Opinion & Analysis

The case of Marilou Tabuno

Open Letter to Consul General Alejandro Mosquera We are sure that you know of the case of Marilou Tabuno, of Urdaneta, Pangasinan, Philippines, who came to Toronto, Canada this April, like many Filipinos before and after, to provide for a better life for her family. On May 23, she was hit by a car while 

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SONA and The Killing Fields of Gloria

(Speech delivered by Edwin C. Mercurio–CASJ Chairperson, in front of Toronto Philippine Consulate, July 24, 2006.) As embattled Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo spoke in Congress on her yearly State of the Nation address, Filipino-Canadians across North America today went out of their way to join their compatriots worldwide in calling for her ouster from power. 

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Immigration questions welcome

By Rafael Fabregas Barrister and Solicitor Immigration Lawyer More often the first question I get asked by a fellow kababayan who I just met at a social event is “Where are you from back home?” Then the next set of questions could very well be: “Have you been in Canada for many years now? How 

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Time to tap into foreign worker human resources

Canadian Immigration News and Views Canadian business often laments at the very shallow pool of skilled labour. With an aging population, the baby boomers nearing retirement and a shortage of young people who want to enter into some occupations employers’ cries will be getting louder and louder. Statistics have shown that retirees outpace the workforce. 

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NOTEBOOK: Belanger’s luha ng buwaya (Translation: Belanger’s crocodile tears)

I WASN’T THERE when Detective Constable Dan Belanger started his testimony Friday (June 23) at the Jeffrey Reodica inquest when he reportedly shed tears or was so teary-eyed and almost choking that his lawyer had to ask for a recess. Poor guy, he must have had nightmares throughout these two years since May 21, 2004 

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PPC-O looking beyond socializing

(Speech of Philippine Press Club-Ontario President Tenny Soriano, St. Boniface Church Social Hall, May 27, 2006) Magandang gabi po sa inyong lahat. Welcome to our simple installation rites. Please note that I used the word simple because in the years to come, this will be the hallmark of this new PPC-O administration. ‘Ika nga, as 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Do we really need a cultural centre?

After all the ongoing problems that arose from the FCT, Filipinos here in the GTA including myself could not help but wonder is it really worth all the trouble? First of all, if you ask the ordinary PINOY from the street what he thinks of the FCT, the first concern he will tell you is 

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NOTEBOOK: Why are the Leyte disaster evacuees getting hungry despite the massive relief aid?

I HAD A group phone conversation last Wednesday (March 29) with a representative of an agency involved in relief and rehabilitation project in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte. I was unpleasantly surprised to learn that people in the evacuation centers near the town center of St. Bernard were getting hungry because food relief supplies were running 

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NOTEBOOK: Disaster crisis reveals a strength and a weakness in our community

IT’S DISASTER crisis time and we witness a beehive of activity in the Filipino community in Greater Toronto. At the outset, a group of leaders seized the initiative and announced a fundraising campaign where a local politician spearheaded a media blitz. It was good to act quickly and decisively in times of crisis. And we 

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Victor Wong statement

Dear President Macapagal-Arroyo: I am writing to express my condemnation of your declaration of a state of “national emergency” in the Philippines on Friday February 24th. This shocking action announced as the Filipino people commemorate the 20th anniversary of EDSA 1, the 20th anniversary of the end of the Marcos dictatorship, is truly remarkable for 

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