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Appeal for Haiti from the Goan Charitable Organization

The disaster in Haiti has touched the hearts and minds of people the world over. There is a widespread desire that Goans here offer support, as a community, to the people of Haiti. We have in place the Goan Charitable Organization, which has responded in the past to pressing humanitarian needs at home and abroad.

Best Six Canadian Cities For Settlement Announced
Miho Takaya |
January 13, 2010

Mississauga received an overall "C" grade,

Calgary, Alberta; Waterloo, Ontario; Ottawa, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia; St. John's, Newfoundland and Richmond Hill, Ontario, have been selected as the top six cities that have ?What migrants are looking for when choosing where to locate,? according to the Conference Board of Canada?s second report on the best cities in Canada to settle in.

Canada's real estate market expected to continue strong gains into the first half of 2010

Demand and supply finding balance in the second half of the year

TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/ - Canada's residential real estate market is forecast to remain unusually strong through the first half of 2010 as economic conditions across the country improve and the stimulus impact of low interest rates continues to stoke demand, according to today's Royal LePage Market Survey Forecast and House Price Survey. As confidence in the recovery builds in early 2010, increases in average house price levels and overall market activity are expected to continue. The gradual erosion of affordability driven by higher house prices and the expected late-year modest upward movement of interest rates, together with an improvement in listings supply as confidence improves, are expected to bring the market back into balance in the second half of the year, when home price increases are expected to moderate.

African Migrants Flee Italian Town As Pope Condemns Violence

"An immigrant is a human being, different in where they came from, in their culture and tradition, but a person to respect who has rights and responsibilities." Pope Benedict XVI

More than 1,000 Africans fled a southern Italian town over the weekend after a wave of violence against migrant farm workers as Pope Benedict XVI condemned the assaults on immigrants.

An investigation was under way to establish whether local organised crime groups were involved in clashes that left 67 people injured in the Calabrian town of Rosarno -- 31 of them migrants, 19 police officers and 17 locals.

Gulf Non-Resident Indians Air Their Problems, Suggestions At Diaspora Meet?
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January 9th, 2010 - Shashi Tharoor New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) Taking overseas Indians into consideration in the government?s divestment process and creating Islamic-finance friendly projects to attract Gulf investments were among the various suggestions overseas Indians from the Gulf made to the government Friday.

UK- Tackling Race Inequality: A Statement on Race

UK - Government is committed to tackling inequality and disadvantage wherever it exists

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14 January 2010

Note in UK BME means: black and minority ethnic (BME)

Research shows that people whose surname suggests they are from a BME backgro

Communities Secretary John Denham today re-affirmed the Governments steadfast commitment to tackling race inequality and set out plans to build on the significant achievements by pledging to tackle inequality wherever it exists.


The statements, opinions, or views in the articles may not necessarily reflect that of the Goan Voice Canada.

Vision for G.O.A.
Reprinted below is the Vision Report
By Michelle Pereira | First Posted Tuesday, 23 March 2009

On May 1st 2010 the Goan Overseas Association ? Toronto will be celebrating it?s Ruby (40 years) Anniversary

Thinking ahead, the G.O.A is working on plans to bring Goans here and around the world together in ways that will provide added value to our community. We are fortunate to have received valuable insight from you, members of the community, who dedicated your time and effort to share ideas that have inspired a clear vision for the future of the Association.

What Are We Waiting For?

Squeezed between the calamities of tourism and mining, Goa is on the brink, says CARMEN MIRANDA, as she calls for change

1 Jan,2009
: As 2010 dawns, ending another decade, Goa?s destruction continues unabated, driven by the greed of a few people inspired by an economic system that has enormous shortcomings, such as the environmental crisis that threatens to engulf us all. We could have been the lucky ones, living in Goa with a pristine environment, enjoying the simple things in life, enriched by an idea of prosperity and happiness that did not know the hunger of consumerism that dominates society today and which comes at an enormous cost to planet Earth, and a deadly cost to Goa.

Is China's economy about to implode?
Posted Jan 10, 2010 | by Kevin Jess

The builder of one of the largest fortunes on Wall Street is warning that China's economy is heading for a crash rather than sustained growth as most economists predict.

