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Toronto Tops All Major Canadian Cities in Economic Growth; Performances Mixed Elsewhere in Ontario
Says Conference Board of Canada
OTTAWA, September 28, 2004 -After a difficult 2003, Toronto is on track to be the fastest-growing metropolitan economy in Canada for 2004 and over the medium term, according to the Autumn 2004 edition of the Conference Board's Metropolitan Outlook. For full text click here

Ontario Government Moves To Reduce Barriers To Employment of Foreign Trained Professionals
Appoints Advisor To Review Appeals Process, Strengthen Economic Growth
TORONTO, Sept. 29 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is appointing an advisor to work with Ontario's regulatory bodies on ways to further reduce barriers to help the internationally trained pursue their chosen professions, Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities said today. For full text click here

Life expectancy: Men catching up
Sep. 28, 2004.
The gap between Canadian men and women in life expectancy is slowly closing - with only 4.9 years between them. Men who were born in 2002 could expect to live to a record age of 77.2 years, up slightly from the previous year, according to a report released by Statistics Canada yesterday. That increase is part of an over-all upward trend that has been taking place for more than 20 years. Men's life expectancy increased 5.8 years between 1979 and 2002, the report said. Life expectancy for women in 2002 remained unchanged. Women could expect to live to a ripe old age of 82.1 years. Between 1979 and 2002, the life expectancy for women improved by 3.3 years.

Meanwhile, the infant mortality rate - or deaths in the first year of life - increased to 5.4 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2002, up from 5.2 deaths in 2001. The increase in infant mortality was "especially pronounced" in Alberta. Rates there rose to 7.3 deaths per 1,000 live births from 5.6 deaths.

The Sandwich Generation
They are called the "sandwich generation", or people caught between the often conflicting demands of raising children and caring for aging parents or other relatives. And their life can be particularly stressful and hectic. Almost 3 in 10 of those aged 45 to 64 with unmarried children under 25 in the home, or some 712,000 individuals, were also caring for a senior, according to a new study based on the 2002 General Social Survey. For full text click here

Goan Soccer League - End Of Season 2004 AWARDS
Gaudencio Fernandes Memorial Trophy Won By Margao Simba S. C. (Champions)
G.K.T. Trophy Won By Bogmalo Sports Club (Finalists)
Aero Tours Trophy Won By Margao Simba S. C. (League Champions)
Maria Caleb Memorial Trophy Won By Parra S. C. (Division Winner)

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

Skybus crash
Everyone in Goa had waited expectantly for the Union Railway Minister Laloo Prasad Yadav to dedicate the Konkan Railway Corporation?s Skybus Project to the nation on October 15, on the occasion of KRC?s foundation day.
However, on the very second trail run the KRC?s dream project was involved in a serious accident, killing a worker, T Babu, and injuring three others, on September 25, when one of the 15 people in the skybus prototype panicked and applied the brakes abruptly on a 16-degree curve while the machine was running at over 50 kmps. Due to the impact, the doors jerked open and Babu was flung out of the prototype from a height of about ten metres, when it crashed on column number 12. KRC Managing Director, B Rajaram, described the incident as

Verodiano award for Alexyz
The ?Vincent Xavier Verodiano Award? for the year 2004 has been conferred jointly on two founders of Jan Ugahi (Greg da Costa and Bernie de Souza), Goa?s ace cartoonist Alexyz and educationist Vaijayanti Prabhugaonkar. The cash value of this award is Rs.one lakh. Instituted in 1989 by Dom Martin, the objective of the award is ?to promote the well-being of mankind through individual advancement in the field of art, music, science, medicine or humanities.

Lambert?s 90th birthday
Lambert Mascarenhas, the outspoken writer, thinker, freedom fighter and journalist, turned 90 on September 17. ?The contributory factor to my reaching 90 is the exercise that I have been taking right from the age of 16 ? from a set of exercise that I had bought from one Krishna Rao from Ooty,? he says. To him, the happier days of his life was when his book ?Sorrowing Lies My Land? was published; the day when Goa was liberated on 19 December 1961 and ten day later when he got married on 29 December. ?In fact, I had promised myself that unless Goa was liberated I would not get married, and that?s why I got married at the age of 42,? he said.

