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Prime Minister Paul Martin says
"Canada must prepare for what he calls the two “megadrivers” of the future: an aging and shrinking population in Canada,
and the economic rise of China and India."
Oct. 8, 2005. 10:26 AM

OTTAWA—It was former New York state governor Mario Cuomo who once said: "You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose." Some might argue that Canadians, through two major speeches in Ottawa over the past few weeks, have been able to glimpse a little of both.

New Governor General Michaëlle Jean, though not campaigning, waxed toward the poetic at her installation in late September with her talk of no more solitudes in Canada.

It was left to Prime Minister Paul Martin, meanwhile, to articulate the more prosaic, with his so-called "vision" speech for this fall, outlining the main challenges for his minority government. For more than an hour, Martin explained to senior federal public servants why every action of government had to be seized with two big "megadrivers," in the parlance of the bureaucrats.

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Toward 2025: Assessing Ontario's Long-Term Outlook

Toward 2025 is the first ever long-range assessment of Ontario's fiscal and economic environment produced by the Ontario government. The Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Act requires a long-range assessment of Ontario's fiscal environment within two years of each general election.

Toward 2025 examines a number of economic and fiscal scenarios. Past trends were examined and used to make reasonable assumptions about the future.

Ontario will face five important demographic trends over the next 20 years:

Ontario is expected to have ongoing population growth of 3.1 million - for a total population of 15.7 million by 2025.

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Reform Canada's Public Pensions to Reward Longer Working Lives: C.D. Howe Institute

TORONTO, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Canada's public pension system discourages modest-income seniors and near-seniors from working and saving for retirement, says aC.D. Howe Institute Commentary released today.

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New editions of Canada's foremost tax guides now available
The Annotated Federal Income Tax Act and the Complete Guide to the GST are written and edited by Ernst & Young tax professionals and published by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants

TORONTO, Oct. 4 /CNW/ - Few things are more complex or more prone to change than the rules and regulations surrounding taxation. However, two new publications help make it easier for Canadian financial executives and tax professionals to stay ahead in today's complicated tax environment. Updated editions of the country's most comprehensive and trusted tax guides--the Complete Guide to the GST (13th Edition) and the Annotated Federal Income Tax Act, 2005 (3rd Edition)--are now available from Ernst & Young LLP and the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA).

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News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza

Grand Jazz Assembly plays for BELINDA

PANJIM, Oct 12:
Accomplished jazz musicians formed one of the best Jazz assemblies in the country to regale the audience at Gonsalves Mansion at Campal, this evening, in a charity concert for jazz vocalist Belinda Olivera is fighting a battle against cancer at the Manipal Hospital. Belinda's wonderful voice has been admired by jazz lovers in the country as well as America. Among the jazz legends who performed at the benefit event figured Braz Gonsalves, Louis Banks, Yvonne Gonsalves, Frank Dubia, Lester Godinho, Suzzie, Sheldon Luis, Amit Heri, Gino Banks and others. Some scenes from the rain-drenched yet superb show. At the Gonsalves Gallery were the aesthetic paintings by contemporary Goan artists Suhas Shilkar, Harshada Naik Kerkar, Mohan Naik and Sonia Rodrigues Sabharwal. On auction were Belinda's caricature by Alexyz, a painting by Deviprasad Rao and coupons by Wendell Rodricks. (DGNC)


PANAJI: The Fontainhas Festival of the Arts 2005 will be held in the heritage precinct of Fontainhas-Mala from 26 November to 3 December by the Goa Heritage Action Group with the Entertainment Society of Goa, the Corporation of the City of Panaji and the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa, as festival partners.

This is a unique festival that uses the heritage houses in the precinct as temporary art galleries. It is designed to be an international event with Goan houses as a backdrop and Goa as a venue. The festival involves the exhibition and sale of art form private houses. There are also performances in the evenings with performers from all over the world. The high point of the festival will be lectures delivered by five great Indian art personalities. (GT)



Sad News : + Leopold Gracias
From: "jsadesouza"
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 7:08 PM

I was asked to inform the rest of the Tanzanite group the sad tidings of October 08, 2005.

The function was well attended but we had a rather tragic event.

