DISCOVER Magazine | Year 9. Issue 19. Summer 2018

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Year 9. Issue 19. Summer 2018

Explore Toronto like a local SPECIAL REPORT Brazilian products at your doorstep



Life beyond a concrete jungle

Unspoiled nature and colourful scenery in Setubal and Aveiro

COMMUNITY Abrigo Centre brings people together MP Julie Dzerowicz awarded with the “Ordem de Rio Branco”




Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada.


Photo by Tourism Toronto







São Paulo: Life beyond a concrete jungle Ingrid Coifman “Gamboa Ação” creates opportunities for children and teenagers

is a journalist who specializes in technology, economics, and tourism; her portfolio includes Culture TV, CBN Radio, McDonalds and Microsoft.


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Brazilian products at your doorstep

Giselle Norões is a journalist with work experience in TV, radio, magazine and digital media.


Explore Toronto like a local

Jandy Sales


is a freelance journalist with experience in Radio, Television, Newspaper, and magazine. He worked as a producer and editor for a Brazilian broadcasting company and was awarded three prizes as a documentarist.


Abrigo Centre brings people together



José Francisco Schuster

All about immigration

is journalist with more than 30 years of experience in Radio, TV and Newspapers. He is a producer and host of the program “Nights of Chin – Brazil” on Chin Radio.



TIFF 2018: World Premieres, cutting-edge films back in town Luis Aparício



is a freelance journalist with experience in daily news in Portugal.


Unspoiled nature and colourful scenery in Setubal and Aveiro






Rosana Dias Lancsarics is a journalist and Public Relations officer. She worked for companies such as Exame Magazine and Embraer. In Canada, she has been involved with the Toronto Pan Am/|Parapan Games and Toronto Blue Jays. | DISCOVER | 2018 | 03


Stories that inspire us


The Ontario Legislative Building houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. It is surrounded by Queen’s Park, an urban park in Downtown Toronto. By Tourism Toronto Founder | Executive Director Leila Monteiro Lins Director Teresa Oliveira Executive Editor Ingrid Coifman Contributors Francisco Alvim Giselle Norões Jandy Sales José Francisco Schuster Luis Aparício Rosana Lancsarics Dias Translator Rafael Alcantara Copy Editor Cecilia Chin Joan Sheppard Art Director Rosana Lancsarics Dias Photographers Dave Burke (Canada) Diego Barros (Brazil) Marketing Rodrigo Diniz (Brazil) Richard Turner (Canada) Frequency Is published twice a year

DISCOVER magazine is a member of the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC). The magazine received an award for best editorial and visual concept and services to the Portuguese-speaking community in Canada-2017.

PUBLISHER INFORMATION: LML COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING INC. Contact: Contact: Leila Monteiro Lins Email: Website: Phone: 1- 647- 227-5514 Toronto, Canada

n this edition, we are starting to publish a series of reports about the work of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) which are making a positive impact in Portuguese-speaking communities around the globe. In Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, “Gamboa Ação”, is providing education, sports, leisure and culture for children and youth, Gabriela Caiuby, founder of contributing to fight poverty “Gamboa Ação” in the country. In Toronto, Abrigo Centre, which opened its doors 28 years ago, has programs for Portuguese-speaking women, as well as youth and seniors. The organization relies on staff and its 93 volunteers (who dedicated a total amount of 15,000 hours last year!) to deliver its services in the community. These initiatives inspire us to get involved and contribute in the best possible way to support social causes close to our hearts. In addition to making a difference in the lives of many, it’ll be a rewarding, life changing experience! Another story will show how companies are making our lives easier by delivering beloved Brazilian products such as tapioca, farofa, picanha, and marmalade straight to our doorstep. Many local supermarkets are following the trend and carrying these products on their shelves. In Tourism, we shared some alternative outings to discover Toronto’s local neighbourhoods. Lots of nature, coffee, arts and sports are on the itinerary! Speaking of being off the beaten path, Setubal and Aveiro offer beautiful getaways beyond the well-known Lisbon-Porto circuit.

Enjoy the read!

