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Ninotchka Rosca: ‘RP is major exporter of women as sex slaves’

TORONTO–The Philippine government’s complicity, inaction and neglect and international market forces are causing the massive global sex trade and modern-day slavery of Filipino women and children, the international spokesperson of Gabriela’s Purple Rose Campaign Againts the Sex Trafficking of Filipino Women said. Speaking at a forum organized by the Philippine Women’s Centre of Ontario Friday, 

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On the Selection of the Next Police Chief

Statement of the Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) (Submitted to the Toronto Police Services Board at a public consultation held on Feb. 10, 2005 at Scarborough Civic Centre where members of CASJ and Justice for Jeffrey Coalition attended. Joel Reodica of J4J also submitted a statement.) The Community Alliance for Social Justice (CASJ) takes 

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Filipino awareness week launched by U of T Students

By Camille Cendaña Filipino Students Association of Toronto Despite heavy work schedules, homework and exams the Filipino Students Association of (the University of) Toronto, better known as FSAT held a successful Filipino Awareness Week at the University of Toronto St. George Campus February 7th-11th. FSAT is a new organization created by students of the University 

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Boracay: A lifetime of memories

By Millicent C. Mercurio (In loving memory of Boracay’s Talipapa market, burned down a few days ago) It has been my lifelong dream to visit Boracay. Imagine picturesque white-sand beaches, pristine crystal-clear blue water, sun revelers frolicking in the sand, and the ubiquitous smell of charbroiled seafood in the air…Aaah! The stories I heard about 

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Toronto’s Urban Angel flies to RP on eye-care mission

Toronto–On February 12th doctors, nurses and a dietician from St. Michael’s Hospital will fly to the Philippines on a 16-day charitable mission to provide eye care and surgery for Filipinos who are financially disadvantaged. The St. Michael’s team of 30 staff and volunteers will also teach nurses and doctors living the Philippines how to provide 

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Childcare debate should include LCP – women’s group

VANCOUVER—While provincial governments meet here Friday (Feb. 11) with federal Social Development Minister Ken Dryden to discuss the new $5 billion five-year federally funded childcare initiative, a national alliance of Philippine women says the issue of Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) Live-in Caregiver Program (LCP) is sadly missing from the debate. “The LCP is being 

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Filipinos believe they are better-off despite statistics to the contrary

By Voltaire de Leon Did you know that Filipinos from landlord families who left for Canada in the 70s believe they’re better off working here than living the hacendero life in the Philippines? I know, it’s hard to believe that Filipinos would say that but that seems to be the answer York University’s Dr. Philip 

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Himig-Living Trophy of the Filipino People

The Himig choir’s spellbinding performance at St Catharines had been an indelible experience. Many believed that the Himig’s ingenuous talent aptly complemented the breathtaking sceneries of Niagara region. During the Himig’s first performance at the Lutheran Church in St Catharines, some members of the audience were brought to tears. “They were simply awesome,” said Esther 

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Ceiba pillow stands out at New York home show

Local businesswoman, Corie Laraya-Coutts, runs a company called Desalon International Inc. that manufactures and sells the Ceiba Pillow. Her product was recently recognized at the New York Home Textiles Show for its innovative features being an all-natural hypoallergenic fibre. The Ceiba Pillow is made from the seedpod fibres of the oldest tallest tree in the 

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Home Karaoke Talents’ Variety Show

Do you remember the Home Karaoke Singing Contest organized in Year 1997? Do you remember the Y2K Home Karaoke singing contest? Singing contest seems to be too serious, bringing pressure on the Contestants as well as the event organizer, Home Karaoke. This year, we will organize something different for our Members! It is a Variety 

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