Superstar short-seller James Chanos is betting that China's economy, now the envy of the world will soon crash, and badly at that. Chanos built his fortune on his ability to see the future collapse of companies whose stories were too good to be true, such as Enron. Mr. Chanos is worried that China's surging real estate sector, brought on by huge investments in speculative capital, looks like, "Dubai times 1,000 or worse."

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Msgr. DíSouza honored at St. Francis
Extract from article by Debbie Bruce- Jan 17, 2010 in Mississauga News

Monsignor Terence DíSouza delivers the sermon at a special mass today at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church to mark the 50th anniversary of his ordination. Claudio Cugliari

A special mass was held today at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church in honour of the 50th anniversary of Monsignor Terence DíSouzaís ordination. DíSouza, a former Dufferin-Peel Roman Catholic District School Board trustee and founding pastor of the church, enjoyed a day full of people, praise and prayer. Click here to read more

Lucazinho Ribeiro - The Creator of Goan Tiatr

Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) will for the first time celebrated the birth anniversary of Lucasinho Ribeiro, pioneer of Goan Tiatr, who scripted, directed and staged the first Tiatr "Italian Bhurgo" on 17th April, 1892 in Bombay. Lucasinho Ribeiro was born on 2nd January 1863 at Sokol Vaddo, Assagao, Bardez, Goa.

NRI Entrepreneur Yet Undecided on Using Space in Burj Khalifa

Bangalore, Jan 7 (IANS): NRI entrepreneur B.R. Shetty may have acquired two floors in the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, after shelling out a stupendous Rs.100 crore-plus -- but he doesn't know what to do with them!

Two novels replace classic pulled from classrooms
January 9 2010 | By ROGER BELGRAVE

Two books have been chosen to replace a classic literary novel removed from Grade 10 classrooms at a local Catholic high school.

This past summer St. Edmund Campion Principal Kevin McGuire pulled the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird from the Grade 10 curriculum. The decision was made after a parent complained about a racial epithet used in the book, according to the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. Bruce Campbell, a spokesperson for the board, said two novels, penned much more recently than Harper Lee?s book published in 1960, are being ?piloted? to replace the classic. Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General?s Award and the recipient of numerous other literary accolades.

Battling stereotypes
By: Silvia Campos

?People never think I?m a lawyer,? Jane Gatwiri Rukaria says with a smile and a good-natured laugh. ?When I come in they think I?m a social worker, interpreter, you name it, but never a lawyer.?

News Clips from Goa

CD Banned In South Goa

In an interesting development on the controversial CD case, South Goa District Magistrate, G P Naik has banned the circulation, distribution, selling, screening of the controversial CD Dogui Bodmas produced by Calvert Gonsalves in entire South Goa district. The ban issued under Section 144 of the CrPC will remain in force till the competent authorities examine the CD and submit a report.

Goa Church Forgives Person Who Showed Priest In A Bad Light
Updated on Friday, January 08, 2010,

Panaji: Goa Church has said that it has 'forgiven' a person, who allegedly produced a CD against parish priest Father Diago Fernandes, which had allegedly shown the priest in a bad light.

Use electronic gadgets to spread love of God: Archbishop
"Let the electronic gadgets and their applications- telephones, computers, mobiles, the Internet, SMS- serve to spread the good news of the love of God. There are so many beautiful things that are happening all around the world and they are to be made known. These gadgets can be used for nefarious purposes and they are so used," said the Archbishop-Patriarch, Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao at the Diocesan Day for communication media valedictory function. He said further, "But one should not be afraid of them; our Christian identity, imbibed from the event of Christmas, of God becoming man and transmitting to us the divine values through the Babe laid in a manger, charges us to fight the power of darkness." [NT]

Leopard terror leaves Dhave locals in fear
Residents of Dhave-Sattari have expressed fear over the presence of a leopard in the village since the last few days. According to the residents, the leopard has attacked many dogs in the village since the last few days. "We are scared to come out of our houses during night. We close our doors soon after the sunset these days," said a villager. [H]

GOACAN to urge PWD to set up Road Engg Cell
As a part of its awareness programmed beginning from January 4, GOACAN will urge Public Works Department (PWD) to set up a Road Engineering Cell (REC) and develop suitable guidelines for construction and maintenance of roads for village panchayats and municipal councils. Beginning from tomorrow GOACAN will observe a consumers road safety and traffic management fortnight to create awareness among commuters about their right to safety, right to complain, right to grievance redressal and the urgent need to instill traffic discipline to reduce accidents. [H]

