Filipino literary book launch set for human rights day celebs

By Lui Queaño TORONTO–The latest in Filipino-Canadian literature will be released by AKDAAN at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto on December 7, 2013. The self-published book “AKDAAN Literary Anthology” will be officially launched to mark the celebrations of International Human Rights Day which is officially on December 10. With the 

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Laureen Harper, Mila Astorga-Garcia, Hermie Garcia and Prime Minister Stephen Harper

PM Harper’s Private Cultural Media Reception

International Plaza Hotel, Toronto , November 28, 2013    

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Senator Tobias Enverga Jr. (left) presents to Philippine Chamber of Commerce-Toronto (PCCT) President Oswald Tugadi (middle) a plaque of appreciation during the PCCT Christmas Celebration on Nov. 23, 2013. Also shown in the photo is Mrs. Rose Enverga.

PCCT Annual Christmas Party

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Julie Viola, a registered nurse, has left for the Philippines, having shipped cartons of medicine, medical supplies and baby formula before she left.  She is also taking supplies with her.

Letter to the editor

First, I am grateful for the opportunity to express my concern in light of the fact that I am personally involved in the latest calamity to hit the Philippines. Our family lives in Roxas City, Capiz, one of the hardest hit areas of this horrific storm. But my conscience compels me to personally thank all 

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Preventing text pain

By Dr. George I. Traitses Canadians sent 110 billion text messages this past year. As technology advances, allowing us to do more tasks on smaller equipment, our bodies often pay the price. With a growing potential for injuries from technologies that we rely on, it’s important to minimize the risks. Dr. George Traitses says, “One 

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Chronic pain and depression

By Dr. George I. Traitses Pain serves an important function in our lives. When you suffer an acute injury, pain warns you to stop the activity that is causing the injury and tells you to take care of the affected body part. Chronic pain, on the other hand, persists for weeks, months, or even years. 

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A typical fracking operation pumps some five million gallons of water and chemicals underground to break up the shale. About half the water is removed during the oil and gas recovery process, leaving the other half underground where it can contaminate aquifers and degrade soils.
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EARTHTALK: Greener ways to ‘frack’ for natural gas?

Dear EarthTalk: I hear there’s a greener form of fracking for natural gas and oil that uses carbon dioxide instead of water to access underground reserves. Is this really better for the environment? — Jason Burroughs, Erie, PA Hydraulic fracturing (known as “fracking”) is a method of causing fissures in underground shale rock formations to 

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Prime Minister Stephen Harper, joined by Father Ben Ebcas Jr., announces further Canadian support for the Philippines during a roundtable discussion with members of Toronto’s Filipino-Canadian community  (PMO Photo by Jill Thompson)

Canada’s aid to typhoon victims: $20M

Including $15M in matching funds By Dyan Ruiz The Canadian government is responding to the victims of the devastating typhoon that struck the central Philippines with aid that includes over $20 million towards emergency relief, armed forces disaster relief staff, and expedited immigration applications for those affected. The government has been announcing a series of 

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Appeal for increase in Canada’s assistance for typhoon Haiyan relief and rehabilitation

November 12, 2013 Prime Minister Stephen Harper Office of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington St. Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister Harper, Re: Appeal  to the Canadian Government to increase the federal financial aid for typhoon Haiyan relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction As the Canada Coordinating Committee of the International Coalition on Human Rights in 

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A beehive of activity in the basement of the Our Lady of the Assumption church. Volunteers classify and package donated relief goods to be sent to typhoon Yolanda victims in the Philippines.

Unselfish acts of kindness and compassion

Volunteers Display Bayanihan Spirit By Beatrice S. Paez The wreckage of Super Typhoon Haiyan cuts deeper than the scars of the landscape of fallen coconut trees, endless piles of rubble and craters of dirt where houses once stood. The human spirit, stretched to its breaking point, also needs to be rehabilitated, said Father Ben Ebcas 

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