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Viva Goa in Toronto
The Viva Goa festival held in Toronto on July 24, 2004 was Canada's way of celebrating World Goa Day. The event attracted more 6000 persons and covering all ages. The young were there in force to take part in indoor soccer and other kid's activities.
The grownups there to meet friends, buy hard to get Goan delicacies and taste the cuisine.
The stage shows from noon to late in the evening included song and dance acts covering three generatios. Merella Fernandez,
The festivities carried on late into the night with performances by five of the leading Goan bands.
Viva Goa was organized by the Goan Overseas Association, under President, Oscar Furtado, and Chairperson, Seira Furtado, supported by a large group of young volunteers who carried the day for the Goan community.
An account of the event by Bosco D'Mello can be viewed at
Photos are on display at http://www.goatoronto.com/gallery/vivagoa04

Lorna in Toronto
The legend and nightingale of Goa, Lorna (Cordeiro) will be in Toronto to take part in "GOENCHO MONTRI" on August 21, 2004.
Producer of the event is GOAN HERITAGE CANADA. See flier & our events section for details.

Patriot Acts' human toll caught on film
Immigrants caught up in new regulations Documentary screens at the Filmi festival
Toronto Star - Immigration Reporter http://www.thestar.com/
Sree Nallamothu, an India-born Canadian who grew up in Michigan, has turned her attention to the under-reported human side of America's new Patriot Act on ordinary people.
The story she accidentally discovered will be told when their documentary on the subject, Patriot Acts, screens next Tuesday and Saturday during the Filmi South Asian Film Festival in Toronto, which starts Friday as part of the Masala festival at Harbourfront.
(For more information about the Masala! Mehndi! Masti! South Asian Festival see our Events Section.)
For full text click here.

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

Helmets compulsory from 15 August
Helmets will be made compulsory for both riders and pillion riders from 15 August, a senior police officer announced on 27 July. However, the enforcement of the law will only follow after about two weeks of awareness programme across the state.

BJP's Goa govt on shaky ground
On Saturday 31 Jul 2004. The Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in Goa is on the brink of losing its majority in the state assembly after former minister Micky Pacheco, who was dropped from the state Cabinet last month. Pacheco, a former guitarist is famous for his flamboyance and funky sartorial style, was the state tourism minister until a month ago. Now with Pacheco's move the Parrikar government is left with 22 legislators in the 40-member assembly. The BJP now has 19 legislators in the 40 member House. It still enjoys the support of three other MLAs – Sudin Dhawalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, Saldhana, and Philip Neri D'Souza, an independent.

Rising water levels at beaches
Noted environmentalist and the general secretary of the Mhadei Bachao Andolan Rajendra Kerkar has stressed on the need to undertake a vigorous tree plantation drive to maintain the ecological balance. He was addressing a gathering of students of the Zantye College of Commerce and Economics. Kerkar expressed serious apprehensions about the rise in water levels at beaches such as Calangute, Baga and Miramar and highlighted the need to have mangrove plantations to take care of this disturbing phenomenon.

The life of St. Francis Xavier made into a documentary
The life of Saint Francis Xavier will soon be made into a documentary film. A Catholic couple, Shamir and Kavita Diniz both of whom are filmmakers, have launched the project. Shooting started on July 9 in the Indian State of Goa, on the country’s western coast, where the 16th-century Jesuit's remains are kept.
The Diniz hope to finish the film in time for the once-a-decade exposition of the saint’s relics scheduled to open on November 21, 2004, at the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa, and to last till January 5, 2005.

UK Goan family sustain grievous burn injuries in Goa blast.
Six members of a family sustained grievous burn injuries due to a blast caused suspectedly by leakage of liquefied petroleum gas cylinder on the ground floor of a residential flat. Ms Gilda Cotta (50), her three sons, Carl (20), Lian (17), Chelvin (22), her sister, Ms Celma Veira Velho and a rickshaw driver, Mr Subhash Gaundar (38) were seriously injured. The Cottas had been in Goa on a holiday trip from the UK for the last 10 days and had been staying in the Goa flat. The front-side wall of the flat crumbled to pieces due to impact of the blast, completely destroying belongings in the flat. The blast also developed cracks in the building besides damaging two cars, which were parked in the parking enclave of the two-storied residential complex.


