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Formation of Filipino Task Force in Toronto gets support from Councillors

Community issues discussed in 3-hour conversation with Councillors Mihevc and McConnell By Mila Astorga-Garcia TORONTO– A recent meeting between members of the Filipino community and City of Toronto councillors and other City stakeholders resulted in a decision to set up a Filipino Task Force to allow for a community voice in the City when the 

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GATES university/community researchers, from left: Bridge Cosme, Pet Cleto, Mary Parreño, Dr. Philip Kelly, Nancy Prieto, Mila Garcia, Wayne Chu, May Gene de Guzman, Fiel Salazar, Conely de Leon; (front) Mithi Esguerra, Aimee Beboso and Christopher Sorio.

GABRIELA releases initial results of live-in caregivers transitions study

By Mia Ondo GABRIELA Ontario and its research partners recently released the initial results of a nationwide study about how Pinoy live-in caregivers are transitioning from the live-in caregiver (LCP) program. At a workshop held last April 6 at Ryerson University in Toronto, the research team presented the results to some former live-in caregivers and 

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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks during the packing kitchen sets by the Canadian Red Cross that will be sent to the Philippines to help with the relief effort for Typhoon Haiyan.

Harper announces Canada’s contribution to Haiyan fund

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today welcomed the tremendous generosity that Canadians have demonstrated in helping the Philippines recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. The Prime Minister was pleased to announce today that individual Canadians contributed over $85 million in eligible donations that our Government is matching through its Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. As promised 

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Canada welcomes PH peace pact with MILF

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement: “Canada congratulates the Government of the Philippines and its partner, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, on the signing today in Manila of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro. “After decades of conflict and more than 20 years of negotiations, this historic milestone paves the way 

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CPFW scores high in Canadian Economic Impact Study

Canada Philippine Fashion Week (CPFW) scores high in Canadian Economic Impact Study! FEO (Festival Events Ontario) and Enigma Research conducted an economic impact study that produced astounding results: ·  CPFW Attracted over 10K unique attendees, 33,000 visitors that week. Also CPFW Generated over $5.5 Million dollars into the city of Toronto with Non locals spending  $6.8 

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From left: Artists Michelle Chermaine Ramos and Nelia Tonido, Consul General Junever Mahilum-West, John West and Frank Tonido.

Female artists honored at Consulate

TORONTO–Female representatives of the Philippine Artists Group of Canada, Nelia Tonido and Michelle Chermaine Ramos, attended the Philippine Consulate’s Women’s Month celebration in Toronto on Friday, March 28th 2014.  Consul General Junever Mahilum-West, an honorary PAG member herself, hosted the event to acknowledge the contributions of female achievers in various areas of the community including 

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Multi-awarded investigative journalist speaks on ‘Watchdog Reporting on the 21st Century: The Philippines and Beyond’  (PHOTO: JONATHAN CANCHELA)

Rulers’ plunder – easier to expose but risks are higher

Sheila Coronel, Director, Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia University: By Mila Astorga-Garcia TORONTO –The speaker herself, by virtue of her name and stature in journalism, was a sure crowd-drawer. So when the Philippine Press Club Ontario (PPCO) held its 4th public forum on journalism last Tuesday, May 18, at OISE’s 12th Floor Lounge, 

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Olivia Chow will fight unemployment by supporting small business

SCARBOROUGH–Olivia Chow continued to set the policy agenda in the mayoral race with her fourth specific proposal. She will fight unemployment by supporting small businesses in four ways. Despite Rob Ford’s claims the city is “booming” unemployment is 10%. It is 22.5% among young people. “When I began my campaign, I said I’d create jobs 

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KUYA releases first single ‘Stay Here’

TORONTO–KUYA, an alternative R&B/Soul group (consisting of group members Bobby, Sammy, Johann and Jason) release their first single, Stay Here, along with the accompanying music video featuring Miss Universe Canada, Riza Santos. The group is excited to finally be unveiling new music. “Today we are still here because of our love for the music. We 

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Friends, family and the staff of The Philippine Reporter celebrate its 20th anniversary, along with then Toronto Mayor David Miller in 2009.

A newspaper worth its salt

PHILIPPINE REPORTER MARKS 25TH YEAR Reposted from The Origami This March, The Philippine Reporter, a leading Filipino-Canadian newspaper in Toronto, is celebrating its 25th year of publication. For its founders – the indefatigable husband-and-wife team Hermie and Mila Garcia – it represents a quarter of a century of hard work and persistence. Along with other 

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