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Taste of Manila-for Rachelle story

Taste of Manila: A Huge Pinoy Street Festival Waiting to Happen

By Rachelle Cruz There’s Korea town, China town, Greek town, and now there’s Little Manila.  You won’t find jeepneys bumper-to-bumper stuck in traffic, or street-kids selling Sampaguitas under the searing heat of the sun but the first ever Filipino street festival at Bathurst and Wilson Avenue is as close to home as it can get.  Large 

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Montreal Pinoy community organizes vs LCP changes

MONTREAL–Members of the Montreal Filipino community at large met last week to discuss the proposed changes to the Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) that were recently revealed by Employment Minister Jason Kenney and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander to several Filipino organizations in Toronto earlier this year. Recently, the comments made by Minister Kenney, as reported by 

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Hustisya’s director Lamangan and audience’s reactions at TIFF

By Rachelle Cruz The 39th annual Toronto International Film Festival kicked off, and this year, three films from the Philippines made the cut: Lav Diaz’s From What is Before (Mula sa Kung Ano ang Noon), Carlos Siguion-Reyna’s Where I am King (Hari ng Tondo), and celebrated filmmaker Joel Lamangan’s Jusice (Hustisya). The Philippine Reporter caught 

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Cathy McLeod

Canada to support the health, wellbeing of the most vulnerable in PH

KAMLOOPS, BC–On Sept. 2, 2014, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Labour and Western Economic Diversification, Cathy McLeod announced, on behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Canadian support to the International Committee of the Red Cross to help the most vulnerable in the Philippines. The announcement was made 

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NYPAA to host Basketball League and free Basketball Clinic for Toronto youth

TORONTO–Fully and truly meeting its commitment to youth development through meaningful sports programs, the 15-year old North York Pinoy Athletic Association (NYPAA), is conducting a free Youth Basketball Clinic special program every Friday beginning September 26, 2014. Alongside the program is the holding of a Basketball House League during the Fall/Winter Season of 2014. Both 

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CNAC-O elects new officers at a general meeting held in Scarborough on Jan. 11, 2014. Elected officers are: Susan S.J. Llanera, President; Merle Canlas, 1st Vice-President; Pong Ostonal, 2nd Vice-President; Lydia Madrona-Yanto, Secretary; Nely Lopriego, Treasurer; Jocelyn A. San Juan,Auditor; Liwanag Nabus, Business Manager; and Carlito Cruz, Public Relations Officer.

Camarines Norte-ON Association marks 7th year

Autumn breeze and falling leaves are now almost upon us, after a brief 2014 bearable warm summer. Proudly and greatly encouraged, the Camarines Norte Association Ontario-Canada (CNAC-O) is celebrating its 7th Foundation Anniversary with a Gala Dinner on October 18, 2014, Saturday, 6:00 p.m. at Rembrandt Banquet Halls, 930 Progress Avenue, Scarborough, Ontario. CNAC-O, with its Masquerade-themed 

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From left: Dan Gabriel, Anastacia and Anacito Espena at Pearson International Airport.

In debt and with nowhere to go

After 4 years recovering from injury, former caregiver Anastacia Espena reunites with family By Maria Assaf Anastacia Espena and her family have two weeks to start a new life. The husband and son of the former live-in caregiver arrived at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on Aug. 14, with $20 each in their pockets. “The only 

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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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