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JOHN TORY at the Taste of Manila  (PHOTO: ARIEL RAMOS)

JOHN TORY: The frontrunner opens up

By Rachelle Cruz With about 30 days left to go, the battle for the mayoral seat got an upset. With Rob Ford passing the torch to his brother, this recent development might be a game-changer as Doug Ford ranks second place after John Tory. Still, between sparring numerous debates with other electoral candidates on taxes 

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Olivia Chow at the Philippine Reporter’s Gala, May, 2014  (PHOTO: ARIEL RAMOS)

OLIVIA CHOW: From Toronto to Ottawa and Back

By Veronica C. Silva Olivia Chow has been in politics since the 1980s, and she is no stranger to City Hall, which she hopes to call her home again come October 27. Like most politicians in Canada, Chow’s political career started in the school board before she ran for Councillor to represent a ward in 

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Finding the Fords, a life-long mission

TORONTO MAYORAL ELECTION It all began in my first year of university. But even now, four years later, as I write these words, a feeling prevails that anything I say in the media could affect my ability to one day finally finding them. The big two. The ones that put this sleepy city into the 

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Pinoy candidates in GTA

Pinoy candidates bare their platforms, take a stand on key issues

At PPCO Press Forum By Veronica C. Silva Some of the Filipino-Canadians running in the upcoming municipal and federal polls recently presented their platforms and positions on some key issues that affect or concern the Filipino community in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Twelve candidates spoke at the Sept. 19 Press Forum organized by the 

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Taste of Manila 2015: Bigger, expanded street fest expected next year

The huge crowd of about 50,000 surprised everyone, though organizer Magante and vendor Cadiz say they didn’t make money By Veronica C. Silva A bigger and expanded Taste of Manila is awaiting visitors next year as organizers are still basking in what is said to be one of the most successful Filipino festivals in the 

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Seated from left: Manny  Ching, Louroz Mercader, Michelle Serrano, Joey Abrenilla, Paulina Corpuz and Linda Insigne.  Standing from left: Joe Damasco, Ariel Ramos, Mila Garcia, Randy Bucao, PPCO President Rose Tijam, Willie Reodica, Julius Tiangson, Ace Alvarez, Romy Zetazate, Manny Yanga, Gary Tanuan, Noel Perada and Jonathan Canchela. (PHOTO: HG)

All hands on deck: It’s High time… Panahon Na!

By Tony A. San Juan, OCT As part of its public service, last Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, the Philippine Press Club of Ontario (PPCPO) led by prexy Rose Tijam, sponsored a Press Forum for all Filipino Canadian candidates running for elective positions in the upcoming municipal elections on Oct. 27, 2014. Among those who joined 

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Father Henry Carr's Vanessa Javier leads her team in a discussion about Peer Leader responsibilities.

An Ideal Way to Start School

Newcomer orientation week welcomes students and parents to Canada By Jennilee Austria For students who have just arrived in Canada, the pressure of adapting to their new lives is often too much to bear. The frustration of a new language, the absence of friends and family, and the stress of reuniting with a mother after 

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Cordillera and Canadian Aboriginals meet for friendship ceremony

By Leah Evangelista Woolner Last month, the Cordillera Peoples Support Group (CPSG) of Montréal and the Canadian Aboriginal’s of Wenawac community, came together for a friendship ceremony at the Wenawac leader’s home, near Rivière-Rouge, Québec. The historic encounter between the two indigenous groups was one of solidarity, as both communities discussed and shared about the 

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Anacito, Dan Gabriel and Anastacia having dinner at their new apartment.    (PHOTO: MARIA ASSAF)

Beset by difficulties, injured ex-caregiver’s reunited family settles down little by little

By Maria Assaf “Little by little everything is going to be okay,” says Anastacia Espena, as she rolls her wheelchair towards the dining table where she is about to have dinner with her family. Her husband made corned beef with rice. The phrase has become her motto of late. It hides the urgency of her 

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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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