Basically slave labour

Oftentimes, news coming from the establishment is not really as encouraging as they sound or as good as they intend to be. Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander recently announced that Canada has issued more than 47,000 visitor visas to Filipino visitors in 2013, an increase of 57 percent since 2006 and a record 

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From left: Matt Capobianco, Kenneth Cardenas, Mila Garcia, Christopher Sorio and Prof. Philip Kelly.

A Year of Philippine Studies at York University

By Philip Kelly The end of the academic year at York University saw the conclusion of a series of events highlighting research on the Philippines and the Filipino diaspora. Organized by PhD candidates Kenneth Cardenas (Geography) and Conely de Leon (Women’s Studies), the series was presented by the Philippine Studies Group at the York Centre 

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The FYTIC research team

Report on Filipino youth goes to Ontario college, university ministry

By Philip Kelly A report about why Filipino youth are not completing university, in general, was submitted recently to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Titled “Promoting Post-Secondary Pathways Among Filipino Youth in Ontario,” it is a collaboration of York University, Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) and other community organization. This report 

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Members and guest artists of the Philippine Artists Group at the opening of their art exhibit at the Philippine Consulate General’s Office on May 2, 2014.

PAG Opens Art Exhibit at the Consulate

Philippine Artists Group Opening of Art Exhibit at the Philippine Consulate May 2, 2014

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PAG elects new officers

Hopes are high with the Philippine Artists Group of Canada’s election of a new set of officers led by recent Woman Achiever awardee for Visual Arts, Nelia Tonido as President. Nelia is a watercolorist, architect and award-winning cake designer. Also elected are the award-winning artist Antonio ‘Jun’ Afable as Vice President, artist/architect Genaro ‘Gene’ Lopos 

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President Noynoy Aquino and US President Barrack Obama

NCCP Statement on the visit of U.S. President Obama

The visit by U.S.President Barrack Obama to the Philippines over the coming days is being drummed up as a significant event for the “friendship” of both countries. This is not a friendly visit at all. Its main purpose is the signing of the Agreement on Enhanced Defense Cooperation (AEDC). The AEDC will give the U.S. 

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Minister Jason Kenney

Moratorium not a solution to abuses of TFWP

Migrante Canada, the broad alliance of 19 Filipino migrant and immigrant groups in Canada, calls attention on the impact of the moratorium on the migrant workers already working in Canada and those with positive pending applications. On April 24, Minister Kenney of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) declared a Canada-wide moratorium of the TFWP 

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Grace Nono in T.O., May 24

GRACE NONO, the Philippine music performing and recording artist, author, and cultural worker whose work has garnered her over 40 awards worldwide, comes to Toronto for the first time for a one-evening only Solo Presentation – Talk with Performance. The intimate setting of St. John’s Cathedral Polish Catholic Church, 186 Cowan Ave, serves as a 

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Bishop Vincent Nguyen administered the Catholic confirmation of a group of Grade 8 students at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Scarborough, Ontario, on May 6, 2014. (PHOTO: HG)


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Social and economic justice for working people

ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH ORONTO–The month of May is upon us and with it brings Asian Heritage Month across Canada. As spring shifts quickly towards summer, and as our days get longer, and the sun shines a little brighter, we are provided with a beautiful backdrop to celebrate, remember, and revere the immense contributions of those 

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