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Abortion issue takes centre stage in campaign
CTV.ca News Staff
The once-dormant abortion debate seems to be finding its way into an election campaign that many have said has had no galvanizing issue.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Paul Martin spent the day asserting his support for women's access to abortion while criticizing Conservative Leader Stephen Harper's stance.
At the G-8 summit in Georgia, the prime minister said he believes in a woman's right to choose. He said if it comes to choosing between his religion or the Charter of Rights on the issue, he said he'll take the Charter.
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Ontario Regulators for Access (ORA) goal to improve access to professions by those trained or educated internationally
TORONTO, June 7 /CNW/ - More than 25 of Ontario's self-regulated professions, as well as educators, governments, representatives of internationally trained professionals and community service agencies will meet today to discuss ways to work collaboratively to improve access to professions in Ontario for international candidates.
"We owe it to new Ontarians and we owe it to our province to speed the integration of internationally trained individuals into our work force.....". For full text click here.

Study: Mixed Marriages in Canada - 1991 to 2001
From Stats Can
Unions involving partners from different ethnic origins, religions or visible minority groups still represent a low proportion of the total in Canada, but they have gained ground over the last decade, according to a new report in Canadian Social Trends.
The most common type of mixed marriage or common-law union occurred between a member of a visible minority and someone who was not. There were 394,300 people in such couples in 2001, accounting for 2.8% of all people in couples, up from 2.4% in 1991.
Of these couples, 53% consisted of a woman who was a visible minority and a man who was not, and 47% the reverse.
Japanese were the most likely visible minority group to marry or live common-law with a non-Japanese person. The second and third most common groups were Latin Americans and Blacks.
Among the least likely to form a partnership outside their group were South Asians and Chinese.
For full text click here.

Toronto News Digest 04/06/07
Now Available: Video clips from The Great Canadian Job Interview.

Canada's youth 'interviewed' PM Martin and Layton last Friday. Listen to how Martin and Layton responded to a variety of topics.
Visit http://www.cbc.ca/canadavotes/ & follow the Student Vote 2004 link.

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

Goa cheapest
The recently released study—Thomas Cook Cost of Holiday Living Index 2004—proclaimed Goa to be the cheapest holiday destination for the year. Goa, the Dominican Republic, Bulgaria and Tunisia are considered to be the four best long-haul destinations for budget tourists looking for a cheap holiday.

Goan victims of Al-Qaeda attack
Joe Fernandes from Cuncolim and Charles Clethens Carlos are the two Goans who figure in the list of victims in the Al-Qaeda attack episode on a luxury housing complex in the Saudi Arabian city of Al Khobar. Joe underwent a by-pass operation when he was on leave in Goa some months ago. It was only a few months ago that he left to resume work in the Gulf.

Compensation for NRIS
Compensation for the kin of Goans working abroad who die due to accidents while on duty? Following instructions from the government, the NRI Facilitation Centre is presently engaged in working out the modalities of such a scheme. “The Chief Minister has given the Centre a directive to work out a plan to compensate the next of kin of those who have had fatal accidents while on duty,” says Chandrakant Keni of the NRI Facilitation Centre. For full text click here.

‘PRINCE JACOB’ bold step
“Rupnnem”, the latest tiatr from Prince Jacob was released on 4 July at the Kala Academy. “Rupnnem” is the Konkani adaptation of the Marathi natak ‘Sahi re Sahi’ written by playwright Kedar Shinde. “The purpose of this exercise is to expose tiatr audience to scripts from other languages and will also help to enrich our tiatr stage,” playwright-director Jacob says. For full text click here.

Ribandarites oppose govt move to rehab baina sex workers
The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar, told a delegation of Ribandar residents accompanied by St Cruz MLA, Ms Victoria Fernandes, and CCP councilor, Mr Doningos Pinto, on June 10 that the government would shift sex workers from Baina to old Bal Niketan building at Kadamba Plateau for a few months as a part of rehabilitation package. For full text click here.

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Goan Soccer League (Toronto)
For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php

Saturday June 12th, 2004
Event: GOA Sports Day
It will be held on June 12th at Wilson Park in Torrance.
flier & a map of Wilson Park with our reserved area circled. http://www.goacom.com/goa-la

It will be a fun event for the whole family with lots of fun games planned for all ages & tons of exciting prizes to give away.
We will also be giving away 'The Tony DaCosta Award' rolling trophy to the winning team.
We hope you all can make it for a fun day in the park. RSVP is necessary for us to provide you with food at the event. If you're not sports-inclined, please join us to cheer your favorite team or to support your family & friends participating.

