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Speakers and attendees of the dialogue-forum at Ryerson University, Toronto. Photo: HG

Human rights coalition holds dialogue on peace talks

By Lui Queaño The International Coalition of Human Rights in the Philippines-Canada (ICHRP) held a dialogue on the ongoing peace talks between the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) at Ryerson University on Saturday, Oct. 5, entitled Root Causes of the War & the Peace Talks under President Duterte. 

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Young migrant workers are used to ‘job churn’

This is in response to public comments about precarious employment made by Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Liberal MP for Toronto Centre on October 22. When Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that young Canadians should get used to what he called ‘job churn’—having short-term work, high employment turnover—he stated as fact what has been happening in 

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AWARE- Gabay  members (L-R) Eunie Arevalo, Bern Jagunos, Ditas Ferrer, Tita Bautista, Ricky Esguerra, Florchita Bautista, Paz and Belen

GABAY reunion rekindles friendships

By Lui Queaño It’s been almost 10 years since the Gabay caregivers’ organization faded away but a committee of former members in Toronto got together and put up a special homecoming event to bring everyone together again and possibly regroup the community organization. The homecoming event was held Sunday October 16 at Our Lady of 

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Filipino Canadian teachers hold  2016 confab

By Tony A. San Juan In celebration of “World Teachers Day” the Philippine Teachers Association of Canada ( PTAC) aptly conducted its 10th Annual Conference on October 15, 2016 at the Unison Hub, Finch Avenue and Bathurst Street, North York, Ontario. With seventy-five participants and guests in attendance, the 125-member Samahan ng mga Gurong  Filipino in Canada spent the whole-day 

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child in car seat

Two-in-five Canadian parents may be overdressing children in car seats

Allstate Canada stresses that bulky winter clothing may limit the ability of car seat restraints to keep children safe. MARKHAM–With cold weather comes bulky clothing, and while this may be a great way to keep kids warm in the winter, it can be dangerous when a child is strapped in a car seat. While the 

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Home safety audit for Daylight Savings Time

TORONTO–It’s almost time to turn back the clocks and gain an hour of sleep when Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 6. Having a universal day set on the calendar for resetting to Standard Time is also a useful reminder for other regular tasks that should be undertaken for the safety 

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Perpetrators of the brutal dispersal of indigenous people’s rally must be held accountable

A Statement of the International Coalition on Human Rights in the Philippines – Canada  The International Coalition on Human Rights – Canada condemns in the strongest terms the brutal police attacks on the people who were rallying at the United States embassy in Manila on October 19, 2016. Protestors were demanding the withdrawal of US 

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Ontario Superior Court orders Balita and Tess Cusipag to pay $90,000 for Enverga’s legal costs

For a total of $340,000 payment to Enverga in defamation case TORONTO–Balita Media Inc. and Editor/Publisher Tess Cusipag have been ordered by the Hon. Sidney Lederman, Judge of the Ontario Superior Court, to pay $90,000 towards legal costs incurred by Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr. related to the civil action for defamation brought by the 

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Ontario fight for decent work finds strength in numbers

By Ysh Cabana Thousands of Ontarians from the labour movement, alongside community partners, mobilized for the Rally for Decent Work at Queen’s Park early Saturday afternoon of Oct. 1. “What do we want? Fifteen dollars!” “When do we want it? Now!” cheers the crowd carrying banners and protesting the minimum wage despite the legislated increase 

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Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) showed that they stand with people in Ontario and elected provincial officials in prayer to work together against poverty

Faith leaders pray for Ontario solons to support decent work

By Ysh Cabana Some members of various faith traditions speak out to ensure fair wages and to reduce poverty in Ontario. A rally was led by the Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) in front of the Legislative Assembly at Queens Park on Thursday October 6. Leaders of ISARC said the gathering is to acknowledge 

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