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Canadian Federal Elections
Excerpt from: The Catholic Register
Paul Martin was returned to the prime minister's chair with a minority government in the June 28 national vote. His Liberal party took 135 of t308 seats. A majority would have required the Liberals to win 155 seats.The Conservatives will form the Official Opposition after winning 99 seats, while the Bloc Quebecois to 54 seats, the New Democrats 19 with one independent.
Catholic observers say that a minority government is a major step forward for social justice agendas of faith communities.
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10 South Asians make it to Canadian Parliament
The general elections, which concluded Monday, returned a Liberal Party minority government at the Federal level saw 10 South Asian candidates winning seats around the country.
The biggest number of South Asians - five -- has come from Ontario, which sends the largest numbers of MPs to the Canadian parliament. Alberta and British Columbia have contributed two and three South Asian candidates respectively, reports South Asian Observer.
The old guard Gurbux Singh Malhi, Navdeep Bains, Ruby Dhalla, Wajid Khan and Yasmin Ratansi are new MPs from this province and Deepak Obhrai and Rahim Jaffer retained their seats in Alberta. Ujall Dosanjh, Nina Grewal and Gurmant Grewal won their seats in British Columbia.
Ujjal Dosanjh, the former premier of British Columbia who joined the Liberal Party just before the elections, has won from Vancouver South with a comfortable margin.
It is first time that three women of South Asian origin have been elected to parliament. Nina Grewal has been elected Fleetwood-Port Kells riding in BC and Ruby Dhalla and Yasmin Ratansi had respectively won from Brampton-Springdale, a new riding and from Don Valley east. By any yardstick this is a notable achievement since before this South Asian women were not that visible in the Canadian politics.
Notably, this is first time a husband-wife will be seen in the upper house as Nina Grewal is the wife of Gurmant Grewal, an old guard who has retained his seat in British Columbia.

Canadian housing market demonstrates continued strength in second quarter
Average prices rise in all major markets
TORONTO, July 6 /CNW/ - Canadian real estate gathered strong momentum in the spring market buoyed by an influx of inventory that helped drive exceptional sales activity and higher average prices, year-over-year, according to a second quarter report released today by Royal LePage Real Estate Services.
Of the national markets examined, 94 per cent of those with detached bungalows increased in value; 91 per cent with standard two-storeys increased in price and 80 per cent with standard condominiums increased, year-over-year.
The average price of a detached bungalow rose to $249,200 (+6.8%), a standard two-storey home increased to $311,509 (+8.5%), and a standard condominium appreciated to $176,013 (+6.5%).
Best-ever sales activity occurred in many of the major markets in the quarter, including Toronto, Edmonton and Regina.

Konkani Troupe flies from UK to stage "Chukh" in Toronto
The A-Team and the whole team of over 20 members financed their own travel to Canada - all for the love of Konkani.!!!
Article by Pamela Vasandani ..... Click to read more

Monte De Guirim Ex-Students celebrate feast of St. Anthony
By: Felix Coalco
On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of their reunion the Toronto chapter of the ex-students of St. Anthony's High School, Monte-De-Guirim, Goa celebrated the feast of their patron St. Anthony on June 19, 2004.
The function was held at the International Banquet hall in Mississauga. There was a celebration of the Eucharist followed by a dinner and dance. Over 400 people consisting of ex-students, their families and friends attended the grand gala, which was a huge success. A live band and a DJ provided dance music. For full text click here.

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

Missin' Monsoons
In recent years Goa has been experiencing some of the most erratic monsoons, and this year is no exception. It rained for just four days in the beginning, giving the impression that we were in for a bountiful monsoon. The few, early days of rain relieved the water scarcity and helped reduce the rising heat. But thereafter it has been a long, dry period, putting the farming community in a quandary, as their paddyfields are being effected adversely. The rain clouds rise up regularly from the Arabian sea in the West, but just fly over Goa without transforming into rain, despite the weather bureau having predicted that Goa would have a good monsoon this year. So far the rainfall figure this year is merely 731 mm.