Ralph Figueiredo.
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Harbor City, CA 90710.
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Saturday June 12th, 2004
Event: Toronto Siolim Village Social
Taj Banquet Hall
4611, Steeles Avenue West
(just west of Hwy 400)
Holy Mass 6.00 p.m followed by the usual festivities. During dinner or thereabouts there will be a short performance by Portuguese dancers/singers.
Band: Frederick Barretto (one-man)
Tickets: Adults
Youth ( 6 - 12yrs )
  Under 6yrs free
Donation or gift for the raffle would be very welcome
Requests for tickets may be made to me by phone at 416 231 8751 or by email at
Cheque for tickets to be made out to SIOLIM ASSOCIATION and mailed to me at:
55, Fairlin Drive
Etobicoke, Ontario
M9B 4J4

Sunday June 13rd, 2004
Event: The Feast of St. Thomas 29th Annual Aldona Social
Claireport Place Banquet & Convention Centre65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke, OntarioMass: 12:00 p.m. sharp Dance to the music of DJ Fatz
Tickets: (Purchased before May 27)  
Adults: $27.00 Children: (ages 4 -12) $10.00 (3 and under free )
Tickets: (Purchased after May 28)  
Adults: $37.00 Children: (ages 4 -12) $15.00
Appetizers Onion Bhajias/ Pakoras
Caldo Verde Soup Veal Parmagian Shrimp Masala Hot & Spicy Chili Chicken Singapore Style Noodles Vegetable Fried Rice Plain Rice Eggplant Curry Tossed Salad Roast PotatoesItalian Mixed Vegetables Vegetable Tray Dinner rolls
Assorted Fruit Platter Caramel Pudding Pineapple Pluf Assorted Cakes Jello Coffee & Tea
Children's menu
Ticket Order
For further information contact:
Fiona Pinto-De Souza - President 905-278-1403
Trevor De Souza - Treasurer 416-497-4386
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Friday June 25th, 2004
Organised by G.O.A. Senior Young Adults & Young Adults
Time: 8:30 pm - 2:00 am -*BOAT SAILS 10:00pm SHARP*

GOA Summer Boat Cruise, an annual event that kicks off the TO summer.
This year, we will feature two DJ's, one spinning Reggae, Soca, Hip-Hop, while the other spins Retro & Top-40 Dance. Yes, folks, there is something for all ages! It's gonna be a blast!

OUTDOOR EVENT - The Boat sails on time, RAIN OR SHINE!!!
Dinner Included
Tickets : $25 Members $35 Guests
No Refunds, Advance tickets only! Cannot pick up tickets at the door!

Saturday June 26th, 2004
Event: Picnic
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Via Veneto 6340 N.Lincoln Ave. Chicago.773-267-0888

Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Event: Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
Organised by St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar

Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
A reunion of former Students of St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar, is planned for the week of June 26 - July 3, 2005 in Toronto, Canada. Initial plans include a dinner dance on Saturday, July 2, a picnic on July 3, a tour of Niagara Falls and a shopping expedition in the Toronto Area sometime during the Reunion Week.
If you would like more information and would like to get on the mailing list please write to me asap. Jo Birkmeyer

Saturday July 3rd, 2004
Event: Grand Reunion of BMX

The St. Britto’s, St. Mary’s and St. Xaviers college of Mapuca are having a Grand Reunion on July 31 in Toronto , with ex-students expected from UK, Goa, Austraila, Spain, US, etc…

For further info. please contact the President of BMX, Mr. Joe Nunes at

Sunday July 4th, 2004
Event: Organ recital in Toronto

Christina Koch (de Souza ) a Goan concert organist based in Switzerland, will be playing an organ recital at St.James Cathedral in Toronto on Sun. July 4th at 4.00 pm. She will be performing works by Bach, a Partita for organ dedicated to her by the Czech composer Jiri Ropek, and Cèsar Franck.
The recital will be followed by Evensong at 4.30pm. All invited.
Best wishes,
George Pinto
Goa Sudharop

Villagers of Navelim
Friday, August 6th, 2004
Event: Special Mass for the Deceased Relatives of Navelim Members......... Click for details 
Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary .....
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People Places and Things

How the Indian wolf met Dingo
By: Saira Menezes
June 6, 2004

From: http://web.mid-day.com/smd/play/2004/june/85015.htm
The dingo, the Australian dog, is believed by the aboriginals to be able to see the supernatural. Dingos can sense the approach of the Djanbar or the night-time malevolent spirits. They are killers and hunt in packs. Unlike dogs, they do not bark (they howl) and they refuse to be domesticated. Dogs have allowed themselves to be bred by humans and certain breeds have been created as a consequence. But the dingo has maintained its purity. Today the animal is endangered.
Now, where does India fit in with this story? Well, the dingo evolved from the Indian wolf, 6,000 years ago and was brought by Asian seafarers into Australia 3,500 years ago. Its closest relative is, believe it or not, the Indian gulli ka kutta. Our guide at Melbourne’s Healesville Sanctuary says, “Put a bit of dingo blood into the Indian street dog and watch it transform.” 

