Backpack misuse leads to chronic back pain

Dr. George I. Traitses Back pain is pervasive among Canadian adults, but a new and disturbing trend is emerging. Young children are suffering from back pain much earlier than previous generations, and the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor, according to the Ontario Chiropractic Association (OCA). “In my own practice, I have noticed 

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From left: Dan Gabriel, Anastacia and Anacito Espena at Pearson International Airport.

In debt and with nowhere to go

After 4 years recovering from injury, former caregiver Anastacia Espena reunites with family By Maria Assaf Anastacia Espena and her family have two weeks to start a new life. The husband and son of the former live-in caregiver arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Aug. 14, with $20 each in their pockets. “The only 

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Lilia Ordinario Joaquin (Photo Courtesy Of Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)

Order to deport caregiver cancelled

By Maria Assaf Lilia Ordinario Joaquin, the live-in caregiver who was going to get deported back to the Philippines on Aug. 22, has been allowed to stay in Canada. After an admissibility hearing today (Aug. 21), the order to deport Ms. Joaquin was cancelled. The government will now continue to process her Permanent Residence application 

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Taste of Manila Pictorial by Ariel Ramos – Part 1, Opening Ceremony


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Filipina caregivers are fighting for the same rights British caregivers received a century ago. (Image screengrab from  www.inclusivecan.ca)

The myth of ‘Express’ Entry

EXPRESS DEPORTATION? From everything we’ve been hearing, Chris Alexander wants to turn the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) into an “Express Entry” class of immigration. “Express” sounds good, right? Don’t believe the name. Express Entry hurts caregivers. Here’s why: Current System 1. Caregivers come to Canada and work as a live-in caregiver. 2. After a minimum of 22 

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Taste of Manila Pictorial by Ariel Ramos – Part 2, Parade

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Letter from a Supporter

Dear Prime Minister Harper, Minister Kenney, Minister Alexander and my Member of Parliament, I am writing to express my concerns with suggestions to make it harder for persons coming to Canada through the Live-In Caregiver Program, as well as those already here, to obtain permanent residency. As explained below, this is a program that makes 

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Taste of Manila Pictorial by Ariel Ramos – Part 3


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Official Opposition sends letter to Kenney and Alexander

August 12, 2014 Subject: Live-in Caregiver Program Dear Minister Alexander and Kenney, We are writing to express our continuing concern with proposed changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) and the general lack of information available. Your government keeps giving indications that changes are coming but little in the way of actual details. The consultations 

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Annabelle Tugadi, Celso Dioko, 
Dr. Ramon Floresta, Virgilio Dioko, 
Cora dela Cruz, Congen Mahilum-West, Oswald Tugadi, Moises Calo and Edsel Espina.

PH companies eye expansion opportunities with Canadian partners

CanCham organizes first outbound mission to Ontario; PCCT, Toronto Consulate host delegation By Veronica C. Silva Some Philippine-based companies have expressed interest in expanding their businesses, possibly with Canadian partners or clients. And that’s why Ontario was the first stop of the first outbound mission organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines 

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