Jamir is new Goa Governor
SC Jamir, the former Nagaland Chief Minister, has been appointed by the Centre as the new Governor of Goa. On July 2, the Union Home Ministry dismissed Goa governor Kidarnath Sahani from office along with three other governors - Vishnu Kant Shastri (UP), Kailashpati Mishra (Gujarat) and Babu Parmanand (Haryana). Moments after he was unceremoniously removed as Governor of Goa, Kidar Nath Sahani criticised the Centre's decision and termed it "fascist". Goa’s chief minister Manohar Parrikar raised a ruckus because he was not consulted by the Centre before deciding to change the governor. The Goa Legislative Assembly was adjourned for half an hour on its opening day following pandemonium by Opposition Congress alleging 'misuse' of official machinery by the Governor Kidarnath Sahni and his office.

Jazz junction at Pune garden
Jazz Junction from Goa has been featuring some internationally acclaimed jazz musicians. The band was released a debut album recorded live at the Razzberry Rhinoceros in Mumbai and has been invited to perform at the Malaysian jazz festival at the end of this year. The band's current lineup for Pune’s Jazz Garden on July 10 showcased the amazing vocal talent of UK jazz singer Helen Jones, who has a varied repertoire of style that always orientates towards Jazz. She trained with an opera singer and studied Jazz for two years at Goldsmiths University, London. Her soulful rendition of jazz standards is laced with an exuberant stage presence. Jazz Junction also featured virtuosos in their own right Shyam Raj on saxophone, Xavier Fernandes on keyboards, Colin D'Cruz on bass and Rex Monsorate on drums.

Stormy assembly session
The current assembly session does not seem to have a smooth run, after having witnessed pandemonium by the Opposition Congress on the opening day June 28 itself. Adjournments appear to be the order of the day for one reason or the other. However, it’s one occasion when the government gets a change to reel out statistics of its achievements and the Opposition takes upon itself to run the treasury benches for all ills afflicting the state.For full text click here.

Dr Miguel's 150th birth anniversary
The 150th birth anniversary of Gen Dr Miguel Caetano Dias, the only Goan general in the Portuguese Army Medical Corps was celebrated near his statue at GPO, Panaji, at 8.30 am on June 9. The function was attended by Gen Sunith Rodrigues, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Power Minister Digambar Kamat and Panaji Mayor Ashok Naik. In another function at the Goa Marriott the same evening Gen Rodrigues released a book on the life and achievements of Dr Miguel Caetano Dias. Miguel Caetano Dias was born in the village of Juvem-Santo Estevam.


Toronto GTA Seniors now Toronto East Goan Seniors Association
The Executive of the Seniors Association elected at the inaugural meeting on 23 April,2004. has selected Toronto East Goan Seniors Association as their name.
President Claude Gomes, said that this name was selected after a long internal process which took into account the way the organization would be viewed by various agencies dealing with seniors issues.
Since most of the 200+ members are of Goan descent, the name had to figure in the title as well as the region served by the association. The new specific name will avoid any conflict with mainstream organizations and identify a particular group of Seniors (Goan Seniors) to which its efforts are directed.

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Cyber - Matrimonials
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ELECTRICAL ENGINEER, 23, BASED IN TORONTO: Goan, R.C. parents invite alliance for their bachelor son 23/6' slim, fair, B.E. (Electrical Engineer), presently employed in Toronto from qualified spinsters, 20-23 yrs. Please provide detailed information to email address:

A GOAN FROM TORONTO: Seeking Goan graduate girl 26-30 years old for 31 year-old Goan boy 5'9", IT industry computer technician settled in Toronto.

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

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.

