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New quarter honouring veterans loses shine
From: www.cbc.ca Thu, 21 Oct 2004 16:02:22 EDT
CHARLOTTETOWN - The paint on the Royal Canadian Mint's new quarter is easily scratched off, P.E.I. residents say. The mint's new coin contains a painted red poppy on engraved maple leaves, a recognition of Canada's war veterans. For full text click here

Aid For Foreign-trained Engineers
October 27, 2004
The Ontario government will spend $2 million over two years on a project that will help internationally trained engineers continue their careers in Ontario.
"Many newcomers to Ontario bring with them a wealth of experience and impressive qualifications," said Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
"Through this project, we are making it possible for them to use their skills and training and contribute to the economy to provide their families with a high quality of life, and help us build strong communities," she said. For full text click here

Canadians first for flu shots: Prime Minister
Thu, 21 Oct 2004 1
MONTREAL - Prime Minister Paul Martin says supplying the United States with flu shots won't come at the expense of Canadians, as a one-day, Americans-only flu clinic is set to open in Vancouver.
* INDEPTH: Flu http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/flu/
Flu vaccine (AP Photo)
Speaking Wednesday night in Montreal, the prime minister said Canadians are first in line for this country's supply of flu shots. For full text click here

Home Ownership Still Attainable in Toronto
TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Toronto may be the second most expensive market in Canada, trailing only Vancouver in price, but within the Greater Toronto Area there are several pockets of affordability.
"Condominiums in general constitute one of the most affordable housing types in the Greater Toronto Area," says Toronto Real Estate Board President Ron Abraham.
In Oshawa for example, it is possible to purchase a condominium Townhouse for under $110,000. In Etobicoke and some of North York's western neighbourhoods it is possible to buy a condominium apartment for about the same price. For full text click here

Foreign-trained Engineers To Take Up Access Issue
Saturday October 16, 2004
CAPE (Council for Access to the Profession of Engineering) is busy putting together a plan of action to help the struggling foreign trained engineers where they rightfully belong. Though the plight of doctors have gained notoriety in this country, the engineers face similar obstacles without much attention being given to the issue. For full text click here

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

The antique coffin of St Xavier's is safe
A coffin, in which Goa's patron St Francis Xavier's relics were once kept at least from 1744 till 1953, was one of the rare antiques in the Professed House of Basilica of Bom saved from the major fire at Old Goa on Thursday. According to Fr Moreno de Souza, the Professed House was the first to be set up in Asia even before the Basilica was built. For full text click here

IFFI to have six categories
The International Film Festival of India to be held in the State from 29 November will be divided into six categories. The 10-day festival will feature a competition for feature films by Asian directors, Cinema of the World, a section for Tributes and Retrospectives, Indian Panorama and Mainstream Indian Cinema. The festival will also feature a 'Film Bazaar' organised by the National Film Development Corporation according to information provided by the Directorate of Film Festivals. In addition cash awards totaling Rs.10 lakh will be given away in three separate categories. Rs.5 lakh will be given to the Best Film by an Asian Director while Rs.2.5 lakh each will be given to the Most Promising Asian Director and Special Jury Award.

Panaji to be a shining city soon
The cleaning of the Panaji market, eviction of beggars, clearing the hawkers and scrap-dealers, removal of old-abandoned vehicles along roads, shifting of stray dogs to another location and management of stray cattle; all within a period of around 30 days will have the capital city gleaming in time for the International Film Festival of India as well as the Exposition. This was announced on October 21 at the meeting of the Corporation of the City of Panaji by its Commissioner, Mr Suryanarayan. The CCP Mayor, Mr Ashok Naik, was cheered by the members when he called upon them to work to make Panaji city "the most beautiful city in India".

Films to be screened on beaches
CM: The State government is planning to have free screening of films along the major beaches of Goa during IFFI, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on October 16. Clarifying that it is not a final decision as approval from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is required, he said that he favours screening of films from Mandrem to Canacona coastal area from November 29 to December 9.

3 Goans awarded CIIIL certificates
Three Goans - Leonov Vasco da Gama, Savio D'Souza and Subash Lotlikar - were awarded certificates by the Canada India Institute Industry Linkage Project recently at the 'Showcase Conference' held at the National Institute of Oceanography at Dona Paula.


26th October 2004, Toronto Canada. FRANCIS FERNANDES Husband of late Justine Fernandes. Father of Tina/Justin (Canada), Effie/Sisinio (Canada), Theresa/Benny (Sweden). Grandfather of Shaun, Avril and Brendon (Canada), Samantha (Canada), Sirikitt (Sweden). Brother of late Maria Santana, late Flory/Moti Santan, late Josephine/Luis Manuel, late Beatrice/Marcus, Bombay. Funeral held on friday 29th october 2004.