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Aerial view of São Paulo

BRAZIL | Tourism

São Paulo: Life beyond a concrete jungle By Giselle Norões


ão Paulo is a great economic, cultural and gastronomic centre. It is the land of great food, phenomenal events, museums, music, arts and fashion. A city where everything happens with attractions and activities for all tastes anytime day or night. It is one of the most visited cities in the entire country. Citizens from more than 70 countries have chosen to live in the city, which is where almost 70% of all international flights arrive. São Paulo is a typical Brazilian city with its music, food, art, its own way of being. Surrounded by large buildings and lots of pavement, the place is known as a “Concrete Jungle”. It is a city where business takes place and where the largest Brazilian companies are located. But São Paulo is also the land of adventure and fun.

Photo by Divulgação

The city that does not sleep Known as the city that does not sleep, São Paulo operates 24/7. São Paulo has more than 20,000 bars and 15,000 restaurants - 11 of them already in the Michelin Guide, the world’s main gastronomic publication. In addition, the city has more than 100 museums and 50 Cultural Centers, some with free admission, such as the Museum of Modern Art (MASP), the Pinacoteca, the Soccer Museum, the Immigration Museum and the Museum of Image and Sound. The Museum of Contemporary Art has just recently opened the Vista restaurant on its rooftop offering an astonishing view of the Ibirapuera Park!

The São Paulo Museum of Modern Art (MASP)

São Paulo holds the largest cultural events in Latin America as it hosts amazing events such as: the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix, Virada Cultural (a 24-hour event with concerts and presentations given by various artists in different districts of the city), the LGBT+ Parade, the International Film Festival, São Paulo Fashion Week, “Salão do Automóvel” (International Motor Show), the Art Biennal, the International Book Biennal, Lollapalooza, Monsters of Rock, Carnival and New Year’s Eve Celebrations. Public transportation in São Paulo is pretty good. It is possible to reach the main attractions by subway. The Avenida Paulista region, for example, is easy to get around, offering great gastronomic options. On Sundays, the avenue is closed to cars and becomes a large open-air market with presentations, art exhibitions and other attractions.

Ibirapuera Park

Photo by Istock

Photo by Divulgação

Where to stay In this area, you will find the Maksoud Plaza which is a more luxurious option and has the award-winning Frank Bar in the lobby honouring Frank Sinatra. The bar serves cocktails in a sophisticated setting with live jazz. Among budget hotel options in São Paulo, it is worth mentioning the Ibis budget Paulista, which is close to the Paulista subway, on Consolação Street. They offer breakfast, private parking and 24 hour front desk service. For those who want to have the best of both worlds in terms of cost and benefit, we recommend the Soul Hostel (located in the region of Avenida Paulista, across from the Maksoud Plaza). Whether you want to get closer to the city’s nightlife, the modern Ô de Casa Hostel in Vila Madalena is close to several bars and restaurants and offers a 24-hour front desk, colourful rooms and a bar for guests. In Pinheiros, there is the Garoa Hostel, which has a bar, a barbecue and a patio with small tables.

Gabriela Caiuby, far left, with a group of children from “Gamboa Ação”

BRAZIL | Social

Social initiatives helping Brazil to grow

“Gamboa Ação” creates opportunities for children and teenagers By Leila Monteiro Lins

Photo by Divulgação


ISCOVER magazine has just started a series of reports showing the importance of social actions for the development of Brazil. The Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) “Gamboa Ação”, created by Gabriela Caiuby, from Rio de Janeiro, provides education, sports, leisure and culture for children between the ages of 2 and 16 and proves that small actions can help the country fight poverty.

Caiuby - We have been able to verify through our work that many children and adolescents who were illiterate are now beginning to read and write; others who were involved in petty theft and lived off of prostitution chose to change their lives and became interested in the activities offered by “Gamboa Ação”. The level of aggression has been reduced, as the kids take refuge and are always welcome here.

DISCOVER - How did the idea of creating the “Gamboa Action” project come about? Gabriela Caiuby - I was in Gamboa, Rio de Janeiro, when I decided to stop and share my food with two girls, ages 7 and 9. I returned to that same square in the following weeks, and from the interaction with the different children, I had the idea to offer them activities that would keep them off the streets.