Saturday July 18th, 2004
Event: Moira - Aldona Joint Picnic
Venue: Centennial Park, Etobicoke
Picnic Area 6

For Further details, you may contact:

Jason D'Souza (905) 755 - 9013
Fiona Pinto-D'Souza (905) 278-1403

Viva Goa is back! In preparation for this year's celebration, the G.O.A has scheduled 3 events prior to Viva Goa.
Sunday July 18th, 2004
Event: Viva Goa day at Wonderland
(Reduced rate tickets) Deadline to order by mail is July 9th
Arrangements can also be made for pick up, please contact the following:
Brampton: Joanne Lobo 19 Viewmount Crescent, Brampton, ON, L6Z 4P4 (416-948-6573)

Troy De Souza, 4241 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON, L4W 1J7 (905-270- 9165)

Erin Mills: Judy Barreto 4504 Donegal Drive, Mississauga, ON L5M 4G9 (905-569-3196)
(No refunds/rain checks)
Tuesday July 20th, 2004
Event: Viva Goa Golf Day at Streetsville Glen
July 20th - - limited availability
Thursday July 22nd, 2004
Event: Bingo Night being held at Nativity of Our Lord Church

Early morning tee off time.
Includes Green Fees, Cart and Lunch.
Limited spots available (first 24)- book early to avoid disappointment.
location : Streetsville Glen
Cost : $90.00
Need more information or to register, contact Vince Gomes 905-625-0139, Em : or Fil Fernandes 905-927-2290, Em:
Mail Cheque (payable to GOA) to Fil Fernandes: 9 Forester Crescent Unionville, ONL6C 1R2.

Join us for a fun filled evening of Bingo.... come one ..... come all...
Starting at 6pm-10pm
Location : Nativity of Our Lord church (480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke)
Admission is FREE.
Light snacks available for purchase and cash bar on site
Need more information, contact Hema Pereira at 905-502-6103.

Saturday July 24th, 2004
Event: Viva Goa! ($6 before July 24th; $8 at the door)

Sunday July 25th - Saturday July 31st, 2004
Event: Grand Reunion of BMX

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

Schedule of our events:-
Welcome Day - Venue :Seneca College Conference Room
July 25th - Picnic - Venue: Centennial park Etobioke
July 26th - Trip to Niagara falls
July 27th - Trip To Canada's Wonderland
July 28th - Toronto by Day
July 29th - Trip to Casino Rama
July 31st - Grand Reunion Dance (Sold Out-but will accept any last minute bookings of overseas members)

For further info. please contact the President of BMX, Mr. Joe Nunes at . or check our web site - www.bmx2004.com

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

Friday August 06th- Sunday August 08th 2004
Event: Masala! Mehindi! Masti!
Feast of South Asian culture at Harbourfront Centre. Phone 416-973-4000 for details
August 6-8
Taste of the Danforth, Greektown food and music extravaganza.
It will be special this year because of Greek's EURO 2004 win.

Saturday August 07th, 2004
Time: AT 6.30 PM

Limited seating tables of ten. live band and DJ for all the very best in music.

Delicious buffet dinner with seafood salads and meat dishes. Prepared as continental and Asian fusion. Large dessert table.

Olavo Ferreira 905 845 6793
Pat Fernandes 905 823 3067
Charles Desouza 905 877 3355
Anton Mascarenhas 905 270 9773
Lino Desouza

416 724 5436

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    

Friday August 13th, 2004
Event: Toronto East Goans Seniors Association - Seniors picnic
10.30am to 4pm at Milliken Park - Site B. The park is located at the south east corner of McCowan Road and Steeles Avenue East. The picnic is open to members, families and friends. Please bring your own lunch and refreshments.

Sunday October 03rd, 2004
Event: Toronto East Goans Seniors Association - Fund raising
Event at Our Lady of Rosary Church 10am to 4pm.Details to follow

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

Warren Saldanha Among Scholarship Winners
(Edited excerpt from the weeklyvoice.com)
Warren Alec Francis Saldanha (St. Michael's College School) from Misssissauga, was one of the twelve young Canadians in the GTA area winning the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation's Millennium Excellence Awards. The awards recognize community involvement, demonstrated leadership abilities, innovative thinking, and academic achievement. For full text click here.

Canada: Patricia D'Souza wins awards
2 Jul. Nunatsiaq News (Canada). Former Managing Editor Patricia D'Souza came first in the best features page competition for her story on the memorial service held for Joamie School last July. She also won the prize for best photo essay, for pictures of a gathering of Nunavut and Nunavik elders. [Patricia D'Souza is now editor of THIS magazine - see http://www.track0.com/ogwc/archives/000353.html]

Tid-Bits from Indo-Asian News Service
Parrots are London's new immigration problem London, London has an immigration problem of the bird kind -- thousands of wild parrots originally from India and Brazil have been swamping the parks and gardens of the British capital's leafy suburbs. For full text click here.

