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Immigration To Canada
Wait Time Rises Sharply - As much as 4 years
From: http://www.weeklyvoice.com/CNews/?CNewsID=526782
Edited Excerpts
On the face of it when the Canadian government brought down the points from 75 to 65 for admission to the country, the general immigration community was happy at this concession. But it may have had an unexpected consequence in the sense, now there are hundreds of thousands more qualifying that this sheer number is acting as a drag on the process. According to recent media reports from India, the while earlier the files took anywhere from 18 to 20 month, they take up to 53 months.. .For full text click here

LORNA mesmerizes Toronto audience with her powerful voice.
Konkani Show - "GOENCHO MONTRI" on Saturday August 21th, 2004 Excerpts from review by Silviano Barbosa. Published on Goanet:
Canadian M.P., Derek presented Lorna with a "Lifetime Achievement Award", along with Merit certificates to Dominic, Ben Evangelisto and the maestro Norman Cardoso, who comprised Lorna's touring group....For full text click here

Dual Indian Citizenship At $400 A Piece
Edited Excerpt
Indian government has issued a notification under which people of Indian origin (PIO) would have to pay Rs 12,500 (roughly $400 Canadian each) to secure Indian overseas citizenship.
A dual citizen would enjoy all rights of an Indian citizen, except the right to employment in government service and exercising franchise or holding a constitutional post.
The citizen will not be required to have a visa while visiting India and can also buy property and enjoy equality with non-resident Indians (NRIs) in economic, financial and educational fields besides having an overseas Indian passport.

Canada - Spousal Abuse Cases On The Rise Among South Asians
From: http://www.weeklyvoice.com/CNews/?CNewsID=526781
By Ritika Mohan
All talks of women empowerment and equal rights for the superior sex notwithstanding, the rising graph of 'Women abuse' year after year portrays quite a contrary picture.
As per the information available more than 200,000 women have been physically or sexually abused by their husbands or common-law partners in the past year. The menace of Wife abuse has assumed prime concern especially amongst the South Asian community, where the much prevalent evil has sabotaged the family ties and virtually left many women emotionally shattered. And what more- statistics reveal that the number of victims is, unfortunately, rising.
According to Statistics Canada's National Survey on Violence against Women, three in ten females currently or previously married, or living in a common-law relationship in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence at the hands of their current or former husband or common-law partner. As per the records the highest rates of wife assault are among young women and men (18 and 24 years) and among marital or common-law partnerships of less than two years.

Goan Soccer League 2004 - Toronto Results of  Intervillage Quarter-Finals Played August 29, 2004
Loutulim Goatees
 Aguada Waves 
Calangute All Graphics
 Parra S.C. 
Bogmalo S. C.
 Aldona Shooting Stars 
Margao Simba
No# Date Time Field Home Score Visitor Score
2004050  September 12, 2004   12:00   1  Bogmalo S. C.  --   Loutulim Goatees   -- 
2004051  September 12, 2004   01:45   1  Margao Simba  --  Calangute All Graphics 
Source: http://www.goansoccer.com/intervillage/schedule.php

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

The Divar "Bonderam" festival
THE picturesque island of Divar was agog with pleasant music and celebration on August 22 evening, as the fun-loving islanders joined in the traditional spirit to host the famed "Bonderam" festival. The colorful, ethnic event is being celebrated by two different groups. The one that was witnessed today was organised by St Mathias Sports Club and the islanders at Sao Mathias.
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ALL roads in Ilhas appeared to be leading towards Piedade in Divar, the emerald island across Old Goa, on August 28 evening. The grand occasion was the celebration of the traditional, highly colourful "Bonderam" festival.
The superb event was organised by the Piedade Youth Association.
For full text and photo's click here.

Mathany?s challenge
Goa?s new Tourism Minister Matanhy Saldanha promises to clean up Goa Tourism?s scene by introducing revolutionary measures. Recently he has been underlining the need of hinterland tourism by visiting various villages in Goa?s interior which possess tourism potential. As far as the coastal belt is concerned, Matanhy is all for making Goa?s beaches safer, cleaner and user-friendly, to attract quality tourists. Moreover, Saldanha reiterated his stand on removing the grounded ?River Princess? from Candolim beach. Saldanha said, ?If the River Princess continues there I may be out.?

