elected his government will require new immigrants to live outside the Greater Toronto Area
During a pre-election visit to Kingston, Premier Eves said that Ontario should have the same power as neighbouring Quebec to select immigrants with the skills it needs and then ask them to live outside the Toronto area for up to five years. See:

News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

Goa is more than just a tourist paradise. It is India's best state in every way, according to a survey of states by top economists commissioned by a newsmagazine. Goa ranks highest in a list of 19 states evaluated on 46 parameters including prosperity, law and order, health, education, infra-structure, agriculture and investment. The survey, commissioned by "India Today" traced the performance of states between 1991 to 2001. Delhi comes second in the list ahead of Punjab, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Orissa and Bihar. In prosperity and budget, Delhi ranked first and Goa came second. Goa was found to have the best education as well. In health, Goa ranked topmost. In terms of infrastructure, it was again tiny Goa that stole a march over others. Goa was also attracting the most investment followed by Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat and Punjab.

WITHIN about 18 months the isolation of Corjuem will disappear as the picturesque island will be linked to mainland Aldona by a beautiful 235-metre long bridge across the Mapusa river. The foundation stone for the proposed bridge was laid on May 30, Goa Statehood Day, by Union Minister of State for Roads, Transport and Highways Shripad Y Naik, in the presence of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Power Minister Digamber Kamat and a large number of villagers near the dyke along the west bank of the river. For more details see:

Five final year students allegedly gang-raped their colleague in the toilet of the campus canteen of the Goa College of Art in Altinho, Panjim, on 17 May afternoon, while a farewell party to the final year students was on at the college premises. Police sources added that the alleged rapists drugged the victim with a dope-laced cigarette, led her to the canteen's toilet and gang-raped her. The police have arrested Vishal Dhuri from Taleigao, Vishal Mehta from Canacona and Audhoot Dabholkar from Chapora. Apparently numbed by the trauma she had suffered, the student refused to talk to her family members and broke her silence only four days later.

Poverty, family problems and old age seems to be contributing greatly to suicide cases in Goa while insanity was another factor. A total of 248 persons during 2001 and 283 during 2002 took the drastic sep. However, in as many as 65 cases (2001) and 71 (2002) the motive was not known. More male persons seemed unable to cope with their problem than females. Frustration in love affairs induced a total of 23 persons and unemployment a total of 17 persons to think of suicide. Harassment by husband or his kin (10), failure in exams (4), business problems (2) and not having children (4) also motivated persons toward suicide.

Eighteen years back, he had gobbled up glass to end his life. But after so many years, P Arthanari Swamy, is gulping down the glass pieces hoping to enter "The Guinness Book of World Record". Swamy (45) , originally from Tamil Nadu, found his passion when he was in Goa in 1985. Frustrated and down with life, while working with a fisherman in Goa, Swamy decided to end his journey. He pulverized a bottle and consumed a powder coupled with pesticide. But this, instead of ending his journey, led him to a new way in life. "Nothing happened. I told my friends, who were not ready to believe, so I repeated the act," says Swamy. Performing this dare devil act has becomes of source of livelihood for him now.

Archbishop-Patriarch Raul Gonsalves and Auxiliary Bishop Felipe Neri Ferrao have left for the Vatican City on Sunday, as part of their Ad Limina visit with the Holy Father Pope John Paul II.
Representing the metropolitan province of Goa and Daman, they will join 27 other bishops - 16 bishops from the three metropolitan provinces of Ahmedabad, Nagpur and Mumbai of the Western Region, and 11 bishops from the metropolitan province of Verapoli in Kerala - as the 29 bishops will meet the Holy Father individually and as a group.

The Cabinet approved the setting up of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in a 1,500 hectare area in Keri, Arambol and Morjim, with a potential of creating an employment to the tune of 1.5 lakh to 2 lakh. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said the SEZ would be set up on the western side of the National Highway and interconnectivity between the new civilian airport at Mopa on the eastern side would be ensured through a corridor. The SEZ with a focus on IT, Tourism and manufacturing industries will become operational in about two years. Parrikar assured that the SEZ will exclude forest and habitable areas. The cabinet also approved the appointment of the Montreal-based International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) which operates under the aegis of the United Nations, to oversee the implementation of the project. ICAO's job would be to first appoint a firm to work out the technical feasibility of the (Mopa international) airport and subsequently co-ordinate the floating of global tenders to implement the project.

