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Group in Alberta Celebrates Consular Campaign Success

To Remain Vigilant Vs Other Migrant Issues The Filipino community is reaping the fruits of their labor after more than a year of dedicated hard work for the campaign calling for a permanent consular office in Alberta. Philippines’ Gabriela Women’s Party representatives Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus co-authored House Bill 4971, “An Act Creating 

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Aimee Beboso, Ottawa

Caregivers call for permanent status 

On October 9, 2014, Live-In Caregivers in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver revealed confidential government plans to take away caregivers’ pathways to permanent residence. With one voice, caregivers are calling for permanent status on arrival for Live-In Caregivers. Add your voice to ours, sign our petition, go to: Are you a current or former caregiver? 

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PH Congen in Southern Alberta resigns

CALGARY–Embattled honorary consul general for Southern Alberta Ferdinand Aguirre has stepped down from his post following controversies hounding his office. Aguirre has been the subject of complaints from Filipinos regarding alleged charging of unnecessary fees and non-issuance of receipts for services from the consulate. (Read story…)

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JUSTICE FOR JENNIFER. Filipinos in New York hold a rally for Jennifer Laude.  (Photos courtesy of

‘Jennifer Laude is a child of God’

By Lenn Almadin-Thornhill NEW YORK CITY, USA – For Father Noel Borbador, an Episcopalian priest from downtown Manhattan, the killing of Jennifer Laude on October 11 reminded him of an issue close to his heart. One of his cousins is, like Jennifer, a transgender person – a reality that Fr Noel told us has divided 

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Tenants and members of the Board of TAHANAN

At Tahanan Non-Profit Homes 20th Anniversary Celebration

Tenants and Board of Directors of TahananNon-Profit Homes commemorated the 20th anniversary of this 44-unit mixed market and rent-geared-to-income apartment building Sept 13. Held at the Tahanan’s basement garage that was transformed into a party hall, tenants and board members got together for food and drinks, an impromptu program of songs and dance numbers by 

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We need affordable housing, and schools, hospitals

Willie Reodica: For mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville By Maria Assaf Willie Reodica is running for mayor of Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario. His political career includes having run for Ward 38 in Scarborough in 2003, and then in 2006. He lost to incumbent Glen DeBaeremaker both times. Reodica, 62, works as a real-estate agent at Remax. He has lived 

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Better transit, street safety, lower taxes, training for TFWs, caregivers

Randy Bucao: For Councillor, Ward 10 York Centre, Toronto By Rachelle Cruz He’s been all over town, in case you haven’t heard. This Filipino Canadian ramped up his campaign for the upcoming municipal election on Oct. 27, running for Toronto City Councillor for Ward 10 York Centre. From early this year, you saw him sweeping 

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Mercader on campaign trail.

Issue of transit, creating opportunities for youth

Louroz Mercader: For Councillor, Ward 7 Mississauga By Maria Assaf Louroz Mercader is a promising candidate for Councillor of Ward 7 in Mississauga. I met with him at his office in Cooksville, the neighbourhood where he grew up and where he is now running. Surrounded by his young niece, his father and mother, who give 

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No special treatment for LGBT groups and non-Catholics

Emmanuel “Manny” Yanga: For Catholic Trustee, Ward 7 By Maria Assaf Manny Yanga, a senior product advisor at a Toyota dealership in Scarborough, is running for Catholic Trustee in Toronto’s Ward 7. Born in Malabon, Rizal, he has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a masters in marketing. He decided to run for trustee 

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Two Pinoy candidates vie for lone trustee seat in Ward 12

By Veronica C. Silva Two Filipino Canadian candidates are trying to bring the Pinoy voice to the Toronto separate school system by running for a post in the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). Community social activist Paulina Corpuz and journalist Ace Alvarez are competing with three other candidates – including incumbent Nancy Crawford — 

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