Goans are all over the world, doing all kind of things.
By Frederick Noronha
Some helped build the steel frame of British colonialism. Others spent their lives fighting alongside their Black brethren against British and other foreign rule in East Africa. Some were cardinals, while others were Free Masons. From the tiny region of Goa came forth world-class men (and women) of medicine, super- cops, scientists and sculptors. And more.
If you thought Goan achievers were just in a field or two, then check up their impressive list of achievements. There are names that pop out from the world of music, the military, economists, educationists, engineers, and even governors and ambassadors. For full text click here.


06 June. Varca. TROY GOMES. Most beloved son of Alberto/Yvette. Affectionate brother of Tricia/Vincy, Trinette/Lutfi (Canada) Darling uncle of Travis and Ayrah. Most loving nephew of Gracinda/late Constancio, Teodosio/late Artimizia, late Antu/Edwardina (Tanzania), late Julieta/late Damaciano, Estevao (UK), Ida/Merces , late Benicio/Maria, Martin/Felia. Cousin of Romeo/Judy, Olga/Tony, Violet/Carlos, Savio/Eufemia, Hagen, Desiree, Bradwyn, Maclon, Valiza and Jade.

Dom Moraes is dead
Story from BBC NEWS:
Dom Moraes, one of India's leading literary figures, died at his home in the western Indian city of Bombay (also known as Mumbai) on Wednesday night.
The soft-spoken author and poet published nearly 30 books, including a biography of the former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
Moraes began writing poems when he was 12 and published his first book of poems, A Beginning, when he was 19. For full text click here.

28 May: Witham, Essex, UK: ALBERT D'SOUZA: (ex East African Railways and Harbours, Nairobi.): Husband of Louise, Father of Christopher, Diane, David, Father in law of Amanda, Nick and Emma, Grandfather of Amaia and Tennessee, Son of the late Valarian and late Joaquina D'Souza. Funeral: 11 June, 12.45 pm at Holy Family and All Saints Church, Guithavon St, Witham, Essex. Condolences to


June is Seniors' Month
A Message from Minister Gerretsen
Each June, communities across the province pay tribute to seniors by observing Seniors’ Month. The month provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate and recognize senior men and women who continue to contribute to making Ontario what it is today: a dynamic and vibrant province. Now is the time to start planning your events for June in honour of our seniors. We would be delighted if you would join us in promoting our theme for Seniors’ Month 2004: Active in Body, Mind & Spirit.

Active living as a theme reflects all aspects of citizen engagement and complements activities from the card game at the seniors’ centre to the district Senior Games leading to Actifest, the Ontario Senior Games in August in St. Catharines.

We encourage you to take part in celebrating Seniors’ Month by:

Planning a Seniors’ Month Event
Sharing Seniors' Stories
Attending a Seniors’ Month Event
Hosting a Seniors' Seminar

Health & Wellness

Chocolate can reduce risk of heart disease
BEIJING, June 2 (Xinhuanet) -- US scientists say chocolate can make arteries expand, increasing blood flow and thus reducing risk of heart disease, CRIENGLISH.com reported Wednesday.
Dark chocolates contain high levels of flavonoids, a chemical that loosen up the arteries. Researchers studied 11 volunteers who ate 1.6 ounces of flavonoid-rich chocolate every day for two weeks and 10 others who consumed the same amount of low-flavonoid chocolate.
They found the expansion of arteries in response to greater blood flow increased by 10 percent in the flavonoid consumers, while there was a slight decrease in those who got the flavonoid-deficient chocolate.
Other flavonoid-containing foods, such as tea, oat bran, almond skins and blueberries are all good for the cardiovascular system

A Guide to Programs and Services for Seniors in Ontario
Go to http://www.gov.on.ca/citizenship/seniors/english/guide.htm

Child Crash Safety
Article from Radio Australia
When you drive with children in the car, what type of seatbelt do they wear? It could be a crucial decision because researchers are beginning to investigate whether children wearing an adult seatbelt are risking serious injury even in a minor accident.

Ontario government provides support to newcomers 78 Immigrant Settlement Agencies Receive Grants Supporting 100,000 Newcomers
TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ - The Ontario government is helping new immigrants integrate socially and economically by investing $4-million in community-based programs across the province.
"Immigration is important to the province's growth, and to building prosperity for the people of Ontario," said Citizenship and Immigration Minister Dr. Marie Bountrogianni. "By investing in newcomer settlement services, we are investing in Ontario." For full text click here.

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