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A small photo feature on the Exposition of the Sacred Remains of St Francis Xavier which opened at Old Goa on November 21. Please Check at

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Toronto Goan Community Celebrates Saint Francis Xavier
The 16th exposition of the relics of Saint Francis Xavier and his feast will be celebrated in Toronto by a number of events:
- On Friday December 3rd the Sons and Daughters of the Goan Tailor's Society will hold a Mass at Christ the King Church followed by a social gathering.
- On Saturday December 4th the Friends of Saint Francis Xavier will hold a Solemn Procession of the relic of the Saint at the Church of Saint Francis Xavier in Mississauga. Monsignor Terence F. D'Souza will be the celebrant, with Francis Fernandes the President for 2004. The Sons and Daughters of the Goan Tailor's Society along with a Konkani Choir and Goans from all over the Greater Toronto Area will join the Friends of Saint Francis Xavier in the church celebrations. The fair held in the Church Hall is expected to attract many looking to stock up on Goan treats for Christmas.
- Later in the evening the Sons and Daughters of the Goan Tailor's Society will hold a dance in honour of the Saint.
-On Sunday December 5th, the Goan Overseas Association will hold a mass and lunch combined with gift stalls to mark the Feast.
See the Events Section of goanvoice.ca for details of the above events.

Toronto School board backs race stats in vote squeaker
Theresa Boyle ~Education Reporter Toronto Star
Canada's biggest school board will proceed with a controversial proposal to collect race-based statistics after a slim majority of trustees approved the idea last night.
The plan calls for board staff to develop a research proposal outlining how the data would be collected and the cost involved. Staff is to report back to the board's program and school services committee on the proposal early in the new year. For full text click here

Developing Ethnic Markets Critical To Future Of Businesses
The above link list salient points presented by William D. Thomas, President of Western Union (The Americas) at a luncheon meeting organized by the Economic Club of Toronto on Nov.16. Thomas speaks about the urgent need for businesses understand and nurture the ethnic communities, especially in countries like Canada where immigration alone will drive market growth.
Global migration is critical to Canada's economic future at home and abroad. It is newcomers to Canada who are going to help meet the increasing demand for labour. It is newcomers to Canada who will provide the meaningful population growth needed to support the domestic market for goods and services, and it is newcomers to Canada who provide the growth in the tax base necessary to financially support our aging population and ensure that Canada retains its legacy for great social programs
In Canada, where low natural birthrates and an aging population threaten the economic future of the country, migration now accounts for 70 per cent of workforce growth. By 2011, fully 100 per cent of the growth in the number of workers in this country will be attributable to immigration.

Is Canada Planning To Take In More Immigrants From India?
By Binoy Thomas
From: http://www.weeklyvoice.com/CNews/?CNewsID=527110
Sometimes, news has a way of running away from the facts. Recently the immigration lobby in India was all agog at the news that Canada was setting up a dozen new offices in India to process and facilitate faster immigration. The report that originally appeared in India was sourced to Canada's High Commissioner to India, Ms. Lucie Edwards.
While delivering the Manjeet Singh Memorial Lecture on 'India and Canada: Partnership for Development', in Ludhiana, Edwards 'revealed' that Canada "planned to open 12 immigration offices all over India to facilitate interested Indians to process their cases for immigration to Canada".
Keeping with the spirit of the moment, Ms Edwards said the Canadian Government planned to take in immigrants equivalent to one per cent of its population to settle down in Canada and Indians would constitute a major chunk of it.

UK Human Rights Policies are "Shameful" - World's Indigenous Peoples Slam UK Government for Colonialism and Discrimination
http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2004/24/c6915.html?view=p rint
LONDON, Nov. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Indigenous representatives from different regions of the world arrive in London today to denounce the human rights policies of the UK government. A particular source of outrage is the refusal of the government of Tony Blair to recognize that Indigenous peoples have collective human rights that are an integral and essential part of Indigenous cultures and legal systems globally. For full text click here

