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Conservatives vote against $15 minimum wage

Ontario Conservatives voted against Ontario’s Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act, effectively saying no to a $15 minimum wage, no to equal pay for part-time and full-time workers, no to expanded personal emergency leave, and no to at least three weeks of vacation after five years of service. They promised to roll back a $15 

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Councillor Neethan Shan, Ward 42, Scarborough-Rouge River

TORONTO COUNCIL VOTES: June is Filipino Heritage Month in Toronto

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO–The Toronto City Council voted to designate June as Filipino Heritage Month on Wednesday, November 8. With 41 ‘Yes’ votes and no dissent, the motion in council meeting received unanimous support across various political persuasions. “I congratulate all those individuals and organizations within the Filipino community in Toronto and around Canada that 

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Average rent in Canada’s largest cities reaches record high

By Ysh Cabana Inching closer to the $2,000 threshold, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Toronto remains one of the highest in Canada. According to apartment search portal PadMapper, the median price Torontonians are paying for a one-bedroom unit this month is $1,940, which was a 0.5 per cent month-over-month increase. That’s up 

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The Opening & Blessing of the Trade Office, Philippine Consulate General Toronto was officiated by Undersecretary for Trade and Investment Promotion Group, Hon. Nora K. Terrado and was graced by Consul General Rosalita S. Prospero, Philippine Consulate General in Toronto; Ms. Sue Rauth, Deputy Director, Regional Office of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, Ontario Region; Alma Farias, Ontario Regional Representative, Trade Facilitation Office – Canada; Marivel Taruc, CBC Toronto News; Monet M. Trespeses, Area Manager Toronto, Philippine Airlines, and former employees of the Philippine Department of Trade and Industry, and officers of the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto and representatives from other Attached Agencies; and leaders and members of the Filipino-Canadian business and community.

PH Trade and Industry Dept opens T.O. office

Canada is the 21st trading partner of the Philippines. Total bilateral trade between the Philippines and Canada in 2016 stands at barely USD 1.0 Billion with exports from the Philippines of USD 529 Million outpacing imports from Canada of USD 417 Million resulting in a positive trade balance of USD 112 in favour of the 

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Enverga defends caregivers, questions long process for permanent residency

OTTAWA–On November 2, the Honourable Tobias C. Enverga Jr., Ontario Senator, questioned the Government Representative in the Senate during question period concerning the increasing wait times facing caregivers with respect to their permanent residency applications. “The government recently announced their plan to increase the number of immigrants coming to Canada in 2018 to 2020. Yet, 

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PIDC to hold elections

The Philippine Independence Day Council - PIDC, will hold an election of the  Executive Officers and  Board of Directors for the January 2018 to December 2019 term on December 10, 2017 (Sunday). The exact venue and time of the elections are being arranged and will be announced later. A 5-person Committee on Election has been created to 

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Toronto councillor to push for Filipino Heritage Month declaration

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO–A motion to declare June as Filipino Heritage Month annually in Toronto has been introduced in the city council the first week of November 2017. Scarborough Rouge councillor Neethan Shan, who made the motion, said that the declaration will most likely be the first ever in Canada. The motion calls for all 

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‘Poverty is not a hindrance to success’ — Renee Salud

13 Lessons & Points to Ponder for Aspiring Designers By Michelle Chermaine Ramos With a career spanning decades, Renee Salud (or Mama Renee as he is affectionately called) first earned the spotlight in the business as a fairy godmother to many aspiring beauty queens who won their crowns wearing his creations. His name is synonymous 

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Powerful play tackles martial law and EJK

‘Pagsambang Bayan,’ The Musical By Mila Astorga-Garcia TORONTO – One of the gems of theatre art which powerfully tackles the issues of extra judicial killings both during the Marcos dictatorship and under President Duterte’s administration is Pagsambang Bayan, the Musical. Written by Bonifacio Ilagan and directed by Joel Lamangan, both award winning luminaries in the 

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Canadian groups: Ottawa should suspend military aid to PH over human rights violations

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO — Civil society groups and advocacy networks in Canada urged the Government of Canada to cease all military aid and sale of military equipment to the Philippines and expressed “deep concern” to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act on the “severe deterioration” of human rights situation in the Philippines. The Asia 

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