Indian American tops national essay contest
Washington, Indian American Vivek Viswanathan has bagged the first prize of $10,000 college scholarship in this year's National Peace Essay Contest, sponsored by the US Institute of Peace (USIP).
Sikh traffic agent vindicated by US body New York, New York's Human Rights Commission (HRC) has ordered the New York Police Department (NYPD) to reinstate its traffic agent Jasjit
Singh Jaggi and allow him to wear a turban while on the job.

Indian Bank Offices make fewer mistakes
HSBC in row with UK union over report on outsourcing
Bank says offshore centres make fewer errors than UK staff

HSBC has infuriated Unifi, the UK finance union, by claiming that offshore Indian and Malaysian offices make fewer mistakes than British staff. Research by the operations division of the bank found that UK staff made 50 mistakes for each million transactions, compared with only eight mistakes by workers in the Indian and Malaysian centres that service HSBC.


From Goan Voice- UK
6 Jul. Norbury, London. CAJIE FERNANDES (ex Nairobi), Husband of Julie. Father of Pier/Mathias (Germany), Glenn/ Pauline, Elaine/Brian,(Southampton). Grandfather of Carlos, Alexander, Shivona. Brother-in-law of Priscilla, late Esmania, Eddie, Olga, Manu, Ivy, late Joyce, Elly and Jovita.
Cremation Service at Croydon Crematorium, Mitcham Road on Wed. 14 Jul. at 12 p.m. followed by a reception at St. Mary's Church Hall, Wellesley Road, Croydon. No flowers please. Donations to Marie Curie Cancer Care, No. 12 Bournemouth Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh Hampshire SO53 3DB. Condolences to Elaine Fernandes
[Cajie played hockey & football for Kenya. He was Vice-Chairman of the Goan Institute and a renowned artist. 14 Jan. 2000. East African Standard. Headline: Age Only Makes Cajie Better. By Bernadette Murgor. For text see:

5 Jul. Southampton, UK. MRS PAULINA ASPULQUETA DE SOUZA nee Caldeira (ex-Nairobi). Wife of the late John Joseph Francis de Souza (PWD). Mother of late Nympha, Sr Trifa, Fabian/Clara, Philomena (Mena), Ita and Pio/Philo. Grandmother of Agnel, Denzil and Charlene.
Funeral will be held at 10.00 am. Tue. 13 July at St Vincent de Paul Church, 418 Coxford Road, Lordswood, Southampton. Enquiries to Ita De Souza, 023 8077 5784. Condolences to

26 Jun. London. LEO HILARY MONTEIRO (ex-Mombasa). Husband of Liseth (nee Alphonso). Father of Mark and Malcolm. Son of Joaquim & Maria Monteiro.
Brother of Celine(Lazarus Pereira-Toronto), Teresa, Francis and late Maggie. Funeral service took place Fri. 2 July at St. Anthony's R.C Church, 4 Genoa Road, Penge, London Condolences to

27 Jun. Canada. JUSTINE FERNANDES. Wife of Francis Fernandes. Mother of Theresa/Benny Fernandes (Sweden), Tina/Justin Sequeira (Canada), Effie/Sisinio D'Souza (Canada). Grandmother of Sirikitt Fernandes (Sweden), Shaun Sequeira (Canada), Avril Sequeira (Canada), Brendon Sequeira (Canada), Samantha D'Souza (Canada). Sister of Henry D'Souza/Antoinet (UK), Bonnie D'Souza (UK), Philu Rodrigues (Goa), Lia Rodrigues (Bombay); Funeral took place June 30 with burial at Assumption Cemetery.

22 Jun. Bordon, Hampshire, UK. CECIL JOHN FERNANDES. Husband of Tina. Son of late Max Caraciol and Mrs. Conceicao (ex Nairobi). Brother of Derick/IIona, Irwin/Marie, Tony, Doreen/Carlos, Pia/Francis.

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