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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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New Alberta nominee program will get rid of ‘low skilled’ migrants — Migrante Alberta

EDMONTON– On Friday, October 20, 2017 the Minister of Labour Hon. Christina Gray announced the changes to the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP). The changes will take effect on January 2018.  The changes include the consolidation of all categories in a single stream with one set of standardized eligibility criteria. According to Hon. Gray, the 

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Jagmeet Singh and media’s race problem

By Paul Adams New Canadian Media Jagmeet Singh does not yet have a seat in the House of Commons. So when the new NDP leader comes to visit, he’ll have to sit up in the Leader of the Opposition’s Gallery and gaze down on the body he wishes someday to join. If all the MPs 

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New York: Victory rally against gentrification and displacement

Woodside vs Megachurch WOODSIDE, New York–On Thursday evening, community organizations and residents gathered on 69th Street and Roosevelt Avenue underneath the 7 train in a rally to announce their victory against the Megachurch. Speakers from Anakbayan New York, Queens Anti-Gentrification Project (QAGP), the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), and Coalition to Defend Corona expressed 

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CanCham leads the PH delegation to Canada

MANILA–The Canadian Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (CanCham) is bringing a contingent of Philippine businesses to Canada on 22 to 28 October 2017 to explore trade and investment opportunities, and establish strategic tie-up with the mainstream Canadian business community. This important initiative of CanCham is the 5th in the series of outbound missions to 

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