Min Sook Lee and Lisa Valencia-Svensson

Migrant Dreams author wins 2017 Hillman Prize

The 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize went to Min Sook Lee for her groundbreaking TVO documentary, Migrant Dreams, which profiles a group of migrant agricultural workers who were lured to Canada by promises of high-paying greenhouse jobs only to find exploitation, surveillance, and intimidation via the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Migrant Dreams, which Lee wrote, was 

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‘Super Lola’ with her daily Coca Cola drink at 100.

‘Super Lola’ turns 100

By Michael Avila Felicidad Varona known as “Nanay Pili”, “Auntie” or “Super Lola” has become one of the newest centenarians as she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Nanay Pili lives with her family Willy, Zenaida, Mervin, Carla, Karen, Neil and Chali. She was born on March 4, 

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Pinoy couple offer unique food service

MEAL DELIVERY For Toronto East Seniors Heart to Home Meals launches new franchise for Canada’s fastest growing demographic TORONTO–A unique food service for seniors is now available in the eastern part of Canada’s largest city.  Starting on Monday March 13, door-to-door delivery for Heart to Home Meals is available in Toronto East. The new franchisees are Kate 

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Balita Newspaper, Cusipag committed criminal contempt

TORONTO, March 8, 2017–Today, the Honourable Frederick L. Myers, Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, in the contempt of court case: Enverga v. Balita Newspaper, Balita Media Inc., Tess Cusipag, Romeo P. Marquez (a.k.a. Romy Marquez) and Carlos Padilla (deceased), ruled that the media defendants committed criminal contempt of court after having continued to 

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Stop trying to grow the economy on a hunch

As the government sets about designing a new innovation agenda, the case for evidence-based decision-making in innovation policy is urgent OTTAWA–Canada can’t expect to improve its economic growth without a better understanding of who is responsible for growth. At a conference in Ottawa last fall, where speakers included Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Innovation Minister Navdeep 

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Toronto rolls out Vision Zero Road Safety Plan for 2017

The screams of police car and ambulance sirens pierce the air. A person lies motionless on the street. A shaken motorist sits slumped on a curb. It’s a scene that played out all too often on Toronto streets in 2016. Last year, there were more than 77 fatalities on Toronto’s roads in, including 43 pedestrian 

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Emmeline Alegre Pablo

By Mila Astorga-Garcia My University of the Philippines Preparatory School ‘65 batchmate Emmeline Alegre Pablo died last March 15 in Manila due to complications of a stroke she had two years ago. I was asked by Pat Pascual Mangonon to do a brief message to be read, among others, at the necrological services last March 

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Kalayaan Centre holds AGM

The Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre (KCCC) recently held its’ Annual General Meeting on February 19, 2017 to discuss the current state of the Centre, changes to the Board, ongoing programs fundraising activities and to review proposed amendments to its Constitution and By-Laws. In the absence of KCCC’s treasurer Renato Samonte, former President Resty del Rosario 

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Cured Meats: No cure for Asthma

By Dr. George I. Traitses Bacon, bacon and more bacon – healthy cuisine may be trending, but that hasn’t seemed to dampen the popularity of bacon and other cured meats. The problem, suggests research, is that regular consumption of cured meats such as bacon, pepperoni, ham and pastrami can make asthma symptoms worse. And it 

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Exercise: Essential during pregnancy

By Dr. George I. Traitses Pregnancy is a stressful enough time for expectant mothers without having to worry about health complications. Unfortunately, in rare cases, pre-eclampsia or gestational diabetes can occur, both of which can put mother and child at risk. Pre-eclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure and organ damage, usually the kidneys; while 

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