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NDP MPP Gilles Bisson’s PMB to cap executive salaries fails to pass second reading

QUEEN’S PARK –NDP MPP Gilles Bisson’s Private Member’s Bill Capping Top Public Sector Salaries Act failed to pass its second reading in the legislature this afternoon (Oct. 1). The bill sought to cap salaries in the public sector that exceed twice that of the Premier’s – currently $209,000 per year. Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath 

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Ongoing cuts to Ontario’s doctors put patient care at risk

QUEEN’S PARK–Following a morning meeting with OMA representatives, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown questioned the Deputy Premier on her government’s cuts to physician services, and larger cuts to health care and front line services. Brown referenced the imposed cuts of $235 million on October 1 and $580 million on February 1 to Ontario’s 

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How I met Lord and Lady Nightingale

 By Joel Recla Lord means nothing to me, but I am willing to be a Lord for a week or maybe for a month, just to feel how to be one. The feeling to live in a castle, ride a Rolls Royce and hang around with the Royals. Monarchy is a well-established front marketing concept, 

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16-year-old Filipina Canadian wins Pan Am golds in taekwondo

By Jennilee Austria Sixteen-year-old Maria Alvie Dela Cruz of Brampton is a taekwondo poomsae champion, and has the Pan Am gold medals to prove it. Although Torontonians saw the Pan Am games in the city this summer, Dela Cruz’s Pan Am wins took place in Aguascalientes, Mexico on September 9 and 10. At the Pan 

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ANNE DONDERTMAN (2nd from right), Director of Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, welcomes The Philippine Reporter staff and guests. From left: Norman Garcia, Jennilee Austria, Leslie Copada-Gesell, Bob del Mundo, David Fernández (Librarian), Jai, Daniel and David Avila, Anne Dondertman and Mila Astorga-Garcia.  PHOTO: HG

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library gives Philippine Reporter staff a special tour

By Jennilee Austria Those who associate the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library with dusty medieval tomes will be surprised to find the latest issues of The Philippine Reporter in its expansive archives. Rare Book Librarian David Fernández was honoured to accept the newspaper’s latest issues on September 17th to add to its 

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Trinity singing group  to perform in GTA

The Filipino Canadian community has a new singing sensation! It’s the Trinity. A trio composed of 16-year old young ladies and still doing high school academic studies are seriously committed and dedicated to perform and showcase their singing abilities. The Trinity is joining the growing number of artistic talents in this part of the musical 

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Dagupan high school alumni donate ceiling fans

DAGUPAN CITY–Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez lauded the Dagupan City National High School (DCNHS ) Class ’66 for their generosity in helping their Alma Mater by providing the school with equipments under their Adopt-A-Classroom Project. Led by their Class President Dr. Roland S. Capito, Class ’66 turned over 66 ceiling fans on July 23 

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Lead actor and director talk about Honor Thy Father at TIFF

Interviews with John Lloyd Cruz and Erik Matti: By Rachelle Cruz A-lister John Lloyd Cruz flew to Toronto and stayed a little over 48 hours just to attend TIFF for the first time, for the world premiere of his film Honor Thy Father, directed by celebrated filmmaker Erik Matti. The suspense, thriller movie follows the 

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‘Imbisibol’ has a face

Sit down with Direk Lawrence Fajardo By Rachelle Cruz After nabbing seven awards, including Best Picture at the first Sinag Maynila Film Festival, Lawrence Fajardo’s “Imbisibol” (Invisible) is one of the three films from the Philippines featured in this year’s 40th Toronto International Film Festival. Based on the one-act play written by Herlyn Gail Alegre 

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Many Faces of the Political Landscape

According to Elections Canada statistics, while visible minorities remain underrepresented among electoral candidates, minorities have expanded their presence among the ranks of candidates and MPs in recent elections. In the 2011 federal election, 28 visible minority MPs were elected (9.1 per cent of all MPs) up from 2008, when 21 visible minority MPs were elected 

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