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Artist/Author Interview: Eric Tigley

By Michelle Chermaine Ramos Eric Tigley is a Toronto schoolteacher and artist/children’s book author. Born and raised in the Jane and Finch area, his childhood experiences struggling to fit in and grow as an artist despite limited resources heavily inspired the themes of his artwork and writing. His recently self-published children’s picture book titled, Round 

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File photo of Chinese students place flowers at a memorial honouring the dead at the Nanjing Massacre Museum.                                                   PHOTO: REUTERS

Ontario remembers victims of WWII in Asia

Memorial wall for Nanjing Massacre victims Bill 79, the Nanjing Massacre Commemorative Day Act, 2016, passed Second Reading in the Ontario Legislature. The Bill received unanimous voice vote from all three parties, and it will now be referred to the Standing Committee of Justice Policy. If passed, every year, December 13th will be designated Nanjing 

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The Joy of Giving: 5 Ways to Give with the Whole Family

By Simone Mets Author of Very Christmas Each year, we are teased earlier and earlier of the impending holiday season.  Then suddenly, time flies, and, as if by magic, we find ourselves right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of it all. Creating a signature family tradition of giving is not only fun, 

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Grave challenges to media under Duterte regime

By Althea Manasan A growing culture of impunity around media killings, online threats toward reporters and the antagonism toward the media by President Rodrigo Duterte are among the biggest challenges facing the Philippine press today, says journalist Gigi Grande. The ABS-CBN anchor spoke at an event hosted by the Philippine Press Club of Ontario on 

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British Columbia MLA Mable Elmore and Gordon August

Multi-sectoral groups tackle migrant worker issues

New Westminster, BC By E. Maestro In the last decade, there  has been an increased number of temporary foreign workers (TFWs) across Canada – low-skilled temporary foreign workers, caregivers and seasonal agricultural workers.  Meanwhile, programs and policies that can protect and promote their rights and welfare are lacking, if not absent.   In many cases, these 

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Winning the water fight: Netizens vs. Nestlé

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO–“Where has our water gone?” While the Ontario government is considering a two-year freeze on new bottling facilities, some people are already hoping that companies can’t suck more of the province’s water to sell for profit. In early October, Premier Kathleen Wynne acknowledged that some of the conditions for water-taking permits are 

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Progressive change fuses GTA youth groups

By Ysh Cabana A new alliance of youth groups in the Greater Toronto Area is reaching out to other Filipino youth asking “What’s the F?” Filipinx Youth United for Change (FYUC) convened leaders from a faith-based group, student associations, service-oriented institution, settlement agency and community organizations, bringing together some 50 youth at Fife House on 

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Faster processing for spousal reunification

OTTAWA–The Government of Canada is making it faster and easier for Canadians and permanent residents to reunite with their spouses. At the direction of the Minister, earlier this year Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) began a concerted effort to reduce processing times. From the start of 2016 to the fall, processing times were reduced by 15 percent 

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Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery

Toronto Christmas Market, one of the world’s best Christmas markets, returns to the Distillery Historic District, November 18 to December 22, to bring the spirit of the season to life. Now in its 7th year, Toronto Christmas Market has quickly become the city’s favourite holiday tradition and was ranked among the best Christmas markets in 

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Kababayan Multicultural Centre Christmas celebration at 20 West lodge May Robinson Hall, Dec. 3, 2016

Newcomers’ Christmas Celebration at Kababayan Multicultural Centre

Kababayan Multicultural Centre It’s the time of the year again when everybody wants to celebrate the season of giving, rejoicing and the birth of Christ. For some, Christmas is a season of great joy with all the trimmings, decors, gifts under the tree, the lights in the windows, the cards in the mail, turkey dinners 

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