DISCOVER - How can people help “Gamboa Ação”? Caiuby - There are 2 ways: the first one is through volunteer work in the areas we serve; and the second one is through financial aid. Just click on the link and make a contribution.

DISCOVER - How many children are currently being assisted by the NGO? Caiuby - We currently have 53 children between the ages of 2 and 16, and out of this total, only two were not in school. Unfortunately, schools were not available in their neighbourhood. DISCOVER - You were invited to present the results of your two years of work at the UNICEF Student Conference in Paris in April this year. What was highlighted at the conference on “Children on the street, what is the future”? 10 | 2018 | DISCOVER

Children playing Capoeira Photo by Divulgação

CANADA | Special Report

Brazilian products at your doorstep By Rosana Dias Lancsarics

Photo by Shutterstock

Brazilian delivery companies make it easier than ever to purchase Brazilian products in Canada


ntil recently, it was difficult to satisfy that craving for Brazilian food products in Canada. Most of the time, it was necessary to rely on the good will of friends and family, who brought what they could inside their suitcases upon returning from their trips to Brazil. Or, be content with the little variety offered by the Portuguese supermarkets that “adopted” some Brazilian products on their shelves. This scenario has changed rapidly. In recent years, the number of Brazilian permanent residents in Canada reached 30,000 and new business opportunities have emerged on several fronts. Supermarkets in the Portuguese community and some Canadian networks have increased the number of Brazilian items on the shelves (see box on page 14).

Some of the products available in the Canadian market.

Convenience Delivery company Snackclick was created in 2016, being focused on the distribution of cheese bread, açai and fruit pulps. “The idea came from the fact that the cheese bread is a product that both Brazilians and Canadians love,” says Fabio Mano, co-founder of Snackclick. According to Mano, “our intention has never been to be a Brazilian online market, but to offer healthy products that can be identified as Brazilian, as well as 12 | 2018 | DISCOVER

Photo by LML

other cultures. Most of the Juliana de Paula, CEO items offered of Brazilian have some Market. healthy attribute like: gluten free, natural ingredients, vegan and/or halal.” Sixteen years ago, Juliana de Paula, currently the CEO of Brazilian Market, had to come Toronto every time she wanted something Brazilian. “The delivery business was created with the idea of convenience in mind and the realization that many people are looking for it more often nowadays. The company started with about 100 products and today has more than 300 available. We are always looking for new products to add.” Cheese roll from Forno de Minas.

Photo by Forno de Minas

Sales champion

Photo by LML

Snackclick and Brazilian Market currently cover the entire GTA - Greater Toronto Area and other nearby cities in Ontario. Snackclick has even dispatched cheese bread to customers in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Brazilian Market also sends out orders through Canada Post and currently has a representative in Niagara Falls named “Brazil in Box”. The two companies can be contacted online ( and and through their social media pages. When it comes to deliveries, Forno de Minas frozen cheese bread has been catapulted as the top Brazilian product being imported in several versions by BR4 Trade Corp. “The websites for marketing and home delivery of Brazilian products in the GTA are extremely important in our distribution strategy, making it easier for our consumers to have access to our products”, states Flávio Ferreira,Vice President, Sales & Marketing. In addition to cheese bread, the “tapioca flour biscuit” and coffee (photo) appear at the top of consumers’ preference. Gradually, typical regional products, such as “mandioquinha” and palm oil have made their way in the Canadian market as well.

More options on the shelves

Paul Tavora and his assistant Cátia Borges

Supermarkets expand their variety of products The Portuguese supermarket chains in Great Toronto (GTA) “Távora” and “Nosso Talho”; as well as some stores of the Canadian company No Frills, offer options like guava, marmalade, cookies, coffee, passion fruit juice, granulated chocolate, merengue, coconut cookies and açai. The increase in shelf variety in recent months has been very noticeable. Ten years ago, Tavora offered less than 10 Brazilian products, but today it has increased to 150 items. According to the company, there was an adjustment due to the growing number of Brazilians coming to Canada. The cheese bread

Photo by LML

continues to be their champion in sales, both in the stores and through delivery companies. But let’s not forget that farofa, picanha, tapioca, palm oil, among others, have also experienced a higher demand.

