Opinion & Analysis


Toronto Fil-Cans disappointed, angered by Ontario PC decisions

LETTER TO THE EDITOR By Jose Victor Salamena Filipino-Canadians in the Greater Toronto Area were disappointed and upset over the recent happenings in the nomination races of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, capping off a tumultuous month for the community that began with the ouster of the Filipino-Canadian nominee for Mississauga Centre, Angely Pacis, from 

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SEIU’s philosophy: Unite the workers and fight against abuses of the bosses

Interview with Luisa Blue, EVP, SEIU (The Philippine Reporter interview by Mila Astorga-Garcia, with Luisa Blue, one of the top labor union leaders in the United States.She was in Toronto recently to speak before a union convention). THE PHILIPPINE REPORTER:  You’ve been working for four decades for workers’ rights. Will you give us a bit 

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‘I am a Muslim human rights worker from Mindanao, not a terrorist’

Jerome Succor Aba, a Muslim human rights worker and peace advocate, experienced torture in the hands of US Homeland Security while he was detained for 28 hours at the San Francisco International Airport on April 17. He was invited by church groups in the US to speak about human rights situation in the Philippines. Below 

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By Luisa Blue

Together, We Rise

By Luisa Blue Service Employees International Union (SEIU International), Executive Vice President Thank you for inviting me to join you today (April 14) at your Second Filipino Workers Conference here in beautiful Toronto. I want to congratulate everyone here on your recent win in Ontario as working families celebrated the passage and implementation of Bill 

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Instead of illusions, why not permanent residence now upon admission?

Canada’s Caregiver Program By Joe Rivera In a clarification letter issued last February 18, 2018, the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s current Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, said that Canada is “not shutting down any caregiver programs.” Further, the Minister made it clear that caregivers will always have a pathway to permanent residency. Soothing words 

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Duterte’s Cha-Cha reverses gains of EDSA

By Teddy A. Casiño Rappler.com This year’s EDSA People Power anniversary was marked by widespread protests against President Rodrigo Duterte’s push for Charter Change (Cha-Cha). And with good reason. Taken as a whole, the various proposals to revise or amend the 1987 Constitution are a stark reversal of whatever spirit of democratization, nationalism, and people 

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FILM REVIEW: The Young Karl Marx (2017)

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Le Jeune Karl Marx is a portrait of a revolutionary as a young man, whose ideas on inequality have more resonance almost two hundred years hence. What marks did the would-be father of communism leave in history are traced back in time in this handsome biopic rendered in broad 

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Filipino youth group Anakbayan-Canada: Quash the $233-M chopper deal for human rights violations in Philippines

Once again, Canadian imperialism demonstrates its support to the US-Duterte fascist regime in the Philippines. Anakbayan Canada, a national democratic organization of Filipino youth and students, denounces the most recent $233-M chopper deal between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. The deal, which involves the acquisition of sixteen combat helicopters, will 

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Gabriela Ontario condemns new No-PR policy

Reaction to removal of permanent residence feature in caregiver program: When Ottawa’s Immigration Department announced that foreign caregivers will not be eligible for permanent residence if they have not accrued two years of employment by Nov. 29, 2019, various advocacy groups and caregivers themselves immediately voiced out their disappointment, disbelief, displeasure and and anger over 

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Defend Press Freedom!

Filipino Canadian Writers and Journalists Network (FC-WJNet) Statement We, members of the Filipino Canadian Writers and Journalists’ Network, express our serious concern over the decision of the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to revoke the registration of the online news site Rappler. We believe the order to shut down Rappler, which has fearlessly investigated 

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