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Filipino temporary foreign workers, migrant advocates, union members and faith-based groups gather in Shediac, New Brunswick. (Photo courtesy of author)

‘Equal in rights, equal in dignity’

First forum for Filipino Temporary Foreign Workers in the Maritimes Region By Jesson Reyes While Filipino families in Ontario took advantage of the Valentine and Family Day weekend to spend time with each other, our kababayans further east also gathered together, but not with their families. Filipinos employed in the temporary foreign worker program in 

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Migrants and refugees have preconceived notions of what to expect in Canada, just as Canadians have expectations for what they'll be like upon arrival. Photo Credit: United Nations Development Programme

Migrant Myths Influence Immigration Policies

By Tazeen Inam in Mississauga (New Canadian Media) At a time when Canada has seen a shift in immigration policy, particularly when it comes to resettling Syrian refugees, a study reveals that myths and imaginaries created around migrants can influence a country’s immigration policies. Based on a discussions held among researchers and practitioners during a one-day 

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Students from the George Brown College PeerConnect program participated in the Diversity@Work Conference. 
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“Diversity Without Inclusion Has No Meaning”

By Shan Qiao in Toronto (New Canadian Media) Employers and participants at the 2016 Diversity@Work Conference learned that creating diverse workplaces is about more than just hiring more newcomers. “Inclusion is a state of being valued, respected and supported. It’s about focusing on the needs of every individual and ensuring the right conditions are in 

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Last month, Mayor Brian Bowman declared 2016 as the Year of Reconciliation for Winnipeg, promising to work towards diversity and greater inclusion with the Indigenous community.  (Photo Credit: J. Hazard via Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Winnipeg’s Racism Problem: Immigrants Can Help

By Kayla Isomura in Vancouver (New Canadian Media) A year after being called “Canada’s most racist city,” Winnipeg is on its way to becoming more inclusive, and immigrants can be part of the solution. “It is wonderful that very recently we are seeing more people speaking out against racism, but it hasn’t gone away just yet,” 

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Toronto iconic building almost never happened

By Bruce Gates Go downtown to Nathan Phillips Square on any given day and you will see sightseers, Filipinos among them, happily snapping pictures of each other in front of the large “Toronto” sign, with that unusual-looking building rising in the background. For locals, that building is New City Hall; for visitors, it’s like something 

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Filipina singing group 4th Impact signs $2M record deal with Columbia Records

The Cercado girls from Santiago City are in cloud nine after American music giant Columbia Records offered the groups $2 million record deal for 3 albums. The Filipina sisters and singing sensation 4th Impact is the first ever group, and the first ever artists from the Philippines to be offered with a multi-million dollar record 

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Fil-Am math whiz gets White House invite from Obama

Filipino-American student Cedrick Argueta has received an invitation to the White House from no less than U.S. President Barack Obama himself, for his perfect score in the Advance Placement Calculus exam, In a tweet retweeted by nearly 2,000 people and liked by over 6,5000, Obama asked: “Cedrick; way to go on your perfect score! How 

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Filipina poet wins 2015 Resurgence Poetry Prize

MULTI-awarded Filipina poet Luisa A. Igloria won the 2015 Resurgence Poetry Prize, the world’s first major award for “ecopoetry,” the Hawaii-based Filipino Chronicle reported. Ecopotery is defined as contemporary poetry with a strong ecological emphasis. Igloria’s winning entry, Auguries, which was read at the Leighton House Museum in London on Dec. 14, 2015, reportedly moved 

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UPAAT Members at the Feb 2016 Kapihan

UPAA holds post-Valentine’s Day Kapihan

MISSISSAUGA, February 20, 2016 – What do Torontonians do on a warm February morning? For this bunch of rambunctious UPians in Toronto, it was time for another Kapihan! Begun years ago as an informal gathering of fellow alumni, members of the University of the Philippines Alumni Association of Toronto (UPAAT) turned their “once in a 

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Laurie Scott, MPP

Scott’s human trafficking bill passes second reading

QUEEN’S PARK–Today would have marked Ontario’s first Human Trafficking Awareness Day, as called for in the Saving the Girl Next Door Act, 2016. PC Women’s Critic, Laurie Scott, MPP, introduced Bill 158 last week, calling attention to the human trafficking crisis in Ontario. On Thursday, February 18, 2016, the Ontario Legislature voted unanimously to carry 

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