Queen Street West

COVER | Toronto

Explore Toronto like a local By Ingrid Coifman

Toronto’s famous spots include, CN Tower and Toronto Islands, but there is yet plenty to explore in Hogtown, whether you’re a tourist or a local. We listed some cool attractions to get you covered.

Photo by Tourism Toronto

Queen Street West

Evergreen Brick Works

One of the most hip areas in Toronto, full of cafes, bakeries and diverse restaurants.

Open daily and year-round, it offers a wide range of attractions and events including a Saturday Farmers’ Market, nature trails for hiking and cycling, exhibits, festivals, nature-based youth camps and a sustainable garden market. A day out well-spent!

The Scarborough Bluffs It stretches about 15 kilometres along the Lake Ontario shoreline with gorgeous parks, trails and a beach. Erosion has created amazing natural sculptures all around. Scarborough Bluffs

Photo by Tourism Toronto

Kensington Market This distinctive multicultural neighbourhood is located west of Chinatown (definitely worth a visit too!) and full Kensington Market of independent stores, restaurants, Photo by LML and cafes from various ethnicities. Not a place for cars, but designed for pedestrians (“Pedestrian Sundays” happen on the last Sunday of each month, between May and October).

“Toronto is the greatest city in the greatest country in the world. In Toronto, we live together in peace and with respect for one another and our differences. Toronto is lucky to have the compassion and wisdom from different religions, cultures and nationalities from around the world. The world admires how we have chosen to live together here. Toronto is a place where people accept one another with open arms, and that will not change. We must cherish those values and work to reinforce them.”

Photo by LML

St. Lawrence Market is packed with more than 100 vendors, including butchers, bakeries and seafood shops. Many people come for the peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery.

Food trucks Thanks to them, a lot of great (& cheap) food options are available, from Korean BBQ to Shushi Burritos. Visit:

Rent a Bike Torontonians get around pretty much everywhere by bike these days. Besides getting in shape and helping the environment, people enjoy beautiful scenery through interconnected parks, ravines and waterfront along the way. More info:

John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

The Rex Hotel & Bar If you love jazz and blues, this bar is for you. Since opening its doors in 1951, it highlights local and international talent. Their weekly jam night is traditionally on Tuesdays.

Catch a game Distillery District Photo by LML

Distillery District’s streets are inspired in Victorian times, hosting many galleries, beer houses, and restaurants.

Be a sport. You have the options on catching a game of hockey supporting our own Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. At this same centre you can also take in some NBA basketball with our home team of the Toronto Raptors. Travel over to the Rogers Centre and watch baseball game where the Toronto Blue Jays play. Not too far away you can also find the BMO Field which hosts the Toronto FC soccer team (part of the Eastern Conference) as they are part of the MLS. | DISCOVER | 2018 | 17

CANADA | Social

Abrigo Centre brings people together

Executive Director Ed Graça, left, Counsellor and Volunteer Coordinator Valeria Sales and Manager of Fundraising and Communications, Gerald Luciano at the Abrigo Centre on Dufferin Street in Toronto.

The centre offers a range of social programs and everyone is welcome Report & Photos by Jandy Sales


brigo Centre opened its doors 28 years ago with the mission to offer support and assistance to Portuguese-speaking women that were victims of domestic violence. The Violence Against Women and Children Program, which is the top program of the organization, is open to all women no matter their background. In 2011 alone, 173,600 women – aged 15 and older were victims of violent crime, according to Canadian police. “We provide counseling and advocacy. We refer them to legal services. No one leaves empty-handed, regardless of their immigration status in Canada”, said counselor Valeria Sales, Abrigo Centre’s Volunteer Coordinator. Another service offered by Abrigo Centre is the Youth Outreach Program. The non-profit conducts workshops and counseling in schools for young people aged 12 to 19 years. The conversation explores a range of subjects, such as bullying, domestic violence, stereotypes, among others.