Well-known Goan Jesuit, Fr John Correia Afonso, figured among top Goans, who were honoured at Gomant Bharati Sammelan held at Ponda on 31 May. Fr Correia Afonso has been a distinguished historian, principal of St Xavier's College-Mumbai for several years and Director of the Heras Institute of Indian Culture. Unfortunately, Fr John will not be able to attend personally due to his ill health as he is at presently lodged at a rest house of the Society of Jesus in Mumbai.

The two-storey well-equipped new corporation market complex at Panjim besides being a new city landmark, seems to have come as a relief for the shopkeepers who were running their businesses with hardly any facilities.The nearly 435 existing vendors/shopkeepers have been shifted to phase I of the new market complex on May 30, Statehood Day, following its inauguration by the Governor, Kidar Nath Sahani on May 30.


People Places and Things

23 May. Nunatsiaq News.
Patricia D'Souza, describes the thrills of parasailing in the Arctic. Full text, 975 words, at
Patricia D'Souza is the managing editor of Nunatsiaq News, a newspaper in the Canadian Arctic covering the territory of Nunavut. She was born in Canada and is of Goan origin. Her parents were born in East Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and moved to Canada in 1972.

The changing face of the global Catholic Church - The Rodricks family in Toronto

The sunny beaches of Goa are a stark contrast with suburban Toronto.The Rodricks family would know, since they immigrated from the island of Goa 15 years ago to establish a new home in Toronto.
See article at http://www.goacom.com/news/news2003/may/msg00085.html

Headline: UK's oldest woman reaches 111
Eddie Fernandes
Text (267 words) and photograph at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/2934482.stm
From Goan Voice UK: Issue 2001-29. Jul 20, 2001:
16. Jun. The Express. Lucy d'Abreu (nee D'Souza) aged 109, has become Scotland's oldest living person. She was born in Dharwar and educated at the Belgaum convent. She married a doctor, Abundius Joseph d'Abreu, later to become a cousin-by-marriage to the Queen Mother. They settled in Waterford, Ireland. In all her years, she insists, she has never experienced racism.
She said: "Being Indian was a positive advantage for us. We were known the length and breadth of Ireland." She now lives in Annfield Nursing Home, Stirling.
Another photograph of her is at: http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/newsletter/2003-3/
Lucy d'Abreu is now fairly hard of hearing but I obtained her personal details after speaking to one of her daughters.

Award for Goan Physician in upstate New York

If you lived in the upstate New York, USA and received the "Mid-York Weekly" a newspaper subscribed by 100,000 homes you would be in for a treat. The May 15, 2003 issue had a quarter page news-item with a photograph of a Goan doctor - who schooled in Aldona (St. Thomas High School) and Margao (Loyola High School). Dr. Gilbert Lawrence along with three other physicians from the central New York region received the C.A.R.E. awards from the Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare. For more text click here

Obituary- Hubert de Santana
Polynesia last year, also found time to produce a book on Canadian painter Ken Danby.
Photo from Toronto Star - May 27, 2003


August 20, 2003 is Goa Day - What is it all about... click image to find out.

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Saturday, June 7, 2003
EVENT: "Annual Walk-A-Thon"
Organized by: Goan Charitable Organization (Toronto)
You can make a difference
Come and support our
"Annual Walk-A-Thon"

on Saturday, June 7, 2003 9:00 a.m.
at Lakeshore Promenade (in Mississauga)
* Free BBQ * Free Refreshments * Free-T-shirts and prizes for participants
Have a great time and help your brothers and sisters in need in our community.

Saturday, 7th June, 2003
Event KEEP GOA CLEAN a seminar
organised by
The Institution of Engineers (Goa Local Centre)
The Institute of Architects (Goa Chapter)
The Indian Institute of Town Planners, India
(Goa Regional Chapter)

Just a month away
The three professional institutions for the first time joined hands in association with the Directorate of Municipal Administration to address the pressing issue of collection and disposal of Garbage in the State of Goa.

