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The dirty business of janitorial services

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Emma Llanes, 54, from Batangas, Philippines, hoped to make enough money cleaning the lobby of a downtown Toronto building to buy prescription medicine for her high blood pressure. Even with six years of gruelling work experience at The Icon Condominiums in downtown Toronto, Llanes is instead locked out with 

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Permanent residence pilot scheme for agri-food workers

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter Canada launched a new three-year program that will give some migrant farm workers the opportunity to become permanent residents. The Agri-Food Immigration Pilot is intended to help fill labour shortage in the agri-food sector starting in 2020. Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said the pilot aims to bring experienced, non-seasonal 

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Another police procedural

Film Review: On the President’s Orders by James Jones and Olivier Sarbil By Joe Rivera Nothing surprises us anymore about President Rodrigo Duterte, whether it is the inflammatory language he normally spouts off his mouth or the routine threats of extermination he promises will come upon ardent critics of his policy on the war against 

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Rappler’s Maria Ressa: ‘When journalists are under attack, democracy is under attack.’

By Ysh Cabana The Philippine Reporter TORONTO–Embattled Maria Ressa stepped into the main auditorium of Ted Rogers School of Management in Ryerson University on Sunday (Jan. 27) with a spirited call for Canadians not to be complacent about democracy. “Every democracy is based on information; information is power. The first line of defence is journalism,” 

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Nine Fil-Cans run for Councillors, Trustees

October 22 Municipal Elections in Ontario By Tony A.San Juan, OCT. Nine courageous but ambitious Filipino Canadians have entered the political arena for the coming city civic elections in Ontario. The nine have declared their respective candidacies for civic positions  in the scheduled October 22, 2018 municipal elections in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario. Comparatively, 

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Ramon Estaris wins Liberal nomination for York Centre MPP

Filipino Canadian Ramon Estaris has won the Liberal Party nomination contest for Member of Provincial Parliament for York Centre, Ontario. His Facebook post on April 8: It was with great pride and humility that earlier today I accepted the nomination to be the official Ontario Liberal Party candidate for York Centre. To my supporters, thank 

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16 Lessons, Tips and Gems of Thought from Agnes Miranda

Leading with Vision, Compassion and Integrity By Michelle Chermaine Ramos An astute entrepreneur, pioneer, community leader and philanthropist, Agnes Pasaporte Miranda is one of two Filipino Canadians who RBC recently named as one of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2017. The pioneer of World Financial Group of Canada now leads 36,245 active licenced associates 

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Court dismisses Balita Newspaper, Tess Cusipag’s appeal

The defamation lawsuit launched by the Honourable Senator Tobias Enverga Jr. against Balita Newspaper, Balita Media Inc., Tess Cusipag, Romeo P. Marquez and Carlos Padilla may have been finally put to rest by a ruling dated April 12, 2017. The Court of Appeal for Ontario, presided by Justice David Doherty, Justice Jean MacFarland and Justice 

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Philippines: The police’s murderous war on the poor (Amnesty International Report)

31 January 2017, 16:21 UTC Acting on instructions from the very top of government, the Philippines police have killed and paid others to kill thousands of alleged drug offenders in a wave of extrajudicial executions that may amount to crimes against humanity, Amnesty International said in a report published today. Amnesty International’s investigation, “If you 

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Congen Prospero: On same mandates, local groups’ demands and open-door policy

By Althea Manasan Despite all the uncertainty and controversy surrounding Philippine foreign policy since the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte four months ago, for the Philippine Consulate General in Toronto, it’s mostly business as usual. Located in Midtown, inside a building nestled between a Brazilian steakhouse and a casual Indian restaurant, the office is a 

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