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Thoughts on the role of community media

Keynote Address, PPCO holiday party, Dec. 8, 2016, Toronto Let me acknowledge first the bountiful harvest of recruits PPCO has this year. More importantly, we have a new batch of new members composed mainly of young talents in the community, most with journalism education and/or currently active in community or mainstream media. For sure we 

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‘History will absolve me‘ — Fidel Castro

(“History Will Absolve Me” is the title of a four-hour speech made by Fidel Castro on 16 October 1953. Castro made the speech in his own defense in court against the charges brought against him after he led an attack on the Moncada Barracks. Wikipedia) The death of Cuban leader and revolutionary Fidel Castro was 

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The 2016 Philippine elections: Democratic? Hope for change?

The Philippine presidential and local elections are set for May 9, less than three weeks from now. Already the race for the top executive position of a country of more than 100 million people has heated way up beyond those reached in previous similar elections. With the supposed survey lead of the unbelievably trash-and-tough-talking Rodrigo 

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Ikaw Na: What is to be done

Last Sept. 26, dozens of young and not-so-young members of the Filipino community gathered at the YWCA in Toronto in a meeting tagged “#Ikaw Na, Empowerment in Action”. Its stated mission was “to empower our youth and encourage them to create networks uniting Filipino communities as a visible minority in Canada.” The vision, as stated 

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By Hermie Garcia

Blog #16: Insecure, temporary status

There is permanent instability in the status of temporary foreign workers and undocumented immigrants in North America. I recently read a news report about an undocumented Filipino who worked as a graphic artist in New York but when her work visa expired, she decided to stay and live in the shadows just like an estimated 

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Blog #7: Philippine poverty, economy — is it any better now?

In my Blog #5, I wrote about Canadian household debt, the worsening debt-income ratio (debt divided by income) and the rising consumer debt. It wasn’t a treatise or an exhaustive essay. I merely provided some links to news reports from the mainstream media about those topics. It was like a quick online research, the current 

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Blog #19: Wealth inequality worse globally than in the U.S.

We’ve seen in the previous blog how serious the income gap and wealth inequality is in the U.S. If you click this link and watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWSxzjyMNpU, you’ll find out that global wealth inequality is far worse than in the U.S. Following are the main findings in research cited in the video: 80% of 

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Blog #13: More Brain Wonders

By Hermie Garcia Let’s continue the fun learning about the brain from yesterday. Here are some images from the same source, www.unbelievablefactsblog.com. For sources of these information, go to: www.unbelievable-facts.tumblr.com The comments underneath the images are mine. (Read story…)  

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Blog #18: The poor, the rich and riots in the streets

“Oh, people don’t even know. If poor people knew how rich rich people are, there would be riots in the streets.” This is from the very first sentence of an article in Scientific American online publication. It’s a quote from comedian Chris Rock. As I read the article, it turns out that the statement was 

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Blog #14: Some interesting facts about money

By Hermie Garcia April 1, 2015 “Money is the root of all evil.” Some say this is a misquote. They say the right quote is “The love of money is the root of all evil.” The second quotation makes more sense. For if you love money or worship money, that makes you materialistic and devoid 

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