Lilia Ordinario Joaquin (Photo Courtesy Of Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star)

Order to deport caregiver cancelled

By Maria Assaf Lilia Ordinario Joaquin, the live-in caregiver who was going to get deported back to the Philippines on Aug. 22, has been allowed to stay in Canada. After an admissibility hearing today (Aug. 21), the order to deport Ms. Joaquin was cancelled. The government will now continue to process her Permanent Residence application 

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Filipina caregivers are fighting for the same rights British caregivers received a century ago. (Image screengrab from

The myth of ‘Express’ Entry

EXPRESS DEPORTATION? From everything we’ve been hearing, Chris Alexander wants to turn the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) into an “Express Entry” class of immigration. “Express” sounds good, right? Don’t believe the name. Express Entry hurts caregivers. Here’s why: Current System 1. Caregivers come to Canada and work as a live-in caregiver. 2. After a minimum of 22 

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Letter from a Supporter

Dear Prime Minister Harper, Minister Kenney, Minister Alexander and my Member of Parliament, I am writing to express my concerns with suggestions to make it harder for persons coming to Canada through the Live-In Caregiver Program, as well as those already here, to obtain permanent residency. As explained below, this is a program that makes 

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Official Opposition sends letter to Kenney and Alexander

August 12, 2014 Subject: Live-in Caregiver Program Dear Minister Alexander and Kenney, We are writing to express our continuing concern with proposed changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) and the general lack of information available. Your government keeps giving indications that changes are coming but little in the way of actual details. The consultations 

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From left: 
Annabelle Tugadi, Celso Dioko, 
Dr. Ramon Floresta, Virgilio Dioko, 
Cora dela Cruz, Congen Mahilum-West, Oswald Tugadi, Moises Calo and Edsel Espina.

PH companies eye expansion opportunities with Canadian partners

CanCham organizes first outbound mission to Ontario; PCCT, Toronto Consulate host delegation By Veronica C. Silva Some Philippine-based companies have expressed interest in expanding their businesses, possibly with Canadian partners or clients. And that’s why Ontario was the first stop of the first outbound mission organized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines 

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Filipino Entries at Toronto International Film Festival 2014

Hustisya (Justice) A middle-aged domestic worker remains fiercely loyal to her employer even as it draws her ever deeper into the dirty world of human trafficking, in this gritty melodrama about corruption, criminality and conflicted conscience in contemporary Manila. Director: Joel Lamangan Principal Cast: Nora Aunor, Romnick Sarmenta, Rosanna Roces, Rocco Nacino, Sunshine Dizon, Chynna 

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Two Filipino films featured in Montreal World Film Festival

Your screening schedule Magkakabaung: August 29 16h30 L14 August 30 12h20 L14 August 31 19h00 L14 L14-Cinema Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin – (screening room 14) Cinema Cineplex Odeon Quartier Latin: 350, rue Emery, Montreal (More details…) ——————————————————– Your screening schedule Kamkam (Greed): August 29 11h40 L14 August 30 19h00 L14 Sept. 1 20h20 L15 L14-Cinema 

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At the Halo Halo Festival, from left: Ronnie de Leon, Maria Guiao, Cielo Ramos, Councillor Joe Mihevc, mayoral candidate John Tory, Michelle Ramos and Voltaire de Leon, event organizer. (PHOTO: JHUN CIOLO DIAMANTE)

HaloHalo Festival draws huge crowd

To the delight of the fledgling organizer, the first ever Halohalo Festival on August 17, 2014 at the iconic Artscape Wychwood Barns at 601 Christie Street, Toronto drew a huge festive crowd, under the very sunny August skies. Like the year-round favorite “halohalo” which is a thirst quencher and eye-filler (tummy filler, too) the festival 

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RIBBON CUTTING: From left: John Tory, Mayoral candidate for the City of Toronto, Deputy Chief of the Toronto Police Services Peter Sloly, Deputy Mayor of Toronto Norm Kelly, Vice president of the CNE John Ciru, Dr. Muhammad Tajdolati, Ombudsman of NEPMCC , Tony Ruprecht, former MPP and Cabinet Minister of Ontario, Thomas S. Saras President and CEO of the NEPMCC, Hilary Renner Director of Public Affairs USA Consulate in Toronto, Maria Saras-Voutsinas, Executive Director and Vice President Public relations NEPMCC and Ned Blair, Vice president Finance NEPMCC.  PHOTO: JOHN SARAS

CNE Ethnic Media Exhibit

Fantastic, beautiful display of cultures By William Doyle-Marshall August 17, 2014 – the first Sunday since the Canadian National Exhibition opened its gates for the 136th time. Canadians and other friends around the world are here on the grounds operated on 197 acres by the City of Toronto for 18 days up to Labour Day. 

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Celebration held at Qssis Banquet Hall, Scarborough, ON, August 8, 2014


Happy 100th Birthday, Ramona Umoquit —————————————————————————- Margaret Pardilla’s 18th Birthday ——————————————————————————- Alex Rondilla’s 75th Birthday ——————————————————————————- Marichu Guzman Estrella’s Birthday Celebration

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