People against oppose mobile tower erection
Locals at several places in Salcette appear to be perturbed by the proliferation of mobile towers, which they claim cause environmental pollution due to harmful radiation. After Navelim, Cuncolim, Maddel and Curtorim, residents of Benaulim have now been protesting strongly against the erection of a mobile tower at Mazilvaddo in a residential locality. In a signed memorandum addressed to the Benaulim panchayat, the residents demanded that the panchayat body seek immediate clarification from the Goa government as well as the Union Ministry of Environment in the matter of pollution caused due to harmful radiation of mobile towers.

Deficient rainfall
With only ten days for the monsoon season to end, it appears that the seasonal total of the rainfall received this year may fall short of the normal count. While rainfall above 80 inches is considered as normal, the last showers in the city till Saturday (Sept 18) brought the season total to 1789.8 mm (only 71.1 inches) but the sources at the Weather Observatory, Altinho said the average may just reach the near normal mark but that depends on the trend during the next few days. While the total rainfall has always crossed the 2,000 mm mark for at least a decade and a half, this season may end up as the poorest one for many years.


1st Oct 2004 ,JOHN REGINALD FERNANDES, Siolim ( Born :1-1-1919 ). Funeral to be held tomorrow 2nd October at 10.00 a.m. at St.Anthony's Church, Siolim. The Late John is ex-TANGA, TANZANIA (1952-1970) worked at International Motor Mart, Tanga. Survived by wife Carmin, daughters Anastasia and Rosemary. Brother to Antonio (Siolim), Petronilla and Mario (Mumbai) and uncle to Pascal (Dar es Salaam), Joaquim (Toronto), Daniel (Panjim), Joseph(Dubai),Bento(Toronto), Maria (London),Tony, Deodita and Mary (Mumbai), Gorgonio and Gregory (Mumbai), and Agnelo(Michigan-USA)

26th September 2004. PETORMILLA BARRETTO (Petty) passed away at the Trillium Health Centre in Mississauga at the age of 76. Wife of the late Rio Barretto, Survived by her son Michael Barretto and daughter Millie Roberts mother in law to Brenda
grandmother to Kevin, Jason, Christine, Donna-Marie and Karen-lee. sister-in-law of Benny, Rosy, Norma, and Linda.

25th September 2004, MALVINA JOSEPHINE ATHAIDE (nee Cordeiro) died peacefully at Delta Hospital. Born May 11, 1955. Dearly missed by her loving husband Dileep, and darling children Jacinta, Lucas, and Olivia; mother Florrie (late father Venancio) and sisters Maura (Francisco), Merlyn (Oswaldo), Mavis (Pralad), May and Milena (Leslie); and numerous other relatives and friends.
In addition to her active home and family life, Malvina worked as a Casual R.N. most recently at Vancouver General and G.F.Strong. She will be particularly remembered for the love and compassion she shared with all who knew her.

20th September 2004, RIBEIRO ANDREW (Born 1918). Beloved husband of Juracy, his children, Margaret, Winifred, Rozendo, Michelle and Andrea, his sons-in-law Cleto, Connell and Ron, his grandchildren Eamon, Megan, Craig, Samantha, Kyle, Tyler and by his sisters, relatives and many friends.
Andrew was the son of Dr Ribeiro after whom the school in Nairobi is named. He was the first Goan to compete in the East African Safari.

20 Sep: Brampton JEROME UBALDO DE ROSARIO BRAGANCA, Jerome Ubaldo de Rosario (Ex- Karachi & Mapusa); husband of Ursula; father of Frederick, Jerome Stephen (Leela), Anita, Peter (Corinne), Gerard, Ruth(Joel), Ellen (Stephen) and the late Michael; grandfather of Carol-Anne, Mary-Anne, Nicole, Colleen, Danielle, Kailey, Amara, Jamie, Naomi, Michael, Madeleine, Jacob and Nathaniel. Predeceased by his parents Augustine and Anna, and his brothers Tollentine and Rev. Theophilus. A Mass of Christian Burial took place Saturday Sept. 25 at St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church , Brampton, followed by interment Meadowvale Cemetery.


