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Canada's well-educated workforce lacks much-needed physical capital to improve productivity


OTTAWA, Jan. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada has a well-educated workforce that has not been given the required physical capital-machinery and equipment, infrastructure and buildings-to maximize output. This helps to explain the country's sluggish productivity growth over the past 25 years, the Conference Board argues in a new report released today.


U of T appoints new Vice President and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga

TORONTO, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - Professor Hargurdeep (Deep) Saini, Dean of the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, has been appointed the new Vice President and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga, UofT announced today.

The appointment, a five-year term, begins on July 1, 2010. "I'm delighted that Prof. Deep Saini is joining us as Vice President and Principal of the University of Toronto Mississauga," said President David Naylor. "A fine scholar and generous mentor, Deep Saini has a very strong record of innovative leadership at the Universite de Montreal and more recently the University of Waterloo.


Fewer Americans think Obama has advanced race relations, poll shows
By Jennifer Agiesta and Jon Cohen | Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 18, 2010; A03

Soaring expectations about the effect of the first black president on U.S. race relations have collided with a more mundane reality, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.


UK - 'Deep impact' of downturn on jobs

The impact of the recession on unemployment is deeper than headline figures suggest, a report suggests.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) say that 1.3 million people were made redundant during the recession.


New Tool for Canada's Charities makes CRA Reporting less "Taxing"

Imagine Canada launches Charity Tax Tools website!

TORONTO, Jan. 26 /CNW/ - This morning Imagine Canada, along with supporters and sponsors, unveiled and celebrated the launch of the fully bilingual Charity Tax Tools website.


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


One church, many faces
by Catholic Register Staff, | Friday, 15 January 2010

Congratulations to Canada?s two new auxiliary bishops, Bishops William McGrattan, 53, and Vincent Nguyen, 43. Their recent ordinations and calls to serve the archdiocese of Toronto provide an injection of new ideas and fresh energy that can only benefit a Catholic community undergoing rapid growth both in sheer numbers and in challenges associated with the region?s ever-widening cultural mosaic.


Climate Change a Crisis of Conscience for All Canadians
Sunday, January 17, 2010

Toronto: Mardi Tindal, the Moderator of Canada?s largest Protestant denomination, The United Church of Canada, today issued an open letter to Canadians calling on them to consider climate change a crisis of conscience.


Don?t Rape The Goan Pride...
By Hemacharya | Editor-in-chief Daijiworld Weekly (Print Edition)
Jan 27, 2010

(This article has been reproduced from Daijiworld Weekly for the benefit of readers worldwide)

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?Goa, although a small state, is much more bigger in terms of what it has to offer? ?

writes Yulette Coutinho in her lead article in ?Goa Times? on the eve of New Year 2010.

People Places and Things


Retrieved and Locked in a “Trove” of a “Treasure Chest”
Working for the Common Good of our Goan Heritage

Report by Muriel Lucas

The Goan Archives Project, “Open House, held at the Older Adult Centre, in Mississauga, Ontario, on the 20th January, 2010, was visited by “4 Wise Men” ,who began their “Maiden Voyage”, carrying messages of ‘hope’, hauled in, not only their empty boxes, but their gifts of knowledge, wisdom and insight. These wise men, namely Claude Gomes, Cecil D’Cruz and Uvy Lopes, from the East, and John D’Souza, from the West, got off to a roaring start, with this monumental task of reaching out to our Goan Community in raising awareness as to the importance of archiving important memorabilia of our Goan heritage.

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Goan Archives Project Tracing our Goan Roots in Canada
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Goan Archives Project collects valuable material
(Jan 27 2010) | By Eugene Correia

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Mississauga: The Goan Archives Project organised an Open House for people to donate any printed material relating to their own presence in Canada or elsewhere. The project was initiated by Cecil D`Cruz to collect printed materials such as books, documents, articles and personal career data from Canadian Goans. The aim is to catalogue the collection and then handed it over to a suitable library. A steering committee, with Cecil D`Cruz, Claude Gomes, John D`Souza, Uvy Lopes and Lazarus Pereira, has been formed to work on the project.


Canadian Goans tell their stories ? A collection of 40+ essays

Mississauga, ON - The 55 Plus Goan Association (55PGA) of Mississauga is pleased to release Goa Masala, an anthology of stories by Canadian Goans, both fiction and non-fiction with a Goan flavour.

