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Most of the stalwart South Asian-Canadian politicians found their way back to parliament Jan. 23, when nearly 65 percent of Canadian voters went to the polls to throw out Prime Minister Paul Martin and his Liberal Party's 12-year rule and bring in yet another minority government, this time led by the Conservative Party of Stephen Harper.

Ten of the 48 candidates of South Asian origin, made their way back to Ottawa in what were largely predictable elections by the time a series of polls had been conducted during the campaigns. But some important South Asians will be in the Conservative ruling benches this time round and some important South Asians will move to the opposite side.

In the 308-member House, the Conservative Party won 124 seats, the Liberals went down to 103, the separatist Bloc Quebecois of Quebec province got a hefty 51 seats and the party that made strides was the left of center New Democratic Party of Jack Layton that won 29 seats, now in a more powerful position to moderate any arch-Conservative moves from the winners.
 One Result from Canadian Elections - 2006

10 of 48 candidates of South Asian origin make it to Ottawa
Most stalwart South Asian politicians are back in Parliament
By Ela Dutt

Esquimalt--Juan de Fuca - British Columbia
Party Candidate Votes % Votes
Liberal Keith Martin 20,761 34.90%
N.D.P. Randall Garrison 18,595 31.30%
Conservative Troy DeSouza 16,327 27.50%
Troy did well to come in 3rd, only 7.4% behind the winner a former Conservative who changed sides.

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US border crossing initiative is a step in the right direction
VANCOUVER, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The Council of Tourism Associations of BC (COTA) welcomes news of US border crossing initiatives to encourage travelers from the US to Canada, but warns that it may not be enough to address border crossing issues.
In an advisory released this morning, the US Department of State and Department of Homeland Security outlined a secure, less expensive passport card for US land borders. The card, which will be issued in late 2006, will serve as an alternative to the traditional passport, which is more expensive.

The cost of traditional passports is around $430 US for a family of five. The new passport cards could reduce that cost by an estimated 60%, allowing Americans to pass back and forth between our two countries with more ease when crossing at land borders.

Pope's first encyclical underlines 'back to basics' theme of papacy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical underlined the 'back to basics' approach of his papacy, taking one of Christianity's fundamental beliefs and illuminating it with deeper analysis. In its title, 'Deus Caritas Est' or 'God Is Love,' and throughout its 71 pages, the encyclical presented the faith in a clear and positive perspective. The core mission of Christianity, it said, is to help people accept God's love and share it, recognizing that true love involves a willingness to make sacrifices.

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Time For Change - Goan Expat organizations
By: "George Pinto"
Posted : "Tanzanite Goans"
Sunday, January 29, 2006

It is worth asking what useful purpose Goan organizations in the Diasporaserve? 40-60 years ago with fairly significant Goan immigration out of Africa/Goa/India toEngland/Portugal/Canada and to a lesser extent to USA/Australia there was a need for Goan socialorganizations. Their annual events provided a forum for people to socialize and meet, in come cases survive the challenges of their new land. A typical Goan (Catholic) calendar of events which has not changed in decades:

1. Dance.
2. Picnic.
3. SFX feast.
4. Children's Christmas event.
5. Another occasion for a dance (pick some date).

Today, the calendar needs to be updated if expat Goans want to modernize, integrate and come of age (the reasons in some case are obvious but too lengthy to discuss here). This change is needed if Goan organizations are going to truly serve their community, engage youth and have a future. In no particular order of importance, a current calendar may look like:

1. Investing in your future - health, education, finance, culture.
2. Self and community development - responsibilities and duties to
yourself and others.
3. Understanding your roots/history in the larger context of world
4. Securing justice and equality for all in an interconnected, global
5. Maintaining your culture while living in the melting pot.
6. Goa's rich religious history - understanding various Goan traditions,
including the secular tradition.


