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No Goans among the 28 South Asian Candidates
There are at least 28 South Asians in the battlefield and their strength in the Parliament is set to go up by at least five or six more. The just dissolved parliament had two Liberals MPs (Gurbax Malhi and Herb Dhaliwal) and three Conservative MPs (Rahim Jaffer, Deepak Obhrai and Gurmant Grewal) of South Asian origin. The new one will have increased their number to 10 at the very least.
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Job Outlook Good For Canada
Solid Canadian hiring climate to continue into third quarter according to latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey
TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - The staffing picture remains strong for job seekers for the third quarter of 2004 as Canadian employers anticipate a healthy job market reported the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey.
According to more than 1,700 Canadian employers polled for the survey, 31 per cent expect to add staff while six per cent plan to reduce the number of employees for the July to September period, resulting in a Net Employment Outlook of 25 per cent. Sixty per cent anticipate no changes and three percent are unsure of their hiring intentions.

Let qualified immigrants work
From: The Toronto Star
This is an edited excerpt of an editorial from the Vancouver Sun.
If there is a single issue on the immigration file that the next government in Ottawa needs to address, it is this: Remove all the unnecessary hurdles that are keeping thousands of qualified immigrants from fully participating in our economy.
The Liberals, the Conservatives and the New Democrats all promise to do exactly that. It is a promise that must be kept - and quickly.
Canada admits more than 220,000 immigrants annually - many of them with advanced technical or professional skills. But too many of them cannot put their skills to good use. For full text click here.

Hot Housing Market in Toronto
Toronto Star - June 22, 2004
If you bought a home in the Toronto area over the last 10 years, congratulations. You just doubled your investment.
According to a study of the 20 biggest Canadian housing markets, released yesterday by Century 21 Canada, Toronto homeowners have much to smile about. But not as much as those in some other markets. For full text click here.

Prime Minister Martin Makes Personal Guarantee to Reduce Waiting Times for Health Care
CAMBRIDGE, June 16 /CNW/ - Prime Minister Paul Martin today personally guaranteed to Canadians that he will tackle health care waiting times the same way he did the deficit.

"I give you my word: I will bring the same energy, drive and determination to tackling waiting times for health care that I did to eliminating the deficit," Martin told a crowd at the Cambridge Rotary Club. For full text click here.

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

Mathany becomes a minister at last
On June 14, UGDP MLA from Cortalim, Mathany Saldanha, was handed Tourism, Sports and Youth Affairs and Ports Administration portfolios, which were held by former minister Mickky Pacheco. In a swift and sudden move, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had Saldanha sworn in as a minister in the two-year-old Parrikar-led government at a function at Raj Bhavan while Tourism Minister Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco was dropped from the 13-member Cabinet. For full text click here.

Baina bulldozed
In one of the biggest demolition exercises witnessed in the State, so far, the government machinery razed about 250 illegal cubicles in a 20,000 sq m area in the Baina red-light area, rendering several families homeless. The displaced commercial sex workers were to be rehabilitated at the Bal Niketan in Ribandar, but agitated Ribandarites put up a solid opposition and even prepared for a Ribandar Bandh. However, the sex workers were not prepared to accept the government’s rehab package. When the government officials arrived to transfer them from Baina to be rehabilitated at Ribandar, all the cubicle doors were found locked and a mere handful of gharwallis in the area. Though the BJP and the Vascoites have responded favourably to the government’s move, most of the NGOs and concerned citizens feel that the act was “illegal” and “inhumane”.

Goa celebrates “Sao Joao” fest
Tradition inflamed anew on June 24 evening in Goa's suburbs, particularly at the picturesque riverside Siolim village in North Goa, with youngsters honouring the age-old ritual of jumping in the well to celebrate the feast of St John the Baptist, shouting "Viva Sao Joao, Viva!" with Goa’s rustic percussions – Ghumott-Madlem – providing the accompaniment. Another tradition specific to Siolim - the Sao Joao Boat Parade - also proved a throbbing event in front of the church of St Anthony, where beautifully decorated boats from Vaddy and Marna converged near the stage put up by the water's edge, along with those sailing up the river from Badem in Assagao, Zhor Vaddo in Anjuna, Chapora and elsewhere.

St Francis exposition
The Archbishop-Patriarch of Goa, Reverend Filipe Neri Ferrao, has appealed to the Christian community in Goa to participate actively in various programmes and events that would be organised at various levels during the XVI Solemn Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier from November 21 to January 2, 2005. In the meanwhile, the government proposes to provide inland waterway transport from various ferry points crossing to Old Goa to ferry pilgrims during the Exposition period. A sub-committee has also been constituted to look into arrangements for accommodation to meet demands of low income pilgrims, has identified several schools and sites for setting up camps to accommodate about 10,000 pilgrims in Old Goa and the neighbouring villages.