Babush, Isidore raided
Income tax officials carried out simultaneous raids of residential and commercial establishments of Town and Country Planning Minister, Atanasio Monserrate, former Poinguinim MLA Isidore Fernandes and three other city-based businessmen including a builder, on August 31. This is the first time that residential and commercial establishments belonging to a Cabinet minister has been raided by the IT officials in the State. Town and Country Planning Minister Atanasio Monserrate said the raid smacked off political vendetta by the Congress and blamed GPCC president Luizinho Faleiro for the raids. Faleiro has refuted the charge. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar alleged that the raids were politically motivated. Parrikar announced that his government has decided to withdraw the general consent granted to conduct investigations to Central Bureau of Investigation in Goa and said that in future the CBI will be able to conduct a raid in Goa only when they prima facie satisfy the government that there exists a need to conduct such a raid.

Skybus tested
The Konkan Railway Corporation on August 25 achieved another milestone with the successful preliminary test of the Sky Bus. The Sky Bus moved on its own power using sophisticated 3-phase AC motor technology supplied by ELIN EBG of Austria. It was a momentous occasion when the Sky Bus moved to and fro over a 30-metre distance. KRC manager (public relations) Baban Ghadge informed that full-scale pre-commissioning trials on the test track would be conducted from the first week of September

Churchill against Mopa
Not to be left unnoticed in the recent happenings in the State, South Goa Lok Sabha MP Churchill Alemao has come out with strong objections to the sudden ban of charter slots at Dabolim Airport. In a letter submitted to the Union Home Minister, Pranab Mukherjee. Churchill requested to shift the Naval Base from Dabolim to any place suitable to the Navy. He has been saying that if the civil airport at Dabolim was shifted to the proposed airport site at Mopa, Pernem, he would resign from the parliament.

Aspects of Goans? migration
The collapse of the feudal system, leveling of income inequalities, rise in the standard of living, change of power relations within the family, major rise in the social responsibility of women, fall in the status of the aged, improved levels of education, phenomenal savings and investments are some of the impacts on Goan society resulting from the Goan out-migration to the Middle East. The above findings are part of a research project titled ?Goan out-migration to the Middle East? being carried out by Research Institute for Women, Goa. A presentation of the same was done recently at the History Hour of Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim.


VICTOR ANTHONY CARDOZO, (March 1939 - August 26, 2004). After a valiant fight with cancer, Victor passed away at William Osler - Brampton. Victor's tenacious zeal for living, loving compassion, humour and sharp wit will always be fondly remembered and sorely missed by his wife Rosita, his sister Philo (Francis), his children - Dolcette (Andrew), Dwen (Cora), Derwyn (Velda), Darryl (Kelly), his grandchildren - Ashlin, Palma-Rosita, Brice, Shea, Alex, Cara, Antonia-Victoria, Luke, Marc-Anthony, nephew and nieces - Linus, Loretta, Lovella, his in-laws Noemia (Gaby), Willie, Octavio, their families and all those whose lives he touched.
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Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa of Calcutta), 185 Dunn Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6K 2S1.

The Late Victor Cardozo --An appreciation by Norman Da Costa .click here.

Friday, August 27, 2004. FABIAN A DA SILVA. Died peacefully at home. Beloved husband of Silvana. Loving father of Joseph, and Trevor and his wife Sonia. Adored grandfather of Chiara and Simone. Fabian will be sadly missed by many family and friends. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter ''Peel'' Chapel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga (Hwy. 10, N. of QEW), from 7-9 p.m.


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 September 11th, 2004
Event: For Natalia
Location: St. Marguerite D?Youville Church
2490 Sandalwood Parkway E.
Brampton, Ont (905) 792-7497
Northwest corner of Sandalwood Parkway E. & Torbram Road North of Bovaird
Information: (905) 793-5734 or 793-8333 or 793-9637 or (416) 604-2622
Tickets: $20.00 each
Enjoy an evening of fun, famous Italian and Spanish classical music
A major portion of the proceeds will benefit the Children?s Wish Foundation www.childrenswish.ca/chapters/ontario/events/php www.brampton.com www.CatchTheSpiritBrampton.com

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, September 26, 2004
Event: CLR (Curtorim-Loutolim-Raia Association)
Annual Social
Venue: Royal Banquet Hall
185 Statesman Drive
Time: 12 noon to 7 .00 p.m.
Holy Mass at 12 noon sharp followed by
Buffet Lunch and Entertainment
Music: DJ - Mario The Music Man