Colva police thwart Dhirio
Banned by law, a clandestine attempt to organize 'Dhirio' (bullfight) in Benaulim was yesterday thwarted by an alert Colva police. Highly placed sources in the police told GT that they got wind of 'Dhirios' being organized at 12.30pm yesterday in Benaulim. [GT]

Go Green, Mozambique Minister Tells Goans

Mozambique Minister of State for Administration, Dr Oscar Monteiro has appealed to the Goan people to maintain greenery and agriculture and protect the environment for posterity. Dr Monteiro, who is of Goan origin, is currently on a week-long visit to Goa along with the Chief Justice Constitutional Court of Mozambique, Dr Rui Baltazar. He called on the Managing Director of Herald Publications Raul Fernandes at the Printing Press at Verna.

News Clips from India

India: Church Jubilee in Andaman stronger than the Tsunami
Bishop Alex Dias Celebrates Silver Jubilee

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 | By Asia News

On 16 and 17 January 2010 closing celebrations for the 25-year life of the Diocese of Port Blair and episcopate of the local bishop. Bishop Dias: the killer wave "mother of all challenges", but reconstruction has taken place "in record time." Evangelization and interreligious dialogue the ...

Port Blair - "I have in my heart a deep sense of gratitude to God, who stood beside me in the past 25 years. The Virgin Mary singing 'My soul magnifies the Lord,' and these words, along with devotion to Our Lady, express what I feel".

Christianity in India ? Introduction

Two versions exist about the origin of Christianity in India. One of them says Saint Thomas the Apostle founded it probably with another Christ?s disciple, Saint Bartholomew, almost the same time, but at different places. Another version holds that merchants and missionaries from Syria, who traded in spices and precious materials, brought the religion to the western and southern shores of India, around fourth century or a little before.

The Cross A fading symbol in Pakistan
Karachi, Pakistan: January 06, 2010, (PCTV Newsdesk)
News source: Zeresh John

During the development of Karachi's infrastructure, a large Catholic Goan community was established by the British and the Irish before World War II....

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The cross is the most widely recognised religious symbol of Christianity. Down the years, the emblem has faded from the public eye, rarely seen in the humdrum of everyday life in Pakistan. Born and raised a devout Protestant Christian and a part of the country?s largest religious minority, the increasing invisibility of the cross, despite its ascent about two decades ago, seems unsettling to me.

GM targets youth with Beat
Sindhu Bhattacharya / DNA | Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Delhi: General Motors India on Monday launched the 1.2 litre petrol ?Chevrolet Beat?. The car is priced between Rs 3.34 lakh and Rs 3.94 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and comes in three variants

Bigger than the Chevy Spark, the Beat is expected to replace the Spark as GM?s best selling mode in India. The Spark is a one litre petrol car which sells about 4,500 units a month now. The ?Beat? concept was first showcased at the New York Auto Show in 2006 and the car doesn?t look much different from the concept.


+Louis DaCosta

Louis DaCosta, formerly from Nairobi and later Kampala, Uganda, passed away peacefully in his sleep January 20, 2010. He will be missed by his beloved wife Elma(nee George), son Jude, daughter-in-law Angie, daughter Michelle, son-in-law Alvin Coutinho and grand-children Jade, Dylan and Chloe. He will also be missed by his neices, nephews and in-laws in Canada and abroad. Louis is the dear brother of the late Tony DaCosta (wife Philomena , England).

The funeral mass will be held this Saturday, 23rd January, at The Nativity of our Lord, 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke at 12:00pm. At the familyís request a donation may be directed to help those in Haiti in lieu of flowers. Reception to follow mass.

Dolly Fonseca
Sun Jan 17 08:20:51 PST 2010

Dolly Fonseca 14 Jan: Brampton, Canada. DOLLY FONSECA. (ex-Kuwait). Passed away peacefully in Mississauga Hospital. Wife of late Sonny Fonseca (Ex-KOC). Loving mother of Susan, Sandra (Delves), Daphne (Aubrey) and Debbie (Tuan). Cherished Grandmother of Daniella and Tanya. Family and friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home "Brampton Chapel", 52 Main Street South (Hwy 10), Brampton on Tuesday, Jan. 19. from 9:30 am followed by Mass at 11:00 am at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 66A Main Street South, Brampton. Interment to follow at Assumption Cemetery.

