LCP changes gain ground

TORONTO – There is an upsurge of support for changes in the live-in-caregiver program generated by the campaign for justice for Jocelyn Dulnuan and for all live-in-caregivers. These changes, which will be brought forward to both provincial and federal legislatures by concerned parliamentarians, and the community promoting and supporting the campaign, include, among others: • 

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Caregiver reforms pushed

TORONTO – The murder of live-in caregiver Jocelyn Dulnuan and the subsequent community efforts to seek justice for her death have triggered a broader campaign for reforms in Canada’s live-in-caregivers program. Proposed changes in the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) and the implementation of the Employment Standards Act (ESA) in workplaces of caregivers were brought to 

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NOTL family farm thrives on customer satisfaction, honesty

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE — In the outskirts of beautiful Niagara-on-the-Lake, on a Road called Line 6, is a modest stretch of farmland owned by Pavel Varadinek and family. At the end of the family home’s driveway by the road, is a small table with baskets of fruits — plums, prunes, peaches, grapes and apricots — and a 

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Canadian journalist awardee donates prize to murdered Filipina journalist’s family

TORONTO – A Canadian investigative reporter who recently won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for his CBC radio documentary on the murder of a Filpino journalist, has donated his prize money to the victim’s family. Declan Hill, who wrote about the life and death of murdered Filipina Marlene Esperat and the killing of journalists 

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Police to implement jury recommendations

TORONTO – Toronto’s plainclothes police officers responding to emergency situations will be issued gear to easily identify them, and their unmarked vehicles will be outfitted with additional equipment for easier identification as police cars. This was the Toronto Police Service’s response to one of the crucial inquest jury recommendations into the 2004 shooting death of 

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Footwear fashion rocks Little Italy

TORONTO–A footwear fashion store is creating a stir in vibrant Little Italy. BALISI, which sells footwear, handbags and accessories, is only a year old, but it is already attracting not only a steady flow of fashion-conscious clients, but also Toronto’s media, and even sponsors for fashion shows and other promotional events. Located in that busy 

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Ambassador Jose Brilliantes: ‘OFWs — third pillar in foreign policy’

TORONTO–A third pillar has been added to what used to be a two-pronged foreign affairs policy of the Philippine government, Philippine Ambassador to Canada, Jose Brilliantes told members of the Filipino-Canadian media on Saturday, April 7. This third pillar is the protection and promotion of the interest and well-being of the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), 

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Jeffrey Reodica Inquest : Police changes needed, says jury

TORONTO – After 10 weeks of hearing testimonies from 47 witnesses at the Coroner’s inquest into the death of Michael Jeffrey Reodica, the jury came up with crucial recommendations suggesting some police changes needed that may have changed the course of events leading to the teen’s death in the hands of police. These recommendations were 

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Lilac Caña’s concert: A musical masterpiece

TORONTO–The spirits of the earth seemed to be singing in glee on the day of Lilac Caña’s 4th CD launch Concert, aptly titled “I’ll Be With You on Earth Day.” Even the rain seemed a blessing on that day, as concert guests, some coming all the way from Ottawa, eagerly showed up early at The 

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Lives and Memories: Thank you, Aling Choleng

(This column was read during the memorial for the late Aling Choleng, our beloved recipe writer- Ed.) There is a joke that goes around in The Philippine Reporter – a joke promoted no less by my editor, Hermie Garcia — that this column I occasionally write – Lives and Memories – gets written only when 

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