From left: Coco Diaz, Renel Reyes, Sandra Segura and Liza Draman

Caregivers hit government’s ‘secretive’ plans that threaten their status

By Veronica C. Silva Caregivers in Toronto recently criticized the government for what they call “secretive federal government plans” which could threaten their residency status. The Caregivers’ Action Centre (CAC), composed of current and former caregivers and domestic workers, renewed its call for permanent residency status upon arrival instead of waiting for 24 months before 

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Group in Alberta Celebrates Consular Campaign Success

To Remain Vigilant Vs Other Migrant Issues The Filipino community is reaping the fruits of their labor after more than a year of dedicated hard work for the campaign calling for a permanent consular office in Alberta. Philippines’ Gabriela Women’s Party representatives Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus co-authored House Bill 4971, “An Act Creating 

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Statement of Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary on the VFA and the killing of Jennifer Laude

STATEMENT OF DFA SECRETARY ALBERT DEL ROSARIO FOR THE HEARING OF SENATE COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS ON ALLEGED KILLING BY US MARINE OF A FILIPINO TRANSGENDER IN OLONGAPO CITY 22 October 2014, 10:00 AM Committee Room No. 3, 2/F, Senate Building Your Honor, good morning. Thank you for the invitation to attend this hearing, and 

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Aimee Beboso, Ottawa

Caregivers call for permanent status 

On October 9, 2014, Live-In Caregivers in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver revealed confidential government plans to take away caregivers’ pathways to permanent residence. With one voice, caregivers are calling for permanent status on arrival for Live-In Caregivers. Add your voice to ours, sign our petition, go to: Are you a current or former caregiver? 

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PH Congen in Southern Alberta resigns

CALGARY–Embattled honorary consul general for Southern Alberta Ferdinand Aguirre has stepped down from his post following controversies hounding his office. Aguirre has been the subject of complaints from Filipinos regarding alleged charging of unnecessary fees and non-issuance of receipts for services from the consulate. (Read story…)

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JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER. Filipinos in New York hold a rally for Jennifer Laude.  (Photos courtesy of

‘Jennifer Laude is a child of God’

By Lenn Almadin-Thornhill NEW YORK CITY, USA – For Father Noel Borbador, an Episcopalian priest from downtown Manhattan, the killing of Jennifer Laude on October 11 reminded him of an issue close to his heart. One of his cousins is, like Jennifer, a transgender person – a reality that Fr Noel told us has divided 

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Tenants and members of the Board of TAHANAN

At Tahanan Non-Profit Homes 20th Anniversary Celebration

Tenants and Board of Directors of TahananNon-Profit Homes commemorated the 20th anniversary of this 44-unit mixed market and rent-geared-to-income apartment building Sept 13. Held at the Tahanan’s basement garage that was transformed into a party hall, tenants and board members got together for food and drinks, an impromptu program of songs and dance numbers by 

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Consul General Junever 

Winter Escapade 2 Pictorials by Ariel Ramos

Winter Escapade 2 launched in Toronto Oct. 3, 2014 In attendance were members of Filipino-Canadian media corps and representatives of travel and business groupings Ontario-wide

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Leaders of different caregiver organizations and community advocates met with the Liberal Party Immigration critics, John McCallum and discussed the Liberal Party's platform on the OFWs; the meeting was held at the Filipino Centre-Toronto (FCT) on Oct. 4, 2014.

Other Community Pictorials by Ariel Ramos

—————————————————————————– OFWC 32nd Anniversary and Coronation Night Ellas Banquet Hall, Toronto, Sept. 20, 2014

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We need affordable housing, and schools, hospitals

Willie Reodica: For mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville By Maria Assaf Willie Reodica is running for mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario. His political career includes having run for Ward 38 in Scarborough in 2003, and then in 2006. He lost to incumbent Glen DeBaeremaker both times. Reodica, 62, works as a real-estate agent at Remax. He has lived 

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