Quebec Goan Association, Montreal
Board of Directors 2004/2005
Austin de Souza President
Phyl Gomes Vice President
Maria de Souza Secretary
Theo Da Silva Treasurer
Lucita Gonsalves Social Secretary
/Youth Committee
Leticia Rodrigues Cultural Committee
Flora Marlow Seniors’ Committee
Rose De Souza Director

Konkani Lessons In the GTA
The popular Konkani lessons held last year will resume this Fall. The program will start in late September 2004, and continue till November. The 2-hour lessons will also include presentations on Goa, Goan Culture, History, and cover the community at home and abroad. The sessions in November will present Saint Francis Xavier and the Exposition.
Tim de Mello will be co-ordinating the program and provide details in later issues of goanvoice.ca Those wishing to join in the program, either as pupils or presenters please send an e-mail message to

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

Friday August 06th- Sunday August 08th 2004
Event: Masala! Mehindi! Masti!
Saturday -August 7th, 3:30 pm
Goan Folk Dance Company
August 7th, 3:30 pm
The Toronto Star Stage"
Traditional dance and songs from the unique Indo-Portuguese state.
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.

Click to view flier
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
Committee members of the Toronto East Goan Seniors Association are happy to announce that they will be holding a PICNIC on Friday, August the 13th at the Milliken Park, site B from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for all members, families and friends.
Millen Park is situated on the South East corner of McCowan Road and Steeles Avenue East.

Please bring your own lunch and refreshments. Also, if any member/friend plays a musical instrument please bring it along so that we can have some singsong and make it a Fun Day.

As will be noted, the picnic is on a Friday. We regret that we were unable to secure a recreational park for use on a weekend despite concerted efforts made by our social secretary. Apparently, all parks were booked by January 31, 2004 by last years’ Picnickers. So please bear with us. Next time we will have it on a weekend.

If you need any further information or clarification about the picnic Please do not hesitate to call me at 416-755-3577 or better still send me an e-mail () . Kindly confirm if you will be coming. It will be a good opportunity to meet and get to know the members of the Association.

Sunday August 15th, 2004
Event: Mr. Jerome De Souza - 90th Birthday Bash
Organised by Quebec Goan Association, Montreal
Venue: St.John Fisher Parish, 120 Summerhill , Pointe-Claire
Time: 11.00 am
Venue: Sahib Restaurant, 225 Hymus, in Pointe-Claire.
Time: 12.00 Noon
Phyl Gomes (450-466-4469 / )

Saturday August 21th, 2004
Event: LORNA in Toronto
Venue: At Sir John Macdonald C.I. Auditorium, 2300 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough.
Time : 1:00 p.m.
Luiza D'Sa (450-676-8560 / )
Joan Paes (514-733-3330)

Live in Concert - The Nightingale of Goa in "GOENCHO MONTRI"
Produced by Goan Heritage Canada
Lorna will be performing with Dominic, Ben Evangelisto and Music Maestro Norman from Goa.
                                                     Click to see flier.
For tickets : $20

Winnie Crasto 905 890 2725 Loretta Flower 905 270 8686 ext 347
Marshal Fernandes 416 242 5618 Everest Fernandes 416 242 5022
Agnelo Rodrigues 416 292 9059 Lewis Gomes 416 298 0437
Joe Vaz 416 724 5386    

Saturday August 21st, 2004
Event: World Goa Day 2004 - Picnic
Organised by : Quebec Goan Association, Montreal
Venue: Parc Agrignon, Lasalle
Time : 10.00 am
Please bring a dish {Goan if possible), your drinks, chairs, umbrellers, etc. etc. [all your picnic stuff].
There will be a Pot-Luck Lunch and and lots of fun and games. A sing-a-long is planned for those interested.
The entries for the youth essay competition will be accepted befoe 2.00pm.
Luiza D'Sa (450-676-8560 / ) Joan Paes (514-733-3330)
Rose De Souza 514-744-1905
Austin de Souza 514-626-8516
Phyl Gomes 450-466-4469 Maria de Souza 514-626-8516
Theo Da Silva 514-630-3845 Lucita Gonsalves 514-482-3040
Leticia Rodrigues 514-631-9920 -
Flora Marlow 450-477-9949
Adrian De Souza 514-744-1905
Venue: Parc Agrignon, Lasalle
(De la Verendre entrance)
Date: Saturday, 21 August 2004
Time: 10.00am - sunset
Rules:- "YOUTH ESSAY COMPETITION" [9 years - 20 years]

The essay competition is for our youth between the ages of 9 and 20 years. Prizes will be awarded to the best essay in various age groups.