Youth seeking help According to Ed Graça, Abrigo Centre’s Executive Director, the Youth Outreach is a preventive program. “In one year, 1,500 youth participated in the program, and about 800 of them have sought our help afterwards.” In the fiscal year 2017/2018, Abrigo Centre assisted 6,495 clients – a number that includes students from the Youth Outreach Program. “They come to renew the PR card, they talk to us and the need for other services arises,” said Sales. She proudly highlighted 1,137 services provided by the Income Tax Clinic in the same fiscal year. “We work miracles.” Abrigo Centre is located in Toronto at 1645 Dufferin Street. According to Gerald Luciano, manager of Fundraising and Communications, a recently purchased elevator made it possible for wheelchair users to access the Senior’s Program activities on the second floor. 18 | 2018 | DISCOVER

Breaking the loneliness The Senior’s Program has 220 members registered, and approximately 90 of them meet daily on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for activities that include playing cards and domino, and even dancing. “I’ve made a million friends here,” said Beatriz Sias. Last year, Abrigo Centre got the support of 93 volunteers who dedicated almost 15,000 hours of work to the institution. Elisabete and her husband, Sérgio Sarmento, both retirees, have volunteered for Abrigo since 2010. “This helps myself and the people in the community because I do not need to stay home,” she said while preparing breakfast and lunch for the seniors. “It’s kind of a second family,” said Carlos de Melo, another Abrigo’s volunteer. He helps others to use the computer and communicate with family through social media. “Everyone has a passion for working here: staff, volunteers and students,” said Valeria Sales. To find out about other programs, visit

CANADA | Immigration

All about immigration By Jandy Sales

DISCOVER Magazine spoke with Immigration Consultant, Terry Ferreira, to answer the most common and intriguing questions regarding immigration. He is Canadian with a specialized B.A. in Political Sciences who witnessed the struggles of his parents to legalize their residency here. DISCOVER - Considering that Trudeau’s government has made significant changes in the Canadian immigration policy since he took office, could you tell us the main change that the Humanitarian & Compassionate (H&C), Refugee and Sponsorship Immigration programs have been subjected to so far? Terry Ferreira - Prime Minister Trudeau has focused on the refugee program, probably due to Syria’s refugee crisis. First, all the sponsorship applications are based on paper processes, which makes the sponsorship process very slow. Since 2016, the immigration offices have been trying to process sponsorships within 12 months. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released on November 1, 2017, details on its 2018 multi-year Immigration Levels Plan. The target for H&C is to welcome 3,500 people in 2018, 4,250 in 2019, and 4,500 in 2020. DISCOVER - Why do people still express unfamiliarity with the Canadian immigration process, which may result in rejection of their application? Terry Ferreira - I would say the inability to read and follow instructions is the main misunderstanding. Before you apply, you need to make sure that you are eligible to apply. Secondly, I would say some people are willing to manipulate the facts to meet the requirements of immigration or visa programs. DISCOVER - What makes a person eligible to apply on the Humanitarian & Compassionate (H&C) grounds? Terry Ferreira - IRCC usually looks at these factors: personal settlement and general family ties to Canada, the interests of any children involved, and the consequences for the applicant if the request is not granted. The other H&C rules are: you may only ask for

Immigration Consultant, Terry Ferreira

H&C if you are applying for permanent resident status in Canada, or for a permanent resident visa abroad; you cannot have more than one H&C grounds application at the same time. Also, IRCC will not assess risk factors such as persecution, risk to life or cruel and unusual treatment or punishment. You cannot apply for H&C grounds if you have a pending refugee claim, or if you have received a negative decision from the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) within the last 12 months. DISCOVER - Brazil is a country with a history of violence, but it seems that Brazilian people do not meet the requirements to apply to become a refugee. Terry Ferreira - Convention refugees are outside their home country or the country they normally live in. They are not able to return because of a well-founded fear of persecution necessarily based on race, religion, political opinion, nationality, or membership in a social group, such as women or people of a particular sexual orientation. I have never seen any Brazilian completing these requirements. | DISCOVER | 2018 | 19


TIFF 2018: World Premieres, cutting-edge films back in town By Ingrid Coifman & Leila Monteiro Lins

Mouthpiece: Patricia Rozema adapts the award-winning two-woman play by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, about an aspiring writer attempting to reconcile her feminism with the conformist choices of her mother following her mother’s sudden death.

