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Rev. Fr. Regulo Imperial, Pastor and Chaplain and  DD SK Wilfred Gomez, PGK, PFN, DD are shown above with the officers of Prince of Peace Council # 9144  after the Installation ceremonies at Prince of Peace Church.

KC 9144 Installation of Officers and Awards Night in Scarborough

Installation of Officers District Deputy SK Wilfred Gomez, PGK, PFN DD, installed the 2014-2015 officers of the Prince of Peace Council # 9144 in the Prince of Peace Church in Scarborough. The officer installed are: Grand Knight SK Keith Coutinho, SK Greg Saldanha, DGK, SK Jaime Marasigan, Chancellor; Bro. Rommel Acayan, Financial Secretary; SK Andrew 

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Temporary status breeds super exploitation

Dr. Salimah Valiani’s comments on the 2014 reforms of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program(TFWP) and Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP): I agree with Migrante (BC) that  “Under these “changes”, migrant workers are generally still where they are – being used, abused, and then disposed of”, but I would add that this is the case for BOTH 

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Kenney misleading public on LCP — GATES

Contrary to claims made by Employment Minister Jason Kenney, very few people are using the live-in caregiver program for family reunification. As detailed in media reports late last month, Jason Kenney claimed that Filipino families are abusing the live-in caregiver program by using it as a backdoor family-reunification program. However, a new national study funded 

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‘Changes’ do not alter TFWP fundamentally

The announcements on the “changes” in the Temporary Foreign Worker Program(TFWP) and the Minister’s handling of it have only fueled more debate about the program. One thing was clear though, the moratorium on the food services sector was over or so it seemed. The criticism of the TFWP however was not over. The “changes” did not fundamentally 

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GABRIELA Ontario on Jason Kenney’s ‘announcement’

It is a grave allegation that a minister makes when he calls Filipino employers of nannies as abusers of the LCP when they hire relatives. The implications about the rights of Filipinos in Canada are just a little short of horrid. It implies firstly, that Filipinos, though they are citizens, don’t have the same right 

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Tory gov’t mum on LCP review process

By Veronica C. Silva The federal government would not divulge to media details of how it is reviewing the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP). The Philippine Reporter inquired with the offices Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, about how the review process is being undertaken after news reports have speculated that the LCP 

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Pinoy Fiesta gives back

By Rachelle Cruz It was full house at the annual GMA-sponsored Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show last June 28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. In celebration of Philippine Independence Day, the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation’s community-based fiesta kicked off featuring local talents Canadian Idol Martha Joy; award-winning vocalist Lilac Cana, and former Broadway “Miss 

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July 2014 Pinoy Fiesta

What is Filipino?

A friend I met during the Pinoy Fiesta & Trade Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre last June 28 shared with me an interesting story about this Canadian whom he invited to the same event last year. After watching with quite subdued interest the song-and-dance routines of young Filipino talents on stage, and of 

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I found the Totem Poles at Stanley Park in Vancouver BC, Canada quite interesting having learned about them in one of our high school subjects– though I’m not quite sure if it was in Art Appreciation or American History.

Watercolor Journeys and High School Reunions

By Jojo Sabalvaro-Tan Illustrated by Jojo Sabalvaro-Tan My graduating class of 1965 of the University of the Philippines Preparatory School loves reunions. The most beloved of these reunions and the ones that get us particularly excited are those that take us to countries outside of the Philippines. This wanderlust was instilled in us by our 

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Mapua, Feati, UST dominate events

Inter-college sportsfest heats up the summer Mapua thumped the strong Feati team by just one point to emerge as this year’s champion at the Philippine Colleges and Universities Alumni Association (PCUAA) Sportsfest and Picnic held at Mississauga Valley Park on Sunday, July 6. UST placed second runner-up, while Adamson, Central Philippine University and San Beda 

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