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In loving memory: Rolando Silverio, February 24, 1944 – November 7, 2016

Forever In Our Hearts After a courageous battle with cancer, with sad hearts we have to say goodbye to our beloved father, Rolando Silverio. Leaving to mourn his wife of 53 years Alcestis, daughter Lalaine and husband Eduardo, son Alvin and wife Tracey, daughter Carolyn and husband Brian. Grandchildren Katrina, Alisha, Melissa, Jacob, Alex, Katelynn, Thomas, 

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Lis Pimentel, President of Unite Here Local 75, stands with the cheerful crowd in front of the Renaissance Hotel

“We will not rest”: Workers organize for respect and right to unionize at Renaissance hotel

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO–Filipino immigrant workers and community leaders gathered in front of the Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel (Skydome) November 3 to call the management to stop hurting housekeepers. Workers from the Toronto Renaissance Hotel were supported by migrant advocates from Migrante Canada, youth group Anakbayan and fellow members of Unite Here Local 75. “We 

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Annicka Dolonius and Sid Lucero. 
(Photo stills from the film)

3 Filipino films featured in Reel Asian Film Festival

By Althea Manasan When Canada’s largest Asian film showcase returns to Toronto this November, festival goers will have the chance to get a taste of Philippine cinema and culture. Three of the films at this year’s Reel Asian Film Festival were made by Filipino directors, with each one showing a unique perspective of the Philippine 

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Migrant groups convened at the Philippine Consulate Office for an Open Community Dialogue on consular services.  Kababayan4Change initiative thru Migrante Ontario presented 6-point demands of the various community groups in Toronto. 
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OWWA welfare officer designated; OFW advocates present 6 demands

Dialogue with Philippine Consulate The Philippine Consulate General’s Office in Toronto’s designation of an Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Welfare Officer could soon put an end to a problematic consular service that has been hounding the consulate office for years. Migrante Ontario, a member organization of Migrante Canada, welcomed the Consulate’s announcement. Various community groups 

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Sec. Emmanuel F. Piñol

PH Agri head Piñol to hear Pinoy concerns in Canada

By Ysh Cabana TORONTO–Philippine Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol will visit Canada to take part in a town hall meeting this coming Saturday October 29 at 2:30pm. “We are all inviting our fellow kababayans to speak up, connect and engage,” the organizers Pinoy in Canada Patriotic Movement (PICPM) said in a statement. Over 

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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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