1. Each youth can choose to write on any one of the following topics:
a) Why do I call myself Goan.
b) What does it mean to be Goan.
c) How does it feel to be a Goan living abroad.
d) What do I like about Goa and Goans.

2. The article should be about 100 words, with the chosen topic clearly indicated at the beginning of the essay and the persons name at the end.

3. The contestants Name, Age, Address and Phone number must be provided on a separate sheet.

4. All essays must be submitted by 2.00pm at the Montreal WGD_2004 picnic on August 21, 2004.

5. The essays will be judged by a panel and their decision will be final. The winners will be announced and the Prizes will be awarded at the NIGHT IN GOA, on October 16, 2004. These essays will then be posted at our site and could be posted on Goan forums on the net.

Sunday August 29th, 2004
Event: The Weekend to End Breast Cancer - Charity Lunch
Organised by : Gwen and Steve Colaco, Jessica D'Silva
Venue: Crown Banquet Hall
6835 Professional Court
Tel: 905-678-2222
Time : 11:00 a.m. onwards
Tickets: $25 pp or $200 for a table of 10
Children 4 and under free
Music By:
Freddy - The One-Man-Band
All funds raised at this event will be donated towards research at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Please check out our flyer and be a part of this fun-filled event and help find a cure.

Goan Soccer League (Toronto)

For 2004 Events go to:http://www.goansoccer.com/gsl/index.php

Saturday September 25th, 2004
Event: The Cortalim Association of Toronto Invites You To Celebrate
The Feast of St. Philip and St. James
Place: Claireport Place: Banquet & Convention Center
65 Claireport Cr., Etobicoke
(Hwy 27/ Albion Rd)
Adeline Fernandes
Clara Fernandes
Coney Pereira
Sue Maya
Anne Rodrigues
Manuel Coutinho

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 .....
Click for details 

People Places and Things

China is to help Pakistan build a new nuclear power plant in the north of the country, the two sides have announced.
From: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/3683621.stm
The power plant, to be built at Chashma south of Islamabad by 2010, will be for peaceful purposes, a statement said.
It is the second nuclear plant that China has helped Pakistan construct, and comes after a Pakistani scientist confessed to leaking nuclear secrets.
To allay fears, Islamabad is stressing the new plant will follow International Atomic Energy Agency safeguards.
The new 300-megawatt power station will be located next to a plant the Chinese helped to build in the 1990s, also at Chashma, on the banks of the River Indus.
Pakistan's first nuclear power plant was built in 1972 in Karachi with Canadian assistance.


5 August, 2004 MARTINHA MONTEIRO é SOARES (ex-Kuwait/Pilerne/Boa Vista, Bastora, Goa) Expired in Toronto Canada.
Loving wife of late Pedro Tolentino Soares (Pilerne), mother/mother-in-law of Linda/Christian (Toronto), Joanita/Lawry (Toronto) & Celina/Sunny (Montreal); loving grandmother of Logan, Sasha, Joshua, Sarah, Brandon, Lauryn & Ryan
Funeral Mass took place at St. Bonaventure Catholic Church (1300 Leslie St. Toronto) at 10 am on Saturday August 7, 2004 .

4 August, 2004. ARTHUR J. M. TAVARES. Husband of Leonora. Father of Lynette & Noel, Lynda & Karim and Savio & Stephanie. Grand father of Kyle, Karlen, Braeden and Tashelle. Brother of Alex, Alwin, John and Lourdes.
Visitation will be held at Neuweduk Funeral Home 1981 Dundas Street West Erin Mills Parkway & Dundas St W. Friday 13th August 2004 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tel: 905-828- 8000
Funeral will be at Merciful Redeemer Parish on 14th August 2004 2775 Erin Centre Blvd Mississauga Erin Center Blvd and Glen Erin Dr. Mass 10:00a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Credit Valley Oncology Department or Hospice Of Peel. Emails to the family can be forwarded to

Funeral in Canada for Charles Alvares ex-resident of Bahrain
Edited excerpt of an article from Gulf Daily News posted on Goa-Net by Domnic Fernandes of Anjuna/Dhahran
HUNDREDS of former Bahrain residents attended a funeral in Mississauga, Canada, to pay their last respects to Charles Alvares, who died in late July after a prolonged fight against cancer. For full text click here.

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