EARTHTALK: Green Home Renovation

Dear EarthTalk: I’m planning a major home renovation and want to include as many green-friendly features as possible. Where do I begin to look? –Matthew Glaser, Queens, NY There has never been a better time to renovate green, given the abundance of Earth-friendly building material choices as well as contractors well-versed in energy- and resource-efficiency. 

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Unsafe levels of lead contaminate soil in hundreds of neighborhoods around the U.S. where lead smelting facilities operated between the 1930s and 1960s. Children under the age of six are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. Pictured: Rusty remains at an old lead smelting mill.
PHOTO: Simon Bowen

EARTHTALK: Ghost Factories

Dear EarthTalk: What are “ghost factories?”– Philip Walker, Hartford, CT In April 2012, USA TODAY published a series entitled “Ghost Factories,” a report on an investigation into lead contaminated soil in hundreds of neighborhoods around the U.S. where lead factories once operated. The investigation addressed the lack of action taken by the U.S. Environmental Protection 

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8th Annual Kultura Filipino Arts Festival

Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture and San Miguel Beer Present TORONTO–The KAPISANAN Philippine Centre for Arts & Culture, Canada’s premiere Filipino-Canadian cultural hub, has set the stage for the Filipino-Canadian renaissance in Toronto. From Top Chef competitions, to musicians on world stages; from the fashion runways to international galleries; from the New York 

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From left: Ricky Cuenca, Chairman of the Couples for Christ (CFC) – Global Mission; Sen. Tobias, Jr. and Mrs. Rosemer Enverga; Eric de Los Reyes, President, CFC ANCOP Foundation; Temi Pangilinan,  President of ANCOP International Canada Inc.; and Greg Parillas, National Director, CFC. During their meeting, Sen. Enverga, Jr. and his wife assured the ANCOP Canada and CFC (founders of ANCOP) officers that they would continue to support vigorously the projects and objectives of  the Canadian-registered charity ANCOP (acronym for Answering the Cry of the Poor), among others the latter’s annual fundraiser ANCOP Walk, held in major cities in the country. According to Pangilinan, the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF), which was founded by Sen. Enverga, Jr., has so far deposited with ANCOP Canada a total of $18,500 since last year to fund an undertaking to build 20 houses for the poor in an ANCOP village site in Paranaque City in the Philippines. So far, the amount donated by the PCCF represents a cost for six houses at $3,000 per unit. Sen. Enverga, Jr. said ANCOP continues to be his favorite charity. In the past, Sen. Enverga, Jr. spearheaded several fundraisers for ANCOP homes for the poor, through the community organizations he headed, among others, the Lucena City Association of Ontario and the PIDC. The ANCOP Walk for this year is on Sunday, August  25. Please join this 10th ANCOP Walk. To register, visit www.ancopwalk,ca or call (905) 564-8539. (ANCOP Canada PR)

ANCOP’s Walk for the Poor, August 25, 2013

On Sunday, August 25, 2013, WALK FOR A CAUSE! Join the 5-kilometer ANCOP Walk in the downtown core of Toronto. This will be the 10th year for ANCOP International Canada’s major fundraiser, aimed at helping the poor in the Philippines and other third world countries by providing shelter, housing and child education programs for the 

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Squatting as a basic right

By Joe Rivera Modern-day squatters are both poor and homeless. In the Philippines, squatters are second and third generations of original settlers from the rural areas looking for a better life in the city. They have settled mostly on unoccupied and unused public lands which include river and railroad embankments, esteros (estuary in English), the 

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Mabuhay Festival: Showcasing Filipino Arts and Culture

Mabuhay! Philippines Festival Presented by Luminus Financial Aug. 16-18, 2013 A three-day festival showcasing Filipino arts and culture TORONTO–Immerse in the sights, sounds and tastes of the Philippines at Harbourfront Centre. The Mabuhay! Philippines Festival, a signature event of the Philippine Independence Day Council (PIDC) returns to the heart of Toronto’s waterfront (Aug. 16-18) with 

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Maricel Nieva, graduate of Food Service Worker course, gets award for Academic Excellence.

Beyond the Live-In Caregiver Program

“THE TASSEL’S WORTH THE HASSLE!” By Maru Maesa Last June, three Filipino migrant women took short courses that they believed could help change their status and gradually realize their aspirations for a better life in Canada.  One of them finished the training program and received the certificate for food service worker (FSW), and the other 

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8th ambassadors, congens tour now in PH

QUEZON CITY,–Over sixty delegates of the Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors’ Tour (ACGTDT) recently visited The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) mother studios at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City, Philippines and participated in the highly engaging variety program, “It’s Showtime,” last week as part of the cultural tour or Pasaya leg of the annual trip. 

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PCCF FAMAS officers with GMA Pinoy TV stars Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal

Filipino association in Montreal marks 50th year

MONTREAL–The Filipino Association of Montreal and Suburbs (FAMAS)  50th anniversary was a great success at the Pista sa Nayon celebration at the Mckenzie King Park in Montreal.  Highlight of the event are the performances by GMA Pinoy TV stars, Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal. They were an immense hit in Montreal that screams of delight 

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GOLDEN GIRL Leslie celebrated her 50th birthday in Toronto on July 13. With her are husband Tom and son Tommy.

Reporter’s Editorial Assistant Leslie Copada-Gesell’s 50th Birthday Party

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