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Maria Rowena Santiago Belen convicted of operating as a Travel Agent without Registration

TORONTO–Maria Rowena Santiago Belen (“Ms. Belen”) pleaded guilty to one count of operating as a travel retailer without registration contrary to section 4(1)(a) of the Ontario Travel Industry Act, 2002. Ms. Belen offered travel services in Toronto and elsewhere in Ontario. As a result of the conviction, the following sentence was imposed on Ms. Belen: 

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Landmark human rights ruling highlights systemic abuse of temporary foreign workers

TORONTO–The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has found Presteve Foods Limited discriminated against two women from Mexico working under the Temporary Foreign Worker program. One of the two remaining complainants out of 39 received the highest damages award in the Tribunal’s history‎. The Tribunal found that the women were exposed to sexual solicitation, sexual harassment, 

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Community Literary Group Booklaunch promotes Migrants’ Tales

By Lui Queano AKDAAN Kolektib is holding its booklaunch featuring literary writings by over 20 local writers. The event gives local writers a chance to interact, promote and encourage creative writing in the Filipino community. The second Anthology booklaunch of Akdaan Kolektib titled Akdang Dayo which literally means Migrants’ Tales takes place at Bendale Library 

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Chris Alexander, Immigration MInister

Reopening the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital Pilot Program

An innovative investor program that will bring economic benefits to Canada OTTAWA–The Government of Canada continues to test demand for the Immigrant Investor Venture Capital (IIVC) Pilot Program—a program which will ensure that immigrants who come to Canada deliver meaningful benefits to our economy and society. The program is reopening from May 25 to December 

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Immigration system broken, according to Liberal critic, citizens

TORONTO–As part of a Town Hall on Immigration with Liberal critic for Citizenship and Immigration John McCallum and former MP for Don Valley West and Liberal Candidate Rob Oliphant, on Saturday May 23, residents of Don Valley West voiced their concerns and frustrations about the current government’s negative attitude toward immigrants and immigration. About 70 

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Pepito Torralba (left), Vice Chairman of the Philippine Cultural Community Centre (PCCC) and Rolly Mangante, President and CEO.

Second ‘Taste of Manila’ ready for 100K crowd

By Mark Cadiz TORONTO — Ranked as the third most successful event of its kind last year by the City of Toronto, the inaugural Taste of Manila street festival was an unexpected surprise. At least in the numbers and festivities offered. Organizers of the festival held a press conference at Cusina Lounge on Tuesday ( May 19) to 

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Dr. Jose ‘Butch’ Dalisay, Jr. read excerpts from his work and answered questions about Philippine literature, book writing and publishing, politics and Filipino diaspora. 

Filipino author speaks in Toronto

Jose “Butch” Dalisay By Mila Astorga-Garcia TORONTO–Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr., PhD, acclaimed Filipino writer, editor, and University of the Philippines professor of English and Comparative Literature, was in Toronto recently as one of the featured authors in the Toronto Festival of Literature and the Arts 2015. Along with international authors from Canada, India, Ghana, Sri 

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The aboriginal ministries circle team during Cordillera day.With ifugao peasant movement staff Brandon Lee (2nd from left).

Building a journey of solidarity

By Vernie Yocogan-Diano Executive Director, Cordillera Women’s Education Action Research Center (CWEARC) Three First Nations women came for a learning visit on the work of the indigenous peoples’ movement in the Cordillera region (Philippines) through the leadership of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance . This was a week of homestay and learning from the Kalanguya people 

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Economic goals must be growth and fairness

By Ralph Goodale Feeble jobs and trade data last week underscore what most Canadians know only too well – the national economy continues to falter and Stephen Harper’s long-delayed budget did little to help. On trade, Canada has just posted a massive monthly trade deficit at $3-billion – second worst ever.  That’s on top of 

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Andrea Horwath: NDPs applaud call to stop the sell-off of Hydro One

QUEEN’S PARK–Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath issued the following statement: “I welcome the principled stand taken by Ontario’s independent watchdogs against the Liberal sell-off of Hydro One. Today’s statement by Ontario’s Ombudsman, Auditor General, Integrity Commissioner, Financial Accountability Officer, Information and Privacy Commissioner, Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Environmental Commissioner and French Language Services 

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