Perpetrators of the brutal dispersal of indigenous people’s rally must be held accountable

A Statement of the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines – Canada  The International Coalition on Human Rights – Canada condemns in the strongest terms the brutal police attacks on the people who were rallying at the United States embassy in Manila on October 19, 2016. Protestors were demanding the withdrawal of US 

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Ontario Superior Court orders Balita and Tess Cusipag to pay $90,000 for Enverga’s legal costs

For a total of $340,000 payment to Enverga in defamation case TORONTO–Balita Media Inc. and Editor/Publisher Tess Cusipag have been ordered by the Hon. Sidney Lederman, Judge of the Ontario Superior Court, to pay $90,000 towards legal costs incurred by Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. related to the civil action for defamation brought by the 

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Migrant groups convened at the Philippine Consulate Office for an Open Community Dialogue on consular services.  Kababayan4Change initiative thru Migrante Ontario presented 6-point demands of the various community groups in Toronto. (PHOTO: LQ)

OWWA welfare officer designated; OFW advocates present 6-point demands in dialogue with Consulate

The Philippine Consulate General’s Office In Toronto’s designation of an Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Welfare Officer could soon put an end to a problematic consular service that has been hounding the consulate office for years. Migrante Ontario, a member organization of Migrante Canada, welcomed the Consulate’s announcement. Various community groups that attended the open 

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Ontario fight for decent work finds strength in numbers

By Ysh Cabana Thousands of Ontarians from the labour movement, alongside community partners, mobilized for the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park early Saturday afternoon of Oct. 1. “What do we want? Fifteen dollars!” “When do we want it? Now!” cheers the crowd carrying banners and protesting the minimum wage despite the legislated increase 

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Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) showed that they stand with people in Ontario and elected provincial officials in prayer to work together against poverty

Faith leaders pray for Ontario solons to support decent work

By Ysh Cabana Some members of various faith traditions speak out to ensure fair wages and to reduce poverty in Ontario. A rally was led by the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) in front of the Legislative Assembly at Queens Park on Thursday October 6. Leaders of ISARC said the gathering is to acknowledge 

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Catherine & Max: Magical Wedding

Max Uhlenbeck and Catherine Lacanlale exchanged their wedding vows in ceremonies officiated by Fr. Dante Daylusan in the Nativity Church in the parish of Acquapendente, town of Trevinano, province of Viterbo, in the Tuscan region of Italy last August 28, 2016. The long-time sweethearts who both live and work in New York, planned and worked 

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JDL Performing Arts Super Showcase: A Musical Extravaganza, celebrating 5th Anniversary

With DK Tijam, Leo Bautista, 1 Rock with the One and Only Miss Josie de Leon, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2016 at PC Ho Theatre, Scarborough  

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UP High ‘68 Reunion: Toronno, eh?

By Junie de Veyra Fortunate that we knew/learned about the bed & breakfast houses owned and operated by Rogie and Tess Concepcion of Toronto ( Choosing the right place to set-up base helps quite a bit, for both travel and reunions. So even as we were tourists of Toronto, our being reunionistas was also made that much more 

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Maalaala Mo Kaya 25th Anniversary Celebration in Toronto

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos On Saturday September 17th Charo Santos celebrated the 25th anniversary of her popular TV drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya in Toronto with a live show titled Kwentuhang Kapamilya at St. Michael’s College School Centre for the Arts. Ms. Santos was very much the warm charismatic soft-spoken host you see on TV 

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Reimagining Community on Bathurst and Wilson

By Ysh Cabana How do people express that attachment for their imaginings of comradeship, community, compatriots? In a tough and complex world, language and its cultural products give a sense of shared meaning. Poetry and songs are examples given by the late Benedict Anderson in his seminal book “Imagined Communities.” In his unpublished poem “Doon 

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