Canadian Envoy to GMA: ‘Listen to Appeals on Killings’

The Canadian ambassador has asked President Arroyo to listen to international appeals for a stop to the political killings in the Philippines, reminding her that his country’s aid is tied to “good governance.” Expressing concern over the reported spate of political killings in the Philippines, the Canadian ambassador to Manila has asked the Arroyo government 

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To ethnic media: ‘Empower the community’

By Veteran journalist Haroon Siddiqui TORONTO – “Your main role is to cover your community and equally to empower your community in Canada. You help the people in your community to integrate into Canada, help them have equal access to professions, make sure that the workers are not exploited, that they are treated equally as 

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A Pleasant Evening with Calbes, friends at Kalayaan Cabaret

By Maripi Leynes With eyes closed, we could easily imagine that the men and women singing the kundiman on stage were professional singers from the Philippines. The diction was near perfect and the technical rendition was excellent. The singers from different cultures on this particular day were all students of untiring but retiring soprano Eleanor 

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United Methodists ask Bush to help stop Philippines killings

The head of the United Methodist Council of Bishops has urged U.S. President George W. Bush (himself a Methodist by tradition) to press Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to take steps to reduce violence throughout the Southeast Asian country. In a letter to Mr Bush on behalf of the council, bishops’ President Janice Riggle Huie of 

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St. Jamestown fest set on June 11

All systems go for this year’s St. Jamestown Festival which is scheduled on June 11 (Sunday). St. Jamestown complex in downtown Toronto is one of the the most culturally diverse place in the province of Ontario. It is also known to have the highest density of immigrants and visible minorities population. Gene Lara, the chairperson 

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Filipinos in U.S. denounce anti-immigrant bill

By Aubrey SC Makilan Filipinos in the United States declared that they will support the call for a general strike called “A Day without Immigrants,” if the U.S. Senate will pass the anti-immigrant Sensenbrenner Bill. Immigrants who joined the historic California march on March 25 also vowed to continue staging protests until the bill is 

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Int’l Day Against Police Brutality

By Stacey Hale Concerned Toronto community members gathered outside Toronto Police Headquarters at Bay and College streets on March 15 to commemorate victims of police brutality. Despite sharp winds and just above zero temperatures people gathered to observe the International Day Against Police Brutality. This day is celebrated abroad every March 15. Toronto’s event was 

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Kalayaan Centre elects new officers

The Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre held its annual general meeting and election of a new board of directors on Sunday, March 5, 2006 at the new KCCC at 5225 Orbitor Drive in Mississauga. The board reported its accomplishment in the past year the most important of which is the acquisition of a facility at the 

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Explaining Filipino Deprofessionalization

By Dr. Philip Kelly It is a story that is all too familiar for many Filipinos in Canada – the engineer turned machine operator, the accountant turned billing clerk, the registered nurse turned nursing assistant. The same is true for many other skilled professionals from around the world who enter Canada on the strength of 

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Martin Nievera makes merry music at the Metro

TORONTO–Filipinos love to laugh. That’s why when Martin Nievera came to this city recently for a one-night show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre’s John Bassett Theatre, hundreds came to watch the Philippine concert king. And much of the reason was because Martin could easily put on a really amusing show. It doesn’t take much 

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