News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza

Goa float bags second place


Holy Hour held at Bogmalo church

CORTALIM, Jan 29: A Holy Hour in reparation for the desecration of Holy Eucharist was held at the Bogmalo Church on January 29 evening. Reference was made during the sermon to the large number of thefts taking place in the churches and chapels and the failure of the police in nabbing the culprits and also neglect on the part of the government. It may be recalled that on early Friday morning, miscreants wrenched the sacred tabernacle off the altar at the St Cosme and Damian Church and flung it on a hillock behind the church.(H)

 Some scenes from the Mando Festival


PORVORIM, Jan 28: Industries and Education minister Luizinho Faleiro and Art and Culture minister Digamber Kamat, who were present at the 39th Mando Festival organised by Goa Cultural and Social Centre at The Majestic hotel here this evening, promised their full whole-hearted support to the preservation and promotion of the rich Goan cultural through the Konkani manddo. Luizinho Faleiro promised a sum of Rs.1,00,000 and suggested that henceforth the preliminary rounds should be held in the villages and the final show in the city, preferably Margao. To conserve our tradition and culture Digamber Kamat said that he had sanctioned Rs.1,00,000 for the Mando Festival this year, and assured that if there are "good groups" he will help them to hold the festival in other cities like Mumbai, where Goans live in large numbers.


Contacto Goa TV series
PANJIM, Jan 28: Announcing the broadcast of Contacto Goa, a unique thirteen part TV series that follows the trail of the legacy of Portuguese rule in India, a legacy that continues to survive even today, more than forty years after the left Indian shores. The series, which is in Portuguese, can be watched on the RTP International channel, a Portuguese language channel available on select Indian cable networks. The first episode will be broadcast on January 29, 2006, at 8.15 pm and on January 30 at 10 am. (H)







Passed away peacefully at Chelsey Park Nursing Home on Tuesday, January 24th, 2006 at age 93. Beloved wife of the late Percy Rodrigues Sr. Loving mother of daughter Edith Gomes and her husband Rudy, from England, son Percy Jr. and his wife Maureen, and daughter Marian. Dear grandmother of Mark and his wife Ellen, Neil, Elaine and Alison and great-grandmother of Noah. A Funeral Mass was held at St. Patrick's Church, on Saturday, January 28th, 2006.



Passed away peacefully at Scarborough General Hospital on January 30, 2006. Beloved wife of the late Thomas. Loving mother of Ida (Joe D'Souza), Tony (Belita) of Australia, Myra (Roosevelt Colaco), and Bedford (Louella). Cherished grandmother of Michelle, Marisa, Raechelle, Charmaine, Charles, Carol, Alan, Clarence, Trevor and Victor. Great-grandmother of Alex, Jessica and EthanFuneral Mass was held at St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church, on February 2, 2006.



28 Jan GOA
ELVIRA DE SOUZA wife of late Ildefonso de Souza (ex headmaster of Goan school, Mombasa). Loving mother of Leela/Archie (GOA), Jeanette/Arthur (AUS), Camillo/Yvette (UK), Joseph/Gwen (AUS), Damien/Nancy (GOA) & Comas/Margaret(AUS).
Funeral on Thursday 2nd Feb at St. Anne's Church Parra, GOA



 Goan Events in Canada - 2006 
Date Organization Event  
February 9, 2006, 6-9.00 p.m. Toronto East Goan Seniors Association A Valentine Evening-
Supper - Whist Drive - Line dancing
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Kipling Acres on Sunday, February 19th at 2.00 p.m. Group looking into Long Term Care Homes for Seniors Information meeting
25th Feb 2006 Goa Amigos Red & Back Carnival Dance Red_Black-CarnivalDanceFlyer
March 14, 2006 7-9 p.m Fifty-five Plus Goan Seniors Group- West GTA Tax Clinic
Conducted by
Roque Barreto
Church Hall - Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish
45 Ludstone Drive , Etobicoke
Goan Seniors



May 12,6.15 pm Fifty-five Plus Goan Seniors Group- West GTA Ladies Dine & Pamper Nite
Mary Kay®Dinner & Makeover
You are cordially invited to a "Girlfriends Night Out"
Enjoy a great Buffet Dinner.
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Goan Seniors

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June 17th, 2006
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario Konkani Tiatr "KIDD"
written by : Ben Evangelisto (Goa)

Directed by:Marshal Fernandes
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 -  12.00 noon Calangute Association Canada Feast of Patron Saint Alex GVC
Saturday,September 16, 2006 Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee - Toronto Grand Reunion Dance
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00 A.M. Calangute Association Canada Annual Social GVC
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd 2006.
St Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events
Saturday July 8, 2006 CLR Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga Picnic  
Saturday June 10, 2006 Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area Celebration St Anthony's Feast GVC
Sunday October 1, 2006 CLR Social at Claireport Place CLR Social  


Fifty-Five Plus Goan Seniors Group - West GTA
.....has A New Constitution - A New Executive

The newly formed Fifty-Five Plus Goan Seniors Group held a General Meeting on January 10th at the Peace Lutheran Hall, in Square 1, City Centre Drive, Mississauga.