Photos courtesy of TIFF


he 43rd-annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which runs Sept. 6-16, is bringing 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations, as well as 21 World Premieres this year. The selection includes 13 features directed by women, including Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece, Nandita Das (Manto), and Claire Denis’ High Life, a science fiction adventure drama starring Robert Pattisonand and Juliette Binoche. First Man

TIFF’s headliners include Damien Chazelle’s First Man, which features Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong, and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, with singer Lady Gaga and himself in the main roles.

Steve Carell is a father coping with his son’s addiction in Beautiful Boy. Emilio Estevez directs and stars in The Public, alongside Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. The Sisters Brothers brings together John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal, while Julia Roberts leads the cast in Ben is Back, a drama about America’s opioid crisis. Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself features a heavy-weight cast, including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Mandy Patinkin and Antonio Banderas. Academy Award-winners Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek lead an all-star cast, including Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Elisabeth Moss, and Casey Affleck, in bank-robber biopic Old Man & the Gun. Capernaum, a Lebanese film written and directed by Nadine Labaki, is a highlight after winning the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. “Every year is a mixed bag in terms of what the films are about, but we are seeing this year a number of films and filmmakers who are addressing real shifts in the culture and political conflicts and social tensions that are going on,” said TIFF artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey.


“Stopover”: Discovering the Azores with a single ticket to Portugal By Luis Aparício & Photos by LML Azores Airlines, a SATA Group company which operates flights out of the Azorean archipelago, promises to be a major player in the North American continent with the intention to attract more tourists from Canada. On May 30, Azores Airlines, in partnership with Turismo de Portugal, announced the reactivation of the “Stopover” program. A large number of tour operators and representatives from travel agencies from Portugal and Canada attended the event at the Old Mill in Toronto. The “Stopover” program allows passengers on North American long-haul routes to spend time between one and seven nights in the Azores at no extra cost.

“It is most definitely an effective program that allows passengers to discover the Azores, which have gained a reputation for being a destination of natural beauty. If I were a passenger and they offered me this package, I would accept it without blinking,” says Adelino Sales, president of JM Vacations.

Tourism opportunities Gavin Eccles, Commercial Director at the SATA Group, says the “Stopover” program will provide more tourism opportunities to the archipelago. In the summer, Azores Airlines will have 11 weekly flights from Boston, in the U.S, to Ponta Delgada, as well as five flights departing from Toronto. Eccles pointed out that the company reported a 16% growth in the number of seats sold to the Azores and Portugal between 2013 and 2018. In the winter, the company will start flying with - the A320neo, a state-of-the-art airplane produced in Hamburg, Germany. “We want to fly out of Toronto with a new aircraft, so we can give our customers a safe, reliable and memorable experience”, he added.

From left: Gavin Eccles, Commercial Director of the SATA Group, Luis Barros, consul of Portugal in Toronto, William Delgado, Country Manager of the Portuguese National Tourist office and Carlos Botelho, Managing Director at Azores Airlines in Canada.

Carlos Botelho, managing director at Azores Airlines in Canada

DISCOVER - What are the main objectives that Azores Airlines intends to achieve with this new commercial strategy? Carlos Botelho - “Stopover” is a product that still requires a lot of promotion inside and outside the Portuguese market, as the Azores and Azores Airlines are still little known. By using the stopover, the passenger will have the benefit of being able to visit two destinations for the price of one - as a result, that will generate growth and wealth to all. DISCOVER - Do you think that this new package is the final catalyst for a tourist boom in the region? Carlos Botelho - The Canadian market still needs a lot of planning. I believe this promotion will help attract more Canadians to the Azores. | DISCOVER | 2018 | 23

MP Julie Dzerowicz awarded with the “Ordem de Rio Branco” Report & Photo by José Francisco Schuster

Brazilian Abassassador to Canada Denis Fontes de Souza Pinto and MP Julie Dzerowicz.