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On Saturday, October 16, 2004, the QGA will present Night in Goa, a Cultural Evening combined with Dinner and Dancing. This will be at The Surrey Community Centre, 1945 Parkfield, in Dorval.
Mass is at 5:00 p.m., the Show will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by Dinner and Dancing. For full text click here

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

Sunday October 03rd, 2004 - 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Event: Toronto East Goan Seniors Association - Fun Fair
"Come along and join in the fun at the Toronto East Goan Seniors' Fun Fair at Our Lady of the Rosary Hall'
2950 Midland Ave, Scarborough, Ont.(Midland & Finch)
on Sunday October 3, 2004
Time: 10.00 a.m. to 4.00p.m.
Admission is Free

Additional Parking available at Monsignor Fraser's College. 2900 Midland Ave. (next to the church) 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 http://www.viavenetochicago.com

The Taste of GOA venue is as follows:
At the
Holiday Inn
506 W Harrison St.
Chicago Il 60607
Tele # 312-957-9100

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, October 30th, 2004
?50s-?60s theme PARTY!
Organised by : Toronto, G.O.A. Click to see the Flier
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Forum Banquet Hall
1771 Albion Road,
Rexdale (SW Corner of Albion Rd & Hwy. 27)
Tickets : $25 p.p. (members) - $30 p.p. (non-members)
For tickets contact:
Eurema Colaco 905-507-6234 Clara/Danny Fernandes 416-621-7942
Jules Fernandes 905-826-0926 Sara Ferrao 905-569-6609
Steve Pereira 905-820-4089    

Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary .....
Click for details 

People Places and Things

Down Memory Lane
Seraphino Antao - Guest of Honour at R.G.I Anniversary Celebrations 1962

New Iraqi Air Force Buys Australian Planes - Seabird Seeker
From Radio Australia

A small Australian aircraft designer and manufacturer has made an international breakthrough by selling two aircraft to the new Iraqi air force.

Review of Shauna Singh Baldwin's Latest Novel Inspired By Legendary Spy Noor Khan
By Binoy Thomas
Shauna Singh Baldwin is yet to achieve the name recognition that a Rohinton Mistry or an M.D. Vassanji, both Canada-based South Asian writers, easily command here.
Though born in Montreal to Sikh parents, Shauna has spent very little of her life in Canada, having been brought up in India and then found her love and calling in the USA. For full text click here.

Health & Wellness

October 1 -International Day of Older Persons
TORONTO, Sept. 30 /CNW/ - On October 1, 2004, communities around the world will join in observing the International Day of Older Persons. To celebrate this important day, Toronto Homes for the Aged encourages citizens across Toronto to take 10 minutes to enrich the life of a senior. Activities could range from making a phone call to an older relative, to dropping by the neighbour's house for a quick chat, to volunteering in a long-term care facility or retirement residence. The goal of the challenge is promote community connections that remind seniors that they play a vital role in our society. For full text click here.

Life expectancy for men, infant mortality rise: Statistics Canada
From www.cbc.ca
OTTAWA - Men benefited from an increase in life expectancy in 2002, Statistics Canada said Monday.
Boys born in 2002 can expect to live 77.2 years, up 0.2 years from 2001. The life expectancy for girls born in 2002 remained at 82.1 years.
In 2002, the infant mortality rate for deaths in the first year of life rose to 5.4 deaths for every 1,000 live births, up from 5.2 in 2001. For full text click here.

Kids a drain on the bottom line ?
By Michele Faux
Catholic Register Special
It sounded like a financial statement but it hadn't been uttered by my husband, the accountant. Surprisingly, our friend, a caring person, a doctor and a family man, had said the words which shocked us all: "When you think about it." he said," you have to admit that children are really a net negative." For full text click here.

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