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

Sixteenth exposition begins 
Thousands of pilgrims, dignitaries and others, cutting across religious lines, kissed the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier venerated as Goencho Saib after the 16th Exposition commenced on Sunday (November 21), following a nearly three-hour ceremony and procession at Old Goa.
Prayers for unity and harmony marked the pontifical Mass celebrated by the Archbishop patriarch Reverend Filipe Neri Ferrao on November 21 morning at Old Goa during inauguration.
A small photo feature on the Exposition of the Sacred Remains of St Francis Xavier. http://goacom.com/goanow/exposition/Exposition2004.htm

New book on old Goa monuments
A book titled "Magnificent Monuments of Old Goa" will be launched during the Exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier. The book has been authored by Mr Patrick J Lobo and has a foreword by Fr Delio de Mendonca, SJ. The book is an extensively researched hardbound coffee table book illustrated with sketches, plans and colour photographs providing a treasure house of information about the churches, chapels and convents of Old Goa.

AIs non-stop flights to London
Air India is introducing four new non-stop flights per week on Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector, from 29 November, 04. The travel on Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector will cost Rs.19,990, which will be valid for outbound travel up to 31 January 05, on these particular flights.
The weekly Air India Goa-Mumbai flight No.AI-854 on Thursday mornings offers a convenient connection at Mumbai to the new London flight for passengers traveling from Goa. Similarly, passengers leaving London on AI-160 on Tuesdays can travel through, to Goa connecting AI-855 Mumbai-Goa on Wednesdays.

Kite carnival
Adding to the buzz of IFFI, Kite Carnival returns to the Miramar beach from December 10. As it begins a day after IFFI concludes in Goa (December 9), the three-day 3rd International Goa Kite Festival is sponsored by the Goa department of Tourism, IFFI and The Nomad Heritage Trust and Nomad Travels. On December 10, the kite festival will begin at 4 pm with a display of kite surfing and kite ballet, etc. There will be a film/slide show on kites by Scott Skinner, president of Drachen Foundation.
December 11 and 12 will be two days of kite flying experience from 11 am till sunset followed by a musical concert.

Upgraded Kala Academy
A fresh coat of paint, structural renovation and infrastructure upgradation, all worth a whopping Rs.24-crore, has given the famed 20-year-old Charles Correia-designed Kala Academy a look as good as brand new.

Ultra-modern theatre for IFFI 2005
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the construction of an ultra-modern festival theatre for hosting the inaugural and closing ceremony of the International Film festival of India in Goa next year. He also announced the four-laning of St Inez-Tonca road at the cost of Rs eight crore. The new Patto bridge is expected to be fully thrown open to traffic on 26 November. The Chief Minister said that plans are already afoot to prepare for the next year's IFFI, the present work of IFFI related infrastructure works having been completed in time.

Sixteenth exposition begins
Thousands of pilgrims, dignitaries and others, cutting across religious lines, kissed the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier venerated as Goencho Saib after the 16th Exposition commenced on Sunday (November 21), following a nearly three-hour ceremony and procession at Old Goa.
Prayers for unity and harmony marked the pontifical Mass celebrated by the Archbishop patriarch Reverend Filipe Neri Ferrao on November 21 morning at Old Goa during inauguration.
A small photo feature on the Exposition of the Sacred Remains of St Francis Xavier. http://goacom.com/goanow/exposition/Exposition2004.htm


JOSEPHINE FERNANDES, Narcisa - Peacefully at her residence at Forest Heights Long Term Care Facility on Saturday, November 13, 2004, 87 years of age. Josephine Fernandes, loving wife of the late Hipolito Fernandes. Dear mother of Remy D'Souza and her husband Francis of Kitchener, Martha Black and her husband Patrick of Thornhill, Tom Fernandes and his wife Lumen of Toronto. Loving grandmother of 11 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Fondly remembered by her daughter-in-law, Cecil Fernandes and family in Goa India. Predeceased by her two sons, Gerry and Joe and one daughter, Antonette. Funeral took place on November 16 at St. Francis of Assisi RC Church


Due to the continued generosity of Anthony Azavedo & Alfred Braganza, the G.O.A is please to announce that we will be offering a S.A.T award again this year. Both Anthony & Alfred have been donating this annual award for many years now & it is customary that we give this award away at our Christmas Dance. This award helps promote the importance of education & gives us the opportunity to encourage & support our young Goan scholars. For full text click here