On June 18, Canadian MP Julie Dzerowicz received the award of the “Ordem de Rio Branco”, the rank of Grand Officer, at a ceremony held at the Ottawa residence of the Brazilian Ambassador to Canada, Denis Fontes de Souza Pinto. The event was attended by about 50 people, including Canadian and Brazilian authorities, community and press representatives. Ms. Dzerowicz was honoured for her work in strengthening bilateral relations between Canada and Brazil, especially as the Chair of the Canada-Brazil Interparliamentary Friendship Group. The MP comes from a multicultural family (her father is Ukrainian and mother Mexican). She took office as MP for the Liberal Party on October 19, 2015, representing the electoral district of Davenport which concentrates the largest number of Brazilians residing in Canada. “I was very proud to have received this commendation as a way of honouring the promise I made to the Brazilian community; to be a strong voice to represent them at the federal level, to support and help them solve problems and to build a stronger relationship between Canada and Brazil.” said the MP. In Parliament, the MP’s priorities are in the areas of economy, immigration, gender equality, environment, infrastructure and arts.

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Parade honours Portuguese heritage Report & Photos by Leila Monteiro Lins Forty floats paraded in “Little Portugal” on June 10 to celebrate the day of Portugal, Camões and Portuguese Communities. Community members took to the streets with traditional clothes and flags to honour their country of origin. The parade was the highlight of the Portuguese week. Around 10,000 people, 80 organizations, 40 floats and 6 bands, as well as groups of dances from different regions of Portugal participated in the event.

Minho Cultural Association

Toronto City Councillor, Ana Bailão (center) walked in the parade along with the ACAPO representative, Kátia Caramujo; consul of Portugal in Toronto, Luis Barros; councillor César Palácio; and the federal deputies Peter Fonseca and Julie Dzerowicz.

The costs of the event were sponsored by several companies and organizations. LIUNA, the largest union in North America was the official sponsor of the event, and several representatives from Liuna Local 183 and Local 506 participated in the parade.

According to the representative of the Alliance of Portuguese Clubs and Associations of Ontario (ACAPO), Kátia Caramujo, responsible for the organization of the event, “the Portugal Day parade is the largest event in the Portuguese community and the third largest street parade in the country.” It provided young people with the opportunity to show pride in their origins.” Canada is home to a vibrant Portuguese-Canadian society with more than half a million people. The Portuguese community has been present in the country since 1952 that is, for 66 years, building a new history, without losing its traditions and origins. | DISCOVER | 2018 | 25

CANADA | Events

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SARAU BRAZIL organizes the FIFA World Cup Sarau Sarau Brazil’s organizing team, Leonardo Tenan (left), Carla Dias, Márcia Martins and Sandro Liberato, promoted the live broadcast of Brazil’s first game at Revival in Toronto. The Toronto Samba School drum corps cheered the fans up during one of the most vibrant Brazilian games. Sarau Brazil is a monthly Toronto event that promotes cultural exchange with other nationalities through live music, screenings, among other activities.

Photo by LML

II Brazil Week in Toronto The 2nd Brazil Week will take place at City Hall from September 1st to 9th. It will be an exhibition of fine arts, sculptures and photographs. On September 7th, the Brazilian flag will be raised. On this occasion, people who stood out in the community will be honoured. There will be a cocktail with music by Luanda Jones. * Brazilian artists that would like to participate in the event have to register. Contact Dolores Gontijo at Courtesy of CONCID

BCCC announces accomplishments and management changes The Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) last June 21st, in downtown Toronto. It was an opportunity to highlight its achievements and recognize individuals (photo) that have contributed to the success of the Chamber. Within the past year, BCCC has implemented its new value proposition and delivered significant benefits to its members. During its AGM, the Chamber also announced changes to its management team with the mandate of fostering stronger commercial relationships between Brazil and Canada. As his year-long term comes to an end, Marcelo König Sarkis, President of Prima IP, stepped down as President of the BCCC. In his place, Paola Saad, President of Mandala Group, has assumed the role. Peter Hawkins, Managing Director/ Controller at MELLOHAWK Logistics, has been appointed Vice-President.

Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business & Professionals Eduarda Lee Sousa-Lall (center) is the new president

Courtesy of BCCC Alma Farias, former BCCC Vice-President (2007-2009 receives an award from Paola Saad (current president of BCCC), Marcelo Sarkis (past president of BCCC) and Ademar Cruz (Deputy Consul General of Brazil in Toronto).

