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Asociacion Negrense vows more community involvement

The Asociacion Negrense in a well-attended picnic at Thompson Park, Scarborough, held its election last Saturday August 11 and put in motion new plans to revise its constitution and bylaws and become more active in community concerns affecting Negrenses living in Ontario. Nene Castillo and her slate of candidates wrestled the leadership from incumbent President 

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‘Two studies help empower our community’

Chairperson Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) Some four years ago, I joined a mixed group of people and Filipino-Canadians in front of Queen’s Park in a rally to denounce the Police shooting of 17 year-old Jeffrey Reodica. As we waited for a delegation of youth and students from Jeffrey’s school, the news that the 

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Minimum wage delay leaves a million workers in Canada wallowing in poverty

Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara bowing to public pressure to raise the minimum wage to $10.00 has recently announced the phasing in of .75 annual increases starting next March 31 with the rate becoming $10.25 in 2010. But critics from the labor sector and other political parties argued that the plan leaves a million people 

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Alumni gather in Toronto for ‘Tipon’ Silliman 2007

The Ontario Silliman University Alumni Association (ONSUAA) will be the host of this year’s Tipon Silliman 2007 convention. “Tipon” a Visayan term for community gathering aptly describes the every two year-convention of Silliman University alumni. Silliman University is one of the top prestigious academic institutions in the Philippines located in Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental. 

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SONA and The Killing Fields of Gloria

(Speech delivered by Edwin C. Mercurio–CASJ Chairperson, in front of Toronto Philippine Consulate, July 24, 2006.) As embattled Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spoke in Congress on her yearly State of the Nation address, Filipino-Canadians across North America today went out of their way to join their compatriots worldwide in calling for her ouster from power. 

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Arroyo desperately clinging to power – Jalandoni

TORONTO–Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who recently allocated P1 billion ($19.1 million, based on an exchange rate of P52.35 per US dollar) to fund her counter-insurgency campaign to crush the Communist Party of the Philippine and the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) will deliver her State of the Nation Address to Congress on July 24. But 

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Ontario Court staff celebrate cultural diversity in the workplace

Ontario Court Staff of the Ministry of the Atty. General, Superior Court of Justice hosted a multicultural potluck lunch to welcome newly appointed Court Manager Ms. Oliana Palumbo and celebrate cultural diversity in the workplace. Organized by a group of Filipino Court Registrars and Court Deputies of 393 University Ave.in Toronto, the lunch party was 

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Mining in R.P.: Boon or bane?

TORONTO–Former Armed Forces Chief-of-Staff and now Philippine Secretary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Gen. Angelo Reyes in an exclusive interview with The Philippine Reporter said that the Mining Act of 1995 and the Philippine Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Mining Act is a boon to the Philippine economy and will 

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WILL CANADA REMAIN AS THE WORLD’S MODEL OF DEMOCRACY AND DIVERSITY?

More than two decades ago, then Justice Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau proposed introducing a charter of Rights and Freedom in Canada. Hon. Barry Strayer, a former judge and constitutional advisor to the former helped Mr. Trudeau pen a document that would later form the basis for constitutional change. “This included patriating the constitution from the 

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CASJ’s cause is the cause of all Filipinos and visible minority groups

(Welcome remarks delivered at the Holiday Get-Together and Update: “Celebrating Our Solidarity with the Community” of the CASJ held on Dec. 10, 2005 at Parkdale Library in Toronto.) By Edwin Mercurio Chair-CASJ Thank you very much Flor and Pempe for your introduction. Distinguished guests, Toronto City Mayor David Miller, my colleagues, friends and supporters of 

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