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Philippine delegation presses Canada for mining justice and leadership in peace process

Delegation includes a Member of the Philippine Congress, Anglican Bishop and Indigenous activists OTTAWA–Make the overseas operations of Canada’s mining sector open for justice and ensure that Canada plays a leadership role in the Philippines’ peace process are two key requests a five-person KAIROS-sponsored delegation from the Philippines will bring to Members of Parliament and 

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TOM show raises funds for SickKids

MEN’S FASHION 4 HOPE By Veronica C. Silva What’s common between fashion models, a politician, sportscaster, athletes, business executives? For one night in March, some of the who’s who in Toronto’s society strut the runway with professional models and designers to support a charitable cause. Toronto’s Men’s Fashion Week 2017, aptly nicknamed TOM, again played 

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Min Sook Lee and Lisa Valencia-Svensson

Migrant Dreams author wins 2017 Hillman Prize

The 2017 Canadian Hillman Prize went to Min Sook Lee for her groundbreaking TVO documentary, Migrant Dreams, which profiles a group of migrant agricultural workers who were lured to Canada by promises of high-paying greenhouse jobs only to find exploitation, surveillance, and intimidation via the Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Migrant Dreams, which Lee wrote, was 

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‘Super Lola’ with her daily Coca Cola drink at 100.

‘Super Lola’ turns 100

By Michael Avila Felicidad Varona known as “Nanay Pili”, “Auntie” or “Super Lola” has become one of the newest centenarians as she celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. Nanay Pili lives with her family Willy, Zenaida, Mervin, Carla, Karen, Neil and Chali. She was born on March 4, 

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Pinoy couple offer unique food service

MEAL DELIVERY For Toronto East Seniors Heart to Home Meals launches new franchise for Canada’s fastest growing demographic TORONTO–A unique food service for seniors is now available in the eastern part of Canada’s largest city.  Starting on Monday March 13, door-to-door delivery for Heart to Home Meals is available in Toronto East. The new franchisees are Kate 

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Balita Newspaper, Cusipag committed criminal contempt

TORONTO, March 8, 2017–Today, the Honourable Frederick L. Myers, Judge of the Superior Court of Justice, in the contempt of court case: Enverga v. Balita Newspaper, Balita Media Inc., Tess Cusipag, Romeo P. Marquez (a.k.a. Romy Marquez) and Carlos Padilla (deceased), ruled that the media defendants committed criminal contempt of court after having continued to 

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Stop trying to grow the economy on a hunch

As the government sets about designing a new innovation agenda, the case for evidence-based decision-making in innovation policy is urgent OTTAWA–Canada can’t expect to improve its economic growth without a better understanding of who is responsible for growth. At a conference in Ottawa last fall, where speakers included Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Innovation Minister Navdeep 

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Toronto rolls out Vision Zero Road Safety Plan for 2017

The screams of police car and ambulance sirens pierce the air. A person lies motionless on the street. A shaken motorist sits slumped on a curb. It’s a scene that played out all too often on Toronto streets in 2016. Last year, there were more than 77 fatalities on Toronto’s roads in, including 43 pedestrian 

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Kalayaan Centre holds AGM

The Kalayaan Cultural Community Centre (KCCC) recently held its’ Annual General Meeting on February 19, 2017 to discuss the current state of the Centre, changes to the Board, ongoing programs fundraising activities and to review proposed amendments to its Constitution and By-Laws. In the absence of KCCC’s treasurer Renato Samonte, former President Resty del Rosario 

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Tess Cusipag

Cusipag, et al found guilty of criminal contempt-of-court

By Lui Queaño TORONTO–Balita Publisher-Editor Tess Cusipag has been found guilty of criminal contempt-of-court for ignoring the injunction order of Justice Sidney Lederman rendered in 2016. The other two named as defendants include Romy P. Marquez and Carlos Padilla. The proceeding was heard at the sala of Justice Frederick Myers of the Ontario Superior Court 

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