Opinion & Analysis

IMMIGRATION: Time to turn on the immigration tap

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. That is the number of 

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NOTEBOOK: Desperate times

OUR page one this issue is screaming with a banner story and plastered with photos of either people protesting killings or those who had died by political assassination. I personally agonized over the decision of making this issue look like a statement of protest against the current political killings in the Philippines. There are numerous 

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Whose thinking should be changed — ours or theirs?

Reply to Dr. Philip Kelly Congratulations for a very informative and scholarly publication. I enjoyed reading every column of your last issue (March 1-15, 2005). Anent Dr. Philip Kelly’s erudite article, Class Struggle: Filipino Immigrants and the Quest for Identity, please allow me to offer my two-cent’s worth of opinion: I fully agree with his 

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Absence of equal opportunity: Do we have a chance?

Dear Professor Kelly, Your article “Class Struggle: Filipino Immigrants and the Quest for Identity” provoked me. I appreciate your interest in obtaining a response from a Filipino like me as to how I interpret the concept of my de-skilled or de-professionalized status in the Canadian society. I would further say that you want Filipinos like 

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NOTEBOOK: Some hot stories we covered since 1989; The Reporter turns sweet 16

IT’S BEEN A LONG JOURNEY since March 1989 when The Philippine Reporter started publishing as a twice- monthly community newspaper. At that time there were only four papers serving the Filipino community in Toronto, the Reporter being the fourth. Now, 16 years later, there are a dozen of them, giving the impression to readers that 

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Parents: Canada’s cornerstone starts to stress

Canadian Immigration Views By Berto Volpentesta It is no coincidence that as we consider the significance of Remembrance Day we bring to mind a variety of images of those who have gone before us to ensure that we could all live a life that all humans deserve. Similarly no coincidence, our minds may go to 

Posted 13 years ago by

Poor and Powerless: Community must act now

(Speech delivered at the Consultation conference, “Strenghthen Our Community for Social Justice,” Oct 30,2004 at Metro Hall in Toronto.) I have about 15 minutes to speak and I want to use that time to convey a single message. And that is, given our number in the Greater Toronto Area and our glorious revolutionary history as 

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Filipino workers have a stake in building a strong community

(Speech delivered at the First Anniversary of Filipino Canadian Auto Workers Association, Oct. 10, 2004, Brampton, Ontario) Congratulations on your first anniversary. For a very young association, you have already done so much in helping others. You have made the following cash donations: • $1000 to a resettlement high school for children of Aetas in 

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Swadron analyses the SIU report

(Following are the complete and verbatim notes of lawyer Barry Swadron read during the press conference on Sept. 29, 2004 called by the family of Jeffrey Reodica about the report of the Special Investigations Unit on the fatal of Jeffrey on May 21, 2004. – Ed.) _________________________ 1 The family of Jeffrey Reodica and its 

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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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