Jazz Junction In Goa Again
Jazz Junction made its debut at Panjim's fashion and jazz show L'affaire Xtraordinaire in April this year and soon after made waves at the 'Down to Earth' jazz festival in Panjim. Since then the band has been performing to rave reviews all over the country and is ready to release a debut album recorded live at the Razzberry Rhinoceros in Mumbai. The band will be back in Goa to perform at the Marriott Resort's 'Ozone' on the 26th and at Goa's jazz club 'Jazz Goa' on the 27th. Jazz Junction's performance in Goa this time around is courtesy Jazz Goa, the organisation that will feature worldwide visiting jazz musicians in an informal club setting at Gonsalves Mansion, Campal. Jazz Goa plans on making these informal live jazz sessions a regular affair on the last Sunday of every month. Membership to Jazz Goa is open to all music lovers and not only jazz connoisseurs.

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

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

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

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

Saturday July 3rd-5th Monday, 2004
Event: 7th biennial GOA convention in Toronto
Organised by Goan Organization of America CLICK FOR DETAIL....

Convention venue in Toronto: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conf Center.
Call the hotel at 905-639-4443 before June 1, 2004 to get the reduced rate of $US74 per night for standard room - up to 4 adults. To get the reduced rate mention "Goan Organization of America".
Cost to attend convention, including meals but not hotel:

BEFORE May 15, 2004, US$139 for ages 13 & over: US$69 for ages 5-12; under 5 free.
AFTER May 15, 2004, US$150 for ages 13 & over: US$69 for ages 5-12; under 5 free.
Contact: Guirish Sardesai at 905-639-7369 or email: for more information and to register.

Friday July 9th, 2004
Event: Panorama India Canada Day

Panorama India and the Consulate General of India will be celebrating the Canada Day this July 9 at Pearson Convention Centre. Panorama India a non-profit cultural organization, celebrates annually three main events - India's Republic Day, Canada Day and Independence Day. Panorama India has donated funds to many worthy causes over the years. In January 2000, it donated $100,000 toward the South Asian gallery at ROM and last year contributed $10000 to Brampton's William Osler Hospital. For info and tickets to the Canada Day gala, call 905 794 8950 or 416 289 9771

Sunday July 11th, 2004
Venue: Centennial Park, Etobicoke
Picnic Area # 6
For Further details, you may contact your committee members:
Sara Ferrao 905-569-6609 Steve Pereira 905-820-4089
Alban Mascarenhas 905-855-8161
Clayton Remedios 905-427-6389
Wilma & Bosco Moniz 905-831-8349    
Watch this site for further information.

Sunday July 18th, 2004- July 24th, 2004
Viva Goa is back! In preparation for this year's celebration, the G.O.A has scheduled 3 events prior to Viva Goa.
July 18th - Viva Goa day at Wonderland - (reduced rate tickets)

July 20th - Viva Goa Golf Day at Streetsville Glen - limited availability

July 22nd - Bingo Night being held at Nativity of Our Lord Church

July 24th - Viva Goa! ($6 before July 24th; $8 at the door)

Saturday July 31st, 2004
Event: Grand Reunion of BMX

(Sold Out-but will accept any last minute bookings of overseas members)

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, Australia, Spain, US, etc…

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

Friday, August 6th, 2004
Event: Special Mass for the Deceased Relatives of Navelim Members
Organised by Villagers of Navelim
7:30 p.m., thereafter gathering in the church hall
Rev. Fr. Jose Antonio da Costa, Pastor of Navelim Church, Goa
Church of Our Lady of the Rosary
2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough
(just south of Finch Ave)
Please contact one of following committee members for further information.
Name Telephone E-mail Address
Lazarus and Celine Pereira
John Fernandes
Tina Fernandes
Leanne D’Souza
Tony Rodrigues

Sunday August 08th, 2004
Event: "GOENCHO MONTRI" Konkani Musical show
Organised by Goan Heritage U.K
Venue: Archbishop Lanfranc
School, Mitcham Road, Croydon.
Dedicated to World Goa Day.
Konkani Musical show with Lorna, the Nightingale of Goan Konkani stage; famous comedians Domnic, Ben Evangelisto & Jr. Nelson and musician Norman.
For tickets:
Fr.Oliver Antao 020 8563 9102 Tony 020 8795 1121
Babit 020 8764 2268 Felix 020 8450 2129
Jimmy 020 8450 5623    

Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary .....
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People Places and Things