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Kampala (Goan) Institute Centenary Celebrations Committee

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On behalf of the Kampala (Goan) Institute Centenary Celebrations Committee, I wish to inform members that, we have received US $ 30,000 from Chairman, Dr Sudhir Ruparelia on behalf of the Kampala Institute, Kampala, Uganda and US $10,000 from Mr.A.R. Kalan, Managing Director on behalf of the Crane Bank Ltd., (Ruparelia Group), Kampala, Uganda, contributions towards our reunion and centenary celebrations. This money will go a long way towards making the 4 days celebrations a very enjoyable and memorable occasion and will make it more affordable to the hundreds of former and present members who would avail of the opportunity to attend this global reunion in Toronto, Canada from June 24th to 27th, 2010, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Kampala (Goan) Institute. We would like to thank most sincerely Dr. Ruparelia , Mr Kalan and the Executive Committee Members of the Kampala Institute for their kindness and generosity. Hope they will join us in our celebrations in Toronto, Canada.

Antonio Mascarenhas (Chairman)
Kampala (Goan) Institute Centenary Celebrations Committee
January 16th, 2010

Viva Carnival, a charitable fundraiser to assist Ann D'Souza and Ezekiel Rego.

Ann D?Souza is 5 years of age, born premature at 7 months and underweight. Sadly, she has a condition referred to as Microcephlia. What this means is that she has an underdeveloped brain. Jessie D?Souza, Anne?s mother is a special needs mother, as she is required to provide constant care for Ann. Ann?s food consists of formula, administered via a feeding tube, which is in use for 9 hours per day. The port site for this tube is located in the abdomen causing pain and discomfort depending on the clothing worn. Currently, Jessie?s sister looks after Ann while Jessie goes to work, this however is a short term arrangement as the sister will be going back to school shortly. Ann attends a local school and has a special education teacher for Ĺ the day. The family will be in need of a caretaker for Ann. While there is government funding for this, it is specific to 8 hours per week and Anne requires 24-hour assistance. A caretaker cost approximately $15 per hour and Jessie?s income supports her family (Ann, 3-year-old brother and Jessie).

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Yoga - Ancient remedy for modern-day ailments
By SUNIL RAO | Staff Writer

?Three years ago I was diagnosed with lung cancer,? said Arun. ?Together with the allopathic treatment ? including chemo ? I started practising yog. ?Today I feel better. I live in hope.?

Pneumonia: Protecting those at risk

(NC) - Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death from infectious disease in Canada, and cases can range from mild to severe. The good news is there are steps you can take to protect yourself and reduce the risk of getting pneumonia.

Neurologist offers migrane heads-up
By: Radhika Panjwani

A neurologist from Mississauga's Trillium Health Centre is urging Canadians to take adequate precautions during the holiday season to prevent migraines. Migraine, a chronic biological disorder, that makes an individual prone to recurrent headache attacks, can be triggered by common food such as red wine, artificial sweeteners, vinegar, products straight from the oven and milk, say neurologists who gathered in Amsterdam recently during the Heads-Up on Migraine meeting. A similar forum to discuss the impact of migraines on Canadians was held in Toronto earlier this year.

Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada doubles its efforts in 2010 to convince Canadians that they must be proactive to prevent colorectal cancer

TORONTO, Jan. 7 /CNW/: Colorectal Cancer is the second leading cause of Cancer death in Canada overall for men and women. By being proactive, adopting healthy lifestyles (proper nutrition and exercise) and getting screened for colorectal cancer, the mortality rate from the disease will drop substantially over the next ten years and those diagnosed early with the disease will have a better chance at a cure. "However, in order for this to happen, a great many more Canadians need to be proactive and get screened in a timely manner. That is why it is so important for every province to integrate a population-based colorectal cancer screening program," said Barry D. Stein, president of the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada.

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STAPLES Canada wants eco-conscious resolutions for the New Year

RICHMOND HILL, ON, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - In 2009, STAPLES Canada collected over 1.3-million ink and toner cartridges, recycled more than 2,127 tonnes of electronic waste, diverted 3,450 tonnes of cardboard from landfills and expanded the number of stores collecting electronic waste. What is your eco-resolution?

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