Opinion & Analysis

Michael Levitt

The Conservative government has misled immigrant communities

NORTH YORK– “Stephen Harper ruined Canada’s live-in caregiver program. In doing so, he has betrayed the Filipino community of Canada,” said Michael Levitt, Liberal candidate for York Centre.  “While claiming to fix the program, Harper gave newcomers uncertainty: fewer jobs, no path to citizenship, and no reunification for their families.” “Over the past 15 years, 

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MP Mark Adler replies to Philippine Reporter article on caregivers

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Please see the below on behalf of Conservative candidate Mark Adler. It is in response to a flawed article that recently appeared in your publication (Caregivers deplore new program, Sept. 11, 2015). I write to correct the record for your readers. A recent article in your publication contained information that was 

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17-year old daughter of slain Lumad leader Dionel Campos: We want to speak, hear us

An Open Letter of MICHELLE CAMPOS, ALCADEV Graduate and Daughter of Dionel Campos, Chairperson of MAPASU to SOLITA COLLAS-MONSOD, in response to her article in the Philippine Daily Inquirer on September 19, titled “Who is exploiting the Lumad?” You are very fortunate to live in Manila, and you see how the military has become “a 

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Remembering Martial Law: Blame it on the system, and the person

By Benjie Oliveros It has been more than four decades, 43 years to be exact, since the late president Ferdinand E. Marcos declared Martial Law, and it has been 29 years since the Filipino people ousted the dictatorship. The current generation of young people, 30 years and younger, has no memory, nay experience, of what 

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Sitsabaiesan calls on Chen to release his fiscal plan

SCARBOROUGH — New Democrat candidate Rathika Sitsabaiesan (Scarborough North) penned the following letter to her opponent Shaun Chen demanding he provide transparency on Liberal spending plans. Dear Shaun Chen: As you know, yesterday, my leader Tom Mulcair delivered on his commitment to provide Canadians with our fiscal framework. I’m proud of our balanced, progressive plan 

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Refugees: Worst crisis since WW2

By now I am sure you are aware of the devastating scale of the Syrian refugee crisis. Canadians have been galvanized to act by the story and pictures of Aylan Kurdi, the toddler washed ashore after the boat taking him and his family to Greece capsized. His mother and brother were also lost and are 

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FRONT: From left - Rachelle Cruz, Julius Tiangson, Rose Tijam, Michael Levitt, Dan Harris, Tony San Juan, Mila Astorga-Garcia
BACK: From left - Ariel Ramos, Noel Perada, Judith Gonzales, Marcelle, Willie Reodica, Amy, Joe Damasco, Eric Baculinao, Hermie Garcia

PPCO Political Forum

September 8, 2015, Casa Manila, Toronto The Philippine Press Club of Ontario held a Political Forum on Sept. 8, 2015 at Casa Manila restaurant featuring three candidates for Members of the Federal Parliament: Dan Harris, NDP; Michael Levitt, Liberal and Julius Tiangson, Conservative. Lisa Thompson, Ontario MPP, also spoke in behalf of Patrick Brown, MPP 

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They’re killing teachers and children, Mr. President

By Inday Varona Dear President Aquino, Malacanang is a long way off from Mindanao’s verdant, rugged mountains. So maybe the news hasn’t reached you yet. I’m presuming it hasn’t. It’s hard to believe a man who still regularly shares the pain of his father’s murder can be silent in the face of our lumad children’s 

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Dispatches: Killings of Philippine Tribal Members Spark Public Furor

By Carlos H. Conde It’s been a bloodbath for the Lumad, the collective name for the indigenous peoples of the southern Philippines island of Mindanao. On August 18, Philippine government soldiers allegedly killed five members of a Lumad family  – including children ages 13 and 17 – in Bukidnon province. On September 1, suspected members 

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Correct or Retract ‘PETA-offending treats on the menu in Philippines’

To The Editors of the Toronto Star: As thought leaders, writers, and community members, we are writing in response to a deeply troubling article published in The Toronto Star on August 13th, 2015, entitled “PETA Offending Treats on the Menu in the Philippines” by Rosemary Counter (http://www.thestar.com/life/travel/2015/08/13/peta-offending-treats-on-the-menu-in-philippines.html). This article sought to rank various delicacies in 

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