Month: October 2015

Filipino Federal Candidates lose but win in municipal elections

Curteanu and Empinado gets reelected for second term All five Filipino-Canadian candidates in the last federal elections lost but three municipal candidates in Canada’s north won seats, some for a second term. In Manitoba’s Winnipeg North riding, the NDP’s Levy Abad lost to Liberal Kevin Lamoureux by a wide margin, the largest majority in the province. Lamoureux is on his second term as MP for the riding long held by Dr. Rey Pagtakhan. Lamoureux got 25,407 (68.9%), Abad got 4,543 votes (1.45%) and the Conservatives had 5,193 (15.3). The Conservatives Julius Tiangson in Mississauga Centre in Ontario, got the most impressive showing for the five candidates, garnering 17,304 losing to the Liberals Omar Allghabra’s 28,735 votes.The NDP had 4,935. Tiangson, who campaigned on a pro-life platform and the foreign credentials issue was heavily supported by Campaign Life. Mario Rimbao, NDP, finished a distant third with 3,889 votes in Mount Royal, Quebec to the Liberal’s Anthony Housefather’s 24,317 and the Conservatives 18,213. In British Columbia’s Vancouver-Kingsway riding Conservative Jojo Quimpo finished a distant third ( 9,538) to incumbent NDP Don Davies (20,663). Liberal Steven Kou got 12, 625, one of the few in his party who failed to go with the red sweep of the province. In the Nepean, Ontario riding, independent Jesus Cosico got 416 votes to the Liberal’s 34,017. Municipal elections: winners: Nurse Rommel Silverio was elected in...

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Catherine Hernandez Wins Emerging Writers’ Award

Hernandez is proud of award                                                                    (photo supplied)   Toronto author Catherine Hernandez has won the 2015 Emerging Writers Award for fiction for her Scarborough Stories. “Anytime a Filipino makes news it gives our community such a sense of pride and that to me is worth every accomplishment,” she said of the award given by the Asian Canadian Writers Workshop (ACWW). ACWW publishes the Ricepaper Magazine, now on its 20th year. “This is especially true considering how often we are silenced in the media or portrayed as victims. To know we are powerful, skilled and talented is a good tool for healing and strength.” Hernandez shared the award with Vietnamese writer Philip Huynh from Richmond, B.C. for his collection of stories Toad Poem. Scarborough Stories is her first full-length fiction, written after several years working as a home daycare provider to Scarborough children. Scarborough Stories follows the lives of three children who inhabit Toronto’s low-income east end. “Bing, who lives under the shadow of his father’s mental illness while his mother works tirelessly in a nearby nail salon. Sylvie, who, along with her family, rides the waves of the shelter system and the complications of special-needs education....

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Nurse Rommel Silverio wins council seat in Yellowknife

  Rommel Silverio and family. -Facebook image Rommel Silverio became the first Filipino to be elected to Yellowknife city council and the third Filipino-Canadian to win a seat as a city councillor in Canada’s north, joining Jocelyn Curteanu of Whitehorse and Edwin Empinado of Kitimat. The 39-year Silverio was elected for the first time to Yellowknife City Council on October 19. “I feel I have a duty to give back,” says the father of three who works as a nurse at the Stanton Hospital in Yellowknife. He immigrated to Canada 20 years with his mother to reunite with his father, sister and brother in Yellowknife and “give Canada a shot,” he told EDGE. “It was a shock,” Silverio tells , recalling the January day when he stepped from a plane and into their first experience with snow and a subarctic climate.  “It was all white, and not a lot of houses.” The city’s high cost of living required everyone in the family to work. He held as many as three jobs at the same time before he graduated from the four-year nursing program at Aurora College and took a job at Stanton Territorial Hospital. Silverio’s position managing and coordinating patient care brings him into contact with the city’s troubled youth, who are frequently admitted for emergency medical services. They are a top priority for him. “One thing I want to...

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Next Day Better opens in Vancouver

Speakers & curators: Back from left: Jay Catalan, Kei Baritugo, RJ Aquino and JR Guerrero. Front from left: Alden Habacon, Theresa Fresco and Anna Mae  Abia. Photos:Joseph Tamayo Four young dynamic Filipino-Canadians spoke at the launching of Next Day Better in Vancouver on October 3 at the New Westminster Quay. A jam packed crowd listened to the speakers share their stories of of how they achieved their goals and the challenges they met along the way.     Theresa Fresco Theresa Fresco has a passion for collaborative solutions and complex issues. Her global research interests led her to the Angat River Basin in the Philippines. There, she focused her Master’s work on collaborative approaches to water management in partnership with the Planning and Development Office in the Province of #Bulacan. Now at the Fraser Basin Council, she continues to explore approaches to watershed restoration and management engaging government, communities, First Nations, industry, academic and stewardship organizations.   JR Guerrero He’s the co-founder of Kathara Indigenous Pilipino Arts Collective Society and tireless advocate for social justice. He promotes Philippine indigenous people’s history and introduces us to art forms that celebrate our ancestors. His work collaborates incredible academics, artists, and advocates dedicated to help restore vitality, creativity, and a healing vision to our community. Kei Baritugo Kei Baritugo is the founder of BoldLove Communications, a public relations firm for change makers...

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The son also rises

Election 2015   Premier-designate Justin Trudeau, eldest son of Pierre Elliot Trudeau The election of Justin Trudeau, son of former PM Pierre Trudeau has a familiar ring to most Filipinos where political dynasties are a fact of life in the country. Trudeau is the first in the history of Canada to follow his father to Ottawa. Current President PNoy Aquino is the son of former Pre. Corazon Aquino and Senator Ninoy Aquino. His predecessor, Gloria Mcapagal-Arroyo is the daughter of Pres. Diosdado Macapagal. The man who wants to replace Aquino in the 2016 presidential elections is Gerry Roxas, the grandson of President Manuel Roxas and the son of Senator Gerry Roxas. Senator Bongbong Marcos,son of the dictator Ferdinand Marcos is planning to run as president in 2016. His mother Imelda is currently a member of Parliment while his sister Imee is governor of Ilocos Norte. In some parts of the country, dynasties rule their areas like their own personal fiefdoms with generations of the same family holding power. Attempts have been made to break up the stranglehold of dynasties by legislation but so far, it has not been successful. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Like this:Like...

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