In all 35 members turned up at 7.30 p.m. for the first meeting of the New Year.

The outcome of the meeting was the approval of the Draft Constitution with some amendments and a proviso that it would be updated when the name of the organization and other details were determined.

Following the ratification of the Constitution the Steering Committee resigned as per constitutional requirements.

A new Executive Committee was elected under a unanimous vote.

Names of the new Executive Committee are:

President - Tony Fernandes
Vice-President - Paul Nazareth
Treasurer - Francis Fernandes
General Secretary- Muriel Lucas
Social Secretary - - Juliet Rebello
John D'Souza - Communications Co-ordinator/Editor
Vivien Fernandes - Trips Co-ordinator
Lucy Fernandes - Telephone Co-ordinator

A vote of thanks was extended to Roque Barreto, who was instrumental in drafting the new constitution.

The new president extended grateful thanks to Mathew Rodrigues, past Vice-President, for his loyal support during his term of office, for a job well done, and wished him good luck in his future endeavors. We are happy to know that he will still be there to support us as a member.

Membership on date of January 10, stands at 281.

Please see the Events Section of for listing of upcoming events.

Members will also be contacted by phone by our telephone group.

The new executive is seeking volunteers to assist in the 2006 events, and welcomes suggestions and comments from members, especially to assist in finding a "permanent home" whereby the group can hold meetings/entertainment/small gatherings/whist drives, and other social activities.

Muriel Lucas
Hon. General Secretary.

Canada M5R 3B2


Memorial Mass for Thomas X. Gomes
A one month memorial mass will be held for the late Thomas X. Gomes on Saturday, February 4th 2006 at 6.45am at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Dar es Salaam; 5.00pm at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Tudor, Mombasa and 11:30 am at St. Mary, Star of the Sea Church, Mississauga - Canada (followed by refreshments in the church's basement hall.)

You are all welcome.

St. Mary's Church is located at:
11 Peter St South
Mississauga, ON L5H 2G1,
Tel: 905-278-2058
The major intersection is Hurontario (HWY10) (South) and Lakeshore
(West) just after the bridge/lighthouse. Turn left at the traffic
lights onto John St. and right into the parking lot.

SUNDAY FEB 19 -1:00 PM
St. Mary Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church -
Port Credit, Ontario Canada
Pilgrimage to France and Spain
From April 10th to 22nd April, 2006 through GIDEON TRAVEL AGENCY.
We will be visiting the Marian Shrines in Covadonga, Garabandal and Santo Torribio Monastery in Spain where the largest piece of the True Cross that Jesus was crucified on, is located and will be allowed to venerate. In France we visit Lourdes, La Salette in the French Alps, Avignon which was once the seat of the Pope, St. Therese of Liseux, St Catherine Laboure (whose body is Incorrupt) in the Convent Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, The Cathedral of the Notre Dame, The Basilica of Sacre-Coeur at Montre-Marte, the Champs de Elysee, Eiffel Tower and all the other sights of Paris. If you are interested please contact Suzanne D'Sa at 905-824-6369 or Gideon Travel-Henry at 905-949-5533 as soon as possible as there are a few seats left.

People Places and Things


A couple of the daily gems of wisdom posted daily on
Goan Tanzanite by: "domnic fernandes" <>

1. Konkanim: Ek munis zantto nhoi jednam passun khonti sopnanchi svat gheinant.
(A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams)

2. Konkanim: Ixttagoth nhoi kitlea lamb kallak tumi eka-mekak vollkotat, konn poilo eila vo konn soglleam poros bori zoton korta; ixttagoth mhunnchem zo konn > eila ani kednanch vochonk nam.
(Friendship is not about you have known the longest, who came first or
who cares the best; it is about who came and never left.)

Domnic writes:

Thanks for appreciating my Aichea Dissak Chintop (ADC). I began to write the ADC on October 25, 2003 with the sole intent to reach Goans worldwide and help them learn Konkani; I am glad it's serving the purpose. I will soon compile all the quotes into a book. God bless you.

Best regards,
Domnic Fernandes Anjuna/Dhahran, KSA


Dell Adds 5,000 India Jobs

From call centers to testing, and perhaps even manufacturing, the No. 1 computer maker wants in on India.
January 30, 2006

Dell said Monday it will add 5,000 jobs in India over the next two years.