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 Goan Events in Canada - Fall - Winter 2005 
Date Organization Event  
Sunday, October 16th, 2005 Villagers of Moira Association Villagers of Moira:Annual Social GVC
Tuesday, October 18th, 2005 NEW 55+GOAN SENIORS GROUP for Mississauga-Brampton-Etobicoke Meeting for Enrolment of Members & Election of Executive Committee GVC
October 23, 2005 Tivim Association Feast of St. Chrstopher GVC
October 29, 2005 Breast Cancer Survivors Charity Dance GVC
Sunday,November  13th, 2005

The Canorient Christian Association

Food Fair/Bake Sale

Saturday, November 19th, 2005 Villagers of Navelim 30th Anniversary Fest GVC

Saturday November 26th, 2005

Hamilton Goan Association

Christmas Dance


Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 - 10:00am Friends of St. Francis Xavier St. Francis Xavier's Feast Day GVC
Saturday, December 3rd, 2005 Quebec Goan Association St. Francis Xavier's Feast Day GVC
Saturday, December 17th, 2005 Toronto East Goan Seniors Association Christmas Dance
St. Clement of Ohid, 76 Overlea Blvd,
North York.
26th November to 3rd December Goa Heritage Action Group Fontainhas Festival GVC
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events




Meeting for Enrolment of Members & Election of Executive  Committee 

Organised by

NEW 55+GOAN SENIORS GROUP for Mississauga-Brampton-Etobicoke

Saint  Martin of Tours  Parish Hall, 129 Mcbride Avenue (Mavis & Burnamthorpe)
Date/Time October 18th, 2005  @ 7.30 p.m

A public meeting was held on Wednesday September 7, 2005, at the U of T Mississauga to obtain responses for the formation of  a seniors group (55+) serving the West End of Toronto including the Peel & Halton Regions. More than 45 responses were received, all in favour of starting the group. A mandate was given to the Steering Committee led by Tony Fernandes to proceed with the organization of the group.

The Steering Committee will be holding an enrolment/election meeting on October 18th, 2005  @ 7.30 p.m for the following:

- to enroll members

- to review and comment on a DRAFT constitution of the organization

- to elect the first Executive Committee

- to plan activities and events.

Eligible members will have to complete the enrollment  form and pay a fee to be eligible to vote. The figure decided is  $10 per person as an entrance fee and  will be non-refundable. A membership fee will also be charged  in January 2006.

Enrolment forms can be downloaded by clicking the link image below :


 Please bring the completed enrolment form and the $10 enrolment fee to the meeting to be eligible for participating in the election of the new executive. Those who are unable to attend can send the completed form and cash with a friend or relative to the meeting, while others, who cannot access a computer, can fill the form at the meeting.

For Information:
Tony & Vivien Fernandes-(905)607-4564

South Asian Earthquake

PAKISTAN IS FEELING THE BACKHLASH FOR ITS EFFORT TO CURB TERRORISM, needs our Help for the Victims of Deadly earthquake in the history.

October 11, 2005 - Toronto – “Pakistan is feeling the backlash for its effort to curb terrorism, now needs our help in rescue, relief and rehabilitation efforts for the people of Pakistan over the worst earthquake with magnitude of 7.6. This deadly earthquake has caused over 42,000 people counted dead, over 250,000 people injured and 2.5 homeless, told Zubair Choudhry a Pakistani born Canadian who is chairman of South Asian Regional Cooperation Council of Canada.” At the time like this when we just celebrated Thanksgiving and Muslims are celebrating month of Ramadan, we urge the Canadians to donate generously to this cause with keeping up our Canadian values.

We are collecting following items for the relief efforts: Shelter: Tents and plastic sheets, Blankets, Mattresses; Food items: Pre-cooked tinned food (Halal), Biscuits, Survival Rations; Medicines: Antibiotics, Typhoid Medication, Fracture related kits, First aid kits, Surgical Instruments, Water Purification tablets. Cash Donations can be made to CPFA Earthquake Relief Fund, Bank of Nova Scotia: A/C # 1701201269-18 and a charitable receipt will be issued.

“We thank the governments of Canada and Ontario for their initial contribution but we believe this initial contribution is not sufficient we hope that Canadian government will increase their contribution to $100 million dollars, said Syed Warsi, President Asian Canadian Support Centre.“

“We urge the Canadian government to facilitate the suffering of the victims for their future rehabilitation, said Gul Nawaz, President Canada Pakistan Friendship Association.”

We also need volunteers to assist us in relief efforts, please call our hotline to donate your valuable time. Michael Di Biase, Mayor of Vaughan; Le Barge, Chief of York Regional Police; Frank Klees, MPP and several other politicians were also present.

Media contact:
Azam Gondal, 416-992-8766
11-790 Burnhamthorpe Road West, Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA L5C 4G3
Tel: 905-276-8742 * Email: info@sarc-canada.com   Website: www.sarc-canada.com


Help for Katrina Goan Family

From: "Tony Barros" Hi All !
I am co-ordinating assistance for a goan family who have been displaced by the Katrina hurricane in New Orleans.The family - Nancy and Hector Paes-are currently living with relatives in the Queens area of New York city with relatives. They have lost everything including their home and have no intention of returning to the disease-plagued and crime infested city in Louisiana State. They have since been "job-hunting" in New York and Nancy has since been called for one interview.

My dear friends, this is my first personal appeal to help fellow goans in distress , and I had to use this exercise as a last resort as aid is not forthcoming as expected.