Excerpt from Toronto Star
October 23, 2004. Toronto, Canada. CONSTANTINO ''CONNIE'' AGAPITO FERNANDES. (Formerly from Parra, Goa, India and Nairobi, Kenya). Peacefully surrounded by his family at Scarborough Grace Hospital, Toronto, Ontario Connie, loving husband to Dorothy. Dear father of Philomena, Xavier, Goretti and Fiona. He will be dearly missed by family and friends. Funeral Mass held on Friday October 29 at Annunciation Roman Catholic Church, with Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.


Anniversary Mass
Tuesday, November 16, 2004 - 7:30 p.m.
1st anniversary mass in loving memory of Molly Rodrigues offered by her husband Marcus Rodrigues at the Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 3200 Pharmacy Avenue (Pharmacy and Finch), Toronto at 7:30 p.m.

Feast of the Immuaculate Conception - celebrated on sunday 5th December 2004
C. Felix D'Sa
Phone: 450-676-8560
Calling all friends and villagers of Moira [Montreal, Quebec] to join in the celebrating the Feast of the Immuaculate Conception on sunday 5th December 2004.
Details will be confirmed as soon as I know the number of folks interested in joining in.
Please send ASAP your name, email address and phone number ad the names of the folks that will accompany you.
Thanks for your support and cooperation.

The Goa Hindu Association
From "Dr. Ramani"
The Goa Hindu Association, a premiere organization of Goans in Mumbai was established in Mumbai in 1919 as a Charitable Trust by a few Goans dedicated to social service.
Sneha Mandir in Goa and houses several senior citizens for a nominal maintenance fee.The Hostel is full and there is a waiting list. In the same campus there are medical facilities on a day to day basis and also there is a Hospital where the senior citizens are admitted for treatment. Lot of cultural and social activities are held every year in this place along with medical camps.
The Association also has published several books pertaining to literature, research, culture etc by eminent Goans.
The Appeal is being launched to preserve the books of reference so that they can be used by anyone anywhere for doing research or for writing thesis.At present the books are kept in wooden cupboards in non air conditioned rooms and are getting damaged.
For more details please see...

Janet Pereira organizes clothing sale to help Brampton hospital
From: http://www.northpeel.com/br/lifestyle/story/2279133p-2641785c.html
Pregnant moms looking for designer maternity wear without the expensive price tags can select from hundreds of styles at an upcoming fundraising sale.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, a designer maternity wear factory direct warehouse sale is being held at Centennial Recreation Centre.
More than 1,500 designer clothing items will be discounted from 25 to 90 per cent off the regular retail price.
For full text click here.

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

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
Event: Their Annual Christmas Dance
Location : The Liuna Gardens, 526 Winona Road North, Stoney Creek, Ontario L8E 5E9
Time: Reception @ 5:00pm
Sit-Down Dinner @ 6:30pm
Music: Naked Flame & DJ Carlito
Ticket sales& Info: Amy Martyres (905) 575-8405 (Hamilton & Area)
Vina Coutinho (905) 276-1963 ( Mississauga & Area)
Charlotte Moraes (416) 624-8812 ( Toronto & GTA )

Saturday, November 20th, 2004
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Organised by Villagers of Navelim
5:45 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
The solemn high mass will commence with the Enthronement of Our Lady at 5:45 p.m. sharp
Claireport Place Banquet and Convention Centre
65 Claireport Crescent, Etobicoke
(Hwy 27/Albion Rd)
Adults: $25
Children 6 to 12 years: $15
Children under 6 years: Free
(Order your tickets early to avoid disappoint.)
Dance to the sounds of ?NITE FEVER? and DJ ?FATZ?

Name Telephone E-mail Address
Lazarus and Celine Pereira 416-292-1653
John Fernandes 416-510-8306
Tina Fernandes 905-294-8882
Leanne D?Souza 905-828-0637
Tony Rodrigues 416-750-4469
Order Form
For Navelim Fest Order Form click here or by clicking the image shown.

Saturday November 27, 2004
Event: Quebec Goan Association - St. Francis Xavier Feast
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Venue :
St. Suzanne's Church Hall
Tickets :
Adult Life Member: $10.00
Other Adults: $15.00
Children 5 to 14 $5.00

The Mass will be at 5.00 p.m. and will be followed by the social and dance. All are invited to attend. HOWEVER, we will not sell food coupons in the hall. Any member who wishes to eat dinner at the function will have to purchase the dinner coupons in advance. This is to ensure we do not run out of food as has happened in previous years.