The Round Rock, Texas-based computer maker already has a headcount of 10,000 employees in three locations across India. A new call center, to open during April of this year, will be established at a fourth location and employ 700 to 1,000 people, according to Dell CEO Kevin Rollins.

Dell is also considering setting up a manufacturing center in India. Such a move could help boost the sale of Dell computers in India, Mr. Rollins told reporters after a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The company plans to double the staff at its product development and testing center in Bangalore, which currently employs 300 engineers. During Mr. Rollins' previous visit to India in April 2005, he had said Dell would make India a hub for the company's software development and back-office work.


As outsourcing evolves, so does a city; Indian business leaders help gain a more equal footing
By S. Mitra Kalita

A shopping mall in Pune. (Photo, as it appears on

PUNE : Before he supervised teams, wooed American clients over dinner or sat in a Northern Virginia boardroom alongside U.S. executives, Constancio Fernandes wrote computer code for a living.

That's how it started in the late 1990s - American businesses ordered up software applications, and Indian programmers such as Fernandes dutifully delivered. But somewhere along the way, Fernandes became more confident and outspoken. He began questioning the Americans and suggesting cheaper, faster ways to run their businesses. They listened.

"Most of the companies in the U.S. used to see Indian companies as sweatshops,'' said Fernandes, 33, who began as a programmer but is now the director of engineering at Reston, VA,-based Approva Corp.'s offices here, supervising product-development teams, tracking projects and improving engineering techniques. "The changes have been phenomenal."

Health & Wellness

Canadian Singles Gripped by 'First-Move' Paralysis
New Harlequin Survey Reveals 75% of Canadian Singles Afraid to Make First

TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - Hate making the first move? Apparently so does everyone else - which might explain why so many singles will remain single this Valentine's Day. According to a new survey from Harlequin Enterprises Ltd., a whopping 75% of unattached Canadians admitted they have met someone they were interested in but were too afraid to make a move. More than 2,000 men and women from across Canada and the U.S. participated in the survey as part of the Harlequin Romance Report 2006, The Encounter.(1) Respondents in 14 other countries were also polled on select questions.While more than 85% of Canadian men and women surveyed said they have no trouble meeting new people, most admitted that a fear of rejection is what prevents them from turning a first meeting into a first date.

"Meeting new people isn't the hard part," said Katherine Orr, Vice President, Harlequin Enterprises Ltd, one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction. "Everyday we see people who catch our eye but rather than make conversation, most of us grab a book or newspaper, play with our cell phone, or look away - all reactions that dramatically reduce the chance for interaction with new people."

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Two Toronto hospitals use language interpreter device in pilot project

TORONTO : Emergency departments of two hospitals have launched mobile translation device that can speak 15 languages, to help limited- or non-English speaking patients who visit the hospital.

The gadget can interpret a few South Asian languages including Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, and Tamil.

Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital are running a pilot project using the machine - MedBridge - with a small touch screen on a wheeled stand, created by MedBridge Systems to interpret the city's increasingly diverse patient population.

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City of Toronto launches Apartment Standards website

TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/
- The City of Toronto launched an Apartment Standards website today to enhance public access to information about rental apartment buildings in the city. The new site ( posts details about compliance orders
issued, their status, information about inspections, and other bylaw information.

The Apartment Standards website tracks multi-residential buildings containing four or more self-contained rental units. The site does not have information about properties that are rooming houses, rental condominium units, co-operative housing, row housing or bachelorettes.

"Property owners are responsible for complying with basic apartment standards, and tenants have a right to decent living conditions," said Mayor David Miller. "The new Apartment Standards website provides residents with access to information about buildings that have failed to comply with City bylaws, and allows tenants to register and track complaints."

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Chew on this... four legged pals need dental check ups too 
- Brush up on dental care during National Pet Dental Health Month -

TORONTO, Jan. 30 /CNW/ - Pet oral health is a leading issue among Canadian pets. In fact, 80 per cent of dogs and 70 per cent of cats over age three will require dental care during their lifetime.

This February brush up on pet oral care during National Pet Dental Health Month (NPDHM). For the past 12 years, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), in partnership with Hill's Pet Nutrition Canada, have supported this program to ensure pet owners understand that cats and dogs need proper, regular dental care - both at home and by a professional veterinarian.

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