To get things in perspective, Nancy had to leave her mother -Esmeralda Gomes at a Houston hospital for treatment after the catastrophy. Unfortunately, in the process, Esmeralda got a stroke and is now confined to a wheelchair. Her brother - Wolver who is  based in New York left for Houston this week after the Hospital gave them a ten-day ultimatum to discharge the mother. They were on their way to Florida where her other brother -Michael will initially care for her. All her expenses at the Houston hospital have been taken care by Medicaid.However, given her state, she needs personal care. As Michael  strives to get assistance from special agencies for displaced victims, the mother also needs help.I have approached the San Francisco-based Goa Sudharop charitable organization following a posting on the goanet website. They are considering their request, and one of the directors may personally pay part of the transportation expenses.

My wife -Edna has been co-ordinating with Dianne Nunes of the Caring Committee of the Goan Association of New Jersey for assistance in the form of clothes ( including winter clothing) and some prepared foods. The Association's Planning Committee- which is an appendage to executive committee- meets this Saturday to discuss among other issues assistance for the extended family. (Edna and myself are members of the Planning Committee).Nancy's cousin-Edissa Lobo - who returned to New York after being away for the past two weeks- will be making a similar appeal to the New York GOA and some other New York goans.I have also posted an appeal on the Goanet website and have received no responses. I will be making a similar appeal tomorrow on the Tanzanite website for Tanzanian goans.I have spoken with Nancy and Edissa who is a good friend of the family. They have accepted the fact that aid will take a long time to come. I have known Edissa since 1983 when I did a one-year "stint" in Dubai before coming to the U.S., and I can vouch for the genuineness of the displaced family.

Any assistance -preferably money will be greatly appreciated and can
be sent to the following address:-

Nancy Paes,
c/o Edissa Lobo,
91-18 108th Street,
Richmond Hill, NY 11418
Tel #s - 718-846-7946
and 718-805-8775.
Thank You.
Tony Barros,
Union, New Jersey.
P.S. We have received no other information on any other goans
displaced by the hurricane in New Orleans. Tony.

People Places and Things

Rebecca Pinto
An Outstanding Young Woman.
Rebecca Pinto, a University of Alberta student about to enter her  second year of chemical engineering, has won the C.D. Howe Memorial Foundation Engineering Awards Program Scholarship. It's both prestigious and profitable for Ms. Pinto - giving her $7,500 each year for three years to put towards her studies. Ms. Pinto has the enviable and unbeatable record of a 4.0 GPA, the best there is. This follows high school marks of 100 per cent in math  and physics. Academic activity is only one of Ms. Pinto's pursuits.

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Goan doctor wins New York award

Rufino Cordeiro and Lira Cordeiro 

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Father John Braganza elected 3rd Abbot of  Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey in Mission B.C.

The Benedictine monks of Westminster Abbey in Mission B.C. elected Father John Braganza, 43, as their third abbot on Monday, August 8th. Father Abbot John was born in London, England in 1962 of East Indian parents. He was taught by Canadian Jesuits at their school in Darjeeling, India. His father, now deceased, was a Colonel in the Indian army and then moved the family after retirement to Prince Rupert, B.C. in the 1970s. His mother lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Health & Wellness

Avian influenza A ( H5N1 ): Health Canada's recommendations

As a precautionary measure, the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends to avoid unnecessary contact with domestic poultry and wild birds. This includes poultry farms as well as markets where live and slaughtered animals such as chickens and ducks are sold, as these animals have been found to be carriers of the avian influenza A (H5N1) virus.

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Ontario Human Commission settles complaints with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

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Toronto – The Ontario Human Rights Commission has mediated a positive settlement with the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. The four complaints arose from concerns that the application of school discipline policies was having a discriminatory impact on students from racialized communities and students with disabilities.

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TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ -

The Insurance Brokers Association of Ontario (IBAO) wishes to warn all Ontarians of an insurance fraud ring across the province.It has been brought to the association's attention that over the past several weeks, ads have been circulating throughout the media in dozens of cities across the province advertising fraudulent automobile insurance.IBAO wishes to warn Ontarians that these ads are a hoax, and this type of activity is illegal with severe penalties."Consumers should be leery of offers that include 6 months freeautomobile insurance and offers to reduce your current rates by 50%," says IBAO President Dave Hare.IBAO wants to stress that consumers of automobile insurance should bevigilant with all their insurance purchases.

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According to Health Canada, excessive drinking of "energy drinks" or mixing them with alcohol can have serious health effects.These drinks are available almost anywhere and are usually displayed alongside soft drinks, juices and sports drinks. Some of the brand names include:
* Red Bull Energy Drink
* Impulse Energy Drink
* Dark Dog
* Shark Energy Drink
* Hype Energy Drink
* SoBe Adrenaline Rush
* EAS Piranha Energy Drink
* AMO Energy Drink
* Red Rain
* Red Dragon Energy Drink
* Diablo Energy Drink
* YJ Stinger

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