Vision Docu Offers Glimpse Into 150 Year Old History Of Muslims In Canada
Excerpt from Weekly Voice
A New Life in a New Land offers a window on one of this country's fastest-growing faith communities
They are doctors and lawyers, storekeepers and farmers, journalists and artists.
The first Muslims arrived in Canada more than 150 years ago. In the last decade, their numbers have doubled to nearly 600,000, making Islam one of this country's fastest-growing faiths. Muslim Canadians can now be found in almost every walk of life.
Few minorities, however, have been subject to more ill founded prejudice. Today, public perceptions of the Muslim community are informed by stereotypical images of militant fundamentalists, and alarmist news reports about the recent introduction of Islamic sharia tribunals in Ontario.
On Thursdays, starting July 15 at 10 p.m. ET, VisionTV presents the national television premiere of a series designed to clear away such misconceptions.
A New Life in a New Land: The Muslim Experience in Canada is a three-part documentary that shines a light on the lives and beliefs of an often-misunderstood people.

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3452 Kingston Road and Markham Road in Scarborough
Closed on Mondays open from 11:30 to 10 p.m. at night.
Closes early on Sundays around 7 p.m.
Gomantak is the only authentic Goan restaurant in the city. Goa is in the south of India on the coast. Goan food tends to include seafood, coconut milk, and pork. Goan cuisine can be described as a cross between Indian and Thai.
Everything is made fresh, in slow simmered sauces. I enjoyed the Goan Fish Curry in an intense red sauce, Pork Bafado (small pieces of pork in a rich gravy) and Prawn Kaldin (cooked in coconut milk).
The prices are amazing! Everything is around the eight dollar mark. Six of us stuffed our faces, drank a couple of Kingfisher beer and had chai and the damage was about $25 each.
For more information on this restaurant listen to the review (runs 3:56)


Excerpt from The Nation
17 June, Nairobi. VALERIE NUNES (born :25 July 1965). Dearly loved daughter of Dolly and Richard, Beloved sister of Vanessa, sister in law of Charles De Souza.
Valerie has always been a fighter! She has had several calls but always fought back bravely. This time, though, Our Lord finally said: Valerie, return to me! We know that she will now be in a place that is calm, serene and painless.
Valerie's wish was that there should be no floral tributes but, instead , for donations to be sent to the Goan Welfare Society for the tremendous help and support that it gave both her, and her mother, Dolly,Messages of sympathy can be sent via my e-mail to or by post to Dolly Nunes, P O Box 43558 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya.

Excerpts from Toronto Star
13 June, MONICA PECUS Daughter of the late Eloy and Auta Pecus. Sadly missed by her sisters Elvira (late Cleto D'Costa), Margaret, Barbara (late Joe Correa), Beryl (Evelyn DeSouza) and the late Bertha (Joe Alexander, Australia), and brothers Albert and Raymond. Fondly remembered by all her nieces and nephews.

13 June, MELYN PINTO. Melvyn, beloved husband of Ordella (Audi). Loving Dad of Wayne and Kevin. Son of Grace Pinto. He will be sadly missed by his brothers and sisters, Ken, Genevieve, Rosemary, Stan, Bernadette, Lourdes and Veronica, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.


An update of the BMX celebrations 25th- 31st July 2004 - Toronto.
Message from Joe Nunes, President BMX Reunion committee.
We have a tremendous response from the Ex students of the three institutions. We have members coming from all over the globe. So far indications are that we will have over 150 members from outside Toronto, coming from as far as Australia, India, untied kingdom, Spain, Europe, Middle-east and the United sates.
The Dinner Dance which is the finale event is sold out.We expect an attendance of 550 members. The committee with its co-ordinators from all over the world has been working on this event for over a year. We have had a overwhelming response from corporate sponsors. The net funds will be going the following

  1. Donation to the Toronto Breakfast Club. This organization is responsible for providing a hot breakfast to thousands of needy children.
  2. A 10 years scholarship program for the future students of the three institutions. The details of the program have yet to be formalized by the committee.

Many of the ex students will be meeting each other after over 20 to 30 years. This in itself is a unique achievement.

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Health & Wellness

Study sounds new obesity alert
Kids growing up in 'toxic environment' of inactivity and junk food
OTTAWA - Canada's health care system is headed for double jeopardy as overweight young Canadians and aging baby boomers with weight problems threaten to place a heavy burden on already strained services, a new report says.
The 2003 Canadian Community Health Survey says 19.5 per cent of young Canadians are overweight and 7.8 per cent obese.
And the generation including baby boomers is also tipping the scales at 37.9 per cent overweight and 18.5 per cent obese, the study released today shows.
In addition to health problems inherent in an aging population, experts say, the system will have to contend with a generation of young people developing conditions such as diabetes and hypertension much earlier in life.

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