Adults: $22.00; Children 4-12 years: $10.00

For more information/tickets/gifts/advertisements, please call or

Antonio and Violet Monteiro 416-321-3626
Noemia and Manuel Araujo 416-335-8321
Teresa and Paul Faleiro 905-669-6784
Melba and Trevor D?Souza 416-497-4386
Ella Gomes 416-267-3641
Artimisia and Ron Peres 416-266-4346
Effie and Derrick Coelho 416-492-3266
Lynette and Francis Carvalho 905-829-1698

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

Sunday October 03rd, 2004
Event: Toronto East Goan Seniors Association - Fall Fair
A reminder that a fund raising event will take place on Sunday 3 Oct '04 at Our Lady of The Rosary Parish,2950 Midland Ave Scarborough. 10AM to 4PM. Members, families and friends are invited. Admission Free. Look for more details in the next issue of the goanvoice.ca

Sunday October 09th, 2004
Venue: Claireport Place Banquet Hall,
Etobicoke, Ontario.


Live Band by " The Illusions"

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 more information.

Saturday October 16th, 2004
Event: Night in Goa - Raat Goeant
Organised by : Quebec Goan Association, Montreal
Venue: Night in Goa - Raat Goeant
Time : 6.00pm sharp
6.00 pm. - Mass
7.00 pm. - Fashion Show: Theme: "Sari in Fashion---When East Meets West."
8.30 pm. - Dinner. (Goan Cuisine)
9.30 pm. - Dance time (until 1.00 am).
First come first only 130 tickets.
Everything will start in time. "So be there."
Leticia Rodrigues (514-631-9920 ? )

Sunday October 17th, 2004
Event: Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception - Patroness of Moira
Organised by : The Villagers of Moira
Venue: Laddi Palace Banquet Hall
2084 Steeles Ave. East
Brampton, ON
For Tickets Contact:
President: Jason D'Souza 905-755-9013 Secretary: Violet Lobo 905-238-5912
Treasurer: Charlie De Souza 905-474-3175 Tess Desa 905-891-2185
Paul Nazareth 416-570-3476 Lindsay Rodricks 416-230-4698
Other Contact Info:
www.geocities.com/moirasocial or

Saturday October 23rd, 2004
Event: Taste of Goa
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Via Veneto 6340 N.Lincoln Ave. Chicago.773-267-0888

Sunday October 24th, 2004
Organised by Tivim Association of Canada
The Tivim Association of Canada will be celebrating the feast of St. Christopher on October 24th 2004. The President for 2004, William Alphonso welcomes all friends of Tivim to register by sending an email to .
In doing so, you will be updated regularly on the details and the progress of the event.
Watch the Events Section of goanvoice.ca for details.

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

Friends From Royal Technical College Nairobi ~ 1956 Meet in Toronto.
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Friendships made in 1956 were renewed at a luncheon meet in Toronto after 45+ plus years.
The meeting was spurred by the return for Architect Braz Menezes to Canada after an absence of 28 years in the US with the World Bank. Those attending with their spouses were the first students of the newly opened Technical College, now The University of Nairobi, and came from Kampala, Dar es salaam, Mombassa, with a handful from Nairobi itself. Their professions covered architecture, civil, mechanical, electrical and industrial engineering, and though most are retired, the record of the service, achievements, and awards, are astounding and will be displayed in forthcoming issues of goanvoice.ca

Health & Wellness

Nurture trumps nature for heart attack prevention: global study
From: www.cbc.ca
MUNICH - A major new study by a Canadian-led research team has found that almost all heart attacks that occur worldwide are due to preventable factors rather than genetics.
The researchers studied more than 29,000 people in 52 countries over a decade to see how factors like smoking, obesity and cholesterol levels increase the risk for heart disease.
Dr. Salim Yusuf, director of the Population Health Research Institute at Hamilton's McMaster University, found an abnormal ratio of "bad" to "good" cholesterol and smoking were responsible for two-thirds of the global risk of heart attack. These and seven other identifiable factors accounted for almost all preventable heart attacks around the world.For full text click here

Drinking pop tied to higher diabetes risk in women
CHICAGO - Sugary drinks may be partly to blame for increased rates of type 2 diabetes and weight gain in women, a new study suggests.
A single serving of pop can contain the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar.
People with type 2 diabetes do not produce enough insulin, or their bodies become resistant to it. Obesity is strongly linked to the condition. The extra calories from pop may explain part of the increased risk for diabetes, researchers say. For full text click here

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