Nairobi Institute - November Newsletter - click for details

Looking for an old friend

  • From: Sunil Bolar < >
    I currently live in Bangalore, India. I am search for a friend of my fathers. My father's name is Dr. Ashok Bolar, and lived in England till 1979. He had a classmate who was Goan, named Winston Rodrigues. Winston studied at James Watt / Chance technical college in Birmingham. He then shifted to Toronto in the mid-60's. We are trying to locate him, and would appreciate any information or guidance you may be able to give us.
  • From: Camillo Antonio Mendes < >
    Camillo Antonio Mendes 'Cam' born in Goa on 6th of January 1941, son fo Francis Xavier Mendes...He lived in London between 1961 and 1968, from where he moved to Canada. If anyone knowing him or of his wherabouts would contact me by Email I should be most grateful. .. or write c/o 48 Crefeld Close London W6 8EL....Thank You Anna Donnithorne.

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

Saturday November 27th, 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
Contact : Maria de Souza : :514-626-8516

The Mass will be at 6.00 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

Sunday December 05th, 2004 [1.00pm – 5.00pm]
Organised by Villagers and friends of Moira
Mass: 11.00am St. Mary’s Church,
735 Miller, Greenfield Park.
Lunch: 1.30pm Tandoor Restaurant,
1555 Provencher [corner Peletier], Brossard
Buffet [Panjabi Cusine] cost $11.00 [Cash Bar].

Contact : Felix D'Sa (450-676-8560)

Sunday December 05th, 2004
Event: The Year of the Exposition, St. Francis Xavier Feast
Ticket :
*Adults-Members   -   $15
*Non-Members      -   $18
*Children    5-10    -   $12
Tickets or Stall info call :

Linda D'Sa at       905-824-8406 (West)
Hema Pereira at   905-502-6103 (West)
SeiraFurtado at    416-695-3239 (Etobicoke)
Ken Menezes at   416-724-1946 (East)

Venue :
* Mass @ 12:30 sharp, followed by a Great Lunch.
* Stalls available (buy your Christmas goodies)
* Lively Music & Entertainment
* Lots of Prizes for all Ages!!

People Places and Things

World Goa Day 2004, Montreal. Youth Essay Competition Results
By Felix D’Sa
Check out the “WGD-2004 PICNIC” pictures at:
The results were announced on October 16, at the “Night in Goa – Raat Goeant”. Maria De Souza, secretary of the Quebec Goan Association, presented the prizes (and awards) to the winners. For full text click here.

Goan Voice UK
Eddie Fernandes, Editor of the The Goan Voice UK, visitng Goa, for the Film Festival, and Saint Francis Xavier Exposition meets with web master of his weekly newsletter.

Health & Wellness

Ontario obesity reaches epidemic proportions Chief Medical Officer Of Health Recommends Action
TORONTO, Nov. 24 /CNW/ - Healthy, active living combined with sensible eating habits improves quality of life for everyone and reduces the risk of preventable diseases, Dr. Sheela Basrur, the province's Chief Medical Officer of Health, said today as she released a report entitled Healthy Weights, Healthy Lives. "I am alarmed to report that almost one out of every two adults in Ontario is overweight or obese," Dr. Basrur said. "Fortunately, this epidemic can be reversed. Through this report, I want people to understand how they can find the right balance in their lives, and how we can create the best environments - at work, school and in our communities - to promote physical activity and healthy eating." For full text click here.

Poor jobs, modest social investments drive up child poverty in Canada
OTTAWA, Nov. 24 /CNW/ -
The child poverty rate in Canada is up for the first time since 1996. After five consecutive years of decline, the child poverty rate increased to 15.6 per cent in 2002, which means 1,065,000 children, or nearly 1 in 6 children in Canada, live in low income families.
Fifteen years after Parliament's unanimous all-party declaration to end child poverty, Campaign 2000's 2004 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Canada reveals that governments are failing to take sufficient action to reduce child poverty and low-wage labour markets are letting parents down. For full text click here.

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