Opinion & Analysis

FCT must be relevant to the community

By Art Valladolid The FCT election of officers is over, and hopefully the controversy that has dogged it for quite some time. Can we now breathe a sigh of relief? According to The Philippine Reporter, FCT headaches are not over yet. For its part, Balita published a letter from a member of our community urging 

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IMMIGRATION: Time to rethink indefinite detentions

For almost seven years, our government has been telling us that Mohamed Mahjoub is a terrorist. We have been told that he is so dangerous that he needs to be detained indefinitely in a maximum-security facility. In fact, even releasing information as to why he is being detained would threaten Canada’s very national security. Well, 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Enough! Just Shut Up and Get to Work

To the Filipino Centre, Tonto Winners and Losers: As the headline says, this is the feeling that probably all Filipino Canadians in the GTA would like to say about the whole-year long brouhaha about the FCT. That’s my personal feeling anyways. Now that the dust has settled down, it’s time to end the nasty, destructive, 

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IMMIGRATION: Does Canada accept too many refugees?

Many Canadians believe that charity begins and ends at home and that we should not spend our time and resources on foreigners who might present phony claims, abuse our welfare system, or pose a criminal or security threat to this country. Media reports of patronage appointments, corruption, and questionable reasoning at the Immigration and Refugee 

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IMMIGRATION: Amnesty or Oddity?

Something very strange happened last week. Let me explain. It began last year when hundreds of undocumented construction workers, mostly from Portugal, were deported with their families from Canada. The possibility of returning to Canada as permanent residence for many was poor since they did not possess the university education or proficiency in English or 

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IMMIGRATION: Wasting time in Buffalo Line

Foreign students and workers in Canada who apply for permanent residence at the Canadian Consulate in Buffalo may be taking a big risk These applicants are usually well settled and adjusted here. They may have friends, relatives, a home, a career, and all of the other hallmarks of having a “life” here. It’s understandable that 

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NOTEBOOK: Nick Atienza, A Tribute

(Published in the column Notebook, page 10 of The Philippine Reporter, January 1-15, 2007 issue, Toronto, Canada) The year 2006 has ended with a big bang. Shortly before we had started jotting down our new year’s resolutions, we were almost inundated with news about deaths – ex-U.S. President Gerald Ford died and given a state 

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why dismantle Filipino organizations? Diversity enriches our community

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to the Letter to the Editor (“Dismantle all Filipino groups…”) in the Dec. 1-15, 2006 issue. I completely disagree with the recommendations made in this piece. The purpose of the first part of Mr. Artemio Valladolid’s piece, I believe, was to illustrate the apathetic political culture in the 

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Letter of Appeal

We’ve all heard it before; each time a horrific disaster hits some part of the world, spreading suffering, many people say “there is not much we can do about it”. In our hearts, we know that that is far from the truth. Yes, we CAN do something about it. Solidarity with our kababayans whose lives 

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Going home for the Holidays – planes, trains and buses

Canadian Immigration News and Views As we come upon the holiday season many are making plans to return home to be with family. This is a joyous occasion that everyone looks forward to. For some this means leaving Canada while for others this may mean coming back to Canada. That joy may turn to something 

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