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Sen. Enverga, 61, passes away

By Ted Alcuitas Philippine Canadian News The first and only Filipino-Canadian senator died November 16, 2017 in Medellin, Columbia where he was attending a parliamentary meeting. The Ontario senator was in the South American country for the ParlAmericas Annual Plenary Assembly, along with Liberal MPs Robert Nault and Randy Boissonnault, NDP MP Richard Cannings and Conservative MP Bev Shipley. 

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Iconic book cover by Julius Manapul.

Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries

Launch party for first book about queer Filipinx community in Canada On November 17th, an estimated two hundred people packed into Urban Space Gallery on 401 Richmond Street for the launch of Diasporic Intimacies: Queer Filipinos and Canadian Imaginaries. Published by Northwest University Press and co-edited by Dr. Robert Diaz, Marissa Largo, and Fritz Pino, 

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With the Honourable Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, 2017 NEPMCC awardee Mila Astorga-Garcia displays her Human Rights/Equity/Social Justice plaque for ‘Lifetime services rendered to journalism and the information industry.’ 

2017 Ethnic Press Awards

Once again the National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) recognized members of diverse communities “for their work, efforts, enthusiasn and contribution for the creation of a better, more industrious and more progressive Canada,” thru the 2017 NEPMCC Awards held Nov. 17, 2017, at the Toronto City Hall. Recognized were five individuals for 

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Manny Mogato

2017 McLuhan Fellow to speak in T.O. Dec. 5.

Manny Mogato, a veteran journalist of thirty years in the Philippines, now correspondent for Reuters news agency, will speak in Toronto on Dec. 5, 2017. He is the 2017 Marshall McLuhan Fellow. Venue of his talk is Wilson Hall, University of Toronto, 40 Wilcocks St. corner Spadina Ave., Toronto. He was recently “swarmed” by trolls 

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UCCP Bishop Reuel Norman Marigza: Keep up the pressure vs Duterte

By Ysh Cabana A mainline Protestant church’s top executive said that there are ways the international community could put pressure on President Rodrigo Duterte’s “growing authoritarian and militarist” rule in the Philippines. “When we try to mass up with other organizations, in a people-to-people context…Eventually this will mount up into a pressure. We should keep 

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MP Michael Levitt (York Centre), School Board Trustee Alexandra Lulka (Ward 5) and Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 10) with Senator Art Eggleton standing as guest moderator in the York Centre Town Hall Meeting Sunday November 20 at Downsview Park

MP looking into Filipino Heritage Month legislation at the federal level

By Ysh Cabana DOWNSVIEW PARK, TORONTO–Michael Levitt, Member of the Parliament for York Centre, said he is ready to take on the opportunity to introduce a bill to recognize the contributions of Filipinos across Canada. “I can see a number of stories regarding the Filipino heritage month municipally and I think we should be looking 

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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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