Opinion & Analysis

Letters to The Editor: Journalistic baptism of fire

Dear Editor, I read your column (Notebook, Sept. 1-15, 2004) where you decried the apathy of the Filipino community media towards the issue of Jeffrey Reodica’s death, adding that they were instead in full force at Imelda’s documentary showing. First of all, I suspect that the Filipino community media are a little wary to tackle 

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Canada’s commitment to the world

Canadian Immigration Views By Berto Volpentesta TORONTO–Canada’s refugee determination process may be one of the best models in the world. Canada is a signatory to several international agreements and has incorporated into its domestic policy, statutes and regulations many aspects of the international agreements as an outright display of Canada’s commitment to the world. In 

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The need for vigilance in the Jeffrey case

I attended the press conference of the lawyers of the family of Jeffrey Reodica last Friday, Aug. 27 with much anticipation because it would reveal the findings of the family-initiated independent investigation into the fatal shooting of the youth from Scarborough on May 21, 2004. The announcement in the email said that the Special Investigations 

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The clock is ticking: Act now

Canadian Immigration Views By Berto Volpentesta TORONTO—Time may be running out for thousands of applicants who were refused or who had withdrawn their applications for permanent residence under Canada’s Economic Classes. This time, you don’t want to be the one left out of the Canadian cold. Last December 3, 2003 the rules for applicants in 

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Letter to the Editor: GMA right in saving life of de la Cruz

Dear Editor, I’m sure we will hear no end to the debate whether President Arroyo is justified in withdrawing our troops from Iraq much to the consternation of the rest of the coalition. But here’s my two cents worth: President Gloria Arroyo acted with the best interest of the Filipino people foremost in her mind. 

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When No Means No

Canadian Immigration Views By Berto Volpentesta “I realize that this decision will be a disappointment to you, and that my response at this time could not be more favourable. Thank you for your interest in Canada”, “You must leave Canada by…,” “You have been found to ….”. Is this really the end? Is this NO 

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The need for an advocacy coalition

SINCE the fatal shooting of Jeffrey Reodica on May 21, 2004 and the subsequent campaign to seek justice in the case, we have witnessed the emergence of a movement to build an alliance of groups to take on this cause. An organizing committee for what was conceived as a coalition was informally set up. It 

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Why we must support the Justice for Jeffrey campaign

I CONSIDER the issue of the Jeffrey Reodica campaign for justice a rare and golden opportunity to build a strong and united Filipino community in the Greater Toronto Area. The main objective of the campaign, of course, is to achieve justice in the death of a young member of our community. Shooting an unarmed 17-year 

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Dealing with fraud: Manitoba nominee program changes

Canadian Immigration Views By Berto Volpentesta STARTING June 1, 2004 the government of Manitoba will only accept applications for the highly sought after selection certificates by way of one of six streams. They have changed the method of selecting nominees, at least in part, in response the increase level of fraud and abuse. Several of 

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202 persons killed in ‘peaceful, clean elections’

LET’S move the second part of our “Death by Medicine” column to the next issue. The national elections in the Philippines is too important a topic to ignore at this time. To simplify this business of column writing this issue, I want to just quote two Filipino columnists from the Philippines Daily Inquirer whose many 

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