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OBITUARY: Tim Martin (February 11, 1964 – May 17, 2012)

Tim studied at Philippine Military Academy hoping to follow in the footsteps of his father who was a military official. His father passed away in 1971 when he was only 7 years old. He came to Canada in 1984 along with his brother Nelson and sister Rachel to join their mother Juanita. He took the 

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Computer ergonomics and children

At least 70 percent of  Canada’s elementary school students use computers. As a result of this increased usage, doctors of chiropractic are treating more young patients suffering from the effects of working at computer stations that are either designed for adults or poorly designed for children. Many children are already suffering from repetitive motion injuries 

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EARTHTALK: Chemicals in umbilical cord blood

Dear EarthTalk: A few years back a study found over 200 chemicals in the umbilical cords of newborns, particularly African American, Asian and Hispanic babies. What are the causes of this phenomenon and what can be done about it?–Bettina Olsen, New York, NY The study referenced found traces of some 232 synthetic chemicals in cord 

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June 8-21, 2012 issue

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Opting out of school, jumping onto stage

By Beatrice S. Paez No stranger to a string of unpaid gigs that marks the experience of his generation, Kevin Vidal lands his first big break after four years of dogged pursuit. He’ll be joining the stage with veteran actors of Toronto’s Second City, an improv and comedy troupe, but this week he shares the 

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AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: False patriotism

The simmering dispute in the South China Sea between the Philippines and China has unfortunately divided the expat Filipino community in the U.S. and in Canada. All because the organizers of the Toronto protest against China’s bullying tactics last May 11 were disappointed by the turnout, which was so paltry that the organizers have now 

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LAMESA FILIPINO KITCHEN: Filipino Food for the Adventurous

By Beatrice S. Paez In a whirlwind five months, chef Rudy Boquila and his business partner, Lester Sabilano, kick-started a dream that had been nesting in their minds for years. Their “baby,” as Sabilano calls their restaurant, Lamesa Filipino Kitchen, is the latest addition to Toronto’s West Queen West, a two km. stretch of hipster 

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AN UNCOMPLICATED MIND: Community journalism

A transplanted journalist from San Diego recently wrote in his column in one of Toronto’s Filipino community newspapers that he thought “coverage of the Filipino community in the Greater Toronto Area is wanting in depth and substance.” The fault he said did not lie with the newspapers or their publishers but in the community’s desire 

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Girlie Dioquino succumbed to lung cancer

Girlie Dioquino succumbed to lung cancer on May 14, 2012 at Lakeridge Health Oshawa Hospital. It was a brief battle with the dreaded disease that quickly weakened her and gave her so much pain. Like thousands of women from the Philippines, Girlie came to Canada under the Live-in Caregiver Program in 2007 through an employment 

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Changes to migrant workers program; Unfair Reduction of migrant workers pay: Wrong

A UFCW Canada Human Rights Department Release OTTAWA — The Canadian Labour movement and non-government organizations (NGOs) say that recently announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program (TFWP) permitting employers to pay migrant workers up to 15% less and fast tracking employer applications for these workers is unfair and misguided. “Allowing employers faster access 

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