The Book launch date is FEBRUARY 06/2010, 9:00 AM ? 1:00 PM, at the HEALTH & WELLNESS SEMINAR at STS MARTHA & MARY?S CHURCH, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Mississauga, on Sat., Feb 6. (See  for details)


Canadian Goans tell their stories
Mississauga, ON-The 55 Plus Goan Association (55PGA) of Mississauga is pleased to release Goa Masala, an anthology of stories by Canadian Goans, both fiction and non-fiction with a Goan flavour. While the book seeks to record for posterity the memories of Canadian Goans who have made Canada their home in the past 5 decades or so, it should be also of value to other Canadians interested in the diversity of skills, education and life experiences of immigrants that make up this multicultural land.


Website -Goans of Pakistan
Historical Recollections & Reflections

Created by: Menin Rodrigues is a businessman in Pakistan, he is a Member of the Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Karachi, Member of the Board of Governors of St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's Colleges, and in his spare time researches, collates and writes about the past, present and future of Catholics/ Goans in Pakistan.


Preview of Book on GOAN MUSIC
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Jan 22, 2010

OSLANDO [De Souza] the doyen of Goan Folkcrists who has over several decades; released some of the best sellers of Goan folk-music albums such as:

  • POILO PAUSS [The First Rains] -1971
  • SOUL OF GOA -1978
  • GOA MEU AMOR -1982
  • BOAS FESTAS [Happy Feast] -1985
  • NOSTALGIA -1992

has now come out with his latest Best Seller, a BOOK [over 300 pages] entitled "THE CHRISTIAN GOAN KONKANI FOLK & ART SONGS" [cover 100 songs with music notations & chords] (A NEW PERSPECTIVE} By OSLANDO

News Clips from Goa

Cansaulim villagers say no to mega projects
Written by NT Network | Monday, 25 January 2010 01:22

MARGAO: Sunday seemed to be a day of mega projects in South Goa, with these issues dominating gram sabhas in Salcete and surroundings.


Govt ropes in manager for a professional Carnival
The Goa Carnival 2010 will be celebrated in the State from February 13 to 16 even as the Government has sought the services of an event management company to celebrate the festival in a professional manner. The float parade will begin in Panjim on February 13, Margao on February 14, Vasco on February 15 and Mapusa on February 16. This year, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation has decided to have floats in Traditional, Club or Institutions, Fun Junk, Family, Clown or Joker and Sponsored categories. [H]


Tourist visa guidelines revised
The Ministry of Home Affairs has revised tourist visa guidelines for tourists holding long tourist visas having multiple entry facility at the time of their departure from the country, revealed the superintendent of police, security, Mr. Tony Fernandes. Speaking to 'The Navhind Times' Mr. Fernandes informed that a circular has been received by the 'Foreigners' Registration Office at the Goa Police headquarters, in this regard on Monday urging to endorse the passports of such foreigners, who are already holding long term visas for 10/5 years. [NT]


Needle of hope
Goa has over 500 intravenuos drug users on rolls of NGOs who have for almost two years been working with them on a programme to supply them with syringes to arrest the spread of HIV. Positive people, a prominent NGO working in the field of HIV/AIDS in Goa, handles some 435 intravenous drug users (IDUs) in North Goa, to whom they give out a regular supply of syringes -- two per day -- to avoid re-use or exchange. [GT]


Linking Panjim to Belgaum Four-laning of Goa sector on fast track
The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has notified the process of land acquisition for the four-laning of North Goa stretch of NH 4A connecting Panjim to Belgaum. Among the villages wherein land acquisition will be done for the project include: Usgao, Khandepar, Curti, Bandora, Priol, Velinga, Kundaim, Bhoma and Adcolna in Ponda taluka and the villages of Corlim, Ella, Bainguinim, Talaulim, Panaulim, Chimbel, Morombi-o-Grande, Morombi-o-Piqueno in Tiswadi taluka. The project is being undertaken by National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) under BOT basis. [H]


Students should have and open mind: Rane
The Speaker of Goa Legilative Assembly, Mr. Pratapsing Rane on Friday laid the foundation stone for the second phase of Goa Dental College and Hospital. The project is estimated to cost Rs. 27 crore. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Mr. Rane said that better infrastructural facilities with state of the art equipments at the Goa Dental College and Hospital would help the student to better their skills. [NT]