Duration: One day
Venue: The International Centre, Goa Dona Paula
Date: 7th June, 2003
Time: 9am to 7pm

Registration Fee Rs.250/-
(Inclusive of Delegate kit/lunch & dinner)
(Early Bird Registration @ Rs.200/- up to 24th May 2003)

For Registration Forms & details contact:
The Institution of Engineers (Goa Local Centre) Tel: No: 2463746
The Institute of Architects (Goa Chapter) Tel: No: 2421940

Sunday, June 8, 2003
EVENT: Monte De Guirim Annual Social

It's time again to celebrate the glory of Monte de Guirim
Ninth Grand Annual Social to commemorate the Feast of our Patron, St. Anthony
11.30 am
Location: International Banquet Hall, 5835 Kennedy Road,Mississauga, Ontario
Snacks & Sumptuous Buffet Lunch
Dance to the music of THE NEW ILLUSIONS & DJ
Raffle,Door and Spot Prizes
ADULTS: 25.O0 per person
CHILDREN (12 years and below): $15.00 (Children below 3 years - FREE)

For more information and tickets please contact
Tony & Edna Fernandes Tel: 905-816-0619
Auggie & Angela Pereira Tel: 905-275-0591
Tim & Leena Fortes Tel: 905-824-7670
Edwin & Lygia Saldanha Tel: 905-502-1322
Felix & Kathy ColaÇo Tel: 905-509-9294
Robert & Beatrice Zuzarte Tel: 905-427-9262

Thursday, June 12, 2003 at 7.45 p.m.
EVENT: Memorial Mass for Gines Viegas
Location : Our Lady of the Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 2950 Midland Avenue (just South of Finch Ave.), Scarborough.

There will be a get together in the Parish Hall after the service and any provision of snacks or finger goods will be welcomed and appreciated.
Donald D'Mello - (416) 291-6007
Terence Pereira - (905) 625-0368

Saturday, June 14, 2003
EVENT: Siolim Social ~ Toronto
Location : The Forum Banquet Hall, 1771 Albion Road, Rexdale - SW corner of
Albion Rd and Hwy 27.
The Siolim Social committee would like to invite you to join us in celebrating the feast of our Patron saint - St. Anthony.
The evening will begin with a Mass @ 5:30pm followed by an evening of fun!
There will be dancing to the tunes of "The New Illusions" and a scrumptious buffet of snacks and dinner.
What more could you ask for than celebrate two events for the price of one - St. Anthony's feast and Father's day.
Tickets are priced at $18.00 per adult and $9:00 per child between the ages 6-12
We look forward to meeting you, your family and friends on Saturday, June 14th
For Tickets contact:
Melanie Lawrence
@ home 416-283-5569 -

Saturday, June 14, 2003
EVENT: Stanley Pereira Memorial Cup ~ Field Hockey festival and Picnic.
Hosted by : The Toronto Rovers Field Hockey Club
Time: 10:00 am onwards.
Tentative Location: Sunny Brook Park - Hockey Field # 2 & 3, Leslie & Eglington.
Program Event Details:
Prayer in memory Of Stanley Pereira - 10:00 am
Field Hockey Festival -
Pot Luck Picnic
Entertainment and Games for Children U12 yrs
Card Games, Board Games and Bingo for Seniors
Charges:Field Hockey Players only - $5.00 for Adults &> $2.00 for U12 yrs.

Directions: Hwy 401 - South on Leslie - park on your right before Eglinton.
Registration : Deadline June 07, 2003
Contacts: West End : Jonathan Gorjao - 905 275 4852 Augusto Antao - 905 785 2285

Friday June 20 th , 2003
G.O.A. Young / Senior AdultsCommittee

Boat Cruise
Friday June 20 th , 2003

Boarding Time 9:00 p.m.

Returning Time 2:00 a.m.

Members - $25 Guests - $35

Featuring the sounds of DJ Kamran & DJ Kaya

For Further Information Please contact:

Joanne Lobo (416) 948-6573 Andrea DGuerra (905) 566-4451

Natasha DSouza (416) 629-8064 Troy De Souza (905) 270-9165

Tanya Aguiar (905) 824-2945

Friday July 20th , 2003
EVENT: Toronto ~Tanzanite Picnic & Dance

The Tanzanite Picnic is on Sunday July 20th, at Centennial Park, Area # 6, Etobicoke at 10:30 a.m. (more details to follow)

The Tanzanite Dance is on Saturday, October 11th, 2003 - details to follow

For details contact:

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