PLEASE NOTE: These tickets must be purchased by November 5, 2004. On November 6 the prices will increase to Life Member: $15.00, Other Adults: $20.00 and Children $7.50. No tickets will be sold after November 12, 2004. Any one who wishes to purchase the dinner coupons should contact a member of the Committee. Any one who wishes to help sell these dinner coupons can let me know.
If any one wants to donate door prizes please let me know. (Tel. 626-8516)

The Four Categories for the Contest are 5 to 8 years; 9 to 12 years, 13 to 16 years, and 17 to 20 years.
Size: No larger than 22 by 30 inches. Poster should be about the special exposition of the body of St. Francis Xavier in Goa this year. Posters must be sent to me or to Sharon, our Social Secretary before November 8, 2004. All posters will be displayed in the hall, and special prizes will be awarded to the winner of each category. Contestants must write their name, age, date of birth, and address with telephone number on the back of the poster.
For more details they can e-mail me at
Maria de Souza Secretary/Telephone Committee Co-ordinator

Saturday December 04th, 2004
Event: Christmas Dance
Organised by The Goan Overseas Association of Chicago
Via Veneto 6340 N.Lincoln Ave. Chicago.773-267-0888

Saturday December 04th, 2004
Event: Celebrating the Saint Francis Xavier Exposition in Toronto
Venue : At St. Francis Xavier Church
5650 Mavis Road, (Mavis & Matheson),
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
The Friends of Saint Francis Xavier invites all to come and join in the celebration of the feast of St. Francis Xavier
The solemn procession will start at 10.00 a.m. with the relic of St. Francis Xavier and Choir. Joining in the celebrations will be the many Goan Groups covering Cultural, Social, Seniors, and Sports activities. The procession will be followed by solemn high mass.Celebrant : Monsignor Terence D'Souza
Thereafter the congregation is invited to a Family Fair in the Church Hall, with food stalls, gift tables, etc..
Everyone is invited (Admission is Free)

For further information on participation, contact
Lazarus Pereira (416) 292-1653 or fax: (416) 292-07 Francis Fernandes 905 629 0277

Saturday December 04th, 2004
Event: The First Christmas Dinner Dance
Organised by Toronto East Goan Senior Association
Time 7:00 pm to 1.00 am.
Ticket $25.00 (Non Refundable)
At Our Lady of Rosary Church Hall Flyer click here

People Places and Things

Goa's "Dr. Ruth" Down Under in New Zealand
Visit Ruth De Souza's web site at http://www.wairua.com/ruth/index.html
Ruth is a part-time consultant with a passion for mental health, women's health,culture and health, technology, research and learning and development.
She has done extensive work on mental health, in particularly migrants and mental health and gender and mental health.
She says "I am interested in western illness categories and whether they are applicable to other cultures. In many communities, when individuals experience unhappiness, applying a mental illness label can be stigmatising. Migrants tend to under-utilise mental health services and terminate treatment prematurely."
Ruth De Souza's
Her web site has links to her presentations and articles as well as links and ideas that relate to :
migration & culture
mental health
culture & health
womens health

By Lucio Rodrigues
From: "GoanetReader" <>

Courtesy 'Goan Literature: A Modern Reader', Guest Editor: Peter Nazareth.
From the Journal of South Asian Literature, Winter, Spring 1983. US ISSN 0091-5637. Reproduced with permission
Goan society is based on a traditional hierarchy which has its origins in ancient Hindu India. It is a hierarchy of many tiers, arranged in a descending scale, each tier made up of a homogeneous group, with its own status, it own priviledges and responsibilities, its own loyalties, and its own "code" of honour, which have to be zealously guarded. An individual's place in this hierarchy is determined solely by the accident of birth.
The gods decided it all for you: you are born into a family which belongs to one of the social tiers, and there you "belong," there you stay. Like the fixed stars in the heavens, you have your fixed station in the social firmament, and your set orbit.For full text click here

Health & Wellness

A lifesaving prescription - in 30 minutes
CALGARY, Oct. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Metabolic syndrome is a condition that is affecting thousands of Canadians and is putting them at risk of heart disease and stroke, especially those aged 50 and over.
But the latest information from a Heart and Stroke Foundation researcher shows that the way to avoid metabolic syndrome is relatively simple - 30 minutes of physical activity once a week. (The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends that Canadians be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most, preferably all, days of the week)
Once a week sounds easy, but do we have the willpower to use the exercise prescription? For full text click here

New physical activity strategy means healthier Ontarians ACTIVE2010 Creates More Fitness Opportunities, Helps Get Ontarians Moving
TORONTO, Oct. 25 /CNW/ - ACTIVE2010, a comprehensive new strategy to get more Ontarians physically active, will contribute to a better quality of life for Ontarians by helping them become more active and participate in sports, said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.
As part of the program, a Communities In Action Fund will provide increased support for physical activity projects and local sports programs. Premier McGuinty, joined by Tourism and Recreation Minister Jim Bradley, today awarded the first grant - $125,000 to Variety Village to provide adapted physical education classes to 600 students with disabilities from schools around the Greater Toronto Area.
"Currently, less than half of Ontarians are physically active on a regular basis," said Minister Bradley. "We want to remove the barriers to participation and encourage people to get more active and healthy."
For full text click here

Retirement falls short for many Canadians
RBC Poll shows managing cash flow a top priority for retirees, while those approaching retirement are feeling the care-giving squeeze
TORONTO, Oct. 21 /CNW/ - Managing cash flow is a top priority for Canadian retirees according to an RBC Financial Group survey conducted by Ipsos-Reid. Specifically, those approaching retirement are feeling the pressure of the "care-giving squeeze": Providing care for their parents and their children while trying to save enough for retirement. For full text click here

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