No fooling, Mapusa hospital opening in April
Finally, the new district hospital at Mapusa lying idle since its construction was complete last year will be functional in April this year. Advocate General Subodh Kantak made this submission to the Bombay High Court at Goa yesterday, when the latter took up the public interest litigation filed by one Prakash B Sardesai, who had raised the issue of the poor conditions prevailing at the two district hospitals- Asilo at Mapusa and Hospicio at Margao. [GT]


Chilli cultivation gets a boost in Goa
Chilli cultivation is witnessing a major boost in Goa. According to officials, the state is increasing the area under chilli cultivation by sponsoring five plots at different places in the state. At present the state cultivates chillies mainly for dry chilli. Though Goa does not fall under the major chilli growing areas, demand is rising and farmers in the state have been encouraged to cultivate green chillies by the Goa State Horticulture Development Corporation (GSHDC). [NT]

News Clips from India

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 ... See all stories on this topic

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.


Environment Minister slams IPCC claim on glacier melt down
Bombay News.Net |
Tuesday 19th January, 2010 (ANI)

New Delhi, Jan 19 : Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh termed the claims of the Nobel Prize winning, United Nations Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that most of the Himalayan glaciers would melt by 2035, as alarmist. He said the IPCC report was not based on scientific evidence.


Youths? sex attitude worries Church
Published Date: January 21, 2010

The changing attitude of young people toward sex and family is a major concern, says a high-level body of the Indian Church.


Over 300 leading Indian industrialists bring Christian values to economy
Nirmala Carvalho

First international meeting of Christian professionals and industrials ends today in Mumbai. The goal to make the Christian community in India leaders of an economic development attentive to human needs. In the footsteps of the last encyclical of the pope.

Mumbai (AsiaNews) - More than 300 business people attended the first international meeting of Christian industrialists and professionals that concludes today in Mumbai. The two day meeting was organized by the International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) and Dimension, a group of Christian professionals and managers active in coordinating the various business realities of the Christian community in India.


Plans to construct mega mosque in East London dropped; a report

LONDON, Jan 18 (APP)-Plans by Tablighi Jamaat to build a mosque for 12,000 worshippers in East London near the site of the Olympics Park has apparently been dropped after it failed to submit a master plan to the local council, says a report in ?The Times?.


+ Joaquim Monteiro 1908 - 2010

Joaquim Monteiro, born in Cortalim, Goa. May 19th, 1908 Lived and worked in Mombasa,Kenya, and in Manor Park London.Died, today February 11th 2010, Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, same day his mother died. At the Newham Hospital, East London, surrounded by his family.

A tribute of Love from his sorrowful wife Maria, and children Celine/Lazarus, Therese/Leo, Francisco/Thereza,late Hilary/Lisette, late Maggie/Jess grand children, Mark, Malcolm, Cassandra, Domenic, Leo and Trixiebelle.

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Born : July 20, 1978 -Died: February 2nd, 2010.

Loving daughter of Cathy and late John Rodrigues. Sister to Kevin. Dearest niece to Magnus/Greta (Missisauga); Hilary and late Julie (Mississauga); late Gordon and late Lydia (Scarborough); late Stanley (Scarborough); Maria/Thomas (Ajax); Salvis/Susan; Frank/Flora & the late Cosy/ & Jane (all of Leicester, UK)

While you rest, May God Keep you close to His Heart.

Funeral Services took place on Monday February 8, atSt Joseph’s Church at 11am. 200 Morrish Rd, Scarborough, followed by burial at Pine Hills Cemetery

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MORAES, Jennifer Lynn - Peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family, at her home in Burlington, Ontario on Tuesday, February 9, 2010, Jennifer Moraes at the age of 34. Beloved daughter of George and Carmen Moraes. Cherished sister of Timothy (Denise) and Susan Moraes. Loving aunt of Marcus. Jennifer is also lovingly remembered by her many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and her dog Abbey. Jennifer was a Registered Massage Therapist in the Burlington area for many years.. Funeral Mass celebrated at St. Gabriel's Roman Catholic Church, 2261 Parkway Drive, Burlington on Friday, February 12, 2010 Cremation followed, by a private interment.