Mellohawk Logistics’ happy hour Celebration of Brazilian cowboy and journalist, Filipe Masetti’s new book


Courtesy of FPCBP

Directors: Amanda Caldas, José Cabral, Melissa de Simas, Sara Vieira, Stephanie Dantas, Susy Henriques and Uliysses Pratas. Trustess: Michelle Jorge and Sérgio Ruivo.

Filipe Masetti took on an adventure of a lifetime when he decided to ride home from the Calgary Stampede to his hometown in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The rugged journey was documented by Filipe in the book “Long Ride Home: Guts, Guns and Grizzlies, 800 Days Through the Americas in a Saddle.” The novel is available at

Top view from Nature Park Arrábida in Setubal, Portugal.

PORTUGAL | Tourism

Unspoiled nature and colourful scenery in Setubal and Aveiro By Ingrid Coifman

Foto by Landscape Nature Photo/Shutterstock


any Portuguese cities have become hot destinations in Europe, but they are yet to be discovered by North American travellers. Setubal, a 40-minute ride south of Lisbon, has one of the best beaches in Europe, according to the last year’s edition of European Best Destinations. Aveiro, located only 50 minutes from Porto, is dubbed the “Portuguese Venice”.

Setubal: a city with a close connection to the Atlantic The city of Setúbal, located on the northern bank of the Sado River estuary, is connected with the astounding nature and beaches of the Nature Park of Arrábida. Founded in 1976, it’s a protected and well-preserved area, covering 108 sq km of diverse flora bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. You can hike or bike along the coastline, or simply enjoy walking around hidden sandy beaches which are not accessible by car. Three of the park’s beaches; Galapinhos, Portinho da Arrábida and

Figueirinha—are very popular among locals, but Galapinhos took the prize as “Europe’s Best Beach” by the European Best Destinations in 2017. While crossing the waters to the peninsula of Tróia by ferry boat, it’s possible to watch dolphins entertaining the crowds. Troia island has sand beaches and is surrounded by luxury hotels and resorts. The water is a bit chilly, but scorching summer temperatures make it easier to take the plunge. | DISCOVER | 2018 | 29

Aveiro: Maritime city with water in its soul

Located 68 km to the south of Porto and 58 km north of Coimbra, Aveiro is famous for its many canals, nouveau architecture and colourful houses and boats. There’s a perfect balance between historic and modern city. Photo by LML

The best way to get to know the city is, of course, by water. The brightly painted boats are called ‘Moliceiros’. They offer 45-minute tours and pass by many beautiful bridges and ornamental balconies along the way. There is a mall right by the canal, with two-storey galleries and bridges over a central walkway. The city has introduced BUGA, a free bike-sharing system that allows one to explore the city for a few hours. Jardim do Rossio is a great stop for a picnic under the palm trees.

cheese production. Take a tour and partake in some wine tasting at the historic José Maria Da Fonseca and Bacalhôa wineries. Castelo de Palmela is lodged in the Arrábida mountains, between the Tagus and Sado estuaries. Throughout the 12th century, the castle witnessed battles between Christians and the Moors.

Sesimbra, Azeitão and Castelo de Palmela

Traditional dessert: “ovos moles – soft eggs”. Photo by Filipe B. Varela, Shutterstock

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Beautiful view of Sesimbra beach in Portugal. Photo by Luis Louro, Shutterstock

Sesimbra is a must-see charming resort town that relies on tourism as a strong income source. The town is famous for its beaches, fish restaurants and nightlife. An interesting stop along the route is the town of Azeitão, located at the heart of Setubal’s wine and 30 | 2018 | DISCOVER

Ovos Moles: Literally “soft eggs”, these sweets are made from egg yolks and sugar, shaped in clam and whelk shells format. Originally made by nuns in old convents, the recipe was passed down through many generations. Costa Nova: It’s a charming oceanfront city surrounded by cottages painted with colourful vertical stripes. A visit to the fish market is a must for lovers of fresh sea food. A little more on the adventurous side and more remote, Praia de São Jacinto hosts vast dunes.