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Dela Cruz to represent Canada at international taekwondo event in Peru

By Mila Astorga-Garcia TORONTO–Maria Alvie Dela Cruz, a multi-awarded Filipino-Canadian athlete, will represent Canada at the 10th World Poomsae Championships in Peru, Sept. 30 – Oct. 03, 2016, as the Canadian champion in poomsae taekwondo in the recently held premier national taekwondo event. Dela Cruz won top medals at the 2016 Canadian National Taekwondo Championships 

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Emmanuel Escueta (right) receives award for teaching excellence from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Photos provided)

Escueta among Canada’s top teachers

By Ted Alcuitas “You don’t have what it takes to learn French”, Emmanuel Escueta, (‘Noel’ to friends), was told as a young 16-year old immigrant in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1981. That remark did not discourage him, Escueta told Philippine Canadian ( in a telephone interview. Instead, it challenged him to pursue his dream to 

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Filipino Voices at York University

By Philip Kelly I have been teaching at York University for sixteen years but I have never seen anything quite like the scene that unfolded in a lecture theatre on the afternoon of May 16th. The York Centre for Asian Research, which I direct, organized an event to mark Asian Heritage Month with the theme 

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From right: Dr. Ethel Tungohan, Ericson De Leon and Evelyn Calugay of PINAY.

Policy changes make workers vulnerable

Transcript of testimony before Parliamentary Committee MAY 16, 2016 Ethel Tungohan: Mister Chair, Members of the Committee, good afternoon. My name is Dr. Ethel Tungohan. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at York University. With me today is Ericson De Leon, who is currently a caregiver. I am here today 

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Caregivers meeting (File photo)

Changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and Caregiver Program

Dr. Ethel Tungohan Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, York University May 16, 2016 Prepared for the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities Executive Summary The 2014 changes to The Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the Caregiver Program that were designed to eliminate worker 

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URBAN PLANNING: Residential Apartment Commercial Zone

High-rise apartments are a common part of Toronto’s landscape. They are found in every corner of the city and are a vital part of our housing mix; stretching from East Scarborough to Rexdale, and to Thorncliff Park in East York. Primarily built between 1950-1980, these dense communities were planned as ‘single-use’ areas and designed to 

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More choice for Chatr customers

Unlimit Your Data Launching in the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Edmonton, customers will now have more flexibility with unlimited talk, text and data at 3G speeds while in zones From chatting with friends to emailing on the go, never worry about going over limits again. With chatr mobile’s new plans, customers have the freedom 

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Filipino Town: Remaking of Culture in Cosmopolis Toronto (Part of a series)

By Ysh Cabana A sweetish smell of caramelized sugar and scorched vinegar on grilled pork barbecue welcome commuters getting off at the Wilson Avenue stop of the biarticulated bus 7. In a few short blocks, one will find a new crop of contrapuntal cuisine revealing a site dedicated to a sense of community for the 

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Everyday is Mother’s Day

Everyday is Mother’s Day for this three generations of smiling mothers. Great grandma Alta Santos (2nd from left) is flanked by daughters Ana Marie Santos (left) and Anet Santos-Price (right) and granddaughter Jessica (2nd from right)

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‘Shabu’ – A Cross-Continental Problem

By Gemma Rains According to reports, over 90% of the neighbourhoods in Manila are flooded with ‘Shabu’ – a Filipino name for crystal meth. It’s a huge problem in the Philippines, where it’s ripping swathes through entire communities, and swiftly becoming a major moneyspinner for expanding cartels. It’s considered a worrying matter in Canada, too, 

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