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Mother of Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha (Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan),

Our beloved mother passed away peacefully in her 99th year on February 9, 2010 in Richmond Hill, Ontario. She was the cherished wife of our father Lawrence Saldanha (1992) and a loving grandmother of 21 grandchildren, 35 great- grandchildren and 2 great-great- grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by her 7 children and their families: Beryl (late Lance Mendonca), Mavis (Jose Antonio Yturriaga), Desmond (Angela Fernandes), Lawrence (Archbishop of Lahore, Pakistan), Eric (Norine Pinto), Shirley (late Fred Zuzarte), Audrey (Fernand Gauthier).

Funeral service held on Saturday, February 13, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Annunciation, 97 King Road, Oak Ridges, ON. Interment and a memorial service will be held at a later date in Montreal.

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Melba DeSouza

MELBA DeSOUZA After a courageous battle with cancer, Melba passed away at the Dorothy Ley Hospice on Saturday, January 23, 2010. She was surrounded by her family, husband Norbert and her two daughters Gillian and Karen. Melba was an exemplary wife and mother and leaves a legacy of faith and love. She will be greatly missed by Norbert, Gillian, Karen (James) and her two devoted grandchildren Jaden and Devin, as well as her large extended family and multitude of friends. Her memory will live eternally in our hearts. A Celebration of her Life will took place on Thursday, January 28, 2010. at Sts. Martha and Mary Church, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E., Mississauga, ON.

Extract from notice published in the Toronto Star on January 26, 2010


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.


Hiring an Immigration Consultant? Only Hire a Member of the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants

MONTREAL, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - In light of recent events, the Canadian Society of Immigration Consultants (CSIC) warns consumers considering hiring an immigration consultant that their best protection is to hire a Certified Canadian Immigration Consultant.

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Minister Kenney launches a ?Call for Nominations? video for the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism
January 26, 2010 @ 11:00AM

Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney today launched a public service announcement (PSA) to call for nominations for the Paul Yuzyk Award for Multiculturalism.


Kampala (Goan) Institute Centenary Celebrations Committee

Message from: Antonio Mascarenhas (Chairman), Organizing Committee ?100th Anniversary
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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.


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 ½ 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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Saturday February 6, 2010, 9.30 am ? 1.00 pm 55PGA Health & Wellness Seminar

Sts. Martha & Mary Church Hall,
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Mississauga, On. (at Pony Trail - East of Dixie Rd. T. 905-625-5670).
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Sailing February 12, 2010 ( 9 Nights) Ex Students in Toronto of  ST. TERESA?s Boys? & Girls? School, Eastleigh St. Teresa?s School

First Global Reunion Caribbean Cruise from  Miami, Florida
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J&J Swagat
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February 13th 2010, 6:00 pm Goa Amigos The Red & Black Carnival Xtravaganza 2010
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Health & Wellness

Canadians think a retirement of their dreams is out of reach: RBC Poll

Retired Canadians are spending less in their first year of retirement but still more than they expected

TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Nearly all Canadians (90 per cent) feel they will have enough income to cover their necessities in retirement but only one-in-four Canadians (25 per cent) feel they will have enough money to fulfill their retirement dreams, according to the 20th Annual RBC RRSP Poll.



Stressed-out boomers supporting adult kids and aging parents

Most boomers don't mind helping parents but aren't as thrilled about supporting adult kids Supporting kids, parents and themselves recipe for Boomer sandwich, Investors Group poll finds

WINNIPEG, Jan. 5 /CNW/ - Members of Canada's baby boom generation regularly add care giving and financial support to their already busy lives - sometimes at a cost that could include increased personal stress, abandoned vacation plans and reduced retirement savings.


More people facing heart disease risk, Heart and Stroke Foundation warns
680News staff, | 2010/01/25

The Heart and Stroke Foundation issued a serious warning Monday.  In a report released Monday, the Foundation said a "perfect storm" of risk factors and demographic charges are converging to create an unprecedented burden on the health care system.


Heart and Stroke Foundation report warns: A "Perfect storm" of heart disease looming on our horizon

TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Heart and Stroke Foundation's 2010 Annual Report on Canadians' Health warns that a "perfect storm" of risk factors and demographic changes are converging to create an unprecedented burden on Canada's fragmented system of cardiovascular care, and no Canadian young or old will be left unaffected.


Exercise, green tea may lessen breast cancer blues
Joene Hendry | Fri Jan 22, 2010 2:54pm EST

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Depression is a major health issue for breast cancer survivors, but new research hints that regular exercise and drinking green tea may help.

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