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Who will be the next Filipino Idol?

FCT update By Aida E. D’Orazio TORONTO–The Pistahan Sa Toronto is still a long way, but the excitement over the FCT’s Filipino Singing Idol 2005 competition has already started. According to Belle Tumbokon, who chairs the competition, the first elimination round will be held on October 22 at the FCT’s Rizal Hall at 7 p.m. 

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Halloween safety tips

From Toronto Police Service TORONTO–Costumes, candy, tricks ‘n treats, what do kids like to eat? Yes, it is that time of year again when our children are dressed in costumes, calling on homes and trick or treating. Halloween can be exciting fun event for everyone, however, through all this activity we should keep safety in 

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Lawyer Barry Swadron: SIU findings ‘perverse’

Family welcomes coroner’s inquest; detemined to get justice for Jeffrey By Mari-Len De Guzman TORONTO–The family of the Scarborough teen shot dead by police officer last May is hopeful a coroner’s inquest will finally get to the truth and give due justice to the death of their son. This developed after the Special Investigations Unit 

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CASJ denounces SIU findings on the fatal shooting of Jeffrey Reodica

(Statement on Sept. 29, 2004) The Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) strongly denounces the findings of the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) regarding the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jeffrey Reodica last May 21, 2004 by a member of the Toronto Police. We believe that the results of the SIU investigation which cleared the police officer 

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More questions than answers on SIU report

By Mel C. Catre TORONTO–The final report of SIU (Special Investigations Unit) on the shooting of 17-year old Jeffrey Reodica finally came, Sept. 27. Toronto Star screams with headline,”Family rejects SIU report.” The Community Alliance for Social Justice is stunned with SIU’s decision to conclude that the “ shooting was “legally justified” because the youth 

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Is martial law really behind us?

By Edwin C. Mercurio TORONTO –U.S. politicians like then Vice President George Bush, Sr. could say “We love your adherence to democracy,” to praise dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the height of Martial Law. Except a lot of Filipinos don’t see it that way. Ferdinand Marcos was overthrown in a massive outpouring of anger during the 

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Rising movie star takes pride in Filipino heritage

By Mari-Len De Guzman TORONTO–She is a rising star progressing her way through the international movie circle. She has television and movie projects lined up for North American release. Her acting career looks very bright. Her name is Jane McLean and she is proud of her Filipino heritage. “I wake up everyday being proud to 

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Meaty material but technically a disaster

Film Review: Evolution of A Filipino Family By Janet C. Garcia TORONTO–Who could spare 10 hours to watch an unedited movie in black and white, sans musical scoring, filled with interruptions brought by technical glitches such as erratic sound level and occasional silence even if the actor’s lips are visibly delivering a dialogue? Spending almost 

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Negrosanons induction, Oct. 16

TORONTO–Ang Negrosanon Association is inviting former residents of Negros Occidental and Filipinos in Ontario to attend its Induction Ball Dinner Dance this coming October 16 at Rembrandt Hall in Scarborough. Edwin C. Mercurio, Press/Public Relations Officer of the association said that the event will give immigrants from Negros Islands the opportunity to attend the event 

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Counting our blessings

By Cecile Jayme My friend, Danny had been diagnosed with an intellectual set back at the age of 25. Before a major breakdown, he was a successful sales person in a prestigious company back home with a university degree. Briefly, Danny went through series of jobs and counseling. He was unable to develop job skills 

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